Tiger watching holiday in India
Description of Tiger watching holiday in India
The itinerary for this nine day tiger watching holiday with Indian wildlife experts has been crafted in a way that makes the most of every opportunity possible to see not only the magnificent tigers of Madhya Pradesh state and, in particular Kanha National Park and Bandhavgarh National Park, but also a plethora of other wildlife. Plus the guides on this trip are all expert naturalists from the region, who will share all their knowledge and passion for conservation while on the tiger safari with you.
After a sleeper train journey from Delhi, your first safari experience is in Bandhavgarh National Park, celebrated as the place where the rare white tigers were captured for the Maharaja of Rewa, the last one thought to have been seized in the mid 1990ís. Today it is an extraordinary arid landscape, where a 2000 year old ruined fort provides dramatic rocky terrain, surrounded by caves and chasms for tiger to roam. As well as the parkís other wild residents, with mammals and reptiles ranging from monkeys to mongoose, leopard to lizards, snakes to sambar. As well as 138 species of resident birds, and flocks of many other migratory ones passing through too. Kanha National Park proffers an eclectic mix of habitats over its almost 2000 sq. km of grassy plateaus, open plains and resplendent Shorea robusta or sal forests. All perfect terrain for tiger as well as the endangered and exquisite Barasingha Deer.
A large part of Kanha National Park also falls into the domain of Kanha Tiger Reserve, an important conservation initiative from the 1970ís led by Project Tiger. Kanha is also famous for being the first place where leading biologist and conservationist, George Shaller, carried out the first scientific research into tigers in the 1960ís. Today there are approximately one hundred tiger here, as well as leopard, wild dogs, langur monkeys, chital, sambhar and mongoose. This tiger watching holiday includes jungle accommodation, all meals, safaris and expert naturalist guide.
Note: An extension to see Taj Mahal at Agra is available.
24 Reviews of Tiger watching holiday in India
Reviewed on 08 Mar 2023 by Andrew NortonSeeing a tigress and her 5 cubs coming out of the jungle and having 15 minutes in their company - a Ďonce in a lifetime experienceí. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Mar 2020 by Claire HollandEverything ran smoothly and was well organised. Hotels were of a good standard and had a lovely local feel to them. All our drivers, guides and hotel staff were a delight and went out of their way to make sure we had a great holiday. Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Feb 2020 by Rose BarlingThe Taj was even better than expected. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Feb 2020 by Christine CooperThe most memorable part of the holiday was seeing a tiger in the wild was amazing. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Nov 2019 by Stephen MorrisThe most exciting part of the holiday was seeing tigers in the wild, especially the female with cubs. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 May 2019 by Roland WebsterThe most memorable part of the holiday was... seeing the tigers close up, but also spotting a sloth bear and wonderful birdlife. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Mar 2019 by Whitman PaxtonI absolutely loved my time at Kanha National Park. I was very sad to leave both Kanha and the Courtyard House, but it just means I need to go back again! Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Apr 2019 by Vivien BensonSeeing tigers and other wildlife was the most exciting part of our holiday. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Dec 2018 by Colin BingleIt was excellent. Very well organised, with all details looked after and a very high standard of accommodation. It was very reasonably priced - we got a lot of holiday for our money. Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Dec 2018 by Brian HargreavesExcellent! The operator organised a high quality, secure, efficient tour. Everything worked smoothly. Guides, drivers etc were punctual, reliable and courteous. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Dec 2018 by Kel DarnellThe process of tracking the tigers was fascinating and when one jumped out in the road in front of our vehicle and just strolled away it was magical. The Taj Mahal was also truly amazing. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Apr 2018 by Margaret and Georges NorahThe most exciting part of the holiday was seeing the tigers in Kanha National Park. We were lucky enough to see a tiger kill only 20m from our jeep which is very rare to see so the most memorable part. Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Mar 2018 by Kevin MulcahyThe most memorable was seeing three tigers on two separate sightings. Unforgettable! An amazing experience - wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone! Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Apr 2018 by Andreas CrameriKhana National Park and the tiger sighting where fantastic. Also the courtyard house and the staff absolutely brilliant Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Nov 2018 by Alix BoydI chose this holiday to see tigers - and we saw 2 Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Jun 2017 by Amanda DigginsThe most memorable moment was the first wild tiger we saw, just peeping through the bamboo. Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Apr 2017 by Christine ChapmanI really couldn't fault this holiday, it exceeded all our expectations. Neelesh listened to what we wanted and put together a really good package. We made a few adjustments as time went on and he was always very quick to respond to our questions. Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Feb 2017 by Andrew ReeveThe most exciting part was spotting tigers and the hospitality of the wonderful staff at the Courtyard house. Excellent absolutely fantastic. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Feb 2017 by Katherine RobinsWe got to see tigers. In fact we had 3 excellent sightings that were so exciting & beyond our expectations. This was an excellently run trip & of a high standard. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Apr 2016 by Lorinda SemeniukSeeing a tiger in the wild was simply amazing, but another heart stopping experience happened a few days later. While having an outdoor supper at the hotel, a tiger nearby started calling. It sounded so close and the area was so dark. Simply amazing to be that close to wild tigers. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Feb 2016 by TINA JOHNSONSeeing tigers was heart-stopping! Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Jun 2014 by Julia GallagherIt was a trip of a lifetime and to experience tigers at such close hand was an experience we will never forget. India is exhausting but the wildlife of the parks was amazing. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Apr 2014 by Lucie McKenzieExcellent, well organised, all arrangements went smoothly and we had a great time. Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Nov 2014 by Christine SmithThe two most exciting aspects of my holiday were; viewing a large male tiger for over half an hour in the wilderness, and the tremendously lucky spotting of a pack of wild dogs. Additionally I added about a gazillion birds to my life list and spotted almost every mammal for which the park is famous. Read full review
Planet and peopleThis trip aims to help and support a more responsible and sustainable approach to wildlife tourism in Central India by catering to small groups of not more than 10-12 people, thus leaving behind the least impact on a particular destination. Our connection with the central Indian National parks & jungles date backs to 1932 when one of our family members Late Lakhpat Rai was the first chief conservator of Forest of Central India during British rule. The trained naturalists who will accompany you for game drives are from the local community who have developed the skills of communicating with clients over the years with our regular in house training.
Recently we installed the first ground water recharge unit in one of the lodges in Kanha which we will use. A part of the income (£5 per person) generated from this tour goes straight to the local tribal village school in Kanha. We will be visiting one such school during your trip.
The lodge in Bhandavgarh NP: 80% of the staff come from the local area and the lodge is committed to purchasing from local suppliers as far as possible. The lodge has a water soak pit, uses recycled water to water their plants (we discourage gardens that have high water demands), and there is a sign in all bathrooms explaining how to save water. The lodge only uses CFL lamps and solar lanterns to save electricity.
The lodge in Kanha NP: The lodge you will stay in was constructed using locally available material and each cottage was built in the local style without chemical paints. They use waste wood boilers for heating and try to minimise electricity use by using energy saving lamps and solar, hurricane and earthen lamps in the night. There is no air-conditioning. In addition the lodge use recycled stationary, harvests rain water, uses soak pits to collect water and reuses waste water in the garden. All cleaning is done manually (no machines), organic waste is composted, food is cooked on LPG stoves and they do not allow music or televisions to keep noise pollution to a minimum.
The lodge is dedicated to the local upliftment of the area. They were the first in the history of Kanha National Park to train the locals in catering, house keeping, steward ship, guiding etc., all of whom had very basic schooling if any at all. The staff is trained at the parent hotel in Jabalpur, and the majority (all drivers) come from the local community. They have financed one vehicle for a member of our staff who is from the community and use this for game drives. In addition, they do not have washing machines so they can provide work for the local community and have taught the local people cane weaving and pottery, the results of which are all used in the lodge. Raw materials are purchased locally where possible.
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