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India's Wildlife and Culture

India's Wildlife and Culture Safari

A Classic Tiger Safari to some of India's best, less visited and most prolific wildlife parks where you can expect to see Tigers and so much more.
With an added cultural interest this safari will give you a very well rounded experience of India. You will be able to soak up the sights and sounds of this colorful, vibrant and exciting country.
You will also visit to the iconic Taj Mahal a must do for any trip to India. We have even timed it for you to visit at dawn and dusk for maximum photo opportunities. You will also visit Agra’s famed Red Fort and several more interesting cultural sights.

Along the way you will see a lot of India at ground level as you travel between India’s iconic cities and national parks. 

We regard out partners in India as amongst the best we have ever worked with anywhere. You will be looked after each step of the way and we will provide you with as much support as you need.

Highlights:

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Rates for this Safari
Price including flights from/to UK:
Flights from $750 pp guide only

Price excluding international flights:
2017 £3400 $0 pp
Safari Summary

Notes;

We will plan this safari around your preferred dates.
The itinerary can be adjusted to suit you exactly and so if it is to long or short or you would like to add some of the other Tiger Reserves just talk to us and we will tailor your safari exactly.

Your stay is arranged on Full Board Basis when on safari and Bed and breakfast when touring around the towns and historical areas, with you accompanying guide, giving you lots of flexibility.

Call Today to start planning 

Full Safari Details
India's Wildlife and Culture

A Classic Tiger Safari to some of India's best, less visted and most prolific wildlife parks where you can expect to see Tigers and so much more.

With an added cultural interest this safari will give you a very well rounded experience of India. You will be able to soak up the sights and sounds of this colourful, vibrant and exciting country.

You will also visit to the iconic Taj Mahal a must do for any trip to India. We have even timed it for you to visit at dawn and dusk for maximum photo opportunities. You will also visit Agra’s famed Red Fort and several more interesting cultural sights.

Along the way you will see a lot of India at ground level as you travel between India’s iconic cities and national parks.

We regard out partners in India as amongst the best we have ever worked with anywhere. You will be looked after each step of the way and we will provide you with as much support as you need.

The itinerary

Day 1 

Depart from your prefered starting point to Delhi. Usually with Air India or Emiraites , we can help plan your flights to suit you.

Day 2
You will be met on your arrival by our representative (Travel Inn) and transferred to your hotel the Lemon Tree Aerocity (International Airport) where you have the rest of the day at leisure, and chance to get over your flight.

Day 3 - 4 - 5
Today you have an early start , we suggest you request an early call. You will be collected at 04.15 am by your driver and taken back to the Airport to catch your Air India  Flight 469 to Nagpur, scheduled to depart at 05.45am and arrive at 07.15.
Arriving in Nagpur, you will be met by our representative and driven to Tadoba National Park (approx 4 hours).

Rest of the day at leisure. 

Stay at Svasara Jungle Lodge (Standard room) - 3 Nights. Full Board.
Svasara Jungle Lodge is the premier luxury destination at Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve and is located barely three hundred yards from Tadoba's Kolara gate. Svasara is a conservation focused wilderness lodge offering a luxurious and immersive jungle safari experience.

Tadoba Tiger Reserve is Maharashtra's largest National Park with one of the highest densities of tigers in the country. A dry deciduous forest with a beautiful topography, Tadoba offers some of the best sightings of tigers, wild dogs, leopards, and other fauna. The jungle and areas surrounding the Lodge are excellent terrains for birding and walking safaris.

TADOBA-ANDHARI TIGER RESERVE

As per legend, the tribal God ‘Tadu’ died here many years ago while fighting a tiger. The tribals erected a shrine in his memory under a large tree on the shores of Lake Tadoba, and giving birth to the name ‘Tadoba’ to the local jungle. The Tadoba Reserve contains some of the best forest tracts and is endowed with rich biodiversity.

Tadoba Tiger Reserve is a rare jungle jewel amongst India’s leading tiger reserves and national parks. It is affably called the Land of the Tigers, due to its high tiger density—recent estimates indicate around 64 tigers over a rich jungle spread over 625 square kilometres! Visitors report frequent tiger and wild dog sightings; and, in general, the park offers plenty of opportunities for close encounters of the wildlife kind which also include: Leopard, Sloth Bear, Gaur (Indian Bison), Rusty Spotted Cat, Ratel, Indian Mouse Deer, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Wild Pig, Four Horned Antelope, Flying Squirrel, and more. Over 195 species of birds include the crested serpent eagle, honey buzzard, paradise flycatcher, grey-headed fishing eagle, the shy jungle fowl, and much more.

