Region: India

Ranthambhore Kothi

British themed bungalows, on an expensive estate encompassed by lush green forest.

Ladakh Home Stays

A series of local homestays providing heated rooms, home-cooked food and the opportunity to meet some of Ladakh’s fascinating and friendly people.

Asiatic Lion Lodge

Located just 10 minutes from the nearest park gate, the well-priced Asiatic Lion Lodge is perfectly located to explore the famous Gir National Park. 

Sasan Gir National Park

Lying on the southwest fringes of the Saurashtra peninsula (west-central India), Sasan Gir National Park is the last home of the remaiting 500 or so Asiatic lions. It was created in 1913 and given sanctuary status in 1965. Once close to extinction, Asiatic lions have been steadily rising in number since 1980 in this safe … Continued

Pench Jungle Camp

Wonderful accommodation and service situated in a remote and wildlife-rich spot

The Imperial Hotel

One of the best and most sought after hotels in the city of New Delhi

Daroji Bear Sanctuary

Best visited between August and April, this unique and little-known reserve near the World Hertage Site ruins of Hampi is a haven for around 120 sloth bears, its main draw, plus leopard, hyena, jackal, wild boar, porcupine, pangolin and star tortoise, and around 90 bird species.

Singge Palace

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

Kerala

The southernmost western state, its capital is Cochin (Kochi) with its famous Jew Town and ancient synagogue, colonial houses, Chinese fishing nets and Dutch museum. Many opt for a night or two aboard a converted rice barge houseboat (kettuvallam) to cruise the many serene waterways and canals, and to spend time by the coast and … Continued

Kabini River Lodge

One of the world’s top wildlife resorts, nestled within the southern fringes of the Nagarhole National Park

Anamalai National Park

In the beautiful forests of this hilly reserve can be found the rare Nilgiri tahr, a critically endangered mountain goat, as well as a host of other mammal and bird species including great pied hornbill, Nilgiri langur, lion-tailed macaque, pangolin and barking deer.

Indian Subcontinent

The mighty Indian subcontinent is one of contrast and contradiction but is always beguiling and enthralling.

India Tailor-made Tours: Exceptionally good

[Your representatives] were terrific. Always there on time no matter what hour of day or night. Wildlife guides exceptionally good – knowledgeable, alert, always trying.

Royal Orchid Metropole

Located in the heart of Mysore, and recognized as one of the best hotels in this area.

Bhagwan Mahveer Wildlife Sanctuary

Bhagwan Mahveer Wildlife Sanctuary (also known as Molem National Park) is Goa’s largest and most remote tract of intact forest. It is also the most ecologically rich region of Goa, where birds endemic to the Western Ghats and southern India can be found alongside a host of forest species and winter migrants, comprising an avifauna … Continued

Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary

Contiguous with Nagarhole, from which it is separated by Bandipur National Park, the sanctuary protects birds such as Malabar trogon, crested serpent eagle and grey hornbill, and mammals like sloth bear, hyena, wild dog and bonnet macaque.

Bandhavgarh National Park

Set on the eastern flank of the Satpura Hills in the Vindhyan Range, Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the best places in India to see and enjoy wildlife. The reserve is named after the highest hill, 807 m. in height and situated in the centre of the reserve. A chain of smaller hills, 32 … Continued

Lemon Tree

Conveniently located close to Delhi airport, this modern hotel features a pleasant swimming pool, restaurant and gym.

Eravikulam National Park

Set up in 1978 to protect the endangered Nilgiri tahr (an endangered mountain goat), it is close to Kerala’s only hill station, Munnar, at 2700 mts above sea level. The park has stark yet stunning scenery of rocky outcrops and grasslands with shola forest.

