What Is It?

Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is a very popular tiger reserve, tucked away in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra. One of the oldest national parks in India, Tadoba is part of India’s 41 ‘Project Tiger’ reserves – supporting and preserving the wildlife habitat of tigers and other wildlife creatures.

How Do I Get There?

To have a satisfying safari and explore the reserve extensively, we would suggest do it over a long weekend. The easiest way to get to the reserve is head to Nagpur {a 90 minute flight}, and then drive down to Tadoba, which would approximately be a two hour drive.

What’s So Unique About It?

Tadoba reserve is known for its unique eco-system of hosting a variety of flora and fauna. The most unique bit, however, we think are the tigers that you may chance upon whilst on your safari. The tadoba reserve has over 100 tigers and almost 300 species of birds – a completely novel experience for city dwellers like us.

Being on the safari is a thrilling experience altogether. If you’re lucky enough {which people generally are}, you get to see Indian foxes, hares, sloth bears or even the magnificent and the fastest animal on this planet, leopard. The safari has two slots, one happens in the morning between 6am and 11 am, and then in the afternoon, from 2.30pm to 6.30pm. All safaris are organised by the Forest Department of Maharasthra along with their trained guides, so make sure to carry your identity proof on you.

Anything Else?

Anyone who’s looking for a luxurious stay at Tadoba, we recommend the Bamboo forest safari – for its gorgeous and quiet villas, over-indulgent buffet like spread and other activities like the nature walk, spa, cycling and even star gazing at night. All of the lodges at the Bamboo safari lodge are eco-friendly, made from wood, and some even offer a breath taking lakeside view, and an open-sky bath tub.

The Bamboo forest stay is perfect for anyone who’s been looking forward to a luxurious trip and has a budget that goes beyond your usual quick road trip. For these dreamy villas and chalets, the packages start at INR 22,000 {inclusive of all the taxes and meals}. The safari charges are extra, and must be booked in advance.

So, We’re Saying…

Photo source: Akshay Kumar / The Bamboo Forest Safari Lodge, Tadoba.

Photo source: Akshay Kumar / The Bamboo Forest Safari Lodge, Tadoba.

If you’re in the mood to escape to proper wilderness and experience nature and animals at their purest form, then Tadoba is a must-visit. It’s all worth a trip down, especially if you catch a glimpse of the royal tigers prancing around the park.

If you’d like to book your stay at the Bamboo forest safari, go here.

Photos source: The Bamboo Forest Safari Lodge, Tadoba