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India: Wildlife & Culture of the Central Plains

Private Travel | Wildlife 15 Days & 13 Nights Lead-in price: £4245

Combine exploring some of India’s lesser-visited national parks in search of tigers with seeing elaborate temple complexes, sacred ceremonies and exceptional architecture in historic Lucknow.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • 4x4 safaris in search of tigers, leopards & one-horned rhinos
  • Evening spiritual aarti ceremony
  • Heritage & culinary walk in historic Lucknow
  • Breakfast overlooking the sacred Ganges river
  • Explore the hidden gems of Delhi
  • Stay in 4- & 5-star accommodation
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Days 1-2: Fly to Delhi

Fly to Delhi and transfer to the Pride Plaza for 1 night. Explore some of the capital’s lesser-visited sights including Hauz Khas, Agrasen-ki Baoli and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. (N)

Day 3: Bandhavgarh National Park

Fly to Jabalpur before driving to Bandhavgarh, home to one of India’s highest tiger populations. Stay 2 nights at the Bandhav Vilas. (B, D)

Day 4: Bandhavgarh National Park

Early morning and afternoon 4×4 safaris in search of tigers. (B, L, D)

Days 5-6: Panna National Park

Drive to Panna and transfer to the Sarai at Toria for a 2-night stay. Day excursion to Panna National Park with its population of tigers, leopards and nilgais. Stop at the Ken River Lodge for lunch. (B) (B, L)

Day 7: Khajuraho • Varanasi

Explore Khajuraho’s majestic temples with their exquisite carvings. This afternoon, fly to Varanasi for a 2-night stay at the Suryauday Haveli. This evening, observe an aarti ceremony. (B)

Day 8: Varanasi

Morning boat ride on the Ganges then visit the Brijrama Palace for breakfast overlooking the river. Afternoon tour of Sarnath. (B)

Day 9: Lucknow

Morning train to Lucknow for a 2-night stay at the Taj Mahal Lucknow. Early evening heritage and culinary walk. (B)

Day 10: Lucknow

Explore Lucknow’s key sites including the Bara Imambara and Chota Imambara and La Martinière College. (B)

Day 11: Dudhwa National Park

Morning drive to Dudhwa National Park, home to tigers, one-horned rhinos and Gangetic dolphins. 3 nights at the Jaagir Lodge. (B, D)

Day 12: Dudhwa National Park

Morning 4×4 safari. Afternoon at leisure for further safaris, village walks, photography classes or interactive culinary lessons. (B, L, D)

Day 13: Dudhwa National Park • Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary

Morning 4×4 safari at the Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary, inhabited by tigers, swamp deer and an array of birdlife. (B, L, D)

Days 14-15: Fly to Delhi • Fly home

Return to Lucknow and fly to Delhi for an overnight stay at the Pullman Aerocity. Fly home the following day. (B, L) (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.

Single supplement

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • The Sarai at Toria
    The Sarai at Toria

    Located on the banks of the River Ken, on the outskirts of the Panna Tiger Reserve, is the luxurious but homely Serai at Toria. The eight traditionally built cottages come with their own private courtyards and verandas. They are traditionally designed with the application of mud and thatched roofs. Features: 8 cottages, outdoor dining, terrace. Room amenities: Ceiling fan, desk, en suite bathroom.

  • Taj Mahal Lucknow
    Taj Mahal Lucknow

    Bordering the Gomti river and spread across 13 hectares of beautiful manicured gardens, the Taj Mahal Lucknow is an elegant hotel reflecting the architecture of the Nawabi era. Graceful pillars and rich tapestries add to its regal character, which is extended to the design of the characterful bedrooms. The hotel offers 110 rooms including four suites, all of which overlook either the beautiful gardens or the swimming pool. The restaurant specialises in delicious Awadh cuisine, a reflection of the rich culinary tradition of the city. Features: 110 rooms & suites, restaurant, bar, swimming pool, spa, reading room, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, minibar, tea & coffee making facilities.

  • Suryauday Haveli
    Suryauday Haveli

    Perched on the Shivala ghats, overlooking the sacred Ganges River, Suryauday Haveli, a 20th-century retreat, was originally built for elderly pilgrims by the royal family of Nepal. Sensitively restored, the 14 simply furnished rooms and suites enjoy spectacular views of the ghats and are ideal for those seeking to absorb the spirit and legacy of the holy city of Varanasi. The restaurant serves vegetarian food only and does not have a menu -guests are usually treated to a daily menu from the chef. The Suryauday Haveli does not serve alcohol.

  • Pullman New Delhi Aerocity
    Pullman New Delhi Aerocity

    Conveniently located adjacent to both the international and domestic airport terminals, the Pullman is a modern, comfortable hotel with large rooms. There is also a large shopping mall in close proximity with several restaurants. The rooms are contemporary in design with a good selection of amenities. There are two restaurants, one serving Indian and international cuisine and an Asian restaurant that specialises in Vietnamese and Thai food.

  • Pride Plaza Hotel Aerocity
    Pride Plaza Hotel Aerocity

    Pride Plaza Hotel offers a comfortable stay just 2.5 miles from Delhi International airport. Guests can enjoy an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre and spa as well as modern amenities.Features: 385 rooms, swimming pool, restaurant and bar, spa, fitness centre, Wi-Fi.<br>Room amenities: Air-conditioning, minibar, television, hairdryer.

  • Jaagir Lodge
    Jaagir Lodge

  • Bandhav Vilas
    Bandhav Vilas

    Set on the edge of the Bandhavgarh National Park, overlooking the central Indian wilderness, Bandhav Vilas is a charming, comfortable, wildlife lodge. Each of the 20 spacious rooms is comfortably furnished, elegantly decorated, combines traditional with contemporary style and features a private sit out and courtyard. At Bandhav Vilas, breakfast and lunch is usually served in the main dining room and the menu features a choice of Indian and western meals; there is also an interactive open-air dining experience on most evenings (October to April only). Private dining venues are also available. Other facilities at this lodge include a bar, an outdoor swimming pool, a library with a good collection of books on wildlife and a spa.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £4245 per person

High season from £4325 per person


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.

  • • 4- & 5-star accommodation
    • Direct international flights withVirgin Atlantic
    • Internal flights in India
    • Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
    • 4 included safaris accompanied byexpert naturalists
    • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
    • Porterage at airports & stations

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