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Big Cats of India Tour

24 Nights/25 Days

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About Big Cats of India Tour

The only country to have 4 big felines out in the wild, India now pays homage to Tigers, Asiatic Lions, Snow Leopards and Indian Leopards. These beauties need no introduction. The Big Cats of India Tour embarks on a thrilling adventure inclusive of a tiger safari and a leopard safari across Northern India to see some of the most formidable beings to grace our planet.

Whether it’s the royal stripes to clandestine rosettes, we’ve got your list covered as you traverse some of the most spectacular landscapes that the country has to offer. From the scrub forests of Gir National Park to the snow clad expanse of the mesmerizing Himalayas, you get the chance to see the magnificent Big Cats of India – the majestic Lion, the illustrious Tiger, the graceful Leopard and of course, the elusive Snow Leopard. This once in a lifetime expedition encapsulates the most sought after species on Earth and is sure to get the adrenaline pumping for weeks on end.

 

Trip Highlights

Outline Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrival in New Delhi

Upon arrival at the New Delhi Airport, you will be met by our representative. He will ensure a smooth transfer to the Hotel and further, help you check-in at the Hotel. All the travel related documents will be handed over and explained to you. Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Day 2: New Delhi – Leh (Flight)

The morning after breakfast get transferred to the airport to board a flight G8 225 at 0840 hours to Leh. On arrival at the airport in Leh, our representative will meet you and transfer you to the hotel. A 3000 m altitude jump occurs quickly when flying from Delhi to Leh, requiring the maximum amount of acclimatization of anyone traveling in this area. Overnight at the hotel in Leh.

Day 3 : Leh

The morning after breakfast, drive along the Indus river looking for waders, Dipper and other birds like ibisbill, Harrier, and Ducks. In the afternoon, go sightseeing in Leh, which is also called Little Tibet because of its rich cultural heritage. The Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, and Namgyal Tsemo are some of Leh’s most popular tourist attractions. Overnight at the hotel in Leh.

Day 4 : Leh – Ulley ( 77 km, 3 – 4 hrs drive)

After breakfast, travel to Ulley, which is where the snow leopards resides and is situated in the western section of Ladhak. You will stop for a tea break at Nimoo and can visit Likir Monastry on the way to Ulley through the world’s largest creation, the Himalayas. This monastery is one of the most attractive places because it is located on top of a tiny hill in a valley. then make your way to Ulley. Arrive and check into the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge in Ulley.

Day 5 : Ulley

From this day, your daily activities are now based on the snow leopard’s movements in the area. Depending on the Ghost Cat’s movement, you will be trekking and camping throughout the day. After breakfast in the early morning, you can leave the lodge and begin your search for a Snow Leopard. The resort has a stunning view of the enormous cliffs, which are the ideal habitat for a snow leopard. A scope is used to start the scan. You might have an opportunity to observe a snow leopard, wolves, ibex, and other animals right from the lodge. If there is no opportunity, a spotter will already be on duty looking for a Snow Leopard at a higher elevation, which is a walk of about 2-3 hours. Your potter will be there to assist you with the camera and all other equipment. Spend the day scanning the place around looking for different lives living in such extreme weather. All meals and overnight at the lodge in Ulley.

Day 6 - 8 : Ulley

Your activity is entirely dependent on the Snow Leopard’s movement. The hunt for the Ghost Cat begins from the resort in the early morning. If there is no luck in the area around the resort, make the hour-long hike to Sangpo Nala after breakfast. The area has historically produced stunning sightings, and its success rate is higher than other areas. Spend the day scouring the cliffs for the Snow Leopard. There is no rain in the trans Himalayas because of the tremendous wind speeds and vapor-carrying winds that travel through the region.

One benefit of taking the tour here is that every member will provide you with information about a snow Leopard. Even if a villager sees a Snow Leopard, we will learn about it and go to the sighting location. All meals and overnight at the lodge in Ulley.

