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WILD CENTRAL 

INDIA

Visit India's top tiger reserves in the Tiger State of Madhya Pradesh and neighboring Maharashtra to maximize your chances for good sightings! This trip, which is accompanied by local English speaking guides, can be booked flexibly on request within the dates given. Please note that safari permits usually have to be applied for at least 4 months in advance. Short-term bookings are therefore usually not possible. 

Itinerary

Delhi – Nagpur – Tadoba – Pench – Kanha – Bandhavgarh – Panna – Khajuraho – Delhi

Transport

Flight, drive with private driver

Big Cats

Tiger, leopard

Possible travel period

October 16 – June 30

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Duration of the tour

16 days

 

Prices Option A
in 3 – 4 star hotels & lodges

for 2 pers. from USD 3990.–* per person

for 4 Pers. from USD 2990.–per person

Prices Option B
in 4 – 5 star hotels & lodges

for 2 pers. USD from 4890.–* per person

for 4 pers. USD from 3650.–* per person

* These prices are valid for trips up to June 30, 2020 with the exception of the period from December 21, 2019 to January 5, 2020. Prices for this period on request.

 

Lodging

2 nights in Delhi

Roseate House Aero City

B Pride Plaza Aero City

3 nights in Tadoba

A 7 Tiger Resort

B Bamboo Forest Safari Lodge

2 nights in Pench

A Pench Jungle Camp

B VannRaj Resort

 

3 nights in Kanha

A Chitvan Jungle Lodge (Jal Suite)

B Singinawa (Cottage)

3 nights in Bandhavgarh

A Bandhavvilas

Tree House Hideaway

2 nights in Panna

A Ken River Lodge

B Sarai at Toria

1 nights in Delhi

Roseate House Aero City

B Pride Plaza Aero City

Tour Program

Day 1

Arival in Delhi

Individual arrival in Delhi. Pick-up and welcome at the airport by our English speaking representative, who will take you to your hotel, assist you with check-in and hand over the remaining travel documents. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2

Delhi – Nagpur – Tadoba 

Flight & 2 hours drive, 100 km

Early in the morning transfer to the airport. Flight to Nagpur at 6.10 am with arrival at 7.50 am. You will be picked up at Nagpur airport and taken to Tadoba by private driver. Upon arrival, check-in and lunch at the lodge. First jeep safari in the National Park in the afternoon.

Days 3 – 4

In Tadoba

Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the lodge. Morning and evening jeep safari in the National Park. Tadoba is a jewel among India's national parks. It is aptly described as the land of the tigers – in hardly any other park is the tiger density so high and the sightings so frequent – around 64 tigers reside on an area of approx. 625 km2. Apart from the tiger there are also good chances to encounter other predators such as the sloth bear, the wild dog or the leopard in Tadoba.

Day 5
Tadoba – Pench  5 hours drive, 200 km

After breakfast drive to Pench. Upon arrival check-in and lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon first jeep safari in Pench. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 6
In Pench 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the lodge. Morning and evening jeep safari in the National Park. Pench is supposed to be the place that inspired Rudyard Kipling for his jungle book – even if Kanha claims this fact for itself as well. Situated between the four mountain ranges Aravali, Vindhyanchal, Satpura and Maikal, the lovely landscape of Pench is home to the densest population of ungulates of any Central Indian park. Ideal conditions for tigers and leopards, which are regularly seen here.

Day 7 
Pench – Kanha  4–5 hours drive, 210 km

After breakfast drive to Kanha. Upon arrival check-in and lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon first jeep safari in Kanha. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Days 8 – 9 
In Kanha 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the lodge. Morning and evening jeep safari in the National Park. Kanha is known for its picturesque landscape and good tiger sightings. You will have breakfast as a picnic on the hood of your jeep inside the park – a special experience!

Remark:

Kanha is closed on Wednesday afternoons. An alternative program will be provided on request.

Day 10 

Kanha – Bandhavgarh 6 hours drive, 280 km

After breakfast drive to Bandhavgarh. Upon arrival check-in and lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon first jeep safari in Bandhavgarh. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Days 11 – 12 
In Bandhavgarh 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the lodge. Morning and evening jeep safari in the National Park. Bandhavgarh is the birthplace of the last known wild white tiger – the father of all specimens in captivity today.

Today Bandhavgarh scores with its high tiger density. Don't miss the Vishnu statue near the temple hill, to which a pilgrim procession leads twice a year. This enchanted place surrounded by tropical vegetation will captivate you.

Remark:
Bandhavgarh is closed on Wednesday afternoons. An alternative program will be provided on request.

