A truly excellent trip, from start to finish. For any wildlife fanatic seeing tiger in the wild is a must - awe-inspiring and majestic.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The anticipation when the guides know when a tiger is close.
Seeing tigers in the undergrowth but then mounting up on elephants to get closer to see a family of 5 around a kill. The elephant got within a couple of metres, moved a branch and spooked the adult male, its growl at such close quarters got the heart pounding!
Taj Mahal at sunrise - didn't think many buildings could compare with Europe's gothic cathedrals, but this does (and beats them).
- What did you think of your group leader?
- Krishna was excellent, any problems were sorted quickly with minimal fuss, he was very knowledgeable (better than some of the guides) and very enthusiastic.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Tigers are not easy to spot in the wild and we had 6 days when none of the group saw a single one and Bandhavgarh was easily the best place for us with several tiger sightings. Departing in late March seems a good time to see tigers as it is near the end of the dry season but the temperature was touching 40 degrees most days so pretty oppressive!
Also, whilst the sleeper train isn't exactly 5* travel, it is nowhere near as bad as it could have been.
If you don't like Indian food - be prepared to go hungry - if you do the food is great!
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
On our trip there was an incident that has raised some safety concerns but I would like to say that at no point did I feel unsafe when travelling by elephant and it would be such a shame if that element of the safari was removed as it allows you a unique view of tigers up close.
There were a few comments from others on the party about certain aspects of the accommodation being lacking or some of the timings / bureaucracy encountered. India is a developing world country - these things are to be expected and part of the journey.