Pench National Park

Pench is part of the Project Tiger network of special reserves and one of the most accessible tiger reserves in the country, at just 90 kilometres north of Nagpur. It is also one of the most beautiful of the tiger parks with mature teak forests, rolling hills and the central Pench River from which the … Continued

Snow Leopard Testimonial JH

It was absolutely amazingly fabulous. Wonderful, wonderful sightings of The Ghost. We were so very very fortunate and privileged to have been able to see, not once but each day this amazing cat. Words really cannot describe the trip. I have wanted to do it for so long and not only did it come about … Continued

Tamil Nadu

Once known as the Coromandel coast, the state boasts remarkable temples, cool colonial hill stations such as Ooty, rich traditions of music and dance and some highly interesting nature reserves.

Barefoot at Havelock

The first and only eco-resort in the Andaman Islands, offering luxury accommodation in the wilderness

Reni Pani Lodge

12 luxury cottages nestled in a 30-acre wooded site within the buffer zone of uncrowded Satpura National Park

The Wildlife and Cultural Highlights of India

Another excellent holiday from Reef and Rainforest. Everything was well organised and coordinated throughout our trip. Very knowledgeable and friendly guides, clearly keen to ensure we had an excellent experience. Highlights were Udaipur, Tigers, rural India and the three wildlife lodges.

Manas National Park

Extending into Bhutan, Manas National Park forms one of the largest uninterrupted protected areas on the subcontinent and is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site of great importance. A total of 55 mammals have been recorded in Mana and some of the most sought-after Himalayan foothill bird species are found there including the Bengal florican, … Continued

Shenbaga Vilaasam

Experience rural India from the comfortable base of a 20th century farmland palace.

Sunderbans Tiger Reserve

Created in 1973 and constituted as a Reserve Forest in 1978, the Sunderbans was established as a National Park in 1984, listed as a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site in 1985 and declared a Biosphere Reserve four years later. The Sunderbans (sometimes spelled Sundarbans) is part of a vast estuary in the Bay of Bengal. … Continued

India Tailor-made Tours: amazing experience

Delighted we have been to India, an amazing experience & ticked all our boxes. Well done Reef and Rainforest – if you can make it work in India, I am sure you can do it anywhere!

Tadoba National Park

Tadoba National Park, also called Tadoba Andhari Tiger Project, is the oldest national park in the state of Maharashtra. It comprises 623 sq km of assorted meadows, lakes and dense mixed forests of bamboo and teak, home to large populations of spotted deer, sambar deer, wild boar and antelopes such as the nilgai and the … Continued

India’s Tigers on a Budget

Everything ran like clockwork. Everyone we dealt with was friendly and very helpful. Transfers, guides and wildlife sightings all exceeded our expectations. Highlights were having a male tiger with his mouth and legs covered in blood following our jeep a long the track in Tadoba and seeing a leopard lounging on a rock by the … Continued

Wild Mahseer

Large colonial style bungalows located on a 22 acre tea estate.

Jawai Sagar

The lodge has good guides and open-sided vehicles to explore the neighbouring Jawai and Bera areas.

Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, comprises large stretches of swamp interspersed with broad tracts of tall elephant grass, evergreen forests, watercourses and reed beds. With its backdrop of the mighty Himalaya, Kaziranga is on an impressive scale – with wildlife to match. It is one of the best places to see … Continued

Blackbuck Safari Lodge

The Blackbuck Safari Lodge offers simple rooms approximately 10 minutes from the Blackbuck National Park. 

Nagarhole National Park

A real gem, Nagarhole is a 247 square-mile park of dry deciduous forest, grassy swamp and riverine habitat supporting an astonishing array of wildlife, including 250 bird species, tiger, leopard, elephant, wild dog (dhole) and gaur. It is among the best of India’s wildlife reserves and the most important one in southern India.

