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Guest testimonials & Tour Reviews

At Nature Safari India, we strive to customize your trip to perfection. Every peculiar detail is taken into account and your interests are kept at the highest pedestal. Read reviews from our guests or visit our TripAdvisor page for more.

Tim Love

5/5

Hi Ishana

What can I say about our trip…wow!!!
Lily and I had a wonderful time and would like to let you have some feedback. We will leave feedback on Booking.com and Trip advisor as well. Lily and I felt that your support was fantastic, everything happened as planned and the support provided by Deepkul was wonderful.

Delhi
We were collected from the airport and taken to the train station for the train to Sawai Madhopur. This was so reassuring to be collected and taken to a train station in a busy, strange city and guided to exactly where we needed to be on the train was most reassuring. The train was great. We were collected at the station and taken to the Tigress Resort and Spa.

Ranthambore
The Tigress Resort and Spa was fabulous. We felt that it was a great reflection on your company that you had chosen to use this hotel. The accommodation, food and staff were really tremendous. One of the dining staff, Bhatti Lal (I think I have spelt his name correctly) really stood out for his exemplary service and attention to detail. The spa was great, as was the gym. We cannot recommend this hotel highly enough. They really took great care of us.
Patrick was great, taking great care of us and arranging the driver to take us to the station and also kindly making packed lunches for us for the train journey.
The safaris were a great success. Our guide, Rajendra was absolutely wonderful and was able to lead the safaris as well as tell us of the history of the area as his forefathers had actually worked the area and been displaced when it became a national park. His knowledge of wildlife was great. We really enjoyed his company and would highly recommend him and want him as a guide should we return run to Ranthambore. The drivers were good also.

Train to Katni Junction
This was great, with no problems at all. We were collected at the station and driven the two hours to The Treehouse Resort.

Banghavgarh and The Treehouse Resort
Like Ranthambore, this was a wonderful experience with the staff working really hard to make our stay enjoyable. The accommodation was very unique and one that we really enjoyed. We loved the treehouse experience, the care of the staff was second to none, working very hard to ensure that we had a great time.
The star of our stay in Bandhavgarh has to be our driver/guide, Sanjay. He made our safaris very memorable. Like Rajendra, his knowledge of wildlife, including the birdlife that we both shared an interest in,  and their habits was fantastic. Sanjay would bring his bird guide book and binoculars each day, something the designated guides we had each day did not do.  Even when the tigers were not showing themselves, Sanjay would find interesting things to show us and teach us. Every safari would see Sanjay immaculate and very smartly dressed. He was always early for our pickups and went to great lengths to ensure that everything was a success. He has a great sense of humour also. He really is a credit to Nature Safari and must be a very valued member of staff. When we return to Bandhavgarh, we would want Sanjay as our guide. We loved his company and the time he spent with us. The only slightly negative experience at Bandhavgarh were the guides we had each day. It was almost as if they just turned up for a drive around and mostly did no guiding but just sat there. Sanjay did the guiding, the decision making and the driving. In all honesty, we only needed Sanjay. I would expect guides to actively guide and show us the wildlife. Bar one guide, they didn’t really do that. So we count ourselves lucky we had Sanjay, otherwise we feel that our time in Bandhavgarh may not have gone as well as it did.

We will be recommending Nature Safari India to all of our friends and family. We were so impressed with the care and attention to detail by Nature Safari India, the careful choice of hotel resorts and guides that would positively reflect your company. It really was a great trip and we are planning on returning, possibly next year, and booking through yourselves.

Thank you for a wonderful experience.

Tim & Lily

Grant John

5/5

I would be remiss without introducing our best friend in India, that being Nature Safari India and its founder Sharad Vats. We were referred to them by friends who travel to Botswana with us; they used Sharad’s firm five years ago and were very pleased with their trip. The firm has been in the business of arranging safaris to 23 different national parks and some 20 birding areas in India. A primary focus of course is the introduction or international travelers and wildlife buffs to the amazing Bengal Tiger.

Sharad and his team arrange these trips with the help of a sizeable staff in Delhi. They are responsible for ensuring every detail of the trip is as close to perfect as possible. In our case the trip was monitored and managed by Abhishek Kumar. This staff is well complemented with a team of experienced onsite naturalists located at Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Pench and Corbett National parks and tiger reserves. Our experience with four of these individuals was outstanding!

We also had excellent guides in Agra and in Jaipur, both supplied by Nature Safari India. In addition the park guides at the leopard reserve were well qualified, and those assigned at the tiger parks to accompany us were generally helpful to our naturalists.

More detail on Sharad’s organization can be found at http://www.naturesafariindia.com. Please take some time to read through a well laid out and informative web site.

The images below include these naturalists in action, along with a few of our travel group.

Cheryl Keely

5/5

We have been from home from India for two weeks now, and I would love to be back already. Your team was fabulous. I could not have asked for anything more and I thank you from the bottom of my heart, particularly to Avi our driver who took such great care of me when I was ill, I will always remember his kindness and his true concern. Again Thank you for  Magical month. Traveled with Kristin Moultine.

Cheryl Keely

Glen Huxter

5/5

We found Nature Safari India online and booked our trip based on reviews.  From the outset, Sharad was always quick to respond to emails and was very helpful in designing a bespoke tour itinerary for us.  We found our trip was really well organised and beyond our expectations. 

