Summary

Travel Style: ,
Destinations: Asia
  • 15 Days From
    R 33000
  • Trip code: WIW
  • Activity: Wildlife Holidays, Safaris, Tigers
  • Min age: 16
  • Group size: 4 - 16
Leisurely

A comprehensive wildlife tour of India’s best tiger parks

Bengal tigers are a highly seductive class-A predator; they are also desperately endangered. Seeing one in the wild is intoxicating, that is why this comprehensive safari visits three of the best parks in India for this striped cat. There are many other animals to enjoy, but tigers remain top of the agenda throughout this itinerary. Pench, Kanha and Bandhavgarh National Parks are teeming with a variety of wildlife and all have something different to offer. All are ideal for viewing both predator and prey, and with fifteen game drives included the chances of seeing the magnificent Bengal tiger are greatly increased.

Key information
  • 13 nights hotels, 1 night air-conditioned sleeper train
  • Travel by 4WD, air-conditioned bus and train
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
Activities
  • 13 nights hotels, 1 night air-conditioned sleeper train
  • Travel by 4WD, air-conditioned bus and train
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs

Highlights

* In-depth wildlife tour * Fifteen game drives with jeeps exclusive to Exodus guests * Visit the magnificent Taj Mahal

Dates & Pricing

 
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02 Feb 2019
16 Feb 2019
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R 33000
 
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16 Feb 2019
02 Mar 2019
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02 Mar 2019
16 Mar 2019
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16 Mar 2019
30 Mar 2019
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06 Apr 2019
20 Apr 2019
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R 33000
 
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13 Apr 2019
27 Apr 2019
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R 33000
 
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12 Oct 2019
26 Oct 2019
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R 33300
 
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27 Oct 2019
10 Nov 2019
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02 Nov 2019
16 Nov 2019
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09 Nov 2019
23 Nov 2019
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R 33300
 
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16 Nov 2019
30 Nov 2019
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R 33300
 
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21 Dec 2019
04 Jan 2020
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R 34300
 
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01 Feb 2020
15 Feb 2020
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15 Feb 2020
29 Feb 2020
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29 Feb 2020
14 Mar 2020
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R 34300
 
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14 Mar 2020
28 Mar 2020
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R 34300
 
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28 Mar 2020
11 Apr 2020
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R 34300
 
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04 Apr 2020
18 Apr 2020
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R 34300
 
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11 Apr 2020
25 Apr 2020
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R 34300
 
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10 Oct 2020
24 Oct 2020
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R 35200
 
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24 Oct 2020
07 Nov 2020
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R 35200
 
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07 Nov 2020
21 Nov 2020
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R 35200
 
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14 Nov 2020
28 Nov 2020
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21 Nov 2020
05 Dec 2020
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R 35200
 
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19 Dec 2020
02 Jan 2021
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R 35700

Full Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 Land Only

Start Nagpur; transfer to Pench.

Those who are on the group flights will land in Nagpur in the afternoon. Those not on the group flights will need to be at Nagpur Airport by 16.00 in order to meet the group prior to the onward transfer. In the late afternoon your journey really starts, as we drive to Pench National Park, a journey of approximately 3 hours. *Standard Hotel*

Day 2-3

Four game drives over two days in Pench N.P.

Today we head back into the park for two more game drives in search of tigers, we return to the hotel for lunch. *Standard Hotel*

Day 4

Transfer to Kanha.

We depart in the morning and drive to Kanha National Park. Although the distance is not far, the poor road conditions mean that the journey will take approximately 4 hours. *Standard Hotel*

Day 5-7

Five game drives over three days in Kanha N.P.

Created in 1974 and often described as India’s greatest wildlife reserve, Kanha is vast. Covering approximately 1,945 sq. km of undulating terrain, the elevation ranges from 450m to 900m with expansive grasslands, plateaus and dramatic rocky escarpments providing a home to literally hundreds of species of wildlife. The tiger population has been affected by poaching in recent years but the huge abundance of animals make the game drives a memorable experience. Kanha is an Indian wildlife park of the imagination whose atmosphere and apparently endless landscape can rightly be described as Kiplingesque. The park signifies the start of India’s attempt to protect the tiger and was the site of the first ever scientific study by the zoologist George Shaller. Nowadays the park is seen throughout India as a model for excellent wildlife management. During our time in Kanha we include 5 game drives in the itinerary. *Standard Hotel*

Day 8

Transfer to Bandhavgarh.

