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Top Five Safari Packages in India

India beckons with a kaleidoscope of experiences, and for the adventurous soul, a safari adventure ranks high on the list. From the majestic Bengal tigers prowling the grasslands to the elusive one-horned rhinos wading in the swamps, India’s diverse landscapes harbor a wealth of wildlife waiting to be discovered.

This article unveils the top 5 safari tour packages, carefully curated to unleash your inner explorer. Whether you dream of encountering tigers in their natural habitat, spotting rare Asiatic lions, or aspiring glimpses of the rare Snow Leopard, we have the perfect expedition for you. So, pack your sense of wonder and get ready to begin an unforgettable journey into the wild heart of India!

1. Big Cats Marathon

The Big Cats Marathon is a long duration wildlife adventure of a lifetime. The tour is for 16 days 15 nights, traveling through the incredible jungles of Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Tadoba, Pench, Ranthambore, and Jim Corbett tiger reserves. From majestic tigers roaming through luxuriant jungles to a dazzling array of wildlife, India’s premier tiger reserves are a treasure trove for wildlife photographers, offering endless possibilities to frame nature’s beauty.

Wildlife like deer, gaurs, leopards, bears, wolves, jackals along with tigers can also be spotted in these jungles. Immerse yourself in the local culture, participate in activities like rock climbing, river rafting, bonfire, and a lot more. Touring six tiger reserves will increase your chances of spotting the cat and give you different perspectives for photography and witnessing these diverse jungles. Expert jeep safari drivers and guides will accompany you in every park to make sure you experience the best of each.

The tour starts from Bandhavgarh followed by a brief detour at Kanha which is a 4.5-hour journey continued to Tadoba which takes 7 hours to reach. There is also time to visit the Kanha Museum. From here the journey to Pench begins which is another 5 hours but the mesmerizing beauty of all these jungles makes it worth it.

The tour encompasses of nature trails, campfire, local market visits and pottery exhibits. The next pitstop is Ranthambore to spot the royal Bengal tiger and other wildlife. The last park for tiger safari is Jim Corbett National Park famous for Bengal tigers, Indian Leopards, Yellow Throated Martin, Hogg Deer, and Sambhar Deer, bird species and Crocodiles.

2. Tigers of central India

Central India is home to a significant portion of India’s majestic Bengal tigers and these parks offer an unparalleled opportunity to witness these apex predators in their natural habitat. A visit to these parks is not just a chance to witness tigers in their glory, but also a glimpse into the delicate balance of nature and the ongoing fight to preserve it by successful conservation efforts.

Leading the charge is Bandhavgarh National Park, renowned for its staggering tiger density. Often hailed as the “Land of the Tigers,” Bandhavgarh’s rolling hills and Sal forests create a dramatic backdrop for tiger sightings. With a little luck, you might even encounter some of the park’s legendary tigers, like the formidable ‘Charger’ or the elusive tigress ‘Spot.’

Not far behind is Kanha National Park, immortalized in Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book.” Kanha’s emerald meadows, teeming with prey like spotted deer and barasingha, provide the perfect hunting ground for tigers. Here, you might catch a glimpse of a majestic Bengal tiger stalking its prey or lounging regally on a termite mound.

Pench National Park, also an inspiration for “The Jungle Book”, offers a more intimate safari experience. Flowing through the park, the Pench River adds a vibrant touch to the landscape, attracting a diverse range of wildlife. Tigers are the undisputed stars, but keep your eyes peeled for langurs swinging through the trees and wild boars foraging in the undergrowth.

Rounding out this triumvirate is Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve. This lesser-known gem boasts the highest tiger density in Maharashtra. Tadoba’s diverse landscape, encompassing lakes, woodlands, and rocky outcrops, provides ample cover for these elusive predators. Here, patience is rewarded, and a glimpse of a majestic tiger emerging from the foliage is an experience to cherish.

3. Tiger, Leopard and Asiatic Lions Tour

If you want to cover the three main big cats in India, a chance to encounter tigers, leopards, and Asiatic lions in their natural splendor is the tour for you. This tour will take you on a thrilling journey across diverse landscapes, each offering a unique encounter with these magnificent predators.

