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Best of central India wildlife

23 Days Best of North and Central India Wildlife


This itinerary gives you an opportunity to experience the celebrity parks of India. Jim Corbett is one of the most beautiful Tiger habitats that India has on offer, located on the foothills of Himalayas, a flowing river, dense woodlands inhabiting Elephants, the grasslands filled with Deers are some scenes you will cherish for long. In Ranthambhore, every tourist and the photographer yearn to see the Tiger sitting in a Chattri (a Cenotaph), and few do capture the same. Sighting the Tiger in the backdrop of the10th century Ranthambhore fort is mesmerising.  The central Indian forests of Kanha will offer a rich bio-diversity, and some quality sightings. Bandhavgarh formerly a hunting ground of Maharaja Rewa has reputation for very good Tiger sightings. In Pench hopefully you will encounter the legendary Collarwali, a tourist friendly Tigress with her cubs.

Sketch Itinerary :
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 New Delhi | Jim Corbett National Park | Ranthambhore National Park | Agra | Katni | Bandhavgarh National Park | Kanha National Park | Pench Tiger Reserve - Pench | Tadoba | Nagpur

Trip Type :
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Exploratory
 

Customization :
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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 do your initial deposit.

Price on request 

 

What's Included :
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  • All breakfasts in all hotels.
  • All accommodation (as per your choice of hotel)
  • All meals are included in Corbett, Ranthambhore, Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Pench and Tadoba
  • Jeep safari and wildlife activities
  • jeep safari along with special naturalist as per the itinerary (sharing or exclusive as per your preference )
  • Guided sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Elephant safari once during the stay at Corbett
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Travel by air-conditioned Toyota Innova car
  • 01st / 02nd Air-conditioned day and overnight train travel.
  • Packed dinner provided for overnight train travel 
  • Many early starts during the game drives

All currently applicable taxes

 

What's Excluded :
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  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Still / video camera fee in national parks and at monuments
  • Expenses of personal nature like smokes, liquor, laundry and telephone calls
  • International airfare and domestic airfare
  • Travel insurance
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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

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 after breakfast drive to Corbett National Park 260 kms/5 hrs drive. On arrival check into hotel. Evening bird watching close to resort nearby river. Overnight at Corbett

Morning and afternoon game drives, meals and overnight at Dikala Forest Lodge inside the national park.

Corbett has aptly been described as the land of the Roar, Trumpet and Song. It represents a scene of remarkable beauty. Corbett had the proud distinction of being the chosen venue for the inauguration of Project Tiger in India. The rich biodiversity of the Reserve is partly attributed to the variety of habitat found here. Due to the location of the Reserve in the

foothills of the central Himalayas, both Himalayan and peninsular flora and fauna is found in the Reserve

Morning and afternoon game drives, meals and overnight at Dikala Forest Lodge inside the national park.

India's first and finest park spread over 520 sq. kms. Along the banks of the Ramganga river, just 300 kms. northeast of Delhi in the foothills of the Himalayas is the Corbett National Park. Established initially as Hailey National Park on August 8, 1936, in honour of Sir Malcolm Hailey, then governor of the United Provinces, the name was changed to Ramganga National Park in 1952. In 1957, it was finally named as Corbett National Park in honour and memory of the latc Jim Corbett, the legendary hunter, naturalist-turned-author and photographer who had helped in setting up the park and demarcating its boundaries

Morning visit to the national park and later drive to New 260 kms /5 hrs drive. On arrival check into hotel. Overnight at New Delhi.

