You feel, before you see. A primitive thrill and anticipation prickles the back of your neck, as you gaze unblinkingly at a pair of..
You feel, before you see. A primitive thrill and anticipation prickles the back of your neck, as you gaze unblinkingly at a pair of gleaming, emerald eyes. The luminous eyes are followed by an immense body, muscle and sinew working together to bring about a refined grace in his movements. A velveteen coat, shimmering in the dying rays of the sun, is marked by the stripes of his royal lineage. His handsome jaw is raised to the heavens, proud and unyielding. And as you watch this striking spectacle, you realize you have been graced with the presence of the lord of the land, a prince of sensual power and Earth’s original warrior race – The Tiger.
What to expect?
There are trips and then there are life-altering journeys that will define your heart and mind.
One such journey will be into Tadoba. Pristine and extravagant in its beauty, it will entice the senses and enchant your soul. The tigers of Tadoba are wonders to behold and to be amongst the chosen few, who have been in their presence is indeed an honour. With its accessibility, easy accommodation options and commitment to the wildlife thriving within its boundaries, Tadoba remains one of the few havens where humans and nature commune with respect, admiration and a bone-deep gratification.
Maharashtra's most unique national park is also the most prolific tiger jungle in the country. Dozens of cubs of various ages and their 'sighting-friendly' parents make this an absolute Tiger heaven. This land of Maya, Sonam, Waghdoh and Madhuri also holds the distinction for the most number of sightings of leopards and sloth bears. Our guides and drivers would leave no stone (and path) unturned in their quest to show you these enigmatic forest denizens. Add in a pack of wild dogs or the Dhole and you get the Big 4 of central India! Ensure you come with a lot of spare memory cards for Tadoba seldom disappoints!Read Less
It is late evening in the dense Tiwas (Ougeinia dalbergiaoides) and Tendu (Diospyros melanoxylon) woods next to our camp. As the su..
It is late evening in the dense Tiwas (Ougeinia dalbergiaoides) and Tendu (Diospyros melanoxylon) woods next to our camp. As the sun sets and the birds fly back while we drive our way back to the camp, we spot spots on the last bend before we approach the camp. A huge male leopard scurries into the bush from where darkness is absolute and the woods beyond are never-ending. With adrenaline surging through our bodies and our minds triumphant after the happenings of these few seconds, we return to the tranquil camp set deep inside the core. The steaming hot cup of chai on evenings like these is nostalgic.
What to expect?
This four-safari experience takes you into the heart of Nagzira where there is an old and basic forest department rest house, a place where many of our most exciting tales from the wild originate! This rest house and the lush, wooded areas around it are home to a staggeringly healthy population of leopards, one of the best in the country and sightings of this dappled predator have been uncannily good these last few years. With the help of our brilliant trackers and local forest folk, we shall do our best to track these brazen beauties. A sight of a leopard walking regally in the afternoon sun as the dense jungles around reverberate with the alarm calls of the prey species is an experience so very unique to this jungle. The leopard rules here and how! Along with the leopard, Nagzira houses a very good number of wild dogs and sloth bears and both these mammals are seen frequently. The many streams and ponds in Nagzira are full of bird life and fish eagles, orioles, drongos, minivets and owls are seen in plenty!
The standout feature of this camp is definitely the part where we stay in the core and immerse ourselves in an intense and raw experience. This intimate involvement with nature is something you shall cherish forever.Read Less
A dark grey coloured primordial beast dots the vast landscape lavishly spread in front of us. The great swamps which the Brahmaputra leaves behind in the wake of its annual spate now teem with an i..
A dark grey coloured primordial beast dots the vast landscape lavishly spread in front of us. The great swamps which the Brahmaputra leaves behind in the wake of its annual spate now teem with an incredible density of animals, small, large and gigantic! For us, this is a place which the giants of the flood plains romance, for this unique landscape houses the Big 3 - Elephant, Indian Rhino and the wild Water Buffalo! A few days in this most epochal of habitats is sure to leave you mesmerized.
What to expect?
Kaziranga's perennial swamps are an intense affair. Being a thriving ecosystem in themselves, most of Kaziranga's many animals live and die in these dark and wet marshes. While you shall experience first-hand India's largest concentration of the Rhino and learn about their ways and demeanor, the gentle giants 'elephants' would make their presence felt in the vast landscape. The fierce-looking but generally docile Wild Water Buffalos abound the marshes in Kaziranga and seeing them wallow in the mud is an absorbing adventure.
This 4-day north-eastern sojourn in the endearing and intimate Kaziranga habitat is the perfect solution to all your stresses and worries for this faraway land nestled in the wake of the Brahmaputra should take you back in the age, where the world was kinder and the people were warmer.
While we enjoy this grand artistry of nature in form of this glittering jewel of the north-east and while the giant of the flood plains enthralls us with their size and antics, the elusive Tiger would never be off our minds. A fresh paw mark impression, a hog deer alarm, a few alert swamp deer and we would be up on the tiger's trail..who knows?!
The fascinating bird life in Kaziranga includes the Pallas's Fish Eagle, Lesser Fish Eagle, Osprey, Bengal Florican, Scarlet Minivet, Great Hornbill, Blue Throated Barbet and hundreds of others!
The pleasant company of the Hog Deer and the Swamp Deer that abound the great grasslands around the swamps should make the proverbial 'Paradise' come true!Read Less
Bhutan is a land like no other. This tiny, landlocked country, nestled high up in the eastern Himalaya, is Nature's ultimate gift to us. Mighty mountains covered by magnificent Rhododendrons and Pi..
Bhutan is a land like no other. This tiny, landlocked country, nestled high up in the eastern Himalaya, is Nature's ultimate gift to us. Mighty mountains covered by magnificent Rhododendrons and Pines, beautiful rivers and streams flowing merrily, calm and peace-loving people without a care in the world and finally, the magic of the brilliant Buddhist architecture and the greatest testimony to it, the imposing and intricately decorated Dzongs, is what Bhutan is all about.
The quaint roads leading to one beautiful place after another, the distant chanting of the monks reverberating through the rarified air at the monasteries and the awe-inspiring display of natural beauty are all enough reasons to transport you into another world. Bhutan is a wonder, a timeless masterpiece of beauty, charm and mysticism.
On this fabled journey of ours, covering 8 days and the whole of Bhutan, we go off the beaten track and explore some of Bhutan's lesser-known monasteries, go on village walks through dense jungles of Rhododendron and get to know the culture and the people! We will, of course, visit the bustling Bhutanese capital, Thimphu, famous for its dainty buildings and the gigantic Tashichho Dzong and the small yet pretty region around Punakha. The Punakha Dzong, Bhutan's most spectacular building is next on our list. From there on, we will move into relatively unchartered territory and visit the beautiful valleys of central Bhutan. Pristine, surreal and heavenly, these places would seem like a fairy tale to you. Unwillingly, after a few short days, we will retrace our way back to Thimphu and then towards Paro. The world famous Tiger's Nest monastery, situated atop a gigantic cliff, is the stuff of local legend. Mythical and dreamy, this place is sure to make a place in your hearts forever. Across the Paro valley and up towards the eternally snow-clad mountains is a remote place called Haa, known for its astounding vistas and utter peace. Haa is an idyll, we will live it, cherish it, love it.
And then, after 8 fascinating days, we will fly back from Paro, which is an experience in itself. Sitting in the plane and marveling at the breathtaking panorama of the Himalaya all around, you will know that this is the ultimate Shangri-la. You will bid a teary-eyed farewell to that magical kingdom under the clouds, smiling gladly in the knowledge that you have experienced the 'Last Shangri-la'.
The 'Land of the Thunder Dragon', the ageless miracle of Nature shaped by the artistry and spirituality of Man, would beckon you once again. For the time being, you will sit relaxed and content.Read Less
White rocks dot the grand landscape where flows the pretty Pench river, its blue waters shining like molten sapphire. A yellow form appears over one of the rocks, its white glistening against the b..
White rocks dot the grand landscape where flows the pretty Pench river, its blue waters shining like molten sapphire. A yellow form appears over one of the rocks, its white glistening against the blue of the river and the green of the vast woods beyond. As the yellow form stations itself on the rock, four more tiny balls of yellow fur appear next to it as the family starts walking toward us. The iconic tiger landscapes of this breathtaking forest come alive. Magic happens, firsthand!
What to expect?
Pench is a magical land which, more than a century ago, inspired Kipling to pen his life’s greatest work, & probably, one of the finest pieces of literature penned on Indian wildlife. The jungles of Pench still hold the essence and the aura of ‘The Jungle Book’. Legendary tigresses with cubs, extremely bold and beautiful leopards regally sitting atop big, black boulders which dot the mixed deciduous forests and a fabulous variety of animals and birds makes Pench a brilliant experience overall.
The neighboring safari zones from Pench Maharashtra are having great sightings too. Our team of naturalists and guides would take you to a zone as per the sightings. We would, more often than not, know where the big cats are and where the sightings should happen! This 4-day safari tour to this incredible central Indian jungle would make you lost for words. A few days later, you never know, you might end up becoming a writer! Such is the beauty, such is the aura, such is the charm of this forest! The white sands of Saatmod and the densely forested hills of Patdev await you!Read Less
Tucked away in the rolling hills of Pandharkawda and watered by a great many streams and rivers, this surprisingly green piece of a hundred and fifty square kilometers of dense forest is almost lik..
Tucked away in the rolling hills of Pandharkawda and watered by a great many streams and rivers, this surprisingly green piece of a hundred and fifty square kilometers of dense forest is almost like an oasis, as the lands surrounding Tipeshwar are parched and dry. There is a good chance you haven't heard of this isolated wildlife sanctuary, far away from the more famous reserves around Nagpur. There's also a good chance you will visit the sanctuary once you read on.
What to expect?
The stark contrast between Tipeshwar's landscapes is what truly makes this hidden oasis stand out. Having almost 18 different tigers spread around an area of 150 sq km, Tipeshwar guarantees you unforgettable encounters with India's most beloved feline. Being a hitherto undiscovered gem, Tipeshwar is a safe haven for the tiger. We will be the tracking the iconic Pilkhan, Four Mark, and Taalabwali families, along with the legendary Star Male! Explore the vistas with our experienced team, as we take 4 safaris into the wild. Our local guide and drivers along with Beyond Wild's on camp mentors have been tracking these tigers for many years and their intimate knowledge about the reserve, the tigers' movement patterns, their preferred routes would all come handy (in the absence of alarm calls). Tipeshwar is small, unassuming and yet magical!
Come, let's be amazed!Read Less
In Umred, both legend and myth say, that even the leaves on the hardy Saag trees, as they make their final journey toward the earth, whisper stories about the tiger. The wind and the rain, the eart..
