Deep inside the great wilderness of India's Madhya Pradesh, on an ancient river bed in the forest of Panna, alongside a tract of Dhonk trees that reminds one of Ranthambhore, saunters something big..
Deep inside the great wilderness of India's Madhya Pradesh, on an ancient river bed in the forest of Panna, alongside a tract of Dhonk trees that reminds one of Ranthambhore, saunters something big in black and orange. The shape grows in size as it moves toward a crystal clear pool of water, its reflection sparkling in the afternoon sun. A distant langoor cackles noisily as the tiger drinks to its heart's content. The great success story of Panna has just manifested itself in its most glamorous avatar.
What To Expect?
A decade ago, Panna's tiger population was on the brink of extinction. As hopes fell and pessimism crept on the scene, one of India's greatest wildlife conservation stories took place. Tigers were carefully relocated from Tiger dense jungles from the central Indian landscape to Panna. Careful monitoring and regular tracking ensured their numbers rose slow and steady. Today, Panna boasts of an extremely healthy population of the Royal Bengal Tiger and the second generation of these new tigers is giving great sightings. While the Tiger would be our prime focus, we shall also track the many leopards that revel in this partly rocky landscape which suits their ways well. Winsome chital and sambar herds should keep us entertained while the occasional sightings of the Sloth Bear and the Wild Dog would make us all excited and thrilled. Our camp is located on a strategic piece of land adjoining the Ken river and the many animals and birds seen from the campus should keep the momentum going strong even during the non safari hours!Read Less
Valley of Flowers was hidden from the world until 1931. Legend has it that the local inhabitants of the Bhyundar valley avoided the Valley of Flowers, believing it to be the celestial playground of..
Valley of Flowers was hidden from the world until 1931. Legend has it that the local inhabitants of the Bhyundar valley avoided the Valley of Flowers, believing it to be the celestial playground of the Gods, nymphs and fairies! Such is its astounding beauty that travelers have been known to lapse into fits of ecstasy! They claim to have attained ultimate peace of mind in this charming valley, for the setting is as dramatic as it can possibly be and the views are simply breathtaking! The Valley of Flowers National Park, when in full bloom would have made even Wordsworth settle here! Waves after waves of the most beautiful flowers adorn the Valley for a very brief period during late summer, after which it goes back to oblivion, only to be seen next summer!
When in flower, the Valley is not to be missed! And in that captivating, mist-covered valley bounded by the mighty Himalayan mountains on all sides, roam some of the most elusive creatures found in India. The Snow Leopard, the Himalayan Black Bear, Serow, the Himalayan Golden Eagle are all found in and around the valley! It could well get lucky for you! We also visit the enchanting and very revered Hemkund sahib and the sacred Badrinath shrine. Come with us on this authentic Himalayan camp of ours which is well and truly, Beyond Wild!
Over the last decade, under the guidance and brilliant leadership of Dr. Parag Mahajan, a leading naturalist/botanist and our founding director, we have led the way to professional and path-breaking tours to the Valley! Efficiently organized with a holistic approach on environment and ecology learning, these tours are indeed an eye-opener! We welcome you with open arms on our tours to the Valley of Flowers to revel in the epitome of experiential travel!Read Less
Bhutan is a land like no other. This tiny, landlocked country, nestled high up in the eastern Himalaya, is Nature's ultimate gift to us. Mighty mountains covered by magnificent Rhododendrons and Pi..
Bhutan is a land like no other. This tiny, landlocked country, nestled high up in the eastern Himalaya, is Nature's ultimate gift to us. Mighty mountains covered by magnificent Rhododendrons and Pines, beautiful rivers and streams flowing merrily, calm and peace-loving people without a care in the world and finally, the magic of the brilliant Buddhist architecture and the greatest testimony to it, the imposing and intricately decorated Dzongs, is what Bhutan is all about.
The quaint roads leading to one beautiful place after another, the distant chanting of the monks reverberating through the rarified air at the monasteries and the awe-inspiring display of natural beauty are all enough reasons to transport you into another world. Bhutan is a wonder, a timeless masterpiece of beauty, charm and mysticism.
On this fabled journey of ours, covering 8 days and the whole of Bhutan, we go off the beaten track and explore some of Bhutan's lesser-known monasteries, go on village walks through dense jungles of Rhododendron and get to know the culture and the people! We will, of course, visit the bustling Bhutanese capital, Thimphu, famous for its dainty buildings and the gigantic Tashichho Dzong and the small yet pretty region around Punakha. The Punakha Dzong, Bhutan's most spectacular building is next on our list. From there on, we will move into relatively unchartered territory and visit the beautiful valleys of central Bhutan. Pristine, surreal and heavenly, these places would seem like a fairy tale to you. Unwillingly, after a few short days, we will retrace our way back to Thimphu and then towards Paro. The world famous Tiger's Nest monastery, situated atop a gigantic cliff, is the stuff of local legend. Mythical and dreamy, this place is sure to make a place in your hearts forever. Across the Paro valley and up towards the eternally snow-clad mountains is a remote place called Haa, known for its astounding vistas and utter peace. Haa is an idyll, we will live it, cherish it, love it.
And then, after 8 fascinating days, we will fly back from Paro, which is an experience in itself. Sitting in the plane and marveling at the breathtaking panorama of the Himalaya all around, you will know that this is the ultimate Shangri-la. You will bid a teary-eyed farewell to that magical kingdom under the clouds, smiling gladly in the knowledge that you have experienced the 'Last Shangri-la'.
The 'Land of the Thunder Dragon', the ageless miracle of Nature shaped by the artistry and spirituality of Man, would beckon you once again. For the time being, you will sit relaxed and content.Read Less
A dark grey coloured primordial beast dots the vast landscape lavishly spread in front of us. The great swamps which the Brahmaputra leaves behind in the wake of its annual spate now teem with an i..
A dark grey coloured primordial beast dots the vast landscape lavishly spread in front of us. The great swamps which the Brahmaputra leaves behind in the wake of its annual spate now teem with an incredible density of animals, small, large and gigantic! For us, this is a place which the giants of the flood plains romance, for this unique landscape houses the Big 3 - Elephant, Indian Rhino and the wild Water Buffalo! A few days in this most epochal of habitats is sure to leave you mesmerized.
What to expect?
Kaziranga's perennial swamps are an intense affair. Being a thriving ecosystem in themselves, most of Kaziranga's many animals live and die in these dark and wet marshes. While you shall experience first-hand India's largest concentration of the Rhino and learn about their ways and demeanor, the gentle giants 'elephants' would make their presence felt in the vast landscape. The fierce-looking but generally docile Wild Water Buffalos abound the marshes in Kaziranga and seeing them wallow in the mud is an absorbing adventure.
This 4-day north-eastern sojourn in the endearing and intimate Kaziranga habitat is the perfect solution to all your stresses and worries for this faraway land nestled in the wake of the Brahmaputra should take you back in the age, where the world was kinder and the people were warmer.
While we enjoy this grand artistry of nature in form of this glittering jewel of the north-east and while the giant of the flood plains enthralls us with their size and antics, the elusive Tiger would never be off our minds. A fresh paw mark impression, a hog deer alarm, a few alert swamp deer and we would be up on the tiger's trail..who knows?!
The fascinating bird life in Kaziranga includes the Pallas's Fish Eagle, Lesser Fish Eagle, Osprey, Bengal Florican, Scarlet Minivet, Great Hornbill, Blue Throated Barbet and hundreds of others!
The pleasant company of the Hog Deer and the Swamp Deer that abound the great grasslands around the swamps should make the proverbial 'Paradise' come true!Read Less