We had a tight 8-day schedule that included a trip to Agra and 4 days on 8 safaris in Pench. Our Delhi agent, Protin, was there to greet when we landed and made sure our trip ran like clockwork. Our drivers were always on time. 

Our safari guide, Subhash often took us away from the crowds on a hunch for a large cat sighting, which nearly always paid off.  We saw numerous big cats, up close too. Highlights were a big male tiger and leopard that were only tens of metres away from our jeep.  We had an eclectic mix of hotels in Delhi and Agra, each offering something different but all were at the star-rating we were expecting. 

The luxury tented accommodation at Tuli Tiger Corridor was clean, very comfortable and the staff at the resort couldn’t do enough to make us feel at home. 

We cant fault Sharad and his team, and would thoroughly recommend his company.

Andrew Schoeman

5/5

Good Morning Deepkul, hope you are well.

I wanted to share some feedback on our recent trip to India and Nepal.

Mumbia- Arrival and airport meet and greet was perfect, the birding we did was good although we arrived a bit later than expected due to a Kenya Airways delay, Lemon tree was good and very convenient.

Nameri – we were met at the airport and everything went as planned, Baligora camp was nice, a bit different than we we expected but everyone was friendly and the food was good, we loved the walks with Pallab, he is a great birder and the park is beautiful, we really enjoyed our time here, the river rafting was great.

Kaziranga – We enjoyed our stay at Diphlu River lodge, its a nice place and the rooms and meals were great, we had a great guide by the name of Richie ( i know the spelling is wrong) we loved Karizanga and seeing our first Rhinos, we also had great birding, overall a good experience.

Gibbon home stay – To be honest we were a bit nervous about Gibbon Home stay and the quality of the place, however we were pleasantly surprised and it was nice, the staff and owner were friendly and helpful, the food was excellent and tasty, the sanctuary was amazing, we loved the forest, birding was tough and I think the guys were more focused on showing us Gibbons, which we did see, but we also saw some great birds and Butterflies.

Wathai Hertigate Bungalow – We enjoyed our stay here, we had the place to ourselves which was very nice, staff and food were good. Maguri beel was also nice, our guide was a great birder, he was very good and we saw lots of new birds, on both days we had lunch at Maguri beel in their dining space, we were told that we were having lunch “out” and we thought the hotel was sending packed lunch, so we were a bit surprised when we had lunch at Maguri beel, however the food was good and there was no issue, just not what we had thought lunch “out” meant. The river cruise was OK, we thought there would be more chance of seeing water birds but the river seemed very polluted and there were few birds, we did however stop at a grassland next to the river and saw some good birds. The final morning we went to a local guys house and had the best sighting of a Gibbon family, this was unexpected and we really enjoyed seeing them so close.

Delhi – We were met at the airport by your team, Protim and driver, they were professional and efficient both on arrival and departure, Holiday Inn was nice and we had a good stay, the mattress was not good in the room but we did tell the reception about this.

Habres Nest – This exceeded all our expectations, we were not expecting it to be as nice as it was, the room, staff, meals were very good, the trackers and our guide Alan were excellent, in total we had 9 panda sightings, better than we had ever expected, we were genuinely sad to leave.

Drivers – Both drivers were really good, the first driver was better with english, the second driver very limited english, it just made communication about timings and distances a bit harder but he was a nice guy. So no issues.

Transfers – the transfer from Gibbon home stay to Wathai Bungalow, the itinerary made no mention of lunch so we bought snacks for the trip, we then stopped at a restaurant for lunch, this was not a problem, its just we would not have bought snacks if we knew we were stopping at a restaurant, however the food we had for lunch was really good, I think this has to be the best Garlic naan bread we have ever eaten!

Flights – I know this is out of your control but some feedback anyway, Indigo were always on time and efficient, Buddah airlines however see departure times as a guideline ! first flight delayed by 1.5 hrs second flight delayed by over 2 hrs, but whats important is that we arrived safely at our destination.

Thank you for all the arrangements, we really had a great time and really enjoyed the trip, I will definitely recommend your company and services.

Thanks again and kind regards.

Andrew Schoeman

Lou hajdu

5/5

Hello Mr Sharad Vats.

Well, our tour is at an end, back in Delhi now and flying home to Australia tomorrow.

What can l say? The tour you put together for us has far exceeded expectations. l knew it was going to be good, but not this good! lt was absolutely fantastic….my son and l have both travelled a bit and l can confidently say that this was the best holiday l’ve ever experienced.

The attention to detail….not a single hiccup from your end.

Thanks again Sharad for a truly outstanding experience.

Cheers….Lou.

Elaine

5/5

Good morning Deepkul

Thank you so much for organising such a wonderful tiger safari for us.  Everything went perfectly and we are so impressed with the way everything was planned and put together.

All of your representatives were so helpful and professional.  Protim was also a pleasure to deal with. The accommodation at Kings Lodge was fantastic and all of the staff, without exception, were great. There was a local artist at the Lodge who had been painting animals, mainly tigers, since he was 14yo.  He was painting every day we were there, and we purchased one of his paintings. Every evening our dinner was presented outdoors and the food was exceptional.

A special mention must go to Ravi, our guide on safari.  He was helpful and courteous, looked after us getting in and out of the vehicle, nothing was too much trouble and all with a smile. When on safari he got us close to the tigers and other wildlife, he was always respectful of the wildlife.  We saw 5 tigers, along with numerous other animal sightings including a herd of wild elephants.  His experience and expertise was very apparent.  We cannot say enough about Ravi. 