In Umred, both legend and myth say, that even the leaves on the hardy Saag trees, as they make their final journey toward the earth, whisper stories about the tiger. The wind and the rain, the earth and the water, all tell legendary tales about tigers who have lived and died in this compact piece of wilderness. Umred is just for the tiger, there's no beating around the bush on this, for each bush can have a hidden tiger here! ;)
Jai the legend, many years back, famously migrated from Nagzira to Umred. This incredible journey of over a hundred kilometers brought Umred on the wildlifer's map!
Jai may not be seen anymore, for none of us heard of him after the harsh summer of 2016, but his descendants sure do! While dense woods envelop the land, a number of natural and artificial waterholes give a welcome respite to the animals. Tigers and the occasional leopard can be seen at these waterholes or when they cross the safari tracks for water. Having a below-average population of herbivores, there are hardly any alarm calls happening in Umred and hence the incredible knowledge of our local guides and drivers and the information from the previous safari shall all come together to give us a great chance of spotting a tiger! Their gut instinct, keen Big Cat behavioral knowledge and unbridled passion would ensure that you get sightings and photographs to cherish for a long, long time to come!
On this epic wildlife camp, we will lead the 4-safari tour through the beautiful landscape of Umred's Gothangaon, Pauni and Karhandla ranges.Read Less
Valley of Flowers was hidden from the world until 1931. Legend has it that the local inhabitants of the Bhyundar valley avoided the Valley of Flowers, believing it to be the celestial playground of..
Valley of Flowers was hidden from the world until 1931. Legend has it that the local inhabitants of the Bhyundar valley avoided the Valley of Flowers, believing it to be the celestial playground of the Gods, nymphs and fairies! Such is its astounding beauty that travelers have been known to lapse into fits of ecstasy! They claim to have attained ultimate peace of mind in this charming valley, for the setting is as dramatic as it can possibly be and the views are simply breathtaking! The Valley of Flowers National Park, when in full bloom would have made even Wordsworth settle here! Waves after waves of the most beautiful flowers adorn the Valley for a very brief period during late summer, after which it goes back to oblivion, only to be seen next summer!
When in flower, the Valley is not to be missed! And in that captivating, mist-covered valley bounded by the mighty Himalayan mountains on all sides, roam some of the most elusive creatures found in India. The Snow Leopard, the Himalayan Black Bear, Serow, the Himalayan Golden Eagle are all found in and around the valley! It could well get lucky for you! We also visit the enchanting and very revered Hemkund sahib and the sacred Badrinath shrine. Come with us on this authentic Himalayan camp of ours which is well and truly, Beyond Wild!
Over the last decade, under the guidance and brilliant leadership of Dr. Parag Mahajan, a leading naturalist/botanist and our founding director, we have led the way to professional and path-breaking tours to the Valley! Efficiently organized with a holistic approach on environment and ecology learning, these tours are indeed an eye-opener! We welcome you with open arms on our tours to the Valley of Flowers to revel in the epitome of experiential travel!Read Less
Legend says that Lord Rama gifted the haunting Bandhavgarh Fort to his younger brother, Laxman, to keep a watch over Lanka. While the myth might be a bit too far-stretched, the charm and allure of ..
Legend says that Lord Rama gifted the haunting Bandhavgarh Fort to his younger brother, Laxman, to keep a watch over Lanka. While the myth might be a bit too far-stretched, the charm and allure of this fabled jungle is surely not. Here, the tiger reigns supreme for its story is told by the lighthearted stream that flows along Chakradhara, the old Sal that overlooks the Banbei watchtower, the wrinkled forest guard who patrols day and night to protect this iconic wilderness, the ancient pebbles that line the burnt riverbeds and the ephemeral flower that blooms but for a few hours. The tale of this legendary creature is everywhere, and why not!
What to expect?
Bandhavgarh and tiger go together like Mozart and symphony, they are synonyms of each other. Iconic tigers like Charger, Sita, B2 and Bamera have lived and died in this primeval forest, each one leaving their legacy on the land. While these tigers are no more, their descendants are ruling Bandhavgarh with passion and intent, for this last great wilderness in central Madhya Pradesh is theirs to preserve for generations to come. Bandhavgarh is an excellent place to try our luck with leopards and sloth bears too, for these creatures of the night do inhabit the woods in good numbers. Over the last many years, thanks to countless visits, we have developed an extremely potent team of local drivers and guides. Right from positioning the gypsy to get the best possible angles for photography to using their incredible gut instinct to take the jungle byway less beaten are just some of the many path-breaking things that these forest folk do. Their stories and tales about tiger tracking are just about as legendary as the tigers themselves. These six safaris in Bandhavgarh's iconic and mostly hilly Tala zone, the grassier and less dense but the hot and happening Magadhi zone and the many-surprised Khitauli zone would give you a central Indian safari experience like no other. Over the course of these four days, as we try our best to increase our tiger count in this 'Temple of the Tiger', we slowly but surely submit ourselves to the magic and aura of this jungle and its inhabitants. Our many encounters with the vultures, the ungulates, the flycatchers and the iconic meadows would take our breath away. Bandhavgarh would leave you a transformed person, like it has so many times before.Read Less
Through the thick winter's mist emerges a shape which slowly transforms into the most aesthetically wondrous creation of nature. As the shape takes form and substance, you are left in bewilderment ..
Through the thick winter's mist emerges a shape which slowly transforms into the most aesthetically wondrous creation of nature. As the shape takes form and substance, you are left in bewilderment for its beauty and charisma makes you forget everything else. As the tiger fills all your senses with incomparable joy and as adrenaline flows merrily through your body, you know you have just enjoyed the most singular experience of seeing a tiger in Kanha's enchanting wilds. Your heart is one with Kanha's, forever.
What to expect?
The early morning's fog slowly lifts itself as the first rays of the winter sun make their way toward the ancient Sal jungle. The woods are alive with the sounds of a hundred different birds, flycatchers and minivets, bulbuls and prinias, bee-eaters and orioles. Their melodies echo through the forest as you make your way through this one-of-its-kind experience. The aroma of the slightly moist jungle elevates your senses to an altogether different high, for the smell of the forest has inspired a countless many romantics and poets. Kanha has you in its spell, the addiction has set in.
Our expert team of naturalists, drivers and forest guides would constantly search for tell-tale signs of the tiger's whereabouts, and our knowledge of the jungle byways, individual tigers' habits and habitats, movements during the last safari would greatly increase your chances of seeing a tiger. While we keep all our six senses open to detect the tiger, we waste no time in educating you with all that we know of this fabled landscape. We shall try our luck with the sloth bears who feed on termites, the leopards who have mastered stealth and secrecy like no other Big Cat, the glorious Barasingha wandering the iconic meadows with joy and the myriad of other birds and mammals which inhabit this ultimate land of the wild. The 4 day experience would open your eyes to something new, something grand, something eternal.
Come, let the timeless beauty of Kanha bowl you over.Read Less
Going to Ladakh for the snow leopard expedition involves flying to Leh, acclimatizing for a couple of days and then driving the breathtakingly beautiful road to the Hemis National Park. The Hemis N..
Going to Ladakh for the snow leopard expedition involves flying to Leh, acclimatizing for a couple of days and then driving the breathtakingly beautiful road to the Hemis National Park. The Hemis NP is this humongous smorgasbord of gargantuan peaks, deep valleys, vast ravines carved by millennia of glacial melt-off, sparkling streams and icy glaciers! It is an idyll, magnificent and immense. As we enter this fabled land, the scenes are dramatic. As we walk through the gorges carpeted by frozen rivers, through mighty mountains and into the heart of the snow Leopard's kingdom, we are in the real wild.
One of the best places to see a wild snow leopard, the Hemis NP has a few local Ladakhi spotters who follow the trail of these most elusive of cats and track them. These locals are as good a climber that you would ever come across. They are India's answer to the Nepali Sherpa. Off they bound over steep ravines and jagged cliffs for that wishful better view in their eternal quest to find the Phantom of the mountains. And, over the last few years, we have developed a wonderful team comprising of these local spotters, trackers and trekkers!
We pitch camp in the heart of the mountains and undertake daily treks in search of the Snow Leopard! Along the hikes and daily excursions, a great variety of high altitude Himalayan fauna would keep us enthralled as the Bharal, Red Fox, Tibetan Wolf, Golden Eagle, Lammergeier are some of the 'star' attractions here!
The snow leopards are difficult to find, for where they live is almost impossible to access and their camouflage is almost perfect! Yet, Nature always leaves behind signs! We make use of these, our past experience and great spotting scopes to find these big cats! On mountain ridges and in warm crannies is where we look, for that is where they are!
We might also visit Ulley, depending on the snow leopard's movements, for there is superb activity of a female with two cubs that side!
Over the course of these twelve days, we shall be experiencing extremely tough conditions, physically as well as mentally but in return complete one of the most fabled and cherished wildlife expeditions on the planet! This is an experience that will make you richer and happier, and a story that you can narrate to your starstruck grandchildren!Read Less
Stepping out from the dense morning mist, the tiger surveys his majestic delta. Lowering himself into the water, with supreme grace and beauty, the tiger swims across. Vanishing just as easily as h..
Stepping out from the dense morning mist, the tiger surveys his majestic delta. Lowering himself into the water, with supreme grace and beauty, the tiger swims across. Vanishing just as easily as he appeared, he leaves you wanting more than just a glimpse. The mangroves call to you, dark and mystic...for here roams the tiger, wild and free.
What to expect?
Fed by the mighty Ganges, Bramhaputra and Meghana rivers, Sunderban is one of India's most unique ecosystems. Home to a vast plethora of mammals and birds, it is India's only mangrove ecosystem where dwells the Royal Bengal Tiger in such astounding numbers. Dismissed as a wasteland in the 1900's, Sunderban has now become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Comprising of various landforms like beaches, creeks and estuaries, observe the tiger in a yet unseen, unique habitat! The towering Sundari trees and the other tenacious mangrove flora are truly a marvel of nature. Apart from the tiger, it is also one of the best places to observe rarer mammals like the fishing cat, flying foxes, pangolins and Indian muntjacs. With a great diversity of avifauna, Sunderban is a birdwatcher's ultimate paradise!
Join us as we explore this iconic habitat in the company of some of Sundarban's best local guides and boatmen, who have been tracking the Sundarbans tiger for decades.
The mangroves and its many mysteries await you!
Please note: Each forest has its own set of rules for sightings. Sundarbans is a maze of forested islands which are crisscrossed by tidal water coming from the sea. There are two high tides and two low tides in a day at an interval of 6 hours each. The tide level & timings change every day. During the low tides, the mudflats get exposed and that is when we look for pugmarks. As the tide level (rise & fall of water) changes every day, there are certain periods (6-7 days stretch) in a month which are considered favorable for sightings. That period is locally called "Mora Kotal" or low tide times. The rise & fall is minimal during this period, and hence the water current too. This period falls almost mid-way between the new moon (Amavasya) and full moon (Purnima). During this period we get the maximum amount of time to explore the park with mudbanks exposed. Tigers, especially mothers with cubs below the age of 2 years prefer this time as well to cross big rivers, because of the lack of water current.Read Less
In the days long gone by, the legendary Jim Corbett walked through these very woods, carving the way for preserving India's glorious natural history. This hallowed land would be ours to explore for..
