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    Tigress with young cubs @ Nanak Dhingra
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    Snow Leopard exhibit perfect camouflage in their habitat @ Aditya Singh
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    Winter light is ideal for photography @ Aditya Singh
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    Asiatic Lion at dawn in Gir @ Aditya Singh
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    Jungle cat at Ranthambhore @ Aditya Singh
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    Leopards are the second largest predators at Gir @ Aditya Singh
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    Hemis in undoubtedly the best place to see Snow Leopards @ Dhritiman Mukherjee
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Big Cats of India

Highlights: The best big cat tour showcasing Snow Leopard in the Himalayan tracts of Ladakh, tigers and leopards in Rajasthan, Asiatic Lion in Gir besides lesser cats like Rusty Spotted Cat, Jungle Cat, Caracal, Pallas’s Cat and Eurasian Lynx.

This epic Big Cat Safari takes you from the icy domain of the Snow Leopard in the trans Himalayas to the largest tract of dry deciduous forest in Rajasthan home to the Bengal Tiger and finally to the forests of Gir, the last bastion of the Asiatic Lion and one of the finest reserves in India to see the Leopard. For all big cat aficionados, this is undoubtedly the best possible adventure since it offers such a diverse spectrum of wild cats with very realistic chances of sighting each one of these magnificent felines. With some luck we may have a chance to see some lesser cats as well such as the Rusty Spotted and Jungle Cat, Caracal, Pallas’s Cat as well as the Eurasian Lynx!

We meet in Delhi and fly to Leh, the capital of Ladakh, situated at a height of 3500m with the stunning 16th century palace as its backdrop. This sudden altitudinal gain requires mandatory acclimatization for two nights to allow us to adapt to the new height. We will however make the best use of this time before heading out to Hemis National Park in search of the Snow Leopard. Given the recent spate of sightings in the past few years, the area around the Rumbak catchment has proved to be the best place in the world to sight these ‘near mythical’ cats, which very few people have set their eyes upon.

Returning to Delhi for a night’s rest in the comfort of our hotel, we take a short train journey to Ranthambhore the following morning. The sparse landscape of the reserve with well laid out tracks and the uninhibited nature of its Tigers make Ranthambhore one of the finest places to observe Tigers, often seen hunting their prey in broad daylight. Leopards are present here in good numbers too and we have fairly good chances of sighting them along with the Jungle Cat and the very elusive Caracal.

Tracing our way back to Delhi once again we fly the next morning to Ahemdabad, in the ‘dry state’ of Gujarat (besides being an arid country, alcohol is prohibited here) and drive onwards to Gir, the last bastion of the Asiatic Lion. From 20 lions at the turn of the century there are now over 300 lions that co-exist here. Though our main target here is the Astaic Lion, we hope to see other mammals as well, including Leopard, Jungle Cat and perhaps the rare Rusty Spotted Cat.

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Fact Sheet
  • Region: Ladakh, Rajasthan & Gujarat
  • Duration: 21 Days/20 Nights by road & air
  • Parks Covered: Hemis, Ranthambhore & Sasan Gir
  • Departures: Nov to mid March

Travel Itinerary

Day 1 – Fly Delhi to Leh
Early morning transferred to Delhi airport to board the flight to Leh, keeping our cameras handy for some stunning views of the Himalayas. Arrive at Leh Airport and drive to the hotel, which offers panoramic views of the Zanskar range of mountains. Afternoon we have the option to walk down to Leh bazaar. Though many of the shops are closed during winters, the streets are busy with local women selling vegetables, a scarce commodity during winters and dried apricots amongst other fruits. If our visit coincides with one of the many Ladakhi colourful festivals, we are in for of some excellent photo opportunities.
Overnight at Mahey Retreat