13 Nights / 14 Days
- Kanha, the national parks and the tigers’ reserve
- Madan Mahal and Taj Mahal
- Lovely Delhi
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
On arrival in India – a representative will meet you in the arrivals area and escort you to your hotel. Delhi, India’s capital and political hub is an ancient city that has something for everyone. Settled seven times over the centuries, this city has grown in a way that reflects its past, while retaining its cosmopolitan flavour. Delhi is India’s showcase, be it architecture, religion, shopping, culture – everything is available here – waiting to be discovered.
Day 2: Delhi – Jabalpur – Kanha
Early start: you will be transferred to the airport for your flight, departing Delhi at 0750am for Jabalpur, arriving at 0935am. You are met upon arrival into Jabalpur and then driven to Kanha (140 Kms, 4 hrs approx) where you will be checked-in at the lodge.
Situated in Central India’s Satpura Hill ranges, Kanha Tiger Reserve is spread over 1216 square miles with a core area of just 588 square miles and consists mainly of grasslands and deciduous forests. These also support other mammals such as barasingha, chital, muntjac (swamp, spotted and barking deer), sambar, common langur and rhesus monkeys, wild boar, Asiatic jackal, three of India’s four lowland antelopes, nilgai, four-horned antelope (chowsingha) and blackbuck; and occasionally leopard, gaur (Indian bison), sloth bear, wolf and dhole (wild dog). Birdlife in the area includes the painted partridge, shaheen falcon, golden oriole and the omnipresent red jungle fowl.
Days 3 – 4: Kanha
Enjoy two safaris daily, morning and afternoon game drives by Jeep in the national park – one at sunrise before breakfast and one in the afternoon post-lunch.
Day 5: Kanha – Bandhavgarh
This morning you are driven to Bandhavgarh (250 Kms; 6 hrs), where on arrival you will check-in at the hotel. Bandhavgarh National Park – Set amongst the Vindhyas, in Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh is a small national park, but with the highest known density of tiger population in India. Other inhabitants of the park include the leopards, gaur (Indian bison – although some say these are longer seen), chital (spotted deer), sambar deer, dholes, nilgais, wild boars, chinkaras, sloth bears, rhesus macaques, black-faced langurs, jungle cats, hyenas, porcupines, jackals, foxes, wild dogs, chausinghas and rattles, among others.
Days 6 – 7: Bandhavgarh
Enjoy two safaris daily – one at sunrise before breakfast and one in the afternoon post-lunch. Elephant safaris are available every morning subject to tiger sighting, allowing you the chance to see tigers and other wildlife from this unique vantage point. Regular slide-shows and talks by expert naturalists are held in the evening to enhance your knowledge about the ‘big cat’.
Most of the resorts have libraries with books catering to all aspects of wildlife in India. Thus, you can spend your time relaxing in the resort with an interesting book between the safaris.
Day 8: Bandhavgarh – Jabalpur
This morning you are driven to Jabalpur (3hrs 30mins), where on arrival in you will check-in at the hotel. The city of Jabalpur was the capital of the erstwhile medieval Gond rulers. It is not only an important historical place, but it is also famous for the Marble Rocks gorge on Narmada River. It is an administrative and educational centre and is the gateway to important wildlife sanctuaries around it. It is one of the largest cities in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.
Jabalpur is located in the central part of the state of Madhya Pradesh, in the central region of India. It is located just north of the Narmada River, in a rocky basin surrounded by low hills and dotted with lakes
Afternoon: visit The Rani Durgavati Museum located next to the tempo stand, south of the bazaar, is an important place to visit. The museum has a good collection of artefacts. It also has a section dedicated to artefacts and photos related to Mahatma Gandhi. Another place to visit in Jabalpur is the Old Bazaar area. On the outskirts of the city and en-route to the Marble Rocks, one can visit the Madan Mahal: a Gond fortress built in 1116 AD and located on a rocky hill, overlooking the city. The hill provides a panoramic view of Jabalpur city and its environs.
Also, visit Bedaghat the Narmada, making its way through the Marble Rocks, as it narrows down and then plunges in a waterfall known as Dhuandhar – or “the smoke cascade”. So powerful is the plunge that its roar is heard from a far distance, the falls and the breaking of the volume of water at the crest present an awesome spectacle of nature’s power unleashed.
Day 9: Jabalpur – Satpura
This morning you are driven to Satpura (180 Kms; 3 ½ hrs), where on arrival in you will check-in at the hotel. Satpura National Park is cradled in the Satpura Range (Mahadeo Hills) and straddles the state of Madhya Pradesh. With the adjoining Bori & Panchmarhi Sanctuaries, Satpura N.P. provides 1427 sq. km of unique Central Indian Highland ecosystem cover to India’s wild denizens. Satpura N.P.(set up in 1981 and stretching 524 sq. km) is beautiful and unspoiled. It represents nature at its very best. The fascinating deep valleys, high mountains, rivulets, waterfalls and Tawa’s vast reservoir combine to give this park a unique beauty. The terrain is extremely rugged and consists of sandstone peaks, narrow gorges, ravines and dense forests. The altitude ranges from 300 m. to 1352 m. From the 4500 feet Dhoopgarh peak to the almost-level plains of Churna, the ride is only 60 km; however, this journey takes about 5 hours due to its circumferential route.
Day 10 to Day 11: Satpura
Enjoy safaris daily: take morning and afternoon game drives by Jeep in the national park – one at sunrise before breakfast and one in the afternoon post-lunch.
Day 12: Satpura – Agra
This morning you are driven to Bhopal (4 hrs). On arrival into Bhopal, you will be transferred to the railway station to board the Shatabdi express train (2001), departing Bhopal at 2:40 pm for Agra, arriving at 8:30 pm.
On arrival in Agra, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel for the night.
Day 13: Agra
Today, visit the Mahal (closed on Friday’s) – one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Built by Emperor Shah Jehan for his favourite wife Mumtaz Mahal, this is the ultimate tribute to love ever transcribed in architecture. This great monument, completed in 1653, took almost 22 years and 20,000 workers to build. Later, visit the Agra Fort. This fort was started by Emperor Akbar in 1565. The high red stone monument stretches for around 2½ km. The palace is notable for its smooth blending of Hindu and central Asian architectural styles.
Day 14: Agra – Delhi – departure
This morning you will check out early and drive to the Delhi international airport (approx 4hrs 30mins) for your onward flight home, departing in the afternoon (report at the check-in desk min 3hours before departure time)