On the Wild Side…
Come explore paths that Mowgli walked, trails that Corbett stalked, ancient trade routes where ancient armies marched….across the Himalayas tall. Lose yourself in the vastness of the most intriguing forests of Sunderbans, or come visit the elusive haunts of Gangetic river dolphins and the alligators large! Catch a sight of the elusive big cats- tiger,leopard, himalayan wolf, snow leopard, multitude of birds, the big mammals and dozens of other denizens of the forests, across various terrains and at different locations, in India.
Be mesmerised by wilderness in the English countryside, and the Dubai desert sands. All of this on our customised ‘On the Wild Side’ sojourns, made bespoke for you. Learn about the interconnectedness of the web of life, of the brave and passionate work of early conservationists, and their later followers. See some groundbreaking wildlife protection projects at work, and have a chance to live inside the eco-tourism promoted guest homes in the jungle peripheries. We promise you this – once you return, the jungle will always be alive in a part of your heart, and thats the best we can hope for, for all of us.
Jim Corbett National Park
Located in the Terai Region of Himalayan foothills in Uttarakhand state this is the first ever National Park of India and a leading player for the Project Tiger work for Tiger conservation.
Best Time to Visit
Best Season to visit is from October till June.
Ideal for wildlife & bird spotting, tracing the trail of legendary hunter and conservationist Jim Corbett on our customized jungle treks, nature connect and village eco-tourism experience. A lot of tourism growth around the Park is grossly commercialized and insensitive to the very raison de etre of a Forest Reserve. However, our sojourns are designed to bring to you a truly authentic, rooted experience that connects with the legacy of Jim Corbett, and of the forest and its creatures, human and others alike.
Kedarnath Musk Deer Wildlife Sanctuary
Located in some of the best mixed deciduous temperate forests of the Himalayas, this region of central Garhwal in Uttarakhand was rated in 2013 by CNN as among the best top 10 last surviving wilderness area in the world. Many years earlier, Satyajit Ray paid homage to these remote and lofty heights as settings for his mystery stories.
Best Time to Visit
Best Season is March to June, and September to November. November onwards there is snow in the higher reaches and these are favored times for snow treks. Monsoon rains make the area prone to landslides and road traffic tends to get disrupted at times.
Ideal for wildlife spotting, camping, trekking, climbing, mythology and pilgrimages, birding. Home to the rare Monal partridge, Himalayan Musk deer and many more rare and endangered Himalayan flora and fauna, this area is also the location of some of the most beautiful Himalayan landscape and camping locales easily approachable both by motor-able roads and memorable, relatively easy treks.
Located in the riverine delta of the Ganges, in coastal West Bengal. Approach possible only by boat and night illumination only by oil lamps or solar lights . Made immortal by Amitav Ghosh in his beautifully evocative novel, ‘The Hungry Tide’.
Best Season to visit is October till March. Monsoons, though magical , cause a lot of disturbances that will make a visit highly inconvenient and fraught with challenges.
Ideal for experiencing the delta and mangrove eco-systems, the unique and endangered lifestyle of the villagers who live precarious lives in these regions, to help support and understand conservation work and to live away from the urban civilization in a geography that the world seems to have bypassed.
Kanha National Park
The inspiration for much of Rudyard Kipling’s Mowgli is this area in Madhya Pradesh , dense with Sal forests and tribal lore that predates history as we know it. In the geographical heart of India these are forests so far removed from the urban jungle that one is soothed just by being here for a few days, absorbing the sounds and silence of this ‘other world’.
Best time to visit is between October and May. The hot months may create mirages at every turn but they also increase the chances of sighting animals on the look out for better watering holes and food, in the thinned out vegetation. Winter months and spring are mild and very good for savoring the post monsoon lush beauty of the forests. Monsoons see the forests closed to visitors across all National Parks in the country- a time for nature to dance to its own rhythms undisturbed.
Ideal for a deep nature and culture connect with abundant wildlife, old indigenous tribes, and native indigenous flora. To see at close quarters the impact of conservation efforts of many dedicated people . To visit a little know part of the Indian heartland.
Valley of Flowers National Park
Legends abound when we talk of this UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. A most mesmerizing and unforgettable treat to your senses that comes with a healthy dose of adrenalin rush. A high altitude Himalayan wonderland of eternal snow peaks, glaciers, streams, rivers and waterfalls, of dense forests and lush green meadows, and most captivating of them all, the myriad hues of endless vistas of flowers carpeting the valley base and the lower slopes of the surrounding hillsides. Located in the northern most reaches of The Garhwal region in the state of Uttarakhand.
Covered in snow for most of the year, the Valley of Flowers National park opens to visitors from mid June till Mid September. Only day visits are allowed inside the Valley perimeter, and overnight halts are made outside, at the base town of Ghangharia.
Ideal for trekking, nature connect, climbing, photography, flora exploration and study, mild high altitude adventure and wilderness camping.