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The Explorations Company


The Explorations Company is dedicated to the future conservation of wildlife and is one of the founder members of TOFTigers. A proportion of each booking goes directly to TOFTigers as well as other vital causes in Asia as part of an overall portfolio of charity contributions. We specialise in individually tailored safaris and holidays, including to the most remote areas of India, Nepal, Bhu...tan and Sri Lanka. We offer some of the finest tiger and snow leopard safaris on the Indian subcontinent. We only recommend camps, lodges and hotels that we have visited and which meet our highly personal criteria. This includes small, owner-managed properties coupled with the finest guiding. We can also assemble luxury, private mobile camps in areas of wilderness where no other accommodation exists.

Responsible Travel

The Explorations Company is dedicated to sustainable and responsible travel and have recently set up our own 501(c)(3) entity in the U.S.A, "Philanthropy Plus", to enable our clients to make meaningful contributions to small, focused and deserving causes which are carefully selected through our rigorous process.

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RECOMMENDED PARKS & SANCTUARIES

Chitwan National Park

World famous as one of the first parks to see tigers regularly in the 1970’s, the rich biodiversity of Chitwan National Park has earned its status as a World Heritage Site as one of the last survivi

Corbett Tiger Reserve

Named after the famous hunter, naturalist and author Jim Corbett who played a key role in its establishment, Corbett is the oldest national park in India.

Sundarbans National Park

The Sundarbans is a cluster of low-lying islands in the Bay of Bengal, measuring about 40,000 sq km across India and Bangladesh, making it the largest active delta in the world ...

Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary

Set in the scenic Jhandi Dhar hills in the Himalayas, Binsar was the summer capital of the erstwhile Chand Rajas who ruled Kumaon between the 11th and 18thcenturies AD.

Valparai

Valparai is a mid-elevation hill station in the Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu, India. Located 3,500 feet above sea level on the Anaimalai Hills range of the Western Ghats.

National Chambal Sanctuary

National Chambal Sanctuary, named after one of India’s cleanest and longest rivers Chambal, covers an area of 1240 sq kms across the three states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve

Ranthambhore National Park is part of the much large 1333sq km Ranthambhore Tiger reserve, in the Sawai Madhopur district of Eastern Rajasthan.

Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve

The Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is arguably one of India’s most exciting Tiger reserves, a forest that used to be famous as a favourite of shikari’s or hunters.

Nagarhole Tiger Reserve

Nagarhole is a combination of two Kannada terms, 'Nagara' meaning 'Cobra' and 'Hole' meaning 'River'. This National Park has been named after the river 'Nagarhole' which snakes through its rich tropic

Coorg Valley

Coorg, also known by its local name Kodagu, is a district of Karnataka. The region spans about 4,100 square kilometres on the eastern slopes of the Western Ghats of Southwestern Karnataka.

Gir National Park

The Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is a forest and wildlife sanctuary in Gujarat, India.

Satpura Tiger Reserve

Satpura National Park is one of India’s finest Tiger reserves, and was the winner in 2010 of the TOFT Wildlife Tourism Award for ‘most visitor friendly’ wildlife destinations.

Pench Tiger Reserve

Since 1992 Pench has been included under the umbrella of Project Tiger as the 19th Project Tiger Reserve.

Panna Tiger Reserve

Originally a hunting reserve, owned by the Maharaja of Panna, the boundary of the 540 sq. km park is marked by the broad and rocky River Ken which flows through the Vindhya range in Madhya Pradesh tow

Kanha Tiger Reserve

Kanha is considered by some as the India’s greatest park, an excellent habitat for many mammals and bird species.

Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve

Bandhavgarh is set amongst the Vindya Hills of Madhya Pradesh and consists of a core area of 105 sq km and a buffer area of approximately 400 sq km.

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Recommended Lodges

IN Chitwan National Park

Barahi Jungle Lodge

Set on the northern banks of the Rapti River, its glorious location looks out over the tall golden grasslands and verdant forest and green hills of Chitwan National Park.

IN Corbett Tiger Reserve

Jim’s Jungle Retreat

Committed to responsible tourism, with active involvement of the local community, Jim’s Jungle Retreat offers its guests an exciting, educative and uplifting experience in the buffer forests of Corbett. 

IN Sundarbans National Park

Sunderban Tiger Camp

Located on Dayapur Island on the banks of the River Pitchkhali opposite the mangrove reserve, this camp is a comfortable resort for exploring the region’s fascinating mangrove forests, myriad islands and fascinating wildlife.

IN Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary

Mary Budden Estate

Mary Budden Estate is a boutique homestay located in the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary and is named after its last known inhabitant Ms. Mary Budden

IN Valparai

Stanmore Garden Bungalow

Located on a hillock in the picturesque Anamalai Hills, this old British Tea Estate Bungalow offers panoramic views of the surrounding hills and tea plantations that surround its two acres.

