Delhi, Nagpur, Tadoba, Pench National Park, Kanha National Park, Bandavgarh National Park, Jabalpur, Pipariya, Satpura, Bhopal
08 Sep 2019 - 21 Sep 2019 ** Indicates tentative date.
2 people in 1 Room (s)
Our representative will receive you on arrival at the Delhi airport and transfer to your hotel. DELHI, the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. It is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land. A window to the kaleidoscope - that is India. Overnight will be at Delhi.
After breakfast proceed for a day sightseeing tour of the city. Start with the sightseeing of Old Delhi. The tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; drive past the Red Fort continuing to the Jama Masjid by bicycle rickshaws, one of Asias largest mosques. The magnificent Red Fort, overlooking the river Jamuna was built during the years 1638 - 48 when the Moghul Empire was at its peak. The tour continues to Jama Masjid, one of Asias largest mosques and which is viewed from the outside. People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet. Enjoy the rickshaw ride at Old Delhi. After visiting Old Delhi, you will be driven to New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind. The division between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals respectively. The division in the walled city and New Delhi also marks the division in the life-styles. The walled city is all tradition where one will be able to glean a past life-style in all its facets, colors and spells. New Delhi in contrast, is a city trying to live up to the best of 21st century standards. Imperial Delhi will include the Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building, the Rastrapathi Bhawan, the Presidents residence & Humanyuns tomb. If time permits then visit the Lotus Temple located in south of Delhi. It is lotus shaped and has rightly been given the name. It is made of marble, cement, dolomite and sand. It is open to all faiths and is an ideal place for meditation and obtaining peace and tranquility. Its founder, Bahaullah (1817-1892), is regarded by Bahai as the most recent in the line of Messengers of God that stretches back beyond recorded time and that includes Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Zoroaster, Christ and Muhammad. Overnight will be at Delhi.
After leisurely breakfast at hotel transfer to airport t board your flight to Nagpur. On arrival proceed to Tadoba National Park by surface. Check-in at hotel and relax. Tadoba-Andheri Tiger Reserve, situated in the Chandrapur District of Maharashtra, spans over 625 square kilometers and incorporates both Tadoba National Park (which became Maharashtras first national park in 1955) and Andheri Wildlife Sanctuary, and became one of India`s 28 Project Tiger Reserves as recently as 1993. Its hills support a dense tropical dry deciduous forest, largely made up of Teak and bamboo, carved by the Andheri River. As many as forty Tigers are reputed to survive here, plus a great many other mammals such Leopard, Sloth Bear, Gaur, Wild Dog, Striped Hyena, Jungle Cat and Chausingha (the Four-horned Antelope), not to mention a rich bird life. Tadoba National Park is for the aficionado, for those of you wishing to sample a little-known, little-visited national park and Tiger reserve. While known and visited by locals it is almost unknown to foreign tourist. Best of all, tourist numbers are negligible due to the limited options for accommodation. Overnight will be at Lodge.
Today enjoy morning and afternoon game drive of the National Park. Overnight will be at lodge.
After our morning game drive and breakfast, we must reluctantly leave Tadoba behind today, making an early afternoon start to retrace our steps by bus or jeep on the 6-hour drive to Pench National Park. On arrival at Pench, we will settle into the Resort and relax, for a 2-night stay. This lodge provides comfortable air-conditioned rooms and has a welcoming swimming pool. In the evening, after dinner and a siesta, we stroll around the gardens to encounter the resident birds and mammals. You may well have enjoyed watching the BBCs wonderful Sunday-evening series (April 2008) on the Tigers of Pench, entitled Tiger Spy in the Jungle, narrated by Sir David Attenborough. Pench rose to prominence following its designation as Project Tigers nineteenth Tiger Reserve in 1992 and today it protects 758 square kilometers of prime Tiger habitat. It is situated amongst the southern reaches of the Satpura Hills, which lie in the Seoni and Chhindwara districts, the region which inspired Rudyard Kiplings Jungle Book. The park spans the border of the states of Madhya Pradesh and Maharastra which is marked by the Pench River as it meanders from north to south through the reserve. During the dry season the river ceases to flow, forming pools which provide the primary watering holes for Tigers and all other wildlife. On the southern boundary of the park the Pench River has been dammed to generate hydro-electricity, and around the banks of this dam many waterbirds and mammals may be found, amongst them Asiatic Jackal and Nilgai. The terrain is rugged and the regions hills are cloaked in both southern moist deciduous forest and extensive dry, deciduous forest, dominated by Teak. Gaur, Wild Boar and Common Langurs are common here, as are Sambar, Spotted and Barking Deer. With luck we might also see Dhole, or even a Sloth Bear or a Leopard, which are generally seen in the peripheral areas of the park where they are able more easily to avoid Tigers. Overnight will be at Lodge
Enjoy morning and afternoon game drive at Pech National Park. Overnight will be at lodge.
