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Itinerary:  Best of Indian Wildlife

 

Overview

The Royal Expeditions wildlife safari experience in India continues to be unmatched, as we have been highly selective about the national parks on offer and the choice of accommodations. The lodges that Royal Expeditions chooses for your sojourn have all modern comforts, each catering to only a small number of guests at any one time. In addition, they have knowledgeable English- speaking resident naturalists who accompany guests, so that you can enjoy only the very best safari experience available in India.

This 22 days tour of India takes you to some of the country's greatest national parks, among them the World Heritage Kaziranga National Park, host to the world's single largest population of the endangered one-horned rhino. Both Kanha National Park and Bandhavgarh National Park are noted the world over for their high number of tigers. The Gir National Park is the last bastion for approximately 300 Asiatic lions, a highly endangered species. The tour is aimed at offering the wildlife enthusiast a cross-section of India's fabulous wildlife experiences in some of the most stunning natural settings in not just the country but the world.


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Day 1 -

Fly to Delhi


Day 2 - Delhi

Meet and assistance on arrival and transfer to the Justa The Residence / The Imperial ** for overnight stay


Day 3 - Delhi

Morning start your tour Old Delhi visiting Red Fort , Jama Masjid (Mosque) & Chandni Chowk “Moonlit Street,” Old Delhi’s main street and colorful shopping bazaar. Later drive down the spectacular Rajpath “the Kingsway,” passing the India Gate (the memorial built on behalf of the unknown soldiers), the President’s House, and the House of Parliament. Also visit the Humayun’s Tomb & Qutb Minar on day 3 of Wildlife safari tour. Overnight at  Justa The Residence / The Imperial **


Day 4 - Delhi/Guwahati/Kaziranga

Fly and drive 5 hrs to the beautiful Wild Grass Resort.


Day 5 - Kaziranga

Early morning Game viewing by Jeep/Elephant back for wildlife safari experience.


Day 6 - Kaziranga

Early morning drive 2-3 hours to Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary. Explore the sanctuary on foot accompanied by armed forest ranger. Garters will be provided to protect you from leaches. Picnic breakfast in the park.

Later in the morning drive to a Tea Estate: visit the estate and factory (subject to permission). Lunch at the estate. Afternoon Jeep safari in the Western Range of Kaziranga to experience wildlife safari of India.


Overnight Wild Grass Resort

Day 7 - Kaziranga

After breakfast, Jeep safari/Elephant back in either Western or Central range followed by safari in Eastern Range in the afternoon. Overnight Wild Grass Resort


Day 8 - Kaziranga/Delhi

Drive 5 hrs and fly. Overnight at Justa The Residence / The Imperial **


Day 9 - Delhi/Khajuraho/Bandhavgarh

Morning transfer to the airport to catch the flight for Khajuraho on day 9 of Best of Indian Wildlife safari tour.

On arrival at Khajuraho airport, drive to Bandhavgarh 250 Kms, (6-7 hours)


Overnight Kings Lodge / Mahua Kothi (Property of & Beyond) **

Day 10 - Bandhavgarh

Game viewing with local naturalist this morning by Jeep to experience wild life safari of India with picnic breakfast and in the afternoon by Jeep.

Overnight Kings Lodge / Mahua Kothi (Property of & Beyond) **


Day 11 - Bandhavgarh

Game viewing by Jeep to experience .Kings Lodge / Mahua Kothi (Property of & Beyond) **


Day 12 - Bandhavgarh

Game viewing and visit to Fort inside the park.Kings Lodge / Mahua Kothi (Property of & Beyond) **


Day 13 - Bandhavgarh/Kanha

Morning- Game viewing by Jeep and drive 5 hrs to Kanha Earth Lodge / Banjar Tola(Property of & Beyond)**


Day 14 - Kanha

Game viewing by Jeep. Overnight Kanha Earth Lodge / Banjar Tola(Property of & Beyond)**


Day 15 - Kanha

Game viewing by Jeep. Overnight Kanha Earth Lodge  / Banjar Tola(Property of & Beyond)**


Day 16 - Kanha/Nagpur/Delhi Departure

Drive 6 hrs either Fly via Delhi home or Fly to Ahmedabad for Asiatic Lions.


Note

Upgrade to Hotel/Lodges marked with ** will be at additional cost.

