Hang out with the big cats in India

10th January 2003 at 00:00
Here's the perfect antidote to a couch-potato Christmas: a tiger-spotting Easter, or even half-term. Wildlife travel specialist Naturetrek has put together a "tiger weekend" that means you can leave London Heathrow on Friday, and be sightseeing in Delhi on Saturday morning, or birdwatching just outside the city - you choose. The group of nine or 10 reaches the Tiger Moon resort in Ranthambore tiger reserve by train on Saturday evening. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday morning are spent in open-top jeeps driving past Sambar deer, langurs, mugger crocodiles and Nilgai antelope in search of tigers and leopards. For those with energy to spare, there are jungle walks before lunch each day offering a chance to encounter monitor lizards and some of the 350 species of birds in the reserve. The train deposits the group back in Delhi on Tuesday evening in time for a meal before boarding the plane back to London. The trip costs pound;995 including return flights, transfers, accommodation, guides and most meals. Naturetrek also offers a two-night extension, taking in the Taj Mahal and the sensuously carved temple at Fatepur Sikri. Details: 01962 733051; www.naturetrek.co.uk.

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