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.
India Wildlife Expedition
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.
Observe white-throated kingfisher
Rose ringed parakeet
Pair of tigers
India's barasingha deer
Optional Pre-Trip Extensions
To broaden and enhance your experience to this distant land, visit Kolkata (Calcutta), India’s intellectual capital where book markets flourish, idol makers toil and colonial architecture takes you back in time to when this was the capital of the English empire in the East. Established in 1690 as the trading post for the English East India Company by Job Charnock, Kolkata is the present capital of the eastern state of West Bengal and one of the largest cities in India. The city that once served as the showpiece capital of the British power in India is noteworthy for its colonial architecture including the Victoria Memorial. Other important sights include the Indian Museum, and Howrah Bridge; an engineering marvel that links the city and Howrah Station. Gateway to eastern India and home to prominent intellectuals, the city is fiercely loved by Kolkatans.
Depart Home City / Kolkata
Depart your home city on independent flights to Kolkata. Y will be met upon arrival and escorted to your luxurious and historic home for two nights; Lalit Great Eastern Hotel, where friendly hotel staff is ready to welcome you. Restored and renovated over a period of seven years, this 5-star luxury hotel holds the distinction of being the longest continuously operating hotel for 165 years. Built in 1841 as Auckland Hotel, it has been referred to as the “Jewel of the East” and the “Best Hotel East of the Suez”. Over the years the hotel has been the favorite haunt of royalty and celebrities from across the world. The balance of the day is at leisure to rest, enjoy the hotel and explore from this very well located property.
Early this morning, experience a unique highpoint of visiting Kolkata; a “heritage walk” through White Town (British Calcutta). Your guide will set the stage for a trip back in time as you wander through these historic and significant areas to the time when Calcutta was the capital of the British Empire in India. Among the many architectural marvels are the Treasury Building, St. John’s Church, Kolkata GPO & Postal Museum, the Old Currency Building and the Central Telegraph Office. Return to the hotel for some rest and relaxation. This afternoon partake in an overview of the prominent sites that not only make Kolkata a unique and interesting city but also showcase its deeply rooted cultural traditions as well as its place in modern history. These include Mother House, the Book Market, the Flower Market, Victoria Memorial, Kalighat Kali Temple and Kumartuli idol market (if in operation). (B,L)
Kolkata / Depart
Enjoy time at leisure before transfer to the airport and your flight to begin your main India adventure. (B)
Jaipur, dubbed "the Pink City" after the color-wash of the old city’s walls, is indeed a visual treat. The city, which is the Holy Grail of Indian tourism, boasts an assembly of world-renowned monuments, such as Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal), Jai Singh's City Palace and Jantar Mantar Observatory, built by the city's founder, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, a man famed for his talents as a politician, astronomer, and mathematician. Other attractions to thrill you are Ram Niwas Bagh, Govindji Temple, Ram Niwas Bagh, the city garden, and Albert Hall (Central Museum).
Depart Home City / Delhi
Depart your home city on independent flights to Delhi. Upon arrival you are met and escorted to your home for the night, The Claridges. The balance of the day is at your leisure to rest, enjoy your accommodations and explore from this very well-located hotel.
Founded in 1727 by Jai Singh II, the Raja of Amer, Jaipur is now known as the “Pink City” due to the pink color applied to the old city walls and palace in 1876 as a gesture of welcome to the Prince of Wales, later king Edward VII. Tradition and modernity exist side-by-side in the labyrinth of fascinating bazaars, opulent palaces and historic sights, Explore the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), built so the women of the royal household could observe street performances while not exposing themselves to the general public. Maharaja's City Palace is an iconic palace of Jaipur where priceless works of art are housed in the Mahraja Sawai Man Singh II Museum. The Jaipur royal family still resides in this palace. Discover 16th century Amber Fort, Rajasthan's ancient capital. A blend of Hindu and Rajput styles, the magnificent fort stands watch over Maota Lake. Continue to Sheesh Mahal or the Hall of Victory, filled with hunting murals and glittering with mirrors. Spend two nights at Jai Mahal Palace. (B,L Daily)
Jaipur / Depart
Fly from Jaipur to your next destination to begin your main India wildlife adventure. (B)
Mumbai is a fascinating city, a compact mix of the traditional and the modern. A lively and varied place, this waterfront city, also the capital of Maharashtra, boasts a vibrant and cosmopolitan identity. Few cities in the world leave visitors with such vivid impressions, whether it's the glitz and glamour of 'Bollywood', the spectacular array of Victorian buildings of the British Raj, the seaside rendezvous on the Juhu Beach, or the maze of alleyways and lively streets. For many visitors its world-class museums and galleries - notably the superb Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalay, with its collection of the antiquities, - are reason enough to visit. Take in the city’s most important sites and enhance your experience and understanding of multifaceted India.
