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India’s National Tiger Conservation Authority has organized one meeting to get a decision regarding a total ban on ‘Tiger Safari In India’ and also plans to phase out all 37 tiger reserves in India. The reason behind this strict decision is the continuous decline in the percentage of tigers in India. By such ban they hope of stemming the decline of the endangered tiger populations.

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From many centuries global explorers and nature enthusiasts have travelled throughout the jungles of India in hopes of spotting a Bengal tiger in the wild.  In the early 1900’s, the estimated population of Tigers was 40,000, which is now declined to just 1,350. It indicates a danger of falling below a sustainable population.

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Authorized Tiger Safaris are even failed to protect the population of tigers, while attempting tourists to bring ever closer to their natural habitat. Multiple Safari lodges and resorts have been built in Eco sensitive areas, some of these block restricts the tiger’s traditional migratory routes.  Due to the excitement of tourist in watching the most exotic creature of world ‘The Tigers’, they prefer to go for an exciting tiger safari, but ever growing number of tours have resulted in tigers being herded by elephants at the time of Safari on the back of Elephants. Whereas, in case of safari via jeeps a problem of traffic jams may arise with photo snapping tourists.  Worst case among all this is that, poachers have continuously raided and killed tigers, which guarantees the eventual extinction of tigers in India.

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Global explorers and government are hoping that by taking this drastic decision of banning tiger sightseeing tours will help to repopulate the habitat of majestic Indian tiger. But it is still not confirm that, whether the poachers will be able divert once attention to take away tourists from the tiger’s territory.  The biggest loss behind this ban is that, dozens of travel companies and their employees will suffer from some decline.  This is indeed a most tentative and dangerous time for Tiger population in India, so here we are hoping India can stabilize this population and prevent them eventuality when the only tigers that can be seen are in a zoo!

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Bharatpur national park, as many people prefer to call it the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary lies between two of India’s most historic cities, namely Agra and Jaipur. It hosts over 300 species of birds. Bharatpur National Park is popularly known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park, which is situated in eastern Rajasthan, and is about 190 km away from Delhi. This Bharatpur National Park contributes largely to the ‘Tiger Safari In India’.

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This park covers 29 square km area. The park derives its name from ancient temple dedicated to Keoladeo located at center of the park. Ghana means dense and refers to the thick forest, which covered the area. 11 square km of the park is marsh land and rest comprises of scrubland and grassland which attracts to many birds. These birds migrating from far away countries spend their winters here before returning to their homes. Many species of cranes, geese, eagles, wheatears, wagtails, pelicans, warblers, shanks, larks, pipits, flycatchers, buntings etc. and other migrating birds are found here.

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The capital attraction of most of the tourists is Siberian crane or great white crane. It migrates every year during winter covering a distance of almost half the globe.  The journey to this sanctuary is 6400 km from their breeding grounds in Siberia. The stay lasts from December to March. These birds are on the verge of extinction and number only a few hundreds now. The birds from the western parts of the globe migrate to Keoladeo coming from the river basin region, in the Aral Mountains in Siberia via Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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The other stop for them is Feredunkenar in Iran. The Siberian crane is different from Indian cranes in its eating habits. Siberian cranes are entirely vegetarian. They feed on aquatic, roots and tubers in loose flocks of five or six. The park also boasts of an impressive list of fauna which includes black buck, sambhar, spotted deer, nilgai and pythons, chital, leopard. This fascinating place with woodlands and green tall grasses with marshes and scrublands is endowed with a unique plethora of flora and fauna.

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October and February is the best time to visit this park when wintering wildfowl assemble in thousands on the lakes.

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Sunderban is the stretch of a mangrove forests located in the southern tip of west Bengal, which touches the Arabian Sea. The Indian Sunderbans covers an area of 9630 square km, out of which the Reserve Forest occupies nearly 4263 square km. The site is declared as a forest reserve by UNESCO, and in the year 1989 Sunderbans area was declared as Biosphere Reserve. Initially a part of reserve was known as Sajnekhali Wildlife Sanctuary. The faunal and floral treasure, the people and their culture, the unique riverine system and its serene scenic beauty attracts thousands of Indian and foreign tourists every year. This beautiful forest also en-lights the ‘Tiger Safari In India’.

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Sunderban is home to 274 Royal Bengal Tigers which is the largest single population of the species in the world. At the launch of ‘Project Tiger’ in the year 1973, the Sunderbans was among the nine Wildlife Reserves declared as ‘Tiger Reserves’. In 1987 due to high biodiversity and ongoing geological processes Sunderbans National Park was declared a ‘World Heritage Site’ by IUCN.

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The literal translation of the word in Bengalis is ‘beautiful jungle’ or ‘beautiful forest’. Many believed that the word Sunderban is taken from ‘sundari’ and ‘ban’, which means ‘the forests of sundari’ referring to the large mangrove tress. Sunderban is a place for birdwatchers as the thick forest here is home to the rarest varieties of birds such as Masked Fin Foot, Mangrove Pitta and the Mangrove Whistler.

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During high tides, a large portion of the Sunderban gets submerged and during ebbs a thick alluvium is left behind. This makes the terrain slushy. It becomes very difficult for tigers to hunt. Therefor sometimes tigers of the Sunderban have to depend on fish and crabs for food. Due to the hostile ecosystem, tigers here are expert swimmers, and are often seen crossing even broad rivers. The other characteristic of the tiger of Sunderban is that due to their estuarine habitat, they drink saline water.

