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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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Harendra: A Guide Worth Celebrating

Harendra: A Guide Worth Celebrating
Wildland prides itself on making local connections and supporting the communities we visit. One of the best ways we can do this is through partnering with local guides who have grown up in these different areas and know what makes them truly special. As Amit, our India contact states, "India is a land of experiences. You may have come 10 times to India, but it is based on the person who shows you India that will make all the difference. This person should become your best friend by Day 2." That's why we were so happy to receive a review from Wildland alums Faye and Lee Younker who recently traveled with us to Southern India (round 2 after they traveled to Northern India with us in 2012!) They had a wonderful time traveling through the national parks, cities, and backwaters of southern India, but what really struck us was this comment: ...
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Your Invitation To An Indian Wedding in Rajasthan Has Arrived!

Your Invitation To An Indian Wedding in Rajasthan Has Arrived!
We just received your invitation to attend the wedding of Varun and Vivek, our "second cousins" of sort, in Jodphur, India! 1500 guests have been invited and you'll be part of the wedding party on the groom's side. For you Wild women our guide will help you pick up a sari a few days before the gala event, and it's your chance to go with bold color! Wild guys just need a sport jacket because you'll be fitted with a turban according to the color scheme and style of the Jodphuri family.  This is the wedding of Amit Sankahla's cousin. Amit is our India in-country program director, and if you are able to attend you'll be hosted by Amit and his wife Jessika, and our local guide who will accompany you and explain everything that's happening around you.  So, if you are planning a trip to India in the New Year,...
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Returning to Nepal: the most fun we have had anywhere in this world

Returning to Nepal: the most fun we have had anywhere in this world
Message from Wildland alumni after returning from a custom trip to India and Nepal. Dear Wildland,   Debbie, Jesse and I returned home safely.  We have had some really great trips in our lives, but this was the best.  Outstanding, fantastic.  Despite the ungodly heat and monsoon rains, we never had a better time.  Everything was seamless without any aggravation or confusion.   Your itinerary was perfect as regards what we wanted to see... There was always cold bottled water on hand.  If we wanted some "street food" the guides knew where to go and we NEVER got sick.   All of the guides and drivers were helpful and the guides were extremely knowledgeable.  Having travelled to India and Nepal many years ago, I was afraid that the trip might be "too sanitized" and my family would not experience the real India.  The guides took care of that and were more...
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Our Extended Wildland Family in India

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...
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It is a banner year for wildlife sightings in India

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...
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