Depart Home City / Mumbai
Depart your home city on independent flights to Mumbai. Arrive Mumbai where you are met and escorted to your luxurious home for the night, Vivanta by Taj – President, where friendly hotel staff is 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 property.
Enjoy a morning excursion to Elephanta Caves. Deriving its name from a stone elephant discovered by the Portuguese, this beautiful green island is about one hour’s boat ride from Mumbai harbor. Carved during the Golden age of the Guptas, these temples are dedicated to the worship of Shiva. The most outstanding example is Maheshmurthy or Trimurthy, an 18 ft., three headed bust hewn from a single rock representing the three aspects of Shiva; the creator, the preserver and the destroyer. After lunch on the island, return by boat to Mumbai where the afternoon is free for you to explore or relax. (B,L)
Mumbai / Depart
Pay a visit this morning to the Gateway of India, Mumbai's principle landmark. This arch of yellow basalt was erected on the waterfront in 1924 to commemorate King George V's visit to Mumbai in 1911. Drive past the Secretariat of Maharashtra Government and along Marine Drive, which is fondly known as the “Queen's Necklace”. At Kamala Nehru Park you get a commanding view of the area. Visit Mani Bhavan, where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during his visits to Mumbai from 1917 to 1934. See Haji Ali Mosque, an island shrine in honor of a Muslim saint. Stop at Dhobi Ghat where most of Mumbai's laundry is scrubbed, bashed and hung out to dry. Continue to the colorful Crawford Market and to Flora Fountain in the heart of the city before ending at the airport for a flight to join your main India adventure. (B,L)
Delhi 1-Night Extension
No other city in the world is like Delhi, the capital of India. One of the oldest cities in the world, Delhi has an excellent old town ambience in Old Delhi and is full of modern marvels in New Delhi. Stately and historic, the city is one of the undisputed highlights of the country. An array of historical sites including World Heritage Sites of Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar, among many other historical treasures, are to be found here. The seamless blend of old and new worlds makes for a fascinating exploration of this metropolis.
Depart Home City / Delhi
Depart your home city on independent flights to Delhi. Upon arrival you met and escorted to your luxurious home for the night, The Claridges, where hotel staff is 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.
A full day of old and new delights await you in the bustling city of Delhi. Begin with Old Delhi, founded in 1639 AD by the Mughal Emperor Shahjanhan. Visit Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India. Stop to see the memorials at Raj Ghat (King’s Gate) and Shanti Vana (Forest of Peace), where you find the cremation sites of Indian heroes Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Pay a visit to Chandni Chowk, the oldest and busiest market in Old Delhi and the site of Red Fort. Following lunch you’ll visit New Delhi. Also known as “Lutyens’ Delhi” the new section of the city was largely designed by Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens, considered by many to be the greatest architect in British history. Your afternoon includes Qutub Minar, surrounded by medieval monuments. Built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibek in 1199, Qutub Minar is the world’s tallest brick minaret. Explore Humayun's Tomb complex and gardens before visiting India Gate (formerly the All India War Memorial). Drive past President's House, Parliament House, Government Secretariat Buildings and Connaught Place; New Delhi’s main shopping center. Your main India adventure begins this evening. (B,L)
Historic Varanasi is one of the world's oldest living cities, being contemporary with the ancient cities of Nineveh and Thebes. For those who want an in-depth look into the fascinating Hindu religion, there is no better place to explore than Varanasi. Our Varanasi extension travels also the banks of the Ganges, where we see devotees taking to the river for ritual bathing and to throw the ashes of their loved ones into the holy water. Tour the city itself, visiting Bharat Mata and Durga temple. Tour the sacred Buddhist site of Sarnath, where Buddha gave first sermon after attaining enlightenment. Wrap up your visit with excursions to Dhamaekha Stupa, Moolgandha Kuti Vihar and the Sarnath Museum, which houses a rich collection of Indian antiques.
Depart Home City / Delhi
Depart your home city on independent flights. Upon arrival in Delhi you are met and escorted to your home for the night, The Claridges. The balance of the day is at your leisure to rest, enjoy your accommodations and explore from this well-located property.