In the days long gone by, the legendary Jim Corbett walked through these very woods, carving the way for preserving India's glorious natural history. This hallowed land would be ours to explore for these four days and the iconic 'Jungle of Roar, Song and Trumpet' would leave you deeply enthralled. India's first and the most storied national park would first leave you speechless, then turn you into an impassioned storyteller.
What to expect?
Set magnificently amidst the mighty Shiwaliks to its north and the great plains to the south, Corbett is probably the ultimate spectacle of Indian wildlife. This iconic land is beauty personified, with its humongous Sal canopies, white riverbeds, enchanting grasslands and the golden river, the pretty Ramganga. Tigers roam wild and free while elephants in hundreds patrol this colossus. Imagine waking up to the melodies of a hundred beautiful songbirds while elephants and deer make merry in the Ramganga as your gypsy rambles on, on the fabled Sambhar road, which is cocooned ever so prettily in between dense jungles on one side and the vast plains of the Ramganga on the other.
This four day safari takes you right in the heart of Corbett National Park where we camp at the famous Dhikala Forest Rest House. This place is almost mythical, nestled in the deep core of the reserve, away from all civilization and where tigers are regularly spotted from the magnificent breakfast deck. Our chai-time stories about this place and the myriad of wonders it holds is what sets Beyond Wild apart. Our safari drivers here are the most passionate lot and they search for the many animals and birds with a glint in their eyes and a thunder to their gypsies. The rush they get after successfully tracking the terai tiger or spotting the Spot-Bellied Eagle Owl high up on a tree is infectious. They make you fall in love with their jungle, their home, their ultimate paradise. Let the magic of this heaven in the terai astound you. Let Corbett and its many charms and mysteries fill your senses with love and joy for an eternity.Read Less
Deep inside the great wilderness of India's Madhya Pradesh, on an ancient river bed in the forest of Panna, alongside a tract of Dhonk trees that reminds one of Ranthambhore, saunters something big..
Deep inside the great wilderness of India's Madhya Pradesh, on an ancient river bed in the forest of Panna, alongside a tract of Dhonk trees that reminds one of Ranthambhore, saunters something big in black and orange. The shape grows in size as it moves toward a crystal clear pool of water, its reflection sparkling in the afternoon sun. A distant langoor cackles noisily as the tiger drinks to its heart's content. The great success story of Panna has just manifested itself in its most glamorous avatar.
What To Expect?
A decade ago, Panna's tiger population was on the brink of extinction. As hopes fell and pessimism crept on the scene, one of India's greatest wildlife conservation stories took place. Tigers were carefully relocated from Tiger dense jungles from the central Indian landscape to Panna. Careful monitoring and regular tracking ensured their numbers rose slow and steady. Today, Panna boasts of an extremely healthy population of the Royal Bengal Tiger and the second generation of these new tigers is giving great sightings. While the Tiger would be our prime focus, we shall also track the many leopards that revel in this partly rocky landscape which suits their ways well. Winsome chital and sambar herds should keep us entertained while the occasional sightings of the Sloth Bear and the Wild Dog would make us all excited and thrilled. Our camp is located on a strategic piece of land adjoining the Ken river and the many animals and birds seen from the campus should keep the momentum going strong even during the non safari hours!Read Less
Kenya is a land of unexplored and raw beauty that can stun anyone into an awestruck silence. The never-ending savannahs stretching beyond the horizon contain every colour from a painter`s palette, ..
Kenya is a land of unexplored and raw beauty that can stun anyone into an awestruck silence. The never-ending savannahs stretching beyond the horizon contain every colour from a painter`s palette, every shred of imagination of a writer, every punctuation of a poet and every dream of any person. The skies and the land marry in perfect unison and vow to take care of all those who roam freely between them. The wildlife is the lucky child that turns everyone else into the deepest shade of green, with envy.
As the day gives way to night, which in turn steps aside for the day, the infinite beauty and wilderness continues to enchant us forever, without getting tired. Being among the most exquisite and untouched places on earth, the experience that Kenya generously offers you is priceless.
As part of this beautiful experience, we stay at beautiful lodges and camps right in the heart of the Maasai Mara, where lions roam and elephants trumpet in gay abandon! This is Africa that you have always seen on the television, raw, pristine and wild!
On this very special and exclusive tour, we shall be doing full-day safaris in the iconic Mara bush with special off road permits*. Our vehicles would be the very exclusive ‘Open Land-cruisers’ which are very few in number in the Mara, you will feel special! These vehicles make you live the iconic African bush and feel truly ‘into the wild’ but also give you a huge heads up for photography. We are proud to have them for our personal safari use in the Mara!
Since Mihir is personally leading the tour, you can rest assured about the intensity on the field, we shall do our level best to get the images that you have always dreamed of – be it the male lion in golden light or the family of cheetahs on the prowl, leopard up an acacia or lion cubs playing with their mother! The Mara usually does not disappoint! Even if you are not a photographer, do not mind, the experience is sure to blow your mind off!
We stay at the legendary Keekorok Lodge for 2 nights, not the most luxurious but very comfortable with probably the best location in the reserve, from where the famed Sarova, Sopa, Talek, Mara river and Sand river areas can be easily accessed (usually not more than 45 minutes of driving)! The next two nights would be at a very intimate camp close to the river, you will know why!
November is when the grass is at its shortest and animals are seen in crystal clear backgrounds and foregrounds, sans the massive Migration period crowds!
Join us on this once-in-a-lifetime safari and let the Africa of your dreams materialize in front of your very eyes.Read Less
The bright red and yellow flowers of the Candy Corn plant dazzle in the first rays of the morning, the colours livening up the entire atmosphere. Nearby, on an Entada creeper adorned with pods many..
The bright red and yellow flowers of the Candy Corn plant dazzle in the first rays of the morning, the colours livening up the entire atmosphere. Nearby, on an Entada creeper adorned with pods many feet long, plays a juvenile Malabar Flying Squirrel, its bushy tail helping it balance on the great heights where it enjoys its arboreal existence. A pair of beautiful Malabar Trogons flit through the bushes while a Brown Fish Owl's haunting calls echo across the never-ending woods of Dandeli. We sit next to a perennial stream, flowing from behind our camp, a stream that has been providing joy and life across the millennia. A hundred different birds sing in glory while the gentle waters of the stream flow ever so merrily! The raw and pristine beauty of Dandeli would have bewitched by you now and why not? It has bewitched and enthralled us for decades!
Dandeli is indeed a paradise for all nature lovers and birdwatching enthusiasts. This place holds one of the finest forests, which provides home to many endemic species of birds and mammals! Lush green meadows, verdant mountains full of lovely vegetation, the forest of Dandeli awaits you! Join us as our naturalists take you on a 4-day tour to this mesmerizing forest!Read Less
Tucked away in the bustling city of Jaipur, lies the leopard's lair. Being prime leopard territory, these dappled cats have made the undulating hills of Jhalana their very own. Contrary to the norm..
Tucked away in the bustling city of Jaipur, lies the leopard's lair. Being prime leopard territory, these dappled cats have made the undulating hills of Jhalana their very own. Contrary to the norm, here they roam, fearless and free. With one of the most unique landscapes in India, Jhalana with its valleys, sand dunes, nallahs, and gullies, never fails to impress! Also get a chance to see the sights of the iconic and culturally rich city of Jaipur!\
What To Expect?
An absence of tigers makes Jhalana’s leopards extremely bold and flamboyant! Jhalana is also one of the best places to spot the otherwise elusive striped hyena. Along with these, the park also offers excellent sighting opportunities of other mammals like the desert fox, Indian palm civet, and birds like the beautiful dusky eagle owl. Apart from Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Jhalana is the only national park situated right in the middle of a city! Join this exclusive Beyond Wild tour as our experts take you in the heart of Jhalana to unravel the mysteries and beauties of the leopard's ultimate lair! Jhalana will bowl you over!
Explore the sights and get a chance to gorge on the lip smacking food of Jaipur.Read Less
A gecko darts aside, as rosettes emerge, hesitant, from the dense bamboo thicket. As the dappled evening light filters through the lush Sal canopy, you catch a glimpse of one of the most elusive ca..
A gecko darts aside, as rosettes emerge, hesitant, from the dense bamboo thicket. As the dappled evening light filters through the lush Sal canopy, you catch a glimpse of one of the most elusive cats of India, the leopard! As a gentle breeze blows across the grasslands of Satpura, the cat slinks away. The woods come alive!
What To Expect?
Nestled among the sandstone peaks, lie these prime woods of Madhya Pradesh. First explored by the legendary Captain James Forsyth, this pristine landscape is dotted with alluring valleys, narrow ravines and vast grasslands. Satpura is one of the best places to see the majestic sloth bear, often spotted with their young ones in the winter and early summer months. Thanks to its unique topography, the leopard population in Satpura is thriving and you shouldn't be surprised to see ambling along the safari track! Because of its unique terrain, Satpura is rich in biodiversity, with the main highlights being the tiger, leopard, sloth bear, along with other mammals and a wide range of avian diversity. Satpura also holds the distinction of being the only tiger reserve in central India where you can go on a walking trail in the core, and with experts like Dr. Parag himself leading these hikes through the incredible woods of Satpura, be assured of an experience which only Mr Forsyth can fathom and appreciate in its entirety! Satpura is magic, Satpura is unexplored, Satpura is intimate!
We also visit the iconic hill-station of Pachmarhi, known for its mystical beauty! Take a walking trail through Pachmarhi along with our experts, and be amazed by the enchanting mix of history, nature and culture!Read Less
From the land of the fierce Maasai, comes one of the greatest wildlife experiences in the world. Made famous by innumerable documentaries, films and books and immortalized by the most iconic animat..
From the land of the fierce Maasai, comes one of the greatest wildlife experiences in the world. Made famous by innumerable documentaries, films and books and immortalized by the most iconic animated film of all time, 'The Lion King', Tanzania warrants no introduction! It is, quite simply, the greatest and most elite wildlife destination on the planet!
This week-long safari, expertly guided by Beyond Wild's wildlife mentors, takes us to the enchanting Serengeti, the thrilling Ngorongoro and the magical Manyara, three of Tanzania's most popular reserves!
