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Call of the Jungle - The Wildlife of Northern India

16 days from £3810 per person

India is synonymous with wildlife and the country is blessed with numerous excellent reserves. This itinerary combines three of the best with a break en-route in Agra to visit the wonderful Taj Mahal. Starting in Delhi, travel by road to Corbett National Park which is named after the legendary hunter-turned-conservationist Jim Corbett. From here travel south via Garmukteshwar and Agra to the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh for stays in Bandhavgarh and Kanha national parks, both of which are rich in birdlife and home to tiger, leopard, sambar, chital, gaur and nilgai.

Route: Delhi – Corbett – Garmukteshwar – Agra – Bandhavgarh – Kanha – Mumbai

Itinerary Highlights

To the north of Agra, Sikandra was the site chosen by the Mughal Emperor Akbar for his tomb. Completed in 1613 this imposing structure is made from red sandstone and white marble.

The central Indian wildlife reserve of Bandhavgarh is one of the finest in the country. Sheltering a healthy tiger population, there is also a wide and diverse variety of birdlife.

Kanha is an enchanting national park of forest, savanna and grassland and supports an incredible range of animals from barasingha and wild dog to tiger and the elusive leopard.

Itinerary: Call of the Jungle - The Wildlife of Northern India

Today depart the UK on the Jet Airways flight to Delhi. (N)
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. (N)
Accommodation in Delhi: Le Meridien New Delhi (or similar)
Upgrade option: Claridges Hotel (or similar)
Today travel by road to Corbett National Park and stay three nights at Jim’s Jungle Retreat which is located to the southeast of the reserve close to Ramnagar. Established in 1935, Corbett is India’s oldest and best known wildlife sanctuary. Corbett is named after the hunter-turned-conservationist and author Jim Corbett who lived in the area for many years and who wrote the legendary book ‘Man Eaters of Kumaon’. Later there will be an opportunity for birding or to take a village, flora and fauna guided walk. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Corbett: Jim’s Jungle Retreat (or similar)
Situated along a valley of the Ramganga River and bordered by the Himalayan foothills, Corbett encompasses a varied terrain ranging from savannah grassland to deciduous forest. The park also supports a remarkable variety of wildlife including elephant and bear, leopard and tiger and is home to an astonishing 600 species of birds. Viewing at Corbett is undertaken by shared jeep and over the next two days visit the park at sunrise and sunset. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Corbett: Jim’s Jungle Retreat (or similar)
Leaving Corbett, continue by road southwest to Garmukteshwar, an important Hindu town near the Ganges. Originally made of mud, the walls of the fort were later replaced by brick before a total renovation during the 1930s gave Fort Unchagaon its distinctive colonial appearance. (B)
Accommodation in Garmukteshwar: Fort Unchagaon (or similar)
This morning leave Garmukteshwar and travel on towards Agra, stopping on the way at Sikandra, site of Akbar’s tomb. Later continue to Agra, one of Uttar Pradesh’s largest cities and home to home to three magnificent buildings – Agra Fort, the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula and the Taj Mahal. (B)
Accommodation in Agra: ITC Mughal Hotel (or similar)
Agra was once one of the world’s majestic cities and later today visit the imposing Agra Fort, established by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565, and the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula. No stay in Agra is complete without a visit to the Taj Mahal, arguably the greatest monument to love, built by Shah Jahan as a memorial to his wife Mumtaz. The Taj Mahal is a building world renowned for its beauty and the craftsmanship is outstanding. Later transfer to Agra Railway Station for the overnight train to Katni. (B)
Accommodation: overnight on train
Arrive in to Katni in the morning where you will be met and driven 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. (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
Leaving Bandhavgarh drive south 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)
Today transfer to Nagpur Airport in good time to catch the late afternoon flight to Mumbai where you will stay overnight close to the international airport. One of the world’s great cities, Mumbai has grown from a small group of islands to India’s economic powerhouse and gateway to the world. Still growing fast, Mumbai is a combination of old and new, the chaotic and the peaceful, which draws visitors back time again to what is a most vibrant, bustling and human of cities. (B)
Accommodation in Mumbai: Leela Kempinski Hotel (or similar)
Today transfer back to Mumbai Airport to catch the Jet Airways flight non-stop to the UK. (B)
**KEY: N = No meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

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What's included

  • International flights from the UK
  • Train travel as specified
  • 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

The above price is based on two people travelling together and sharing accommodation in low season. The price is only a guide and can vary according to selected airlines, hotels and date of travel. If you wish to travel with your family, friends or on your own we will be very happy to assist you with your arrangements.

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