Morning after breakfast transfer to Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station to board a 2nd air-conditioned train to Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambore) at 0750 hrs. Arrive Sawai Madhopur at 1300 hrs and transfer to Tiger Den Resort. Lunch and afternoon game drive to The National Park. Dinner and overnight at Resort

Morning & Evening drives in the park. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at resort. Overnight in Ranthambore

Ranthambore:

With an area of 400 sq. km encompassing rocky hill crests which descend to open valleys between the Aravalli and Vindhya ranges, dotted with water pools and fruit trees, this park gets its name from the thousand year old fortress, which looms above the forest. Well known for the diurnal activity of tigers, Ranthambore is a very special and unusual area where a natural present meets a historical past. Sambar, cheetal, chinkara, nilgai and languor. The elusive leopard and tigers are found in this reserve with tourists standing a very good chance of seeing tigers during the day.
Dotted across the landscape are the crumbling ruins of its past glory, be it chatris or cupolas, like palaces or old guard posts, all of which reinforce the magical and ethereal quality of this great wilderness.

Morning & Evening drives in the park. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at resort. Overnight in Ranthambore.

During the day visit the famous Ranthambore Fort. (12 kms. from the Resort) Perhaps the only one fort, which is not visible from a long distance. The Fort is a massive enclave and quite high. Mughal Emperor Shah Alam gifted it to Sawai Madho Singh I of Jaipur in 1754 AD and since then it was maintained as the private hunting preserve. Much later, Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh were part of the Royal Hunting, who stayed here too. It's a unique Rajput Fort.

Morning Game drive to the National Park later drive to Agra 265 kms /5 hrs drive.

Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri - This exquisite city built by Akbar the Great in 1569, in red sandstone, with its forts, palaces and mosques was abandoned 14 years after its creation due to political reasons. The Diwan-i-am - a vast courtyard in which the emperor gave daily public audience; Diwan-i-khas - a large quadrangle which contained all the major functions of the Palace, Pachisi court, the Emperors private living quarter, Jodha Bhai's Palace, Mariam's Palace, Birbal's Palace, Hawa Mahal and Panch Mahal are some of the important buildings of this residential complex. The Friday Mosque and the exquisite tomb of Sheik Salim Chisti are in the religious grounds set aside in a separate enclosure adjacent to the secular buildings.

Continue drive to Agra after visiting Fatehpur Sikri (49 kms). On arrival, check in to the hotel.

Agra is famous as the home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World - the Taj Mahal. The architectural splendors of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces in Agra is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal Empire. Agra was their capital for nearly a hundred years from 1564. A pleasant town, with a comparatively easy pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone by artisans who are hereditary crafts persons. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes. Overnight in Agra.

Morning : Proceed on a city tour of Agra. Sunrise visit the Taj Mahal - the inimitable poem in white marble. Built over a period of 22 years, by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1630, for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains, it is one of the seven modern wonders of the World Later visit the Agra Fort, built by three Mughal Emperors starting from Akbar the Great in 1565 AD, which is a masterpiece of design and construction. Within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings including the Moti Masjid, Jahangir's Palace, Khas Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal, Diwane-i-Am, Diwane-i-Khas and Musamman Burj, where Emperor Shah Jahan, the fifth Mughal Emperor, died a prisoner.. Evening board a 1st Class A/C Sleeper class overnight train to Katni (Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve) at 2050 hrs. We will organize your packed dinner for your overnight train journey. Reach railway station at 2030hrs. Our representative will be with you, when the train arrives at 1850hrs, he will assist you, take care of the porterage and make you comfortable in the train. Overnight train, bedding is provided by the Indian Railways within the train

Arrive Katni at 0515 hrs. And drive to Bandhavgarh National Park 95 kms / 2 hours drive. Morning and afternoon game drive to the national park. Meals and overnight at Resort

Morning and afternoon game drives, meals and overnight Jungle Lodge

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 are Ratel, 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.

Morning and afternoon game drives, meals and overnight Jungle Lodge

HISTORY
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 breakfast depart for Kanha, 275kms, 6 hours drive, Lunch at Resort and afternoon game drive to The National Park. Dinner and overnight at Chitvan Jungle Lodge

Breakfast and lunch at Chitvan Jungle 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 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 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

Breakfast and lunch at Chitvan Jungle Lodge. Morning and afternoon Jeep safari to the National park.

