Indian Tiger Safari
Kanha National Park is a vast expanse of grassy meadows, forests and ravines in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Known as a Tiger reserve it is considered as one of the finest wildlife areas in the world. However, Kanha National Park is also known for the preservation of the rare hardground Swamp Deer (Barasingha), saving it from near extinction. Bamni Dadar, or Sunset Point, offers an awe-inspiring sunset against grazing Sambhars, Gaurs and other wildlife.
This Indian Tiger Safari begins in Delhi. After a brief tour transfer to Bandhavgarh National Park. Set amongst the Vindhya mountain range, Bandhavgarh is has the highest density of tiger population in India. Take a jeep safari and also visit Rewa Fort, set within the national park. Transfer to Kanha national Park. Kanha is best known as the natural habitat of the Tiger and was the backdrop of Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Jungle Book’. Tour ends in Mumbai.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 10-DAY INDIAN TIGER SAFARI…
And, go stalking a Bengal tiger in Bandhavgarh and Kanha National parks.
The Royal Bengal Tiger once roamed freely in central India but its domain is now constricted to two adjoining national parks; namely Bandhavgarh and Kanha. Both of these national parks still retain unspoilt natural habitat for a variety of wildlife.
These include gaur (Indian bison), sloth bear, leopard, porcupine, wild boar, sambhar and spotted deer, among others and of course, the Tiger. With the highest density of tiger population, Bandhavgarh and Kanha are one of the best national parks to see the tiger in its natural surroundings.
The forests of Bandhavgarh were the hunting reserve of the royal family of Rewa. It is where the white tigers of Rewa were discovered. There are good chances of seeing a tiger here. Other attractions include, Nilgai, Chausingha, Chital, Chinkara and Wild Boar. We will stay at the comfortable Kings lodge, located in the heart of wild country.
The Kanha National Park with rolling grasslands, meandering streams and bamboo forests provides a perfect habitat for the wildlife and inspiration to photographers, naturalists and writers like Rudyard Kipling, who fascinated by the scenery wrote his famous novel the "Jungle Book”.
The animals at Kanha are best observed from elephant back & jeeps. Deer are seen along the maidens and gaur in the Mukki range. We will stay in the rustic yet deluxe resort built mainly with local material. There is a variety of deer, the barasingha, spotted deer, nilgai, Indian bison and wild pig, a perfect 'tiger country'.
Indian Tiger Safari Visit the tiger country that harbours nine tiger reserves in the country, when Project Tiger was launched way back in the early seventies.
Delhi – Jabalpur/Bandhavgarh - Kanha – Nagpur/Mumbai
(10 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
Delhi Meet and greet on your arrival in the Indian capital city of New Delhi. After a warm welcome, our representative will escort you to your hotel for 2 nights stay. The rest of your day will be scheduled depending on your arrival time and how tired you feel.
The Imperial Hotel (Nil)
Day 2 – Tour
Delhi The capital city of India is a bustling metropolis that successfully combines the ancient with the modern; Old Delhi, once the seat of the Moghul Emperors and New Delhi, established by the British in the early 20th century.
Your private tour begins with a visit to Old Delhi that still reminisces the past and retains its ancient architecture. Places of note in Old Delhi include the 17th century Red Fort that served as the capital of the Moghuls, and its Chandni Chowk market, which is still the busiest in Old Delhi. Also visit Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in Delhi and the final resting place of Mughal Emperor Humayun.
In the afternoon discover New Delhi, which has the imprint of the British architect Edwin Lutyens. Most notable are his India Gate (World War I memorial), the Parliament and the President’s House. The present-day New Delhi, however, has an urban landscape with modern shopping arcades, high-rise buildings with rooftop bars and some of the best Indian and international cuisine restaurants. Wherever you go, you will experience a mix of architectures, cultures and religions.
