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India Wildlife Expedition

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India Wildlife Expedition

This is Kipling’s India — a dizzying diversity of habitats that harbor wildlife so charismatic it inspired children’s tales. Harnessing decades of experience in this glorious subcontinent, International Expeditions’ wildlife-concentrated India tour is better than ever, offering you some of the most spectacular wildlife reserves, accommodations and game-viewing opportunities available. Imagine your eyes following the movement of bushes, your eyes widening after hearing a rumbling growl, and your eyes staring, almost in disbelief, as a Bengal tiger appears before you in the wild.

More Parks. More Wildlife.

Join us on this heart-quickening journey full of diversity, splendor and photographic attractions for passionate nature adventurers. On this nature-focused itinerary you will spend your time exploring four of India’s premier national parks in three distinct regions to ensure a diversified and intense overview of some of India’s most characteristic and enigmatic species – the elusive tiger, Asian one-horned rhinoceros, Asian elephant and much more.  Local guides, park rangers and your own naturalist IE Expedition Leader will be on-hand to interpret the many natural wonders you encounter along the way.  We invite nature enthusiasts to join us in search of exotic wildlife on this ambitious adventure to the jungles of wildest India.

Optional Pre-Trip Extensions

Kolkata Extension

Jaipur Extension

Mumbai Extension

Delhi 1-Night Extension

Varanasi Extension

Daily Itinerary

India Wildlife Expedition Itinerary

  • Day
    1 & 2

    Depart Home City / Delhi

    Depart your home city on independent flights.  Consider joining one of our many optional extensions to enhance your experience in Asia.

    Arrive Delhi where you are met and escorted to your luxurious home for the night, The Claridges, where your Expedition Leader and hotel staff are ready to welcome you. The balance of the day is at leisure to rest, enjoy the hotel and explore from this delightful and very well-located hotel before meeting your travel-mates for dinner. (Day 2: D)

  • Day
    3 - 5

    Bandhavgarh National Park

    Fly to Jabalpur and drive to Bandhavgarh National Park. Set amongst the Vindhya Hills in Madhya Pradesh, it consists of a mixed forest of bamboo, grassland and deciduous forest. “Jungle” is the Hindi word for wilderness in India and these lush surroundings are filled with large varieties of wild species that live up to the name. The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is the highest known in India and the park also boasts 250 species of birds, langur monkeys, and mammals including sloth bear, wild boar and mongoose. Explore these varied habitats on jungle safaris accompanied by a resident naturalist and park guides. Spend three nights at Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge. (B,L,D Daily)
  • Day
    6 - 7

    Kanha National Park

    Established in 1955 and covering 750 square miles, Kanha’s varied wildlife habitats provided inspiration for the novel The Jungle Book. Look for species of tiger, leopards, wild dog, wild cat, fox, jackal, sloth bear and the well-known swamp deer, or Barasingha, brought back from the edge of extinction and demonstrating a remarkable conservation success. When not joining naturalists looking for wildlife, enjoy nature walks, visits to a local school or cooking demonstration. Spend two nights at Kanha Jungle Lodge. (B,L,D Daily)
  • Day
    8

    Kanha / Bengaluru

    Drive to Jabalpur, where you board the flight to Bengaluru. Spend tonight at Taj Bengaluru Hotel for an early start to remote Nagarhole National Park the next day. (B,L,D)

  • Day
    9 - 11

    Nagarhole National Park

    Today you journey to Nagarhole National Park and your home for three nights Orange County Kabini Resort, one of National Geographic Traveler’s 25 World’s Best Ecolodges. Nagarhole features the highest density of herbivores anywhere in Asia and a biomass almost equal to that of the Masai Mara in Kenya. Several species of deer and antelope as well as guar, bison, and wild pig are among them. The availability of prey supports a healthy population of predators, including tiger, leopard and dhole (Indian wild dog), though tigers are not as easily seen in this park as in Kanha and Bandhavgarh. Nagarhole is also one of the best places in India to spot wild elephant. Though wildlife and weather are unpredictable and sightings cannot be guaranteed, your adventure has been timed to coincide with the “Great Elephant Congregation” where up to thousands of the “giants of Kabini” are drawn from miles around to the life-giving waters of the Kabini River.  Watch the trees for jungle babblers, blue-checked bee eaters and red-vented bulbuls, among the many species of birds to be found here. Get up-close and meaningful experiences with the flora and fauna through a variety of activities, including safaris by vehicle and boat, as well as on foot and at night to explore the nocturnal world of this biodiverse park. (B,L,D Daily)
  • Day
    12