Thank you once again for organising this exceptional experience for us.

Please don’t forget to send a link so that we may post a review.

Kind regards

Rainer and Elaine Dressler

Brigitte Delarbre

5/5

Dear sirs

I want to thank you for all services. It was perfect.
We had appreciated ATTUl and Payal PUSHPANJALI for professionalism and
humanism.

We would come back next year, probably in April.

Best regards

BRIGITTE DELARBRE

Jewel Reese

5/5

Hi Ishana,

I just wanted to thank-you for all your help & just the way Nature Safari is looking out for me. It really touched my heart that you arranged Kamal as my guide. (So it’s not only the things I see (like the lens), but the things I don’t see).
 
I have a feeling, by now, everyone heard how I cried when I saw the snow leopards. I’m not the type of person to share “my troubles.” My feeling is everyone has troubles, so unless the person is a part of it, or can do something about it – they don’t need to be dragged down by the negativity. 
  
Anyway, I think that makes me appreciate the effort you are doing so much more. I am really grateful that you would think about, and arrange for me, the best experience possible.
 
I really appreciate it – so thank-you!
 
– Jewel

Lisa King

5/5

Hi Abhishek

I hope you are well!

I have finally got round to writing our review for our trip to India. Apologies it has taken so long, life has been very busy since we got back but all good things!

We can’t thank you enough for your help in organising our trip. You have been absolutely incredible and I hope our review reflects just how much we appreciate what you do. 

We had the most amazing time and will definitely be recommending Nature Safari for anyone wanting to travel to see your beautiful country.

Thanks again for everything!

Lisa and Cal

Marcia Kean

5/5

Hello everyone,

I’ve been home from the tour for a few days and although I’m still very jet lagged, I wanted to reach out and tell you how wonderful it was!!!

There is too much to tell for just one email, but it was certainly one of the very best trips of all that I have taken. Among the highlights:

Everything was arranged perfectly. All the staff were well informed and helpful and pleasant. The Tiger Reserves (Bandavgarh and Panna) were gorgeous, all the wildlife was amazing, and the time on game drives raced by (yes, Sharad, I forgot about my back pain!). All the guides had a lot to offer. In particular, we just loved both Sanjay and Khadir. Both were knowledgeable, and worked SO hard to ensure sightings to make our trip terrific. We hated to leave them! The tiger we saw walking down the road was breathtaking!!! (See videos below). The temples were fascinating. I must now study more about them.  The Taj at sunset (sunrise didn’t work out due to fog) was a marvelous experience which we thoroughly enjoyed. All the accommodations were lovely — each in its own way.

I could go on and on, but I wanted to thank you for all your patience with me as a senior citizen. If you have other British or American tourists who would like to chat with me, feel free to give them my email address or mobile phone.

With best wishes,

Marcia Kean

Linda Hirsch

5/5

Saw a gorgeous tiger and I’m proud to say I was the first to spot it coming out from behind trees.  Even if I hadn’t had the pleasure of, it’s been a great time.  Staff really pampers me!!  Facility is lovely; my room perfect.

Best, Linda

John Uscian

5/5

Dear Sharad and all Nature Safari India Staff,

Thanking all of you for treating us to another great and memorable safari.  Paulette and I had a great time seeing a plethora of wildlife (including many new birds) despite not yet achieving the snow leopard sighting.

Nonetheless, we loved the beautiful , rough terrain of Ledakh and look forward to hopefully returning there to see the snow leopards in the next year or two.  Please do not hesitate to contact us on short notice (meaning a week or two– or even less!— before we would need to arrive in India) in February to March of 2025 or 2026 if you know that the snow leopard sightings have been good and can get us back out to the Snow Leopard Lodge in Ulley.  We just might be able to come in a couple of days (all depends on what’s available through the airline flights).

But we loved everything on this latest safari and have the whole Nature Safari India staff to thank for what turned out to be a very exciting adventure.  Indeed, we know how fortunate we were to have the exceptional sightings of two tigers, a family of Hoolock gibbons, and the hog badger in Kaziranga National Park.

Your friends and supporters always,

John and Paulette

Nico and Doris

5/5

Amazingly well-organized trip with many outstanding sights

First, we found Nature Safari India through a web search when we got interested in a nature tour in India. We contacted them to get an offer for a birding trip, which we received in a very short time. Since we live in Germany, we haven’t had any experience with an Indian travel provider before. However, the professional and polite communication and the very detailed and transparent offer convinced us. So, we booked a birding and tiger trip to Satpura, Pench and Kanha. It turned out to be the right decision, and we enjoyed a great and amazingly well-organized trip. When we arrived at the airport or were changing locations the shuttle was always ready in time, so we could fully rely on the organization. Even short-term modifications that we have requested were organized seamlessly. We had very nice lodges with highly motivated staff and enjoyed great food. Our naturalist guides were very knowledgeable and showed us a wide variety of bird species, tigers, and many other mammals. We also saw several butterflies, other insects, and spiders. All in all, Nature Safari India did a great job to make our stay in India a great experience, from the moment we arrived at the airport until we returned there to catch our flight home. We can definitely recommend them without any hesitation and will travel with them again when we come to India next time.

Thank you again for the great organization and keep on the excellent work!

