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Tiger & Taj

12 days from £2495pp plus international flights.

Do you want the chance to see tigers in the wild, as well as other incredible Indian wildlife, but also to include seeing the iconic Taj Mahal?  Well, you might just have found your perfect holiday!

We will take you to one of the very best Indian parks, Bandhavgarh, for two and a half days. This will give you a high chance of seeing tigers. Tribes director, Guy Marks, checked out all the main tiger parks and Bandhavgarh and Kanha came out very strongly. But of course it is not just tigers, you will see a wide range of mammals, reptiles and primates plus many varieties of birds. 

In Chambal you'll enjoy a gentle cruise along the river. This is a rich ecosystem where we hope to show you the endangered gharial, marsh mugger crocodiles, and the gorgeous Gangetic river dolphin.

Satpura National Park has more limited development and fewer visitors so it retains a more intimate atmosphere. Here you'll have the opportunity to explore on foot with your expert naturalist guide, take a guided canoe trip or maybe go horse riding.

After this surfeit of excellent wildlife viewing, we take you on a tour of the bustling capital, Delhi, and an unforgettable sunrise visit to the magnificent Taj Mahal. 

A trip so rich in both wildlife and culture is one that we are sure will live long in your memory.   
Itinerary
Delhi

DAY 1: ARRIVE IN DELHI

Arrive at Delhi airport, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free for you to relax after your journey.
Delhi

DAY 2: DELHI TOUR, ON TO AGRA

You have a guided tour of Delhi this morning before being driven to Agra, a journey of about 3 hours. On arrival you check in to your hotel. If time permits you will visit the Taj Mahal at sunset. It is a lovely time to see this phenomenal building.
Breakfast.
Taj Mahal

DAY 3: TAJ MAHAL & AGRA

Rise early to visit the beautiful Taj Mahal at sunrise. Watch as the light changes and enjoy the this famous site before the main crowds arrive. Return to your hotel for breakfast, followed by a tour of Agra Fort and the Baby Taj. In the afternoon you will be driven to Chambal, about 90 minutes.
Breakfast.
Chambal river

DAY 4: CHAMBAL SAFARI LODGE

Enjoy a safari on the Chambal River this morning. This is one of the last surviving refuges for the critically endangered gharial and is also one of the best places in India to see the rare Gangetic River Dolphin. The banks of the river are home to many resident and migratory birds. You may also see turtles and marsh mugger crocodiles. The afternoon is free.
Breakfast.
Train trip in India

DAY 5: CHAMBAL & OVERNIGHT TRAIN FROM AGRA

The morning is for you to simply enjoy being at Chambal - plans, just soak it up. 
In the afternoon you visit the ancient Bateshwar Temples on the banks of the Yamuna River, about 30 minutes from Chambal, before continuing on to Agra (a further hour or so). Here you board the overnight Gondwana Express train to Katni.
Breakfast.
Bandhavgarh

DAY 6: BANDHAVGARH

Your train is scheduled to reach Katni early in the morning. We will meet you at the station and transferred to your hotel at Bandhavgarh, about a 3 hour drive. 
After lunch, enjoy an exciting game drive in the national park. This is your first opportunity to look for tigers as well as the wealth of other wildlife for which the park is known. Return to your hotel in time for dinner.
Full board.
Spotted deer, Bandhavgarh

DAY 7: BANDHAVGARH

Today you have morning and afternoon game drives. As well as the famous tigers, Bandhavgarh has a wide range of other mammal species such as sambar deer, chital (spotted deer), muntjac and the four-horned antelope. Nilgai (blue bull), the largest Asian antelope, and chinkara (the Indian gazelle) can be sighted in the open grasslands and, if lucky, you may even spot a leopard.
Full board.
Tiger, Bandhavgarh

DAY 8: BANDHAVGARH

A second day of game drives in Bandhavgarh​. As well as the animal life, the park teems with both migratory and resident bird species including the fast vanishing vultures in India - the white back, long billed, king and the Egyptian.
If you haven't done it by now, perhaps you will be able to take part in what is known as a 'tiger show' where you go on elephant-back to see tigers. 
Full board.
Satpura at sunset

