India’s jewels are the parks, palaces, temples, bazaars and, of course, the wild animals which define her exotic past.  On this wildlife focused tour we visit Bandavgarh and Kanha National Parks, the two best wildlife sanctuaries in India that house the Royal Bengal Tiger. Both of these parks were inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Books, and all of the animals described in the books are to be found here.

Home to abundant wildlife, Kanha is an amazingly beautiful and spacious park, with expansive grasslands and scenic vistas. Bandavgarh, a smaller park, is equally stunning with its abandoned fort and palace, which nature and wildlife have taken over. We explore and photograph wildlife in exclusive 4-wheel drive vehicles.

Before reaching the tiger park, we delve into ancient India visiting the millennium old, intricately carved temples at Khajuraho en route to the Parks.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1 | Arrive Delhi

You will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city or resting and relaxing in your hotel.

Day 2 | Fly to Khajuraho

After arrival in Khajuraho explore the millennium old Chandela temples. Staying at a hotel on the banks of River Ken, enjoy a sunset canoe ride on the river.

Day 3 | Explore Khajuraho & Toria

Wake early to take a sunrise birding walk along the river bank or partake in a yoga session. Time to further explore the old Chandela temples.

Day 4 | To Bandavgarh National Park

Drive to Bandavgarh National Park.  The Park is located in one of India’s last remaining areas of substantial forest, in what was originally part of the princely state of Rewa, home of the rare white tiger. 

Days 5 & 6 | Bandavgarh National Park

We have two full days to explore Bandavgarh, with sunrise and sunset game excursions in this fantastic wildlife park.

Day 7 | To Kanha National Park

After an early breakfast drive to Kanha National Park in private SUV type vehicles.  We will stop along the way at various scenic spots and small villages. Often called Tiger Land, Kanha is located in a horseshoe-shaped valley with two distinctive hills on either side.  In the center is the maiden (open grassy meadow), dotted with stands of majestic evergreen Sal trees to form a savanna countryside reminiscent of Africa.

Days 8 & 9 | Exploring Kanha National Park

Kanha has a large, healthy population of tigers. But this park features more than tigers; it supports the full range of Indian wildlife described in The Jungle Books.  The variety and abundance of wildlife in Kanha is remarkable. The park is famous for its herds of hard-ground Barasingha – also called swamp deer, a large and beautiful endemic animal with 12-point antlers (it has probably been saved from extinction by careful management in Kanha).

Day 10 | Fly to Delhi / Outbound

We head out early morning for our last excursion in the Tiger Park.  We will be back at our hotel for an early lunch, last minute packing before driving to Jabalpur for our flight to Delhi and connect on our outbound flight.

Trip Dates & Pricing

Dates:

This is a private journey offered from January – April
2021 Land Cost:

Deluxe Lodges by Pugdundee Safari
2 Travelers:                    $5,685 per person
Single Supplement:      $1,300 per person

Luxury Lodges by Taj Safaris:
2 Travelers:                     $9,280 per person
Single Supplement:       $2,400 per person

Internal India Airfare:  $325 per person
(Delhi-Khajuraho; Jabalpur-Delhi)

NOTE: Land Price is based on double occupancy and Internal Airfare is subject to change by airlines

Activity Level

Travelers with a passion for nature, wildlife preservation and who want to view India beyond the Taj Mahal. This would be considered a moderate touring trip, as the wildlife excursions and inter-city drives can be long and exhausting (5-6 hours) over bumpy dirt trails.