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Male Indian tiger, Ranthambore, India

Tiger Safaris

Nothing prepares you for seeing your first tiger in the wild. The world’s most iconic big cat is a mightily impressive sight, exuding power, guile and athleticism. Yet despite being the undisputed king of the jungle, tigers face an uncertain future across the Indian sub-continent.

India’s eagerly awaited tiger census results were published in July 2019 and, as anticipated, tiger numbers in India have increased by 33%, from 2,226 to 2,967 since the last census in 2014.

The history of tiger conservation in India is a complicated one. But this recent growth in population does not just offer some hope for the big cats in the area, but also endangered animals right across the planet. India, a country that is almost bursting at the seams with its human population, has managed to find a way to accommodate and protect tigers. What then, is possible in the rest of the world?

Dudhwa National Park, India
Dudhwa National Park, India

India Holidays

India is the best country in which to see wild tigers, however, with over 100 national parks across the country, it is imperative that you speak to our experts to get up to date advice on where tigers are most frequently being seen. Historically, the best places to see tigers have been Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Ranthambore however Steppes clients visiting Pench, Tadoba and Panna are also experiencing successful sightings.

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Tiger Paw Print, India
Bandhavgarh National Park, India

Sustainable tiger tourism

We are a proud member of TOFT, (Travel Operators for Tigers ) who, in conjunction with Global Tiger Patrol, support a sustainable approach to tourism in the wildlife reserves of India. Through our membership of TOFT we have regular updates on which lodges are providing the most sustainable services in India. We are also given a regular update by a team of naturalists in India, informing us of exactly where the best tiger sightings can be found.

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Ranthambhore National Park, Rajasthan, India
Ranthambhore National Park, Rajasthan, India

All day permits

To avoid the crowds and access the parks at times when other visitors are back in their lodges, talk to our experts about purchasing an all-day VIP permit. Perfect for photographers wanting extended time with the park’s wildlife, full-day permits are available in Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Pench, Panna, Satpura and Tadoba. Permits are expensive but to have the park to yourself, without the distraction of other vehicles is worth every rupee spent. Tailor your holiday by adding a VIP permit, speak to one of our experts for more information.

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Experiences

Tiger Safari

See a wild tiger strutting through the jungle, straight out of Rudyard Kiplings’s Jungle Book.

Luxury Tiger Safari

Stay at Taj Mahua Kothi Lodge in Kanha National Park for the ultimate luxury tiger safari.

Ranthambore Tiger Safari

Go in search of tigers at Ranthambore National Park.

See Tigers in India

Take a Jeep ride in search of tigers.

Track Tigers in Central India

Visit one of India’s wildlife parks – Madhya Pradesh, Kanha, Bandavgarh, Satpura and Pench in search for tigers.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Joe Parkes

As a child I read voraciously so the seed of travel was planted by none other than Enid Blyton. Family holidays ran the gamut from icy dips in the early summer seas of Cornwall, to camel rides in north Africa, from Times Square to Tenerife. A GAP year upon leaving school cemented the travel bug. After graduating University and before stumbling, happily, into a career in the travel industry I spent a couple of glorious years exploring southern and east Africa, large swathes of South-east Asia, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
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Kate Hitchen

My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way. In fact, I am never happier than when I’m cycling, trekking or simply eating my way through a country! My heart and head regularly pull me east, notably to India but I may also be found wandering through the galleries and piazzas of Italy or daydreaming about fresh ceviche in the far west.
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Joe was wonderful and very knowledgeable about India. He was patient with us as we made numerous changes to the itinerary and very quick to respond.  

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Tiger Cubs, Tadoba National Park, India
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