An Indian Wildlife Odyssey
This small group tour explores central India’s national parks in search of tigers. Kanha is equally known for its wild dogs, leopards and sloth bears. Satpura offers the opportunity for walking safaris and nights under canvas while Pench inspired Rudyard Kiplings celebrated novel The Jungle Book.
Mumbai – Nagpur – Kanha – Satpura National Park – Nhopal - Delhi
• Staying in 4- and 5-star hotels and lodges
• 10 wildlife safaris included
• Night time, boat and walking safaris in Satpura
• Jeep safaris in search of tigers in Pench and Kanha accompanied by experienced naturalists
• Stargazing in Pench National Park
• Visit Bhimbetka caves
• Unique dining experiences at Reni Pani Lodge
• Sightseeing in Mumbai
• Full board at all the National Park Lodges
• Small group size - maximum 12 people
• Private arrival and departure airport transfers to and from your hotel
• All planning, handling and operational charges
• Accommodation as noted in itinerary
• Sightseeing as noted in itinerary in air-conditioned vehicle (exceptions may apply)
• Services of Professional English-Speaking Guide(s) and/or Tour Escort as detailed in your itinerary
• All entrance fees mentioned in itinerary
• Meals as mentioned in itinerary
• Other inclusions as noted in your itinerary
• Meals that are not shown, and items of a personal nature
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Day 1: Arrive Mumbai
On arrival in Mumbai, you will be met and taken to your hotel. Enjoy an afternoon tour of Mumbai. Visit some of Mumbai's most celebrated sites, including the Gateway to India, the Victoria Terminus, Rajabai clock tower and the High Court. You will also visit one of India's finest museums, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, formerly the Prince of Wales Museum. Finish the tour by driving past the Hanging Gardens and Parsi Tower of Silence before a final photo-stop at the Dhobi Ghat, a large open-air laundromat where washers, locally known as dhobis, work in the open washing a variety of clothing.
Day 2: To Pench National Park
You will be collected at your hotel and taken to the airport for your flight to Nagpur. Upon arrival, drive from Nagpur to Pench, a distance of 55 miles and journey time of approximately 2 hours. Enjoy an afternoon village walk. After lunch, take a light stroll through some of the region's local villages and the surrounding area. The walk will give you the opportunity to interact with locals and gain an insight into their traditions and daily life. Enjoy an evening stargazing. With almost zero light pollution, you can see an incredible number of constellations. (B, L, D)
Day 3: Pench National Park
Take an early morning and a late afternoon wildlife safari in Pench. (B, L, D)
Day 4: To Kanha National Park
Drive from Pench to Kanha, a distance of about 115 miles and journey of approximately 5 hours. (B, L, D)
Kanha National Park
On both days take an early morning and a late afternoon game drive in Kanha National Park. (B, L, D)
Day 7: To Satpura National Park
Drive from Kanha National Park to Satpura National Park, a distance of 230 miles and a journey time of approximately 7.5 hours. (B, L, D)
Day 8: Satpura National Park
Enjoy a morning jeep safari in Satpura National Park. Accompanied by a naturalist and a tracker, this jeep safari allows you to cover wide swathes of the Satpura reserve looking for leopard, gaur (Indian bison), sloth bear, wild dog, hyena and the ever so shy and elusive yet majestic tiger in their natural habitat. Your safari takes you through the picturesque Madhai meadow and breakfast will be served inside the park at a spectacular location overlooking a stream.
In the afternoon, proceed on a walking safari. Visit the core area of the national park on foot accompanied by naturalists and forest guides to help you track tigers, leopards, sloth bears and many of the other resident animals. This is also a highly rewarding experience for birdwatchers and butterfly enthusiasts. (B, L, D)
Day 9: Satpura National Park
Enjoy a morning jeep safari in Satpura National Park.
In the afternoon, proceed on a boat safari. Enjoy majestic views of the Satpura hills while soaking in the beauty of the canopy forest on this leisurely boat safari. The Denwa river, which flows into the mammoth Tawa dam, attracts several bird species and is home to a number of Indian freshwater crocodiles.
This evening, enjoy a jeep safari. Take an evening jeep safari in the buffer zone of the national park. (B, L, D)
Day 10: Bhimbetka caves - Bhopal
Drive from Satpura National Park to Bhopal, stopping en route at Bhimbetka caves. The journey will take approximately 5.5 hours, excluding stops.
Set amid dense deciduous forest are the rock caves of Bhimbetka. As late as 1957 around a thousand of these shelters were discovered, and almost half contain what are now thought of as south Asia's richest collection of prehistoric paintings. The oldest of the paintings are believed to be up to 12,000 years old, while more recent examples date from the medieval period. The site also contains many other archaeological discoveries including tools and weapons. (B)
Day 11: Fly to Delhi
Morning at leisure or optional visit to the world-famous stupas at Sanchi.
Optional Excursion: Short tour of Sanchi
Today you will drive for approximately one hour to the World Heritage listed Sanchi, known for its stupas, monasteries, temples and pillars dating from the 3rd century BC to the 12th century AD. The Buddha himself never actually visited the area; it was the Great Emperor Ashoka who built the first stupas here in the 3rd century BC. Stupa 1 was found empty, while relics of the two disciples of Buddha enshrined in the adjacent stupa 3 were carried away to England. The nearby modern temple has a reliquary containing the remains of a Buddhist teacher from another stupa outside Sanchi.
If you choose to take the optional excursion you will continue to the airport directly after your tour.
Today, you will be collected at your hotel and taken to the airport.
On arrival in Delhi, you will be met and taken to your hotel. (B)
Day 12: Depart Delhi
You will be collected at your hotel and taken to the airport. (B)
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