India Tiger Safari

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 three of India’s premier national parks to ensure a diversified and intense overview of some of India’s most characteristic and enigmatic species – the elusive tiger, 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.

Daily Itinerary

India Wildlife Safari 2020

  • Day
    1-2

    Depart / Delhi

    Fly independently to Delhi and spend tonight at the Radisson Blu. (Meals Aloft)

  • 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 filled with large varieties of wild species 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
    6-8

    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 three nights at Kanha Jungle Lodge. (B,L,D Daily)

  • Day
    9

    Kanha / Jabalpur / 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
    10-12

    Nagarhole National Park

    Today you journey to Nagarhole National Park and your home for three nights, Evolve Back Kuruba Safari Lodge. 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, which 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
    13

    Nagarhole / Bengaluru

    Drive to Bengaluru this morning. Rooms are available back at the Taj Bengaluru Hotel. Enjoy a farewell dinner with your India safari group before you 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
    14

    Depart / Arrive Home City

    Your early morning independent flights arrive North America on the same day, where you connect to your flights home. 

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 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

Radisson Blue Plaza Delhi

Radisson Blu 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.

india accommodations bandhavgarh jungle lodge

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

Evolve Back Kuruba Safari Lodge

Enjoy your India travel accommodations at the Evolve Back Kuruba Safari Lodge, named one of "World’s 25 Best EcoLodges" by National Geographic Traveler. Evolve Back’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.  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. Featuring a spectacular infinity swimming pool which overlooks the Kabini River and a spa with pampering ayurvedic treatments, Evolve Back Kabini provides a luxurious retreat in scenic Siddapur. It has standalone bungalows with private pools or spa baths. You spacious accommodation feature thatched roofs and wooden flooring. They have high ceilings and are fitted with fine furnishings. The bungalows have private dining areas, luxurious bathrooms and excellent views.

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.

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: $5,998 per person
Duration
14 Days, 13 Nights
Guest Capacity
18 Guests
Trip Type
Land
Destinations

Trip Highlights

  • Visit three 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.
  • Spend six nights in "tiger country": Bandhavgarh & Kanha National Parks.