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Wildlife of Central India

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Get up close and personal with a wide range of wildlife on this 15-day journey through Central India. If you want to see tigers and leopards in their natural environment in the Satpura National Park in Madhya Pradesh, visit Bandhavgarh National Park, Kanha National Park, and Pench National Park. Explore the vast, untamed landscapes and protected habitats of central India. While staying at your rainforest lodge, take a 4x4 vehicle tour with a naturalist and a forest ranger. Diverse studies have been done in the area around these protected parks and reserves to find out how important they are to the environment and biodiversity of the area.
 
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Highlights
  • Explore Bandhavgarh, home to a variety of endemic wildlife
  • Ride in a safari 4x4 open jeep with a resident naturalist and forest guide
  • Visit scenic Kanha National Park, one of the largest tiger habitats
  • Experience game drive safari in Satpura National Park
Places Visited
  • Asia
  • India
  • New Delhi
  • Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge
  • Kanha Jungle Lodge
  • Kanha National Park
  • Madhya Pradesh
  • Pench Jungle Camp
  • Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Airport
  • Reni Pani Jungle Lodge
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Full Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive in Delhi, India

Delhi, the capital of India, is a city that offers a glimpse of both ancient and modern-day India. It is the third-largest city in India and one of the fastest-growing in Asia. This city is rich in culture, always changing with time but never hiding its splendid past. The various ancient ruins seen in the city are silent witnesses to its magnificent history.

Day 2: Fly Delhi to Jabalpur | Bandhavgarh National Park

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board the flight to Jabalpur. Upon arrival in Jabalpur, drive to Bandhavgarh (160 km/3 hrs drive). 

The Bandhavgarh National Park takes its name from the Bandhavgarh Fort, which is located on the top of the highest (800m) hill in this region. Bandhavgarh is home to more than 25 species of mammals, more than 250 species of birds, 80 types of butterflies, and several reptiles. Apart from the tiger, the mammals living in the Bandhavgarh include panthers, wolves, hyenas, wild dogs, gaur, cheetal, sambhar, barking deer, sloth bears, and many more. Bandhavgarh has always been an excellent tiger habitat and is known for the highest density of tigers in the world.

Day 3-4: Bandhavgarh National Park

  • Campsite
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
As soon as dawn breaks, leave for your Jungle Safari, accompanied by a resident naturalist and forest park guides in 4x 4 Jeeps. In the winter months, morning safaris require warm clothes and woolen caps, and gloves to keep you warm from the wind chill.
 

Day 5: Bandhavgarh | Kanha National Park

After morning Jungle Safari, continue your adventure in Kanha National Park. A 6-hour drive from Bandhavgarh.

Kanha National Park: Set on The Chhota Nagpur Plateau in Madhya Pradesh, Kanha provides breathtaking vistas of grassy plains and strands of sal forests. This 366 sq mile preserve saves two endangered species of Tiger and The Barasingha. One of the largest and most scenic National Parks in India, Kanha is an Ideal habitat for both tigers and their prey lushes of sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows, and ravines of Kanha shelter a significant population of rare species such as tigers, leopard, sloth bear, Barasingha, wild dog to name a few. 

Day 6-7: Kanha National Park

  • Campsite
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Spend the morning and lunch on safari in a 4x4 jeep accompanied by a resident naturalist and forest guide.

Stay with the family whose heritage dates back 3-generations in Tiger Conservation. Kailash Sankhala was the founder-director of Project Tiger, under which the inception of the Project Tiger Reserves in India took place. Their Grandchildren run and manage Kanha Jungle Lodge and own the travel company you are traveling to within India. Have a first-hand opportunity to interact with them and spend an evening watching the Award-winning documentary TIGERLAND. Made by Discovery Channel and premiered at Sundance Film Festival, the film focus on two passionate people trying to save the Tiger. One of them is Kailash Sankhala.

Day 8: Kanha | Pench National Park

After the morning safari, be ready for a (240 km/ 4 – 5 hr drive)drive to Pench National Park.

