King of the Jungle (High End Luxury)

Weather

Climate in India varies greatly, from the arid deserts of Rajasthan to the cool highlands of Assam, allegedly the wettest place on earth. But basically India has a three-season year - the hot, the wet and the cool. The heat starts to build up on the northern plains around February and by April it becomes quite hot. The first signs of the monsoon appear in May, with high humidity, short rainstorms and violent electrical storms. The monsoon rains begin around June in the extreme south and sweep north to cover the whole country by early July. The main monsoon comes from the southwest, but the southeastern coast is affected by the short and surprisingly wet northeastern monsoon, which brings rain from mid-October to the end of December. The main monsoon ends around October, and India's northern cities become crisp at night in December. In the far south, where it never gets cool, the temperatures are comfortably warm rather than hot.

What To Pack
  • Safari Hats
  • Clothing in neutral colors
  • A safari jacket
  • Comfortable safari shoes
  • Sunblock lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Cameras, Lenses, Memory Cards, batteries and lens cleaner
  • Small bean bag
  • Plug adaptors
  • Prescribed Medicines
  • Passport
  • Guide books
  • Your itinerary

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Duration

14 Days & 13 Nights

Departure

Daily Departure.

This Itinerary is 100% Customizable.

Cost Per Person

High End: $ 6,054.00Onwards


*Price based on travel from 15th April onwards

This High End Luxury Safari takes you to the Madhya Pradesh in Central India, state with most number of Tiger reserves and also the undisputed Tiger Country since ages. This Safari offers stay at the luxurious Taj Safari lodges at all National Parks.  These lodges offer luxurious views of the surrounding forest cover and feature modernistic and lavish interiors to offer you a cocoon of safety and comfort. Strategically positioned on high points, they have water holes nearby that draw some of the most rare and endangered animals out of their hiding places for you to see.

You will also explore the Magnificient cities of New Delhi and Agra to witness the Grandeur, Glory and History of the Mughal empire and also visit Taj Mahal built of white marble and one of the 7 wonders of the world is perhaps the greatest homage to love.  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1:
Arrive in New Delhi

Meet and greet on arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport by The Earth Safari representatives. Thereafter receive a short briefing about your safari which gives you a clear idea on the places you are going to visit as well as the accommodation arrangements. After the briefing be driven to your city hotel for check-in.

 

Overnight at The Taj Palace

Meals:  None

Day 2:
New Delhi (Full Day Sightseeing)

Today after breakfast, head on for a full day guided sightseeing of Old and New Delhi. First we will visit Old Delhi, build by the fifth Mughal Emperor Shanjehan known as Shahjehanabad during Mughal rule.  Here you will  first visit the largest Mosque of Asia, Jama Masjid and there upon enjoy a rickshaw ride through the narrow bylanes of Shahjehanabad which will give you an glimpse of the bygone era, followed by visit to the Red fort build by the same emperor. Later visit the Raj Ghat, the cremation ground of Mahatma Gandhi.  Than have lunch at city restaurant. After Lunch, you visit Humayun Tomb also called precursor of Taj Mahal, followed by drive through the Luyten Delhi, where you will have glimpse of the British era with short stop at India gate, memorial built in the memory of Soldiers who died in First world war. Lastly visit Qutab Minar, the tallest monument in India also famous for its architecture, history and design.

 

Overnight at The Taj Palace

Meals:  Breakfast 

Day 3:
New Delhi - Agra

After breakfast, you will be driven to Agra (220Km/4 hrs), the home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World - the Taj Mahal. The architectural splendour of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces in Agra is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal Empire. Agra was their capital for nearly a hundred years from 1564. A pleasant town, with a comparatively easy pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone, by artisans who are hereditary craft persons. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes.

On arrival, check in to the hotel.

After freshen up at the hotel, head on for visit to visit Taj Mahal & Agra Fort,

Agra Fort built by three Mughal Emperors starting from Akbar the Great in 1565 AD, which is a masterpiece of design and construction. Within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings including the Moti Masjid, Jahangir Palace, Khas Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal, Diwane-i-Am, Diwane-i-Khas and Musamman Burj, where Emperor Shah Jahan, the fifth Mughal Emperor died a prisoner. Later visit the Taj Mahal - the inimitable poem in white marble. Built over a period of 22 years, by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1630, for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains, it is one of the seven modern wonders of the World.

