INDIA SAFARI HOLIDAYS

Tigers, elephant, rhino and more; a sensational variety of wildlife and landscapes all wrapped up in India's culture and history

India's wild and remote places are home to an extraordinary variety of enthralling and endangered wildlife from tigers to sloth bears.

This is a country of unparalleled diversity with an unbeatable richness of possibilities. Combined with its ubiquitous culture there’s enough in India to keep the inquisitive traveller returning time and again.

The jungles of Central India, the inspiration for Kipling’s Jungle book, remain the final stronghold of the Bengal Tiger. On a tiger safari, often in the former royal hunting grounds of the maharajas, in the company of conservationists and expert guides you have the best chance of seeing one of these magnificent, endangered big cats in the wild. India is one of the last few places in the world to see tiger in their natural habitat.

While it might not immediately spring to mind as a premier wildlife destination India has its own ‘Big Five’ to rival that of Africa. As well as the enigmatic tiger, after your feline fix, we’d encourage you to explore lesser known parks where you’ll find leopard, Asiatic lion, one-horned rhinoceros and elephant; each of them is endangered and under serious threat of extinction. Expect personalised private safaris by jeep, boat and on foot in the company of people who have a genuine enthusiasm for conservation and passion for all wildlife.

In the remote landscapes of north India you'll find an intoxicating blend of crisp mountain air, timeless rural traditions and some of the most sublime scenery on the planet; the Himalayas should be on everybody’s bucket list. Our walks and treks in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas in Sikkim, Kumaon and Ladakh are for anyone who simply enjoys the great outdoors; with your own private guide there’s plenty of flexibility each day with walks to suit your ability. On foot amid remote and rugged beauty and beneath the gaze of jagged snow-capped peaks you spend each night in the rustic comfort of a beautifully converted village house. 

In south India head to the Western Ghats to get off-grid in Kerala. A world hotspot of biological diversity the hills are fantastic walking country with superlative views of emerald green forests and thundering waterfalls reached via hidden trails. Our walks from secluded estates and simple camping treks are led by local guides – some of them reformed poachers – who know the hills like the backs of their hands.

Away from the wilderness, India is crammed with fascinating culture and history. Saturated with colour and astonishing diversity it's the most photogenic place on the planet - we guarantee you’ll want to return.

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Choosing where to go in India and how to get there

The great size of India, its variety and complexity mean its rather like a dozen countries in one. It's impossible to see everything in one visit and at first glance the choice can seem over whelming. Our recommendation is to take it slow and take the time to explore one region well.

India has a comprehesive and efficient scheduled flight network and onward journeys into mountainous and other remote regions is by private car with driver. India has one of the largest rail networks in the world and taking the train is not only a convenient and comfortable way of covering large distances between places of interest, particularly in rural areas; it is also a real experience in itself. Railway platforms are full of life, with chai and samosa vendors weaving their way through the crowds and huge piles of luggage. Stations can also be chaotic, which is why you will always be taken to the station by a guide or driver who will ensure that you are on the right train.

We're always on hand to offer honest advice - and will let you know when it's better to save more for another time.

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INDIA'S TOP EXPERIENCES

INDIA'S TIGERS & WILDLIFE

TRACKING THE WORLD'S CRITICALLY ENDANGERED BIG CAT

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INDIA'S TOP EXPERIENCES

REMOTE LANDSCAPES OF LADAKH

ADVENTURES ON THE ROOF OF THE WORLD

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INDIA'S TO EXPERIENCES

WALKING IN THE WESTERN GHATS

OFF-GRID IN KERALA

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When to go to India

India is such a vast country there is no one best time to visit.

Altitude and latitude affect the climate and at the same time it’s snowing in the Himalayas, the Western Ghats more than 1000km south are warm and sunny. However, as a general rule of thumb the best time to visit India is between October (the end of the monsoon season) and March when most of the Subcontinent enjoys clear skies and relatively cool temperatures. 

However, April and May are good time to visit the hills such as Darjeeling or Kumaon at a time when it is very hot (40C+) in Rajasthan and the northern plains.

The only area that isn’t affected by the monsoon rains is Ladakh. Lying in the rain shadow of the Himalayas and cut off from the rest of India by snow for the remainder of the year, June to September are the perfect time to visit.

