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India - Tiger Marathon

Tour Code: IND21

An exciting tour taking you straight into the heart of Tiger country on a 13-day safari that combines Pench, Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Panna National Parks, four of India's finest Tiger Reserves, plus an optional extension to Ranthambore National Park.

13 days from £3195(inc flights) Land Only Price: £2695 SRS: £495 + an optional 4-day extension


There are few sights in the natural world more awe-inspiring than observing a wild Tiger at close quarters. We focus on providing this supreme wildlife experience during visits to Kanha Tiger Reserve, Pench National Park, Bandhavgarh National Park and finally Panna National Park, all renowned for their populations of Tiger. Early morning and afternoon game drives offer the best prospect of Tiger encounters, while other wildlife includes Sambar, Spotted Deer, Swamp Deer, Gaur (the huge Asiatic Bison) and Wild Boar, as well as a colourful profusion of birds. An optional extension to visit Ranthambore Tiger Reserve provides yet more opportunities to observe Tigers in the wild.

  • Tiger viewing in India’s finest Tiger Reserves
  • 100% record to date of seeing Tigers on this tour!
  • Mammals including Asiatic Jackal, monkeys & Grey Langur
  • Possibility of rarities such as Leopard & Asian Wild Dog (Dhole)
  • Wide variety of Indian birdlife
  • Boat trip on the Ken River to see waterbirds & Mugger Crocodile
  • Snapshots of rural village life in the heart of India
  • Led by expert local naturalist guides

Food

All included in the price.

Accommodation

Comfortable tourist hotel in Delhi; comfortable forest lodges elsewhere. All rooms have private facilities.

Tiger (Paul Marshall)

Tiger (Paul Marshall)

Outline Itinerary Download

Day 1 Depart London

Day 2 Arrive Nagpur; transfer Pench National Park

Day 3 Pench National Park

Day 4/6 Kanha National Park

Day 7/9 Bandhavgarh National Park

Day 10/11 Panna National Park

Day 12 Transfer Khajuraho; fly Delhi

Day 13 Fly London

The mighty Bengal Tiger is without doubt one of the most stunningly handsome and awe-inspiring creatures on Earth. Whether achieved from a vehicle, or elephant-back, a glimpse of this most powerful of all the great cats is an unforgettable highlight of any natural history visit to India. Just to set off in search of a Tiger is guaranteed to send adrenaline coursing through the veins; whilst every movement in the undergrowth raises the expectation of a sudden appearance by that so-familiar striped body, footprints in the dust or the warning cries of deer serving only to heighten the almost unbearable sense of excitement. Over the past 20 years Naturetrek has enabled many hundreds of our clients to achieve their dream of seeing a Tiger and this outstanding new tour is perhaps our most comprehensive Tiger-watching holiday so far, embracing the four Indian Tiger Reserves that currently provide the most consistent record of Tiger sightings in the subcontinent. The holiday is designed to maximise the chances of Tiger observation by spending ample time in each of these reserves where, even if the Tigers prove elusive, you can be assured of a host of other mammals including Grey Langur, Sambar and both Spotted and Swamp Deer. We should also see Gaur (the huge Asiatic bison), Wild Boar, Asiatic Jackal and, with luck, Leopard or Dhole (the Indian wild dog). Although the focus will be very much on the mammals, the birdlife is prolific and even non-birdwatchers cannot fail to be impressed by the variety of form and colour displayed by the avifauna.

We begin our tour with an afternoon arrival into Nagpur airport after a comfortable flight via Mumbai on one of the world’s best international airlines. From here we drive straight to Pench National Park, a journey of just over two hours. This previously little-known reserve was the setting for the popular BBC TV series ‘Tiger — Spy in the Jungle’, which portrayed the life of a resident family of Tigers and, almost overnight, transformed the profile of Pench. Designated as Project Tiger’s 19th Tiger Reserve in 1992, Pench today protects 758 square kilometres of prime Tiger habitat in the southern reaches of the Satpura Hills, which lie in the region which inspired Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Jungle Book’. We spend two nights here and can savour the reality of the television images!

Next we will take a scenic drive into the heart of rural Madhya Pradesh and spend three nights in Kanha National Park. Kanha encompasses 1,945 square kilometres and is one of the largest reserves in India. It occupies a beautiful location on a plateau in the Maikal range of hills, and comprises a crescent of forested hills surrounding broad undulating grasslands dotted with clumps of bamboo and Sal forest. Small pools and a perennial lake provide essential drinking holes for the animals. Here, as elsewhere, we will undertake morning and afternoon game drives in search of Tigers and other wildlife.

Another long drive, through farmland and the Vindhyan Hills, brings us to Bandhavgarh National Park. This park, like Kanha, has acquired a reputation as one of the very best for consistent Tiger sightings. It lies in a region steeped in history and, in the heart of the reserve, atop an 800-metre plateau, stands the ruin of the magnificent hilltop fort which bears testament to the succession of dynasties which once ruled this area. Regular game drives in the park should bring us yet more encounters with the main objective of our tour.

Finally we drive to Panna National Park, a stunning reserve that protects over 543 square kilometres of rolling hills and plateaux, grassy meadows, gorges and waterfalls. The broad waters of the River Ken pass through the park and a boat trip here provides superb wildlife-viewing with abundant waterbirds and many large Marsh Mugger Crocodiles. Tigers have suffered badly from poaching here, but we have a slim chance of an encounter in this beautiful park.

