The Kipling's Trail

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

11 Days & 10 Nights

Departure

Daily Departure.

This Itinerary is 100% Customizable.

Cost Per Person

Price for Foreign National

Standard: $ 1,885.00

Luxury: $ 2,360.00


*Price based on 2 Adults travelling together

This itinerary takes you to the amazing Tiger land where the great Author and Explorer Sir Rudyard Kipling wrote the epic, "The Jungle Book". Bandhavgarh National Park boasts of the highest density of tigers in India. Kanha and Pench National Parks were the source of inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s outstanding creation- "The Jungle Book”. These jungles / forests are roamed freely by the Tiger, Sloth Bear, Leopard, Gaur, Barking Deer, Black Buck, the rare hard ground Barasingha and over two hundred avian species.

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 Hotel

Meals:  None 

Day 2:
New Delhi - Bandhavgarh National Park

This early morning, you will be transferred to the airport in time for your morning flight to Jabalpur where you will be met by our local representative and driven to Bandhavgarh National Park.

Bandhavgarh National Park 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."

 

Later after relaxing, enjoy lunch at the resort. You will then set out for afternoon jeep safari to seek the treasures of this Tigers territory. 

 

Overnight at the Jungle Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3:
Bandhavgarh National Park

You have two full days to explore Bandhavgarh National park. Your day starts with morning wake up call, followed by tea, before you head on for the morning game drive. 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 of days ensures tiger sightings and if you are lucky may catch a glimpse of them playing, hunting, sleeping and drinking. return late morning, and enjoy hot breakfast.  Relax or enjoy the natural beauty round. later in the afternoon after lunch head on for the day's second game drive.

 

Overnight at the Jungle Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4:
Bandhavgarh National Park

Wake up  with the morning wake-up call, followed by tea, before you head on for the morning game drive into the tiger reserve, the natural abode of the variant of wild species. Catching the amazing glimpses of these majestic creatures are incredible. A closer look at the royal tigers and making a safe and visible glare will complete your jungle safari in a true sense. Return Late morning and enjoy a 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 Jungle Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5:
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 Jungle Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6:
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 the Tiger, leopards, sloth bears, wild dogs, wild cat, fox and the jackal are commonly seen at Kanha. Return to your lodge 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 Jungle Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7:
Kanha National Park

Wake to the wake up call and enjoy the morning tea before you head on for moning Game drive. Return Late morning to resort where the lodge breakfast awaites you.

Relax at the resort or explore the surroundings at your own pace. Later in the afternoon after lunch head on for the day's second Game drive.

 

Overnight at the Jungle Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8:
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 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.  

 

Overnight at the Jungle Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9:
Pench National Park

You have two full days to explore Pench National park. Start early in the morning for morning jeep Safari 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 Jungle Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Day 10:
Pench National Park

Wake up to the morning wakeup call and enjoy a hot cup of tea, before you head on for your Morning game drive. Return to the lodge late morning and enjoy the hot breakfast.  The next few hours are at leisure 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 Jungle Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11:
Pench - New Delhi - Departure

Early morning head on for your last morning Jeep safari and later return the lodge where the delicious breakfast is waiting for you.  Later in the afternoon you will be driven to Nagpur for your flight to New Delhi. Upon arrival you will be transffered to the International airport in time to board your flight back home. Depart India with exciting and sweet memories of your wildlife trip to India.

 

Meals: Breakfast

 

End of Safari

Our Choice Of Lodges, Camps & Hotels
Destination Standard Luxury High-End
Pench National Park Tribal Camp
Pench Jungle Camp
Mahua Vann
Tuli Tiger Corridor (Cottages) Taj Safaris, Baghvan
Kanha National Park Kanha Eco Village Resort
Infinity Resorts
Tuli Tiger Resort
Kanha Earth Lodge
Flame of the Forest
Singhinwa Jungle Lodge
Taj Safaris, Banjaar Tola
Bandhavgarh National Park Nature Heritage Resort
Infinity Resorts
Ecolux Bagh Sarai
Kings Lodge
Bandhav Vilas
Samode Safari Lodge
Taj, Safaris, Mahua Kothi
New Delhi The Hans
The Iris Park
The Maidens
Le Meridian
The Oberoi
Taj Palace Hotel

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Inclusions
  • Domestic Airfare.
  • Meeting & Assistance by ‘The Earth Safari' representative at Airports & Railway Stations.
  • All park entrance fees and game drives.
  • Full board accommodation as specified.
  • 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 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 & Train’s costs included in the itinerary are based on advance purchase fares. These are subject to change and availability.
  • Bandhavgarh, Kanha and 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 the New Year period.
  • Check-in and check-out time at all hotels is 12 noon unless otherwise specified.
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