The ultimate itinerary for a tiger lover. This Itinerary revolves around the Tiger and its habitat which can be marked on the map. Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Pench are famous for Tiger sightings in the wild - worldwide. Excellent opportunity to know why tigers are symbolic for power, mystery and splendor. The whole experience would be very different and chances are would stay forever in your memory. The Jungle calls by Deers, Monkeys and birds which are nothing short of final lap of Grand Prix. Emotions run high on fear, apprehension, uncertainty and happiness. Range of these emotions you would only experience in a presence of a tiger - in the middle of jungle. Experience for which you would come back again and again.
Sketch Itinerary :
New Delhi | Jabalpur | Bandhavgarh National Park | Kanha National Park | Pench Tiger Reserve | Nagpur | New Delhi
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Tiger Safari in India is one of the most popular and emerging forms of tourism. This Itinerary revolves around three national parks which are very unique in their ways. Bandhavgarh was the former hunting grounds of the Maharaja of Rewa. While hunting sounds awful, but the positive side to it was that the Maharaja did not allow anyone else to hun here. So the overall eco-system was well managed. Post India's independence in 1947, he gave the park to the Government of India, and it was declared a national park in 1968. Today Bandhavgarh is written on top of the list when it comes to Tiger sightings.
Kanha was the least frequented parks until recently for the sheer connrectivity, and that became it's blessing in disguise. Also the fact that Kanha still is home to aboriginals of the land is another positive side. As these people are simple, and love the forest as it is their home. Rudyard Kipling was inspired by Kanha to write Jungle Book, which became the first piece of literature to get a Noble prize. This was one park from where the Project Tiger was initiated. Kanha today has amongst the largest Tigers in the country. And one can say it is still one of the least disturbed and well managed Park in India.
Pench was the lesser known park in the region. But due to it's great connectivity, and conservation efforts the Tiger sighitngs here have swelled lately. With good corridor connectivity to Kanha the animals of the region traverse, and the gene pool is healthy here. Pench alongwith Kanha and Bandhavgarh has become a donor park, as it has donated and repopulated Tigers in Panna National Park which was completely cleaned up by poachers in 2006. Lately some more Tigers from these parks have been sent to Satkosia National Park to increase the Tiger population there.
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When you arrive at the airport in New Delhi you will be received by the representatives of Nature Safari who will then take you to the Hotel. Overnight at New Delhi.
Morning transfer to airport to board a flight toJabalpur at0620 hrs. Meeting and assistance on arrivalJabalpur at 0830 hrs and drive to Bandhavgarh 200 kms / 4 hrs drive. Lunch at Taj Mahua Kothi and afternoon game drive to the National Park. Dinner and overnight at Tiger Den Resort Bandhavgarh.
Morning and afternoon game drives, meals and overnight Tiger Den Resort.
Bandhavgarh: The national park is mainly known for its tiger population. This is the place where famous White Tigers of Rewa were discovered. The other wild attractions in the park include Leopards, Nilgai, Chausingha, Deers, Antelopes, Wild Boar, Sloth Bears Fox, Jackal etc. There are at least 22 mammal species and about 250 bird species in the Park.The other animals found in Bandhavgarh areRatel, Porcupine, Small Indian Civet, Palm Squirrel, Lesser Bandicoot rat, the Jungle Cat, and Hyenas. The reptile population in the park includes Cobras, Kraits, Vipers, Ratsnakes, Pythons, Monitor Lizards and turtles. The two primate species - the rhesus macaque and the Hanuman langur - inhabit the Bandhavgarh Park.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge. Morning & Evening Jeep drive in the park. Overnight In Bandhavgarh.
Bandhavgarh has been a center of human activity and settlement for over 2000 years, and there are references to it in the ancient books, the Narad-Panch Ratra and the Shiva Purana. Legend has it that Lord Rama, hero of the Hindu epic, the Ramayana, stopped at Bandhavgarh on his way back to his homeland after defeating the demon King Ravana of Lanka. Two monkey architects, who had engineered a bridge between the isles of Lanka and the mainland, are said to have built Bandhavgarh's fort. Later Rama handed it over to his brother Lakshmana who became known as Bandhavdhish "The Lord of the Fort". Lakshmana is the particular God of the fort and is regularly worshipped in a temple there. The oldest sign of habitation in the park are caves dug into the sandstone to the north of the fort. Several contain Brahmi inscriptions dating from the 1st century B.C. Various dynasties have ruled the fort, for example, the Maghas from the 1st century A.D., the Vakatakas from the 3rd century A.D., From that time onwards Bandhavgarh was ruled by a succession of dynasties including the Chandela Kings of Bundelkhand who built the famous temples at Khajuraho. The Baghel Kings, the direct ancestors of the present Royal family of Rewa, established their dynasty at Bandhavgarh in the 12th century. It remained their capital till 1617 when the center of court life moved to Rewa, 75 miles (120Kms) to the north. Without royal patronage Bandhavgarh became more and more deserted until forest overran the area band it became the royal hunting reserve. This helped to preserve the forest and its wildlife, although the Maharajas made full use of their rights.
