India

Discover India, one of the most culturally vibrant and diverse countries in the world, and the only place to track the majestic Bengal tigers.

Why Indian safari holidays are truly unique

Why Indian safari holidays are truly unique

India is a true riot for the senses – you will be overwhelmed by colour, sound, taste and the sheer scale of this land which contains over one billion people. The seventh largest country in the world and with several hundred languages, India is dozens of countries in one. Indian holidays explore teeming cities, tropical jungles, awe-inspiring mountain ranges, sandy beaches, symbolic rivers, quiet backwaters, wildlife havens, temperate hill stations and parched deserts; India really does have it all. We do not recommend trying to see all of India in your first visit, instead, choose a region and spend two to three weeks discovering the highlights, saving the rest of India's delights for your next safari in India. 

Once you have fallen for India’s irrepressible charm, you won't be able to resist returning again and again.

WHAT TO EXPECT

WHAT TO EXPECT

Standards can vary greatly in India. Whilst service remains exceptionally high in almost all areas, conditions outside of the larger towns and cities can be considerably more basic and you would do well to expect the unexpected. The legend that all travellers will succumb to Delhi Belly is a myth – but only if the necessary precautions are taken; be careful with street food, wash your hands regularly and only drink bottled water. It is wise to take good care of your valuables in big cities and on train journeys but the majority of Indians possess a genuine friendly curiosity and will merely want to chat with you to learn more about your family and background.

The sheer number of people in the bigger cities can be overwhelming and you may feel personal space is non-existent at times – you may also need to be assertive with persistent touts or merchants – but this is a small price to pay for the wonders which India can offer. Road travel can be challenging at times (cows have right of way & rural roads can be bumpy) but both air and train travel are for the most part efficient and reliable, especially when covering larger distances.

India is traditionally known more for being a cultural destination rather than a wildlife destination. This, however, is far from the truth. With sloth bears, Asian elephants, Asiatic lions, tigers and more, India has a huge amount of wildlife on offer. For further information on tiger safaris, please visit best time to see tigers

A vast land of contrasts

India is a land of stark contrasts; discover for yourself how the frenetic and fast-developing cities differ from the rest of the country, where the way of life has remained virtually the same for centuries. The sheer ornate beauty of India’s palaces contrast strongly with the simple rural homes of the majority of her citizens. It is no secret that India contains some of the world’s richest people, as well as some of her poorest, but it is this very contrast which is so fascinating, making India one of the most culturally rich and enthralling safari holiday destinations in the world.

 

Although India's national parks may be busier, and wildlife a little more sparse, than their African counterparts, Indian safaris offer something different altogether. Track majestic tigers, look out for sloth bears and spotted deer, keep your eyes peeled for over 1,000 species of bird and perhaps even spot Indian rhino, Asiatic lions and Asian leopards.

 

Although you won’t find such dense wildlife as in Africa, India has some thrilling wildlife encounters to combine perfectly with its vibrant culture.

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Why book with us

We are destination specialists

Our team of specialists have extensive on-the-ground knowledge and have all lived, guided or explored in great detail the destinations that they sell. They will design your journey around you, at the right place at the right time.

We are wildlife specialists

As a leading specialist operator we have excellent partnerships with naturalists and conservationists. We know our wildlife and do what we can to preserve its natural habitat.

We really care about our destinations

At Natural World Safaris we frequently monitor the social, economic and environmental impact of our travel operations to ensure we are at the forefront of a sustainable and ethical tourism industry. 

Talk to one of our specialists for further details on travelling to India.