An In-Depth Nature Odyssey in Search of Bengal Tigers & Other Rare Wildlife
The Indian subcontinent is one of the world's most stimulating destinations. While its melange of human cultures has long drawn the attention of historians and travelers, its wild habitats rich with exotic animals offer rare treasures for those who are passionate about nature. This comprehensive safari gets you far away from India's intense cities and into its natural realm, a landscape of powerful rivers, fabled jungles and intriguing wildlife. From Bandhavgarh to the Brahmaputra Basin, this is the native territory of the Bengal tiger, whose numbers are on the rise again after a century of decline. Ecotourism is integral to conservation in India, and our travels directly benefit the continued existence of tigers and other precious vanishing species, which we go in search of on daily 4x4 wildlife drives. Join us for a grand Indian safari that shows you more than any other we know of!
- Explore Three National ParksExplore three of India’s top national parks on multiple safari drives in open 4x4s—you won’t find a richer or more diverse wildlife-focused itinerary
- Look for Tigers & Much MoreSafari with our naturalist Expedition Leader in search of tigers, one-horned rhinoceros, Asian elephants, sloth bears, barking deer and other fascinating wildlife
- Stay at Secluded EcolodgesRelax in comfort at premier ecolodges tucked within India’s best wildlife 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 most captivating travel destinations. But choosing an India trip can be overwhelming 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 designed the ideal India odyssey for nature lovers. Our Grand India trip is a comprehensive adventure that is simply the best way to experience India's outstanding wildlife. Here’s why:
- An All-Encompassing Wildlife Itinerary...in Less-Traveled Parks
This is the ultimate India experience for nature lovers. Boost your chances of seeing elusive Bengal tigers—plus a host of other Indian wildlife—on visits to three different national parks with some of India's most concentrated tiger populations. Most travelers go to Ranthambore National Park at peak season, 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
Our India Expedition Leaders average more than 15 years' experience—with top-level training including resources from WWF scientists. You won’t find more knowledgeable, personable or enthusiastic guides than those who are proud to work for 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 in 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 wildlife 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.
- Distinctive Accommodations Enhance Your Safari
When you travel with us to India, our accommodations ensure your every comfort. Environmentally sensitive ecolodges, while secluded, offer exceptional amenities. Each is selected for proximity to wildlife and 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 the Westin Kolkata Rajarhat offer welcome indulgences before and between our safari adventures.
- Our Presence Directly Helps to Protect Tigers
After years of precipitously declining tiger numbers, India charted a 30% rise in its 2014 tiger census, compared to four years before—and the count is still rising. Conservation groups attribute a share of the increase to responsible nature tourism, of which we are a part. The 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% of the world's remaining wild tigers, the presence of wildlife tourism here is integral to that continued success.
- Our Quality-Value Guarantee Insures 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 carbon emissions from your trip are 100% 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!