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An Indian Wildlife Odyssey

Group Tour | General interest 13 Days & 11 Nights Lead-in price: £3195

This small group tour explores central India's national parks in search of tigers. Kanha is known for its tigers, wild dogs, leopards and sloth bears; Satpura offers walking safaris and nights under canvas; while Pench inspired Rudyard Kipling’s celebrated novel The Jungle Book.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Boat & walking safari in Satpura
  • 4x4 safaris accompanied by experienced naturalists
  • Specialist talk by expert naturalist in Pench
  • Stargazing in Satpura
  • Stay in 4- & 5-star accommodation
  • Small group size - average 8 people (max 12)
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Superior Group Tour in brief

Days 1-2: Fly to Mumbai

Depart on the overnight British Airways flight from London (regional connections available) to Mumbai (Bombay). On arrival, transfer to the Trident Nariman Point (or similar) for a 2-night stay. Afternoon at leisure. (N)

Day 3: Mumbai

Today you will see some of the city’s landmarks including the Gateway of India and the High Court. Visit the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, formerly the Prince of Wales Museum. Drive past the Hanging Gardens and Parsi Tower of Silence, including a photo-stop at the Dhobi Ghat. (B)

Day 4: Fly to Nagpur • Pench National Park

Take the morning flight to Nagpur and transfer to Pench National Park where you will begin your exploration of India’s national parks. The park is named after the Pench River which meanders through the park from north to south over the hilly terrain and through beautiful teak forests. Stay 2 nights at the Pench Jungle Camp, set in 20 hectares of lush foliage and only 1km from the entrance of the park. After lunch visit a local village before returning to the camp for an evening talk by an expert naturalist, followed by a night walk. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Pench National Park

Today explore the park in depth with morning and afternoon wildlife drives in the company of resident naturalists. The fauna of Pench is hugely diverse and contains the highest density of herbivores in India. Tigers are not commonly seen here, but jackals, wild dogs and sloth bears are frequently spotted. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Kanha National Park

This morning drive to Kanha National Park for 3 nights at Chitvan Jungle Lodge, a luxury resort situated 3.5km from the Mukki Gate. The park was created in 1955 and today is among the most scenic wildlife reserves in Asia. (B, L, D)

Days 7- 8: Kanha National Park

Spend two full days exploring the park on jeep safaris to observe the 22 animal species and 175 varieties of birds that call the park home. Whilst there is a healthy tiger population in the park, other wildlife to look out for include the Indian elephant, peacocks, wild boars and barasinghas, also known locally as ‘swamp deer’. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Satpura National Park

This morning drive to Satpura National Park and stay 3 nights at Forsyth Lodge, a stylish lodge set in 18 hectares of wildlife-filled jungle. The park’s limited exposure to humans, and optional walking safaris, means Satpura is the only place in India that offers an intimate wilderness experience. The park is home to tigers, leopards, wild dogs, sloth bears, wild boars, langurs and Indian gaurs. Birding here is also excellent and many raptors, as well as kingfishers and terns, can be spotted. Evening stargazing session. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Satpura National Park

Accompanied by a naturalist and a tracker, go on a morning 4×4 safari. After lunch enjoy an afternoon walking safari. The park is home to tigers, leopards, wild dogs, sloth bears, wild boars, langurs and Indian gaurs. Birding here is also excellent and many raptors, as well as kingfishers and terns, can be spotted. (B, L, D)

Day 11: Satpura National Park

Take another morning 4×4 safari before enjoying an afternoon safari by boat to observe the wildlife along the banks of the river. (B, L, D)

Day 12: Bhopal

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning drive to Bhopal, for the flight to Delhi. Overnight at the Pullman Aerocity. (B)

Day 13: Fly to London

Transfer to the airport and fly back to London with British Airways. (B)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Superior tour:

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Private & tailor-made travel:

This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior group tour accommodation

  • Trident Nariman Point
    Trident Nariman Point

    Towering above the skyline and overlooking the Arabian Sea, the Trident Nariman Point is located in the heart of Mumbai's central business district with the city's main shopping area only a short distance away. It offers 575 well appointed guest rooms, many offering ocean views and broadband and internet access. Facilities include two outdoor swimming pools, two fitness centres, five restaurants, two bars and the largest indoor shopping arcade in India.

  • Pench Jungle Camp
    Pench Jungle Camp

    Spread over 20 hectares of lush foliage, sprawling lawns and untouched landscape, the Pench Jungle Camp offers authentic jungle accommodation less than 1km from the gate of Pench National Park. Accommodation is mixed with permanent tents, deluxe safari cottages, four standard rooms and a family suite for guests to choose from. Inspired by the ethnic architecture, a centrally located apartment houses an open dining hall and modern kitchen serving vegetarian and non-vegetarian Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisine. The dining area has a fireplace ideal for cool evenings whilst the bar, Chaupal, is located around the campfire and a great place to relax after a day of wildlife drives.

  • Novotel New Delhi Aerocity
    Novotel New Delhi Aerocity

    Conveniently located adjacent to both international and domestic airport terminals, the Novotel New Delhi Aerocity is a large comfortable hotel in close vicinity to several excellent restaurants and shopping malls. Guestrooms are spacious and contemporary in design with all the amenities you would expect from a modern hotel. The restaurant serves multi-cuisine dishes and the 2 bar / lounges (including one pool side) are excellent places to relax in the evenings.

  • Chitvan Jungle Lodge
    Chitvan Jungle Lodge

    Set among 14 acres of land, Chitvan Jungle Lodge is surrounded by hills, thick woods and open grasslands. Inspired by the five natural elements (Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Ether), the 12 suites at Chitvan are spacious and designed to offer uninterrupted views of the forests and the surrounding countryside. The suites are furnished to a high standard and many of the suites on the ground level feature an open outdoor shower. Facilities include a multi-cuisine restaurant, swimming pool and a library. Other than the restaurant there are at least a dozen spots where the hotel staff can arrange private dinners on request. Activities organised by the lodge include pottery and cooking demonstrations and visit to local village market. The owners encourage guests to actively participate in the various activities on offer, and those who wish to prepare their own meal can take advantage of the friendly chef and his open and ...

Superior group tour extensions

Taj Mahal extension to An Indian Wildlife Odyssey
Taj Mahal
2 Nights from £195

Extend your time in India with a visit to Agra to see the celebrated Taj Mahal.

Afternoon train to Agra and spend two nights at the Trident Agra. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal, followed by a tour of the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah and the impressive Agra Fort. (B)

Travel by road to Delhi and fly to London with British Airways. (B)

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

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Dates & prices


Main Costs
Departure-Return date Original Price Saving Single Supplement Guaranteed Departures Click to Book
18 Oct 2022 - 30 Oct 2022 £2,795 £0 £825 Yes Reserve
8 Nov 2022 - 20 Nov 2022 £2,795 £0 £795 Reserve

Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • What's Included
    • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, Itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
    • Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
    • Entrance fees unless otherwise stated

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