Tryst to Nature - Nature and Wild Life Tour
There are several Continents in the world and India falls in one of the continents known as Asia. The whole Universe is a creation of almighty God and He has bestowed the Natural Scenic and virgin beauty in one way or the other thus India as a whole enjoys tremendous gifts of Nature in respect of its Mountain Ranges ,Oceans and Rivers, Lakes and Streams, Backwaters and Brooks which constitute the beautiful aspects of Indian region. We have as many as 29 states which make India one state and every nook and corner of India is so scenic in beauty that even after visiting the places the phrase goes like "you can't have enough of it" Nature has been kind enough in bestowing us with Plateau, Plains, Hills, Deserts [ Hot & Cold] and what not , Which constitute 'The Tryst for Nature'.
Be it the beaches , the resorts , the
Mountain Lakes, Caves, Monasteries, Lush Green Meadows and pastures , Gigantic
Peaks famous in the World , Fortresses, Shrines , National Heritages ,Wildlife
and Sanctuaries are interrelated and as such play a vital role for such a
tryst. Foot Trails of the Himalayas and Diversified and varied Cultures of
various Places and Tribes living around are worth a mention. It has been very
rightly put that "Where Culture Echoes, Beauty Enthralls, Tradition Speaks &
India is a heaven for wild animals and exotic birds, making it must for those who love nature. Game viewing in Asia differs from Africa.
The Indian Sub-continent has over 500 species of mammals, 2061 forms of birds, 650 are migrants. 748 species of reptiles, more than 30,000 species of insects. No other region in the world is home to both species of the great cats, the Lion and the Tiger, the Elephant, the great Indian Rhino, the water Buffalo. There are more Deer and cat species, the rarest and most graceful antelopes, wide variety of Monkeys.
Bird life ranging from the world's largest crane (The Sarus Crane) to the tiny 'Munia' - making it a bird watcher's paradise.
The Indian peninsula is a continent in itself, the geographical diversity of which has resulted in a vast range of wildlife, with over 350 species of mammals and 1200 species of birds in the country. There are 90 national parks and 411 wildlife sanctuaries in the country. Each region has something special to offer: the Hangul is restricted to the valley of Kashmir in northern India, the rhino is found in isolated pockets along the Brahmaputra River in the east, the black langur in the Western Ghats, and Western India is the home of the last remaining Asiatic lions. Two of India's most impressive animals, the Bengal (or Indian) tiger and the Asiatic elephant are still found in most regions, though their population has shrunk drastically.
Most of India's wildlife finds refuge in over 200 sanctuaries and parks around
the country. The following list refers to some of the more important of these.
Accommodation often needs to be booked in advance, either by direct
application or through the local State ITDC or the controlling authority of
the respective park.
Dachigam Wildlife Sanctuary (Kashmir): Broad valley; mountain slopes; rare
hangul deer, black and brown bear, leopard; heronry.
Govind Sagar Bird Sanctuary (Himachal Pradesh): Bird sanctuary with crane, duck, goose and teal.
Corbett National Park (Uttar Pradesh): Himalayan foothills near Dhikala; Sal forest and plains; tiger, elephant, leopard and rich birdlife. Excellent fishing in Ramganga River.
Dudhwa National Park (Uttar Pradesh): Nepal border; tiger, sloth bear and panther.
Valley of Flowers National Park (Uttar Pradesh): When in bloom this 'roof garden' at 3500m (11,500ft) is a glorious blaze of color. Permits are required to enter.
Sariska National Park (Rajasthan): About 200km (125 miles) from Delhi. Forest and open plains; sambar (largest Indian deer), cheetal (spotted deer), nilgai (Indian antelope), black buck, leopard and tiger; good night-viewing.
Ranthambhor (Sawai Madhopur - Rajasthan): Hill forest, plains and lakes; sambar, chinkara (Indian gazelle), tiger, sloth bear, crocodiles and migratory water-birds.
Bharatpur National Park (Keoloadeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary) (Rajasthan): India's most outstanding bird sanctuary; many indigenous water-birds; huge migration from Siberia and China; crane, goose, stork, heron, snakes, birds, etc.
Bandhavgarh National Park (Madhya Pradesh): Situated in the Vindhyan
Mountains, this park has a wide variety of wildlife including panther, sambar
Kanha National Park (Madhya Pradesh): Sal forest and grassland; only home of barasingha (swamp deer), tiger, cheetal and gaur.
Shivpuri National Park (Madhya Pradesh): Open forest and lake; chinkara, chowsingha (four-horned antelope), nilgai, tiger, leopard and water-birds.
Krishnagiri Upavan National Park (Maharashtra): Formerly known as Borivli,
this park protects an important scenic area close to Mumbai (Bombay). Kanheri
Caves and Vihar, Tulsi and Powai lakes; water-birds and smaller types of
wildlife. Lion Safari Park nearby.
Tadoba National Park (Maharashtra): Teak forests and lake; tiger, leopard, nilgai and gaur. Night-viewing.
Sasan Gir National Park (Gujarat): Forested plains and lake; only home of Asiatic lion, sambar, chowsingha, nilgai, leopard, chinkara and wild boar.
Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary (Gujarat): Lake; migratory water-birds; indigenous birds include flamingo.
Little Rann of Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary (Gujarat): Desert; herds of khur (Indian wild ass), wolf and caracal.
Velavadar National Park (Gujarat): New Delta grasslands; large concentration of black buck.
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary (Kerala): Large artificial lake; elephant, gaur,
wild dog, black langur, otters, tortoises and rich birdlife including hornbill
and fishing owl. Viewing by boat.
Vedanthangal Water Birds Sanctuary (Tamil Nadu): One of the most spectacular breeding grounds in India. Cormorant, heron, stork, pelican, grebe and many others.