Best regards,

Nico and Doris

Mario Schwarz

5/5

Hi Deepkul,

First of all we want to thank you for the superb experience you booked for us- we couldn’t be any happier and greatly enjoyed our time. Everything was neatly organized, the rooms and food as well as transport was great. And the safaris were just incredible- we were able to see so many animals, including 20 tigers, 3 sloth bears (in Kanha!), 4 crocs and a bijillion other amazing creatures  we will make sure to submit a raving Tripadvisor feedback in the next days.

Best
Mario

Dr. Paul Hett

5/5

PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME! (Tigers and bears, Oh My!)

In a world where too many species are already extinct, this Tiger Safari is a must-do. We got up close to many species and got excellent photographs. We saw sloth bears, Indian gaurs, mongoose, a barrel of monkeys, peacocks, thousands of deer, macaques, leopards, beautiful birds, wild chickens, wild elephants, and, of course, WILD BENGAL TIGERS…lots of them!! Traveling in India (Hindi spoken) might have been challenging/intimidating were it not for the step-by-step hand-holding of Sharad, Deepkul, and Abishek. They shepherded us thru every challenge without a worry. I have never seen customer service and intimate personal care of this level anywhere else in the world. Thank you so much, Tiger Safari India.

Adreine Rig

5/5
In Feb 23 we finally set forth for our Indian Tiger Safari adventures, 7 years in the planning and delayed for 3 years by Covid. We combined our safaris with Indian sights, including some that focussed on family history in Indore, Delhi, Shimla, visited major Indian sights – Delhi, Shimla, Jaipur, Indore, Maheshwar, all put together beautifully by Sharad Vats. We got our feel for yesteryear and the British Raj when we stayed in an old palace in Shimla, The Woodville Palace Hotel, in a Haveli (an old mansion house) in Jaipur, and in a former palace with a current prince in residence at Ahilya Fort. We also stayed in regular hotels, generally 4 star. We visited many historical monuments and sights, visited the Taj Mahal (with amazing guide called Khizar who is both very knowledgeable about the Taj and Agra Fort and also a wizz on iPhone photography including “trick” photography. For these locations, he knows all the tricks and places and poses for “professional” pictures of you all with your mobile phone camera. You hardly need to take photos yourself), we walked through markets, made woodblock prints in Jaipur, hiked a mountain in Shimla and at loads of nice food.

Our tiger safaris were the absolute highlight of our trip and we visited three National Parks – Jim Corbett National Park (5 safaris) , Bandhavgarh National Park (7 safaris) and Kanha National Park (5 safaris). An original itinerary for 2020 had us doing shared jeep safaris, and on Sharad’s advice, we changed and undertook all safaris on an exclusive basis, which was so much better. Each park gave us several fantastic tiger sightings including “our own tiger” on several occasions and these “own tiger” sightings were aided by the incredible skills and knowledge of our drivers and guides – Vijay and Pervej in Corbett, Ajeet in Bandhavgarh, and Mahish in Kanha. They know the names of all the birds and animals, and they know just where to look for the tigers, and pointed them out when we couldn’t see them!

The national parks are spectacular, with awesome sunrises and sunsets and you are removed from the hustle and bustle and crowds and traffic of daily Indian life, to experience space, animals and birds and the natural environment in a peaceful way. Each park was different in its own way, and we saw all of the common animals – tigers, many types of deer, sloth bears including with babies, jackals and pups, wild dogs, elephants, many many birds including peacocks galore. I think the only animal we didn’t see was a leopard.

The planning for this trip began prior to Nature Safari’s visibility on Trip Advisor, and resulted from a pot luck internet search which sounded interesting. Sharad replied very quickly to my first email and it all began from there – Sharad was happy to accommodate anything we wanted to do, rearrange the itinerary and so on, and was always quick to answer emails, answer questions and provide information. When we finally arrived, we were met at the airport by Deepkul and a driver, and had drivers and guides with us the whole time we were in India, making everything hassle free and all the arrangements seamless. Deepkul maintained contact with us via Whats App and phone, providing driver and guide details to us for our new locations. All drivers were professional and safe drivers in the midst of what we saw as mayhem on the roads, helpful, and the cars air conditioned and immaculate with “supplies” of snacks, water and soft drinks, and Wifi!! They stopped when required, took us to nice clean roadside restaurants with generally clean bathroom facilities and western toilets. Some of the drives were incredibly long, but this really helped us cope with them.

If I had to say our favourite place – I would say Corbett and Dhikala lodge, it was where we saw our first tiger, and the location of the lodge within the National Park is great, and it is very beautiful overlooking the river. Its a very rustic lodge, vegetarian only, and sometimes the power goes out (take a torch), but we loved it none the less.

laxman_iyer (Dixon, IL)

5/5

Fantastic
To the Nature Safari Team

Thanks for arranging one of the best safari trips I have been to. From the very beginning your team responded to my enquiry promptly and answered all my questions.

All the arrangements were superb. The tiger sighting were great!

Sanjay at Bandavgarh was excellent!

The accommodations and the services were the best. The food was excellent.

Thanks, Sharad and your team for making this trip a very memorable one. Looking forward to doing another trip with you.

With regards

tiger safari india photo by guest

Ming

5/5

What an adventure!
We wanted to explore the nature of India and Tiger Safari India did an excellent job organizing the trip for us. We went to Corbett, Kanha, and Bandhavgarh National Parks. We also spent 2 days visiting Taj Mahal.
Tiger Safari India arranged our lodging, transfers, domestic flights, and local guides. We didn’t have to worry about this part of our travel. The drivers who drove us to different destinations were friendly and safe drivers. The 3 National Parks that were recommended were beyond our expectations. The park drivers and guides worked very well together to show us the amazing wildlife at each park. We saw tigers at every park we went to and that was the biggest highlight of our trip. The local guide at Taj Mahal was knowledgeable and enthusiastic.
We highly recommend Tiger Safari India. We appreciate that they shared their knowledge and gave us input on places to explore. They answered questions promptly and worked with us on planning a great trip.

