Tips for Tiger Safari in India

Even in the highest tiger population density areas, spotting tigers is not certain. Some tourists must take back-to-back safari for several days to increase the possibility of spotting tigers.

Elephant safari is the best way to get closer to the tigers while Jeep safaris will allow deep penetration into the forest, into the habitat of tigers.

Always follow your guide’s instructions while on a safari, your safety is important. This wild animals is a well-known carnivorous. Absolute silence is needed for tiger spotting. 

Usually, summers are the best time to spot tigers as the water holes will be drained out, pushing tigers to reach out of their usual habitat to find large water sources. Also, the grasses will be dried out, increasing your visibility.

What to Wear For Tiger Safari

The prime tiger spotting time is during the peak summer season. Thus, you should wear fully covering thin clothing, comfortable shoes or any footwear that covers your feet completely, sunscreen and hat as exposing your skin to sun can lead to sunburn, dehydration and other skin problems. Remember to carry a large bottle of water. And if you prefer early morning safari, carry a thin jacket.
Many of the naturalists in India are incredible as they can hear alarm call, sound of engine from a great distance. When you enter the tiger reserves in India it’s incredibly easy to become detached by your guide’s notes, instructions and eye movements, assuming that they have some inside knowledge about where the tigers are going to pop up while in fact, they don’t. So don’t be afraid to look the other way, get involved and try to discern the different deer and langur alarm calls from the broad-spectrum of jungle noises. You’re not going to become an expert anytime soon but it certainly adds to the whole amazing experience. 

Best Tiger Safari In India (Part 3)

Satpura National Park

Tigers are born predators by nature, familiar with lurk and survive in silence. Expecting such an animal to appear in front of a long row of canters and jeeps is unreasonable. Thus, Satpura permits only 12 vehicles per day. The best venue to find tigers is Sonbhadra River. During summer, visitors can spot tigers swimming in the river to avoid the heat. This is one of the very few tiger preservation sites where walking tours are allowed. Besides tigers, visitors can find chital, gaur, leopard, porcupines, wild boars, chinkara, hyena, black buck and others.

Best Time For Tiger Spotting is between April and May

Safari Timing starts from 7 am to 11 am

Closest Airport – Bhopal Airport, which is 140 km away from the park

Pench National Park

This park is situated in the heart of the country, spreading 760 square kilometer of forest area. It nurtures 43 tigers within its boundaries. The lake regions are usually the most common tiger spotting areas. This park is one of the best sites to spot diverse wild animals. Besides the royal Bengal tiger, visitors can find sloth bear, wild boar, wild dog, barking deer, hyena, Indian leopard fox, and others.

There are seven safari zones in this park. The Turla region is the most popular region for spotting tigers. The regions around the stream in Turla are filled with tigers during summer season. Night safari is also permitted in this zone. Canter and jeep safaris are common transportation to discover the region and spotting tigers.

Best Time For Tiger Spotting is between March to June

Safari Timing begins from 7:30 am to 10:30 am and 4 pm to 6:30 pm (timing changes among season)

Closest Airport is Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International airport, which is 95 km away from the park

Facts About India That Will Hit You (Part 3)

The Himalayas consist of 9 out of 10 World’s Highest Peaks

The mighty Himalayas has 9 out of 10 world’s highest peaks with the highest is Mount Everest at the height of 8,848 metres.

There are over 300,000 Mosques in India

Over 14.2% of the country’s population is Muslim, India has the most number of mosques in the world with some of the most famous ones are Jama Masjid (New Delhi), Mecca Masjid (Hyderabad), Taj-Ul-Masjid (Bhopal), etc.

The World Second Largest Road Network 

Travelling is rather convenient in India thanks to 1.9 million miles of roads in the country, making it the second-largest network of roads in the world only less than the USA.

World’s Highest Rail Bridge

About 35 metres higher than the Eiffel Tower, the arch-shaped Chenab bridge in Jammu and Kashmir is the world’s tallest rail bridge, standing at a height of 1,178 feet over the river Chenab.

