Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Wildlife
Duration : 9 Nights / 10
Places Covered: Delhi - Nagpur - Pench - Kanha - Bandhavgarh -
India has a number of success stories to her credit in wildlife
conservation, Project Tiger has been one of the most successful
conservation projects in the world. As for the tiger population, a widely
accepted estimate is 40,000 in India at the beginning of 20th century. In
1972, there were not more than 2000 tigers when Project Tiger
was launched. There are reportedly 4,500 tigers in the wild in India today.
This tour takes you on a delightful journey through three of Indias
best known habitats of the Tiger.
Day 1 : Delhi
Arrive Delhi. Transfer to hotel.
Day 2 : Delhi - Nagpur (1012 kms / 13-14 hrs)
After breakfast full day Delhi sightseeing tour visiting the Raj Ghat
(Cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi), Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar &
India Gate (War Memorial). Drive past President House & Parliament
House. Evening departure by overnight train for Nagpur.
Day 3 : Nagpur - Pench (93 kms / 2 hrs)
Arrive Nagpur and transfer from Railway station to Pench (1.5 hrs) by car.
Afternoon Jeep Safari to Pench Tiger Reserve with an area of 757 sq km.
Nestling in the lower southern reaches of the Satpuda hills, the reserve is
named after the Pench river, meandering through the Park. The river is
dammed and a large reservoir submerges 54 sq km of the park area which
attracts the migratory and other birds in large numbers.
Day 4 : Pench
Morning and Afternoon Jeep Safaris in the Park.
Day 5 : Pench - Kanha
Morning drive to Kanha National Park (4 hrs). The same abundance of
wildlife species exists even today in the Kanha National Park, which forms
the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve (940 sq km) created in 1974 under Project
Tiger. The park is the only habitat of the rare hardground barasingha
(Cervus Duvaceli Branderi).
Kanhas easily spotted species are 3-striped palm squirrel, common
langur monkey, jackal, wild pig, cheetal, barasingha and blackbuck. Less
commonly seen are tiger, Indian hare, dhole or Indian wild dog and gaur.
Rarely seen are Indian fox, sloth bear, striped hyena, jungle cat, leopard,
mouse deer, nilgai (blue bull), rattel and porcupine. Very rarely seen are
wolf, Indian pangolin, the smooth Indian otter and civet.
Day 6 : Kanha
Jeep Safaris in the Kanha National Park. All meals and stay at Resort.
Day 7 : Kanha - Bandhavgarh (212 kms / 5 hrs)
Drive to Bandhavgarh National Park (5 hrs). Bandhavgarh is a small National
Park, compact, yet full of game. The density of the tiger population at
Bandhavgarh is the highest known in India. This is also White Tiger country,
which have been found in the old state of Rewa for many years. The last
known was captured by Maharaja Martand Singh in 1951. Bandhavgarh is densely
populated with other species: the great gaur (or Indian bison), sambar and
barking deer. The terrain is of great rocky hills rising sharply from the
swampy and densely forested valley bottoms. The finest of these hills, sided
with great cliffs and eroded rocks and on its highest point stands the
Bandhavgarh fort, thought to be some 2000 years old.
Day 8 : Bandhavgarh
Early mornings and afternoon Jeep Safaris to National Park. All meals and
stay at Resort.
Day 9 : Bandhavgarh - Umaria (35 kms / 1 hrs)
Morning Safari. Evening transfer to Umaria Railway Station. Departure by
overnight train to Delhi.
Day 10 : Delhi
Arrive Delhi, transfer to airport to connect flight for onward destination.
(Hotel checkout at 12:00 hrs).