North India: Focus on Wildlife
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North India: Focus on Wildlife 14 days
With a strong focus on wildlife, this exciting and comprehensive itinerary takes in four key wildlife viewing areas and is perfect for those looking for big cat encounters, with opportunities to see not only tigers and leopards, but also the rare Asiatic lion. Add to these, myriad birds and other wildlife, plus sunrise at the magical Taj Mahal and you have an unforgettable Indian experience.
Please note: from prices shown are for low season (Apr-Jun), please ask for high season rates (Oct-Mar)
- Rare Asiatic lions at Sassan Gir
- Tigers at Ranthambhore
- Leopards, wolves and other mammals
- Guided birdwatching
- Taj Mahal at dawn
- All accommodation
- Meals as shown in itinerary
- Transfers and transport in car with driver
- Guided jeep safaris and tours as shown in itinerary
- Domestic air and train travel as shown in itinerary
- Entrance and camera (non-video) fees
ITINERARY13 Nights 14 Days
- Day 1 | Delhi to Sasan Gir
- Days 2-4 | Sasan Gir
- Day 5 | Bera
- Days 6-7 | Bera
- Day 8 | Bhoori Pahadi
- Day 9 | Bhoori Pahadi & on to Ranthambhore
- Days 10-11 | Ranthambhore
- Day 12 | Ranthambhore & On to Agra
- Day 13 | Agra
- Day 14 | Delhi
Delhi to Sasan Gir
International flights are not included but be arranged and added with ease. Arrive early morning into Delhi and transfer to flight for Rajkot, departing at 05.50. Arrive at 08.25, met at airport and transferred in private car to Sasan Gir - three hour drive. Remainder of day at leisure at Lion Safari Camp.
Morning and afternoon jeep safaris on days 2 and 3. Expect to see rare Asiatic lions, plus other wildlife and birds. Possible sightings of leopards.
Full board accommodation at Lion Safari Camp.
On day 4, take morning jeep safari in Gir Park and then an afternoon 6 hour drive in a private car through the countryside to Ahmedabad. Overnight at the Fern hotel with dinner and breakfast.
After breakfast, depart for three hour drive in private car to Bera. Afternoon guided safari in the Sanctuary looking to spot leopards. Overnight at Bera Safari Lodge on full board basis.
The area around Bera is in the heart of leopard country and these days will include morning and afternoon jeep safaris looking out for these elusive animals as well as wolves and spectacular birdlife. Full board accommodation at Bera Safari Lodge.
Transfer to Udaipur Airport by private car in time to board the 09.45 flight to Jaipur, arriving at 10.45. Drive in private car for three hours to Bhoori Pahadi. Remainder of day at leisure and overnight at River Home Stay on full board basis.
Bhoori Pahadi & on to Ranthambhore
Full day guided birding activity around the guest house area. Evening transfer (approx 25 minutes) to Ranthambhore. Full board accommodation at Tiger Den Resort.
Morning and afternoon jeep safaris within the national park looking for tigers plus other mammals and birds. Rathambhore is rich in history with ancient ruins and temples, set in wooded and marshy and lake-land countryside.
Once the hunter grounds of the maharajahs of Jaipur and later the British, Ranthambhore National Park (Sawai Madhopur) was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1955. The wildlife, including the tiger population is thankfully flourishing so the Indian government have decided to increase the national park to encompass a range of hills close to Ranthambhore to ensure the Tiger populations have the space to grow.
Expect to see tiger, sloth bear, mongoose, samber, cheetal, langur monkeys and if you are lucky also leopard, hyena, jackal and march crocodile.
Excellent birding opportunities including paradise flycatcher, serpent eagle, jacana, painted stork, Bonellis eagle, horned owl, grey partridge, white necked stork, king vulture, ring dove, golden backed woodpecker and many more.
Do not miss the opportunity to visit the fort which is a wonderful backdrop to the majestic landscape and its many lakes.
Full board accommodation at Tiger Den Resort
Ranthambhore & On to Agra
A last jeep safari in the morning in Ranthambhore before transferring to Sawai Madhopur railway station for fast train to Bharatpur departing at 12.30. Arriving at Bharatpur at 15.00, transfer by car to Agra ( one hour) and check in to hotel Crystal Sarovar Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Up early for a guided visit to the Taj Mahal at dawn to experience the magic of sunrise over this monument to love. In the afternoon, drive by private car to Delhi. Overnight in hotel at Shanti Palace Hotel with dinner.
Breakfast at hotel and then transfer to airport for return or onward travel
Your Itinerary Accommodation
Bera Safari Lodge
Situated in the heart of leopard country, this is a small, luxury homestay with three independent en-suite cottages (soon to be five), located in a rural area, some five km from Bera village itself. Each cottage has a view of Liloda Hill, where leopards, wild dogs are regularly seen. Trips can be arranged to cultural sites and for bird watching, as well as independent cycling. Bera Safari Lodge is run by the owners, Shatrunjay Pratap and his wife who are local and passionate wildlife conservationists. Shatrunjay is one of the best leopard trackers in the area, a very keen birder and photographer.