Millions of Indians travel during local holidays and while an Indian festival is heaps of fun services can be overwhelmed by demand and you need to be prepared for crowds and noise reaching the seemingly remotest of places.

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Family holidays in India

Families looking for an exhilarating blend of wilderness and culture will love India. It’s a paradise for the curious and one thing we can pretty much guarantee is that your children will never be bored. Cool off in rock pools on hikes in Kerala’s hills at Christmas, make a safari in the footsteps of Kipling’s Jungle Book at Easter or explore the remote moonscapes of ‘Little Tibet’ in summer. You’ll be fully but discretely supported throughout your trip so that you and your family can enjoy the adventure with peace of mind.

Where to stay in India

India excels at offering authentic hospitality and wherever you stay you’re assured of a warm welcome and excellent cuisine. Sophisticated but homely our handpicked places to stay are chosen for their location and understated luxury.

Many of our favourite jungle lodges and wilderness camps are owned and run by families who have long been involved in wildlife conservation; they consistently deliver an intelligently guided, complete India safari experience. Think comfort and space without excess: hot showers and flush loos, a steaming cup of tea or coffee brought to your bed at dawn, delicious meals in the shade of a tree or around a flickering camp fire. All in some of the most remarkable wildlife environments on earth.

The village houses we use to explore the mountains offer stylish rustic comfort amid breath taking scenery; places where the only sound is early morning birdsong and glorious panoramic views from your bed beneath a night sky full of shooting stars render television redundant.

Elsewhere, India is full of charming havelis, colonial bungalows, forts and palaces rammed full of character and charm, so that the place you stay for the night is often a destination in itself.

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TIGERS & LEOPARD IN INDIA'S RAJASTHAN

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TRACK SNOW LEOPARD IN THE INDIAN HIMALAYAS

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LADAKH: SUMMER IN THE HIMALAYAS

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TRACKING TIGER ON FOOT IN SATPURA NATIONAL PARK

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Our favourite places in India

Indian Himalayas

DRAMATIC LANDSCAPES, MOUNTAIN VIEWS, SNOW LEOPARDS

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Our favourite places in India

Central India's Parks

MAJESTIC TIGER, EXPERT GUIDES, SMALL CAMPS

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Our favourite places in India

Kerala's Mountains & Parks

REMOTE HILL WALKS, RIVERS & LAKES

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Our favourite places in India

North India & Rajasthan

DESERTS, TIGERS, LEOPARDS, FORTS & PALACES

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All of us at Natural High have over 20 years’ experience in the countries we offer. We’ve lived there, worked there and arranged countless one-off journeys for clients. We live to travel – and love to share our tips on what’s really worth doing. For expert advice (and a traveller’s tale or two), speak to one of our team. They’ll be happy to let you in on their travel secrets, and help you plan a tailor-made trip that’s truly unforgettable.

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"We stayed at three beautiful lodges; The Emakoko Nairobi National Park, Tortillis Camp Amboseli National Park and Kicheche Valley Camp Mara Conservation Area. Great food, great staff, great guides, great management, could not fault anything. Every pick up was on time and with a smile. Loved the ‘Captains Table’ at Kicheche. Highlight was the Ballon ride over the Mara - fantastic. We saw all that we hoped to see, Nairobi; lion, rhino, plains game Amboseli; elephant, lion, buffalo, hippo, plains game Mara; leopard, lion, elephant, cheetah, buffalo, plains game. In Nairobi we stayed at the Sarova Stanley which was also great, leaving a message on the mail board by the ‘Thorn Tree’. Key to our great safari was our travel consultant Vanessa Janion at Natural High who was fantastic. Yes we loved everything, thanks Vanessa 💖"

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"Very helpful and Catherine went out of her way to accommodate us. It was also short notice from our side and yet it all worked very well. Good advice was provided to us about where to stay en route and all queries promptly answered."

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Phenomenal Safari which will certainly stay with us for years to come

"Our main contact, Rod, was extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of the Safari that we ultimately decided upon. We trusted his recommendations throughout and were certainly impressed by the trip. Whilst we were on Safari Rod was always there at the end of the phone, or email should we need him (which we did with a bit of a passport blip) and he did everything he could to help us out."

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