Wildlife vacation in Central India

“Become the Spy in the Jungle as you enjoy luxury tented accommodation and 4x4 game safaris in some of India's finest wildlife reserves.”

Highlights

New Delhi | Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve | Kanha Tiger Reserve | Pench Tiger Reserve | Satpura Tiger Reserve | Bhimbetka cave paintings | search for: giant squirrels, tigers, leopards, wild dogs, water birds and wetland wildlife |

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Wildlife vacation in Central India

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

1. Our environment responsibilities start right from the office. We have policy of using eco-friendly goods and paper, plus we reduce, reuse and recycle where possible. We print our office documents on both sides of the paper to reduce paper consumption. We try to keep our marketing materials at bare minimum by using modern electronic communication for marketing purpose. We also work to minimise energy and water consumption in our offices, and we encourage our partners to follow similar waste management and energy philosophies.

2. We operate with small group sizes which not only maximises interaction within the group and guides and local community but also minimises the impact on environment.

3. Our vehicles comply with strict Euro IV emissions or Bharat Stage III control regulations set by the European Union and Indian Environment Ministry. We regularly check and maintain vehicles to the highest possible standard in order to limit carbon emissions and ensure the comfort and safety of our passengers.

4. In this tour you will be staying in homestays, lodges and hotels which are safe, comfortable and operated in a sustainable way. We specifically pay attention to the lodges and camps, located around national parks for their waste disposal and eco-tourism policies.

5. Tiger reserves and national parks are covered in majority of our tours and with the increasing number of tourists in these reserves can put extra pressure on the local flora and fauna. However, we believe wildlife tourism can be an important conservation tool if used responsibly. Travel to national parks and wildlife areas can bring positive economic benefits as entrance fees contribute to the maintenance and conservation of local flora and animal species, while visitors benefit from the educational aspects of the area and take away with them an increased awareness of the need and place for conservation. Equally important tourism helps the local communities living around these reserves by providing jobs and helping them realise the importance of the forest.

Our tour leaders and drivers follow strict policy while visiting national parks to minimise pressure on Tiger Tourism. Our code of conducts is:

• We do not guarantee sighting of any particular species because this puts pressure on drivers, guides, naturalists, mahouts and other authorities. Rather, we rely on skilled naturalists and guides who are expert in deciphering jungle signs to locate the client’s dream animal/birds.
• We refrain from rushing through the jungle beyond the permitted speed in the hope of catching a glimpse of a tiger or other animal. We maintain a slow speed, which not only allows the tourists to absorb nature but it is also safe for animals crossing/sitting on the road.
• We do not go beyond the marked area for tourists inside forest in hope of better sightings.
• We strictly do not chase animals or disturb their natural behaviour for a better look or for the ‘ultimate photograph’.
• Whenever we find garbage or plastic inside the reserve, we carry it out for safe and responsible disposal.
• We maintain a safe distance from animals and do not come between parents and offspring.
• We avoid approaching nesting or breeding sites as this causes unnecessary stress to parents and young ones.
• We do not support attractions which use animals as entertainment for profit. These animals are often taken from the wild, mistreated and are trained to perform unnatural behaviours, which are not only stressful but often harmful to the animal.
Apart from above, we strictly follow and expect same from our clients to abide by the rules and regulations pointed out by Forest Department of India and local authorities.

Community

1. All the guides in this tour are locals. We believe that a local guide can enliven every tour with local folk-lore, snippets of gossip, names of plants and their medicinal uses. Most importantly particularly in remote villages, our guide is our host, showing us around his or her area. This helps to make our tours an experience of cultural exchange rather than a brutish trample through someone else’s way of life.

2. Accommodations used in this tour employs local people. This not only puts money back in the community but it encourages in imparting knowledge to the community about the importance of their environment and how it can be beneficial without destructing it.

3. Travelers’ visit to the historical and heritage sites on this tour will contribute to the maintenance and restoration of these unique places in a form of the entry fee. As per our sustainable travel policy, we ask that travelers respect signage, take only photographs and leave no litter or graffiti behind, even if others have done so. Do not attempt to bring home any rocks or stones or other souvenirs of the location and don’t purchase such items from vendors as this can encourage the ongoing destruction of local areas of interest.

