10 of the best: wildlife encounters - 2. Tiger, tiger burning bright
The encounter: The chance to view majestic and endangered Bengal tigers on safari in central India’s national parks.
What’s involved: India’s tigers are under threat from poaching and loss of habitat. Exodus offers a Land of the Tigers safari holiday that takes in three national parks where tigers still roam – Pench, the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, Kanha and Bandhavgarth, where an Exodus project involves rebuilding a school bordering the national park. Jeep and optional elephant game drives give a great chance to see tigers and other wildlife, with multiple tiger sightings possible.
Do it: The Exodus Land of the Tigers trip costs from £1,899 for 16 days, with departures from autumn to spring. The itinerary includes a sleeper train and stays in Agra, for the Taj Mahal, and Delhi.