The Story

Best time to go: November - June (although it gets hot in May and June, but sightings are superb)
Best for: Wildlife & Safari, First Time Visitor

The remote regions of central India contain a patchwork of national parks which have allowed India’s endemic wildlife to thrive. By combining three parks, you get to see a diversity of wildlife experiences ensuring you have an excellent chance of both seeing tiger, but also the other amazing species who live in India’s wildlife sanctuaries. This private tour combines the great parks of Bandhvagarh and Kanha, and we can tailor the itinerary should you want to add on other parks such as Panna or Pench for example. You can opt for luxury African style lodges, or more simple boutique wildlife lodges, or mix and match the two.

Fly into Delhi for the night and then fly to Jabalpur before driving to Bandhavgarh, just a three hour drive away. Bandhavgarh is a beautiful park, with a old fort at its centre, great for seeing birds of prey swirling below you. The park is one of the best places to see tiger, and of course we know you want a sighting, so Bandhavgarh is a good place to start so you can then sit back and allow the diversity of other wildlife to come to the fore. Move to Kanha, about a five-hour drive away, and probably a better park to see leopard. You can also see gaur, another favourite prey for the tiger.

Drive back to Jabalpur for a flight to Mumbai where you spend the night before returning home.

Guide Pricing

Starting At

£4780-£5770
SilverGold
Price per person including all accommodation, private transfers, unique experiences and excluding international flights.

Highlights

  • Spend six nights in the central Indian tiger parks, the best place to see tiger in the wild
  • This will give enough time to have a really good chance of a tiger sighting, but also you’ll see the sheer diversity in the wildlife that live in the parks
  • Blend this with visits to local villages as this part of India is very much where time has stood still for centuries
  • Stay in charming boutique wildlife lodges, or luxury African style lodges
  • Have the best naturalist, private transfers for the drives and all the little details taken care of

Day 8

DaysLocationHotel
Day 1 Delhi The Manor The Imperial Hotel
Day 2-4 Bandhavgarh Samode Safari Lodge Mahua Kothi
Day 5-7 Kanha Flame of the Forest Banjaar Tola
Day 8 Mumbai Leela Mumbai
Day 9 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 1
Imperial Hotel, Delhi, India

The Imperial Hotel

$ $ $ $ $  

The Imperial Hotel is Delhi’s most iconic luxury hotel and is located in the heart of Connaught Place. Featuring elegant art deco and colonial design, it simply is the best address in town.

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Day 2-4

Samode Safari Lodge

$ $ $ $ $  

Samode Safari Lodge is a delightful wildlife retreat located in Bandhavgarh National Park in India. With just twelve elegant villas, superb service and facilities, it makes for a wonderful wildlife experience.

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Day 2-4

Mahua Kothi

$ $ $ $ $  

Mahua Kothi is a luxury wildlife lodge located in Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh in India. It offers a world-class safari experiences with facilities to match.

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Day 5-7

Flame of the Forest

$ $ $ $ $  

Flame of the Forest is a delightfully homely boutique wildlife lodge located in Kanha National Park in India. Ideal as a base to explore the park on tiger safari.

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Day 5-7

Banjaar Tola

$ $ $ $ $  

Banjaar Tola is a luxury wildlife camp overlooking Kanha National Park and features eighteen fantastic safari tents of the highest order.

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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 1

Before you start your wildlife element, you can add in a visit to Agra to see the Taj Mahal before continuing down to Khajuraho (famous for the Chandela Temples) and staying close to Panna National Park. It is then just a five hour drive down to Bandhvagarh.

Idea 2

You can fly from Delhi to Varanasi and spend a couple of nights visiting the city. From there, fly to Khajuraho to see the Chandela Temples and staying in Panna National Park before continuing to Bandhvagarh.

Idea 3

After visiting Kanha, you can extend your stay by visiting Pench National Park, just four hours away and then just two hours to the nearest airport at Nagpur.

Idea 4

A whole host of beach elements are available to extend, from Goa to the Maldives. If you want a cultural extension, then flying to Indore and staying at the incredible Ahilya Fort is worth considering. There are also flights to Hyderabad (do look at the Falaknuma Palace to see why).

Further Itinerary Suggestions

The Hidden Wildlife Parks of India

Delhi - Satpura - Pench - Tadoba - Maheshwar  

This wonderful private wildlife safari in India combines Satpura, Pench and Todaba National Parks; all offering an amazing experience not just for seeing tiger, but India’s magical diversity of wildlife.

12 days from £3995 p. p.