The Taj Mahal has been undergoing restoration works. Most of this is now complete and the scaffolding has been taken down. However, work on the main dome is expected to commence at the end of April/early May 2018.

Land of the Tiger

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Trip code: 
WIW
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group Adventure Holidays, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Wildlife Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

A comprehensive wildlife tour of India's best tiger parks

Bengal tigers are a highly seductive class-A predator; they are also desperately endangered. Seeing one in the wild is intoxicating, that is why this comprehensive safari visits three of the best parks in India for this striped cat. There are many other animals to enjoy, but tigers remain top of the agenda throughout this itinerary. Pench, Kanha and Bandhavgarh National Parks are teeming with a variety of wildlife and all have something different to offer. All are ideal for viewing both predator and prey, and with fifteen game drives included the chances of seeing the magnificent Bengal tiger are greatly increased.

Highlights

  • In-depth wildlife tour
  • Fifteen game drives included
  • Visit the magnificent Taj Mahal

Key information

  • 13 nights standard hotels, 1 night air-conditioned sleeper train
  • Travel by 4WD, train and air-conditioned private bus 
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 11 dinners included
  • All accommodation
  • Transfer for group flights

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Single supplement
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Responsible Travel

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

Nagpur
to
Delhi
  • Day 1

    Start Nagpur; transfer to Pench.

    Those who are on the group flights will land in Nagpur in the afternoon. Those not on the group flights will need to be at Nagpur Airport by 16.00 in order to meet the group prior to the onward transfer. In the late afternoon your adventure really starts, as we drive to Pench National Park, a journey of approximately 3 hours.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Days 2-3

    Four game drives over two days in Pench N.P.

    Pench National Park, nestling in the lower southern reaches of the Satpuda hills is named after Pench River, meandering through the park from north to south. The undulating terrain of Pench is covered with small hills and well stocked Teak (Tectona Grandis) forest. Pench is one of the tiger reserves included in Project Tiger. Besides tiger, there is a huge array of other wildlife such as leopard, monkey, deer, nillgai and bird life. Together with the scenery, the game drives will make for a fascinating and exciting days. During our time in Pench we include 4 game drives in the itinerary. 
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 4

    Transfer to Kanha.

    We depart in the morning and drive to Kanha National Park. Although the distance is not far, the journey usually takes approximately 4 hours.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Days 5-7

    Five game drives over three days in Kanha N.P.

    Created in 1974 and often described as India's greatest wildlife reserve, Kanha is vast. Covering approximately 1,945 sq. km of undulating terrain, the elevation ranges from 450m to 900m with expansive grasslands, plateaus and dramatic rocky escarpments providing a home to literally hundreds of species of wildlife. The tiger population has been affected by poaching in recent years but the huge abundance of animals make the game drives a memorable experience. Kanha is an Indian wildlife park of the imagination whose atmosphere and apparently endless landscape can rightly be described as Kiplingesque. The park signifies the start of India's attempt to protect the tiger and was the site of the first ever scientific study by the zoologist George Shaller. Nowadays the park is seen throughout India as a model for excellent wildlife management. During our time in Kanha we include 5 game drives in the itinerary.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    Transfer to Bandhavgarh.

    We leave Kanha National Park after breakfast and drive to Bandhavgarh, stopping en route for refreshments. This journey will take approximately 6 - 7 hours. On arrival, the remainder of the day and evening are at leisure.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Days 9-11

    Six game drives over three days in Bandhavgarh N.P.

    At only 437 sq. km. Bandhavgarh is one of the smaller National Parks and enjoys an impressive setting with a stunning cliff-top fort overlooking grasslands, birch forests and bamboo that provide cover for the plentiful indigenous wildlife. In common with many other parks, Bandhavgarh is home to a wide variety of game including leopard, sloth bear, gaur, sambar, chital, jungle cat, wild pig and of course tiger. The healthy population of approximately 60-70 animals means that this park has the highest tiger density of any of India's reserves. Aside from the game and the tigers, the park also plays host to up to 150 species of birds including many on the migratory trail, such as the Steepe eagle. During our stay in this beautiful rugged national park the itinerary includes 6 games drives. 
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 12

    Drive to Katni; overnight train to Agra.

    This morning we drive to Katni Railway Station; this drive is approximately 3 hours. We will stop for refreshments, conveniences and any photo opportunities along the way. This evening we will catch the overnight train to Agra.

    Overnight Sleeper Train

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Arrive Agra; afternoon visit Agra Fort; sunset at the Taj Mahal.

