Nature Safari India

Land of the Tiger

Duration: 11 Nights / 12 Days
Destinations: Mumbai – Nagpur – Pench - Kanha – Bandhavgarh- Khajuraho - New Delhi – Fly Back home

Day 1 : Arrival Mumbai
Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel. When you arrive at the airport in Mumbai you will be received by the representatives of Nature Safari who will then take you to the Hotel. Overnight stay in Mumbai.

Day 2 : Mumbai
Full day city tour of Mumbai. Overnight stay in Mumbai

This City tour would actually help you to know that Cosmopolitan City still has heart in the same place. Though the journey from Bombay to Mumbai was the breathtakingly long. But its hard working people have kept only one thing in mind….. GROWTH. This city is Culturally diverse and important for nation’s financial success. Mumbai belongs to Konkan Division which is one of the seven divisions in State of Maharashtra. Mumbai is group of islands on the west coast of India. History notes that this group of islands belonged to Fishermen and group of Buddhist monks established an outpost during the Magadh empire. These group of islands have been reclaimed over the last two centuries and called Mumbai. Mumbai got its name from Mumbadevi. The Mumba Devi patrons were salt collectors and fisher folks who originally belonged to these islands. Mumbai has a deep natural harbor, which handles more than half of India's passenger traffic and a large amount of cargo. The city which never sleeps, and its patrons cannot be limited to any time frame other than 24 x 7. Once you are in Mumbai you can’t stay aloof from its innate active nature. It has attractive shopping arcades, exciting sport activities, night clubs, discotheques, theaters, music, restaurants and offer picturesque sights. Mumbai is home to world famous Hindi Film Industry known as Bollywood, which is one of the biggest entertainment industries in the world. The street side foods like Pani puri, Bhel Puri and Vada Pao are must haves. So next time you are here you are sure to run into Bollywood personality eating your own portion of Vada Pao.

Day 3 : Mumbai – Nagpur- Pench (Flight + 100/2)
Early Morning transfer to domestic airport to board a flight to Nagpur at 0650 hrs. Meetings and assistance on arrival Nagpur at 0810 hrs and drive to Pench National Park 100 kms 2 hrs drive. Lunch at Resort and afternoon game drive to the national Park. Dinner and overnight at Pench Jungle Lodge

Day 4-5 : Pench
Breakfast and lunch at Pench Jungle Camp. Morning and afternoon Jeep safari to the National park

Finally the wait is over. After loathing, Concrete jungles are behind us. You would realize this the moment you are out of the Nagpur airport. The closer you would reach to Pench, more relaxed you would get. That’s what jungles do to you. Mother nature welcomes you with open arms and without conditions. This park is located between four different Mountain Ranges - Aravali, Vindhyanchal, Satpura and Maikal. The tracks are smoother, the trees are thicker with dense undergrowth, perhaps one reason why the herbivore population here is larger in size compared to Kanha and Bandhavgarh. The skies are home to eagles and their distinctive calls. And then there are pauses of silence in the jungle. Don’t get consumed in this silence with your mind talking to yourself – an opportunity your mind doesn’t get often in your cities. Focus on the ground or jungle games so that you and your camera have not left anything to imagination. Try to see with Kipling’s eye and you might see Baloo and Mowgli singing “Song of Bare Neccessities”. And King khan is there behind the tall grass to spoil their party. You will experience this and much more with the backdrop of luxurious accommodation, friendly service and delectable cuisine in adventurous settings. Spend the night in Pench Jungle Camp and let the night sounds of jungle intrigue you with its offerings.

Day 6 : Pench - Kanha (210/5)
Morning after game drive transfer to Kanha Natioanl Park 210 kms / 4 hrs drive. On arrival, check into Chitvan Jungle Lodge. The stay here comes with the guarantee of Relaxed evenings and Home cooked Dinner.

Day 7 : Kanha
Breakfast and lunch at Chitvan Jungle Lodge. Morning and afternoon Jeep safari to the National park

Kanha is the largest National Park in India. This is original Kipling country of which he wrote so vividly in his Jungle Book. The same abundance of wild life species exists today in Kanha National Park, as it must have when Kipling roamed in these parts of jungle. The beginning of your safari before sunrise… You wonder at the Hunting Song of the Seonee wolf Pack written by Kipling in his book

“As the dawn was breaking the sambhar belled….. Once, Twice and again!!….. And a doe leaped up, and a doe leaped up….. From the pond in the wood where the wild deer sup……This I, Scouting alone, beheld, Once, twice and again.

Get ready for action which starts at the Mukki Gate of Kanha. This entry is just 1.5 miles away from the Hotel. And in this stretch you would see Langoors, Water Streams, Tribal Houses and if you are really lucky then you can even meet Tiger and Leopard. Their presence is also not unheard of in this part of jungle. That is some action isn’t it.

Dinner and overnight at Chitvan Jungle Lodge

Day 8-9 : Kanha
Breakfast and lunch at Chitvan Jungle Lodge. Morning and afternoon Jeep safari to the National park.

The Kanha National Park, stretching over 940 sq km, the vegetation, chiefly made of sal and bamboo forests, grasslands and streams, this park is the sole habitat of the rare hardground barasingha. The Particular species of Barasingha was on verge of extinction and hence it is considered as achievement for Indian forest authorities.

The western half belongs to Banjar Valley and Eastern half is made of Halon Valley. You can hear the stories of the tigers and Deers which are almost centuries old. The naturalists and drives are master story tellers of the jungle. It was year 1955, Kanha National Park came into being. Since then Conservation programs are quite active in this forest. Therefore it is here you feel that this forest is still untouched and has lot to offer in terms of flora, fauna and other vegetations. You would realize this when you would see the jungle chicken and fowl moving around completely unmindful of your presence. It is one of the well-maintained National Parks in Asia, and a major attraction for avid wildlife buffs all over the world.

Kanha boasts of unending list of mammals. Some species have found here are large cattle Gaur, Sambar- Largest Indian deer, Only four-horned antelope – Chausinga, Flying Squirrel - Petaurista philippensis (Elliot) which is quite nocturnal in nature. Other frequent visitors include the Nilgai antelope, the sloth bear, the dhole - Indian wild dog, and an occasional panther. Some 200 species of birds inhabit the park, that include the cattle egret, black ibis, hawk eagle, and the red-wattled lapwing.

Kanha has object of desire for Historians also. Shravantal is an old, water body in the central Kanha meadows, which is related to Epic of Ramayana. As per the tale – Shravan was passing through this forest enroute pilgrimage with his parents. They stopped at this water body for quenching their thirst. King Dashrath was hunting nearby and heard the sound of the Shravan’s Pitcher. Dashrath was expert in sound shooting and could shoot impeccably without looking at the subject. He mistakenly took Shravan for a deer and killed him. When he realized his mistake he went to Shravan’s parents with water and they died on the spot when they came to know that Dashrath killed their son. As per legend there is “Shravan Chita” where dead-body of Shravan was cremated. Similarly, there is place called “Dashratha Machaan” from which King Dashratha shot down Shravan mistaking him for a deer.

Evening bar be que dinner followed by Tribal Dance. Overnight at Chitvan Jungle Lodge

Day 10 : Kanha - Bandhavgarh (250/6)
Morning game drive, after breakfast depart for Bandhavgarh, 250kms, 6 hours drive, Evening relax and overnight at Tiger Den Resort

Day 11 : Bandhavgarh
Morning and afternoon game drives, meals and overnight Jungle Lodge

Humayuns Tomb, Delhi Tourism Bandhavgarh Saving the best for the North. Bandhavgarh national Park lies in the North Eastern border of Madhya Pradesh and northern edges of the Satpura Mountain Ranges. This park contains 32 hills and a Natural fort in the centre. Fresh Air of Mountain and blissful aroma of Sai, Dhobin, Saja and Sal trees. Add open jeep in the early morning mist following the yellow and black stripes as the early rays of sun trying to show the way.

Such is the experience at the Bandhavgarh National park. One of the Permanent address of the Royal Bengal tiger.

