Lions & Tigers of India

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Day 1: Arrive in New Delhi

Arrive in New Delhi, the bustling capital of India, and transfer to our comfortable hotel in the city. This evening we will have dinner and our orientation meeting.

Overnight in New Delhi.


Day 2: Stunning Temples of Swaminarayan Akshardham & Lotus

We spend the day exploring 2 of Delhi's most impressive temples. We start with Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple, which translated means the Divine Abode of God. We explore this vast and impressive site, including lunch. After lunch, we visit the Bahai Lotus Temple which is built in the shape of a lotus flower.

Overnight in New Delhi.


Day 3: Fly to Udaipur, to Bera, Rabari Shepherds, Leopard Safari

Today we have a morning flight to Udaipur. Upon arrival, we drive to the village of Bera, which is home to the Rabari Shepherds, a nomadic tribe of cattle herders. This area is also home to a big but very shy cat - the elusive leopard. The leopard roams in the wild here, which makes for an exciting safari.

We will enjoy an evening safari in search of the elusive leopard.

Overnight in Bera.


Day 4: Leopard Safari, to Ahmedabad

Enjoy a morning safari to explore the area by jeep. The area of Bera boasts vast and varied vegetation and wildlife including the elusive leopard, the crocodile, the ever so mischeivous hyena, the mighty Bluebull, the graceful pelican, the Greylag Goose, Robin Accentor, Demoiselle Crane, and the Barheaded Goose to name a few.

We depart for Ahmedabad where we stay at a heritage hotel and enjoy a very traditional dinner on the hotel rooftop.

Dinner and overnight in Ahmedabad.


Day 5: To Sasan Gir National Park, Sabarmati 'Gandhi' Ashram

After breakfast we visit The Sabarmati Ashram, a simple ashram that has had a profound affect on India. The following is taken from the official website:

"While at the Ashram, Gandhi formed a school that focused on manual labour, agriculture, and literacy to advance his efforts for self-sufficiency. It was also from here on the 12 March 1930 that Gandhi launched the famous Dandi march 241 miles from the Ashram (with 78 companions) in protest of the British Salt Law, which taxed Indian salt in an effort to promote sales of British salt in India. This mass awakening filled the British jails with 60 000 freedom fighters. Later the government seized their property, Gandhi, in sympathy with them, responded by asking the Government to forfeit the Ashram. Then Government, however, did not oblige. He had by now already decided on 22 July 1933 to disband the Ashram, which later became asserted place after the detention of many freedom fighters, and then some local citizens decided to preserve it. On 12 March 1930 he vowed that he would not return to the Ashram until India won independence. Although this was won on 15 August 1947, when India was declared a free nation, Gandhi was assassinated in January 1948 and never returned.
Over the years, the Ashram became home to the ideology that set India free. It aided countless other nations and people in their own battles against oppressive forces.
Today, the Ashram serves as a source of inspiration and guidance, and stands as a monument to Gandhi’s life mission and a testimony to others who have fought a similar struggle."

After our ashram visit, will begin a long drive (approx 7 hrs) to Gir National Park. Besides Africa, this is the only place in the world you can spot lions roaming free in the wild. With its dry and deciduous vegetation, it provides an ideal habitat for Asiatic lions. Although Gir is most famous for its lions, it also features the Chowsinga (4 horned antelope), in addition to over 200 bird and over 40 reptile species.

Dinner and overnight in Gir.


Day 6: Lion & Wildlife Safaris

Today, we will have morning and afternoon jeep safaris to search for the Asiatic lions and other exotic wildlife found in Gir.

In 1913 due to over-hunting practices, the lion population had declined to 20 lions. It was through the efforts of the Dungar Garh royal family that the Asiatic lions became protected, and in 1965 Gir became a national park. Today it covers approximately 1412 kilometres and is home to over 500 lions.

Overnight in Gir.


Day 7: Fly to Mumbai

We depart Gir and drive to Dui (or Rajkot) to catch our flight to Mumbai. Upon arrival, we go to our airport hotel for dinner and overnight.

Overnight in Mumbai.


Day 8: Fly to Nagpur, to Tadoba National Park

After our flight to Nagpur, sit back and enjoy the scenery today as we drive (approx 7 - 8 hours) to Tadoba National Park, one of the finest and largest national parks in Maharashtra state. This beautiful and wild paradise has abundant dry deciduous forests and lakes teeming with rich aquatic life.

This afternoon, we have the opportunity to enjoy our first wildlife safari in search of the rare and magnificent Royal Bengal tiger!

Overnight in Tadoba National Park.


Days 9 - 10: Tadoba - Jeep Safaris in Search of Royal Bengal Tiger

We will enjoy both a morning and evening jeep safari in search of India’s national animal, which is also one of the biggest and most beautiful cats in the BIG CAT family - the Royal Bengal tiger. The hilly terrain provides perfect shelter for the animals, yet its excellent accessibility makes it an ideal area for a wildlife safari.

Overnight in Tadoba National Park.


Day 11: To Kanha Tiger Reserve

Today, we have a long drive to picturesque Kanha National Park. Animals you may see in the park include tigers, leopards, wild dogs, foxes and jackals, swamp deer, spotted deer, sambar, barking deer and Indian gaur (part of the ox family).

Dinner and overnight in Kanha.


Day 12: To Bandavgarh National Park

This morning we start with our safari in the beautiful Kahna Tiger Reserve. After breakfast, we depart for Bandavgarh National Park, known for its large population of Bengal Indian tigers. In the evening, we will go for a safari in search of this magnificent and elusive tiger. In addition to our goal of seeing these majestic cats, we will also enjoy the incredible biodiversity of the tropical forests and grassland area of central India

Overnight in Bandavgarh National Park.


Day 13: Bandavgarh - Tiger Safaris

Today we have both a morning and an evening jeep safari in the famous tiger reserve in Bandavgarh National Park. We will search for the famed Bengal tigers, but we will also be on the lookout for white tigers, leopards, sloth bears, and deer. The area is also home to scores of bird species including eagles.

Overnight in Bandavgarh National Park.


Day 14: To New Delhi

Today we drive to Jabalpur airport (approx. 4 hrs) to catch our flight to Delhi. Upon our evening arrival, we will have our farewell dinner and overnight at our airport hotel.

Overnight in New Delhi.


Day 15: Depart New Delhi

Today we say goodbye to India and its majestic big cats. We transfer to the airport for our international flights home.

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