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India & Nepal Save the Tiger

An Epic Bengal Tiger Adventure in Bandhavgarh & Bardia

 

Journey to the land of the enchanting, elusive, and critically endangered Bengal tiger. While there are many threats to its survival, the most immediate is poaching. To create awareness and raise funds, join us on this special mission to see what is at stake. Travel into the heart of tiger habitat with top MT Sobek guide Brian Weirum, searching for tigers in India's Bandhavgarh National Park and in Nepal's Bardiya National Park, learn about current threats to their survival, and explore what steps can be taken to save them.

  • Behold the magnificent, endangered Bengal tiger in India's Bandhavgarh and Nepal's Bardia National Parks

  • Meet with those working at ground zero to preserve and protect the wild tiger

  • In the spirit of this trip, we ask that all clients make a tax-deductible contribution of $300 to The Fund for The Tiger which will be matched by MT Sobek

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Arrive:

New Delhi, India

Depart:

Kathmandu, Nepal

Price: from $7,495

Duration:

15 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

6-12 Guests

Min Age:

12 yrs

Activity:

Level 2

This trip is easy to moderate. You will be touring cities, temples, ancient palaces and going on game drives and jeep safaris. While none of the activities are difficult, in the cities you will be on your feet for much of the day. Daily drives range from 2 hours to 6 hours.
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  • Arrive in New Delhi

    Day 1

    Welcome to India! Meet an MT Sobek representative at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Check-in is in the afternoon, so if your flight arrives much before then and you'd like your room upon arrival, it will be at your expense. After some well-needed rest, begin your exploration of Delhi, whose elaborate temples, mosques, forts, and monuments are the stuff of legends. Come evening, meet the group and MTS guide Brian Weirum at 6:00 pm for a trip orientation. Then enjoy a festive welcome dinner to kick off your adventure in India and Nepal.

    Accommodation: Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi-New Delhi, India

    The Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi combines a convenient location (near the airport) with the comfort of lavish amenities. Its 261 modern rooms and suites offer spa-inspired bathrooms, LCD televisions, and complimentary high-speed Internet. Enjoy delicious meals at the Great Kabab Factory or grab a drink at Savannah Bar. The hotel also features an on-site spa, fitness studio, and beauty salon.

    Meals: Dinner

  • Experience the Comfortable Tiger's Den Resort in Tala

    Day 2

    Spend much of today traveling from New Delhi to Tala. Fly to Jabalpur, then transfer to Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh, Central India. Along the route, pass bucolic farmland and traditional villages, watching locals go about their daily tasks. End the day at Tiger's Den, a comfortable resort made up of private guest cottages in the small town of Tala, which is adjacent to the park.

    Accommodation: Tiger’s Den Resort-Tala, India

    Tiger's Den Resort lies on the fringes of a village in the beautiful, tranquil surroundings of the Land of the Tiger - Bandhavgarh National Park. Service standards are exceptionally high, so guests are welcomed and made comfortable in every aspect of their stay. The resort comprises 34 luxury cottages, a restaurant serving elegant Indian and continental cuisine, and beautifully landscaped grounds.

    Transportation: 2-hour flight transfer & 3.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Rise for a Tiger Safari in Bandhavgarh National Park

    Day 3

    Rise early and head out for a guided 4WD safari through dry, deciduous forests, rocky hillsides, and vast open meadows in search of the Royal Bengal tiger. At 9 or 10 am, return to the resort for a leisurely breakfast. Spend the hottest part of the day at the resort, strolling the grounds, swimming in the pool, or relaxing in your cottage. After lunch, head back to the park to track wildlife until sundown, when you return to the resort for the evening.

    Accommodation: Tiger’s Den Resort-Tala, India

    Tiger's Den Resort lies on the fringes of a village in the beautiful, tranquil surroundings of the Land of the Tiger - Bandhavgarh National Park. Service standards are exceptionally high, so guests are welcomed and made comfortable in every aspect of their stay. The resort comprises 34 luxury cottages, a restaurant serving elegant Indian and continental cuisine, and beautifully landscaped grounds.

