Many international companies offer wildlife and safari tours in India, though there’s no safari-specific licensing organization so a little research prior to booking is advised. Whilst some Indian national parks are easy to access under your own steam, some parks are very out of the way and/or will need local knowledge to get the most out of any visit. In particular, if you’re planning to visit states in the far north east of the country you’ll need a tour company to help you arrange the necessary paperwork, and in some cases to actually accompany you on your trip.
Below is a selection of recommended safari tour companies in India:
- Exodus: www.exodustravels.co.uk Offer a range of specialized tours of India, including tours with a focus on wildlife and safaris.
- Bales Worldwide: www.balesworldwide.com Top end tailor-made and small group wildlife tours of India.
- Audley Travel: www.audleytravel.com Luxury tours of India which can be customized to take in whatever safari viewing you like, alongside some more cultural elements.
- India Footprints: www.indiafootprints.com Locally based company specializing in affordable wildlife tours of India, particularly strong on tiger safaris and birding tours.
- TC India: www.tcindia.com Safari tours of India taking in the whole country, with itineraries of up to 24 nights and 17 destinations.
- Aqua Terra Adventures: www.treknraft.com One of India’s better known tour operators, specializing in combining adventure and wildlife travel in the Indian Himalayas.
- Wildlife Trip: Tailor made safaris to see and photograph tigers, lions, leopards and birds, leopard in national parks across India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
- Travel Operators for Tigers: www.toftigers.org Servicing travelers keen to take a safari in India’s tiger reserves of Ranthambore, Corbett, Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Panna, Pench and Tadoba.
- Travel Wisely: www.travel-wisely.com Offices across India make this local safari tour operator easy to deal with. Mid-range tiger safaris a specialty.
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