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Tiger Safari and Birding Tour

09 Nights / 10 Days

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Tour Overview

Northern India arguably has one of the richest avian diversities as well as cultural landscapes to offer.

It also hosts the most Iconic animal, the Tiger, and is blessed with the marbled mausoleum, the Taj Mahal, which is by far one of the most spectacular monumental wonders known to man.

Our visits here include the famous Corbett National Park which hosts an array of Himalayan species and also a great landscape to spot the elusive striped cat.

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary and the Chambal River on the other hand are ideal hotspots known for the plethora of resident and migratory feathered denizens, that will leave you glued to your binoculars for the entire tour.

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What you will experience on this tour

Experience the best of Indian wildlife safari tours that includes the Royal Bengal Tigers, Asiatic Lions, Black Leopard, Indian Leopards, Snow Leopards, Red Panda, Asian Elephants, and a plethora of reptile and bird species, with experienced naturalists while you stay at the best-selected premium wildlife lodges and hotels.

TripAdvisor Traveler's choice 2024
Sandy F.Elmont, NY
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Joy! This was my FIRST tiger safari! My best friend and I chose Nature Safari India to organize our trip to Kanha and Bandhavgarh National Parks. I have nothing but rave reviews for Nature Safari India. Deepkul, our agent, was phenomenal! Deepkul arranged everything for us, with attention to details we had no clue about. Deepkul was always available for any questions via whatsapp chat/calls, helped us with flights, getting our visas and provided helpful tips. I was impressed BEFORE leaving the USA. During our time in India, all the staff at Nature Safari India were courteous, friendly and helpful.
Marc EeckhautBelgium
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After a very succesfull Tiger-safari with "Nature Safari India" in 2022 we decided to return to India this year. This time we focussed on bird-watching and bird-photography, together with Mr Deepkul Chetri, who was always very quick to respond and gave us very good advice, we set up a 3-week programme in the Nort-East of India. We visited Nameri NP, Kaziranga NP (with a lot of Rhino's!!), Mishmi Hills, Dibru Saikhowa, Dihing Patkai where we did amazing birding trips, nature walks and boat-safari's. Again it was a very succesfull adventure, everything was perfect organized.
JudyBellingen, Australia
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Unbelievable experience and a wonderful company to work with. We spent 3 weeks in India, visiting 4 tiger reserves as well as some of the cities. Can't recommend this company enough - Sharad was always very quick to respond to my questions and nothing was too much trouble. At every turn we were met and escorted by either a driver or, while in Delhi by Deep who was always there, smiling, to greet or farewell us on the next sector of our trip. During our visit to Vrindavan for the Holi festival, we were guided and protected by another member of the team, whose patience and care was just amazing.I would return to India just to book with Nature Safaris again.
dskolbSenoia, GA
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Awesome Experience! Top notch and will use them again! We did the 4 day 3 night Jim Corbett National Park Tiger Safari. We left and returned to Delhi. It was an awesome and one of the highlights of our three weeks in India! Our guide VJ and driver Savage were very friendly and knowledgeable. With four separate tiger sightings (along with plenty of deer, antelope, elephants and birds and two of the six safaris were in the rain). We’ve done safaris in Africa and Sri Lanka – this experience ranks with the best. Sharad’s customer service was top notch and very proactive. There were some bumps in the road – it is India of course, but Sharad always reached out proactivity.
MonicaBoulder
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Five weeks in India, 20 tigers, and so much more. All that said, the trip was amazing. We ended up seeing 20 tigers in 28 game drives. We were always doing game drives in the park's core zones. We did game drives in 5 parks (Tadoba, Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Jim Corbett, and Kaziranga). We got over jet lag in a Kerala house boat. We toured Delhi, Mumbai, Arangabad (Ajunta & Ellora Caves), and Agra. We celebrated Holi in the birthplace of Krishna. And we spent 4 days on the Brahmaputra River in Assam. We were not ready to return home at the end of our 5 weeks!
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Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive New Delhi (by flight)

On arrival at New Delhi airport, you will be received by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel and assist you with the check-in procedure. He will also hand over travel-related documents and brief you on your upcoming trip. Overnight stay is at the hotel.

Accommodation: The Roseate House, Aerocity or similar

Day 02: New Delhi – Corbett (by surface - 275 Kms, 5 hours drive)

After an early breakfast, depart for Corbett National Park 275 km/ 5 hrs drive. At the park entrance, switch to a safari vehicle with your baggage. Be ready with your camera equipment as the next 32 km, 1.5-hour drive, is through the core area of the national park, where you have a good chance to encounter wildlife including Tigers, Leopards, and Asian Elephants. On arrival, Check into the forest lodge. Post Lunch, proceed for an afternoon safari.

