ALARM CALLS OF LANGUR MONKEYS AND CHITTAL DEER ARE THE FIRST SIGN THAT YOU SHOULD PREPARE YOURSELF FOR A CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH ONE OF THE MOST MAGNIFICENT ANIMALS ON EARTH. THE FOREST FALLS EERILY SILENT AS YOU WAIT FOR THAT FIRST MAGICAL GLIMPSE OF A ROYAL BENGAL TIGER EMERGING THROUGH SPLINTERED SUNLIGHT FROM THE FOREST INTO THE OPEN TO STARE BACK AT YOU - A SIGHT YOU WILL NEVER FORGET.
As well as tiger sightings any safari through one of India’s many wildlife parks can offer plenty of other encounters with exotic fauna. The southern parks of Periyar and Nargahole are home to large herds of wild elephant and gaur or Indian bison, in the wilderness tracts of Madhya Pradesh in central India sloth bears feast on wild honey and leopards hunt sambar deer and blue bull nilgai antelope, in the desert park of Ranthambore the waterholes are full of crocodiles. On an elephant back safari through the forests of Corbett Park in the foothills of the Himalayas you might spot a mighty lone bull tusker in the mist or in the jungles of Kaziranga National Park in Assam a rare Great-One-Horned Rhinoceroses.