Summary

Travel Style: ,
Destinations: Asia
  • 15 Days From
    R 32900
  • Trip code: WIW
  • Activity: Wildlife, 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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27 Oct 2018
10 Nov 2018
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R 34200
 
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03 Nov 2018
17 Nov 2018
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R 32900
 
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10 Nov 2018
24 Nov 2018
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R 32900
 
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17 Nov 2018
01 Dec 2018
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R 34200
 
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02 Feb 2019
16 Feb 2019
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R 34800
 
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16 Feb 2019
02 Mar 2019
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R 34800
 
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02 Mar 2019
16 Mar 2019
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R 34800
 
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16 Mar 2019
30 Mar 2019
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R 34800
 
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30 Mar 2019
13 Apr 2019
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R 34800
 
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06 Apr 2019
20 Apr 2019
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R 34800
 
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13 Apr 2019
27 Apr 2019
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R 34800
 
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12 Oct 2019
26 Oct 2019
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R 36200
 
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27 Oct 2019
10 Nov 2019
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R 36200
 
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02 Nov 2019
16 Nov 2019
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R 36200
 
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09 Nov 2019
23 Nov 2019
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R 35200
 
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16 Nov 2019
30 Nov 2019
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R 35200
 
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21 Dec 2019
04 Jan 2020
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R 36600

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

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

FANTASTIC TIGERS

The trip was excellent from start to finish. We were met at Nagpur by nKrishna who gave us information about the trip and introduced us to the other nmembers of our group. It was a group of mixed personalities and could not nhave been better. We all got on very well. The drive to Pench Jungle Resort nwas a bit of a problem due to an accident in the road ahead meaning we narrived late at the Resort, but the staff had kept the Restaurant open so nthat we could have a meal before bedtime. On our first game drive we saw our nfirst tiger, but saw no more tigers in Pench. We did see a leopard with its nkill and lots of monkeys, deer and a large variety of birds. We saw one ntiger in Kanha and another 6 in Bandhavgarh. All in all worth every penny!

Rating 5
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • Seeing the tigers in their natural habitat We also saw a leopard with its nkill and two wild dogs chase catch kill and eat a fawn. It was exciting and nyou didn't want to watch - but you did want to watch! It was fascinating to nsee how the dogs worked to capture the deer.nThe tigers of Bandhavgarh were fantastic. On our first game drive in nBandhavgarh we saw a male tiger lying in the middle of the road, to be njoined a few minutes later by a female. They both lay there for a while and nwe watched them as they moved from the road to the bush and eventually into nthe forest. We watched them for almost 2 hours. It was fabulous.

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • Krishna was excellent. He made sure that we were at the gates of the nreserves early so that we were among the first to enter. He was informative nand extremely knowledgeable about the wildlife and especially the birds. It nwas clear that he loved his country and gave us information and insights of nlife in India, including the local villagers and their lives. At Bandhavgarh nhe managed to obtain an extra game drive, by getting up very early to go to nthe gate for tickets. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble for him. He nshowed great concern for his party of guests.

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • Take a scarf or 'snood' to cover your nose and mouth on the game drives - it ngets very dusty. Make sure you have the correct electrical adaptors - nalthough the European two pin (round pins) do fit. It does get quite cold in nthe early mornings as you travel n the open-top jeeps. It is advisable to nhave several layers.

  • Is there anything else you would like to add?
  • In Pench there was a fridge in the room, but nt in Kanha or Bandhavgarh. A nfridge in the room would have been useful for keeping water cold. The hotel nin Agra was excellent but that in Delhi left a lot to be desired. Although nthe room was clean and comfortable the breakfast was very uninspiringnnThe overnight train trip was not as difficult as expected.nnAll in all, Exodus were a great Group to deal with and we would use Exodus nagain if we wanted to do something in their itinerary. The trip was worth nevery penny!

More than tigers.

A great trip, particularly for 'India virgins' and anyone who wants a variety nof wildlife. Our tour leader Krishna was passionate, considerate and nknowledgeable. It was good to be treated more as guests than tourists. Two nwarnings with this trip. a) It is incredibly dusty in the parks so those with nrespiratory issues may want to take this into consideration. b) It took 6 and na half game drives before we saw a tiger {thats over 23 hours off-roading in njeeps) but well worth it. So be prepared to watch the other wildlife. However nwe had 12 tiger sightings by the time we finished! Very busy trip, well norganised with super food throughout. A vegetarians delight. (No-one in the ngroup suffered any illness throughout the trip). The Holi festival to finish nwas colourful in many ways and a fantastic way to finish. Highly recommended.

Rating 5
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • Seeing our first tiger emerge out of the grass or it was the tiger that came nout of the woods right next to our parked jeep or it was the visit to the red nfort or it was the invite to join the community for the Holi festival or ... nthis is an impossible question to answer

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • Having done several Exodus tours I have to say Krishna was the top man. nExtremely thoughtful, willing to impart information, great communicator and norganiser, as well a good guide in the field. And a sense of fun.

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • See above