September 25, 2021
6 of the Best Indian Safari Tour Packages

Our curated list of six of the best Indian safari tour packages gives you some stellar safari package choices. You could choose to experience the serenity of the Himalayan villages or witness Gujarat’s diverse wildlifes. Enjoy a thrilling cycling expedition from Amritsar to Delhi or a cultural and wildlife safari in royal Rajasthan. Head out tiger-watching in Madhya Pradesh or set off on an adventurous cycling trip on the Kerala backroads.

These are some of the most premium safari destinations in India, each with its unique attractions. You can go camping in the Himalayas, see lions in the Gir National Park, enjoy a ride on a toy train on a World Heritage Site, be enraptured with Rajasthan’s numerous historical and religious monuments, see erotic sculptures at Khajuraho, or ride in a canoe in the Kerala backwater regions. The choice is yours.

Note: Although the flight fare isn’t covered in the price of the safari packages, you may contact the respective safari tour operators and ask them to guide you in your purchase of flight tickets. For the majority of these safari packages, the age limit for children is 15.

This short guide has information regarding each safari package, the things you’ll do on the safari and what’s included in the safari package.

1.  Safari: Village Expedition in Indian Himalaya

This safari takes you on a 10-day expedition into the heart of the Himalayas. The journey starts at Delhi, India’s capital city. Once you arrive at the location, a safari representative will show up and guide you to the train station. The safari offers the opportunity to witness the day-to-day lives of the Himalayan villagers, taking you on a trek from one village to another, spending nights at homestays or in tents.

Things to do on this safari

  • Take the Fairlight Trail to the nearby Nanda Devi Bird Sanctuary, where you’ll see spectacular views of the snow-capped Himalayas
  • Experience villagers’ daily life by staying at homestays and dining with the community. During your stay in villages such as Liti, Gogin, Namik, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about their culture
  • In some villages, you can choose to stay in tents instead
  • Visit the Thala meadow in Kangra, the western Himalaya
  • Camping at Rantham
  • Spend time in Namik village and participate in their cultural programme
  • At the Nanda Devi Bird Sanctuary, you will see bird species such as the Eurasian collared dove, oriental turtle dove, red collared dove, spotted-necked dove, common cuckoo, cattle egret, and six different vulture species. The park also has other wildlife such as Rhesus macaques, Himalayan musk deer, Himalayan black bear, snow leopard, and langurs.

For more information about this safari package, click here – village expedition in Indian Himalayas.

2. Safari: Gujarat Wildlife Experience

This spectacular 11-day Gujarat Wildlife Safari will take you into the heart of this cultural wonder and wildlife paradise. With this safari package, you’ll have a licensed English speaking guide who’ll make the experience more enjoyable. The journey will start in Ahmedabad and take you on a journey through Gujarat.

Things to do on this safari

  • Watch the sunset on the shores of Ahmedabad’s stunning Kankaria lake
  • Catch sight of flamingoes and rosy pelicans in the Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary
  • Spot blackbuck antelopes at the Velavadar Blackbuck Reserve
  • Watch Asiatic lions in the Gir National Park
  • See rare bird species such as pheasant-tailed jacana and purple moorhen at the Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary
  • Watch the beautiful marine life in the Jamnagar Marine National Park
  • Visit Lala Bustard Wildlife Sanctuary or Naliya grassland in Gujarat to see its reptiles and great Indian bustards
  • Visit the Great Rann of Kutch – one of the largest salt deserts in the world
  • Spend time at the Banni grasslands and watch the endemic species such as nilgai and Indian hare
  • Visit the Sun Temple – a beautiful display of architecture built to honour the Hindu Sun God Surya
  • Take a trip to the Gandhi Ashram – one of the residences of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

For more information, you can head over to Gujarat Wildlife Experience.

3. Safari:  Mountain Cycling Amritsar to Delhi

This 15-day safari dedicated to cyclists and environmentalists takes the visitors on a ride through India’s countryside. The cycling adventure will have you crossing border state lines. On your reinvigorating journey, you’ll be visiting temples in both Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. At every rest stop, you’ll have an attraction to visit. Before returning to the hotel, you can spend time shopping in the bustling markets such as the famous Indira market or watching the sunset.

Things to do on this safari

  • Visit the world-renowned Golden Temple, where pilgrims bathe in the holy water of Amrit Sarovar
  • Go on a trip to Paragpur – a beautiful heritage village known for its colourful houses and one-of-a-kind architecture
  • Cycling trip to Kangra, where you’ll see the beautiful views of the river valley, lush green fields and pine forest
  • Go on a trip to the Kangra fort – one of the oldest forts in the Himalayas
  • Bicycle trip to McLeodganj, taking in the stunning views of Dhauladhar mountain range
  • Spend time at McLeodganj’s bustling markets
  • Andretta village, founded by Noorat Richards, an Irish environmentalist, known for its beautiful artwork and pottery
  • A visit to Baijnath Temple Complex – a cluster of 18 Hindu temples built in the thirteenth century
  • Head over to Mandi town, known for its 81 Shiva temples
  • A bicycling rest stop at the Sutlej River to take in the stunning sunset
  • Go bicycling through Shimla, an impressively beautiful hill station
  • Ride a toy train and enjoy the views of the incredible countryside

For further details, head over to Mountain Cycling Amritsar to Delhi.