Suggested Adaptations to this tour

* From Bandhavgarh and Kanha - Stay in Luxury Lodges Taj Hotels & Beyond Lodges in Bandhavgarh & Kanha. For keen wildlife photographers or birders, we can arrange for full time accompanying naturalist and exclusive Jeep for game viewing so that you have flexibility.

Ideas for extending this Journey

Asiatic Lions Extension Day 16 - Ahmedabad - Meet and transfer to hotel. Day 17 - Ahmedabad / Gir - Drive 6 hrs to Gir Safari Lodge. Day 18 - Gir - Game viewing by Jeep Day 19 - Gir - Game viewing by Jeep Day 20 - Gir / Rajkot / Mumbai - Morning - Game viewing and drive 3 hrs for flight to Mumbai. Stay at Hotel Westend / Taj Mahal Hotel. Day 21 - Mumbai / Departure and City tour. Fly back home.

November to June

 

TOFTThe Hotels covered in this Itinerary are:
Justa The Residence Greater Kailash, Delhi
Wild Grass Resort
jüSTa Greater Kailash, New Delhi
Kings Lodge / Mahua Kothi
Kanha Earth Lodge / Banjar Tola

Justa The Residence Greater Kailash, Delhi

Justa The Residence is a small luxury hotel, located in South Delhi. The Residence provides deluxe rooms that combine elegance and class with comfort. The hotel also has a multi cuisine restaurant which serves elaborate meals


Wild Grass Resort

The Wild Grass Lodge is located just outside Kaziranga National Park.It is an attractive rural style hotelwonderfully situated by a stream in (rice) paddy fields and forest. Its grounds having more than 40 species of trees and over 200 species of shrubs, creepers and climbers. Wild Grass Lodge provides a variety of lodgings from garden cottages to thatched roofed tents. The all rooms in the Jungle Lodge have attached bathrooms with hot & cold water facilities. 


jüSTa Greater Kailash, New Delhi

jüSTa Greater Kailash is a small luxury hotel located in the Greater Kailash area of South Delhi. It has 24 luxurious rooms & suites, a restaurant, and conferencing facilities. It is an ideal place for both business and leisure travellers to stay during their visit to New Delhi

Located in the heart of Greater Kailash - I and close to famous upscale M block market, jüSTa Greater Kailash is in close proximity to Nehru Place, Okhla & Saket, various entertainment malls, and specialty restaurants. The interiors have been designed by fashion designer Deepika Govind who is known for her understated luxury & exquisite detailing.


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.


Mahua Kothi

Mahua Kothi is the first of five Taj Safari Lodges .The accommodation and facilities of the lodge blend charmingly into the quaint and rustic surroundings. It offers a never-before-experienced Indian wildlife circuit, replete with both adventure and – unlike any safari experience in the country so far – impeccable service and lush luxury.Nestled in the vicinity of the breathtaking Bandhavgarh National Park, Mahua Kothi promises an experience that is unconventional, focused on guests’ individual needs and emotions, knowledgeable, sophisticated and innovative. The name Mahua Kothi draws inspiration from one of India’s most beautiful trees, the Madhuca Indica, or as it is commonly known, the Mahua or butter tree. 


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.


Banjar Tola

Taj Safaris’ third jungle safari lodge is situated along the banks of the Banjaar River, directly overlooking the heart of Kanha National Park. The luxurious, yet lightweight, ensuite tents have been designed in a contemporary style, with pressed bamboo wall panels, gorgeous bamboo floors and locally crafted furniture hewn from the timber of exotic Indian trees. Interiors showcase block-printed cottons and silks that are typical of Madhya Pradesh. Each suite  features a private deck overlooking the river, plus a swimming pool. The atmosphere is light, ethereal and organic.


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Itinerary

Day 1 -
Day 2 - Delhi
Day 3 - Delhi
Day 4 - Delhi/Guwahati/Kaziranga
Day 5 - Kaziranga
Day 6 - Kaziranga
Day 7 - Kaziranga
Day 8 - Kaziranga/Delhi
Day 9 - Delhi/Khajuraho/Bandhavgarh
Day 10 - Bandhavgarh
Day 11 - Bandhavgarh
Day 12 - Bandhavgarh
Day 13 - Bandhavgarh/Kanha
Day 14 - Kanha
Day 15 - Kanha
Day 16 - Kanha/Nagpur/Delhi Departure

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