After our early morning game drive, we traverse the scenic Vindhya Hills as we transfer by road to Kanha Tiger Reserve where we will have further opportunities to look for Tigers during daily excursions. About 120 species of birds are likely to be encountered around the Reserve during our stay, and these will be among the highlights of this tour. There are a good variety of birds of prey here, including Black-shouldered Kite, Crested Serpent Eagle, White-eyed Buzzard, Shikra, and a variety of vultures. Open country birds such as Painted Francolin, Indian Roller, Yellow- and Red-wattled Lapwings, and a variety of woodpeckers, pigeons, larks, pipits, and drongos are common. In the forests, the elusive Malabar Pied Hornbill, Black-headed Oriole, and a selection of flycatchers, babblers and warblers may be found. In particular, we will keep a look out for the very rare Green Munia. Sloth Bear and two of Indias lowland antelopes Chousingha and the beautiful Blackbuck also occur and may be seen with patience and good fortune. Our aim during our stay at Kanha will be to observe, enjoy and photograph the Reserves many species of mammals and birds. Naturally, we will spend a great deal of time looking for Tigers, and with luck we may see and photograph this magnificent animal. Although Kanha is one of the very best reserves for Tiger sightings, and we shall be going at one of the best times of year, we cannot guarantee them! Our daily programme will include both a morning and an evening jeep drive inside the Tiger Reserve. These are, of course, all optional. There may be times when youd prefer to relax back at the lodge and recharge your batteries, though it goes without saying that the more game drives you do, the more youll see! You are likely to see Tigers as well as most of the other wildlife we will encounter during the holiday on these game drives. On top of this, from time to time you may be able to take an elephant ride for a close encounter with a Tiger. This will happen when the mahouts, who are employed by the Forest Department to track and monitor the Tigers each day, locate a suitable individual and are then permitted to use their elephants to shuttle eager visitors to otherwise inaccessible areas of the forest for close-up views of a Tiger. Such Tigers are usually resting or even swimming, and your viewing time may be just five or 10 minutes or so. However, if the Tiger begins to move, we will move with it, and viewing times can be much longer in such situations. Please also be aware that trips on elephant back cannot be guaranteed, as this depends on the successful tracking of a Tiger by the mahouts; also, on occasions, use of its elephants can be withdrawn by the Forest Department if their urgent use is required elsewhere. So, each morning we will aim to leave our lodge at around 5.45am, taking a picnic breakfast with us which we can eat at one of several designated stopping places, and well stay in the Tiger Reserve until midday, when it closes (during the hottest part of the day). We will return to the Reserve when it opens again at 4pm and stay there until dusk, at around 6.30pm (NB From 1st November to 15th February the Reserve opens in the afternoon at 3pm and our stay will last until dusk at around 5.30pm) In the middle of the day, after lunch, there will be time to rest or go on short bird watching walks around the lodge. Overnight will be at Lodge.