The Satpura-Maikal region is consists of seven tiger reserves and five corridors stretching through three states (Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Chhattisgarh) of central India. The area is one of the country’s strongholds of wildlife protection and natural resource-based livelihoods. Within this large region sits the Kanha-Pench landscape, which includes the Kanha and Pench Tiger Reserves and the forested land between the  Mandla, Balaghat, and Seoni districts in Madhya Pradesh. The Kanha-Pench landscape has been the focus of extensive and diverse research conducted in the region. It has active government support to establish the region as a wildlife corridor, making it an ideal case study for other areas in the Satpura Maikal region and throughout India.

Day 9-10: Pench National Park

  • Campsite
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Pench National Park is located in the Central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh and is the 19th Project Tiger Reserve. It has been one of the best-kept secrets among wildlife enthusiasts who have been acquainted with and by its immensely varied flora and fauna. No wonder the area provides a backdrop for its animal character dominated by a fairly open canopy of mixed forest, predominantly teak, and with open grassy patches. The park and its undulating land boast the highest density of herbivores in any Indian park. It has a large diversity of wildlife, including Leopard, Tiger, Jungle Cat, Dhole (Wild Dog), Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Mongoose, Gaur, Cheetal (Spotted Deer), and Sambar. Upon arrival, check in to Pench Jungle Camp. 

Day 11: Pench | Satpura National Park

After the morning jungle safari, drive to Satpura for a 220 km/ 5hrs drive.

Satpura National Park is located in the south Hoshangabad district in Madhya Pradesh. 524 Sqkm Park is the core area of the Panchmarchi Biosphere Reserve that includes Bori wildlife sanctuary to its south-west and Panchmarhi wildlife sanctuary to its north-east. The park has an elevation of 320-1,352m with tall sandstone mountains, narrow gorges, ravines, waterfalls, streams, and dense forests near the Mahadev hills in the Pachmarhi plateau. The area boasts two unique species of tree – the sal and the teak besides wide varieties of ferns, mango trees, butterflies, and birds. 

Day 12-13: Satpura National Park

  • Campsite
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Indulge yourself with morning and afternoon game drives, walking safari, Boat Safari, and bushwalk around the camp and village.

Jeep Safaris: This is the best way to explore large areas looking for wildlife.

Boat Safaris: The Park offers exploring the areas along the river by using boats. Again one has the option of using either a canoe or a motorboat. Boat safaris are excellent if one wants to get close to aquatic birds or even crocodiles. 

Walking Safari: Exploring the forest on foot is an interesting experience, especially if you have a highly skilled naturalist that could bring alive the lesser fauna such as geckos, butterflies, frogs, and birds that one sometimes misses during other safaris.

Day 14: Satpura | Fly Bhopal to Delhi

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Enjoy your last day in the park in a morning Jeep/Walk/Boat safari. After lunch, drive to Bhopal airport (120 km/ 3-3 ½ hrs) to board the flight for Delhi.

Day 15: Delhi, India | Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
After your morning breakfast, transfer to the international airport to board the flight for home/onward Journey.

Accommodations

Kanha Jungle Lodge

Kanha Jungle Lodge
Kanha Jungle Lodge
Kanha Jungle Lodge

Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge

Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge
Hotel Guest
Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge

Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Airport

Hotel Lobby
Hotel Bar Lounge
Hotel Swimming Pool Area

Reni Pani Jungle Lodge

Reni Pani Jungle Lodge
Reni Pani Jungle Lodge
Reni Pani Jungle Lodge

Pench Jungle Camp

Pench Jungle Camp
Pench Jungle Camp
Pench Jungle Camp

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Included
  • 14 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 12 Dinners
  • 14 Nights Accommodations
  • 10 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Mandatory Government Service Tax.
  • Shared Jeep safari at Kanha & Bandhavgarh National Parks by 4X4 Open jeep inclusive of the entry fee to park, resident naturalist services, and local onsite naturalist.
  • Shared Safari at Satpura National Park
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Internal and International Airfare
  • Electronic Visa upon Entry
  • Personal Expenses (such as laundry, telephone, tipping, etc.)

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