Our Chinkara Journeys region covers a considerable area of Central India, perhaps the last truly unknown part of the subcontinent. We include popular and lesser known destinations in our tours, are constantly in search of new secret places all across India and regularly add new destinations that are not featured on common tourist itineraries.

The remote and little-visited highlands of Central India, (famous in fiction as the setting for Kipling's Jungle Books), still contains exceptional concentrations of both wildlife and tribal life, including over 20 protected areas and perhaps half the entire extant population of the Royal Bengal Tiger in the wild. The Maikal Hills and Bastar are home respectively to Baiga and Gond tribal peoples whose natural way of life remains an enticing counterpoint to the stresses and strains of the 21st century. Dotted across the dramatic forest landscapes are former princely states, some of whose royal families are now opening their palace residences to small numbers of discerning guests.

The tiger in the wild is by nature an elusive beast and there are no guarantees of sightings. However, few events in the wild can match the sight of the wild tiger, so it's always worth trying. Kanha National Park has a well-justified reputation as one of the best-managed protected areas in the world, and its staff make great efforts to accommodate visitors' wishes. Bandhavgarh National Park farther north is both smaller and has high density of tigers which offers good chances of arbitrary sightings. Pench and Tadoba National Park, west of Kanha also offers great opportunity to see big cats.

These Parks and other Sanctuaries will always thrill with sightings of many other exotic and rare species. Tiger spotting requires very early mornings, some late evenings, good patience and more than a fair share of luck.

All the parks in central India are open from October to June, the autumn and winter time in India. Throughout this period viewing tigers and the host of other wildlife will be possible. Landscape change rapidly during this period.

After monsoon from October to Febuary the vegetation is green and lush, water is plentiful, and it’s not easy to see tigers specially in the month of October but it also adds to the excitement because of the tall grasses and heavy foliage. Safaris are relatively dust free and animals’ coat are clean and fresh. Birdlife is prolific between December and March when winter visitors arrive from their cold grounds, some as far as far east Russia. It is also coldest time of the year with mercury dropping below 5 degrees centigrade at the peak of winter.

Increasingly from February to May temperatures are rising fast from the mid twenties centigrade to high thirties or forties by end of April, so grasses wilt and die, landscapes turn to dust and water has evaporated, making it a good time to see and photograph wildlife around the last remaining waterholes, but much hotter, dustier and arguably less picturesque.

We believe in a warm gesture and personal attention than to flashy hotels. Chinkara Journeys offers vide range of accommodation from private palaces of maharajas to cosy home stays in remote villages or the lodges and camps in the wilderness with the practicing responsible tourism policies. We go in great detail to make our guests as comfortable as possible with all the required 'Creature Comforts', while strictly adhering to our eco-driven and cultural sensitive policies.

An important part of our service is to ensure the best possible catering facilities in all the outlets we interact with, in gastronomy and hygiene, from formal meals to picnics. From modern lodges and hotel's food for the Gods prepared by a brigade of chefs in several different national and international styles, to locally based Palace 'home' cooking with a delicacy of flavours and aromas rarely if ever to be found in the world's 'Indian' restaurants, we believe in the rather un-Napoleonic notion that enjoyable travel requires a happy stomach (and good safe water to boot). Vegetarians generally find themselves quite at home in India. Other special diets can always be catered with advance notice.

As few as you wish, given the limitations of our exclusive accommodation arrangements. The essence of a 'tour' lies in its itinerary and the drivers and guides. However, for certain tours we do not deal in large groups, in part because the nature of our region cannot cope with them; in part because we believe the most rewarding travel experiences to secret places are the more intimate and personal.

Children are always welcome in Chinkara Journeys, often availing substantial discounts by the simple virtue of being children. The young occupy a specially privileged position in of our Indian societies. Given the nature of the terrain, the distances and the climate, we do, however, counsel against inclusion of children of less than 4 years of age.

Chinkara Journeys is always ready to assist you or your travel consultant with the destinations of different regions. Just let us know what you have in mind as we will provide you with the best possible services as we can.

We take care of your every need, including your security. Most of the areas we visit are safe, but some are very remote and disturbances natural or man-made are not unknown. While we have no control over force majeure or Acts of God, we do take security very seriously (as do the local civil authorities) and will always advise when an area for whatever reason is temporarily considered unsafe. As a general rule, we discourage driving at night and follow our own traffic credo: Safety before Speed, Comfort before Competition. Always consult Chinkara Journeys for latest updates on the civil, road and climatic situation. On matters of health we commend you to the relevant link in our Travel Tips section.