At independence Bandhavgarh remained the private property of the Maharaja until he gave it to the state for the formation of the National Park in 1968. After the park was created poaching was brought under control and the number of animals rose dramatically. Small dams and water holes were built to solve the problem of water shortage. Grazing by local cattle was stopped and the village within the park boundaries was relocated. The Tigers in particular prospered and the 1986 extension provided much needed forest to accommodate them.
Bandhavgarh is justifiably famous for its Tigers, but it has a wide range of other game. The undergrowth is not as dense as in some northern terai forests, but the best time to see the park inhabitants is still the summer months when water becomes more scarce and the undergrowth dies back.
Morning after early breakfast depart for Kanha National Park, 275kms, 6-7 hours drive, Lunch at Resort and afternoon game drive to the National Park. Dinner and overnight at the Chitvan Jungle Lodge, Kanha.
Breakfast and lunch at Lodge. Morning and afternoon Jeep safari to the National park.
Kanha's sal and bamboo forests, rolling grasslands and meandering streams stretch over 940 sq km in dramatic natural splendor which form the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve created in 1974 under Project Tiger. The park is the only habitat of the rare Hardground Barasingha (Cervus Duvaceli Branderi).
This is original Kipling country of which he wrote so vividly in his Jungle Book. The same abundance of wild life species exists today in Kanha National Park, as it must have when Kipling roamed these parts.
Dinner and overnight at Chitvan Jungle Lodge, Kanha
Breakfast and lunch at Chitvan Jungle Lodge, Kanha. Morning and afternoon Jeep safari to the National park.
The forests of the Banjar valley and Halon valley, respectively forming Kanha's western and eastern halves, had even, at the turn of the century, been famous for their deer and tiger population. By a special statute in 1955, Kanha National Park came into being. Since then, a string of stringent conservation programmes have been launched, for the overall protection of the park's fauna and flora. It is one of the most well-maintained National Parks in Asia, and a major attraction for avid wildlife buffs all over the world.
Kanha boasts of about 40 species of mammals. Some of the inhabitants of this park are the Indian Gaur, the largest of the world's cattle; the Sambar, the largest Indian deer; and the Chausingha, the only four-horned antelope in the world. Other frequent visitors include the Nilgai antelope, the sloth bear, the dhole, (Indian wild dog), and an occasional Leopard. Some 300 species of birds inhabit the park, that include the cattle egret, black ibis, hawk eagle, and the red-wattled lapwing. Shravantal is an old, earthenbound tank in the central Kanha meadows, which happens to be an important watering hole, for a large number of water fowl in winter. Bamni Dadar, known as Sunset Point, is the most beautiful section of the park, and the view of the sunset from this spot is absolutely mesmerizing. Quite a few animals can be sighted around this area which include the sambar, gaur, the four-horned antelope and the barking deer.
Overnight at Chitvan Jungle Lodge, Kanha.
Morning after breakfast drive to the National Park and later drive to Pench National Park 210/5 hrs. Lunch at Resort and evening game drive to the park. Dinner and overnight at Pench Jungle Camp.
Breakfast and lunch at Pench Jungle Camp. Morning and afternoon Jeep safari to the National park.
Pench is different located in the AVSM (Aravali, Vindhyanchal, Satpura and Maikal Ranges) belt, this teak forest is a different and a pleasant surprise to the normal and scenic parks of Kanha and Bandhavgarh. The tracks are smoother, the trees are thicker with dense undergrowth, perhaps one reason why the herbivore population here is more larger in size compared to Kanha and Bandhavgarh. There is a distinct silence here. You feel you are the King, when suddenly your driver halts seeing the pugmarks of the actual King of the area. A Tiger has just crossed; he shows them to you, and suddenly an alarm call from one of the denizens of the forest. You, your driver, your naturalist are all alert. Looking in the direction of the call, eye balls much bigger than usual, heart pounding at 120 beats a minute. Ears as big as of an Elephant, you want to see the true King of Pench. The drama, unfolds, and you are in Pench, the true and original Kipling Country.