Living in the Forest Rest House is unique to Corbett National Park. It is only in Corbett that you get an opportunity to stay inside the national park. The complex is located on the banks of the Ramganga river and overlooks the foothills of the Himalayas. Alcohol and smoking are not permitted here. Return from the safari at sunset. Dinner and overnight at the Forest Rest House.

Accommodation: Dhikala Forest Rest House

Day 03 & 04: In Corbett National Park

Begin your morning safari at sunrise. Corbett has been aptly described as the land of the Roar, Trumpet, and Song. It represents a scene of remarkable beauty. Corbett National Park had the proud distinction of being the chosen venue for the inauguration of Project Tiger in India. The rich biodiversity of the Reserve is partly attributed to the variety of habitats here. Due to the location of the Reserve in the foothills of the central Himalayas, both Himalayan and peninsular flora and fauna are found in the Reserve.

Dinner and overnight stay at the Rest House.

Morning and afternoon jeep safaris, meals, and overnight at the Forest Rest House inside the national park.

India’s first and finest park spread over 520 sq. km. Established initially as Hailey National Park on August 8, 1936, in honor of Sir Malcolm Hailey, the then governor of the United Provinces, the name was changed to Ramganga National Park in 1952 and subsequently to Corbett National Park in honor and memory of the late Jim Corbett, the legendary hunter, naturalist-turned-author, and photographer, who had helped in setting up the park and in the demarcation of its boundaries.

Accommodation: Dhikala Forest Rest House

Day 05: Corbett – Chambal (by surface – 380 Kms, 7-8 hour drive)

Morning Jeep safari to Dhikala zone. After breakfast, checkout from the lodge and drive towards the exit gate of Corbett. Do not pack your camera equipment, as there’s an opportunity to witness wildlife on your way out.  On exiting the park, you may pack up your equipment as you make your way to Chambal (380 Kms 7-8 hrs).

On arrival, check into the Lodge. Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge

Accommodation: Chambal Safari Lodge or similar

Day 06: Chambal

Early morning, visit the Chambal river for a boat safari as you look out for birds. Some of the highlight species of birds we find here are Indian Skimmer, Bar-headed Goose, Ruddy Shelduck, Egyptian Vulture, Black-winged stilt, Black-bellied Terns, Red-crested and Ferruginous Pochards,  Sarus Crane, Great Thick-knee, Indian Courser, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Laggar Falcon and many more. Get back to the lodge when the sun starts getting harsh.

After lunch leave for an afternoon visit to the Chambal river to witness more of Gharials and Crocodiles. When it comes to reptiles, it is quite evident that due to their sizeable stature, Gharials and the Marsh Crocodiles exert their presence. However, the sanctuary is also great for turtles such as the Crowned River Turtle, Three Striped Roof Turtle, Red-Crowned Roof Turtle, Indian Roofed Turtle, Indian Tent Turtle, Indian Flap shell Turtle, Narrow Headed Softshell Turtle, and the Indian Softshell Turtle. Apart from these, you can even encounter the Bengal Monitor Lizard scurrying across the banks. Overnight stay at the lodge.

Accommodation: Chambal Safari Lodge or similar

Day 07: Chambal – Agra (by surface 55 Kms, 2 hours drive)

Morning jeep safari to an area well known for its Sarus Crane population. After breakfast drive to Agra (55 km, 2 Hrs). Arrival and check-in at the hotel. Evening at leisure and overnight stay at the hotel in Agra.

Accommodation: Taj View Agra or similar

Day 08: Agra – Bharatpur (by surface 55 Kms, 2 hours drive)

After breakfast, visit the famous white marble mausoleum, The Taj Mahal, which was built in the middle of the 17th century by the Moghul emperor Shah Jehan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal.

Completed in 1652, skilled craftsmen from Persia, Turkey, France, and Italy and some 20,000 laborers worked extensively for 17 years to build this edifice. Later, visit the red sandstone AGRA FORT which stands like a crescent on the banks of Yamuna River, enclosed by forbidding 20-meter high walls, with a 12- meter moat between them. Three successive Mughal emperors – Akbar, Jehangir, and Shah Jehan – helped create this massive structure that contains Indo-Islamic architecture. [The Taj is closed on Friday].  Check out from the hotel.

Later drive to Bharatpur. On arrival, check into the lodge. After lunch, we will proceed for an evening of bird watching via Cycle Rickshaws at Keoladeo National Park.