    Arriving in Agra in the morning we transfer to our hotel. Of course, no stay in Agra would be complete without a visit to the beautiful white marble Taj Mahal, built by the Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631. The Taj is serenely beautiful and never fails to amaze a first time visitor; the white marble exterior changes colour according to the position of the sun during the day and is matched by the rich interior detail. Within striking distance is the imposing Red Fort of Akbar, third of the Moghul Emperors, whose mighty sandstone walls enclose the beautiful white marble Pearl Mosque and the palaces, halls, courtyards and fountains of his sons and successors, Jehangir and Shah Jahan. It is here that the latter spent his last years, imprisoned by his own son Aurangzeb.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Drive to Delhi; free afternoon.

    After breakfast we will leave for Delhi. En route we will stop for lunch, and we will arrive at our hotel in the afternoon. You are then free to relax, explore the sites of New and Old Delhi (an optional sightseeing trip will be organised if you wish) or you can do some last minute shopping!
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

    End Delhi.

    Those on the flight inclusive package will depart for London this morning for the daytime flight back to London; Land Only arrangements will finish after check-out from the hotel.

    Meals included: Breakfast
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Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

India

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Some of our India trips spend time at altitude. In regions over approx. 2000m, there is low to no risk of mosquito-borne diseases. For trips going to altitudes of over 3000m there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please see the TRIP NOTES for further information.

Eating and Drinking

Breakfast and 11 dinners are included.

You should allow around £3 (US$5) per day for lunch and £10 (US$15) for dinner (when not included). You can eat out very cheaply in India, but if you go to the more expensive restaurants, you will spend more than the suggested amount. In Agra and Delhi there is a good choice of restaurants and a choice between Indian and Western style food. If you are a vegetarian India is probably one of the best destinations to travel to with a wide range of dishes on offer; whilst at the national parks there are usually some non spicy curries but these are in limited supply. Tea and soft drinks are very cheap. A (large!) bottle of beer is approximately £3 (US$5). Mineral water is widely available. Please note that service in restaurants can be quite slow.

Weather

Agra, India

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level: 1 (Leisurely).

This tour is not physically demanding, and therefore graded leisurely, however some of the days can be busy especially where travelling is combined with sightseeing. Please note there are a lot of very early morning starts as this is the best time to see tigers. There are some long days travelling, especially when taking the overnight train and when driving from park to park; this is generally down to the condition of the roads. The roads are generally pretty good, but local traffic and/or road damage after the monsoon can sometimes slow us down. The road between Pench and Kanha is known to be bad. We travel on comparatively quiet roads for at least half of the journey.

Please note that the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) are responsible for the conservation of many monuments in India, including the Taj Mahal, and very occasionally this may mean that work is taking place at sites visited on this trip. The ASI’s schedule is never published so it is not possible to forewarn our clients of when work will be taking place.

GAME DRIVE REGULATIONS - BOOK EARLY
Please note, that due to new regulations in national parks, booking game drives for groups has become increasingly difficult. In order to secure the game drives, and continue to operate the best tiger trips, we have had to introduce some new guidelines and conditions. 

The management of national parks by the Indian authorities and the system for booking game drives has changed significantly in the last 18 months. As a result the number of jeeps that can now
enter national parks has been reduced, and all game drives need to be booked and paid for much further in advance. In addition, we must provide a list of client names and passport details at the time of booking each game drive. Once game drives are booked, they are non‐refundable and name changes are not permitted. Due to these on‐going changes in the system, the following
guidelines and conditions now apply to all bookings:


1) We cannot guarantee the operation of any departure until we have the necessary game drives secured. Our aim is to secure game drives from a variety of gates/zones as per the itinerary, but please be aware that this is subject to availability. The date at which we book the game drives will vary depending as to when the booking system allows us to do so for your departure.

2) It will sometimes be possible to book clients on to a departure of this tour after the game drives have been booked, but large supplements are likely to be incurred. If we have made initial game drive bookings for a departure we may need to wait until we have a further 3 or 4 clients ready to book before we can secure an additional jeep.

3) At the time of booking we will ask you for the standard Exodus deposit plus £400 towards the game drives as once these are booked, they are non‐refundable. If for any reason we are unable to secure the game drives and we have to cancel the trip, you will of course receive a full refund.

4) We want to encourage all clients to book this trip as far in advance as possible; we are confident that we should be able to secure the game drives needed on most occasions if clients book 4/5 months in advance of the departure date.

