Tiger watching tours in India

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27 Oct 2018
£ 2719
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17 Nov 2018
£ 2685
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Small group holidays
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.
Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Tiger watching tours in India

Environment

The experience of seeing a tiger (or tigers!) in the wild is one of the most incredible wildlife encounters imaginable… yet the tiger is critically endangered. By taking people to see these magnificent beasts, we encourage their protection and provide an income for the local people that run the lodges and campsites we stay in. We try to choose accommodation that supports conservation and at Pench National Park, for example, the eco-friendly resort we use actively promotes sensitivity to the environment and participation in the conservation of wildlife.

The Resort’s mission is to maintain the natural habitat by not over constructing and leaving lots of wide open green spaces throughout the hotel. The hotel has also constructed a nursery where hundreds of indigenous palms, flowers, ficus, arucaria, bamboo and bushes are nurtured to preserve the species and teach people about local fauna.

Whilst on game drives we ensure we abide by park regulations to minimise disruption to the wildlife and the environment we have come to see.

Community

Our Indian tour leaders are passionate about their country and have a strong desire to help travellers experience all it has to offer. We run an annual dedicated training course for them, with a strong focus on responsible tourism practices so they can ensure that our tours run in accordance with our code of practice. For example, at the start of each trip they are able to provide guidance concerning local customs and culture so as to ensure that local sensibilities are respected.

We visit the Satpura National Park which is one of the least visited Parks in India and allows us to contribute to the local economy through our use of accommodation and local food, as well as local safari guides. It is a similar situation in Pench which is less visited than many Parks. The Park has a high density of wildlife and the conservation projects undertaken by hotels such as the Village Machaan, where we stay, help to preserve this. The hotel also undertakes education for students on wildlife and conservation.

In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our UK Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators. We acknowledge that air travel has a negative impact on our environment, so we work together with Cool Earth to offset carbon and protect our important rainforests.

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