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Africa isn't the only place that does safaris

When my partner was pestering me to take her on a safari holiday, my immediate attention turned to Africa, with its huge array of national parks and wildlife reserves strewn right the way across the continent. However, having conducted some research, I soon discovered that there were other options available to us, with India being one of the more intriguing alternatives.

Normally, people think of India holidays and straight away they picture dynamic cities filled with people. While this is the case in areas such as Delhi, many Britons don't realise that the Asian country has a whole different side to it. Having travelled to see the famous Taj Mahal in Agra, I was looking forward to getting out into the countryside to cast my eye over some of the rarest animals in the world.

The Ranthambore National Park is one of the most renowned nature reserves in India and it is home to an extensive range of exotic creatures. Crocodiles, antelope, sloth bears and jungle cats all roam this area freely, but it was the elusive Bengal tiger that I was looking forward to seeing the most.

This particular species is both elegant and terrifying in equal measure, but unfortunately, they are a dying breed and have been officially listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Seeing one of these rare cats in its natural habitat ranks highly on my lifetime list of achievements and as soon as I clapped eyes on the animal's beautiful striped coat, my decision to opt for India instead of Africa was immediately vindicated.

Of course, India will always be associated with thriving urban sprawls and rightly so, as cities like Delhi and Jaipur are among the most fascinating places in the world. But, as many wildlife enthusiasts will tell you, the country's rural areas are also equally enthralling, which makes the destination as a whole a very attractive package to adventure holidaymakers.

Unpublished
4.5
(average rating, based on 4 reviews)
Trip type: 
Cultural
Adventure level: 
4. Demanding
Max group size: 
16
Minimum age: 
7

Mountains & Tigers - Family Holiday

Asia, India | 14 days
Trip code: 
FFH
Families only
At the Taj - India
An exciting family holiday into the Himalaya, with wildlife safaris, nature walks & the Taj Mahal en route.

Departs in:

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Unpublished
5
(average rating, based on 9 reviews)
Trip type: 
Cultural
Adventure level: 
2. Gentle
Max group size: 
16

Himalayan Foothills

Asia, India | 14 days
Trip code: 
FH
Aarti ceremony - India
Journey from the plains to the hills on this amazing Himalayan holiday.

Departs in:

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From £595pp exc flights
4.75
(average rating, based on 10 reviews)
Trip type: 
Family - Cultural
Adventure level: 
2. Gentle
Max group size: 
16
Minimum age: 
5

Tiger Trails & Taj Mahal - Family Holiday

Asia, India | 11 days
Trip code: 
HHFI
Families only
India family holiday
During this family holiday to India, discover it's majesty as you travel around the Golden Triangle, take a safari to find tigers,marvel at the famous Taj Mahal and discover rural Rajasthan too.

Departs in:

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Unpublished
4.666665
(average rating, based on 15 reviews)
Trip type: 
Cultural
Adventure level: 
1.Easy
Max group size: 
16

Wildlife & Moghul Cities

Asia, India | 11 days
Trip code: 
Old-NI
Tiger - India
Discover the natural and cultural highlights of northern India.

Departs in:

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