While things are changing slowly in modern India but no dedicated facilities yet exist at all the accommodation or transport for guests with physical disabilities. Chinkara Journeys always make every effort to ensure that all our guests have the optimum opportunity of enjoying the tour. If you or a family member or colleague has special needs, please communicate these to us and we will endeavour to accommodate you to the very best of our abilities.

Protocol today has been overtaken by the exigencies of Personal Comfort allied to airline baggage allowances. While jacket-and-tie for gentlemen is never inappropriate in the evenings, it is by no means de rigueur. Dressing for dinner is now more the aftermath of needing to wash away the heat and dust of the day than responding to an esoteric code. A jacket is mainly useful against the often very cool winter nights and for the pockets a sweater never seems to have.

Men and women are advised to cover exposed flesh at all times specially when visiting religious sites or travelling in remote areas. It is quite possible for locals to have seen a foreigner for the first time in their life and that too with little cloths on their body. This can create an embarrassment for the on lookers. For women it is a good idea to throw in a scarf or shawl that you can use to cover your head and shoulders if required. It is strongly suggested to cover your body at least with a knee length trouser, while avoid anything shorter than sleeveless shirt of a natural fabric. Hats or caps and strong shoes are all recommended as a simple aid to tropical sunlight protection in the day and the attentions of insects at night.

Please also be sensitive to sensibilities of your host nation; modesty is still seen as a virtue in India. See Travel Tips: Shoes and Clothing.

In a modern democratic republic, it is perfectly correct to address Maharaja ABC Singh as 'Mister' Singh, if somewhat lacking in style. 'Sir' and 'Madam' are commonly used in India as eminently respectful forms of address. 'Maharaja' or 'Maharani' may also be used in English, with the addition, if you are so minded, of the Hindi honorific -ji. You may hear a royal family member referred to by courtiers and others as 'HH' - His (or Her) Highness. For foreign visitors, 'Your Highness' may be inappropriate in speech, albeit very suitable in a letter. Likewise, 'serenity' in India tends to be reserved for bona fide Gods and Saints. As in Rome, a good rule of thumb is to follow closely local practices, without the need ever to appear ridiculous.

For answers to these and a hundred other incidental but crucial questions, please consult the Chinkara Journeys Travel Tips page. In case we have failed to answer any of your personal queries, feel free to contact us for a rapid response.

Our inclusive tariffs cover all accommodation including all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and light intermediate refreshments), air- conditioned transport with mineral water and soft drinks, road taxes, tolls, park and guide fees, from pick-up at airport or railway station to final exit from these points. Tariffs do not include air or train travel into or out of the region unless mentioned, personal service gratuities or alcoholic beverages.

Please consult our Travel Tips: Money link for advice on what to spend on discretionary 'extras'. Please also note that tariffs are based on twin-sharing per person and are a guide only to our value. We will only quote final comprehensive tariffs based on dialogue with you about your needs.

Browse the ready-made tour itineraries on our website and select the tour most suitable for you. Please click the "Enquire Now" button, fill in the form and then submit it to us. Fill the same form in case you want to alter the itinerary that is more tuned your travel style. More detailed information is highly appreciated as it will help us optimize your customized tour plan more effectively.

After receiving your online enquiry, one of our professional travel counselors will go to work for you. He/she will arrange a very reasonable itinerary and quote our best price.

Upon your receipt of our reply, please carefully study the itinerary and quotation we have prepared for you. After that, should you have any questions or further requirements regarding the tour, please feel free to e-mail us. We will be pleased to make any changes as per your requests. No matter how long the tour discussion may take, our aim is to make you completely satisfied with the final tour plan.

When our proposal is in accordance with your plans, please show your acceptance of our offer by email so we can proceed with the accommodation, taxi and flight bookings. For the payment method, kindly see the next FAQ. We will provide you some suggestions and offer the detailed instruction about the payment procedure within the email.

Note: The relevant hotel and flight bookings will be made at this time. Therefore, the earlier that you confirm the tour, the more likely that the proposed itinerary can be adhered to.

Upon receiving advance payment, the tour is officially confirmed. We will write an e-mail to confirm this with you. A travel invoice or voucher will be provided.

About one week prior to your tour starting date, we will send you all necessary contact details for each destination and some further travel advice to help you with your packing. We are all excited about your choice to visit India!

We require a ten percent (non-refundable) deposit at the time of booking, followed by payment in full six weeks before the start of your tour. Payment is now mercifully easy with an internet bank transfer, if you don't do internet banking you can take our details into your bank and they will do the necessary. We will supply you with all details on our invoice.