Iolo's India Tiger and Wildlife Safari 2018





9 Days Indian Tiger & Wildlife Safari


with TV Wildlife Presenter - Iolo Williams - 16th - 24rd February 2018



Itinerary



Day 01: Friday 16th February

Arrive Delhi in the 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: Dinner in Agra


Day 02: Saturday 17th February

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. We will arrive around 1500 hours to see this most stunning of World Heritage Sites glistening brilliant white and as the sun starts to set, you’ll watch the colours and detail change. Return to your hotel for dinner and to relax.

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


Day 03: Sunday 18th February

After an early breakfast, drive to Chambal Safari Lodge (Approx. 2hours depending on traffic). The grounds are pleasant and Brown Hawk Owl and several other birds as well as Fruitbats are often seen here. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch and in the afternoon you’ll visit the National Chambal Sanctuary and take a boat trip on the Chambal River. Enjoy the Chambal River with its 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. In the dry open, scrub areas, your guide will look for wheatears, larks and warblers. If you are lucky, you may see Crested or White-capped Buntings and a whole array of raptors overhead. After exploring the river and local area, you will drive to Bharatpur (Approx. 2 1/2 hours depending on traffic). Check in at Hotel Sunbird and relax.

Accomodation: Hotel Sunbird (Super Deluxe Room)
Meals: Breakfast in Agra, hot lunch at Chambal Safari Lodge & dinner in Bharatpur


Day 04 : Monday 19th February

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, terns..... In the dry scrub and woodland 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! Packed lunch will be delivered inside the National Park.

Early afternoon drive to Ranthambore (05-06 hours). Arrive Ranthambore 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 spillovers of the Ranthambore Fort - tigers are said to 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: Breakfast & packed lunch in Bharatpur, dinner at Ranthambore


Day 05 : Tuesday 20th February

Morning & afternoon jeep safaris to Ranthambore National Park (by exclusive jeeps)

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


Day 06 : Wednesday 21st February

Morning & afternoon jeep safaris to Ranthambore National Park (by exclusive jeeps)

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


Day 07 : Thursday 22nd February

Morning & afternoon jeep safaris to Ranthambore National Park (by exclusive jeeps)

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


Day 08 : Friday 23rd February

Morning jeep safari to Ranthambore 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). Enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel.

Accomodation: Vivanta by Taj Dwarka, New Delhi (Deluxe Room)
Meals: Breakfast & early lunch in Ranthambore & dinner at Delhi hotel


Day 09 : Saturday 24th February

Departure transfer to International airport

Iolo will likely to be departing around 0200 or 0300 for an early return flight.

Meals: Breakfast (served from 0700 hours)

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 Hotel Sunbird (Super Deluxe Room) 01
Ranthambore 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 +02 Foreign Tour Leaders + 01 Indian wildlife guide traveling together (Based on Tempo Traveller) £3,166
06 paying clients +02 Foreign Tour Leaders + 01 Indian wildlife guide traveling together (Based on Tempo Traveller) £3,030
07 paying clients +02 Foreign Tour Leaders + 01 Indian wildlife guide traveling together (Based on Mini Bus) £2,787
08 paying clients +02 Foreign Tour Leaders + 01 Indian wildlife guide traveling together (Based on Mini Bus) £2,552
09 paying clients +02 Foreign Tour Leaders + 01 Indian wildlife guide traveling together (Based on Mini Bus) £2,370
Single Room Supplement £286

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 in itinerary
  • Entrances to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, National Chambal Sanctuary and to Ranthambore 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 Ranthambore National Park with your accompanying naturalist – for 05 paying clients we will use 02 jeeps, for 06 to 08 paying clients we will use 03 jeeps
  • All meals from dinner on Day 01 (in Agra) till dinner in Delhi on Day 08
  • Accompanying bird guide from Day 01 till Day 09 evening (dropping at Delhi hotel)
  • All currently applicable taxes

The Tour cost does not includes



  • 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 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