India - On the Tiger Trail Tour

Explore India’s Prime Tiger Reserves and National Parks

On the Tiger Trail Tour

On the Tiger Trail Tour

Immerse yourself in an exhilarating adventure carefully crafted to enhance your chances of captivating wild tiger encounters.

This thoughtfully designed itinerary delves deep into India's prime tiger reserves and national parks, ensuring ample time to witness these majestic creatures in their natural splendour. Nestled within the rustic heartlands of India, these untamed habitats boast lush foliage, meandering river systems, and tranquil lakes teeming with wildlife, creating an idyllic haven for both wildlife enthusiasts and avid bird-watchers alike. As an enchanting cultural interlude, marvel at the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal and the extraordinary Khajuraho temples, adding a captivating dimension to your journey.

The highlights of this 16 day tour include Ranthambore National Park, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, the glorious old Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri and a visit to the Taj Mahal in the early morning. You will also enjoy an overnight train ride south to Jabalpur, Kanha National Park and a stay in Bandhavgarh, another prime tiger-spotting location.

We think that this could be the ultimate Indian tiger adventure!

Day 1 – Arrive Delhi
Arrive at the international airport of Delhi. After a traditional 'Swagat' (Welcome) our representative will assist you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free to relax or can explore the nearby market area.
Overnight Hotel (B)

Day 2 – Delhi and a train to Swai Madhopur
Today we start with a half day sightseeing tour of Delhi. We start with Jama Masjid, which is the principal mosque of Old Delhi in India, commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, it is the largest and best-known mosque in India. Rajghat - the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, drive past India gate and Government buildings and later visit Humayun's tomb, the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun's first wife Bega Begum in 1569-70, and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, a Persian architect chosen by Bega Begum. After lunch, we will be transferred to the Railway station to catch the train to Swai Madhopur. On arrival we will transfer to Ranthambore National Park and check into the hotel.
Overnight Hotel (BD)

Day 3 – Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore National Park is in Sawai Madhopur District of Rajasthan state and it holds one of the largest populations of tigers. There are other wildlife highlights here as well, such as several species of monkey, deer, and crocodiles. The birdlife includes purple heron, kingfishers, cormorants, parakeets, Jacanda, waders and partridges. We hope to get an evening game drive in the park. There are two choices of vehicle for going on the tiger safari, an all-wheel drive jeep called a "Gypsy" (which seats up to 6 visitors) or 16 or 20 seater safari bus called a "Canter", a large open truck.
Overnight Hotel (BD)

Day 4 – Ranthambore National Park
We have two game drives in the park in search of tigers and other wildlife. We return back to the hotel after 1st game drive and have lunch and a break during the heat of the day before our second drive in the afternoon.
Overnight Hotel (BD)

Day 5 – Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
This morning after breakfast we drive to Bharatpur (Distance: 220Km approx. / 4 – 5hrs drive) and check-in to the hotel. Then we visit the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary also known as Keoladeo National Park. This is a famous avifauna sanctuary that can see thousands of rare and highly endangered birds such as the Siberian Crane come here during the winter season. Over 230 species of birds are known to have made the National Park their home. Migratory birds at Bharatpur bird sanctuary include, several species of Cranes, Pelicans, Geese, Ducks, Eagles, Hawks, Shanks, Stints, Wagtails, Warblers, Wheatears, Flycatchers, Buntings, Larks and Pipits.
Overnight Hotel (B)

Day 6 – Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Agra and Fatehpur Sikri
The best time to visit Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is first thing, so it is an early start today. We come back to hotel and have breakfast before the drive to Agra (Distance: 70km approx.I 1.5 – 2hrs drive). En-route we will visit Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted royal city constructed by the Mughal Emperor Akbar. This impressive and well-preserved citadel served as the political capital of India's Mughal Empire under Akbar's reign, from the year 1571 until 1585. But this magnificence only lasted 14 years, as in 1585 Akbar left Fatehpur Sikri abandoned due to lack of water. We continue our drive to Agra and upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.
Overnight Hotel (B)

Day 7 – Taj Mahal and overnight train to Jabalpur
At sunrise, we will visit the beautiful white marble Taj Mahal (closed on every Friday). The Taj Mahal is a symbol of eternal love which stands on the banks of River Yamuna, built by the 5th Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is serenely beautiful and never fails to amaze a first time visitor. We also visit Agra Fort, whose mighty red sandstone walls enclose the beautiful white marble Pearl Mosque. Later, we will transfer to AGra railway station to catch overnight train to Jabalpur.
Overnight train (B)