Coby Derksen

5/5

Hello Sharad,

Hope this email finds you well. I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you how wonderful our experience was in India and with Nature Safari India. Thanks to you and your wonderful staff we could not have been more pleased with how everything turned out. 

It was so wonderful having Abhishek first greet us at the airport. He has a warm and welcoming approach and ensured everything went smoothly and that we knew our plans. A very nice touch to have him (and Deepkul too) there each time we arrived back in Delhi to see a friendly face. Always eager to know we were having a great experience and willing to accommodate anything we needed. Logistically the trip was very smooth which is not taken for granted with travel. 

All of the accommodations that we stayed at on the trip were fabulous! The staff and service was excellent and we definitely felt this added to the overall positivity of our experience. The food was also amazing and we did not have any issues with them accommodating our dietary needs. You can definitely continue to recommend those places to all your clients with full confidence. 

Our guide Sanjay in Bandhavgarh was exceptional!!! His knowledge of the park, wildlife and ability to position our vehicle perfectly for photos and optimal viewing was superb. He was also delightfully engaging and highly attentive. We felt he really made our safaris special and were very grateful to have had him as our guide. 

Likewise, we really enjoyed Rishi, our guide in Kaziranga and found his knowledge really beneficial to our safari experience in this amazing park. 

Additionally, we did have 2 drivers that we felt were superior and worth mentioning as our rides with them were much more enjoyable so would highly recommend you continue using them for your clients. The first was our driver from Kanha to Raipur, I believe his name is Jabir. His vehicle was by far the most comfortable (including neck pillows) and clean. He was also the most interested in ensuring we had a good experience and simply a joy to spend several hours in car with. The second was our driver for Agra, Santosh. He was an excellent driver also, very gracious and went above and beyond to ensure we were well taken care of. Having him for that trip really made the end of our journey that much better!

From a wildlife perspective I was very pleased to see 16 individual tigers (13 I would consider great sightings) and I didn’t even bother counting the rhinos as they almost seemed plentiful. We saw 18 mammals and 106 birds so truly terrific. The wildlife viewing in Kanha was the only “low” point as we really didn’t see much there. 

Lastly, I would be remiss if I did not thank you for putting together a wonderful itinerary, being highly responsive in our communications and clearly working with top-notch professionals across the board. I will definitely recommend Nature Safari India and hope maybe one day I will return for another tailor made adventure by you. 

With much gratitude,

Coby

Janet

5/5

Sharad, we are now in Karaikudi enjoying the ambience of The Bangala Emphasis is mostly on catching up with sleep and trying not to overeat which is difficult at this establishment Sunday was a long day, we finally got to our Chennai hotel at 10pm and then were up for breakfast at 6 before flying to Madurai landing at 11 on Monday Thank you for the superb organisation of our tiger park adventure Sightings were frequent in Bandhavgarh, so Marian & Helen realised why I enjoy the experience. Raghu still makes every sighting a good one, and he was a master at using Helen’s camera to get excellent videos. And the food at Kings Lodge was in our opinion “the best in India”.

And onto Kanha, I was given the Tiger Room at Singinawa so that was special. Sanjay summed up our needs well, we were driven all over the park. We only had the one sighting, but when it was in the open meadows driving alongside male T121 roaring at T27 and the consequential schemozzle amongst the jeeps trying to keep their clients happy, it was an incredible experience I hope I will be able to revisit again soon.

Kind regards

Janet

Burkhard and Denise

5/5

Good afternoon Sharad.  

First we would like to thank you for the perfect organization of our trip.  

Everything worked really well.  We were always well received by competent guides.  The accommodations were excellent.  The places we visited were wonderful. 

Cobert was an exceptional adventure, we have no words to describe it. In the stunning landscape, we find six tigers.  In Bandhavaghar we found 11 tigers.  In Kanha, we found 3 tigers. 

We spent happy days visiting the cities of New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Khajuraho, and Varanasi.  

Many thanks also for your interesting book The Tiger CEO which I started to read and learn more about my favorite feline. 

Thank you so much for everything.

Warm regards 

Urs Burkhard and Denise

Kathy & Dave Porterfield

5/5

Sharad

As discussed, here are a few photos that I’ve had time to dehaze a bit with all the dust that was in the air.    

I’ll be sending a few photos of Tigers from Tadoba and a fairly nice rooster from the Kanha NP.     Feel free to post them on my behalf.

We also had some great photos of other Tigers and Wild Dogs and they might be good enough to post as they are.    I will get thru them all in the next few weeks as we prepare for our next trip.

I’ll be traveling a fair amount until mid-June and then I’ll have another take on the photos unless my photo friends assist.      

I also have friends who are contemplating a trip to India but they have not set a time frame or discussed the details.  I’ll let them know I have a contact when the time is appropriate.

Here are the first photos and I’ll send 2 per email so that you get full sizes.

Please confirm receipt when you have time.