    Nagarhole / Kolkata

    A travel day, today you’ll drive to Bengaluru and then fly to Kolkata (Calcutta). Rest at Swissotel Kolkata this night for an early start the next day.  Yet more encounters with rare and distinct wildlife await you in the exotic state of Assam and Kaziranga National Park. (B,L,D)

  • Day
    13 - 15

    Kaziranga National Park

    A morning flight brings you to Guwahati or Jorhat (depending on flight schedules), in the northeastern state of Assam, a place known for its wildlife, tea plantations and unique culture. Assam is the biological crossroads for the flora and fauna of the Malay Peninsula, China, Himalayas and the Indian subcontinent. Here, the forests are primarily tropical evergreen rather than the deciduous type found in dryer areas. We explore Kaziranga National Park via morning and afternoon jeep safaris searching for a host of species, including Asian elephant, barasingha, hog deer and Asian buffalo. Of most interest is the one-horned Asian rhinoceros, Kaziranga’s most famous resident species. Kaziranga was set aside to protect this majestic species as it is now estimated there are less than 2,500 of them left in the wild. More are found here than anywhere else. Scarlet minivet, Pallas fishing eagle, and great cormorants are a few of the bird species in the park. As a unique highlight to your adventure, explore Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary near Jorhat, a diamond in the rough that few travelers to India get to visit, or even know about. This remote sanctuary is home to seven species of primate, including India’s only ape, the endangered western hoolock gibbon, which can be heard and often seen in the early morning hours. Their daunting and riotous calls can be heard for miles around as they announce their presence and assert their dominance over their territory. Enjoy a ranger-led walk through the reserve to search for the gibbons as well as the park’s six other primate species. The most commonly seen are western hoolock gibbon, northern pig-tailed macaque, capped langur and Rhesus macaque. Our home and base for three nights is the lovely Diphlu River Lodge. (B,L,D Daily)
  • Day
    16

    Kaziranga / Delhi

    Enjoy a final game drive in the park. Fly to Delhi where daryrooms are reserved at Radisson Blue Plaza Delhi. Enjoy a farewell dinner with the group before transfer to the airport for your independent flight, departing early the next day. Consider joining one of our many exciting optional extensions to enhance your experience in the area.  Nepal and more sites in India itself are offered. (B,L,D)
  • Day
    17

    Depart / Arrive Home City

    Early morning independent flights from Delhi arrive North America on the same day, where you connect to your flights home. 

Optional Post-Trip Extensions

Nepal Extension

Jawai Leopard Reserve Extension

Udaipur Extension

Things to Know

What is the weather like in India?

India has a very wide range of climatic patterns. October to March brings the best weather over much of the country. The coolest months are from November to mid-March while the hottest are from April to July.  During the winter months it can get very cold at night. March and April are typically dry and with less vegetation, offering the best game viewing opportunities. From mid-July to September come the monsoon rains.

What will the food be like and can you handle special dietary requests in India?

With advance notice we can accommodate most dietary requests. Vegetarian food is abundant in India but Kosher and gluten-free diets are not possible to accommodate. The majority of meals on this trip are Indian food, with curry served with every meal, including breakfast. Chicken is the most common protein while rice, beans and potatoes are the most common starches. Indian restaurants and hotels that cater to visitors are used to, and quite good at, preparing non-spicy foods for those who cannot handle the heat.

What are the flying and driving times like on this trip to India?

