Tiger tour in India, land of the Tiger tour

Our only two week, small group tour thatís all about tigers. With safaris in three national parks and 15 game drives in total, seeing into the eye of the tiger is high on the agenda.
Pench National Park Kanha National Park Bandhavgarh National Park Sleeper train to Agra Taj Mahal Delhi
Price
US $3849ToUS $3949excluding flights
Duration
17 Days
Type
Small group
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Optional single supplement from £752 - £784.
Minimum age 16.
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Description of Tiger tour in India, land of the Tiger tour

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Price information

US $3849ToUS $3949excluding flights
Optional single supplement from £752 - £784.
Minimum age 16.
Make enquiry

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India wildlife
William Blakeís famous poem The Tiger describes not only the beauty of the tiger but also the energy and power behind the creation. However, sometimes...
Bandhavgarh
Itís often said that youíre lucky if you spot a tiger in Indiaís other national parks, and really unlucky if you donít spot a tiger in Bandhavgarh. On...

Vacation information

Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled 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, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
Our top tip:
Seeing a tiger in the wild can be very emotional. Donít panic and start snapping; put your camera down and savour the moment. They are rare.
Trip type:
Small group tour. Min. age 16
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome. Surcharge for single room.
Accomm:
Small hotels near national parks. One night on sleeper train.
Included:
Flights, accommodation, breakfasts, 11 dinners, all transport, driver guide, activities.
Meals:
Allow £3-£10 per day for lunch and dinners, although most dinners included.
Diet:
We cater for both vegetarians and vegans.

Reviews

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Reviewed on 17 Nov 2018 by

Good but disappointing game drives at the end (too tiger orientated - Uncomfrortable fast drive and then sat seeing nothing for last six drives) Read full review

Reviewed on 02 May 2017 by

The most memorable moment was seeing a Wild Tiger for the first time and witnessing a Tiger stalk and live kill a cow from about 40 yards away, an amazing one in a life time moment!!! This was a great vacation, enjoying a group vacation for the first time, meeting folks from different walks of life, mixing with the local people... Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Nov 2014 by

Definitely a benefit for the local people with the money and jobs and investment in the school. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Feb 2013 by

Absolutely brilliant. Great leader, well organised, accommodation and food great. We had the privilege of seeing a total of ten tigers in three different National Parks. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Apr 2013 by

We enjoyed every minute of this vacation, although seeing a tiger for the first time was amazing...10 out of 10. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Mar 2012 by

The skill and knowledge of our birding guide was exceptional, enabling us to see 170 species of birds during our visit... The vacation overall was very enjoyable, with some good locations, notable Munar and the Hornbill Camp. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Nov 2011 by

The most amazing part was seeing the Tigers in the wild and being consumed by their beauty and power. I also enjoyed the historic parts of the trip and the taj was amazing. Read full review

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

Accommodation and Meals:
During your trip we will spend 13 nights in en suite hotels or lodges and 1 night on an air-conditioned sleeper train. The accommodation on this trip is largely locally staffed with a very high percentage coming from surrounding villages. This is a valuable form of employment in particular for the more remote communities on the peripheries of National Parks who have limited income alternatives. Lodges and resorts on this trip make big efforts towards environmental protection, with energy conservation measures, rain harvesting and waste management. Pench Jungle Camp Resort even has its own 'eco-park', home to spotted deer, nilgai and leopard and has been certified by ĎTravel Operators for Tigersí. The majority of vegetables, pulses, meat and fruit is sourced from local villages and transformed into delicious and plentiful meals. Free meal times can be used to explore authentic cuisine and to support small businesses- we can even organise a local village visit to see how homemade meals are usually prepared.

Activity:
Especially as this is a wildlife based tour, it is important for us to operate with a strict Ďleave no trace policy.í This extends to our activity in and out of game drive territory and means we are vigilant with disposing of litter properly and careful not to intimidate or harm flora and fauna. A large part of ensuring that we behave responsibly on this trip is also to do with managing expectations. By appreciating the large array of species in the National Parks (monkeys, deer, nillgai, birdlife, plants, butterflies etc.) rather than just tigers, there is less temptation to crowd the animals. The park fees we pay to enter these areas go towards paying the wages of those who work there, development of park facilities, wildlife research and protection projects.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

People

Charity
For years we have been involved in campaigning for tiger conservation in Bandhavgarh. In late summer 2014 we teamed up with The Corbett Foundation, an Indian charity dedicated to conservation-oriented research. They have proved instrumental in enabling us to get the funds to where they are needed. Through this we have now completed the building of a community hall at Tala Village, solar pumps in the park for wildlife and staff in the dry season, bio gas plants and smart stoves for villagers and provided the salary for 2 full time teachers at the government school. Our work in India continues to be of great significance and most recently we have been able to purchase a 4 wheel drive medical vehicle and pay for outreach medical support.

Local Craft and Culture:
The final two days of the trip are spent exploring Agra and Delhi, where there are a variety of handmade souvenir vendors and stalls selling authentic cuisine. Clients have the chance to visit the white marble Taj Mahal, built by the Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife. Within striking distance is the imposing Red Fort of Akbar, third of the Moghul Emperors, whose mighty sandstone walls enclose the beautiful white marble Pearl Mosque and the palaces, halls, courtyards and fountains of his successors. The markets of New and Old Delhi offer a variety of local handicrafts- from colourful scarves and handmade jewellery, to carved wooden statues and painted ceramics. Along with purchasing goods from local people, we can help the community and learn a lot more about culture and history by hiring local guides at each of these locations.

A Fair Deal:
We work closely with our local operator and ensure that local guides are being employed and that in exchange for their expertise that they are paid and treated fairly. The leaders will give a briefing on Responsible Tourism issues to help you understand how you can help reduce your impact and maximise the benefits to the local community from your visit. The trip runs through wildlife sectors in the rural areas of Madhya Pradesh and is major source of employment for local communities. The jeep hire, drivers, naturalists and all other supporting staff all come from villages which really benefit from this industry.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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