A perfect fusion of experience and expertise. Taj an institution and an expert in Indian Hospitality, while Nature Safari India is one of the most experienced Widlife Destinationa Management Company in India, bring to you an exclusive tour based on the Taj Safari Lodges formerly the And Beyond Lodges. The Banjaar Tola in Kanha, Baghvan in Pench, Mahua Kothi in Bandhavgarh and Pashangarh in Panna will leave you stunned by their experience. The settings of these Lodges is romantic, and so extraordinary, that it will remain etched in your memory forever. Beautifully located, constructed, and conceptualised, these lodges stand out in a different orbit compared to the rest. Their experiened naturalists, vehicles, and bush dinners are something to look forward to. So celebrate the Indian Wildlife experience with the Taj Safaris and us at Nature Safari India.
Places to Visit:
New DelhI Khajuraho- Panna- Bandhavgarh - Kanha - Pench - Nagpur - New Delhi - Fly Back Home
Trip Type :
Luxury, Leisurely and Nature Explorer
All tours are Tailor -made, take help of our tour specialist to plan. We will carefully design your trip into a detailed itinerary complete with country facts, maps, a price and accommodation and time in your hand and share your budget as per your choice. We'll keep perfecting your itinerary until you're completely happy and ready to book, at which point you pay your initial deposit.
Price on request
What's Excluded :
Please note that any changes in entrance fees or government taxes will be payable extra and the same will be advised to you if applicable
On arrival at Indiragandhi International Airport, New Delhi, you will be greeted by our representative who will transfer you to the hotel, explain and handover all the travel related documents, and further assist you in check in at the hotel. Overnight stay Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi.
Morning after breakfast transfer to airport to board a flight at 1045 hrs to arrive Khajuraho at 1335 hrs.Greeted at the Khajuraho airport and drive to Panna national park 40 kms/45 minutes drive. On arrival check into the Taj Pashan Garh, Scenically situated along the Ken River with vast stretches of unspoiled forest and within easy reach of Panna National Park, guests will stay in stilted tree houses suspended high above the forest floor, affording dramatic views over the river, and perfect for romantic eat outs.
Lunch and afternoon game drive to Panna national park. Dinner and overnight at Taj Pashan Garh.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge. Morning & Evening Jeep drives in the park
Panna is situated in the Vindhya Hill range and spreads over the Panna and Chhatarpur districts in the northern part of Madhya Pradesh. Panna National Park is the most important protected area in the north-central highlands of India, as it links the eastern and western populations of wild animals through the Vindhya ranges.
Situated just 31 km from the world famous temples at Khajuraho, Panna National Park is located along the banks of the Ken River. The Park, with its deep ravines, cascading waterfalls and thick teak forests, is predominantly a plateau, with sprawling flatlands punctuated by hills, deep valleys and gorges. The terrain is largely rocky and uneven. There are mixed dry deciduous forests with short grasses and open woods. Lower altitudes are characterised by taller grasses and closed woodlands. Common bamboo also occurs on hilly slopes and gorges.
Home to the majestic tiger, guests may also see leopard, wolf, hyena, jackal and sloth bear. The reserve is also well known for sightings of nilgai, sambar, chital, wild boar and Indian crocodile
Overnight at Taj Pashan Garh.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge. Morning a boat ride at Ken river to find Gharials and CrocodilesThe gharial (Gavialisgangeticus) is a unique crocodilian species, endemic to the northern part of south Asia, characterized by its long and thin snout. Mature males have a bulbous growth at tip of their snouts. The gharial is the only surviving species of the family Gavialidae.
Panna National Park is one of the most successful conservation stories. This national park lost all it's Tigers by systematic poaching in the year 2006-08. First time in the history of Tiger conservation, 3 Tigers were relocated from other reserves into Panna. These Tigers made Panna their home, and today with the dedicated efforts of the Forest Department the Tiger population has bounced back to 24 Tigers (cubs included).
Taj Safaris' jungle safari lodge comprises a cluster of stone cottages huddled atop a small hill, with magnificent views over the forest and a large nearby waterhole, which has been host to numerous tiger and resident antelope sightings.
This lodge draws inspiration from the dry-packed stone houses of the Panna region. These houses differ from other Madhya Pradesh styles, with dramatic roofs constructed from massive slabs of irregularly shaped slate. The guest areas celebrate Haveli design, with a spacious central courtyard. A strong motif throughout the lodge is the motif of the crocodile, which inhabits the nearby Ken River. Although the structures are rough, chunky and stony, the interiors are sleek and sexy.
The lodge features 12 stone cottages, with a central guest area showcasing fabulous leather furniture made in Delhi, with massive black and white photo canvasses of the dramatic Panna landscapes. There are subtle references to the erotic stonework at the nearby temples of Khajuraho.
Dinner and overnight at Taj Pashan Garh.
After breakfast drive to Bandhavgarh National Park 240 kms /5 hrs. On arrival check into TajMahuaKothi.NeighbouringBandhavgarh National Park, India's most scenic national park, this intimate lodge features twelve enchanting guest suites, constructed in the charming local Madhya Pradesh style. The name Mahua Kothi draws its inspiration from one of India's most beautiful trees, the MadhucaIndica, or as it is commonly known, the Mahua or butter tree.