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The trees here have a capacity to hold the high salinity, lack of soil erosion and daily inundation by high tides. The plants here have adapted to the changing ecosystem. The terrestrial and the aquatic life are maintained by the tidal forms and mangrove vegetation in Sunderbans. There are endangered mammals like Genetic Dolphins which live within mangrove creeks lying close to sea. It is also a home for Trans Himalayan migratory birds. It also features the ruins of a 400 year old temple at Netidhopani.

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October to March is the best time to visit Sunderban because the weather is pleasant and dry during this time.

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Few years ago I saw a tiger in the forest for the first time, at Bandavgarh National Park. It still makes my hairs on the back of neck stand straight on the end, by just thinking about it.

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At that moment we all were in incredible tension. She was so close to us. We were just thinking of weather it is real or our prediction, at same moment she just padded her way, cool as you like, out onto our dirt track and across the front of our jeep. Soon she came directly in front of our jeep.

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Last month I revisited Bandavgarh and many other tiger parks in India. But this tike luck wasn’t with me, but still the thrill of going for the safari in India never subsides.

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It is very shameful to say that, we could be one of the last remaining generations on earth which gets the chance to see this incredible creature in the wild. Because as the tiger numbers are still on decline, our next generation would not see them at all.

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Still, the best place for seeing tigers is India, with almost half the world’s tigers. India serves total 39 tiger sanctuaries. To help you to decide where to go for a ‘Tiger Safari In India’, here is the list of few best national parks in India:

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Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh

This national park gives you a best chance of seeing a wild tiger. If you spend one or two days here, you are guaranteed to see tigers. One added attraction to this is the village of Tala, at the back side of park’s main gate, has a great options for accommodation suitable to all budgets.

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Kanha, Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh state is the king of tiger territory in India. It serves five tiger parks, all of which give a best chance of seeing a tiger. Among them this one is the most famous for its vast forests, and 99% chances of seeing a tiger. Here we can really go deep into the forest, because the park’s huge core area is surrounded by a large buffer zone, which gives us a complete safari experience.

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Sunderbans, West Bengal

This famous national park hosts a large number of Bengal tigers. Seeing one of them is extremely rare, but still you will have a great fun trying this at Sunderban. Getting here is an adventure and once you arrive, you will have to sign up for safaris not in jeeps, but in canoes!

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Pench, Madhya Pradesh

It is a best-known tiger parks in Madhya Pradesh. Pench is mostly covered by teak-tree forest rather than sal, which offers a different flavour than nearby Kanha and Bandavgarh. While driving around the park, you will often feel like you have the whole forest to yourself.

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Corbett, Uttarakhand

Originally named as Hailey National Park. Corbett was opened in 1936 and it is the oldest tiger park in India. The chances of seeing tigers in this park are quite slim, but here you can feel smug in the fact that you have seen one that wasn’t baited or tracked.

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Sasan Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, Gujarat

It has zero chances of seeing a tiger. But still it is famous for its last remaining of wild Asian lions on Earth. Wild lions in India like ‘Panthera leo persica’ is a different subspecies than its African cousin ‘panthera leo leo’.

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Watching wildlife is more than a dreamlike pleasure. Such adventure can bring your body and mind with full of refreshment. It can also teach you about the relationship between living things on the earth. A Jungle Safari is exciting enough to explore the wildlife, but to explore the life of royal beast – The ‘Tiger Safari In India’, is a special treat that no explorer in India would want to miss.

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About Ranthambore National Park

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Ranthambore National Park is one of the biggest and most renowned national parks in northern India. This park is situated in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan, which is about 130 km from Jaipur. Now days Ranthambore National Park is one of the major wildlife tourist attraction spot that has pulled the attention of many wildlife photographers and lovers in this destination.

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Wildlife Animals in Ranthambore:

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Ranthambore National Park contains a huge variety of animals, birds and reptiles within it. Wildlife population of this park consist of tigers, leopards, striped hyenas, sambar, deer, chital, nilgai, langurs, macaques, jackals, jungle cats, caracals, sloth bears, black bucks, rufoustailed hare, Indian wild boar, chinkara, common palm civets or toddy cat, yellow bats, desert cats, fivestriped palm squirrels, Indian false vampires, Indian flying foxes, gerbilles, mole rats, porcupines, ratels, small mongoose, small civets. The amphibian species only consist of common Indian toad and frog.

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Ranthambore Park is most famous for its diurnal tigers. These tigers are so accustomed to human presence that they are known to even hunt in broad daylight in full view of gaping tourist. The park also has a large number of marsh crocs Reptiles: snub nosed march crocodiles, desert monitor lizards, tortoise, banded kraits, cobras, Ganga soft shelled turtles, pythons, rat snakes, vipers, chamaeleon.

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Birds in Ranthambore

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Due to varied terrain and abundance of water bodies this park has an excellent population of birds, which include both resident and migrant. In total, a list of 272 species has been documented. Some of best locations to watch birds are Malik Talao, the Ranthambore Fort, Rajbagh Talao, Padam Talao and the Jhalra area. Most important birds in Ranthambore includes graylag goose, woodpeckers, gray hornbills, kingfishers, bee eaters, cuckoos, para keets palm swift, owl, nightjars, pigeon, dove, crakes, snipes, sandpipers, gulls, terns, great crested grebe, eagles, darters, cormorants, egrets, herons, bitterns, flamingos, ibis, pelicans, storks, pittas, shrikes, orioles, cuckoo-shrikes, minivets, drongos, flycatchers, pipits, bayas, finches, wagtails, munias, bulbul, mynas, falcons etc.

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Indian Tiger Safaris today offer a great deal of adventurous opportunities to ensure that every tourist must enjoy the wildlife journey and make every encounter a memorable one. One of the famous forests in India for tiger safari is Ranthambore.