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Amy Frølander

5/5

Dear Deepkul

We had a really good trip to Corbett.

You have an excellent setup with a really experienced bird guide and all the extra services as clean sheets snacks water kettle etc.

We first saw the tiger late on the fifth ride so we were really starting preparing for a total dip. No tigers were seen for four days in a row.

But we  then saw a female tiger very nicely. And on the Sixt ride we saw the female with three cubs. Also very nicely.

So we are very content with our visit and your arrangement.

Kind regards

Amy and Bent

John and Paulette

5/5

Dear Sharad,

 

Thank you again for having informed the staff here at the Dilphu Lodge (which we very much enjoy) of our anniversary.  they treated us to a very nice dinner with a special anniversary strawberry chocolate cake last night.  Everyone made us feel very special.  And a very special and unexpected anniversary gift was given to us by our guide Risi while we were eating dinner at the lodge restaurant.  He called up a bird from the forest just beside the dining facilities and told us, “Come here!  I have something to show you.”  He then used his torch to illuminate a brown hawk owl.  We happily took photographs of it (a little pixelated because at night, but still very nice and I got good video to use in our upcoming youtube documentaries of India wildlife.  What a great anniversary gift!

 

Yesterday morning was one of those banner days for us.  We went birding up a mountainside just outside Kaziranga National Park with a special local guide as well as our regular guide, Risi.  Were looking for minivets and hornbills in particular.  After a bit of videoing a scarlet minivet, we scared a great hornbill while advancing up the mountain.  So we continued, listening all the while for hornbill calls.  At the top of the mountain and end of the birding taril, our guide Risi became quite excited and told us, “There is a small, very rarely seen bird!  Look on top of that tree in the distance.  It is a pied falconette!”  We set up the spotting scope and for the next half hour obtained very good video of this rarely seen species.  Paulette is a raptor fanatic and she was absolutely thrilled to see this bird.  I was too!  So we thanked both Risi and the local guide for this exceptional experience.

 

So we headed down the trail listening for hornbills.  We head their sounds but could not locate any to be seen.  So we bid our local guide a thank you (and he was so appreciative of the tip we gave him) and continued birding with Risi from the tea plantation below.  Risi then found many great Indian hornbills and, in the next hour we must have taken more than 30 minutes of video and photographs of this species.  Much of this video (but nbot all) was backlit and slightkly obscurred by misty conditions.  But we were having a great time of it.

 

Then Risi exclaims, “Oh, there is the most amazing eagle!!”  So we tell him, well let’s put the spotting scope on it and get video,.  So we shoot almost a kilometer up the mountainside and the bird, a rufous-bellied eagle, takes up almost the full frame of the image (our spotting scope is quite powerful and all the guides seem to end up using it in place of their binoculars).  Risi tells us, “

This is a lifer for me!!”  Apparently he had never seen this species before in his life.  So we videoed it extensively, preening and spreading its wings.  Such a rare and beautiful raptor.  Paulette was almost as thrilled as if she had seen a snow leopard.  And I was thrilled as well.  This is a near-threatened eagle that is hardly ever seen by any of the guides here in Kaziranga.  And then, we got amazing footage for a few minutes of the racket-tailed drongo.  We were truly blessed yesterday and told Risi that this was the equivalent of our former best day birding, which occurred in Brazil’s pantanal, where one morning we saw a great variety of birds (parrots, hummingbirds, raptors, woodpeckers, kingfishers, etc.) just by walking out of our lodge door.  What can we say?  India is amazing!

 

So Paulette, who formerly told me her favorite safari destination was Africa while I tell her mine is India, said to me, “We need to come back to India soon.  And maybe we should bring my oldest brother and his wife with us on safari to India rather than to Africa as we had been planning.  And maybe we should just leave it to Sharad to select an itinerary for us so that we can stay at his new glamping lodge and also see some new things”  New things for her might be Sasan-Gir and Little Rann of Kutch.  Now please understand, we would most likely be returning (due to other safaris we’ve already committed to), the fates willing, in 2026.  But Paulette, despite not getting her coveted snow leopard on this safari, has been quite won over by the wildlife of India as well as the very friendly, warm culture here.  And she tells me that you are the best, Sharad. Of course  I agree.  Thank you again.

 

I’ll attach a few photos that I took off of the cell phone.  And please understand that  due to the mists and often present backlighting issues I spoke of, these work better as video than as actual photographs.  But the pied falconette and especially the rufous-bellied eagle are so rare that we will not complain one bit about these minor concerns.

