The Roaring Tiger
If a mere thought of seeing a tiger face to face makes the hair on the back of your neck stand, then this tour is definitely for you. Indian safaris are anything but tame. And we understand that the holy grail of any Indian safari is to watch the big cats, and in India that means the elusive wild tiger. Each park brings something different to the table. At Satpura Tiger Reserve the terrain is extremely rugged and consists of sandstone peaks. At Pench National Park and Kanha National Park, you won’t be surprised to see as to why Rudyard Kipling was inspired to write “The Jungle Book”. Next we bring you to the crown jewel of our trip:Bandhavgarh Forest Reserve. We aim to let you finish off on a high by visiting Khajuraho, the land of Kamasutra.Your wildlife tour operator Vasco Travel is here to make your wildlife travel in India a memorable experience.
- Walking Safari in Satpura National Park
- Follow the footsteps of Kipling in the Land of Jungle Book at Pench National Park
- Set up Camera Traps
- Enjoy Bhumia Baiga’s most ancient and spectacular of dances
- Opportunity to sight Royal Bengal Tigers in Bandhavgarh National Park
Best time to Visit
Day 1 Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival at Delhi in the evening, you are received, greeted and escorted to the Hotel by a Vasco representative. You are welcomed inside in Traditional Indian style and later checked into the hotel. Overnight stay is at the hotel.
Known for its survival against all odds, Delhi the capital of India has been the epicenter of Indian politics for centuries. The delightful ambiance of Delhi leaves a hypnotic spell on the visitors with its old world charm and modern lifestyle that coexist in this city of Djinns. Upon arrival you will experience the newly built state of the art Delhi airport and as the journey unfolds, you will be fascinated by the ancient architecture of Mughal Era while traveling through the crowded by lanes of Chandni Chowk where the sights and sounds of the ever growing city and spicy traditional Indian food will caste a magical spell on you. Several luxury hotels adorn the skyline of Delhi and are known for their traditional warmth and hospitality the world over. The mystic charm of Delhi lies in its architectural marvels and rich traditional background.
Day 2 Delhi – Bhopal (By Flight) – Satpura National Park
After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to Delhi airport to board your flight to Bhopal. At Bhopal you are received by a Vasco representative at the airport. Soon you will be transferred to the hotel for check-in.
You can rest until after lunch. Later in the afternoon we will go for a nature walk in the jungle as this is the only national park in India where you can do a walking safari, explore on foot and enjoy wildlife at a more leisurely pace.
You only really get to know the jungle when you walk. Setting off in the company of your naturalist, you’ll tramp through dense sal and teak forests, across open meadows beside the banks of the Tawa Reservoir and past ravines and seasonal streams. Satpura is one of the least visited parks in central India and you’ll feel like you are its first explorer.
After strolling through the jungle you return back to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 3 Satpura National Park
Located in district Hoshangabad of Madhya Pradesh in India, it gets its name from Satpura hill ranges. It covers an area of 524 km². Satpura National Park, and along with the adjoining Bori and Panchmarhi Sanctuaries, provides 1427 km² of unique Central Indian Highland ecosystem.
You get up early in the morning and get ready for the first game drive of the trip by Jeep.
The terrain of the national park is extremely rugged and consists of fascinating deep valleys, sandstone peaks, narrow gorges, rivulets, waterfalls, thickly dense green forest of Sal and other medicinal herbs and Tawa vast reservoir. Its fauna comprises Spotted Dear, Indian Bison (Gaur), Tigers, Leopards, Wild boar, Wild dog (locally called Dholes), Sloth bear, Black Buck (unique attraction), Porcupine, Sambhar, Four Horned Antelopes (Chowsingha), Smooth Coated Otter, Pangolin, Marsh Crocodile, Languars etc. Indian Giant squirrel is the special feature of Satpura National Park as it is rare in India now. Sighting of Leopards, Gaurs, Wild Dog, Sloth Bear is good in comparison to other national parks of Central India. Bird-watching in Satpura National Park is also great.
After the game drive you come back to the hotel for lunch and rest for a while. Again late afternoon you will go for a walking safari. There’s time to stop and smell flowers, watch ants at work, gaze at butterflies and listen to the calls of birds. Linger some more and the shadows of the forest reveal Gaur, the sturdy Indian Bison, and flickering dappled light turns into the rumps of Spotted Deer skipping through the trees.
Satpura might not the best park in India for seeing Tigers, but this could be something of a relief when you’re exploring the jungle on foot. With all your senses on red alert even the sound of a Jungle Fowl scratching through the leaf litter is enough to set your heart racing. With no separation between you and wildlife the experience is truly exhilarating. Return to the overnight stay.
Day 4 Satpura National Park – Pench National Park
After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to Pench. Check in at the hotel, upon arrival. Rest of the day is free. Overnight is at the hotel.
The romance & adventure of the Pench has not reduced over the time, it is still as beautiful as described by Rudyard Kipling. Here, we invite you to follow the footsteps of Kipling in the Land of Jungle Book.
Pench National Park, nestling in the lower southern reaches of the satpuda hills is named after Pench River, meandering through the park from north to south. It is located on the southern boundary of Madhya Pradesh, bordering Maharashtra, in the districts of Seoni and Chhindwara. Pench National Park has always been rich in wildlife. It is dominated by fairly open canopy; mixed forests with considerable shrub cover and open grassy patches. The high habitat heterogeneity favours high population of Chital and Sambar. Pench tiger reserve has highest density of herbivores in India (90.3 animals per sq km).
Day 5 Pench National Park
Day 6 Pench National Park – Kanha National Park
Today morning you will drive to Kanha. Check-in at Singinawa Jungle Lodge. Rest of the day is free.