Bandra-Worli Sea Link contains the amount of steel Wires Equal to those of Earth’s Circumference

Each of the cables can hold 900 tons of weight as the entire establishment’s weight is equivalent to the weight of 50,000 African elephants.

Benny Prasad is the men to Have Travelled Around the World in 6.5 years – the shortest duration

He is also the first person to have designed the first bongo guitar in the world and got the world record for traveling 257 countries in only 6 years and 6 months. 

The Number of People using the Indian Railways daily is Equal to the Population of Australia

Having more than 7,172 stations, the Indian Railways is the largest rail network in Asia transporting over 23 million passengers daily by 12,617 trains.

Most Visited Place in the World

Awarded by the World Book of Records, the Golden Temple of Amritsar is the most visited destination in the world with over thousands of devotees flocking at the shrine every single day.

Facts About India That Will Surprise You (part 2)

The Only Nation With a Bill of Rights for Cows
From the moment an Indian is born, he has a birth mother and Gaumata – Cows – which are believed to be holy in Hinduism. It’s also the reason why the Constitution has a set of rules that bans the sale and slaughter of cows. 

Shani Shingnapur – Village Without Doors
The village without doors and locks located in Maharashtra attracts over 40,000 devotees each day due to a 300 years old legend. Its residents sleep soundly in their establishments as they believe Lord Shani – the guardian of the village- will protect them. 

Madhopatti – Officer’s Village of India
Madhopatti is a small village in the Jaunpur district of Uttar Pradesh, well-known by producing the most number of IAS officers. With solely 75 households, there are  nearly 50 officers to Indian administration and many others made their careers by working for prestigious organisations like ISRO, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and World Bank. 

Tulsi Shyam – The hills that Defy Gravity
Tulsi Shyam in Amreli district, Gujarat features many anti-gravity roads where cars that are left in free gear, then start rolling up a hill against the gravitational pull. This strange phenomenon is a reality that you must witness.

The Largest Number of Vegetarians in the World
If you are vegetarian, you find the home of vegetarian food here with the majority of the population is Hinduism, and 30% -40% of them is vegetarians.

The Highest Cricket Ground in the World
India is a cricket loving nation, featuring the highest cricket ground in the world recorded by the Guinness Book. The ground is located at a level of 2,144 metres above sea level in Chail, Himachal Pradesh.

India is the Second Largest English-speaking Nation
India has around 10% of its population fluent in English and is expected to quadruple in the next decade. 

Things to Do in Northern India (Part 2)

Gaze upon the Golden Temple, Amritsar
The Golden Temple is the holiest temple in Sikhism constructed in 1577, and is also known as the Harmandir Sahib which is a much-recognised symbol of Northern India. The temple is constructed on the edge of a large body of holy water featuring the glinting golden façade which houses the sacred Adi Granth scripture. This exquisite temple attract visitors and worshippers from around the world. The temple is great place to visit both in daytime when the gold glitters, and at night, when the entire complex is illuminated.

Climb the minarets of India’s largest mosque, Delhi
Delhi is not only a transport hub but also house to various interesting destination. One of the best is the Jama Masjid which is the largest mosque in India with a huge complex, with space capacity to fit over 25,000 worshippers. The view over the mosque and the maze of streets that surround it from the 40-metre-high minarets is absolutely breathtaking. The interior features marble and red sandstone detailing.

Feast on north Indian cuisine
Whether or not you love Indian food, the Northern India’s cuisine is packed with flavour, and is definitely something you must try while you’re in the region. North Indian cuisine features vegetarian dishes which served with naan bread, roti or samosas, all washed down with a fresh cup of chai. Garam masala is also a popular spice that you can find in many dishes such as curries, palak paneer (spinach and cheese) and aloo ghobi (potato and cauliflower).

Cruise Udaipur’s tranquil Lake Pichola
If you have been tired with the craziness of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, Udaipur is a refreshing change with forested hills, the delightful, open and breezy Lake Pichola. The lake attracts both local and international visitors to explore on a lake cruise in which it passes the wonderful temples, ghats and houses. Many cruises stop off on the island in the centre of the lake, where the Lake Palace Hotel offers delicious refreshments served in its amazing rose blooming gardens.