Aptly named by the Maasai as Serengeti, it truly justifies its name as “a place where the land runs on forever”. The iconic land of the Serengeti never ends! Thrilling encounters with Africa’s finest animals in the vast savannah grasslands is truly an experience no wildlife enthusiast should miss! Housing Africa’s largest population of lions, Serengeti National Park is one of the best places for a sneak peek into the lives of these majestic big cats. Many leopards, cheetahs and other animals shall complete your African experience!
We also visit the Lake Manyara National Park, and try our hand at spotting some of the numerous avian species the park is known for. With almost 390 documented bird species in the park, it is truly a birdwatcher’s paradise!
Surrounding a volcanic caldera, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is one of the most unique wildlife destinations in the world. A World Heritage Site, it is the planet's largest inactive, intact and unfilled volcanic crater. Forming a natural enclosure for the numerous mammalian species in the park, Ngorongoro will leave you awestruck!
This short yet thrilling safari will end soon, but the memories of the African dream shall live on forever!Read Less
Massive salt marshes and dry, parched lands that stretch all the way to the horizon and beyond seem lifeless at first sight! Which animal would live here, in these vast and desolate plains, most pe..
Massive salt marshes and dry, parched lands that stretch all the way to the horizon and beyond seem lifeless at first sight! Which animal would live here, in these vast and desolate plains, most people would think!
Well, the Little Rann of Kutch (LRK) does surprise the visitor with its incredible bird and animal life specially adapted to live in these bleak salt marshes in India's westernmost state of Gujarat! It is famous as the last refuge on the planet for the Indian Wild Ass, those beautiful and hardy specimens which light up the bare and barren landscape. Out local experts coupled with our naturalist on camp would scan for signs of these gorgeous animals, and ensure you make some stunning images! The hyena, Desert Fox and the elusive Indian Gray Wolf are some of the other mammals LRK is known for. But, LRK's is the most fascinating place when it comes to its rich fauna. A great number of eagles like the Imperial, Steppe, Owls like the Short Eared, other raptors which include the Peregrine Falcon and the Merlin are just some of the incredible birds found here! We shall track them in golden light and try and make beautiful images. The experience of staying in the Rann, with endless salt flats for a company and a starry, starry night above you shall stay with you for ages to come. Amitabh's famous Gujarat advertisements would come alive and you shall, indeed, breathe in a bit of magnificent Gujarat!Read Less
It's dusk in an old jungle. The ancient lakes glitter in the last light of the evening as peacocks scream and herons squawk. The night looms large as the timeworn fort overlooks this storied wilder..
It's dusk in an old jungle. The ancient lakes glitter in the last light of the evening as peacocks scream and herons squawk. The night looms large as the timeworn fort overlooks this storied wilderness. Across the lakes, a herd of Sambhar bellow and stamp the ground in fright. A troupe of langurs on a nearby tree scamper to the highest ground. A huge form arises from the thick and darkening reeds and into the last light, the orange of its body shining ever so merrily. A tiger emerges from the shadow making the legend and story come alive. No other animal has this kind of peerless impact on the spectator. Our national animal is indeed a transcendental creature.
What To Expect?
This 5-safari tour takes you into the atmospheric and ancient Ranthambhore national park nestled in between two rivers and the ancient Aravallis and Vindhyas. With 1334 sq. km of prime tiger habitat comprising of India's largest Anogeissus pendula (Dhok) forest, deep ravines and rocky outcrops, huge lakes and countless streams, Ranthambhore's tiger is as royal as royal gets. With a setting reminiscent of the maharajas who once ruled over this land, the many relics and tombs from the days gone by makes Ranthambhore an ethereal and mysterious place. The Royal Bengal Tiger takes centrestage here, for its majesty, grace and charisma flows freely across the land. The Tiger reigns supreme in the ancient land of Ranthambhore, for it is deeply embodied in the wind, rain, earth and tree of Ranthambhore.
Ranthambhore is an equally fabulous place to sight the Tiger's smaller and more elusive cousins, for the Leopard that lives on the many crags and crevices that abound in this national park, the extremely pretty Caracal that lurks like a phantom in this riveting smorgasbord of paths and meadows, the clever Jungle Cat or the small yet powerful Rusty-spotted Cat. Sighting one of these cats is an experience that many senior wildlifers cherish forever. Ranthambhore also boasts of a healthy population of the Caracal, that most unique of felines!
A bevy of ungulates including the Nilgai, Sambhar and the Chital make this one of India's liveliest and most titillating wildernesses. Throw in an unexpected jaunt of a Sloth Bear and you are in for a wonderful experience! The charisma of this storied national park will be overwhelming.Read Less
High up in the Spitian Himalayas, away from all civilization and modern-world fancies, sits a pretty little village called Kibber. At an imposing 14,200 feet from the mean sea level, Kibber is prob..
High up in the Spitian Himalayas, away from all civilization and modern-world fancies, sits a pretty little village called Kibber. At an imposing 14,200 feet from the mean sea level, Kibber is probably the highest perennially inhabited village in India. It is here, in the high and lofty mountains surrounding Kibber that a lot of wild snow leopards have made their home. Braving ice and snow, the high altitudes and the immense cold, we step out into the giant freezer to catch a glimpse of the world's most elusive, and inarguably, the most sought-after Big Cat. The snow leopard, at most places it lives, is almost a myth, seldom seen but always talked about. Akin to a spirit, the locals revere it, worship it, love it! But, in the mountains around Kibber, as the winter and the great snow makes an impact, the snow leopards descend to lower altitudes and are seen quite frequently. Here in Kibber, it is no longer a myth, but instead a fascinating animal which, when tracked efficiently, is seen and photographed much to our delight!
While staying at deluxe homestays which are heated, we hike every single day of our stay here in search of the snow leopard. Using the locally available information, making use of radio communication to keep in touch with other spotters and employing our knowledge of the snow leopards' behavior to good use, we give it our all to spot this gorgeous creature!
The snow-clad ranges and hostile slopes of the Himalayas have mesmerized man for centuries. Few have tried to conquer the heights, even fewer have succeeded and most of the areas of these enthralling mountains remain unexplored. Even more mystifying are the treasures of the living world that these mountains house. The strikingly beautiful Snow Leopard is one of the most mysterious cats in the world, seldom glimpsed in the wild. These endangered species are one of the rarest living cats, and are as beautiful as they are enigmatic. With their thick coats and furry tails and paws, these tough cliff-dwelling predators have withstood a struggle against the changing environment. We set off on a quest to find this elusive creature in its own world, a world few humans have dared to visit. On our quest, we hike through the Kibber valley, discovering the stark beauty of Spiti. The scarce sub-alpine vegetation also houses the Asiatic Ibex, the Lynx, the Tibetan wolf, and the Bharal that we hope to spot. With captivating locations and the possibility of spotting the almost mythical creature, the ‘ghost of the mountains’, the Snow Leopard Quest is an experience beyond words, BEYOND WILD!
The experience is as fulfilling as it is tough, but you shall go home a content person. Kibber will leave you enthralled!
Important: Being a demanding expedition, both physically and mentally, basic physical fitness and a full body checkup before the expedition is essential.
(Fun fact: We have sighted at least 1 snow leopard on all 21 of our previous Snow Leopard expeditions, making the success rate 100%!)Read Less
Well, Goa seldom needs any introduction.
A kaleidoscopic blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures, sweetened with sun, sea, sand, seafood, susegad, and spirituality, Goa is India's pocket-size..
Well, Goa seldom needs any introduction.
A kaleidoscopic blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures, sweetened with sun, sea, sand, seafood, susegad, and spirituality, Goa is India's pocket-sized paradise. Goa’s biggest draw is undoubtedly its virtually uninterrupted string of golden-sand beaches. This coastline stretches along the Arabian Sea from the tip to the toe of the state, and each beach community has developed its own personality and reputation since the hippie days of the '60s. They cater to every tropical whim: choose from backpacker Arambol or bolder, brasher Baga; the palm-fringed sands of Palolem, hippie market bliss at Anjuna or lovely, laid-back Mandrem; expansive groomed sands in front of fancy five-star resorts or hidden crescent coves, where the only footprints will be the scuttling crabs' and your own.
And, once you are done with the sublime beaches of Goa, our local tour guides would be more than happy to take you on a spiritual, gastronomic or an adventurous experience! Some beautiful churches and ancient temples adorn the many nooks and crannies of this tiny state. Old Goan eateries and new age modern delights beckon the food connoisseur in you! And, if you find yourself in an adventurous state of mind, come with us for a round of rafting or trekking!
Goa has something for everyone!Read Less
Friendly and food-obsessed, hedonistic and historic, cultured and curious, Thailand tempts visitors with a smile as golden as the country's glittering temples and tropical beaches. Outside the clut..
Friendly and food-obsessed, hedonistic and historic, cultured and curious, Thailand tempts visitors with a smile as golden as the country's glittering temples and tropical beaches. Outside the cluttered cities and towns lies Thailand's rural heartland, a mix of rice paddies, tropical forests and villages where life is dominated by the rhythms of the agricultural clock. In the north, the forests and fields bump up against toothy blue mountains decorated with silvery waterfalls and honeycombed by deep caves.
The celestial world is a close confidant in this Buddhist nation, and religious devotion is colourful and ubiquitous. Gleaming temples and golden Buddhas frame both the rural and the urban landscape. Ancient banyan trees are ceremoniously wrapped in sacred cloth to honour the resident spirits, fortune-bringing shrines decorate humble homes as well as monumental malls, while garland-festooned dashboards ward off traffic accidents.
With a luxuriously long coastline (actually, two coastlines) and over 1400 jungle-topped islands anchored in azure waters, Thailand is a tropical getaway fit for everyone, whether hedonist or hermit, prince or pauper. The country's coast is one giant playground, with plenty going on wherever the sand meets the sea. You can snorkel the gentle waters off Ko Lipe, dive with whale sharks around Ko Tao, scale the sea cliffs of Krabi, kiteboard in Hua Hin, party on Ko Phi-Phi and recuperate at a health resort on Ko Samui.
Adored around the world, Thai cuisine expresses fundamental aspects of Thai culture: it is generous, warm, refreshing and relaxed.
And, for the regular tourist in you short on time but wanting a Thai getaway, we always have the golden combination of Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket!
Thailand has something for everyone and your dream holiday is just a call away! Let us tailor make the most perfect Thai escape!Read Less
From the misty morning, rises a shape. Stretching languorously, he slowly descends from the tree. Dark as night, with piercing green eyes, he leaves you transfixed! The black panther, they call him..
From the misty morning, rises a shape. Stretching languorously, he slowly descends from the tree. Dark as night, with piercing green eyes, he leaves you transfixed! The black panther, they call him. From the iconic forests of South India, comes a tale as old as time! Home to one of the most mysterious creatures on the planet, this forest will surely leave you enthralled.
