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How to Plan Your Indian Wildlife Safari Tour: A Step by Step Guide

 
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    Planning Your Indian Wildlife Safari Tour

    Plan Your Indian Wildlife Safari Tour

    The Indian subcontinent has something to offer for every personality. There are countless things you can do in India; if you are someone who likes nature in its solitude. You can choose to sink into the scenic beauty or experience the raw nature in its perfect existence.

    The best way to experience the wildlife in India is by actually being in the wilderness. Travelling through thick forests can be a sublime experience.The nature plays an integral part in our lives, and we can enjoy nature only when we experience it in its purity and abundance. The beauty of nature in India in its wilderness has been extolled in the works of various poets and artists from the country and abroad. This fact makes us clear about what India has to offer with the power of nature.

    What is a wildlife safari

    You must be wondering what exactly is a wildlife safari is. A safari is basically a trip through the wilderness but not for the purpose of hunting but to enjoy what nature has to offer. A wildlife safari is usually an intense experience that includes hiking, the sightseeing and sometimes driving in the midst of nature.

    A tiger is spotted!

    India has never disappointed nature lovers. Every year, there is something new and something refreshing to be experienced in the wilderness. Nature never runs out of its surprises, does it?

    An Indian Wildlife Safari, is a drive through the dense jungles of India which will put you in a place where you have been before. Every little detail in the wild, from the soft rustle of dried leaves to the buzzing of the bees and insects connect you with mother nature like nothing else.

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    The sound of the chirping of several birds, the sight of galloping deers, the perfect blend of green and brown in the landscape, is more than what a nature lover can ask for. If these sights is not appealing enough, there is more being offered. Be it the pride of lions or a majestic tiger waiting for its prey, every tiger safari has something special. These close encounters with the wild are what you take along and cherish forever.

    Where exactly in India

    The majestic peacock

    Photo credit: Sankarshan sen - flickr

    India has a lot of places to offer if you are enthusiastic about wildlife safaris. You can plan a trip with your family, a bunch of friends or even alone if you prefer to. To plan your Indian wildlife safari tour experience, the first thing that you need to do your research. Find a place which is best suited for the kind of experience you would want to go through.

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    There are several wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in India. Ranthambore National park in Rajasthan, Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand, Pin Valley National Park in Himachal and Namdapha National Park in Arunachal Pradesh are some of the most famous national parks ones in India. These national parks offer great wildlife safari experiences, with great packages to choose from.

    There are several places you can experience based on the temperature and wildlife activities in that area. In Gujarat you can visit the Gir Forest National park which is famous for Asiatic lions and many other protected species.

    You can also visit Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary in Himachal Pradesh which has lot a of wildlife activities to offer as well. Coming down south you can visit the Nagarjunsagar- Srisailam Tiger Reserve in Andhra Pradesh which is spread across 1,200 Sq Km where you can find Bengal Tigers too. The reservoirs and the best temples are beautiful in this Wildlife Sanctuary.

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    In Karnataka, you can visit the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary which is a part of Anshi Dandeli Tiger reserve where you can find extreme wilderness and tiger activities. In Maharashtra you can visit the Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary where you can spot the Indian Bustard which is expected to have the same beautiful wildlife species such as the Black Buck.

    This is in the Solapur area of Maharashtra. The Indravati National Park in Chhattisgarh also offers great Indian Wildlife and also is home to one of the last population of the rare wild Buffalo.

    Ranthambore National Park remains to be one of the biggest national parks in the Northern India. It is renowned mainly because it offers great wilderness experiences which were once experienced by the Maharajas of the amazing Jaipur.

    Currently, Ranthambore National Park is recognised as a major attraction for nature lovers who love to experience the wilderness that was once ruled by the Rulers of Rajasthan.

    Based on your tastes on experiencing Indian Wildlife, you can plan your Indian Wildlife Safari in a efficient manner and thus enjoy the experience to the maximum.

    An elephant safari

    Photo credit: Subharnab Majumdar - flickr

    List of sanctuaries:

    1.      The Hemis National Park, Jammu and Kashmir

    2.      Sasan-Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, Gujarat

    3.      Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan

    4.      Kaziranga National Park, Assam

    5.      Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh

    6.      Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala

    7.      Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Rajasthan

    8.      Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

    9.      Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam

    10.    Corbett Tiger Reserve, Uttarakhand

    Who should I talk to

    A curious deer

    Photo credit: Pranav Yaddanapudi - flickr

    Your Indian wildlife safari tour experience should go without any hassles or problems. Pull in the best of information you can find, be it online or through friends and make sure that your operator assists you throughout your trip with utmost priority and care.

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    Your trip should be the operator’s money bank. If you are paying him, then you must get the services that are worth the price. Adequate research is the key to your destination. Therefore evaluate your contacts neatly and assure that the Indian wildlife safari tour operator you have chosen carries out the best of the safaris in the area you plan to visit.

    How do I plan it on a budget

    A jeep safari

    • Locate a professional Indian wildlife safari planner. You can find many online. You can also travel locally to the area in advance to plan for a trip, where you can get more access to planners.
    • Keep a tight but flexible budget
    • Plan in advance, much before the season you plan to visit.
    • Research well, do not just take the word for it. Always go for a second opinion.
    • Do not go for extremely commercial trips
    • Purchase and carry your supplies with you before the trip. Buying anything on the reserve could be more expensive.
    • Travel off season. You get cheaper tickets and there is the benefit of a lesser crowd.

