Help! We want to see tigers......

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Hi everybody! I'm new...... please be nice!
My partner and I are going to Goa for two weeks at the beginning of April (2nd time) and have decided that after spending a couple of days recouperating we want to see tigers! Therein lies our dilemma.....can anyone guide us righteously please. I'll list what we've been toying with so far:
1 - Bandhavgarh....but how to get there from Goa? Fly to Delhi, then what I don't know! Or Fly to Mumbai then to train nearest town to the park....again...we dont know!


We have looked at domestic flight sites which seem straightforward. I tried the train sites...but keep stumbling on which train to get and reservation procedures are proving to be quite a struggle!

2 - Any other parks(state wise) near to Goa that we can quench our thirst for the elusive tiger?


3 - How to book resorts at the park(Bandhavgarh or other)? Which is the best, location, budget, facilities etc

I know there are a lot of questions here but any hints and advice we would appreciate greatly!
Thanks!
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You could train it all the way via Pune, be aware though it's a long trek!!

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Hello suddini and welcome to indiamike.com

I'm not sure Bandhavgarh will offer the best opportunity to see a tiger, I'll wait for others to comment on this.

Bandhavgarh wouldn't be easy to get to, I'm guessing you'd fly Goa-Mumbai-Jabalpur (if there is a flight to Jabalpur), but I'm confident we could find a good route, but as I say, I'd rather wait to see what others have to say first.

Ranthambhore would be easier to get to, though you'd still have a flight+train or a 24 hour direct train.

Are long train journeys an option?

As a guide, how much time will you be allowing for your total tiger trip? (Goa to Goa) and what day of the week would you likely be starting this trip from Goa? (not all trains/flights are daily)
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It would take a big chunk out of your trip to go up to Bandhavgarh. Bear in mind that unless you go to the tiger show you really need to allow three or four days to be sure of seeing tigers.

How about going south to Nagarahole; it's certainly harder to see tigers, although they are there, but it's a lovely place. Or try BR Hills just south east of Mysore.
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Banhdavgarh is far superior to Ranthambore for Tiger sightings Steven and offers one of the best chances of seeing a tiger of any of the parks, alongside Corbett and Kaziranga.

Getting there as Mikewill pointed out is a bit of a chore from Goa!!
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ummm just wondering.... I had heard og Shimoga, in North Karnataka (I guess) and so nearer to Goa. Had thot of going there when in Goa as it seemed doable but later dropped for my own reasons.
I heard it has tigers. Anyone any confirmation on Shimoga?
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This is the link I had come across while thinking of it.
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hmmm...looks like a perfect place wrt to journey time n accessibility.....PROVIDED THERE ARE TIGERS THERE

201 miles from Panaji.
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Originally Posted by steven_ber Hello suddini and welcome to indiamike.com

I'm not sure Bandhavgarh will offer the best opportunity to see a tiger, I'll wait for others to comment on this.

Bandhavgarh wouldn't be easy to get to, I'm guessing you'd fly Goa-Mumbai-Jabalpur (if there is a flight to Jabalpur), but I'm confident we could find a good route, but as I say, I'd rather wait to see what others have to say first.

Ranthambhore would be easier to get to, though you'd still have a flight+train or a 24 hour direct train.

Are long train journeys an option?

As a guide, how much time will you be allowing for your total tiger trip? (Goa to Goa) and what day of the week would you likely be starting this trip from Goa? (not all trains/flights are daily)
Thanking you all for such speedy responses
I think we'd prefer to go to Bandhavgarh from research and advice etc if poss!
We have roughly 7-9 days to play with our tiger quest.....don't mind long train journeys....thinking of starting midweek (we arrive 31/4 and leave 13/4) we'd like a couple of days either side for R n R in Goa)

Which city wld it be best to fly to...Delhi or Mumbai? rest at the city for a day or so...and then catch either flights or train to the park...any ideas?
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Nearest airport to Bandhavgarh is Jabalpur (195km). Of course, there's also an airport at Khajuraho and it's about 6 hours by car from there to Tala, the village at the gates to the park.

There's a real range of accommodation depending on your budget. Better places may have better drivers.
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Booking process

Thanks for that Mike!
Would it be a good idea to book accommodation and transport when we get to Goa, through local travel agents or is it better to book domestic flights, rail travel and resort accommodation from here?
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Originally Posted by suddini Thanking you all for such speedy responses
I think we'd prefer to go to Bandhavgarh from research and advice etc if poss!
We have roughly 7-9 days to play with our tiger quest.....don't mind long train journeys....thinking of starting midweek (we arrive 31/4 and leave 13/4) we'd like a couple of days either side for R n R in Goa)

Which city wld it be best to fly to...Delhi or Mumbai? rest at the city for a day or so...and then catch either flights or train to the park...any ideas?
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Quick question....

Do you want to see the Taj Mahal?

If my memory is correct there is an overnight train from Agra to Umaria (for Banhavgarh), so a flight from Goa to Delhi, then transport to Agra could be an option.

I'll just check on that train.
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Train 8478 departs Agra Cant daily at 16:10 and gets to Umaria at 05:43.

2-tier air con = Rs 1052
3-tier air con = Rs 741
Sleeper class = Rs 273 (not air con)
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Hi and thanks for the info Steven.
We would love to see the Taj Mahal but didn't think it would be poss to squeeze everything in even though we've got a good week to play around with!
If we did go ahead with flying to Delhi, would it be better to fly or train to Agra?
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Make sure you include a zoo which has tigers as part of your itenerary as there is no guarantee that you will see any tigers in the wild.
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