A beautiful mix of moist and dry deciduous forests, along with patches of sub-montane woods, Kabini is one of the most verdant forests of India. Nestled in the foothills of the Western Ghats, it is home to nature’s finest. Having such a varied mix of vegetation, Kabini can be one of the most mystically enchanting places! Known for sights so beautiful, it is reputed for bringing out the inner poet in many a man. Being one of the only places in India to see the black panther in all its glory, Kabini also offers stunning photo opportunities of this beautiful feline. With us, get a chance to spot the famous black panther, leopard and the tiger, along with superb sightings of wild elephants and other mammals like the sloth bear, and wild dogs. The park is also known for numerous bird species and rich floraRead Less
Manas National Park is a wild wonder. Situated in the Indian state of Assam, the Manas river, through which the park gets its name, meanders its way through the heart of the national park, creating..
Manas National Park is a wild wonder. Situated in the Indian state of Assam, the Manas river, through which the park gets its name, meanders its way through the heart of the national park, creating a dense vegetative cover in its wake! Verdant grasslands and rich forests make it one of the richest biodiversity hotspots in the world. Home to a number of rare species like the Capped Langur, Golden Langur, Pygmy Hog, Wild Buffalo and the iconic Indian Rhinoceros, Manas is a living museum of the highest order. The greens of the trees and the blues of the Himalayan foothills paint a brilliant picture which mere words can’t describe. It is only when you amble in your safari vehicle across that vast wilderness that you truly recognize the beauty and charm of this pristine eco-system.
Home to the tiger, leopard, clouded leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo and even the black panther, Manas’s biodiversity is astounding! Couple this with incredible avifauna and you have one of the world’s most intense and hardcore jungle experiences! In the company of our acclaimed and experienced naturalists, this is a highly recommended visit for the experienced wildlifer and nature enthusiast!Read Less
As evening falls on the Aravalli, the dappled ones come out to play. Sitting atop their rocky throne, their steady gazes pass over their kingdom. Here in Bera, the leopard reigns supreme! A landsca..
As evening falls on the Aravalli, the dappled ones come out to play. Sitting atop their rocky throne, their steady gazes pass over their kingdom. Here in Bera, the leopard reigns supreme! A landscape like no other, come explore this hidden gem from the culturally rich state of Rajasthan. These granite peaks of the Aravalli have provided a safe haven for the leopard, making it one of the best places to observe this charismatic cat.
Dotted with granite boulders, narrow ravines and caves, Bera is prime leopard habitat. A total absence of tigers has made the leopards of Bera unusually bold and flamboyant. Much of leopard activity is otherwise missed in India’s other forests due to predators and abundant tree cover. With almost negligible tree cover, the rocky landscape of Bera yields close encounters with the otherwise shy felines. Yet relatively unexplored, it is a great opportunity to observe the secret life of this elusive big cat. Apart from leopards, Bera is a great place to spot other mammals like the sloth bear, striped hyena, Nilgai and the Indian fox. The lake by the Jawai dam also houses a healthy crocodile population.Read Less
Nestled in the heart of Kinnaur district in Himachal Pradesh, is a town called Kalpa, hardly heard of, untouched and pristine. Kalpa is this mythical place where the windows still open to snow-capp..
Nestled in the heart of Kinnaur district in Himachal Pradesh, is a town called Kalpa, hardly heard of, untouched and pristine. Kalpa is this mythical place where the windows still open to snow-capped peaks and valleys carpeted with Rhododendrons, untouched by the misdeeds of man. As we travel through the towns of Sarahan, Chitkul and Narkanda on this unique itinerary of ours, farther and farther away from civilization, we uncover breathtakingly beautiful vistas en-route. Every town we stay at is a homely Himachali melting pot of culture, beauty and romance, snuggled in the mountains and away from the hustle and bustle of the cities that we have escaped from!
This tour promises an absolutely tranquil time in the mountains, in the company of virgin forests, fresh mountain air, and of course, none other than our very own camp mentors!Read Less
Keoladeo National Park or Keoladeo Ghana National Park formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India is a famous avifauna sanctuary that hosts thousands of birds, es..
Keoladeo National Park or Keoladeo Ghana National Park formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India is a famous avifauna sanctuary that hosts thousands of birds, especially during the winter season. Over 230 species of birds are known to be residents here.
With the star attraction being the stately Sarus Crane, one of India’s most enchanting and hallowed bird, Bharatpur also boasts a myriad of other birds. In the winters, as the chill sets in, thousands of migratory birds flock the ancient wetlands of Bharatpur to create a display so magical that many a birdwatcher have bowed down in sheer respect! The glory of these birds, at dusk and dawn, when the slant rays of the sun creates beautiful shapes and ethereal hues, Bharatpur truly becomes a wonderland! With quaint old jungle paths crisscrossing across the massive wetlands, Bharatpur is probably the most iconic birding destination in India!
Beyond Wild has a fabulous team of local birding guides and our in-house naturalists who would take you on a fascinating tour through India’s birding heaven!Read Less
Endless beaches, timeless ruins, welcoming people, oodles of elephants, rolling surf, cheap prices, fun trains, famous tea and flavourful food make Sri Lanka irresistible.
Lying between the m..
Endless beaches, timeless ruins, welcoming people, oodles of elephants, rolling surf, cheap prices, fun trains, famous tea and flavourful food make Sri Lanka irresistible.
Lying between the more trodden parts of India and Southeast Asia, Sri Lanka's history, culture and natural beauty are undeniably alluring. It's the place you haven't been to yet, that you should.
Few places have as many Unesco World Heritage Sites (eight) packed into such a small area. Sri Lanka's 2000-plus years of culture can be discovered at ancient sites where legendary temples boast beautiful details even as they shelter in caves or perch on prominent peaks. More recent are evocative colonial fortresses, from Galle to Trincomalee.
Distances in Sri Lanka are short: see the sacred home of the world’s oldest living human-planted tree in the morning (Anuradhapura) and stand awestruck by the sight of hundreds of elephants gathering in the afternoon (Minneriya). Discover a favourite beach, meditate in a 2000-year-old temple, exchange smiles while strolling a mellow village, marvel at birds and wildflowers, try to keep count of the little dishes that come with your rice and curry. Wander past colonial gems in Colombo, then hit some epic surf. Sri Lanka is spectacular, affordable and still often uncrowded. Now is the best time to discover it.
When you’re ready to escape the tropical climate of the coast and lowlands, head for the hills, with their temperate, achingly green charms. Verdant tea plantations and rainforested peaks beckon walkers, trekkers and those who just want to see them from a spectacular train ride. And then there are the beaches. Dazzlingly white and often untrodden, they ring the island so that no matter where you go, you’ll be near a sandy gem. Should you beat the inevitable languor, you can surf and dive world-class sites without world-class crowds. And you're always just a short hop from something utterly new.
Sri Lanka is truly a magical place, waiting to be discovered by you!
With brilliant local guides, a portfolio of spectacular resorts, lodges and guesthouses and over 10 different itineraries curated to suit your interests and likes, this island holiday would be like no other!Read Less
The ever ferocious Parvati river flows mightily through the gorge, creating a massive cloud of foam in its wake! An ancient trekking path snakes its way above the river, eventually touching the low..
The ever ferocious Parvati river flows mightily through the gorge, creating a massive cloud of foam in its wake! An ancient trekking path snakes its way above the river, eventually touching the low-hanging clouds which might burst any moment now! Beautiful Himalayan songbirds sing while the cozy Himalayan chill makes the travellers huddle around a warm campfire, on which is brewing sumptuous chai! A wrinkled old man sits in the corner of the cafe overlooking the river as he tells stories of days long gone by to a group of wide-eyed Israelis! All is happy and peaceful as the first snows of the oncoming winter fall on the great mountains beyond Manali!
This is India’s most legendary hiking route, taking you through four very iconic destinations nestled deep in the mountains south of Manali! India’s greatest hippy hangout boasts of spectacular mountains, incredible scenery, sumptuous food and a vibe so happy, so easy-going, that you will fall in love within an instant! At the end of the week-long stay, when you are heading back to the busy national capital, a serious bout of longing would hit, for the mountains are addictive in nature!
You’d want to go back at that very instant, but then reality would strike and a content smile would spread across your face, for the fact that you have had a chance to hike through those mysterious and old mountains, where flows the Parvati and where echoes the haunting yet beautiful vibe of the high Himalaya!Read Less
The mere mention of Bali evokes thoughts of a paradise. It's more than a place; it's a mood, an aspiration, a tropical state of mind.
Bali has beaches, surfing, diving and resorts great and s..
The mere mention of Bali evokes thoughts of a paradise. It's more than a place; it's a mood, an aspiration, a tropical state of mind.
Bali has beaches, surfing, diving and resorts great and small, but it's the essence of Bali – and the Balinese – that makes it so much more than just a fun-in-the-sun retreat. It is possible to take the cliché of the smiling Balinese too far, but in reality, the inhabitants of this small island are indeed a generous, genuinely warm people.
At the end of the day (which is the start of the day for some visitors), Bali's rich culture, many amazing sights and truly lovely people are what takes Bali's sheer delight to another level. Because Bali is fun, no matter what you want or who you are. Seminyak has shops and designers, Kerobokan has luxe beachside resorts and superb eating, Kuta and Legian have the nightlife, and Canggu wraps it all into one irresistible package. Plunge deep into Bali's spirit while renewing your own in Ubud or catching the perfect wave in Bingin. You name it, it's here.
Bali has something for everyone, and your dream holiday is just a call away! Let us tailor make the most perfect Bali dream for you!Read Less
Known as the land of dragons, temples, art, cuisine and culture, Vietnam and Cambodia are two of the most unique countries in the world.
Ethnically rich, Vietnam still holds onto its old worl..
Known as the land of dragons, temples, art, cuisine and culture, Vietnam and Cambodia are two of the most unique countries in the world.
Ethnically rich, Vietnam still holds onto its old world charm. We will be exploring the famous cities of Hanoi, Halong and Ho Chi Minh on this 9 day tour. Learn more about the glorious history and culture of Vietnam as we visit places like Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, the One Pillar Pagoda, and the Museum of Ethnology. Vietnam also has some of the most astonishing natural sights in the world like thousands of limestone islets rising from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin and limestone caves having stalactites and stalagmites!
In Cambodia, we will be visiting the largest religious monument in the world - Angkor Wat. A World Heritage site, it stands glorious for many a millennia now. It is truly an enriching experience to visit this iconic site and learn more about Cambodia’s rich history! There's a magic about this charming yet confounding kingdom that casts a spell on visitors. In Cambodia, ancient and modern worlds collide to create an authentic adventure which you find nowhere else in the world!Read Less
Greetings from the land of the Maori! Surrounded by the majestic Pacific Ocean, New Zealand was one of the last regions on Earth where humans settled. Today, it is a beautiful melting pot of tradit..
