"Nothing can prepare you for the thrill of coming face-to-face with a wild Bengal tiger. Home to over half the world’s tiger population, India remains the best place to witness this majestic cat in the wild."
- Take game drives to see a tiger in the wild – its magnificent stripes and imperious gaze will be imprinted on your memory forever
- Immerse yourself in Kipling country in Kanha – the sultry forest was credited for inspiring his 1894 tale The Jungle Book
- While in the forests, meadows and grasslands spot a wealth of wild animal including deer, kingfisher and hyena
- Stay in supreme comfort in the region’s finest safari lodges experiencing the hospitality India is known for
The Indian state of Madhya Pradesh is the best region to explore for your close encounters and its wonderful choice of parks and tiger reserves including Kanha where Kipling was inspired to write The Jungle Book, and Bandhavgarh, which has the country’s highest density of tiger.
An intrepid tiger-spotting trip to India, where you’ll visit three national parks in the central region of Madhya Pradesh
Animal lovers. Although seeing a tiger in the wild is incomparable, you may also spot wild dog, Indian fox, monkeys and crocodiles.
When to go:
We recommend visiting in February or March. Being the start of spring means the foliage is less dense so clearer sightings deeper in the forest are likely.
Welcome to India - Day 1-4
Arriving in Delhi you’ll have a night to acclimatise to India, although some say its heady riot of colour, sights and smells assaults you every time you set foot on this spiritual, soul-stirring land. In the morning, fly to Jabalpur and travel by road for four hours to Bandhavgarh. After the journey be welcomed at luxury Taj lodge, Mahua Kothi where your cool, terracotta cottage awaits. Enjoy the pool, shady courtyard and exceptional cooking. For the next few days, rise early for game drives in Bandhavgarh National park, nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas and once the hunting ground of the Maharajas of Rewa. Bandhavgarh National Park has the highest density of tigers in the region, with the last tiger census counted some 70 tigers. In additional to tigers you may see wild boar and gaur, as well as lots of deer, chital, sambar and barking deer. Langurs, Indian bison, wild dog, Indian fox and langurs can also be spotted.
Kipling Country - Day 5-7
After an enlightening six hour journey through remote Madhya Pradesh arrive at Banjaar Tola, another Taj safari lodge, whose position on the banks of the Banjaar River gives it a glamourous camp-style setting with dining decks, floating verandas and luxe tented accommodation. Located at the foot of the picturesque Kanha National Park, inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” the park features rolling grasslands, large open meadows, and bamboo forests. The park is also famous for barasingha, a southern swamp deer which can only be found here. Recent surveys indicate Kanha’s sal forests and meadows are home to a growing population of around 125 tigers. Some 100 leopards have been recorded along with huge populations of deer. There is plenty of langurs, the odd gaur (Indian bison), wild boar and over 260 bird species.
A Natural Paradise - Day 8-12
Spend the next few days enshrined in nature in the wildlife sanctuary of Pench, nestled into the Satpuda Hills and criss-crossed with rivers and streams. Choose to explore the deciduous forest by jeep or foot in this secluded safari experience where you’re unlikely to see another soul. Although leopard sightings are rare, tiger numbers are on the rise. Other wildlife includes wild dog, wolf, jackal, hyena and jungle cat. Pench is well known as a paradise for birders with nearly 250 species recorded here including crested serpent eagles, white eyed buzzard, hornbills, parakeets, kingfishers, orioles, and wagtails. Fresh water turtles and crocodiles can also be seen lurking in the rivers and langur monkeys swinging through the treetops. When you’re not busy spotting a plethora of wildlife, rest up at Baghvan safari lodge located within the Pench Sanctuary with its infinity pool, shady cocktail spots and gorgeous standalone suites. After three nights here, you will begin your homeward journey, with a two-hour road trip to Nagpur where you’ll fly on to Delhi.
Extend your Safari
There are so many sides to this fascinating country, so you may want to consider extending your trip. To get under the skin of India, include more time to explore Delhi and extend on to Agra. Ruled by a string of empires, eight ancient cities saw their rise and fall in Delhi. At the heart of the city is Old Delhi, home to forts, mosques, and maze-like bazaars whilst south of the old city you can find colonial architecture, wide avenues, and grand Mughal gardens. Just a three-hour journey from Delhi is the mesmerising Taj Mahal, described as the greatest monument ever built for love. Spend a few nights in Agra where you can explore Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal, perhaps one of the most aesthetically pleasing buildings on Earth and the perfect conclusion to your eye-opening trip to India.
Seeing a tiger in the wild is something you won’t ever forget. On this trip, you’ll have many opportunities for this arresting sight alongside challenging your senses in the huge travel experience that is India.
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