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STALKING THE TIGER – A northern Jungle Saga
DELHI-RANTHAMBORE-BHARATPUR-AGRA-BANDHAVGARH-KANHA-DELHI (Optional Extensions for Corbett and Pench)
The geological topography of Indian subcontinent has produced an incomparable diversity of eco-systems and these includes the world’s highest mountains, arid desert, great flood plains, cloud forests, swamps and scrub lands. Some Indian Jungles are thick and dense, predators as well as their prey depend on stealth, camouflage and surprise rather then their number or speed, for this reason tracking these animals is an unforgettable ecstasy.
India has a network of about 80 National Parks and 441 Sanctuaries, covering four per cent of its land area. Depending on the area and terrain, these parks provide ample opportunity for wildlife watching Visitors have a choice of watching flora and fauna from elephant back, watch towers, boats, jeeps and on foot. The thrill of spotting herds of wild elephant, deer, a rhino and a tiger, in its natural environment, is very rarely matched. Majority of these parks are in Northern and Central India. You shall be travelling through the Jungle heartland of India.
Project tiger was started in 1973 ….
Accomodation is in the finest resorts in each park.
Jewel of Information
Peacock – the national bird…you will see in plenty all over in north. During monsoon you can hear their mating calls and the male members dancing in their full plumage. The hues of shimmering blue, green and yellow look very attractive. It is illegal to kill peacocks. You will often find hand fans made of peacock feathers being sold in souvenier shops and even on roadsides…these are made from feathers shed periodically by the males.
Day 01 Arrive Delhi
Arrive at New Delhi’s international airport, a SITA World Travel representative will be waiting for you outside the EXIT gate of arrival terminal, holding a SITA placard. Met upon arrival and transfer to your hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02 Delhi
After a leisurely morning, sight seeing of New and Old Delhi.
Day 03 Delhi – Ranthambore
(Train) Golden Temple Mail 07:55 – 13:10
In the morning travel to Sawai Madhopur by train in air-conditioned first class. On arrival transfer to your hotel/Camps. Ranthambore is a dry deciduous forest with rocky hill crests and open valleys dotted with water pools and fruit trees. The one thousand year old Ranthambore fortress looms above the forest. The park is home to the sambar deer, nilgai, wild boar, bear, panther, tiger and a variety of birds including the partridge, green pigeon and red spur fowl.
Day 04 Ranthambore
Our search for the tiger begins with morning and afternoon game drives.
Overnight at Hotel/Camps
Day 05 Ranthambore-Bharatpur
(Train) Golden Temple Mail 12:50 – 15:25
In the morning enjoy another game drive. At midday take a 3-hour train ride in first class AC to Bharatpur. Transfer to the Laxmi Vilas Palace for 1 night. Bharatpur is one of the finest bird sanctuaries in the world with over 300 species in season. The most common species here are the Siberian crane, cormorant, open-bill and painted stork, spoon- bill, quail, coot, heron, teal, tern, egret, pelican, ibis and snake bird. Birdlife is best viewed punting through the rushes or on cycle-rickshaws
Day 06 Bharatpur-Agra
Morning explore the Bird life on cycle rikshaws. In the afternoon drive to Agra visiting Fatehpur Sikri en route.
Day 07 Agra – Umaria
(Train) Kalinga Utkal Express 15:50-06:15 (Next Day) In the morning visit the sights including the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. In the afternoon board an overnight train for Umaria, in air-conditioned sleeper.
Day 08 Umaria - Bandhavgarh
Arrive Umaria in the morning and transfer to the Bandhavgarh National Park. Check into Jungle Lodge. The park is situated in the Vindhya hills with an undulating terrain and is home to spotted deer, blackbucks, wild oxen, sloth bear, sambar, nilgai, barking deer, leopard and tiger. The rich and varied birdlife includes golden orioles, parakeets, hornbills and partridges. Visit the park in the afternoon.
Days 9 & 10 Bandhavgarh
Enjoy two full days of jungle activity. One evening will be reserved for local Dance performance at a near by village and traditional meals at a village house. Overnight at Jungle Lodge
Day 11 Bandavgarh - Kanha
Morning drive to Kanha National Park, one of the largest and best-managed parks in the country. Kanha has some 22 species of mammals. Most commonly sighted are the chital or spotted deer, barasingha or swamp deer, blackbuck, common langur, jackal and three-striped palm squirrel. Less commonly seen are the tiger, Indian hare, dhole or Indian wild dog and bison or gaur. Rarely sighted are the Indian fox, sloth bear, striped hyena, panther, mouse deer, etc. Over 200 species of birds are found in the hills in the mixed forest and its bamboo breaks
Days 12 & 13 Kanha
Enjoy two full days of jungle activity.
Day 14 Kanha – Jabalpur - Delhi
(Train) Gondwana Express D: 15:40 A: 0720 Next Day
Morning transfer to Jabalpur station for the overnight train journey back to Delhi, in air-conditioned first class sleeper.
Overnight at Hotel
Day 15 Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi in the morning and transfer to your Hotel. Later in the evening departure transfer to International airport to board the flight for onward destination
Corbett Option (2 days): On day 15 transfer from Delhi to Corbett for 2 nights. Enjoy game drives and elephant ride. Drive back to Delhi for a night at a Hotel in New Delhi before flying back on day 18
Pench Option (3 days) : On day 14 drive to Pench for 3 nights stay. Enjoy game drives in Kipling’s jungles made famous by his “Jungle Book”. Drive on to Nagpur for a flight back to Delhi on day 17. Fly out of Delhi on Day 18.