Duration: 01 Oct 2015 - 01 Jun 2016
Location: Depart UK
Price: £2495, single supplement £475

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This tour is tour is offered throughout the central Indian wildlife season, although mammal watching is typically at its best from January to June. During this period, the parks become progressively drier, forcing their inhabitants to concentrate around the few remaining permanent water holes. Vegetation also dies back, improving visibility in the forest and increasing the frequency of wildlife sightings.

Optional Extensions

There are various options for extensions to this tour. An additional 5 nights can be spent in Kanha which will help to maximise chances of sighting the more difficult species such as wild dog, leopard and sloth bear. Another popular extension offered is a visit to the Taj Mahal on the return journey to Delhi.

All of wildlife holidays are covered by Financial Failure Insurance so that all monies paid to us are protected in the event of insolvency.

Day 1:Depart UK
Day 2:Arrive Delhi and overnight in city hotel
Day 3:Transfer to Jabalpur and onward to Bandhavgarh National Park
Day 7:Transfer to Kanha National Park
Day 8-9:Kanha National Park
Day 10:Road transfer to Jabalpur and onward to Delhi. (various optional extensions can be added here)
Day 11:Arrive UK

This tour is tour is offered throughout the central Indian wildlife season, although mammal watching is typically at its best from January to June. During this period, the parks become progressively drier, forcing their inhabitants to concentrate around the few remaining permanent water holes. Vegetation also dies back, improving visibility in the forest and increasing the frequency of wildlife sightings.

Bandhavgarh National Park

With its prime tiger habitat and healthy prey populations, Bandhavgarh is home to one of the highest densities of the striped cat, and easily offers the best chance of sightings anywhere in India. Big cat enthusiasts and photographers will be in their element here as the tigers are seldom disturbed by human presence, affording superb photographic opportunities. The landscape is also spectacular, dominated by the Bandhavgarh fort in the centre of the park. Birders are catered for with almost 300 species recorded.

The landscape ranges from lush sal forest to rocky outcrops and undulating hills, interspersed with meadows which provide grazing for the ungulates which include spotted deer, sambar, muntjac, indian gazelle and blue bull, which in turn provide rich pickings for the predators.

Kanha National Park

After a 4 night stay at Bandhavgarh, we continue to Kanha National Park. Kanha was the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s jungle book. The forest is dominated by fine stands of sal, interspersed with meadows that are managed by the forest department and provide ideal stalking cover for the parks large tiger population. As well as tiger, Kanha has healthy numbers of leopard, sloth bear and wild dog. The Indian bison is common here and it is also the only home of the hard ground barasingha. After a 3 night stay at Kanha National Park, the tour concludes and we transfer to Jabalpur for an onward connection to Delhi.

At some point during the tour, a presentation will be given on tips and techniques to improve your photography and get the most out of your time in the field.

Testimonials

Thank you for a really fantastic trip and trip notes which help bring back great memories!‘ MK, Surrey

‘Our leader was very knowledgeable, patient and a great guide to all the animals and birds’ MK, Surrey

‘Thanks for all your help – especially the bird sightings’ JR, Birmingham

‘Thank you for all your help and enthusiasm for the wildlife in particular, which is infectious’ JK, London

‘I enjoyed seeing the tigers very much but also was glad to stop for birds, mammals, views etc as well’ JK, London
‘Thanks for the company throughout the trip especially with the bird spotting which our car wasn’t that good at otherwise – and the good luck you brought in finding the tigers and cheerfulness when they weren’t there’ AP, London

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