    What to carry

    Wildlife Safari in India

    1. A good digital camera or video camera

    There is a lot of excitement is taking back all the beautiful memories back home. Your camera should do the trick. Do not let a few bytes of memory storage ruin your journey. Carry a memory card with the best amount of memory it can offer. You will get rid of your fear of the running out of memory and you can capture as many shots as you want. Keep a spare one with you in case the one you have malfunctions.

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    Let your camera give you the joy of taking the memories back home but let it not ruin the fun for you. Do not be so engrossed with snapping pictures that you forget to experience the sight yourself. You will not have a majestic lion roaring its wits off every day before you. Feel the moment before you capture it.

    2. A journal

    Yes, the experience of coming to close counters with the animals in the wild is extremely enthralling and superficial but a few years down the lane, you will remember only the highlights of the experience. Carrying a journal and penning down the experiences of each day will keep every detail fresh in your mind. When you read through, it will take you back to that day even after several years of the visit.

    3. Clothes to suit the weather

    Assure that the clothes you carry will protect you even in the harshest of the weather conditions. The time of visit will give the right details of the weather. Keep your research in hand at all circumstances. The heat of the day and the temperature at night are two different aspects in such areas where the forests cover most of the places. The day might be pleasant but the nights can get quite chilly. While you are on safari, wear shorts so that you are comfortable. Keep all your money and valuables safe, it is recommended that you do not carry excessive valuables along.

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    4. Binoculars

    The whole trip would be an experience that is unforgettable. There are several things to enjoy and experience, a few things could be happening away from your sight like say, a pack of monkeys chattering on the top of tree, a binocular can get you closer to the scene so that nothing goes missing towards the end of your trip.

    5. Medications

    Do understand that you are away from the vicinity of the city and from medical help as well. Carry your medical kit with tablets for fever, cold, malaria, diarrhea etc. Your tour operator can give you some advice about the pills you will have to pack along with the other items.

    Tips

    Jeep safaris offer a splendid view of the surroundings

    Photo credit: McKar Savage - flickr

    1. Off season jungle safari

    Most of the nature enthusiasts recommend going on wildlife during off season that is basically to avoid crowds and to cut down the travelling expenses. It is always better to take the safaris in the drier part of the year as the paths would be clear and there would not be a necessity to take the closed or AC cars. Moreover dry weather also means that the mosquitoes and the bugs are away. At this time of the year the animals are more active you can therefore experience a totally different side of the activities.

    2. Avoid visiting the popular spots

    It is always recommended to avoid the most popular spots, for you will end up stretching your neck to a better view of the scenes. Those places will be extremely crowded and therefore the animals would not be any active either. You could enjoy the drive through the calmer places, it is more refreshing and you may just see more activity among the animals, what would not otherwise available in the popular spots.

    3. Plan your number of days for a wildlife safari in India

    You need to plan your trip well. The number of days for a complete Indian wildlife safari tour experience totally depends on the place of visit. You can take up tour packages that could last for a day or up to 18 to 20 days. The National parks have an array of tour packages that will interest you.

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    We recommended a least of 2 to 3 days of wild life safari in the most popular destinations of the country. In the case of the small scale National Park like Bannerghatta in Bangalore, a day would suffice.

    4. Travel in a group

    Always travel in a group whenever you take up a wildlife safari. It is safer and while you travel in groups there is company to share your experiences with. Moreover, you will have each other to help in case of any problem.

    5. Plan in advance

    Plan your trip at least a month in advance. Make a checklist of the items that need to go in your bag and keeping checking them or things you might have missed. Keep in touch with your operators; assure they are well informed about your arrival in their zone for the safari and they have made the necessary arrangements for your accommodation.

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    Keep all the above mentioned points in mind, you will be in an Indian wildlife safari, far away from the city limits, there should not be an event wherein you will have to travel back. It will spoil the mood of the trip completely. So plan it so well that you will have nothing but good memories once you are done with you wildlife safari.

    What you should not do in a wildlife safari

    Spotted deer

    Photo credit: Koshy Koshy - flickr

    • Do not make any noise that the animals are not used to or you could scare them away. Keep your mp3 players, loud horns away. Do not get into the spirit of driving fast either; you might crush the small animals passing by. You will enjoy all the more if you are quiet.
    • Do not wear bright colors, the animals are more accustomed to the colors of the forests. Wear outfits of subtle colors like Khaki or brown or dull green, even bright green is not suggested. You are venturing into their world; follow some of the norms that the animals have been living with.
    • Do not feed the animals. The animals have been living with the nature and they will be able to support themselves. Food fed to them will upset their habits and health.
    • Do not litter. Littering pollutes their environment and the habitat they live in. Do not throw plastic bags, tetra packs or the likes of the sort in the jungle. Besides making the place unhygienic, it will also ruins the natural habitat of the animals. Dispose them properly.
    • Do not pluck flowers or plants nor attempt to touch any animals either.
    • Smoking and Flash Photography in prohibited in the forests. Do not be the reason for an unnecessary fire in the forests.
    • The drivers are supposed to follow a particular route and follow a speed limit. Do not force them to go against the rules put forth by the forest officials.
    • Do not enter the prohibited areas of the reserve. They are protected for a reason, do not mess around.
    • Most important tip of all - Enjoy every moment of your trip to an Indian wildlife safari tour!

    [Contact us to plan your Indian wildlife safari tour]