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Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Golden Triangle Tour

12 Nights / 13 Days
Tour focuses on Tigers, Taj Mahal and Jaipur

Outline Itinerary

Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Golden Triangle Tour

Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Golden Triangle Tour

Meander through the best national parks for Tigers Safaris in India, Kanha and Bandhavgarh National Park. The forest here is all encapsulating. With its rolling meadows, undulating hills and myriad of streams and waterholes, you have ample chances of encountering wildlife at every corner.

Kanha is a unique jungle of India which gives you the impression of being in a vast African savannah encircled by a lush green forest with Tigers, Sloth Bears and Wild Dogs galore. Bandhavgarh, on the other hand is a park known for its high tiger density. A tiger safari through these iconic parks of Madhya Pradesh, along with the resplendent Golden Triangle of India, encapsulates the complete cultural and wilderness experience one could ask for.

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Detailed Itinerary

Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Golden Triangle Tour

Day 01 : Arrive New Delhi (Flight)

On arrival at the International Airport, you will be greeted by our representative who will transfer you to the hotel. He will explain and handover all the travel related documents, and further assist you in check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel in New Delhi.

Accommodation: Roseate House Aerocity or similar

Day 02 : New Delhi - Raipur - Kanha (flight + 200 kms/4 hrs drive)

Early breakfast, and transfer to the airport in the morning to board a flight at 0640 hrs. Arrive in Raipur at 0820hrs. Meet our local driver at the airport and drive to Kanha National Park (220 km / 4-hour).

On arrival, check into the lodge. Post lunch, Head out for an afternoon jeep safari to the national park. Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.

Accommodation: Singinawa Jungle Lodge

Day 03 - 04 : In Kanha National Park

Wake up before the crack of dawn with tea coffee and biscuits. Proceed for the morning jeep tiger safari in Kanha 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, established in 1974 under Project Tiger. The park is one of the habitats for rare hardground Barasingha (Cervus Duvaceli Branderi).

This is original Kipling country of which Rudyard wrote of so vividly in his Jungle Book. Packed breakfast 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. Continue your search for the elusive Tiger if you have not yet seen the same already, and soak in the fresh, and energizing environment around you. Return from Safari around 1130hrs. Freshen up, while Lunch is prepared.

Post Lunch, depart for your afternoon jeep safari in Kanha National Park. By a special declaration in 1955, Kanha National Park came into being. Since then, a string of stringent conservation programs has been launched, for the overall protection of the park’s fauna and flora. Kanha boasts close to 38 species of mammals. Some of the inhabitants of this park are the gaur, the largest of the world’s bovine; 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 Leopard. Some 300 species of birds inhabit the park, that includes the storks, egrets, black ibis, raptors, owls, and nightjars.

Depart for your afternoon jeep tiger safari in Kanha National Park. Return at 6pm from tiger safari. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

Accommodation: Singinawa Jungle Lodge

Day 05 : Kanha – Bandhavgarh (by surface, 280 kms/5-6 hrs drive)

Morning jeep tiger safari in the national park. Post Lunch, depart for Bandhavgarh. On arrival, check into the Lodge. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

Accommodation: Taj Mahua Kothi

Day 06 - 07 : In Bandhavgarh National Park

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the Resort. Morning and afternoon Jeep safari in the national park.

The Bandhavgarh national park is mainly known for its high density of tigers. This is the place where the famous White Tigers of Rewa were first discovered. The other wild attractions in the park include Leopards, Blue Bulls, Indian Gaur (Bison) Chausingha (Four Horned Antelopes), Spotted Deer, Sambar Deer, Wild Boar, Sloth Bears Fox, Jackals, Wild Dogs, 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 the Striped 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 Bandhavgarh.

Bandhavgarh has been a center of human activity and settlement for over 2000 years, with references of it in the ancient texts of the Narad-Panch Ratra and the Shiva Purana.       

The oldest sign of habitation that can be seen here are caves dug into the sandstone to the north of the fort including several Brahmi inscriptions dating from the 1st century CE. Various dynasties have ruled the fort, for example, the Maghas from the 1st century CE, the Vakatakas from the 3rd century CE. From then onwards, Bandhavgarh was ruled by a succession of dynasties including the Chandela Kings. After independence from the British Raj, Bandhavgarh remained the private property of the Maharaja until he gave it to the state for the formation of the National Park in 1968. As the park was established, poaching and hunting was brought under control and the number of animals rose dramatically. The Tigers in particular prospered and the 1986 extension provided much needed forest to accommodate them.

Overnight stay at the lodge.

