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Tiger safari in India | Sariska or Ranthambore? Tips on the tour & decision support

See tigers in india? Absolutely. In addition to cultural, culinary and scenic highlights, the tiger safari in a national park is definitely another highlight in India. After all, the chance to see a tiger in the wild is not that often around the world. So it makes sense to seize this in India, where around half of all free tigers worldwide are at home.

In this article you will find detailed information about where you have a good chance of spotting tigers, including key dates for possible safari tours in the two popular national parks Ranthambore and Sariska. In addition, we have created a small overview of the most famous tiger reserves and would like to pass on our experiences and tips to you as a decision-making aid:

»Which national parks are there in India?
“What does the probability of seeing a tiger depend on?
»Which jeep safaris are there in the national park?
»Basic tips for the safari tour.
»The Ranthambore National Park in detail.
»The Sariska National Park in detail.
»Tips that you should also know.
»Conclusion and our experience.
»Impressions from Ranthambore National Park.

»Which national parks for tiger safaris are there in India?

India is big, so the number of national parks where you can watch tigers is also high. Here is an overview of the most famous parks where you can go on a tiger safari:

  1. Ranthambore National Park
    Very popular and easily accessible park in Rajasthan, which is considered one of the most promising places to see tigers.
  2. Sariska National Park
    Also very popular national park in Rajasthan with good prospects to watch tigers.
  3. Corbett National Park
    Located at the foot of the Himalayas, it is one of the oldest parks in India.
  4. Panna National Park
    A relatively unknown park in central India, which, apart from its tigers, is known for its very special flora and fauna.
  5. Bandhavgarh National Park
    Centrally located park in India, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful and offers good prospects to see tigers.
  6. Pench National Park
    On the border with South India, this tiger park is one of the largest. It extends over two states.
  7. Kanha National Park
    This park served as a template for the famous "Jungle Book" and is one of the largest and most beautiful safari parks in India.
  8. Tadoba-Andhari National Park
    One of the few parks in South India that are open all year round. Its two lakes and numerous water holes attract a particularly large number of animals.

“What does it depend on to see a tiger?

The probability of seeing a tiger does not only depend on which park you are in or how many tigers are spread over a certain area.

There are a number of other factors that can have a significant impact on the likelihood of actually seeing wild tigers. Here is a brief overview:

  • Number of tigers

    Logically, your chance increases the more tigers live in a smaller area.

  • District | Zone

    Due to the large number of visitors, for example in Ranthambore National Park, the number of jeeps per area / zone has been limited. The visitors are assigned to the individual vehicles. In which area the animals are currently staying, however, is written in the stars.

  • Landscape of the park

    Is the park densely forested or does it have a lot of open spaces and water holes?

  • season

    It is said that May and June are the most likely to see tigers. Many water holes are then dried out due to the heat and the animals cavort around the remaining water reservoirs.

The landscape of the Ranthambore National Park is a thorn bush savannah with dry deciduous forests, rocky areas, as well as isolated lakes and rivers.

»What types of jeep safari are there in the national park?

  • Jeeps and buses

    There are tours in jeep / gypsy with a maximum of 6 people and safaris with buses, the so-called canter. Of course, the smaller jeeps are recommended, as these also drive into more remote corners where the already shy animals retreat. You will be accompanied by a guide and a driver.

    • Jeep safari small group, max. 6 people
    • Safari in a larger group of approx. 20 people in the so-called Canter
      The Gypsy / Jeep is perfect for a tiger safari in Ranthambore or Sariska National Park.
      View from a gypsy / jeep during a tiger safari in Ranthambore National Park.
      The Canter is a little more comfortable, but you have to share it with up to 20 people.

  • Morning or afternoon safari tours

    The safari tours start in the morning, usually around 6 a.m., before sunrise, or in the afternoon around 2 p.m.

