A Passage Through India with Tropical Ice Safaris
Historic and wild - India on foot
Tropical Ice’s ‘A Passage through India’, is the sister expedition to ‘The Great Walk of Africa’. Bearing all the same hallmarks of challenging but beautiful walking, heritage hotels, luxurious tented accommodation and the unique opportunity to explore areas on foot that tourists simply do not visit, it is India’s definitive walking safari.
Beginning in Delhi you’ll stay overnight at The Imperial, a magnificent hotel built in the 1920s and a veritable museum of India’s Raj history, before heading out to Bhopal and beginning your walking expedition near the source of the Denwa River. You’ll discover the atmospheric Bhimbetka rock shelters, where over 500 sites with neolithic rock paintings have been discovered, then continue for approx. 15 kms to a private mobile tented camp spotting serpent eagles, plum- headed parakeets and racquet-tailed drongos along the way. This unique wilderness region has rocky outcrops which rise like tumbled castles from the surrounding plains. Few foreigners ever come here and Tropical Ice's first safari in 2013 was reckoned to be the first since Captain J Forsyth of the British army explored the region in 1857.
From Denwa you will drive 2 hours to Satpura Tiger Reserve to walk the undulating hills home to tigers, sloth bear, sambur, spotted deer, and leopard, then on to Kanha, which is known as “Kipling Country”, for it was upon these forests that Rudyard Kipling based The Jungle Book. To maximise your chances of seeing tigers the group will then head to Bandhavgarh, which boasts probably the largest population of tigers in the country. During your time in these wilderness areas walking will be complemented by 4x4 jeep safaris, which enable closer wildlife encounters and excellent photographic opportunities.
Finally you will head for the foothills of the Himalayas, taking the British built ‘toy train’ up to the town of Shimla and the impressive Wildflower Hall. Hiking in this area you will be immersed in the fresh mountain scenery, passing temples and traditional villages and winding your way through forested valleys of forests of cedar and deodar. The breath taking icy peaks of the Himalayas will dominate the northern skyline and the area’s colonial history is evident.
This unique walking safaris blends arguably the very best elements of any Indian journey – breathtaking Bengal tigers, a rich ancient culture symbolised by countless forts and temples; and the astounding British colonial impact on India between 1730 and 1948 exemplified by Shimla, the most famous Hill Station in the Himalayan foothills. On foot, this is a magnificent journey and a true adventure into the heart of India, experienced by only the very fortunate few.
Why we like it
Virtually tourist free
Stay in private tented camps and grand heritage hotels
Explore tiger country on foot
Hike the foothills of the Himlalayas
Guided by Iain Allan or Alex Fiksman of Tropical Ice Safaris