This small group tour explores central India's national parks in search of tigers. Kanha is known for its tigers, wild dogs, leopards and sloth bears, Satpura offers walking safaris and nights under canvas, while Pench inspired Rudyard Kipling’s celebrated novel The Jungle Book.
Set among 14 acres of land, Chitvan Jungle Lodge is surrounded by hills, thick woods and open grasslands. Inspired by the five natural elements (Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Ether), the 12 suites at Chitvan are spacious and designed to offer uninterrupted views of the forests and the surrounding countryside. The suites are furnished to a high standard and many of the suites on the ground level feature an open outdoor shower. Facilities include a multi-cuisine restaurant, swimming pool and a library. Other than the restaurant there are at least a dozen spots where the hotel staff can arrange private dinners on request. Activities organised by the lodge include pottery and cooking demonstrations and visit to local village market. The owners encourage guests to actively participate in the various activities on offer, and those who wish to prepare their own meal can take advantage of the...
Situated on the northern edge of Satpura Tiger Reserve, Forsyth's is ideally located to explore this park. The 12 mud cottages, set in 18 hectares of land, are modelled on local village buildings and designed to blend in perfectly with the environment. Each is very stylishly furnished and comfortable. Facilities include a restaurant, bar and pool. Forsyth's places a real emphasis on wildlife and offers wildlife drives into the park with very knowledgeable guides, as well as walking...
Spread over 20 hectares of lush foliage, sprawling lawns and untouched landscape, the Pench Jungle Camp offers authentic jungle accommodation less than 1km from the gate of Pench National Park. Accommodation is mixed with permanent tents, deluxe safari cottages, four standard rooms and a family suite for guests to choose from. Inspired by the ethnic architecture, a centrally located apartment houses an open dining hall and modern kitchen serving vegetarian and non-vegetarian Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisine. The dining area has a fireplace ideal for cool evenings whilst the bar, Chaupal, is located around the campfire and a great place to relax after a day of wildlife drives.
Features: 13 safari tents, 3 deluxe cottages, 4 standard rooms, 1 family suite, dining room,...
Conveniently located adjacent to the central business district in the New Delhi NCR and airport, the Leela Ambience Gurgaon Hotel & Residences (previously The Leela Kempinski Gurgaon) is just a short journey from the city centre. The hotel has 322 spacious rooms and suites as well as 90 serviced apartments featuring elegant contemporary design equipped with air conditioning, DVD player, wireless internet access, minibar, satellite television and balcony with either city or courtyard views. There are several dining options with a variety of international and Indian cuisines. Other hotel facilities include a fully equipped fitness centre, outdoor swimming pool and the Spa Lavanya, offering a full range of...
Towering above the skyline and overlooking the Arabian Sea, the Trident Mumbai is located in the heart of Mumbai's central business district with the city's main shopping area only a short distance away. The Mumbai International Airport is an hour's drive from the hotel while the domestic airport is a 45-minute drive. The nearest railway links are 10-15 minutes from the hotel. The hotel has 541 well-appointed guest rooms that are tastefully decorated. Superior rooms have a view of the Nariman Point business area and are equipped with air-conditioning, a work table, wireless Internet access, mini bar and tea/coffee making facilities. Premier rooms have views of either city or Arabian Sea views and suites face the ocean and have a separate living area. Trident Club rooms have panoramic views of the ocean and offer access to the Trident Club with express check-in, breakfast, high tea...
Depart on the overnight British Airways flight from London (regional connections available) to Mumbai (Bombay). On arrival, transfer to the Trident Nariman Point (or similar) for a 2-night stay. Afternoon at leisure.
Today you will see some of the city’s landmarks including the Gateway of India and the High Court. Visit the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, formerly the Prince of Wales Museum. Drive past the Hanging Gardens and Parsi Tower of Silence, including a photo-stop at the Dhobi Ghat.
Take the morning flight to Nagpur and transfer to Pench National Park where you will begin your exploration of India's national parks. The park is named after the Pench River which meanders through the park from north to south over the hilly terrain and through beautiful teak forests. Stay 2 nights at the Pench Jungle Camp, set in 20 hectares of lush foliage and only 1km from the entrance of the park. After lunch visit a local village before returning to the camp for an evening talk by an expert naturalist, followed by a night walk.
Today explore the park in depth with morning and afternoon wildlife drives in the company of resident naturalists. The fauna of Pench is hugely diverse and contains the highest density of herbivores in India. Tigers are not commonly seen here, but jackals, wild dogs and sloth bears are frequently spotted.
This morning drive to Kanha National Park for 3 nights at Chitvan Jungle Lodge, a luxury resort situated 3.5km from the Mukki Gate. The park was created in 1955 and today is among the most scenic wildlife reserves in Asia.
Early morning wildlife drive. There are 175 varieties of birds in Kanha, although most visitors are looking out for Kanha's major attraction – the tiger. Return to the hotel for breakfast. In the afternoon take a further wildlife drive in the park.
Spend 2 full days exploring the park on jeep safaris to observe the 22 animal species and 175 varieties of birds that call the park home. Whilst there is a healthy tiger population in the park, other wildlife to look out for include the Indian elephant, peacocks, wild boars and barasinghas, also known locally as 'swamp deer'.
This morning drive to Satpura National Park and stay 3 nights at Forsyth Lodge, a stylish lodge set in 18 hectares of wildlife-filled jungle. The park's limited exposure to humans, and optional walking safaris, means Satpura is the only place in India that offers an intimate wilderness experience. The park is home to tigers, leopards, wild dogs, sloth bears, wild boars, langurs and Indian gaurs. Birding here is also excellent and many raptors, as well as kingfishers and terns, can be spotted. Evening stargazing session.
Accompanied by a naturalist and a tracker, go on a morning 4x4 safari. After lunch enjoy an afternoon walking safari. The park is home to tigers, leopards, wild dogs, sloth bears, wild boars, langurs and Indian gaurs. Birding here is also excellent and many raptors, as well as kingfishers and terns, can be spotted.
Take another morning 4x4 safari before enjoying an afternoon safari by boat to observe the wildlife along the banks of the river.
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning drive to Bhopal, for the flight to Delhi. Overnight at the Leela Ambience Gurgaon.
Transfer to the airport and fly back to London with British Airways.
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.