Pronounced 'ma-hoo-a', this tree with its fleshy off white flowers plays a central role in festivals and rituals. The Lodge sprawls over the 40 acre grounds, just 20 minutes from the park entrance. The original kothi (homestead) comprises the guest areas and has been beautifully renovated, and the guest accommodation is all brand new.
Guests delight in the yoga amenities provided in a basket (complete with instructions), as well as traditional Indian games of marbles and Chaupad. Kettles of boiling water on chulhas (charcoal burners) are brought out with early morning tea to the kutiyas. Bicycles, parked in the kutiya courtyards, are an invitation to explore.
Lunch at resort and around 1430hrs proceed for the afternoon game drive to the national park. The safari starting time varies depending on the month of the year. Bandhavgarh is a forest with great reputation for Tiger sightings. Tracking the majestic and elusive Tiger will be an experience you will not forget in a hurry. Unlike in Africa where the habitat, wildlife and technology assists you in tracking wildlife, the encounters in India are quite contrasting, learning, and thrilling to say the least. The time well spent in the national park during the safari with the skilled drivers and experienced guides will remain etched in your memory.Afternoon safaris are usually 3-4 hours, which ends just before sunset.
Dinner and overnight at Taj Mahua Kothi
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge. Morning & Evening Jeep drive in the park
Bandhavgarh national park situated in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh National Park is a 448 km2 renowned tiger reserve. Nestled among the picturesque Vindhya and Satpura ranges, this is one of India's most beautiful national parks. The dramatic landscape features tropical forests and woodlands, and steep rocky hills with flat grasslands in the valleys below. An ancient 2 000 year old fort, 10th century statue of Lord Vishnu, and the dense Sal jungle combined with the grasslands make Bandhavgarh one of the most extraordinary parks in India.
Bandhavgarh supports one of the highest densities of tigers on the Subcontinent. Its hilly open terrain includes many large grassland meadows that offer good chances of sightings. The density of its big cat population has made Bandhavgarh world famous. The Park is also home to a large variety of mammals: leopard, chital (spotted deer), Sambar deer, nilgai, wild boar, chinkara, sloth bear, rhesus macaque, grey langur, jungle cat, hyena, porcupine, jackal, fox, and wild dog.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge. Morning & Evening Jeep drive in the park
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-PanchRatra 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 and hunting 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. Now days Bandhavgarh Fort are closed for the tourists.
Overnight at the Taj Mahua Kothi.
Morning game drive to the national park and later depart for Kanha, 280kms, 6 hours drive. On arrival check into Taj Banjaar Tola Kanha. Taj Safaris' third jungle safari lodge is situated along the banks of the
Banjaar River, directly overlooking the heart of Kanha National Park. Nine dramatic tented suites, designed with masculine canvas and aged timber to embody classic jungle atmosphere will spread out along the Banjaar River's edge bordering the rich riverine forests of Kanha National Park, one of the first
nine tiger reserves established. The luxurious, yet lightweight, ensuite tents have been designed in a contemporary style, with pressed bamboo wall panels, gorgeous bamboo floors and locally crafted furniture hewn from the timber of exotic Indian trees. The textiles have been designed in tones of delicate saffron and acid-washed green, with rich block-printed Madhya Pradesh cottons and silks. The atmosphere is light, ethereal and organic.Â
The lodge boasts two elegant camps of nine suites, each with its own intimate tented sitting area. Banjaar Tola has its own unique identity, celebrating the Bastar and Dogra art that hails from nearby Chattisgarh.
Dinner and overnight at Taj Banjaar Tola.
Wake up at 0500hrs, tea coffee with biscuits, and proceed for the morning safari to the National park along with packed breakfast
Kanha'ssal and bamboo forests, rolling grasslands and meandering streams stretch over 940 sq km in dramatic natural splendour which form the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve created in 1974 under Project Tiger. The park is the only habitat of the rare hardgroundBarasingha (CervusDuvaceliBranderi).
This is the original Kipling country of which he wrote so vividly in his Jungle Book. Packed breakfast which comes from the Lodge is served at a designated spot and spread on the bonnet of the Safari vehicle. Enjoy your breakfast in the wilderness of Kanha. After seeing Kanha you will compliment yourself and us that this forest was included in your itinerary. The sheer beauty of this park along with the rich bio-diversity make thisa must visit in your India programme. Kanha features approximately 70 tree species and is a bird watcher's paradise, with over 200 recorded bird species
Continue your search for the elusive Tiger if you have not yet seen the same, and soak in the fresh, and energizing environment. Return from Safari around 1130hrs. Freshen up, and Lunch is served. Relax for an hour under the shade of a tree (if you so desire), or in the comforts of your bedroom.
Depart for evening safari to another zone of Kanha National Park. Return at 6pm from safari.
Dinner and overnight at TajBanjaarTola
Wake up in to the morning cup of tea, or we call it the cup of peace, and get ready for another day of adventure in 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 . 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.
