Tiger and Wildlife Tour in Central India with Golden Triangle extension
Duration: 12 nights / 13 days
Places to Visit: New Delhi – Jabalpur – Bandhavgarh- Kanha- Pench - Nagpur – New Delhi
This program focusses on the three key national parks of India.
Bandhavgarh is one hot spot for the Tigers. Though one can never have enough of Tiger sightings, but this is one park where it gets close and you feel that yes you had enough of Tiger sightings. Normally we say that you have to be lucky to see a Tiger, but in Bandhavgarh we say that you have to be unlucky not to see atleast one. Hence we have given you 4 nights stay here, followed by 3 nights each in Kanha and Pench.
Kanha gives you a feel of the Junglebook by Rudyard Kipling. The meadows of Kanha coupled with the woods, and the flowing Banjar river give it a perfect hermitage ambience. The tall Sal trees of Kanha can be heard whispering to each other and welcoming you in this paradise. This is one forest which will grow on you safari after safari. You will never want your stay to come to an end in Kanha.
Pench is primarily a teak forest interspersed with bamboo. Tourism started in this park about 15 years back when an effective forest director worked on ensuring good water distribution in the park. This resulted in increase in Tiger sightings in summers. Currently there is a legendary Tigress here popularly known as “Collarwali”, as she has a radio collar around her neck which tracks her location. She has already given birth to 26 cubs over last 10 years and is a bold Tigress not shy of tourists. She likes to move around with her cubs thus satisfying lot of Tiger desirous hearts and minds.
DAY 01 : ARRIVE NEW DELHI
On arrival at the New Delhi airport, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel, assist you in check in at the hotel, handover and explain all the travel related documents. Overnight stay at the hotel in Delhi.
DAY 02 : NEW DELHI- JABALPUR - BANDHAVGARH (flight + 200 Kms/4 drive)
Transfer to the airport in the morning to board a flight at 1015hrs to arrive Jabalpur at 1400hrs. Met at the airport at 1200 hrs and drive to Bandhavgarh National Park 200 kms / 4 hours drive. On arrival check into the Resort. Dinner and overnight stay at the resort
DAY 03 : IN BANDHAVGARH
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Resort. Morning & evening Jeep drives in the park
Bandhavgarh: The national park is mainly known for the density of its tiger population. This is the place where famous White Tigers of Rewa were discovered. The other wild attractions in the park include Leopards, Blue Bulls, Indian Gaur (Bison) Chausingha (Four Horned Antelopes), Spotted Deers, Sambar Deer, Wild Boar, Sloth Bears Fox, Jackals, Wild Dogs, etc. There are at least 22 mammal species and about 250 bird species in the Park. The other animals found in Bandhavgarh are Ratel, Porcupine, Small Indian Civet, Palm Squirrel, Lesser Bandicoot rat, the Jungle Cat, and the shy Hyenas. The reptile population in the park includes Cobras, Kraits, Vipers, Ratsnakes, Pythons, Monitor Lizards and turtles. The two primate species - the rhesus macaque and the Hanuman langur - inhabit Bandhavgarh.
Dinner and overnight at the Resort
DAY 04 : IN BANDHAVGARH
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Resort. Morning & evening Jeep drives in the park.
Bandhavgarh has been a center of human activity and settlement for over 2000 years, and there are references to it in the ancient books, the Narad-Panch Ratra and the Shiva Purana.
The oldest sign of habitation in the park are caves dug into the sandstone to the north of the fort. Several contain Brahmi inscriptions dating from the 1st century B.C. Various dynasties have ruled the fort, for example, the Maghas from the 1st century A.D., the Vakatakas from the 3rd century A.D., From that time onwards Bandhavgarh was ruled by a succession of dynasties including the Chandela Kings Bandhavgarh became more and more deserted until forest overran the area band it became the royal hunting reserve. This helped to preserve the forest and its wildlife, although the Maharajas made full use of their rights. At independence Bandhavgarh remained the private property of the Maharaja until he gave it to the state for the formation of the National Park in 1968. After the park was created poaching and hunting was brought under control and the number of animals rose dramatically. The Tigers in particular prospered and the 1986 extension provided much needed forest to accommodate them.
