Incredible India

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We went to India

We went to Incredible India to see tigers, but it gave us so much more… what a country!

Anyone who knows me is aware of my deep love for Africa. My heart home I call it – but India is a close runner up for so many reasons.

Chaotic, colourful, with phenomenal wildlife. A vibrant living history and some of the most generous. The most friendly people I have ever met.

Boys anticipating lunch at Bangla Sahib Sikh Temple, New Delhi.

Boys anticipating lunch at Bangla Sahib Sikh Temple, New Delhi.

Jaipur

Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and is also known as the Pink City because of its beautiful architecture.

Away from the main tourist attractions of the City Palace and the Amur Fort we discovered another side of Jaipur…

dera amer elephant sanctuary Jaipur

At Dera Amer previously working elephants are given a chance for a more natural life. Away from the tourist and wedding trade. We walked with them during their daily exercise regime. Afterwards enjoyed a sumptuous meal out in the bush.

Ladli Children’s Project India

Ladli Children's Project India

By contrast we also went to Ladli a forward thinking charity. Where street children are given the opportunity to learn in mobile schools and have a safe refuge in which to gain skills and an education to give them a second chance in life rather than being used as a commodity http://ladli.org/

Young girl selling umbrellas in the street India

A young girl selling umbrellas to tourists. What I thought was going to be one of my favourite photographs of the trip took on a whole new meaning after my visit to Ladli – will this girl ever get an education?

Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore National Park, although on the main tourist route, the park only allows 12 jeeps a day into each of its 10 zones so never feels overcrowded and the wildlife sightings were amazing.

Tigers Rathambore National park
Sloth Bear Rathambore National park

Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park – Another magnificent park full of lush meadows, mountains and peaceful lagoons full of rich birdlife and timid deer.

Tiger in the water - Bandhavgarh National Park

Our last National Park was the largest of the three visited on this trip – Kanha. We stayed at Singinawa Jungle Lodge and met up with old guide friends who have looked after us on previous trips. We were rewarded by even more magnificent tigers and a rare sighting of Indian Wild Dog or Dhole which are endangered and seldom seen so a magnificent end to an amazing tour.

Indian Wild Dog or Dhole

However high your expectations are of a trip to Incredible India I can guarantee it will far exceed your wildest dreams. In addition to the wonderful wildlife and the historic landmarks my overriding impression will always be the warmth and generosity of the people.

Friendly locals with Kathryn Haylett your safari in India

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