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Best time to go: November - April
Best for: Wildlife & Safari, Culture & Beach

This itinerary works perfectly both for a honeymoon, or if you want a really relaxing combination of wildlife and some of the beach beaches in the world to end. It goes without saying, the big draw of Indian wildlife is obviously spotting tiger in the wild, but India has so much more to its wildlife. You’ll stay for four nights in Pench National Park, famous for the location of the BBCs ‘Spy in the Jungle’ series where it followed a mother and tiger cubs. The park is just a two-hour drive from Nagpur, which has international flights with Qatar Airways so you can fly in directly and go straight to the wildlife without the need for a night or two beforehand in Delhi or Mumbai.

Opt for either the salubrious Bagh Van Lodge, comparable with the luxury lodges of Africa, and you can even sleep out under the stars above your room, surrounded by mosquito net. The other option is Fame of the Forest, located to the north of the park, and offering a superb rural experience.

The park is beautiful, and has such an eclectic mix of wildlife. You can also see leopard, dhol (Indian Wild Dog), wolf, jackal, hyena and the jungle cat. The prey comprise of chital deer, sambar deer, gaur, muntjac, boar, langur and rhesus macaques. There is a rich birdlife with over 300 recorded bird species. Needless to say, sit back and let the wildlife experience unfold.

Drive back to Nagpur, and fly to Bangalore for the night where you can catch a little of civilisation before you head to your island in the Maldives. There are some superb restaurants and bars in the city, and will give you a little glimpse into Indian city life. Fly to the Maldives and then just kick-back for seven or more nights on the beach. All in all, it is a great combination that gives you a wonderfully diverse experience.

Guide Pricing

Starting At

£4595-£5995
SilverGold
Price per person including all accommodation, private transfers, unique experiences and excluding international flights.

Highlights

  • Wonderful combination of wildlife and beach
  • Easy connections directly into India with Qatar Airways meaning you don’t need to stop in Delhi or Mumbai to start
  • Choose from a wide selection of Maldivian resorts, option for the one that is perfect for you
  • Blend your wildlife experience with seeing the local rural Indian villages and culture

Day 5

Gold: Taj West End
Silver: Taj West End

Day 6-12

Gold: Six Senses Laamu
Silver: Baros
DaysLocationHotel
Day 1-4 Pench National Park Jamtara Wilderness Camp Bagh Van
Day 5 Bangalore Taj West End Taj West End
Day 6-12 Maldives Baros Six Senses Laamu
Day 13 Male Airport Fly Home

Suggested Hotels

Day 1-4
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 1-4
Bagh Van, Pench, India, Wildlife Tiger Lodge

Bagh Van

$ $ $ $ $  

Bagh Van is a luxury wildlife lodge located in Pench National Park in India offering twelve exceptional cottages and superb tiger safaris into the park.

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Day 5
Taj West End, Bangalore, India

Taj West End

$ $ $ $ $  

The Taj West End in Bangalore is a deluxe heritage hotel, combining a palpable sense of history with twenty-first century comforts and magnificent gardens.

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Day 5
Taj West End, Bangalore, India

Taj West End

$ $ $ $ $  

The Taj West End in Bangalore is a deluxe heritage hotel, combining a palpable sense of history with twenty-first century comforts and magnificent gardens.

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Day 6-12
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Baros

$ $ $ $ $  

Sophisticated, elegant and simply sublime, Baros is a picture-perfect luxury resort in the Maldives offering both beach and over-water villas in salubrious surroundings.

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Day 6-12
Six Senses Laamu, Maldives | Luxury Hotels and Resorts in the Maldives | Millis Potter Travel

Six Senses Laamu

$ $ $ $ $  

Six Senses Laamu is located in the south of the Maldives and is a dreamy blend of understated chic luxury design, and utter barefoot indulgence.

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Further Itinerary Suggestions

Sri Lanka and the Maldives

Negombo - Cultural Triangle - Hill Country - Maldives  

Sri Lanka and the Maldives is one of the best twin-centre holidays you can experience, a blend of culture, adventure and beach that makes for such a wonderful journey.

13 days from £2705 p. p.