The varied geo-climatic conditions of India support a wide variety of vegetation ranging from arid deciduous forests of Rajasthan to the Tropical Evergreen forests of Northeast India . This varied habitat supports a diverse range of wildlife unique to the respective forest type.
The game parks suggested below seek to achieve a two fold objective. First, they represent all the diverse forest kinds of India with the respective game they offer. Second, we have stressed on highlighting the big 4 of India - The Asian one horned Rhino, The Elephant, The Gaur (World's largest Ox) & The Tiger.
Finally, each of the reserves suggested below are very rich in bird life and billed to be a bird watchers paradise.
Day 01: Arrival /
Meeting and assistance upon arrival as our
representatives welcome you and escort you to your car.
the room keys and check-in is organized, our representative would
introduce the tour to you and hand over the documents to you.
to India, or as we say 'atithi devo bhava' (the guest is an
incarnation of God). Thank you for giving us the opportunity to
Overnight at Hotel
02: Delhi / Nagpur (IC 871 - 0550 / 0715 Hrs) Nagpur
morning, transfer to the airport to board your flight to Nagpur
and assistance upon arrival and drive to Kanha
transfer across the countryside to your safari headquarters for a
two-day exploration of this vast, unspoiled central Indian preserve.
Upon arrival, check into your hotel
Overnight at Hotel
03: Kanha Tiger Reserve
Kanha National Park, which is one of
the most well known tiger reserves worldwide, is located among the
Banjar and Halon valleys in the Mandla / Balaghat districts of the
state of Madhya Pradesh. Its creation took place among, and after, a
lot of turbulence and storm within concerned circles regarding
rampant killing of wildlife in the area at the time. The central
Kanha valley was declared a sanctuary way back in 1933 but got its
status as a National Park in 1955. It covers a large area of 1,945
square kilometers, out of which 940 square kilometers form the main
park. The altitude of the park ranges from 450 meters to 900 meters
above sea level. The temperature, depending on the season, ranges
from 0 degrees in the winters to 48 degrees in the summers. The park
remains open from the 01st of November to the 30th of June.
Sometimes, as with most parks of the country, it can be closed
earlier if the monsoon season arrives sooner than expected. The park
has a heavy monsoon season with an average annual rainfall of
1600mm. The basic infrastructure at the park is well developed and
visits can "mostly" be expected to pass without any
Kanha is also famous for its animal conservation
efforts made in collaboration and cooperation with the local
resident communities. One of the famous success stories of the park
is the survival of the Barasingha population in the park, which went
down to as low as 66 animals in 1970 from the earlier 3000 and which
through huge efforts has now revived to a respectable number of
around 1000. Kanha boasts of many such success stories of which this
is only an example.
Kanha National Park is world famous for
it's tigers. Tiger sightings are not as rare as in most other parks
of the country. The only other reserves in the country that can
claim to have as many sightings as Kanha are Ranthambore and Kanha's
own neighbour, Bandhavgarh.
Other than the tiger, some of
the more frequently seen animals in the park consist of Leopards,
Gaur, Chausinghas, Sloth Bears, Barking Deer, Swamp Deer
(Barasingha), Blackbuck, Langurs, Wild Boars, Porcupines, Mouse
Deer, Hyenas, Jackals and Wild Dogs (Dholes).
residents of the park consist of Monitor Lizards, Pythons and a
large variety of other snakes.
Overnight at Hotel
04: Kanha / Bandhavgarh
Morning, we will drive to
Bandhavgarh National Park, situated amid the airy
Vindhya hills of Madhya Pradesh, has established a reputation as one
of the best places in India to observe Tigers. Although a relatively
small reserve when first established in 1968, it was enlarged twenty
years later to include adjacent tracts of Sal forest and this
extension has proved very beneficial for the Tiger population. The
105 square kilometres of park area, open for tourists is estimated
to have a population of 22 tigers, a density of one tiger for every
4.77 square kilometres.
Like many Tiger reserves in India,
the area was formerly the hunting reserve of a Maharaja and contains
much evidence of its royal associations, most spectacular being the
ruins of a huge hilltop fort, which dominates the centre of the
reserve. Bandhavgarh is somewhat isolated in the rural heart of
India but the long overnight train journey from Delhi is well worth
the effort and visitors are richly rewarded by a fine selection of
wildlife and the real chance of never to be forgotten encounters
with the greatest of the big cats.
Upon arrival check into
Late afternoon (Subject to your time of
arrival), enter the park to search for wildlife.
Day 05: Bandhavgarh
pattern of early morning and afternoon excursions will be
interspersed with periods of relaxation back at our accommodation
during the heat of midday. Although Tigers are the star attraction
at Bandhavgarh the supporting cast of mammals and birds is very
impressive, the latter including such species as Grey-headed Fishing
Eagle, Plum-headed Parakeet, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Greater
Racket-tailed Drongo and Asian Paradise Flycatcher among a total of
over 250 species recorded in the district. Tour members with an
interest in ornithology will value the time between game drives as
an opportunity to explore some of the habitats close to our base.
and the more rarely seen Leopards, have no shortage of prey in the
reserve. The Spotted Deer or Chital is a favourite item on the Tiger
menu and several thousand of these delightful deer inhabit the park.
