Palamau National Park
This park, 170km west of Ranchi, has about sixty tigers and many wild elephants. It also has leopards, gaurs (bison), nilgais, wild boars, wild dogs, and wolves.
The best viewing time is from October to April, especially from March to April.
Visitors can take a jeep safari around the park or view the animals from a hide or tower. A jeep can be arranged in Betla, where the main gate is located.
The best way to explore the park is on the back of an elephant in the early morning. Elephant rides depart at 5.30 and 7 am (1 hr, Rs 50). Jeep and cars (Rs 50 admission) can also enter the park. A guide (Rs 20 per hour) must accompany visitors. It is possible to enter the park at night. Spotlights are used to see the animals.
There are places to stay in Betla, at the park’s entrance. Shyama Lodge, Janata, is a budget place. There are some other basic guest houses in the area.
There are Forest Rest Houses in various places in the park and around the area.
There is a railway station in Daltongunj, 25km away. There are buses from Ranchi and Gaya (240km north) to here.