  • Duration of the tours

    Most of the time, the tours last around 2 to 3 hours, whichever depends on the motivation of your guide. Arrival and departure depending on the area, each approx. 45 min.

»Basic tips for the safari tour

  • Probability of seeing tigers

    It is important to realize that the chances of seeing a tiger are negligible. You should therefore not only take the tour because of the tigers, but also enjoy the beauty and biodiversity of nature. The mere fact of how unique it is to be on a tiger safari in a national park in India should inspire you.

  • Prices & time expenditure

    A safari tour is not exactly cheap in India either. You should also bring enough time with you, as the parks are a bit remote and you have to stay overnight at least once in addition to your arrival and departure. The prices for overnight stays and safaris are not exactly low. The high level of comfort in the midst of nature and the experience of the safari itself justify this from our point of view. However, there is never a guarantee of seeing a tiger, which you should always be aware of.

  • Travel time

    From June to October, many national parks are closed due to the heat and the monsoon season.
    In the European winter, the temperatures for jeep safaris are much more pleasant, so the best time to travel is from November to March.
    The warmer it is, the better your chances of seeing tigers. This is because there is less water in the parks.

  • Morning safari

    The jeep safaris start before sunrise. Remember that it is very cold on the open jeeps when they speed over potholes at 70 km / h.
    Ask for a blanket in your hotel if you can't get it anyway.

    On a tiger safari, it can still be quite cold in the mornings in Sariska and Ranthambore. A cloth also protects against dust.

  • Mosquito protection

    Make sure you have adequate protection against mosquitoes. We have summarized a lot of information in our article on optimal mosquito protection.

  • Sun protection

    You're exposed to the direct sun in your jeep and canter. Headgear, sunglasses and skin protection with sunscreen are therefore essential.

  • dress

    Especially in winter you should have appropriate clothing in your luggage due to the cold in the morning, but also after sunset in the evening. It is also advisable not to wear bright colors. Again, prepare for hot temperatures in summer.

»The Ranthambore National Park in detail

The Ranthambore National Park is almost 400 km² and is located about 160 km southeast of Jaipur. Its great popularity lies on the one hand in the easy accessibility within Rajasthan, on the other hand because it is said that the probability of seeing tigers here is above average.

  • Wildlife

    Tigers, leopards, striped hyenas, sambal deer, roe deer, langurs, macaques, jackals, lynxes, sloths, hares, wild boars, chinkara, bats, desert cats, squirrels, flying foxes, foxes, porcupines, hedgehogs, badgers, mongooses, crocodiles and pythons.

    Bengal tiger (King Tiger) with cub in Ranthambore National Park

  • landscape

    Northern desert thorn forests, dry forests and rocky areas with isolated lakes and rivers.

  • opening hours

    The national park is generally open from October 1st to June 30th. The park is closed from July to October due to the rainy season and to allow the animals to relax.
    In the past few years, however, there were occasional exceptions, so that zones 6 - 10 remained open even during the monsoons between July 1st and September 30th. Inquire about safety at an official place.

  • Best travel time

    is November to March. Even if it can get very hot then, the chances of spotting a tiger are highest in summer.

  • getting there

    The nearest airport is Jaipur and is approximately 180 km away. You can find prices for direct flights from many locations in India at Skyscanner *ad to compare. From there and other starting points, you can hire a driver to take you to Ranthambore by car. Alternatively, you can also travel by train. The closest railway station, Sawai Madhopur, is conveniently located on the route between Delhi (approx. 5-7 hours) and Mumbai (approx. 15-20 hours), from there you can get numerous transfers to nearby places and the national park.

    Starting point for the tiger safari, the entrance to Ranthambore National Park

    You can find train tickets online via 12Go Asia *ad. Alternatively, you can research your route at mapsofindia, for example. Train tickets are then available either directly at the train station or online. Note that you have to enter your scanned passport data here to register. Alternatively, you need an Indian cell phone number.

