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Best time to go: November - May
Best for: Wildlife & Safari, Repeat Visitors

If you like a wildlife safari where you simply get away from other vehicles and have the place to yourself, then consider India’s lesser visited parks. Most guests visit the main parks of Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Ranthambore, partly as you have a better chance of seeing a tiger, but you generally see them with another fleet of jeeps. To us, the best and most amazing sightings would be just you and a tiger, with no other jeeps around, and this is possible if you are patient. Tadoba only has a few lodges for instance, and sightings here are improving all the time.  That said, wildlife in India is so much more than just tigers. You have a host of animal and birdlife that in some ways in seeing them, it is a little more unexpected and more fascinating.

You begin in Satpura, a park south of Bhopal and offering the most varied wildlife  experiences. Not only do you have jeep safaris, you can head out on on foot or boats. It isn’t brilliant for tiger sightings, but you can possibly spot leopard, wild dog, sloth bear, gaur, sambar and cheetal.

Move south and stop at Pench National Park. The park is visited a little more than Satpura and Todaba, but you’ll stay to the north of the park, whereas most lodges are to the south. It’s best to just ask your driver to drive off away from other vehicles and hopefully have your own sightings. The park became famous for the BBCs ‘Spy in the Jungle’ programme which followed a family of tigers. The park is strikingly beautiful, and also excellent for leopard spotting.

The real highlight of your off-the-beaten track wildlife safari is Todoba. Located to the south of Pench, you really feel like you are getting away from it all. We know for a fact, this will be the pinnacle of your wildlife tour.

You end for time with three nights are the amazing Ahilya Fort. It overlooks the Narmada River and is perfect to offer a little culture after your wildlife tour.

Guide Pricing

Starting At

  • £3995
    Price per person including all accommodation, private transfers, unique experiences and excluding international flights. We can arrange international flights should you wish.


    • Visit three of the less-touristy, off-the-beaten track national parks where you can more easily escape other vehicles and have the wildlife to yourself
    • Take walking and boat safaris in Satpura National Park
    • End at the amazing Ahilya Fort for three days of R&R
    Days Location Hotel
    Day 1 Delhi The Manor
    Day 2-3 Satpura National Park Forsyth Lodge
    Day 4-5 Pench National Park Jamtara Wilderness Camp
    Day 6-8 Tadoba National Park Svasara Tadoba
    Day 9-11 Maheshwar Ahilya Fort
    Day 12 Mumbai Airport Fly Home

    Suggested Hotels

    Day 1

    The Manor

    $ $ $ $ $  

    The Manor is a luxury boutique hotel tucked away in the swish district of Friend’s Colony in southern Delhi, offering just 14 rooms.

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    Day 2-3
    Forsyth's Jungle Lodge-04

    Forsyth Lodge

    $ $ $ $ $  

    Forsyth Lodge is a charming wildlife lodge located close to Satpura National Park in Central India, offering 12 charming cottages and one of the best safari experiences to be found in India.

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    Day 4-5
    Jamtara Wilderness Camp, Pench, India, Wildlife, Safari

    Jamtara Wilderness Camp

    $ $ $ $ $  

    Jamtara is a luxury tented camp located close to Pench National Park in Madhya Pradesh providing the perfect base for a tiger safari.

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    Day 6-8
    Svasara, Tadoba, India

    Svasara Tadoba

    $ $ $ $ $  

    Svasara is a delightful wildlife lodge located in the remote Tadoba National Park in Central India, one of the best places to see tiger in the wild in India.

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    Day 9-11
    Ahilya Fort, Maheshwor, India

    Ahilya Fort

    $ $ $ $ $  

    Ahilya Fort is an exceptional 18th century heritage hotel overlooking the Narmada River in Maheshwar in Central India offering a fantastic off-the-beaten track glimpse into rural India.

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    Customise Your Itinerary

    We can tweak and change any element of this itinerary and you can depart on any day you want, add nights here and there, and we can fully customise your day-to-day experiences depending on your interests. Here are just a few ideas of many that we can look at and discuss when we come to plan your tailor-made itinerary.

    Idea 2

    Combine this itinerary with a little cultural adventure in Rajasthan. Maybe see the Taj Mahal, and some of the forts and palaces before seeing your wildlife.

    Idea 3

    You can connect from Nagpur to Goa if you want a beach element instead of going to Ahilya Fort

    Idea 4

    Maybe combine with Sasan Gir National Park to see asiatic lion? If you are still keen on more wildlife adventures we can combine more of the central Indian parks such as Bandhavagarh, Kanha or Panna.