12 days from £2697pp 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The morning is for you to simply enjoy being at Chambal. In the afternoon you are driven to Agra railway station, a journey of around 90 minutes. Here you board the overnight Gondwana Express train to Katni.
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 three 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.
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.
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.
After breakfast, transfer by road to Katni for the train to Pipariya, arriving in the early evening. You will be driven to your lodge in Satpura which is approximately a one hour ride.
Breakfast & dinner.
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.
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.
Enjoy a choice of jungle activities this morning before departing the lodge for Bhopal airport, a drive of some four hours and the evening flight to Mumbai. On arrival you will be transferred to the international airport for your onward flight connection.
Guide price from (pp sharing): £2697 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: 2019/20 prices based on 2 sharing excluding flights: Up to Mar 2019 from £2884. 01 Apr - 30 Sep 2019 from 2697. 1 Oct 2019 - 30 Apr 2020 from £3454.
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.
International flights; departure taxes; travel insurance; meals not specified; camera fees; items of a personal nature; tips.
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.
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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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Time: GMT +5 hours
Flight time: Flight time from London to Delhi is 8 hours 30 minutes and to Mumbai is about 8 hours.
Language: The official language is Hindi, which about 30% of the population speaks. English is very widely spoken and is used for official and commercial purposes.
Visas: Required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.
Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations.