We only have 8 days in India and we want to see a TIGER! Please help!

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#1 Mar 15th, 2005, 02:53
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We have 10 days to travel over the Christmas holidays and we'd like to go to India. Our main goal is to see a tiger in the wild. I realize it's crazy to go for such a short amount of time considering we'll lose 2-3 days just getting there and back, but we want to have kids soon so this will be our last chance to go for 15-20 years. I'd rather go for a short time than not at all.

Any recommendations or advice? Realistically, what are our chances of seeing a tiger? What's the best place to go to increase our chances? Any travel websites or travel agent recommendations? Thanks!
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No advice or recommendations, only a reaction: Wow, what a dilema! Only 8 days? No chance to visit for 15-20 years if you don't go now? Perhaps you could re-examine your assumptions about what you believe is possible. I'm guessing you've underestimated yourselves somehow, and that some barriers you're impeded by are only there because you *believe* they're there. Remember, there's no rehersal for your life; this is it. (I guess there was some advice in this post after all).
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Visit Bandhavgarh and there's a very very good chance u'll see a few

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We got married last year and plan to start a family soon. We're adventurous, but not crazy and won't be taking our kids on safari's until they're at least teenagers (and even then we'll have to think long and hard about it). I can't imagine leaving my kids alone with their grandparents for two weeks while my husband and I go off trekking into the jungle... so yes, it will be 15 to 20 years before we could go to India to see the Tiger.

We're already planning a 2 week trip to the Pantanal and the Amazon in Brazil next summer. I could shorten that trip and make the India trip longer... still haven't made up my mind.
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The spot-the-tiger season will start now. The summer heat will drive all animals including the tiger to the nearest water-hole. This is when you can see them.


Bandhavgarh, Ranthambore, Kanha... these are my pick.
...and I took the road less travelled.
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With only eight days you'd better stick to squeezing in Ranthambore as part of a mini-Rajasthan tour. No guarantee of tigers no matter when you go.
I say eight days is better than no days........ Just don't try to cover too much ground. You'll come back.
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Its not just about where to go? there is a lot about when, how, what etc.egarding tiget spotting. Even if you get to the right spot, there is a good chance that the tiger is watching you while you have no clue where it might be. Regardless of where you go, and IMer will have some good suggestions, make sure you get a good guide and be willing to listen to any suggestions he/she might have -- including waking up early in the morning, not making any sound etc. etc..

You might find these threads informative --http://www.indiamike.com/india/showt...oto=nextoldest

--http://travel.timesonline.co.uk/arti...055571,00.html
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Tigers in India

We were in Ranthambore in January. No tigers to be seen - but they are there. The India Today magazine has a great article on the Tigers in Ranthambore. Get it and read it. We stayed at the Ranthambore Regency - highly recommended! We took our 15 year old son. We did two tours - a jeep in the afternoon and an early morning canter. The jeep was better.
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Here's my vote. Not Bandhavgarh, and especially not at that time of year which is considered off-season. We took a trip specifically to Bandavgargh at that time of year for the wildlife, saw no tigers which was a-ok, but it took us forever to get there and it was really really expensive. They have a peacock at the front entrance though---just like the zoo and we saw chickens and deer. Long trip for all of that, and not very friendly either. I can't DIS-recommend it highly enough. Locals said Kanha was much better....but hmmm I don't know, it seems hard to get to too. I think this is the only place I have ever been that I would actually NOT recommend going too. I guess too, I have to question why you would travel that far JUST to see a tiger. What if you don't see a tiger....will that be ok? There's an awful lot of amazing things to see in India.

I too, question your assumption that you wouldn't be able to travel with kids.
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One tip avoid Sariska in Rajasthan.
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I think better way to go ranthambhore and stay there for five to six night's and enjoy the wild life and it is definately sure you can see a tiger in four five safari's. early Morning there is very bright chance to see the tiger and also in the late evening.

you can see the tiger very close. If you really want to see a tiger then you can go with jypsy not with the big truck's.
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This thread is an obvious troll.
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Mea culpa, it's not a troll - but it should be.
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what makes you say that anon?
Laziness is not a real word! It's most literal translation is "Differing Priorities"
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I don't think we need to know, zealot , let's get back to the tigers.
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Tigers

Tiger sightings in Ranthambore have gone down drastically........whereas tiger sightings in Corbett have increased manifold.....for that I will vouch.On my last 4 visits to Corbett I have seen as many as 29!!

Jan 16th: 2 nights:6 sightings.
Feb.20th:3nights:13 sightings!!!
March 1st :4nights:3 sightings.
April 17th :2 nights : 7 sightings.

Apart from the tigers Corbett has a treasure of bird life and TONS of wild elephants.

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