You can begin your exploration in the heart of Central India, at Jawai Bandh, nestled amidst the Aravalli Hills. This lesser-known gem is renowned for its flourishing leopard population. It will be filled with exhilarating jeep safaris through rocky outcrops and dry deciduous forests, to witness a leopard gracefully navigate the terrain swiftly.

Next, you should delve deeper into Central India, arriving at a renowned tiger reserve like Bandhavgarh National Park or Kanha National Park. These iconic parks boast a staggering tiger density, offering a high chance of spotting these striped giants. As you traverse lush green jungles and vast meadows, keep an eye out for tigers lounging on termite mounds, stalking prey, or cooling off in watering holes.

The grand finale must take you westward to the verdant Gir National Park, the last bastion of the majestic Asiatic lion. Here, the landscape transforms into dry deciduous forests and scrubland, perfectly suited for these social predators. Sight marvelling prides of lions lazing under the shade, uniquely strategizing hunting or playfully interacting with each other.

This meticulously crafted tour caters to every big cat enthusiast. You will capture the power and grace of tigers, the stealth and agility of leopards, and the majestic pride of Asiatic lions.

4. Snow Leopard Expedition in India

A snow leopard expedition is a guided trip exclusively designed to increase your chances of seeing the most rare charismatic cat, the snow leopard in its cold natural habitat. These expeditions typically take place in the high-altitude regions of Central Asia, particularly in the Himalayas, where snow leopards are found. Popular destinations for snow leopard expeditions in India include Ladakh and Spiti Valley.

If you are looking to enhance your photography skills, get a deeper perspective of the history and culture of these regions, explore the winter wilderness, or just want to travel with naturalists, this could be the expedition for you. These expeditions involve a lot of trekking, jeep safaris and camping in remote locations for a long duration. Camouflaged observation is a crucial aspect of snow leopard expeditions. It requires you to spend time in strategically positioned hides or blinds to increase your chances of observing snow leopards.

In Ladakh, you can book a tour to Hemis National Park, Rumbak Valley or Uley Valley because there is a very high chance of spotting the rare cat because of their high concentration in this area during the winter months. In Spiti, the snow leopards reside in Spiti Valley and especially in Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary. Kibber is situated at an elevation of 3,600 to 6,800 meters (11,800 to 22,300 ft) above sea level and is known for its diverse and unique wildlife.

The expeditions take place in the breathtaking Indian Himalayas, offering stunning scenery of snow-capped peaks, rugged landscapes, and remote valleys. Responsible expedition companies contribute to snow leopard conservation efforts. Your participation can help fund research, anti-poaching patrols, and community development projects that protect these amazing cats.

5. Big Cats, Rhinos and Elephant (Central India and Kaziranga)

For the ultimate wildlife adventure, look no further than a safari tour encompassing the majestic big cats, colossal rhinos, and awe-inspiring elephants of India. This journey takes you through diverse landscapes, each offering a unique encounter with these incredible creatures.

Central India beckons with its renowned tiger reserves like Bandhavgarh National Park and Kanha National Park. Here, amidst dense jungles and green meadows, you can be a part of jeep safaris with the primary goal the Bengal tiger but also do not miss out on leopards, hyenas, sloth bears, Sambar deer, barking deer, chital, nilgai, wild boar, gaur, chausingha, chinkara and over 250 birds species.

Next, we venture further east to Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the undisputed rhino kingdom. Here, vast grasslands and shallow swamps provide the perfect habitat for the Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros. Witnessing these prehistoric-like giant creatures lumbering across the landscape or grazing peacefully in herds is a sight to behold. Kaziranga also boasts a healthy tiger population, offering the incredible possibility of spotting both rhinos and tigers in a single safari.

Our journey would not be complete without encountering the gentle giants – the Asian elephants. Whether in Central India’s Kanha National Park or the lush greenery of Kaziranga, you might have the opportunity to observe these magestic creatures grazing, bathing, or walking. You can also take a unique elephant back safaris, allowing you to explore the wilderness from a truly unique perspective.

This diverse safari tour caters to every wildlife enthusiast. It is a chance to become part of their world, appreciate India’s rich biodiversity, and gain a deeper understanding of conservation efforts for these magnificent creatures.

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