Greetings from the land of the Maori! Surrounded by the majestic Pacific Ocean, New Zealand was one of the last regions on Earth where humans settled. Today, it is a beautiful melting pot of tradition, urbanization, nature and history. Comprising of two main land masses - the Northern and Southern islands, it is probably the most perfect road trip destination on the planet!
Having lots of interesting and quirky things like a tour of the world famous Hobbiton Studio, exploring the calderas of some active volcanoes, hiking along the Tongariro crossing, travelling through the Alps and enjoying the colorful city life, New Zealand is full of exciting things to do for the discerning traveler.
Get ready for mammoth national parks, dynamic Māori culture, and world-class surfing and skiing. New Zealand can be mellow or action-packed, but it's always epic.
New Zealand is very, very thinly populated with people! Filling in the gaps are the sublime forests, mountains, lakes, beaches and fiords that have made New Zealand one of the best roadtripping destinations on the planet.
New Zealand, although extremely safe and almost devoid of pickpocketing and travel scams, is a big country and choosing the right itinerary can be a daunting task! This is where Beyond Wild helps you in finalizing your travel plans, selecting the best possible guides and hotels and getting all the logistics in place!
Choose a route along the North or South Islands and explore your way through the country, taking in the sights and sounds of this unique island country in the form of a caravan holiday, a self drive or a chauffeur driven road trip! Happy tripping!Read Less
The world’s greatest cycling expedition through the world’s most gorgeous yet severely challenging road, this most iconic of cycling journeys is not for the faint hearted! Having successfully compl..
The world’s greatest cycling expedition through the world’s most gorgeous yet severely challenging road, this most iconic of cycling journeys is not for the faint hearted! Having successfully completed this journey many times over the last decade, we have developed a fantastic combination of support staff, backup vehicles and logistics, campsites, cycling captains and hospitality and safety standards that match the severity and intensity of this expedition! A mere few words won’t do justice for this expedition and so we urge you to read this entire blog to understand what this journey is all about!
‘The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams’.
The Manali-Leh-Khardung la cycling expedition has been one of the high points of my life so far. The satisfaction and feeling of achievement I felt on reaching the Khardung la top was other - wordly. In the following lines I am writing about what it felt like being out there…..
It all started in the monsoon of 2012, when Sabrina introduced me to a group of seemingly crazy Germans who had just cycled all the way from Berlin to Delhi. Who does this kind of thing, I thought! Little did I know what lay ahead. Over the course of the next few months, I became very good friends with the lot and one fine day in the October of 2012 I ended up doing a 160 km day trip to Diveagar ( a coastal village on India’s west coast ) with Erik ! That changed my life and how!
After 6 months of preparations, we finally ended up in the dreamy town of Manali .The haunt of trekkers and adventurers setting out for new adventures, Manali is a place that always sets a tempo!
A couple of days and an upset stomach later, we finally embarked on the great journey. Much has been written about this gorgeous route through the mighty Himalayas, but what we actually experienced went way beyond what lay written in those words! Those mighty mountains in the sky went on to teach us a lot about survival, of friendship and of pure, unadulterated joy! The nature, in those 2 weeks, told us tales about life. All of us reached civilization as wiser men [and women].
DAY 1: THROUGH MANALI AND BEYOND.
The Himachal is one of India`s richest and most bio-diverse jewels. As the night of the 3rd of July gave way to day, we were flagged off, thus commencing our ride. Over the next 10 days, we would be riding through dust, dirt, cold, rain and snow to reach the fabled Ladakhi capital high up in the mountains and clouds…LEH.
What followed the flag-off was a gorgeous route through the upper Manali valley. On we rode our gay rides through enchanting paths lined with tall oaks and deodars, those resilient Himalayan species and whose storied heights have been a subject of wonder, and along streams flowing with sparkling glacial water! It was a fantastic ride of close to 6 hours, when at long last, short of breath, we reached the picturesque campsite of Marhi. Situated at close to 3350m [which means we had climbed close to 5000 ft] and frequented by hordes of Himalayan Griffons, the Marhi tents were a welcome reprieve! The remaining day went in a flurry of activity with jokes and stories galore, which would come to haunt us with happy memories in the days of future…
DAY 2: ON THE ROAD AGAIN! TOWARDS ROHTANG LA AND FURTHER.
‘I`m as free as a bird now’…. Those magical words by Lynyrd Skynyrd came to my mind as we made our way through dense mist and a slight drizzle towards Rohtang! The famed pass is the conventional stop-point ( read end-point ) for most tourists. On one side lies the busy upper Manali valley with it`s constant thoroughfare of vehicles and yaks and on the other side…stillness, vastness and the enchanting land of Lahaul and Ladakh!. We had fun riding up to the Rohtang, which took us the best part of 3 hours. The road up the Rohtang is almost always shrouded in mist which eventually condenses on the road. The ‘kaccha’ [rutted] road has a constant army of vehicles going up and down. This makes the road extremely slushy. It was a different experience riding the bicycles through this ‘wet and wild’ moving road! And the frequent road blocks didn`t help the cause either! Our only consolation was that this was the first and the last time on the expedition that a road was being blocked by vehicles!
On reaching the top, we stopped for the customary group pics, solo pics, pics with the cycle, pics with the cycle and the mountains and eventually ended up having lunch at the top!
The downhill was an experience in itself! Imagine hurtling down a huge mountain without having to pedal even once, even as scenes after scenes of astounding beauty unfold before your very eyes! Those gorgeous vistas of snow capped peaks and bright blue skies all led us to ask one pondering question, ‘Why do we live in those smothering, crowded, polluted cities?
After a thrilling downhill ride and a few good kilometers on a flat terrain, we reached our next port of call which was the charming village of Sissu. From the main road we could see the tents pitched in a sea of apple and apricot trees, with the Sissu river thundering alongside! Had we reached paradise so early?
That evening, after the customary cycle cleaning workshop and some hot tea, we gathered for a group discussion in the warm dinner tent. Discussions, debates and jokes past, we retired for the night! We were on serious camping ground now!
DAY 3: TOWARDS Jispa - THROUGH THE BUDDHIST HEARTLAND.
Every day, as we gained altitude, and as our knees and legs got used to the mountains and our lungs and brains got acclimatized to the lack of oxygen, we felt more and more at home! The mountains were calling us and we were responding! Those high Himalayas, which had withstood many a countless storms and ravages, gave us strength and spirit! Some said that we were challenging and conquering the mountains, pitting us mere mortals against those mighty pillars of time? How untrue! We were merely challenging ourselves, to see how far we could go? How much could the human body and spirit bear before falling apart! Weren`t we all surprised to find a part of the Himalayas in the human spirit? Did not the air that caressed the Himalayas become a part of our life?
I love cultures. I love people. Every region has a unique culture, an unique tradition. Today, as we cycled through those dusty Himachali roads, Hinduism respectfully gave way to Buddhism! Monasteries replaced temples and maroon replaced saffron. Every kilometer now got us closer to Ladakh. A steady 54 kilometers later, we reached Jispa, a cute little village situated against the backdrop of some spectacular mountains. Today`s was an uneventful, yet extremely picturesque ride and all of us completed it without much trouble.
That night, I dreamt of Ladakh and what lay beyond those mighty mountains, under whose watchful gaze we all slept peacefully.
DAY 4: TOWARDS ZINGZINGBAR.
We were well and truly getting into the groove. The sublime locations, the thrilling rides and the gorgeous campsites were starting to put us into a state of trance.
That morning, as we awoke to clear skies and the prospect of an easy ride, Ladakh seemed ever so close. We had come with the dream to overcome our innate physical and mental blocks. As we cycled on and on towards Leh, we kept on discovering ourselves over and over again.
Today`s ride was fairly easy with occasional climbing. The real prize was the splendid campsite of Zingzingbar, which we reached after a tough climb of about 5 kilometers at the end. Weary and exhausted, the sight of those red and yellow tents flapping dolefully in a strong breeze was a real treat to the eyes. Our first sight of the campsite was from a good vantage point. The entire panaroma looked like the Martian surface, with mountains in all colours and hues embracing a deep valley in which lay pitched our dear tents!
Zingzingbar was a location out of fantasy! Those vast mountains with nothing but blue skies for company touched our tires souls! The hot chocolate that night, beneath the starry skies, was akin to ambrosia!
DAY 5: UP THE BARALACHA LA AND ONWARDS.
This was one of our best rides on the expedition. A clear sky and an amiable weather greeted us as we woke up on the 8th of July. The district of Lahaul and Spiti is famed for it`s rugged, desolate terrain interspersed every so often by lush green fields and fruit orchards. Our route was along this verdant trail with the mountains giving us support on one side. After a pleasant ride that lasted for an hour, we started our ascent of the Baralacha la. As we gained altitude, slowly but surely the weather Gods started making their presence felt. The bright, sunny morning gave way to a dreary mist, fog and a slight drizzle. With visibility of around 15 feet, with extreme cold numbing our limbs and a deep valley lurking on one side, we rode the most difficult ride of our life ( till then )! The majestic Suraj Taal, almost completely shrouded in an ethereal mist, gave us a tiny but satisfying glimpse, enough to paint a vivid picture in our minds for a long time to come.
It was a joyride after the Baralacha la, which at 4992 metres was the highest we had climbed till then. Crazier climbs and tougher rides were to come, but that night, under the starry Brandy Nullah skies and besides the mighty Ladakhi mountains, we slept a contented and peaceful sleep! We had, at last, stepped into the enchanting ‘Land of the Lama – Ladakh!
Today`s ride included the mighty Sarchu plains on whom riding was an absolute pleasure! With a strong tailwind and a flat tarred road, with breathtaking sand formations on both sides and with not even a vehicle in sight, we reached speeds of upto 60 kph for the first time on the expedition!
DAY 6 : STRUGGLE AT THE GATA LOOPS AND 2 OTHER PASSES.
On this bone jarring yet stunningly beautiful journey from Manali to Leh, lie the notorious Gata loops. A series of 21 hairpin bends that take you to the dizzy heights of 16500 feet are spread after the Brandy Nullah! Feared by motorists and truck drivers alike, the Gata loops make for serious high altitude climbing. Those who have been on these loops before, prefer not to stop there, compelled by some unknown force. Maybe the skeletal remains of vehicles long lost in those loops offer a grim reminder of how harsh the mountains can be! For us, climbing those loops was a great personal achievement. Having climbed about 2500 feet in under 2 hrs, we finally reached the top of the Gata loops. From there onwards, with happy legs and proud souls we climbed 2 more passes, the Namkee la and the Lachulung la! Oh la la ! After a tough day`s climbing we passed downhill through some breathtakingly stunning scenery that looked like a combination of the Grand Canyons and the Great Australian Outbacks. When immersed in the astounding natural wonders around, a link on my chain snapped. The last 2 kilometers were aided by gravity and some towing offered by Rakesh, as my faithful chain refused to move. Maybe, I was destined to spend more time in those bizarre ‘Disney-land’-like formations of mud, sand and clay!
