Day 1 (Sunday) :
Arrive Delhi and fly to Jabalpur. The flight is at 10:10 am and arrives at 12:00 noon. From Jabalpur it is a four hour drive to our hotel at Bandhavgarh National Park.
Days 2 & 3 (Monday & Tuesday) :
Bandhavgarh National Park comprises a mosaic of dry deciduous forest and grasslands spread over a captivating landscape of hills, cliffs and plateaux. It is home to one of the densest populations of Tigers in the whole of India and is known as one of the best reserves to find this magnificent cat. We have two full days during which we will enjoy morning and afternoon jeep safaris as we go in search of the king of the jungle.
In addition to our quest to see Tiger, there is of course plenty of other wildlife to see, with larger mammals such as Sambar, Chital, Barking Deer, Chinkara, Rhesus Macaque, Grey Langur and Wild Boar among the easier to see inhabitants. We also have chances of seeing Sloth Bear, Leopard and Golden Jackal. The park supports an excellent diversity of birds, with more obvious species such as Indian Peafowl, Red Junglefowl, noisy flocks of Alexandrine, Plum-headed and Rose-ringed Parakeets, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Long-tailed Shrike, White-throated Kingfisher and Rufous Treepie sure to be seen. Owls are present in the park and you may be lucky to see one or more species at their daytime roosts; Brown Fish-owl, Jungle and Spotted Owlet are among the likelier possibilities. Vultures have declined drastically in India, but this park still supports a small population of Indian Vultures. For those with a keen interest in birds other special species present include Malabar Pied Hornbill, Black Eagle, Streak-throated Woodpecker, Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher, Asian Paradise Flycatcher and more besides.
Day 4 (Wednesday) :
We have a last morning game drive in the reserve, after which we have a seven hour drive to our accommodation at Kanha National Park. (Please note that park is closed every evening on Wednesday)
Days 5 & 6 (Thursday & Friday) :
Kanha is another park with a spectacular landscape and was the place that inspired Rudyard Kipling to write The Jungle Book! We have two full days here as we go in search of further Tiger sightings. As with Bandhavgarh, the density of Tigers here gives us a very good chance of enjoying one or more Tiger encounters. Many of the mammals present at Bandhavgarh are also present here, but we should also see Barasinga (Swamp Deer), Gaur, Dhole and Indian Flying Fox. Once again, in addition to searching for Tiger, there will be plenty of birds to see. Small wetlands in the park attract various egret species and storks such as Woolly-necked, Black, Asian Openbill and Lesser Adjutant. The forested parts of the park are home to vivid Black-hooded Orioles, flocks of gaudy Scarlet Minivets, the beautiful but rather shy White-rumped Shama and in the grasslands there will be Indian Rollers and Siberian Stonechats.
Day 7 (Sauterday) :
After a last morning game drive in Kanha, we have a five to six hour drive to our lodge at Pench National Park where we will stay the night.
Day 8 (Sunday) :
We have a morning safari in Pench National Park, where we have yet another chance to see Tiger. The other mammals here are similar to Kanha, but there is perhaps a slightly better (albeit still slim!) chance of encountering Leopard in Pench.
After a morning game drive in Pench Park, we have a three to four hour drive to the Tadoba National Park. If time allows we will do an evening safari.
Days 9 & 10 (Monday & Tuesday) :
Tadoba covers the Chimur Hills and is Maharastra’s largest national park. Like the other parks we have visited, it is home to a substantial population of Tigers. We will spend two full days exploring Tadoba, as we hope to add further sightings of this highly sought-after cat. The other mammals here are much as in the other parks we visit on this itinerary and Tadoba Lake has a thriving population of Marsh Mugger crocodiles. Birds will of course be a wonderful diversion as we wait for a sighting of the elusive Tiger, with the species present similar to those in Kanha and Bandhavgarh.
Day 11 (Wednesday) :
We spend the morning on our final safari of the tour. After lunch, we transfer to the airport at Nagpur (a three hour drive), for our flight to Delhi at 19:50. The flight arrives at 21:35 in Delhi. You will be able to catch your connecting flight or transfer to a hotel for your flight home on the following day.
The Tiger season is October to June. The best time to see Tigers is March to June, but you should be aware that April, May and June can be very hot.
Please also note that due to certain park restrictions, this tour must start on a Sunday. You will need to arrive in Delhi by Saturday evening in time for the flight to Jabalpur on Sunday.