Jami Tarris & Theo Allofs, Canada (Photography tour India)
We would like to thank you for making our last trip to India so successful and pleasurable. As you know, we have traveled to India twice recently, and you made this last trip convenient, efficient and so comfortable for us. As photographers our needs are many and specific, but your office staff, guides and drivers worked in concert to meet our constant demands. We appreciate your expertise and friendly customer service and we will highly recommend your company to colleagues and friends in the future. We look forward to our next photography trip to India and we look forward to working with your company again.
Sir David Attenborough, BBC (Leopard filming at Siana)
Our stay at Siana was only too short-but long enough to be overwhelmed by the warmth of your hospitality, to rejoice in the marvelous meals and to get with your guidance a privileged insight into the wonderful natural history of this thrilling part of the World. Many thanks.
Daisy Gilardini, Switzerland (Tigers Only tour)
Being a wildlife photographer all you need when traveling is the right light at the right place and moment. Light is all about photography and only Mother Nature can decide about it. Nevertheless having guides that know where and when the right light might be, helps a lot! I would like to thank Wild World India for the great support, perfect organization and best guides during our tiger-shooting safari in India.
Ruth Padel, UK (Corbett Experience)
Thank you so much for EVERYTHING, it was really wonderful, and your place at Vanghat is lovely. The lammergeier was the icing on the cake! Meanwhile good luck with all that you are doing and thank you again! Keep me posted on Corbett
Prize-winning British poet & author of 'Tigers In Red Weather' on wild tigers in Asia
Marcus Karlsen, Norway (Bandhavgarh & Gir Tour)
I had 5 great weeks in India. The trip was excellent and I got a lot of good pictures of both tigers and lions. We saw tigers several times at Bandhavgarh, the Nature Heritage Lodge was very good with friendly staff and good service and our driver was one of the best, if not the best. So thank you so much to Wild World India for taking care of all that. We also got to Gir and saw lions every day. Even saw leopards three times but they were only short glimpses so no pictures of the leopards.
Peter Thomas, France (Corbett Forest Rest House Tour)
Do you want to leave, no? Neither do I! This is my 4th visit to India & the first time in Corbett. I have been staying here for the last 8 days at Jhirna, Malani, Dhikala, Lohachaur and Vanghat River Lodge and have no doubts that it is one of the finest National Parks of India. Few Highlights: 4 Common Green Magpies, 8 Great Hornbills in a Ficus tree, wonderful sighting of a Sloth Bear that climbed down from a creeper and came right beside the Gypsy. 166 birds, 10 different Tigers (with 25 'findings' pugmarks, alarm calls, etc), Smooth-tailed Otters and beautiful trees and other vegetation! It will be interesting to compare my next experience here in Nov/ December. Vanghat is indeed a wonderful place and so tastefully and esthetically fitting in the landscape.
Dr. James Walters & Chris Kenty, USA (Bharatpur & North East Birding Tour)
Vikram, we did indeed have a very wonderful trip. One of the highlights was meeting you, Dipen and Gaurav in person. I was lucky enough to have a bit of time with Dipendra in Delhi, and it was also a tremendous gift to have all three of you come down to Bharatpur. Really felt that we were with a group of long-time friends, and we hated to leave you. You all did an excellent job making all the arrangements for our adventure; every single connection worked perfectly, and we always felt very well looked after and professionally guided by marvelous people who shared of themselves and their experience. Of course it was beyond fabulous to be with Raj Basu for the time in the northeast - no ordinary company could ever provide an amazing experience like that. We will put together a trip report and some comments - hopefully this week - and we would love to do whatever we can to further your work. We think the world of all three of you, and hope we can remain friends despite the distances. Affectionately, Chris
Nicholas Prior, UK (Rajasthan Culture Tour)
Dear Vikram, We are safely back in England and back at work. Thank you very much for all your help - we could not have done it without you. It was great to meet you and our night in Delhi was one of the highlights. I also never told you that we had a great dinner with Daisy and Kunnu at Udai Kothi - they were so generous and asked us to join them. Great hotel also! Thank you again - it was the perfect honeymoon.
