A lovely trip for wildlife. There is such a wide variety of easy-to-see birds and animals. They'd probably seem common to Indians, but for me they were exotic, and it starts right in Delhi with numerous Black Kites circling over the parks. Getting some close-up pictures of tigers was obviously a bonus over merely seeing them, but that's down to luck as well as the skill of your drivers and guides, as with all wildlife. There are plenty of other treats such as Barasingha and other deer, Gaur, Langur, crocodiles, hawks, owls, TreePies, kingfishers, Orioles, butterflies and dragonflies; and if you're very, very lucky, wild cats and Baloo. Try not to concentrate so much on seeing a tiger that you don't appreciate all the rest that's around you. You have to like spectacular ancient temples and palaces with magnificent views too. The Laxmi temple above Orchha is worth the walk to see it's murals. The less well known but excellent Kanha is a more relaxed reserve, and its shop (only visited at breakfast time) is also good value for those late presents. Don't expect luxury in the wilds of rural India, but it's comfortable enough, there is plenty of variety of Indian food, and the train journeys are also an important part of the Indian experience. (WS 26th November - 2010).