#1 Ranthambore National Park
Where: Sawai Madhopur district, south-eastern Rajasthan
When: The park remains closed from June to October. Best time to visit will be May.
Why: What used to be a royal hunting preserve on the banks of the Chambal river and Banas river, has now been transformed into one of the premier reservation for tigers, spotted deer, wild boar and jackals, amidst the ruins of forts and temples.
#2 Jim Corbett National Park
Where: Naintal district, Uttarakhand
When: Mammal sightings are best from March to June, while birds are best seen from mid-December to March; most of the park is closed June 15-mid-November.
Why: This is India’s first ever national park, and houses tigers, wild elephants, crocodiles, and over 600 species of birds.
#3 Bandhavgarh National Park
Where: Umaria district, Madhya Pradesh
When: The park is open October to June; April, May, and June are ideal for tiger sightings.
Why: Although a small preservation, this place has the country’s highest concentration of tigers. Other wildlife like nilgais, leopards and wild boars can also be spotted here.