India

Although better known for its cultural treasures, India is also of immense interest from a natural history viewpoint. The Subcontinent’s tropical location, varied topography and position astride the wet monsoon winds have resulted in all of sixteen different forest types.

Within the forests and on the grassy plains there is an extremely rich and varied fauna, although today much survives only in restricted reserves. As one investigates the wonderful panoply of India’s wildlife, it is clear the Indian Subcontinent did indeed break away from Africa (then part of Gondwanaland) on its slow collision course with Eurasia (which formed the mighty Himalaya).

It is revealing to learn that India has elephant, leopard, lion, hyena, antelope, rhinoceros, caracal, jackal, and had, until its recent extinction, cheetah. These “African” species have combined with many, such as the mighty tiger and cunning red fox, which migrated from Eurasia over the millennia, giving rise to a remarkable breadth of natural history to rival the world’s best wildlife destinations.

India Wildlife Holiday Ideas

# Group Tour

In Search of The Snow Leopards Of Ladakh

India
Northern India
15 Days from £3964
An unforgettable search for the Ghost of the Himalayas...
# Tailor-Made Tour

The Wildlife Highlights of India

India
15 Days from £3958
The diverse wildlife of Kaziranga, Satpura and Tadoba plus three top lodges...
# Tailor-Made Tour

Romantic India for Honeymooners

India
16 Days from £5240
A romantic journey to experience India’s great culture and majestic tigers...
# Tailor-Made Tour

India’s Tigers On A Budget

India
14 Days from £2615
Three great tiger reserves and a price that won't break the bank...
# Tailor-Made Tour

Off The Beaten Track in Western India

India
16 Days from £3349
Perfect for nature lovers in search of some of India’s lesser-known wildlife....
# Wildlife Cruise

India Brahmaputra Cruise – Guwahati to Kaziranga

India
8 Days from £970
Cruise in a comfortable air-conditioned river boat on this ideal introduction to...
# Wildlife Cruise

India Brahmaputra Cruise – Dibrugarh to Guwahati

India
11 Days from £2095
Cruise in a comfortable air-conditioned riverboat covering most of the highlight...

Featured Accommodation

Rumbak Homestay

India
A series of local homestays in the remote Rumbak Valley with magnificent mountai...

Ulley Homestay

India
A series of local homestays providing heated rooms, home-cooked food and the opp...

Singge Palace

India
A comfortable and friendly hotel in central Leh with fantastic mountain views. ...

Amani-I-Khas

India
Northern India
One of the famous Aman resorts offers a luxurious stay for guests exploring Rant...

Diphlu River Lodge

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Eastern India
Upmarket air-conditioned cottages raised on stilts over paddy fields in Kazirang...

Spices Routes Premium Houseboat

India
Southern India
Beautifully furnished traditional vessels operating as luxury cruise boats in Ke...

Destination Map

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India: 20.593684, 78.962880

Best Time To Visit India

The winter season, from October to March, is the time most visitors travel to India, when high pressure builds up over Central Asia giving rise to mainly dry and sunny weather (although it can also be cool and overcast). From April onwards, the heat becomes unbearable and there may be heavy rains, which render travel nearly impossible. During winter, it can be very cool – even cold – in some tiger reserves and cultural attractions in the north, especially in the early mornings when the first game drives venture out: so warm clothing should be packed. April and May are oppressively hot but can be great months for tiger sightings as the cats spend most of the day wallowing in the last few waterholes.

Travel Info

Flight Time
Approximately 9 hours from London to Delhi

Time Zone
GMT +5

Best visited
October to March

Language Spoken
Over 20 different languages. English is widely spoken

Population
1.252 billion

Area Specialist

Jonathan Morris
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Expect to venture out in the early morning and late afternoon with plenty of downtime in the day: a great opportunity to go through all of your wonderful tiger shots. In the northern reserves, it can be very cold in the early morning, so take warm clothing including hat, gloves and scarf.

If you have any questions regarding travel to India please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

Perfection as always. Thank you for a well thought out, prepared and an excellent holiday.

Dr F W - Buckinghamshire