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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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Hollywood and Bollywood, what to watch before your trip to India

When guests book one of our trips to India we often suggest watching a variety of films from biography to humorous fiction. All will give you a sense of the country, its history and inhabitants. Following is a mix of some of our favorite Hollywood and Bollywood movies as well as art films set in India. Watch historical & historical fiction movies to give you a sense of what life was like in the forts, palaces and monuments you will visit, now empty of their original inhabitants. Historical movies provide a fun way to get background information about the destination and will probably get you even more excited about your trip to India. Historical & Historical Fiction Ghandi: 1982 epic biographical film which dramatises the life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, an Indian lawyer and activist who was a leader of the nation's non-violent, non-cooperative independence movement against the United Kingdom's rule of...
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Tensions Running High in the Jungles of India

Tension is running high in the jungles of India this week. Challengers to both tigers and tigresses in various tiger reserves have been adding conflict and intrigue to daily squabbles, and injuries are the inevitable result. The Princess of the lakes, Satra, is limping badly in Ranthambore. Blue Eyes is hurt and rumor has it that Vijaya has a swollen leg in Bandhavgarh National Park. All this activity points to the testosterone-fueled blood that flows through wild tigers' veins as individuals mature and the young begin to dominate over the elders. An ambush of tigers. Madhuri and her family in Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve / December 2012. (c)  Faroque Khan  from Tiger  Nation (www.tigernation.org) Tiger safaris are in full swing now during the summer in India. We are looking forward to hearing back from our travelers about their sightings. When I was in Bandhavgarh 4 years ago I saw B2 close...
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Can Africa Style Wildlife Tourism be Brought to India?

Guest Blog by Amit Sankhala   Around the world when we talk about wildlife tourism, the first instinct of any traveler is – ‘Let’s go to Africa. They have the Big 5’. Although, when we compare mammals, India has the big 5 and more – Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Rhinoceros and the Leopard. In addition to these African Big 5, we have the Royal Bengal Tiger, which alone stands as the most attractive of all. We have all seen the news in the last few weeks, criticizing wildlife tourism in India. Are we that unregulated? And is the argument – ‘this is not Africa’, allow us to ignore the African models? In my book, no. I have been to Africa a few times, they have great models that allow humans and animals to coexist. But unlike Africa, India has rainforest, deserts and savanna land. There isn’t one guideline for national park’s or conservancies...
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Tiger Tourism Ban Lifted

 First off I wanted to share some Tiger facts before we got down to business about the Tiger tourism ban. Tigers can reach up to 11ft and are the heaviest cats in the wild weighing up to 660lbs!!! Three of the nine subspecies of the modern tiger are now extinct and the remaining six are all classified as endangered species. India is home to approximately half of the world’s tiger population, with an estimated 1,700 in the country. The current range of the tiger is only 7% of what it used to be, which brings us into our discussion about the Tiger tourism ban.On July 24, the Supreme Court banned tourists from the core areas of parks where tigers are believed to breed and hunt. They passed an interim order disallowing tourism to Tiger reserves until another direction to further question the manner in which the country protected areas are identified,...
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Splurging in India

It may surprise you that India is one of the best places to splurge and to be treated like royalty for a day or a week! You can dine using gold-plated silverware at Taj Rambagh Palace (yes, a real palace!) in Jaipur or be serenaded by a flute-player while gazing over Udaipur city on your swing at Taj Lake Palace. You can journey to the Himalayas for a yoga retreat or down south on a boat sailing the waters of Kerala where all your meals are cooked fresh for from local produce. Or enjoy a private classical Indian concert at the home of local musicians. On some trips to India, we westay at the Taj Lake Palace which is set in the middle of Lake Pichola in Udaipur, Rajasthan. It was built from 1743 – 1746 by the former Maharana Jagat Singh II as a royal summer palace. To reach it you...
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