India is an exotic land, full of wonderful scenery, majestic buildings, and so many sights and sounds that invade your senses - and that’s before we even look at the wildlife! Our journey takes us into the heart of ‘Kipling country’ and to the two premier locations to search for Bengal Tiger in the world of Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks. Our specially-designed wildlife holiday begins at the former hunting reserve of a Maharaja at Bandhavgarh National Park in the heart of rural India, situated amid the Vindhya Hills of Madhya Pradesh. By taking morning and afternoon jeep safaris we have the very best chance to observe this stunning creature in its natural environment. There is also a wealth of other wildlfe to observe here including Wild Boar, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Chousingha and Nilgai together with a wonderful selection of birds such as Mottled Wood Owl, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Indian Nuthatch and more. Then we move on to the lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines of Kanha that provided inspiration to Rudyard Kipling for his famous novel "Jungle Book". The Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh came into being in 1955 and forms the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve, created in 1974 under Project Tiger. The Park's landmark achievement is the preservation of the rare Swamp Deer (Barasingha), saving it from near-extinction. Stringent conservation programs for the overall protection of the Park's fauna and flora, makes Kanha one of the most well maintained National Parks in Asia. It is spread across a core area of 940 sq km (1945 sq km including Buffer Zones) in the Maikal chain of hills of Madhya Pradesh.The lush forests, grassland and hills offer wonderful sightseeing experiences for nature lovers.
To experience the heart-pounding excitement of tracking the most charismatic mammal on the planet is something you will never forget and from our excellently located lodges we have given ourselves the very best opportunity to explore these wildlife-rich havens.
Friday 1st - Sunday 10th December 2023
Leaders: Nick Bray and local guides.
Ground Price: £2950.00 - Delhi/Delhi
Airfare: £550.00 - £680.00(Approx) - UK/UK
Single supplement: £375.00
Group size: Minimum for tour to go ahead 4 and maximum 12 with 2 leaders.
Included in cost: Accommodation in twin rooms en-suite, all meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 10, bottled water, all ground transport including jeep safaris in Bandhavgarh and Kanha, 2 domestic flights, all park/reserve entrance fees, and services of leaders.
Not included: International airfare, insurance, visa fee, drinks, tips, camera fees at National Parks and items of a personal nature.
Accommodation: The hotels & lodges used during this tour are of a reasonable to good standard, all with en-suite facilities. We will stay in the best available lodges/guest houses as close to the national parks as possible.
Tour Code: This tour is the classic Indian safari with very little walking effort involved. Our main focus is to find and observe Bengal Tiger but there will be plenty of opportunity to see some great birds as well. This is a fairly relaxed tour and we have plenty of time between jeep safaris to relax and/or go birding around our lodges. The days start early around 5.15am and we should be back at the lodge after our morning safari around 10am. Afternoon safari begin around 4pm and we will be out of the park by 6.00pm. We are required to remain within the jeeps whilst in the National Parks, although outside the parks there are many areas that we can explore on foot.
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