Designed for nature lovers, this tour travels into the heart of India and follows the trail of the endangered Royal Bengal Tiger. Travelling by 4 x 4 jeep or on elephant back, safaris in the national parks of Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Pench offer an unforgettable opportunity to search for one of the world's most majestic animals in beautiful natural surroundings. Staying in the unique and luxurious Taj safari lodges in each park, game drives are accompanied by expert and passionate naturalist guides.
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Fly to Delhi on the British Airways overnight flight. (N)
Arrive and transfer to the Taj Mahal Hotel for an overnight stay. This evening enjoy a masterclass in contemporary Indian cuisine by chef Manoj Goel as he prepares a three-course meal, revealing the secrets of some of his most prized recipes, with an opportunity to taste each course. After the masterclass, enjoy an exquisite three-course dinner at Varq. (D)
Transfer by road to Agra.
Visit the Taj Mahal; built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, this magnificent white marble mausoleum commemorates the life of his favourite wife, Mumtaz. The classical gardens with their shimmering mirror pools create the perfect backdrop to this truly breathtaking sight. Continue to the red sandstone Agra Fort and discover the many chambers and elaborate archways. This evening take the overnight train to Katni. (B)
Drive from Katni to Bandhavgarh for a 3-night stay at Mahua Kothi, a luxury boutique camp set in 16 hectares of land. (B,L,D)
The park was the private property of the Maharaja of Rewa until 1968 and this helped preserve the forest and the wildlife. Today the park is famous for its tigers, but it also has a wide range of other animals. The undergrowth is not as dense as in some other monsoon forests and animals that can be viewed here include chausinghas, wild boars, jackals, foxes, muntjacs, chitals, Rhesus macaques, black-faced langurs, jungle cats, and elusive leopards. Bandhavgarh attracts many migratory birds in the winter months, including the steppe eagle. Search for the park's inhabitants with a full-day wildlife viewing. (B,L,D)
Full-day wildlife viewing. (B,L,D)
Drive to Kanha and spend 3 nights at the luxury Banjaar Tola tented camp, situated along the Banjaar river and overlooking Kanha National Park. The camp is located only a few minutes from the quieter Mukki gate entrance to the national park. (B, L, D)
The inspiration for Rudyard Kipling's 'The Jungle Book', Kanha is considered to be one of India's most outstanding wildlife reserves. Kanha's forest of Sal trees, bamboo groves, savanna grasslands and rolling hills are home to hundreds of species, including a declining tiger population. Formerly a hunting ground for high-ranking British army officers and civil servants, Kanha is now a vast protected area with a wide variety of wildlife including tigers, leopards, deer, langur monkeys and wild buffaloes. Enjoy a full-day wildlife viewing. (B,L,D)
Drive to the Pench tiger reserve for 2 nights at the outstanding Baghvan Jungle Lodge. Just 5 minutes' drive away from the park entrance, the lodge overlooks a dry river bed that is a favourite route of the nearby park's inhabitants. (B,L,D)
Pench Tiger Reserve occupies a beautiful location that comprises teak forests, meandering rivers and open grassland. The fauna is varied with cheetah, sambar and nilgai regularly seen grazing on the open sites on roadsides and river banks . While not as common, jackals, wild dogs, gaur, sloth bears and tigers are also present. Enjoy a full day of wildlife viewing. (B,L,D)
Drive to Nagpur and take the afternoon flight to Mumbai. Stay overnight at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. (B)
Transfer to the airport for the afternoon British Airways direct flight to London. (B)
As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No Meals
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
Most lodges organise nature
walks between the early morning and late
afternoon wildlife safaris. Accompanied
by a naturalist, the trail usually passes
through the edges of the park. For avid
birdwatchers this can be a rewarding
experience and is highly recommended.
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Baghvan is an outstanding lodge from the Taj - &beyond partnership. The lodge is hidden away on the thickly wooded banks of a seasonal stream, which, in dry season, serves as a pathway for tiger, leopard and other animals. Accommodation is in 12 spacious contemporary suites spread over 11 acres. Each suite has two buildings, which are inter-linked and accessed through a private courtyard. The suites are airy and have a 50's feel with their own veranda and en suite bathroom. Above the bathroom is a covered roof terrace, which acts as a viewing platform during the day. By night with a mosquito net and overhead fan the terrace can be used for romantic sleepouts. The original guest areas have been extensively renovated and now include a swimming pool, an interactive open kitchen with dining room and sitting area with a small...
Situated along the banks of the Banjaar River, and only a few minutes from the quieter Mukki gate of Kanha National Park, Banjaar Tola is an outstanding lodge from the Taj - &beyond partnership. The lodge has 2 stylish camps, each with 9 tented suites. The tents are contemporary in design, furnished with locally crafted furniture and the local art gives the lodge its own unique identity. The tented suites, which open onto private decks, are set on raised structures allowing natural growth under all the buildings. The tents are light, airy, spacious and luxurious with their own outdoor sitting area. The central area has a dining room, lounge and an open deck and there is also a small swimming pool positioned...
Mahua Kothi is a luxury boutique camp formed through the partnership of the wildlife experts &Beyond, and the Taj Hotel Group. 'Mahua' essentially means 'butter tree' and Kothi means 'homestead'. Set in 40 acres, the individual cottages or 'Kutiyas' are exquisitely furnished to the highest standard and are accessed through a private courtyard. The rooms have been designed and crafted using local techniques, yet modern amenities are seamlessly blended into their surroundings. The open kitchen in the restaurant allows guests the opportunity to watch their food being prepared using local herbs and spices, and guests can also dine al fresco in the grounds. There is an inviting swimming pool and the hotel can offer in-room Ayurvedic...
Built in 1903, this gracious and iconic hotel is located in central Mumbai, opposite the Gateway of India. The Taj Mahal is split into the old-world Palace Wing and the contemporary Tower Wing, providing a total of 560 rooms and suites. A treasure trove of invaluable memorabilia, the hotel has fused a myriad of artistic styles and tastes. Guests have included royalty and heads of state. Facilities include a pool, fitness centre and...
Located in the lush greens of Lutyen’s New Delhi and a member of Leading Hotels of the World, the Taj Mahal offers 300 rooms including 27 suites. Facilities at the hotel include a shopping arcade and swimming pool, while golf and tennis can be arranged on request. Meals can be taken at the hotel’s three restaurants: Machan, a 24-hour eatery; Haveli, with north-west Indian cuisine; or The Emperor’s Lounge, Delhi’s most celebrated Chinese restaurant serving authentic Sichuan and Cantonese...
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