Henrik S. Lund, Denmark (Mahseer Fishing)
The nature at Vanghat is wonderful and the wildlife is fantastic. I came to hopefully land a big fish, but fishing this time of year in winter is real hard. The fish is here, but they only bite in the morning and only for an hour or so. I have had all the fish between 9 and 11 in the morning. In mid-day I have caught 2 small fish in low water on a Meps size 2. All the fish caught in the pools was on Atta.
10/11 2 small fish and 3, 4 Kg, 77 cm. pool 1
11/11 4 small fish and 1,5 Kg. and 5,7 Kg. 87 cm. pool 5
12/11 1 Small fish and 1, 5 Kg. and 2 Kg. pool 5
Charles & Judy, UK (Roop Kund Kuari Pass Trek)
Priy Ghosh, Achcha hai aapki Diwali sukhmay rahi. Hum yaha apne bete aur bahu ke saath hein. Charles aur mein hamare trek ke bare mein baat cheet kar rahe hein, aur aap sab ko yaad kar rahin the. Hamari bahu, Nipa ne 'Ghante' par likha sandesh padha. Shukriya. Vanghat ki shuruwat ke liye hamari Shubh Kamnaein. Aasha hein ki 'Haathi' taxi theek se chalegi.
Our neighbour, who has fished for Mahseer in Southern India visited Corbett just after we returned. We spoke to them on the phone briefly and they said they had fished in the Kosi river and caught some small Mahseer. We will see them soon to share our pictures with them and will find out if they would like to hear about Vanghat. Shubh Kamnain, Charles aur Judy
George & Stella Bain, UK (Ranthambhore Tour)
Dear Vikram, the trip that you organized for us was superb and the arrangements went like clockwork; I was particularly impressed with the way that your people checked with us from time to time to ensure that everything was OK. The game drives in Ranthambhore were wonderful and our guide - VJ - explained things very clearly. We did see our tiger and were, I believe, very fortunate. The park was just a magical place and we would like to return one day. Finally, the meal on our return to Delhi was really excellent and set us off on our next journey with wonderful memories of India, the people, the scenery, the culture and the wildlife. Many thanks for a wonderful time.
Colleen Moor, UK (Vanghat River Lodge)
The whole experience at Vanghat has been so wonderful and it just gets better and better. Carried here on an elephant - beautiful and natural surroundings - perfect host and service and comfort barely imagined! Great walks, fascinating stories and interesting conversation! Washing the elephant in the river is definitely the best memory yet in India. Thank you! "We'll be back Ghosh".
Robert Germon, UK (India Tour)
Had a super time - thank you! All the arrangements worked really well with good guides and drivers throughout. Gaurav in the New Delhi office is a star and ensured all went well and kept in touch throughout. Well provide you a more detailed report soon letting you know all the highlights and other comments that we have. Kerala was the best State for us and after 35C yesterday it's a bit of a difference back in the UK (still sun is shining today and it's warming up). Thanks for everything. Bob & Sue Germon
Dominique Boukris, France (South India Rainforest Tour)
Spent 3 days at the Rain Forest retreat, a biodynamic farm where everything is organically grown and our cottage lay in the shade of luxurious trees bearing orchids. After exploring Coorg for 3 days, we left knowing that this would be a part of our mental landscape forever.
The next 4 days we spent at yet another farm, away from the town of Kodai. You may walk to some tribal areas or take the long winding trail to Munnar (4 to 5 hours) and its unbelievable tea estates.
The next few days we spent at Cardamom house, which is down the hill, along the lake, a crazy old fellow, English to make it clear, retired medical doctor has set up a beautiful comfortable guesthouse and has trained his young Indian employees in various kinds of cuisines, including French. We had a "soupe Ã l'oignon" and a "poulet basquaise" with a wine that he makes himself. Next year he will make cheese, maybe Camembert! The dinner on the terrace of the house was truly "surrealistic".
For these 3 chapters of our lives, for funny incidents which made the whole thing more delightful, for the cruise in the Cochin backwaters on a thatch roof boat, we have to congratulate Vikram at Wild World India who perfectly understood what we were looking for, which aspect of India we try to see whenever we go there.
