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Itinerary:  Land Of Tigers - 2016

 

Overview

We will visit three famed tiger habitats

Corbett National Park – This park has been the inspiration and setting for numerous books. The first ever books on Indian wildlife Photography and Jim Corbett's tales of man-eating tigers all were written and photographed in these very same jungles. Currently this park has the highest density of tigers per sq km, some 162 Tigers in total. Out of 1200 species of birds found in the Indian subcontinent, some 600 are found here as elevation in the park ranges from 400 m (1312 ft) to 1210 m (3970 ft). A bird-watcher bonanza

Bandhavgarh National Park – Here are the jungles of central India written about in Rudyard Kipling’s “Jungle Book”. There is plenty to see in this small park (168 Sq miles) set around a historic site, with carvings, temples and fort. This park is consistently known as the Park to have a high concentration of tigers in the designated “tourist zone”, who are very vehicle friendly. Indeed on our investigative trip in February 2011 we saw seven tigers in three days here!

Kanha National Park - This Park was created in 1955 and with a buffer zone of over 1,000 sq km and a core area of 940 sq km it is now the largest park in Central India. The park has significant populations of Royal Bengal tigers, leopards, sloth bear and India wild dog, in a lush setting of rolling meadows, cool sal forest and steep ravines. It is a truly picturesque setting to view Indian wildlife, especially the tiger!


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Day 1 - Day 1- 26 March'16, Sat - Delhi

 

On arrival at the Indira Gandhi International airport, you will proceed for Immigration clearance after disembarking. After collecting your luggage from the baggage carousel, walk to the Arrivals Lounge where you will be greeted by your Tour Leader and Naturalist for transfer to the hotel.

 

Dinner and overnight at the Claridges Hotel

 


Day 2 - Day 2 - 27 March'16, Sun - Delhi / Corbett

 

Today you immediately depart for Tiger country! You transfer very early this morning to Anand Vihar Delhi Station to board the Shatabdi Express day train to Kathgodam. (Shatabdi Express - 0615 hrs / 1150 hours). You travel in an air-conditioned "Executive" chair car - this is only available on the Shatabdi express trains. Travelling in "Executive" chair is similar to taking business class on a plane. You have a wider seat, more legroom, complimentary mineral water and meals (although we will also bring box breakfast from the hotel) and an attached western style washroom, and coach attendants are at hand to ensure a smooth service.



You are met on arrival and transfer to Corbett, we plan to take our first game drive this afternoon in the Bijrani zone of the Park.

 



Overnight at Patlidun Safari Lodge

 

 


Day 3 - Day 3, 28 March'16, Mon - Corbett

 

After an early breakfast at the lodge, we depart for a two-day trip into Corbett National Park. We will enter through the Dhangari gate - very close to our lodge. Our route today will be via Gharial pool, and then Champion pool on Champion road and High Bank - each one of them great observation points on the Ramganga River. Here we hope to spot Gharial and Otters and much more!

We plan to arrive in the Dhikala area for lunch. After a hot lunch at the rest house we will board Elephants for an elephant-back safari in search of wildlife in the Dhikala "chaur" - grasslands, to observe the varied bird and mammal species found in the area.
Back for an evening dinner and overnight stay at a Forest Rest House, located deep inside the Park on the banks of the river, the wildlife viewing inside the Park here can be quite spectacular and we are here through the night listening to the night calls of various species - including the roars of tigers, leopards and elephants!

Overnight at Dhikala Forest Rest House

 


Day 4 - Day 4, 29 March'16, Tue - Corbett

 

We have another full day to explore the park with a morning game drive and another game drive after lunch. Enjoy a hot lunch again inside the park before we begin the journey out of the Park and return to Camp. Along the way we will still be searching for wildlife, listening for the alarm calls from Spotted deer or Muntjac in case a leopard or tiger is on the prowl!

Overnight at Patlidun Safari Lodge

 

 

 


Day 5 - Day 5 - 30 March'16, Wed - Corbett / Delhi

 

A relaxed breakfast and morning at leisure after the past two days of early morning game drives! After lunch we return to Kathgodam Station to board the day train back to Delhi (Shatabdi express, 1545 hours - 2115 hours by Executive Chair Car).

  You are met on arrival and transfer to your luxury hotel for the night, close to the airport.

