Central India: In the Realm of the Tiger

Wildlife Safari in the World’s Famed Tiger Reserves

Trip Level

This trip is Level 2 (Easy to Moderate) according to our trip grading system. This is a lodge- or tented camp-based safari with game viewing by open 4WD vehicle. Although the trip is not rigorous, it does involve some long driving days over rough roads and rugged game tracks—you will enjoy it more if you are in good shape and good health. Any safari is an adventure, and the traveler to India should bring along flexibility, a sense of humor, curiosity about new peoples and places, and an openness to the unexpected.

Average Day: Our days begin with an early morning wake-up call (5:00-5:45 am), when tea and coffee are brought to our rooms. We head out by 4WD vehicle for a morning safari. We’ll stop at a scenic spot for a picnic-style breakfast, and return to the lodge for lunch, with a second 4WD safari in the afternoon. Game walks are not allowed in any of the national parks except Satpura, where we have options for guided game walks.


In the Central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, March is a hot month, with average temperatures ranging from highs of 91F to lows of 60F, sometimes dropping into the 40s at dawn.

November, the last month of the post monsoon-autumn, it is slightly less hot, with temperature averaging highs of 82F and lows of 50F.

In the early dawn, when we start our morning safari drives, it can often be quite cold (40-45F) and you will need a warm jacket, hat, and gloves for these early drives in an open jeep. By 11:00 am, it will warm up considerably, and by mid-day, it will be 80-90F, with high humidity. Again in the evening, it cools off and you will need a light jacket. Because of the varied temperatures each day, it is best to dress in layers.


Our accommodations are top-notch wildlife lodges ideally located for wildlife viewing. Each lodge is unique and comes with its own special touches, but delicious food and comfortable sleeping arrangements can be expected throughout your journey.


Fresh food, much of it locally sourced, is prepared daily at each of our lodges. It will be a mix of Indian and Western cuisine, customized for the Western palate. It will be mild and not spicy (unless requested). A few of our dinners will be al fresco, served by candlelight in lovely settings. Because we start our safari drives very early, we will generally have picnic breakfasts on our drives—they may include fresh muffins, cookies, eggs, samosas, sandwiches, juice, tea, and coffee. Cooking classes at some of our lodges will offer lessons and tips in preparing Indian cuisine. Special diets (gluten-free, dairy-free) can be accommodated but please advise us in advance.


Our safari vehicles have two rows for travelers, with two passengers per row, for a maximum of four trip members per vehicle. Each vehicle is attended by a certified driver as well as one of our expert naturalist guides. Our vehicles are open-roofed, so travelers can turn around for 360-degree wildlife viewing. In Delhi and on transfers between parks, we use comfortable vehicles with AC. Depending on the group size, vehicles range from a minivan that can accommodate up to three travelers and their luggage, to a minibus that can accommodate up to fourteen travelers and their luggage.

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.