Coming on to the national park, it has many gates for entries and tickets for these gates get sold months in advance. There is a strong nexus between the resort owners and the gate authorities. So it is advised that you let your resort owner book those tickets for you.
Guides talk of tigers and tigresses as if they are celebrities, and that is what they are. Daily, hundreds of tourist come early in the morning or during afternoon heat with their paraphernalia consisting of camera, lenses and binoculars and for what?? A glimpse of tiger or leopard and you have got to be very lucky to spot one.
Well, how do you know that a tiger might be there? Deer and monkeys give different calls for tigers and leopards to warn other creatures. In our case the call helps us spot the tiger. And if you ask me next that how do we know it is not the mating call, guides are able to distinguish between the two calls :D.
Water holes are another spots of identifying or waiting for tiger or other animals.
Pug marks are another way of knowing of the animals whereabouts. Guides are also aware of tigresses' territory which she marks using her urine smell on the tree bark. Guides will also allure you with these tales like "this is sharmili's territory" etc. Each tigresses area is some 24 square km and she marks trunks of the trees in her territory with her urine.
Guides are very well calibrated amongst themselves on the sightings of previous safari or previous day.
Some tourists are so passionate on photographing the tiger that they will do multiple safaris. For eg. I met a guy who had done some 9 safaris before us at different gates but not able to see a single tiger or a leopard. There are some 40 tigers and 40 leopards and 80% of the jungle is not open to public. Chances of spotting a tiger is more in the summers as the jungle is dry with less foliage and cover for tigers to hide. You can see much deeper in the jungle from the road.