Remember Mowgli, the pint-sized 'Man-Child' or Bagheera, the Black Panther? And who can forget the inimitable Sher Khan, the Tiger, villain of Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book. Kipling was inspired to write his memorable book by the luxuriant forest cover of Kanha teeming with an astonishing variety of wildlife.
This Tiger reserve is considered as one of Asia's finest protected areas in the world to see tigers in the wild. It is spread over a massive area of 1945 sq.km. It offers a great diversity of wildlife. Chances of seeing the Indian Bison here are much better than Bandhavgarh. You also might spot a pack of Dholes- the Indian Wild Dog, also known as the whistling hunters, Dholes are known for their perseverance in hunting down their prey.
In the evening walk in the hotel premises and help the naturalist set up some camera traps at various locations. Next day we can gather to see if the camera traps have captured any wild species. Dinner and overnight stay is at the hotel.
Day 7 Kanha National Park
Breakfast will be served from 7.45 to 8.30am at the Lair and its terrace. At 9.30am you will be taken to the Kanha Museum of Life & Art for an introduction to the many forms of indigenous art. After this tour we will return either to Bhaat Kholi or Chougan for demonstrations of the art forms previously seen by a few invited artists of those mediums, and other artists we support from Kanha’s environs. You are free to try your hand at any medium you wish.
Lunch will be served under the shade of trees at the Wallow at 1 pm.
At between 2.30 to 3pm it will be time to set out for the afternoon safari with our assigned Naturalist. The afternoon safaris are of the shorter duration of 3 hours, but you still have ample of opportunities for spotting wildlife species and stunning avian species in the core of Kanha. Return to the hotel in the evening for overnight stay.
Day 8 Kanha National Park
An early morning wake-up call, with tea, coffee or another preferred beverage, and freshly made biscuits heralds a morning of seeking out the magnificent wildlife species Kanha’s jungles act as a vital refuge to. We gather at the Main Lodge and set off for the morning safari. It takes 20 minutes to reach the Mukki Gate, with a drive through the buffer zone which can always offer wildlife sightings along the way – there’s never a dull moment!
The morning safari is a 5 to 6 hour drive through the varied landscapes of the allotted zone of Kanha booked. Therefore breakfast is served al fresco at one of 4 locations at 8amish (depending on the predator movement and your Naturalist’s advice). Guests return to the hotel between 11 to 11.30am, after which they are at leisure to just relax, swim at The Wallow, or indulge themselves with a selection of treatments at The Meadows Spa – a time for pampering!
Lunch is served at 1pm at either the Lair or The Wallow.
We return to the hotel for a well-earned shower, and a breather, before we congregate at 6.45pm in the Choughan to witness the Bhumia Baiga’s most ancient and spectacular of dances. Anticipate being invited to participate in the oldest of dance steps known to man, and enjoy dancing alongside one of the gentlest of humans we in Kanha are so fortunate to have in our lives.
A candlelit Dinner, under a mass of stars we clearly see as the Milky Way, and beside a roaring fire – if it’s winter, concludes another experience filled day in the jungle.
Day 9 Kanha National Park – Bandhavgarh National Park
After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to Bandhavgarh. Check-in at the hotel upon arrival.
Bandhavgarh is spread at Vindhya hills in Madhya Pradesh. Bandhavgarh consists of a core area of 105 sq km and a buffer area of approximately 400 sq km. The topography varies between steep ridges, undulating, forest and open meadows. Bandhavgarh is known for the Royal Bengal Tigers the density of the Tiger population at Bandhavgarh is the highest known in India. Bandhavgarh National Park was the former hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Rewa and at present it is a famous natural hub for White Tigers. A relatively small park, it is one of the smallest tiger reserves holding such a large population of Tigers (49 according to the 1997 census). Set in rugged terrain with many hills, the forested area is sperad with savannah like areas known as Charus. These regions support a rich variety of wildlife that includes Tiger, Leopard, Gaur (Indian Bison), Sloth Bear, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Chowsingha (Four horned Antelope) and Wild Pigs etc. Bandhavgarh is also rich in birdlife.
Rest of the day is free. Overnight is at the hotel.
Day 10-11 Bandhavgarh National Park
Day 12 Bandhavgarh National Park – Panna National Park
Today after breakfast at the hotel, we drive to Panna National Park.
Remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight stay is at the hotel.
Day 13 Panna National Park
In the morning drive to Panna National Park to experience a game drive in the jungle. The undulating topography supports a mosaic of vegetation ranging from moist, sheltered valleys to open, dry deciduous forest. Over 1200 species of plants have been recorded from the area including several rare and endangered plants as well as plants of ethno-botanical importance. The area has always been rich in wildlife. It is dominated by fairly open canopy, mixed forests with considerable shrub cover and open grassy patches.
The bio-diversity in this national park is extremely rich. Apart from Tigers, the park also has Wolf, Chital, Sloth Bear, Chinkara and Sambar.
Day 14 Panna National Park – Khajuraho – Delhi (By Flight)
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Khajuraho to visit Eastern Group of temples. We start with Ghantai Temple dedicated to the "Vamana" or dwarf incarnation of Lord Vishnu and the Javari Temple. There are also three Jain Temples with beautiful carvings and non-erotic sculptures.
We finish today’s sightseeing by visiting Western Group of Temples. The most important temple is the Kandariya Mahadeo Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the largest and most typical of the Khajuraho temples. Our next stop is the Chaunsat Yogini Jain Temple dedicated to the 64 "Yoginis" or attendants of Goddess Kali. This temple stands apart from the rest. Also see the Chitragupta or Bharatji Temple with a lovely sculpture of Lord Vishnu in his 11-headed form.
After the visit drive to Khajuraho Airport to catch your flight to Delhi. Upon arrival at Delhi you are received by a Vasco representative and escorted to Terminal 3 (for international flights) to board your flight back home.