Tiger tour in India, land of the Tiger tour

“Our only two week, small group tour that’s all about tigers. With safaris in three national parks and 15 game drives in total, seeing into the eye of the tiger is high on the agenda.”

Highlights

Pench National Park | Kanha National Park | Bandhavgarh National Park | Sleeper train to Agra | Taj Mahal | Delhi

Description of Tiger tour in India, land of the Tiger tour

Tiger tours in India offer an amazing opportunity to get up close to one of the world’s most endearing, yet deadly, predators, which is why this 16 day tour has been designed to make the most of Northern India’s premier national parks in order to increase chances of safety and success.

The protected areas of Bandhavgarh, Pench and Kanha national parks make ideal destinations for tiger tours in India with an abundance of alternative animal action adding to excitement levels as you go exploring on 15 individual India tiger tours over the course of two weeks.

Early booking recommendation:

Due to recent changes in the management of India tiger tours, and organising game drives in general, it’s now imperative to book wildlife safaris well in advance. A full list of traveller names and personal information details will be required to book your place on an India game drive with a no refund and a no name change policy also added to recent updates by the Indian authorities. In light of these changes we recommend all of our India tiger tours should be confirmed at least six months in advance which allows us, as tour operators, to work within the new guidelines and ensure game drives are secured for you, the client. Please note: it’s also imperative that guidelines are read and understood prior to booking. Thank you.

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Our top tip:
Seeing a tiger in the wild can be very emotional. Don’t panic and start snapping; put your camera down and savour the moment. They are rare.
Trip type:
Small group tour. Min. age 16
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Surcharge for single room.
Accomm:
Small hotels near national parks. One night on sleeper train.
Included:
Flights, accommodation, breakfasts, 11 dinners, all transport, driver guide, activities.
Meals:
Allow £3-£10 per day for lunch and dinners, although most dinners included.
Vouchers
Accepted
Holiday type

Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Tiger tour in India, land of the Tiger tour

Environment

Accommodation and Meals:
During your trip we will spend 13 nights in en suite hotels or lodges and 1 night on an air-conditioned sleeper train. The accommodation on this trip is largely locally staffed with a very high percentage coming from surrounding villages. This is a valuable form of employment in particular for the more remote communities on the peripheries of National Parks who have limited income alternatives. Lodges and resorts on this trip make big efforts towards environmental protection, with energy conservation measures, rain harvesting and waste management. Pench Jungle Camp Resort even has its own 'eco-park', home to spotted deer, nilgai and leopard and has been certified by ‘Travel Operators for Tigers’. The majority of vegetables, pulses, meat and fruit is sourced from local villages and transformed into delicious and plentiful meals. Free meal times can be used to explore authentic cuisine and to support small businesses- we can even organise a local village visit to see how homemade meals are usually prepared.

Activity:
Especially as this is a wildlife based tour, it is important for us to operate with a strict ‘leave no trace policy.’ This extends to our activity in and out of game drive territory and means we are vigilant with disposing of litter properly and careful not to intimidate or harm flora and fauna. A large part of ensuring that we behave responsibly on this trip is also to do with managing expectations. By appreciating the large array of species in the National Parks (monkeys, deer, nillgai, birdlife, plants, butterflies etc.) rather than just tigers, there is less temptation to crowd the animals. The park fees we pay to enter these areas go towards paying the wages of those who work there, development of park facilities, wildlife research and protection projects.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

Charity
For years we have been involved in campaigning for tiger conservation in Bandhavgarh. In late summer 2014 we teamed up with The Corbett Foundation, an Indian charity dedicated to conservation-oriented research. They have proved instrumental in enabling us to get the funds to where they are needed. Through this we have now completed the building of a community hall at Tala Village, solar pumps in the park for wildlife and staff in the dry season, bio gas plants and smart stoves for villagers and provided the salary for 2 full time teachers at the government school. Our work in India continues to be of great significance and most recently we have been able to purchase a 4 wheel drive medical vehicle and pay for outreach medical support.

Local Craft and Culture:
The final two days of the trip are spent exploring Agra and Delhi, where there are a variety of handmade souvenir vendors and stalls selling authentic cuisine. Clients have the chance to visit the white marble Taj Mahal, built by the Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife. Within striking distance is the imposing Red Fort of Akbar, third of the Moghul Emperors, whose mighty sandstone walls enclose the beautiful white marble Pearl Mosque and the palaces, halls, courtyards and fountains of his successors. The markets of New and Old Delhi offer a variety of local handicrafts- from colourful scarves and handmade jewellery, to carved wooden statues and painted ceramics. Along with purchasing goods from local people, we can help the community and learn a lot more about culture and history by hiring local guides at each of these locations.

