Rudyard Kipling once said that your mind will be truly broadened when you visit India. The saying certainly holds true. From majestic mountains to beautiful mosques and home to one of the largest cats in the world, the Bengal Tiger, a huge array of wildlife and cultural experiences await visitors to India. Just as Africa has the "Big Five" India's exceptionally diverse wildlife includes Elephants, Rhinos, Indian Bison, Asiatic Lion and Leopard. In addition, there are Tiger, Bears, various species of Deer and host of fascinating nocturnal mammals. The country is paradise found for birders, with a staggering species list in excess of 1,300.
And there is good news on the parks - the wildlife parks in Madhya Pradesh (Central India) now have an option of booking safaris last minute. Safaris can now be booked just 48 hours in advance (rather than 120 days in advance as was previously advised).
The park authorities will charge a premium for last minute bookings (subject to conditions), but the option for late bookings fits well with the recent introduction of the E-Tourist Visa for India.
If you’re looking for a national park covered in jungle and ancient secrets, include the Bandhavgarh National Park on your wildlife holiday to India. This park is abundant with animals and is home to a 2000 year old fort featuring Sanskrit covered cave shrines heralding long gone dynasties. The wildlife you can expect to see here includes: barking deer, Indian bison, the Bengal tiger and if you’re lucky, the elusive white tiger of Rewa.
Kanha National Park
India’s premier national park, this is the region that inspired Rudyard Kipling to write The Jungle Book. You can expect to see rolling grasslands, bamboo forests and deep ravines. The wildlife here includes the Bengal tiger, jackals, swamp deer, pythons and over 200 species of birds.
Pench National Park
A mosaic forest dominated by teak, kulu, saja, salai, mahua and amaltas trees among others. The Bengal tiger is present but rarely seen. Indian leopard, Asiatic wild dog (Dhole), Indian porcupine and ungulates such as Chital, Sambhar, Gaur, Four-horned antelope, nilgai and wild pig abound. Lucky visitors may see a jungle cat and striped hyena. Among the approximately 210 bird species present are Red jungle- fowl, Black-rumped, flameback, Malabar pied hornbill, Sirkeer malkoha, Blue-winged leafbird, Jungle prinia and Purple sunbird.
Satpura National Park
This rugged park with its sandstone peaks, narrow gorges, forested ravines and also nearly level plains, protects a large area of Central Indian highland ecosystem. Wildlife includes the Bengal Tiger, Indian leopard, Asiatic wild dog, Indian porcupine and ungulates such as Nilgai, Sambhar and Four horned Antelope and the increasingly rare black buck. The Bird list includes, Indian spot-billed duck, Rain quail, Grey jungle fowl, Common koel, Crested serpent-eagle Forest owlet, six species of woodpecker and ten species of starling.
Kaziranga National Park
Habitat, mostly moist mixed deciduous forest, alluvial grasslands tropical evergereen forest, alluvial savannah. This World Heritage site protects 65% of the World's remaining Great One-horned Rhinos. (Population approximate 2400). Kaziranga also has the highest density of Bengal Tigers in protected areas in addition mammal highlights include elephant, half the global population of wild water buffalos, swamp deer, the remarkable and endangered Ganges river dolphins, two species of, extremely threatened pangolin (Indian & Chinese) and 9 of the 14 species of primate found in India (notably the Hoolock Gibbon, India's only apr species). This IBA (Important Bird Area) has an amazing species list, including greater and lesser adjutants, Indian, Slender Bill, Indian White rumped vultures, Swamp francolin, Bengal florican, Great indian hornbill, Jerdon's Babbler and Black headed parrot bii.
Your experience of India’s wildlife will be made more memorable by staying in our safari-style camps and with some fantastic properties focussed in enhancing your whole experience.
All our holidays are tailor-made and private which means that if you let us know exactly what you want we will make the holiday for you from scratch. We have excellent drivers and naturalists in the park, who understand the parks and will really bring to life the whole park as you go chasing the amazing wild in these parks.
Travel Operators for Tigers
Western & Oriental are proud to be a member of TOFTigers (Travel Operators for Tigers), supporting the conservation of natural habitats and encouraging a responsible approach to tiger tourism in India. This conservation and safeguarding work not only ensures better experiences for you as a traveller, but a secures a future for tigers, communities, wildlife and forests throughout India for generations to come.
To plan your luxury wildlife holiday to India, call our India holidays specialists today.