ESTATE OF THE TIGER

Fan of the tiger? Of course I am. Then this itinerary will jump at you. Trails, dense green forests, smell of the fresh earthy soil, patchy roads, distant sounds of animals and birds; makes the Indian wildlife parks of Tadoba, Pench, Bandhavgarh and Kanha.

Goosebumps – It’s definitely the opportunity to meet the Royal Bengal tiger face to face. We spend time sightseeing in vivacious Mumbai, fly to Nagpur for a spectacular twelve days of tiger and amazing wildlife. All the four parks are celebrated for their natural beauty and the staggering variety of their flora and fauna.

  • Royal Bengal tiger in green Monsoon forest Tadoba India

  • Spotted deer in Pench National Park

  • Royal Bengal Tiger with Cub

  • A peacock dancing to attract the female inside Pench tiger reserve during a wildlife safari

  • Collarwali tigress with cub in Pench National Park

  • A pair of golden flame back wood pecker performing courtship ritual inside Pench tiger reserve during a wildlife safari.

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Day 01

Mumbai

Look out from your plane – you see one of the biggest slums in the world.  Look out on your right; you see one of the biggest houses in the world. Mumbai is the city of contrast, a city known for Bollywood, finance and the beach.

You stay at the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel. Close to the hotel is the Gateway of India built to commemorate the visit of King George V in 1911 and the excellent Prince of Wales Museum. From here stroll through the historic Colaba district to admire the impressive Gothic Victorian over the city.

End the day at the colourful Dhobi ghats where traditional laundryman collect, wash and return the city’s linen.

Day 02

Mumbai to Nagpur By Air

Nagpur to Tadoba – We cover approximately – 100kms

We leave Mumbai with tons of memories and fly to Nagpur. On arrival you will be met and transferred to the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve for a three-night stay at the Svasara Lodge.

We are at the largest national park in Maharastra, the reserve covers a vast area and is a mix of dense sal and mango forest interspersed with stretches of bamboo thicket. Set in the Moharli Hills, there are also many wetland areas and Tadoba Lake lies at the heart of the reserve.

Day 03

Tadoba

Your pursuits of meeting the Tiger and the other cats are getting real. Over the next two days explore the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve on morning and evening jeep safaris. Less visited than many of its more famous neighbours, Tadoba is nonetheless bursting with life and home to several endangered species including tiger, panther, leopard and jackal as well as chital, antelope, nilgai and sloth bear.

The wetland areas encourage a large crocodile population and over 195 species of bird and 74 species of butterfly have also been recorded.

Day 04

Tadoba

Your pursuits of meeting the Tiger and the other cats are getting real. Over the next two days explore the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve on morning and evening jeep safaris. Less visited than many of its more famous neighbours, Tadoba is nonetheless bursting with life and home to several endangered species including tiger, panther, leopard and jackal as well as chital, antelope, nilgai and sloth bear.

The wetland areas encourage a large crocodile population and over 195 species of bird and 74 species of butterfly have also been recorded.

Day 05

Tadoba to Pench We cover approximately - 190kms

Hope you got lucky and saw the Tiger. Today we leave the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve and travel by road to Pench Tiger Reserve across the border in the state of Madhya Pradesh.

We stay for three nights at Tiger Corridor or upgrade to the Taj Baghvan. Both hotels are located in the buffer zone of the national park. Pench inhabits a beautiful habitat of teak forest, meandering rivers and open grassland in an area of undulating terrain at the foot of the Satpura Range.

Day 06

Pench

At Pench there is an extraordinary variety of vegetation and wildlife and over the next two days we explore the reserve with a knowledgeable naturalist.

Aside from the tiger, the park is also home to the leopard, jackal and the Indian wild dog. Chital, sambar and nilgai are commonly seen, as are gaur and the forest dwelling sloth bear. A delight for a bird watcher there are over 250 different species to gaze at.

Day 07

Pench

At Pench there is an extraordinary variety of vegetation and wildlife and over the next two days we explore the reserve with a knowledgeable naturalist.

