We only have 8 days in India and we want to see a TIGER! Please help!

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Hello jungle bride

I suggest Namaste Travel and Tours. They are frequent contributors to India Mike. While I haven't personally used them, i have so much family back home in India, I have heard very good reports about Namaste. They will focus on North India, if I am not mistaken.

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Jungle Bride, I hope this doesn't sound radical, but why don't you schedule the trip you want and let your husband join you for as long as he can. It took me a while to figure this out for myself, but it works well for us now.
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Ranthambore

I went on three game drives in Ranthambore Feb 24 and 25 and saw a tiger once. I agree with the person who said go to see wildlife and you might see a tiger. The park is teeming with birdlife, animal life, ruins, temples, and flora. I came back from my first outing and a woman said "We didn't see anything, how about you?". I named off all the birds, deer, crocodiles, monkeys, etc and she said "Yeah, but nothing important. No tigers." I think we could have been in the same vehicle and we still would have had two totally different experiences.

Also, as an aside, I took my first trip to India when I was six years old. And took at least two int'l trips every year since. Having children does not preclude all travel. In fact, it should encourage you to travel more!
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Absolutely agreed. I think that was my partial disappointment with Bandavgargh, it was driving around in circles dizzily looking for tigers, when it's such a beautiful, rich, ecologically diverse, amazing place. The park person was great about pointing out birds, which was nice. Truly your right though, everyone likes something a bit different. Birdlife in India is absolutely astounding, I will bring an India bird book next time, it was an unforseen bonus of our trip. In Ban., actually saw more wildlife taxi-ing through the area on our own.

It's great to hear of your childhood experience. We want to travel w/ our kids, but it's so frowned upon here....always good to hear good experiences.
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India with Children is very possible

Hello,just a note to let you know that we travelled to Rathhambhore in late Dec.It was so very dry but it must be spectacular when it rains.No tiger sighting for us ,but Aussie friends had seen a couple the day before.I would throughly recommend a visit there,then continue on to Jodhphur and check out the amazing fort.I would also throughly recommend travelling with your kids.We took ours[4,9,11,12 and 13]and they coped amazingly well,we just backpacked and stayed in budget accommodation.We decided to go this year when we thought our youngest was old enough to cope.If we had waited til she was much older our eldest would have been too busy having fun with her own friends.Anyway,each to their own,but children are so resilient and they always surprise us.We are heading back to India in June for 4 weeks ,will attempt to look at Kashmir,kindest cheers,Carol Wilson.Australia.
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Just to make things clear, we absolutely do intend to travel with our children... especially to places like Europe, Central America and South America. But remember that we live in the states and India is a long, long way from here. I've noticed that most of you that have said you've gone to India with your children live in either Europe or Australia so it's not nearly as long a flight for you.

We really want the kind of safari where we will see lots of animals, not just tigers (since I realize we'll be lucky to see just one) and we don't want to just drive around all day in circles looking for tigers. We want a true wildlife experience, not just a tiger sighting. Can anyone recommend a place where we can enjoy both? It's tough because we'll be traveling over the holiday season so I know most places will be booked and it probably won't be the intimate experience with nature that we're looking for.

I have considered going with hubby for a week and then staying a week by myself. I used to travel alone a lot and actually lived in Australia for six months by myself... but that was 10 years ago and I'd really have to search within myself to find the courage to travel through India for a week on my own. I've gotten so used to having my husband as my travel partner... it would be hard, but if it's the only option I am going to consider it.
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What do you guys think of this tour? We'd have to shave at least 2-3 days off...

Tiger Trail Wildlife Tour...........

Duration: 15 Nights/ 16 Days tour
Places to Visit: Delhi - Corbet National Park- Delhi - Ranthambore - keoladeo Ghana National Park- Agra - Jhansi - Khajuraho - Bandhavgarh - Kanha - Nagpur

Day 01: Arrive Delhi :Traditional welcome on arrival.Transfer to your Hotel, afternoon & New Delhi. O/N at Hotel..