Accommodation: Taj Mahua Kothi

Day 08 : Bandhavgarh – Jabalpur – New Delhi (Flight + 220 kms/4 hrs drive)

Morning Jeep tiger safari in Bandhavgarh tiger reserve. Post lunch, drive to Jabalpur airport to board a flight to New Delhi. Arrive in New Delhi and transfer to your hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Accommodation: Roseate House Aerocity or similar

Day 09 : New Delhi – Agra (by surface, 220 kms/4 hrs drive)

After relaxed breakfast drive to Agra, (220kms, 4-hour). On arrival, check into hotel.  At evening, visit Mehtab Bagh to see Taj Mahal at Sunset. Mehtab Bagh is a Charbagh complex in Agra, North India. It lies north of the Taj Mahal complex and the Agra Fort on the opposite side of the Yamuna River, in the flood plains. The garden complex, square in shape, measures about 300 sq. m and is perfectly aligned with the Taj Mahal on the opposite bank.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Agra.

Accommodation: Taj View Agra

Day 10 : Agra – Jaipur (by road, 235 kms/5 hrs drive)

At sunrise, proceed to visit the famous white marble mausoleum, The Taj Mahal, which was built in the middle of the 17th century by the Moghul emperor Shah Jehan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal.

Completed in 1652, skilled craftsmen from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and some 20,000 laborers worked extensively for 17 years to build this edifice.

After a relaxed breakfast, proceed to visit the red sandstone AGRA FORT which stands like a crescent on the banks of Yamuna River, enclosed by forbidding 20-meter high walls, with a 12- meter moat between them. Three successive Mughal emperors – Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jehan – helped create this massive structure which contains Indo-Islamic architecture. [The Taj is closed on Friday].  Check out from the hotel.

Later drive to Jaipur. On arrival, check into hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Accommodation: Jaipur Rajvilas

Day 11 : Jaipur, Rajasthan

On this morning, drive 11 km to the outskirts of the city stop at Jal Mahal to visit Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the State until 1728. Visit the Temple of Kali, the Hall of Victory or Jai Mahal.

Later, visit the Observatory, the Palace of Winds and the City Palace and Museum. The museum has an interesting textile section, which contains dresses and costumes of the former Maharajas and Maharanis of Jaipur. Jaipur is well known for its beautiful carpets, enameled ornaments, precious and semi-precious stones, brass ornaments and many other arts and crafts.  Spend time in crowded lanes & by lanes of pink city, haggling and souvenir-hunting in the evening. Return to the hotel for overnight stay in Jaipur.

Accommodation: Jaipur Rajvilas

Day 12 : Jaipur - New Delhi (by road, 260 kms/5 hrs drive)

After a relaxed breakfast, drive back to. Transfer to your hotel near the airport.

Accommodation: Roseate House Aerocity or similar

Day 13 : New Delhi Fly back home

After breakfast, transfer to the International airport to board a flight back home or any onward destination.

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5/5
Tiger Safari with Sanjay Gupta and Nature Safari India.
We just finished the first half of two tiger safari tours in India. The first was on the Banhavgar National Park. Our guide was Sanjay Gupta, who had 25 years of experience in the park and with the tigers. He was wonderful, sharing his experience and knowledge throughout our three full days together. He was definitely a highlight of our trip, as a great guide makes for a great experience, whether you see tigers or not! And we did see tigers...
Stephen Murphy
5/5
Excellent Experience with Nature Safari India.
Nature Safari India organized our private 2 Weeks Safari in Central India plus a couple of Sightseeing and we are very happy to having choose this agency. I found them on the responsible tiger tourism association (TOFTigers) and I liked them from the very first contact. From the first email more than two years ago to the end of our trip in April 2022, the service was great, the selection of the itinerary, Parks, lodges and guides was perfect...
Paola
5/5
Excellent Experience with Nature Safari India.
Deepkul and the Tiger Safari India team put together an incredible experience for us in Kanha and Bandhavgarh. All the details were taken care of as per our preferences and budget including transportation, food, lodging, and our amazing safari guides. Deepkul was easy to communicate with and always quick to respond to any questions before and during our trip. Highly recommend!
Derek

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Faqs for

Kanha, Bandhavgarh & Golden Triangle Tour

Yes you can, There are other parks where you can experience different kinds of safaris as well, like boat safaris in Panna and Pench.
Yes you can. Our in house naturalists who also book the tiger safari tour for you will be more than happy to accompany you on the tour, in all cities and within all parks!
Yes, it most definitely is. If you are a photographer, we also have special guides and naturalists who understand the requirements of a photographer and the framing of a photograph. We also provide you with bean bags for your big lenses and camera bodies.
Yes you can. The two parks are closed for safaris in the core zone every wednesday afternoon. It is then when guests prefer taking a walking safari through the designated nature trail with trained naturalists, guards and guides.

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