Search for the increasingly rare Bengal tiger in Bandhavgarh National Park, formerly a maharajah’s private hunting preserve.
Explore the lesser-visited Satpura National Park as well as Pench—the original setting of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book.
Enjoy in-depth explorations of each park—traversing the forested ridges, thick bamboo, and shallow rivers; searching for wild boar, chital deer, and sambar; and keeping an eye out for the varied birdlife, such as the green bee-eater, white-bellied drongo, and plum-headed parakeet.
Delve into Indian culture by visiting Old and New Delhi, including the bustling market filled with everything from wedding jewels to spices.
India is a vast, teeming, and colorful country with a rhythm entirely its own. Though you will see the rapid pace of modern change in the metropolises of Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore, India’s heart still beats to an ancient rhythm.
Readers young and old have fallen in love with Mowgli, the spirited young boy in Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale, The Jungle Book, and his adopted wolf parents, Raksha and Father, as well as his precocious jungle pals, Bagheera, the black panther, and Baloo, the bear.
To see a tiger requires infinite patience and perseverance, but the sight of your first tiger is one of life’s great moments. They are the essence of power and beauty portrayed in an unhurried, silent walk or a charge towards a herd of chital.
Since 1997, we have made almost yearly trips to both Bandhavgrah and Kanha National Parks in eastern India to seek out the rare Bengal tiger. And while this elusive creature is the star attraction, there is an abundance of other wildlife within the parks that amazes visitors with their beauty and abundance.
As a child I dreamed of watching wild creatures, especially mammals, but with no one to learn from, I was left to my own devices to find ways to do so. Youthful interests tend toward the energetic, so it was by bicycle that I explored my home county of Worcestershire in central England.
Mark's interest in wildlife took root at an early age when, as a young boy, he was fascinated by the natural world and inspired by his early reading and early natural history documentaries on BBC TV. Mark's first focus was on mammals, and he originally hoped to become a mammalogist, but that was a hobby he soon abandoned for good reason.