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Bandipur National Park

Set in the thick of the critical Nilgiri Biosphere, Bandipur National Park is one of India’s first and finest Project-Tiger reserves, and also southern India’s most famous. Its priceless tiger and leopard habitat is home to three rivers and represents in part the best remaining haunt of the endangered Asiatic elephant, Indian wild dog and a plethora of life in all its sublimely understated forms and colours.

Rich in bamboo, teak, sandalwood and flame of the forest, the hallowed alleyways of the Bandipur jungle exude whimsical enchantment from every wild nook and cranny. And it’s all there to see.

Quick Information

  • Best time to visit:
    Throughout the year
  • Recommended min. duration:
    2 nights/3 days
  • Attractions:
    Wildlife
    Landscape
  • Activities:
    Wildlife Safari
    Photography
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What you will see and experience:

If the tiger is your favourite animal, Bandipur is one of the best places in India to see one. You can also witness the beauty of multitude of animals like monitor lizard, stripe-necked mongoose, gaur, elephant and wild dog. A plethora of bird-life can also be spotted in the mystical depths of Bandipur forests.

It is said that the sight of a southern Indian tiger is among the greatest rewards of the natural world, and Bandipur offers the best chance of earning it. Leopards too are present on the tourist map. But even if feline fortune doesn’t shine through, there is never a paucity of things to see and photograph in this park of plenty.

While a stripe-necked mongoose digs termite mounds for tidbits and an elephant strips the bark off a tree, a Bengal monitor lizard roosting in a tree can make you raise your brows higher than ever. A big bull gaur spanning the breadth of the track will introduce you to the wilder side of cattle and once every so often, a pack of marauding wild dogs may cross your path as they seek to outrun the next lunch on legs.

Birds are aplenty and the sight of a grey jungle fowl, a changeable hawk-eagle, a shikra or a roller is almost always around the corner.

Why let us arrange your trip?

At Toehold, we are passionate about travel and photography just as you are, which lets us understand your needs and travails perfectly. And we use our insight and experience to plan your vacation to perfection, so all you have to do is enjoy yourself and make memories for a lifetime.

Here are just some reasons you should leave your next holiday to us:

Precise Tailoring

Precise Tailoring

It’s your holiday, so you tell us how you want it, and we’ll tailor it to your exact expectations, down to every possible detail, just short of what fragrance of air-freshener you’d prefer in your cab.
Expert Advice

Expert Advice

Not clear about what you want or how to make the most of your vacation? Pick our brains and make an informed decision about how you’d like to spend your precious holiday, and then just prepare for a rollicking time.
Unmatched Experience

Unmatched Experience

With partnerships with the best people in the field and a stellar logistical network, we ensure no holds are barred in helping you enjoy an enriching and memorable experience.
Flawless Orchestration

Flawless Orchestration

Once the plan is set, you can count on us to make your experience a flawless pleasure. A star may implode or a planet may go out of orbit, but you can rest assured your tour will motor on without a glitch.

Frequently Asked Questions

Toehold Photo Travel vs Vacations

While Toehold Photo Travel is our most popular offering with our photography experts travelling along with you, our Vacations chalk out travel plans for you to explore destinations across the globe the way you wish to. In short, you would be availing of our expert service to plan your vacation and execute it the way you want.

  • Unlike a Photo Travel experience, your vacation is completely personalised for you.
  • The dates, style of travel, class of hotels and lodges, destinations, and every other detail is tailor-made to suit your custom requirement.
  • A Skipper or a photography guide doesn’t travel with you to guide you unless you decide to take our customised and guided photo travel experience.

You can now use our immense experience and field knowledge for great experiences on your travel!

Interested in Photo Travel?

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How different are your Personalised Vacations from other holidays?

Unlike travel agents who plan your vacation from a remote destination to places they sometimes haven’t experienced themselves, our Personalised Vacations offer a comprehensive toehold to experience a place through the knowledge of experts who know the places first-hand. Besides, your holiday will be meticulously planned by making use of the best local contacts we have at every destination.

For whom is this destination suitable?

Anybody with an interest in wildlife and all the myriad marvels of the forests, and is over the age of 18 (unless accompanied by a parent or adult guardian) can go on a personal vacation to this destination.

Can I take my children to Bandipur?

You may certainly take your young child, but we don’t recommend taking infants and very small children on safari. Please talk to us for more information.

How do I reach Bandipur?

You may take a flight to Bengaluru (from where Bandipur is around 4.5 hours by road) or a train to Mysuru (around 2 hours to Bandipur by road). Talk to us for further advice.

How is the accommodation in Bandipur?

There is a fair variety of accommodation options available, from comfortable non-air-conditioned cottages in a simple resort, to air-conditioned suites in luxury properties.

Will you book my flight tickets if needed?

Certainly! We take care of the flight ticket bookings too.

What is the scope of services you offer as a part of a Personalised Vacation package?

Absolutely everything! From booking the travel tickets and arranging for a comfortable stay to suggested itineraries and planning places of interest, Toehold takes care of all the details of your vacation.

Do you rent camera equipment?

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 can enjoy a 10% discount on all equipment hired on Toehold Personalised Vacations!

Interested? Make an Enquiry

It’s easy. Call us on 83899 83899 (Monday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.) or simply fill this form, and we’ll get back to you like the whirring wind.




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