Asiatic Lions, Black bucks & Wild Asses
We start this tour with a visit to Velavadar National Park, a 36 km patch of Savannah type grasslands and thorn scrub, set between two rivers a few miles from the Gulf of Cambay sea coast. The principal attraction of the park is the massive population of blackbuck, the handsome Indian antelope, seen here in numbers running into thousands. The blackbuck is endemic to India and is rated among the most elegant antelopes and the fastest animals over a long distance.
Land Of The Tiger
On this safari we spend maximum time in three outstanding parks to give the best opportunity for quality viewings. Ranthambore, former hunting reserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur, boasts large numbers of sambar and chital as well as tigers. Kanha is teeming with varieties of deer, monkey, langur, wild boar and leopard, and the ‘hard ground’ barasingha can also be seen. Bandhavgarh, one of the smaller national parks, is also the most prolific.
Taj, Tigers & Temples
Northern India conjures up colourful images including Agra, home to the most famous of India’s monuments and arguably the most romantic building in the world, the Taj Mahal. We explore mystical Pushkar, a Hindu pilgrimage site famous for its annual camel fair. Here you have the option of a ride by camel cart, passing through timeless villages on the way. We also visit ‘The Pink City’ of Jaipur, home to the wonderful former Maharaja palace and splendid hilltop Amber Palace.
Wildlife Cruise Through The Sunderbans
Sunderbans’ – located at the Southern tip of West Bengal, India, is an enchanting land of rich biodiversity, natural flora and fauna and dense mangrove forests. The Sunderbans is the largest delta, the largest Mangrove Swamp and the largest Estuarine National Park in the World. This vast delta covers 4264 Sq. kms. of land area in India (the larger area forming a part of Bangladesh) and has one of the largest Tiger Reserves in the World covering 2585 Sq. kms. Ensconced between Rivers Brahmaputra and the Ganges – the two great Indian rivers, and River Meghna in Bangladesh, Sunderbans was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997 for its great natural wealth.