Overnight at Trident GurgaonHotel

 


Day 6 - Day 6 - 31 March'16, Thu - Delhi/Bandhavgarh

 

Transfer early this morning to board your flight to Jabalpur. (Spice Jet – SG 2451 – 07:55 hrs / 09:45 hrs)

You are met on arrival and driven to the lodge in Bandhavgarh, the very comfortable Kings Lodge adjacent to the park boundary (180 Kms, 3-4 hours). Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at the lodge, and at around 3pm depart on an afternoon game drive and return around sunset.

Overnight at Kings Lodge

 

 


Day 7 - Day 7, 01 April'16, Fri - Bandhavgarh

 

Early this morning we assemble for tea / coffee and then set off for a game drive. Mornings can be cold inside the forest and slowly warms up as the sun rises, you will be provided blankets by the lodge to keep your legs warm.

We return to Kings Lodge for lunch and this afternoon enjoy another game drive and return around sunset.

Overnight at Kings Lodge


Day 8 - Day 8, 2 April'16, Sat - Bandhavgarh

 

Early morning we assemble for tea / coffee at and then set off for a game drive, return to the Lodge for a cooked breakfast around 10:30am to 11:00am. Siesta around lunchtime and then another afternoon game drive and return around sunset.

Overnight at Kings Lodge


Day 9 - Day 9, 3 April'16, Sun - Bandhavgarh / Kanha

 

We will either have a final game drive in Bandhavgarh, or then depart for Kanha National Park; or we will have an early departure and enjoy an afternoon game drive in Kanha National Park.

Overnight at Earth Lodge

 


Day 10 - Day 10, 4 April'16, Mon - Kanha

 

Early morning we assemble for tea / coffee at and then set off for a game drive, return to the Lodge for a cooked breakfast around 10:30am to 11:00am. Siesta around lunchtime.
This afternoon we enjoy another game drive in search of tigers and other wildlife found here in Kanha including Barashinga swamp deer, and Asian wild dogs not usually seen in Bandhavgarh but quite common here in Kanha.

Overnight at Earth Lodge

 


Day 11 - Day 11, 5 April'16, Tue - Kanha

 

Early morning we assemble for tea / coffee at and then set off for a game drive, return to the Lodge for a cooked breakfast around 10:30am to 11:00am. Siesta around lunchtime.
This afternoon we enjoy another game drive in search of tigers and other wildlife found here in Kanha.

Overnight at Earth Lodge


Day 12 - Day 12, 6 April'16,Wed - Kanha / Delhi

 

Early morning we assemble for tea / coffee at and then set off for our last game ride. Return to the hotel for breakfast and then pack. After lunch at lodge, in early afternoon drive back to Jabalpur airport to board flight to Delhi (Spice Jet – SG 2452 – 2362 – 18:45 hrs / 20:35 hrs).

Arrive at Delhi airport and transfer to the international terminal to board flight back home.
(Reporting time for international flight is at least 3 hours prior to flight departure time)

 

 


Note

TOUR COST



Cost per peron on twin share - US$ 7999

Single Supplement Cost - US$ 1500



INCLUSIONS:

-Accommodation on twin share basis in the hotels/lodges mentioned in the itinerary

-Packed Breakfast from Delhi hotel Claridges on Day 2

-All meals in Corbett, Bandhavgarh and Kanha in the lodges

-Group Airport transfers and Transport by chauffeur driven AC Vehicles as per itinerary

-One arrival transfer in Delhi for individual pax ( based on scattered arrivals) on Day 1

-Assistance at airports and stations

-Train fare ( Delhi – Kathgodam – Delhi) by Executive air conditioned chair carriage

-Air fare ( Delhi – Jabalpur – Delhi ) by economy class

-Wildlife entry fee in National Parks

-Game drives in 4 wheel open air Jeeps on shared basis in the National Parks

-One dedicated elephant ride for a day in the forests around DHIKALA / BIJRANI (subject to availability) in Corbett only

-Services of accompanying tour manager (Delhi to Delhi)

-Buffet dinner on day 1 accompanied by bottled water, soft drinks/juices and Indian beer in Delhi hotel Claridges

-All currently applicable taxes

 

TOFTThe Hotels covered in this Itinerary are:
Claridges, Delhi
Patlidun Safari Lodge
Dhikala Rest House
Trident Gurgaon
Kings Lodge
Kanha Earth Lodge

Claridges, Delhi

Graceful architecture, elegant décor, and a seamless blend of old-world charm and contemporary facilities have made The Claridges, New Delhi one of the best addresses in Lutyens' Delhi since the 1950s. The flagship hotel is set amid the verdant centre of the city in close proximity of the business district,cultural centres and historical landmarks, recreates the magic of old-world charm coupled with gracious Indian hospitality.

