Arrangements were perfect and everything went like clockwork. The trip was spot on!Carmarthen, South Wales
Arrangements were perfect and everything went like clockwork. The trip was spot on!Carmarthen, South Wales
David and I would like to thank Indian Wildlife Tours, for a fantastic fun tour. We were impressed with your organisation. You were precise with every detail, which made us feel very safe. Pradeep Singh, our escort, was a lot of fun to be with and we had a lot of laughs. He was so thoughtful on the train with the movies and the meal, topping it off with a bottle of wine. He was more than our tour leader, he became a good friend.Perth, Australia
We had a fantastic trip thank you and we were very happy with the tiger park and the hotel accommodation. Our guide in the park was fantastic. We liked him enormously and had four good days there. Likewise Pradeep was very attentive and gave us a good deal of his time. Our experience was a very positive one.England, UK
We enjoyed our trip very much! We enjoyed each park and wildlife sanctuary that we visited. We enjoyed having Gajendra as our guide. His knowledge of birds was superb and Don really appreciated that. I think our favourite place was Tuli Tiger Resort. The staff there were extremely courteous and helpful. The naturalist at that hotel, Rachit Singh, was a delight and we were very impressed with his tracking skills as well as his efforts to please.
I'm happy to report that I saw a total of 14 tigers and Don saw 10. 4 of those were at Bandhavgarh and the rest at Kanha. We saw no tigers at Corbett, but we were prepared for that. We would be glad to recommend your tours to anyone else . It was a very enjoyable trip and we did see a lot of wildlife. The tigers were what we went for and our expectations were definitely fulfilled.
Thank you again for putting it all together.
Administration was excellent especially considering you had 1 week from our initial enquiry to producing a suitable itinerary, driver & guide for the 2 of us. Customisation for our birding needs was spot on & the guide both a highly knowledgeable birder & he was extremely dedicated to ensuring we enjoyed every minute. The accommodation was of a good standard & the food excellent throughout our stay; we had no illness at all. I would suggest taking a sleeping bag liner to the Dhikala Lodge, Corbett.
Our first birding trip to Northern India over 2 weeks provided us with 303 species of bird plus monkeys, elephants, pythons, crocodiles & gharials as well as spotted deer & mountain goat. The butterflies were also impressive & the countryside beautiful in the foothills with views of the Himalayas. We had an extremely enjoyable & interesting birding holiday thanks to the efforts of all at Indian Wildlife Tours.
We got home yesterday from what was a fantastic trip. We both owe you a very, very big thank you. Everything ran incredibly smoothly - we didn’t have a single problem with travel arrangements, guides etc and we enjoyed ourselves immensely.
Delhi - it’s pretty big isn’t it. The tour round Delhi was better than I’d expected and the city much greener. The parliament buildings are pretty imposing and the central mosque is inspiring. My Delhi favourite is Qatad Minar -which I thought was fantastic. The train to Jaipur was, I think, a bit of an experience for Marta. But it was fun to see the various sellers coming through the trains (at least for me).
Until the last few days of the trip, Jaipur was our absolute favourite. The uniform colour and walled city give it more of a sense of being a city (if that makes sense) than some other places. The hotel was first rate and the Amber Fort is great. Seeing the elephants walking up the hill and looking round, with a great guide was a highlight. The palace of the wind was less impressive than I’d expected - perhaps due to the main road outside, but we enjoyed the Jantar Mantar and museums.
That took us off to Keoladeo which, once I’d managed to overcome my little disagreement with Indian cuisine (thanks so much for calling and checking we were ok) was brilliant. The rickshaw rides into the park were wonderful and the walking safaris a really nice change. It was lovely and peaceful and you discover all sorts of things. Our wildlife highlights were a few pairs of owls/owlets which were sheltering on branches. They were absolutely lovely. The other highlight was a trip to the temple in which the sadhu kept turtles (no idea why as it was a monkey temple). He called them and fed them chapatti flower and slowly big numbers of weird looking mud turtles appeared. It was brilliant - I was just glad I didn’t fall in as our guide says they’ll eat anything. There were all sorts of bird species and numerous peacocks and we could happily have stayed longer.
