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Land of the Tiger - A Journey through the Wildlife Parks of India

16 days from £4125 per person

India is renowned throughout the world for its exceptional wildlife and this itinerary covers four of the country’s finest nature reserves. The national parks of Pench, Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Panna are home to a staggering and diverse array of animal and birdlife including leopard, jackal, sloth bear, sambar, chital, barking deer, gaur, nilgai and wild boar. These central Indian reserves also have some of the largest concentrations of large mammals in India. Commencing with a day of sightseeing in cosmopolitan Mumbai and ending in the regal capital Delhi, this is the ultimate wildlife journey.

Route: Mumbai – Pench – Kanha – Bandhavgarh – Panna – Delhi

Itinerary Highlights

Located at the eastern edge of the Satpura Range, Pench National Park supports a huge range of animals, birds and reptiles. Nilgai, jackal, wild dog and gaur are the most commonly seen species.

Kanha is located in the heart of Kipling country and is a beautiful reserve of grassland and forest. Tiger numbers are healthy and it is one of the best places in India to see these majestic animals.

Lesser known than the other wildlife reserves of central India, Panna National Park is also a protected Biosphere Reserve. Aside from tiger and leopard the park is also home to over 200 bird species.

Itinerary: Land of the Tiger - A Journey through the Wildlife Parks of India

Today depart the UK on the British Airways flight to Mumbai. (N)
Arrive into Mumbai this morning. One of the world’s great cities, later today explore the city with your guide. Close to the hotel is the Gateway of India built to commemorate the visit of King George V in 1911 and the excellent Prince of Wales Museum. From here stroll through the historic Colaba district to admire the impressive Gothic Victorian architecture before continuing to Malabar Hill for far-reaching views over the city. End the day at the colourful Dhobi ghats where traditional laundryman collect, wash and return the city’s linen. (N)
Accommodation in Mumbai: Abode Mumbai (or similar)
Upgrade option: Vivanta by Taj - President Hotel
Alternative upgrade option: Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel
This morning leave Mumbai and fly to Nagpur. On arrival you will be met and transferred to Pench Tiger Reserve across the border in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Both hotels are located in the buffer zone of the national park. Pench occupies a beautiful habitat of teak forest, meandering rivers and open grassland in an area of undulating terrain at the foot of the Satpura Range. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Pench: Pench Tree Lodge (or similar)
Upgrade option: Taj Baghvan (or similar)
At Pench there is an impressive variety of flora and fauna and over the next two days explore the reserve with your naturalist. Aside from tiger, the park is also home to leopard, jackal and the Indian wild dog. Chital, sambar and nilgai are commonly seen as are gaur and the forest dwelling sloth bear. The birding at Pench is also excellent and there are over 250 different species. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Pench: Pench Tree Lodge (or similar)
Upgrade option: Taj Baghvan (or similar)
Leaving Pench drive east through Kipling country to Kanha National Park. One of India’s most scenic reserves, Kanha’s landscape is characterised by deciduous hardwood forest, bamboo and rolling grassland and it is this varied environment which has contributed to the wide range of wildlife and birdlife which call the park home. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Kanha: Shergarh (or similar)
Upgrade option: Taj Banjaar Tola (or similar)
Set within a section of the Satpura Range, over the next two days explore the park on morning and evening safaris. Kanha is home to tiger, bison, leopard, jackal, wild boar, sambar, Indian swamp deer and blackbuck as well as a rich variety of birdlife where over 230 different species have now been recorded. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Kanha: Shergarh (or similar)
Upgrade option: Taj Banjaar Tola (or similar)
After breakfast leave Kanha and continue by road to Bandhavgarh National Park. Bandhavgarh is a beautiful reserve set within the heart of the Vindhyachal mountain range. Predominately sal and mixed forest, there are also areas of meadow and grassland as well as numerous small streams that flow through the park. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Bandhavgarh: Kings Lodge (or similar)
Upgrade option: Tree House Hideaway
Alternative upgrade option: Taj Mahua Kothi
Over the next two days explore the reserve in the company of an expert naturalist. Bandhavgarh has one of the highest densities of tiger, leopard, sloth bear, sambar, chital, barking deer, gaur and nilgai in India. The park is also home to rich and varied birdlife with hornbill, crested serpent eagle, partridge, variable hawk eagle and parakeet among the many different species it is possible to see. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Bandhavgarh: Kings Lodge (or similar)
Upgrade option: Tree House Hideaway
Alternative upgrade option: Taj Mahua Kothi
This morning depart Bandhavgarh and drive to Panna National Park. Set along the Ken River close to the town of Khajuraho, Panna is an attractive national park and one of great biodiversity. Predominately dense deciduous forest, the river is the lifeblood of the sanctuary and Panna is also a Project Tiger Reserve. This afternoon take a safari with a naturalist. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Panna: Ken River Lodge (or similar)
Today enter Panna National Park with a trained naturalist. Panna is one of the best places in India to see gharial crocodile and is also home to over 200 different bird species including buzzard, vulture and eagle. The forest and meadows also support healthy populations of chinkara, sambar, chital and nilgai as well as sloth bear and tiger, although sighting of the latter are rare. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Panna: Ken River Lodge (or similar)
Today drive to Khajuraho Airport and take the flight to Delhi which stops once en-route in Varanasi. Delhi is India's capital and a city of two halves. Old Delhi – the heart of Muslim India between the 17th and 19th centuries – is an historic district of grand mosques, majestic forts and crumbling monuments. In contrast New Delhi, with its large government buildings, wide tree-lined avenues and pretty white-washed bungalows was purpose-built in the 1930s by the British as a colonial capital and remains the epicentre of Indian political power. (B)
Accommodation in Delhi: Le Meridien New Delhi (or similar)
Upgrade option: Claridges Hotel
Alternative upgrade option: Imperial Hotel
After breakfast commence a morning tour of Old Delhi with your guide to explore the area’s dense network of bustling alleyways, homes, bazaars and mosques visiting famous Chandni Chowk market, the beautiful Jama Masjid, the Red Fort and Rajghat. In the afternoon continue to New Delhi which was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and is today home to Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official residence of the Indian President, Rajpath and the imposing India Gate. (B)
Accommodation in Delhi: Le Meridien New Delhi (or similar)
Upgrade option: Claridges Hotel
Alternative upgrade option: Imperial Hotel
Today transfer back to Delhi Airport to catch the British Airways flight non-stop to the UK.
**KEY: N = No meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

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What's included

  • International flights from the UK
  • Private car with English speaking driver
  • Sightseeing with local English speaking guides
  • Wildlife viewing with local naturalist
  • Hotel accommodation and taxes

What's not included

  • Cost of visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature

Guide to Price

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