India is a paradise for the nature-lover where we offer the most wonderful wildlife safaris. It is the only country in the world where you could on a single holiday, go looking for virtually all the great cats of the Old World which include tiger, lion, leopard, snow leopard and clouded leopard.
Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be received at the airport and driven to your hotel, located in Connaught Place, in the heart of New Delhi. Stay at the iconic Imperial Hotel for one night, on Bed and Breakfast basis. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 2: Private Tented Camp for Pilibhit Tiger Reserve
This morning, take an internal flight from Delhi to Lucknow (in Economy). The journey time is about 1 hour 20 minutes. On arrival, you will be met and driven by private vehicle to Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (about 5 hours). Spend the next three nights on Full Board basis at a tented camp exclusively set up for you. The campsite is located in an isolated mango orchard at the edge of the park. The tents are simple yet very comfortable and tastefully appointed.
Days 3 - 4: Exploring Pilibhit Tiger Reserve
Pilibhit Tiger Reserve is part of the Terai Arc Landscape of north India in the lush foothills and floodplains of the Himalaya. This off-the-beaten-track region boasts one of the richest and most bio-diverse ecosystems in the country and is ideal for keen wildlife enthusiasts looking for a big cat viewing experience in an area where there is minimal tourist presence.
Over the next two days, with an expert naturalist, you will take in a range of jungle activities including private jeep safaris in the tiger reserve, walks around the campsite, sundowner by a forest canal, lunch in a watchtower inside the park and breakfast on the bund of a dam.
Day 5: Transfer to Corbett National Park
After breakfast, you will be driven (about 2.5 hours) to Nandhaur Wildlife Sanctuary. Primarily a sal forest, Nandhaur lies between Gola and Sarda rivers and is great for birdwatching. You will enjoy a short walk in the sanctuary followed by a picnic lunch before continuing your journey to the famous Corbett National Park (about 3 hours).
You will spend four nights at Jim’s Jungle Retreat on Full Board basis - our favourite lodge located on the southern border of Corbett.
Days 6 - 8: Safaris in Corbett National Park
Over the next three days, you will explore the beautiful park by taking exclusive jeep safaris with an expert naturalist.
After breakfast, you will be driven (about 45 minutes) to Dhangari Gate from where you will enter the national park. Named after Jim Corbett - the intrepid conservationist, writer and hunter of the infamous man-eaters of Kumaon, Corbett National Park is India's oldest national park and the place where Project Tiger was introduced in 1973.
Days 6 - 8 (cont) : The core of Corbett National Park with an expert naturalist
The time spent in the core part of the forest with an expert naturalist looking for birds and animals is a privileged experience.
The region epitomises the best of what were once considered the 'inexhaustible' forests of the terai and is incredibly rich in flora and fauna with close to 600 species of birds, more than 50 species of mammals including Asian elephants, tigers, leopards, hog deer, sambar and chital deer, and the goat like gorals. The river is teeming with mahseer and other fish which in turn supports a very rare variety of fish-eating gharial crocodile, marsh mugger and otters.
Days 9 - 11: Historic estate in the Himalayan hill station of Binsar
After breakfast, embark on a long and scenic drive (6 to 7 hours) to the stunning hill station of Binsar. Located at 2,420 meters, Binsar offers breath-taking views of the snow-capped Himalayan ranges and is simply wonderful for scenic walks and hikes.
For the next three nights, you will stay at the charming and historic Mary Budden Estate on Full Board basis. The estate sits on five serene acres of land and is one of only five privately owned estates in the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. This was once the retirement sanctuary for the British colonial officers owing to its bracing climate, splendid scenery, abundant wildlife and the relative proximity of the district headquarters at Almora.
Day 12: Transfer back to Delhi and overnight
After a leisurely breakfast, you will be driven to Kathgodam (3 to 4 hours). Travel back to Delhi on Shatabdi Express (15:35 – 21:10, executive chair car). Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Spend a night at the Imperial Hotel on Bed and Breakfast basis.
Day 13: Return Home
This morning, according to your flight schedule, you will be transferred to the international airport. Late check-out can be arranged at an additional cost if required.
Prices from: US $9586 or GB £7262 per person, sharing, based on a group of 4 to 6, for travel in March 2019.
(The price is subject to availability and excluding international flights)
The cost does not include International flights, travel insurance, visas, personal expenses, meals and drinks, domestic and international departure tax, beverages other than mineral water in the vehicle, all expenses of a personal nature, Tips and gratuities to your driver/guide hotel/camp staff etc.