 

Again thanking you for everything and wishing both you and your family a very happy and healthy 2024,

 

John and Paulette

CJ

5/5

Exceptional experience and world-class service!
From the first enthusiastic communications about planning our custom trip, to the recommendations for parks and accommodations, every detail was taken care of and our trip exceeded our expectations. We were greeted at the airport with a warm welcome from Abhishek, had excellent drivers, wonderful places to stay, amazing food and top-notch service. The guides at each park were very knowledgable and happy to accommodate any requests. The wildlife viewing was beyond amazing – saw lots of tigers, elephants, rhinos, birds and much more. Hope to go back and exploring other areas and would only book again with Nature Safari India. HIGHLY recommend this tour company – you will not regret having them arrange your trip!

MJ Limond

5/5

Dear Sharad ,
We are now home and have had time to reflect on our holiday. We just wanted to let you know how truly spectacular it was . The tiger safari did not disappoint it was truly an amazing experience. Our driver Sanjay went above and beyond to make each day outstanding. Finding Tigers when no one else did , just wonderful. The Treehouse Hideaway was outstanding, accommodation , staff and food . It was a holiday of a life time and definitely worth waiting for .
Our day trip of Delhi was just perfect and we managed to see a good few of the sites of this wonderful city in such a short time.

We thank you and remind ourselves every day how fortunate we were and have great gratitude for our time spent in your wonderful country.

MJ Limond and family
Namaste 🙏🏼

Marcheschi, John T

5/5

I just wanted to say thank you for arranging my tour. The guide was fantastic and the hotel was great. They have great facilities and staff. And the location was great. Also while a bunch of people told me Pench would be a bust, it was a great place to view Tigers.

 

Craig

5/5

Hi Sharad,

I just wanted to thank you for such a great experience of a safari in India. From the communication prior to being picked up at the airport through arrival in Jabalpur, to Bandhav Vila, and the safari drives themselves, it was awesome.

I was disappointed that there weren’t more tiger sightings with Sanjay, however, that is sometimes the luck of the draw. It only takes one up close to make the trip a success though, and I got that!!!! And I keep telling everybody about it every day.

Thanks again for having such a professionally laid-out trip experience. Wishing you much continued success with your endeavors in the future.

Craig

Iain Blyfield

5/5

Hi Ishana,

Final note from myself to say thank you again to you and wider team. We had a wonderful time and the service you provide from start to finish was absolutely first class. We have left a quick review on TripAdvisor for you  I appreciate some people in Europe may be nervous about booking directly with an Indian travel agency so if ever you need a local reference point then I am more than happy to speak to prospective clients for you.

Looking forward to our next trip when we have saved up some more pennies… 

Take care.

Iain

Monica Winstanley

5/5

Good Afternoon Sharad
Hot hot hot here in Panna.

Our adventure and sightings at Bandhavgargh were brilliant. Sanjay was a most considerate, knowledgeable driver guide. Most probably the best we have ever had.

We saw 11 Tigers and jungle cat along with many of fabulous birds that are to be seen.

Today on our first outing we have seen male and female leopard mating….. amazing 🫣

Suzy Mentens

5/5

Dear Sharad, Ishana, and all Nature Safari team members,

We would like to thank you all very much for organizing this amazing trip for us to see the beautiful tiger.

It is certainly the most beautiful animal we ever saw and it is one of our dreams come true.

I must admit that we had counted on seeing more tigers than we did. We saw one in Pench and one in Kanha. The one in Kanha we saw very good, from close by when she was on the move. A really exceptional experience. The remembrance only gives me goosebumps again.

But this shows that man  cannot control nature, and this is certainly a good thing. 

Thank you, India for taking good care of the tigers for the benefit of the whole world.

Thanks to the smooth organization of the trip we only had to enjoy and lookout for the tiger.

We especially enjoyed our stay at Kanja Jungle camp. The “wilderness” atmosphere they succeed to create really made us relax totally.

The staff is very helpful and friendly.

And the bush dinner is the cherry on the pie ….

We will surely recommend nature safari to our friends and family.

Thanks to all the staff for making our trip a wonderful experience.

Kindest Regards

Suzy and Vera

Cyrill Meyer

5/5

Dear Sharad,

Thank you, and the same to you!

The trip was really amazing. Everything was perfectly organized from start to end and also the hotels were great. You’re doing a great job and we were absolutely satisfied with this safari trip.

Keep up the great work.

