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Three cheers for India's Tigers!

Last updated on: January 21, 2015 16:07 IST

As India celebrates its growing tiger population, Sonil Dedhia/Rediff.com shares incredible moments he has spent in the proximity of tigers over the years with these amazing photographs.

It is certainly cause for celebration when a country that is home to 70 per cent of the world's tiger population reports that its tiger count has gone up by more than 30 per cent in the last four years.

In the front line of India's conservation efforts are its 25 tiger reserves, governed by Project Tiger and administered by the National Tiger Conservation Authority.

Of these, the most popular are the Ranthambore National Park (Rajasthan), Bandhavgarh National Park (Madhya Pradesh), Jim Corbett National Park (Uttrakhand), Tadoba National Park (Nagpur, Maharashtra) and the Sundarbans Tiger Reserve (West Bengal).

One of the best ways to spot a tiger in the wild is to go on a tiger safari.

Seeing a tiger in the wild requires tremendous patience and a bit of luck. And while there are no guarantees that you might spot one during your safari, you are bound to see plenty of other wildlife.

The Magnificient Indian Tigers

@Bandhavgarh: I am the king of all I survey.

A Tiger in Bandhavgarh

@Tadoba: Cooling off!

The Magnificient Indian Tigers

@Tadoba: Out for a stroll.

The Magnificient Indian Tigers

@Tadoba: Ready to pounce.

The Magnificient Indian Tigers

@Tadoba: Chilling!

The Magnificient Indian Tigers

@Tadoba: It's my turn now.

The Magnificient Indian Tigers

@Tadoba: Three can play too.

The Magnificient Indian Tigers

@Tadoba: On guard, in both directions!

The Magnificient Indian Tigers

@Tadoba: One, two, three... let's go!

The Magnificient Indian Tigers

@Tadoba: As long as you don't disturb me...

The Magnificient Indian Tigers

@Tadoba: I won't disturb you.

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@Tadoba: Oh! Don't be scared... we're just playing.

The Magnificient Indian Tigers

@Tadoba: Do you really want to take me on?

The Magnificient Indian Tigers

@Tadoba: We're finally seeing eye to eye.

The Magnificient Indian Tigers

@Bandhavgarh: If you don't look carefully, you might just miss me.

The Magnificient Indian Tigers

@Bandhavgarh: Match my stare!

Celebrate India's tigers! If you have captured a tiger on your camera or phone, please post the photograph right here. Do tell where you shot the picture.

Sonil Dedhia/Rediff.com