10 Nights/11 Days
The two of the most powerful, and majestic species of India are seen in this tour. While Tiger is our national animal, Asian Elephant is our national heritage animal. There is no better park than Jim Corbett National Park in North India to see these species together. While Corbett has over 225 Tigers the Tiger sightings here are a little below the average of Bandhavgarh, the main reason behind being that the tigers of Corbett are shyer compared to tigers of Bandhavgarh. Hence the feeling of seeing the tigers in Corbett cannot be expressed in words. I recommend reading ‘Maneaters of Kumaon before visiting Corbett’. This park also gives you an opportunity to stay inside the national park in over 100-year-old forest rest houses. Built during the Raj times, these Rest Houses were used by the Forest officers during their work schedules in the forest. These Forest Rest Houses are mostly located on banks of a river, in beautiful surroundings. To be sleeping in the rooms in a protected campus where you know that the two big species of Corbett are closeby is a great experience. It is the Elephants of Corbett that make this park really unique. The Ranganga river that flows right through the heart of the forest is the biggest attraction to these elephants. You will see them daily come down to the river in herds, not only to quench their thirst, and play in water, but then seeing them do the dust bath is a photographers delight.
Bandhavgarh is one park where they say that if you did not see the tiger, then you were sleeping during the tiger safari. And how right it is. Irrespective of the time of the year, Bandhavgarh never disappoints. Is it because it was the former hunting reserve, hence well-planned tiger tracks leading to the water holes? Or is it the good conservation model of the forest department? I would tend to say both, and that is what makes Bandhavgarh really special.
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 tiger 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 habitats 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 – New Delhi (by surface – 280 Kms, 5-6 hour drive)
Morning Jeep safari in the park. After breakfast check out from the lodge. Then drive to New Delhi, 280kms, 6-7-hour drive. On arrival check into hotel. Overnight stay at hotel in New Delhi.
New Delhi – Jabalpur – Bandhavgarh (Flight + by surface 200 kms / 4-hour drive)
Early breakfast, and transfer to the airport in the morning to board a flight at 1010 hour to arrive in Jabalpur at 1155hrs. Met at the airport and drive to Bandhavgarh National Park 220 kms / 4-hour drive. On arrival check into the Resort. After lunch go for an afternoon jeep tiger safari in Bandhavgarh national park. Dinner and overnight stay at the resort.
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. Overnight at the Lodge.
Day 7 - 9
Morning and afternoon jeep tiger safaris in Bandhavgarh tracking the elusive Tigers, meals and overnight at the Lodge.
Bandhavgarh – Jabalpur – New Delhi (by Surface 200 kms / 4 hrs. drive + Flight)
Morning jeep tiger safari in Bandhavgarh tiger reserve. After lunch drive to Raipur airport 200 kms /4hrs drive to board a flight to New Delhi at 1630 hrs. Arrive New Delhi at 1845hrs. Meeting and assistance on arrival at New Delhi airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at the 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.