 

Overnight at the ITC Mughal

Meals:  Breakfast 

Day 4:
Agra - Panna National Park

This morning after an early breakfast, you will be transferred to Agra Cant Railway Station, to Board Bhopal Shatabdi Express departing 0820 hrs.  Travel in luxurious First Class Chair Car. Upon arrival at 1100hrs, you will be met by our local representative and driven to Panna National Park (200Km/5hrs) located in Panna and Chhatarpur districts of Madhya Pradesh in India. It has an area of 542.67 km2 (209.53 sq mi). It was declared in 1994 as the twenty second Tiger reserve of India and the fifth in Madhya Pradesh, Panna was given the Award of Excellence in 2007 as the best maintained national park of India by the Ministry of Tourism of India. 

 

Overnight at the Taj Pashan Garh

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5:
Panna National Park

Your day will start with a morning wake-up call and tea before your proceed for your morning game drive in the Panna National Park, home to the tiger, chital, chinkara, sambhar and sloth bear. The park is home to more than 200 species of birds including the Bar-headed Goose, Honey Buzzard, King Vulture and Blossom-headed Parakeet.

 

Late morning return to lodge for breakfast.  Relax till the afternoon and after lunch, around 3 pm head out on your second game drive. 

 

Overnight at the Taj Pashan Garh

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6:
Panna - Bandhavgarh National Park

After the early morning jeep safari return to your lodge. After leisurely breakfast, you will be driven to Bandhavgarh National Park (240Km/5hrs) is a park with a rich historical past. Prior to becoming a national park, the forests around Bandhavgarh had long been maintained as a Shikargah, or game preserve, of the Maharajas and their guests.  It has the highest density of Bengal tigers known in the world, and is home to some famous named individual tigers. Charger, an animal so named because of his habit of charging at elephants and tourists (whom he nonetheless did not harm), was the first healthy male known to be living in Bandhavgarh since the 1990s. The female tigress called Sita, who once appeared on the cover of National Geographic, is considered the most photographed tiger in the world. The 105 km² of park area open to tourists was reported to have 22 tigers, a density of one tiger for every 4.77 km². (Population estimation exercise 2001). The population of tigers in the park in 2012 is about 44-49. There is a saying about the Park that goes: "In any other Park, You are lucky if you see a tiger. In Bandhavgarh, you are unlucky if you don't see (at least) one."

 

Overnight at the Taj Majua Kothi

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7:
Bandhavgarh National Park

Today your will explore Bandhavgarh National park. Our local naturalists are extremely knowledgeable about park and the tiger movements since they grew up there and spent many years working as a naturalist. Having a couple days ensures tiger sightings and if you are lucky may catch a glimpse of them playing, hunting, sleeping and drinking.   

 

Overnight at the Taj Majua Kothi

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8:
Bandhavgarh National Park

Wake up with the morning wake-up call, followed by tea, before you head on for the morning game drive.into th tiger reserve, the natural abode of the variant of wild species. Catching the amazing glimpses of these majestic creatures are incredible. A closer look to  the royal tigers and making a safe and visible glare  will complete your jungle safari in a true sense.return Late morning, and enjoy hot breakfast.  Relax or enjoy the natural beauty round. later in the afternoon after lunch around 3pm head on for the day's second game drive.   

 

Overnight at the Taj Majua Kothi

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Day 9:
Bandhavgarh - Kanha National Park

After the early morning jeep safari return to your lodge. After relaxing breakfast, you will be driven to Kanha National Park, nestled in the Maikal range of Satpuras in Madhya Pradesh, the heart of India that forms the central Indian highlands. The national park is is one of the finest wildlife areas in the world. Spreading across two districts of Mandala and Kalaghat, was declared a reserve forest in 1879 and revalued as a wildlife sanctuary in 1933.  This Park has been the source of inspiration for Rudyard Kipling, outstanding creation- "The Jungle Book".  The Kanha National Park is home for wide ranges of wild creatures; right from the mighty tigers to the most populated Barasingha and the countless species of plants, birds, reptiles and insects and has fascinated many travelers around the corners of the world.

