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India | Sri Lanka | Maldive Islands | Nepal | Bhutan | Tibetan Autonomous Region

India is larger than life. It is a hospitable country founded upon a breathtaking matrix of languages, customs and religions ~ a sea of humanity where a thousand behaviors breathe as a single nation. India’s appeal begins in the past and present of Rajasthan’s palaces and royalty, deserts and fortresses, lumbering camels and graceful dancers in colorful saris. For those who seek inner peace, the sacred waters of the Ganges beckon, and pilgrimage to the holy city of Varanasi becomes a quest and a must. Sultry southern India enchants with its swaying palm trees, mysterious temples, and the white-sand beaches of the Indian Ocean. In the midst of all this, the Bengal tiger remains elusive in Ranthambhore National Park. To the north at the foot of the majestic Himalaya, the magic of the “hidden” Dragon Kingdom of Bhutan lies in wait for those who seek her serenity. Next door in Nepal, the search goes on for the fabled Shangri-La, while the world’s tallest mountains never cease to entice and enthrall. Feast your eyes and hearts on the mysterious, charming, complex subcontinent of India. Whether it’s the smile of a child or the power of the Taj Mahal, a journey through India will render you a changed person.

Big Cats of India

Ker & Downey’s ultimate Luxury India Tiger Safari dives into the dramatic mystique and jungle wildlife of India with audacious abandon. Tailor-made and all-encompassing, this 19-day Big Cat safari seeks out all of India’s most iconic sites, from the elusive tigers to an eco-luxury leopard camp to the enchanting Taj Mahal. Whether you’re after leopards or lore, this once-in-a-lifetime India tiger safari delivers something for everyone.

Suggested Itinerary-at-a-glance:
Day 1:  Arrive Delhi / Leela Palace New Delhi
Day 2:  Delhi / Leela Palace New Delhi (B)
Day 3 : Agra / Oberoi Hotel Amarvilas (B)
Day 4:  Rathambore National Park / Oberoi Hotel Vanyavilas (B)
Day 5:  Rathambore National Park / Oberoi Hotel Vanyavilas (B)
Day 6:  Rathambore National Park / Oberoi Hotel Vanyavilas (B)
Day 7:  Jaipur / Oberoi Hotel Rajvilas (B)
Day 8:  Jaipur / Oberoi Hotel Rajvilas (B,L)
Day 9:  Udaipur / Oberoi Hotel Udaivilas (B)
Day 10:  Udaipur / Oberoi Hotel Udaivilas (B,L)
Day 11:  Jawai / Jawai Leopard Camp (B,L,D)
Day 12:  Jawai / Jawai Leopard Camp (B,L,D)
Day 13:  Jawai / Jawai Leopard Camp (B,L,D)
Day 14:  Jodhpur / Umaid Bhawan Palace (B,D)
Day 15:  Jaisalmer / Suryagarh (B)
Day 16:  Jaisalmer / Suryagarh (B)
Day 17:  Mumbai / The Oberoi, Mumbai (B)
Day 18:  Mumbai / The Oberoi, Mumbai (B)
Day 19:  Mumbai / Departure (B)

Itinerary Description:

The Big Cats of India are some of the most regal species roaming the planet, and this exclusive luxury India tiger safari brings them all to the forefront alongside India's most treasured cultural landmarks. Begin in the bustling city of Delhi, pulsing with the hustle and bustle of thronged bazaars and narrow winding alleys. Spend two days touring Old and New Delhi from the opulent Leela Palace New Delhi before boarding the train to Agra for intimate moments with the Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal. Your accommodations at Oberoi Hotel Amarvilas grant you incredible 24/7 views of this "Wonder of the World" shrine to love, and sunset and sunrise visits to the Taj Mahal are sure to leave an indelible mark on the soul.

Next, kick off your official luxury India tiger safari in Ranthambore National Park, home to some of the most significant tiger conservation efforts in Rajasthan and subsequently some of the best Big Cat safaris in India. Your romantic tented suite at Oberoi Vanyavilas luxury jungle resort stands on the edge of the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve and serves as the perfect base from which to explore the territory of the majestic, endangered Royal Bengal tiger.

After three days with the felines, offset your India tiger safari adventures with a bit of culture in the pink city of Jaipur. Stroll through Jaipur's Old City and tour the Amber Fort and City Palace before continuing onward to one of the most romantic cities in the world, Udaipur. Dubbed the "Venice of the East", Udaipur promises an experience fit for royalty, full of private boat rides on Lake Pichola, ancient prayer services, and extravagant palaces. Your accommodations in both cities - the Oberoi Hotels Rajvilas and Udaivilas, respectively - even further enhance the romance and splendor of the royal atmosphere.

It is then time to recommence your Big Cat safari experience at the chic Jawai Leopard Camp in the remote wilderness of Rajasthan's Jawai Hills, the land where the leopards roam wild and free. Eco-luxury meets the front-row thrill of the wild as you set out on twice-daily jeep safaris in search of the region's sloth bear, lesser cats, hyena, and some three-dozen leopards revered as protectors of the ancient jungle Jain temples of Ranakpur.

Your India tiger safari concludes with a few days of Maharaja-worthy pampering in Jodhpur and "The Golden City" of Jaisalmer. Outside of your grandiose accommodations, the highlights of your travels include intimate interactions with the Bishnoi people, who will teach you about their traditions of nature conservation, as well as unhurried admirations of Jaisalmer's havelis, and evening camel rides in the Sam sand dunes. Your final day in India is spent in Mumbai, traveling by boat to the rock-cut Elephanta Cave temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and exploring the vibrant landmarks of the city from your lavish Oberoi Mumbai suite—the perfect conclusion to this wildlife and culture safari through India.

This itinerary INCLUDES:

  • Guided city tour of Old and New Delhi 
  • Market shopping in Delhi
  • Guided visit to Agra Fort
  • Sunset and sunrise explorations to the Taj Mahal
  • Stop at Fatehpur Sikri
  • Tiger safaris in Ranthambore National Park and Tiger Reserve
  • Visits to Ranthambore Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Elephant rides at Oberoi Hotel Vanyavilas
  • Rajasthani folk music performances
  • Guided city tours of Jaipur and Udaipur
  • Romantic private boat ride on Lake Pichola
  • Excursions to Eklingi and Nagda temples outside Udaipur
  • All-inclusive luxury amenities at Jawai Leopard Camp
  • Twice-daily Big Cat safaris in Jawai
  • Cultural encounters with Rabari herdsman
  • Opportunity to visit Kumbhalgarh Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Guided tour of Jodhpur and Jaisalmer
  • Encounters with Bishnoi villagers
  • Desert camel ride in the Sam sand dunes
  • Boat ride to Mumbai's Gateway of India and Elephanta Caves
  • Guided city tour of Mumbai

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Meals as indicated:  B = breakfast L = lunch D = dinner


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