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Indian Tourism: A World of Incredible Marvels & Experiences

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On the occasion of World Tourism Day, there is little to celebrate this year. Indian tourism and the entire sector across the world continues to be in devastation owing to the Covid-19 Global Pandemic. But, as the days of the “new normal” of tourism begins, it is time to be optimistic that India will survive and very soon recover.

India is one of its kind with a range of the marvels that find its mention among the most fascinating travel destinations on the map of the world. Starting with the geography, India is home to snow-capped Himalayan peaks, sun-kissed beaches, out-of-the-world islands, wild jungles, sand desert, lush valleys blooming with flowers to the incredible network of backwaters, history & culture that dates back to 5000 years, the country has the ability to thrill, inspire and exasperate travellers all at once. So, be ready for unexpected surprises while you book India tour packages. There is also a lot more of untapped potential. There is heritage walks, cultural excursions, unique traditions of India, such as Ganga Aarti, Yoga, Ayurveda, festivals, etc. When thinking of travel plans in the new normal, here are the most popular experieces of India.

Heritage & Culture Tourism

India heriatge and culture needs no introduction. The Taj Mahal,  the white-marbled mausoleum and one of the Seven Wonders of the World is the most-visited monument in Indiaa.  UNESCO World Heritage Sites. With 36 sites and many proposed sites, India is the land of the many fascinating wonders of architecture. This includes the Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Temples of Khajuraho, Group of Monuments of Mahabalipuram, Hampi, Pattadakal; Humayun’s Tomb, the Red Forts at Delhi and Agra; Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Complex, Ran-ki-Vav,  and many more. From National Parks of Sunderbans, Kaziranga, Manas, etc. to the city of Ahmedabad, tours in India keep you busy with many wonders of history, natural beauty, cultural importance and more.

Wildlife Tourism

Wildlife tours in India is unmissable. In the abundance of jungles, national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, etc. it is very easy and thrilling to come across wildlife in their natural habitats. The best options include Kaziranga National Park (Assam), Jim Corbett (Uttarakhand), Sasan-Gir Wildlife Sanctuary (Gujarat), Ranthambore and Bharatpur ( Rajasthan), Kanha and Bandhavgarh National Park (Madhya Pradesh), Sunderbans, Periyar in Kerala, among others.

Spiritual & Wellness Tourism

India is ancient and the homeland of many treasures. Ayurveda, the holistic natural science of health and wellness dates back to 5000 years, to the Vedic Era and this science is till date a very relevant key to health and wellness. With the use of herbs, oils, and therapies, Ayurveda cures ailments, revitalize your senses, manage stress or simply experience a rare kind of bliss that envelops your body, mind, and soul. Ayurveda resorts in India are favoured for holidays in India to be treated with therapeutic bliss of Ayurveda.

Food Tourism

Much like India, India food is diverse and the tastes nothing short of an unforgettable experience.  Foodie-havens lie in the nooks and corners of Old Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, etc. Treating your taste buds are options such as Mughlai cuisine, South Indian cuisine, Bengali sweets, flavors of the streets, the 64-dishes Onam Sadya, 56-dishes Maharaja thali, a wedding feast or Ayurveda-based meals, and so much more.

Adventure Tourism 

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Wildlife Tourism in India: A Golden Chance to Encounter the Wild

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Wildlife tourism is a very important part of the Indian tourism. And, this World Tourism Day 2020, the incredible range of travel experiences needs to be explored with wildlife tour packages in India. And I would guess rightly so, given the fact that, after Africa, India perhaps has the most species of endangered wildlife that one could see in the wild. The star attraction of India's National parks is, of course, the Royal Bengal tiger, and this majestic animal is certainly the main draw for the wildlife tourism in India.

Tigers in India

India now has almost 40 notified tiger reserves spread across the country, from Kaziranga and Manas in the east to Tadoba in the west, from Corbett in the north to Periyar and Bandipur in the south. Even the offbeat Sundarbans to the popular wildlife sanctuaries of Bandhavgarh National Park, Ranthambore, Pench  The big plus point of having so many Tiger reserves is that one can combine and include the nearest one into an India itinerary easily and even those not coming for a wildlife only focused trip, can easily fit in a few days at one India's many National parks.

