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Back from Pench yesterday. Did 4 safaris in all, 2 at touria and 2 at khursapar. Since there were frequent sightings in khursapar from last few months so did a morning and evening safari for the same day there anticipating for at least 1 great great show, but since last couple of weeks forest department at khursapar have closed the route on which frequent tiger sighting of female and her cubs are seen. So no tiger luck in khursapar. But then touria didn't disappoint us. First day evening safari (saturday evening), we spotted sub adult of collar wali, at close range, taking rest. Last day morning safari (monday morning), luck was in our favour as we spotted a leopard (ours was the only gypsy around) and a jackal as well and few birds at close range.
All in all i felt it was a success. Cherry on the top was oriental honey buzzard full frame shot that we got at kohka lake on the last day while returning back to nagpur. Will be posting the shots in few days for you guys to enjoy.
Stayed at Banyan tree camp. Superb hospitality and great food.
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a budget stay as well.

Rajeev Raghavan Thanks for sharing this. Look forward to pics

over 1 year

Rohit Basavaraju Abdullah Girach or anyone ....please give me some info on forest stay i am planning to travel in first week of Jan, very short time to plan.

12 months
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Not a tip but a query. I'm planning to travel to Velavadar NP later this month. Is it possible to hire a vehicle for safari at the park itself? And how much would it cost?
I'm traveling solo, so want to keep costs at a minimum. (Have posted a travel plan here but since no one's joining so far, might probably end up going alone only)

Aditya Vaidya I think you should take your own car or make arrangements in advance. If you stay in the luxury lodge then they have their vehicles otherwise I have only gone with one of us having our own car

about 1 year
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I've stayed at the Eco-Tourism Complex in Hinauta. It has 6 tents and 4 cottages (tents are Rs 1000 a night and cottages Rs 2000 a night). Overall, was a comfortable enough stay and the best part is that safari permits are assured for anyone staying there. Panna is a beautiful park and sightings have been quite good too. I plan to go there more often in future. If anyone knows of any other stay options, especially near the Madla gate, please do add below.

Roshan Suresh Camp Panna, itโ€™s with V Resorts now I think.

about 1 year

Avijit Ganguly CAmp panna of Abhinav pandey great place

about 1 year
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7 Tiger Reserves one should visit in India each year
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1. Sundarbans
a. Once in between July 15 - August 15. For 2 nights and 3 days.
b. Twice/thrice in between Late October to Mid March for at least 4 nights and 5 days, depending upon the Tiger sighting.
Strictly avoid holidays during August, Durga Puja , Diwali , 26th January and weekends during December to January for better wildlife viewing. Strictly avoid Christmas and New year days.
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2. Kaziranga
a. Twice in between February 15 and April 7.
Plan for at least 6 safaris in different zones.
Avoid elephant safari, if possible.
Strictly avoid holidays during Diwali , 26th January, weekends on December to January and avoid festival time (Rongali and Hugali Bihu) for better wildlife viewing. Strictly avoid Christmas and New year days.
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3. Corbett
a. once in the months of December or January. Plan for 3 nights 4 day trip at a particular zone.
b. Once/twice in between March 15 - May 15. Plan for at least 3 nights and 4 days in different zones.
Avoid elephant safari, if possible.
Avoid Weekends ( throughout the park opening time ) , Diwali and Holi festivals while visiting. Strictly avoid Christmas and New year days for better wildlife viewing.
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4. Kanha
a. Once in between the months of December - January. Plan for at least 7 safaris in different zones.
b. Once in the month of March - plan for at least 6 safaris in different zones.
c. Once in between April 15 to June 7. Plan for at least 6 safaris.
Avoid Diwali , Holi festival time and weekends during the month of December to January and March. Strictly avoid Christmas and New year days for better wildlife viewing.
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5. Manas
a. Once in between December 15 to January 15.
b. Twice in between February 15 and April 7.
Plan for at least 3 full day safaris , in each case.
Avoid elephant safari, if possible.
Strictly avoid holidays during Diwali , 26th January, weekends on December to January and avoid festival time (Rongali and Hugali Bihu) for better wildlife viewing. Strictly avoid Christmas and New year days.
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6. Dudhwa
a. once in the months of December or January. Plan for 3 nights 4 day trip at a particular zone.
b. Once/twice in between March 15 - May 15. Plan for at least 3 nights and 4 days in different zones.
Avoid elephant safari, if possible.
Avoid Weekends ( throughout the park opening time ) , Diwali and Holi festivals while visiting. Strictly avoid Christmas and New year days for better wildlife viewing.
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7. Nagarhole
a. once in between Aprli 15 to May 30.
b. once during During Monsoons.
Avoid Boat safari , if allowed.
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Views are personal and liable to change with person to person according to their experience. These are not rules or advise, written on the basis of travel experience of mine in past years. Feel free to criticise constructively.
Other Tiger reserves are also vibrant and rich in colours , also unique in its own way. Omitted from the list because of personal travel choice only, The choice of travel varies from traveller to traveller solely.

Shabnam Siddiqui I correct myself. Thank you for sharing your wisdom ๐Ÿ˜Š

over 1 year

Ravindra Harite Wonderful & very useful info. Can you pl enlighten for safaris to Kishnapur WLS of Dudhwa Tiger reserve.

over 1 year
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Planning a trip to Dudhwa National Park in December with 6 safaris. Could not find any online booking for safaris and there seem to be lots of websites which claim to book. Any information or tips regarding safaris, stay and local contacts will be most helpful.

Shabnam Siddiqui We have Katerniaghat in our itinerary too.

about 2 years

Aditya Vaidya Awesome.. good luck

about 2 years
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Just visited Yala National Park - and it definitely is a MUST VISIT place! It's beautiful, it's convenient and its cost effective. A full day safari for 12 hours for one person cost me only INR 9000!
The leopards are like tigers there - confident, in their own territory, rulers of the place. And they are all around!
I recommend Mevan very highly for the trip. Especially if you are keen wildlifers and prefer to be the first in and last out of the Park.
Any specific queries do ask directly. General info:
It is not raining in Yala.
June-July are good leopard months.
A spotted dear call is perfect in Yala.
Female leopards hunt down big Sambhar deers
Even in a non birding month the park was full of action moments with multiple species.
Try to avoid going on weekends if you can.
If you have time and resources Yala is best combined with Wilapattu and Sinharaja forest.

Shabnam Siddiqui The best person to connect with is Mevan Piyasena (Mobile: +94779951116) for stay and safari bookings. And connect with Koshala (+94772330405) for Colombo - Yala - Colombo transfer. He has better rates. When you book with Mevan ask for separate rates for stay, for safari, etc. depending on number of people in the trip.

over 1 year

Shabnam Siddiqui When i mentioned full day safari for one person I meant having the full vehicle to myself! Always helps :)

over 1 year
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Need information for birding areas in high altitude areas of North sikkim, also need contact of any guide....

Saikat Biswas @Roshan Suresh......Zuluk is in East Sikkim

over 1 year

Roshan Suresh Oh sorry I just read Sikkim

over 1 year