The Kanha National Park, stretching over 940 sq km, the vegetation, chiefly made of sal and bamboo forests, grasslands and streams, this park is the sole habitat of the rare hardground barasingha.


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 22 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 200 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.

Dinner and overnight at Chitvan Jungle Lodge, Kanha'

Morning game drive to the national park and after lunch drive to Pench National Park 210/5 hrs drive. On arrival check into Pench Jungle Camp. 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

Morning game drive to the national park and after lunch drive to Tadoba National Park 200 kms/5 hrs drive. On arrival check into Svasara Resort. Dinner and overnight at resort

Breakfast and lunch at Svasara Resort. Morning and afternoon Jeep safari to the National park

Tadoba- Created in 1955, Tadoba National Park is the largest and oldest in Maharastra -- and, although it's growing in popularity, still remains quite off the beaten track. Dominated by teak and bamboo, and with a magical landscape of rugged cliffs, marshes, and lakes, it's full of diverse wildlife and was once favored by shikaras (hunters). Together with the Andhari Wildlife Sanctuary, which was formed in 1986, it makes up the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve

Dinner and overnight at Svasara Resort

Breakfast and lunch at Svasara Resort. Morning and afternoon Jeep safari to the National park

Often referred to as "The Jewel of Vidharba", the Tadoba National Park lies in the district of Chandrapur in the north-eastern part of Maharashtra. Located in the heart of a reserved forest, it is an infinite treasure trove of innumerable species of trees and plants - and wildlife that includes tigers, panthers, sloth bears, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, bison, barking deer, nil gai, sambar, and cheatal. In fact, the Tadoba National Park and Andhari Wildlife Santuary together form the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve. The park derives its name from "Taru" the local deity, whereas the Andhari river that meanders through the forest gives the sanctuary its name.


Flora: Teak, Ain, Bija, Dhaoda, Bamboo, Haldu, Arjun, Tendu, Salai, Jamun, Mahua.

Fauna: Tiger, Leopard, Sloth bear, Wild dog, Jackal, Sambar, Indian Bison, Barking Deer, Blue Bull, Spotted Deer, Chausingha, Ratel, Flying Squirrel, Wild Boar, Langur.

Dinner and overnight at Svasara Resort.

Morning game drive to the national Park. Lunch at Resort and later transfer to Nagpur airport 100 kms/2 hrs drive to board a flight to New Delhi at 1835 hrs. Arrive New Delhi at 2035 hrs and transfer to hotel

Morning free for leisure activity and later transfer to international airport to board a flight back home

Trip Note :
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1. Book Early and Save Money .
2. Add a pinch of culture also like view Taj Mahal, Stay in heritage hotels, exploring culture .
3. Check dates of travel as the parks are closed during rainy seasons.
4. Some of the trips are escorted by  Wildlife specialist. Join the group.
 

Essential info

 

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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Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Island,Chile, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Myanmar, Nauru, New Zealand,Nicaragua, Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Republic of Macedonia, Russia, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands,Sri Lanka,Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, USA, United Kingdom,  Vanuatu, Vatican City-Holy See, Vietnam. 

 

Eligibility

  1. International Travellers whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation , sightseeing , casual visit to meet friends or relatives, short duration medical treatment or casual business visit.
  2. Passport should have at least six months validity from the date of arrival in India. The passport should have at least two blank pages for stamping by the Immigration Officer.
  3. International Travellers should have return ticket or onward journey ticket, with sufficient money to spend during his/her stay in India.
  4. International Travellers having Pakistani Passport or Pakistani origin may please apply for regular Visa at Indian Mission.
  5. Not available to Diplomatic/Official Passport Holders.
  6. Not available to individuals endorsed on Parent’s/Spouse’s Passport i.e. each individual should have a separate passport.
  7. Not available to International Travel Document Holders.
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Convert this tour into  luxurious private journey by accommodating yourself in the cosseting embrance of a collection

of  luxury wildlife resorts. Add luxury heritage hotels at other cities also.

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