Bandhavgarh National Park
If your sole reason for visiting a national park in India is to see a tiger, look no further. Though it’s not as easy as it used to be, a couple of days at Bandhavgarh should net you a tiger sighting in this relatively small park, whose Tala Range boasts the highest density of Royal Bengal tigers in the world (68 as of 2013).
Kanha National Park
Madhya Pradesh is the king of the jungle when it comes to tiger parks, and Kanha is the most famous. The forests are vast, and while your chances of seeing a tiger are probably slightly slimmer than at nearby Bandhavgarh, at time of research sightings were on the rise.
Pench Tiger Reserve
The third of Madhya Pradesh’s trio of well-known tiger parks, Pench is made up mostly of teak-tree forest rather than sal and so it has a different flavour from nearby Kanha or Bandhavgarh. It also sees fewer tourists (and fewer tigers, some 33 as of the 2014 census); as you’re driving around the park, you’ll often feel like you have the whole forest to yourself.