Pench National Park
Pench is home to the Asiatic leopard and is still one of the best places in India to see them.
With three small private eco-lodges providing a comfortable base, visit Pench, famous for its leopard sightings, be introduced to the greater conservation issues whilst at Tadoba, and explore the newly opened Bori Sanctuary whilst staying at uncharted and unspoiled Satpura.
Pench is home to the Asiatic leopard and is still one of the best places in India to see them.
In addition to jeep safaris, visitors can also opt for canoeing on the river, and a jungle walk.
Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, one of India’s most exciting and best-protected tiger reserves.
In-house naturalists are on hand to give guests an insight into local species and their behaviour.
During your wildlife holiday to India, there is an option to bike through the tiger corridors that link Pench with other smaller reserves. Biking offers a different perspective of the environment around you and takes you to visit the colourful and remote tribal markets and ancient villages that have changed little over the centuries. Cycling will be, where possible, on smaller country roads and a support vehicle accompanies each biking trip, so if your legs are feeling weary you have the option of completing part of the journey in the vehicle. Plenty of refreshments including bottled water, soft drinks and fresh fruit will follow behind and a welcome break from riding is always possible. The emphasis is on seeing India and learning about the wildlife and not racing to the finish line.
With over 29 years of experience, our Steppes India experts can guide you on how to best experience your tiger safari holiday. We craft extraordinary tiger safari experiences for bespoke itineraries and fixed group departures, that take into account the nuances between the parks, take advantage of the best chance of being in the right place at the right time, that are sensitive to local issues and avoid the many pitfalls that create sub-standard tiger safari experiences.
Satpura is uncharted and unspoiled and represents wilderness at its very best. This reserve is part of one of the largest contiguous blocks of forest left in India and is still connected to other reserves by forest ‘corridors’. This region, therefore, represents the largest block of tiger habitat left in the world. The magnificent deep valleys, high mountains, rivulets, waterfalls and vast reservoir combine to give this park a unique beauty. In addition to jeep safaris, visitors can also opt for elephant rides, canoeing on the river, and a jungle walk.
Pench is home to the Asiatic leopard and is still one of the best places in India to spot this creature. The dam in the park is a favourite spot for bird watching. Spend the next three nights at Jamtara Wilderness Lodge. The camp is the only one located on the Jamtara Gate side of the national park, giving guests an enhanced wildlife experience due to its seclusion and the opportunity to cover a more diverse area of the jungle. Walk in the buffer zone with the resident expert from your lodge.
When travelling to India with Steppes Travel we aim to deliver the very best service on the ground. This starts from the moment you step off the plane with VIP meet and greet, on arrival at the hotel a complimentary bottle of wine, is waiting for you. During your stay, we will do our best to secure a complimentary upgrade at one of your chosen hotels. There is often a few longer journeys when travelling in India, of which our upgraded cars are equipped with the very latest Wi-fi connectivity, mineral waters, soft drinks and snacks to make travelling from A to B as comfortable as possible. If you suffer from jet lag, just tell us in advance, and we will arrange a spa treatment on arrival to ensure a soft landing.
Including Tadoba in your trip offers a unique, off-the-beaten-track experience with exceptional wildlife encounters. Explore the park by jeep and also experience walking trails and kayaking on Irai Lake. Tadoba also offers the chance to sleep-out overnight in hideouts around key waterholes for a totally immersive wildlife experience. Tadoba doesn’t have fixed zones and set routes like some other parks so on safari you are able to follow alarm calls without any restrictions.
Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.
More than a hotel, the lavish Taj Mahal Palace is an iconic landmark of Mumbai. Undoubtedly the city’s grandest choice of accommodation and a spectacle in its own right, this beautiful structure sits next to the Gateway to India, overlooking the harbour. 285 beautiful rooms fill the hotel’s palatial interior, exuding colonial-era grandeur. Several restaurants and bars are housed within the hotel, including the famous Harbour Bar, which was the city’s first licensed drinking establishment.