4. We encourage our guests who visit villages or overnight there to express their thanks in the form of small practical gifts: fresh vegetables, or a blanket or jumper for a child.

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Reviewed on 15 Nov 2019 by

It was exactly what we wanted and we thoroughly enjoyed it Read full review

Reviewed on 12 May 2019 by

The sight of a beautiful tigress walking towards us on an early morning drive was the most exciting part of our vacation. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Apr 2019 by

The whole vacation was an amazing adventure On the first day in Brandavagh, we saw a large male tiger emerge from the forest just next to us and slowly meander across our path! Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Mar 2019 by

5 stars - the value for money was excellent. You would be paying double the price for a similar itinerary in East/Southern Africa Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Mar 2019 by

Don't go expecting to see one particular animal just enjoy what turns up - it's all special. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Mar 2019 by

The sightings in Bandhavgarh Park were particularly rewarding, mainly a mum waiting for the cubs to find their path to join her without any apparent anxiety from her or them! Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Mar 2019 by

Seeing a tiger and her cub up close for ten minutes, or so. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2019 by

It is practically impossible to pick one thing out of so many - seeing a sloth bear and her two cubs was very special, watching a leopard relaxing on a rock - and that is before starting on the birds! Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Feb 2019 by

Seeing tigers. In particular saw tiger cub and tiger stalking deer. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Feb 2019 by

This was an amazing vacation and we would highly recommend it. Nothing can compete with local knowledge offered by local people. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Jan 2019 by

I would strongly recommend this company if you want to see wildlife in India. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Jan 2019 by

The most memorable part of the vacation was on the last day in Pench we saw both a leopard and a tiger. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Jan 2019 by

The most memorable part of the vacation was watching a tiger drink water and attempting to chase a deer. I also loved the food. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Apr 2019 by

Seeing tigers at Bandhavgarh and going in the Kanha National Parks were the most memorable parts our vacation Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Dec 2018 by

One of the best, I would not hesitate to book with this company next time. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Jun 2018 by

EXCELLENT because of our guide Saurabh's attention to details. The welcome bag of goodies and welcome card was very special. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Apr 2018 by

There were so many memorable aspects of our trip that it is hard to mention just one. We saw beautiful wildlife, our accommodations were top notch, and we did not have to be concerned with any details as Saurabh took care of everything!Our vacation was great! Saurabh was a wonderful guide who loves his country very much. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Apr 2018 by

The tigers! We had so many great tiger sightings I don't even know where to start & we saw leopards and sloth bears too! 10/10, it was truly an amazing experience! Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Mar 2018 by

The whole trip was very well organised. Each place had its own special moments and settings. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Mar 2018 by

The wildlife safaris were excellent with very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides. The stay at Bhoromadeo Jungle retreat was amazing, with the host Sunny and his wife and team making us feel so welcome. We were taken to local markets to buy vegetables for our dinner and also took part in the colourful Holi celebrations. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Feb 2018 by

For anyone looking for a similar trip to that which I completed I can highly recommend our tour operator. There is no doubt that luck plays a part in any wildlife viewing, but equally, if not more important, is designing a trip that will allow good luck to function. Saurabh chose the locations, the accommodations and the people who accompanied us. He acted as my guide. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Feb 2018 by

The most memorable moment was seeing our first ever tiger in the wild! Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Feb 2018 by

The first sighting of a wild tiger was my highlight. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Dec 2017 by

The entire vacation was an amazing experience that exceeded our expectations. If I had to pick a single most exciting part of the trip, it would be our first observation of a tiger in the wild in Bandhavgarh. Listening to the alarm calls of Sambar deer and movement in the leaf litter before her appearance just metres in front of our vehicle, something i'll never forget. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Apr 2017 by

Exceptional, chiefly due to our guide, Saurabh Agrawal Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Apr 2017 by

Too many to mention but seeing tigers, leopards and so many wild dogs close up in the wild was a wonderful experience. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Apr 2017 by

Hard to mention one thing! We were incredibly fortunate to have had some stunning tiger sightings, but that aside the trip that Saurabh and our tour operator put together was out of this world. Absolutely 5 star. 10 out of 10. We were completely blown away by everything that was done for us on this trip. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Dec 2016 by

The operator and Saurabh made the entire trip perfect. It was very well organized and catered to all our needs. Would recommend the operator to anyone who wants to discover India. Read full review

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