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13 Days Tiger and Wildlife Safari in India

The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, Apollo Bandar, कुलाबा, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001, India

Exciting Safari in India

Follow in the footsteps of one of the world's most fascinating predators in this safari and cultural tour through the tiger country. Starting in Mumbai, where you will discover the deep history and fascinating culture of the vibrant city. You will then continue to Pench, Kanha, and Panna national parks, known as three of India's top parks to see tigers and hundreds of other species of wildlife. The crowning glory of tiger territory, Kanha, is also the setting of Rudyard Kipling's masterpiece "The Jungle Book". You will end your journey with a visit to the magnificent monuments of Khajuraho.

Highlights

  • Safari activities and cultural excursions
  • Tour some of India's magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Park fees in Pench, Bandhavgarh, and Panna National Parks
  • Entrance fees to all museums and sites that you will visit
  • All sightseeing and transfers by private transportation
  • Services of an English speaking guide and driver
  • 12 nights luxury accommodation
  • Daily meals

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11 activity days
Group size: Minimum of 2 participants
Airport transfer included: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
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Accommodation

For this safari tour, you will be provided with 12 nights accommodation. On the first and second night, you will be staying at The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower in Mumbai. For the third and fourth night, you will be staying at Bagvhan - A Taj Safari Lodge in Pench National Park. For the fifth and sixth night, you will be staying at Banjara Tola, a safari lodge inside Kanha National Park.

On the seventh and eighth night, you will have your stay at Mahua Kothi, a safari lodge inside Bandhavgarh National Park. The ninth and tenth-night stay will be at Pashangarh, a safari lodge inside Panna National Park. For the 11th and 12th night, or the last night of this tour will be at Taj Palace Hotel in Delhi.

Program

Day 1: Arrival

Upon arrival, you will be warmly welcomed at the airport in the traditional Indian way with hands clapped together and then you will be transferred to the hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax or enjoy the financial, commercial, and entertainment capital of India. You will have your overnight stay at The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower.

Day 2: Mumbai

You will start your day with a visit to the Gateway of India, Mumbai's most famous monument. There you will embark on an excursion to the Elephanta Caves, located on an island in the Sea of Oman. The caves contain a stunning collection of rock art linked to the cult of Shiva, with huge reliefs adorning the main cavern. You will return to Mumbai by boat, visiting the Prince of Wales Museum.

Next, you will explore Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, an outstanding example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture. This building became the symbol of Bombay as the ‘Gothic City’, with its remarkable stone dome, turrets, pointed arches, and eccentric ground plan.

The next stop is Mani Bhawan museum, where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during the Freedom Struggle. From there, you will enjoy the Hanging Gardens, the Zoroastrian Towers of Silence, and bustling Crawford Market. You will end your tour at the Dhobi Ghat, the world's largest outdoor laundry.

In the evening, you will enjoy a welcome dinner at a well-known restaurant. You will have your overnight stay at The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower. Breakfast and dinner will be served to you for this day.

Day 3: Mumbai - Nagpur - Pench National Park

On this day, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Nagpur. You will be taken on a short tour of Nagpur upon arrival, visiting a stunning 600-year-old Ram temple, a beautifully carved Jain temple, and Deekshabhoomi, an important pilgrimage center for Buddhism.

You will then continue your journey to Pench National Park, checking in to the hotel on arrival. You will have your overnight stay at Bagvhan - A Taj Safari Lodge. Breakfast and dinner will be provided to you for this day.

Day 4: Pench National Park

The first of a trio of parks, renowned for their tigers, Pench National Park, is bursting with wildlife against the backdrop of teak trees and the Satpura Hills. You will embark on morning and evening game drives in the park, searching for tigers and other animals.

There cheetah, sambar, and nilgai are commonly seen grazing, while jackals and packs of wild dogs can be spotted in search of food. Herds of gaur hang out near streams and bamboo patches, sloth bears occupy hilly, rocky out crops, and langurs are also very common.

The park is home to more than 210 species of birds, including peafowl, red jungle fowl, crow pheasant, crimson breasted barbet, redvented bulbul, racket tailed drongo, magpie robin, and lesser whistling teal. You will have your overnight stay at Bagvhan - A Taj Safari Lodge. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided to you for this day.

Day 5: Pench - Kanha National Park

This day is a unique opportunity as you continue your journey to Kanha National Park. The famous setting of Rudyard Kipling’s "The Jungle Book", Kanha is king when it comes to tiger spotting. Over 90 tigers and 100 leopards roam its 940 square kilometers of land.

On arrival in the park, you will check into the resort. You will then embark on an afternoon exploration of the parks thick forests, rolling meadows, and ample wildlife. You will have your overnight stay at Banjara Tola - A Taj Safari Lodge. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided to you for this day.

Day 6: Kanha National Park

Morning and evening game drives into the park in search of one of nature’s greatest natural sights, a wild tiger roaming through the wilderness. Conservation is important at Kanha and its ample wildlife and plant species are some of the most protected in Asia. You will have your overnight stay at Banjara Tola - A Taj Safari Lodge. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided to you for this day.

Day 7: Kanha - Bandhavgarh National Park

On this day, you will continue your tiger spotting journey with a drive to Bandhavgarh National Park. Set among the Vindhya hills of Madhya Pradesh, the park contains a high density of game and offers some of India’s best tiger viewing. This scenic region is also known as white tiger country.

