India’s diverse climates and
landscapes are reflected in the variety of the country’s
habitats. The Himalayas contrast with the semi-arid plains of
Rajasthan or the jungles of the south. The tiger is high on most
visitors’ ‘wish lists’ but there are many other
mammals, birds and reptiles to spot, as well as a fascinating
array of flora.
Many of the India National Parks are the former hunting areas of the
maharajas and you can still stay in the lodges, often furnished
with hunting trophies. Alternatively, it’s possible to stay
in a luxury tent complete with full sized beds and attached
bathrooms with flush toilets and showers.
At most of the national parks, you will be accompanied by a naturalist and
a national park warden who will act as a spotter. The naturalists are
usually qualified to degree level in a particular field of
biology and their enthusiasm is infectious. Elephant-back
tracking is possible in Corbett national park, Kaziranga and Bandhavgarh
national park. The
thrill of seeing a tiger, especially from the back of an
elephant, is one you will never forget.