Things to Do in Northern India (part 1)

If you plan to visit Northern India, there are a whole lot more to the region than the well-known Golden Triangle, the popular route of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur such as the peaks of the Himalayas tower over the far north, tigers roam in the jungles and the scent of toasted spices fills in the air.
No matter how many times you visited India, the country ever fail to blown your mind by the chaos, colour and culture of it. Here are our top suggestions for what to do while you’re here:

Watch the sunrise over the Taj Mahal, Agra

Watching the sunrise over the Taj Mahal is the sight of the lifetime, if you are in India. The delicately designed façade of the Taj Mahal is a monument commissioned by Shah Jahan Emperor in 1631 to honour of his queen Mumtaz Mahal. The building changes its colour throughout the course of the day. In the early morning, it is purples and pinks; in the late morning, it is bright gleaming white and in the late afternoon, it is soft orange and peach. If you want to see a different perspective of the Taj reflecting romantically in the calm waters, head across the Yamuna River to the Mehtab Bagh Gardens.

Hike up to the Amber Fort, Jaipur

The Amber Fort stands at the top of a large hill in Amber, around seven miles outside Jaipur, which can easily be accessed at day through ascending the steep pathways. It takes around 10 minutes in a sweaty walk, or take a taxi (or an elephant); however, the walk is a much better way if you want to take a look at the pretty views down to Maotha lake and the Kesar Kyari Gardens. As soon as you reach at the fort, it’s time to admire the gorgeous mosaics and colourful courtyards at one of Rajasthan’s stand-out architectural sights.

Free things to do in India (part 2)

Marvel at the Architecture

Marvel architecture from India’s past empires and rulers can be found all over the country. Both the old and new parts made up of spectacular India’s cities. For example, Mumbai is famous for grand colonial architecture, such as the Gothic looking Prince of Wales Museum, Victoria Terminus railway station, and Horniman Circle buildings. You can also visit the beautifully painted old havelis driving through the Shekhawati Region of Rajasthan and many parts of ancient abandoned cities such as Hampi and Mandu.

Visit Free Monuments and Attractions

The majority of India’s most recognizable monuments are free to visit, including the Gateway of India in Mumbai, the Delhi Gate in New Delhi, the massive open air laundry known as the dhobi ghat, and renowned dabbawalas who are in charge of delivering over 200,000 packed lunches to office workers. If you plan ti visit Kolkata, you can walk across the Howrah Bridge which is the busiest bridge in the world due to the sheer volume and variety of traffic it carries. Besides, you can stroll through the grassy expanse of the Maidan which is across a number of monuments, such as Fort William, Shahid Minar, St Paul’s Cathedral, and Victoria Memorial.

Relax on the Beach

If you’re a beach lovers, there are plenty of incredibly scenic beaches that offer everything from action to solitude, and of course parties. On the east coast, visitors can visit Mahabalipuram near Chennai although the best India beaches can be found on the west coast such as the beaches in Goa, picturesque and popular Gorkana and Varkala or therelaxing and unwind Marari Beach in Karnataka.

Check Out the Nightlife

Female travellers, listen up, you’re in luck! Many bars in Indian organise lady nights during the week, often on Tuesday or Wednesday, where admission and drinks for women are complimentary. You must check out the local entertainment guides as soon as arriving to the city to find these events.

Free Things to Do in India ( part 1)

Of course, people love free stuff, especially on holiday in a new country. Fortunately, plenty of the best things in India won’t cost you anything at all. Here are the top free things to do in India.

01. Enjoy a Festival

As a spiritual country, there are numerous free festivals that are held throughout the year which offer a unique way of seeing Indian culture at its best. You can experience dancing with Lord Ganesh in the streets during Ganesh Chaturthi fest, throwing colored dust all over people on Holi fest, watching beautiful fireworks displays at Diwali fest, seeing camels converge on Pushkar during the camel fair, and admiring the floral displays during Onam. Each Indian festival is exquisite and unforgettable!

