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Itinerary:  Bike 4 Tigers

 

Tour Highlights

• Game drives in Two Project Tiger National Parks

• Explore by cycle the very Forest of Seoni hills that inspired Kipling to write Jungle Book

• Accommodation in tree houses and luxury eco lodge

• More eyes and ears in vital corridor for Tiger conservation which worlds last remaining life line for tigers

• High quality mountain bikes – Trek X caliber 9 – with Race-ready spec

• Expert naturalists guides

• More eyes and ears in vital corridor for Tiger conservation which worlds last remaining life line

Overview

The Bike4Tiger Challenge itinerary has been designed to experience the landscape penned in Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book and made into film by Walt Disney and support its conservation.

The Bike4Tiger Challenge travels between these two parks over 3 full days of fun off-road biking terrain. It’s about 180 kms of quiet dirt forest tracks and undulating trails along this connecting forest landscape, home itself to a number of elusive tigers. You will also travel through quaint and untouched tribal village communities that often bear the brunt of conflict with both predators and crop raiding prey like spotted deer, wild pig and Nilgai antelope.

The ride is designed for clients who like biking, are fit (or want to get fit!) and adventurous, but do not have to be expert off-road bikers. Ages varied from 35 to 75 in 2016. They should however enjoy a physical challenge, as they will cover between 45kms and 65kms each day, or 8 hours in the bike saddle, in glorious forest or rural terrain, most of it easy biking for those used to off road biking, but there are one or two uphill challenges and some fun off road downhills. The two nights of the trip are spent in a comfortable pre-set tented camp, besides forests and near village fields.

This is a unique challenge for clients who like getting off the beaten track and wants to get a real insight into India’s ancient rural heartland, and its forests whilst being happy to support its conservation efforts.


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Day 1 - 23 Nov'17, Thu: Arrive Delhi

On arrival at the Indira Gandhi International airport, proceed for Immigration clearance after disembarking. Thereafter collect baggage from the baggage carousel and walk to the arrivals lounge after clearing customs. You will be greeted by our company representative, with a placard bearing your name on it. He will assist you with your luggage and transfer you to the hotel.


Day 2 - 24 Nov'17, Fri: Delhi / Nagpur / Pench

Early morning transfer to the airport to board flight for Nagpur

Indigo (6E 774) – 0525 hrs / 0710 hrs

Meeting and assistance on arrival at Nagpur airport and drive about 2.5 hours to Pench national Park. 
On arrival traditional welcome at Lodge.

Afternoon game drive on shared jeep


Day 3 - 25 Nov'17, Sat: Pench

After an early breakfast, assemble for a briefing, cycling selection and start practice cycling to explore the sanctuary and its surrounding forest by cycles accompanied by local park guide. 

Cycling session ends by 1130 AM

Afternoon game drive on shared jeep

Welcome drinks and dinner at Pench Tree Lodge


Day 4 - 26 Nov'17, Sun: Pench / Camp 1

Early morning after breakfast check out from the lodge and transfer to Rukhad Park gate

(Hand over luggage to be packed in two bags – One small duffel bag for camping and other for transfer to Lodge in Kanha)

Cycling starts from Rukhad Park gate to reach Sakata Forest Rest House a 1904 colonial bungalow in time for lunch 

Reach Sakata Forest Rest House by lunch time  

After lunch and rest, continue to Sonowani

Short break and evening tea at Sonawani Forest Rest House and later continue to camp 1

Camp fire and dinner at the camp 1

Overnight at tented camp


Day 5 - 27 Nov'17, Mon: Camp 1 / Camp 2

Morning after tea / coffee and breakfast, start cycling 
Reach lunch spot
After lunch and rest cycle to camp 2
Camp fire and dinner at the camp

Overnight at tented camp


Day 6 - 28 Nov'17, Tue: Camp 2 / Kanha

Morning after tea / coffee and breakfast, start cycling 
Reach lunch spot
After lunch and rest cycle to Kipling Camp
Reach Kipling Camp for welcome reception and tea
Later transfer to Kanha Earth Lodge

Dinner and overnight at Kanha Earth Lodge


Day 7 - 29 Nov'17, Wed: Kanha / Nagpur / Delhi

Morning game drive in shared jeep.



Return from game drive by 1030 hrs and immediately transfer (5 hrs approx.) to Nagpur airport.



Indigo (6E 202) – 1950 hrs / 2135 hrs



On arrival at Delhi, transfer to airport hotel where rooms will be booked till departure



Later transfer to airport on time to board flight back home

 


How it Works

FUNDRAISING OBJECTIVES

This Bike4Tiger Challenge 2017 aims to raise US$26,000 for TOFTigers Village Wildlife Guardian project in Kanha, and will allow us to extend it through to Pench. The money raised will allow TOFTigers to train, equip and support a further 12 villagers to become wildlife guardians over two years around and along the route you are biking. Some funds will support other guardian programmes too.

In agreeing to join this Challenge we will be asking clients booked on this trip to raise a minimum of US$ 250 or more towards this project, and in return they will not only meet some of TOFTiegrs Guardians in Kanha on finishing the ride, but be kept informed and up to date with the new Guardians as we go forward and hear about their successes.

For more information regarding the Village Guardian programme see details here http://toftigers.org/TOFT/Sponsor-a-guardian

November

 

TOFTThe Hotels covered in this Itinerary are:
Roseate House
Pench Tree Lodge
Kanha Earth Lodge

Roseate House

The full service, upscale property is spread across an area of 1.6 acres and is designed specially to match the evolving needs of the new generation cosmopolitan guests. The luxury hotel in aerocity showcases a young perspective on global hospitality which will be classic in lineage and nouveau in execution.Roseate House is a thirty minute drive to the historical capital of New Delhi and corporate hub of Gurgaon and just ten minutes away from the International Airport


Pench Tree Lodge

 The famous Jungle Book character Mowgli was a wolf befriending boy from the tribal village of Pench. If Mowgli could enliven his escapades, Pench tree lodge would be his time warped home in 21st century. He could certainly somersault with the monkeys here or luxuriously laze under the shade of Mahua Tree, in the comforts of stylish, spacious and snugly tree houses set in regal landscapes. Later, deciding to set out on a Jeep Safari to meet ‘Shere Khan’–the Tiger and ‘Baloo’-the Bear and check on his troop of ‘Bander log’– monkey folks and all other good old friends from Pench national park.
Pench Tree Lodge is the refuge of the au courant, adventurous and eco sensitive ‘Mowgli’. Our six well appointed tree houses are perched in the undisturbed 16 hectares of forested area in the small ‘Sarrahiri’ village of Pench in the Karmajhiri area. This is the first lodge to be set up in this underdeveloped zone and supports are conservation policy of not overcrowding areas and making them unsustainable with over exposure to tourism.


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 - 23 Nov'17, Thu: Arrive Delhi
Day 2 - 24 Nov'17, Fri: Delhi / Nagpur / Pench
Day 3 - 25 Nov'17, Sat: Pench
Day 4 - 26 Nov'17, Sun: Pench / Camp 1
Day 5 - 27 Nov'17, Mon: Camp 1 / Camp 2
Day 6 - 28 Nov'17, Tue: Camp 2 / Kanha
Day 7 - 29 Nov'17, Wed: Kanha / Nagpur / Delhi

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