Step into big cat territory on this Tiger safari in India. Although India has become synonymous with tigers over the years, it also has other rare big cats such as Leopards and Asiatic Lions.
You can experience an array of habitats when you take a tiger safari in India combined with a leopard and lion safari. The National parks we cover in this journey, Corbett National park, Ranthambore National Park, Jawai National Park (Bera) and Gir National park have unique landscapes and beauty. Also you cover Agra (The Taj Mahal City), Ahmedabad and New Delhi (The Capital of India)
Meet your travel manager on arrival at New Delhi airport. Your tour manager would ensure smooth check in at your hotel in Delhi and shall hand over your travel documents. A small briefing about the tour and what you are going to experience in days to come is always good. New Delhi is a city of contrasts with Old Delhi and New Delhi representing thwo different worlds of Heritage and Development. We may utilize rest of the day to catch glimpse of monuments in Delhi city. A visit to Old Delhi can be a unique experience to see of how things function seamlessly without proper alignment of systems. Later you may want to catch glimse of breath taking views of qutub minar, a minaret and “victory tower”.
Overnight at Hotel in New Delhi.
A 6 hours and 260 Kms drive takes us to Corbett National park, the magical place that could turn a famous hunter into conservationist.
Corbett national park, named after famous hunter and conservationist Jim Corbett is one of the most unique and beautiful ladscapes to visit in the country. Corbett National Park is often referred by photographers as a park where your camera never stops. Full of life, these woods and river beds are home to tigers, elephants, leopards, bears, four species of deers including Hog deer, which is found only in grassland habitats, many species of reptiles including endangered gharials and over 500 species of birds including resident and migratory species. Corbett national park also gets its popularity from the books on Man eating tigers and leopards written by Jim Corbett. Corbett national park is also known to have one of the highest density of tigers in the wild. This park also is one the the very few places which provides the opportunity of the staying inside the forest rest houses built in core zones of national park. The experience of staying inside the forest presents unique opportunity to feel the soul of forests.
During our stay at Corbett national park, for the first night we stay in a luxury resort on the periphery of national park and the other two nights we stay at Dhikala forest rest house inside core zone of corbett national park. The accommodation inside Dhikala zone might be basic but the location and opportunites to spot wildlife are extra ordinary. All mornings and evenings during our stay would be utilised for four wheel drives inside the national park. Meals during stay at Dhikala forest rest house would be vegetarian. During our stay at Corbett national park, we shall also visit gujjar dera. Gujjars are the community that stays on the periphery of national park and depends on cattles for their livelyhood. It would be a great opportunity to understand their circle of life.
A 7 hours and 305 Kms Journey would Take us to Agra, The City of Taj Mahal.
Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world is a ivory – white marble mausoleum on the banks of river yamuna. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1632 to house the tomb of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal also houses tomb of the emperor as well. Taj Mahal was constructed using best of the available materials from all over India and Asia. It is believed over 1,000 elephants were used to transport building materials and 22,000 labourers, painters, embroidery artists and stonecutters to shape the Taj Mahal. The plinth and tomb took roughly 12 years to complete and the remaining parts like minarets, mosque and gateway took an additional 10 years. The imperial court of muusoleum documenting Shah Jahan’s grief after the death of her beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal illustrates the love story held as the inspiration for the Taj Mahal.
In the evening we enjoy light and sound show in Agra. Overnight stay at prime location in Agra Close to Taj. Next day we visit the glorious Taj Mahal.
A 6 hours and 260 Kms drive will take you to Ranthamore National Park, The land of fort tigers
Ranthambore National Park, one of the most popular and best destinations to spot tigers in the wild used to be hunting ground for royal families of Sawai Madhopur. The forest of Ranthambore is dry & deciduous with visibility advantage and hence records good toger sightings. Due to the typr of forests, tigers of Ranthambore have also become used to the presence of tourists most of the times. There are many documentaries filmed in Ranthambore National park which makes it the most popular national park in the country. These documentaries not just made the park popular but also some of the tigers. One of the most famous tigers from Ranthambore National Park was Machhli (Hindi word for Fish), who has the record of surviving in the wild for maximum number of years, ie 20 years in wherein the tigers are believed to have life cycle of 10 to 14 years in the wild.
We stay in Ranthambore National park for 3 nights and during our stay in Ranthambore, we shall spend most mornings and evenings exploring premium safari zones of the park on a four wheel drive safari. We shall also visit Ranthambore school of Arts during our stay. The Ranthambore School of Art at Sawai Madhopur was established with an aim to create awareness about the tiger conservation and the students in the school belong to the neighbouring villages. Our Stay at Ranthambore National park would be in a Luxury resort on the periphery of the park.
A 3 hours and 140 Kms drive will take us to Bera, The Kigdom of Leopards.
This region is known for its high density of leopards, making it a prime destination for leopard safaris. During the safari, visitors are taken on guided jeep tours into the leopard’s natural habitat in the Aravalli mountain range. The safaris usually take place early in the morning or late in the afternoon, when the leopards are most active. Visitors may also have the opportunity to see other wildlife such as hyenas, jackals, and various species of birds.
We stay in Bera for 2 Nights in a luxury safari lodge and during our stay we will do morning and evening leopard safaris and we shall also visit Jawai bandh /Dam safari. Jawai Dam is a major dam located in the Pali district of Rajasthan. The Jawai Dam serves as a popular tourist destination, particularly for birdwatching and crocodile spotting.
A 5-6 hours and 280 kms drive will take us to Ahmedabad. On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel in Ahmedabad. Ahmedabad is a city located in the western state of Gujarat in India. It is the largest city in the state and is known for its rich cultural heritage, delicious street food, and textile industry. Ahmedabad is also home to several significant landmarks, such as the Sabarmati Ashram, which was the residence of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation.
A 350 Kms and 6-7 hours drive will take us to Gir National Park
Gir National Park, also known as Sasan Gir, is a wildlife sanctuary located in the Indian state of Gujarat. It is the only place in the world where the Asiatic Lion is found in the wild. The park covers an area of 1,412 square kilometers and was established in 1965 to protect the endangered species of Asiatic lion. Apart from the Asiatic Lion, the park is also home to a variety of other wildlife such as Indian leopard, Indian cobra, striped hyena, and various species of deer, antelope, and monkeys. The park also has a large number of bird species, making it a popular destination for bird watchers.
We stay at Gir national park for 3 nights and during our stay we explore Gir national park on a four wheel drive safari. At Gir national park, we stay at one of the luxury lodges on the periphery of the park.
Here our wild encpounters of Indian wildlife would end and we proceed to Rajkot. A 180 Kms and 3 hours drive takes us to Rajkot airport from where we board flight to New Delhi. Flight time between Rajkot and New Delhi is 1 hour 40 minutes. Overnight we stay in a luxury hotel in the heart of the City and next day we board the flight back home with sweet yet wild memories of India. If time allows we may visit another monument in New Delhi.