Day 8 – Kanha National Park
Once our train reaches Jabalpur railway station, we will then drive by towards Kanha National Park.(Distance: 165Km | 3.5 – 4.5hrs drive). Kanha National Park is one of the biggest parks in Madhya Pradesh. The park has a significant population of Royal Bengal tiger, leopards, the sloth bear, as well as Barasingha and Indian wild dog. The lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines of Kanha provided inspiration to Rudyard Kipling for his famous novel “Jungle Book". Upon arrival, check into the hotel and the rest of the day is free to relax.
Overnight Hotel (BLD)

Day 9 – Kanha National Park Game Drives
Today we will have two game drives into the park, hoping to spot tiger. It is an ealry start as this is a great time to be in the park to track the tigers and other wildlife. You will return to the hotel in the morning and there is then time to relax. We have a break during the heat of the day before our second tiger game drive in the late afternoon.
Overnight Hotel  (BLD)

Day 10 – Kanha National Park Game Drives
Yesterday was so good, we thought we would do the same today! We have another two game drives, broken up with time to relax at your hotel.
Overnight Hotel  (BLD)

Day 11 – Bandhavgarh National Park
Enjoy breakfast before we drive to Bandhavgarh National Park (Distance: 250Km approx. | 5 - 6hrs drive). Upon arrival check into our hotel and have the rest of the day free to relax. Bandhavgarh National Park is the most popular of the national parks in India, located in the Vindhya Hills of the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh. This area of Bandhavgarh is flourshing with biodiversity and is famed as having the highest density of tiger population in India. Similarly, the park also has the largest breeding population of leopards as well as various species of deer.
Overnight Hotel  (BLD)

Day 12 – Bandhavgarh National Park
Today we have two game drives into the park. Will we see tiger, leopard or maybe both? As you will know by now, it is an early start if you want to see the best wildlife! We wake up early and will return to the hotel in the morning with time to relax before seting of out again in the late afternoon.
Overnight Hotel  (BLD)

Day 13 – Morning and Evening Game Drives
Another day to enjoy Bandhavgarh National Park and all of its special charms. This is the 'On the Tiger Trail Tour' after all.
Overnight Hotel  (BLD)

Day 14 – Khajuraho
Our journey continues as we drive to Khajuraho (Distance: 280Km approx. | 5.5 – 6.5hrs drive). Khajuraho is a small town located in the Madhya Pradesh and is famous for groups of Hindu and Jain temples. These temples have been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for their beautiful and erotic rock carvings. Of the area’s 85 original temples, 22 are still reasonably well preserved. With a few exceptions they are constructed of hard river sandstone. Both internally and externally the temples are richly carved with excellent sculptures that are frequently sensual and, in some instances, sexually explicit.
Overnight Hotel (B)

Day 15 – Khajuraho and the train to Delhi
In the morning we will visit the Khajuraho temples. Built between 950 – 1050A.D, during the Chandela dynasty of Central India, on every temple there is a depiction. This ranges from royalty, armies, wrestling, kinship, war, courtship, marriage, lovemaking, music and dancing, spiritual teachings, union, meditation, bliss, gods, goddesses, plants, animals and an abundance of all human forms. Later we drive to Jhansi to catch the day express train to Delhi and on arrival check into the hotel and relax.
Overnight Hotel (B)

Day 16 – Goodbye India
This is the end of the On the Tiger Trail Tour as today, you will be transferred to the airport to board the flight for your onward destination.

Get in touch with Our Local Tour to book the On the Tiger Trail Tour

Departure Dates
This is a private tour and can be arranged for any departure date between October and March. Contact us for further tour information, including flight options and pre and post tour accommodation.

3 Star* Hotel option from £2345 per person (based on two people sharing a twin/double room)
4 Star* Hotel option from £2595 per person (based on two people sharing a twin/double room)

This tour can also be arranged designed just for you. Get in touch to find out more.

