Where the wild things are! Ranthambhore, Bharatpur, Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks. The definitive adventure for tiger and wildlife enthusiasts, this excitement-packed fortnight also takes in the legendary Taj Mahal in Agra and the historic sights of Delhi - old and new.
Delhi - Ranthambhore (via Sawai Madhopur). The morning is spent at leisure before we board the train to Ranthambhore. Ranthambhore National Park is one of the prime examples of Project Tiger’s conservation efforts in Rajasthan. Sprawling across an area of some 1334 sq. kms, the park boasts an impressive 10th century fort. In addition to the Bengal tiger, Ranthambhore is home to wild boar, nilgai, sambar deer and a variety of birds. Tiger spottings are more common in the morning or late afternoon. You’ll venture on 4 exciting game drives over days 3 and 4 in shared jeeps or Canters. Overnight - Ranthambhore NP (B:3, L:3, D:3)
Ranthambhore - Bharatpur. After a morning game drive you’ll board the train for Bharatpur - home to Keoladeo Ghana National Park. Rated as one of the finest bird reserves in the world, over 350 species of birds have been identified at the park. A prime time to visit is from October to late February when myriad migratory birds such as the rare Siberian crane can be viewed. During your visit, consider walking or hiring a bicycle rickshaw. Overnight - Bharatpur (B)
Bharatpur - Umaria (via Agra). En route to Umaria, a stop is made at Agra. Once the Mughal capital of India, Agra is home to the legendary Taj Mahal. A visit is made to the Taj, where you’ll see first-hand, the efforts Emperor Shah Jahan went to in constructing a solid white marble mausoleum for his beloved wife, Mumtaz. From Agra, you’ll later board the train to Umaria. Overnight - Train (B)
Umaria - Bandhavgarh. An early morning arrival at Umaria, then a short drive to Bandhavgarh where you’ll enjoy the first of your game drives. Bandhavgarh is set amidst the Vindhyan ranges. Claiming to have the highest density population of Bengal tiger in India, coupled with a population of leopard, nilgai, jackal, wild boar, sloth bear, gaur, sambar deer and colourful bird life, game drives are often peppered with sightings. In Bandhavgarh you will take 4 game drives over days 8 and 9 in private jeeps. Overnight - Bandhavgarh NP (B:2, L:3, D:3)
Bandhavgarh - Kanha. After a morning game drive, we journey to Kanha via a fossil park. Kanha is one of India’s largest parks, covering 1945 sq. km of forest and lightly wooded grassland. This is the land that Kipling wrote so vividly about in his literary classic ‘Jungle Book’. Kanha National Park has a tremendous variety of wildlife - including the Bengal tiger, leopard, sambar, chital, blackbuck, gaur, swamp deer and jackal. On days 11 and 12 enjoy 4 game drives in private jeeps. Overnight - Kanha NP (B:3, L:3, D:3)
Early arrival at Delhi station, transfer and check-in at your hotel. Later, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi taking in the impressive Red Fort, Jama Masjid mosque and the colourful Chandni Chowk bazaar. This afternoon, enjoy a tour of New Delhi. Open and relatively streamlined New Delhi was built as the imperial capital of India by the British. Highlights include the majestic India Gate, Rajpath and bustling Connaught Place. A visit is also made to Qutab Minor, a massive tower built in the 11th century followed by a visit to a carpet emporium. Overnight - Delhi
Hotel check-out and included onward transfer to airport.
Travel in Style!
Prices are based on 4 star hotels and standard wildlife lodges. If you'd like to treat yourself to a little added comfort, you can upgrade your accommodation on this tour to deluxe lodges.
Please contact us for details and prices.
NOTE: Taj Mahal, Agra - closed Friday; Red Fort, Delhi - closed Monday
National Park opening dates.
Ranthambhore NP is open from 01 Oct till 30 June.
Kanha NP is open from 16 Oct till 30 June.
Bandhavgarh National Park is open from 15 Oct till 30 June
FROM USD $4,959
Prices & Departure Dates
Prices shown are ‘per person’, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. The single supplement price needs to be added to the twin/double price if single rooms are required. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.
Prices are indicative and will vary depending on your chosen hotels, room availability as well as time of travel i.e. during India’s peak travel season of 21 Dec - 10 Jan, additional supplements will apply. Equally, if you with to travel to India during the summer, rates will be cheaper than those quoted.. Please bear this in mind if comparing prices as we always aim to deliver exceptional value.
This itinerary is based upon superior accommodation. Standard and deluxe properties are also available upon request.
Please note that discounts will apply if there are more 4 our more people in your travelling party, since fixed costs like transportation and guiding are shared across the group.
This trip is available from October through to April, which is when the National Parks are open.
Ranthambhore to Kanha - 15 days
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Highlights & Inclusions
Below is a list of key highlights and what is included on this tour. Further, where appropriate, we have listed the items that are not included in the tour price.
Old and New Delhi - the magnificent Red Fort, India's largest mosque Jama Masjid, and Gandhi's crematorium Raj Ghat.
Keoladeo Ghana National Park - UNESCO site and home to nearly 350 migratory birds.
Bandhavgarh National Park - India's most densely tiger populated park.
Abundant flora and fauna at 3 of India’s foremost parks & bird life at renowned Keoladeo Ghana NP
Ranthambhore National Park - India's most popular national park.
The spectacular Taj Mahal - India's most famous monument in all its glory.
Kanha National Park - one of Indias greatest wildlife reserves
12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners
2 overnight train journeys (Agra-Umaria and Jabalpur-Delhi, 2nd class air-conditioned)
Bicycle rickshaw ride in Keoladeo Ghana National Park
4 game drives - Kanha NP (private jeeps)
Touring, excursions and game drives as per itinerary
Entrance fees and game park permits at all relevant sights
12 nights - superior hotels and lodges
5 game drives - Ranthambhore NP (shared jeeps or Canters)
6 game drives - Bandhavgarh NP (private jeeps)
Airport arrival and departure transfers day 1 and day 15
Local English speaking specialist guides at local sights
Chauffeur driven air-conditioned vehicle (game drives - non air-conditioned vehicles)
What's Not Included
International flights and visas
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Laundry, drinks, items of a personal nature
Here's what some of our past travellers have written in to us and said about their experiences on this trip.
Ranthambhore to Kanha - 15 days
I just wanted to let you know what a brilliant holiday we have just had. The organisation could not have been better. I would just like to thank you and all the people involved (the reps; the people at the game parks and the guides) you all contributed to a fantastic holiday.