 Distinguished guest rooms and suites with their classic, understated décor, the lush landscaped garden with swaying palm trees, and personalised service create a tranquil haven for the business or leisure traveller in the heart of the busy city.


Patlidun Safari Lodge

 

Nestled in the wilderness of rich flora and fauna, Patlidun Resort is situated in Bakrakot, in the foothills of the Himalayas, enveloped by the scenic views of the Shiwalik ranges and surrounded by more than 50 different species of trees, 50 different species of herbs, 30 different species of grass and a staggering 580 different species of birds who visit all year round.Patlidun has 12 en-suite cottages luxuriously spread over a vast expance of 13 acres. You can relax in your private plunge pool under a star studded sky or quietly enjoya  sundowner on teh deck od the restaurant. All the while you will have birds and butterflies for company, crickets chirping in the bushes and teh steamy grasslands a stone's throw away - true luxury in teh heart of teh wild!


Dhikala Rest House

The Dhikala rest house has 22 rooms in two wings. The complex has a basic restaurant serving Vegetarian buffet meals only and an excellent library. In the evenings, for the knowledge enhancement of the visitors, a half hour film on wildlife is shown at the open-air theatre. The rooms are basic with en suite bathrooms (western flush toilets, hot water geysers and buckets for bathing)


Trident Gurgaon

 Trident Gurgaon is a five star hotel for business as well as leisure travelers. It is conveniently located and is about 15 minutes drive from the International airport on the Delhi to Jaipur highway. 25 minutes drive from downtown New Delhi. Set in seven acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, the hotel has an imposing yet serene presence, a resort-like ambience. It is characterised by domes, long walkways, inner courtyards, reflection pools and fountains. The hotel has 136 rooms, which include a Presidential suite and six Executive suites, overlooking the garden, courtyards and pools.


Kings Lodge

The lodge is spread in a sprawling estate of 12 acres in Rancha village (8-10 minutes from the park gate) and is surrounded by Sal forested hills on all sides. It has 10 cottage rooms and 8 stilt cottage rooms with en-suite modern bathrooms. All cottage rooms have large open verandahs overlooking Sal forest and grasslands.


Kanha Earth Lodge

Kanha Earth Lodge lies in 16 acres of natural forest, tucked away in a small hamlet bordering Kanha’s buffer zone. Its unique location, 30 minutes from the Khatia/Kisli park gate, ensures that it is close enough for easy access to the park, but still far enough from the glut of hotels lining Kanha’s tourist hub to offer guests a true wilderness experience. Our guests benefit from our incredible location, outstanding hospitality, experienced team of naturalists, and commitment towards conservation and local communities. The 12 luxury bungalows with en suite bathrooms and open verandahs have been inspired by Gond tribal architecture and offer environmentally sensitive, low-impact accommodation through their design and use of local stone and waste wood, while the absence of neighbouring lodges or highways creates an ideal setting for nature walks, birding and cycling trips through the surrounding forest.


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Itinerary

Day 1 - Day 1- 26 March'16, Sat - Delhi
Day 2 - Day 2 - 27 March'16, Sun - Delhi / Corbett
Day 3 - Day 3, 28 March'16, Mon - Corbett
Day 4 - Day 4, 29 March'16, Tue - Corbett
Day 5 - Day 5 - 30 March'16, Wed - Corbett / Delhi
Day 6 - Day 6 - 31 March'16, Thu - Delhi/Bandhavgarh
Day 7 - Day 7, 01 April'16, Fri - Bandhavgarh
Day 8 - Day 8, 2 April'16, Sat - Bandhavgarh
Day 9 - Day 9, 3 April'16, Sun - Bandhavgarh / Kanha
Day 10 - Day 10, 4 April'16, Mon - Kanha
Day 11 - Day 11, 5 April'16, Tue - Kanha
Day 12 - Day 12, 6 April'16,Wed - Kanha / Delhi

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