    Activity: 2-4 hour tiger safari

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • More Tiger Spotting in Bandhavgarh National Park

    Day 4

    Spend another glorious day seeking Bengals in Bandhavgarh. Created in 1968, the park comprises 173 square miles in the vast central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. This beautiful preserve is dominated by Bandhavgarh Fort, a massive plateau rising 1,000 feet from the Indian plains and former home of the Maharajah of Rewa. The alleged progenitor of all white tigers, Mohan, came from the forests of Rewa, only a short distance from Bandhavgarh National Park.

    Accommodation: Tiger’s Den Resort-Tala, India

    Tiger's Den Resort lies on the fringes of a village in the beautiful, tranquil surroundings of the Land of the Tiger - Bandhavgarh National Park. Service standards are exceptionally high, so guests are welcomed and made comfortable in every aspect of their stay. The resort comprises 34 luxury cottages, a restaurant serving elegant Indian and continental cuisine, and beautifully landscaped grounds.

    Activity: 2-4 hour tiger safari

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Final Day in Bandhavgarh National Park

    Day 5

    Repeat days 3 and 4, looking for tigers in the park while learning about their lives, habitats, and threats to their survival.

    Accommodation: Tiger’s Den Resort-Tala, India

    Tiger's Den Resort lies on the fringes of a village in the beautiful, tranquil surroundings of the Land of the Tiger - Bandhavgarh National Park. Service standards are exceptionally high, so guests are welcomed and made comfortable in every aspect of their stay. The resort comprises 34 luxury cottages, a restaurant serving elegant Indian and continental cuisine, and beautifully landscaped grounds.

    Activity: 2-4 hour tiger safari

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Morning Game Drive & Journey to Khajuraho

    Day 6

    Early this morning, head out on a game drive from the resort through a dry and rocky forest in search of grey langurs, sambars, muntjac, wild boar, rhesus macaques, nilgai, chinkara, jackals, jungle cats, and mongoose. You also may spot leopards, gaurs, sloth bears, hares, and Indian foxes. After enjoying a full breakfast back at the resort, set out for a long drive to your comfortable, well-appointed hotel in Khajuraho, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its elaborate Hindu and Jain temples from the 10th-century Chandela dynasty.

    Accommodation: Lalit Temple View-Khajuraho, India

    Overlooking the western group of temples at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Khajuraho, the Lalit Temple View is a modern luxury hotel amidst ancient grandeur. It is wonderfully intimate, with 47 rooms and suites, a restaurant, pastry shop, and bar. Old-world elegance, contemporary comfort, and memorable views adorn every room, all of which come with Wi-Fi and signature service.

    Activity: Morning game drive

    Transportation: 5.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Visit the Khajuraho Monuments & Return to Delhi

    Day 7

    This morning, tour Khajuraho's famous Chandela dynasty temples, built during the 10th century and symbolic of the era's tolerance for religious differences. Only twenty of the original temples remain, primarily dedicated to Hindu and Jain gods. Enjoy this incredible site before boarding an afternoon flight back to Delhi. This evening, dine with Belinda Wright of the Wildlife Protection Society of India, a nonprofit organization dedicated to monitoring illegal wildlife poaching and illegal trade, and learn about the many challenges contributing to the Royal Bengal tigers' extinction.

    Accommodation: Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi-New Delhi, India

    The Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi combines a convenient location (near the airport) with the comfort of lavish amenities. Its 261 modern rooms and suites offer spa-inspired bathrooms, LCD televisions, and complimentary high-speed Internet. Enjoy delicious meals at the Great Kabab Factory or grab a drink at Savannah Bar. The hotel also features an on-site spa, fitness studio, and beauty salon.

    Activity: Cultural touring and wildlife talks

    Transportation: 3-hour flight transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Fly to Kathmandu, the Heart of Nepal

    Day 8

    After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, pack your bags and prepare for a scenic midday flight to Kathmandu, Nepal. Upon landing, transfer to the Yak & Yeti, a five-star hotel in the city. This 100-year-old palace is situated centrally and boasts beautiful gardens, fine woodcarvings, and local textiles. Settle into the hotel, enjoy lunch on your own, and then gather this evening for a cocktail party and tiger talk hosted by Brian, who will explain the tiger conservation efforts going on in Bardia National Park.