Overnight at the resort
DAY 05 : IN BANDHAVGARH
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the resort. Morning & evening Jeep drives in the park. Overnight stay at the resort
DAY 06 : BANDHAVGARH- KANHA (by surface 280 kms/6 hrs drive )
Morning game drive to the national park. After early lunch part for Kanha, 280kms, 6 hours drive. On arrival check into the Lodge. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge
DAY 07 : IN KANHA
Wake up at 0500hrs, tea coffee with biscuits, and proceed for the morning safari to the National park.
Kanha's sal and bamboo forests, rolling grasslands and meandering streams stretch over 940 sq km in dramatic natural splendor which form the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve created in 1974 under Project Tiger. The park is the only habitat of the rare hardground Barasingha (Cervus Duvaceli Branderi).
This is the original Kipling country of which he wrote so vividly in his Jungle Book. Packed breakfast which comes from the Lodge is served at a designated spot and spread on the bonnet of the Safari vehicle. Enjoy your breakfast in the wilderness of Kanha. After seeing Kanha you will compliment yourself and us that this forest was included in your itinerary. The sheer beauty of this park along with the rich bio-diversity make this a must visit in your India programme.
Continue your search for the elusive Tiger if you have not yet seen the same, and soak in the fresh, and energizing environment. Return from Safari around 1130hrs. Freshen up, and Lunch is served. Relax for an hour under the shade of a tree (if you so desire), or in the comforts of your bedroom.
Depart for evening jeep safari Kanha National Park. Return at 6pm from safari. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.
DAY 08 : IN KANHA
Wake up, and get ready for another day of adventure in the National park. The forests of the Banjar valley and Halon valley, respectively forming Kanha's western and eastern halves. By a special statute in 1955, Kanha National Park came into being. Since then, a string of stringent conservation programmes have been launched, for the overall protection of the park's fauna and flora. Kanha boasts of about 38 species of mammals. Some of the inhabitants of this park are the gaur, the largest of the world's cattle; the sambar, the largest Indian deer; and the chausingha, the only four-horned antelope in the world. Other frequent visitors include the Nilgai antelope, the sloth bear, the dhole, or Indian wild dog, and an occasional Leopard. Some 300 species of birds inhabit the park, that includes the storks, egrets, black ibis, raptors, owls, and the red-wattled lapwings.
Depart for evening jeep safari Kanha National Park. Return at 6pm from safari. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge
DAY 09 : KANHA - PENCH ( 210 kms /4-5 hrs drive)
Morning game drive to the national park and after early lunch drive to Pench national park 210 kms/5 hrs drive. On arrival check into Resort. Dinner and overnight at the resort in Pench.
DAY 10 : IN PENCH
Morning and afternoon Jeep safari to the National park. Meals and overnight at the resort.
Pench is located between four different mountain ranges - Aravali, Vindhyanchal, Satpura and Maikal. The tracks are smoother, the trees are thicker with dense undergrowth, perhaps one reason why the herbivore population here is larger in size compared to Kanha and Bandhavgarh.
Pench National Park, nestling in the lower southern reaches of the Satpura hills is named after Pench River which flows from north to south through the Pench National Park. It is located on the southern boundary of Madhya Pradesh.
A total of 758 Sq. kms of this Southern Indian tropical moist deciduous forest has its extent mingling with the tropical dry deciduous teak. The area is crisscrossed by a number of streams and 'nallahs' most of which are seasonal. Though the Pench River dries up in April end, a number of water pools locally known as 'dohs' are found which serve as water holes for the wild animals. The Pench Reservoir at the center of the park is the only major water source during the pinch period.
As a prey concentration is high along the Pench River, tiger usually inhabits and frequents this belt. Leopards though generally operate in the peripheral areas but are occasionally seen in the deep forest also. Jungle cats are commonly seen. Leopard cats, small Indian civets and palm civets are seen rarely.
