Bandhavgarh tiger safari in India

“Maximise your chances of spotting the elusive tiger in the wild with experts on hand to guide you. If you’re lucky you might just spot a leopard too …”

Highlights

Bandhavgarh National Park | 9 Game drives plus one full day park’s access | Air-conditioned overnight sleeper train | Delhi and New Delhi | Option to explore the Red Fort, Humayun's Tomb, India Gate, Jama Masjid (India's largest mosque) and Chandni Chowk and Karol Bagh markets

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12 Oct 2018
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02 Nov 2018
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30 Nov 2018
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15 Feb 2019
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08 Mar 2019
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11 Oct 2019
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01 Nov 2019
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29 Nov 2019
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Small group vacation

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, traveling 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 vacation, 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 travelers’ 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 vacation 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?
Travelers 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 vacation.

Solo travelers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those traveling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travelers
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 travelers 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 travelers!”
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.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travelers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Bandhavgarh tiger safari in India

Accommodation and Meals:
During your trip we will spend 7 nights at Nature Heritage Resorts and 1 night on a sleeper train. The accommodation on this trip is largely locally staffed with 90% 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. 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 visit to the local village, Tala, to see how homemade meals are usually prepared and to purchase tea and snacks from street vendors.

Waste
To reduce our use of plastic, we use 20-30ltr drinking water dispensers for long journeys, where clients can refill their own water bottles. They can also refill their bottles with treated drinking water at the hotel. Leaders discourage the purchasing of smaller bottled mineral water. The hotel also makes big efforts towards environmental protection, with energy conservation measures, rain harvesting and waste management.

Activity:
Especially as this is a wildlife based tour in Bandhavgarh National Park, it is important for us to operate with a strict ‘leave no trace policy.’ 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 Park (monkeys, bison, deer, wild pigs, 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.

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. The student number has increased to 400+ students. Clients are welcome to donate items such as books, stationery, school bags etc.

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 jeep hire, drivers, naturalists and all other supporting staff all come from villages which really benefit from this industry.

UK office
It all starts at home so we have first worked to reduce our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies in place, 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.

Group size
We operate small group tours that have a low impact on the communities we visit and we always ensure our operations do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. This allows us to stay in unique and characterful accommodation that would not have benefitted from tourism due to their limited size.

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