Day 9 - 10 : Ulley

If you’ve previously seen a Snow Leopard or haven’t had any success, there are some alternative locations nearby, such as the settlements of Saspoche and Hemis Shukpachen. Additionally, there are frequent sightings of wolves and snow leopards in these two communities. Between these settlements, a wolf pack of between 5 and 8 members roams the area. These areas have become their home territory. Other animals that you might see roaming on the cliffs of the Trans-Himalayas during treks and Snow Leopard searches include the Asiatic Ibex, Himalayan Thar, Blue Sheep, Marmot, Red Fox, Eurasian Lynx, Tibeten Wolf, Palla’s Cat, and many others. The Asiatic Ibex’s greyish coat perfectly matches the colour of the Mountains, making it camouflage. All meals and overnight at the lodge in Ulley.

Day 11 : Ulley – Leh – New Delhi ( 77 km, 3-4 hrs drive + flight)

With the wonderful memories of Snow capped mountains after breakfast check out from the lodge and transfer to Leh to board a flight SG 124 at 1220 hrs reaches Delhi at 1340 hrs. On arrival our representative will meet you at the airport and help you transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in New Delhi.

Day 12 : New Delhi – Ranthambhore (390 km, 07 hrs drive)

Morning after early breakfast our representative/driver will meet you at the hotel and help you get transfer to Ranthambhore National Park 390 km, takes around 07 hours of drive. On arrival check-in to the lodge. Evening leisure time, dinner and overnight at the lodge in Ranthambhore.

Day 12: Ranthambore National Park

Start your day early before sunrise by getting ready for the Tiger Safari in Ranthambhore. You will be driving to the park entry gate and reach there before sunrise to start your morning safari.

Ranthambore National Park is one of the best parks to see wild animals near the intersection of the Aravali and Vindhya hill ranges since the animals are accustomed to the attention they receive there. The total area of the Ranthambhore National Park is 400 sq km, with the addition of Sawai Man Sing Sanctuary the total area is roughly about 500 square km. The park’s name, Ranthambhore, comes from the thousand-year-old fortress that towers over the forest and encompasses steep hill crests that fall to open valleys between the Aravalli and Vindhya ranges. These valleys are lined with water pools and fruit trees. Ranthambhore, well known for the Tiger’s Sightings, is a highly unique place where the natural and historical worlds collide. Languor, sambar, cheetal, chinkara, and nilgai. This reserve is home to the elusive leopard and tigers, and visitors have a very excellent chance of seeing tigers while on safari. Get back from the safari at around 10 AM. Lunch will be at the lodge and aging in the afternoon proceed for the Jungle Safari in the search of the majestic Tiger. Dinner and overnight at the lodge in Ranthambhore.

Day 14 - 15 : Ranthambore National Park

Morning and afternoon jeep tiger safari in Ranthambore National Park. All meals and overnight at the lodge in Ranthambore.

You can get all the perspectives, lighting, backdrops, and numerous different frames in just one park. With almost 300 different types of birds, Ranthambhore is also a bird lover’s paradise. Actually, Ranthambhore and the surroundings are a heaven for avid bird watchers. Large Cormorants, Painted Spurfowls, Sarus Cranes, Bronzed Winged Jacanas, Sandpipers, Kingfishers, Nightjars, Painted Sandgrouses, Great Horned Owls, and many more regular winter migrants travel to Ranthambhore and the surrounding areas from their nesting grounds north of the Himalayas.

Day 16 : Ranthambhore – Jaipur (180 km, 4 hrs drive)

Morning jeep tiger safari in Ranthambore National Park. After lunch check from the lodge and transfer to Jaipur. Jaipur will be a place to break down the travel to Bera. Overnight at the hotel in Jaipur.

Day 17 : Jaipur – Bera (390 km, 07 hrs drive)

After early breakfast check-out from the hotel and transfer to Bera, 390 km, takes around 07 hrs of drive. On arrival check in to the lodge. Bera, Rajasthan is located quite near the Jawai Dam. It is well-known for its magnificent sightings of Leopards. The experience is unique as it’s not a forest; instead, you will sight leopards near this sandy village. Bera, being home to a number of mammals and birds is an attraction to wildlife enthusiasts to spot the evasive Leopard, the mighty Bluebull,the Crocodile, the ever so mischievous Hyena, the graceful Pelican, the Greylag Goose, Robin Accentor, Demoiselle Crane, Barheaded Goose to name a few. A late evening safari will be just around as you simply share the land of leopards. Dinner and overnight safari in the hotel.

