When most people think of going on safari, their mind travels to the plains of Africa. However, there are other destinations in the world to enjoy going on safari and which are less known but every bit as spectacular. India tiger safari holidays will live long in the memory and make you the envy of all your friends.
An Indian safari is tantalising for many reasons. Firstly as it’s less well known for safaris than Africa, it feels almost pioneering to be heading out into the wilderness here. Tigers are one of the world’s most endangered mammals and this really is a unique experience to be able to see them in their natural habitat. Taking part in a safari here also helps to pay for their conservation and these are much-needed funds. February is also a great time to travel to India, with the weather ideal. Temperatures average 60 degrees centigrade in February and there are many hours of sunlight. Reserves are spread across the country opening up many different types of safari holiday.
Tigers and the Taj Mahal
If you want to mix sightseeing and culture with your tiger safari, then head to Delhi. Here you can visit the sights India is famous for. Visit the ancient walled city of Old Delhi to see fantastic examples of Indian architecture. The Red Fort rises majestically with its red sandstone walls, built to be every bit as impressive as the Taj Mahal. Make sure you visit the magnificent tombs and the country’s largest mosque while you visit here, as well as taking a trip down Moonlight Alley. This network of ancient lanes is home to a host of bazaars selling everything you could possibly imagine.
Next on your list has to be a visit to the Taj Mahal, arguably one of the top places to see in the world. This iconic building is simply breathtaking and nothing will quite prepare you for your first glimpse. Located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, the Taj Mahal is around 120 miles from Delhi and there are regular bus trips and trains available out to the site with many people taking a day trip from Delhi.
For your safari, head to Ranthambore National Park. This is one of the largest national parks in India and is home to many endangered species. On safari here, you’ll be able to see tigers, leopards, wild boar, deer, crocodiles and snakes as well as many other animals and birds.
If your main purpose is to simply spend time on safari, nowhere is better than Madhya Pradesh. Seen as the inspiration for The Jungle Book, this sprawling landscape in central India is filled with national parks and a whole host of animals living in them to be seen. Fly direct into Nagpur where internal flights arrive from Delhi and Mumbai on a regular basis. From here you’ll travel out to one of the national parks in the area.
Pench National Park is an awe inspiring place, with its hills, scenic forests, rivers and grasslands that seemingly go on for miles. Here you’ll be able to see tigers roam free, as well as wild boar, leopards, foxes and jackals which have all made their homes here. It’s easy to see why Kipling was so inspired to write The Jungle Book after spending time here as you can feel the book come to life as you travel through on safari.
The largest and arguably the best reserve is Kanha National Park. This park is filled with sprawling hills, high grasses and valleys onto the Surpan River which flows through the park. In amongst this breathtakingly beauty, tigers roam freely. The park is also home to swamp deer and was originally made to protect this species. Camp out in the park at night and lull yourself to sleep to the sounds of the wilds, capturing your very own Jungle Book in your memories for the journey home.