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This small group tour explores central India's
national parks in search of tigers. Kanha is
known for its 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.
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Depart on the Jet 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. (N)
Enjoy the morning at leisure before exploring Mumbai in the afternoon. Uncover the many sides of the city, once described by Rudyard Kipling as 'the Mother of all Cities', visiting some of its most celebrated landmarks, including the Gateway of India and the Victoria Terminus. You can also visit the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, formerly the Prince of Wales Museum and drive past the Hanging Gardens and Parsi Tower of Silence. (B)
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)
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)
This morning drive to Kanha National Park for 3 nights at Chitvan Jungle Lodge (or similar). The park was created in 1955 and today it is among the most scenic wildlife reserves in Asia, characterised by its verdant meadows, lush sal and bamboo forests. (B, L, D)
Spend 2 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)
This morning drive to Satpura National Park and stay 3 nights at Forsyth Lodge (or similar). The park's limited exposure to humans, and optional walking safaris, means Satpura is one of the only places in India that offers an intimate wilderness experience. This evening enjoy a stargazing session. (B, L, D)
Accompanied by a naturalist and a tracker, go on a morning 4x4 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)
Take another morning 4x4 safari before enjoying an afternoon safari by boat to observe the wildlife along the banks of the river. (B, L, D)
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Bhopal, the vibrant capital of the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. En route visit the Bhimbetka caves, known for their well-preserved prehistoric paintings, some of which date back 12,000 years. Overnight at the Jehan Numa Palace (or similar). (B)
Morning at leisure or optional visit to the world-famous stupas at Sanchi. Fly to Delhi for an overnight stay at the Leela Ambience Gurgaon (or similar). (B)
Transfer to the airport and fly back to London with Jet Airways. (B)
As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits
you, for which guideline prices are shown.
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