Duncan Tait, UK (Ranikhet & Corbett Tour)
Firstly I would like to say that our trip was really fantastic, we all had a great time and the best part of our trip for all of us was the time we spent in the north with you and at Ranikhet & Corbett. The first thing that BB says to anyone who asks how was our trip is "I washed an elephant" she really, really loved it and so did the boys.
My stomach bug disappeared as quickly as it had arrived but it was a shame that I missed out on some valuable fishing time. However I saw enough for the place for it to get right under my skin, and I have been thinking daily about how I can get back over to you for another try. My heart tells me to get back on a plane as soon as possible but my head tells me that I need to practice hard here on some strong highland rivers throughout this season and maybe come back in September for another try. I also have to do a lot of reading and research into fish, flies and entomology to put myself in a stronger position when I return.
Finally I would like to say thanks for everything and that I really loved the camp, the river and all the wildlife, I especially enjoyed hearing of your conversation with the old man who keeps the goats. We also loved the dogs and being round the fire and found the staff to be really nice and helpful.
Anwar & Bernadette Bux, France (Corbett Experience Tour)
It was not without regret that the Bux family took leave of Corbett National Park. The spectacular flora and fauna right before your eyes was something that you normally came across only in picture books. The elephants, the deer, the birds, the peacocks, the gharials, the wild boars, the monkey, the jackals and even the elusive tigers all contributed to the excitement, for young and old, of seeing animals in their natural state. The quaint government guesthouses on the reserve added an old worldly charm and an elephant back safari made you really re-think the ideas that you had about these enormous beasts. Slow they may be but climb they could and they took you into areas no vehicle could or where you would not venture on foot. We have tons of pictures that we took during this trip plus those images inside our heads which I think we will keep permanently, to remind us of this trip.
Though Corbett was the main attraction we did take a few trips into the surrounding country ending up with a superb view of the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. We stayed at the camp, which turned out to be quite an experience. The food was excellent and the rooms were very comfortable. On the whole the staff was very helpful and it was really appreciated.
All of this however would not have been possible without the meticulous organization of Vikram, Prasanna and Ghosh. Our kids still think of 'Uncle' Ghosh and all the anecdotes that he narrated. They got the gist of the stories and the ambience directly from him even though it was us who did the translations to French for the actual words. Ghosh was additionally our guide, ornithologist, storyteller, organizer, interpreter and an excellent companion right through the trip. Thanks go out to Sanjay also, without whom we would never have been able to have this wonderful experience. From Bernadette, Etienne, William and Anwar, wishing all at Wild World India great success in their venture and thanks again for this unforgettable pleasure. We hope to do it again.
Richard Kuenne, USA (Bandhavgarh & Corbett Tour)
To Vikram, Gaurav, Kunwar and the entire Wild World India team
Thank you for doing everything you possibly could to make my safari as well as for Marcus as good as it could be! Every detail always seemed to be covered. When my train arrived into the train station at 4:30 in the morning on my way to Bandhavgarh, I stepped down to the ground with great uncertainty; a fellow approached me and said, "Mr. Richard?" I was so very happy to have a friendly voice to escort me to a waiting car rather than to stand puzzled as to what to do in that environment so strange and frightening to me. Every time a car was to come, it came. The cross-country drivers were all very good, careful drivers, especially the fellow that drove me to Corbett and back to Delhi.
The extra effort that Gaurav made to personally bring my luggage out to Bandhavgarh is just extraordinary! I have told a number of people here about that service, and people just look at me in disbelief. Thank you! Thank you, Gaurav for your act of extreme thoughtfulness!! That effort demonstrates the true value of your company in its dedication to give your clients the best possible experience, and trying to resolve problems as they arise. Thank you also for watching over and helping Laura who was feeling so lost and alone when she also arrived in Delhi with no luggage, and with no one there to greet her.
Only the accommodations in Bandhavgarh were adjusted for the first four days and more importantly we did not have Pappu as our guide for the first week. The Frenchman must have offered Raj more money to get him. Please do pass on "Thanks" also to Raj and Romie at the lodge for their warm hospitality towards Marcus and I during our stay, busing us back and forth from our "second home" at the other lodge for meals, and trying to make the best of their over-booked situation. They also helped to find or loan me some clothes to make do until Gaurav brought out my own things.