DAY 9: ROAD & TRAIN TO SATPURA NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, transfer by road to Katni for the train to Pipariya, arriving in the early evening. You will be driven to your hotel in Satpura which is approximately a 1 hour ride.
Breakfast & dinner.
Bee-eater, Satpura

DAY 10: SATPURA NATIONAL PARK

You have morning and afternoon activities in ​Satpura National Park, which might include guided walks as well as game drives. This is a great place to experience Indian wildlife in a relatively small, wild setting. There are big cats and sloth bears and this is also a good place for seeing leopards, wild dogs and jackals. The birding in the national park and the surrounding area is also excellent.
Full board.
Wildlife in Satpura

DAY 11: SATPURA NATIONAL PARK

Another day of jungle activities in the park led by a naturalist guide. There are also several hides inside the national park and a treetop viewing platform inside the lodge grounds, a great place for birdwatching. The variety of activities within Satpura National Park is unique within Indian parks, with guided canoeing, kayaking and horse riding also available.
Full board.
Wild dog in Satpura

DAY 12: SATPURA, FLIGHT TO MUMBAI & DEPART

Enjoy a choice of jungle activities this morning before departing the lodge for Bhopal airport, a drive of some 4 hours and the evening flight to Mumbai. On arrival you will be transferred to the international airport for your onward flight connection.
Breakfast.
Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £2495 (ex. international flights)

Includes: All accommodation on twin share basis; meals as specified; all transfers, sightseeing and excursions in an exclusive chauffeur driven air-conditioned vehicle; train from Agra to Katni and from Katni to Pipariya; flight from Bhopal to Mumbai; services of an English-speaking guide for sightseeing; entrance fees at sites.

Excludes: International flights; departure taxes; travel insurance; meals not specified; camera fees; items of a personal nature; tips.

Getting there: This tour starts in Delhi and ends in Mumbai. International return flights from the UK will cost around £600 per person, depending on the season and availability.

Departure dates: Since this is a private tailor made holiday we can arrange this for you at any time of the year that it is feasible. Note that the parks close from about June to September.

places you will see

places you will see

Agra & the Taj Mahal
Agra & the Taj Mahal
Agra is a medieval city on the banks of the Yamuna River. The famous monuments of the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort are both here. The Taj Mahal is one of the most famous buildings in the world. It is the crowning glory of Mughal architecture in India. Not to be missed!
Chambal Sanctuary
Chambal Sanctuary
The National Chambal Sanctuary encompasses a stretch of the Chambal River 250 miles long from the barrage at Kota to its confluence with the Yamuta near Agra and is up to 4 miles long. It is home to the endangered Gharial Crocodile and Gangetic River Dolphin, as well as many species of reptiles and birds.
Delhi
Delhi
Delhi is India's vibrant capital city. It is a busy, noisy, crowded city filled with modern urban sprawl shooting up around its ancient sites. Although Old Delhi fits the stereotype of narrow alleyways that are almost impossible to negotiate by car, New Delhi was laid out with wide tree-lined streets, and can be surprisingly green and peaceful. 
Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh National Park is one of India's hidden natural treasures. It is remote and difficult to get to, but definitely worth the long journey. There is a good chance of seeing a tiger here, and that is just one of the highlights of this excellent park.
Satpura National Park
Satpura National Park
Satpura National Park is one of the quietest of the national parks in Central India, and the only park which encourages walking safaris within the core zone. Although not the best spot for seeing tigers, the park is rich in wildlife, and a visit here gives a chance to see the wildlife of India at a much more intimate scale.
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How this holiday helps

This holiday does what it says on the tin. We take you to see the highlight of the Taj Mahal plus give you a tour of Delhi, but then you’ll have time to explore India’s wildlife and nature in three wonderful parks. Chambal is a little-known yet gorgeous small river sanctuary, Satpura is a lovely reserve with good wildlife and excellent chances for walking (unusual in India), and Bandhavgarh is of course famous for its wildlife including tigers too. Two lodges particularly stand out on this trip as really making a difference to their local environments.

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