Point Calimere Bird Sanctuary (Tamil Nadu): Particularly noted for its flamingo, also for heron, teal, curlew and plover, black buck and wild pig.
Pulicat Bird Sanctuary (Andhra Pradesh): Flamingo, grey pelican, heron and tern.
Dandeli National Park (Karnataka): Park with bison, panther, tiger and sambar. Easily accessible from Goa.
Jawahar National Park (includes Bandipur and Nagarhole National Parks (Karnataka), and the Wildlife Sanctuaries of Mudumalai (Tamil Nadu) and Wayanad (Kerala): Extensive mixed forest; largest elephant population in India, leopard, gaur, sambar, muntjac and giant squirrel. Birds include racquet-tailed drongo, trogon and barbet.
Kaziranga National Park (Assam): Elephant grass and swamps; one-horned Indian
rhinoceros, water buffalo, tiger, leopard, elephant, deer and rich birdlife.
Elephant transport is available within the park.
Manas Wildlife Sanctuary (Assam): On the Bhutan border, rainforest, grassland and river banks; rhino, water buffalo, tiger, elephant, golden langur and water-birds; fishing permitted.
Nameri National Park (Assam): Tiger and water-birds; fishing permitted.
Palamau Tiger Reserve (Bihar): Rolling, forested hills; tiger, leopard, elephant, sambar, jungle cat, rhesus macaque (monkey) and, occasionally, wolf.
Hazaribagh National Park (Bihar): Sal forested hills; sambar, nilgai, cheetal, tiger, leopard and occasionally muntjac (larger barking deer).
Sundarbans Tiger Reserve (West Bengal): Mangrove forests; tiger, fishing cat, deer, crocodile, dolphin and rich birdlife. Access and travel by chartered boat.
Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary (West Bengal): Tropical forest and grassland; rhino, elephant and rich birdlife.
Similipal Tiger Reserve (Orissa): Immense Sal forest; tiger, elephant, leopard, sambar, cheetal, muntjac and chevrotain.
Chilika Wildlife (Bird) Sanctuary (Orissa): Migratory birds, flamingo, Siberian ducks, heron and Teal Comorant.
Tour: Indian Birds and Taj Mahal
Destinations : Bharatpur - Agra
Gulmarg Ski Tour (Season: Mid December till mid march): A seventeen Days Skiing odyssey at Gulmarg, the only developed resort in Asia at an altitude of 2666 mts. The slopes at Gulmarg are quite specific for beginners and experts because each year International Skiing Tournaments are held here. Latest equipment is available with Royal Tours to make your skiing experience wonderful. Added to it there is a chairlift (Cable car famous by name of "Gondola") reaching to a height of 2800mts. from where advanced and professional skiers can have their exciting runs.
- Day 1 Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival in Delhi transfer to hotel.
- Day 2 - Delhi / Bharatpur
Morning at leisure. Afternoon train to Bharatpur
(approx 3 hrs). Upon arrival transfer from Railway Station to Hotel.
- Day 3, 4 & 5 - Bharatpur
Every year, with the onset of monsoons the birds converge on Bharatpur to breed. Amongst them are herons, egrets, cormorants, ibis, spoonbills and storks. The migratory birds from Siberia and Arctic arrive with the start of winters. The new arrivals merge with the residents and build their nests in an estimated 50000 trees. On all sides Bharatpur is alive with squawking, eating, nesting, mating and grooming. All the days at leisure to explore the world heritage Keoladev Ghana National Park either on foot or by cycle Rickshaw. The local rickshawalas are experts on birds and are often the best guides.
- Day 6 - Bharatpur / Fatehpur Sikri / Agra
Morning free. By noon drive to Agra (55 kms) enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri - beautifully laid out capital of the Mughal Empire during Emperor Akbar's reign. Overnight stay in Agra.
- Day 7 - Agra / Delhi
Morning visit the timeless wonder - Taj Mahal, renowned for its architectural magnificence and aesthetic beauty. Afternoon visit Agra Fort and Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah also called Baby Taj. Evening depart by train for Delhi (2.5 hrs). Met
upon arrival and transfer to your hotel.
- Day 8 - Delhi
Transfer to Airport for your flight back home
Tour: Jungle India Tour
Kanha National Park
- Day 1 - Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival in Delhi transfer to hotel.
- Day 2 - Delhi / Jabalpur
Morning free to explore the city of Delhi. Afternoon depart by an overnight Train for Jabalpur.
- Day 3 - Jabalpur / Kanha
Arrive Jabalpur early in the morning and proceed for Breakfast at a city hotel. Continue by surface to Kanha (172 kms/ 4 hrs). Check in at Resort.
Afternoon Safari to Kanha National Park. This is the land of the Jungle Book, where the descendents of Sher Khan the tiger still prowl. It is Asia's biggest wildlife sanctuary and a Project Tiger Reserve. In Kanha the Gaur or giant ox looms large. Gaur can be nearly three times the body weight of an adult tiger, yet the experienced tiger has been known to predate successfully on these giants. Largest of the Asiatic deer - Sambar is among the tiger's favourite prey. For tiger watchers the alarm call of Sambar is a definite indication that a predator is nearby.
- Day 4 & 5 - Kanha
Visit the Kanha National Park in the mornings and afternoons.
- Day 6 - Kanha / Jabalpur
Morning Safari. Transfer to Jabalpur Railway Station with picnic Lunch. Depart Jabalpur in the afternoon by overnight Train for Delhi.
- Day 7 - Jabalpur / Delhi
Arrive Delhi in the morning. Transfer to hotel upon arrival. Rest of the day free.
- Day 8 - Delhi / London
Transfer to Airport.