Travel with us on one of our selection of wildlife safari holidays, trekking and cultural tours throughout India or let us help you design your own holiday in India.
We did everything we planned. We saw tigers, we met locals, we had luxurious living, we saw a great deal of culture, we ate well & thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.Mr. & Mrs. W. - Wilts.
Service good as usual. Good for those that want the unusual and don't want a package.Mr. & Mrs. M. - Yorkshire
Prime Wildlife Reserves - Taj Mahal - - Kerala Beach Relaxation
3 Superb National Parks: Kanha, Pench & Satpura - Tigers & Other Terrific Wildlife
Satpura National Park - outstanding nature & guiding - variety of activities - walking, birds, boats & night drives
Old Delhi - Taj Mahal at Agra - Birds at Bharatpur - Rural India - Ranthambore tigers and other wildlife - pink city of Jaipur
Golden Triangle - Taj Mahal, Jaipur - Wildlife of Ranthambore & Nagarhole National Parks - Kerala backwater cruise & beach
Mysore city - Nagarhole wildlife - Cochin ancient port - Munnar highland nature - Periyar National Park - birds & backwaters of Kerala - beach relaxation
Consider adding this excursion to any tiger safari in India
From chic to rustic there is an incredible diversity of lodges and hotels across this small country. The infrastructure is such that at each main destination there is usually a choice of lodges dependent on your preferred style and budget. We have selected some of our favourites here.
We both want to thank you for the holiday you organised for us It went more smoothly than we could ever have expected, and the whole of the team in India were brilliant - agents, couriers, drivers etc - and very accommodating.Mr. & Mrs. B. - Warwickshire
People are always quick to criticise so here is a letter to congratulate you on providing us with such a great holiday. What you did was actually provide what we asked for. Great holiday and we will be recommending you to others and will contact you again.Mr. M. - Oxfordshire
For wildlife enthusiasts an encounter with one of the world's most endangered large mammals and the world's largest cat, the tiger, is an unforgettable experience and it should be on your safari holiday list as sustainable tourism may yet save this magnificent animal.
India is a large land of dramatic contrasts and wildlife refuges and reserves are spread across the entire sub-continent. Today the logistics of travel in India are much better than ever before and so safari holidays in India are much more inviting, visiting a range of magnificent national parks. Now you can also combine a good tiger safari with visits to some of the cultural highlights of the country, for instance the Taj Mahal and the cities of Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur in Rajasthan. We are happy to show you this side of an Indian holiday too. Equally, adventure treks in the Himalayas or relaxing on the backwaters or beaches of Kerala can also be combined with an Indian tiger safari to give a more diverse holiday. Family holidays in India are also becoming increasingly popular and younger ones are welcomed into the tiger reserves.
To track tigers through the forests on elephant back, or to sit quietly with them on a game drive is a thrilling experience but where are the best places to see them in India and what about the other wildlife? Without doubt the one area rich in tigers and tiger reserves is the state of Madhya Pradesh in central India. Easily reached by internal flights from international gateways such as Delhi and Mumbai, the national parks of Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Pench offer tremendous tiger safari experiences between the months of October and June each year.
Kanha is a large national park covering the Maikal hills and a tiger reserve of varied landscapes, much of it little visited by tourists. It is a beautiful park to travel through. Originally created as a reserve to protect barasingha, or swamp deer, it is home to many tigers, leopard, wild dogs, sloth bear, gaur or Indian bison and a vast array of bird life. Elephant back safaris to see tigers are possible here as well as game drives.
Bandhavgarh is smaller yet with much character as meadows and forests are interspersed with dramatic cliffs. Once home to the famous white tigers of Rewa, tigers are regularly seen here as it has the highest density of tigers for any park in India. Elephant back and jeep safaris are possible in Bandhavgarh. Sambar and chital are common and wolves can also be seen on occasions.
Pench is an excellent addition to your India tiger safari. It is a lovely small tiger reserve and was a source for Kipling's 'Jungle Book'; with many rounded hills and twisting tracks it lies next to a river so has a good supply of water. Consequently there is a large prey population and the tiger population here is healthy. Therefore, Pench has good opportunities for seeing tigers as well as leopards and a variety of other wildlife including gaur and wild boar.
Any good wildlife safari in India would include the above three tiger reserves but there are quieter parks nearby too. Satpura has an excellent lodge with great emphasis on conservation and sustainable tourism and here wildlife walks are possible with expert local guides as well as boat trips and more traditional game drives in search of wildlife. Satpura is a highly recommended addition to your India tiger safari. Tadoba is likely to provide wildlife encounters off the beaten track.
Corbett National Park in the Himalayan foothills to the north of Delhi is another good location for tigers that wildlife enthusiasts must consider visiting. This quiet tiger haven is a stunning park of dense teak forests and grassland meadows. It is a good reserve for tracking of tigers and wild elephants may be encountered too. Accommodation as with most parks is outside the park boundary but here you can also stay in simple accommodation inside the park at Dhikala to set out on elephant back tracking tigers in the early mornings. Bird watching is popular here too with over 600 species recorded.
Ranthambore in Rajasthan is a popular destination, often combined with the cultural highlights of this area of India. Early booking will ensure a jeep to enhance your tiger safari experience. It is a scenic park and the temples can be visited. Tigers are regularly encountered here although there is often pressure from the many vehicles in the park.
Further afield your wildlife holiday in India might also include visiting Gujarat in the west to see Asiatic lions in the grasslands and forests of Sasan Gir, their last stronghold. In the east, Assam is home to the one-horned rhinoceros which inhabits the marshes and tall grasses of Kaziranga National Park, also an excellent location for bird watching and a complete contrast to the jungles of central India. In the south, Bandipur and adjacent Nagarhole National Parks have leopards and wild elephants and these parks allow for the combination of a wildlife holiday with visits to the fascinating city of Mysore, the hill station of Ooty and the backwaters and beaches of Kerala although the latter can be reached from Kanha, Pench and Bandhavgarh tiger reserves too with flights via Mumbai.
Overall, it was a very successful holiday and the standard of the accommodation was good and all the people I came into contact with were very helpful and friendly and there was absolutelty no problem with being a lady on my own.Ms. K. - Berks.
CAPITAL New Delhi
TIME ZONE GMT +5.5 hours
To: Direct to Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai, other cities via Europe or the Middle East
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Flight time: approx. 8.5 hours
Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis A, Meningitis vaccinations and Malaria prophylaxis are recommended. You should consult your G.P. for up to date and precise details before travelling.
India is most definitely a year round destination. However, it may be prudent to avoid May to September on the plains of central India, it can be oppressively hot and is also the time of the monsoon. The winter months of November - April are ideal for visiting the far south and are really the best time for visiting everywhere except the high Himalayas. The Western Himalayas are best visited during the summer months of June to September when it will be warmer and snow free, the monsoon does not extend into this region, unlike in Nepal.