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Wild India ... In Style!

Tour Code: IND36

A deluxe 12-day appreciation of the mammals and birds of Kanha and Bandhavgarh, India's most rewarding Tiger Reserves, with an optional extension to Ranthambore Tiger Reserve.

12 days from £3495(inc flights) Land Only Price: £2995 SRS: £595 + an optional 4-day extension


On this deluxe tour we travel through the heartland of wild India. After a flight to Delhi we head to Kanha Tiger Reserve, where we’ll stay in a luxury lodge for three nights. By day we’ll go in search of Tigers as well as the park’s wealth of other large mammals and abundant bird life such as Malabar Pied Hornbill and Crested Serpent Eagle. Next we drive through the Vindhyan Hills to Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve where we’ll settle into our luxury chalets at King’s Lodge for a 3-night stay. We’ll follow a routine of twice-daily game drives into the reserve in search of Tigers, Jungle Cat, Sloth Bear and a wealth of birdlife.

  • Sambar, Spotted & Swamp Deer, Gaur & Asiatic Jackal, Kanha
  • A chance of seeing elusive mammals such as Dhole & Leopard
  • 120 species of bird at Kanha, including raptors, francolins, rollers & babblers
  • Luxury chalets with swimming pool set in 12 acres of forest, Bandhavgarh
  • 250+ species of birds in Bandhavgarh National Park
  • Plum-headed Parakeet, Asian Paradise Flycatcher & Grey-headed Fishing-eagle
  • Chousingha, Striped Hyena, Palm Squirrel & Indian Fox, Bandhavgarh
  • Led by expert local naturalist guides

Food

All included in the price, except for any meals taken in Delhi and Agra. Allow £40.

Accommodation

A range of India's finest deluxe hotels and luxury camps, all with private facilities.

Tiger (Adit Dhanwate)

Tiger (Adit Dhanwate)

Outline Itinerary Download

Day 1 Depart London

Day 2 Delhi

Day 3/5 Kanha National Park

Day 6/8 Bandhavgarh National Park

Day 9 Final day in Bandhavgarh; overnight train to Agra

Day 10 Agra

Day 11 Full day's sightseeing in Agra; evening train to Delhi

Day 12 Fly London

This deluxe tour, through the heartland of wild India, combines the opportunity to enjoy wildlife viewing in two of India’s finest Tiger Reserves with visits also to some of the great monuments of Moghul India, including the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Above all, this tour offers you the opportunity to enjoy it all from the comfort of some of India’s very best hotels and luxury lodges, and we spare no expense in ensuring the utmost quality of all aspects of this holiday whilst maintaining a competitive price.

We begin in the capital, where we stay at the tranquil 5-star Holiday Inn hotel. This splendid hotel is located near the airport and boasts a large swimming pool as well as a spa and health centre. Whilst here, we offer keen birdwatchers a visit to Sultanpur National Park and the more culturally minded an optional tour of some of the monuments of Old Delhi.

Next we travel to Kanha, taking a comfortable flight to Jabalpur or Nagpur followed by a scenic drive into the heart of rural Madhya Pradesh where Kanha National Park is situated. Our delightful base for a 3-night stay here is Kanha Earth Lodge, a world class lodge in the Tiger heartland, or Tiger Corridors, a luxury tented camp hosting a maximum of just 16 guests in eight air-conditioned tents, each with its own bathroom and verandah and each occupying a private setting within wooded grounds which also hold a lovely swimming pool. Tiger Corridors is located near the Kisli entrance to the park, giving us access to the best area in Kanha for sightings of Tigers, the park’s wealth of other large mammals, and abundant birdlife.

It will take us all day to drive, on rough roads, through the Vindhyan Hills and the farmlands and villages of Madhya Pradesh, to Bandhavgarh National Park and Tiger Reserve. Once there we will settle in for a 3-night stay at Kings Lodge, a group of luxury chalets with their own private swimming pool set in 12 acres of forest. Each spacious chalet has a luxurious attached bathroom whilst, in the dining room and lounge area, delicious Indian cuisine and a good library may be enjoyed.

During our time at Kanha and Bandhavgarh we will strike out twice daily on morning and evening game drives into the parks, rising at dawn and returning at dusk, though enjoying a lengthy midday siesta. Whilst Tigers can never be guaranteed, the combination of these two top Tiger Reserves within a week gives you the best chance you could have in that period. Tigers may sometimes be encountered from the jeep but, should the government elephants and their mahouts, who usually track the Tigers on a daily basis, locate an animal in the forest or grasslands away from the jeep tracks. Our aim, though, is to observe, enjoy and photograph all the many species of mammals — amongst them Sambar, Spotted and Swamp Deer, Common Langur and Rhesus Monkeys, Gaur (the huge Asiatic Bison), Wild Boar, Asiatic Jackal, Jungle Cat and, with luck, perhaps even a Leopard, Wolf, Dhole (the Indian Wild Dog) or Sloth Bear — as well as a wealth of birdlife.

Journeying onwards, the overnight sleeper train from Katni to Agra may not quite offer the high standard of accommodation to which we have become accustomed, but it is, nonetheless, an experience, and one that is rewarded with a day to relax, and a night in one of the world’s finest hotels, the 5-star Trident hotel, located close to India’s most beautiful monument — the Taj Mahal — there is no better base from which to enjoy the Moghul splendour of the Taj itself, nearby Agra Fort and the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, and no better way to complete our holiday (unless, of course, you choose to extend it with a visit to Ranthambore, in Rajasthan, one of the most picturesque of the Tiger Reserves).

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G. & L.K.
Leicestershire
The staff at Singhinawa Jungle Lodge were exceptional hosts. The Oberoi Amarvilas at Agra was an experience not to be missed, with stunning views of the Taj Mahal from every room. Thanks again for a wonderful holiday.
Mr & Mrs H.
Wales
Our guide Harsha Jayaramaiah was outstanding - very knowledgeable about the wildlife and general history of the reserves we visited. He had great organisation and communication skills and adapted the game drives to accommodate the wishes of our group.
I. & D.F.
Lancashire
This was out second Naturetrek holiday and we have been blessed with two leaders (Suchit Basnett – Nepal and Hatsy Singh – India) who must be the most knowledgeable leaders you employ. Hatsy was tremendous. What he didn’t know about tigers wasn’t worth knowing. He was very courteous at all times and couldn’t do enough for us. During the trip he injured his knee and was clearly in pain but his professionalism didn’t waver at all. He gave 100% of himself 100% of the time. A true first class leader. A great asset to your company. Thank you Hatsy. Thank you Naturetrek.
F.M.
Lancashire
Saw 9 tigers and heard 2 growls! Hatsy was an excellent, kind and caring tour guide. He was at his best at Bandhavgarh obviously as he developed it! The extension worked beautifully, we were met and dispatched very efficiently. Thank you, Mr Jolly!
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Fri 3rd November 2017 - Tue 14th November 2017

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Fri 16th February 2018 - Tue 27th February 2018

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Fri 9th November 2018 - Tue 20th November 2018

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Fri 15th February 2019 - Tue 26th February 2019

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Fri 1st November 2019 - Tue 12th November 2019

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The staff at Singhinawa Jungle Lodge were exceptional hosts. The Oberoi Amarvilas at Agra was an experience not to be missed, with stunning views of the Taj Mahal from every room. Thanks again for a wonderful holiday.
G. & L.K., Leicestershire