Enjoy morning and afternoon game drive at Kanha National park. Overnight will be at Lodge
After a last morning game drive in the Tiger Reserve, we will have to leave Kanha today and make a long afternoon drive to Bandhavgarh. Sal forest predominates in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, giving way to tracts of mixed forest at higher elevations in the hills. To the north there are expanses of grassland and bamboo. The core of the Tiger Reserve is hilly, and is dominated by a long-deserted ancient fort, which rises 800m above the forest and sits at the top of an impressive plateau. Its a steep climb through dense vegetation to the top, but the rewards are breathtaking views from the ramparts, as well as ancient rock carvings among the ruins. In a region as arid as this the presence of water attracts wildlife. Luckily, the Tiger Reserve contains pools and streams, which ensure that it is frequented by both game and predators. We will explore the Tiger Reserve mainly by following a network of jeep tracks that will lead us into the forested areas. Our excursions in the Tiger Reserve will by jeep, but we may also transfer briefly to riding elephants on some mornings. We will, of course, be looking for Tigers in the Reserve. The movements of the resident Tigers are well known to the mahouts and we will rely on their intimate knowledge of the terrain to locate them. If they spot a Tiger they will take us off the beaten track to view it by elephant. Please note that elephant rides depend on availability of elephants and the successful tracking of Tigers by the mahouts and so cannot be guaranteed. Tigers are elusive creatures and quick to vanish into cover, but a huge paw print in the dust or the alarm cries of deer or langurs often betray the presence of an animal. At moments like this it is essential that we are, as a group, both silent and patient. Our reward for this will, hopefully, be an unforgettable moment. When the king of the forest saunters into view with scarcely a glance at the human intruders, then walks in a deliberate manner across the track only to disappear again into the undergrowth, it is one of the most thrilling wildlife spectacles in the world. As well as making early morning and afternoon excursions we will have periods of relaxation back at our lodge; these are especially welcome during the midday heat. Although Tigers are the star attraction at Bandhavgarh, there is an impressive supporting cast of mammals and birds, the latter including species such as Grey-headed Fishing Eagle, Plum-headed Parakeet, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo and Asian Paradise Flycatcher; over 250 bird species have been recorded in the Reserve. Tour members with an interest in ornithology will value the time between game drives as an opportunity to explore some of the habitats close to our base. Overnight will be at Lodge.
Enjoy morning and afternoon game drive at Bandhavgarh National Park. Overnight will be at Lodge.
After a final mornings game drive in Bandhavgarh we will travel by road to Jabalpur to board the train to Pipariya to reach Satpura national park. Satpura National Park is very beautiful, with diverse habitats and several options for wildlife viewing, including walking, elephant rides, boats as well as the normal jeep excursions. And above all else its quiet, so a complete contrast to the renowned tiger reserves. The mammal watching is good with sloth bear, gaur and wild dog sightings. There`s also a good possibility of tiger, leopard, wolf, hyena, wild boar, muntjac deer, chital deer, sambar, nilgai antelope, chausingha, and Rhesus Macaques. Interestingly it is the only place in Central India to harbor Malabar Giant squirrels and mouse deer. A range of smaller mammals includes the Indian civet, palm civet, India porcupine, Bengal Fox, Black-naped hare, Jungle Cat and the rare rusty-spotted cat. The bird life is magnificent as well and includes such exciting species as Black eagle, Rufous bellied eagle, and Malabar pied hornbills, Shahin falcons, Bonnellis eagle, various species of harriers and an exciting range of smaller birds. The waters of the Tawa Dam are suitable habitat for a range of waterfowl like Ruddy Shelduck and Bar-headed Geese along with terns and kingfishers. Overnight will be at Lodge.
Enjoy morning and evening game drives at Satpura national park. Overnight will be at lodge.
We take our final morning game drive in Satpura Tiger Reserve and hope to end our stay with some special sightings! After spending memorable nights in Satpura we drive for three hours toBhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh. Proceed to the railway station to board the train to Delhi. On arrival, transfer to hotel and relax. Overnight will be at Delhi.
Today you will be transferred to the International Airport to board your flight back to home. TOUR ENDS!!!
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