Tiger watching holiday in India

“One of our lower priced 9 day tiger safari holidays, travelling with small Indian based wildlife experts in Central India. ”

Highlights

Delhi | Kanha National Park | Bandhavgarh National Park | Sleeper train journey from Delhi | Jabalpur | Trained naturalist guides from local community | 10 game drives

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.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailormade throughout the year and can be adapted to suit your requirements for 2 to 12 people. The best time to travel is October to June
Our top tip:
Tigers are very rare, so enjoy the rest of the superb variety of wildlife too. There is so much on offer.
Trip type:
Tailor made. No minimum age.
Activity level:
Leisurely but early AM starts.
Accomm:
B&B in Delhi, sleeper train and safari lodges.
Included:
Accommodation, all meals (except Delhi B&B), 10 game drives, naturalist guide, sleeper train, transfers, wildlife lecture.
Solos:
Minimum 2 people.
Vouchers
Accepted
Holiday type

Travelling with a local operator

This holiday is operated by a company based in the holiday destination and they will be able to provide expert local knowledge. They will be able to tailor make your holiday to suit your requirements not only concerning the dates of travel but also typically the standard of accommodation, and thus price. It is rare for local operators to be able to help with the booking of your flights.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Tiger watching holiday in India

This 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.

16 Reviews of Tiger watching holiday in India

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Reviewed on 07 Apr 2018 by

The 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

The 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 29 Jun 2017 by

The most memorable moment was the first wild tiger we saw, just peeping through the bamboo. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Apr 2017 by

I 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

The 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

We 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

Seeing 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

Seeing tigers was heart-stopping! Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Jun 2014 by

It 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

Excellent, well organised, all arrangements went smoothly and we had a great time. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Nov 2014 by

The 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

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2013 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was seeing a tiger resting and grooming in Kanha National Park. The monsoon rains in Sikkim. The Buddhist monasteries in Ladakh. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Nov 2013 by

Fantastic, but certainly not a relaxing one...long distances, very bad roads in places, but worth it once there....seeing Tigers in the wild was the best part! Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Dec 2009 by

The visit to Bandhavgarh was excellent having seen a tigress and her two cubs shortly before the end of our last visit to the reserve. We felt that we were being given special treatment by the staff at the reserve. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Apr 2009 by

Without a doubt seeing tigers in Bandhavgarh and Kanha national parks was the highlight. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Jan 2008 by

Seeing (and hearing!) the tigers and a leopard was the highlight. Read full review

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