In this section we present a few carefully crafted dream journeys that you can enjoy with your friends and family.
The diversity of Indian Wildlife is not secondary to its African counterpart, perhaps superior in many ways. No wonder it is among the 17 mega diverse countries which has about 60-70% of bio-diversity on the planet. One cannot discount the heterogeneity of habitat. The Western ghats, and Himalayan regions are the gems of our rich heritage. Some very successful conservation programmes like, the Project Tiger, Project Elephant, Project Rhino, have ensured not only survival but we can safely say thriving population of many species in our Eco-system. In more than 100 national parks, 500 wildlife sanctuaries, India has the largest population of Royal Bengal Tigers in the wild, which happens to be our umbrella and Super Star species. Not lagging far behind are Asiatic Lions endemic to India, Asian ELephants, One Horned Rhinos, Snow Leopards, Himalayan Black Bears, and we are proud to be home to more than 1200 bird species. Depending on your interest we can tailor the programme.
When you come to see Wildlife, it is but natural that you would want to create memories and keep them for life. Digital cameras, camcorders have made life a bit easy. But it is not only superior equipment that will get you exceptional images, also it is relevant to remember that wildlife gives you few moments only to get the right frames. There are other factors equally important to your equipment, like, your reflexes, your knowledge of the subject you are photographing. But all this will not be much of help if the guide and driver in the vehicle are not used to handling photographers. I (Sharad Vats) realised this 2 decades back when i started my journey into Wildlife photography and did the first Tiger Photographic Safari for our guests. Our guides and drivers have handled amateur, serious amateur, and professional photographers in the past and they know how to maneouvre the vehicle well. In this journey you will make plenty of photographs that you will be proud to showcase to your friends and family.
Despite the human and cattle pressure on the Tiger Reserves the Tiger population has increased by over 30% in last 5 years. This implies that your chances of Tiger sightings have considerably improved if you pick the right park, with right people at the right time. We organise Tiger tours to popular parks, and less touristy parks. The tours to former are for those who wish to see their first Tiger in the wild, and the later for those who have seen Tigers, and now wish to spend more leisure time with Tigers in the wild. Though a Tiger sighting is never guaranteed and we believe that one must do a safari with an open mind, and enjoy the various Tiger reserves of India in totality, and at some point in time the Tiger will show up. With my (Sharad Vats) 25 years experience of doing safaris in India, i can assure you that there is only one Tiger expert, Tiger himself. Hence no guarantees of a Tiger sighting, but full committment that we will give our 100% to make it worthwhile for you.
These tour gives you a blend of nature with luxury. With Luxury here we do not mean only the comforts, but also an experience. The location of these Luxury Camps and Lodges we choose for you is awe-inspiring and that will be matched with legendary Indian Hospitality. With unfaltering interiors which will be downright simple, and perhaps with local art interspersed, these Camps and Lodges will be remembered as long as you remember the Tiger Safaris you did in the National Parks of India. Coziness inside and wilderness outside these Jungle Lodges utmost care is taken to keep them seperate, but merging well. The calling of Common Hawk Cuckoo, the sound of wind flowing against the canvas of your tent, butterflies outside your window, falling of water in your open shower, are sounds of nature you will cherish for eternity. If you so desire we can also provide you accommodation where the comforts might be basic, but exquisite locations. We believe that concept is luxury, and simplicity is the sophistication in these Luxury Wildlife Expeditions. .
India a land of 100 problems with 1 billion solutions-- Nobel laureate Mr Kailash Satyarthi, and how true. In these tours, we will first want to know your interests, and then provide you a programme fulfilling the same. If your choice is some charismatic and endangered species in India, then you have Tiger, Great Indian Bustard, Gharials, Snow Leopards, and Blue Whales to choose from. If it is the Architecture of Magadh, Rajputs, Mughal, Colonial or Ancient India, then there is plenty to see. If your inclination is towards Cuisines, Cotton, or Cricket then again you will be spoilt for choices. Academics and Education, then we have what the world came to see, Nalanda, Shantiniketan, Banaras Hindu University. A land where religion mixes like birds in the sky, should you want to study the origin of Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, India is the place, intentionally Hinduism is left out, as it is way of life here, not a religion. Hinduism is acceptance of one and all, experience this in Varanasi and Rishikesh.
