“Safari in India AMAZING. I found the experience far more exciting and ultimately more rewarding than those I have done in Africa, as the more elusive of the animals have to be tracked and listened for, rather than just seen. However in between the excitement of the chase the abundance of birds, deer, monkey and landscapes leave you with such a great appreciation of India’s diversity”. Melissa from Hobart, January 2016
“India is a land of extreme contrasts, culturally and biologically. The people were always friendly, ever ready to advise and help us have a really great experience. The wildlife was just fantastic so we were able to get some really fabulous photographs of animal behaviour. It was a great trip”. Keith from Newcastle
Our journey starts in Delhi, India’s capital and largest city where we soak up the culture, history, and artistic life of Delhi, one of the world’s greatest cities.
Our first step into Central India is to Bhopal, in Madhya Pradesh State, the little visited heartland of India. Here we visit Bharat Kala Bhawan Museum and the Tribal Habitat Museum of Man and start to understand and appreciate India’s folk and tribal culture.
Later in Bandhavgarh National Park we visit Bandhavgarh Fort, an ancient hill fort, built more than 2000 years ago.
Madhya Pradesh has some of India’s most important and significant national parks and reserves.
Satpura National Park is 1400 square kilometres of highland habitat for some of India’s most important wildlife.
Pench Tiger Reserve consists of over 700 square kilometres—primarily of teak forest—and is considered one of India’s finest tiger reserves.
Kanha National Park is one of the largest national parks in India and extends over almost 2000 square kilometres of undulating country.
Bandhavgarh National Park, amidst the Vindhyanchal Ranges, covers about 440 square kilometres and contains a mixture of grassland, bamboo and densely wooded hills.
Game drives provide the best opportunities for all types of wildlife viewing and for having a chance encounter with a big cat. We explore, mostly by jeep, looking for some of India’s most exciting wildlife including: tigers, leopards, sloth bears, wild boars, rhesus monkeys, langurs, hyenas, wild dogs, pangolins, marsh crocodiles, and many species of bird.
From the national parks we head back to Delhi for the flight home.
Your host will be Mantra Wild Adventures CEO & Founder, Reena Tory. Reena is a keen animal lover, former Zoologist and Tiger Magnet.
*Single Room Supplement: $3,199 AUD
|1||Delhi||Arrive Delhi and be greeted at airport for transfer to hotel.Traditional “Aarti and Tikka” welcome—you are garlanded and anointed with a vermilion mark on your forehead.Enjoy your first day absorbing Delhi’s culture, history, architecture & human diversity.Overnight at The Claridges (Deluxe Room)|
|2||Delhi—Bhopal(x km/9 hr)||Travel to Bhopal and check into hotel.Transfer to New Delhi railway station for the Bhopal Shatabdi Express, departing Delhi at 0600 hours, arriving Bhopal at 1430 hours.Book in to Jehan Numa Palace (Imperial Room).1.5 to 2 hour walking tour of Bhopal.Welcome dinner at Noor-Us- Sabah Palace.Overnight at hotel with welcome dinner.|
|3||Bhopal||Breakfast.Afternoon orientation drive followed by visits to the Bharat Kala Bhawan Museum* (a contemporary, folk and tribal multi-art centre for verbal, visual and performing arts) and the Tribal Habitat Museum of Man* (open-air exhibition of the tribal cultures of India with typical contemporary dwellings).In the evening cooking demonstration and home-cooked dinner.Overnight at hotel. Dinner.* (closed Mondays/holidays)|
|4||Bhopal(116 km round trip/1.5 hours driving each way)||Breakfast.Day excursion to Sanchi, a great centre of Buddhist learning and piety for over 1500 years. See 3rd century BC Great Stupa; 5th century Udaigiri caves; and the 113BC Heliodorus Pillar at Vidisha.Overnight at resort.|
|5||Bhopal—Satpura Via Bhimbetka(180 Kms; 4 hrs)||Drive to Satpura with stop at the Bhimbetka Rock shelters.Night safari in Satpura National Park, Bori and Panchmarhi SanctuariesOvernight at Reni Pani Jungle Lodge (Cottage). Lunch and dinner|
|6||Saptura National Park||Breakfast.Morning jeep safari and afternoon safari by motorboat or by elephant.Alternatives include nature walks, kayaking, riding etc.Overnight at Reni Pani Jungle Lodge. Lunch and dinner|
|7||Saptura||Breakfast.Morning safari by Jeep in Saptura National; afternoon village visit; and night safari.Overnight at Reni Pani Jungle Lodge. Lunch and dinner|
|8||Satpura—Pench(320 km/7.5 hrs)||Breakfast.Early morning start for Pench at 0600 hours and arrive Pench in time for lunch.Rest of the day at leisure. Jamtara Wilderness Camp (double luxury tent with private facilities). Lunch and dinner|
|9||Pench Tiger Reserve||Breakfast.Full day in Pench Tiger Reserve with morning and afternoon game drives.Night safari in private jeep with naturalist guide. Jamtara Wilderness Camp. Lunch and dinner|
|10||Pench—Kanha(210 km /6.5 hrs)e||Breakfast.Depart for Kanha. Overnight at Shergarh Tented Camp.|
|11||Kanha||Breakfast. Travel to Kanha National Park.Evening safari into the park.Shergarh Tented Camp, Standard Tents. Lunch and dinner.|
|12||Kanha National Park||BreakfastMorning and evening jeep safaris.Optional visit to Sarekha Village Friday afternoon market (the drive winds through scenic forest tracks and small tribal hamlets. On return trip stop for a drink or afternoon tea on the banks of the Banjar River.Shergarh Tented Camp, Standard Tents. Lunch and dinner.|
|13||Kanha—Bandhavgarh(290 km/7 hours)||BreakfastTravel to Bandhavgarh National Park.Kings Lodge (Deluxe Cottage). Lunch and dinner.|
|14-15||Bandhavgarh National Park||BreakfastThree nights stay in Bandhavgarh.Four safaris into the park on jeep.Visit to villages surrounding the park and to the Bandavgarh Fort.Kings Lodge (Deluxe Cottage). Lunch and dinner.|
|16||Bandhavgarh—Jabalpur-Delhi(200 km/5 hours)||Breakfast. Drive to Jabalpur Airport for flight to Delhi (Air India 1420-1540 hours) The Oberoi Gurgaon, Delhi|
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