DAY 7: TO THE TSOKAR.
The day all of us were looking forward to! The enigmatic Moray plains lay before us and our next camp. These are huge plains spread in the vast valleys between the mountains there. A beautiful tarmac road that went on and on and finally disappeared into the mountains was a pleasant surprise for us. An easy ride which dramatically culminated in magnificient views of the charming Tsokar lake, our day 7 was a gift. No high passes, a superb road for most part of the ride and pretty views of the Moray plains all helped the cause. The campsite was a beauty too, gleefully pitched on the banks of the Tsokar, surrounded by mountains gleaming pink and orange in the evening sun! After a relaxed evening spent in watching marmots and geese, we had a quick dinner before the biting cold forced us inside the tent into the warm, blessed sleeping bags. Taglang la was tomorrow and instead, we decided to train our thoughts on the dainty marmots and their cute habits!
DAY 8 : TAGLANG LA, THE MIGHTY PASS AT 17,666 FEET.
Taglang la, the mighty pass at 17666ft above the sea level lay majestically between us and Lato, our next campsite. Add to that the prospect of a virtually non-existent road, rather a path of cobbles, pebbles and gravel and our spirits were dampened further. Many expeditions in the past had just put the cyclists and cycles in the car and motored up the Taglang la. We decided against it! And so, in bitter cold that numbed our fingers so that they felt like unthawed sausages and with the sight of Taglang la looming large in front of us, we started. Progress was slow at best, with the cold and the bad road surface adding to our woes. The Taglang la top is about 24kms from Debring [which is 10 kilometers on a level surface from Tsokar ], all uphill! After a steaming hot cup of tea, we started the uphill climb. 3 hrs and tired legs later, the top was in sight! We had cycled about 17 tough kms from Debring, against all odds, against our very own doubts, embracing the might of the revered Himalayas! In these situations, you do understand, well and truly, the greatness of Nature!
At last, after about 5 hours of cycling, we finally reached the Taglang la top! Jubiliant scenes and mad photo sessions ensued, all basking in the delight of having successfully climbed one the toughest mountain roads in the world! It is for moments like these, those of utter joy and satisfaction, that life is so beautiful! And so, with cheery smiles and happy faces we started the dream-like descent of 37 kilometers. And, as we lost altitude and got back in the Buddhist villages, our final aim came into picture. And suddenly, as we reached the spectacular campsite of Lato, tucked away gorgeously beneath a red mountain and a near full Moon, Khardung la seemed possible within the grasps of a human’s capacity! We joked and sang that evening and even went for a leisurely stroll through the charming streets bounded by lush green fields and little Ladakhi houses. Later, we sat beside a campfire under the moonlit skies, sharing tales about Ladakh and it`s mysterious, hidden secrets! The next day, we would finally enter Leh!
DAY 9: IN LEH, PREPARATION FOR KHARDUNG LA BEGIN.
Cycling alongside the revered Sindhu river and through the Leh valley, we descended for a good 25-odd kilometers before reaching the important military base of Karoo. On we went, through Buddhist villages still peacefully asleep and alongside ancient monasteries, by green orchards and lush barley fields! What a pleasant morning that was! Humming Wordsworth and Keats, the scenes brought to mind all epithets those great poets had penned down years ago! Little boys and girls winked and waved at us and motorcyclists gave us the ‘thumbs up’ that only they can give! On and on we went, passing Ladakh’s ancient capital of Shey and the spectacular Thiksey monastery and not long thereafter did we see the towering Shanti Stupa, spreading peace over the beautiful town it overlooks. Leh`s most prominent landmark which is visible from many kilometers afar, the sight of the Shanti Stupa told us that we had made it! Finally, Leh was in sight and an hour later we were sitting in our hotel`s lobby, sipping green tea and congratulating each other. It took quite some time before the enormity of the moment hit us! We had just cycled from Manali to Leh, crossing many infamous passes and climbing huge mountains before making it there!
After the excitement died down, we got ready to think about the next day. It was, for many of us, the D-day! A day that would leave an indelible mark on our minds and which, hopefully, in the years to come, serve as a beacon of hope and strength in dark times! We were, finally, preparing for the most intense mind game we had ever played. As the sun bid adieu to Leh and its people, we gathered back in the restaurant for a hot bowl of sweet and sour soup, while Anil, our guru, asked for his ‘guru-dakshina’..‘Come what may, give it your best!’
Success, some say, is just hard work and patience. Next morning, an altogether different perspective greeted us! In a few hours from then, we were to understand the will and tenacity of the human mind.
Sleep was uneasy and patchy on that warm summer`s night…
DAY 10: THE D-DAY
And finally, when the day arrived and we got our butts on the saddles, it seemed pretty much just like any other ride. I was suffering from a bad cough and cold that morning. I was advised to give it a miss, ride only as much as I easily could. A few even advised me to only ride downhill! The mere thought of not completing it sent shivers down my spine! We started the ride at 5:20 am sharp. I had Peter’s determined company for most part of the ride. We had decided to take a break after every 1 kilometer and thus we stopped at every milestone that showed the distance to the K-top. It served two purposes, firstly, it helped us catch up our breath and secondly gave us a welcome psychological boost that we were getting closer by a kilimeter each time we stopped. For 6 hrs that morning the only thing we knew were those milestones and our brain trained to stop at them!
As we gained altitude, the lack of oxygen and cold winds started making our progress slow. Dreadfully slow.
Riding up the Khardung la was not easy. As we neared the end of the ride, the physical and mental exhaustion was severe. The brain started slowing down its processes and the legs, which till then had stood strong, started giving way. With blood oozing out of nose and the cough getting yellower by the minute, I carried on. I had to make it! It was for this day that I had practiced for 6 months! I had to test my mental capacity.
Finally, after 8 hours of the toughest climbing I had ever done, I reached the K-top! Never before, in my 21 years of life, had I felt such joy! Ecstasy, Jubilation, Satisfaction! We had made it! The toil of the 10 days was finally rewarded! Oh, those few moments were unbelievable! Once the excitement had worn off, we stopped at the 18,360 feet for a few pictures. WE HAD SUCCESSFULLY CYCLED ALL THE WAY UP TO THE WORLD’S HIGHEST MOTORABLE PASS! What a thought that was! That was the happiest day of my life!
We reached Leh by 5 pm and started preparing for a party that night.
But, over the next few days, the scenes that unfolded on the day of the Khardung la kept flashing before my eyes, spreading a sense of utter contentment and peace over my being.
I had made what I had come here for, led a group of 16 cyclists to a successful completion of the world’s toughest cycle ride and in the process discovered a new me. The one that would come to my aid in troubled times, and with just a pat, show me the way of hard work and determination and steadfastness, and all would be well.
I slept well on the night of the 13th of July, the day I embraced the mighty Khardung la and emerged smiling.
Ladakh taught me a lot, it taught me about man and mankind about the tenacity and will-power about the human mind and most importantly helped me re-discover myself.
As I always say, most places touch your senses, some touch your soul. Ladakh had touched it irrevocably, for the best. Those are indeed, as one old Ladakhi man in Turtuk once told me, mountains that change you.
At first sight, Gir doesn’t make you fall in love. It fails to put your mind in wonder like the ethereal atmosphere of Kanha nor does it enchant your spirit and soul like the incredible jungle of C..
At first sight, Gir doesn’t make you fall in love. It fails to put your mind in wonder like the ethereal atmosphere of Kanha nor does it enchant your spirit and soul like the incredible jungle of Corbett. It lacks the almost supernatural aura surrounding Ranthambhore or the intense thrill that an hour in Bandhavgarh or Tadoba gifts you with. But, there is something fascinating about this place in the desert, the very last bastion of the Asiatic Lion. It makes you wonder about the fact that in one of the driest regions in the country, more than 500 of these fabled beasts roam in gay abandon! Gir’s beauty is difficult to fathom at once, but slowly and surely, Gir makes you love it.
A symbol of power; represented in history, culture, art and administration; worshipped as a divine mount; admired as the ruler of the forests, the lion is truly one of India's most celebrated felines! In the colorful state of Gujarat, lies the last stronghold of this majestic big cat.
Situated in the hallowed land of Junagadh, Gir is the last home of the Asiatic lion in the world. Vast stretches of dry deciduous forest, interspersed with towering teak trees, it is prime lion territory! One of the only jungles where man and nature coexist within the core, in Gir exists a harmonious relationship between the Maldharis and the protector of the forest. It is also the only forest in India where the lions are protected by a team of fierce "Lion Queens", brave women who strive for the safety and security of this precious land. Apart from Asiatic lions, Gir is also inhabited by numerous other denizens like the leopard, striped hyena, mugger crocodiles, honey badger and the rarely spotted pangolin. It also boasts of the success story of the Indian Crocodile Conservation Project, with close to 1000 mugger crocodiles being released into the wild. The avifauna of Gir includes a multitude of species worth observing!
Being so unique, it is truly a must visit for every passionate wildlifer!Read Less
Tawang is a jewel in this unique north-east of ours. The best part about Tawang is the journey! Here, the great affair is to move. As you go up and down in those giant valleys and passes you see a ..
Tawang is a jewel in this unique north-east of ours. The best part about Tawang is the journey! Here, the great affair is to move. As you go up and down in those giant valleys and passes you see a different world, a world of complete silence, of solitude and bliss...
The charming little town of Tawang and its eclectic surroundings are best witnessed because no words of men can do justice to what lies hidden behind those fabled passes of the north-east. It is here that the land still echoes the war-cries of the brave Indian soldiers even as they were outnumbered against the Chinese, where the barely-audible hymn of the monks lends an other-worldly charm to the Tawang monastery and where gigantic mountains and pristine rivers join hands to create a world of superlative beauty. Let us explore this fabled land, together.Read Less
South Africa's landscapes are stunning, from the burning Karoo and Kalahari semideserts to the misty heights of the Drakensberg range and the massive Blyde River Canyon. Even in urban Cape Town, yo..
South Africa's landscapes are stunning, from the burning Karoo and Kalahari semideserts to the misty heights of the Drakensberg range and the massive Blyde River Canyon. Even in urban Cape Town, you need only look up to see the beautiful fynbos (indigenous flora) climbing the slopes of Table Mountain, while nearby, two of the world's most dramatic coastal roads lead to Cape Point and Hermanus. Add the vineyards carpeting the Cape Winelands, old-growth forests along the Garden Route, wrinkly mountain ranges from the Cederberg to the Swartberg, and Indian Ocean beaches, and there's a staggering variety to enjoy.
South Africa is considered one of the best road trip destinations in the world and it is not difficult to see why. From the sunny small towns of the Western Cape and dusty outback of the Northern Cape, to the mystical boondocks of Mpumalanga, roads are the lifeline of the country.
