A most unique safari in India

By Fran & Judy Pease
This article appears on page 36 of the February 2020 issue.
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Our accommodations at Pench Tree Lodge.

When most people think of a safari, one of the African countries comes to mind first. However, having visited Botswana, Zimbabwe and Kenya in the past, we decided to try an Indian safari in February ’19, exploring four of the national parks there: Kaziranga, Satpura, Kanha and Pench.

We flew nonstop for 14 hours from Newark to Delhi, spent the night at the Claridges Hotel, then connected with an IndiGo flight to Guwahati, in the state of Assam.

In preparation for our trip, we each obtained an e-visa online at indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html (fees start at $10 for a 30-day tourist visa, depending on time of year and length of validity). We also got the recommended vaccination and medications from our local Passport Health office (www.passporthealthusa.com/locations).

Our entire 16-day itinerary was planned by Audley Travel (Boston, MA; 866/583-1354, audleytravel.com) at a cost of $7,453 per person, excluding international airfare. This covered all-inclusive safari lodges, nature tours with guides, all transfers, domestic flights and trains. It did not include the expected gratuities for each driver and ranger.

Kaziranga National Park

A hoolock gibbon.

Although we spent our first night in Delhi, our adventure really began on the road from Guwahati to Kaziranga. All of our ground transportation had been arranged by Audley through Travel Inn India.

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