India: Saving Tigers

Explore India's natural wonders on this dynamic family adventure that includes learning to be a junior naturalist with stays in luxury tented camps. Track tigers and sloth bears and so much more.

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India: Saving Tigers Precious Journeys®

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Safari Tours


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Family Travel

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12 Days

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  • New copyBegin this journey with a unique and special experience as you explore Dharavi, known as the ‘largest slum in Asia,’ where you will discover much more than poverty as you learn about a kindergarten, a community center  and a spirit to make a positive impact
  • Spend two full days exploring Tadoba National Park, a Project Tiger Reserve that recent estimates indicate currently has about 64 Bengal tigers living in this rich jungle as well as leopard, sloth bear, gaur (Indian bison), rusty spotted cat, spotted deer and sambar
  • Savor a night spent in a star bed on stilts, also called Machaan, to experience one night under the Indian sky,  star gazing or looking out for nocturnal wildlife
  • At Satpura National Park, you and your family have the opportunity to participate in the Junior Naturalist Program, which is spread over three days, and is designed for children (and interested adults), who want to learn about the jungle to gain greater enjoyment and understanding of any wilderness
  • Spend the night in luxury tented camps and go on jungle safaris in the mornings and afternoons in search of tigers, deer, bison and more

Day 1: Mumbai, India
On arrival in Mumbai and after clearing customs and immigration, you are welcomed by our representative, who will escort you to your hotel. Mumbai was given by Portuguese as dowry to Charles II of England when he married Catherine. In the 17th century, the group of seven islands was leased to the East India Company, which in turn offered freedom to work and worship to persons who came and settled here. Initially a few Parsis and Gujarati came but soon a sizeable population began to thrive here. Today, people from all over the country and, indeed, the world, have settled here, making this a multi-lingual and multi-cultural international city. The Leela

Day 2: Mumbai
Today you are in for a unique and special experience in Dharavi, known by many as the 'largest slum in Asia.'  But you will discover much more than poverty here in this historic area of Mumbai. Dharavi is the heart of small-scale industry and have an annual turnover of approximately US$665 million. This morning, you will see a wide range of small businesses in action, including recycling, pottery and embroidery makers, a soap factory, leather tanning, and bakeries and poppadum, a thin round crisp Indian bread, fried or roasted and served with curry, making. These shops and factories are often created in innovative ways using very small spaces.  When passing through the residential areas, you will likely feel a sense of community and spirit that exists here. People from all regions of India live here, and this diversity is apparent in the temples, mosques and churches that stand side by side. You will also learn about a community center and a kindergarten school that offer free classes to the children of Dharavi. The adults also learn at the community center, which focuses on English and computers.  A tour through Dharavi's narrow alleys is an extraordinary adventure that will surprise you. We believe your family will come to understand the powerful sense of the purpose and determination that exists here.  The Leela (B,L,D)

Day 3: Mumbai / Nagpur / Tadoba National Park
Early this morning, you are transferred to the airport for a flight to Nagpur. Upon arrival, drive to Tadoba National Park, about three hours. Tadoba is a Project Tiger Reserve. Recent estimates indicate about 64 Bengal tigers live in this rich jungle spread over 625 square kilometers/241 square miles. You will likely see some of these magnificent animals as well as wild dogs. The park also hosts leopard, sloth bear, gaur (Indian bison), rusty spotted cat, spotted deer, sambar, wild pig, and more. More than 195 species of birds make the park home and include crested serpent eagle, honey buzzard, paradise flycatcher, and grey-headed fishing eagle. This afternoon, you set out on a jungle safari in a 4x4 open jeep accompanied by resident naturalist and forest guide.The lodge offers an immersive jungle safari experience. It has luxurious air conditioned suites with elegant bathrooms, premium bedding, in-room amenities (TV, mini-fridge, coffee/tea maker, etc.), sofas in each suite, private outdoor veranda, and more.  Swasara Jungle Lodge at Tadoba (B,L,D) 

Days 4/5: Tadoba National Park
Over the next two days, you settle into the rhythm of morning and afternoon safaris in the company of a resident naturalist and forest guide. Svasara Jungle Lodge is located barely 300 yards from Tadoba's Kolara Gate. Svasara is a conservation focused wilderness lodge and as part of its sustainability initiatives, the lodge employs a large number, nearly 80%, of their team from local villages around the park, including guides, housekeeping staff, cooks and gardens. In addition to the full-time team members, the lodge also supports local gypsy operators who provide the safari jeeps, artisans and farmers. The lodge’s naturalists offer ongoing training programs for forest guides to learn about different flora and fauna species found in Tadoba; improve their communication skills; and educate them regarding conservation related issues such as anti-poaching steps that the guides can take. Safaris include packed snacks/meals and water. Other outdoor activities include lakeside sunset picnics, nature walks. Swasara Jungle Lodge at Tadoba (B,L,D) 

