India is one of the world’s iconic travel destinations. But choosing an India trip can be overwhelming, especially if you’re looking to maximize your time in nature, up your odds of seeing tigers, avoid crowds wherever possible, and travel with a superlative guide. That’s why we’ve crafted the ideal India odyssey for nature lovers. Our Grand India trip is a comprehensive, stress-free adventure that is simply the most superb way to experience India's fantastic wildlife. Here’s what makes this trip unique:
- You Won’t Find a More All-Encompassing Wildlife Itinerary!
We’ve crafted the ultimate India experience for nature lovers. Boost your chances of seeing the elusive Bengal tiger—plus a host of other Indian wildlife—on visits to three different national parks offering some of India's most concentrated tiger populations. Experience contrasting Asian habitats: the dry mixed deciduous forests of central India and the moist floodplains and grasslands of the Brahmaputra basin.
- A Small Group Means More Authentic Nature Experiences
Most visitors to India travel with large groups aboard tour buses, focusing on cities and crowded cultural monuments. But that’s no way to experience India’s rich nature, which is our focus. We take just 11 guests, for a lower impact in nature reserves and more personal encounters with our Expedition Leaders and local people.
- Less-Traveled Parks for Intimate Wildlife Encounters
Most travelers who come to see India’s tigers go to Ranthambore National Park, which is heavily advertised and very crowded. While we include equally tiger-rich Bandhavgarh National Park, we also visit Kanha and Kaziranga, which are more remote with far fewer tourists. Kanha also offers some of India's best tiger viewing, while Kaziranga offers a great chance to see rhinos up close as well as wild elephants. We’ll also have a chance to see seven deer species and more than 600 bird species—a true safari-like experience when it comes to a diversity of wildlife.
- Nine Days of Varied Safari Excursions
Spend three days each in three premier wildlife reserves, with daily morning and afternoon safari outings from a variety of perspectives. While most of our travel is in 4x4 Jeep-type vehicles designed for these environs, if conditions permit we will also explore Kaziranga on elephant back, the most traditional way to experience this natural jungle setting.
- Distinctive Accommodations are a Highlight in Their Own Right
When you travel with us to India, your accommodations will be as memorable as your adventures. Our environmentally sensitive bush ecolodges are remote and secluded, yet they offer exceptional comfort and pampering. Each is selected for its proximity to wildlife and the parks we visit, as well as the high quality of the guest experience. India’s luxury urban hotels are renowned worldwide, and the 5-star hospitality of the landmark Taj Mahal Hotel in Delhi and ITC Sonar in Kolkata offer a welcome indulgence that complements our safari adventures.
- The World’s Finest Naturalist Guides
Natural Habitat Adventures has a global reputation for employing the highest-quality guides in the industry. Our Expedition Leaders have years of experience – those who lead our India trips average more than 15 – with exceptional training including resources from WWF's top scientists. You won’t find more knowledgeable or more personable Expedition Leaders than those who are proud to work with us. Most of our India Expedition Leaders are Indian nationals, further enhancing our authentic experience. Our philosophy is simple: a nature adventure is only as good as the guide who leads it, so we provide the very best! See Expedition Leader bios with traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
- Our Presence Directly Helps to Protect Tigers
After years of precipitously declining tiger numbers, India has charted a 30-percent rise in its 2014 tiger census, compared to four years before. Conservation groups attribute a share of that increase to responsible nature tourism, of which we are a part. The sheer economic value of visitors to India's tiger reserves benefits the communities around the reserves, offering local people an incentive to protect the wild creatures they share the land with. Given that India is home to 70 percent of the world's remaining wild tigers, and India is the only country currently seeing a rise in tiger numbers, the presence of wildlife tourism here is integral to that continued success.
- Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your India Wildlife Safari
With Natural Habitat Adventures, you receive our exclusive quality value guarantee that promises we will meet the high expectations we set forth in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
- Feel Good About the Way You Travel
We all care about the planet, and you can travel with us knowing that the emissions from your trip are 100% carbon-offset. Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company, and a leader in sustainability on many fronts.
- Natural Habitat Adventures is World Wildlife Fund's Travel Partner
Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our small-group nature adventures, World Wildlife Fund, the world's leading environmental conservation organization, has named Natural Habitat its worldwide travel partner—a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
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