based on 13 nights
* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
Full Board and activities in Panna National Park
Full Board and activities in Bandhavgarh National Park
Full Board and activities in Kanha National Park
Full Board and activities in Pench National Park
per person based on two people sharing. This price is based on a B&B basis, except for accommodation in the central parks which has been priced on a full board basis including game drives.
Includes a visit to the Taj Mahal, the Chandela Temples of Khajuraho and village safaris to ensure there is a balance between wildlife and culture
Follow the trail of the elusive wild tiger across India's best game reserves
Expert guides at all locations to enhance the experience
Learn about the indigenous wildlife of India and delve into the history of conservation
The National Parks are closed from 30th June to 1st October due to monsoons.
Tropical climate- hot during the day. Summer (April-June) temperatures can get as high as 43-44°C, while early mornings and evenings are pleasant (18-24°C). Night time winter temperatures vary between 02-20°C, whereas days are sunny and pleasant (October-March). Rainfall is heavy in the monsoon season (mid June to September) and average rainfall is 1400 mm. The best time to travel is November to April.
This classic journey through India combines four different National Parks, the Taj Mahal and the amazing temples of Khajuraho to give you a fantastic taste of the diversity of India. Through this itinerary you’ll have the chance to blend your wildlife experience with seeing a little of India's magical culture and history.
You will begin your journey in Delhi for two nights to kick off the itinerary. Delhi is a fantastic city where old meets new and historic colonial buildings of the past rub shoulders with the skyscrapers of the future. We will arrange a private guide for you here to bring the history of the city to life and to show you all the hidden corners and interesting sites in this sprawling metropolis.
From Delhi you will take the high-speed train to Agra which will take just over two hours. Famous around the world, you will have one night here to enjoy the spectacular Taj Mahal. It is not hard to see why this monument is recognised in every corner of the globe and we suggest visiting at sunrise when the marble catches the light most beautifully.
From Agra you will take the train again and head towards Jhansi, which will take just under three hours. On arrival in Jhansi you will be met by your private chauffeur and guide and taken to Panna National Park where you will have the next two nights. The drive will take just over four hours and on the way your guide will stop in Khajuraho, famous for its Chandela Temples and well worth exploring. From here you will continue to Panna National Park which is a great park to start your wildlife experience in India. Here they have recently introduced tiger, but is also great for mugger crocodile and leopard. We also love exploring the local villages around the lodge which simply take you back in time.
After two nights at Panna, it is now off to Bandhavgarh which you will reach with a four hour drive. Each park you will visit has its own distinct characteristics and mix of wildlife to keep your sighting experiences varied. Bandhavgarh however, with its open grasslands and steep rocky outcrops has the highest tiger density in the Subcontinent and therefore offers a good chance of a coveted sighting. It is also a magical park for other reasons; during your three nights here, you can drive up a steep mountain in the center of the park to visit the remote temple and deserted fort, then look down on the expanse of the park, perhaps even watching eagles catching the thermals below.
From Bandhavgarh you will drive south to Kanha National Park which again you will reach by car with a five-hour drive. Kanha National Park was one of the first of nine tiger reserves to have been created with the launch of Project tiger in 1973. The park is characterized by its extensive grasslands and as well as tiger sightings, it is not unusual to catch sight of leopard or the rare hardground barasingha (swamp deer), now only endemic in Kanha.
After Kanha your wildlife journey will finish in Pench National Park where you will have two lovely nights. Driving again you will have a similar journey of around four hours. Pench was made famous as the location for the BBCs 'Spy in the Jungle' program and is the perfect park to end your safari adventure in India.
To end your adventure in India you’ll drive for about two hours from Pench National Park Nagpur Airport where you will meet your flight to Mumbai. Mumbai is a fascinating city and gateway to India. This urban jungle is full of energy and if you are interested in exploring you’ll find some of the world’s most spectacular colonial architecture, buzzing bazaars and plenty of fantastic restaurants to enjoy.
Delhi has some of the most amazing restaurants. We always keep our ear to the ground about the latest places to dine, and speak to all our guests about dinner reservations before they travel.
Head to Old Delhi's most famous market, Chawri Bazaar, and discover the incredible sights and smells. Your foodie tour will take you around the narrow streets, where your guide will talk you through the variety of delicacies on offer.
Explore Mumbai differently with a private guide; Begin at Sassoon Market & Crawford Market in the morning before wandering to Churchgate Station to see the 'Tiffin Wallahs' at work. Finally see Dhobi Ghat before taking a walking tour through Old Bombay.
Explore New Delhi, the area that Britain constructed between 1911 and 1931 as their new Imperial capital in India. Think of leafy, wide avenues, and white-washed bungalows. See the vast Rajpath, the Parliaments Buildings and Humayun's Tomb.
The people of Mumbai continue to amaze us; they work all day and party all night and still wake up to continue the growth of one of the fastest economies in the world. You really feel a part of it when you head out on the town.
Take a full day exploring both Old and New Delhi taking a Rickshaw through Chandni Chowk and visiting the Jama Masjid Mosque, Rajpath & Humayun's Tomb.
During Salaam Baalak Trust City Walk, you will be guided by a young adult who used to live in the streets of Delhi before joining Salaam Baalak Trust. Your walk will give you a unique perspective and at the same time empower a worthwhile program.
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