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If you are seeking awildlife holiday which alsoleaves you feelinghealthier, happier and more relaxed, thisgroundbreaking Naturetrek wildlife andyoga combination could be the answer!Yoga, a system of exercises that emergedan astonishing 5,000 years ago to fosterboth physical and mental well-being, hasits origins in northern India. Theseexercises are documented in the Vedas,the oldest records of Indian culture, andyoga's founders were the great sages,famed for their remarkable powers ofphysical and mental concentration. Yogatoday combines stylised postures withexercises in deep breathing andmeditation, the word itself being derivedfrom a Sanskrit word meaning 'to jointogether' - the ultimate aim of yoga being to unite the human soul with theuniversal spirit. Our base for this holiday will be TarangiResort, or similar, situated in the bufferzone forest on the edge of CorbettNational Park. Whilst here, we will rise earlyand focus each morning on exploringCorbett in search of the park's Tigers andfabulous range of other mammals andbirds. Then, after lunch each day, and asuitable period at leisure, we'll offer a dailyyoga class each afternoon and evening,each lesson carefully tailored to the level ofexperience of the participants. In addition,informal talks on yoga lifestyle will also begiven. The flexibility offered by the yogainstructors here will provide for bothnewcomers to yoga as well as moreexperienced aficionados. All you will needare reasonably good health, a yoga matand a willingness to have fun and takehealthy exercise in inspiring naturalsurroundings. Indeed, the delightful situation of TarangiResort puts us in utter harmony withnature. Its 21 cottages are set in 13 lushacres of landscaped grounds beneath theHimalayan foothills and, nearby, on a fast-flowing river, White-capped River Chatsand Plumbeous Redstarts flit among theboulders whilst Brown Dippers plunge inand out of the torrent. Wallcreepers notinfrequently explore the rocky shorelinehere and the shaggy crested HimalayanPied Kingfisher is another regular visitor.The surrounding forests are also rich inbirdlife and, unlike the nearby nationalpark, it is possible to explore these on footwhich greatly increases the number ofbirds and smaller mammals we shouldsee. The lodge has been especiallydesigned with yoga in mind, andincorporates both a meditation and yogahall; it also offers Ayurvedic treatments andhas a large riverside swimming pool.Private vegetable and herb gardens supplythe restaurant inside, while the ruralsituation and the Himalaya to the northensure a rich supply of healthy fresh air.Indeed, it is our aim that when you leaveTarangi Resort, you will feel refreshed andrejuvenated, and possess a sense ofaccomplishment.Our holiday begins, however, in India'scapital, Delhi. From here we'll enjoy abirdwatching visit to Okhla Barrage, on theYamuna River, home to a wealth ofwaterbirds and passerines. We will thentake a train north-east into the scenic forested hills and wide river valleys ofCorbett National Park where we have achance of seeing Tiger and IndianElephant plus a fine supporting cast ofmammals and birds. We will be spendingsix days in Corbett, the famous nationalpark named in honour of Jim Corbett. He was born in nearby Nainital in 1875 and,for over 30 years during the first half of the20th century, he achieved 'god-like' statusin these hills as he rid them of 19 man-eating Tigers and Leopards that betweenthem claimed over 1,200 lives. His modestaccounts of these exploits became best-selling books, but by 1920 he was turningto photography, one of that early breed ofnaturalists to turn from hunter toconservationist, and was duly honouredwhen Corbett National Park was founded in1957. Here the wealth and diversity thatCorbett experienced throughout theKumaon hills remains protected todaywithin the jungles and forested hills ofCorbett National Park. As well as a mouth-watering selection of sub-Himalayan birds,the park also supports a wealth ofmammals, among them Indian Elephants,Wild Boar, and herds of deer