On arrival in Bandhavgarh, you will check into the hotel. Later in the afternoon, you will take time to explore the national park. You will have your overnight stay at Mahua Kothi - A Taj Safari Lodge. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided to you for this day.

Day 8: Bandhavgarh National Park

You will enjoy your morning and evening game drives into the park, with the potential to spot tigers, nilgai, chausingha, chital, chinkara, wild boar, and fox. You will have your overnight stay at Mahua Kothi - A Taj Safari Lodge. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided to you for this day.

Day 9: Bandhavgarh National Park - Panna National Park

Today, you will drive to Panna National Park, checking into your hotel on arrival. Completing the trifecta of India’s famous tiger parks, Panna offers the opportunity to spot tigers, sloth bears, leopards, deer, antelope and much more. In the afternoon, you will take time to explore the park and its abundant wildlife. You will have your overnight stay at Pashangarh - A Taj Safari Lodge. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided to you for this day.

Day 10: Panna National Park

In the morning, you will enjoy another game drive in the park. In the afternoon, you will explore the Khajuraho Group of Monuments, a collection of temples that are designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Considered as some as the finest temple art in the world, the temples were built between 950 and 1050 A.D. Today, only 20 temples are left, but the remaining structures are known worldwide for their intricate and erotic sculptures.

You will have your overnight stay at Pashangarh- A Taj Safari Lodge. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided to you for this day.

Day 11: Panna National Park - Khajuraho - Delhi

You will have morning game drives into the park for some last stunning wildlife sightings. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to Khajuraho airport for your flight to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, you will be transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or enjoy Delhi’s bustling city streets. You will have your overnight stay at Taj Palace Hotel in Delhi. Breakfast and dinner are provided for this day.

Day 12: Delhi

India’s capital is a tantalizing mixture of old and new. You will start your exploration with a visit to New Delhi’s Birla House, the former residence of Mahatma Gandhi before he was assassinated by Nathuram Godse in 1948. Next, you will visit the famous India Gate followed by the Houses of Parliament, Connaught Place, and Humayun's Tomb, built in 1570 as the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent.

You will continue to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Qutub Minar and its monuments. Built over the course of 300 years, the red sandstone tower of Qutub Minar is 72.5 meters and five stories high. The surrounding archaeological area also includes the magnificent Alai-Darwaza Gate, a masterpiece of Indo-Muslim art.

The afternoon will concentrate on Old Delhi, starting with the Red Fort Complex, named for its massive walls of red sandstone. The Red Fort and its sister construction, the 16th-century Salimgarh fort, are considered the zenith of Moghul creativity.

After the visit, you will embark on a captivating journey by rickshaw, passing through the narrow lanes of the famous Chandni Chowk Bazaar. Constructed by Moghul emperor Shah Jehan in the 17th century, this bazaar remains one of Old Delhi's oldest and busiest markets. You will end your rickshaw ride at Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque.

After visiting the mosque, you will proceed to Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. In the evening, you will enjoy a farewell dinner at a well-known local restaurant. You will have your overnight stay at Taj Palace Hotel in Delhi. Breakfast and dinner are provided for this day.

Day 13: Departure

Breakfast will be provided for this day. After a memorable journey through incredible India, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure. You will also have an opportunity to extend your journey in India by simply contacting Bestway Tours & Safaris for information and recommendations.

Included excursions

In this safari tour, you will explore the wildlife and scenery of the top four national parks in India, Pench, Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Panna. You will also have the opportunity to visit some of India's UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus), Elephanta Caves, Humayun's Tomb in Delhi, Khajuraho Group of Monuments, Qutb Minar and its Monuments in Delhi, and Red Fort Complex in Delhi.

Location

This safari tour will take place in India. Home of one of the world's oldest civilizations, and several of the world's great religions, India has been changing and re-shaping itself for as long as anywhere on earth, forever producing new forms of culture and absorbing new influences.

Visiting the subcontinent, you will see spectacular carved temples and gleaming marble palaces, lonely Himalayan lamaseries and far-flung dusty villages where council meetings are held under the shade of a banyan tree, plodding camels, holy cows, snake charmers and wild-haired sadhus. You will also find a dynamic state racing into the twenty-first century.

The boundaries of modern India, fixed some 50 years ago, is merely the latest in a four-thousand-year sequence of redefinitions that have produced one of the most heterogeneous societies in the world. The land where the Buddha lived and preached, and where the Moghul Muslims erected the Taj Mahal, has recreated itself as both a majority Hindu nation and the world's largest secular democracy, home to almost one thousand million people.

Food

You will be provided with daily meals as specified in the itinerary. You will also be given soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits, and beers at Bandhavgarh and Panna National Park. Bestway Tours & Safaris can also accommodate special diets.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Safari activities
  • 12 nights luxury accommodation
  • 30 meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All sightseeing and transfers
  • Services of local English speaking guides and drivers
  • Entrance fees to museums and sites
  • Park fees at Pench, Kanha, Bandhavgarh, and Panna national parks
  • Non-professional photographic fee at national parks
  • Soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits, and beers

What's not included

  • International airfares
  • Supplement for domestic airfare (2020: US$ 365 for Sectors: Mumbai/Nagpur & Khajuraho/Delhi // 2021: US$ 375 for Sectors: Mumbai/Nagpur & Khajuraho/Delhi)
  • Insurance
  • Visas
  • Tips
  • Gratuities

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Bestway Tours & Safaris will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Airport transfer included: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 75 days before arrival.

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National Parks remain closed from Jun 16 to Sep 30.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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