An In-Depth Odyssey In Search of Wild Tigers & Other Exotic Wildlife
The Indian subcontinent is one of the world's most stimulating destinations. While its mélange of human cultures has long drawn the attention of historians and travelers, its spectrum of wild habitats rich with exotic animals offers rare treasures for those who are passionate about nature. This comprehensive safari focuses on India’s natural realm, renowned for its dramatic rivers, fabled jungles and intriguing wildlife, including the majestic Bengal tiger. Ecotourism is integral to conservation in India, and our travels directly benefit the continued existence of some of the world’s most precious vanishing species.
- Explore three of India’s top national parks on multiple game drives in open 4x4s—you won’t find a richer wildlife-focused itinerary!
- Safari with our naturalist Expedition Leader in search of tigers, one-horned rhinoceros, Asiatic elephants and other fascinating wildlife
- Relax in comfort at premier ecolodges tucked within India’s best game reserves—yet we avoid the crowds by choosing less-visited destinations
Why Choose Us for Your India Nature Adventure?
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 adventure that is simply the most superb
way to experience India's fantastic wildlife. Here’s what makes this trip unique:
- An All-Encompassing Wildlife Itinerary...in Less-Traveled Parks
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. 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 possibilities, 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—an impressive diversity of wildlife.
- India’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. 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.
- 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.
- Nine Days of Wildlife-Focused Activities in Varied Habitats
Spend three days each in three premier wildlife reserves as we explore contrasting Asian habitats: the dry mixed deciduous forests of central India and the moist floodplains and grasslands of the Brahmaputra basin. Daily morning and afternoon safari outings provide 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 Enhance Your Safari
When you travel with us to India, our accommodations ensure your every comfort. Environmentally sensitive bush ecolodges are remote and secluded, yet they offer exceptional amenities. 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.
- 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-percent 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!
India's Tigers & Wildlife: A Photo Safari
An exclusive small-group adventure to one of the world's top spots to view and photograph wild tigers, at the very best time of year for sightings.
7 Days / Apr - Jun, From $6295
We’ve designed our exclusive India photography expedition to capitalize on the very best opportunities to see Bengal tigers and other wildlife. India’s strictly protected reserves remain one of the only places on earth to observe tigers in their natural habitat. As the Indian spring moves into summer, animals anticipate the monsoon that is still weeks away. While they seek shelter during the soaring heat of midday, they still must drink and feed, moving to water at least twice a day. April to mid-June is thus the best time for frequent tiger sightings, and our small group will explore the park during this quieter season, visiting twice daily in the cooler early morning and late afternoon, with plenty of time and vehicle space to obtain superb, unhurried photos.
Natural Jewels of Bhutan & Nepal
Explore mountain heights and jungle lowlands on this soulful journey through the cultural and wildlife treasures of two neighboring Himalayan nations.
13 Days / Feb - Apr, From $8895