An Indian Lion and Tiger Safari Adventure With TV Wildlife Presenter Iolo Williams





09 Days Indian Tiger & Wildlife Safari - 2019

18th - 26th January 2019

with TV Wildlife Presenter - Iolo Williams

Join Radio and TV wildlife presenter Iolo Williams, for an exciting wildlife excursion in India. The trip will include visits to the world renowned Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, the Chambal River, Bharatpur Bird Reserve and the magnificent Taj Mahal in Agra. On the latest trip, in addition to the Bengal Tiger, they were lucky enough to see Leopard, Striped Hyena, Sloth Bear, Gharial and Mugger Crocodile, as well as a host of specialised Indian river and wetland birds too. Iolo will be your guide throughout the tour, along with our Indian specialist guide, to provide the best wildlife experience possible.

This is a small group tour with a max of 9 guests.




Itinerary



Day 01: Friday 18th January

Arrive in Delhi mid morning. Drive to Agra (likely to take around five hours). Check in at your hotel, relax and meet up later for dinner.

Accomodation: Crystal Sarovar Hotel (Premier Taj View Room)
Meals: Evening meal in Agra


Day 02: Saturday 19th January

After breakfast, there will be a full day guided tour of the Agra Fort and the Baby Taj. After lunch at a local restaurant, you’ll be taken for a tour of the magnificent Taj Mahal. You will arrive around 1500 hours to see this most stunning of World Heritage Sites. Return to your hotel for evening meal and to relax.

Accomodation: Crystal Sarovar Hotel (Premier Taj View Room)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch at a local restaurant and evening meal in Agra


Day 03: Sunday 20th January

After an early breakfast, drive to Chambal Safari Lodge (approx. 2 hours depending on traffic). At Chambal, there will be an opportunity to use the facilities and then drive for a further 20 – 30 minutes to take a 03 hour boat safari on the Chambal River. The Chambal River has impressive mud-cliffs and dramatic, eroded ravines. Rare Gangetic River Dolphins breed in the clean waters. The rare fish-eating Gharials, now critically endangered, bask alongside their more widespread relative the Mugger Crocodile. Exploring by boat, offers the best chance to see these specialised animals – and much more, with Indian Skimmers scything their way along the river. Pratincoles, ibises, thick-knees and a variety of turtles are all likely to be seen. The grounds of the lodge itself are very pleasant and Brown Hawk Owl and several other birds as well as Fruitbats are often seen here. If you are lucky, you may see Crested or White-capped Buntings and a whole array of raptors overhead.

Accomodation: The Bagh (Deluxe Room)
Meals: Breakfast in Agra, hot lunch at Chambal Safari Lodge & evening meal in Bharatpur


Day 04 : Monday 21st January

An early breakfast will be served, followed by a morning of birdwatching inside Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.

As well as the raucous breeding colonies of storks and herons, you can see Bronze-winged and Pheasant-tailed Jacanas, Black Bittern, Purple Gallinule, ibises, cranes, ducks and geese, kingfishers, cormorants and terns. In the dry scrub and woodland, you can look for Orange-headed Thrush and two species of nightjar are often observed and with a bit of luck and patience, Siberian Rubythroat, to name just a few of the desirable species seen here. Bharatpur has to be one of the best places to look for Dusky Eagle Owl and two or three more common owls are usually found with ease. It’s a great location to photograph birds and mammals. Sightings may include, Sambar Deer and Nilgai out on the marsh. Rhesus Macaques and Jackals frequent the scrub and wooded parts, with rarer species like Otter and Fishing Cat present, but you'll need some luck to find the latter two! You will return to the Bagh for lunch.

Early afternoon drive to Ranthambhore (05-06 hours).

Arrive Ranthambhore in the late evening and check in at your hotel. Ranthambore National Park is one of the prime examples of Project Tiger’s conservation efforts in Rajasthan. The forests around Ranthambore Fort were once, the private hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur. The desire to preserve the game in these forests for sport was responsible for their conservation, and subsequent rescue by Project Tiger.

The park sprawls over an estimated area of 400 sq kms. Steep crags embrace a network of lakes and rivers, and on top of one of these hills, is the impressive Ranthambore Fort, built in the 10th century. The terrain fluctuates between impregnable forests and open bush land. The forest is the typical dry deciduous type, with Dhok, being the most prominent tree. The entry point to the park goes straight to the foot of the fort and the forest rest house, Jogi Mahal. The latter boasts of the second-largest banyan tree in India. The Padam Talab, the Raj Bagh Talab and the Malik Talab are some of the lakes in the area that attract the tiger population. They have been spotted at the edges of these lakes, and Jogi Mahal itself. Old crumbling walls, ruined pavilions, wells, and other ancient structures stand witness to the region's glorious past. The entire forest is peppered with the battlements and spill-overs of the Ranthambore Fort. Tigers frequent these ruins, too. The tigers can be spotted quite often even during the day, busy in their normal pursuits - especially stalking or hunting and, if you are lucky, taking care of their young. With the strict measures that have been taken for their conservation, they seem quite accustomed to human activity and are not disturbed by it. 

For a relatively small area, the park has a rich diversity of fauna and flora - species list includes 300 trees, 50 aquatic plants, 272 birds, 30 mammals, 12 reptiles (including the Mugger Crocodile) and amphibians.

Accomodation: Pugmark Resort (very comfortable standard/deluxe A/C cottage)
Meals: Meals: Breakfast & lunch in Bharatpur, evening meal at Ranthambhore.


