Wildlife and Cultural Wonders

Highlights

  Tiger Reserves
  Wildlife galore
  Madhya Pradesh                      
  Amazing architecture 
  Glorious birds

Dates: 8 – 21 February 2021.

Price is from £4,600.00 pp

Madhya Pradesh is the true centre and heartland of India. Its forests were made famous by Rudyard Kipling and many have subsequently been turned into National Parks in order to preserve their unique, rich and varied wildlife. Part of the beauty of Madhya Pradesh is its lack of infrastructure, meaning that this, one of India’s most enchanting states, remains virtually unspoilt by mass tourism.  Its sites are treasures which are varied and captivating and include the imposing fort at Gwalior and the Scindia palace museum which houses an excellent collection of art; the hugely erotic carvings on the temples at Khajuraho and the forested temples on the river at Orchha.

One of the things we love about this state is that much of it really does seem like the rest of India used to be one hundred years ago and when driving between destinations one is privileged to witness this.  Drives go through forested areas, and past villages where most of the population still live in mud and thatch houses which they repaint every year, after the monsoon, in a vivid indigo blue.  

At a Glance

  • Price is £4,600.00 pp.
  • Group size is minimum 2 people.
  • Duration is 13 nights in India.
  • Accommodation is in either home-stays or cottages or heritage hotels.
  • Price includes international and internal flights, transfers, accommodation, meals and activities stated in the itinerary.

Itinerary

Days 1 – 2: Delhi                                             
Explore the city with your city expert. There are forts, palaces, old market places, museums and art galleries along architecture and heritage experiences. End the second day with a visit to the Kingdom of Dreams for a Bollywood style theatre followed by dinner.

Accommodation: The Claridges Hotel, Delhi. The Claridges provides a luxury accommodation facility to the guests where they could witness the magic of old Delhi along with the modern luxury of New Delhi. 

Days 3 – 5: Kanha Tiger Reserve
Explore Kanha Tiger Reserve today by taking safari drives into the core area of the park. These drives are for a 4-hour duration in the morning and about 3 hours in the evening. The starting and end times may vary depending on the season and sunrise and sunset time. Although the wildlife diversity in each zone may be similar the landscape differs quite a bit.

Accommodation: Singinawa Jungle Lodge, Kanha. The bungalows and cottages are exquisitely designed to suit the unique requirements of its visitors; with large bedrooms, private verandas, en-suite bathrooms (double vanities & rain showers), mini bars and air conditioning.

Days 6 – 8: Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve
Bandhavgarh National Park takes its name from the Bandhavgarh Fort which is located on top of the highest (800m) plateau in this region.

This reserve is home to more than 25 species of mammals and more than 250 species of birds along with about 80 types of butterflies and a number of reptiles. Apart from the tiger, the mammals living in the Bandhavgarh include panthers, wolves, hyenas, wild dogs, gaur, cheetal, sambhar, barking deer, sloth bears and many more. Bandhavgarh has always been an excellent tiger habitat.

Accommodation: The Kings Lodge, Bandhavgarh has 10 well appointed cottages and 8 stilt cottages with en-suite modern bathrooms. The Lodge is spread over a wide expanse of natural forest, wilderness and solitude.

Days 9 – 11: Khajuraho       
India’s most titillating town is famed far and wide for the erotic stone carvings that swathe Khajuraho’s three groups of World Heritage–listed temples. It is also the gateway to Panna Tiger Reserve.

Explore Panna Tiger Reserve by jeep safaris into the park today. The park was originally part of Project Tiger and its forest are full of an amazing diversity of wildlife found in Central Indian forests. Today there are over 34 tigers in the park. 

There is also the chance of an excursion to Ajaygarh Fort which is a mix of culture, heritage and wildlife. The fort lies several hundred steps on a steep outcrop overlooking the small rural town of Ajaygarh.

Accommodation: Sarai at Toria. This is a charming earth-friendly property on the banks of the Ken River, surrounded by wildlife, culture and tranquil scenery.

Days 12 – 13: Orchha   
Orchha could make towns many times its size green with jealousy. For nearly 300 years it was one of the most important urban areas leaving the town with a supreme display of Mughal-influenced Rajput architecture in the shape of spectacular palaces, temples and royal chhatris (cenotaphs).

Accommodation: Amar Mahal, Orchha. The architecture of Amar Mahal is built like the Rajput house of Bundelkhand. It is a perfect gateway to experience the historical and natural splendour of the surrounding area.

Day 14: Agra
Travel to Agra, the city of love and longing – meticulously planned, built and nurtured by three successive Mughal.

Step into the Mehtab Bagh – a beautifully laid out garden on the other side of the Yamuna to be wowed by another spectacular view – by the fountain, directly in front of the entrance gate – many connoisseurs have concluded that this is the most memorable vista.

Accommodation: ITC Mughal. This luxury hotel in Agra is a fitting tribute to the great Mughal builders of the past, full of splendour and perfection which was the hallmark of the Mughal Dynasty.

Day 12: Fly home
You have the morning at leisure before catching a flight to Delhi and then back home.

 

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