Best places to enjoy wildlife on a budget - June 17 - Advice needed!

#1 Apr 27th, 2017, 16:16
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Dear all,

I hope you can help. My wife and I will spend most of June in India, flying in to Mumbai on the 4th June and out on the 29th June. Are primary interest is wildlife, but were a bit overwhelmed by the sheer size of variety of things to do in India, and were looking for some advice on where we can enjoy nature and wildlife in India on a budget.

We realise June is not the best month to visit due to the beginning of the monsoon, lack of migrating birds and the heat, but its the only holiday we have so well make do. Weve lived in the tropics, so are at least used to the temperatures.

Sadly, one of the chief influencing factors is a tight budget. Were hoping to get by on between $2,000 to $3,000 for one month in India, which in theory should be fine, but Ive discovered when you start considering safari trips costs increase tremendously.

Of course, wed love to see a tiger in the wild, but Im confused regarding the best place to try and do this. I realise this is probably the most important part of our trip. The perfect choice would be somewhere simple we could stay for about four days, doing maybe three safaris during this time and birdwatching on foot the rest of the time. Is it possible to stay in any of the parks? We love all wildlife; wed choose a peaceful safari enjoying all kinds of wildlife and maybe see a tiger over mad dash alongside hordes of noisy tourists to definitely see a tiger.

Tigers and safaris aside, does anyone have any recommendations of great nature places that can be enjoyed on a budget. The kind of places where you could spend a few days doing some birdwatching, painting and simply being in nature?

Thanks in advance for any advice or input.
#2 Apr 27th, 2017, 16:28
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Hi,

Welcome to India mike Tadoba Tiger Reserve could be an option. Safari permits ( for both Morning & evening Safaris) are available online for mid June . Please have a look at this link - https://nationalpark.mahaonline.gov....ilability.aspx
#3 Apr 27th, 2017, 16:58
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I would suggest go north, see if you can race against the rains and see some places before the monsoons hit.

The expert has already spoken above, more inputs from him and others shall help.
Sar Pass Trek , Rohtang, Munnar, Badrinath Kedarnath, Vaishnodevi, Goa
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#4 Apr 27th, 2017, 18:24
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Hi,
Welcome to IM. I would suggest Ranthambhor for tiger sighting. I went there last June and saw a tiger in all my safaris.

Edit: It would be hellishly hot, mind you. But the possibility of sightings increase since the tigers come to the water bodies.
Edit 2: For a budget nature experience, home stays either at UK or near the Western ghats are a good option. Some good places at Uttrakhand for around Rs 1000-1200. But June would be high season.
We stayed at a good home stay on the foothills of the Nilgiris (run by a doctor couple) at Rs 2200 or so.

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