India’s best parks are not serviced by close-by airports.  As such, some unavoidable long drives are necessary to get us from place to place.  Actual flight and drive times are based on current conditions but estimates are as follows and are based on current flight schedules, which are subject to change without notice. Domestic and international air is not included in the price of your trip.  This is a sample only.

Flight Dallas to Doha    14 hours 40 minutes

Flight Doha to Delhi    3 hours 30 minutes

Flight Delhi to Jabalpur    1 hour 15 minutes

Drive Jabalpur to Bandhavgarh NP  5 hours (with stop for lunch) over okay roads, some bumps

Drive Bandhavgarh NP to Kanha NP  4 hours over okay roads

Drive Kanha NP to Jabalpur   5 hours (with stop for lunch) over okay roads, some bumps

Flight Jabalpur to Delhi    1 hour 30 minutes

Flight Delhi to Bengaluru   2 hours 40 minutes

Drive Bengaluru to Nagarhole   6 hours (with stops for WC) over good roads, some bumps

Drive Nagarhole to Bengaluru   6 hours (with stops for WC) over good roads, some bumps

Flight Bengaluru to Kolkata   2 hours

Flight Kolkata to Jorhat    2 hours 15 minutes   

Drive Jorhat to Diphlu River Lodge  3 hours

Drive Diphlu River Lodge to Gibbon Sanctuary 3 hours on good roads

Drive Diphlu River Lode to Guwahati  5 hours (with stops for WC) over good roads

Flight Guwahati to Delhi    2 hours 40 minutes

Flight Delhi to Doha    4 hours

Flight Doha to Dallas    16 hours 15 min

What is the level of activity for this trip to India?

A trip to India requires good health and mobility. You will enjoy exploring some of the most amazing natural parks in the world as well as searching for some of the most colorful and interesting wildlife anywhere.  While we have time scheduled for rest and recuperation, your itinerary in India has a moderate pace, involving wildlife activities and transportation from place to place to ensure that you have maximized opportunity to interact with the wildlife and local culture. Consult your physician if you are in doubt about your ability to enjoy an adventure in India and please contact our office with any questions.

Your safaris in the national parks are done by jeep.  You will have to climb in and out and note that park roads are bumpy and rutted.  You will drive at a reasonable pace but it’s still very bumpy.  Safaris tend to last about three hours.

What is included in the price of IE's India Wildlife Tour?

  • Services of an IE Expedition Leader joined by local guides, lodge naturalists & park rangers
  • Excursions by boat, vehicle & on foot
  • Drinking water & one soft drink or local beer per person at group lunches & dinners
  • Drinking water on all excursions & in rooms daily
  • Premium accommodations
  • Gratuities to all group service staff with the exception of your IE Expedition Leader
  • Arrival & departure transfer between the group hotel & international airport

Are you able to customize a trip to India to feature destinations and activities of my choice?

Yes! If our India itinerary does not suit your desires please contact our Custom Department where a specialist can craft the kind of experience that will make your adventure the trip of a lifetime.

Accommodations

The Claridges, New Delhi

The Claridges

The 5-star, 132-room Claridges is an historical landmark and iconic hotel located in at the heart of New Delhi’s eminent address – Lutyen’s Delhi – close to sites such as India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhawan. The capital’s bustling commercial and cultural centers are just a few steps away. The hotel features a full spa, outdoor pool and four restaurants. Deluxe rooms feature a safe, minibar, Wi-Fi, AC, TV, and all modern amenities.

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Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge

Located near the main gate of the park, Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge has been developed on the theme of a traditional Indian village with mud cottages, thatched roofs and inner courtyards, all done with minimal interference to the natural environment and manage on eco-friendly principles. Lodge naturalists are experts in narrating and interpreting natural history and all manner of life in the jungle, which they will do on daily jeep safaris in the park. A stay here not only leaves you with a sense of thrill and excitement but also deepens your wisdom about nature and life itself, lasting well beyond your expedition. At nightfall, with the tranquility of the forest, one can hear animals such deer and jackals calling, and the occasional roar of a tiger.

India's family run Kanha Jungle Lodge.

