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 India, is a vast and splendid land of divergent cultures and cuisines – or, as Paul William Roberts would say, to the “empire of the soul.” We’ll steer you through a spectacular labyrinth of sights and mysteries to bring out the wonders of this sub-continent: battlements of Rajasthan's opulent palaces, the Taj Mahal and Varanasi on the Ganges...

 India, is a vast and splendid land of divergent cultures and cuisines – or, as Paul William Roberts would say, to the “empire of the soul.” We’ll steer you through a spectacular labyrinth of sights and mysteries to bring out the wonders of this sub-continent: battlements of Rajasthan's opulent palaces, the Taj Mahal and Varanasi on the Ganges River in the north; wild jungles and tiger habitats of central India; and tropical Malabar backwaters and plantations of the Spice Hills in the south. You’ll be enveloped by the warmth and hospitality of India’s people: in the old city of Jodphur where you’re invited to the private home of the Sankahla family for lunch; in Bandhavharh and Kanha National parks when the local guides and conservationist detail passionately their struggle to bring tigers back from the brink of extinction; and in the rural villages of Rajasthan when we dine with royal family descendants who tell us about daily Indian life.

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Encountering a tiger in the wild! Amazing video...

How do you find a tiger in wild, and what's it like when you encounter one? On just one trip of our Tigers and Travels in India several tiger sightings were caught on film by a professional Indian filmmaker who was traveling with us and captured on this video including a tiger walking straight towards our vehicle! Grace Liu's picture of the tiger walking straight towards our jeep. "My heart was pounding, like it was out of my chest!", exclaimed Patty Webb. "It was awesome, amazing, to see her walking towards us, looking right at us, and how graceful she was," says Grace Liu. "You feel that you're the guest, and she's the master," relates Olena Voloshyna. "We didn't expect her to stay on the road, but she did, ever so slowly, and we kept backing up, and backing up," recounted Lorraine Ruffing.   When searching for a tiger in the...
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Insights from Udaipur

  On my trip to India last month I was most excited about returning to Udaipur, the lovely lakeside town in southern Rajasthan. I have fond memories of chatting with locals while browsing the shops in the small streets and enjoying dinner from a rooftop restaurant looking out to the lake and the hills. The visit this time did not disappoint. As often happens in India with its abundance of holidays, we ran into a religious festival.   We followed a parade of devotees down to the lakeside and watched as they washed their pink-dusted Ganesh statues in the water. The parade was accompanied by drumming and singing and we found ourselves swept up in a dance with school girls and their mothers who were pleased to have a few foreign women to join in the festivities. With two amazing luxury hotels, Udaipur is an excellent destination to stop and spend...
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Looking out to the Indian Himalayas

  As I kick back in my comfy chair on Itemenaan Estate's patio, looking out to the Himalayas, I am struck by the vastness. Perhaps all the fresh air makes me contemplative while I watch the sky and wait for Nanda Devi and other mountain peaks to make an appearance through the clouds. A recurring theme on my trip to India is size – size of the world and how long it takes to fly here, size of these mountains, depth of the landscape and the crowds of people. I know I should expect this, as according to 2011 census data India is the second most populous country in the world with over 1.21 billion people, or more than 1/6th of the world’s population! No wonder at times India feels like the real world on steroids. Here colors appear brighter, sounds seem louder and smells more intense. There is so much...
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Our Indian Family

Our Indian family has grown! We welcome Siyana Sankhala, daughter of Amit and Jessika, to the Wildland family of the far east. Siyana, the newest member of our Indian family at Wildland Adventures. Siyana is an Arabic name. They expect to call her "Siya" for short which is close phonetically to "Sita", wife of Rama in Hindu theology, esteemed as a standard-setter for wifely and womanly virtues for all Hindu women.   Sita is known for her dedication, self-sacrifice, courage and purity. Little does Siyana know what an amazing life she has to look forward to. Her dad, Amit, was about as close to a modern day real life characterization of Kipling's Jungle Book character, Mowgli, that you can get: Born the grandson of a forest officer and son of  a renowned wildlife tour operator, Amit rambled in the remote forests of India since he was a baby. Not unlike Mowgli,...
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Looking forward to my trip to India

Early tomorrow I am traveling to India for a few weeks. I am looking forward to simply being there again – to the essence of India. I am even looking forward to the freneticness that is Delhi and Jaipur with horns and bicycle bells ringing in the wild intersection of cars, walkers, rickshaws and animals. And to other sounds      Chanting when I escape the street into a local temple,      A cricket bat striking a ball,      Chiming bangles on ladies' wrists. I am looking forward to the indescribable mixture of odors and heat which hits you as soon as you step off the plane when you smile to yourself and think ‘Ah, India”. And to the smells of      Rose water and incense over animals and sweat,      Fresh boiling milk simmering in large kettles,      Marigold garlands draping ladies’ hair. More pleasures...
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