India Safari Holidays

A country of unparalleled variety of wildlife and landscapes all wrapped up in India’s incredible culture and history.

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About India

India’s wild and remote places are home to an extraordinary variety of enthralling and endangered wildlife from tigers to sloth bears. Combined with its astonishing culture there’s enough in India to keep the inquisitive traveller returning time and again.

At Natural High we create tailor-made India luxury tours; from private treks in the Himalaya to intelligently guided tours of Rajasthan to exploring the backwaters of Kerala and beyond. 

While it might not immediately spring to mind as a premier wildlife destination, India has its own ‘Big Five’ to rival that of Africa including the majestic tiger, leopard, Asiastic lion, one-horned rhinoceros and elephant.

Most importantly, India is one of the last few places in the world to see tiger in their natural habitat; in the company of conservationists and our expert guides you have the best chance possible of seeing one of these magnificent, endangered big cats in the wild.

The great size of India, its diversity and its complexity mean it’s rather like a dozen countries in one with a unique identity that can captivate you in one moment and challenge you in the next. 

It’s impossible to see everything in one visit and at first glance India can seem overwhelming. Our recommendation is to take it slow and take the time to explore one region well. Using our expertise and first-hand experience our approach is always to get you to the right areas at the right time and pace, and smooth your way seamlessly through this incredible country.

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top reasons to visit india

Often the best adventures involve looking beyond the obvious highlights. It’s about the myriad exhilarating encounters that will make your heart sing. These are encounters that nobody could ever predict, but that make your travel genuinely unique.

Best time To VisitIndia

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

Generally the best time to visit India is between October and April, with May to September for Ladakh in the high Himalaya.

There are many local variations and exceptions. 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.

For example, in April and May the weather is very pleasant in the hills such as Darjeeling or Kumaon at a time when it is very hot (40C+) in Rajasthan and the northern plains. These months are also great for a safari, in spite of the heat, as jungle foliage and waterholes have dried up making it easier to spot wildlife.

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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Track tiger & leopard in India’s Rajasthan

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Satpura National Park

Satpura is among the quietest and least visited national parks in Central India, a strikingly beautiful area that offers a true wilderness adventure.

Highlights

– Strike out on a walking safari

– Enjoy a traditional safari experience

– Take in the rugged hills of Satpura

– Combine Satpura with Tadoba for tiger fix

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Agra & The Taj Mahal

Synonymous with the Taj Mahal, Agra is at the top of the wish list for most first time visitors to India.

Highlights

– Marvel at the iconic Taj Mahal

– Walk to Kachhpura and discover a community with long links to the Taj

– Bird watching by boat in Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary

– Combine with rural Rajasthan for real contrast

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Kanha National Park

India’s finest tiger reserve and the inspiration for Kipling’s Jungle Book, Kanha National Park offers a superb wildlife safari experience.

Highlights

– Visit India’s largest tiger reserve

– Inspiration for Kipling’s Jungle Book

– Gorgeous mix of river valleys and rocky escarpments

– Lovely small owner run lodges

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Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary

Located in the remote north east corner India, Kaziranga National Park in Assam is one of the last bastions of the Indian one-horned rhinoceros.

Highlights

– Come horn to horn with the Indian one horned rhinocerous

– High diversity of Species within the park

– Healthy populations of tiger

– Trekking into the grasslands with elephants

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Pench National Park

Situated in Madhya Pradesh to the south of the Satpura Hills, Pench National Park is a perfect starting point for any wildlife tour of rural Central India.

Highlights

– High density of herbivores such as chital

– Rolling terrain dominated by mixed deciduous forest

– Great starting point for wildlife safari of rural India

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Ranthambore National Park

One of the best places on earth to see tigers in their natural habitat, Ranthambore is justifiably India’s most well-known national park.

Highlights

– One of the best for tiger safaris

– Ornithologist’s paradise

– Once private hunting gounds of the maharajas of Jaipur

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Bandhavgarh National Park

Former private hunting grounds of the maharajas of Rewa, Bandhavgarh is small but packed with wildlife including the majestic tiger.

Highlights

– Visit the jungles of Bandhavgarh in the Vindya Hills

– One of the highest concentrations of tiger in India

– Great traditional safari experience

– Bird life galore; both migratory and resident species

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Kerala

The best known of India’s southern states, Kerala is the country’s most verdant and relaxed with something for every taste.