A Fair Deal:
We work closely with our local operator and ensure that local guides are being employed and that in exchange for their expertise that they are paid and treated fairly. The leaders will give a briefing on Responsible Tourism issues to help you understand how you can help reduce your impact and maximise the benefits to the local community from your visit. The trip runs through wildlife sectors in the rural areas of Madhya Pradesh and is major source of employment for local communities. The jeep hire, drivers, naturalists and all other supporting staff all come from villages which really benefit from this industry.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

Reviews of Tiger tour in India, land of the Tiger tour

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 06 Nov 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The safaris and seeing the one tiger.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't have too high expectations of tiger sightings, it is luck and being 'in the right place at the right time', but the scenery is wonderful. Be prepared for early mornings, and dusty rides. If you are not a city person, find a safari only trip.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes and no. Definitely a benefit for the local people with the money and jobs and investment in the school. More people anyway is never going to be good for the environment, but the interest, education and funds are good for the conservation of the parks and the wildlife.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


The initial holiday was good and the accommodation very good, but for me I think if I was to do it again, I would not do the city parts, they seemed rushed, hot, dusty and an overload of history and names that could not way be absorbed unless you are that way inclined. As with all group holidays, there is usually a mix of people, and for everyone to get along together is a rarity. There was a particular disquiet within this group initially it seemed based on one night when one of the party had a little too much to drink and fell out with her friend. It was sorted and should have been left at that, however, it was exacerbated by a group of older ladies who insisted on making it a 'big deal' and dragged it out for the rest of the trip, making for an unpleasant atmosphere. Our guide did the best he could and cannot be faulted for his handling of an impossible situation. The party member in question was not to blame for the turn of events.

Reviewed on 27 Feb 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


We went on this holiday in the hope of seeing a Tiger. Not only did we see one on the first day but had the privilege of seeing a total of ten tigers in three different National Parks. We actually followed a large male tiger along a track for more than half an hour while he sniffed and scent marked his way along. An experience never to forget.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't go expecting to see everything but enjoy the whole experience. There is so much to see.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Local people were involved in all aspects of this holiday and therefore they did benifit from it.On top of that the operator funds a local school which we visited. It was great too.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Absolutely brilliant. Great leader, well organised, accommodation and food great.

Reviewed on 03 Apr 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


We enjoyed every minute of this holiday, although seeing a tiger for the first time was amazing.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?




3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes absolutely, local people were employed as much as possible.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


10 out of 10.

Reviewed on 23 Mar 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The skill and knowledge of our birding guide was exceptional, enabling us to see 170 species of birds during our visit.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared for some intensive birding.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


To a certain extent.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


The holiday overall was very enjoyable, with some good locations, notable Munar and the Hornbill Camp. The final leg to Ooty was OK, but probably not worth the long journey to get there. One point that needs addressing at the Hornbill camp was that our room was not cleaned or tidied during the 3 days we were there.

Reviewed on 02 Nov 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The most amazing part was seeing the Tigers in the wild and being consumed by their beauty and power. I also enjoyed the historic parts of the trip and the taj was amazing.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


I would recommend that the best time to go on the trip is in feb and after. The bush is very dense at the moment and with the amount of water about tiger sightings can be hard work. I would also measure their expectations as a number of our group didn't get the concept it is a wild animal and that a lot of the sightings had an element of luck to it. The guide was amazing and it was really impressive with the way he dealt with us.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, I believe it does, without the tourism the tigers will cease to exist. It is an important part in protecting the numbers. The locals also get jobs through the reserves.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was excellent. I do think that the travel companies should make sure some of
the older people know what they are getting themselves into. We had a number of
people. We had amazing experience.

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2005 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The excitement of seeing Tigers in the wild, was wonderful, we did not expect to be able to get as close as we did on the elephant, and each sighting was as exciting as the last. Ranthambore was disappointing, as this was the Reserve features on TV, showing Tigers, we had no sightings but others did. We put this down to the "cantors" being too large and noisy, others viewed from jeeps. To my mind, the best Reserve, with the most sightings, was Kanha. The open, grassy spaces were ideal viewing habitat and we saw Tigers on two occasions in that area. The elephant view was magnificent, as we were only yards away from a male Tiger and its Sambur kill, another sighting was very brief. There was also more other wildlife see, Guar, to name but one.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared for long journeys by train and coach, uncomfortable with the roads being so bad. An opportunity to upgrade to first class in the sleeper train, would have been appreciated, an idea for the future!!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


The Reserves seem to employ local people, especially Kanha, bringing income to the locals. Everyone was careful not to cause upsets to the locale.

Overall the holiday was most enjoyable, the long journeys are all part of the adventure, and have to be endured. We flew Business class, for the extra comfort, we were upgraded to First class to Muscat, that was a pleasant surprise. The flights were comfortable but the six hours stopover in Muscat needs to be avoided, if possible, or optional fights offered.

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