Best regards, 

Cyrill

Tim Hill

5/5

Having had to wait 3 years to be able to take this trip due to COVID travel restrictions, we can certainly say it was very much worth the wait. Sharad and his team couldn’t have been more engaged and professional in both the planning and execution of our two week visit and tour of India. The Jim Corbett National Park is an absolute must for anyone wanting to see tigers in beautiful and natural surroundings. Whilst a tour of the places and temples of Agra and khajuraho leave you in awe. We were also able to spend some time at the Bandhavgarh National Park and we were also treated to incredible tiger sightings there.

This trip was a full experience of India, riding planes, trains and automobiles to explore some wonderful areas of India. India has so much to offer and the whole team at Nature Safari India from Sharad and Abhishek to all of the dedicated guides and drivers we had looking after us, ensured at all times that we had the best of experiences. We certainly did and our thanks to Nature Safari India for truly making this a trip of a lifetime.

Jeniffer Bradbury

5/5
Where to begin? Our experience with Tiger Safari and Sharad and his entire team was incredibly positive. From the moment Manish collected us in Delhi and got us to the airport, we felt cared for, relaxed and thankful that we chose this company. Manish saw us to our flight, and we were met on the other end by Gulab, who drove us to our lodge.m, The Tiger’s Den near Bandhavgarh. The lodge and rooms were spotless, peaceful, and a perfect little oasis for our family.
 
All the staff were first rate, in particular Shyam who kindly worked to help my children learn a bit of Hindi. We did six safaris in Bandhavgarh, all with Sanjay Gupta as our guide and driver. Sanjay not only has all the experience you could hope for, he’s a wonderfully knowledgeable companion and has an uncanny knack for putting the hero in the best spots. He was funny, patient, and enthusiastic, and we truly were sorry to say goodbye to him after our safari. We saw seven tigers and countless other animals, but honestly the entire experience, sitting in the jungle in silence, listening, waiting, was magical, and Sanjay was the reason. Our time in Bandhavgarh was the absolute highlight of our three week trip to India, and we all agreed we’d love to do another tour with Nature Safari—especially if it meant seeing Sanjay again!

Doug Hagley

5/5

Hurrah. I saw that leopard and then when our jeep was alone we saw it stalk and try to kill a large deer, then they both ran into the bushes. This morning a mother tiger crossed the road in front of our jeep. Everyone says I am having great luck. The chef is making me a special pizza for dinner because I mentioned to the driver that I liked it. The service here is out of this world great. Thank you so much. Despite my little health hiccups, this trip is really, truly the trip of my lifetime, and I’ve had quite a few good trips.

Thanks again. See you in Delhi.

Doug Hagley

Tobbe2016

5/5
Amazing 15 day wildlife tour in India
My family just completed a 15-day Tiger and Rhino Tour with Nature Safari India and it was perfect. We visited 4 parks, 3 in central India (Satpura, Pench and Todoba) and 1 in the northeast (Kaziranga).
They planned our complete stay with domestic flights, drivers to/between the parks, great accommodation and food and, not least, the safaris themselves and everything worked exceptionally well. While we were there they called us regularly to ensure we were happy and that was as expected
We are planning another wildlife trip and we will for sure use Nature Safari India again. Cannot recommend them highly enough.
Many thanks to Sharad and the team for an unforgettable experience!

Nicola L

5/5
Gorgeous tour of India
We just came back at home after a fantastic journey around India. Sharad organized a huge tour including a safari at the Kanha National Park. Everything was perfect (Hotel, Venues, people around us) and we really felt to have someone who takes care of us !!! A special thanks to Deep who was always available and “with us” 24h a day and to Parveen our fantastic and always happy driver…more than a simple driver!!! thanks again to all.

JGordan

Mar 2022

5/5
Amazing Wildlife Trip with Tiger Safari India A friend and I just completed a 24 day trip to India with the primary purpose of visiting 5 Tiger Parks and to see The Taj Mahal. We worked with an amazing professional and company owner, Sharad Vats.. He planned our itinerary complete with Park passes, accommodations, an airline flight, Naturalist Guide selections, and vehicle transfers between destinations, This was a flawless trip and we could not rave highly enough about the expertise of this company. We were booked into an assortment of Park, Treehouse, Luxury tent, cottage, and hotel rooms and the food and service of each was excellent. Sharad and his Staff kept in touch with us as we moved from Park to Park to ensure we were happy and safe. We have begun the process of planning a different itinerary for 2023 to experience more wildlife in other areas of the country. Many thanks to Sharad and his wonderful Staff. You helped create a trip of memories.