    Accommodation: Yak & Yeti Hotel-Kathmandu

    A five-star 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 features, shopping arcades, atrium, tennis courts, and swimming pools.

    Transportation: 2-hour flight transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Scenic Flight to Bardia National Park

    Day 9

    Take a short but scenic 45-minute morning flight to Nepalgunj, the gateway to some of Nepal's best-preserved wilderness areas. Upon arrival, transfer by Land Rover to the serene Karnali Lodge, a luxury eco-lodge on the edge of Bardia National Park, your home for four nights. The lodge offers a truly unique experience with an organic vegetable garden, and with soothing, simply designed guest rooms. Tonight enjoy a sumptuous dinner made with produce from the garden and other locally sourced products.

    Accommodation: Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge-Bardia National Park, Nepal

    Set on the periphery of Bardia National Park, this elegant lodge offers access to Nepal's largest and most well-preserved wilderness area. A peaceful retreat decorated in luxurious furnishings and textiles, Karnali focuses on comfort and privacy while minimizing environmental impact by running mostly on solar power. Meals include fresh, local, organic ingredients, complementing the overall experience of responsible tourism.

    Transportation: 45-minute flight & 2-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Bardia National Park

    Day 10

    While in Bardia National Park, take early-morning and late-afternoon game drives in 4WD vehicles, or nature walks to places where rhinos or tigers are likely to appear. 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. Nothing is more thrilling than spotting a tiger in the wild!

    Accommodation: Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge-Bardia National Park, Nepal

    Set on the periphery of Bardia National Park, this elegant lodge offers access to Nepal's largest and most well-preserved wilderness area. A peaceful retreat decorated in luxurious furnishings and textiles, Karnali focuses on comfort and privacy while minimizing environmental impact by running mostly on solar power. Meals include fresh, local, organic ingredients, complementing the overall experience of responsible tourism.

    Activity: Tiger safari

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Tiger Spotting in Bardia National Park

    Day 11

    Spend another day exploring Bardia National Park and spotting the elusive tiger. Bardia National Park is Nepal's largest and best-preserved wilderness area. It is home to over 30 species of mammals and 250 species of birds, including a healthy and stable tiger population and Nepal's one-horned rhinoceros. Bardia and its surrounding forests and jungle are at the very heart of tiger habitat in Nepal, and are a critical focus for the funds raised by this trip.

    Accommodation: Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge-Bardia National Park, Nepal

    Set on the periphery of Bardia National Park, this elegant lodge offers access to Nepal's largest and most well-preserved wilderness area. A peaceful retreat decorated in luxurious furnishings and textiles, Karnali focuses on comfort and privacy while minimizing environmental impact by running mostly on solar power. Meals include fresh, local, organic ingredients, complementing the overall experience of responsible tourism.

    Activity: Tiger safari

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Final Day in Bardia National Park

    Day 12

    Repeat Days 10 and 11, looking for tigers, rhinos, and other wildlife in Bardia National Park.

    Accommodation: Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge-Bardia National Park, Nepal

    Set on the periphery of Bardia National Park, this elegant lodge offers access to Nepal's largest and most well-preserved wilderness area. A peaceful retreat decorated in luxurious furnishings and textiles, Karnali focuses on comfort and privacy while minimizing environmental impact by running mostly on solar power. Meals include fresh, local, organic ingredients, complementing the overall experience of responsible tourism.

    Activity: Tiger safari

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Return to Kathmandu

    Day 13

    This morning, transfer to the airport in Nepalgunj for your flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, check into the hotel and then have some time to relax before Brian leads a late-afternoon stroll through the vibrant, ancient streets of old Kathmandu. Soak in the energy and atmosphere of monasteries converted to homes, merchants and artisans busy at work, and the bustling life of the city's residents.

