Tadoba Tiger Reserve is one of India’s leading tiger reserves and national parks. It is known as the Land of the Tigers, due to its high tiger density; recent estimates indicate around 72 tigers over a rich jungle spread over 625 square kilometres. Visitors report frequent tiger and wild dog sightings and, in general, the park offers plenty of opportunities for close encounters of the wildlife kind which also include: Leopard, Sloth Bear, Gaur (Indian Bison), Rusty Spotted Cat, Ratel, Indian Mouse Deer, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Wild Pig, Four Horned Antelope, Flying Squirrel, and more. Over 200 species of birds include the crested serpent eagle, honey buzzard, paradise flycatcher, grey-headed fishing eagle, the shy jungle fowl, and much more.
We visited Tadoba with the expectation of seeing tigers and were not disappointed. After a morning and afternoon safari we had racked up 12 separate tiger sightings, one of which was from about 5 metres away - see our photographs above. Whilst this is not normal, it does suggest that tiger sightings are pretty common.