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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

A little more about Nagarhole National Park

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.

Bengal Tiger, Satpura National Park, India

Bori Wildlife Sanctuary & Satpura National Park

Combine a stay at the Bori Safari Lodge and Reni Pani Jungle Lodge in Satpura and take an all-day safari exploring biodiversity hotspots.

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Tray Painting, Multan, Punjab, Pakistan

Pakistani arts and crafts

Visit local artisans at work – Pakistan in known for bone carvings, camel skin lamps, weaving, pottery and mosaic.

Islamabad lorry art, Bedford and Hino, Islamabad, Pakistan

Visit a truck workshop

Wander around a truck workshop where mechanics service and even decorate the colourful trucks which are a common sight all over Pakistan.

Derawar Fort, Pakistan

Desert Forts

Explore the desert forts of the south including Derawar, Rohtas and Kot Diji.

Lower half of polo player in action.

See an international polo tournament

Coincide your visit with an international polo tournament on the Shandur Pass, home to the highest polo ground in the world.

Khaplu Palace, Khaplu, Pakistan

Stay in a 19th century fort

Explore the scenic landscapes around Skardu from an atmospheric and historical hotel, once a Mir’s palace.

Khunjerab Pass, Chinese border gate, China Pakistan border, Pakistan

Visit the Khunjarab Pass

Connecting Pakistan with China this is the highest paved border in the world. Visit as part of a day trip or even cross into China and onto the famed Kashgar market.

Shopkeeper, Lahore, Pakistan

Qissa Khawani Bazaar

Wander through the streets of old Peshawar and lose yourself among the alleys of the colourful Qissa Khawani bazaar. Explore the copper bazaar, the bird and spice market, cloth market, shoe bazaar, vegetable market and jewellery bazaar.

Sirkap, temple base, Taxila, Islamabad, Pakistan

UNESCO sites

Explore some of the countries UNESCO sites including Taxila, a once important centre for Buddhist learning, Mohenjo-daro, one of the worlds earliest major cities and the Mughal gardens of Shalamar in Lahore.

Black and white fan headwear of Pakistani guards marching.

The Wagah border ceremony

Witness this fascinating daily spectacle which takes place every evening, before sunset. This ceremonial lowering of the flags for both India and Pakistan involves patriotic music and elaborate drills from immaculately dressed guards, all enthusiastically watched by crowds from both sides of the border.

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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.

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