Trip reference number: Group Tour
Trip Operator: TransIndus
Join TransIndus on a trip to the wild heart of India. Covering three of the country’s most remote and beautiful national parks, this special group tour will give you the best possible chance of sighting tigers, as well as other magnificent and rare animals, including leopard, nilgai (‘blue bulls’), bison, sloth bears, civet and pangolins.
Travel with us on a luxurious journey deep into India’s untrammeled interior – domain of the world’s most adored and endangered creature, the Royal Bengal tiger.
The trip includes a total of twelve game drives, in state-of-the-art vehicles with an expert in the company of one of India’s most sought-after naturalists and guides who will remain with the group throughout the journey.
Between safaris, you’ll be sleeping in ethnic cottages or tented suites. Each of the properties featured have plenty of relaxing spaces from where you can savour the sounds, sights and great tranquility of the surrounding forest. Prepared by top-notch chefs and served under the stars on atmospheric, lantern-lit terraces, meals are another highlight of this trip.
Day 1 London, Delhi
On arrival, the group will be met by TransIndus’s representative in Delhi and escorted to The Claridge's hotel, where we’ll stay for one night. Spend the remainder of the day recovering from the journey, perhaps venturing out later for a stroll around the nearby Lodi Gardens.
Day 2 Pench
After breakfast transfer to the airport, for a morning flight to Nagpur. Travelling onwards from there to Pench National Park. Stay at Pench Jungle Camp or similar for two nights. In the evening enjoy an introductory talk on the local flora and fauna, followed by supper.
Day 3 Pench
Morning and afternoon game drives account for most of your third day on tour, with a screening of a wildlife documentary in the evening before supper. Between safaris, enjoy the luxury facilities of the camp, which include a large, oval pool screened by stately old mahua and teak trees.
Day 4 Kanha
A final game drive at Pench in the morning, followed by a long journey northeast to Kanha National Park in the afternoon, a journey time of approximately five hours. We’ll spend three nights at Kanha Jungle Lodge. The drive is a scenic journey and a great way of seeing rural Indian life.
Day 5 Kanha
Your first full day at Kanha features morning and evening safaris, beginning at 5am (an earlier start than usual is recommended in order to get the paperwork done and gain a head start on other vehicles entering the park) and at 2.30pm.
Day 6 Kanha
Enjoy another safari in the morning. In the afternoon, the group will have the choice between a second game drive, visiting the local village, or relaxing in the lodge.
Day 7 Bandhavgarh
After an early breakfast, the group will travel to Bandhavgarh National Park, a journey time of approximately six hours. Arrive in time for lunch and an afternoon safari. This is the largest of the three parks we visit. It boasts a wide variety of animals including sloth bear, antelope, several varieties of monkey and an array of birdlife.
Day 8 Bandhavgarh
Enjoy morning and afternoon drives in the park again today, the first from 6–10am and second, 3–6pm approximately (timings varying according to sunrise and sunset).
Day 9 Bandhavgarh, Kanha
Your final day of park safaris begins with the usual early morning wake-up call at around 5.15am, when a tray of ‘bed tea’ will be brought to your cottage. Breakfast will be served in the park during the drive.
Day 10 Bandhavgarh, Delhi
Any members of the group wishing to undertake a short morning drive in the park before breakfast will be able to do so.
Day 11 Delhi, London
After breakfast, transfer to Delhi international airport for your return flight to the UK. We’ll arrive at London Heathrow around early evening time.
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