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Tiger safaris, snow leopard safaris and wildlife holidays are our speciality! We carefully assemble each safari around each of our clients. These wildlife holidays extend across all of the wild subcontinent. We are very particular about the camps and lodges we use, placing great emphasis on the quality of guiding and the eco-tourism ethic. We are founding members of Tour Operators for Tigers (TOFT). If you are a birder who enjoys wild birds and wild country, we have the most wonderful places for you!
As a matter of course, we arrange for knowledgeable local guides who are also excellent company. Accommodation ranges from gorgeous, owner-managed tented camps with superb guiding to luxurious lodges, such as the Taj and Aman properties.
This scenically beautiful park dominated by the enormous hill-top fort that gives the park its name, boasts a very high density of tigers, and also leopards, sloth bears, wild dogs, wolves, several species of deer, antelope and small mammals. It has over 250 species of birds. We have several really interesting places to stay here.
Kanha National Park:
The Park covers over 900 square kilometres and has two entry points - at Kisli and the more remote Mukki gate - with accommodation options at each. There is a healthy population of tiger and sloth bear although the bears' crepuscular habits mean they are rarely seen outside the hours of dawn or dusk.
(see BBC series: Tiger: Spy in the Jungle) a delightful camp called Jamtara Wilderness is situated at the northern end of the park. With only 5 jeeps allowed from the gate and not another lodge or camp in the area you have this beautiful range of the park north of the Pench river to yourself. Best of all you can access other ranges of the park from here. Jamtara is a very convenient link between Tadoba Tiger Reserve or Kanha and the fantastic Satpura.
Tadoba National Park:
The Tadoba-Andheri Tiger Reserve, situated in the Chandrapur District of Maharashtra, spans over 625 square kilometres. It became one of India's 28 Project Tiger Reserves as recently as 1993. Its hills support a dense tropical dry deciduous forest, largely made up of teak and bamboo and is carved by the Andhari River and dotted with the Tadoba Lake. Although Tadoba has a healthy population of tigers, they are not used to human presence and are slow to show themselves. It is worth spending several days here to have a chance to see them. The park is famous for many other great mammals such as leopard, sloth bear, gaur, wild dog, striped hyena, jungle cat and chausingha (the four-horned antelope), not to mention a rich birdlife. Tadoba National Park is for those who want to sample a little-known, little-visited, tourist-free National Park and Tiger Reserve.
An absolutely gorgeous tiger reserve in the foothills of the Himalayas east of Delhi that offers the possibility of living inside the tiger reserve in isolated splendour with your expert guide and cook and helper. Fantastic way to experience the jungle and you can combine this with fishing for the mighty mahseer, and walking in the picturesque middle Himalayas of the Kumaon region.
For anyone travelling in Rajasthan who wants to include a tiger safari, Ranthambhore is the most convenient reserve. It’s a very beautiful park and wildlife rich park with an atmospheric fort dominating the landscape and romantic ruins strewn through the jungle. Tiger densities and sightings are excellent and recent new regulations now ensure a much more enjoyable experience in this busy park. We use two small and very beautiful camps here – Sherbagh and Khem Villas that boast superb accommodation, food and guides.
Panna National Park:
Only 45 minutes from the ornate temple complex at Khajuraho, Panna National Park is one of the country's most accessible tiger sanctuaries; however this accessibility has inherent risks for the iconic tiger. An expanding human population and continued high demand for tiger parts in traditional medicines meant that the park had lost all of its own tigers by June 2009. More tigers have been moved here from other parks, but sightings are rare.
One of the largest, wildest and least known of the tiger reserves, Satpura offers the best wilderness experience in tiger country. You can walk here, or go for a thrilling 2 or 3 night trek through the park ending at the highest point in Central India; explore the forest edge by canoe, and experience game drives where you may be the only jeep in sight for long periods. Tigers are shy and not habituated to jeeps and people and are therefore less visible than in other parks but Satpura is best for leopard, wild dog, sloth bears, giant squirrels, gaur and birds. Best of all the unique tourism model allows you to explore the jungle virtually by yourself and experience the precious joy of being alone in the tiger country. Combine Satpura with Corbett for a unique Tiger Safari.
Near Mysore is a splendid wildlife reserve and one of the finest tiger habitats in Asia. There are some superb lodges and luxury camps here and Nagarhole fits in well with a tour of South India and Kerala.
The famous tiger reserves of Central India like Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Pench and Tadoba remain extremely rewarding in terms of tiger sightings but are busy for this very reason. Kanha remains a favourite with two exceptional camps – Shergarh and Flame of the Forest - and great guides.
Snow Leopards Ladakh: The Explorations Company offers the very best snow leopard safaris in Ladakh, India.
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