Other species found here in varying abundance include;
Chinkara, Chowsinga, Wild Boar, Sambar, Muntjac and Nilgai. Herds of
the Asian Bison, or Gaur, formerly Inhabited the Reserve but
impressive beast has not been seen at Bandhavgarh since 1998
although a closely monitored programme for the reintroduction of the
Gaur is planned within couple of years. A hunting pack of wild dogs
may also be seen on occasions. Mammal sightings always require a
degree of luck, particularly when the species is essentially
nocturnal or reclusive but each outing in the reserve will at least
provide a chance to meet one of the rarer inhabitants such as Sloth
Bear, Indian fox, Jackal, Wolf, Ratel, Striped Hyenas, Jungle Cat or
Indian Pangolin. More predictable are the sounders of Wild Boar
rooting among the vegetation, Indian Hares, the lively little Palm
Squirrels that seem to be constantly in a state of agitation, and
several members of the mongoose tribe. Common Langurs and Rhesus
Macaques are also plentiful, the former enjoying an elevated view of
the forest as they devour their favourite leaves and often the first
creature to bark out a warning at the appearance of a Tiger below.
are never short of wildlife to watch in this gem of a reserve.
Day 06: Bandhavgarh / Umaria
(40 Kms) Umaria / Agra (Kalinga Utkal Express -
2050 / 1030* Hrs)
Morning search the game parks
transfer to Umaria train station to board an overnight train journey
Overnight - First Class Air Conditioned Sleeper
Accommodation (accompanied by blankets, sheets and pillows)
07: Arrival / Agra
Meeting & assistance upon arrival
check into your hotel
After a leisurely breakfast, we ride
to the massive Agra Fort. The elegant buildings inside reflect an
interesting synthesis of Hindu and Central Asian architectural
styles. Built by Emperor Akbar, the maze of the courtyards, mosques
& private chambers of the fort echo the story of the Mughal
Empire. The Moti Masjid & other magnificent buildings reflect
the skill of the ancient Indian architects.
Agra is the
city of the Taj Mahal, perhaps the most photographed monument in the
world. However, there is a degree of enigma about the Taj. Once you
hear about a building so much and once you see so many pictures of a
building your expectations are real high; and this is the enigma
about the Taj Mahal. No matter how many pictures you have seen or no
matter how high your expectations are the Taj never lets you down -
the unparalleled glory and beauty of the building surpasses beyond
all human imaginations. At sun set we visit the Taj Mahal to witness
this spectacular monument built for love. Besides perfect symmetry
in every aspect of its construction, the inlay work of semi precious
stones into marble in pietra dura style is absolutely remarkable.
Day 08: Agra / Fatehpur Sikri /
Morning, we drive to Ranthambhore, stopping at
deserted Capital City of Fatehpur Sikri. This abandoned capital of
the Mughals is a perfectly preserved city at the height of the
empire's splendour. The city divided into religious and secular
parts has interesting well-sculpted buildings. From here we continue
our ride to Ranthambhore
Upon arrival check into your hotel
jungle excursion in open top vehicle
Overnight at Hotel
Morning and evening jungle excursions in
open top vans. Ranthambhore is known to have India's Friendliest
tigers Assured of protection; these nocturnal creatures are seen
often in the day. Sprawled on the Aravalli and Vindhya ranges of
Rajasthan, Ranthambhore National Park encompasses an area of 410 Sq.
km. in which lives a healthy population of about 40 tigers. A large
number of deer inhabit the area and leopards are occasionally
sighted. The Pandam Taloa lake, located adjacent to the Jogi Mahal
hunting lodge, is the park's favorite water source. Smaller pools at
Raj Bagh and Milak also attract a variety of wild life The best way
to explore Ranthambore is in open top vans as the park is well
connected by arterial roads and tracks. Some of the popular sighting
areas are Nal Ghati, Lahpur, Bakuala , Anantpur and the Kachida
valley. Mammals: Tiger, Panther, Hyena, Jackal, Jungle Cat, Caracal,
Sloth Bear, Sambar, Chital, Nilgai, Wild Boar, Chinkara, Indian hare
mongoose. Birds: Bonelli's eagle, crested serpent eagle, great
Indian horned owl, grey partridge sandgrouse, quail, spurfowl,
common peafowl, tree pie, paradise flycatcher, pheasant tailed
jacana, painted stork, black stork, spoonbill, green pigeon, ducks.
Day 10: Ranthambhore / Delhi
(Golden Temple - 1250 / 1900 Hrs) Delhi /
Morning jungle excursion in open top vehicle
transfer to the train station to board your train to Delhi
and assistance upon arrival in Delhi and transfer to airport hotel
to use washroom facilities in public areas. You may also choose to
have refreshments or dinner before you are transferred in time to
the airport for your onward flight