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Itinerary:  Birds and Wildlife of Central Highlands


Tour Highlights

• Visit two historical Tiger Habitats
• Game drives for bird watching
• Stay in certified eco friendly lodges, with all modern comforts


This tour takes us on a wild journey through Jungles of central highlands that have been vividly described by Rudyard Kipling in "Jungle Book". Home to India's finest National Parks - Kanha and Bandavgarh. Rated the best for Tiger spotting world over. The forests of Central India are the few known refuges for several globally endangered and range restricted species like the Malabar Pied Hornbill, Spotted Grey Creeper, White Bellied Minivet and Green Munia.

Kanha National Park – The horse shoe shaped Kanha valley has some times been called the N’Gorongoro of India. Herds of the axis deer, the blackbuck, the wild pig and occasionally the gaur (Indian Bison) throng the central parkland. With its flourishing herds and relatively tolerant predators, Kanha offers almost unrivaled scope to a keen photographer.

Bandhavgarh National Park – Located in the Vindhya mountains, it is a beautiful park with woodlands, rocky hills and grassland valleys. Plenty to see in this small park (168 Sq miles) set around a historic site, with carvings, temples and an ancient fort. It has the highest concentration of tigers in a zone, who are vehicle friendly.

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Day 1 - Arrive Delhi

Meeting and assistance on arrival at Delhi airport and transfer to hotel Claridges.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 2 - Delhi

Full day guided tour of  Delhi.

Overnight at hotel

Day 3 - Delhi / Jabalpur / Kanha Park

Fly to Jabalpur 

Spice Jet: SG 2441 – 0755 hrs / 1005 hrs

On arrival, drive to Kanha (170 Kms, 3-4 hours). 

Kanha National Park encompasses nearly two thousand square kilometers of deciduous forest, grasslands, hills and gently meandering rivers - home to literally hundreds of species of animals and birds, including tiger. Kanha is the setting for Rudyard Kipling's famous "Jungle Book.

Overnight at Kanha Jungle Lodge


Day 4 - Kanha

Morning and Afternoon game drives. Overnight at Lodge

Day 5 - Kanha

Morning and Afternoon game drives. Overnight at Lodge

Day 6 - Kanha

Morning and Afternoon game drives. Overnight at Lodge

Day 7 - Kanha / Bandhavgarh

Morning game drive.

Drive to Bandhavgarh (250 Kms, 5-6 hours). Bandhavgarh (pronounced Bandogarh) is not very far from Rewa, famous as the original home of the (albino) white tiger, but now found only in zoos. Before becoming National Park in 1968, it was the game reserve of the Maharajas of Rewa. Though it involves quite a journey one might be rewarded with sighting one of the few tigers left in wild. Bandhavgarh Park is set in extremely rugged terrain with many hills. The marshes which used to be perennial now support a vast grassland savannah. There are also interesting cave shrines scattered around the park, with Brahmi inscriptions dating from the 1st century BC. One can visit the archaeological remains of a fort believed to be 2000 years old.

Overnight at Kings Lodge

Day 8 - Bandhavgarh

Morning and Afternoon game drives to view Indian wildlife including the Tiger. Overnight at Lodge

Day 9 - Bandhavgarh

Morning and Afternoon game drives . Overnight at Lodge

Day 10 - Bandhavgarh / Jabalpur / Delhi / Depart

Morning at leisure.

Afternoon drive back to Jabalpur airport to board flight to Delhi.

Spice Jet: SG 2452 – 1835 hrs / 2035 hrs

On arrival at Delhi airport, transfer to International airport to board onwards flight.



How it Works

We can customise our tour programmes to make the journey to suit you, as our tours are based on a minimum of 2 persons travelling together by air, train and chauffeur driven car. Throughout your tour experienced representatives and knowledgeable local guides, where appropriate, will assist you.

November to May


TOFTThe Hotels covered in this Itinerary are:
Claridges, Delhi
Kanha Jungle lodge
Kings 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.

Kanha Jungle lodge

Located at Mukki (in Balaghat District) amidst the Sal forests, Kanha Jungle Lodge is about one kilometer from Kanha National Park's Mukki entrance. The Lodge has 18 spacious twin-bedded rooms and two independent deluxe cottages, over-looking the lush green Sal forest.

Each fully furnished room has a portico canopy, with double beds and attached bathrooms with hot and cold running water. A spacious thatched dining room serving home cooked Indian food and Continental cuisines, becomes the center point of activities like campfire performances, lectures and star gazing. An occasional alarm call from the deer in the jungle , alerts you to a tiger on the prowl!


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.

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Day 1 - Arrive Delhi
Day 2 - Delhi
Day 3 - Delhi / Jabalpur / Kanha Park
Day 4 - Kanha
Day 5 - Kanha
Day 6 - Kanha
Day 7 - Kanha / Bandhavgarh
Day 8 - Bandhavgarh
Day 9 - Bandhavgarh
Day 10 - Bandhavgarh / Jabalpur / Delhi / Depart

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