*Indian Star Classification

Included in the On the Tiger Trail Tour

  • 14 Nights hotel accommodations in Indian standard 3 or 4 star hotels or similar on bed & breakfast basis at Delhi, Bharatpur, Agra & Khajuraho hotels, at Ranthambore breakfast and dinner included and at Kanha & Bandhavgarh all meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) included.
  • 1 overnight train journey in 2 tier AC Sleeper class for journey between Agra to Jabalpur.
  • 2 train journeys in AC Chair Car for journeys between Delhi to Sawai Madhopur & Jhansi to Delhi.
  • All monument entrances as per the sightseeing mentioned in above itinerary.
  • 4 safaris by shared Canter at Ranthambore National Park, accompanied with forest guard guides.
  • 4 exclusive Jeep safaris at Kanha, accompanied with forest guard guides.
  • 4 exclusive Jeep safaris at Bandhavgarh, accompanied with forest guard guides.
  • English speaking local guide for city tour as per the sightseeing mentioned in the above itinerary.
  • Transport by AC vehicle with driver, as per the group size, including fuel and road taxes for the whole trip including journey, sightseeing and arrival / departure transfers as per the itinerary.

Not Included in the On the Tiger Trail Tour

  • International travel to the start and end point - contact us for information and flight options.
  • Any airport taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any visa requirements
  • Alcoholic Drinks and Drinks not mentioned
  • Any Photography and Video fees;
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips for drivers and guides

India Information

Government Travel Safety Advice

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK citizens, check the latest Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advice. Please refer to the COVID-19 entry requirements page for any country-specific conditions of entry.

Visa and Passport Information
Passport validity - To avoid problems at immigration, make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from your date of entry into India. Your passport must also:

  • be machine-readable
  • have 2 blank pages for your visa

Foreign nationals who arrive at an Indian port holding non-machine-readable passports will be denied entry. Carriers who transport foreign passengers holding non-machine-readable passports may be subject to a fine.

Visas - Apply for the right type of visa for the purpose of your travel. You need a visa to travel to India, unless you are an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholder. India has a number of visa categories. Make sure you get the right visa for the purpose and duration of your travel. Penalties for having the wrong visa can include refusal of entry or deportation. This may also include not being allowed to enter India in the future. For latest information on Indian visas and immigration requirements, see the eFRROBureau of Indian Immigration and Ministry of External Affairs websites.

Applying for a visa or e-visa

Find out how to apply for a visa from the Indian Bureau of Immigration. Depending on your requirements you may be able to apply for:

Check your eligibility and any restrictions before you apply and allow plenty of time for your application to be processed. There is more information from the High Commission of India in London.

Applicants of Pakistani origin

Applicants of Pakistani origin who hold dual British-Pakistan nationality must apply for an Indian visa on their Pakistani passport. If you have renounced your Pakistani nationality or cancelled your Pakistani passport, you will need to submit documentary proof of this. The processing time for visa applications from applicants of Pakistani origin, people holding dual British-Pakistan nationality, or people holding a National Identity Card for overseas Pakistanis (NICOP), will be substantially longer than other visa applications. More information is available from the High Commission of India in London.

At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the latest country-specific health advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) on the TravelHealthPro website. Each country-specific page has information on vaccine recommendations, any current health risks or outbreaks, and factsheets with information on staying healthy abroad. Guidance is also available from NHS (Scotland) on the FitForTravel website.

The legal status and regulation of some medicines prescribed or purchased in the UK can be different in other countries. If you’re travelling with prescription or over-the-counter medicine, read this guidance from NaTHNaC on best practice when travelling with medicines.

Emergency medical number - Dial 112 and ask for an ambulance. Contact your insurance or medical assistance company promptly if you’re referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Air pollution - Severe air pollution is a major hazard to public health, especially during the winter months (October to February). North Indian cities are most affected by extremely high levels of pollution. Children, the elderly, and those with pre-existing medical conditions may be especially affected. If you’re pregnant or have a respiratory or heart condition you may wish to consult a medical practitioner before you travel. More information about outdoor air quality is available from TravelHealthPro (from the UK’s National Travel Health Network and Centre).

Mosquito-borne diseases like dengue fever occur all year round. There has been an increase in the number of cases of dengue fever, including in New Delhi.

Altitude sickness - Altitude sickness is a risk in parts of north and northeast India, including mountainous regions in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Ladakh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, and West Bengal. Certain southern India states, like Kerala and Tamil Nadu, also contain high altitude regions. More information about altitude sickness is available from TravelHealthPro (from the UK’s National Travel Health Network and Centre).

What to bring on the Hills and Backwaters of Kerala Tour


Lightweight, casual, non-synthetic clothing (cotton and natural fibers are best) which appropriately cover the body, when in the company of the local communities. Please understand local customs and religious requirements relating to dress codes. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but it needs to be respectful.

