This is for you, the restless intrepid traveller, who takes delight in adventure and doing things out of your comfort zone. A you that delights in all that nature has to offer. A you that loves a challenge, and at the same times acknowledges the importance of inner peace.
In March 2019 I plan, along with my yoga teacher friend, to take a small group to Madhya Pradesh India . It will be a trip combining the excitement of tiger spotting with the peace and inner harmony of daily teacher led daily yoga practice. This promises to be an incredible trip! One that offers the exotic and the sublime.
Our journey will begin in Delhi and Agra were we will spend a couple of days, before heading for Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh, home to the Royal Bengal tiger and acknowledged as one of the top parks for tiger sightings in India. (Trust me. I have been there and was not disappointed.)
We are encouraging like minded travellers to join us, to experience India at its most wild and beautiful. To travel with open hearts and minds , leave preconceptions behind and plunge into a new adventure.
We will be accompanied by an experienced guide troughout the entire trip within India. So that while we marvel at the magnificence of the Taj Mahal and experience the exotic colours and sounds that India has to offer, he will be with us to make sure the trip goes without a hitch. As we travel inland he will make sure everything runs smoothly. Our guide will also accompany us to our safari lodge and remain with us to make sure our daily trips to Bandhavgarh National Park go without a hitch.
Photo: Liz Elicott
All About Balance
This trip will be designed in such a way that there will be a balanced mix between daily yoga sessions, and tiger sightings in Bandhavgarh National Park. The aim of this trip is to make it like no other. One that leaves you, the traveller with a deeper knowledge on all levels.
We will begin our journey in DELHI where we will stay the first night. The following day we will travel to Agra and visit the Taj Mahal, The Red Fort and Etma Ud Dula’s Tomb. We will have time to relax, unwind and sample the culinary delights that India has to offer from the comfort of our hotel in Agra.
Skay’s Camp houses seven double ensuite, secure, air conditioned rooms. . The small buildings containing each room are set in a tranquil garden, with orchards filled with birdsong and butterflies. It is very much a family run operation, run in an eco friendly way. Skay’s Camp has a Quality grading under TOFT (Tour Operators for Tigers U.K.)
Our hosts Kay and Satyendra Tiwari will be there to welcome us, and will always be on hand to make sure our stay is comfortable and enjoyable. Both Kay and Satyendra are committed conservationists with an in depth knowledge of tigers and their habitat. Over the years they have hosted and advised BBC wildlife film crews, authors and photographers. Satyendra is a recognised wildlife photographer and Kay is an acclaimed wildlife artist and glass designer. Over deliciously prepared vegetarian meals, Kay and Satyendra charm their guests with their jungle tales and stories about about the tigers and their families which they have observed over many years.
We begin our first trip into the Park . Travelling by jeep. We will drive through the park accompanied by a guide experienced in tracking tigers. He/she will teach us how to observe pug marks(paw marks): listen for deer alarm calls, alerting us that a tiger is nearby; we will wait for that incredible moment when we spot a tiger, either walking along the road, drinking by a pool or just resting against a tree trunk.
Photo: Kay Hassal Tiwari
Photo: Satyendra Tiwari
Photo: Liz Ellicott
Bandhavgarh National Park
Noted for its high density of the Royal Bengal tiger, Bandhavgarh National Park spreads across 105 sq kms with a buffer area of approximately 400 sq kms. It is watered by small dams and water holes. The lush vegetation is a combination of sal and bamboo forests.
There are many other animals in the Park to see apart from tigers: monkeys, deer, wild boar, elephants, guar. There are 37 species of mammals, 250 species of birds and 80 species of butterflies .
India is the spiritual home of Yoga. To have this opportunity to practice it in such tranquil surroundings away from the chaos of normal life is something not to be missed.
Yoga practice will be in the mornings or afternoon at Skay’s Camp . This will take place indoors/outdoors (TBA)under the expert guidance of our teacher. More details to follow.
Days 5-8 morning Park visit – afternoon Yoga
Days 9-11 morning Yoga – afternoon Park visit
There will also be time to just chill out in the relaxing atmosphere of Skay’s Camp, enjoy some birdwatching and indulge in shopping in the small local village. Al meals will be at the camp and included in the price.
Day 12 – morning Yoga followed by return to Delhi from Jabalpur Airport. Overnight in Delhi
Day 13 – depart Delhi
Registration and Price Details to Follow.