Day 02elhi/Corbett National Park Drive to Corbett :Afternoon visit Jungle for game viewing. Evening at leisure. O/N at Hotel.

Day 03: Corbett National Park :Full day Game viewing inside the jungle. O/N at Hotel. .

Day 04: Corbett National Park :Full day Game viewing. O/N at Hotel.

Day 05:Corbett/Delhi : Drive back to Delhi. On arrival Transfer to Hotel. Evening free at Leisure. O/N at Hotel.

Day 06: Delhi/Ranthambore :Morning Transfer to Railway Station to Board the Train for Swaimadhopur. On arrival Transfer to Ranthambore. Evening at Leisure. O/N at Hotel.

Day 07: Ranthambore :Visit Jungle for Full Day Game Viewing. Evening at Leisure. O/N at Hotel

Day 08: Ranthambore/Keoladeo Ghana National Park (Bharatpur) :Morning drive to Keoladeo National Park. Afternoon visit Bird Sanctuary. O/N at Hotel.

Day 09: Keoladeo Ghana National Park (Bharatpur)/Agra :Morning visit to Bird Sanctuary. Afternoon drive to Agra on arrival visit Taj Mahal. O/N at Hotel.

Day 10: Agra/Jhansi/Khajuraho :Morning Transfer to Railway Station to Board Shatabdi Express for Jhansi (3 hrs) on arrival Transfer to Khajuraho. O/N at Hotel.

Day 11: Khajuraho/Bandhavgarh :Morning visit erotic Temples of Khajuraho later drive to Bandhavgarh. O/N at Hotel.

Day 12: Bandhavgarh :Full day Game Viewing inside the jungle. O/N at Hotel.

Day 13 : Bandhavgarh/Kanha : Morning Drive to Kanha National Park. Afternoon at Leisure. O/N at Hotel.

Day 14: Bandhavgarh/Kanha: Morning Drive to Kanha National Park. Afternoon at Leisure. O/N at Hotel.

Day 15: Kanha/Nagpur/Bombay : Transfer to Airport in time to connect your flight to Bombay. O/N at Hotel.

Day 16: Departure Bombay :Transfer to International Airport in time to connect your onwards destination flight.

Highlights of the tour : Corbet National Park , Keoladeo Ghana National Park , Morning visit to Bird Sanctuary, Taj Mahal, Erotic Temples of Khajuraho, Kanha National Park
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Is this a scheduled itinerary with an agent? Remember that they will often try to please you at the expense of their own experience and common sense.

the roads from KJ to Bgar are the acme of atrocious!
I would suggest you ditch Kanha, you'll be wiped out by then at the pace you're going.

Also, Check to see if Bharatpur has water

When in Delhi, be sure to see the white tigers in the zoo. You ca combine that with a visit to Humayun's tomb for a great outing!

At the start of this thread, you stated that you won't be able to revisit India until your kids are grown. I disagree. Kids LOVE India, and India LOVES Kids. Traveling with them opens doors well worth walking thru . . .

One last comment, and I bet you've heard it b4 . . .
Take India on India's terms. You're moving at a clip that will guarantee you miss more than you see.

Your enthusiasm is great, and I know you'll have a super trip!
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To Junglebird:

1. We went to Ranthambhore in March/April and saw one tigress with two cubs from three safaris into the jungle. These safaris go every morning and afternoon and each are about 2.5-3 hrs duration. There is nothing called a full day game safari in Ranthmbhore that you can do.

2. Do not try to cover too much ground at one time. Spend quality time - at least three nights each at Ranthambhore, Corbett and Bandavgarh/Kanha and factor in (at least) about a day for traveling from one place to the other and RECOVERING. Go for as many safari as you can in each jungle.

3. Skip Keoladeo Ghana - there are hardly any birds there. Ditto for Khajuraho - its a great place but you should not see it in a hurry if you want to go beyond the "eros" and understand the "ethos". Do include the Taj Mahal as its quite easily enroute to Ranthambhore.

