Tiger tour in India, land of the Tiger tour
Optional single supplement from £470 - £490.
Minimum age 16.
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 worlds most endearing, yet deadly, predators, which is why this 16 day tour has been designed to make the most of Northern Indias 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, its 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: its also imperative that guidelines are read and understood prior to booking. Thank you.
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7 Reviews of Tiger tour in India, land of the Tiger tour
Reviewed on 17 Nov 2018 by Martyn ToddGood but disappointing game drives at the end (too tiger orientated - Uncomfrortable fast drive and then sat seeing nothing for last six drives) Read full review
Reviewed on 02 May 2017 by Ian HarrisonThe most memorable moment was seeing a Wild Tiger for the first time and witnessing a Tiger stalk and live kill a cow from about 40 yards away, an amazing one in a life time moment!!! This was a great holiday, enjoying a group holiday for the first time, meeting folks from different walks of life, mixing with the local people... Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Nov 2014 by Linda HallDefinitely a benefit for the local people with the money and jobs and investment in the school. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Feb 2013 by Peter KempAbsolutely brilliant. Great leader, well organised, accommodation and food great. We had the privilege of seeing a total of ten tigers in three different National Parks. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Apr 2013 by Gaynor Jean-LouisWe enjoyed every minute of this holiday, although seeing a tiger for the first time was amazing...10 out of 10. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Mar 2012 by Chris SparkmanThe skill and knowledge of our birding guide was exceptional, enabling us to see 170 species of birds during our visit... The holiday overall was very enjoyable, with some good locations, notable Munar and the Hornbill Camp. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Nov 2011 by Andrew RundgrenThe 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. Read full review
PlanetAccommodation 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.