  • overnight stay

    In Ranthambore there are many different accommodations with different levels of comfort. It is best to compare the current offers in your travel period for Ranthambore on booking.com *ad. From our point of view, you don't necessarily have to look for a hotel in the city. There are hardly any restaurants and you are mostly one way or another in your hotel for meals. Most houses offer packages with full board (excluding drinks). In almost every hotel you have to be prepared for a certain "all inclusive" character and for a large number of guests who are constantly discussing with each other who was lucky enough to spot a tiger. We liked the following hotels:

    • We have at Ranthambore Regency *ad stayed overnight, which is in the village and we recommend it because of the good price-performance ratio.
    • If you really like it luxurious, book at The Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort *ad, definitely the nicest hotel in town, but that also has a high price. The Oberoi is halfway to the national park
    • A very good alternative in between is the Ranthambhore Heritage Haveli *ad, which in its traditional style is right in front of the gates of the national park. Full board is therefore recommended. Here you can fully concentrate on the safaris.

      Not much is going on in the towns around Ranthambore National Park.

  • Zones

    Ranthambore National Park is divided into 10 zones. Here is an overview including a description of each zone. Tickets for special zones usually have to be purchased weeks in advance. An additional contingent is available for short-term visitors. The park administration distributes the latter evenly across the zones. If you want to have been to each zone once without long-term advance booking, you theoretically have to book 10 safaris. Here you can find more maps of the different zones in Ranthambore National Park. 1-5 are so-called premium zones, whereby you can run into a tiger in each zone, here you will find exact statistics for each zone.

  • Times of day

    Safaris last around 3.5 hours and can be done in the morning and / or afternoon. You can therefore do a maximum of two safaris a day.

  • vehicles

    You can choose from the above-mentioned Gypsy Jeeps or Canters. In any case, choose the jeep and remember to ask which type of vehicle you are booking when booking complete packages.

    The Canter in Ranthambore National Park is comfortable, but does not reach remote corners.
    The Gypsy / Jeep is perfect for a tiger safari in Ranthambore or Sariska National Park.
    With the Gypsy / Jeep you can also reach more remote corners in Ranthambore and Sariska.

  • Safari prices

    If you book a safari yourself (see below), the costs are between 1357 INR (17.5 €) in the Canter bus and 1714 INR (approx. 22 €) in the Gypsy jeep. Of course, hotels and tour operators pay more, there the prices are between 1800 - 2500 INR and higher depending on the vehicle. However, depending on the accommodation, you will also get blankets, water, etc. and save yourself the hassle of booking.

  • Book safaris (yourself)

    For the sake of simplicity, most visitors book the safaris at the hotel, including specifying the desired zones. If you have plenty of lead time and know your way around, you can also book individual safari zones including the vehicle directly. To do this, you must first register here with the administration of Rajasthan. Then you log in here and select "Forest & Wildlife". Under “Wildlife Ticket Booking Services” you can then pre-order your tickets in the “Advanced Wildlife Ticket Booking” menu.

  • Total packages

    From the surrounding cities such as Jaipur, Agra or Delhi you can also book complete packages including transfers, hotels and safaris. If you are short on time, the fast, worry-free alternative is definitely the one. Here is an example of a day tour from Jaipur: Private Day Trip Ranthambore Tiger Safari *ad.

  • Ranthambore National Park website

    Click here for the official National Park website: Ranthambore National Park. The official site is unfortunately not very productive, most of the information can be found on unofficial sites such as www.ranthamborenationalpark.in or www.ranthamborenationalpark.com. But be careful, these are pages of tour operators and only give the impression of being the official national park homepages.

  • tip

    If you have enough time, don't miss the climb to Ranthambore Fort. From there you have a wonderful view of the entire park. Even if the fort is located in the park, you can reach it normally by taxi or driver and do not have to pay the entrance fee to the national park. Entry to the fort itself is free.

    From the fort you have a wonderful view of the Ranthambore National Park.