Kanha Jungle Lodge

Kanha Jungle Lodge is just steps from Kanha National Park and is set in the midst of the Sal jungle. It offers 19 spacious rooms, each with attached baths, running hot and cold water, and comfortable furniture. Apart from the usual amenities found at our India travel accommodation such as a restaurant, bar and laundry it also has a library and resident naturalists for your India tiger safari. Kanha Jungle Lodge wasbuilt with great care to disturb the environment as little as possible, and to operate on the most modern of eco-friendly principles.

Taj Bangalore

Taj Bangalore Hotel

Taj Bangalore is strategically located opposite to the Bangalore International Airport, Offering 154 rooms and suites with panoramic views of green landscaped boulevard with well aligned water bodies. Taj Bangalore is just 30 kms away from vibrant city centre & business districts (drive time of 40 minutes). Taj Bangalore offers some of the city's finest accommodation, unique dining experiences, and state of the art conferencing and banqueting facilities. The hotel offers an ideal blend of business and leisure with easy accessibility to the business districts and close proximity to the international airport. Deluxe rooms offer 40" LED TV, complimentary basic Wi-fi services for up to three devices / premium access at a nominal charge, in room tea and coffee maker, in-room safe, hair dryer, bathroom amenities, and mini bar.

Orange County Kabini Resort

Orange County Kabini Resort

Voted one of World’s 25 Best EcoLodges by Nat Geo Traveler. Orange County’s Spirit of the land philosophy finds its most intimate expression at Kabini, where you are drawn into the vibrant social tapestry of the local Kadu Kuruba tribe. While you discover a vernacular dimension to luxury that’s truly liberating, the resort gives you a wildlife experience like no other. Inspired in design by the Hadis or tribal villages, this picturesque resort of sweeping panoramic vistas, is bordered on two sides by the Kabini River. From the outside, the huts subtly incorporate the colors and textures of the landscape in every detail; while within, the interiors reflect a warm vernacular sensitivity. From the ethnic furniture to the tribal patterned furnishings, to the little touches like the ‘bottle gourd’ lamp shades, the sum of the parts is a harmonious whole. A scenic Reading Lounge, a traditional Ayurveda Village and the timeless Infinity Pool are designed to relax and rejuvenate your body, mind and soul. 

Swissotel Kolkata

Swissotel Kolkata

Swissotel Kolkata is Kolkata’s newest five-star hotel near the airport. The hotel features fee Wi-Fi. The 32 m² spacious and stylishly designed Classic room exudes an air of elegance and tranquility that charms the most discerning guest. Available in king-size, twin-bed, smoking and non-smoking categories with large working spaces and high-speed internet, the Classic room promises to delight both business and leisure travelers, with a mix of art, amenities and warm service.  Rooms feature flat-screen sat TV, large work desk, AC, tea & coffee-making facilities, minibar, electronic safe, and hair dryer. 

Diphlu River Lodge

Diphlu River Lodge

Only the Diphlu River separates Diphlu's extensive grounds from the National Park itself, and the jungle views are exceptional. The air-conditioned cottages are made of bamboo and thatch, and built on stilts above the ground. All cottages make full use of local materials and artifacts and blend in with the stunning natural surroundings. All are well-appointed and charmingly furnished with individual interiors. Each has a seating area with comfortable cane furniture, a writing desk, mini-bar, safe, small fridge and tea & coffee machine, as well as top-quality beds and mattresses. The very spacious separate cottages have a wide folding glass door opening onto a thatched veranda with cane day bed and inviting chairs, and overlook the Diphlu River and National Park, while at the rear a deck with sun loungers looks across farmland. The grounds of the lodge have been carefully planned to preserve the natural environment. The eco-friendly operation of the resort includes re-cycling grey water for irrigation.

Radisson Blue Plaza Delhi

Radisson Blue Plaza Delhi

Located just minutes from Delhi Airport, the Radisson Blu offers easy access for early flights as well as all the amenities you expect in a luxury hotel, including spa, fitness studio, hydrotherapy lounge and beauty salon.  Our superior rooms feature free Wi-Fi, LCD TV, rain shower, safe and hair dryer.

