Delhi – Corbett – Unchagaon – Agra – Bandhavgarh – Kanha – (Nagpur) – Delhi (12 nights/ 13 days)
At the crack of dawn, as we enter the jungle in an open jeep, huddled up to fight the chill in the fresh morning breeze, brimming with anticipation, hoping to see a tiger in the wild, there is little more exciting than to hear a sambar deer raise its alarm call, joined by black-faced langurs from treetops with their nervous coughs and loud cries of the peacock, heralding the presence of the big cat.
Embark on an exhilarating journey through some of India’s premier national parks where the tiger has been part of the folklore for generations. Corbett, at the foothills of the Himalaya, is also known to have over 500 species of birds. Bandhavgarh, in central India, has rocky hills rising from valleys with dense forests and swamps. The neighbouring park at Kanha, one of the finest in the country, has vast open meadows and grasslands offering ideal grazing territory for mammals that form part of the food-chain. Each of these parks, with its sizable tiger population, provides us with the possibility of observing these beautiful cats from up-close in their natural habitat. At Agra, we soak in beauty of another kind when we visit the magnificent Taj Mahal. You stay in some of the finest resorts in each park, where accommodation is comfortable but simple, and in deluxe or first class hotels in cities. An elegant manor house in a village adds to the experience with a chance to see unspoilt rural life from close quarters. The tour uses a combination of road and train travel with an internal flight.
You will arrive Delhi and stay overnight.
Morning drive to Corbett National Park, named after the legendary hunter-turned-conservationist, Jim Corbett. The park is a haven for tiger, leopard, and Himalayan black bear. Most of it is covered by dense deciduous forest with a predominance of Sal trees interspersed with stretches of savannah-type grasslands where elephants, chital, hog deer and sambar graze. You will stay in Corbett for two nights.
Enjoy morning and afternoon jungle activities including a possible elephant safari.
After a morning game drive depart for Unchagaon where you stay at an atmospheric manor house, with its own stables and mature gardens, in the middle of a typical Indian village,
At Unchagaon, you witness sunrise over the holy Ganges, which runs nearby. The banks are rich in birdlife. We have the morning free to see local potters, blacksmiths, farmers and operators of brick and “jaggery” kilns practice their skills. For the more intrepid “Marwari” horses are available for a trot through the village. In the afternoon you drive to Agra for an overnight stay.
Morning visit the majestic Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Later we enjoy a characteristically Indian experience – an overnight train journey in air-conditioned sleeper carriage.
Arrive Umaria in the morning and transfer to Bandhavgarh National Park. You will stay in Bandhavgarh for next three nights. The park is situated in the Vindhya hills with an undulating terrain and is home to the tiger, panthers, leopard, spotted deer, blackbuck, gaur (wild ox), sloth bear, sambar, nilgai, and barking deer. The rich and varied birdlife includes golden orioles, parakeets, hornbills and partridges. You visit the park in the afternoon.
Enjoy two full days of jungle activities with the possibility of elephant shows, available when a tiger is sighted.
After a morning safari you drive to Kanha, one of the largest and the finest national parks in the country. Besides the tiger, its predators include leopard, dhole (wild dog), sloth bear, striped hyena and jungle cat. Other animals like grey langur, gaur (wild ox), nilgai, blackbuck, chowsingha, wild boar, and deer are commonly seen in the open plains here. Golden-backed woodpeckers, white-breasted kingfishers, purple sunbirds, golden orioles, rose-ringed parakeets and baya weavers are among its many birds. You will stay in Kanha for next three nights.
Enjoy two full days of jungle activities with possible elephant shows.
After a morning game drive, we proceed to Nagpur by road to board an evening flight to Delhi (or Mumbai) and onward connection back home.