What is unique about Tadoba’s Flora
Tadoba is less commercialised than other leading parks in India and still has a pristine ecosystem. Major flora include: Bamboo, Teak, Ain, Bija, Dhauda, Haldu, Salai, Semal, and Tendu. Bamboo and Teak dominate the tropical dry deciduous flora of this land. Scattered throughout are the lovely kusums and flowering silk cottons, which bloom from late winter to spring. But very unique to Tadoba, and a photographer’s delight, are the ‘ghost trees’ which are very large and have completely white bark!

Another special treat at Tadoba is the chance to see sloth bears sleeping peacefully near a waterhole after having their fill of the creamy white flowers off the mahua tree. Once the sweet juices of the tree are digested, it generates alcohol!

NAGPUR & VICINITY
Nagpur is a major cultural, commercial and political hub, the winter capital of the state of Maharashtra, and the largest city in central India. The city has also been called the Tiger Capital of the World. It serves as a central connection and easy access to a number of Tiger Reserves in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
Nagpur has a rich history. The city was founded by the Gonds but later became part of the Maratha Empire under the Bhonsles. The British East India Company took over Nagpur in the 19th century and made it the capital of the Central Provinces and Berar.
Nagpur and nearby town Chandrapur have many known temples and heritage sites in and around them. Some of the famous ones are the Lord Ganesh Temple at Adasa, Deekshabhoomi--a sacred monument of Buddhism and one of its sacred sites, Mahakali Temple at Chandrapur, Markanda--the "mini Khajuraho" of Maharashtra, and Bhadravati Jain Temple which has some beautiful scupltures. There are also ancient caves which were first carved out around the 8th century. Later Buddhist monks used these caves and engraved beautiful sculptures into the walls.

Day 6
Tadoba  – Nagpur

After our early morning game drive, we transfer by road to Nagpur (3 hours).

Upon arrival in Nagpur check in at the hotel rest of the day at leisure. Stay at Tuli Imperial (Deluxe)

Day 7
Nagpur – Kanha by surface 

After breakfast, we will drive to Kanha by road (approx 6 hours).

After check in to the hotel will go for afternoon game drive (by shared jeep).

Stay at Flame Of The Forest Safari Lodge (Cottage) - 3 Nights. Full Board.

A hideaway for nature enthusiasts with an extra inch of style. Nestling right next to the Banjar River the Lodge offers absolute privacy with a stunning view over the river and the Forest beyond.
The lodge is situated close to Khatia/Kisli Gate (entry point to the reserve) so that all our guests enjoy best access to various different areas of the reserve. We are therefore able to maximize chances of viewing wildlife and incredible flora and fauna visibility.

At the night, as you are watching the stars your ears will be able to pick up the calls of the nocturnal animals around the Lodge.

Considered as one of Asia’s finest protected areas the Kanha National Park is one of India’s national treasures. If you see the map of India, you place your finger right in the centre of the map and you will find Kanha National Park. It is located in the Maikal hills of the Satpura range in the Central Indian highlands and it rises from 450 to 950 m above sea level.

Kanha is located in the heart of India and this is reflected by the warm and joyful people of Kanha. The small white houses with the stunning blue, irregular painted layer is an eye catcher for every one. Every Wednesday afternoon there is the weekly local market, which provides a unique atmosphere perfect for photographers and for every one interested in a greater insight into the indigenous culture.

Kanha has a core zone of 940 square km and a buffer zone of 1009 square km. The core zone is divided in 5 parts: Kisli, Kanha, Mukki, Bhaisanghat and Supkhar. It is a mixed deciduous forest, which celebrates a different beauty in each season. This place is home to 22 species of mammals and 220 species of birds. These include: the famous Royal Bengal Tiger, Sloth Bear, Indian Wild Dogs, the elusive Leopards and the Hard Ground Barasingha found no where else but in Kanha.
The Sun is almost rising and already the kitchen is full of life. All hands are working together for the early Morning wake up call. In the dining hall the aromatic fragrance of fresh coffee and the famous Indian Chai are competing to fill the air.