Orccha was a real unexpected highlight of the trip. The train from Agra was great and very quick and Orchha itself was stunning. Despite the river threatening to flood, the town was lovely and the various palaces interesting to look round. We also had a tour guide who was close personal friends with several Hollywood stars! We also got to wander round the village and do some good souvenir shopping in a pretty relaxed environment. It was a day post a big festival and pilgrims were everywhere (but not in Varanasi style proportions) which added to the atmosphere. The night train to Banaras was fine - and not nearly as bad as Marta expected! We had a 4 berth to ourselves (probably your work) and it really made a difference.
So back to Delhi and lots of travel ahead. But we were really glad we did that travel and went North. Himachal Pradesh and Punjab were really different from UP - both in landscape and in feel. The toy train up to Shimla was very good. The weather held and we got great views of the foothills of the Himalayas. Shimla itself was wonderful - very organised, historic and generally great. Another very, very good guide showed us the town, despite fog and torrential rain, and we both thought it would have been great. The hotel we stayed in had a great period feel and a wonderful Hollywood themed bar with signed photos of various stars who had known the princess. Shimla was a real highlight. The drive to Amritsar was not nearly as bad as expected, despite being very long, and we were very glad to have made the trip. The Golden Temple was my personal highlight. I found the kitchens absolutely awe inspiring. Volunteers making food for over 10,000 people per day and anyone, irrespective of religion, caste etc, eating together. The temple itself is stunningly beautiful and very peaceful. I absolutely loved it.
That was the end of a really great trip. I feel like we saw a large amount of India and I liked how many different things and places we saw. Thank you so, so much for your help and your wonderful organisation. You were great throughout and we both really, really appreciate the time and effort you spent in helping us and in creating such a great programme. I can’t guarantee we’ll go back; but if we do, please rest assured that it will be with IWT. A thousand thank yous.
I have not long returned from my fantastic trip to India, organised by IWT. Although feeling a little apprehensive about travelling alone and not knowing what to expect I was extremely impressed with the organisation of the independant tour I had. My main contact in India, Praveen, was friendly, courteous and always available when I needed questions I wanted answered whilst on my travels.
My trip was sorted to the minute detail, which meant I never had to worry about getting around and I could just relax and enjoy my trip. I started my tour in Northern India in Delhi, Agra to experiences some culture followed by 6 fantastic nights on Safari in Kanha and Bandhavgarh. I saw several tigers, and hopefully got some good photos too.
The guides were extremely knowlegable about the fauna and flora and every drive has the enthusiasm as if its their first drive which makes for an exciting time. Jay, in Kanha at the Earth Lodge was a fantastic Naturalist and I'd recommend the lodge to anybody. It was amazing, great decor in an authentic hunting lodge style. Slightly further away than some resorts but nestled in amongst small indian villages and on the periphery of the park really made me feel like I was really experiencing remote india (but in style). The local villagers were extremely friendly and let me go and visit them in their little mud hut homes. It was a fantastic experience all round.