In Corbett Park, Kunwar demonstrated his expertise as a knowledgeable and experienced guide. He is obviously well liked and respected by the other guides and park personal. Kunwar could use a more experienced driver to complement his keen observations and ability to spot various animal species with the ability to approach them quietly without frightening them away. Thank you each once again for helping to make my trip and Marcus' a fun, exciting, productive, memorable and safe experience.
Wade Hampton, UK (Rajasthan Bombay Goa Tour)
Thanks for an amazing journey...unforgettable! Just a few minor hiccups...waitlisted for the train but an agent magically appeared and calmed us down...train itself was to be first class but filled with cockroaches and...mice who jumped up on our neighbors tray! Also, didn't have any vouchers for hotels which they asked for every time we arrived! But somehow was sorted by the local agents...what a network!
LOVED Jaipur...had a great guide Satendra Singh Tamdiya. Saw a tiger first safari of the day at Ranthambhore...Agra on new year's day...half of India was there so difficult to move around...Steph was sick that night but had a great doctor..Guarav from Delhi office kept a eye on us wherever we went from Delhi...the driver from Delhi was brillant..we called him JD or JP can't remember...It all fuses into a magical trip of chaos, palaces, smells, dust, music, visuals which leave you speechless.
The crowning hotel has got to be Udaivilas in Udaipur...wow!!! Didn't want to leave. Pity there wasn't any water in the lake! Goa...Taj ok...met up with Steph's brother from Hong Kong and his wife who were staying with a friend who owns the Club Copa Cabana the hottest place in town...I could go on and on...still a bit jet lagged...thanks for the few hours at the Royal Meridien complete with BMW chauffeur...didn't want to leave there either...nice rest before the mad Mumbai airport! Thanks again for all your work and patience! I'm thinking mountains and Kerala next maybe! Have a great year! Wade & Stephanie
John De Pree, UK (Kerala & Lakshadweep Tour)
The trip you had arranged for us was superb. There were no problems and everything ran very smoothly. Jess and I were not accustomed to the '5 star' life but everyone one along the chain was so helpful and friendly it made the trip so easy and relaxing for us. The itinerary itself was also perfect. Tall Trees in Munnar was beautiful and relaxing along with the Spice Gardens. We loved the houseboat trip and our time in Bangaram was more than we expected. All in all it was a lovely honeymoon for us both. My only regret is that we could not stay longer in some of the cottages! I think the only suggestion I could make was that we would have preferred to spend more time in the smaller remote accommodation options than in the larger, busier hotels like Coconut Lagoon. Saying that, Coconut Lagoon was also very comfortable and relaxing for our recovery from the wedding day. Thank you so much for all your suggestions and preparing such a great itinerary of Kerala for us. It is a beautiful country. Many thanks, John and Jess
Mark & Liz Fielden, UK (Shipton Tilman Trail)
Our trek was in effect a honeymoon after we were married in a Hindu ceremony at Bedni Bugyal, a small shrine on the way to Roop Kund. Ghosh (only his mum calls him Sumantha, apparently!) and his Wild World India colleagues arranged the whole thing -- including porters, priests, photographer and band -- and we simply cannot recommend them highly enough!
Our trek was in the first three weeks of June 2003 but Roop Kund was still closed off by snow. And the start of the monsoon meant the stunning view at Kuari Pass was obscured by clouds. The Shipton Tilman route via Wan and the Kuari Pass is beautiful, climbing through forest onto huge alps with wonderful views and huge vultures soaring overhead. We had a great time meeting villagers along the way and camping under mountains like Trisul. Parts of it were hard going, though, particularly the first couple of days -- a tough climb up zig-zag paths. And food, especially meat and vegetables, became scarce at times.
I would suggest you take your own tent and sleeping bags. Ghosh can provide tents, I understand, but we prefer to take equipment we trust. There are some mountain huts at Bedni but we usually sleep outside to avoid bed bugs. I was also very glad I took a Rab down jacket -- because it got very cold at Bedni, even during the day. Ghosh has a Katadin water purifier but you might consider taking your own for safety. They cost about Â£200 but weigh very little and each filter lasts ten years. And head torches, such as Petzl LED ones, are a bonus. We also tend to pack light. I take three sets of clothes plus a large bottle of mild detergent and a washing line -- and our drying laundry caused hilarity from guides and villagers alike.