The ideal footwear would be walking shoes or boots and sandals.

Luggage while on your tour
Please allow yourself one main piece of luggage and a day-sack. Remember, you are expected to carry your own baggage, so don't overload yourself, a soft wheely bag may be easier to manage than a suit case.

We recommend a sunhat, suncream, a torch, insect repellent and a reusable waterbottle. A power adapter for phones, laptops, etc. 

Local Laws and Custom
There may be serious legal penalties for doing something which may not be illegal in the UK. You should also be aware that in some areas there may be an expectation that people dress more modestly.

Alcohol laws and bans
Laws on alcohol, including buying, drinking and the legal drinking age, vary by state. It is an offence to drink alcohol in public places. In some states, foreign nationals and non-resident Indians can buy 30-day alcohol permits. There is often a ban on the sale of alcohol during major religious festivals, national holidays and elections.

Alcohol is banned in:

  • Bihar
  • Gujarat
  • Mizoram
  • Nagaland
  • the region of Lakshadweep
  • Manipur

If you drink or possess alcohol in these states, you could be arrested without bail. Charges can carry a sentence of 5 to 10 years.

Smoking and e-cigarette bans
Smoking is banned in most public places. You should only smoke in designated smoking areas. E-cigarettes and related products are banned. You will be unable to buy e-cigarettes in India or bring them into the country.

Illegal drugs and prison sentences
Do not get involved with any illegal drugs. Drugs are not categorised into Class A, B and C, unlike in the UK. There is a minimum sentence of 6 months for possession of small amounts deemed for personal consumption only. A 10-year sentence for possession of other amounts applies. The judicial process is slow and trials with detention lasting several years are normal.

Using cameras and binoculars in secure areas
Activities involving cameras and binoculars, like photography, bird-watching or plane spotting, may be misunderstood. Be particularly careful near military sites, government buildings, airports and railway stations.

Satellite phones and listening devices
It is illegal to possess and operate satellite phones in India without a licence. British nationals have been arrested for bringing them into the country without prior permission. You can contact the Indian Department of Telecommunication to request a licence. You may also need prior permission from the Indian authorities to bring equipment like listening or recording devices, radio transmitters, powerful cameras or binoculars into India. You can ask the High Commission of India in London for advice.

Customs rules
There are strict rules about goods that can be brought into and taken out of India. You must declare anything that may be prohibited or subject to tax or duty.

In India, the currency is the Rupee. Because the Rupee is non-convertible it cannot be taken out of India, so you cannot get currency before you travel. You can change money at the airport, in banks and large hotels. ATMs are available too, especially in more established resorts. While Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted, we recommend you check with your card provider about what fees they charge for transactions abroad. These vary considerably and can add up over the course of your holiday. There may also be limits on how much cash you can withdraw during a 24-hour period, so check you will be able to take out enough to cover your needs.

If you’re visiting India, you can bring cash, travellers’ cheques (in pounds sterling or another foreign currency) or a bank card with you and exchange or withdraw rupees once in India. You must declare any amount above 5,000 US dollars in notes, or 10,000 US dollars in notes and travellers’ cheques combined.

Weather in India
Being such a vast country there is always a good time to visit one region of India. However, for most people, the best time to visit India is between October and March, when the weather is more likely to be warm, sunny, and dry. During this time, the north offers clear blue skies. However, December and January are much cooler, with potential fog, while the higher Himalaya can be very cold, but with clearer mountain views. Increasing temperatures in April and May can result in excellent value trips, but you can expect high humidity and thunderstorms. Ladakh, located in the far north, is most accessible between June and September, when the rest of the country experiences monsoon season. The best time to visit India’s southern states is from November onward, once the monsoon has ended.

The Indian tourist board has an excellent breakdown of where to go and when -

Internet Availability
Check with your provider before travel if your current package will cover 3G/4G and mobile data in India. Coverage is relatively good throughout the country and you can easily access the internet from your smartphone. You can also purchase an Indian sim card to that will give you data to check your emails and browse the web or even watch videos. Prices and plans have changed a lot and you can get Airtel internet (3 GB per day) for 30 days for only 600 rupees using 4G network. All the main Indian mobile providers give this service with a few changes in price or capacity. Internet cafes are also still very common.

In India the power sockets used are of type C, type D, and type M.

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