Kanha boasts of about 38 species of mammals. Some of the inhabitants of this park are the 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, or Indian wild dog, and an occasional panther. Some 300 species of birds inhabit the park, that includes the storks, egrets, black ibis, raptors, owls,and the red-wattled lapwings.
Return to the Lodge for Lunch by our organic farms. The dream and the reality are never so divorced as when eating outdoors. As soon as someone says â€œletâ€™s eat outdoorsâ€Â, the spirits lift. And, yes, the food has more flavor when eaten outdoors.
In the afternoon proceed for another sojourn with the denizens of Kanha
Overnight at TajBanjaarTola
Morning game drive to the national park and after early lunch drive to Pench national park 210 kms/5 hrs drive. On arrival check into TajBaghvan. This charming lodge is located on the edge of Pench National Park, which is dominated by hills, forests and valleys. The lodge comprises twelve charming stand alone suites with beautiful rooftop terraces. Set deep in the wilderness grounds and perfect for sleep outs under starry Indian skies, Baghvan will enchant and enthrall.
Baghvan is aptly named after one of India's iconic symbols, the Bengal tiger
(bagh & tiger and van forest). Pronounced 'baaghvun', this enchanting lodge is located on the edge of Pench National Park, a dry deciduous forest of predominantly teak trees and meandering jungle streams. A mere ten-minute drive to the park's entrance takes our guests deep into the heart of the Indian jungle.
Baghvan has 12 charming stand alone suites alongside a picturesque nullah (dry riverbed), surrounded by the shaded canopies of beautiful forest trees. Each spacious suite has a distinctive contemporary bungalow feel and an ambience resembling the 1950s. Follow the stairs to the alluringly beautiful machan (a covered jungle rooftop platform) complete with mosquito net, overhead fan and hookah pipes and discover an ideal place to enjoy the romance of the jungle either by day or by night with an unforgettable sleep out.
Breakfasts and lunches are served on a sweeping shaded deck surrounding the beautiful swimming pool and overlooking the nullah, a favoured route of the Pench tigers. Sunset is celebrated with cocktails under a huge Banyan tree whilst watching a giant flying squirrel perform breathtaking aerobatics.
Dinner and overnight at the TajBaghvan
Breakfast and lunch at the hotel.Morning and afternoon Jeep safari to the National park.
Pench welcomes you with open arms and without conditions. This park is located between four different Mountain Ranges - Aravali, Vindhyanchal, Satpura and Maikal. The tracks are smoother, the trees are thicker with dense undergrowth, perhaps one reason why the herbivore population here is larger in size compared to Kanha and Bandhavgarh.
The skies are home to eagles and their distinctive calls. And then there are pauses of silence in the jungle. Don't get consumed in this silence with your mind talking to yourself - an opportunity your mind doesn't get often in your cities. Focus on the ground or jungle games so that you and your camera have not left anything to imagination. Try to see with Kipling's eye and you might see Baloo and Mowgli singing "Song of Bare Neccessities". And King khan is there behind the tall grass to spoil their party. You will experience this and much more with the backdrop of luxurious accommodation, friendly service and delectable cuisine in adventurous settings
This national park received international recognition from Rudyard Kipling's classic tale, the Jungle Book.
Dinner and overnight at the Taj Baghvan
Breakfast and lunch at the hotel.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.
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 and frequents this belt. Leopards though generally operate 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 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 of upto 15 or more 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 the rocky areas and favourmahulbel infested forest. Chinkara is present in very small numbers and is found in open areas around Turia, Telia and Dudhgaon villages.
Dinner and overnight at the Taj Baghvan
Morning game drive to the national park and after lunch drive to Nagpur 100 kms 2 hrs drive to board a flight to New Delhi at 1945 hrs to arrive New Delhi at 2130 hrs. On arrival transfer to hotel.Overnight at the hotel in New Delhi.Overnight in at Taj Palace New Delhi
Morning free for leisure activities and later transfer to international airport to board a flight back home.
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Note: The driving hours given above from one city to another are based on the normal conditions of the roads and may vary.Â Any break for Food / Tea / Toilets / Sightseeing on the way will take extra time than the above given hours.
Panna, Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Pench National park is closed every Wednesday for afternoon jeep safari
Nature Safari India with Taj Safaris Lodges invites you to experience the unparalleled beauty of the jungles of the Indian subcontinent. With its towering, ancient trees, enchanting chorus of forest birds, and herds of gentle chital, this is a travel experience unlike any other.
Abouth the Destination:
Madhya Pradesh is the largest State of India encompassing nearly one third of total Forest reserves of the entire country. In this state you will find magnificent Palaces, artistically designed temples and an incredible harmony of culture, tradition and gastronomic delight. The forests of Madhya Pradesh are a haven for wildlife. The King of the jungle can also be found in Panna, Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Pench. Nature Safari India offer the first and only unique, Indian wildlife tour. Situated on the borders of India, world-renowned tiger reserves, Panna National Park, Bandhavgarh National Park, Kanha National Park and Pench National Park.