We leave Kanha National Park after breakfast and drive to Bandhavgarh, stopping en route for refreshments. This journey will take approximately 6 – 7 hours. On arrival, the remainder of the day and evening are at leisure. *Standard Hotel*

Day 9-11

Six game drives over three days in Bandhavgarh N.P.

At only 437 sq. km. Bandhavgarh is one of the smaller National Parks and enjoys an impressive setting with a stunning cliff-top fort overlooking grasslands, birch forests and bamboo that provide cover for the plentiful indigenous wildlife. In common with many other parks, Bandhavgarh is home to a wide variety of game including leopard, sloth bear, gaur, sambar, chital, jungle cat, wild pig and of course tiger. The healthy population of approximately 60-70 animals means that this park has the highest tiger density of any of India’s reserves. Aside from the game and the tigers, the park also plays host to up to 150 species of birds including many on the migratory trail, such as the Steepe eagle. During our stay in this beautiful rugged national park the itinerary includes 6 games drives. We will also visit the Exodus Bandhavgarh School Project during our stay. *Standard Hotel*

Day 12

Drive to Katni; overnight train to Agra.

This morning we drive to Katni Railway Station; this drive is approximately 3 hours. We will stop for refreshments, conveniences and any photo opportunities along the way. This evening we will catch the overnight train to Agra. *Overnight Sleeper Train*

Day 13

Arrive Agra; afternoon visit Agra Fort; sunset at the Taj Mahal.

Arriving in Agra in the morning we transfer to our hotel. Of course, no stay in Agra would be complete without a visit to the beautiful white marble Taj Mahal, built by the Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631. The Taj is serenely beautiful and never fails to amaze a first time visitor; the white marble exterior changes colour according to the position of the sun during the day and is matched by the rich interior detail. Within striking distance is the imposing Red Fort of Akbar, third of the Moghul Emperors, whose mighty sandstone walls enclose the beautiful white marble Pearl Mosque and the palaces, halls, courtyards and fountains of his sons and successors, Jehangir and Shah Jahan. It is here that the latter spent his last years, imprisoned by his own son Aurangzeb. *Standard Hotel*

Day 14

Drive to Delhi; free afternoon.

After breakfast we will leave for Delhi. En route we will stop for lunch, and we will arrive at our hotel in the afternoon. You are then free to relax, explore the sites of New and Old Delhi (an optional sightseeing trip will be organised if you wish) or you can do some last minute shopping! *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 15

End Delhi.

Those on the flight inclusive package will depart for London this morning for the daytime flight back to London; Land Only arrangements will finish after check-out from the hotel. **

Included

* All breakfasts and 11 dinners included * All accommodation * Transfer for group flights

Food

Breakfast and 11 dinners are included.

You should allow around £3 (US$5) per day for lunch and £10 (US$15) for dinner (when not included). You can eat out very cheaply in India, but if you go to the more expensive restaurants, you will spend more than the suggested amount. In Agra and Delhi there is a good choice of restaurants and a choice between Indian and Western style food. If you are a vegetarian India is probably one of the best destinations to travel to with a wide range of dishes on offer; whilst at the national parks there are usually some non spicy curries but these are in limited supply. Tea and soft drinks are very cheap. A (large!) bottle of beer is approximately £3 (US$5). Mineral water is widely available. Please note that service in restaurants can be quite slow.

Trip Notes

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Reviews

Absolutely Amazing.

This trip from start to finish was just absolutely amazing.

