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India | Sri Lanka | Maldive Islands | Nepal | Bhutan | Tibetan Autonomous Region

India is larger than life. It is a hospitable country founded upon a breathtaking matrix of languages, customs and religions ~ a sea of humanity where a thousand behaviors breathe as a single nation. India’s appeal begins in the past and present of Rajasthan’s palaces and royalty, deserts and fortresses, lumbering camels and graceful dancers in colorful saris. For those who seek inner peace, the sacred waters of the Ganges beckon, and pilgrimage to the holy city of Varanasi becomes a quest and a must. Sultry southern India enchants with its swaying palm trees, mysterious temples, and the white-sand beaches of the Indian Ocean. In the midst of all this, the Bengal tiger remains elusive in Ranthambhore National Park. To the north at the foot of the majestic Himalaya, the magic of the “hidden” Dragon Kingdom of Bhutan lies in wait for those who seek her serenity. Next door in Nepal, the search goes on for the fabled Shangri-La, while the world’s tallest mountains never cease to entice and enthrall. Feast your eyes and hearts on the mysterious, charming, complex subcontinent of India. Whether it’s the smile of a child or the power of the Taj Mahal, a journey through India will render you a changed person.

In Search of the Elusive Bengal Tiger . . in Depth


Itinerary Description:

We have been highly selective in choosing the national parks and accommodations included in this fantastic itinerary, ensuring that you will enjoy only the very best safari experience available in India.

Begin your journey in Mumbai at the renowned Taj Mahal Palace & Tower with a tour of the fascinating financial capital of India. Visit museums, monuments, the hanging gardens, and the city’s famous holy places.

Next, fly to Nagpur, and from there, you will drive to Pench to check in at Baghvan Jungle Lodge. The lodge’s name translates to “Tiger Garden”, and the lodge itself is located a mere five minutes from Pench National Park. Spend the next two days on safari in the hills, forests, and valleys of the park, discovering the amazing flora and fauna.

Drive on to Kanha National Park and your accommodations at Banjaar Tola Kanha Tented Camp. Explore the national park, the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s famous novel, The Jungle Book, and investigate the dense forest, bamboo thickets, and extensive grasslands, watching for wonderful wildlife and over 200 bird species.

Continue on to Bandhavgarh and the luxurious Mahua Kothi Jungle Lodge, from where you can discover the wonders of Bandhavgarh National Park before heading off to Khajuraho for a night at Pashan Garh Panna Wilderness Lodge in Panna National Park. Here you will explore the Khajuraho Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The highlight of your stay at these four lodges is the morning elephant-back tiger safari (subject to tiger sighting) during which you can briefly but unobtrusively observe the local wildlife from the lofty position of your saddled behemoth’s back.

Head back to civilization and spend a few days of exploration in Delhi from your base at The Leela Palace Delhi. Enjoy a spectacular tour of both Old and New Delhi before heading off to Agra for the last leg of your journey. Spend the night at the Oberoi Hotel Amarvilas, and get up early in the morning to tour the Taj Mahal at sunrise. Later, explore the city of Agra, and then fly back to Delhi for a relaxing evening at the Trident Gurgaon before your departing flight. 

Suggested Itinerary-at-a-Glance: 

Day 1: Arrive Mumbai / Taj Mahal Palace & Tower 
Day 2: Mumbai / Taj Mahal Palace & Tower (B)
Day 3: Pench / Baghvan Jungle Lodge (B)
Day 4: Pench / Baghvan Jungle Lodge (B)
Day 5: Kanha / Banjaar Tola Kanha Tented Camp (B)
Day 6: Kanha / Banjaar Tola Kanha Tented Camp (B)
Day 7: Bandhavgarh / Mahua Kothi Jungle Lodge (B)
Day 8: Bandhavgarh / Mahua Kothi Jungle Lodge (B)
Day 9: Panna National Park / Pashan Garh Wilderness Lodge (B)
Day 10: Delhi / The Leela Palace Delhi (B)
Day 11: Delhi / The Leela Palace Delhi (B)
Day 12: Agra / Oberoi Hotel Amarvilas (B)
Day 13: Delhi / Trident Gurgaon (B)
Day 14: Delhi / Departure (B)

ACTIVITIES and SERVICES

  • Meet and greet services
  • Privately escorted throughout the tour
  • Local guides and experts
  • City tour of Mumbai
  • Safari activities at Baghvan Jungle Lodge, Banjaar Tola Kanha Tented Camp, Mahua Kothi Jungle Lodge, and Pashan Garh Panna Wilderness Lodge
  • Bird watching in the national parks
  • City tour of Delhi
  • Sunrise tour of Taj Mahal
  • Half day tour of Agra
  • Car and driver available for your use on last day in Delhi

Customize This Journey:  Choose additional countries and destinations, change property selections, add activities, add tours focusing on special interests. 

in association/Ker & Downey

 


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