Day 6: Tadoba National Park / Pench National Park
After breakfast, you travel to Pench National Park, about six hours away in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Upon arrival check-in to the lodge situated in the village of Jamtara, near the park. It has 12 luxury tents surrounded by tall Arjuna trees and an ancient banyan rooted on a dry riverbed. Each tent room overlooks the forest, a perfect backdrop for this jungle experience. Although, these are tented rooms, the bathroom has been made into a permanent structure for the comfort of the guests. Here you have the opportunity to sleep in a star bed, also called Machaan. This allows you to experience one night under the starry sky. Set up on stilts, the star bed can accommodate two adults and two small children. From star gazing to looking out for nocturnal wildlife, it will be a night to remember. The star bed is set up on one of the villager’s farms with a large percentage of the proceeds going to the villager. The star bed must be requested during booking and is subject to availability for one out of the nights you are there. A guard will be present below and in the morning when you are ready to be taken back to the main lodge, the guard will escort you back.  This evening, you enjoy a jungle safari in 4x4 vehicle. Jamtara Wilderness Camp (B,L,D) 

Days 7/8: Pench National Park
Pench Tiger Reserve and this area is thought to be the original setting of Rudyard Kipling's most famous work, The Jungle Book. This park is also known for water rafting. It is the 19th Project Tiger Reserve and has remained one of the best-kept secrets among wildlife enthusiasts, who have long been aware of the rich flora and fauna in an area of mixed forest, predominantly teak. The park has the highest density of herbivores in any Indian park. It has a large diversity of wildlife, including leopard, tiger, jungle cat, wild dog, sloth bear, wild boar, mongoose, gaur, spotted deer and sambar. Again, over the these two days you have the luxury of time to relax into the pace of the jungle during morning and afternoon safaris with a resident naturalist and forest guide in 4x 4 Jeep. Jamtara Wilderness Camp (B,L,D)

Day 9: Pench National Park / Satpura National Park
After your morning safari drive, you will enjoy an early lunch before setting out on a five-hour drive through the countryside to Satpura National Park. Located in south Hoshangabad district in Madhya Pradesh, the park encompasses 524 square kilometers/202 square miles. The heart of the park is the Panchmarchi Biosphere Reserve, which includes Bori Wildlife Sanctuary in the southwest and Panchmarhi Wildlife Sanctuary in the northeast. The park has tall sandstone mountains, narrow gorges, ravines, waterfalls, streams and dense forests. Upon arrival at Satpura check into the lodge. The signature activity here is their Junior Naturalist Program, which is spread over three days, and is designed for children (and interested adults), who want to learn the basic knowledge of jungle to derive greater enjoyment and understanding of any wilderness. The course operates for just about two hours a day with sessions held between safaris and in the evening for 30 – 40 minutes. It is a fun and interactive course with Forsyth’s enthusiastic and knowledgeable young naturalists. Forsyth’s is a small wildlife lodge set in 44 acres of reclaimed jungle at the edge of the Satpura Tiger Reserve. They focus on a meaningful, sustainable wildlife and wilderness experience, which is reflected in the services, and the partnerships with the park administration and the local community. Forsyth Lodge, Satpura (B,L,D)

Days 10/11: Satpura National Park
For those interested, you continue the naturalist course, which covers use of equipment, basics of ecology, learning how to identify different species, using field guides, making field notes and sketches, identifying tracks, and basics of nature photography.  Each session will be limited to six people. You can attend any sessions you want but will need a minimum of seven sessions to earn a certificate. Explore the property, identifying different habitats and forest types and animals that inhabit them. Learning to identify tracks and signs of animal presence with the help of a field guide. Learn how to measure prints, identify droppings and other jungle craft.Spend time on the machan using night vision equipment and go on a night walk looking for frogs and other nocturnal creatures.  Each day will end with a short, post-safari session to discuss day’s events, sharing pictures and some fun facts about animals. For those not participating, you have the option to do on game drives, a walking safari or a bush walk around the camp or go on a village walk.  Forsyth Lodge, Satpura (B,L,D) 

Day 12: Satpura National Park / Bhopal / Mumbai / Depart
This morning, you can enjoy a final game drive or walk before breakfast.  After breakfast, you are driven to Bhopal to board afternoon flight for Mumbai. Upon arrival in Mumbai, you will be transferred to the boutique Waterstones Hotel to freshen up. Later, you are transferred to the international terminal to catch onward flight home. (B,L,D)

Land price, per person, double occupancy: From US$450 per person per day 

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