What time of the year are you planning to go?
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Originally Posted by theshutterbug How abt this place
was a surprise for me too
http://kalyanvarma.net/photography/t...rghatta200410/

this is outskirts of bangalore
Interesting.....I was specially shocked to see photographs of Lions and Tigers in the same forest!

Then I realised that Bannerghatta is really a very well designed open zoo. Or am I wrong?
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lots of parks are closed during mansoon season. I was just checking Ranthambhor for myself, It is closed june to october and Kanha is closed July to mid Nov.
That is the time when i would be in India.
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Bandhavgarh National Park has the most chances of tiger sighting. But it will take you around 17 hrs by train to reach there. But since you have less days thus it is advisable to stick to Ranthambore. I once managed to spot the tiger here in November. But tiger sighting is luck.
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Thumbs up Kids are fine. Do Travel with young kids

Jungle Bride:

I am from the States (Pennsylvania, in fact) and we have always travelled with kids and that distance is managebale. Here are a couple of ideas and stories about it.

1. As a family we have travelled from TX to India, from Vancouver to India, Michigan to New Zealand. All long flights. We have done both the eastern routes (via Europe) and western routes via Hong Kong. We have had stop-overs and more direct flights, all the way to Bangalore, not just Bombay or Delhi.

Anyways the best piece of advice I can give about travelling with children is to book the "Bulk Head" seating on the plane. REQUEST IT and you will get it, if available for your travel dates. More leg room and place for kids to stretch out on the floor and even sleep.

2. Do not wait till the kids are grown up to make such a trip. While travelling by train, again with my family, from Bangalore-Mysore we bumped into a mother with older children than ours. We were the only two families in that boggie and I noticed she was an Indian from the States. We met and chatted for awhile. I asked the teenage girl how she liked India and she replied she hated it. Her mother looked at us and said: "I so wish I had taken my own children to India (this was their first trip by the way) at the age of YOUR children." The teenager was missing her friends, and I bet her cell phone, her make-up (they were Muslims), her clothes, and the Mall and all the fine things teenagers do in the States. India was simply too much for her and here was a family in regret for having waited.

3. My wife and I discovered a wonderful way to travel with our kids and now we do it all the time. WE split up. We only have two children and so it works. She leaves on a certain day with our daughter. (Next time we are gonna switch). I leave the next day with my son. Amazing what just a day apart can do to make the journey so manageable. We don't have to deal with two tired children getting on each others nerves and the one-to-one attention and travel time spent togther is so very special.

My son and I were in Heathrow airport waiting for the plane. Another family wondered why I was travelling without my wife. Their initial response (Indians of course) was to be shocked that my wife and I would split up and travel. Just then they noticed their own children fighting with each other; all of them tired of course. The husband looked at his wife and said, "Boy he is smart!"

If possible split your family up and travel that way. You will love and even enjoy the long hauls. It was so special as well to see my daughter greet us in Bangalore airport, looking all refreshed and of course she was all talkative with her brother about India. She was an expert after just one day! It was delightful to see that. To this day we talk about that.

We did the same on the return journey, travelling a day apart.

Sorry this is vert very long response but hopefully it helps more than just one family travelling with children to India.
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Originally Posted by JungleBride We have 10 days to travel over the Christmas holidays and we'd like to go to India. Our main goal is to see a tiger in the wild. I realize it's crazy to go for such a short amount of time considering we'll lose 2-3 days just getting there and back, but we want to have kids soon so this will be our last chance to go for 15-20 years. I'd rather go for a short time than not at all.

Any recommendations or advice? Realistically, what are our chances of seeing a tiger? What's the best place to go to increase our chances? Any travel websites or travel agent recommendations? Thanks!
really a good luck if u see a tiger. i will recommend jim corbett. its opened at this time. and u can contact . Destination corbett.Mr ramani for pre bookings. becasue its very difficult to get bookings inside the corbett. at that time. so book in advance.
thanks
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