The national park is mainly known for its tiger population. This is the place where famous White Tigers of Rewa were discoveredThe White tigers were found in state of Rewa and last white tiger Mohun is now stuffed and on display in the Palace of Maharaja of Rewa. . The other wild attractions in the park include Nilgai, Chausingha, Chital, Chinkara, Wild Boar, a Fox and a Jackal. The reptile population in the park includes cobras, karaits, vipers, ratsnakes, pythons, lizards and turtles. The two primate species - the rhesus macaque and the Hanuman langur - inhabit the Bandhavgarh Park

Day 12 : Bandhavgarh
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge. Morning & Evening Jeep drive in the park. Overnight In Bandhavgarh.

If Historians love to eat the stories and folktales then Bandhavgarh has to be their main course. Bandhavgarh has been a center of human activity and settlement for over 2000 years. There are references of Bandhavgarh in the ancient books like the Narad-Panch Ratra and the Shiva Purana. Legend has it that Lord Rama, hero of the Hindu epic, the Ramayana, stopped at Bandhavgarh on his way back to his homeland after defeating the demon King Ravana of Lanka. Nala the architect – par excellence, who had engineered a bridge between the isles of Lanka and the mainland, are said to have built Bandhavgarh's fort. Later Rama handed it over this fort to his brother Lakshmana who became known as Bandhavdhish "The Lord of the Fort". Lakshmana is the particular God of the fort and is regularly worshipped in a temple there.

The oldest sign of habitation in the park are caves dug into the sandstone to the north of the fort. Several contain Brahmi inscriptions dating from the 1st century B.C. Various dynasties have ruled the fort – Maghas, Vakatakas, Chandelas and the Baghels. The Baghel Kings, the direct ancestors of the present Royal family of Rewa, established their dynasty at Bandhavgarh in the 12th century. It remained their capital till 1617 and then it moved to Rewa, 75 miles (120Kms) to the north. Without royal patronage Bandhavgarh became more and more deserted royal hunting reserve. This helped to preserve the forest and its wildlife, although the Maharajas made full use of their rights.

At independence Bandhavgarh remained the private property of the Maharaja until he gave it to the state for the formation of the National Park in 1968. After the park was created poaching was brought under control and the number of animals rose dramatically. Small dams and water holes were built to solve the problem of water shortage. Grazing by local cattle was stopped and the village within the park boundaries was relocated. The Tigers in particular prospered and the 1986 extension provided much needed forest to accommodate them.

Bandhavgarh is justifiably famous for its Tigers, but it has a wide range of other game. The undergrowth is not as dense as in some northern terai forests, but the best time to see the park inhabitants is still the summer months when water becomes more scarce and the undergrowth dies back

Day 13 : Bandhavgarh – Khajuraho-Delhi (280/6)
Morning after breakfast drive to Khajuraho airport top board a flight to New Delhi at 1400 hrs. Arrive New Delhi at 1600 hrs and transfer to hotel. Overnight in New Delhi

Day 14 : New Delhi
Morning: A Visit to old Delhi and Cycle Rickshaw ride are synonymous and must do things when visiting Delhi. The heart of Delhi which beats with hustle and bustle of people at work. You would realize that work is worship in this part of the world. So many people engrossed and unmindful of your presence. However you would get their glimpses of churning butter, chopping fresh vegetables and hand grounding of Indian Spices. If you are lucky you can see the rotis – Indian Bread, expertly being made on Chulha.

Enjoy the pleasure of getting lost and confused in the narrow lanes of old Delhi. You would Visit the Old City of Delhi to see the historic Red Fort and the Jama Masjid (from outside) India’s largest mosque. Walk through the small by-lanes will be most fascinating. Return to the hotel for lunch or eat at an interesting restaurant in town

Afternoon: Visit New Delhi, seeing the Qutab Minar, a tower of victory built in the 12th century and India Gate - the war memorial. Enjoy the Lutyen’s Delhi and Drive past the Rashtrapathi Bhawan, the residence of the President of India, the houses of Parliament and the Government Secretariat buildings

Overnight at New Delhi

Day 15 : New Delhi to fly back home
Morning after breakfast transfer to airport to board a flight back home

Note: The driving hours given above from one city to another are based on the normal conditions of the roads. Any break for Food / Tea / Toilets / Sightseeing on the way will take extra time than the above given hours.

 

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