Snow Leopards and Tigers of India
If you have a passion for big cats then this unique itinerary will give you a great chance to see two of the world’s most impressive felines; the snow leopard and the Bengal tiger in their very different natural habitats. Starting with the remote Himalayan valley of Ulley in Ladakh you can enjoy searching for the charismatic snow leopard to a backdrop of stunning mountain scenery whilst staying in a new heated local homestay. Both patience and some luck is required when it comes to spotting snow leopards, but throughout your stay experienced local guides and trackers will be on hand to maximise your chances and sightings. The little visited Ulley Valley is home to around 8 snow leopards as well as the magnificent thick haired Himalayan wolf, Asiatic ibex, Ladakh urial sheep, woolly hares, lammergiers, golden eagles and Himalayan snowcocks. Besides the wildlife your time here will also be enhanced by the interactions with your friendly Ladakhi hosts giving you an insight into their local Buddhist culture.
After your stay in the mountains comes the welcome warmth of central India and the beautiful dappled forests of wildlife rich Tadoba National Park. Staying at a comfortable jungle lodge on the edge of the park you will hopefully enjoy multiple and thrilling sightings of the majestic Bengal tiger alongside plenty of other special Indian wildlife. Tadoba is one of the most reliable places anywhere to see tigers and sightings of dhole (wild dog), sloth bear and leopard are also very possible too.