My India Wildlife Experience
My India experience started with a 4 hour wait for Visas in Victoria, but definitely do not let this put you off, a tiger safari in India is well worth doing! Having flown into a rather fog (well smog)-laden Delhi, our first destination was the heavily-populated City of Agra and the magnificent Taj Mahal. It lived up to expectations – beautiful, majestic and commanding, set surprisingly on a river bank and in the centre of the City. It is crowded but nothing to worry about – my best recommendation though is to visit the much less busy “Mini Taj Mahal”, an absolutely beautiful building set on the opposite river bank with the most incredible wall paintings. Agra itself is a busy town and you need to be ready for culture-shock. Its bustling, manic, dirty, noisy (endless horn-hooting) and with livestock absolutely everywhere, it really is rather over-whelming. But if you take it for what it is and accept the most incredible sights you will no doubt see, it is not only enjoyable, it will leave a lasting impression of Indian city life. Try not be offended by the amount of staring you are going to encounter and the vast amount of photos that may be taken of you, I think that perhaps the locals are as mesmerised by you as you are by them and their beautiful city.
Our next stop was Agra train station for our overnight train to the tiger reserves. Biggest recommendation here is to book first-class, you will no doubt appreciate it. On arrival in Katni and after negotiating the over-crowded and heaving train station, a 4-hour drive got us to the first of our tiger reserves – Bandhavgarh, arguably the better and most beautiful of the two we visited. Our accommodation here was at the superb Treehouse Hideaway and I honestly can’t fault anything.
The staff, food and property itself are absolutely wonderful and judging by feedback we got of other properties in the area, this is definitely the place to stay.