02. Visit a Temple

If you love to join spiritual journey, India’s temples are the perfect choice which is magnificant in their construction, with so much intricate details such as the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the Jama Masjid mosque in Delhi, the Haji Ali mosque in Mumbai, the Galta Monkey Temple in Jaipur, Buddhist Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya, and so much more.

Besides temples, there are numerous holy Hindu places are free to offer visitors such as Haridwar, Rishikesh, and Varanasi, etc. And if you visit Ganga, be sure to join the evening candlelit Ganga aarti prayer ceremonies by the river.

03. Admire Indian Art

Art lovers outthere must remember to visit Kolkata – the cultural capital of India where you can find the Academy of Fine Arts on Cathedral Road absorbing which is one of the oldest art societies in India. You can also participate in a fascinating journey through the Gallery of Contemporary Art, and carpet museum. You must also visit Mumbai where home to a dedicated arts precinct called Kala Ghoda (Black Horse), between Colaba and the Fort and art galleries, with the most famous one is the Jehangir Art Gallery. In these galleries, you will find many interesting displayed works by Indian artists.

04. Learn About Indian History

If you are an enthusiastic learner and want to study the history of India, let visit Mahatma Gandhi in Delhi. He is referred to as the “Father of the Nation” who has a special place in Indian history for his efforts in facilitating the country’s freedom. You will be shown the exact spot where Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated on January 30, 1948, the house where he lived for 144 days up before his passing.
In Mumbai, you can visit the engrossing Mani Bhavan museum where Gandhi stayed from 1917-1934 in which you’ll find the room that Gandhi occupied, his picture gallery, and the terrace where he was arrested on January 4, 1932.

Taj Mahal – The world iconic symbol of love

Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of Seven Wonders of the World, the masterpieces of Muslim art in India. It is the best example of Mughal architecture and a symbol of India’s history.
Taj Mahal is a mausoleum made of ivory-white marble on the bank of the Yamuna river, Agra. It was built by Emperor Shah Jahan (reigned from 1628 to 1658) to house the tomb to his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is believed that, the love that Emperor Shah Jahan had for his wife was more powerful than death. It took over 15 years for 20,000 artisans and laborers to construct this masterpiece. Ever since, couples come here to celebrate their love and pray for a long-lasting relationship.

The Exquisite Architecture of Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal incorporated design of traditional Persian and Mughal architecture; featuring intricate carvings and colourful motifs; along with 28 varieties of marble and sandstone. The mosaic floors and the marble minarets followed symmetrical structure which located over a raised platform and are studded with semi-precious stones. Besides, the monument is decorated with floral motifs of bright coloured with fruits and branches represent abundance.
The tomb is the central focus of this complex which is made of white marble standing on a square plinth. It consists of a symmetrical building with an iwan (an arch-shaped doorway) topped by a large dome and finial.
The exterior decorations of the Taj Mahal were created by applying paint, stucco, stone inlays or carvings, the finest elements of Mughal architecture. The calligraphy over black marble is a wonderful ornament on the white architecture.
The complex is set around a large 300-metre garden, popularly known as charbagh. This square garden is divided into four parts with 16 sunken parterres or flowerbeds between two connecting walkways. The garden is located over the banks of River Yamuna, and is bright and green throughout the year.

Visiting Taj Mahal
Visiting the Taj Mahal is likely a must if you’re traveling to India for the first time. Tourists are advised to be early at Agra so that they can witness the real magic of the monument. With passing time, Taj Mahal changes colour as the sun rays touch the white marble. In the morning, you can see it is pink, under the afternoon sun it is pure white while it glitters like gold under moonlight.

Entrance ticket Taj Mahal cost 1,000 rupees per person
We recommend dressing modestly, light and loose clothing, as it can get incredibly hot. For ladies, you should cover your shoulders and everything below your knees.
There is a long list of items you cannot bring inside when visiting the Taj Mahal, including food, headphones and camera. So, be very selective when packing your bag!