The Tiger and Elephant Tour (Bandhavgarh National Park and Jim Corbett National Park)
Duration: 10 nights / 11 days
Places to Visit: New Delhi – Jim Corbett – New Delhi – Jabalpur – Bandhavgarh – Jabalpur – New Delhi
This program offers you variety in flora and fauna and yet a certainty of Tiger sighting. For those interested in seeing Asian Elephants in the wild and also doing an Elephant Safari in the bush a visit to Corbett National Park is a must. Infact not only from the Elephants point of view, but also a varied bird life with over 525 species of birds, Corbett is a rich haven for nature lovers. The landscape of Corbett will leave your heart asking for more. The accommodation that we provide you inside the park in a 100 year old forests lodge on the banks of a river overlooking the foothills of Himalayas will be the icing on the cake. The Tiger sightings in Corbett have also seen an upward swing in last few years.
Bandhavgarh on the other hand is the Mecca for the Tiger lovers. For someone keen to see the cubs playing in a water hole, or gently sparring, mother training their cubs, some male Tigers marking their territory, then Bandhavgarh is something that cannot be missed like your daily meal. Both these parks will offer you opportunities to photograph the diversity of Indian wildlife like none else.
Day 01: Arrive New Delhi
On arrival at the New Delhi airport, you will be met by our representative. He will transfer you to your hotel, assist you in check in at the hotel, handover and explain all the travel related documents. Overnight stay at the hotel in Delhi.
Day 02: New Delhi - Corbett (by surface 275/6 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Corbett National Park 275 kms/ 6 hrs drive. On arrival check into hotel. Lunch at resort and afternoon bird watching close to resort nearby river. Or jeep drive to Bijrani zone of the national park.
Dinner and overnight at Corbett.
Day 03: Corbett National park
Morning at 6am, checkout from the hotel, and proceed for safari with the baggage. After safari, reach Dhikala and check in. Lunch and proceed for afternoon game drive into the park. Dinner and overnight at Dhikala Forest Lodge inside the national park.
Corbett has aptly been described as the land of the Roar, Trumpet and Song. It represents a scene of remarkable beauty. Corbett had the proud distinction of being the chosen venue for the inauguration of Project Tiger in India. The rich biodiversity of the Reserve is partly attributed to the variety of habitat found here. Due to the location of the Reserve in the foothills of the central Himalayas, both Himalayan and peninsular flora and fauna is found in the Reserve
Day 04: Corbett National park
Morning and afternoon game drives, meals and overnight at Dhikala Forest Lodge inside the national park.
India's first and finest park spread over 520 sq. kms. Along the banks of the Ramganga river, just 300 kms. northeast of Delhi in the foothills of the Himalayas is the Corbett National Park. Established initially as Hailey National Park on August 8, 1936, in honour of Sir Malcolm Hailey, then governor of the United Provinces, the name was changed to Ramganga National Park in 1952. In 1957, it was finally named as Corbett National Park in honor and memory of the late Jim Corbett, the legendary hunter, naturalist-turned-author and photographer who had helped in setting up the park and demarcating its boundaries
Day 05: Corbett – New Delhi ( by surface – 275 Kms)
Morning visit to the national park and later drive to New 275 kms /5 -6 hrs drive. On arrival check into hotel. Overnight at the hotel in New Delhi.
Day 06: New Delhi- Jabalpur- Bandhavgarh(Flight + 200 Kms/3.5 hrs drive)
Transfer to the airport in the morning to board a flight at 1015hrs to arrive Jabalpur at 1200hrs. Met at the airport at 1200 hrs and drive to Bandhavgarh National Park 200 kms / 3.5 hours drive. On arrival check into the Resort. Lunch and afternoon game drive to the national park. Dinner and overnight stay at the resort.
Day 07: In Bandhavgarh
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge. Morning & evening Jeep drives in the park
Bandhavgarh: The national park is mainly known for the density of its tiger population. This is the place where famous White Tigers of Rewa were discovered. The other wild attractions in the park include Leopards, Blue Bulls, Indian Gaur (Bison) Chausingha (Four Horned Antelopes), Spotted Deers, Sambar Deer, Wild Boar, Sloth Bears Fox, Jackals, Wild Dogs, etc. There are at least 22 mammal species and about 250 bird species in the Park. The other animals found in Bandhavgarh are Ratel, Porcupine, Small Indian Civet, Palm Squirrel, Lesser Bandicoot rat, the Jungle Cat, and the shy Hyenas. The reptile population in the park includes Cobras, Kraits, Vipers, Ratsnakes, Pythons, Monitor Lizards and turtles. The two primate species - the rhesus macaque and the Hanuman langur - inhabit Bandhavgarh.
Dinner and overnight at the Resort
Day 08: In Bandhavgarh
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge. Morning & evening Jeep drives in the park.
Bandhavgarh has been a center of human activity and settlement for over 2000 years, and there are references to it in the ancient books, the Narad-Panch Ratra and the Shiva Purana.
The oldest sign of habitation in the park are caves dug into the sandstone to the north of the fort. Several contain Brahmi inscriptions dating from the 1st century B.C. Various dynasties have ruled the fort, for example, the Maghas from the 1st century A.D., the Vakatakas from the 3rd century A.D., From that time onwards Bandhavgarh was ruled by a succession of dynasties including the Chandela Kings Bandhavgarh became more and more deserted until forest overran the area band it became the royal hunting reserve. This helped to preserve the forest and its wildlife, although the Maharajas made full use of their rights. At independence Bandhavgarh remained the private property of the Maharaja until he gave it to the state for the formation of the National Park in 1968. After the park was created poaching and hunting was brought under control and the number of animals rose dramatically. Small dams and waterholes were built to solve the problem of water shortage. Grazing by local cattle was stopped and the village within the park boundaries was relocated. The Tigers in particular prospered and the 1986 extension provided much needed forest to accommodate them.
Overnight at the resort
Day 09 : In Bandhavgarh
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the resort. Morning & evening Jeep drives in the park. Overnight stay at the resort
Day 10 : Bandhavgarh – Jabalpur – New Delhi (200 kms/4 hrs drive + flight)
Morning safari in the park. Return by 10am, freshen up, early lunch at 1100hrs, and depart for Jabalpur to board flight at 1630 hrs to arrive New Delhi at 1830 hrs. Met at the Airport by our representative and transfer to hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Delhi
Day 11: New Delhi Fly Back home
Morning after breakfast free for leisure activities and later afternoon transfer to International airport to board a flight back home
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