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March 28 Travel Seminar: Tigers And Palaces of India March 28 @ 10:00 AM - The Savvy Traveler (Edmonds, WA) will be hosting a travel seminar on the Tigers and Palaces of India presented by Wildland Adventures President Kurt Kutay.  More about the event: To quote Paul William Roberts, India is the "Empire of the Soul.” Wildland Adventures’ Director, Kurt Kutay, has traveled extensively throughout India and will share his experiences searching for the elusive Bengal tiger, on the Ganges in Varanasi, exploring Rajasthan, and on to the soaring temples, tropical Malabar backwaters and plantations of the Spice Hills in the south. The program features segments of an action-packed documentary movie produced by an Indian filmmaker of Wildland's Tigers and Travels adventure to the tiger parks in Madhya Pradesh (including exceptional footage of tigers), the deserts, villages, historic cities and majestic forts and opulent palaces of Rajasthan, the Taj Mahal, the spiritual city of Varanasi. Kurt will share his personal...
India Tourist Visa Enabled with Online Advance Application The once time consuming and complicated India visa process has been scrapped!! Whereas, until now, you had to send your passport to a visa service processor, U.S. citizens, and others, can simply apply for an Indian visa within 30 days of departure.    The advance online visa application will facilitate nationals of 43 countries to travel to India for tourism for a maximum stay of 30 days. The countries are USA and Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Cook Islands, Djibouti, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kingdom of Tongo, Laos, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Mexico, Myanmar, New Zealand, Niue, Norway, Oman, Palestine, Papua & New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Kiribati, Republic of Korea (i.e. South Korea), Republic of Marshall Islands, Republic of Nauru, Republic of Palau, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, and Vanuatu.     You now apply for an Indian Visa from you...

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Our Extended Wildland Family in India How do you connect with 1.2 billion people? In India, our local connections all started with Amit and Jessika Sankahla years ago, now a new family with their little daughter Siyana. Meet the Sankahla family in Kurt's previous blog. They have introduced us to their extended family, friends and so many acquaintances in local communities throughout India. Amit’s grandfather was a leading tiger conservationist in the 1950s whose work was supported by Indira Gandhi. Today, Amit follows in his father’s path taking Wildland travelers to his jungle ecolodges on our Tigers and Travels in India where we have seen many tigers accompanied by some of the region’s most exceptional naturalist guides and in local trackers. At Khana Jungle Lodge, we are welcomed by Dimple and Tarun, Amit’s cousins who have been running the lodge for 20 years and host us like family. In between the morning and afternoon tiger safaris Dimple gives cooking lessons and...
It is a banner year for wildlife sightings in India Even before our travelers return home, we hear about their wildlife sightings. 2 couples spent a week in Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Satpura parks and according to their Indian escort, they saw “18 different tigers, 4 Leopard, 8 Wild dogs, 8 Sloth bear, 1 Rusty Spotted Cat and lot of different species of birds. I must say it was great sighting.”  They were on a custom wildlife trip to India that I designed for them based on our Tigers and Travels in India. Rusty Spotted Cat? Huh? I had to look that one up. Turns out it is the smallest member of the cat family and found only in India and Sri Lanka. 2 weeks ago, one couple spent 3 days at a new lodge in Pench National Park, Jamtara, and they also spotted “Tiger in her very first drive apart from Wild dog, Jackal and many other species of birds”. A...

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Kama Sutra Valentines Nothing like starting with chocolate and ending with more chocolate. We just finished a two week  India yoga and cultural adventure through southern and northern India that was so relaxed and frenetic, deeply spiritual and perplexing, fun and despairing, and at times challenging, but every day provided one unexpected and insightful adventure after another. As a traveler if you are open to the experience India inevitably presents it teaches us in so many ways. And I know from previous travels here that nothing is as it seems and like our guide Herendra told us when someone commented on pigeons flying overhead, “Everything has meaning.” On this last night of our Yoga Cultural Adventure it was Valentine’s Day, Scott’s birthday, and our 26th wedding anniversary so we needed a place to celebrate life and love! But of course, here in the heartland of the Kama Sutra, every restaurant was full of...
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