4. Safari: Rajasthan Cultural and Wildlife Safari

This 10-day safari package includes a trip to Delhi’s numerous bustling markets, such as the spice and clothes market in Chandni Chowk as well as a a journey back in time to cities like Agra and Jaipur, which were once the epicentre of Mughal rule. The royal state has numerous cultural and religious monuments built in the time of the Mughals. In between the guided tour of Rajasthan’s monuments, you’ll visit several of its sought-after wildlife sanctuaries.

Things to do on this safari

  • Go on a trip to the Qutub Minar – one of India’s main attractions known for its distinctive Islamic architecture
  • Drive past Lotus Temple, Rashtrapati Bhavan, and India Gate in Delhi
  • Drive past some of Jaipur’s stellar attractions – Jantar Mantar, City Palace, Jal Mahal, Hawa Mahal, and Birla Temple
  • Visit Humanyun’s Tomb, the tomb of second Mughal emperor Nasir-ud-din Muḥammad popularly known as Humanyun. The tomb, being a trendsetter, depicts a generation of Mughal architecture
  • Visit Raj Ghat – a memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi
  • Watch and capture stunning pictures of Bengal tigers, Indian leopards, jacks, and jungle cats at the Sariska Tiger Reserve
  • Go on a tour of Jaipur’s formidable forts – Amber fort, Nahargarh fort and Jaigarh fort.
  • Watch tigers, Indian leopards and marsh crocodiles in Rajasthan’s Ranthambore National Park
  • Visit Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, also known as the Keoladeo National Park, to see rare birds, such as the Siberian crane and Marshall’s iora
  • Visit Fatehpur Sikri, a ghost town built in the time of Mughal rule over India. The town’s numerous monuments, made with red stone, include Buland Darwaza, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal, and Diwan-e-Khas
  • Go on a tour of the Taj Mahal – one of the new Seven Wonders of the World located in Agra
  • In Agra, you’ll also get a guided tour of the Agra Fort, Jama Masjid, and Itmad-ud-Daulah’s Tomb
  • Go on a trip to Sikandra Fort, which houses the tomb of Mughal emperor Akbar the Great

For this safari package, head over to Rajasthan Cultural and Wildlife Safari.

5. Safari: Madhya Pradesh Tiger Safari

With a count of 526, Madhya Pradesh has the majority of India’s royal Bengal tigers. It has six of the 50 established Project Tiger reserves in India. On this 11-day safari journey, you’ll visit three of the most popular Project Tiger reserves in the state. The journey starts in Delhi so you can see the city’s popular tourist attractions.

Things to do on this safari

  • Visit Delhi’s popular destinations such as Jama Mosque, Chandni Chowk, Rajgaht, India Gate, and the Qutub Minar
  • A sightseeing tour of Khajuraho, especially the western group of Khajuraho temples with their erotic sculptures
  • A guided tour of Madhya Pradesh’s trio tiger reserves – Bandhavgarh National Park, Kanha National Park, and Pench National Park – where you can explore the jungle and catch sights of its wildlife in action. Royal Bengal tigers are the primary attraction at all of these wildlife sanctuaries

To know more, head over to Madhya Pradesh Tiger Safari.

6. Safari: Kerala Backroads Cycling Safari Trip

This 13-day bicycle trip takes you through the famous Kerala backroads. As you cycle through the backroads, you’ll have the opportunity to see the fishermen working on their boats and nets. The cycling journey will also take you through several of Kerala’s villages, giving you an insight into the daily life of the villagers of Kerala.

Things to do on this safari

  • A guided tour of the Periyar National Park where you’ll see animals such as Indian bison, elephant, porcupine and flying squirrel
  • A trip to Kovalam beach, where visitors can surf, relax, and witness a beautiful sunset
  • Get an ayurvedic massage therapy known to cure many diseases in the fishing town near Balam, Kerala
  • Cycle through the Veli Lagoon, a scenic lake, and visit the Janardhana Swamy Temple, a famous religious site in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
  • Spend your evening at the Varkala beach relaxing and awaiting its beautiful sunset
  • Visit the cashew and coconut plantation on your cycling trip in Kollam. Also, visit the palm-shaped Ashta Mundi Lagoon lake in Kollam
  • Interacting with the locals on your Alleppey backwater cycling trip. Visit local temples and churches in the Punnamada neighbourhood in Kerala
  • Sunset canoe trip in the Punnamada region
  • Voluntary tree plantation campaign, for which you’ll plant several medicinal and fruit trees
  • Visit to the Poonjar Palace – a royal palace of the bygone era known for its exquisite period furniture
  • Cycle through the mountainous Thekkady region and explore the tea gardens in Waghmore, Kerala
  • Bicycling on the winding roads of Kuttikanam is known for its astonishing vistas. At the end of the trip, you’ll reach Kochi – a stunning historical city known for its Portuguese and Dutch-inspired architecture.

For details about this safari package, take a look at Kerala Backroads Cycling Safari Trip.

About author

MD and Co-Founder. Born in Zimbabwe, Robin has a long history in Africa, and safaris in general, from running lodges to marketing. He is always on the look out for new ideas and products from around the safari world.

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