Blessed with an incredible diversity of birds, environments and cultures India offers an intense spectrum of avian riches to prospective birders. With more than 1300 species recorded in India, forty two are endemic, and almost righty are globally threatened. India hosts some 12.5% of the world's birds and nearly half of those of oriental region. A serious birdwatcher will not have a respite of few minutes while outdoors, any tree he looks at, the street light wires and poles, in the fields while driving on highways, near rivers, drains, and settlements while journeying in a train, everywhere you see birds of different sizes, colors, and calls. Simultaneously we have sites, and sanctuaries for the amateur bird watchers to convert them into serious bird watchers. Places like Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary, can even get a novice interested in birds. Variety to choose from can be spoiling, from HImalayan region, to dessert, to marshes, to swamps, riverine, and woodland birds, the list is endless.
There are occassions on a safari, when you sight a Tiger and the camera stops functioning, or your memory cards go full, or two Elephants lock their trunks, and your angle is not right, direction of light is against you. There are three important aspects here, you and your equipment, the animal you are photographing, and us. While no guarantees on how the animal will show up from which direction, but our guides and drivers will still anticipate the same and get you the best possible position to take a shot of your life. If you wish to hire some serious equipment, like the tele lenses or high end cameras we can assist you on the same. You need not carry the tripods, gimble heads etc, all this can be organised on chargeable basis for you. We will also provide you assistance to carry your equipment if you so desire during the ardous Snow Leopards expeditions, or when you are walking during a birding safari. We will provide take you to right places, at right time of the year, with right guides, all you will be required to do is CLICK.
Four major religions of the world were born in India, namely, Jainism, Sikhism, Budhism, and need not mention HIndusim. India is also a country with a huge population of Mulims as well. It is hence but logical that there are spots, and sites pious to each religion. What is note worthy is that there is huge tolerance, acceptance, and sharing of each other's religions in India. Land of Ramayana and Mahabharata, in India street of India if you walk at 6am, for sure you will hear the Temple bells, or the Azaan from the Mosques even earlier. Towns like Rishikesh, Varanasi, Sarnath, Bodh Gaya, Ajmer Sharief, Hemkund Sahib, Somnath, and Shirdi which are very popular and packed with pilgrims round the year. Saints, like Guru Nanak, Kabir, Ramakrishna Paramahansa, Mahavtar Babaji, Paramahansa Yoganandaji, Anandamyi Maa, Ramanna Maharishi, have followers in millions. It is also said, that Jesus lived in India in the years beteen 14-28yrs of his life. So, come, experience Spiritual India along with nature.
These are the most popular tours. A perfect combination to experiene what India is all about. Most commonly hear of the Taj, Temples and Tigers tours are a part of this group. The varied bio-diversity in the national parks waiting to be explored alongwith the wonders of the world like the Taj Mahal, many other architectural marvels. Visit to India is never complete if you have not experienced the pilgrimage sites here. The evening Arati Haridwar will transfix you, if not, then the evening boat ride on the Ganges in Varanasi will sure transform you. Experience the densely populated market of Chandni Chowk in the walled city of Old Delhi, which has been around for 3 centureies, visited once by merchants from Turkey, China and Holland. Irresitible and delicious street food here will make you indulge here. World's largest street book market, more than a mile long is in Daryaganj, find the out of print classics, to the latest IT books here at just half the price. Many such facts about India are not yet listed in big travel guides, experience it through us.
We offers experiences where wildlife and conservation of communities and their livelihoods blend together. These trips can be designed as dedicated eco tours or can be woven into a wildlife or any of our special interest tour. The Tiger and Tribes tour of Central India can be an eye opener. To see how the eco-tourism benefits the local communities, and makes it self sustainable will be an insight into the efforts being made by the Government and some NGO's. There is always scope for more, and efforts are currently on to conserve collectively. The eco tourism itineraries are well planned and researched taking care to match our abilities and demonstrating excellent knowledge of the flora and fauna. How less is the fossil fuel used in rural India is seen to be believed. While the cities generate tonnes of waste and plastic, villages on the other hand are almost plastic free even today. How wastage is directly related to lifestyle can be seen in the cities and villages of India. Surely a land of contrasts like no other on this planet.