Day 10 - 11 - 12
After morning safari and breakfast, we will transfer you from Kanha to Jabalpur to railway station (Approx 3 hours). You will be helped to board Train: Jabalpur  Pipariya (train Intercity Express 1610-/1832) and on arrival at Pipariya you will meet our representative and drive to Satpura by a private vehicle.
Stay at Reni Pani Lodge (Luxury Cottage)

Reni Pani Jungle Lodge is an exquisitely designed conservation and wildlife focused lodge located close to the Satpura National park and Tiger Reserve. It features 12 luxury cottages encompassing 3 distinct structural designs, a cosy central meeting place called the Gol Ghar & a jungle pool located along its seasonal nullah. It's spread over 30 acres of striking forest cover typical of the Satpuras’. The camp-site features exactly what a nature lover would want, magnificent trees, a sprawling meadow, a seasonal nullah, uneven yet beautiful topography & water holes that attract several species of birds & animals.

The Satpura Tiger Reserve is an amalgamation of the Satpura National Park, the Bori Wild Life Sanctuary & the Pachmarhi Sanctuary. This prime wildlife habitat is relatively unknown & is rightly believed to be one of India’s best kept secrets. Here, patrons can explore true wilderness without the crowds. The park offers a diverse & unique range of activities. Apart from Jeep, Elephant & Boat Safaris, Satpura is the only park of its kind in Central India that offers Walking Safaris, giving enthusiasts a ‘one of a kind’ opportunity to explore tiger country on foot. You are likely to sight Leopards, Sloth Bear, Indian Wild Dogs, hordes of Indian Gaur, Sambhar plus other herbivores found in Central India & if lucky the magnificent Tiger. Satpura is also the Northern most range of the Malabar Giant Squirrel. The sheer diversity of animals, the presence of several bird species, numerous species of endemic butterflies & the luxury of exploring this 1,500 square km expanse of classic Central Indian wildlife habitat in so many different ways make Satpura a wildlife enthusiast’s paradise.
Satpura Tiger Reserve, an amalgamation of Panchmari, Bori, and Madai Sanctuaries, is a unique and highly diverse biosphere reserve which is believed to be one of India’s best kept secrets. This thick, dry-deciduous forest is characterized by hilly backdrops, gorgeous water bodies and a rather stunning blend of dramatic landscapes. Its ageless teak trees, pockets of bamboo, deep gorges and ravines are all the makings of a terrain where the tiger still reigns supreme. Apart from tigers this expanse of dry deciduous forest covering an area over 1,500 square kilometres and is home to a number of species of animals. Leopards, Wild Dogs, Sloth Bear, Indian Gaur, Sambhar, Wild Boar, Cheetal and langoor are amongst the widely viewed animals here. The forest’s true wilderness and limited exposure to human pressure have enabled it to host some rare Indian fauna including the Hyena, the Flying Squirrel and the porcupine. This extraordinary bio-system, which was once an exclusive game reserve for British Officers, is an extremely rare example of true contemporary wilderness.
After morning safari and breakfast, we will transfer from Satpura to Bhopal to railway station (Approx 4 hours).

Train: Bhopal to Agra (train Bhopal Shtabdi 1500-2110 hrs)

On arrival at Agra you will meet our representative and drive to your hotel by a private vehicle.

Stay at ITC Mughal (Mughal Room)

Day 13 - 4
Agra 

Visit Taj Mahal at sunrise and back to the hotel

Post breakfast you will meet your guide and leave for rest of Agra sightseeing which includes Agra Fort and Baby Taj.

Visit Taj Mahal at Sunset

Stay at ITC Mughal (Mughal Room)
You will wake early today to visit the Taj at Sunrise

as the first streaks appear in the sky, to witness the magical effects caused by the reflections of the changing colours of the rising Sun on this brilliant white marble building.

Later visit Agra Fort and Baby Taj.

AGRA FORT is among the finest examples of the fusion architecture that dominated the Mughal period. Designed and built by the great Mughal ruler, Akbar, in about 1565 A.D, It was initially built as a military establishment but later on his successors made many additions to the main structure and converted half of the structure into a magnificent palace. This is where Emperor Shah Jahan was kept under house arrest by his third son Aurangzeb and spent the last year of his life viewing the Taj Mahal from across the river Yamuna.