Aside from the tiger, the park is also home to the leopard, jackal and the Indian wild dog. Chital, sambar and nilgai are commonly seen, as are gaur and the forest dwelling sloth bear. A delight for a bird watcher there are over 250 different species to gaze at.

Day 08

Pench to Kanha 200kms

Bamboos, vast rolling grassland, fresh air, intense trees and never ending tales of the cats, lay the foundation of Kanha reserve. We drive to Kanha National Park and stay for three nights at Shergarh or upgrade to the Taj Banjaar Tola.

Day 09

Kanha

Now that we are here – We are sure that you will appreciate the beauty of Kanha national park. Set within a section of the Satpura Range, over the next two days explores the park on the exciting morning and evening safaris.

Wow – Kanha is home to tiger, bison, leopard, jackal, wild boar, sambar, Indian swamp deer and blackbuck as well as a rich variety of birdlife where over 230 different species have now been recorded.

Day 10

Kanha

Now that we are here – We are sure that you will appreciate the beauty of Kanha national park. Set within a section of the Satpura Range, over the next two days explores the park on the exciting morning and evening safaris.

Wow – Kanha is home to tiger, bison, leopard, jackal, wild boar, sambar, Indian swamp deer and blackbuck as well as a rich variety of birdlife where over 230 different species have now been recorded.

Day 11

Kanha to Bandhavgarh 280kms

After a lovely breakfast we leave Kanha and continue by road to Bandhavgarh National Park set in the Umaria district of MP. We stay here for three adventurous nights at the Kings Lodge or upgrade to the Samode Safari Lodge or the Taj Mahua Kothi.

Meadows and grasslands, numerous small streams of water, Bandhavgarh is a beautiful reserve predominately full of Sal and mixed forest.

Day 12

Bandhavgarh

Over the next two days explore the reserve in the company of an expert naturalist. Bandhavgarh has one of the highest densities of tiger, leopard, sloth bear, sambar, chital, barking deer, gaur and nilgai in India.

The park is also home to rich and varied birdlife with hornbill, crested serpent eagle, partridge, variable hawk eagle and parakeet among the many different species it is possible to see.

Day 13

Bandhavgarh

Over the next two days explore the reserve in the company of an expert naturalist. Bandhavgarh has one of the highest densities of tiger, leopard, sloth bear, sambar, chital, barking deer, gaur and nilgai in India.

The park is also home to rich and varied birdlife with hornbill, crested serpent eagle, partridge, variable hawk eagle and parakeet among the many different species it is possible to see.

Day 14

Bandhavgarh to Khajuraho 270kms

We take an early morning jeep safari and then drive from Bandhavgarh to Khajuraho for a two-night stay at the cosy Chandela Hotel.

Khajuraho is breath taking and its temples are amongst the most popular in India. Over the course of the 11th and 12th centuries the Chandela dynasty created the most sublime examples of erotic sculpture in India, if not the world and tomorrow there will be an opportunity to explore the temple complexes.

Day 15

Khajuraho to Delhi By Air Via Varanasi

An exceptionally well maintained UNESCO World Heritage Site, spend the morning exploring the different temples and marvelling at their astonishing beauty. Later transfer to Khajuraho Airport for the onward flight to Delhi, which stops once en-route in Varanasi.

On arrival in Delhi stay for two nights at the most popular Claridges Hotel.

Day 16

Delhi

After the breakfast we begin a morning tour of Old Delhi with the guide to explore the area’s dense network of bustling alleyways, homes, bazaars and mosques visiting famous Chandni Chowk market. Nothing like you have ever seen before – beautifully chaotic.

We visit the Jama Masjid, the Red Fort and Rajghat. In the afternoon continue to New Delhi, which was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and is today home to Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official residence of the Indian President, Rajpath and the imposing India Gate.

Day 17

Depart Delhi

Transfer back to Delhi Airport to catch the British Airways flight non-stop to the UK.

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