Rating 5
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • The first time we saw a tiger. What an unbelievably beautiful moment that nwas. The first tiger we saw on this trip was in Kanha (we saw 2 cubs in the ndistance in Pench but they were spotty little blurs) was a male tiger named nChota Munna. Another jeep had seen him cross the road and pass into the nforest when we arrived. We just saw the bushes move and thought we had missed nour chance. After 20 minutes or so of alarm calls and driving around the area nhe was believed to be moving, there he was, all of a sudden, strolling nthrough the clearing and then crossing the road in front of us and continuing ndown the road for a good 5 minutes or more. That just blew my mind. To see nthis amazing animal walking through his home in all his glory was nmagnificent. We were to be blessed twice more in Kanha. Once more that day as nwe were leaving the lunch area a female tigress Choti Mada was walking down nthe road, we were one of only 3 jeeps to have been lucky to see her. On our nlast morning drive in Kanha, we had what our tour leader Vijay described as a nonce a year sighting. We heard alarm calls, and then there she was the nbeautiful Dhwajhandi (daughter of Choti Mada), she crossed the road, scenting nas she went and passed into the grassland, we sat and waited for quite some ntime and were super lucky in this time to also see a Sloth Bear bounding nacross the grassland, after the bear passed we sat and waited on the other nside of the grassland, listening to her roar, most jeeps gave up and left, nbut we insisted on waiting, we knew she was there. And then, alarm calls, the nremaining jeeps all started their engines and we went further up the ngrassland road to where the deer were now running and calling, and then she nwas there, strolling through the grassland and past the deer. She walked nacross the road near our jeep, stopped for a bit, then continued at this npoint she was behind us and we got to watch her and she sauntered down the nroad, scenting as she went, rubbing herself on a tree and then eventually ngoing back in to the forest. This whole experience lasted over 2 hours. We nwere so incredibly blessed to have witnessed this amazing sighting. I will nforever be grateful for this trip. We also saw 3 more tigers when we were in nBandhavgarh, Spotty, Solo and Tara. All female tigress. We were lucky to see nTara twice. In all we saw 8 tigers if you include the cub blobs, 2 sloth bear nand so many deer, birds, monkeys etc. It really was the trip of a lifetime. I nwon't be coming down off that high for sometime.

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • Oh Vijay was just truly wonderful. He is the best group leader I have ever nhad. He was so knowledgeable, passionate and committed. Every time we saw a ntiger, it blew him away too, which was really touching. We were lucky to only nhave a group of 7, but he just did a marvelous job. I would 100% do another ntour in India if Vijay was the leader. His passion for wildlife and knowledge nof birds was phenomenal. He is a complete asset to your company.

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • Pack thermals. It's only cold in the morning game drives, but you will need nit, that and also some sort of windproof jacket. They give you blankets, but ndon't rely on them. You will need something else to keep you warm in the nearly mornings.nnAnother thing you should 100% pack is something to cover you nose & mouth as nthe dust is pretty crazy.

Saw a Tiger

Great trip for wildlife lovers which gives you the best opportunity to see a nTiger.nVisiting 3 National Parks allows you to see a variety of landscapes, the full nrange of Indian bird and wildlife.

Rating 4
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • We all saw lots of evidence of Tigers including paw prints and alarm calls, nand even caught glimpses of Tigers as they crossed road, or were asleep in nthe bush. And then finally on game drive number 15, that's over 60 hours on nsafari, with 5am starts and getting bounced around and covered in dust in the nback of a jeep...we had a great clear close sighting of a magnificent Tiger. nFantastic.

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • Our group leader Krishna was excellent, helpful, informative and with a great nsense of humour.

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • We took up the opportunity to do two extra optional game drives. The more ntime you spend in the parks then the better chance of seeing a Tiger.

  • Is there anything else you would like to add?
  • the trip finished off with a visit to Agra, the Taj Mahal and Red Fort which nwere magnificent.nWe also did an optional tour of Delhi on the last day for which the Jamel nmosque was great but New Delhi was a disappointment and covered in smog.nnWe went out early and did a tailor made extension to Amritsar Dharamshala and nShimla which was excellent. If you have the time I would recommend doing an nextension and exploring somewhere else in India.

L Thomas

Wonderful trip. Just the right mixture of wildlife and culture. Canu2019t ndescribe the feeling when we first saw a tiger at close range. At a loss for nwords. Sloth bear also made it a fabulous trip

Rating 5
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • Seeing a tiger at close range for the first time was awe inspiring. Literally ncouldnu2019t speak. X

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • Vijay was fabulous. Made us feel very safe and helped us integrate with the nlocal people .

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • Take a bit more money than you think you will need. Most of our money went on nbeers each day!!!

  • Is there anything else you would like to add?
  • Fabulous holiday. Go with the flow. Train journey is not as bad as you think nit will be. X