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu is a 5 star luxury resort set on 37 acres of landscaped grounds, created in the traditional Newari style of Nepalese architecture. Rooms are well-equipped and spacious with private bathroom, walk-in shower, in-room safe and mini bar. Amenities include free Wi-Fi. The hotel's four restaurants and bars ensure the perfect dining experience with an array of cuisine options while guests can stay fit at the hotel’s Club Oasis, which features a well-equipped fitness center, a health and beauty spa, two outdoor swimming pools (one for adults and one for children) an indoor and outdoor whirlpool, tennis courts and a jogging track.

Temple Tiger Green Jungle Resort

Temple Tiger Green Jungle Resort

For over 25 years Temple Tiger Green Jungle Resort has been at the forefront in providing gold standard services in Chitwan National Park. Located in the Buffer Zone area of Amaltari Ghat, Nawalparasi combines the best of jungle wilderness yet within close proximity to Tharu and Bote villages.  The new resort opened in 2012, as all properties within the park have been closed.  The resort features 25 air-conditioned villas with private balconies, overlooking the Chitwan National Park and the Narayani River, about a 30-minute boat ride from the main park. The rooms have wood floors with throw carpets and have solar heated bathrooms with hot water. The central dining room overlooks a man-made lake.

Fish Tail Lodge

Fish Tail Lodge

Fish Tail Lodge enjoys a unique location situated on a peninsula across Fewa Lake. Shuttle-floats or boats transport you across to the resort. With the lake on one side and a forest hill on the other, the views are spectacular. Cosseted by their staff in this oasis of tranquility, facing one of the most beautiful, breathtaking views in the world, you will understand why the lodge features in the bestselling book “1000 Places to See Before You Die” by Patricia Schultz. The lodge was built in the late 1960’s with unique round cottages that are set amidst a lush garden. Garden Terrace Rooms feature garden, pool and forest views, en suite shower with hot water, cable TV, free Wi-Fi, safe and tea/coffee making facilities. The lodge has a full spa.

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ITC Mughal

The lavish ITC Mughal is spread across 35 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens just a short distance from the Taj Mahal. Enjoy 24-hour room service, 24-hour concierge service, a swimming pool and treatments in The Royal Spa. Its beautifully appointed Mughal Rooms offer coffee/ tea maker, safe and cable TV.

Lalit Great Eastern Hotel

Lalit Great Eastern Hotel

Restored and renovated over a period of seven years, Lalit Great Eastern Hotel has been referred to as the “Jewel of the East” and the “Best Hotel East of the Suez”.  The longest operating hotel in Kolkata (165 years), this 5-star property was built in 1841 as the Auckland Hotel and is an historic landmark, in walking distance of Chowringhee Rd and Park Street. Over the years, the hotel has been the favorite haunt of royalty and celebrities from across the world. Deluxe rooms are 350 sqft and feature free Wi-Fi, mini-bar, safe and tea/coffee maker.

Godwad Safari Camp

Godwad Safari Camp

Godwad Safari Camp is a tented camp located in the Jawai Leopard Conservation Zone, around the Bera area in Rajasthan. The natural rocky hill outcrops here are an ideal hiding place for leopards. Over a three-night stay chances are fair that guests will see a leopard. Birding here is excellent while the conservation zone hosts many other species as well, such as Indian langur and crocodile.  Deluxe tents feature en suite facilities with hot and cold water.

Jai Mahal Palace

Jai Mahal Palace

Built in 1745, the Jai Mahal Palace is a stunning piece of Rajasthan’s heritage, a great example of Indo-Saracenic architecture set on acres of landscaped Mughal gardens. Jai Mahal Palace has been the residence of three Prime Ministers of the princely state of Jaipur. Painstakingly restored and recently refurbished, it is now a luxury hotel equipped with all modern-day comforts. Unwind with rejuvenating treatments and therapies at the spa and explore the palace history and its landscaped gardens. 