Delhi / Varanasi
Fly to Varanasi where you will visit Bharat Mata Temple and relish an afternoon rickshaw ride through the town and bazaar. Later enjoy an evening cruise on the Ganges where you witness locals in prayer along the sacred river. Your home for two nights is The Gateway Hotel Ganges. (B,L)
Before breakfast, venture out on the Ganges by boat to witness the early morning activity along the river. A short walk through the narrow alleyways and roads of Old Town reveals Varanasi’s important temples. Drive to Sarnath to see where Buddha gave his first sermon before visiting the Archeological Museum (closed on Fridays) and a local monastery. (B,L)
Varanasi / Depart
Fly today to join your fellow travelers on your main India adventure. (B)
India Wildlife Expedition Itinerary
- Day1 & 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)
- Day3 - 5
Bandhavgarh National ParkFly 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)
- Day6 - 7
Kanha National ParkEstablished 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)
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)
- Day9 - 11
Nagarhole National ParkToday 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)
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)
- Day13 - 15
Kaziranga National ParkA 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)
Kaziranga / DelhiEnjoy 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)
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
The tremendous variances in altitude and topography of Nepal foster an incredible diversity of ecosystems: the dizzying heights of Mount Everest, thick tropical jungles teeming with wildlife, thundering rivers, forested hills and frozen valleys. Within this realm you also find one of the richest cultural landscapes anywhere. Explore this remarkable country, taking in the historic city of Kathmandu, small villages and the superb wildlife of Chitwan National Park.
Delhi / Kathmandu
Fly today to Kathmandu to begin your Nepal expedition. Upon arrival, transfer to the Hyatt Regency. This afternoon tour Kathmandu City, including Durbar Square, the temple of the Living Goddess, the Royal Palace and Kasthamandap – a monument built from the trunk of a single tree from which the name of the city Kathmandu was derived. Continue to Swayambhunath, the oldest Buddhist Stupa. Here you will have amazing views of the entire Kathmandu Valley. (B,L,D)
Kathmandu / Bharatpur / Chitwan
Take a short flight to Bharatpur from where you are driven to the banks of the Narayani River (Amaltari Ghat). From here you cross by boat and continue a short distance by road to Temple Tiger Green Jungle Resort, situated in the heart of Chitwan National Park. Late this afternoon, enjoy a wildlife safari in search of the Asian one-horned rhinoceros. Chitwan National Park is known for its tropical creeper-clad forests, great meandering rivers and lush seas of tall elephant grass (18-20 feet high). It is home to the rich and diverse wildlife of Nepal such as sloth bear, wild boar, gaur (bison), four species of deer, two species of monkeys, two species of crocodiles, leopard and the elusive Royal Bengal tiger. There are also over 450 species of birds and various other reptiles. (B,L,D)
Chitwan National Park
Your Nepal tour includes an early morning safari, penetrating through deep, dense grasslands in search of rhinoceros and other mammals. Return to the lodge for breakfast and enjoy the remainder of the morning at leisure. You may wish to visit the elephant stables, where a senior naturalist will discuss the habits of elephants. This afternoon, take a jeep safari to the Narayani River to embark on a boat excursion in search of gharial, mugger crocodiles, fresh water dolphins, otters and various water birds. Disembark at a different part of the river, where you can choose a jeep safari or guided nature walk back to the lodge. This evening there is a lecture and slide show on the flora and fauna of Chitwan. Overnight at Temple Tiger Green Jungle Resort. (B,L,D)
Chitwan National Park / Pokhara
Following an early morning wildlife excursion and breakfast, drive via Bharatpur to Pokhara, a small town nestled in a green valley below the towering peaks of the Western Himalayas. The mountains are as few as nineteen miles away, so your view is unimpaired. At dawn, gather in the terraced, lakeside gardens to watch these mighty sculptured forms shimmer in the changing morning light; a breathtaking sight. You have the day to leisurely explore Pokhara, lounge in the garden or gaze at the mountains. Spend two nights at the Fish Tail Lodge. (B,L,D)
This morning you explore the Pokhara Valley, one of the most picturesque valleys in Nepal. Pokjara lies 125 miles west of Kathmandu, under the shadows of the Annapurna Range. This area is a rare combination of snow-clad mountains, crystal clear lakes, streams and villages inhabited by friendly ethnic tribes. Before returning to the hotel, enjoy a relaxing boat ride on beautiful Phewa Lake. (B,L,D)
Pokhara / Kathmandu
Late this morning you transfer to the airport for a short flight to Kathmandu, where you enjoy the rest of the day is at leisure to explore on our own. Enjoy a farewell dinner with fellow Nepal expedition travelers at a fine local restaurant, and overnight at Hyatt Regency. (B,L,D)
Kathmandu: Optional Everest Flight / Delhi
After breakfast, weather permitting, there is an optional Mount Everest flight not included in the price of your Nepal travel package. This spectacular one-hour flight is an ideal opportunity to photograph this resplendent mountain range. Early this afternoon you board your return flight to Delhi. Upon arrival you check in Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi, where dayrooms have been reserved before your evening airport transfer. (B,L)
Depart / Arrive Home City
Depart Dehli early on your independent flight, arriving North America the same day. Make your connections to your home city.