I visited Varanasi which was a great cultural experience. A fantastic spiritual place and would recommend this to anybody. The trip was well organised and the guides I had were absoutely brilliant. I finished my trip in the south of India, in Kerala and went to the backwaters for a river cruise. Again a very well planned and relaxing trip. Thanks very much Sandra and Praveen for making my trip so fulfilled and relaxing and organising everything so I could really just enjoy my trip.England, UK
Just returned from another wonderful Indian wildlife safari, organised and customised for us by IWT. We visited 4 Reserves/Sanctuaries' viz Kaziranga, Satpura, Bhratapur - Keoladeo Bird Park and Ranthambore. All were fantastic and unique in their own individual way. We saw everything we wanted to see and more. Pradeep (Singh) Naturalist and Guide travelled with us on our safaries. His knowledge of birdlife is second to none, Pradeep can identify a bird on the wing, by its call or just perched in a tree. During his time as a Naturalist and Guide at Kanha Tiger Reserve this vast knowledge was extended and enhanced to included big cats, other wildlife, flora and fauna. If there was a Tiger/Leopard to be found, Pradeep would find it. Pradeep's information was invaluable in making our safaries very interesting and enjoyable. We were always willing to listen to explanations of culture, animal/birdlife, Pradeep's English is very good, thus, no problems when it came to explaining or elaborating on a subject. All the safaris were well planned, ran smoothly, hotels were located in spacious grounds, rooms comfortable and clean, food was beautiful, abundant not too spicy, just right for our tastes. Thank you Sandra and Pradeep for another wonderful holiday with IWT. We have no hesitation in recommending IWT to anyone wishing to see India and all it has to offer.Perth, Western Australia
“In February/ March 2011 I went on the Cricket, Tigers and Bird Tour organised by Sandra Stewart. Being my first trip to India it provided a fascinating introduction to India, its people, and its wildlife. We stayed in stunning locations in two fairly remote and beautiful parts of India - the Tadoba National Park and the Sunderbans National Park, and in two cities, Nagpur and Bangalore where we watched world cup cricket matches. Within and en route to the National Parks we saw a wide range of wildlife, the highlight for me being fortunate enough to see a tiger on two separate occasions in Tadoba.
Sandra not only planned the tour with efficiency and flair but was personally extremely helpful to me in resolving a muddle of my own making.”
Planning a trip in a foreign country can be daunting. After getting extremely frustrated trying to plan it myself, a friend suggested we use Indian Wildlife Tours. I communicated directly with them through e-mails and they planned a trip for us to Kerala. I was so worried about things running smoothly and knowing where we were to go each step of the way. We were assured that all would go well and I need not worry. They were right! We were furnished with a very good driver who took good care of us. He drove us all over, into the Ghat mountains and then down into the backwaters of Alleppey. There were several people who met us from IWT to explain our itinerary and make sure we were taken care of. They periodically checked in with our driver to make sure all was going as planned.
In four days we saw Cochin, from Chinese fishing nets to Kathakali dancing. We went to Thekkady and enjoyed an amazing one hour elephant experience we will never forget. From riding the elephant, bathing her, feeding her and getting an elephant shower (our driver captured some fantastic pictures for us on our camera as well.) We also went to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and enjoyed a relaxing ride on the lake where we saw wild elephants with their babies, birds, boar, …….The tea plantations were beautiful and we learned a lot about the spices grown in this area and were able to purchase many spices to take home. We enjoyed a beautiful drive to the backwaters where we spent the day and night on a houseboat all to ourselves with our own friendly cook and staff. The boat was beautiful, clean and comfortable. The ride was relaxing and enchanting. Watching the day to day life along the banks of the water was captivating. The food was wonderful and cooked to our spice tolerance. The bedrooms were air conditioned and comfortable. The two other hotels we stayed at were clean and spacious. This trip was amazing and one we will never forget. We would definitely use Indian Wildlife Tours to help us plan another trip. Thank you for planning such an amazing trip for us! It was great to see a different side of India.
Just wanted to say a big thank you from everyone for the fantastic weekend we all had. Everything was great - transport, lodge, safari drives, everything. We appreciated all your help with the arranging and smooth running of the weekend. I’m sure there will be some follow-on bookings! I, for one, am interested in working with you for another tiger safari.