which are theprey of a healthy population of Leopardsand Tigers, all of which we will search foron elephant back and jeep. We will alsolook for the rare fish-eating GharialCrocodiles along Corbett's fast-flowingrivers, where enigmatic Ibisbills andWallcreepers may also be found in winter.Our holiday concludes back in Delhi, butparticipants may choose to extend theirvisit in a variety of ways, whether with avisit to another of the well-known TigerReserves, such as Ranthambore orSuklaphanta, or by further pursuing theirinterest in yoga with a visit to an Indianashram.India - Wildlife & Yoga!A unique 9-day holiday combination offering you the chance to explore the jungles of Corbett National Park in search of wildlife as well as to enjoy yoga in the beautiful surroundings of the Himalayan foothills. Sunday 11th November - Monday 19th November 2012 Cost: £2,195Sunday 17th March - Monday 25th March 2013 Cost: £2,195Sunday 17th November - Monday 25th November 2013 Cost: £2,195Ranthambore extension available on all tours Cost: £795Outline itineraryDay 1Depart London.Day 2Sultanpur National Park;overnight Delhi.Day 3/7Corbett National Park.Day 8 Delhi.Day 9Fly London.Ranthambore extensionDay 9/11Ranthambore NationalPark.Day 12Delhi.Day 13 Fly London.Accommodation5-star hotel in Delhi andcomfortable yoga resort on thebanks of the beautiful Kosi River inCorbett. All rooms have privatefacilities.FoodAll included in the price, except formain meals in Delhi. Allow £30.GradingA. This is a wildlife and yogaholiday that includes no strenuouswalking.FocusYoga, mammals and birds.LeaderHarish Sharma, Karan Modi, BuntyMandhayan or Nick Acheson, pluslocal guides.Single room supplement£450 (extension: £195).Web quick search: IND44240Call now or visit www.naturetrek.co.ukfor your free Trip ItineraryTIBETNEPALPAKISTANNEW DELHINAINITALAGRABHARATPURRANTHAMBORETIGER RESERVE(EXTENSION)CORBETT NATIONAL PARK KOLKATABAY OFBENGALINDIARAJASTHANTHE HIMALAYA YAMUNA RIVERRIVER GANGES Tiger

Book direct on 01962 733051or see page 284 for Booking Information241In his famous 'Jungle Book' RudyardKipling acknowledged the undisputedstatus of the mighty Bengal Tiger byintroducing Shere Khan as the king of thebeasts. Although the cat family includesmany impressive and attractive animals,there is an aura of power and majesty about the Tiger which makes it an automatic choice for this title and toobserve a male Tiger patrolling his territory in an Indian reserve is to watch an unchallenged ruler strolling through his domain. Unfortunately for the Tiger, being toppredator was no protection against theactivities of man, and a combination ofhabitat destruction and hunting pressuresreduced the Indian population from anestimated 40,000 to less than 2,000 beforethe conservation initiative known as'Project Tiger' sought to halt this rapiddecline by the establishment of numerousTiger Reserves. It is in reserves such asKanha and Ranthambore that, over theyears, many hundreds of Naturetrek clientshave savoured the ultimate wildlifeexperience of watching Tigers in theirnatural environment. However, in recenttimes, another lesser-known reserve,Bandhavgarh in Madhya Pradesh, hasacquired a rapidly growing reputation asone of the very best locations forconsistent Tiger sightings.Set amid the Vindhya Hills, Bandhavgarhwas first established in 1968 butsubstantially increased in size 20 yearslater by the incorporation of severaladjacent tracts of Sal forest. This is aregion steeped in history and, in the heartof the reserve, towering 800 metres abovethe forest, stands the ruin of a magnificenthilltop fort which bears testament to thesuccession of dynasties which over theages ruled this area. A former capital ofthe Baghel kings, Bandhavgarh Fort waseventually abandoned early in the 17thcentury and quickly reclaimed by thejungle around it, although it remained aroyal hunting reserve for another 300years, thus ensuring the protection of theforest. Today, careful management hasensured that the park is a haven forTigers, and it also provides a remarkablypicturesque and tranquil setting for thatunforgettable