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Ultimate Big Cat Safari in India

25 days from £4500*

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Overview

Wildlife Trails first visited Hemis National Park, Ladakh in 2012 and were astonished to see 7 Snow Leopards; including one feeding on a Blue Sheep kill. We then started regular Snow Leopard safaris in the month of February and all our groups have seen at least 2 Snow Leopards. We have been visiting Ranthambhore tiger sanctuary since 1997, so it makes sense due to its high density of tigers and logistical ease of getting there, to include this beautiful park as our location where we will enjoy multiple tiger safaris. From here just a daytime train journey and short vehicle transfer away is a location in southern Rajasthan, that has become world famous for seeing Asiatic Leopard. Finally we travel on to the beautiful Gir Forest, which holds the last remaining population of Asiatic Lions. So if Big Cats are a passion in your life, then join us on a once in a lifetime trip to see these incredible felines on our ultimate Big Cat safari.

Itinerary

This is a Private Tour

  1. Day 1

    Arrive in Delhi and overnight at a mid-range hotel

  2. Day 2

    Flight to Leh and overnight at simple ensuite guesthouse with central heating.

  3. Day 3

    Full day to acclimitise; only short walk and moderate activity.

  4. Day 4

    Two hour drive to start of trek and then 1-2 hour moderate walk into the camp.

  5. Days 5-9

    Five full days focused on finding Snow Leopards; patience required for the hours of scanning mountains. Some of the hiking is steep and frozen river crossings can be slippy.

  6. Day 10

    Beautiful walk into the Rhumbuk valley where you will overnight at a simple homestay.

  7. Day 11

    Walk back down the valley then drive back to Leh and overnight at ensuite guesthouse

  8. Day 12

    Morning flight back to Delhi and overnight at a mid-range hotel in the city.

  9. Day 13

    Morning train to Ranthambhore and private transfer to Sherbagh tented camp. Afternoon jeep safari in Ranthambhore national park

  10. Day 14

    Morning and afternoon jeep safaris in Ranthambhore. Private fort visit with packed lunch inbetween drives.

  11. Day 15&16

    Two days of morning and afternoon jeep safaris in Ranthambhore.

  12. Day 17

    Morning train to Jodhpur and visit to the Fort before driving to Leopards Lair. Evening drive for leopards

  13. Days 18&19

    Two days of early morning and late afternoon jeep safaris (shared) looking for leopard, sloth bear, lesser cats and even hyena, also migratory birds and other wildlife

  14. Day 20

    Early morning jeep safari then afternoon free to relax before your evening transfer to board the overnight sleeper train from nearby Falna to Rajkot (2nd class AC sleeper)

  15. Day 21

    Morning arrival and transfer to the rustic ‘Gir Birding Lodge’ (approx 4 hours drive), arriving in time for a private afternoon jeep safari inside Sasan Gir Lion Sanctuary

  16. Days 22&3

    Two days of morning and afternoon private jeep safaris inside Sasan Gir National Park

  17. Day 24

    Morning private jeep safari inside Sasan Gir National Park before your transfer to Rajkot airport to connect with an evening flight to Mumbai, where you will stay overnight at ‘The Lalit’

  18. Day 25

    Bid a fond farewell to India before your flight departure from Mumbai

Meals

Best Indian wildlife lodges: a mixutre of a small group snow leopard safari with custom extension, good quality tried and tested lodges, with upgrade options on request. All meals included at the Wildlife Lodges, breakfast only in Delhi.

Cost: from £4500 per person based on two sharing (excludes international flights)

Dates: 16th October 2015 to 15th June 2016

For a full tour description email Wildlife Trails, or for a different combination we are happy to help design your ideal India wildlife tour.

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* Based on 2 persons and not including flights

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