In Indian tiger reserves, National Tiger Conservation Authority guidelines state that no more than 20% of the area of a tiger reserve is to be used for tourism. Many of the national parks allocate tourists to particular zones. This mostly means that in these national parks you can only see a few of the park’s tigers – most of the tigers will have territories in the 80% that you’re not allowed to visit. Not to say that these locations don’t give you a great experience, but I can also recommend locations where the 20% is calculated on a linear basis (100 yds on either side of the road). This means that almost all the roads are available to maximise the number of tigers you will see.

That’s great for tourists – it means you see more Tigers and fewer other vehicles. It’s great for tigers too as individual tigers experience a lower density of tourists at any one time but spread across the park, which deters individuals carrying out activities such as illegal logging as well as reducing any impact that large numbers of tourists may have on tigers.

In the long run it’s better for everyone – there are fewer dust clouds kicked up by vehicles, tracks through grasslands and shorter queues to enter the park as more entrances can be used in different areas of the park.