Top Questions to Ask Yourself Before Going to Tiger Safari

Traveling can be an overwhelming experience for some people in India and getting to the rural heartland of the country which is mostly covered with wilderness is even more daunting. In this day and age, most national parks offer safari tours that are very safe, accessible and vary from affordable to luxurious. But before going for tiger safari in India, we have listed some of the important questions you should ask yourself first – 

Where to Go for Tiger Safari in India?

Spotting tigers is a matter of luck and jeep safaris in India can help you increase your chance to spot a tiger. Some national parks in India are well known for their dry deciduous forests to spot tigers and they have great number of jeeps that visit the park. Here are some of the best national parks for tiger sightings – 

Which is the best season in India for tiger spotting?

A lot of national parks in India remain closed during monsoon for tourists from July to September and remain open the rest of the year. The scenario varies by season and national parks in India and you can enjoy them in different ways – 

  • The jungle looks more beautiful than ever with dense greens in October and November with pleasant temperatures. 
  • Witness the golden light through the morning mist during the picturesque winters of India from December to February when the temperature falls to around 0 degrees. So, be sure to carry layers of warm clothes. 
  • March to June remains the dry summers in India where you can find the most number of tigers spending their time across several water bodies in the wilderness. They usually get there to quench their thirst and wait for their prey discretely like monkeys and deer. You can also spot the tigers in the water to beat the heat of summer. 

How many days do I need to spare for tiger safari in India?

The national parks in India are usually located far off from the vast metropolitan cities. So, you need to take at least a few days to visit a national park. Ideally, you should take 8 to 10 safaris and spend 4 nights at least to improve your likelihood to spot a tiger and wildlife in India. You also need some time to understand the wilderness itself. 

Despite the wilderness, there is no need to worry about accommodation as there are many budget hotels and lodges available from homestays and 3-star hotels to 5-star lodges for a great safari experience. 

How many weeks or days before I need to plan for safari?

Because of limited safari permits available in India, you need to arrange for a safari permit at least four months before confirming the safari trip in India. There are many tour operators you can choose who can guide you regarding permits, accommodation, safari and other arrangements. 

Is wildlife safari safe in India?

When it comes to going for a wildlife safari, safety is the no.1 concern. Hence, we have listed some of the tips to ensure a fun and safe safari experience on your stay – 

Safari tips – 

  • It is vital to hire experienced drivers, guides and naturalists who can stay with you all the time and instruct you regarding the safety of the safari. 
  • You need to trust the guide and listen to them in any case of uncertainty. 
  • All the wildlife lodges provide their safety briefing when you check-in for accommodation and you need to keep that in mind. 
  • The forest guards stay in the check-posts and watch-posts in the forests that are available at short intervals. You can access them for any emergency. 
  • Animals are rarely the interruptions for safari jeeps as they prefer to keep out of any human interaction. 

Tips for staying in lodges 

  • Some lodges have properly maintained the habitat of the jungle and they are located in the proximity to venomous and non-venomous snakes, leopards, tigers, wild boars, and elephants. 
  • So, it is advised to avoid wandering alone in the very early morning or at night and carry a torch or flashlight in the dark. 
  • Also, keep all the doors and windows closed to avoid the entry of any insect or reptiles in your room at dusk. 
  • Carry all the food items in your room and store them in a cool place. 

What types of vehicles are available for safari?

Generally, park management allows only 4×4 open-air jeeps for jungle safari for providing the best viewing experience. These vehicles can go deep into the jungle and have a seating capacity of 6 passengers along with driver and guide. Be sure to book exclusive or private safari to have a better experience without sharing with anyone. 

What documents are needed for safari?

It is advised to carry all your original identification documents for each safari – 

  • Passports are mandatory for foreign tourists. 
  • Aadhar Card, Passports, Voter ID, and Driving License are required for Indian tourists. 

Food and Water – The lodges allow light breakfast and water to carry along which you can have at a specific spot in the park. Be sure to confirm your booking with your agent or lodge. 

Will I have a Cellular or Wi-Fi network?

You may get Wi-Fi in some resorts but the chances are very rare to get the proper signals in the wilderness and rural areas. The Wi-Fi network is also slow in most resorts. You can just send emails or messages over WhatsApp. In case of any emergency requirements, the lodge staff may help you. 

How about the safari timings? 

Basically, the jungle safari is available in two-time slots in India – 

  • Morning Safari – From early morning till 11:00 hrs 
  • Afternoon safari – From 3 PM till evening. 

Safari timings also vary as per the seasons. 

Winter – Safaris start a bit later than in summer as per the sunrise and end a bit earlier by the evening as the sun sets earlier in winter and days are usually shorter. 

Summer – Since the days are longer, safaris start earlier in the morning and later in the afternoon because days are hotter too. 

You can also opt for a photographer’s permit, a special permit for full-day safari. You can stay the whole day inside the park from morning till evening.

Did you know that there is another reason to visit Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh? Tourists visit here to witness the iconic Bengal Tigers and rich variety of flora and fauna species. If you are planning to visit Kanha National Park this winter, don’t forget to visit Kakaiya village located in Anjaniya forest region which is located around 1-2 km from Kanha’s buffer zone. Tourists from different parts of India are getting there all the way to witness Ajgar Dadar. 

Thousands of hundreds of pythons are found here in 2 acres of landscapes in Kakaiya Gram. You can easily witness pythons of all sizes from small to large ones. These pythons are listed under ‘very rare species’ by experts here. They are also focusing on the conservation of these species. 

According to a forest official, conservation measures are being prepared to protect these pythons. If locals are to be believed, these pythons call this area their home over several years. They are mostly spotted during winters. 

Why do these pythons live here? 

Igneous rocks are scattered around 5 to 7 acres of this region which have wide cracks. According to the forest officials, these rocks have huge cracks making enough space for pythons to live here. A python can stay at one place for several months. Wildlife experts believe that pythons don’t hunt another prey for several months after getting full. They can survive at their den for several months without eating. 

Forest officers claim that it’s the first time in India when such a huge colony of pythons is found. When asked why so many pythons live here, they said these serpents can easily find their prey here. Rats are their favorite prey. This place has crumbled soil which is an ideal breeding ground for rats. This is the reason why such a huge number of pythons are found here. 

What is Ajgar Dadar? 

 For your information, Ajgar Dadar is a rare species of python which comes out of their burrows only in winters for getting some sunlight. In addition, it is also the season for their breeding. Most of the time, these pythons live alone and gather in groups only when they have to reproduce. The geographical conditions of this region are ideal for these pythons. This is why they are found in such a huge number here. 

This is the reason why this area is called Ajgar Dadar. It has been declared as a conserved area by the forest department. However tourists still visit there to see these rock pythons. According to the officials in the Forest Department, this place has up to 2000 pythons. They are mostly found in a group of 8 to 10 pythons. 

Kanha National Park is already famous for its natural beauty and favorable atmosphere. A lot of tourists visit here to spot several wildlife species. Ajgar Dadar is another tourist attraction you may visit.