Whilst Africa is known worldwide as the home of safari, it could be argued that India also has a claim to the title. Like Africa, India also has the so-called “Big 5” with the Asian Elephant, Asiatic Lion, Leopard, Indian Bison or Gaur and the Indian One-horned Rhino all present in good numbers across the parks and reserves of the sub-continent. In addition, India also has numerous species of bear, abundant deer and antelopes, hyena, jackal, wild dog and arguably the most iconic big cat of all, the Tiger.
Along with abundant natural beauty, India also has a rich cultural history with most of the world’s major religions present, adding to a rich tapestry of traditions as well as world famous landmarks including arguably the world’s most famous building, the magnificent Taj Mahal. Built in the 17th century by the Emperor Shah Jahan to honour his late wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal is an enduring monument to love and magnificent Mughal architecture.
There are three main seasons in India – a dry winter, a dry summer and a hot, wet monsoon that is the life-blood of the animals and people. The peak time to travel is outside of the heavy rains between October and March with upwards of 20 main wildlife areas to choose from that in combination with an abundance of landmarks can make for a trip of a lifetime.