We will fly back to Delhi from the famous city of Khajuraho, and thence to London. However, for the aficionado, we offer an opportunity to extend your holiday with a visit to Ranthambore, one of India’s most spectacular and best-known Tiger Reserves.

Tuli Tiger Corridor, PenchRose-ringed Parakeet (Peter Johnson)Gaur (Peter Johnson)Jungle Babblers (Peter Johnson)Tiger (Peter Johnson)Black-shouldered Kite (Peter Johnson)Alexandrine Parakeet (Peter Johnson)Indian Roller (Peter Johnson)Jungle Owlet (Peter Johnson)Tiger Pugmark (Peter Johnson)Sloth Bear Claw Marks (Peter Johnson)Three-striped Palm Squirrel (Peter Johnson)Rufous Treepie (Peter Johnson)Spotted Owlet (Peter Johnson)Indian Pond Heron (Peter Johnson)Green Bee-eater (Peter Johnson)Bandhavgarh Jungle LodgeGrey Langur (Peter Johnson)Bandhavgarh Jungle LodgeTiger (Peter Johnson)White-throated Kingfisher (Peter Johnson)Lizard s.p. (Peter Johnson)Purple Sunbird (Peter Johnson)Ken River Lodge, PannaKen River Lodge, PannaIndian Thicknee (Peter Johnson)Black-winged Stilt (Peter Johnson)Rufous Treepie at Sunset (Peter Johnson)The Ken River, Panna National ParkMarsh Mugger Crocodile (Peter Johnson)GaurBandhavgarh National ParkIndian Leopard (copyright Dilan Mandanna)Tiger
A.B.
UK
What a truly magnificent experience we all had on this holiday! 13 tigers and 1 sloth bear! I can't recommend Durgesh highly enough. There was nothing more he could have done to ensure we all had the holiday of a lifetime. Nothing was ever too much trouble, his organisation was impeccable and his knowledge, particularly of the birds, was second to none. My thanks also go to Rajan Jolly for never failing to give me all the information I needed and for all his organisation of the trip. I made many friends, saw the wonderful animals together and in fact will be arranging to travel with some of them again as we never seemed to stop laughing (that's when we weren't on a 'tiger' hunt!) the whole time. I can't praise Rajan, Naturetrek and Durgesh highly enough. Thank you all for giving me the most amazing experience.
G.J.
Bedfordshire
Naturetrek did a fantastic job - everything went like clockwork and all of your staff were amazing in looking after our every need. Sightings were incredible, Tigers (11 I think) plus leopard, wild dogs and and Sloth Bear to name only the stars! Birding was brilliant. The whole trip was an amazing adventure. I would like to make a special mention for our guide, Durgesh Singh. His knowledge of wildlife is incredible and imparted with passion, enthusiasm and humour. He really went the extra mile to make our trip such a great success. Everyone from Naturetrek that I have been in contact with has been very professional and helpful. Please make all concerned aware of our feelings - I am sure that we will travel with you again if I can persuade my wife that we need another adventure!
P.H.
Australia
Our trip was made easy and exciting by our guide, Durgesh Singh. He is polite, helpful and calm, with a fine sense of humour. Added to this, he is an excellent naturalist with comprehensive knowledge of the local wildlife and eagle eyes. He could also answer our questions on local customs. And we saw TIGER!! Several with excellent views. There is no other animal on the planet with such majestic presence.
G.M.
Hertfordshire
All accommodation was as expected and was clean and tidy. All staff were helpful, friendly and courteous and made us feel welcome. A night at the Westin Hotel in Delhi was much enjoyed. It was good to go to four different reserves. We enjoyed this holiday very much.
P.M.
Hertfordshire
We saw three Tigers, two really close and one with just our jeep. Also hundreds of birds, most of which were new to us; learned a lot about Indian history, trees and plants and had some great food. Our tour leader, Durgesh, was a fascinating source of information and ensured that we were well looked after. We were very impressed by the details provided beforehand, the support from our tour leader and we had a great time. Well worth the money. Thank you for a great holiday.
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Thu 2nd November 2017 - Tue 14th November 2017

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Thu 18th January 2018 - Tue 30th January 2018

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Thu 22nd March 2018 - Tue 3rd April 2018

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Thu 8th November 2018 - Tue 20th November 2018

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Thu 17th January 2019 - Tue 29th January 2019

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Thu 21st March 2019 - Tue 2nd April 2019

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Thu 7th November 2019 - Tue 19th November 2019

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Tour Extensions

If you wish to prolong your holiday we offer the following extensions.

Ranthambore Extension

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What a truly magnificent experience we all had on this holiday! 13 tigers and 1 sloth bear! I can't recommend Durgesh highly enough. There was nothing more he could have done to ensure we all had the holiday of a lifetime. Nothing was ever too much trouble, his organisation was impeccable and his knowledge, particularly of the birds, was second to none. My thanks also go to Rajan Jolly for never failing to give me all the information I needed and for all his organisation of the trip. I made many friends, saw the wonderful animals together and in fact will be arranging to travel with some of them again as we never seemed to stop laughing (that's when we weren't on a 'tiger' hunt!) the whole time. I can't praise Rajan, Naturetrek and Durgesh highly enough. Thank you all for giving me the most amazing experience.
A.B., UK