Day 18 - 19 : Bera

Early morning start your safari before sunrise, witness the golden morning of Rajasthan when the sun rises in this arid region. Leopard is the key attraction to the place. However it is also home to other wildlife, one of the other attraction here are Marsh Crocodile, What actors are they; 15-foot giants that can deceive anybody with their drowsy lies. Even when they are doing nothing, they may still be as energetic as when they are hunting. We must pay close attention as they sometimes blend in with the rusty, muddy ground near the reservoir because they won’t move. They spend the entire day sunbathing, and when they are hungry, they simply dive into the lake full of fish. This makes sightings difficult while they are in motion, but they are always noticeable when lying on the shore on a sunny day.

Afternoon again proceed for jeep safari. All meals and overnight at the lodge in Bera.

Day 20 : Bera – Ahmedabad (280 km, 5-6 hrs drive)

Morning procced for last jeep safari in Bera. The landscape of Bera with boulders is something which you will not get over it. Later check-out from the lodge and transfer to Ahmedabad 280 km, takes around 5-6 hrs drive. Ahmedabad is again travel break stop to Sasan Gir, where the Asiatic Lion resides. On arrival check-in to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Ahmedabad.

Day 21 : Ahmedabad – Sasan Gir (350 km, 7 hrs drive)

After an early or packed breakfast check-out from the hotel and transfer to Gir National Park 350 km, which takes around 07 hours of drive. On arrival check in to the lodge. Afternoon proceeds for a jeep safari. Dinner and overnight at the lodge in Gir.

Day 22 : Sasan Gir National Park

Morning and afternoon jeep lion safari inside Gir National Park. Here the guides are local with the plethoric knowledge about the parks. One can tell which area to go for which Lion as they know Lions territory well. They have been seeing these lions since their birth. The only location outside of Africa where lions can be observed in their natural habitat is Gir National Park. With an average length of 2.75 meters and greater tail tassels, elbow tufts, and prominent belly folds than their African cousins, who have thicker manes, Gir lions are gorgeous creatures. Apart from Lions Gir is also home to 38 species of mammals and 350 species of birds. This is also an area that has around a total number of 1000 big cats in and surrounding the National Park. The last record says that Sasan Gir has around 500 lions and the same number of Leopard as well.

All meals and overnight at the lodge in Gir.

Day 23 : Sasan Gir National Park

Morning and afternoon jeep lion safari inside Gir National park. All meals and overnight at the lodge in Gir. The Gir National Park and Sanctuary in Gujarat’s Saurashtra region protects the biggest contiguous tract of dry deciduous forest in the nation. Its total area is 1412 square kilometres. Due to its abundance of biodiversity, including 606 different plant species, 39 species of mammals, 37 species of reptiles, over 300 species of birds, and more than 2,000 species of insects, Gir has evolved to host a very stable ecosystem with incredible regenerating, self-supporting, and self-sustaining capacity.

The Gir avifauna, which serves as a nesting site for migrating birds, is home to numerous raptor species as well as numerous important species such the Lesser Florican, Osprey, Indian Pitta, Red-headed Vulture, etc. It also harbours a wide range of reptiles, including one of the largest populations of Marsh crocodiles in the nation as well as the Indian python and the Indian star tortoise.

Day 24 : Sasan Gir – Rajkot – New Delhi (180 km, 04 hrs drive + Flight)

Morning jeep lion safari inside the Gir National Park. After lunch check out from the lodge and transfer to Rajkot airport to board a flight at 1930 hrs to New Delhi. On arrival at the airport, our representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in New Delhi.

Day 25 : New Delhi – Fly Home

The morning after relaxed breakfast, check out from the hotel and transfer to the international airport to board a flight home or onwards journey.

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Frequently Asked Questions

There are no zones that restrict a tiger’s movement. Therefore, all zones in Ranthambore National Park i.e., 1-10 are great for tiger safaris. That being said, zone 3 stands to be among the tourist favorite while on a tier safari in Ranthmabore National Park.

As the protected area remains closed from June to October, the best time to visit Gir is in winter, from November to March. The summer months of April and May are very hot but ideal for wildlife photography and wildlife viewing.

A tour guide will be accompanying you to get the best and most fulfilling experience while on a tiger safari in Ranthambore National Park and other destination covered in the itinerary.

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