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South India, North India or Nepal: If you Can Only Choose One

India Safaris offers a wide selection of wildlife viewing holidays in India and Nepal. At first glance, the number of choices can seem overwhelming. Read on. The information below can help you decide whether to try a Nepal wildlife safari or one of the many wildlife tours India has to offer.

Himalaya Kingdom Nepal

Nepal is a land of breathtaking contrasts. It features the world’s tallest mountain peaks, alongside lush jungle lowlands. Buddhist and Hindu cultures both thrive in Nepal, making its cities among the most richly cultured in the world. If you choose Nepal, you will have plentiful opportunities to enjoy world class art, architecture and cultural opportunities. Most Nepal safaris include two nights in Katmandu, one of the world’s most fascinating cities.

Make no mistake, though, you won’t be spending your trip cooped up in the city. A Nepal safari will include many opportunities to view wildlife. While in Nepal, you will have opportunities to view wildlife such as:

  • Royal Bengal tigers
  • Asian one-horned rhinos
  • Leopard
  • Spotted chital
  • Monkeys (Rhesus and Langur)
  • Marsh crocodiles
  • Freshwater dolphins
  • Gharial
  • Indian bison
  • Sloth bears
  • Golden-backed jackals
  • Elephants
  • Over 450 species of birds

Northern India

Northern India boasts fascinating history and plentiful wildlife. Many of our northern India tours include time in Kolkata (formerly spelled Calcutta).

India Safaris hosts a number of wildlife viewing excursions in Northern India. Our Kaziranga tours are amongst our most popular tours. India boasts numerous national parks and wildlife preserves, but Kaziranga is considered by many to be the jewel of them all.

Tigers are often viewed in Kaziranga and in the Sunderban Park, which is also included in most Northern India wildlife viewing trips. Other animals typically seen in Northern India include:

  • One horned rhino
  • Water buffalo
  • Indian elephants
  • Monitor lizard
  • Estuarine crocodile
  • Olive Ridley turtle
  • Hundreds of bird species

Boat tours through the Sunderban mangrove swamps (the largest in the world) are amongst the most exciting wildlife tours India has to offer. The tigers in the Sunderban are semi-aquatic, spending much of their time in the water swimming from one island to another.

Tours of Kaziranga are offered by Jeep or by elephant. Elephant tours offer the best opportunities to view wildlife, because many of the animals which hide in the tall grasses are easier to spot from atop an elephant.

Another option for those who choose Northern India is a Golden Triangle Tour. In addition to opportunities to view wildlife, Golden Triangle Tours allow you time in famous Indian cultural centers Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra. In and around these cities, you will see fabulous architecture and cultural landmarks, including the famed Taj Mahal.

South india wildlife tour

South India wildlife tour offers opportunities for enjoying the luxury of modern cities such as Mumbai and Cochin while still offering ample opportunity to view Indian wildlife.

If you’re a bird lover, you’ll want to strongly consider a South India wildlife tour. One of the highlights of many wildlife tours in Southern India is the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. While on safari, you can experience the sanctuary by houseboat or on foot.

In South India, you will have opportunities to view wildlife such as:

  • Nilgiri Langur
  • Lion tailed macaque
  • Elephant,
  • Sloth Bear
  • Tigers
  • Hundreds of bird species

Why You Should Choose India Safaris for Your Wildlife Holiday

Regardless of whether you choose to go to Nepal or India, India Safaris offers you many opportunities to view wildlife while also providing the best accommodations available in the areas you will be visiting. All of our tours feature knowledgeable guides and naturalists to enhance your experience.