Wild India’s Wildlife Highlights – Retirement holiday

This was a special holiday to celebrate our retirement and it lived up to our hopes and expectations. Given that we booked this holiday as we hadn’t seen Tigers in Ranthambore, having 5 Tiger sightings on this holiday was brilliant. Loved the Sloth Bears in Taduba and Satpura and a Leopard at Satpura at the … Continued

India Tailor-made Tours: An outstanding holiday

Naturalist guides were brilliant. We seem to have been given the best one in each place. Had same one for whole of stay in each place. Cultural guides gave just enough information and then left you to ask questions about what interested you which is what we like. They did not seem to have a … Continued

Ulley Snow Leopard Trails Homestay

A newly developed local homestay providing heated rooms, western style toilets, home-cooked food and the opportunity to meet some of Ladakh’s fascinating and friendly people.

Infinity Rann of Kutch

Luxurious, beautifully designed, large African-style tents built and designed to replicate the local bhoongas

Sujan Jawai

With a beautiful and tranquil rural setting, Sujan Jawai offers luxury accommodation in oversized tents, complete with en suite showers and private decks.

Karnataka

The meeting point of north and south, the state contains many attractions, including the World Heritage Site of Hampi, and two excellent reserves. The best known of these is Nagarhole National Park, considered the best wildlife reserve in south India.

Svasara Jungle Lodge

A conservation focused wilderness lodge, 300 yards from Tadoba national park, offering a luxurious and immersive jungle safari experience.

Rumbak Homestay

A series of local homestays in the remote Rumbak Valley with magnificent mountain views

Niranta Airport Transit Hotel

Located within the main Mumbai airport terminal building, this new hotel offers the perfect combination of comfort and convenience. 

Jamtara Wilderness Camp

A beautiful camp with privileged access to one of the quietest areas of Pench national park.

Rann Riders Camp

Friendly, family-run resort located close to an area of bird-rich wetlands in the Dasada area

Windermere Estate

A delightful hill station retreat, set at 1,600 metres amidst mountain scenery and tea plantations

Siana

Siana is a small hamlet situated in south west Rajasthan, 50 miles south of Jodhpur and bordering the great Thar desert. The terrain is a unique mixture of granite hills bordered by sand dunes, woodlands and agricultural lands. This part of Rajasthan offers a rare and fascinating insight into an intact traditional way of life: … Continued

RV Charaidew

With 12 elegantly appointed cabins, the Charaidew is well-suited to the challenging conditions of the River Brahmaputra for which she was designed

Denwa Backwater Escape

A smart safari lodge overlooking the mesmerizing backwaters of a dam built on Denwa River in Satpura National Park

Periyar National Park

Designated a tiger reserve in 1978 and very popular with locals, Periyar National Park consists of a large man-made lake on which visitors take boat rides surrounded by marsh and wooded hills. While the reserve protects many species, significant wildlife sightings other than elephant and gaur are uncommon and the beautiful setting is the main … Continued

Blackbuck National Park

Located only 64 Kms from Bhavnagar, the park has the highest concentration of blackbuck in the world. The only tropical grassland in India to be given the status of a national park, the Blackbuck National Park is a 36 kms patch of savannah-type scrubby grassland well suited to the requirements of these lovely animals. The … Continued

Tiger Trails

Well-run wildlife lodge on the edge of the fantastic Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve

Bikaner

The fortified city of Bikaner is encircled by imposing battlements and stands on a slight eminence. Its roads undulate through colourful bazaars and the predominant hue of the buildings is the strong reddish pink of local sandstone. Junagarh Fort was built by Raja Rai Singh, an outstanding general of Mughal Emperor Akbar. It is encircled … Continued

Tigers in India

The Wildlife Institute of India released its findings from its country wide tiger population census

Diphlu River Lodge

Upmarket air-conditioned cottages raised on stilts over paddy fields in Kaziranga National Park

Kanha National Park

Kanha, the setting for The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, is noted for the last remaining population of the hard-ground race of the swamp deer, known as the barasingha. Once there were only 66 of these in the national park, but careful conservation and management raised their population to over 400. Kanha is very rich … Continued

Jai Mahal Palace

A classical Rajastanhi hotel with exquisite colonial interior décor and overall grand architecture

The Wildlife and History of India and Bhutan

One of my best ever. Everything went like clockwork. 10 tigers seen plus a sloth bear. Your choice of accommodation is brilliant! Just thank you so much for helping design and organise such a great trip. I will come back to you in future.

