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Itinerary:  Tigers of Central India and Himalayan Foothills

 

Tour Highlights

Visit two historical Tiger Habitats
Accompanied by expert naturalist
Long distance transportation in comfortable Vehicles that seat 4 to 6 persons, everyone gets a window seat.
Stay in certified small eco friendly lodges, with all modern comforts.
Interaction with local community and people spear heading Tiger conservation
Nature walks
Supporting TOFT wildlife and community projects

Overview

This tour takes us on a journey through Bandhavgarh which was Rudyard Kipling’s source of inspiration for his “Jungle Book” and the playground of famed naturalist Jim Corbett in North India.

Bandhavgarh National Park – Jungles of central India written about in Rudyard Kipling “Jungle Book”. Plenty to see in this small park (168 Sq miles) set around a historic site, with carvings, temples and fort. It has highest concentration of tigers in tourist zone, who are vehicle friendly.

Corbett National Park – First ever books on Indian wildlife Photography (With a Camera in Tiger-land and The Jungle in Sunlight and Shadow) and Jim Corbett’s tales of man eating Tigers were written and photographed in these very jungles. Corbett is the only park in India where you can stay inside the park in basic accommodation and also walk inside the Park in certain areas. Currently they have the highest density of tigers per sq km; 162 Tigers in total. Out of 1200 species of birds in Indian subcontinent, close to 600 are found here as elevation in the park ranges from 400 metres (1312 ft) at its lowest to 1210 metres ( 3970 ft) at its highest.


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Day 1 - Arrive Delhi

Meet and transfer to hotel Oberoi Maidens / Claridges


Day 2 - Delhi / Jabalpur / Bandhavgarh

Fly to Jabalpur and drive 5 hours to Bandhavgarh.

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 3 - Bandhavgarh

Morning and Afternoon game drives searching for Indian wildlife such as the Tiger.

Apart from tracking tigers, first day’s game drive will focus on giving us orientation of the park and its different habitats and identify the key prey species, sounds of its alarm calls etc.

Overnight at Kings Lodge


Day 4 - Bandhavgarh

Morning and Afternoon game drives searching for Indian wildlife such as the Tiger.

Explore Bandhavgarh Fort on foot with picnic breakfast near a Vulture nesting site.

Overnight at Kings Lodge.


Day 5 - Bandhavgarh

Morning and Afternoon game drives searching for Indian wildlife such as the Tiger.

Overnight at the Lodge.


Day 6 - Bandhavgarh

Morning and Afternoon game drives.

Overnight at the Lodge.


Day 7 - Bandhavgarh / Khajuraho / Delhi

Drive 5 hours to Khajuraho airport to board Delhi flight. Transfer and Overnight at hotel


Day 8 - Delhi / Corbett

Drive 7 hours to Corbett and stay at Camp Forktail Creek.


Day 9 - Corbett

Full day game drive with picnic breakfast and Lunch at Bijrani range.


Day 10 - Corbett

Full day game drive at Dhikala with overnight in the Forest Rest House


Day 11 - Corbett

Game drives. Overnight at camp Forktail Creek.


Day 12 - Corbett

Elephant safari and Game drive.

We will partly follow the route of the Man Eater of Mohan who was shot by the legendry hunter turn conservationist Jim Corbett.

Evening by the campfire and fare well Bar-Be-Que dinner in Camp.

Overnight at the camp.


Day 13 - Corbett / Delhi

Bid goodbye to the naturalist and the rest of the team and depart for Delhi with packed lunch.

Drive 7 hours to Delhi and overnight at hotel Oberoi Maidens / Claridges


Day 14 - Delhi / Overseas

Transfer to International airport for flight to onwards destination


November to June

 

TOFTThe Hotels covered in this Itinerary are:
Oberoi Maidens / Claridges
Kings Lodge
Camp Forktail Creek

Oberoi Maidens

Maidens Hotel is one of Delhi's oldest hotels, built in the early 1900s, and has retained its colonial charm and architecture. Its spacious rooms with high ceilings are unique when compared to the box-sized rooms of modern hotels. Set amidst eight acres of lush gardens, shady trees and tennis courts, it escapes the noise of the main city, but remains within easy access to some of the most magnificent Mughal monuments, and famous shopping center Chandni Chowk with its quaint bazaars and meandering lanes.

Situated in the North Delhi residential area with big " Turn of the Century" bungalows and the bank of the river Yamuna on the east; close to the University of Delhi Campus. The hotel lies within walking distance of the main Interstate bus terminal. Late 19th century architectural elegance is reflected in the classical rooms and the elegant restaurants.


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.


Camp Forktail Creek

Camp Forktail Creek is situated in the midst of a dense Sal forest on the north-eastern periphery of Corbett Tiger Reserve. Corbett National Park is India's first and one of her finest National Park. Owing to it's geographic location, Corbett supports a rich variety of habitats and is extremely rich in bio-diversity.

Camp Forktail Creek offers one a great "jungle" experience in the land Jim Corbett once roamed. Situated in the village of Bhakrakot, camp is surrounded by mixed deciduous forests that are extremely rich in wildlife and bird-life. Hikes in these forests are very rewarding for bird-watching, apart from the pleasure of sighting animals on foot.

Camp is named after the Forktails that visit these forests in the winter months, which along with other species make the area a favorite birding ground in northern India.


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Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Delhi
Day 2 - Delhi / Jabalpur / Bandhavgarh
Day 3 - Bandhavgarh
Day 4 - Bandhavgarh
Day 5 - Bandhavgarh
Day 6 - Bandhavgarh
Day 7 - Bandhavgarh / Khajuraho / Delhi
Day 8 - Delhi / Corbett
Day 9 - Corbett
Day 10 - Corbett
Day 11 - Corbett
Day 12 - Corbett
Day 13 - Corbett / Delhi
Day 14 - Delhi / Overseas

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