Regards

Dave

Grace

5/5

Hello Friends (new and old),

Can’t believe I had been home for ten days from an incredible wildlife trip to India.  The main focus was snow leopard and tigers (30 were seen).  I did see both and many more.  There were many surreal encounters.  My pictures might not capture the moments but the memories live on.  My greatest surprise is how good birding was in India.  I am still dealing with a backlog of trips due to the pandemic.  Hence I am heading back to Nepal on March 26.  Need to switch gear and prepare for the trip.  I hope these pictures will whet your appetite till I come back and go through the remainder of the pictures. 

https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjAwfSp

Cheers,

Grace

Robert Solymossy

5/5

Hello Sharad,

Thought we’d let you know that we made it back home safely, and are almost recovered from the time difference.

In summary, the Tiger Safari you organized for us recently, went off without a hitch and it was truly memorable! Diana and I have traveled the world over from the Arctic to Antarctica, including seven trips to Africa for mostly safaris, and by far Nature, Safari India ranks among the best travel/safari company we have used.

You have assembled a wonderful team that works seamlessly, to ensure your clients receive the best care at all times for a price that seems very reasonable. From your personnel to the comfortable new automobiles used for transportation, to the communications, to the accommodations, Nature Safari rates as #1 in our book. 

Again, thanks Sharad to you and your team for an over-the-top adventure! I have started post-production of my video of our safari for my YouTube Chanel, and you’ll be one of the first to see it when it’s completed.

Cheers,

Bob and Diana

Robert Solymossy

Kathy & Dave Porterfield

5/5

Abhishek and all intrepid Holi friends

Kathy and I flew overnight from Delhi to Toronto and are currently en route to Denver!   One more flight to Phoenix this afternoon and we’ll try to get back to our normal schedule!

Thanks for sharing the photos and your time to lead us thru these important sites and I’m sure we’ll all have very nice memories of the experiences we had!  Experiencing the Holi was an exhilarating experience and we’re taking home “colorful” memories!  

Please take on board the feedback that we gave you and also provided to Deep when we visited in Delhi!   

It was a remarkable ( and long awaited) return to India and we certainly appreciated the patience of Sharad and Deep ( and all the Nature Safari staff) over this time to manage all the intricacies and changes necessitated by the pandemic!  We are indebted for the efforts!

We’ll be in touch once we get settled however I’m not sure we can match Mr Sharads tiger photos!    

All the best

Regards

Dave and Kathy Porterfield

Graham Brace

5/5

INDIA 2022 – NATURE SAFARI INDIA

My wife and I are well-travelled wildlife conservationists and photographers. We have travelled around the world to satisfy our passion. South America and Africa are amongst our favourites, but India is way at the top of our list for repeats. 7 times spread over 14 years says it all really as each time we plan it with Nature Safari India.  Sharad Vats, the director, is completely tiger barmy…I am sure he will forgive me for saying so.  Also a first class photographer….see the website, and he has an encyclopaedic knowledge of all things wild. His team have been trained to provide the best service possible, from detailed planning, execution and follow-up.

Graham Mary Brace at Tiger Den

Deepkul is a great example of a young manager totally immersed in the job of providing that first class service. Our last trip in November /December 2022 was testament to this. It took a long time to plan a 3 week wildlife trip covering 6 different national parks, 6 internal flights and 3 Indian states. All the lodges were well considered, and the logistics worked like clockwork. We had decided to look for rarer animals this time plus a return to our favourite tiger locations for the final week. It was, as always, a successful venture in all respects, with some wonderful photographic memories. Being in the right place at the right time is the photographers’ maxim, but we are sure Sharad Vats had sprinkled some of his fabled stardust of good fortune on us to ensure it all worked to perfection.  No one else has it. Whether it is tigers or temples, or any combination of, rest assured you will get no better service.

 We are planning our return already!

Milo Owen

November 2022

5/5

Thanks for an amazing trip!

Hi Sharad, 

Just wanted to reach out and say thanks so much for all your help in arranging our trip – we had an amazing time and are already planning on returning to India! Do let me know if there is anywhere we can review you as 5 stars honestly don’t seem enough for the holiday! 

Could I also get the correct spelling for the name of our first guide so I can mention – he was fantastic (as was Sanjay). Abishek was also fantastic and very helpful during all our time in Delhi. 

For our next trip we’re looking at Jawai and Kabini – do you offer trips here also?

Kind regards,

Milo & Tanya

Sandra Burkhardt

June 2022

5/5

Hello Sharad!

Good to hear from you! Our trip exceeded all expectations and we have been telling all of our friends how much we loved the wildlife and nature, but most of all the amazing people of India! Tom and I were just discussing this week that even though we have posted about our trip and Nature Safari on our own social media, we absolutely intend to do a TripAdvisor review also! 

Many thanks to you and your team for an unforgettable adventure. We definitely hope to plan more trips with you in the future.

Sandra

Jonah Paquette

Apr 2022

5/5

Dear Deepkul and Sharad,

First off a huge THANK YOU for a wonderful time here in India. I’ll write much more later and post reviews on tripadvisor when we get home, but needless to say we have loved our time here…we’ve seen 24 tigers, 5 leopards, and countless other beautiful birds and animals over our 16 drives so far. Seeing tigers has been a dream come true, but the whole trip has been wonderful…the accommodations, the guides/naturalists, all the seamless transports, etc. Thanks so much. Thank you so much!

