Endangered wildlife tour in India

“Seed out India’s rare cats, both large and small, in a range of wild habitats, staying in atmospheric, authentic accommodation along the way.”


Delhi | train to Agra | Taj Mahal | wetland jungle to see the Indian fishing cat | tiger safaris | Bengal tigers | Auravli Mountains | leopard, jungle cat, caracal lynx, Asian Steppe wildcat | tropical jungle | guided trekking | abundant wildlife and birdlife | atmospheric accommodation, including a 16th century palace fort | Udaipur

Description of Endangered wildlife tour in India

This endangered wildlife tour in India brings you close to the rare wild cats, both large and small, little known species and unusual flora of three remote and exotic parts of India.

While India’s tigers and leopards are widely celebrated, its smaller cat species, including caracal lynx, Asian Steppe wildcat and the tiny rusty spotted cat, are less well known. You’ll visit a huge range of natural habitats, from grassland and granite mountains, to wetlands and sub tropical forests, in search of some of the world’s most rare cats. Along the way, expect to see other creatures, too, from crocodiles to blue bull antelope and brown flying squirrel. There is also great birding to enjoy and abundant flora, including rare orchids.

We began working in conservation back in 2005 and at that time knew little about India’s small and rare cats. The tour aims to raise awareness of the plight of these endangered animals, and ultimately to help save them, by bringing individuals to see them in the wild and boosting understanding of conservation efforts. Hopefully, you'll see India's celebrated big cats, too, the tiger and leopard. It’s an ideal experience for anyone who’s patient and keen to experience wild pockets of India. This is a comfortable tour, with overnight stays in interesting and authentic accommodation, including a hunting lodge, a 16th century palace fort, and a very special night in a 17th century palace harem, the only one open to guests in India. There is also time on this 13 day itinerary to explore Delhi, Agra and Udaipur.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Endangered wildlife tour in India


At each destination on this tour ourselves and the local research teams and their local employees are committed to protecting the rare eco systems where these endangered wildcats are found. The protection of India's forests and rare eco-systems is paramount to us. Guests will be taught how these areas are being conserved and will be asked to help in research and studies while on their tour so they may understand more in depth the system and challenges that exist in protecting these forests. Educating local villagers on the need to sustain and protect their environment is ongoing with the teaching of local staff and their families on the importance of keeping their rare eco-systems alive by not cutting trees for firewood, not to plant crops in these delicate eco-systems, and not to collect leaves directly from trees that locals previously used for different products they consume. One jungle presently is listed as a reserve forest by the Indian government which means in time trees could be cut for the sale of their wood. Continued talks are ongoing to change the status of this forest from a reserve forest to that of a fully protected reserve area for the rare species that live there. All waste materials brought into these forests are taken back out by ourselves and the conservation team for recycling. We encourage at each destination for guests to carry only one water bottle that will be re-filled after its consumption from rain water we collect that is cleaned for drinking purposes. At two of the jungles on this tour no electricity connections are present and at all destinations no unsustainable firewood is used.


Our commitment to help inform and teach locals on the importance of conservation is something we are committed to so these forests may be protected for their endangered wildlife as well as for the healthy existence of the locals who live around these forest areas. In one jungle, one of the rarest and the smallest wildcat found in the world, the Rusty Spotted Cat, is present (listed as population critical by IUCN). The only local researcher, Kunal Patel, for the Rusty Spotted Cat has received previously minimal financing for its study from abroad but it is not enough to continue the protection and survival of the Rusty Spotted Cat found here. The funds from travellers who would opt to include this jungle would directly finance the study and continued protection of these cats as well as providing more jobs to locals. At another jungle on this tour the finance coming in from travellers who opt for this tour will help to further protect and revitalize an area where the locals are working with us to support the survival of a rare cat species, the Asian Steppe Wildcat. The funding for the people who are committed to saving these rare cat species at each destination on this tour is all from private sources including the salaries they pay to their helpers and research teams. At each destination locally grown food is prepared for guests. Guests on this tour will also help ensure locals stay employed and these conservation efforts will continue to grow and help in creating more local employment.

2 Reviews of Endangered wildlife tour in India

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 20 Apr 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Staying at Bagheera camp was the most memorable part; the safaris we went on were all amazing, the highlights being the sunrise over the wetlands and seeing a leopard and cubs.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Be prepared for a lot of early starts, and bring some good binoculars with you.
Also make sure you get the phone number of the local travel company in case there are any issues with the airport/train station pick-ups.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I think it supported conservation in terms of raising awareness of the habitats of animals and what is being done to protect them.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Wonderful holiday, would definitely recommend it; the only question I would have would be around how the zones in Rathambhore park are allocated as we were put in a tigerless zone on both safaris which was very disappointing.
I would also recommend spending additional time at Bagheera camp if possible.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you April. Ranthambore is a natural Indian jungle where all the wildlife is free roaming and seeing tigers and other wildlife is by chance. It is unfortunate you did not see tigers but please be advised that all zones in Ranthambore National Park, that are open for wildlife safaris, do have tigers.

Reviewed on 17 Apr 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The sightings of the Desert Cat and the Leopard were fantastic. Roopangarh Fort was spectacular.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

At this time of year (March/April), the middle of the day is too hot to be outside for long. January/February would probably be better for both heat and early morning/late evening safaris.
As cat sightings are not guaranteed, it is good if you have another interest, eg birding / photography.
Lots of travelling. Be prepared for several hours in the car - not a problem as it was very comfortable with good AirCon.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes - many nights were based at small, locally owned wildlife sanctuaries.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Very good.

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