A one-of-a-kind educational adventure to support tiger conservation efforts
"When the last individual of a race of living things breathes no more, another heaven and another earth must pass before such a one can be again.” These words of portent from William Beebe couldn’t be more applicable to the plight of Asia’s Bengal tiger. Although there are many problems that threaten these remarkably beautiful animals with extinction—economic development, habitat loss, and lack of prey—the most immediate threat facing the tiger is poaching for bones and other body parts to satisfy the market for traditional Chinese medicinal products. To create awareness and to raise funds, please join us on this special mission to see for yourself what is at stake. Traveling into the heart of tiger habitat by elephant, open 4x4 vehicle, and on foot on this entirely unique adventure, we’ll search for tigers, learn about current threats to their survival, and explore what steps can be taken to save them.
Mountain Travel Sobek Guide Brian Weirum first became aware of the current plight of the tiger in the early 1990s. With our support and encouragement, he created the first Save the Tiger trip in 1994. Since 1994, we've operated 17 departures, taking 167 guests into the land of the tiger, generating more than $230,000 to support anti-poaching and tiger conservation efforts in India and Nepal. MTS matches your donation with a contribution of $300 for every participant on the trip to The Fund for the Tiger, a California-based, non-profit public charity dedicated to preventing the tiger from disappearing from the forests and jungles of Asia. This is truly a one-of-a-kind opportunity to meet those working at ground zero to preserve and protect the endangered tiger. In Delhi we will have a dinner meeting with Belinda Wright, Executive Director of The Wildlife Protection Society (WPSI) of India and arguably India’s foremost tiger conservationist. At Bandhavgarh we will meet with Nitin Desai, the WPSI’s Director of Central India operations and a true hero in the battle to save the tiger
Along the journey, you will become your own tiger expert. Beginning in New Delhi, we’ll spend four days in Bandhavgarh National Park, a 160-square-mile park in the vast central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, where we’ll learn about the tiger, its habitat, and threats to its survival. We’ll travel in open 4x4s and by elephant tracking tigers. In Khajuraho, we’ll visit the famous temples of the Chandela dynasty. We will be briefed on the plight of the tiger and what the Wildlife Protection Society of India is doing to save this beautiful animal. Then, we’ll continue our adventure with a flight to Kathmandu in Nepal. In Bardia National Park, one of the jewels in Nepal park service and home to the tiger, elephant and one-horned rhinoceros, we’ll learn about anti-poaching efforts being made. Elephants provide great transportation for tiger safaris, making their way through jungle and otherwise difficult terrain. Viewing tigers can be unpredictable: a blur of black and gold bolting through the forest or coming across one staring out at you from the tall grass. You can’t help but feel the excitement when they approach! With another couple of days in Kathmandu to take in the sites and experience Buddhist culture, we’ll say our goodbyes and head home with a new understanding of this amazing animal, and how we can contribute to its survival.
We are glad to report that these efforts are not in vain. In Nepal, support for anti-poaching patrols and information networks have led to many significant arrests in and around Chitwan and Bardia National Parks; rewards are being offered for the arrest and conviction of those killing a tiger; and camera traps for tiger monitoring are providing good data on the animals and their habitat. In India, funds have gone toward the donation of elephant and anti-poaching patrols at Corbett Tiger Reserve; funding the ambitious project of the Wildlife Protection Society of India, investigating the illegal poaching and trade of wild tigers; and a new and aggressive tiger conservation project at Bandhavgarh National Park.
This is an excellent opportunity to help lessen this threat while learning about tigers and seeing these remarkably beautiful animals as they should be seen—in all their wild glory.
Moderate road travel, game viewing by elephant & vehicle
- Travel to India and Nepal to see the magnificent and endangered Bengal tiger
- Learn from the real experts about the life, habitat, threats, and conservation efforts being made to protect the tiger
- Enjoy tigers and other exotic animals in their natural environment in India’s Bandhavgarh National Park and Nepal’s Bardia National Park
- Experience safaris by open 4x4 vehicle, on an elephant, or on foot!
- Make your contribution just by participating—MTS contributes $300 for every participant on the trip to The Fund for the Tiger, a non-profit public charity
Duration: 15 days Start Location: Delhi End Location: KathmanduDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrive in Delhi (This entire trip is below 6,000' elevation)
Meet in Delhi, India.
Day 2 : To Bandhavgarh National Park
Fly to Khajuraho and then drive to Bandhavgarh National Park.
Days 3 - 5 : Bandhavgarh National Park
Scout for tiger via jeeps and by elephant back in vast open meadows and deciduous forests of sal and bamboo.
Day 6 : Khajuraho
Early morning game drive, then drive to Khajuraho after breakfast.
Day 7 : Delhi
Morning tour of the famous Chandela Dynasty temples in Khajuraho. Afternoon flight back to Delhi.
Day 8 : Kathmandu
Fly to Kathmandu, Nepal.
Day 9 : Bardia National Park
Fly to Nepalgunj in Bardia National Park, home to a healthy and stable tiger population.
Days 10 - 12 : Bardia National Park
Elephant safaris, game drives, nature walks, and sitting in blinds to look for tiger and other wildlife. Overnights at Tiger Tops Karnali Jungle Lodge.
Day 13 : Kathmandu
Return to Nepalgunj and fly to Kathmandu.
Day 14 : Kathmandu
Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Day 15 : Fly home
DATES: Best time to go: March Departures: Mar 17 - 31, 2015
Tiger Den Resort
Situated on the fringes of a local village “Tala” the Tiger Den Resort offers you a location advantage, which no other resort does - You can walk some distance to view a day in the life of an Indian village, where the pace of life is still measured by the rhythm of the seasons. The humble dwellings, the mud clustered houses, the elders smoking hookahs sitting on a cot, are some of the common scenes which signify that the time stands still in certain areas of the world even today.
Yak & Yeti HotelKathmandu, Nepal
A 5-star deluxe oasis in the heart of Kathmandu, the Yak & Yeti is the perfect blend of contemporary international standards and time-honored Nepali tradition. Guests will find refuge among antique fountains, gilded temples and emerald gardens, while enjoying a state-of-the-art gymnasium, spa, shopping arcade, atrium, tennis courts and swimming pools.
A haven of peace and tranquility, Hotel Chandela offers easy access to the world famous Khajuraho temples, Panna National Park Tiger Reserve, and more. Tucked snugly amidst 11 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, this hotel offers an array of modern comforts.
Radisson HotelNew Delhi
The closest hotel to the Delhi Airport (3 miles), the five star Radisson Hotel Delhi is located near the business hub of Gurgaon in the New Delhi National Capital Region (NCR). This business hotel in New Delhi has a large inventory of rooms, exceptional services for the corporate traveler and on-site dining at The Great Kabab Factory,
Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.
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Brian K. Weirum
Brian K. Weirum has been traveling to Asia since 1970 and leading treks in the Himalayas for Mountain Travel Sobek since 1983. In the early 1980’s he developed the highly successful Ultimate Everest Trek for MTS. Since 1993 he has been leading a series of Special Departures to other exotic Himalayan destinations, including Mustang, Dolpo, Mount Mera, and Makalu in Nepal, Mount Kailas and Oracle Lake in Tibet, Kangchenjunga in Sikkim, and Bhutan. And to Mongolia, Peru, Patagonia, Spain, Italy and Alaska.. Brian created the very successful Save the Tiger trip in 1994 for Mountain Travel Sobek, with departures available each March that travel through both India and Nepal, and also founded The Fund For The Tiger, a non-profit tax-exempt public charity dedicated to supporting tiger conservation efforts in India and Nepal.