Central India holiday, culture and wildlife
Description of Central India holiday, culture and wildlife
Anyone looking for tours in India should certainly take a peek at this fantastic 16 day experience that encapsulates the cultural heritage and remarkable history of this exciting country as well as concentrating on wildlife watching every step of the journey.
From the world-renowned reflections of Agra's Taj Mahal to the Islamic influence abound in Bhopal, tour India and you'll quickly become versed in just what it means to be a multi-cultural society where religion and spirituality are at the forefront of everyday life.
Moving on from the Muslim heritage, lakeside scenery and wonderful Mughlai dishes of Bhopal, this tour of India continues to Sanchi's Great Stupa where Buddhism comes to the fore - with a chance to stop at the UNESO site of Bhimetka, en-route, definitely a highlight for lovers of ancient cave art.
Heading southwards you'll journey to one of India's foremost national parks, Satpura, where some incredible landscapes provide a naturally protected habitat for a wide range of wildlife, rarely seen by casual day trippers from New Delhi.
No India tour would be complete without an overnight trip on the Indian Railways and as you travel in a first-class sleeper compartment all the way to Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve you'll feel excitement levels begin to rise as you head towards the realm of Royal Bengal tigers that prowl alongside sloth bears, leopards and wild dogs whilst an abundance of resident and visiting birdlife flit overhead.
After spending time admiring the ancient fortifications and ferocious-looking vultures of Bandhavgarh your tours in India reach their final destination as you get to experience the incredible array of eco-systems in evidence within the protected borders of Kanha Tiger Reserve.
With over 20 species of big mammals and more than 200 species of bird, Kanha is undoubtedly one of India's finest wildlife parks with a well thought out conservation policy to encourage sustainable tourism and natural animal encounters to be passed on to the next generation.
Below are just a few of the highlights that you can expect from these tours of India:
- Three national parks, the Taj Mahal, Bhopal, Sanchi and the UNESCO site of Bhimbetka.
- Experience a host of walking safaris and wildlife drives.
- Aim to encounter big cats and numerous other species of animals indigenous to India.
- Benefit from the passion and knowledge of a specialist wildlife expert who's also well-versed in India's natural history and its potential for natural photography.
- Go bird-watching like you’ve never done before.
6 Reviews of Central India holiday, culture and wildlife
Reviewed on 09 Mar 2020 by Rossol BourisliExcellent.....The most memorable part of the holiday were the hotels. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Mar 2018 by Barry HunterThe highlight was seeing tigers at Bandhavgarh and staying in some wonderful accommodation. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Jan 2015 by Louise KnopIt was the first time we had travelled to India and we were on a mission to see the wild side of India. Our first tiger encounter is something we will never forget It was amazing Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Apr 2014 by Claire Martin5 stars all round. The holiday was so unique .......... busy, relaxing, fun, massively interesting and a huge privilege. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Apr 2014 by Rosy EverittHighlights have to be the Puri ceremony at the temple at Bhoramdeo (not for the feint hearted). The abundance of amazing home cooked, freshly prepared, organic food. The local market at Neur, which was beautifully vibrant and colourful. The train ride was a great experience...it was all fabulous! Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Nov 2014 by Anita HooperAbsolutely amazing in all respects. Not only would I recommend this to my friends, but would love to re-visit for a longer period of time/ visit other places. Thank you so much to everyone involved in making our holiday so memorable :) Read full review
Planet1. Our environment responsibilities start right from the office. We have policy of using eco-friendly goods and paper, plus we reduce, reuse and recycle where possible. We print our office documents on both sides of the paper to reduce paper consumption. We try to keep our marketing materials at bare minimum by using modern electronic communication for marketing purpose. We also work to minimise energy and water consumption in our offices, and we encourage our partners to follow similar waste management and energy philosophies.
2. We operate with small group sizes which not only maximises interaction within the group and guides and local community but also minimises the impact on environment.
3. Our vehicles comply with strict Euro IV emissions or Bharat Stage III control regulations set by the European Union and Indian Environment Ministry. We regularly check and maintain vehicles to the highest possible standard in order to limit carbon emissions and ensure the comfort and safety of our passengers.
4. In this tour you will be styaying in homestays, lodges and hotels which are safe, comfortable and operated in a sustainable way. We specifically pay attention to the lodges and camps, located around national parks for their waste disposal and eco-tourism policies.
5. Tiger reserves and national parks are covered in majority of our tours and with the increasing number of tourists in these reserves can put extra pressure on the local flora and fauna. Howvever, we believe wildlife tourism can be an important conservation tool if used responsibly. Travel to national parks and wildlife areas can bring positive economic benefits as entrance fees contribute to the maintenance and conservation of local flora and animal species, while visitors benefit from the educational aspects of the area and take away with them an increased awareness of the need and place for conservation. Equally important tourism helps the local communities living around these reserves by providing jobs and helping them realise the importance of the forest.
Our tour leaders and drivers follow strict policy while visiting national parks to minimise pressure on Tiger Tourism. Our code of conducts is:
• We do not guarantee sighting of any particular species because this puts pressure on drivers, guides, naturalists, mahouts and other authorities. Rather, we rely on skilled naturalists and guides who are expert in deciphering jungle signs to locate the client’s dream animal/birds.
• We refrain from rushing through the jungle beyond the permitted speed in the hope of catching a glimpse of a tiger or other animal. We maintain a slow speed, which not only allows the tourists to absorb nature but it is also safe for animals crossing/sitting on the road.
• We do not go beyond the marked area for tourists inside forest in hope of better sightings.
• We strictly do not chase animals or disturb their natural behaviour for a better look or for the ‘ultimate photograph’.
• Whenever we find garbage or plastic inside the reserve, we carry it out for safe and responsible disposal.
• We maintain a safe distance from animals and do not come between parents and offspring.
• We avoid approaching nesting or breeding sites as this causes unnecessary stress to parents and young ones.
• We do not support attractions which use animals as entertainment for profit. These animals are often taken from the wild, mistreated and are trained to perform unnatural behaviours, which are not only stressful but often harmful to the animal.
Apart from above, we strictly follow and expect same from our clients to abide by the rules and regulations pointed out by Forest Department of India and local authorities.
People1. We know that a local guide can enliven every tour with local folk-lore, snippets of gossip, names of plants and their medicinal uses. Most importantly particularly in remote villages, our guide is our host, showing us around his or her area. This helps to make our tours an experience of cultural exchange rather than a brutish trample through someone else’s way of life.
2. Many drivers in India are paid tiny fees in the expectation of large tips that allow the car owners to get away with low wages. We pay all our drivers a decent wage and we do not, as many operators do, expect them to sleep in their cars when doing long journeys involving overnight halts. We either ensure accommodation and good food is available for them at the lodges we use (and we check the accommodation is of an acceptable standard) or we pay for them to stay in a nearby hotel.
3. Many of our tours offer opportunities to visit ancient places such as UNESCO World Heritage Sites where the entrance fees contribute to the maintenance and restoration of these unique places. We asks that travellers respect signage, take only photographs and leave no litter or graffiti behind, even if others have done so. Do not attempt to bring home any rocks or stones or other souvenirs of the location and don’t purchase such items from vendors as this can encourage the on-going destruction of local areas of interest.