Seattle, WA – Founder Kurt Kutay and his staff at Seattle-based travel outfitter Wildland Adventures are proud to announce that National Geographic Traveler has named Wildland’s new adventure Tigers and Travels in India as one of its “50 Tours of a Lifetime” in the May/June 2011 issue of the magazine.
Celebrating its 25th year of pioneering authentic travel experiences worldwide, this is the fourth Wildland adventure to be named a “Trip of a Lifetime,” following awards for adventures in Kenya (Maasailand Safari), Belize (Undiscovered Belize) and Turkey (Voyaging Among the Dodecanese of Turkey and Greece).
“It’s incredibly rewarding to have our Tigers and Travels in India tour selected for this prestigious list,” said Kurt Kutay, founding president and director of Wildland Adventures. “Wildland was founded on the principle that tourism should be used as a powerful force for change. On every Wildland Adventure, we work closely with local people to preserve wildlife and support local communities – the tiger tour is a great example of this conservation.”
On this 19-day tour, guests search for tigers in the famed Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks, explore ancient forts and castles, and are immersed in the contemporary cultural fabric of modern India. Based from sustainable jungle lodges and restored manor homes and palaces, travelers learn about the current state of tigers in India and how programs such as Wildland’s “10,000 Tigers” initiative are working to bring these big cats back from the brink of extinction by empowering communities to protect their habitat and end illegal poaching.
In picking the winners, National Geographic Traveler searched for the most sustainable, innovative, immersive and best-guided tours. The list of all 50 Tours of a Lifetime can be found in the magazine’s May/June 2011 issue or at www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/tours.
“The outfitters we selected continue to find new ways travelers can connect with places and people,” said Norie Quintos, senior editor at National Geographic Traveler. “More and more, it’s about human interaction.”
Like on any Wildland Adventure, connecting with local people is at the heart of the Tigers and Travels in India tour. Guests meet with tiger conservationists, experience daily life and cultural traditions while walking among rural villages and enjoy home-cooked Indian cuisine in local homes including a Rajasthani family who live in the heart of the Blue City of Jodhpur. Of course no trip to India is complete without seeing the Taj Mahal and this tour features both a sunset and sunrise visit to this stunning monument.