encounter with the mostmagnificent of all big cats. SeveralNaturetrek groups have already discovered the delights of Bandhavgarh,but it is in acknowledgement of the park'sabundant photographic qualities that weare pleased to now offer this exciting 12-day tour which affords a wealth ofsubjects, both natural and man-made, for photographers to capture. Our holiday begins in the capital city ofDelhi, but we pause only briefly beforecatching an overnight sleeper train to Katni,the railhead close to Bandhavgarh. Fromhere we drive to comfortableaccommodation just outside the reservewhere we stay for seven nights. During thefollowing days we will board jeeps formorning and afternoon excursions into thenational park, each visit charged with thatunique tingle of anticipation generated bybeing in Tiger territory. Even here,appearances by Tigers can never bepredicted or guaranteed and sometimesonly a giant footprint in the dust, or adistant roar, betrays the presence of ourquarry. However, perseverance has itsrewards and that magical moment whenthe lord of the forest finally emerges intoview will never be forgotten. Depending onthe situation it is often possible toapproach Tigers closely by jeep and muchfilm is sure to be expended during suchencounters. Even without the Tigers, thereis much to see in Bandhavgarh. Herds ofSpotted Deer roam the reserve andconstitute one of the main prey items forthe Tigers, although the utterly endearinglittle fawns look far too appealing todeserve such a fate. Other herbivorousresidents are less conspicuous but includeSambar, Chousingha, Chinkara, Nilgai andMuntjac. Several hundred species of birdshave been recorded in the reserve and it isoften the excited behaviour of the birdlifethat first announces the presence of aprowling Tiger, although the anxious chatterof Grey Langur Monkeys and barking alarmcalls of Spotted Deer quickly relay thewarning to all the creatures in the vicinity!The wildlife at Bandhavgarh will be mostlyviewed from jeeps, but 'riding elephants'are also employed on occasions totraverse some of the areas impassable tovehicles and travelling on one of thesehuge animals as it plods with surefootsteps through fast-flowing streams orpicks its way along a rocky trail, is athrilling adventure, spiced with the constantpossibility of coming upon a Tiger at rest. With so much wildlife to photograph,participants will need to take plenty of filmand memory cards, and as a diversionfrom the wildlife, may also wish to visit thescenic Bamera Dam at nearby PanpathaSanctuary or Majhauli Dam, a good placefor birdwatching. Bandhavgarh Fort alsocontains rock carvings and photogenicdeserted temples dating back to the 10thcentury and beyond. This wonderfulnational park richly deserves its reputationas one of the top Tiger Reserves in thesubcontinent and we are confident thatphotographers will be delighted by therange of subjects during this speciallydesigned tour. India's Wildlife - A Photography TourA 12-day wildlife photography holiday to Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh. Wednesday 31st October - Sunday 11th November 2012 Cost: £2,495Wednesday 3rd April - Sunday 14th April 2013 Cost: £2,495Wednesday 30th October - Sunday 10th November 2013 Cost: £2,495Outline itineraryDay 1Depart London.Day 2Delhi; overnight train toKatni.Day 3/9Bandhavgarh TigerReserve.Day 10Final day inBandhavgarh; overnighttrain to Agra.Day 11Full day's sightseeing inAgra; evening train toDelhi.Day 12Fly London.AccommodationA simple but comfortable forestlodge at Bandhavgarh, with privatefacilities. FoodAll included in the price, except formeals in Delhi. Allow £20.Grading A. This is a straightforward wildlifetour with no strenuous walking.Focus Wildlife photography.LeaderTalat Khalid, Chandra Hada, HarshaJayaramiah, Himanshu Rathore orIndrajit Latey, plus local guide.Single room supplement£395.ExtensionsAvailable to all areas of the Indiansubcontinent, and Dubai.Web quick search: IND03Common Langur, Bandhavgarh Tiger ReserveTIBET NEPAL PAKISTAN NEW DELHI AGRA KOLKATABAY OF BENGAL INDIA BANDHAVGARH UMARIA KATNITiger