We set up a custom trip through Tiger Safari India/Nature Safari India. It was just short of a month, with tiger safaris that went to four national parks and culture/history stops in New Delhi, Varanasi, Jaipur & Agra. It was an epic journey. We are photographers and Sharad was able to cater to this by getting us private trucks and also going to locations at sunrise/sunset, etc. This is so important if you want stunning images and less crowds.
We were offered three types of hotels to choose from for varying budgets. We mixed and matched. Hotels were excellent and if we needed an upgrade we got it. We had great tiger sightings in all 4 parks - Pench, Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Corbett, along with elephants in Corbett and all the usual others like Chital, Samba, Barking Deer, Langur Monkeys, Rhesus Macaques, Wild Boar, Wild Dog, Jackal and many types of birds. We were very happy with our experience and had a good selection of closeup and far away shots.
I would describe our package as a managed tour - all bookings were done by them for hotels, guides, safaris and transfers but it wasn't a group tour. We were met at the airport and taken care of throughout our trip via communications through drivers, hotels, guides or directly to Sharad or Deepak via What's App. We used a combination of flying and driving to various parts of India.. My husband's birthday occurred during the trip and Sharad made sure the hotel & driver celebrated it.
We booked for April & May and there happened to be an intense heat wave this year (2022). It is a good time to see tigers go to their watering holes in the heat but the temperature was above 100 degrees most of the time and got to as high as 112-116. This was managed by only doing activities in the morning and evening when temperatures were cooler. This coincides well with safaris which tend to occur at that time anyway. If I had it to do over I would go in February-March.