Vivanta by Taj - President - Mumbai

Vivanta by Taj - President - Mumbai

The 5-star Vivanta by Taj – President is just over 1 mile from Marine Drive and 2 miles from the Gateway of India, with many restaurants and shops nearby.  The hotel offers free Wi-Fi, outdoor swimming pool, 24-hour in-room dining, business center, 24-hour fitness center, Jiva Spa, Taj Salon, Asian flavors at Thai Pavilion, comfort-food at The Konkan Café, and Italian at Trattoria. Superior rooms offer 32" LCD TV and home theatre system with Bose surround sound, electronic safe with inbuilt plug point, mini-bar, hair dryer and tea/coffee maker.

Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace Udaipur

Nestled amidst the Aravalli Hills with captivating view of Fateh Sagar Lake, The 55-room Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace Udaipur showcases the rich history and culture of the vibrant state of Rajasthan. Built by his Highness Maharana Fateh Singh in 1911, this luxury heritage hotel features a majestic architecture and décor that reflect the culture, charm and grandeur of this bygone era.  All rooms are 300 sqft with LCD TV, free Wi-Fi, mini-bar, tea/coffee maker, electronic safe and en suite facilities.

The Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi

The Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi

This five-star property occupies 40 acres of lush gardens near the city center of Varanasi, known as The Chowk. The hotel features a pool and spa on site. All rooms feature tea and coffee maker, mini bar, safe, hair dryer and Wi-Fi.

Field Leaders

India guide Vibhav Srivastava

Vibhav Srivastava

Expedition Leader

Vibhav brings more than a decade of field study and expertise to his role as Expedition Leader for International Expeditions' India Wildlife Safari. Since graduating with an advanced degree in Botany, Vibhav has worked as a naturalist, wildlife biologist and researcher. His experience in the field includes serving as the head of field conservation for a tiger protection NGO and studying the socioeconomic impact of villages located near protected forests. Vibhav has published papers and articles to a variety of textbooks and magazines, and even brings experience as an announcer for Air Varanasi! The group Tour Operators For Tigers (TOFT) selected Vibhav as one of India's Top 5 Best Naturalists!

India Wildlife Expedition guide Aishwarya Maheshwari

Aishwarya Maheshwari

Expedition Leader

Aishwarya is a dedicated conservation biologist with 10 year experience working with leading tourism, research and conservation organizations to preserve and protect the various fragile ecosystems of India. His education, experience and enthusiasm lead WWF India to give him the lead role in the “Snow Leopard Project” for five years, which resulted in significant improvements in conservation of the species as well as sustainable development. Later, he went on to lead other projects across Central and Southern Asia to curb poaching.  At Earthwatch Institute India, Aishwarya led groups in Corbett Tiger Reserve as part of the Citizen Science Program and is passionate about the relationship between eco-tourism and ecological conservation.  Aishwarya has dedicated his life to the study of the relationships between man and animal and how to use that knowledge to further conservation and the enjoyment of guests who come to India for safari.  He has been published and sited in multiple publications and given lectures at many universities and government council meetings about conservation biology.  Most of all he cares deeply for guests on our safaris and does everything he can to ensure an educational, meaningful and, above all, fun experience for visitors. 

A Note About Field Staff

This is just a selection of the Expedition Leaders and Naturalists who may lead your ecotour.  A particular departure may be escorted by any one of them.  If you would like to find out which leaders are scheduled to lead each departure, please contact our office.

Wildlife

Asian Elephant

Indian Leopards

From: $6,298 per person
Duration
17 Days, 16 Nights
Guest Capacity
18 Guests
Trip Type
Travel Style
Destinations

Trip Highlights

  • Visit four national parks offering some of India's most diverse wildlife viewing opportunities.
  • Spend three nights in Nagarhole National Park, known for its elephant herds, high herbivore density & tigers.
  • Enjoy insight from an experienced naturalist IE Expedition Leader in addition to local guides.
  • Visit remote Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary for a chance to see endangered western hoolock gibbon.
  • Spend five nights in "tiger country": Bandhavgarh & Kanha National Parks.
  • Optional extensions to other of India's magnificent national parks or cultural attractions as well as neighboring Nepal