Jawai Leopard Reserve Extension
Expand your India experience with a visit to Jawai Leopard Reserve in Rajasthan, an important area for leopard conservation as well as colorful Rajasthan culture. Leopard is the top carnivore in The Aravalis of southern Rajasthan. The rocky hills around this region provide a perfect hiding place for the elusive hunter. Leopards have lost much of their territory, and are in danger of losing it all, to ever-increasing human pressure. With this in mind, India declared the region a Leopard Conservation Zone. Since then, the leopard population density of the zone has increased to approximately 50 and your chances of sighting one are higher here than in most places in India. Other interesting and important species, such as endemic nilgai (blue bull), chinkara and lots of water birds, reside in the area.
The word Godwad (pronounced as goad – waad) in local language translates to “area in the foothills”. Apart from being rich in biodiversity, it is also one of the most culturally interesting places in all of Rajasthan. Witness a shepherd from the maverick “Raika” community tending his flock of sheep or a farmer busy with his daily business – all of these in the vicinity.
Delhi / Jawai Leopard Reserve
Take an early morning flight to Udaipur. From here you transfer by road to Jawai Leopard Reserve and Godward Safari Camp, your home for three nights. (B,L,D)
Jawai Leopard Reserve
While at Godwad Safari Camp you can enjoy morning and afternoon wildlife safaris in 4x4 jeeps, visits to local shepherd villages, cycling safaris, sunset hikes to Mithidi Dam, picnic lunches, trekking, bird watching and wonderful photography throughout.
While leopard is the main species to spot, other important animals to watch for are rhesus macaque, sloth bear, Indian civet cat, Indian porcupine, hyena, wild boar, jackal, hare hanuman langur, nilgai and chinkara. Nilgai (blue bull) is the largest Asian antelope and is endemic to India. Chinkara, also known as Indian gazelle, is native to Iran, Pakistan and India. The Jawai dam is the biggest dam in western Rajasthan and has more than 200 crocodiles as well as large numbers of turtles and aquatic birds.
Over 200 species of migratory and domestic birds can be found here at various times of the year. Birds of interest are adjunct stork, demoiselle crane, spoonbill, bar-headed goose, Siberian crane, spot-billed duck, brahminy kit, Asian brown flycatcher, and stork-billed kingfisher. (B,L,D Daily)
Jawai Leopard Reserve / Delhi
Drive to Udaipur, from where you fly to Delhi. Dayrooms are reserved at Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi where you can catch your breath, clean up and pack before you are escorted to the Delhi airport for your independent flights home. (B,L)
Depart / Arrive Home City
Depart Delhi on independent flights. Arrive North America the same day and connect to flights home.
Udaipur is often called “Venice of the East” or “city of lakes”. The Lake Palace (Jag Niwas) located in Pichola Lake is an architectural and cultural marvel. The grand City Palace on the banks of the lake along with the Monsoon Palace (Sajjan Garh) on the hill above enhances the beauty of this magnificent city. Udaipur is also the centre for performing arts, crafts and its famed miniature paintings.
Delhi / Udaipur
Fly this morning to Udaipur where your exploration begins at Eklingji & Nagda Temples, among the most famous temples in all of Rajasthan. Your home for two nights is Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace. (B,L)
Visit City Palace; the largest in Rajasthan. In size and outline the City Palace and its subsidiary palaces bear a resemblance to Windsor castle in England. Continue to medieval Jagdish Temple with its meticulously detailed carvings and take the blessings of Lord Vishnu (deemed as the preserver of the universe by Hindus). In the evening enjoy a tranquil boat ride in a traditional Shikara along the waters of Lake Pichola. Your expert guide will explain the history of the royal city, also known as “Venice of the East”. The boat will glide past historic sites on the banks of Lake Pichola.(B,L)
Udaipur / Delhi
A morning at leisure is followed by a group flight to Delhi. Dayrooms are reserved at Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi where you can catch your breath, clean up and pack before you are escorted to the Delhi airport for your independent flights home. (B,L)
Depart / Arrive Home City
Depart Delhi on independent flights and arrive North America the same day. Connect to your homeward flights.
Things to Know
What is the weather like in India?
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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 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
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
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 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
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 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.
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
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 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
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
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
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.
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!
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.