Having been in the industry for almost 30 years now, I've been lucky to have had a chance to visit quite a few of the Tiger reserves, as well as interact with several wildlife enthusiasts from across the world. The general consensus is that the Tiger is definitely the most regal and majestic of all mammals, and irrespective of how many times one has seen a Tiger, the thrill of spotting a Tiger in the wild, remains and does not diminish with repeated sightings. After a recent trip to Africa, where we saw lions in the wild, I was actually wondering as to whether the Lion actually deserves its title of "King of the Jungle", in my view, and plenty of people actually agreed with me on this, that, the Tiger actually has a larger presence, and greater karishma.

Tiger tourism in India

The Indian wildlife experience is actually very different from the African safari experience, and it is extremely important for travelers to understand this fact. Africa has an abundance of wildlife, so a tourist traveling to lets say, Kruger, is sort of guaranteed sightings of all the big 5, perhaps within the first few hours of entering the reserve, whereas, even in Bandhavgarh, the National Park with a good Tiger population, it is possible to have done half a dozen safaris and still not having sighted the Tiger !! 

Not just the tigers, Indian wildlife tourism also covers sighting of Asiatic Lions, One-horned Rhincoeros, colorful birds including migratpry species, gharials and many other rare species.

In the last couple of months, there had been a lot of uncertainty regarding the opening of the National Parks in the Covid-19 Global Pandemic, which was subject to the decision f the Indian Supreme Court. Fortunately, the Courts did allow the Parks to open, and it is now backing to business as usual. As a consequence of this, there have been some changes in the rules and regulations. The number of vehicles allowed into the Parks has been further curtailed, thereby making advance reservations all the more important, and also, the Central Indian reserves of Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Pench are now completely closed every Wednesday.

One of the other positives in recent times has been the opening of several wildlife resorts  and boutique lodges in the vicinity of the National Parks. Unlike Africa, even the Luxury lodges are not situated within the forests, but are outside, but, there are now a few Jungle lodges and camps in India, that are at par with the finest in the world. In addition to the Taj Safari lodges in Pench, Kanha, and Bandhavgarh, others that stand out are, the Samode Safari Lodge in Bandhavgarh, Singinawa, Flame of the Forest and Shergarh in Kanha, Forsyth’s Lodge in Satpura, and there is, of course, the Sherbagh tented camp in Ranthambhore. 

 


The Best Tiger Safaris in India

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The International Tiger Day on the 29 July is an annual celebration to raise awareness for tiger conservation. And, what better day there could be for learning more about the tigers in India? The Bengal tiger is the most popular species, mainly found in India. Home to nearly 3000 tigers, India is home to almost 70% of the world’s wild tiger count. Spread over 40 different national parks in India, tigers thrive in the country. If you are looking for a tiger safari in India, you ought to choose the best with us. Have the most adventurous and thrilling experience in the Tiger Reserves of India. Here's a guide to the places where you might be lucky enough to spot tigers in the wild.

        1. Bandhavgarh National Park

Central India’s Bandhavgarh National Park has the highest density of tigers. The elusive white tigers were also found here years back. Other animals in the jungle are leopards, sambar, chital, wild boar, wild dog, Indian fox, leopard, bison, blue bull, antelope, nilgai and others.

The ancient Bandhavgarh Fort in the national park hints at its royal past. The ruins of the fortress are now ruled by the tigers and a vantage point to enjoy the view of the sanctuary.

Best Time for Tiger Sighting: October to June but April to June has even better chances. The park remains closed on all Wednesdays.

Safari Timings: 5:30 - 10 AM and 4 - 7 PM

Wildlife resorts in Bandhavgarh: Mahua Kothi, A Taj Safari, The Tiger Den, Kings Lodge, Bandhav Vilas, etc.

Our suggested tours: Tiger Safari, Temples and Tigers, Tiger’s Trail, Tigers of Central India and the Taj Mahal, etc.

