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Just Tigers and the Taj Mahal

A Eleven day safari in India, for the serious Tiger enthusiast. This safari takes you to three of India's top Tiger Reserves, Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Ranthambore, where you partake atleast 10 safaris into the National Parks, giving you ample opportunity to spot Tigers and other species of wildlife in their natural habitat.
Kanha - Bandhavgarh - Agra - Ranthambore - Delhi

Day 01: - Fly Delhi-Jabalpur & Drive to Kanha

This morning you will be met by our representative and escorted from your hotel in New Delhi to Delhi airport to board flight (AI-9617—1230/ 1350 hrs) for Jabalpur. This Safari can also be done beginning in Mumbai. On arrival at Jabalpur airport you will be met and driven to Kanha National Park (200 kms/05 hrs).

Kanha : Situated in the Central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, the picturesque Kanha National Park was the inspiration behind Rudyard Kipling's unforgettable classic Jungle Book. The romance of the Kanha National Park has not reduced over time-it is still as beautiful.
The park was created in 1955 by a special law and, since then, it has dedicated itself in preserving a variety of animal species. Many endangered species have indeed been saved here. Today Kanha is among the few most scenic and beautiful wildlife reserves in Asia. This 'Tiger Country' is the ideal home for both predator and prey.

By far the most striking features of this region are the open grassy meadows, where sighting blackbuck, swamp deer, sambhar and chital is common. And, if one can transcend into time, a barefooted Mowgli would perhaps come padding along the dusty trail, for this is the land of Kipling's Jungle Book. Kanha is perhaps one of the best parks for sighting tigers .Of the numerous Tiger reserves in India, that are preserving this ferocious beast, but nowhere can you see them as often, and as regularly as in Kanha National Park.

The main wildlife attractions in the park are Tiger, Bison, Gaur, Sambhar, Chital, Barasingha, Barking Deer, Black Deer, Black Buck, Chousingha, Nilgai, Mouse Deer, Sloth Bear, Jackal Fox, Porcupine, Hyena, Jungle Cat, Python, Pea Fowl, Hare, Monkey, Mongoose and Leopard.

The birds species in the park include Storks, Teals, Pintails, Pond Herons, Egrets, Peacock, Pea Fowl, Jungle Fowl, Spur Fowl, Partridges, Quails, Ring Doves, Spotted Parakeets, Green Pigeons, Rock Pigeons, Cuckoos, Papihas, Rollers, Bee-Eater, Hoopoes, Drongos, Warblers, Kingfishers, Woodpeckers, Finches, Orioles, Owls and Fly Catchers.

However, if one animal species were to represent Kanha, it would probably be the barasingha, or the swamp deer. The barasinghas at Kanha are unique, being the hard ground variety, which populate the large open tracts of grass amidst the forests of teak and bamboo. Twenty years ago, the barasingha was faced with extinction but some desperate measures including the fencing-off of some animals helped save them and again the air in Kanha bugle with their rutting calls. On arrival check in to the Kanha Jungle Lodge.


Kanha Jungle Lodge : Kanha Jungle resort is beautifully located in the Balaghat district amidst Sal forests. It is about one kilometer from the Kanha National Park's Mukki entrance. The lodge was constructed with least interference to the natural environment of the jungle and is managed by eco-friendly principles. Kanha Jungle Lodge offers 18 spacious rooms and two new independent deluxe cottages with private courtyards overseeing a lush green forest. All the rooms are equipped with modern luxuries.

Kanha Jungle Lodge

Meals at the lodge are healthy Continental and Indian food prepared from home-grown vegetables. The lodge also arranges recreational activities for the guests including nature walks, bird watching, cookery classes and village safaris.

Overnight at the lodge

Day 02: - In Kanha

Early morning & evening game safaris into the Kanha National Park. Safaris in Kanha are organized in jeeps . Local guides and naturalists are at hand to enhance the experience.

Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 03: - In Kanha

Early morning & evening game safaris into the Kanha National Park. Safaris in Kanha are organized in jeeps . Local guides and naturalists are at hand to enhance the experience.

Overnight at the lodge

Day 04: Kanha - Bandhavgarh

This morning you drive to Bandhavgarh (325 kms/07 hrs).

Bandhavgarh : Bandhavgarh National Park, situated in the Central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, has established a reputation as one of the best places in India to observe Tigers. The 105 square kilometers of park area, open for tourists is reported to have over 25 tigers. Like many Tiger reserves in India, the area was formerly the hunting reserve of a Maharaja and contains much evidence of its royal associations, most spectacular being the ruins of a huge hilltop fort which dominates the centre of the reserve. The Sal Forest which predominates in the Park is replaced by mixed forests at the higher elevations in the hills and there are also expanses of grassland and bamboo in the north.