IN National Chambal Sanctuary

Mela Kothi – The Chambal Safari Lodge

Ram Pratap Singh and his wife Anu have turned their run down inheritance, Mela Kothi, into a lovingly restored homely lodge nestled in 35 sprawling acres of scenic woodlands.

IN Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve

Khem Villas

Owned by Dr. Goverdhan Singh, son of legendary Park Director, Fateh Singh Rathore and his charming wife, Usha, Khem Villas is a very comfortable and family-run stay in 25 acres of restored farmlands.

The Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort

For those who demand the sumptuous home comforts, The Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort is just your abode. Spread over twenty acres of landscaped gardens, it has a number of palatial tents with finely embroidered canopies and private walled gardens, a large waterhole and lounge areas fit for a Maharaja.

IN Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve

Svasara Jungle Lodge

Set over ten acres of land near the Kolara tribal hamlet, Svasara is a Sanskrit word meaning nest, which is exactly what the lodge aims to offer - a place of security and belonging that exists in harmony with its natural surroundings.

TigerTrails Jungle Lodge

TigerTrails is a converted family home of the Dhanwatays, fashioned into a simple forest lodge and set in 20 acres of rejuvenated forest and a plethora of well-visited waterholes.

IN Nagarhole Tiger Reserve

Evolve Back Kuruba Safari Lodge, Kabini

Cleverly inspired in design by the Kadu Kuruba Hadis, the local tribal village homestead, this picturesque wilderness resort is bordered on two sides by the Kabini reservoir

IN Coorg Valley

Evolve Back Chikkana Halli Estate,Coorg

Bordered by the river Cauvery, Evolve Back is situated amidst a 300-acre working coffee and spice plantation, in a place often referred to as India’s Scotland.

IN Gir National Park

The Fern Gir Forest Resort

In the land of the famous Asiatic lions at Sasan Gir, The Fern Gir Forest Resort offers 40 well-appointed, air-conditioned villas, suites, cottages and tents,

IN Satpura Tiger Reserve

Reni Pani Jungle Lodge

Reni Pani Jungle Lodge is a cleverly designed conservation and wildlife lodge run by a family who are seasoned Bhopali hoteliers. This beautiful lodge is located in pristine forest close to Satpura National Park.

Forsyth Lodge

Forsyth Lodge’s founders pioneered Satpura’s rise to prominence, helping to catalyse its more innovative approach to nature tourism. This stylish lodge set in a once barren tract of 44 acres of farmland is now a restored forest with grassy meadows, alive again with birds and wildlife, reflecting their original passion.

Denwa Backwater Escape

Denwa Backwater Escape is the latest enterprise in an expanding portfolio of Pugdundee’s stylish lodges and overlooks the mesmerising backwaters of a dam built on Denwa River.

IN Pench Tiger Reserve

Baghvan – Taj Safaris

Located on the edge of the Pench Tiger Reserve, Baghvan is aptly named after India’s iconic Royal Bengal Tiger.

Pench Tree Lodge

The unique Pench Tree Lodge is set in one of the least explored areas on the northern borders of the Pench National Park, close to the picturesque village of Sarahiri.

IN Panna Tiger Reserve

Pashan Garh – Taj Safaris

Pashan Garh is built at the top of a small hill in 200 acres of wilderness adjoining Panna Tiger Reserve with far-reaching views of the tiger forest and a large waterhole that has been host to numerous big cats and antelopes.

IN Kanha Tiger Reserve

Singinawa Jungle Lodge

Located in 110 acres of reclaimed and restored jungle, Singinawa is appropriately named in Sherpa language meaning ‘Protectors of the Sacred Forest’.

Kanha Earth Lodge

Kanha Earth Lodge is tucked into 16 acres of reforested lands, adjoining the buffer forests of Kanha. Lying close to a small quintessential village community and rich farmlands,

Banjaar Tola – Taj Safaris

Banjaar Tola is a plush jungle safari lodge situated on the banks of the Banjaar River.

Flame of the Forest Safari Lodge

Flame of the Forest is the dream ofnaturalist Karan Modi and his Swisswife Isabelle Heini.

IN Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve

Bandhav Vilas

Nestled among the picturesque Vindhya Hills and the natural beauty of the wild, Bandhav Vilas is a luxury jungle resort at the edge of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve; a good base from which to explore the territory of the majestic tiger.

Mahua Kothi – Taj Safaris

The name Mahua Kothi draws its inspiration from the fragrant mahua or butter tree. The lodge is set in 40 acres of grounds and the original homestead has been tastefully renovated.

Kings Lodge

The lodge is set in a beautiful meadowed estate between rolling hills on two sides of the park. Thoughtfully designed with sensitivity and in harmony with the native features, you feel at peace surrounded by lush meadows, wooded hills and clear skies.

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