        2. Ranthambore National Park

One of the largest tiger sanctuaries in India, Ranthambore National Park has a very high population of tigers, therefore high chances of Sighting tigers. A hunting ground formerly, Ranthambore is a popular tiger reserve. Besides tigers, it is easy to spot jungle cats, Indian fox, crocodiles, leopards, sloth bear, jackals and others.

Ranthambore Fort atop a hill enjoys a scenic view of the jungle. A very interesting resident, the tigress Machli has been the heroine of many wildlife photographers and wildlife enthusiasts. She won lifetime achievement award for being a top tourism attraction and played a grand role in Tiger conservation.

Best Time for Tiger Sighting: October to June is perfect for tiger safaris while April to May is quite popular among wildlife photographers.

Safari Timings: 7 - 10:30 AM and 2:30 - 6 PM

Wildlife resorts in Ranthambore: Nahargarh, Vivanta Sawai Madhopur Lodge, Sher Bagh, The Aman-i-Khas, etc.

Our suggested tours: Golden Triangle with Ranthambore, Royal Rajasthan with Heritage Hotels, India in Style with Ranthambore, etc.

        3. Kanha National Park

The inspiration behind the popular “Jungle Book” of Rudyard Kipling, Kanha National Park is a popular wildlife sanctuary with high chances of tiger sighting. Apart from spotting tigers in the lush meadows, you can find gaur, striped hyena, chinkara, mouse deer, black buck, jackal, porcupine, sambar and others. The wildlife sanctuary in Central India is one of the most popular tiger reserves in India.

Best Time for Tiger Sighting: April to June

Safari Timings: Sunrise to 10 am and from 3:30 pm to sunset

Wildlife resorts in Kanha: Shergarh Resort, Kanha Earth Lodge, Tuli Tiger Resort Kanha, Banjaar Tola, A Taj Safari, etc.

Our suggested tours: Tigers of Central India and Golden Triangle, Tiger Safari, Tiger’s Trail, etc.

        4. Pench National Park

Another treasure in the heart of the country, Pench National Park is a popular haven for tigers. In the lush jungles, especially the lake region, tiger sighting is common. Apart from the royal Bengal tiger, come close to barking deer, hyena, Indian leopard fox, sloth bear, wild boar, wild dog and others.

Best Time for Tiger Sighting: March to June is popular for wildlife photographer while the national park remains close from October to June.

Safari Timings: 7:30 - 10:30 AM and 4 - 6:30 PM (timing changes with season).

Wildlife resorts in Pench: Baghvan, A Taj Safari, Pench Tree Lodge, Pench Jungle Camp, etc.

Our suggested tours: Tiger Safari, Tigers of Central India and Golden Triangle, Tiger’s Trail, Tigers of Central India with Taj Mahal, etc.

        5. Nagarhole National Park

A part of the famous Nilgri Biosphere Reserve, the Nagarahole national park is famous for being a protected habitat for tigers and elephants. The park is also home to leopards, wild boars, sloth bear, bison and more than 250 species of birds.

Best Time for Tiger Sighting: The park remains open from October to June but the best time is from April to June.

Safari Timings: 6 - 8 AM and, from 3 - 5 PM

Wildlife resorts in Nagarhole: The Serai Resorts, Evolve Back, etc.

Our suggested tour: Palaces, Tigers and Beaches of India

        6. Jim Corbett National Park

The oldest national park in India, Jim Corbett National Park is one of the most popular tiger reserves in the country. Located on the mighty foothills of Himalayas, the wildlife sanctuary has a diverse landscape favorable for many wild animals to thrive. The tigers are the star attraction, but there are also sloth bear, goral, fishing cat, leopard, chital, barking deer and others.

Best Time For Tiger Sighting: March to June is favorable for wildlife photographers while the park remains open from October to June.

Safari Timing – 6:30 - 10 AM and, 1:30 - 5:30 PM

Wildlife resorts in Jim Corbett: Infinity Resorts, Corbett The Baagh Spa & Resort, Lemon Tree Premier, Corbett, etc

Our suggested tour: Himalayas and Tigers


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