Tiger and Snow Leopard Safaris and India Wildlife Holidays
Our tiger safaris, snow leopard safaris and wildlife holidays to India are expertly tailored by one of India’s top naturalists – be it a luxury safari through the heart of tiger country, or a specialist exploration of wildlife in the remote borderlands, and everything in between.
India is a paradise for the nature-lover where we offer the most wonderful wildlife safaris. India is the only country in the world where you could on a single holiday go looking for virtually all the great cats of the Old World which include tiger, lion, leopard, snow leopard and clouded leopard.
India tiger safaris, snow leopard safaris and wildlife holidays are our specialty! Hashim Tyabji is one of India’s leading naturalists, and not only has some of the finest wildlife lodges in India, but he has also written several books on tigers. He did the scientific research for the BBC television programme Land of the Tiger. He was the chief game warden at Bandhavgarh National Park, where he still has a house and Hashim was Director of Operations of Tiger Tops in Nepal, where he also guided in Chitwan and Bardia. Hashim carefully assembles each safari around each of our clients. These wildlife holidays extend across all of the wild subcontinent. We are very particular about the camps and lodges we use, placing great emphasis on the quality of guiding and the eco-tourism ethic. We are founding members of Tour Operators for Tigers (TOFT). If you are a sane non-twitch birder who enjoys wild birds and wild country, we have the most wonderful places for you!
As a matter of course, we arrange for knowledgeable local guides who are also excellent company. Accommodation ranges from gorgeous, owner-managed tented camps with superb guiding to luxurious lodges, such as the Taj and Aman properties. We can also arrange for elephant-back safaris, searching for tigers on the backs of elephants in Corbett National Park. These normally extend from three to five days. However, the accommodation is more basic, utilising the forest rest camps, although there is also a lovely tented camp situated in Corbett National Park that we highly recommend.
Tiger safari Highlights:
Tracking tigers – In the incredibly rich Tadoba Tiger Reserve from a lodge which often has tigers on the property during the day.
The Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve in South India – Home both to magnificent scenery and a dense cluster of tiger reserves, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, where we organise safaris from small, specialist owner-managed lodges and camps, from which you can explore this tiger and elephant-rich habitat, which also supports leopard, bear, dhole (wild dog) and a wealth of birds and other wildlife – staying well clear of the crowds that throng some of the popular parks.
Staying in isolated forest bungalows – Or an owner-managed, tented camp in Corbett Tiger Reserve in the foothills of the Himalayas with an expert guide, far from the crowds and at the heart of the ‘action’.
Walking and canoe safaris – From beautiful Forsyth Lodge in Satpura Tiger Reserve which, with its limited jeeps, unique walking and canoe safaris and multi-day treks, provides the most exciting and immersive wilderness experience in tiger safari country.
Explore Kanha from an intimate, owner managed campor luxury lodge – Go out each day by vehicle and on elephant-back in search of tigers (amongst other wildlife). Kanha has one of the highest concentrations of tiger in India but one also sees dhole (wild dog) amongst other species and there are now amazing cycling safaris around this region with a magnificent guide.
Stay at a luxury lodge in Pench – One of the prettiest parks in Madhya Pradesh – and here one goes out on elephant back and by vehicle to see tiger. Asiatic leopard is also seen here, together with dhole (wild dog). This is where David Attenborough filmed his tiger spy-cam series, which was simply amazing!
Magnificent Kaziranga – home to the largest population of Indian rhinoceros and elephants, and possibly harbouring the densest population of tigers in the world!
Bandhavgarh – This scenically beautiful park dominated by the enormous hill-top fort that gives the park its name, boasts a very high density of tigers, from leopards, sloth bears, wild dogs, wolves, several species of deer, antelope and small mammals. It has over 250 species of birds. We have several, really interesting places to stay here.
Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan – One of the prettiest parks in India, here one has the possibility of taking the renowned Ranthambore tiger safari, as well as viewing extraordinary birdlife. There are also a couple of very beautiful places to stay. Game drives are conducted by jeeps.
Panna – Another very scenic park drained by the very beautiful Ken River, this park is located only 30 minutes from Khajuraho. There is little-to-no chance of seeing tiger here, but the park is superb for birds and the Ken supports large populations of crocodiles, and the very specialised fish-eating gavial or gharial as well.
Gir National Park, Gujarat – This is an area that manages to retain the last population of Asiatic lions at Gir, which offers a wealth of exciting wildlife.
Rann of Kutch – The last population of the Indian wild ass still race across the salt flats of the Rann of Kutch – the flat salt marshes with its high mounds or islands – the bets – that shelter an extraordinary array of wildlife and the wetlands, offering some of the greatest avian spectacles in the world.