They connect glittering cities with small towns that sizzle in the desert heat and sea-sprayed coastlines where salt hangs heavy in the air with fragrant pine forests and rocky mountains.
And while some roads stretch for kilometres towards mysterious horizons, others end after a few short metres at a rickety gate with a “PRIVATE PROPERTY” sign on a lonesome pasture.
These roads offer incredible chances to explore unknown towns and experience the soul of the country at your own pace with the windows down and your feet on the dashboard.
So, compile a kickass playlist, pile your bags, family, friends, and get ready to explore some of the best road trips in South Africa.
With many years of on-field experience, reputed guides and mentors from South Africa and some of the best lodges and homestays tied up with us, look no further than Beyond Wild to help you craft the most perfect South African raodtrip of your dreams!Read Less
Hidden far, far away from all civilization, beyond the great Shiwaliks and up and above the skies, lies India’s very own ‘Tibet’. Some call it ‘Spiti’, others call it ‘The Last Shangrila’. For us, ..
Hidden far, far away from all civilization, beyond the great Shiwaliks and up and above the skies, lies India’s very own ‘Tibet’. Some call it ‘Spiti’, others call it ‘The Last Shangrila’. For us, it is the greatest and purest experience there ever is! Gargantuan mountains, enchanting valleys adorned with crystal clear rivers originating from the great glacial melt off, electric blue lakes which would even put a thousand sapphires to shame and people so warm and so loving that you wouldn’t want to leave this iconic wonderland, that is Spiti for you!
Beyond Wild’s fabled roadtrip, mastered over the last decade thanks to our many ramblings and experiences, continues to attract the hardcore traveller and nature lover! A week-long sojourn taking us through the green and verdant Kinnaur where grow the world’s best apples to the desolate and barren wonderland of Lahaul and Spiti, where lies the ethereal Chandertaal, the high and handsome monasteries at Key and Dhankar and a million scenes so dramatic that you’d forget everything else, to the bustling yet peaceful Himalayan towns of Shimla and Manali, this is the most complete Himalayan roadtrip ever!
Spiti is still extremely underdeveloped and that is what makes it so charming, so alluring, so sparsely populated! For hours at end, there is a chance you see no other soul, helping you connect with yours! ;)
Come, Beyond Wild’s hospitality and the Spitian glory await you on this cult roadtrip!Read Less
Ladakh, India’s crowning glory (pun intended), without any shred of doubt, has some of the most unreal and scenic views in the country. You will be stumped and hypnotised by everything surrounding ..
Ladakh, India’s crowning glory (pun intended), without any shred of doubt, has some of the most unreal and scenic views in the country. You will be stumped and hypnotised by everything surrounding you. The sun-kissed mountains that are capped with spotless snow, the clear lakes that look like giant, blue crystals and the untouched, pristine greenery radiates such calmness, that it all becomes a part of you. The moment you step here, you feel like you have stepped into a magical land which you never want to leave.
A staggering experience of wild, untamed beauty, monumental scale and a hushed, haunting silence symbolises Ladakh. Perhaps, the most mysterious of all Indian districts, Ladakh is a wonder-world of the raw forces of Nature, forces those haven’t been disgraced by the deeds of men. A photographer`s favourite, Ladakh can`t help but throw up landscape stunners all year round. But, it’s in the summers that the region really sparkles, with pristine, blue lakes which look like paintings and surrounded by silvery, gray mountains that conjure up images of the moon!
In Ladakh, they say, never put the camera away, as vistas after vistas of breathtaking charm and grandeur unfold before your eyes! This arduous journey takes you right through the heart of Ladakh, the land, where, as the sun rises, beauty in its most complete form descends upon the ground embracing everything within sight!
The magnificence of Nature at every turn and corner is so palpable that it might make you cry happy tears, just at the thought of being at such a fascinating place. No artist could capture the beauty of this place, or do justice by their trials. And it just seems apt, that you too give it your best shot. And if you think that a part of you was left behind, don’t worry, you’re not the only one!
Beyond Wild, over the last decade, has successfully completed more than 150 departures to Ladakh! With tours ranging from 5 days to a fortnight and with accommodation right from a beautiful homestay to an uber luxurious mansion, we help you customize the Ladakh trip of your dreams! All you have to do in contact us and we shall manage the rest!
P.S: Our drivers and guides in Ladakh, the local food joints which we have discovered when on field and the specially crafted itineraries is what makes our Ladakh tours so popular. Try them out for yourself!Read Less
The Western Ghats have always been a birder’s paradise. Nestled in these ghats, in God’s own country- Kerala, Thattekad and Munnar will surely leave you in awe!
Being Kerala’s first ever bird..
The Western Ghats have always been a birder’s paradise. Nestled in these ghats, in God’s own country- Kerala, Thattekad and Munnar will surely leave you in awe!
Being Kerala’s first ever bird sanctuary, Thattekad was described by the legend, Dr. Salim Ali as the richest bird habitat on peninsular India. An evergreen low-land forest, it is situated between the branches of the Periyar river. Thattekad is home to numerous bird species like Jerdon’s nightjar, the large-billed leaf warbler, Ceylon frogmouth, yellow-browed bulbul and many more. Known as “Cuckoo Paradise”, it houses the Indian cuckoo, drongo cuckoo, Indian hawk cuckoo and the large hawk cuckoo.
Famed for its tea plantations, Munnar is also prime bird habitat. Fragmentation of habitat has greatly affected the native flora and fauna. In spite of these challenging circumstances, it boasts of some beautiful endemic biodiversity like the Nilgiri wood pigeon, Nilgiri tahr, Nilgiri langur, grizzled giant squirrel and others. The rare shrub “neelakurinji” is also found here, which flowers only once every twelve years!
Indeed, Thattekad and Munnar are not to be missed!Read Less
Fed up of the maddening city traffic and the incessant honking? Weary of the rising pollution levels and the stressed lives? Well, we have the perfect solution for that! Tucked away deep in the hil..
Fed up of the maddening city traffic and the incessant honking? Weary of the rising pollution levels and the stressed lives? Well, we have the perfect solution for that! Tucked away deep in the hills and valleys of the Sahyadri and adorned by the calm backwaters lies a campsite - earthy, raw and 100% wild!
This back-to-nature campsite is just how camping was meant to be! Our camp starts with a wonderful birding trail through the dense woods around our camping ground and then we say goodbye to the setting sun with a game of football on our very own `green outfield`.
The young night would take you back to the simple yet immensely powerful scenes from `Into the Wild`, where we dedicate our time to roast some mouth - watering barbeque as the moonlit waters gently lap at our feet. This is just how life was meant to be lived - simple yet meaningful.
Just as we pleasure ourselves with the heavenly aromas and tastes from the grill, our local friends will serve us a sumptuous village meal complete with `pithla-bhakri-thecha`!
With a surreal night walk and some astronomy along the sparkling backwaters, we conclude the day with a crackling campfire reminding us of the days long gone by. Nostalgic and content, we sleep under the stars as a thorough silence spreads across the valley.
We wake up at the crack of dawn as our brighest friend lights up the top of the hills. After a moderate trek and a heavy breakfast, we drive back - with memories to cherish till the next time we camp together!Read Less
Bhigwan is a haven for the flaming birds of beauty, our pretty guests from up north. An astounding place to not only see the flamingos, but also to photograph them. We go in search of these incredi..
Bhigwan is a haven for the flaming birds of beauty, our pretty guests from up north. An astounding place to not only see the flamingos, but also to photograph them. We go in search of these incredibly beautiful birds in the golden light of sunset as well as sunrise, in boats rowed by master boatmen, people who know the lake like the back of their hands! And then, there are a host of other avian beauties who inhabit the placid waters of the Bhigwan lake. Herons, gulls, egrets, terns and a number of raptors like the Osprey, Marsh Harrier and Greater Spotted Eagle call Bhigwan their home. And if you’re lucky, you can even catch a glimpse of these magnificent raptors in action!
We pitch our tents by the lakeside, with the starlit sky and a campfire keeping us company. Out by the water, discussions and stories will continue late into the night, till the fire dies out...Read Less
Hidden in the elephant grass, lurks a beast. Waiting, watching, suddenly he springs! Catching an unaware sambar, the tiger emerges victorious. Yet another day concludes, as the sun sets on the magi..
Hidden in the elephant grass, lurks a beast. Waiting, watching, suddenly he springs! Catching an unaware sambar, the tiger emerges victorious. Yet another day concludes, as the sun sets on the magical Terai…
In the marshy grasslands of the Terai, lies an unexplored paradise. Known to few, Dudhwa carries the legacy of the legend, Billy Arjan Singh. With lush Sal canopies, vast meadows of elephant grass, and one of the best views nature has to offer, Dudhwa is home to India’s finest patch of forest.
What to expect?
One of the finest examples of conservation in India, Dudhwa is truly a wildlifer’s paradise. Apart from being a success story of reintroducing tigers and the one horned rhinoceros into the wild, it is also one of the strongholds of a healthy population of the vulnerable barasinga. Boasting of 300+ bird species, it is one of the best places for bird watching in India. Other than tigers, the park is also home to mammals like the sloth bear, leopards, fishing cat, leopard cat and numerous deer species. The mosaic of high forest vegetation, interspersed with grasslands is truly a treat! On this iconic journey into this veritable treasure trove of wildlife, deep in the Terai, we stay at beautiful forest department rest houses in the core! This experience, as you wake up to the trumpets of elephants and the songs of a myriad of birds and go to bed listening to alarm calls of a hundred deer, shaken and nervous, is something you won't forget soon. The Terai's hold over you would be complete, would be eternal! Dudhwa is a true testimony to India's incredible natural beauty and the unimaginable amount of treasure it contains! Come, Dudhwa beckons!Read Less
The smell of the sea, the sun beating down and the wind whistling past, blowing through your hair as you cycle through the scenic Sahyadris and across the vast Arabian Sea...oh what a thrilling jou..
The smell of the sea, the sun beating down and the wind whistling past, blowing through your hair as you cycle through the scenic Sahyadris and across the vast Arabian Sea...oh what a thrilling journey! Join us, as we take you from Pune, through the beautiful rolling hills of Konkan and alongside the majestic Arabian Sea to the ultimate party and happiness destination of India - Goa!
For all you adrenaline junkies out there, this is the perfect opportunity as we spend 5 days cycling through the winding ghats of Sahyadri, pass through picturesque coastal villages, eat delicious local food and have a lot of fun! The tour ends on a high note as we have a gala celebration on our last night in Goa.
Every night, we camp at some of Maharashtra’s prettiest beaches and enjoy the delicious Konkani cuisine!
This is a journey which happens once in a lifetime! Rise above yourself because, as someone once said, Life starts at the end of your comfort zone!Read Less