George Fathom, India (Mahseer Fishing at Vanghat)
Thank you very much Vikram, Dipen and the entire Wild World India staff for a most enjoyable stay at Vanghat and for taking such good care of us. The staff was excellent and so were the facilities. The fishing was beyond expectations...we managed to get a few decent ones and bagged 3-4 Mahseer pretty much every session. You all are doing an excellent job both in the hospitality area, as well as for conserving Mahseer. Keep up the good work! Thanks again ....Vish & I will surely be back (for the big one that got away at pool 4!)
Robert & Sarah Yaxley, UK
(Corbett & Rajasthan Tour)
We have brought home some great memories from the trip, and some interesting new ideas for future journeys. Our favourite places were Ranthambore, Udaipur, Camp Forktail and the Glasshouse. As promised I will write up a full trip report with all the best bits, birds and wildlife and how well we managed to combine a family holiday with wildlife and cultural interests. Of course we enjoyed the trip enormously. Rowan liked all the animal rides and game drives, Sarah had a great introduction to India, and I came to a much better understanding of aspects of Indian culture, conservation, ecology and dynamics. I got a great sense of a rapidly changing country and a great feeling of optimism.
Robert Yaxley Ecological Surveys Ltd, Norfolk
Helen Rootveldt, UK (Central India tiger reserves)
The most amazing thing about our tour was that it happened at all. We really wanted to see tigers before they disappear from the planet. I found Wild World India and booked the whole tour on the internet. I was so relieved to see Gaurav for the first time at the Airport when he came to meet us. We had ten wonderful days and saw the wonders of India wildlife at Kanha and Bandhavgah.
When I booked the tour I had no idea of the wide variety of wildlife we would see, everything from monkeys to every type of deer and of course, we saw tigers. The tour that Gaurav created for us had everything, long drives, flights, guided tours and lots of park rides. Everything went smoothly and all the people we met were absolutely delightful. But the highlight was the tigers. When we booked the tour I was afraid we wouldn't see any tigers at all, but from the first night in Kanha, we were fortunate enough to be with the people who could find the tigers.
Chris Shepherd & Loretta Ann Soosayraj, Malaysia (Corbett Experience Tour)
We had an excellent time - one of the best wildlife experiences! The Wildlife watching was fantastic - 50 species of birds, including lots of Khalij Pheasants, Asian Paradise Flycatchers, Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babblers, Indian Pitta, Black Bulbuls, Greater Yellownape, Emerald Dove, Crimson Sunbird, Red Billed Blue Magpie and many more. Sambhar and Barking deer, Goral were very nice and a huge King Cobra about 4 meters long. What an incredible time - we are definitely coming back! The excellent food, hospitality, Jackie and Mastoo (fabulous dogs), our highly skilled guides and a really great team; thank you all for making our holiday in India one that we will remember for a long, long time. Vanghat River Lodge is real eco-tourism.
Inna Gorbulenko, Russia (Kanha, Bandhavgarh & Corbett Tour)
Dear Vikram, Overall we had a really memorable trip indeed and everything was very well arranged. All three parks (Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Corbett) are so spectacular and breathtaking with their charming landscapes, smells and sounds that we wanted to go back as soon as we landed in Russia. Although we were greatly impressed with all three places, I would like to single out Kanha is something that stands apart both in terms of park management and approach. Your choice of Royal Tiger Resort was perfect with their charming hosts Margie and Aditya being so knowledgeable and personal. The atmosphere in the lodge and on the game drives was very non-commercial and wildlife-focused with proper respect to the environment and animals.
Nature Heritage Resort in Bandhavgarh was fine with excellent drivers (at least Santosh whom we had as our driver on all game drives was really the best). The park itself is much more crowded and commercialized compared to Kanha and obviously more focused on tiger viewing though I should admit that I certainly wouldn't have skipped it.
The highlight of Corbett was our guide Kunwar Singh Rawat from Wild World India (whom we really liked very much) and our most spectacular tiger sighting (five tigers) from the Dhikala watching tower! Thank you again for this excellent trip that wouldn't have been so perfect without Wild World India.
