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8-Day Tigers In Depth

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Day 1 : Arrive in Delhi and overnight

Visiting: Delhi, India

Arrive in Delhi anytime today, where you are met at the airport and transferred to your conveniently located airport hotel tonight.

  • Standard Lodging: Lemon Tree Premier

Day 2 : Fly to Jabalpur, transfer to lodge, afternoon forest biking or relaxing in nature at the lodge

Visiting: Kanha National Park

This morning, fly Delhi to Jabalpur, where you are met and transferred to your lodge in Kanha (about 4 hours away). Enjoy lunch here and then go out for some biking in the buffer forest or relax and spend some free time at leisure.

Kanha Earth Lodge lies in 16 acres of native forest, tucked away in a small hamlet bordering Kanha’s buffer zone. Its unique location, just 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 tranquil wilderness experience. Guests benefit from the lodge’s 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 eco-chic accommodation through their design and use of local stone and wood. Gardens and an attractive infinity pool grace the grounds, while the absence of neighboring lodges or roads creates an ideal setting for nature walks, birding and cycling trips through the surrounding forest.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Luxury Lodging: Kanha Earth Lodge

Day 3 : Game drives

Visiting: Kanha National Park

Today, venture out on a morning Game drive with picnic breakfast inside the park. Return to the lodge for lunch then after some time to rest, head out for an evening game drive.

Kanha Tiger Reserve is one of the best tiger habitats in India. Situated in the central Indian highlands, that are part of peninsular India’s vast tableland, the region was once covered in continuous forests that accounted for a significant part of the country’s wild habitats. Today, the Highlands are fragmented in parks such as Panna, Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Pench and Sanjay. Kanha’s hills and dense groves of vegetation constitute Sal, Bamboo, Tendu, Jamun, Arjun and Lendia. The reserve’s lifeline, however, are its grassy meadows that sustain large numbers of Chital, Sambar, Barasingha and Gaur, which in turn support its predators (tigers, leopards, wild dogs, jungle cats and foxes). Kanha’s greatest achievement has been the preservation of Hard Ground Swamp Deer (or Barasingha) from near extinction (they numbered just 66 in 1970). Today, they number more than 400 and are the only surviving population of Barasingha in the wild.

*** Note: Included in your trip fees are 5 jeep safaris in Kanha National Park and 4 jeep safaris in Pench National Park, with each game drive led by professional English-speaking naturalist guides. Your game drives are shared only by your fellow lodge guests with a maximum of 4 travelers in one Jeep. Trip fees also include all entrance fees to the national park.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Luxury Lodging: Kanha Earth Lodge

Day 4 : Game drives

Visiting: Kanha National Park

Today, venture out on a morning Game drive with picnic breakfast inside the park. Return to the lodge for lunch then after some time to rest, head out for an evening game drive.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Luxury Lodging: Kanha Earth Lodge

Day 5 : Game drive, then transfer to Pench National Park

Visiting: Pench National Park

Morning Game drive in Kanha National Park. Return to the lodge for lunch, then transfer by road to your next lodge in Pench (approximately 4 hours). Arrive in time for sunset and spend an easy evening at leisure followed by dinner and briefing.

Your home for the next 3 nights is Pench Tree Lodge, a boutique lodge with just 6 unique luxury treehouses all with en-suite bath. Your luxurious abode in the jungle is perched on top of rugged Mahua trees and supported by stilts. Large French windows allow for an uninterrupted view of the lush forest and grassland where you can observe the multitude of birds, butterflies and wildlife at the lodge. Guests have so far seen wild boars, civets, jungle cats, jackals and spotted deer as they sat sipping their morning tea or the evening sundowner on the private deck or relaxing in the pool. Breaking away from the monotony of other repetitious safari lodge designs, they have been designed with an eclectic mix of vintage and natural aesthetics.

*** Note: As parks are closed for safari activities on Wednesdays, Day 5 is ideal as a Wednesday, if you have the freedom and flexibility to plan for a Saturday arrival in Delhi.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Luxury Lodging: Pench Tree Lodge

Day 6 : Game drives in Pench National Park

Visiting: Pench National Park

Today, head out for the tigers on a morning game drive with a picnic breakfast inside the park. Return to the lodge for lunch, enjoy a siesta, and then experience more time in this famed tiger haunt on an evening game drive.

Pench National Park is a vast, wild playground that is home to India’s highest density of prey animals, chased by an estimated 65 Tigers. Declared an official tiger reserve in 1992, the park has an appealing landscape of dry and moist deciduous forest and Teak is the major tree of the region along with a mix of Saja, Mahua and Indian Ghost trees. The vegetation is of undulating scrublands as well as bamboo patches around hilly areas. The park has 39 species of mammals, 210 species of birds and an estimated 30 species of reptiles. The park is renowned for good sightings of tiger, wild dogs, jackals and many other mammals & birds.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Luxury Lodging: Pench Tree Lodge

Day 7 : Morning game drive, afternoon optional forest biking

Visiting: Pench National Park

Enjoy a morning game drive with a picnic breakfast inside the park.

After lunch, enjoy some easy bicycling in the buffer forest or enjoy some time at leisure.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Luxury Lodging: Pench Tree Lodge

Day 8 : Morning game drive, then transfer to airport and depart

Visiting: Dehli

Enjoy a final morning game drive with a picnic breakfast inside the park.

Afterwards, transfer to Nagpur (about a 2 hour drive) for your flight back to Delhi, where you are met on arrival and transferred to the international airport for your homeward flight.

  • Meals: B

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