Tiger Safari In Bandhavgarh And Kanha
Duration: 10 nights/11 days
Places to Visit: New Delhi - Raipur - Kanha - Bandhavgarh - Jabalpur – New Delhi (optional extension to Agra to see the Taj Mahal)
This Tiger Safari in the twin parks of Kanha and Bandhavgarh is an option for those who wish to see more beyond the Tiger. Both these parks are excellent in their own ways for Tiger sightings, yet complement each other very well, and are a perfect 10 nights wilderness sojourn in central India. While Bandhavgarh takes pride in excellent Tiger sightings, Kanha on the contrary boats of the biggest Tigers in India. Yes, it you are really wanting to see some real massive male Tigers then Kanha is one stop park for you.
Day 1: Arrive New Delhi
Arrival at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, met by our representative who will take you to your hotel, and assit in check in. Overnight hotel in New Delhi.
Day 2 – New Delhi – Raipur – Kanha
Morning departure transfer from the hotel to the airport to board a flight to Raipur. Met at the airport and transfer to Kanha (200 kms / 4 hrs drive).
Situated in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, the picturesque Kanha National Park was created in 1955 by a special law and, since then, it has dedicated itself in preserving a variety of animal species. Many endangered species have indeed been saved here. Today Kanha is among the few most scenic and beautiful wildlife reserves in Asia. This 'Tiger Country' is the ideal home for both predator and prey .The main wildlife attractions in the park are tiger, gaur, sambhar, chital, barasingha, barking deer, black deer, black buck, chousingha, nilgai, mouse deer, sloth bear, jackal fox, porcupine, hyena, jungle cat, python, pea fowl, hare, monkey, mongoose, tiger, and leopard.
The birds species in the park include storks, teals, pintails, pond herons, egrets, peacock, pea fowl, jungle fowl, spur fowl, partridges, quails, ring doves, spotted parakeets, green pigeons, rock pigeons, cuckoos, papihas, rollers, bee-eater, hoopoes, drongos, warblers, kingfishers, woodpeckers, finches, orioles, owls, and fly catchers Overnight in Kanha.
Day 3 - 5: Kanha
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge.
This park shot into prominence with the first successful conservation story in India. From a dwindling population of about 60, the Hard Ground Swamp Deer (Barasingha) have been brought upto 600 in number. Kanha has also donated lot of it’s wildlife to other parks in need of it. Some Indian Gaur were sent to Bandhavgarh where they have found a home again. Similarly the Barasinghas have been successfully transferred and relocated in Satpura. Some of it’s Tigers have also found home in Panna. The process of transferring spotted deers to Phen Wildlife Sanctuary has recently been accomplished.
Rudyard Kipling found inspiration here in writing Junglebook and getting the first Noble prize in literature. Apart from the conservation angle, what gets this park to notice is the big sized Tigers here specially in the Mukki zone. At the time of writing this (2017) there are some real massive male Tigers walking the wilderness of Kanha. To name a few, Munna, Umarpani male, Chotta Munna, Karaighati male and some more. Kanha also lost two big male Tigers recently in territorial fights, i.e. Bheema, and Kingfisher male. Kanha is one park where people come to see specific Tigers as well, such is the charisma of the male Tigers of Kanha.
Also, in Kanha it is not only about the Tigers. The landscape of this park, the tourism management of this national park, and the simple tribals living in the surroundings of Kanha is what makes Kanha very special to many.
Day 6: Kanha - Bandhavgarh
Breakfast at the lodge.
After breakfast drive to Bandhavgarh (275 kms, 6 hours drive). It may be a long drive to this tiger land of Bandhavgarh but it definitely is an experience to be treasured. On arrival check in at the resort.
Day 7-9: Bandhavgarh
Bandhavgarh is set amongst the Vindhya Hills of Madhya Pradesh. The three tourism zones of Bandhavgarh give ample opportunity to the eager souls to satiate their longing for the Tigers. The forest is home to many birds, and mammals but people visit Bandhavgarh for one exclusive reason, Tigers, and they are never disappointed. While the tribal guides and drivers of Kanha are very naïve, the folks in-charge here of your safaris are sharp like the Tigers themselves. No wonder many amateur and professional photographers who visit this park every year have their guides and drivers fixed in Bandhavgarh.
The Bandhavgarh Fort which one does not have access to now stands tall right in the centre of the park, and it is around this fort that the wildlife of Bandhavgarh revolves. There is a mention of this fort in the ancient Indian scriptures. Some enlightened souls like Kabir, and musicians like Tansen have also set afoot on this pious soil which now takes pride in being walked upon by the Tigers. How the safaris and days fly in this park is second to none. The ramparts of the fort provide a home for vultures, blue rock thrushes and crag martins.
Meals and overnight at a resort in Bandhavgarh.
Day 10: Bandhavgarh – Jabalpur – New Delhi
Morning safari and Breakfast at the Lodge. Then depart for Jabalpur, 200kms, 3.5 hours drive, to board a flight at 4pm to arrive New Delhi at 6pm. Met at the Airport in New Delhi, and transfer to the hotel for the night.
Day 11: Fly back home
Check out from the hotels and drive to the International Airport to fly back home.
Extrension to see the famous Taj Mahal in Agra
Depart at 6am from New Delhi by train or by car. Train takes about 2 hours, and the car about 3.5 hours to the city of one of the wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal.
Wish to realize a dream vacation? Welcome to the amazing tourism city of the TajMahal - Agra, India. The seat of the great Mughal rulers for ages Agra, India offers its treasure trove for all the tourists from India and abroad. Even though Agra, India is synonymous with the Taj, the city stands in testimony to the great amount of architectural activity of the Mughals. Taj Mahal is the epitome of love, poem in white marble, one of the Seven Wonders of the World besides being the pride of India. In fact all the monuments of Agra, India have contributed to Agra Tourism.
History of Agra is amply evident from the numerous historical monuments in and around the city. Though the history of Agra city is linked with the Mughal dynasty, numerous other rulers also contributed to the rich history of Agra. Agra was founded by Sikandar Lodhi (Lodhi dynasty; Delhi Sultanate) in the 16th century. Babur (founder of the Mughal dynasty) also stayed for some-time in Agra and introduced the concept of square Persian-styled gardens here. Emperor Akbar built the Agra fort; Jahangir beautified it with palaces and gardens. Shahjahan marked the zenith of Mughal architecture, when he built the Taj. The post-Mughal era's history of Agra saw the rule of the Jats, Marathas and finally the British taking over the city.
Visit the Agra Fort, built by three Mughal Emperors starting from Akbar the Great in 1565 AD, which is a masterpiece of design and construction. Within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings including the Moti Masjid, Jahangir’s Palace, Khas Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal, Diwane-i-Am, Diwane-i-Khas and Musamman Burj, where Emperor Shah Jahan, the fifth Mughal Emperor, died a prisoner. Later visit the Taj Mahal - the inimitable poem in white marble. Built over a period of 22 years, by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1630, for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains, it is one of the seven modern wonders of the World. [The Taj is closed on Friday.
Day 12: Depart Delhi
Morning free from leisure activity and later and transfer to International airport to board a flight back home .