The core of the reserve is hilly and dominated by the ancient natural fort which towers to an impressive 800 metres above the forest. The Fort too is worth a visit . Bandhavgarh being an arid region, water is always attractive to wildlife and the presence of pools and streams in the reserve is one of the reasons it is so favoured by both game and predators. Although Tigers are the star attraction at Bandhavgarh the list of other mammals and birds that have made Bandhavgarh their home , is very impressive too .The list of birds includes such species as Grey-headed Fishing Eagle, Plumheaded Parakeet, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo and Asian Paradise Flycatcher among a total of over 250 species recorded in the district. Tigers and the more rarely seen Leopards, have no shortage of prey in the Chital Chital reserve. The Spotted Deer or Chital is a favourite item on the Tiger menu and several thousand of these delightful deer inhabit the park. Other species found here in varying abundance include; Chinkara, Chowsinga, Wild Boar, Sambar, Muntjac and Nilgai. The Asian Bison or Gaur last sighted as a small herd in 1998, the animal is now conspicuous by its absence since. A closely monitored programme of the reintroduction of the Gaur is planned within couple of years. A hunting pack of wild dogs may also be seen on occasions. Mammal sightings always require a degree of luck, particularly when the species is essentially nocturnal or reclusive but each outing in the reserve will at least provide a chance to meet one of the rarer inhabitants such as Sloth Bear, Indian fox, Jackal, Wolf, Ratel, Striped Hyenas, Jungle Cat or Indian Pangolin. More predictable are the sounders of Wild Boar rooting among the vegetation, Indian Hares, the lively little Palm Squirrels which seem to be constantly in a state of agitation, and several members of the mongoose tribe. Common Langurs and Rhesus Macaques are also plentiful, the former enjoying an elevated view of the forest as they devour their favourite leaves and often the first creature to bark out a warning at the appearance of a Tiger below.

Upon arrival in Bandhavgarh, check in to the Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge.

Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge : -- Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge is one of the finest lodges in Bandhavgarh. It is situated within walking distance of the National Park’s main gate. The lodge has been beautifully developed on the theme of an Indian village, with 13 thatched cottages and 8 rooms in two separate villas. All the 21 rooms in the lodge are well-equipped with modern amenities. Dinning at Bandhavgarh Jungle lodge includes a spacious thatched dining area which serves wholesome Continental and Indian cuisines. The lodge has set strong ideologies of being environment friendly and arranges recreational facilities also.

Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge

Afternoon, game safari into the Bandhavgarh National Park. Safaris in Bandhavgarh are organized in jeeps. Local guides and naturalists are at hand to enhance the experience.

Overnight at the lodge

Day 05: In Bandhavgarh

Early morning & evening game safaris into the Bandhavgarh National Park. Safaris in Bandhavgarh are organized in jeeps. Local guides and naturalists are at hand to enhance the experience. Overnight at the lodge.

Overnight at the lodge

Day 06 : Bandhavgarh-Katni & Overnight train to Agra

Early morning game safari into the Bandhavgarh National Park. Safaris in Bandhavgarh are organized in jeeps. Local guides and naturalists are at hand to enhance the experience.
Late afternoon, drive from Bandhavgarh to Katni railway station (100 kms /2½ hrs.), and board overnight train to Agra (1925/ 0815 hrs –next day).

Overnight onboard train to Agra.

Day 07 : Arrive Agra

Arrive Agra at 0815 hrs.

Agra : "The Land of Taj" was once the capital of the Mughal Empire and even today it seems to linger in the past. Not surprising, for the Mughal emperors with their passion for building, endowed the city with some of the finest structures in the world. Agra is an old city and it is said that its name was derived from Agrabana, a forest that's finds mention in the epic Mahabharata. In more recent times Agra came into prominence when Sikandar Lodi made it his capital city in 1501. Later it passed into the possession of the Mughals. It was during the time of the third emperor "Akbar" that Agra came into its own and later on his grandson "Shah Jehan" ornamented the city with that masterpiece of Mughal architecture - The Taj Mahal.

Upon arrival at Agra railway station you will be met and escorted for check-in to Hotel Radisson.

Radisson Blu - Agra

Hotel Radisson : Situated beautifully, the Radisson Blu Agra is a modern 5 star hotel, within walking  distance of the magnificent Taj Mahal. The hotel offers 142 rooms with all the modern amenities.

Later, you will be collected for city tour of Agra visiting The Taj Mahal - a poem, a feeling of love, in white marble, is a fine example of the fusion of many architectural styles. It has been described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love.


