Just Tigers Tour: Pench, Kanha and Bandhavgrh

Journey down to Central India, an excursion through its iconic parks are sure to present some of the most stunning lush green back drops as you track the most sought after cat of our planet, the Tiger. This tour encompasses the perfect blend, where the resplendent culture of India meets the enchanting wildlife it nurtures. A trip to these Natural and Manmade wonders will leave you in a spell for years to come.

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Day 1: Arrive New Delhi (by flight)

Meet and greet our representative on arrival at the New Delhi airport. He will transfer you to the hotel, assist you with the check in procedure, and also, handover and explain all travel related documents. Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Day 2: New Delhi - Nagpur - Pench (flight + 100 kms/2 hrs. drive)

After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport in the morning to board a flight at 1020 hour which arrives in Nagpur at 1200 hrs. Meet our local driver at the airport and depart for Pench National Park (100 kms / 2-hour drive). On arrival check into the lodge. Post Lunch, head out for an afternoon jeep safari to the national park. Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.

A total of 758 Sq. kms of this Southern Indian tropical moist deciduous forest, has its extent weaving into the tropical dry deciduous teak. The area is graced with a number of intertwining streams and 'nallahs', most of which are seasonal. Though, the Pench River dries up during April end, a number of water pools locally known as 'dohs' are seen here which serve as water holes for the wildlife prevalent n the area. The Pench Reservoir at the center of the park is the only major water source during this pinch period.

Day 3: In Pench

Morning and afternoon Jeep safaris in the National park. Meals and overnight at the lodge are included.

As the prey concentration is high along the Pench river, tigers usually inhabit and frequent this belt. Leopards on the other hand tend to operate in the peripheral areas but are recently being seen in the deep forest as well. Jungle cats are commonly seen. Leopard cats, small Indian civets and palm civets are seen rarely.

In Pench, Cheetal and Sambar deer, are commonly seen grazing on the open sites along the roadside and banks of river & reservoir. Jackals can be seen scouring for food in the Park. Packs of upto 15 or more wild dog can be seen near Chhedia, Jamtara, Bodanala and Pyorthadi areas of the Reserve. Herds of Gaur can be spotted near streams and bamboo patches commonly in summer months. Sloth beer occupy the rocky areas and favour mahua and bel dominated forest. Chinkara is present in very small numbers and is found in open areas around Turia, Telia and Dudhgaon villages.

Day 4: Pench – Kanha (210 kms /4-5 hrs drive)

Morning jeep safari to the national park. Post an early lunch, drive to Kanha national park (210 kms/ 4-5-hour drive). On arrival, check into the lodge. Dinner and overnight at the resort in Kanha.

Day 5: In Kanha

This is original Kipling country of which Rudyard wrote of so vividly in his Jungle Book. Packed breakfast from the Lodge is served at a designated spot and spread on the bonnet of the Safari vehicle. Enjoy your breakfast in the wilderness of Kanha.

Continue your search for the elusive Tiger if you have not yet seen the same already, and soak in the fresh, and energizing environment around you. Return from Safari around 1130hrs. Freshen up, while Lunch is prepared.

Post Lunch, depart for your afternoon jeep safari in Kanha National Park. Return at 6pm from the safari. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

Day 6: In Kanha

As you wake up, and get ready for another day of adventure in the National park, the forests of the Banjar valley and Halon valley, respectively forming Kanha's western and eastern halves, await. By a special declarartion in 1955, Kanha National Park came into being. Since then, a string of stringent conservation programs has been launched, for the overall protection of the park's fauna and flora. Kanha boasts close to 38 species of mammals. Some of the inhabitants of this park are the gaur, the largest of the world's bovine; the sambar, the largest Indian deer; and the chausingha, the only four-horned antelope in the world. Other frequent visitors include the Nilgai antelope, the sloth bear, the dhole, or Indian wild dog, and an occasional Leopard. Some 300 species of birds inhabit the park, that includes the storks, egrets, black ibis, raptors, owls, and nightjars.

Depart for your afternoon jeep safari in Kanha National Park. Return at 6pm from safari. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

Day 7: Kanha – Bandhavgarh (by surface, 275kms, 6-hour drive)

Morning jeep safari in the national park. Post Lunch, depart for Bandhavgarh, (280kms, 6-hour drive). On arrival, check into the Lodge. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

Day 8: In Bandhavgarh

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Resort. Morning and afternoon Jeep safari in the national park.

Bandhavgarh: The national park is mainly known for high density of tigers. This is the place where famous White Tigers of Rewa were first discovered. The other wild attractions in the park include Leopards, Blue Bulls, Indian Gaur (Bison) Chausingha (Four Horned Antelopes), Spotted Deers, Sambar Deer, Wild Boar, Sloth Bears Fox, Jackals, Wild Dogs, etc. There are at least 22 mammal species and about 250 bird species in the Park. The other animals found in Bandhavgarh are Ratel, Porcupine, Small Indian Civet, Palm Squirrel, Lesser Bandicoot Rat, the Jungle Cat, and the Striped Hyenas. The reptile population in the park includes Cobras, Kraits, Vipers, Ratsnakes, Pythons, Monitor Lizards and turtles. The two-primate species - the rhesus macaque and the Hanuman langur - inhabit Bandhavgarh. Dinner and overnight at the Resort

Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 9: In Bandhavgarh

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Resort. Morning and afternoon jeep safari to the national park

Bandhavgarh has been a center of human activity and settlement for over 2000 years, with references of it in the ancient texts of the Narad-Panch Ratra and the Shiva Purana.

The oldest sign of habitation that can be seen here are caves dug into the sandstone to the north of the fort including several Brahmi inscriptions dating from the 1st century CE. Various dynasties have ruled the fort, for example, the Maghas from the 1st century CE, the Vakatakas from the 3rd century CE. From then onwards, Bandhavgarh was ruled by a succession of dynasties including the Chandela Kings.

After independence from the British Raj, Bandhavgarh remained the private property of the Maharaja until he gave it to the state for the formation of the National Park in 1968. As the park was established, poaching and hunting was brought under control and the number of animals rose dramatically. The Tigers in particular prospered and the 1986 extension provided much needed forest to accommodate them. Overnight stay at the lodge.

Day 10: In Bandhavgarh

Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Resort. Morning and afternoon Jeep safaris in the national park. Overnight at the lodge.

Day 11: Bandhavgarh – Jabalpur – New Delhi (by road 200 kms / 4 hrs drive + Flight)

Morning Jeep safari in the park. Post lunch, drive to Jabalpur airport (200 kms /4hrs drive) to board a flight to New Delhi at 1630 hrs. Arrive in New Delhi at 1845 hrs and transfer to your hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 16: Fly back home

After breakfast transfer to International airport to board a flight to back home.



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