These diverse habitats are home to over 350 species of birds as the Bar Headed Goose, the Garganey, the Northern Pintail, Cotton Pygmy Goose, Eurasian Coot, Spoonbills, the Indian Spot-Billed Duck. Common and Pied Kingfishers hovering over the water, the skulking Black Bittern, Purple Herons, Pheasant-tailed and Bronze-winged Jacanas, and the tallest flying bird in the world, The Sarus Crane. Every year, thousands of migratory waterfowl that visit the park during the winter for breeding. The sanctuary is one of the richest avifauna hotspots in the world and is known for the nesting of resident and migratory birds. Overnight stay is in Bharatpur.

Accommodation: The Bagh Bharatpur or similar

Day 09: Bharatpur

Morning and afternoon visit to Bharatpur bird sanctuary. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the hotel.

The sanctuary covers an area of 29 sq. km of marshes, lightly wooded and scrub forest. Today it is the protected breeding ground for many species of birds and also the home of migratory birds, that spends their winters here. Colonies of cormorants, spoonbills, storks, egrets, herons, pelicans, ibis, and grey herons can be spotted all over the park. Besides a fairly rich habitation of herbivores and reptiles. Overnight stay at the hotel in Bharatpur.

Accommodation: The Bagh Bharatpur or similar

Day 10: Bharatpur – New Delhi (Drive 200 Kms/ 04 - hours drive)

Morning birding at the bird sanctuary. After breakfast, drive to New Delhi (220 Km, 4 hrs). On arrival, transfer to the airport to board a flight back home or to an onward destination.

Guest Reviews

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5/5

"Amazingly well-organized trip with many outstanding sights"

Since we live in Germany, we haven’t had any experience with an Indian travel provider before. However, the professional and polite communication. When we arrived at the airport or were changing locations the shuttle was always ready in time, so we could fully rely on the organization. Our naturalist guides were very knowledgeable and showed us a wide variety of bird species, tigers, and many other mammals. All in all, Nature Safari India did a great job to make our stay in India a great experience, from the moment we arrived at the airport until we returned there to catch our flight home. We can definitely recommend them without any hesitation and will travel with them again when we come to India next time.
Nicolas Chalwatzis
5/5

"Superb safari experience with the best tour operator imaginable"

We had a truly fantastic experience on our trip which was neatly organized into the smallest detail. We had great stays in lovely lodges in Tadoba, Pench, Kanha and Sundarbans during our 2-wk tour. From the drivers hired for transports between the destinations, over the naturalist accompanying our safaris to the staff during accommodation- everything was perfect and we're so happy that we went with Nature Safari as they provided a world-class holiday and top-notch customer care. Sharad, Deepkul and Abhishek were speedy in their replies, very helpful and checked in several times about how it's going. We can highly recommend booking with them, worth every penny!
Mario Schwarz
5/5

"Beyond Expectations! An amazing wildlife experience!!"

My time in India was made perfect thanks to Tiger Safari India, every step of my journey was made smoothly and comfortably. The accommodation was of very high standard and the service from every staff member was exceptional. Food was freshly made and by very talented chefs. I came to India to see Tigers and it did not disappoint. In 10 days I saw 11 Tigers! I was very successful thanks to the fantastic guides and drivers, who had excellent skills to locate all sorts of wildlife and could predict a good spot to see the tigers. The parks were stunningly beautiful, filled with mist and large areas of forest and meadows. I already miss watching the sun rising through that scenery. This trip was an...
Chris K.
5/5

"Excellent Experience with Nature Safari India"

Nature Safari India organized our private 2 Weeks Safari in Central India plus a couple of Sightseeing and we are very happy to having choose this agency. I found them on the responsible tiger tourism association (TOFTigers) and I liked them from the very first contact. From the first email more than two years ago to the end of our trip in April 2022, the service was great, the selection of the itinerary, Parks, lodges and guides was perfect....
Paola P.
5/5

"Incredible Madhya Pradesh experience"

Deepkul and the Tiger Safari India team put together an incredible experience for us in Kanha and Bandhavgarh. All the details were taken care of as per our preferences and budget including transportation, food, lodging, and our amazing safari guides. Deepkul was easy to communicate with and always quick to respond to any questions before and during our trip. Highly recommend!
Derek D.
5/5

"Super safari experience"

We did 5 days of safaris with Sharad Vats's team, in Kanha and Pench, in April. Right from the planning to the actual execution, Sharad was accessible, knowledgeable and helpful, to ensure we got a good experience. Not only was the itinerary planned and tweaked multiple times to suit us, but our accommodation and food needs were also taken care of well. We enjoyed the trip immensely, especially because Sharas understood that we were not just after tiger sightings, but enjoyed birds and trees and other wildlife too...
Srinivasan P.

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