Tuli Tiger Resort Kanha

Highly comfortable jungle lodge located just 5 minutes from the main Kisli gate into Kanha National Park

Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary

The only species of ape found in India, the endangered hoolock gibbon (Bunopithecus hoolock hoolock) occupies the rainforests of India’s northeast. Being a true arboreal species, the ape depends on the high forest canopy for its survival. Habitat destruction, fragmentation and alteration, and hunting have all been identified as threats to the species all along … Continued

Shahpura Bagh

Shahpura Bagh makes the perfect stop-off on your Rajasthan journey, or a destination in its own right.

House of MG

Boutique heritage hotel in the city of Ahmedabad in the state of Gujarat

Nameri National Park

The landscape of Nameri National Park is characterised by semi-evergreen and moist deciduous forests. Over 600 species of plants and more than 30 species of mammals have been recorded at Nameri – the park is an important conservation area for tiger and Asian elephant. Birdlife is varied and abundant, with nearly 400 species finding their … Continued

Spice Routes Premium Houseboat

Beautifully furnished and converted traditional vessels operating as luxury cruise boats in the Kerala backwaters

Marari Beach Resort

A relaxing beachfront resort designed to mimic the traditional lifestyle of Indian seaside villages.

Forsyth Lodge

a small stylish 12 cottage wildlife lodge set in 44 acres of wildlife filled jungle

Siana Garden

Featured in the BBC’s Life of Mammals series, Siana is one of the best locations in India for leopard sightings

Jaisalmer

Over the years, the remote desert location of Jaisalmer kept it almost untouched by outsiders. The city is a mix of fascinating culture and harsh climatic conditions, together amounting to a memorable visitor experience. As the sun sets, the sandstone buildings emit a lustrous glow that gives Jaisalmer its sobriquet, the ‘Golden City’. Today, the … Continued

Tuli Imperial Hotel

Stylish hotel with relaxed ambience, grand architecture and attractive décor

Incredible Tiger Sightings in May

A selection of stunning tiger pictures taken by Richard Barrett on his recent trip to India with Reef and Rainforest.

Mahey Retreat

Ten minutes’ walk from the centre of Leh and overlooking the magnificent Stok range of mountains.

Lion Safari Camp

14 luxurious African-style tented rooms situated in a shady glade

Satpura National Park

Established in 1981, Satpura National Park covers an area of 524 sq km of unique central Indian highland ecosystem in Madhya Pradesh. The terrain is extremely rugged and consists of sandstone peaks, narrow gorges, ravines and dense forests, with altitude ranging from 300 to 1352 metres. Satpura is home to large numbers of gaur (Indian … Continued

Elsewhere

Four lovely beach houses, and three ‘otter creek’ tents, on a peaceful stretch of beautiful beach near Goa.

Gujarat

Mahatma Gandhi’s native state, Gujarat has a wide range of scenery and habitats, including vast salt marshes, irrigated fields, deserts and good beaches. Aside from plenty of bird life, Gujarat’s Rann of Kutch has the only remaining wild asses in India and Velavadar conserves the rare blackbuck.

Desert National Park

The Thar Desert’s variety of landscapes – sand dunes, craggy rocks, pavements and compact salt lake bottoms, inter-medial areas and fixed dunes – amount to a unique ecosystem containing a rich fauna. The Sudashri Forest post is one of the best places to observe wildlife here and visitors make safari trips either in camel carriages … Continued

India

India contains a remarkable breadth of natural history to rival the world’s best wildlife destinations

Jamnagar Marine National Park

In 1980 Gujarat created India’s first Marine National Park spread over an area of nearly 458 square kilometres in the Gulf of Kutch, 30 kilometres from Jamnagar. Here corals come in an amazing variety of shapes and sizes, from the convoluted brain coral to ones that resemble deer antlers. Turtles, shrimp, sponge, eels and sea … Continued

India Tailor-made Tours: better than we had hoped for

We were very pleased with the way you handled our tour planning and the information you provided. A very enjoyable trip, all arrangements went very well and the tigers [10 adults and 14 cubs] were better than we had hoped for.