5) It is important that we have your correct passport details at the time of booking. If you end up travelling on a different passport it is imperative that you carry your old passport, or a photocopy of it, with you. If this isn't possible you will need a letter from the passport agency regarding the change of passport, specifying the details of the old passport and the details of the new passport issued.

We regret that these measures are necessary, but we are of course keen to ensure that we secure the game drives as early as possible and to ensure this we must work within the parameters of the Indian government's current systems.

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Accommodation

Hotels & Sleeper Train

During your trip you will spend 13 nights in en suite hotels and 1 night on an air conditioned sleeper train. In Pench, Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks we will stay in forest lodges with fully equipped modern facilities and attached bathrooms; standards between the 3 lodges can be different. Please note that at times if our lodge/hotel is overbooked the accommodation will be arranged in well-made comfortable tents fitted with electric lights and attached toilet with shower with hot and cold water readily available.

Overnight Train Journeys - The overnight train from Katni to Agra will be booked in 2-tier sleeper A/C (or 3-tier if 2-tier is not available). There are many excellent trains in India; however the standard of seating and sleeping is not in line with European standards.

Single accommodation available on request from GBP 360 (excludes sleeper trains)

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed May 2017
    ian harrison

    LAND OF THE TIGER

    This was a great trip for seeing Tigers in the wild a very enjoyable couple of weeks , a good mix of adventure , relaxation and culture , for the first time visitor to India it certainly gives a good insight to local life but at the same time mainly focusing on the safari's , the Tigers and wildlife !! Our group had some great sightings we saw 17 Tigers including cubs ...An amazing time ....

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Being entranced by beautiful wild Tiger laying on a bank in the shade up close to the road for the first time , An amazing feeling looking into its eye's !! Witnessing a live kill by a large male tiger , from it's stealthy stalk across the road , to the raw explosiveness of its attack , and its struggle to finish the kill , ( a 20 minute once in a life time moment ) a truly awesome experience !! Langurs - I could watch these monkeys play all day ....

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader was Krishna , a great guy , had everything well organised , was there to answer any questions and solve any problems , a fun guy to be around and very knowledgeable and informative , joined in with the dynamics of our group , very passionate about his country , the local people and the wildlife and protection of the Tigers .. A real cool guy , great to have met him , a major part of the whole experience ... A credit to Exodus !!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Embrace the whole trip the people, the culture , try not to be hooked up on seeing a tiger , they can be very elusive , they are not just siting everywhere , I had 7 safari's before my first encounter but when the time comes it is magical !! There is a lot of other wildlife to enjoy .... The safari's can be very dusty and hot in the summer months , tracks can be very bumpy but the drivers do a good job , pack less than you think , good laundry service at resorts : The Train journey was different , but was enjoyable , just go with the locals and enjoy the flow so may be surprised ... Sightseeing at the end of the trip can be hectic , but just embrace the beauty of the Taj and the Red Fort ... Enjoy everything and you will be rewarded with a great experience !!
  • Reviewed April 2017
    SJ B

    Land of the Tiger

    An excellent trip which I would recommend. Don't guarantee seeing Tigers however. We had done 9 safaris in both Pench and Kahna and hadn't seen a Tiger although we saw a Sloth Bear in Kahna, which is supposed to be rarer than Tigers. The group of four in our jeep were beginning to think we would never see one. Vijay our tour guide kept saying we would. So off we went in Bandhavgarh and believe it or not on our first Safari we saw 11 different Tigers. Out of the six Safaris there was only one afternoon when we didn't see one and overall we had well over 20 sightings. Absolutely brilliant. The trip by Train from Katni to Agra was much better than I expected. Katni station was manic with people, cows on the lines and a dog. What an experience, loved it. It was good to see the Taj Mahal again but would have been better if we had had gone at sunset rather than in the afternoon heat. There was a little scaffolding up but it didn't distract. However I wasn't blown away by my visit this time as i was 19yrs ago.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The most inspirational part of the trip was definitely seeing Tigers and other wildlife, like the Sloth Bear in Kahna and the Jungle Cat in Bandhavgarh. The Taj Mahal was second but a good way behind. I also thoroughly enjoyed the Tuk Tuk cycle ride in Delhi through the different streets, this was really interesting visiting the silver street, saree street jewellry street etc and the spices. Very very exciting.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our tour guide Vijay Chansoria was absolutely excellent, so knowledgeable about the wildlife and surroundings and obviously loved his country. It was great when he was in the jeep with you as it was another pair of eyes. We couldn't fault him and he was so caring.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We have just come back (April) and the mornings in Kahna were really cold, so we had to wrap up well but by 9.00a.m. it was hot. Just put on layers. Regarding the train, someone previously mentioned to take a sleeping bag liner, this is not necessary as you are given two sheets, blanket and a pillow. yes you do actually sleep. it is a long journey but it was good 13+hrs. Don't change money at Mumbai airport, use an ATM instead as this gives a better rate. Mumbai airport is great, some super shops and much better than Delhi. Make sure you take something to cover your cameras as this area is very very dusty with very fine sand, you come back from each safari absolutely filthy and its great to get a cold towel to wipe hands and face when back at the Lodges. You don't really get chance to shop so don't think about purchasing gifts, just enjoy.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    There are very early starts, wake up 4.30a.m. but we went expecting this and it didn't bother us at all - we are in our 70's - but you are in bed usually by 9.00p.m. In fact the days you do get a lie-in it seems strange. The accommodation varies and we found the best was in the Tented Camp at Pench and the best food was at Kahna where the accommodation wasn't so good. The travelling by road was really interesting, seeing how the people live and work. The roads aren't too bad either. GO FOR IT AND ENJOY Traveller images & videos
  • Reviewed April 2017
    Louise Todd