Jonah Paquette

Tobbe2016

Apr 2022

5/5
Amazing 15 day wildlife tour in India
My family just completed a 15-day Tiger and Rhino Tour with Nature Safari India and it was perfect. We visited 4 parks, 3 in central India (Satpura, Pench and Todoba) and 1 in the northeast (Kaziranga).
They planned our complete stay with domestic flights, drivers to/between the parks, great accommodation and food and, not least, the safaris themselves and everything worked exceptionally well. While we were there they called us regularly to ensure we were happy and that was as expected
We are planning another wildlife trip and we will for sure use Nature Safari India again. Cannot recommend them highly enough.
Many thanks to Sharad and the team for an unforgettable experience!

Nicola L

Apr 2022

5/5
Gorgeous tour of India
We just came back at home after a fantastic journey around India. Sharad organized a huge tour including a safari at the Kanha National Park. Everything was perfect (Hotel, Venues, people around us) and we really felt to have someone who takes care of us !!! A special thanks to Deep who was always available and “with us” 24h a day and to Parveen our fantastic and always happy driver…more than a simple driver!!! thanks again to all.

JGordan

Mar 2022

5/5
Amazing Wildlife Trip with Tiger Safari India A friend and I just completed a 24 day trip to India with the primary purpose of visiting 5 Tiger Parks and to see The Taj Mahal. We worked with an amazing professional and company owner, Sharad Vats.. He planned our itinerary complete with Park passes, accommodations, an airline flight, Naturalist Guide selections, and vehicle transfers between destinations, This was a flawless trip and we could not rave highly enough about the expertise of this company. We were booked into an assortment of Park, Treehouse, Luxury tent, cottage, and hotel rooms and the food and service of each was excellent. Sharad and his Staff kept in touch with us as we moved from Park to Park to ensure we were happy and safe. We have begun the process of planning a different itinerary for 2023 to experience more wildlife in other areas of the country. Many thanks to Sharad and his wonderful Staff. You helped create a trip of memories.

Marc Eeckhaut

Apr 2022

5/5

Amazing 19-days Wildlife & Taj Mahal Tour
2 years ago our planned tour with Nature Safari India was cancelled for known reasons.
2 years we stayed in contact with Deepkul and Sharad by email and finally in April 2022 we could leave for our first experience in India.
It became an unforgettable adventure, we visited 4 National Parcs, Pench, Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Panna. In each we saw tigers, 20 in total on 15 safari’s.
Besides we saw leopard, wild elephant,gaur, sloth bear, deer and a wide range of beautiful birds and other wildlife, a paradise for a nature photographer.
Deepkul organised the tour for us perfectly, the naturalists, the drivers, the lodges…all was arranged faultless.
On arrival in Delhi our baggage was delayed and Deepkul arranged that our bags were delivered 3 days later in Pench…
On our way back to Delhi we visited Khajuraho, Orchha and Agra, the temples are impressing and the view of the Taj Mahal by sunset is breathtaking.
We enjoyed very much the whole tour and are planning already for going back to India next year.
Many thanks for the whole Nature Safari India team, for sure the best..

Simon B

Apr 2022

5/5
The best of the best I have used Nature Safari India 2 times in the past, and had booked a trip for the family for april 2020. Arrival was 2 days after India closed the borders, so no chance of going. Sharad quickly wrote me, that he would try to keep all our money safe, as they were already payed to hotels ect. He kept his promise, and plans were made for april 22. Finally it was time to go and everything went super smooth as planned. The level of service this company provide is top level. There has not been a second on our 3 trips, where we have had the feeling, that things were out of control or so. Nature Safari India has always managed to get excellent drivers for us, which is reflected in the numbers of tigers and other wildlife we have seen. On the last trip we had a total of 16 drives, and saw 18 different individual tigers. To top that up, we saw jackals, loads of bird and a leopard. I would highly recommend this company to everyone, and it is not last time i use them for sure.

Kathleen B

Apr 2022

5/5
The Utimate Tiger Safari Tour Company
Sharad Vats and his amazing company arranged our life long, dream fulfilling tiger photography trip which we just completed last week. My husband who is 88 was so disappointed when we were forced to cancel this trip twice due to covid. Sharad Vats offered refunds but encouraged us to not give up our quest. We followed the advice and were rewarded with a seamless and unforgettable safari experience that exceeded all expectations. We have traveled on safari to Africa multiple times and this company stands above the other companies we have used in the past. The communication while on safari was beyond amazing. When the Gypsy safari vehicle was unusable for my husband due to spinal problems a quick e-mail and and fast response produced another vehicle with suspension that saved our entire safari from disaster. The drivers/naturalist selected for us had extensive knowledge and photography experience Each destination driver was professional and caring. Abhishek, an associate of Tiger Safari greeted us on arrival made us feel welcome and secure. The entire trip was a complete success because of the precise planning and first hand knowledge of Shard Vats and his experienced team at Tiger Safari India. Sharad Vats Ceo is himself a renowned Naturalist and tiger photographer who has extensive first had knowledge of each national Park in India. Not only is this company an excellent choice for India trip planning but also a great ambassador for the conservation efforts for the tiger.

Nathan D

Mar 2022

5/5

Outstanding service

Sharad and team excel at creating a custom itinerary with smooth hand-offs to guides/drivers/lodges at every stop. We originally had 2 weeks scheduled with Tiger Safari India, but then expanded to 4 weeks when another travel outfit cancelled because of Covid. Sharad was willing to wait it out with us and India reopened for tourists about a week before our trip started. Before the trip, Sharad was patient and timely on email and zoom calls to finalize all the details which included 5 major cities (Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Varanasi, Kolkata) and 3 national parks (Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Kazaringa). This involved multiple drivers, domestic flights, and hotel/lodge changes (the longest stay was 3 nights in any location). But at each location we were welcomed by excellent guides and drivers. India is bustling and chaotic, especially the cities roads, which at first was a white-knuckle experience for us. So having welcoming guides and skillful drivers was key to our enjoyment of the trip. If you are planning an adventure to India, then I would highly recommend using Tiger Safari.