Chris Mills & Jacky Harris, UK (Corbett Birding Tour)
My partner and I visited Corbett in January 2002 towards the end of a two-week birding trip to Northern India, with Wild World India providing excellent camping accommodation, food and guiding. What we enjoyed most though was the excellent company provided by the guides, which extended to chatting the evenings away, sipping beer by an open campfire and listening to all the weird and wonderful sounds of the forest. Having traveled to many places in the world, this still remains one of our fondest memories. We remember leaving with heavy hearts, but knew we will return soon.
Having traveled to India now for the 3rd time, Vanghat was probably the most beautiful place we have stayed. The birding is excellent - Little and Spotted Forktail, Wallcreeper, Pallas- fish Eagle etc. also tried my hand at Mahseer fishing but only managed to catch one 'tiddler'. Even so, just to watch such magnificent fish was a privilege. The friendliness and overall feel of the location is the perfect place to slow your hectic holidays schedule. Birding and fishing or walking in this area lifts the spirit. A big thanks to everyone for our 'marriage' greeting and use of the beautiful stone cottage! Hope we make it back here soon. Footnote: We came back on New Years Eve and it was just as great!! http://www.norfolkbirding.com
Irene Melas, Darwin, Australia (North India Culture Tour)
I traveled to North India in February 2003, my first and had the best time of my life. I had never traveled outside of Australia and decided to go to India and I can tell you it's a magical place, the people are beautiful, kind and respectful.
Wild World India organized our entire tour, which included our guides, accommodation and transport. I could not thank the team enough for all they had done for my friends and myself. I am sure I will visit India again and will want Wild World India to organize it for me.
Ursula Ulrich & Nina Muller, Switzerland (Kilbury trek)
We did a trek in the Kilbury Reserve Forest organized by Wild World India. We really enjoyed this wonderful view and the beautiful landscape all along. At the campfire Gosh, told us some interesting forest stories.
We camped all along the trek, got to even hear a leopard at night and also had a meeting with a furious bull and other animals, which came to drink at the waterhole close by. It was truly an amazing experience; hope to be back again now that we have done it three times already.
Mrs. Bella Sunley, Madrid, Spain
Thank you all for making this, such a wonderful week - an elephant safari, bird watching, beautiful scenery is really to be recommended. I hope we will be back again.
Mrs Irralie Murray, Timau, Kenya
The best trip ever to India, now the fourth I have done and hope to be back. Thank you to everyone for making the tour such a memorable one.
Jenny Sworder, London
A most wonderful trip! The organization was second to none. The scenery is amongst the most spectacular I have ever seen and the elephants, well they are to die for!! Thank you everyone at Wild World India for the care, the kindness and all the knowledge you brought to the trip. It would not have been the same without you. I shall be back, and hope to see you then.
Sybil Sasson, London
Thank You! I loved every moment - the elephants were fantastic and so were the birds. Thanks to Anil & Ghosh and all the crew at Wild World India for looking after us so well.
Sarah Jenkins, Bideford, North Deven
For a first safari to India this has been a most wonderful introduction. Staying at Camps and the Forest Rest Houses has been excellent; the guiding from Anil & Ghosh has been interesting, well informed and the "birding" superb. The food was five star! Thank you to the whole team and those special elephants, who have helped make this whole trip so special.
Julia Glen, Nairobi, Kenya
A marvelous safari, beyond my expectations, loved every minute and I never thought of being in India and not having crowds. The birds were way beyond my expectations. The elephants were marvelous and just trudging along so slowly & seeing so much was spectacular. The food couldn't have been better, in fact couldn't have enjoyed myself more.
Jane Mceena, Nanyuki, Kenya
Thank you all so very much for a truly marvelous experience-we have had a tremendous safari, so well organized-many thanks.
Caro Iuel, Western Cape, South Africa
TRUNKS UP! What a totally amazing experience. Thank you all for making my first (definitely not last!) trip to India so special, I shall treasure the moments forever. Hopefully see you in South Africa soon.
Priscilla Henley, Peurith, Cumbria
I cannot begin to thank you all for making it such a special safari-I had always wanted to visit India and it has lived up to all expectations. A special thanks to Anil & Ghosh for introducing me to the wonderful world of birds! Good luck and I hope to see you again.