    Land of the Tiger -India

    This was an amazing trip! Lots of Tigers (including cubs), lovely fresh food, a great group leader and of course sunshine!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Tigers were by far the best part for me. They are beautiful and we were so lucky to see 18 including some cubs too. The rest of the wildlife was also really good from leopard, sloth bear, Peacocks, monkeys dear, and countless birds! For me the countryside was lovely.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Krishna was our group leader and he definately made sure our holiday was a great one. He was very knowledgable and couldn't do enough for us. He arranged extra game drives, joined in with the group and gave us plenty of information along the way! Excellent guide.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Although this is stated as a leisurely holiday, the early starts make it a long day but well worth it!
  • Reviewed April 2017
    Mike Segal

    A great trip to see tigers in the wild

    Three tiger reserves, 15 game drives in total. We saw about 15 tigers of different ages and sexes, lots of very good clear and long sightings.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Being charged by a huge male tiger who clearly wasn't pleased at our attentions. He really wanted to scare us off!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hemal was very good in all respects, all the organisation and logistics went perfectly and he was very clear in his briefings and explanations.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    1.This is not a trip for people who suffer from a bad back. The jeep rides are very rough and bumpy, especially when the drivers hurry to get to spots where they think the tigers may be. 2. Patience is essential. We spent very many hours seeing nothing, but the rewards of a good sighting are worth the wait. In some parks you may see nothing at all, in others you may have several good sightings in a day.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Both the accommodation and the transport were better than expected. Very comfortable lodges with spacious rooms and excellent food most of the time. All the long drives were in modern people carriers rather than a coach.
  • Reviewed April 2017
    Deborah Mayling

    Wonderful trip to see tigers in the wild

    Very well organised trip to three parks where chances of tiger sightings are high and we were delighted to have many good sightings

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    When a tigress strolled out of the scrub and walked towards us followed after a few minutes by 2 of her 3 cubs. The train trip was interesting and exciting, and very organised by our leader. All the driving through the countryside and trying different snacks and buying in the markets was brilliant.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hamel was very well organised, helpful and friendly and went out of his way to make our trip memorable in so many ways.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Travel as light as possible. Don't t expect the Taj to be peaceful and serene, it is very popular with tourists of all nationalities.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The Tourist Board should be made aware of the litter problem in the actual tomb area and the surroundings.
  • Reviewed April 2017
    Patricia Sayers

    Land of The Tigers delivered the goods

    Good trip that delivered the goods eventually! We had one far off sighting in Pench, nothing at all in Kanha but my goodness did Bandhavgarh deliver with interest. One tiger drinking in a water hole, one tigress and 2 cubs walking out straight in front of our vehicle and one tigress drinking from a water hole and then turning and backing into the water to lie down and cool off. The overnight train to Agra was an experience ... and I'll leave it at that! The Taj Mahal and the Red Fort at Agra were worth seeing, but we were upset at the amount of rubbish in and around the Taj Mahal, it really could be better looked after.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Tigress and her cubs walking across the road in front of the jeep was exceptional but every Tiger sighting was inspirational.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hemal was a good leader, and helped us in so many ways. Nothing was too much trouble for him and he worked hard to make sure we were all comfortable and happy in our surroundings. He even managed to supply a birthday cake for me at dinner on my birthday and had the others in the group each sign the back of one of a set of coasters as a present (a wonderful memory of our trip and a complete surprise)