Each spacious lodge has a private patio area with hill and countryside views. There is a common reception and dining room and a choice of excellent local cuisine.
As well as guided jeep safaris twice daily, early morning and later on in the afternoon and then either a guided walking safari for birding or a guided safari to Jawai Dam which is excellent for birds and wildlife. Guests will also have opportunities for guided walks around the unique village of Bera which cannot be missed.
Crystal Sarovar Premiere Hotel, Agra
A high quality, modern hotel, well located in the middle of Agra with excellent views of the Taj Mahal.
136 rooms and studios, some Taj facing, all with en-suite facilities, king or twin beds and TV. Choice of three restaurants, including poolside Sky Grill. Fitness centre and pool, wifi, children's activity zone.
Lion Safari Camp, Gir
The Lion Safari Camp at Gir National Park is a Luxury Wildlife Camp, owned and managed by Camps of India. It is located in a private mango orchard overlooking the Hiran River.The location presently has around 900 Mango Trees with only 2% of the entire land area being built so that the natural setting is maintained. An ideal place to sit and relax amongst nature.
This eco-friendly camp has 21 AC Luxury Tents each with large well furnished bedrooms and an attached en-suite bathrooms. All the tents are en-suite, with air-conditioning, coffee machine and telephone. and beautifully furnished with natural materials and open out to an extended deck. Facilities. Open air restaurant overlooking the Hiran River, with choice of Indian, Chinese and Continental food, with evening BBQ. Recreation room with pool table, library and satellite TV.
River Home Stay, Bhoori Pahadi
River Home Stay is a clean and comfortable budget accommodation option next to the village of Bhoori Pahadi, just 40 minutes from Ranthambhore National Park. It is a great for birding and photographic opportunities as well as cultural visits to a typical rural village. An English speaking guide is available throughout your stay.
Accommodation is in clean comfortable twin rooms with hot water. Bottled water is provided. Meals are home cooked using fresh local ingredients and are usually served al fresco.
Bottled water is provided.
A typical day at Bhoori Pahadi: 0630 2.5 hours Wake up to a refreshing cup of tea or coffee shortly before the first morning walking safari. Walking in the rural village area close to the Guest house and surrounding areas.
After breakfast 2 hours Jeep ride in to the surrounding country side to observe regional birds.
Afternoon guided Jeep & walking safari at 3.30pm 2 hours to outskirts of Ranthambore National Park via village visit for refreshments. Chance to see local surroundings in a bullock car ride. Wonderful sunsets.
Optional evening Jeep & walking safari for 1. 5 hours to hopefully sight or at least see evidence of tiger.
Walking is not difficult. Walks will be tailored depending on guest’s walking ability. Terrain is rolling - low to medium level fitness as a maximum requirement.
Species List: 235 Species of bird including migratory and endemic wetland birds, waders, herons, ducks, kingfishers, woodpeckers, raptors, Indian rollers, rose ring parquets, plum headed parquets
Mammals - Samba deer, spotted deer, wild boar, plus occasional (but not guaranteed) tiger leopard, sloth bear, striped hyena and mongoose.
Tiger Den Resort, Ranthambhore
The resort is set in rural surroundings just five minutes from the entrance to the Ranthambhore National Park. Guided tours by jeep or truck or on foot can be arranged for tiger and birdwatching.
Accommodation is in a range of cottages and suites, all en-suite. Indian, Chinese and western dining options as well as barbeques. Pool, gardens. Evening slide shows.
The Fern Hotel, Ahmedabad
A modern eco-hotel located close to the city centre with a range of accommodation options along with rooftop restaurant, gym and pool.
All rooms have en-suite facilities,TV and wifi. Variety of dining options, including roof top restaurant. Gym and pool
Hotel Shanti Palace, Delhi
A modern, comfortable hotel close to Delhi Airport with a range of accommodation plus dining facilities and wifi.
Choice of standard and deluxe rooms, all brightly lit and with wooden interiors, en-suite and with TV. Dining room. 24 hour reception. Wifi
What Our Customers
Out of my 9 safaris I had amazing sightings in 8 of them, including some very close encounters as they strolled past only a few feet away from our jeep. The Tiger Den Hotel was also very nice and comfortable and I would highly recommend it to others.
Although my main aim was to see tigers, which I did , it was the abundance of other wildlife and incredible birding that took me by surprise. The guiding was generally very good and the standard of accommodation much better than I was expecting. The food was fantastic throughout, especially as I’m a vegetarian. I think this trip represented great value for money and ticked so many boxes for me, I look forward to going back one day.
The thing I liked most about our itinerary was that it kept us away from the crowds, having been to India before I know how busy and over whelming it can be but with Sara’s help we were able to visit some of the less well known National Parks, yet didn’t compromise on the wildlife. We saw everything we wanted and more, rhino, leopard, lion, tiger, sloth bear and more birds than I care to remember. Thank you for a fantastic trip and we look forward to booking another wildlife adventure with you in the near future.
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