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Leopard, Nagarhole National Park, India

Nagarhole National Park

Nagarhole (pronounced ‘narga holy’) is a beautiful, lush park located in Southern India in the Mysore District of Karnataka.

The park covers parts of the Kabini River making it possible to view wildlife from a boat and by private jeep within the core area. As with other Central Indian parks, Nagarhole offers two safaris a day – one in the early morning and one in the afternoon. Visitors can choose whether they wish to view the wildlife by boat or by jeep (mostly Cantors).

There are a few good places to stay in Nagarhole, perhaps not all are of the same high standard you might find in the Central Indian parks, but, nevertheless, the lodges are comfortable and their stunning locations on the water’s edge more than makes up for any shortfall.

Elephant, Nagarhole National Park, India
Nagarhole National Park, India

At around 96 km (a three-hour drive) west of Mysore, Nagarhole is relatively easy to access and is the best place in Southern India to view large mammals, including wild elephant, dhole (Indian wild dog), leopard and the occasional tiger. The birdlife here is pretty special too.


It’s all here. Things to see and do, places to explore and moments to discover.

Old Delhi Street Food Walk

Walk the streets of Chandi Chowk, visit the famous Paranthe Wali Galli. Try India’s favourite sweets, Gulab Jamun and Jalebi.

Explore the Keralan Backwaters

Stay overnight on board your own private houseboat and explore the peaceful canal-ways of this fascinating river system.

Visit The Golden Temple in Amritsar

Amritsar is home to the Golden Temple, the spiritual nerve centre of the Sikh faith.

Explore Fatehpur Sikri

With our expert guide, discover the ancient, fortified city of Fatehpur Sikri.

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Private Dinner at Fort Dhikola

Enjoy sun-downers and a private dinner on the ramparts of Dhikola Fort in Shahpura.

Visit Jodhpur Stepwell

Watch the young boys jumping 20m into the water of the incredible stepwell in Jodhpur.

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Visit the Taj Mahal

Travel to Agra to witness first hand the incredible beauty of the Taj Mahal.

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Bumthang Flights

If you are short on time and wish to avoid the long drives, take a short 20-minute flight from Paro to Bumthang. Alternatively, drive to Bumthang stopping off en route but then return to Paro by plane.

The Bumthang Owl Trek

The Bumthang Owl Trek is short, yet fascinating. The trail takes you through dense forests of bamboo, juniper, blue pine and rhododendron trees, with gorgeous views of Mt. Gangkar Peunsum peak.

Hike to the Sacred Cave of Shugdrak

Take a short 10-minute hike up to the sacred Guru Rinpoche cave. A series of ladders you past a lovely butter-lamp shrine to a rock-face chapel.

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A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Joe Parkes

As a child I read voraciously so the seed of travel was planted by none other than Enid Blyton. Family holidays ran the gamut from icy dips in the early summer seas of Cornwall, to camel rides in north Africa, from Times Square to Tenerife. A GAP year upon leaving school cemented the travel bug. After graduating University and before stumbling, happily, into a career in the travel industry I spent a couple of glorious years exploring southern and east Africa, large swathes of South-east Asia, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
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Kate Hitchen

My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way. In fact, I am never happier than when I’m cycling, trekking or simply eating my way through a country! My heart and head regularly pull me east, notably to India but I may also be found wandering through the galleries and piazzas of Italy or daydreaming about fresh ceviche in the far west.
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