It is named after a goddess and a river flowing through it. Haven to over 65 keystone species, its landscapes are empyrean, as in which a hermit would love to attain his salvation. It is beautiful and alluring, and generous and rewarding.
And so if your best sighting of a tiger so far has been a dim blur lasting a few seconds, it is time to visit this Tiger Temple and be blessed.
- A three-night/four-day Tour with six safaris to the wilderness that is home to tigers among other wildlife
- Possible sightings of tigers and leopards among several other mammals and birds
- Immense natural history learning from the Tour Skipper
- Valuable insight into wildlife
- Six jeep safaris to maximise the opportunities of Big Cat sightings.
Large lakes lie amidst lush meadows, rustic charming paths snake sensuously through aesthetic bamboo thickets, and a serpentine river flows with silken grace through deep valleys below cliffs and caves in Maharashtra’s oldest and largest National Park, the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve.
Spread over 625km2 in the Chandrapur district over plains in the southern part to hills ranging from 200 metres to over 300 metres up north, the habitat is rich and varied, as befits the emperor who graces this precious land.
Predominantly comprising tropical dry deciduous forest, Tadoba is teak country, with the crocodile bark tree, tendu and mahua prominent amongst the other botanical species. From January to March, the flame of the forest tree explodes into a riot of colour, painting the tiger-downtown red. The park is rich in wetland, too, and the Tadoba and Kolsa lakes and the Andhari River support reptiles and marsh vegetation. The scene is a balm to sore eyes and a song to a parched heart, so if you love the joy of life, you will love Tadoba.
With an ochre form, flaming eyes, and a mystique that is a slap in the face of finiteness, the royal Bengal tiger dominates the brochure of Tadoba and nets people of all ages in its inescapable charm hook, line and sinker once you’ve jumped into its whirlpool of compelling allure.
The tiger here haunts the alleyways of Telia, the cul-de-sacs of Kolsa and the precincts of Pandherpauni, and often, it doesn’t shy away from helping itself to some air-time with adoring audiences.
But the tiger is just the icing on a cake that has a melange of flavours. Lower down in the food chain is a rich variety of mammals including the chowsingha or four-horned antelope, gaur and nilgai. Sloth bear and the tiger’s predatory foes, the leopard and the Indian wild dog or dhole, sometimes put in a surprise-appearance, while the small carnivores include the small Indian civet and the jungle cat.
In the insect department, there is the signature spider and giant and red wood spiders, while crab, wolf and lynx spiders are on the map too.
The highlight of the reptilian family is the marsh or mugger crocodile, which finds sanctuary in the waters of the Tadoba lake, while the Indian terrapin and star tortoise give it cordial company. Avian life, as in most of India, is bountiful, with nearly 200 species recorded.
It is a full house indeed.
We gather in Nagpur and leave for Tadoba at 09:30 a.m. by AC vehicles. We reach Tadoba by afternoon for lunch. We go on our first evening safari in the mystical depths of Tadoba. Overnight in Tadoba.
On our morning and evening safaris, we explore the tiger-life and other rich wildlife in the pristine wilderness of Tadoba. All our meals are arranged for at our lodge. Overnight in Tadoba.
After our last morning safari, we return to our lodge for lunch. We check out and leave for Nagpur by AC vehicles. We reach Nagpur by 06:00 p.m. and leave for our hometowns from there, with a lot of memories from Tadoba to cherish for a long, long time.
- Per Person on Twin Share Accommodation
- Services of a Toehold Skipper for a great wildlife experience
- Nagpur – Tadoba – Nagpur travel by AC vehicles
- Stay in Tadoba for three nights on full-board basis.
- Six jeep safaris
- Entry and guide fees
What’s Not Included?
- Any airfare
- Meals during transfers from Nagpur to Tadoba and Tadoba to Nagpur
- Telephone calls, laundry, room service, tips, porter service etc
- Additional mineral/bottled water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, personal expenses of any kind
- Tips to drivers and lodge staff
- Additional charges incurred due to a change in the schedule, due to reasons beyond the control of the organisers
- Insurance of any kind
- Medical expenses, if incurred
- Any other charges/costs not mentioned in the ‘Inclusions’ list
- At least INR 15,000 booking amount
- Remainder to be paid 45 or more days before the departure date
All figures per person.
- 20% of the Tour fee 45 or more days before the Tour
- 40% of the Tour fee between 44 and 31 days before the Tour
- 80% of the Tour fee between 30 and 16 days before the Tour
- 100% of the Tour fee within 15 days before the Tour
Please note: The date of written (email) communication of intent to cancel is the date considered for calculation of the cancellation fees.
Who should participate in this Tour?
Anybody with an interest in wildlife and over the age of 18 (unless accompanied by an adult) is welcome to participate.
How different are your Group Tours from ordinary tours?
Unlike travel agents who plan your holiday from a remote destination to places they sometimes haven’t experienced themselves, our Group Tours offer a comprehensive toehold to experience a place through the guidance of an experienced naturalist. The common ingredients in all our Group Tours are fun and a lot of learning and knowledge sharing. Besides, most or all of our Tour participants are nature lovers, which keeps the group in harmony and helps make your experience focussed.
How sure are you about sighting wildlife on this Tour?
Considering the meticulous attention to timing we pay while scheduling Tours and the local expertise we leverage, we believe that it would be extremely unfortunate if our sightings were unsatisfactory. However, since we will be in an uncontrolled environment, we do not claim that sightings are guaranteed.
What equipment do you suggest on this Tour if I want to make photographs?
For tigers and other mammals, a telephoto zoom lens in the range of 100 to 400mm works very well. Sometimes, when tigers and other wildlife are far, and for birds, a longer lens can come in more than handy. If opting for a fixed (‘prime’) lens, the 300mm focal length on a cropped sensor body with a 1.4x extender (‘teleconverter’) is the best compromise, although lenses of longer focal length can be used to good effect as well, especially on ‘full-frame’ bodies. A wide-angle or normal zoom to capture landscapes or creative perspectives of wildlife is recommended. And since we may do some nocturnal photography, an image-stabilized lens and a camera body that performs well at high sensitivities are boons.
What do I do if I do not have the requisite equipment?
If you do not have appropriate equipment, there is no need to fret. Toehold offers an exhaustive array of cameras and lenses for hire, so you can always hire what you need. Click here to see what we offer. What’s better, you enjoy a 10% discount on all equipment hired on our Toehold Outdoors Group Tours!