Taj, Temples and Tigers 2016

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Taj, Temples and Tigers India Group Tour 2016

Anne-Marie Zambelli – Tour Escort and Natural Focus Safaris General Manager

Since my first trip to India in 2002, I’ve returned to the subcontinent many, many times so enamoured am I by its history, monuments, people and wildlife. Not to mention the delicious food and opulent hotels. Africa definitely got under my skin and is still my passion but India – well, it’s like nowhere else on earth! This time, I’ve got 15 travellers in my care, and I’ll be sending you updates on our travels when I manage to find time, energy and most importantly, a reliable internet connection to share our images with you.

In the first few chapters, the images predominantly belong to Karen Catalano, one of my most enthusiastic and passionate travelling companions, whose encounters with tigers left her literally shaking in awe…

The Jungle Book Come To Life & Delhi Delights Before Departure

During our 3-night stay at Kanha Tiger Reserve, we enjoyed five jungle excursions throughout different areas of the park. Magnificent Kanha Tiger Reserve inspired Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, and is home to leopards, sloth bear, rare barasingha antelope, wild dog and Indian bison (gaur). The first two outings provided a terrific introduction to the wildlife of the region, with sightings of jungle cat, jackal, Indian bison and lots of beautiful birds. The ever-present spotted deer (chital) were a pretty sight in the dry and sometimes very dusty woodland while male peacocks and jungle fowl provided a splash of rich colour... Read More...

March 14th, 2016|

Khajuraho Temples & Return to Tiger Country

Most of the temples at Khajuraho were built between 950 and 1050 A.D. by the Chandela dynasty, whose ability to repel invaders created favourable circumstances for the advancement of art and culture. Khajuraho was the Chandelas’ first established capital, and many temples were built and actively used until the city was attacked and seized by the Muslim Delhi Sultanate at the end of the 12th century. From the 13th to 18th century, the complex remained hidden by thick vegetation. A survey by British engineer T.S. Burt in the 1830s led to Khajuraho’s re-discovery... Read More...

March 8th, 2016|

Fabulous Forts and Amazing Monuments

We took in not one but three incredible UNESCO World Heritage sites today, after we departed from The Birder’s Inn. Just outside Agra, we stopped to inspect the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri. Founded by Emperor Akbar in 1569, the settlement served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1585. His royal highness sought to replicate the splendour of the Persian courts, and in doing so built a series of spectacular dusky red sandstone palaces along with a harem, mosque and other utilitarian buildings. Today, Fatehpur Sikri is one of India's best preserved examples of Mughal architecture... Read More...

March 6th, 2016|

The Pink City & Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

The weather has warmed up incredibly; it was hot and humid in Ranthambore, with a few drops of rain en route to Jaipur, but now the skies are a brilliant blue and the sunlight has a sting to it. Perfect really, for a day of sightseeing at the magnificent sandstone-and-marble Amber Fort. The jeep ride to the top of the fort was an experience in itself – churning through Sunday traffic chaos in the town of Amer, before chugging up cobbled back roads to the ramparts. Sadly, the main gate was being cleaned so the intricate paintwork was obscured by scaffolding. Read More...

February 24th, 2016|

The Claridges, an Express Train and Stripes in the Grass

The flight from Melbourne to New Delhi was easy, aboard Singapore Airlines with a very short stopover in the Lion City. India’s capital was as lively as I remembered, street vendors shouting and vehicle horns blaring, as we made our way to The Claridges Hotel in the city’s elegant embassy district. Established in the 1950s, this gracious establishment felt like an oasis amid Delhi’s hustle and bustle. Our adventure began the next morning, after a sumptuous buffet breakfast. We were to catch a train to Swai Madapur, gateway to the famed Ranthambore National Park. Read More...

February 21st, 2016|