Your tour also includes a visit to the Red Sandstone Agra Fort, seat of the Mughal dynasty in the 16th century, lies on the bend of the River Yamuna, almost in the heart of town. Akbar built it as his citadel over the years of 1565-1573. Also visit the Sikandra – the red sand stone tomb of the Mughal emperor Akbar and Itimad-ud-daulah. It is also known as Baby Taj, for its striking resemblance to the Taj Mahal.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 08 : Agra-Ranthambore

This morning, you drive to Ranthambore (280 kms/06 hrs) , visiting Fatehpur Sikri en-route - often called the ghost city, built by Akbar the Great in the 16th century to serve as the capital of his vast empire, Fatehpur Sikri was mysteriously abandoned 13 years later.

Later continue your drive to Ranthambore, the last National park that you visit as a part of your India safari.

Ranthambhore : The most conveniently located National Park in the North Indian state of Rajasthan, is considered by many to be one of India's most beautiful national parks .The Ranthambore National Park is one of the prime examples of Project Tiger's conservation efforts in Rajasthan. It covers an area of 400 sq km with many steep crags embracing a network of lakes and rivers. Atop one of these hills, the 10th century Ranthambore Fort stands like a silent sentinel. The terrain is a blend of impregnable forests and open bush land. The forest is the typically dry deciduous type with dhok being the most prominent tree. Ranthambore is best known for its tiger population, and tiger sightings are common here.

Apart from tigers, the park has its share of panthers, too. Kachida Valley is believed to be the place to sight these rather elusive cats. One can also find marsh crocodiles, hyenas, jungle cats and sloth bears apart from Chital, Nilgai, and Chinkara. The avian population comprises of black storks, quails, Bonelli's eagles, spur fowls, crested serpent eagles and painted storks. During the winter months, the park attracts a lot of migratory birds, including a variety of ducks. It is the ideal park for wildlife photography.

Upon arrival check-in to the Vivanta by Taj Sawai Madhopur Lodge.

The Vivanta by Taj Sawai Madhopur Lodge : Located amidst 12 acres of lush gardens, this 70-year-old hunting lodge exudes a rustic, earthy charm and an air of history. The Lodge is a heritage building and was the the hunting lodge of the Maharajah of Jaipur . It has about 30 newly refurbished rooms , with all modern amenities . Leisure facilities at the Vivanta by Taj Sawai Madhopur Lodge include a swimming pool, a well stocked bar, a library, a billiards/snooker room and massage services.

Overnight at the lodge.

Day 09 : In Ranthambore

Early morning & evening game safaris into the Ranthambore National Park. Safaris in Ranthambhore are organized in jeeps and open air mini trucks, and local guides and naturalists are at hand to enhance the experience.

Overnight at the lodge.

Day 10 : Ranthambore-Delhi

Early morning game safari into the Ranthambore National Park. Safaris in Ranthambhore are organized in jeeps and open air mini trucks, and local guides and naturalists are at hand to enhance the experience.

Later, transfer to the Ranthambore Railway Station and board train for Delhi (1230/ 1845 hrs)

Delhi : A bustling metropolis and a city of 18 million inhabitants, is also India's capital. A near perfect blend of the ancient and the modern, Delhi, consisting two parts Old & New Delhi, is a city with something for everyone. From Forts and monuments that are almost 500 years old, to modern shopping malls, nightclubs and golf courses, Delhi truly is India's crown jewel.

Upon arrival in Delhi, check in to the Radisson Blu Airport hotel.

The Radisson Blu : Located very close to New Delhi International Airport, the Radisson Blu is a 5 star Airport hotel , with all modern amenities, an excellent swimming pool and Spa , making it just the right place for guests to relax after a strenuous safari holiday in India.

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Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: Depart Delhi

You will be met by our representative and escorted from your hotel to the Delhi International airport in time to board flight home.

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COST USD 2136 per person
Domestic Airfare (not included in land cost) USD 115 per person for the sector Delhi-Jabalpur in economy class.
* A supplement may apply for travel between 20th Dec and 05th Jan

CITIES HOTELS INCLUSIONS
Kanha Kanha Jungle Lodge
  • Accommodation on twin sharing Full Board basis in Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Ranthambore , and on bed and breakfast basis in Delhi and Agra as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All arrival-departure transfers and land transportation using an aircon car exactly as per the itinerary.
  • Sightseeing tours / game rides along with a local English Speaking Guide / naturalist and including entrance fee to monuments / game parks exactly as mentioned above in the Itinerary.
  • Aircon First class sleeper train ticket for the sector Katni – Agra and Aircon First class train tickets for the sector Ranthambore-Delhi.
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Ranthambore Vivanta by Taj –Sawai Madhopur Lodge
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