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    All of the parks are very dusty, do take something to cover your nose and mouth while doing the game drives. Also Bandhavgarh in particular has a very red dust which stains so don't wear anything white or light coloured as the stain doesn't come out easily (have had to throw a few things away)

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It's tiring getting up at 4.45 am day after day, it's hot and it's dusty ... but you'll forget all of that on your first sighting of a tiger! Well worth the effort.
  • Reviewed February 2017
    Judith Hulse

    Land of the Tiger

    Wow! what an fantastic experience, just the right balance of safaris and leisure time. Our guide Vijay was excellent, nothing was too much trouble for him, he even managed to book an extra game drive for us.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing Tigers in the wild is very exciting, we saw 9 tigers and a leopard over 16 game drives plus numerous other animals.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Vijay was really excellent

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It was very cold in the mornings in February. Getting up at 5am and sitting in an open top jeep requires layers of clothing, the lodges provide blankets but you need hat, scarf and gloves plus a warm coat! The train journey was "intresting" I personally was dreading it but actually it was quite fun, we were on the train around 14 hours, when we got to Agra we had plenty of time to shower and get changed before the afternoon visit to Agra fort and the Taj Mahal.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you love wildlife this is a holiday not to be missed, highly recommended
  • Reviewed February 2017
    Gail Mccluskie

    Land of the Tiger

    A really good trip, with lots of game drives and tiger spotting potential. The 3 parks (Pench, Kanha and Bandavgarh) are all quite different. Guides variable, some excellent. We were lucky enough to spot a number of tigers, as well as a couple of leopards, Indian wild dogs and a sloth bear.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    One particular tiger sighting where we came upon a huge male tiger lying in a stream just beside a bridge. It was also inspiring and very encouraging to see the dedication of most of the drivers and guides, and the evident pride they take in sharing the sights and sounds of their fantastic workplaces with visitors.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Krishna was a really good tour leader. He was fun to be with and has a great knowledge of the wildlife. I think some of our best wildlife encounters were as a result of him and the guides working together to decide where we should go.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take more clothes than you think you will need, at least in January. It was freezing, especially on the morning drives. Don't expect to see the number of animals you would see on an African safari

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Pench Jungle Resort wasn't as nice as the other 2 lodges. The rooms were dark, dingy and very cold. There was no terrace to relax between morning and afternoon game drives, only a communal area where you had to dodge noisy kids kicking footballs at you. Some of the food was a bit bland, and Krishna admitted that he had asked kitchens to take the spice level down. We even had a dish marked "boiled vegetables" one day. For me, one of the reasons for travelling is to taste local food, but I feel that most of the food we had in the hotels was bland, tourist food.
  • Reviewed January 2017
    Colin Newton

    land of tiger trip

    Once we got to India the trip was great. Pity we missed the first 24 hours due to fog delaying our flight to Heathrow. Disappointed that the Exodus team did little to help us try to 're-book our flights and when they did it cost us over 1600 pounds.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    viewing tiger's and the Taj Mahal

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Krishna was excellent and went out of his way to make this trip enjoyable.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    depending when you go take warm clothes.
  • Reviewed November 2016
    Stephen Lawther

    Land of the Tiger

    a great trip, but tiring, it is billed as leisurely, but getting up at 4.30 every day and bumping around in a jeep for eight hours takes its toll. Seeing a tiger makes it all worthwhile. Beautiful scenery and lovely sunrises. The lodges were lovely and the food superb. A nice group of people.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing a tiger at close quarters. What an adrenaline filled moment, I was shaking so much my husband had to hold on to me so I could take photos.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Vijay was fantastic, nothing was too much trouble for him, everything ran to time. The only thing he couldn't organise was the Tigers to appear. We went in October, but are told that April/May is the best time for tiger sightings.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The early mornings in October were really really cold, blankets were provided by the lodges but you need warm clothes, we brought a fleece as advised but needed to buy more to go on top, layers are best as it warms up mid morning. One of our group had thermal undies, believe me you need them!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The Taj Mahal is a beautiful building outside, sadly the number of tourists inside pushing and shoving, taking photos and videos despite it not being allowed and the guards trying to spot offenders, blowing whistles and arguing whilst trying to confiscate cameras spoils the atmosphere of what is a tomb, a monument to love and we felt that the inside should be closed to the public and left in the peace it was intended for.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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