Hauke

Apr 2022

5/5

Bandhavgarh/Kaziranga/Agra Tour

We did a 10 days tour visiting Bandhavgarh and Kaziranga National Park as well as Agra. We originally wanted to go in 2020 but had to postpone until 2022 due to the Covid pandemic. The trip was amazing and exceeded our expectations by far! On 11 safaris we saw 19 tigers, countless rhinos, elephants including a new born as well as so many other kinds of animals. The lodges and hotel were great, the hospitality was amazing and the food delicious. The tour guides were excellent and had great knowledge and experience. Furthermore, they took into account to all our wishes during the drives.

The whole tour was organzied by Deepkul and his colleagues from Nature Safari India perfectly from the beginning until the end! Only a few hours after contacting and giving a rough plan what we had in mind, we received a full itinerary reflecting our suggestions. Any additional wishes from our side were considered to our fullest satisfaction. Also, when we had some technical problems with the money transfer from Germany to India every possible assistance was provided. Due to to the Covid pandemic, we had to make four attempts to find a time frame in which it was possible to travel from Germany to India until it finally worked out. In each case Deepkul arranged everything on short notice.

Additional charges were made to a minimum extent, e.g. as park fees had been increased. It was possible to keep the hotel/lodge rates for a time for over two years (and would also have been possible for a period thereafter)!

When another friend of us decided to join us on our trip only a month before going, this was no problem and arranged perfectly. All communication was fast and smoothly. When one of us had trouble flying to India (various flight cancellations and delays), Deepkul was there 24/7 to assist us in any way and find the best solution for the situation which he did!

Nature Safari India can be recommended to the fullest extent! Thank you so much for the wonderful experience!

NBUSA

Mar 2022

5/5

Amazing experience

Took 2 solo custom safaris with Tiger Safaris in Mar2022. 4 days in Kanha and 4 days in Bandavgargh.

I could not have asked for better experiences. Having been on 10+ safaris in 5 countries in Africa previously, I had high expectations. And they did not disappoint.

Seeing a tiger in the wild was high on my bucket list. And Sharad’s guides (Narain and Sanjay – more on them later) were fantastic in making sure I saw several. From mere feet away.

Trip was very well planned – to maximize safari time. And the stays were in great resorts, close to the safari gates – so we didn’t waste time every day driving to the safari gates. And his drivers worked with the hotels to make sure all breakfasts were packed and loaded each morning.
Jeeps were comfortable (if a little small).

On the ground execution was flawless – from airport pickups to daily drives to driving between parks. All done with polite drivers willing to go the extra mile – stop whenever I wanted it, help buying me an Indian SIM, finding the kinds of food I wanted to eat. And speaking very good English. Special shoutout to Durgesh – who drive me from Raipur to Kanha, and then Kanha to Bandhavgarth.

In Kanha – my guide/driver Narain was great. Made sure we were perfectly positioned on several occasions to have a full-frontal view of a tiger walking towards us. And he took the time to explain what we has listening/looking for: alarm calls, pug marks. And he had an encyclopedic knowledge of birds. Thanks Narain for an amazing experience.

In Bandhavgarh – Sanjay, my driver and guide was just as good. Getting a good view of tigers in the dense brush, I discovered, is as much luck (right time, right place) as good tracking. And I had both here. He made sure I got some amazing views of tigers up close.

Sharad (the owner) runs a great company. He is understanding and flexible. Checks in almost daily to make sure everything is going well. And his drivers/guides are wonderful.

Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Can’t wait to go back and do more with this company.

Deb/Tom

Mar 2022

5/5

A Grand Adventure

This trip was a wonderful experience, partly because India is fascinating, culturally challenging, physically both ugly and beautiful and because Sharad, with his able assistant Abhishek, made it absolutely stress free. With the help of his network of people all over India, we were met us at every airport to transfer us to our hotel, guided expertly through the National Parks and in the cities we visited and driven expertly through streets crowded with traffic, speed bumps, pot holes and cows. The parks we visited were Kanha, Bandvangarh and Kazaringa. All uniquely different and teaming with wildlife. Although we had only two tiger sightings, one very brief, the other wildlife and birds made up for that. And the lodges at the National Parks are so unique and comfortable, good food, beautiful settings and more than attentive staff. We also did several days of culture outings, seeing the Gandhi Museum, the Taj Mahal, the Red Fort and many beautiful tombs, temples. We visited Varanasi, the place where Hindus travel to wash in the sacred river, the Ganges and cremate their deceased loved ones. We were even invited to celebrate the Holi Festival at the home of one of the agents that met the flight. That was the highlight of the trip… the people are warm, welcoming and delighted to meet foreigners.

All this would not have been possible without Sharad and his team all over India. Even though it is, crowded, noisy and there is the fear of getting a little sick from the change of diet, none of those factors got in the way. And it’s also a bargain, no where have I had everything literally organized and taken care of so all I had to do was show up in the hotel lobby or the safari parking lot and my whole day way taken care of! I can’t recommend Nature Safaris enough!

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