In Pench, Cheetal, Sambar, are commonly seen grazing on the open sites on roadsides and banks of river & reservoir. Jackals can be seen in search of food anywhere in the Park. Packs of upto 15 or more wild dog can be seen near Chhedia, Jamtara, Bodanala and Pyorthadi areas of the Reserve. Herds of gaur can be spotted near streams and bamboo patches commonly in summer months. Sloth beer occupy the rocky areas and favour mahul bel infested forest. Chinkara is present in very small numbers and is found in open areas around Turia, Telia and Dudhgaon villages.
Dinner and overnight stay at Pench
DAY 11 : IN PENCH
Breakfast and lunch at the hotel. Morning and afternoon Jeep safari to the National park. Dinner and overnight stay at the resort .
DAY 12 : PENCH – NAGPUR – NEW DELHI (100 kms/2 hrs drive + flight
Morning game drive to the national park and after lunch drive to Nagpur 100 kms 2 hrs drive to board a flight to New Delhi at 1945 hrs to arrive New Delhi at 2130 hrs. On arrival transfer to hotel. Overnight at the hotel in New Delhi. Overnight in at the hotel in New Delhi
DAY 13 : NEW DELHI FLY BACK HOME
Morning free for leisure activities and later transfer to international airport to board a flight back home.
End of our services
Note: The driving hours given above from one city to another are based on the normal conditions of the roads and may vary. Any break for Food / Tea / Toilets / Sightseeing on the way will take extra time than the above given hours. Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Pench National parks the core zones are closed every Wednesday for afternoon jeep safari
DAY 13 : NEW DELHI – JAIPUR (By Surface, 275km, 5 -6 hours drive)
After breakfast drive to Jaipur 275 kms/5-6 hrs drive. On arrival check into the hotel. Afternoon free for leisure activities, or, visit to local bazaars if you so desire. Some sightseeing can also be organized if you are upto it.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 14 : JAIPUR
This morning you will drive 11 km in the outskirts of the city to visit Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the State until 1728. Visit the Temple of Kali, the Hall of Victory or Jai Mahal and Jagmandir. You can have the unique experience of traveling on elephant back to and from the top of the hill on which the fort is situated.
In the afternoon visit the Observatory, the Palace of Winds and the City Palace and Museum. The museum has an interesting textile section, which contains dresses and costumes of the former Maharajas and Maharanis of Jaipur. Jaipur is well known for its beautiful carpets, enamelled ornaments, precious and semi-precious stones, brass ornaments and many other arts and crafts. Spend time in crowded lanes & by lanes of pink city, haggling and souvenir-hunting in the evening.
Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 15 : JAIPUR – AGRA (By road, 235 kms, 5hours drive)
After breakfast drive to Agra 265 kms/5 hrs drive. Enroute stop at Fatehpur Sikri, the ancient abandoned Moghul capital. This 16th century capital of Moghul emperor Akbar is a complex of forts, palaces and mosques built in sandstone. The city had to be deserted because of lack of water. The white marble Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti, Akbar's spiritual adviser, is now observed as a Muslim pilgrimage spot here.
Overnight at the hotel in Agra.
DAY 16 : AGRA – NEW DELHI FLY BACK HOME
After breakfast, proceed to visit the famous white marble mausoleum, The Taj Mahal, which was built in the middle of the 17th century by the Moghul emperor Shah Jehan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Completed in 1652, skilled craftsmen from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and some 20,000 labourers worked for 17 years to build this edifice. Later proceed to visit the red sandstone AGRA FORT which stands like a crescent on the banks of Yamuna River enclosed by forbidding 20-meter high walls, with a 12- meter moat between them. Three successive Mughal emperors - Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jehan - helped create this massive structure which contains Hindu and Muslim architecture. [The Taj is closed on Friday]. Check out from the hotel.
Later drive to New Delhi airport 230 kms/4 hrs drive to board a flight to onward destination.