Tigers & Travels in India
Search for the tiger in two of India's national parks, Bandhavgarh and Kanha
Pricing From: $8,495 USD per person
Duration: 19 days
Operator: Wildland Adventures
This adventure spends five days exploring the famed tiger parks of Bandhavgarh and Kanha. Travelers learn about the current state of tigers in India and how conservation programs are working to bring these big cats back by empowering communities to protect their habitat. Visit New Delhi, the Taj Mahal, Khajuraho's spectacular temples, and the sacred city of Varanasi.
DAYS 1 & 2 - DELHI
Start your trip by exploring the fascinating city of Delhi. We catch a rickshaw into the old walled city and walk through the bustling market of Chadni Chowk. We walk to the Friday Mosque, Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India, and then on to the Red Fort Palace. We drive along Rajpath, the ceremonial avenue, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, the President's Residence, and more.
Overnights at the Oberoi Maiden Hotel. [BL]
DAYS 3-5: TAJ MAHAL / JAIPUR / AMBER FORT
This morning we rise at dawn and make our way to the Taj Mahal for its opening to contemplate and photograph with few other visitors. Return to the hotel for breakfast, then depart for Jaipur (260k/5 hrs) and visit the ancient site of Fatehpur Sikri. The city was built by Emperor Akbar the Great, the most farseeing and tolerant of all the Mughuls.
We continue our drive to the pink city of Jaipur where we check in to Samode Havelli, a 175 year old restored manor house for the royal family.
Amber Fort is a classic Rajasthani palace. We drive into Jaipur, the famed Pink City, painted pink to honor a British Viceregal visit in the late 19th century. Here you can view the Hawa Mahal ("The Palace of Winds"), a five story ornamental sandstone building.
Overnights at ITC Mughal & Samode Havelli.
DAYS 6 - 7: JODHPUR & BISHNOI
Drive to the Blue City of Jodhpur (330k /6hrs). We pass by the opulent Umaid Bhawan Palace. In the afternoon, we walk into the iconic Mehrangarh Fort, which dominates the city skyline. Spread over 3 miles at a height of 300 feet, the fort houses some of the most intricately adorned palace buildings in Rajasthan.
We also journey into the countryside among the Bishnois, villagers who are dedicated to conservation. Later we walk the narrow, cobblestone streets of the old town. We glimpse the contemporary life of a typical Rajasthani home and enjoy conversation and traditional dishes.
Overnights at the Hari Mahal Vivanta.
DAYS 8 - 10: UDAIPUR / LAKE PICHOLA
Today we drive to Udaipur (260k/6h) stopping en route to visit the 12th century Jain Temple of Ranakpur. We continue to Udaipur, "The Venice of the East", surrounded by the Aravalli mountain ranges on the edge of three lakes. See palaces straight out of fairy tales, each one rivaling the splendor of the next.
After breakfast we depart on a tour of Udaipur visiting the city palace complex - the largest palace in Rajasthan. An afternoon walk among villages through the countryside reveals the daily life of local people of the region. Overnights at LaLit Laxmi Vilas Hotel & Tuli Imperial.
DAYS 11 - 13: KHANA NATIONAL PARK
Transfer to the airport for a flight to Jabalpur. On arrival, we transfer by car to Kanha (5 hours), one of the country's most scenic national parks. Upon arrival, we check in at Kanha Jungle Lodge and take a nature walk with the resident naturalist.
For two days, we embark on our safaris by jeep in the morning and late afternoon, always listening and keeping an eye out for tigers while observing birds and other wildlife. Nowhere can you see tigers as often as in Kanha National Park. Kanha extends over 1,940-sq-kms and is dominated by a central valley.
We will likely be guided by Vinod Ayam, a local resident who is being trained as a guide by the 10,000 Tigers Conservation Campaign, the beneficiary of donations from this trip.
Overnights at the Kanha Jungle Lodge.
DAYS 14 - 16: BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK
Our drive to Bandhavgarh takes much of the day (230 km / 6-7 hours). The mixed habitat of bamboo, grassland, and a complex of deciduous forests make Bandhavgarh one of the best places to see tigers in India. There are also at least 150 species of birds, along with sloth bears, langur monkeys, and 3 kinds of deer.
We depart the lodge at dawn in open jeeps with a naturalist. Each morning and afternoon we search for wildlife and we have the opportunity for an elephant safari. Enjoy an evening wildlife presentation by the Sankhala family, who have dedicated their lives to tiger conservation in India. Overnights at Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge.
DAY 17 - KHAJURAHO TEMPLES
Drive to Khajuraho (1 hr) for a walking tour of the Jain and Hindu temples, dedicated to Vishnu, Shiva, and Brahma. These temples (known as "the erotic temples"), are known for their intricate exhibits of gods and goddesses, celestial maidens, dancers, animals, and musicians.
Overnight at Taj Chandela.
DAYS 18 - 19: VARANASI / GANGES RIVER / SARNATH
In the morning, fly to Varanasi. One of the oldest living cities in the world, Varanasi is on the banks of the sacred River Ganges. In late afternoon we walk amidst the market of Beniabagh famous for spices, cloths, and vendors selling fruits, pickles and vegetables. Just before dawn we board a boat on the Ganges River. As the sun rises we capture the holy images of devotees offering prayers and seeking blessings of their beloved deities.
We visit Sarnath where Buddha gave his first sermon after attaining enlightenment, now the most sacred pilgrimage site for Buddhists. Finally, take a return flight to Delhi, where you can use a dayroom to get ready for your flight home.
Overnights at the Gateway Ganges Hotel and dayroom at the Radisson Blu.
Prices & Dates
Dates: Available on request
Duration: 19 days
Pricing From: $8,495 USD per person
Price Notes: Group Size: 4-6 people: $7,695 pp. / 7-9: $7,295 pp. / 10-12: $6,995 pp. Internal airfare - $625. Single supplement - $2,295.
Included: Airport transfers; accommodations as noted; private vehicle with English-speaking driver; fully escorted throughout by local guide; specalty tiger and wildlife guides for all safaris; private 4x4 vehicles and / or elephants for all safaris; first class A/C trains; private vehicle and English speaking driver / escort; all entrance fees to sites for touring as noted; meals as indicated; services of inbound local ground operators and pre-departure services of Wildland Adventures.
Excluded: International flights; India visa fees; departure taxes; tips and gratuities; alcoholic beverages and bottled drinks; meals not indicated above; extra costs for optional excursions or services on own or to be paid direct; travel insurance; extra costs due to unanticipated changes in your itinerary for reasons beyond our control. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance.
10,000 Tigers - A project of the non-profit Travel Operators for Tigers that supports the training of local guides to ensure that local communities benefit from tiger tourism and raise awareness of the need to protect tigers in their community.
By booking with SEEtheWILD, we will donate $350 towards the 10,000 Tigers Campaign.
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