    Accommodation: Yak & Yeti Hotel-Kathmandu

    A five-star 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 features, shopping arcades, atrium, tennis courts, and swimming pools.

    Transportation: 45-minute flight transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

  • See the Sights of Kathmandu

    Day 14

    After breakfast, visit the holy temple of Pashupatinath, along with one of Kathmandu's most famous landmarks, the ancient Buddhist stupa at Boudhnath - the center of Tibetan Buddhist culture in Kathmandu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, and the largest chorten in the world. The afternoon is then yours for lunch and solo exploration. Visit the city's many interesting sights, shrines, and markets. Don't miss Durbar Square, Thamel, Swayambhunath (the Monkey Temple), the King's Palace, or fascinating Asan Tole bazaar. You might choose to hire a driver to take you to the nearby ancient city of Patan. Come together to enjoy a farewell dinner tonight. (MT Sobek can arrange an optional afternoon visit to Swayambhunath, the Monkey Temple)

    Accommodation: Yak & Yeti Hotel-Kathmandu

    A five-star 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 features, shopping arcades, atrium, tennis courts, and swimming pools.

    Activity: City and cultural touring

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Depart from Kathmandu

    Day 15

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home. If you'd like to extend your Asian adventure with quick trips to Tibet, India, Bhutan, or Southeast Asia, MT Sobek offers several interesting extensions—call us for details!

    Meals: Breakfast

India & Nepal Save the Tiger

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

This exclusive trip was crafted exclusively for MT Sobek in 1994 by lead guide Brian Weirum. It is one of our longest continually operated trips.

Reason #02

We support the Fund for the Tiger and have helped raise over $300,000 for tiger conservation in India and Nepal through this trip.

Reason #03

MT Sobek not only features excellent wildlife viewing, but also an education on wildlife conservation, poaching and wildlife prospects for the future.

Meet your guides

Brian Weirum

Brian Weirum

Top MT Sobek guide Brian K. Weirum first led popular treks in the Himalaya in 1983. Since then he has taken groups to Everest, Mustang, Dolpo, Mount Mera, and Makalu in Nepal, Mount Kailas and Oracle Lake in Tibet, Kangchenjunga in Sikkim, and Bhutan-and regularly leads special departures across the globe. In 1994, Brian created MT Sobek's successful Save the Tiger trip and founded The Fund For The Tiger, a non-profit tax-exempt public charity dedicated to supporting tiger conservation efforts in India and Nepal.

Activities

Expert-led safaris in search of endangered Bengal tigers in two national parks, plus insightful cultural touring.

Lodging

Elegant lodges and luxury resorts in scenic locales, plus a comfortable modern hotel in Delhi.

Climate

In both India and Nepal, the temperatures will be fairly high, averaging around 95°F in the daytime and 70°F at night.

FAQ

Do I need a visa for India?

Yes, you do, but you can go online to apply for an Indian e-visa, which is fast and convenient.

Is my transfer included even if I arrive early?

Yes, your transfer is included even if you arrive early.

Can I book an extension for my trip?

Absolutely, we can help book one prior to the trip! Please contact your Adventure Coordinator to learn more about our pre-set extensions in India.

What flights are included in the internal air?

Flights from Delhi - Jabalpur, Khajuraho - Delhi - Kathmandu - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu are included in the internal air cost.

Do I need to fly back to Delhi at the end of the trip?

You can purchase an open-jaw ticket flying into Delhi and out of Kathmandu. If you want to purchase a roundtrip ticket to Delhi, then you must fly back to Delhi at the end of the trip.

Does this trip contribute to any local conservation efforts?

Yes! We ask that travelers make a $300 donation to the Fund for the Tiger to match the donation of $300 per traveler from MT Sobek. The Fund for the Tiger contributes to a host of amazing tiger conservation projects.

 

 

2022

Scheduled Dates

  • Mar 08 - 22, 2022
    $7,495 price per person dbl occ
    +$650 internal airfare+$1,200 single supplement
    Available

Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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