Our guests always ask us questions, tips, and tricks for a perfect wildlife experience in India. We decided to compile a blog post on the top 10 travel tips for novice wildlife travelers in India. Read through the post to find answers to your questions. Feel free to write us if you want to know more or enquire tour with us.
Top 10 Travel Tips for Novice Wildlife Travelers are –
1. Plan well in advance and plan scam-free.
It’s always better to plan a trip well in advance and via genuine/trusted tour operators. Booking in advance always proves to be economical and you always stay excited about the trip. It would be good if you plan the itinerary as per the tour operator to get the maximum out of your tour and travel scam-free.
2. Track the climate and temperature in advance for the trip.
India has a tropical climate which is a mixture of wet and dry tropical weather. In northern parts, there is a humid tropical climate and along the western coast lies wet tropical areas. In central India, where we have maximum wildlife and parks, the average minimum temperature in winter is 10°C, though it can drop as low as 1°C and rise to a maximum of 25°C. Summer temperatures range from a low of 22°C to a high of 38°C, though it can get quite hot, with temperatures as high as 48°C.
3. Prepare yourself for culture and wildlife shock.
Greetings like Namaste, festivals like Holi & Diwali, the traditional and artistic markets of Rajasthan, the food of Delhi, The Royal Bengal Tiger, Rhinos, and Red Pandas are some of the major cultural and wildlife attractions that visitors around the world love to indulge into. Plan your trip to include the best of cultural and wildlife moments, and you will definitely fall in love with the country.
4. Clothes to carry on your wildlife trip to India.
T-shirts, lightweight trousers, short & long-sleeved shirts in bush colors will be good to go in summers. Fleece/jumper jacket, hat gloves & scarf if you’re coming out in the cooler months from November-February. Also, a light rain jacket can be useful. If walking, a sturdy but lightweight pair of walking boots/shoes is a must. Plan well in advance which all parks you would like to visit on your tiger safari trip to India. Read our blog on the best places for tiger safaris in India.
5. Don’t forget the essentials – Documents, Cosmetics, Medication.
Do carry the essential documents like pre-booked permits, COVID vaccination certificates, and others. Also, don’t forget to carry some basic medical repellents like mosquito repellent cream, sun protection, etc. Keep basic medication handy, like Paracetamol, Pepto-Bismol, Advil, Asprin, band-aids, disinfectants, etc.
6. Read jungle rules, safari vehicle rules and other do’s and don’ts.
Read all the jungle rules, and vehicle rules, listen to your guide, and follow the instructions while in the jungle. Read rules about clothing, and equipment you can carry inside the jungle. You can read all do’s and dont rules here.
7. Read our detailed wildlife-related FAQs to get in-depth answers to your questions.
Have questions before planning a wildlife tour? Read our FAQs to get in-depth answers for your questions. FAQs consist of questions about national parks, species, vehicles, safari, clothing, climate, and more. Click here to read all wildlife and safari related FAQs.
8. Some tips for novice wildlife photographers.
India is famous among wildlife photographers for its amazing natural landscape and variety of species. Some famous parks for wildlife photography include Jim Corbett, Bandhavgarh, Kanha, etc. With animals, insight into their behavior and reactions can lead you to the right place at the right time. Be prepared to wait – the perfect moment for perfect photos. Don’t shy away from unsettling moments – Nature may sometimes seem cruel but it is in these moments that the photographer can often find beauty and compelling stories.
9. Travel Insurance – Is it required?
Many of our clients have inquired, “Is travel insurance required for trips to India?” While purchasing travel insurance (sometimes known as “travelers insurance”) is not required for visitors to India, it is strongly advised that travelers protect their journeys. Medical travel insurance covers visitors to India in the event that they are injured or sick while on vacation. Most domestic health insurance plans do not cover abroad travel, thus tourists regularly purchase these plans.
10. Landed in India? Get your Sim Card, Bottled water, and Document verification.
Once you land, you must get an Indian sim card to connect and communicate with people in India i.e your tour operator, drivers, hotels, guides, etc. Always prefer and ask for bottled water. Get your documents verified and always keep copies of the same.