Little Rann of Kutch Sanctuary

Created in 1973, Little Rann of Kutch is one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in India, spanning some 4950 square kilometres in area and comprising a range habitats from saline desert plains, arid grasslands, rocky and thorn scrub to lakes and marshes. The sanctuary is best known for its herds of the handsome, chestnut brown … Continued

Blackbuck Lodge

14 luxurious private villas secluded amongst the grassland on the edge of Velavadar National Park

Woods at Sasan

The first and only boutique resort in Gir, the Woods at Sasan is located within an eight acre mango orchard around 10 minutes’ drive from the park entrance.

Lakshadweep Islands

Of the 36 main coral islands of the beautiful Lakshadweep archipelago, a northern extension of the Maldives lying 250 miles off the Kerala coast formerly known as the Laccadives, only one (Bangaram) has a resort of an international standard. The diving and snorkelling are superb and the beaches and lagoons are exquisite. Access is by … Continued

The Bagh

A heritage boutique hotel with highly individual rooms and excellent curries

Bangaram Island Resort

Located on its own idyllic coral island. The only resort of international standard in the Lakshadweep Islands

Hotel 37th Crescent

a comfortable, modern hotel well located in central Bangalore

Snow Leopards and Tigers of India

Track snow leopards and tigers at your own pace whilst staying in a heated homestay in the mountains and a comfortable jungle lodge.

Amani-I-Khas

One of the famous Aman resorts offers a luxurious stay for guests exploring Ranthambore National Park

Tuli Tiger Corridor Pench

Tuli Tiger Corridor is a comfortable jungle camp perfectly situated for the Pench Tiger Reserve.

Singinawa Jungle Lodge

The wonderful lodge is located close to the lesser-used Mukki Gate of the Kanha National Park and within a 55-acre private forest reserve with good options for gentle wildlife watching.

Taj Savoy Hotel

A charming colonial-style hotel, set high upon a hill in the Nilgiri mountain range

Brunton Boatyard

A beautiful boutique hotel on the site of the Victorian boatyard of Geo Brunton and Sons.

Tree of Life Resort & Spa

One of the best boutique resorts in Jaipur, providing hard to find peace and solace.

Ranthambore National Park

The forests of Ranthambore National Park were once the private hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur. The desire to preserve the game for sport was responsible for their conservation and subsequent rescue by Project Tiger. The Park sprawls over an estimated area of 400 sq kms. Steep crags embrace a network of lakes and … Continued

Trident Agra hotel

luxurious hotel, set amongst beautiful landscaped gardens only a short walk from the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal

Goa

Once a Portuguese colony and with a coastline of 65 miles, Goa is hilly and includes a portion of the Western Ghats rising to nearly 4,000 feet. The two largest rivers are the Mandavi and Zuari, between the mouths of which lies the island of Goa (Ilhas). The island is triangular, the apex (called the … Continued

Keoladeo Ghana National Park

A compact UNESCO World Heritage Site, Keoladeo is situated south of the town of Bharatpur and is often referred to by that name. A former shooting reserve, it is now an important wildfowl and nature park, harbouring rarities such as the Siberian crane and eagle owl, as well as langur, python and freshwater turtle. Bharatpur … Continued

Assam

The Indian state of Assam holds a special attraction for Asia wildlife enthusiasts, boasting four important national parks and three UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites. Little-visited and rather tucked away in the north-east of the subcontinent, Assam is a land of mighty rivers and fertile plains laid out at the foot of the Himalaya. Remarkable … Continued

Suján Sher Bagh

Perfectly situated for the famous Ranthambore National Park, Sher Bagh is a haven of tranquillity and sophistication.