Day 13 

Bandhavgarh – Panna 5 hours drive, 240 km

In the morning last jeep safari in Bandhavgarh. After an early lunch continue to Panna. Upon arrival, check in, dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 14

In Panna

Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the lodge. Morning and evening jeep safari in the National Park. Panna is located in the Vindhya Mountains and is the most important protected area in the northern part of the Central Indian Highlands. The breathtaking landscape with deep gorges, rushing waterfalls and dense teak forests lies predominantly on an uneven and rocky plateau. Tiger sightings in Panna are rare, but you can see other predators such as leopards and bears here. The biodiversity of the park is second to none!

Remark:
Panna is closed on Wednesday afternoons. An alternative program will be provided on request.

Day 15

Panna – Khajuraho – Delhi 

1 hour drive, 40 km & flight

Morning river cruise on the Ken River to observe Gharials – a separate sanctuary has been established for these ancient and rare species of crocodile. One of the highest population of Paradise-Fly-Catchern worldwide can also  be found here.

 

After lunch transfer to the airport of Khajuraho. At 3.50pm flight to Delhi with arrival at 6.30pm. Transfer to a hotel near the airport. Upon arrival, check-in and overnight at hotel.

Day 16
Delhi & individual home or onward journey

Day at leisure in Delhi or individual onward journey. In the evening transfer to the international airport.

 

Included services

The above prices per person include:

  • Hotel in Delhi including breakfast

  • Lodge in Tadoba, Pench, Kanha, Bandhavgarh und Panna with full board

  • Continuous supply of bottled drinking water in hotels, lodges and vehicles

  • Domestic flights in economy class Delhi – Nagpur and Khajuraho – Delhi with Air India or Jet Airways

  • Entrances and guides in Bandhavgarh and Kanha

  • 5 exclusive safaris in a 4x4 jeep in Tadoba

  • 4 exclusive safaris in a 4x4 jeep in Pench 

  • 5 exclusive safaris in a 4x4 jeep in Bandhavgarh

  • 5 exclusive safaris in a 4x4 jeep in Kanha 

  • 3 exclusive safaris in a 4x4 jeep in Panna 

  • 1 boat safari during stay in Panna

  • Assistance at the airports and hotels

  • All land transfers with private driver in air-conditioned Toyota Innova

  • All currently applicable taxes

  • The 5% of the travel costs that are donated to a local environmental or social project. You will receive more detailed information about the supported projects at the time of booking.

 

The following is not included:

  • Individual travel to Delhi 

  • Visa: all foreign visitors need a valid visa for India: the easiest way is to apply for an e-Tourist-Visa directly online: indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa. The e-Visa can be applied for up to 120 days in advance and is valid from the day of entry. For a regular visa you must send your passport to an Indian representative in your home country. More information can be found on the website of the Indian representations in Switzerland indembassybern.gov.in, in Germany indianembassyberlin.gov.in and in Austria blsindiavisa-austria.com. The passport should in any case be valid for 6 months beyond the validity period of your visa.

  • Tips for drivers and guides: Tips are expected when you are satisfied – for exceptional services you may also exceed our recommendations. Calculate with 400-600 INR per guide and 300-500 for the driver per day or half of it for half a day or a single safari.

  • Tips in hotels/lodges: we recommend not to tip individual staff members such as the concierge as this would be unfair towards others. Instead, at the end of your stay, put something in the most common tip box – the tip will then be evenly distributed among the staff. We recommend about 5 US $ or 350 INR per person and day.

  • Possible fees for photo and video cameras in the national parks and at monuments 

  • Elephant safari in Pench, Kanha and Bandhavgarh à INR 2000 per person for 30 minutes. Subject to availability, cannot be booked in advance.

  • Personal expenses such as smoking, soft drinks, alcohol, laundry and telephone calls.

  • Travel Insurance

  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions.

 

Remarks 

  • Check-in and check-out are always at 12.00 noon.

  • If the intended hotel or normal room category is sold out, alternative accommodations will be suggested.

  • Single room surcharges or larger groups on request.

  • Our jeep safaris are on an exclusive basis, which means you do not share your jeep with any other travelers.

  • Ideally you should travel in groups of two or four, as the jeeps can accommodate a maximum of 4 tourists (5 are possible, but not very comfortable).

  • The allocation of the park zone in which the individual safaris take place depends on the forestry authority and can only be influenced to a limited extent, depending on the park.

  • Entrance costs to national parks or state taxes may change at any time. Such changes will be communicated to you in good time.

  • Safari permits must be applied in most parks 120 days prior to departure. It is therefore often not possible to book at short notice or to change your name less than 120 days before the start of your trip. 

  • The above travel times from one location to another are based on normal road conditions and may vary. Every break for food, tea, toilets etc. prolongs the travel times.

  • Vaccinations: please check the current recommendations of your country such as wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel for the US or safetravel.ch for Switzerland. In general, standard vaccinations and hepatitis A are recommended. Good mosquito protection and long-sleeved outdoor clothing are recommended at dusk.