Tigers, Temples and Taj Mahal
India, Discovery, 14 days - from £1,495 (land only) - from €1,795 (land only) - from $2,465 (land only)
- India`s foremost tiger parks and finest wildlife holiday
- Visit Ranthambore, Khana and Bandhavgarh
- This holiday offers a real chance of spotting a tiger in the wild
- See the India of Kipling`s `Jungle Book`
- Spend a full day at Agra, including the Taj Mahal
For those with an interest in India and in particular its wildlife, this is an unmissable Indian adventure holiday. After an overnight train ride from Delhi, we take our first game drives at Bandhavgarh, which has the highest density of tigers of any Indian reserve - there is every chance of spotting a tiger here! After 3 days, we move on to nearby Kanha, a well-run park comprising almost 2000 square kilometres of grassland, forest and rocky ridge-lines, whose rich wildlife includes monkeys, deer, wild boar, leopard and tiger. Then, we travel to Agra and spend a full day exploring the Red Fort, the colourful bazaars and the breathtakingly beautiful Taj Mahal. Finally, we visit world-famous Ranthambore, once a hunting reserve of the Jaipur Maharajas and still home to an abundant wildlife. With its atmospheric forts and temples, hidden deep within the forest, this place was an inspiration for Kipling. It can inspire you, too!
Is this holiday for you?
This is a tour of three of the best national parks in India plus a visit to its most famous building and national icon, the Taj Mahal. Consequently the trip involves a fair amount of travelling. However, by using comfortable air-conditioned sleeper trains and spending a minimum of 3 nights in each hotel base while exploring the parks, the effect of the travelling is kept to a minimum. For the most part our exploration of these reserve areas is by 'canters' which are large, open trucks fitted with rows of seats and offering a good field of view. We may also travel at times by elephant, boat or even cycle rickshaw! We will also do some walking on good trails for better vantage of the wildlife, but walks will be short and this is not intended to be a a trekking trip. This wildlife tour of North India should appeal to all who love wildlife and wish to encounter the essence of Kipling's India.