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Tadoba – Wander in the Tiger Land

Over the years, Tadoba National Park has become one of the most sought after wildlife destination in India. Created in 1955, it is one of the oldest national parks of Maharashtra. The frequency of sightings has ensured that wildlife enthusiasts visit this place again and again. This forest is home to numerous small and big species of the animal kingdom. But it is often marketed as the ‘Tiger Land’ by the travel and tour operators now-a-days. The tracking and sightings of some species here can make your visit unforgettable to Tadoba!

Below is some information which is useful for your journey to Tadoba:

1. The Bengal Tiger

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Tadoba justly deserves its reputation as a great place in India to see tigers in the wild. Compared to both Ranthambore and Bandhavgarh, Tadoba seems to provide more frequent, but also more extensive viewings of tigers.

2. Your time to blend in with the Reserve

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Try to wear muted colors, like green or beige, so you will better blend into the background and the natural environment. Also, it can be very dusty, so be sure to wear clothing that is easier to clean. To protect your camera, I recommend a small towel to both cover it and clean it off.

3. The Indian Leopard

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Leopards are solitary predators who remain well-camouflaged at night but come down from trees to hunt during the day. Indian leopards are good climbers and rely on trees for cover, so are found usually on trees along with their kills or alone cleaning their fur.

4. The Gaur

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Tadoba also offers great viewing of small herds of Gaur, an ancestral wild cow of India, of which the jet black male, with its formidable build, will take your breath away.

5. The royal history

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The region was once ruled by the Gond kings who used these forests as hunting grounds till it was banned in 1935. In 1955, 116.54 sq km of the forest was declared as Tadoba National Park and then in 1986 another of 509 sq km adjacent to the reserve was notified as the Andhari Wildlife Sanctuary. The two sanctuaries were subsequently integrated and in 1993, it became a Project Tiger Reserve.

Park timings:

Winter: Morning: 5.45 am to 9.30 am | Evening: 2.30 pm to 5.00 pm Summers: Morning: 6.45 am to 12.15 pm | Evening: 2.30 pm to 5.00 pm

Present prices for safaris:

Gypsy: INR 2,200 (US$ 36.5) Entry fee: Weekdays – INR 100 (US$ 1.5) for Indian Nationals | INR 600 (US$ 10) for Foreign Nationals Weekends – INR 150 (US$ 2.5) for Indian Nationals | INR 900 (US$ 15) for Foreign Nationals

How to book jeep safaris:

https://www.mahaonline.gov.in/NationalPark/ MahaNationalPark/Availability.aspx

Any restrictions and rules:

Camera with more than 250 mm lens – INR 200 (US$ 3)

Latest information on tourism zones:

Tadoba zone (Khutvanda gate): Morning- 4 vehicles | Evening- 4 vehicles Tadoba zone (Kolara gate): Morning- 8 vehicles | Evening- 8 vehicles Moharli zone: Morning- 20 vehicles | Evening- 20 vehicles Tadoba zone (Navegaon gate): Morning- 4 vehicles | Evening- 4 vehicles Pangdi: Morning- 3 vehicles | Evening- 3 vehicles Zhari (Kolsa): Morning- 4 vehicles | Evening- 4 vehicles

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