Marc Eeckhaut

Apr 2022

5/5

Amazing 19-days Wildlife & Taj Mahal Tour
2 years ago our planned tour with Nature Safari India was cancelled for known reasons.
2 years we stayed in contact with Deepkul and Sharad by email and finally in April 2022 we could leave for our first experience in India.
It became an unforgettable adventure, we visited 4 National Parcs, Pench, Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Panna. In each we saw tigers, 20 in total on 15 safari’s.
Besides we saw leopard, wild elephant,gaur, sloth bear, deer and a wide range of beautiful birds and other wildlife, a paradise for a nature photographer.
Deepkul organised the tour for us perfectly, the naturalists, the drivers, the lodges…all was arranged faultless.
On arrival in Delhi our baggage was delayed and Deepkul arranged that our bags were delivered 3 days later in Pench…
On our way back to Delhi we visited Khajuraho, Orchha and Agra, the temples are impressing and the view of the Taj Mahal by sunset is breathtaking.
We enjoyed very much the whole tour and are planning already for going back to India next year.
Many thanks for the whole Nature Safari India team, for sure the best..

Simon B

Apr 2022

5/5
The best of the best I have used Nature Safari India 2 times in the past, and had booked a trip for the family for april 2020. Arrival was 2 days after India closed the borders, so no chance of going. Sharad quickly wrote me, that he would try to keep all our money safe, as they were already payed to hotels ect. He kept his promise, and plans were made for april 22. Finally it was time to go and everything went super smooth as planned. The level of service this company provide is top level. There has not been a second on our 3 trips, where we have had the feeling, that things were out of control or so. Nature Safari India has always managed to get excellent drivers for us, which is reflected in the numbers of tigers and other wildlife we have seen. On the last trip we had a total of 16 drives, and saw 18 different individual tigers. To top that up, we saw jackals, loads of bird and a leopard. I would highly recommend this company to everyone, and it is not last time i use them for sure.

Kathleen B

Apr 2022

5/5
The Utimate Tiger Safari Tour Company
Sharad Vats and his amazing company arranged our life long, dream fulfilling tiger photography trip which we just completed last week. My husband who is 88 was so disappointed when we were forced to cancel this trip twice due to covid. Sharad Vats offered refunds but encouraged us to not give up our quest. We followed the advice and were rewarded with a seamless and unforgettable safari experience that exceeded all expectations. We have traveled on safari to Africa multiple times and this company stands above the other companies we have used in the past. The communication while on safari was beyond amazing. When the Gypsy safari vehicle was unusable for my husband due to spinal problems a quick e-mail and and fast response produced another vehicle with suspension that saved our entire safari from disaster. The drivers/naturalist selected for us had extensive knowledge and photography experience Each destination driver was professional and caring. Abhishek, an associate of Tiger Safari greeted us on arrival made us feel welcome and secure. The entire trip was a complete success because of the precise planning and first hand knowledge of Shard Vats and his experienced team at Tiger Safari India. Sharad Vats Ceo is himself a renowned Naturalist and tiger photographer who has extensive first had knowledge of each national Park in India. Not only is this company an excellent choice for India trip planning but also a great ambassador for the conservation efforts for the tiger.

Nathan D

Mar 2022

5/5

Outstanding service

Sharad and team excel at creating a custom itinerary with smooth hand-offs to guides/drivers/lodges at every stop. We originally had 2 weeks scheduled with Tiger Safari India, but then expanded to 4 weeks when another travel outfit cancelled because of Covid. Sharad was willing to wait it out with us and India reopened for tourists about a week before our trip started. Before the trip, Sharad was patient and timely on email and zoom calls to finalize all the details which included 5 major cities (Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Varanasi, Kolkata) and 3 national parks (Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Kazaringa). This involved multiple drivers, domestic flights, and hotel/lodge changes (the longest stay was 3 nights in any location). But at each location we were welcomed by excellent guides and drivers. India is bustling and chaotic, especially the cities roads, which at first was a white-knuckle experience for us. So having welcoming guides and skillful drivers was key to our enjoyment of the trip. If you are planning an adventure to India, then I would highly recommend using Tiger Safari.

Hauke

Apr 2022

5/5

Bandhavgarh/Kaziranga/Agra Tour

We did a 10 days tour visiting Bandhavgarh and Kaziranga National Park as well as Agra. We originally wanted to go in 2020 but had to postpone until 2022 due to the Covid pandemic. The trip was amazing and exceeded our expectations by far! On 11 safaris we saw 19 tigers, countless rhinos, elephants including a new born as well as so many other kinds of animals. The lodges and hotel were great, the hospitality was amazing and the food delicious. The tour guides were excellent and had great knowledge and experience. Furthermore, they took into account to all our wishes during the drives.

