The Tadoba tiger reserve in Maharashtra is the oldest in the state and also the largest national park. Till about few years ago many people did not know about the Tadaoba Tiger Reserve. The reserve was not in the wish list of serious wildlife enthusiasts. The pursuit of tigers would lead them to Ranthambore in Rajasthan, Corbett national park in the foothills of the Himalayas or to Kanha in the Madhya Pradesh or may be to the Sunder bans. The Tadoba Tiger reserve gained prominence all of a sudden, only a few years back.

How to reach

Tadoba, Maharashtra’s oldest tiger reserve is touted as one of the best places in the country to see and photograph tigers. Spread over an area 625 sq. km, the park has more than 60 tigers, which is a healthy figure considering the declining number of tigers in places like the Sunder bans. For anyone interested in jungle safari, the Tadoba tiger reserve should not be difficult to reach. The first halt should be the bustling city of Nagpur, from there a two hour drive can get you to the town of Chandrapur, from there a 45 minute drive will take you the village of Moharly, situated at the border of the national park..

What to discover

Try to make a reservation for your wildlife safari at the Forrest office beforehand. It is advisable to get all the bookings done well in time. Once inside the Tadoba tiger reserve the magic and surrealistic nature of the park is bound to captivate you. Your first stopover will be the beautiful Telia Lake, the temporary home of some migratory birds. The dense grasslands and the bamboo forests around the lake will give you a glimpse of the immense possibility the park holds within itself. Bison are seen all around the park, locally known as gaur. The many water holes all-round the park are a meeting place of predators and prey. Be prepared for anything as you cruise around such location on your jungle safari.

Reasons to visit

The Tadoba tiger reserve is one of the country’s most best kept, unblemished, natural wonders. The varied wildlife and the intriguing landscape can keep you hooked to the place for hours. The massive Tadoba Lake is spread over 120 hectares of greenery. The pristine waters, though may be enchanting are home to several crocodiles. Keeping a safe distance from them is advisable. The place gets its name from Taru, a warrior and a historical figure who lost his life after valiantly fighting with a tiger. The tribal people still worship Taru and a temple is dedicated to him near the lake.

Though wildlife tourism is gaining momentum pretty fast in the Tadoba tiger reserve, still there remains a place inside the park, where a tourist can enjoy long sessions of uninterrupted bliss. One such place is Kolsa, a wonderful forest rest house, which has to be booked in advance for an overnight stay. This makes Kolsa the first choice of tourists requiring a wild getaway. Recently The National Tiger Conservation Authority has warned the state about organized gangs of poachers, but be at peace as the dedicated and hardworking forest rangers always ensure the safety of tourists and protects the tigers from the evil hands of the poachers.

Author bio: Kalpana is a travel writer has been writing for various travel blogs from past five years. She has shared a good article about Tadoba tiger reserve after she has visited the place in recent past. She is impressed with the beauty of the place and loves to visit the place again in future.