Dinner and overnight at Pench Jungle Camp.
Breakfast and lunch at Taj Baghvan Lodge. Morning and afternoon Jeep safari to the National park.
Pench National Park, nestling in the lower southern reaches of the Satpura hills is named after Pench River which flows from north to south through the Pench National Park. It is located on the southern boundary of Madhya Pradesh.
Recently in 1992, Pench has been included under the umbrella of "Project Tiger" as the 19th Project Tiger Reserve.
A total of 758 Sq. kms of this Southern Indian tropical moist deciduous forest has its extent mingling with the tropical dry deciduous teak. The area is crisscrossed by a number of streams and 'nallahs' most of which are seasonal. Though the Pench River dries up in April end, a number of water pools locally known as 'dohs' are found which serve as water holes for the wild animals. The Pench Reservoir at the center of the park is the only major water source during the pinch period.
As a prey concentration is high along the Pench River, tiger usually inhabits frequents this belt. Leopard though generally operates in the peripheral areas but are occasionally seen in the deep forest also. Jungle cats are commonly seen. Leopard cats, small Indian civets and palm civets are common but seen rarely.
In Pench, Cheetal, Sambar, are commonly seen grazing on the open sites on roadsides and banks of river & reservoir. Jackals can be seen in search of food anywhere in the Park. Packs up to 15 of wild dog can be seen near Chhedia, Jamtara, Bodanala and Pyorthadi areas of the Reserve. Herds of gaur can be spotted near streams and bamboo patches commonly in summer months. Sloth beer occupy hilly, rocky out crops and favour mahul bel infested forest. Chnkara is present in very small numbers and is found in open areas around Turia, Telia and Dudhgaon villages.
Langoors are very common in Pench, whereas the Rhesus monkeys may be seen occasionally on the fringes. Pench boasts of, more than 210 species of birds that include several migratory ones also. Commonly seen.
Morning game drive to the national Park. Lunch at Resort and later transfer to Nagpur 90 kms /2 hrs drive to board a flight to NewDelhi at 1810 hrs. Arrive New Delhi 1940 hrs and transfer to hotel.
Overnight at New Delhi.
Morning free for leisure activity and later transfer to international airport to board a flight back home.
Please note : Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Pench National park is closed every Wednesday for afternoon jeep safari The driving hours given above from one city to another are based on the normal conditions of the roads and may vary. Any break for Food / Tea / Toilets / Sightseeing on the way will take extra time than the above given hours.
Vaccinations.. There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Some of our India trips spend time at altitude. In regions over approx. 2000m, there is low to no risk of mosquito-borne diseases. For trips going to altitudes of over 3000m there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatize to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected.
Eating & drinking
Breakfast are included in all hotel as per itinerary. You should allow around USD 8 -12 per day for lunch and USD15 -20 for dinner (when not included). However your all meals are included in national park at your lodge or hotel. You can eat out very economical in India, but if you go to the more expensive restaurants, you will spend more than the suggested amount. In Cities Like, Mumbai, Jaipur, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Agra and Delhi there is a good choice of restaurants and a choice between Indian and Western style food. If you are a vegetarian India is probably one of the best destinations to travel to with a wide range of veg. dishes on offer; whilst at the national parks there are usually some non spicy curries but these are in limited supply. Tea and soft drinks are very expensive. We advise for drinking use only packed drinking water / Mineral water however in most of the lodge/or hotel have purified water available and they use purified water for cooking as well. A (large!) bottle of beer is approx. USD 5-7. Mineral water is widely available.
Weather & seasonality
September to April is the ideal time to visit these areas of all over India. Days are normally warm to hot and nights cool or mild. Humidity is very low and little or some rain shower can be expected now day due to climate change. In March/April and September/October it can get very hot during the day. Evenings at the game parks can be surprisingly cool, so bring a jumper or lightweight fleece as well as sun hat, sun cream and sunglasses. It gets very cold in the early mornings and evenings especially during the open safari jeep or bus between December and February and you should be prepared for this. You should bring additional warm clothing such as good fleece jackets, gloves and a scarf as it can drop to near freezing
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