 

Overnight at the Taj Banjaar Tola

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10:
Kanha National Park

Early morning proceed for Jeep safari in search of tigers and other wildlife. Kanha is famous for its considerable tiger population.  Other than tiger, leopards, wild dogs, wild cat, fox and the jackal are commonly seen at Kanha.  Return to resort for breakfast.

Relax in the afternoon before heading out on your second jeep safari. Spending so much of your day in the park means you will come across a huge diversity of wildlife. 

 

Overnight at the Taj Banjaar Tola

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11:
Kanha - Pench National Park

After the early morning jeep safari return to your lodge. After relaxing breakfast, you will be driven to Pench National Park (200 Km/ 5hrs) located in the Southern slopes of the Satpura ranges of Central India. The river Pench, which splits the National Park into two, forms the lifeline of the Park. The area of the present tiger reserve has a glorious history. A description of its natural wealth and richness occurs in Ain-i-Akbari. Several natural history books like R. A. Strendale's 'Seonee - Camp life in Satpura Hills,' Forsyth's 'Highlands of Central India' and Dunbar Brander's 'Wild Animals of Central India' explicitly present the detailed panorama of nature's abundance in this tract.  Strendale's semi-autobiographical 'Seonee' was the inspiration behind Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book.

 

Overnight at the Taj Baghvan

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12:
Pench National Park

Start you day with early morning Game Drive in the National Park. Make sure to put on warm clothes as it can be cold in the morning.  Apart from Tigers, one can easily spot animals like Gaur, Sambhars, Blue bulls, Macaque, Langur, Wild boar, Bears and Wild dogs here.

You will return to the lodge late morning for breakfast.  The next few hours are yours to relax or relax by the pool which is perfect in the heat of the day. Around 3 pm you will head back in to the park for your second game drive of the day.

 

Overnight at the Taj Baghvan

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13:
Pench - New Delhi

Following to the early morning Jeep safari and breakfast, you will be driven to Jabalpur for your flight to New Delhi.  Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the hotel.

 

Rest of the day is at leisure.

 

Overnight at The Taj Palace

Meals:  Breakfast

Day 14:
Departure

Today you will be driven to International airport in time to board your flight back home. Depart India with exciting and sweet memories of your wildlife safari in India. 

 

Meals:  Breakfast 

 

End of Safari

Our Choice Of Lodges, Camps & Hotels

Destination

High-End

Delhi

Taj Palace

 

Agra

ITC Mughal

 

Panna

Taj Pashan Garh

 

Bandhavgarh

 Taj Mahua Kothi

 

Kanha

Taj Banjaar Tola

 

Pench

Taj Baghvan

 

Inclusions
  • Domestic Airfare and Taxes.
  • Meeting & Assistance by The Earth Safari representative at Airports & Railway Stations.
  • All park entrance fees and game drives
  • Full board accommodation as specified in National Parks
  • Accomodation in New Delhi & Agra on breakfast basis
  • All airport transfers
  • Services of a professional English-speaking tour driver/guide
  • Entrance fees to places of visits including Monuments and Museums if any as per the itinerary
  • Drinking water during the safari
  • All Game Drives in an open 4X4 Safari vehicle.
  • All transfers and sightseeing in a private chauffeur driven AC Luxury vehicle.
  • Applicable government taxes 

Exclusions
  • International Airfare and Taxes.
  • Optional activities like boat rides, cultural visits, walking safaris, etc.
  • Extras at the lodges or tented camps i.e. beverages and drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
  • Visa fees
  • Tipping
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Any other item not included in itinerary 

Important Notes
  • Quoted prices are indicative only
  • Flights & Trains costs included in the itinerary are based on advance purchase fares. These are subject to change and availability
  • Panna, Bandhavgarh, Kanha & Pench National Parks are closed on Wednesdays.
  • The Earth Safari reserves the right to change the hotels, lodges to similar category in case of no availability.
  • The Earth Safari reserves the right to reroute the itinerary in case of non-availability of Flight / Train tickets, or other reasons of similar nature.
  • Park fees may change without prior notice. This is beyond our control and any increase levied will be passed onto you.
  • There are limited safari vehicles allowed to enter in the national parks and are most difficult to book at a short notice. Please book your tour much in advance
  • The published price is not applicable during the Christmas and New Year period.
  • Check-in and check-out time at all hotels is 12 noon unless otherwise specified.
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