Having visited the Sub Continent on many occasions in recent years, this time we chose to use the services of an Indian travel specialist. Sandra Stewart did a brilliant job in organising our tailor-made trip together with our naturalist Pradeep Singh, leading our tour. Our tour this year centred on Corbett National Park, Kanha Tiger Reserve and Bharatpur Bird Sanctury. Pradeep, who accompanied us for the whole trip, speaks near perfect English. As he was born and raised on the very edge of the Keoladeo Reserve in Bharatpur and is a respected authority on wildlife not just for his home territory but also for the major Indian National Parks, some of which he has worked as a guide and gained a wealth of experience about Indian fauna and flora. His expertise extends to the cultural side of this incredible country. The hotel and lodge accommodations we used were selected mainly by Sandra and we were impressed by her choices. Our transportation, primarily by air conditioned saloon cars, was of an excellent standard. All three drivers used on our journeys were extremely capable and anxious to make the experience as comfortable as possible. Our sincere thanks to Indian Wildlife Tours for a most enjoyable and memorable holiday.South Wales
We had a marvellous time - we could not have been better looked after and all the meeting of trains etc. went smoothly, even when there were substantial delays. Our personal Guide, Harish Sharma, was outstanding - very knowledgeable about birdlife and nature, very courteous and friendly, with all details quietly looked after and nothing too much trouble. We would certainly recommend travelling with this firm.
Pradeep you were the best guide we have ever had, thank you so much for showing us your India, your tigers, birdlife and all that goes with it. You are so passionate and enthusiastic about everything, willing to share all your knowledge so that it made our trip very special. Through your exceptional knowledge of the tigers we had some close encounters. Very very special unforgettable moments. Thank you very much for sharing all that with us.Perth Western Australia.
Thank you IWT - we had an absolutley amazing honeymoon with your company! All of the guides who looked after us in India were incredibly friendly, welcoming, helpful and knowledgeable - nothing was too much trouble for them and we always felt really comfortable in their company. Wherever we went, they had a wealth of experience and knowledge which they happily shared with us - we learned so much about the areas we visited and the culture of India. Our safari guides were so amazing and found many fabulous animals for us to see (including 20 tigers, a bear and a leopard!!!!). The accomodation that we stayed in was always very clean, comfortable and of a very high standard. We were looked after during every part of our visit, with all our meals, transport and activities arranged and very well organsied. Every day was different and exciting and feel that we have also met & made some wonderful new friends in India. We had the time of our lives! It really was the best holiday we have ever been on! We would love to go back to India again and do it all over again. Our tour took us to Delhi, Jaipur, Kahna and Bandhavgarh National Parks and Agra. We saw so many amazing sights - every day was interesting and mind blowing. We have so many very happy memories, amazing photograhs to choose from and have told all our friends and family all about how wonderful our visit was and how highly we recommend India as a fantistic place to visit. Even the overnight train was great! A huge thank you to everyone at IWT for the holiday of a lifetime - we will be back!England, UK
We first used the services of Pradeep Singh in 2006 before the formulation of Indian Wildlife Tours. He was then a senior guide/naturalist at a leading Safari Lodge in Kanha National Park. Being born and bred in Bharatpur (home of the world renowned bird sanctuary), his knowledge of Indian ornithology was exceptional. Having now enhanced his guiding experience with four years on the tiger reserves, he has become equally skilled in tracking the big cats as well as the other exciting mammals to be found in Kanha and other Indian National Parks. Without doubt Pradeep is the best of the many guides who have served us on the subcontinent not just because of the tremendous enthusiasm and understanding he has for India’s fauna, but also for his ability to impart information in an interesting and fun manner. We now eagerly look forward to our next visit and to the friendly banter that is the trademark of Pradeep’s style.Llanvaches, South Wales
We had the pleasure of meeting Pradeep whilst staying in Kanha over Christmas 2008.The best guides are able to both inform you & engage you - Pradeep certainly able to do these very well.Kanha was a fantastic experience ,as was all our tour of India, great wildlife in fantastic scenery.We stayed for a week & enjoyed 13 safari's , Each an experience , we had 5 tiger sightings but these just icing on the cake.You are sure to get some great photo's.Can recommend a trip to India & enjoying the wildlife with Pradeep Pete Gifford Plymouth UKUK