The whole tour was organzied by Deepkul and his colleagues from Nature Safari India perfectly from the beginning until the end! Only a few hours after contacting and giving a rough plan what we had in mind, we received a full itinerary reflecting our suggestions. Any additional wishes from our side were considered to our fullest satisfaction. Also, when we had some technical problems with the money transfer from Germany to India every possible assistance was provided. Due to to the Covid pandemic, we had to make four attempts to find a time frame in which it was possible to travel from Germany to India until it finally worked out. In each case Deepkul arranged everything on short notice.

Additional charges were made to a minimum extent, e.g. as park fees had been increased. It was possible to keep the hotel/lodge rates for a time for over two years (and would also have been possible for a period thereafter)!

When another friend of us decided to join us on our trip only a month before going, this was no problem and arranged perfectly. All communication was fast and smoothly. When one of us had trouble flying to India (various flight cancellations and delays), Deepkul was there 24/7 to assist us in any way and find the best solution for the situation which he did!

Nature Safari India can be recommended to the fullest extent! Thank you so much for the wonderful experience!

NBUSA

Mar 2022

5/5

Amazing experience

Took 2 solo custom safaris with Tiger Safaris in Mar2022. 4 days in Kanha and 4 days in Bandavgargh.

I could not have asked for better experiences. Having been on 10+ safaris in 5 countries in Africa previously, I had high expectations. And they did not disappoint.

Seeing a tiger in the wild was high on my bucket list. And Sharad’s guides (Narain and Sanjay – more on them later) were fantastic in making sure I saw several. From mere feet away.

Trip was very well planned – to maximize safari time. And the stays were in great resorts, close to the safari gates – so we didn’t waste time every day driving to the safari gates. And his drivers worked with the hotels to make sure all breakfasts were packed and loaded each morning.
Jeeps were comfortable (if a little small).

On the ground execution was flawless – from airport pickups to daily drives to driving between parks. All done with polite drivers willing to go the extra mile – stop whenever I wanted it, help buying me an Indian SIM, finding the kinds of food I wanted to eat. And speaking very good English. Special shoutout to Durgesh – who drive me from Raipur to Kanha, and then Kanha to Bandhavgarth.

In Kanha – my guide/driver Narain was great. Made sure we were perfectly positioned on several occasions to have a full-frontal view of a tiger walking towards us. And he took the time to explain what we has listening/looking for: alarm calls, pug marks. And he had an encyclopedic knowledge of birds. Thanks Narain for an amazing experience.

In Bandhavgarh – Sanjay, my driver and guide was just as good. Getting a good view of tigers in the dense brush, I discovered, is as much luck (right time, right place) as good tracking. And I had both here. He made sure I got some amazing views of tigers up close.

Sharad (the owner) runs a great company. He is understanding and flexible. Checks in almost daily to make sure everything is going well. And his drivers/guides are wonderful.

Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Can’t wait to go back and do more with this company.

Deb/Tom

Mar 2022

5/5

A Grand Adventure

This trip was a wonderful experience, partly because India is fascinating, culturally challenging, physically both ugly and beautiful and because Sharad, with his able assistant Abhishek, made it absolutely stress free. With the help of his network of people all over India, we were met us at every airport to transfer us to our hotel, guided expertly through the National Parks and in the cities we visited and driven expertly through streets crowded with traffic, speed bumps, pot holes and cows. The parks we visited were Kanha, Bandvangarh and Kazaringa. All uniquely different and teaming with wildlife. Although we had only two tiger sightings, one very brief, the other wildlife and birds made up for that. And the lodges at the National Parks are so unique and comfortable, good food, beautiful settings and more than attentive staff. We also did several days of culture outings, seeing the Gandhi Museum, the Taj Mahal, the Red Fort and many beautiful tombs, temples. We visited Varanasi, the place where Hindus travel to wash in the sacred river, the Ganges and cremate their deceased loved ones. We were even invited to celebrate the Holi Festival at the home of one of the agents that met the flight. That was the highlight of the trip… the people are warm, welcoming and delighted to meet foreigners.

All this would not have been possible without Sharad and his team all over India. Even though it is, crowded, noisy and there is the fear of getting a little sick from the change of diet, none of those factors got in the way. And it’s also a bargain, no where have I had everything literally organized and taken care of so all I had to do was show up in the hotel lobby or the safari parking lot and my whole day way taken care of! I can’t recommend Nature Safaris enough!