Highlights

– Jump aboard through narrow channels, lakes and lagoons of the Backwaters

– Experience local culture at the markets of Kerala

– Guided forest walks

– Gentle cycling from farms to rural villages

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Panna National Park

Home to five species of wild cat, including Bengal tiger, little-known Panna is one of India’s most strikingly beautiful national parks.

Highlights

– Diversity of wildlife

– Explore quiet forests, grasslands and gorges

– Excellent birding destination with more than 200 species

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Rajasthan

Forts, festivals, tigers and the Taj Mahal: welcome to the essence of India.

Highlights

– Forts, festivals, tigers and the Taj Mahal

– Explore ancient royal palaces and grand fortresses

– Discover vast deserts and luxurious camps

– Tigers, birds and wildlife in protected sanctuaries

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Tadoba National Park

Tadoba is currently one of central India’s most exciting parks, consistently providing visitors with excellent sightings of tiger, including cubs.

Highlights

– Home to Tadoba Tiger Reserve

– Traditional safari experience

– Naturalist heaven: butterflies to big cats

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Indian Himalayas

Snow-capped mountains, tranquil villages and mystical monasteries, the Indian Himalayas is a region like nowhere else on Earth.

Highlights

– Traditional villages far off the tourist trail

– Remote Buddhist monasteries and temples

– Hiking away from the crowds

– Hill station, tea plantations and mountain railways

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Jaipur

Part of India’s famed Golden Triangle, the “pink city” of Jaipur combines iconic sites with the best of regional cuisine, artisan crafts and tranquil retreats beyond its vibrant streets.

Highlights

– Visit the terracotta buildings of the Pink City

– Explore the hidden hops: saris, jewels and spices

– Visit the restored palaces and pavilions

– Unique accommodation: palaces to haveli mansions

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Udaipur

The most romantic of Rajasthan’s royal cities, the beauty of Udaipur lies in its glorious setting with its palaces and whitewashed havelis reflected in the shimmering water of Lake Pichola.

Highlights

– Built around four lakes and surrounded by hills

– Explore the small 16th century town on foot

– Visit the hill top Monsoon Palace

– Guided horse trekking around the Aravali Hills

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Ladakh

The high altitude deserts surrounded by giant mountains of the Indian Himalaya are the last refuge of pure Tibetan Buddhism and the haunt of the elusive snow leopard.

Highlights

– Rustic, simple and vast open spaces

– Head to the mountains in search of the snow leopard

– Stay in gorgeous villages houses

– Strike out with a luxury mobile camp

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Our Favourite Camps & Lodges

From family owned hilltop forts, former royal hunting lodges and intimate boutique hotels to house boats, jungle lodges and unique wilderness retreats, India has it all.
Jamtara Wilderness Camp

This small luxury tented camp at Pench National Park opened in 2014 and went straight on to Conde Nast’s Hot List.

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Sher Bagh

A 1920’s style safari camp dedicated to conservation. A stay at Sher Bagh will always be one of comfort; it’s a great place to simply relax and enjoy the countryside.

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Chhatra Sagar

This is a lovely intimate place to stay where the peace of the countryside, star spangled night skies and al fresco dining are the luxury on offer

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Ramathra Fort

A stay at Ramathra is a fabulous insight into rural life in Rajasthan. One of the best things to do here is to take a walk to the small local temple and down to the local village.

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The Serai

Surrounded by miles of desert scrub this glorious tented camp is a marvellous place to experience desert life in absolute comfort.

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India (FAQs) Need to Know

Where is the best place to see tigers in India?

Tracking tigers in their natural environment is a hugely exhilarating experience and a good sighting of this powerful beast is enough to make every hair on your body stand on end. Some of India’s tiger reserves, such as Ranthambore in Rajasthan, Bandhavgarh and Tadoba in Central India, are former hunting grounds of maharajas and the ruins of their deserted forts and palaces provide a regal backdrop to the tiger’s jungle domain. Using small lodges and camps we use jeeps to cover large areas of the parks in the company of people who are passionate about all wildlife and will interpret the sights and sounds of the jungle to track their hidden inhabitants.

How many days do you need for a holiday in India?

Your length of time in India is really down to your timescales, budget and bucket list. India is a vast country filled with incredible experiences across its length and breadth and we recommend focussing on one region to make the most of your time. You could head to the Himalayas for a private hike with views of mighty snow-capped peaks, drift through lazy backwaters and tropical hills of Kerala, discover forts, palaces and colourful desert villages of Rajasthan or explore jungles home to endangered wildlife in the central states. We’d always suggest taking your time to explore a region rather than jumping from place to place and spending too much time in transit.

Is an Indian holiday suitable for families?

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.

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