»The Sariska National Park in detail

The Sariska National Park is almost 870 km² and about 110 km from Jaipur or 200 km from New Delhi. Its great popularity among tourists lies in its seclusion and the fact that it is less crowded with tourists.

  • Wildlife

    Tiger, leopard, swamp and desert lynx, striped hyena, deer, antelope, gazelle, wild boar, langur, rhesus monkey, as well as numerous bird and reptile species, such as the national bird peacock or crocodile.

    The blue peacock is the national bird of India.
    Marsh crocodile basks in the national park in India.
    Indian langurs and giant bats in the tree.

  • landscape

    Thorn bush savannah and dry deciduous forests.

  • opening hours

    The national park is generally open from October 1st to June 30th. The park is closed from July to October due to the rainy season and to allow the animals to relax.
    In the past few years, however, there were occasional exceptions by which the park could be used with one's own vehicle on Tuesdays and Saturdays during the monsoons. Inquire about safety at an official place.

  • Best travel time

    is November to March.

  • getting there

    The nearest airport in Jaipur is around 110 km away. You can find prices for direct flights from many locations in India at Skyscanner *ad to compare. You can hire a driver from there and other starting points. which takes you to the park itself by car or to Alwar, which is approx. 35km from the park, or you can also travel by train. The nearest train station, Alwar, is about a three-hour train ride from Delhi. From the train station you get numerous transfers to the nearby town and national park.

    If you spend the night in one of the camps at Tehla and arrive by train, you can also drive directly to Rajgarh instead of Alwar. When booking your ticket, make sure that you are going to the correct Rajgarh, as the place name seems to be popular in India. We recommend you train tickets directly online at 12Go Asia *adto buy.

    There are also numerous buses from Delhi or Jaipur to Alwar.

  • overnight stay

    There are numerous hotels and accommodations in the vicinity of the Sariska National Park. We also recommend the latest offers in Sariska at booking.com *ad to compare.

    Sariska: There are few accommodations in the village itself. The Sariska Palace * is a bit higher priced and, according to comments, is probably getting on in years.ad, for smaller budgets comes the simple RTDC Hotel Tiger Den *ad in question. Both are right at the entrance to the national park, but you shouldn't have too high expectations.

    Alwar: You will find most of the accommodations in Alwar, approx. 1 hour's drive away, or halfway between the national park and the town.

    You can reach the national park from both places via the Sariska Gate.

    Telha: There is another gate at the other end of the park, the so-called.Tehla Gate: this is where the luxurious "camps" are located V Resorts Utsav Camp *ad and Vanaashrya *ad - certainly nice alternatives for nature lovers with high demands.

  • Routes

    If you book your ticket yourself, you can choose between routes 1-3. Unlike the zones in Ranthambore, the choice of routes is not essential, and the National Park staff will design the tour based on their experience anyway.

  • Times of day

    Safaris last around 3-4 hours and can be done in the morning and / or in the afternoon. You can therefore do a maximum of two safaris a day.

  • vehicles

    For tours through the Sariska Gate, you can choose from the above-mentioned gypsy jeeps or canters. In any case, choose the jeep and remember to ask which type of vehicle you are booking when booking complete packages. In any case, only jeeps are available for access via the Tehla Gate.

    On a tiger safari in India.

  • Safari prices

    If you book a safari yourself (see below), the costs are between 926 INR (approx. 12 €) in the Canter bus and 1227 INR (approx. 16 €) in the Gypsy jeep. Hotels and tour operators will of course add to this, but depending on the accommodation you will also get blankets, water, etc. and save yourself the hassle of booking.

  • Book safaris (yourself)

    For the sake of simplicity, most visitors book the safaris at the same time, including specifying the desired routes in the hotel. If you have plenty of lead time and know your way around, you can also book individual safari routes including vehicle directly. To do this, you must first register here with the administration of Rajasthan