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 Bardia National Park, learn about current threats to their survival, and explore what steps can be taken to save them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Repeat days 3 and 4, looking for tigers in the park while learning about their lives, habitats, and threats to their survival.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Repeat Days 10 and 11, looking for tigers, rhinos, and other wildlife in Bardia National Park.
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.
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)
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!
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.
We support the Fund for the Tiger and have helped raise over $300,000 for tiger conservation in India and Nepal through this trip.
Search for Bengal tigers in India's Bandhavgarh National Park and Nepal's Bardia National Park. Enjoy the scenery and culture along the way.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Expert-led safaris in search of endangered Bengal tigers in two national parks, plus insightful cultural touring.
Elegant lodges and luxury resorts in scenic locales, plus a comfortable modern hotel in Delhi.
In both India and Nepal, the temperatures will be fairly high, averaging around 95°F in the daytime and 70°F at night.
Yes, you do, but you can go online to apply for an Indian e-visa, which is fast and convenient.
Yes, your transfer is included even if you arrive early.
Absolutely, but you must do it before the trip, as the trip ends in Kathmandu. Please call your Adventure Coordinator as we can organize extensions throughout India.
Flights from Delhi - Jabalpur, Khajuraho - Delhi - Kathmandu - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu are included in the internal air cost.
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.
Yes, we ask that you make a $300 donation to the Fund for the Tiger, which will be matched by an additional $300 donation from MT Sobek.
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"The Save the Tiger trip with Brian was adventure travel at its best! Brian's passion for these amazing animals as well as his deep connection with the people who work daily and diligently to protect them is apparent each day. Not only did we have a wonderful tiger and wildlife experience but came home with a deeper understanding of the challenges these animals face each day and what we can do to help. Brian's attention to detail, decades of experience in this part of the world, and dedication to our group allowed for an exceptional experience of the natural beauty of India and Nepal as well as the beauty of the culture."
MT Sobek Guest, Save the Tiger
"We have participated in nine MT Sobek trips and every trip has been outstanding. The guides are always excellent and give us the full experience of the area we wanted to travel and know."
MT Sobek Guest, Save the Tiger