Welcome to our Big Cats of India Tour. Although famous for the endangered Bengal Tiger, India is also home to Leopard and is the last remaining home of the rare Asiatic Lion. On this unique tour, we provide you with exceptional opportunities to spot all three of these beautiful cats over 14 wildlife safaris across three states of North and Central India.
Although we focus on the cats and wildlife of India visiting National parks and wildlife rich regions, on this trip, we introduce you so some remarkable British, Portuguese, Rajput & Moghul heritage as well with time in cities and towns along the way. This is an incredible and truly original tour of India, one you do not want to miss. From Mumbai, via the western states of Gujarat and Rajasthan, the Land of Kings, we visit the wondrous Taj Mahal and Agra’s Moghul monuments before heading south to the diverse state of Maharashtra.
Maximum Group Size: 10
Fully Escorted by: Deb Kindness of Incredible Indian Tours, who has been travelling and leading tours throughout the subcontinent since 1993.
Wildlife Naturalist: Mike Luck of Mike Luck Wildlife and Safari Now Consulting will be joining you on this unique wildlife experience.
Accommodation: 19 nights hotels (4 star or Heritage)
Transport: Airport Transfers, Domestic Flights, Private vehicle (Minibus)
Meals: 8 dinners, 19 breakfasts, 7 lunches
Entrance Fees: Included for all sites and national parks visited as part of the itinerary
Cost: From US$ tba Per Person Twin Share (Optional Single Supplement available. Please check the dossier for more info)
Day 1 Mumbai
Arrival Day. No group activities today. In the evening there will be a welcome meeting before dinner.
Day 2 Mumbai
A day of sightseeing in Mumbai: The Taj Mahal Hotel, Dhobighats, VT Station, markets and Chowpatty beach.
Day 3 Diu
We fly to Diu and spend the afternoon exploring the surreal Portuguese architecture, fort and laidback town.
Days 4-5 Sasan Gir
Sasan Gir is the only place left in the world to see the Asiatic Lion. With four safari’s here, we are likely to have some good sightings of this beautiful animal, who’s numbers have doubled in recent years.
Day 6 Ahmedabad
We have another morning safari before taking an afternoon train to fascinating Ahmedabad.
Days 7-8 Udaipur
After a morning in Ahmedabad where we undertake the unique Heritage Walk in the old city, currently under consideration to become a World Heritage city by UNESCO, we drive 4 hours to Udaipur.
On day 8 we have a full day to explore this jewel of a town, the Lake City, named the No. 1 tourist destination in the world in recent years.
Days 9-10 Pali
After our relaxing stay in Udaipur, we head north west into rural Rajasthan. You will have the opportunity to take four safaris in the Aravali Hills where leopards are commonly spotted. Although the most elusive of the big cats, leopards are often seen in this district and chances are very good for some quality sightings.
Day 11 Jodhpur
Heading on into the heart of the Thar Desert, we explore the remarkable Mehrangarh Fort and Blue City of Jodhpur.
Days 12-13 Jaipur
We travel eastwards to Jaipur, the colourful Pink City, and capital of Rajasthan, you will have the opportunity to see the stunning heritage of the Maharajahs of Amer and the beautiful planned city of Jaipur.
Days 14-16 Ranthambore
More than the other big cats, the Tiger is the symbol of India and Ranthambore National Park is arguably the best reserve to see Tigers. Six safaris here will provide plenty of chances for tiger sightings.
Day 17 Agra
After a morning safari, our last chance for tiger sightings, we take an afternoon train to Bharatpur, from there transferring the 60km to Agra, which we reach by late afternoon.
Days 18-19 Delhi
No trip to North India is complete without visiting the truly wondrous Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders and arguably the most beautiful building ever built by man.
After a dawn visit to the Taj, we visit the stunning Agra Fort, built over a one hundred years by four successive Moghul Emperors. Later in the day, we drive to Delhi.
On day 19 we have a full day of sightseeing, including New and Old Delhi.
Day 20 Departure Day
We take an evening flight back to Delhi from where you can connect to your onward flight.