Day 05 : Tuesday 22nd January

Morning & afternoon jeep safaris in Ranthambhore National Park (by exclusive jeeps).

Accomodation: Pugmark Resort (very comfortable standard/deluxe A/C cottage)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & evening meal at Ranthambhore


Day 06 : Wednesday 23rd January

Morning & afternoon jeep safaris in Ranthambhore National Park (by exclusive jeeps)

Accomodation: Pugmark Resort (very comfortable standard/deluxe A/C cottage)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & evening meal at Ranthambhore


Day 07 : Thursday 24th January

Morning & afternoon jeep safaris in Ranthambhore National Park (by exclusive jeeps)

Accomodation: Pugmark Resort (very comfortable standard/deluxe A/C cottage)
Meals: Meals: Breakfast, lunch & evening meal at Ranthambhore


Day 08 : Friday 25th January

Morning jeep safari in Ranthambhore National Park (by exclusive jeeps) Late morning, you will transfer to the train station to connect with the express air-conditioned train to Delhi

Golden Temple Mail (1250 hrs / 1900 hrs). First class air-conditioned train.

Arrive Delhi and transfer to your hotel, near the airport. The transfer will take around 1 ½ hours. Enjoy a farewell evening meal at your hotel.

Accomodation: Vivanta by Taj Dwarka, New Delhi (Deluxe Room)
Meals: Breakfast & early lunch in Ranthambhore & farewell evening meal at your hotel


Day 09 : Saturday 26th January

Following breakfast, departure transfer to Delhi International Airport in time for your midday flight.

Meals: Breakfast



Price



Price is based on the following hotels:
City Hotel Name No. of nights
Agra Crystal Sarovar Hotel or similar (Premier Taj View Room) 02
Bharatpur The Bagh (Deluxe Room) or similar 01
Ranthambhore Pugmark (Very comfortable standard/deluxe A/C cottage) 04
Delhi Vivanta by Taj Dwarka, New Delhi (Deluxe Room) 01


Per person price £
05 paying clients + Iolo Williams + 01 Indian wildlife guide traveling together (Based on Tempo Traveller) 3,166
06 paying clients + Iolo Williams + 01 Indian wildlife guide traveling together (Based on Tempo Traveller) 3,030
07 paying clients + Iolo Williams + 01 Indian wildlife guide traveling together (Based on Mini Bus) 2,787
08 paying clients + Iolo Williams + 01 Indian wildlife guide traveling together (Based on Mini Bus) 2,552
09 paying clients + Iolo Williams + 01 Indian wildlife guide traveling together (Based on Mini Bus) 2,370
Single Room Supplement 286.00

Package Includes:


The Tour cost includes



  • Accommodation in the above mentioned hotels and meal plan as detailed
  • Air-conditioned vehicle for all transfers as detailed above
  • Entrances to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, National Chambal Sanctuary and to Ranthambhore National Park as per the above itinerary
  • Entrances to the monuments visited as per the above itinerary in Agra
  • 01 boat safari (02 hours) to Chambal River from Chambal Safari Lodge with your accompanying bird guide
  • Morning birding in Bharatpur with your accompanying birding guide
  • 07 jeep safaris (by exclusive jeeps) in Ranthambhore National Park with your accompanying naturalist – for 05 paying clients we will use 02 jeeps, for 06 to 09 paying clients we will use 03 jeeps
  • All meals from evening meal on Day 01 (in Agra) until evening meal in Delhi on Day 08
  • Accompanying bird guide from Day 01 until Day 09 evening (dropping at Delhi hotel)
  • All currently applicable taxes

The Tour cost does not include



  • Any International airfare to/from India including International airport tax
  • Economy class domestic flights within India
  • Meals not specified
  • Camera fee wherever levied
  • Any increase in airfares by the airlines in future
  • Any increase in entrances and rail fares as per Government notifications in future
  • Any additional taxes levied by the Government of India on the tourism sector in future
  • Any expenses of personal nature such as hard/soft drinks, laundry, phone/fax calls, tips etc.
  • Any item not mentioned in the price includes section
  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control

Important

Kindly note that names of hotels mentioned above only indicate that our rates have been based on using of these hotels and it is not to be construed that accommodation is confirmed at these hotels until and unless we convey such confirmation to you. In the event of any of the above mentioned hotels not becoming available we shall book alternative accommodation at a similar or next best available hotel and shall pass on the difference of rates (supplement/reduction as applicable) to you.

Programme and proposal is based on the requested dates, destinations and number of people (travelling together). Any changes to this itinerary may affect the cost, including changes in exchange rate and therefore a new cost will be provided with a revised programme.

Remember, a visa is essential when visiting India

Cancellation Policy


All cancellations must be advised in writing by the lead guest on the booking. Our cancellation charges are based on the number of days before departure that we receive your written request. These charges are a percentage of your tour cost, excluding any non-refundable elements.

  • More than 56 days prior to departure - loss of deposit (amount as advised at the time of booking)
  • 56-43 days prior to departure - 25% of holiday cost*
  • 42-29 days prior to departure - 50% of holiday cost*
  • 28-15 days prior to departure 75% of holiday cost*
  • Within 14 days of departure - 100% of holiday cost*
*being the percentage of the total cost of any applicable refundable amounts (i.e. excluding any non refundable / non changeable elements booked where INDIAN WILDLIFE TOURS have already incurred the cost or charges.) Read more