The Imperial Hotel (B)
Day 3 – Transfer & Safari
Bandhavgarh NP Take a morning flight to Jabalpur. Meet our representative on arrival and transfer to your resort. Set amongst the Vindhya mountain range, Bandhavgarh is a small national park, but with the highest known density of tiger population in India. This is also known as White Tiger territory. There are daily morning and afternoon game drives or photographic expeditions to explore rugged hills and dense forest of Bandhavgarh accompanied by a naturalist.
Mahua Kothi (B, D)
Day 4 – Safari
Bandhavgarh NP Two game drives in a four-wheel-drive are conducted each day, the first at sunrise and another before sunset. You will be accompanied by trained naturalist who will explain local and English names of the animals seen. The first game drive is after morning tea and snacks, returning to the lodge for a late breakfast/brunch around 10 a.m, while the second drive is in the afternoon before dinner. Both are excellent times to see the wildlife.
Mahua Kothi (B, D)
Day 5 – Safari
Bandhavgarh NP Today enjoy morning and afternoon jeep safari (accompanied by trained naturalist) into the wildlife park. During the day, visit the nearby villages, set within the national park or relax in the sounds of the neighbouring wildlife.
Mahua Kothi (B, D)
Day 6 – Transfer & Safari
Kanha National Park We take a 4 hour drive to Kanha National Park, best known as the natural habitat of the Tiger and once a backdrop of Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Jungle Book’. Check into the eco-friendly resort for 3 nights and if there is still time, head out for an afternoon game drive in a four-wheel-drive jeep or nature walk along the Banjar River.
Banjar Tola Resort (B, D)
Day 7 – Safari
Kanha National Park Two game drives in a four-wheel-drive are conducted each day, the first at sunrise and another before sunset. You will be accompanied by trained naturalist who will explain local and English names of the animals seen. The first game drive is after morning tea and snacks, returning to the lodge for a late breakfast/brunch around 10 a.m, while the second drive is in the afternoon before dinner. Both are excellent times to see the wildlife.
Banjar Tola Resort (B, D)
Day 8 – Safari
Kanha National Park Accompanied by a naturalist, explore the surrounding villages around the park to see the beauty of its deciduous forest, grasslands, hills and meandering rivers. Visit a surrounding village and meet locals to understand how man and tiger co-exist in the region.
Banjar Tola Resort (B, D)
Day 9 – Safari & Transfer
Mumbai After your morning safari, drive to Nagpur airport (260 kms /5 hrs) to board your evening flight to Mumbai, the fast paced commercial and celluloid capital of India. Upon arrival in Mumbai, you will be greeted by our representative at the airport and escorted to your hotel for overnight stay.
Taj Mahal Palace & Towers – Tower Wing (B)
Day 10 – Depart
Mumbai After breakfast, enjoy a morning city tour of Mumbai visiting the Prince of Wales Museum, Gateway of India, Gandhi museum and the bustling Dhobi Ghats, where you will see hundreds of men and their families engaged in the family business of washing clothes. Afternoon you will be transferred to the airport to board your international flight
Make this your holiday
Getting There All major international airlines fly to India’s main airports: Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Airports tend to be on the outskirts of cities. Pre-paid taxi services and auto-rickshaws are stationed outside the terminus to get you into the city.
When to go The best time to travel to India is between September and March. This is a high season and it is advisable to book your holiday well in advance. Summer starts in April and by June, it becomes very hot. By July there is the south-west monsoon, which brings heavy rains to the west coast. September is a generally a clear month though later, between October and December there may be a reverse pattern called the north-east monsoon that appears in the Bay of Bengal, bringing rains to the east coast. The best time for trekking in the Indian Himalaya is between April and November but it varies from region to region and the altitude you are planning to reach.
Passport/Visa Visas are required to enter, exit or transit through Indian territories. The most common is a single entry 30-day visa. Multiple entry, 60-day and 90-day visas are also available. Passports must have a minimum of six months validity. Enquiries should be directed to the nearest Indian High Commission, embassy or consulate.
All visa applications in UK should be filled online at http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk. Cost of six months tourist visa for UK nationals including handling charges is £92.20.