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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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