India possesses its own Big 5 to rival that of Africa. This enthralling journey travels through three of the country's most diverse national parks with opportunities to spot its five large mammals - tigers, lions, leopards, rhinos and elephants.
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Arrive in Mumbai and transfer to the Taj Santa Cruz for an overnight stay. (N)
Fly to Rakjot and travel to Sasan Gir National Park for a 3-night stay at the Lion Safari Camp. The Park is made up of mostly forest area with rocky hills and deep valleys with numerous rivers and streams. It is also Asia's last natural home of the Asiatic lion. (B, L, D)
Explore Sasan Gir National Park on morning and afternoon 4x4 wildlife safaris. The chances of spotting the Asiatic Lion are very good and the park is also home to a large Leopard population. Spotted gazelles, wild boar, wolves, hyenas and an array of birdlife also reside here. (B, L, D)
Travel to Rajkot and fly to Mumbai for one night at the Taj Santa Cruz. (B)
Fly to Nagpur and travel to Kanha National Park, the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, for 3 nights at Kipling Camp. Formerly a hunting ground for high-ranking British army officers, Kanha is now a protected area with a wide variety of wildlife. (B, L, D)
Take an early morning and a late afternoon 4x4 safari in search of the elusive tiger. Other wildlife to look out for include the Indian elephant, peacocks, wild boars and barasinghas, also known locally as 'swamp deer'. (B, L, D)
Drive to Nagpur and take an internal flight to Kolkata (Calcutta). Overnight at The Oberoi Grand.
Fly to Guwahati and travel to Kaziranga for 3 nights at Diphlu River Lodge. Set along the southern bank of the Brahmaputra Riverwas, Kaziranga was declared a wildlife reserve in 1926, in order to save the greater one-horned rhino. (B, L, D)
Discover the wildlife of Kaziranga during morning and afternoon vehicle safaris. The park contains about 15 species of India's threatened mammals and harbours the world's largest population of Indian rhinoceros and Indian elephant. Other mammals include tigers and leopards. (B, L, D)
Drive to Guwahati and fly home. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
The Diphlu River Lodge is an eco-resort built on stilts in the middle of green paddy fields. The lodge is set on the edge of River Diphlu, which forms the boundary to Kaziranga National Park. Managed by Assam Bengal Navigation, the lodge operates to the high standards of their well-established cruises on the Brahmaputra and Hooghly. The 12 rooms are large, have a rustic feel and were designed making use of local materials and artefacts. All rooms feature a seating area with comfortable cane furniture, a writing desk, mini-bar, safe, small fridge and tea & coffee-making machine. The en-suite bathrooms (shower only) have glass sides that open out into the...
Kipling Camp was established in 1982 on the edge of Kanha Tiger Reserve in Central India. The camp is open to naturalists, conservationists and those who wish to relax in idyllic surroundings. The focal point of the camp is the Shamiana, where guests enjoy indoor and outdoor dining. It is an ideal place for guests to mingle with fellow wildlife enthusiasts or simply pick up a book and relax. There are no fences or barriers segregating Kipling Camp from its environment, and the Camp is constantly visited by spotted deer and langur monkeys, enjoying a quick drink at the water holes. Jackals, wolves and even leopards occasionally pad by. Over the past 20 years, the camp has maintained its "house party" atmosphere. Kipling Camp provides the perfect place for peace and tranquility in the heart of the India Jungles.
Lion Safari Camp is a jungle safari camp at Sasan Gir National Park. It is located in the natural setting of a private mango orchard overlooking the Hiran River. Accommodation consists of 21 tents each of which has a large bedroom and a well-appointed en-suite bathroom with bathtub, shower and hot/cold running water. The public area of camp consists of an open-air, river-facing...
The Oberoi Grand is located in the heart of the city, near the main monuments and shopping district. It is 22 km from the international airport, which takes approximately 45 minutes by road.
The hotel has been a feature of Kolkata (Calcutta) for over 125 years and it combines classic Victorian architecture with modern facilities. It has 6 categories of rooms and suites. Deluxe rooms offer a panoramic view of the city and some luxury rooms have a private balcony overlooking the central courtyard. Premier rooms feature four-poster beds and private balconies and classic suites overlook the pool and garden. Set amid the palm-fringed courtyard and pool are the deluxe suites and the 3 luxury suites, each measuring 84 sqm, feature four balconies overlooking the hotel grounds. All rooms have a satellite television, DVD player, Internet access, safe, telephone and mini bar.
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The Taj Santacruz is ideally located just a few minutes' drive from the main international airport in Mumbai. The classy building combines the best aspects of palatial and art deco design, both themes ever present in the city of Mumbai. The hotel has three restaurants featuring local, Asian and continental cuisine. All rooms have a mix of contemporary amenities with old-world Indian charm and some feature views of the airport runway.
Features: 279 rooms, Wi-Fi, 3 restaurants, bar, fitness centre, spa, swimming pool.
Room amenities: Tea & coffee facilities, air conditioning, flat-screen TV, bluetooth clock radio, safe, hairdryer, en suite facilities featuring separate bathtub and shower...
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