TOMB OF ITMAD UD DAULA: Also known as the baby Taj, it is situated on the banks of river Yamuna. It houses the grave of Mirza Ghiyas Beg, the father Mughal Empress Noor Jahan- the wife of Emperor Jahangir. Built by Noor Jahan in 1628 AD, the Itmad Ud Daulah Tomb has many features that were later incorporated during the construction of the Taj Mahal. Interestingly, the carvings on this monument are said to be even better than that of the Taj.

Day 15 - 16
Agra – Jaipur

After breakfast drive from Agra to Jaipur 

(Distance: 232 Kilometers; Approximate Time: 05:00 Hours)

Stop & visit Fatehpur Sikri enroute

On arrival in Jaipur, our representative will meet you at your hotel to facilitate check in.

Stay at Samode Haveli (Deluxe)

Fatehpur Sikri is a fascinating ghost city built in the 16th century, 37 km from Agra.

It was built by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century; it is said in honor of the mystic Salim Chisti, who blessed him with a male heir. The remarkably preserved buildings, made mostly of red sandstone incorporating architectural styles from Akbar’s various Indian holdings, are a visual delight. Akbar ruled here only for 15 years, before moving his capital to Lahore and eventually to Agra.

Your day culminates  with a visit to the Taj at Sunset 

As the sun sets in the horizon, the silhouette of the Taj Mahal against the crimson sky presents a stunning photo opportunity.


After breakfast you have a full day sightseeing (Includes Amber Fort by Elephant, City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar Observatory)

Stay at Samode Haveli (Deluxe)
Located at a distance of 11 km from Jaipur,
Amber Fort is a magnificent structure perched on a hillock and symbolises the strength of the King. It was built by Raja Man Singh in 16th century. The Amber Fort is the best example of stunning layout that displays the perfect blend of Hindu and Muslim architectures. 

Built in red and white sandstone, the Amber Fort is an elaborate structure that has massive gardens along with elaborately built gateways, pavilions, temples, beautiful palaces, etc. One of the most exquisite creations in the Amber Fort is the Sheesh Mahal (palace of mirrors), its walls covered with tiny mirrors, becomes a dazzling fantasy with the light of a single match.
Hawa Mahal (Palace of winds) is a major landmark of Jaipur and offers a beautiful sight to behold. Hawa Mahal is a pyramid-shaped facade with five stories. It has 953 small windows decorated with tiny lattice work. These pink sandstone windows commonly known as "Jharokhas" are constructed in such a style, that it looks like a giant honeycomb. The air circulation through windows represents the marvellous touch of Mughal designing, which keeps the Palace always cool.

Jantar Mantar (The Observatory) is the largest stone observatory in the World and has a remarkable collection of architectural astronomical instruments. It was built by Maharaja Jai Singh between1727-1733. It is wholly constructed with stone and marble. The observatory has fourteen statistical instruments for measuring time, predicting eclipses and to ascertain other astronomical events.
City Palace: The beautiful palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during his reign. a treat of textiles, arms, carpets, paintings, manuscripts and elegant architecture. Two carved elephants in marble guard the entrance. The retainers whose families have served generations of rulers serve as guides. The palace houses a museum with a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armoury of Mughals and Rajputs including swords of different shapes and sizes with chased handles, some of them inlaid with enamel and embellished with jewels and encased in magnificent scabbards. The art gallery has an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit.

Day 17
Post breakfast drive from Jaipur to Delhi.

(Distance: 258 Kilometers; Approximate Time: 05:00 Hours)

Our representative will meet you at your hotel to facilitate check in.

Stay at Lemon Tree Premier Aerocity (Deluxe Room)  or head to the airport to catch a later flight home. 

Rates for this Safari
Price including flights from/to UK:
Flights from $750 pp guide only

Price excluding international flights:
2017 £3400 $0 pp
Book this safari
Safari Summary

Notes;

We will plan this safari around your preferred dates.
The itinerary can be adjusted to suit you exactly and so if it is to long or short or you would like to add some of the other Tiger Reserves just talk to us and we will tailor your safari exactly.

Your stay is arranged on Full Board Basis when on safari and Bed and breakfast when touring around the towns and historical areas, with you accompanying guide, giving you lots of flexibility.

Call Today to start planning