Tiger Trails near Tadoba National Park is for wildlife enthusiasts who want to be in the heart of the park, only two minutes’ drive from the park’s most central gate.
Located on 55 acres, Singainawa Jungle Lodge offers an unforgettable experience. With only 12 air-conditioned cottages the experienced naturalists are on hand to enhance your wildlife experience. The resort is praised for its eco-friendly credentials being one of the first lodges to go plastic free and harness solar energy and rainwater harvesting.
Jamtara Wilderness Camp is a 10-tented property situated in the village of Jamtara, close to Pench National Park.
Reni Pani Jungle Lodge is a small but perfectly formed camp, situated in the buffer zone of Satpura National Park in Central India. Well located close to the park entrance, it offers 12 individual cottages in pristine acres of deciduous forest land. Reni Pani is defined by its high standard of service with personal butlers to take care of your every need. The Reni Pani cottages and tents offer an extremely comfortable and stylish base located around a perennial waterhole which provides great opportunities to observe wildlife right from your doorstep.
Tadoba is a very friendly and family orientated park. It was the best for tigers, with nine different tiger spottings during our stay. Birds and other wildlife was also great. Our drive, Richin, was very knowledgeable, both in India history and world politics as well as being a great naturalist and spotter.
Joe was wonderful and very knowledgeable about India. He was patient with us as we made numerous changes to the itinerary and very quick to respond.
Everything went smoothly, we were met as arranged by extremely knowledgeable personnel. The guides and drivers came up to and exceeded, our expectations.
We had an absolutely amazing time. Everything ran smoothly, all accommodation and other arrangements were fabulous and the contacts were such wonderful and professional people we feel we have made friends for life.
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January is a very popular time to travel to India, due to mild temperatures and very little rainfall. The climate varies across India from snow in the Northern States to the Southern regions experiencing daily sunshine – perfect for an escape to Kerala’s beaches.
During peak season, February is an ideal month to travel to India, experiencing all regions of the country from Rajasthan in the North to Karnataka in the South.
Temperatures begin to rise with March typically being the last month of the peak season. A significant month for religious, Hindu festivals, March can become busy in some regions however also a perfect time to travel to experience Indian culture and wildlife.
With temperatures starting to rise, regions in Northern India start to become more accessible with excellent opportunities to discover hiking trails and the wildlife of these regions. Temperatures can sometimes exceed 40°C, with high levels of humidity in Southern India.
From May to September, Monsoon rains affect the North and Central states of India with daily rainfall and thunderstorms. During the Monsoon season, it is best to experience high altitude regions and avoid beach resorts.
Most regions of India will experience the Monsoon season in June alongside high daily temperatures and high levels of humidity. Whilst, not a popular time to travel, experience the mountainous regions as opposed to Central India to experience slightly cooler temperatures at the start of the month.
At the peak of the Monsoon season, most of the country experiences frequent, heavy rainfall. Whilst travel plans may be interrupted due to the climate, it is a great time to visit India to experience the national parks and the great outdoors.
As the Monsoon continues, the climate is very similar to that of June and July. Whilst not a suitable time to travel to India’s Southern beaches, other Northern Regions are popular with locals for hiking and outdoor pursuits.
As the final month of the Monsoon season, rainfall will be less frequent with the occasional sunny spell showcasing the lush, green vegetation that has flourished during the heavy rains.
As the monsoon rains have finished, humidity levels remain high and the peak travel season begins. During the month of October, there are lots of religious festivals, including Diwali, where some regions may become busier with domestic tourists.
As one of the best times to visit the country, November brings comfortable temperatures for sightseeing with the monsoon rains dying out from October. As the temperatures drop, however, Northern India and the Himalayas will become less accessible.
In December, temperatures and climate will be dependant on the region. In the Southern States, India will see a pleasant and mild climate, ideal for sightseeing, whereas, in Northern India and mountainous regions, snow and cold temperatures are likely.
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