17 Nights/18 Days
This is a tour for an ardent wildlife lover not only a Tiger lover. After visiting the parks listed in this tour, i.e. Jim Corbett, Bharatpur, Kanha and Bandhavgarh one realizes how rich India’s bio-diversity is. If one has to measure the GDP in terms of national heritage, then tour puts India on the topmost pedestal. With more than 225 Tigers in Corbett and close close to 160 Tigers in Kanha and Bandhavgarh combines you will be in an area which has over 400 wild Tigers. But still it is not easy to see them. One needs lot of experience, junglelore, trained eyes, and the most important factor, passion in tracking the tigers to be able to show them to our guests. Our team in these parks has this in abundance. You will realize the joy our team experiences when they are able to track and show you a Tiger in the wild.
Why Tiger sighting is tough in the wilds of India is another question to be addressed, but our team makes it much easier for our guests. There is lot of hard work involved undoubtedly, and our team is never shy of giving in the same time and over again with every guest of ours.
If you are into birding then this tour is definitely for you. Jim Corbett also has close to 580 species of birds, then Bharatpur has over 400 species of birds. So, Tigers, and birds in plenty on this tour.
The famous Taj Mahal in Agra will be an icing on the cake on this tour.
National Parks Covered
Arrival in New Delhi
Arrive New Delhi. Overnight stay at the hotel in New Delhi.
New Delhi – Corbett (by surface 275/5 hrs)
Morning tiger safari in Corbett National Park 275 kms/ 5 hrs drive. At the park gate switch to the safari vehicle with your baggage. The next 32kms drive to the Forest Rest house will take about 2 hours.
These Forest Rest Houses are unique to Corbett National Park. It is only here that you get an opportunity to stay inside the national park. The complex is located on the banks of Ramganga river and overlooks the foothills of Himalayas. Post lunch proceed for an afternoon safari in the most scenic national park of India. Only vegetarian food is served here. Smokes and alcohol is not permitted here. Return from the safari at sunset. Dinner and overnight at the Forest Rest House.
Day 3 - 4
Corbett National Park
Morning and afternoon tiger safari in Corbett national park. All meals and overnight at the forest rest house. Corbett has aptly been described as the land of the Roar, Trumpet and Song. It represents a scene of remarkable beauty. Corbett had the proud distinction of being the chosen venue for the inauguration of Project Tiger in India.
The rich biodiversity of the Reserve is partly attributed to the variety of habitat found here. Due to the location of the Reserve in the foothills of the central Himalayas, both Himalayan and peninsular flora and fauna is found in the Reserve. Dinner and overnight at the Forest Rest House.
India’s first and finest park spread over 520 sq. kms. Established initially as Hailey National Park on August 8, 1936, in honor of Sir Malcolm Hailey, then governor of the United Provinces, the name was changed to Ramganga National Park in 1952. In 1957, it was finally named as Corbett National Park in honor and memory of the late Jim Corbett, the legendary hunter, naturalist-turned-author and photographer who had helped in setting up the park and demarcating its boundaries.
Corbett – Agra (by surface – 350 Kms, 6-7-hour drive)
Early breakfast and drive to Agra, 350kms, 7-8 hour drive. On arrival check into the hotel.
Evening visit Mehtab Bagh to see Taj Mahal at Sunset. Overnight stay at the hotel in Agra. Overnight stay at the hotel in Agra.
Agra – Bharatpur (by road, 60 kms, 1.5-hour drive)
Sunrise 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.
After relaxed breakfast check out from the hotel. Later drive to Bharatpur 60 kms/1.5-hour drive. On arrival transfer to hotel and check-in and proceed for afternoon birding to Bharatpur bird Sanctuary. Overnight at Bharatpur.
Bharatpur – Jaipur (by road 190 Kms, 3 hrs. drive)
Morning birding in Bharatpur bird Sanctuary. Later after breakfast drive to Jaipur for 190 Kms, 3-hour drive.
These diverse habitats are home to 366 bird species, 379 floral species, 50 species of fish, 13 species of snakes, 5 species of lizards, 7 amphibian species, 7 turtle species, and a variety of other invertebrates. Every year thousands of migratory waterfowl visit the park for wintering and breeding. The sanctuary is one of the richest bird areas in the world and is known for nesting of resident birds and visiting migratory birds including water birds. On arrival check into hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel in Jaipur.
This morning you will drive 11 km to 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.
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.
Jaipur – New Delhi (275km, 5-hour drive)
After breakfast drive to New Delhi 275 kms,5 hrs drive. On arrival check into hotel. Overnight at the hotel in New Delhi.
New Delhi – Raipur – Kanha (flight + 220 kms/4-hour drive)
Early morning transfer to the domestic terminal to board a flight to Raipur. Met at the airport and drive to Kanha National Park 220 kms / 4-hour drive. Check in at the resort on arrival. Lunch. Afternoon safari in the national park.
Kanha is located right in the heart of India, which also gives you an opportunity to experience the rural, tribal, and agricultural parts of India. Dinner and overnight at Singinawa Jungle Lodge.
Day 11 - 12
In Kanha 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.
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. 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 tiger safari around 1130hrs. Freshen up, and lunch is served.
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.
Kanha – Bandhavgarh (by surface 280 kms/6 hrs drive)
Morning jeep tiger safari in Bandhavgarh national park and after early lunch depart for Bandhavgarh, 280kms, 6-hour drive. On arrival check into the Lodge. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.
Day 14 - 16
In Bandhavgarh National Park
Morning and afternoon tiger safaris in Bandhavgarh park. All meals and overnight at the resort.
The national park is mainly known for the density of its tiger population. 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.
Bandhavgarh – Jabalpur – New Delhi (by road 200 kms / 4 hrs drive)
Morning Jeep tiger safari in Bandhavgarh tiger reserve. After lunch drive to Jabalpur airport 200 kms /4hrs drive to board a flight to New Delhi at 1845 hrs. Arrive New Delhi at 2045 hrs and transfer to hotel.
New Delhi Fly back home
Morning free for leisure activities and later transfer to International airport to board a flight back home or onward destination.