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Mysteries of India


Mysteries of India is a leading specialist operator of tailor made holidays to India and the subcontinent since 1982. Our expertise lies in creating unique holidays for discerning travellers - individuals and groups. We combine destination knowledge, attention to detail and exceptional service to provide you with experiences you will cherish forever.

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Eco-tourism is more than a catch-phrase. Increasingly India is encouraging tourism that is minimally intrusive or destructive to the environment, and which strengthens native cultures and local economies. Mysteries of India, where it is possible, supports this initiative by using services and hotels that share these values.

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RECOMMENDED PARKS & SANCTUARIES

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Bardia National Park

Bardia National Park is the largest of Nepal’s Protected Areas, covering 968 sq kms in the western terai region of the country.

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.

Keoladeo National Park

Keoladeo National Park or Keoladeo Ghana National Park formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is a World Heritage Site near the town of Bharatphur in Rajasthan.

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

Gir National Park

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

Nameri National Park

Nameri in Assam, spanning an area of 344 square kilometres, shares its northern boundary with the Pakke Tiger Reserve of Arunachal Pradesh.

Manas Tiger Reserve

Contiguous with the Royal Manas National Park on it borders in Bhutan, this park in the North Eastern State of Assam will leave you absolutely enchanted

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 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 Chitwan National Park

Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge

A short bullock-cart ride from the Narayani River, the natural boundary between Chitwan National Park and the surrounding townships, takes you to the doors of Tharu Lodge.

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 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 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.

IN Bardia National Park

Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge

Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge helped put Bardia National Park on the wildlife map many years ago and today continues to offer the same warm Nepalese hospitality in a beautiful setting, nature’s home to its array of creatures great and small.

IN Corbett Tiger Reserve

Jim’s Jungle Retreat – Seek the Tiger, Find the Jungle

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. 

Aahana The Corbett Wilderness

Aahana is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘the first rays of the rising sun’ and it does bathe the landscaped property in golden light every morning.

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

IN Keoladeo National Park

The Birder’s Inn

The Birder’s Inn is run by Tirath Singh, an avid bird watcher and naturalist. Located a mere stone’s throw from the entrance to the park, the lodge offers 24 spacious rooms that overlook lush gardens.

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 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 Nameri National Park

IN Manas Tiger Reserve

Musa Jungle Retreat

From the midnight trumpet of a wild elephant to the morning call of majestic peacocks, guests at the Musa Jungle Retreat can take in the sights and sounds of the Manas National Park's wild beings from the comfort of their cottages.

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, Pugdundee Safaris

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, A Taj Safari

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

Pench Tree Lodge, Pugdundee Safaris

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, A Taj Safari

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, Pugdundee Safaris

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, A Taj Safari

Banjaar Tola is a plush jungle safari lodge situated on the banks of the Banjaar River. With its own unique identity celebrating the Bastar and Dogra art from nearby Chhattisgarh,

Kipling Camp

Kipling Camp was established by a well-known family of conservationists in the 1980’s with a strong wildlife and community focus.

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.

Tree House Hideaway, Pugdundee Safaris

Tree House Hideaway is located in 21 acres of forested land with five private tree houses, held up by stilts, each set in its own tree from where you exist amongst the birds and tree-bound mammals of the surrounding jungle.

Mahua Kothi, A Taj Safari

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, Pugdundee Safaris

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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