Indian Jungles

Highlights

  Tiger, elephant and rhino
  Fishing cats
  Diverse landscapes
  A multitude of apes 
  Get away from mass tourism 

Price is from £4,650.00 pp

Not many realise that India is home to 10% of the world’s wildlife species. The main reason for this is that the country has a huge diversity of landscapes that have helped evolve a huge variety of species.

However, we do realise that the draw of the larger mammals is much more to most than anything else in the animal kingdom which is why we have put together this program to showcase India’s big five –Tiger, Asiatic Elephant, Gaur (Indian bison), Wild Water Buffalo and the one-horned Rhinoceros. Your adventure in India this time will take you to Kaziranga National Park, Howrah, Kanha and Pench Tiger Reserves.

Highlight in our mind should be Kaziranga and Howrah – regions which you have not travelled to before. Howrah is excellent for seeing fishing cats which co-exist in midst of an inhabitation. It is also an area where we have often found a melanistic jackal. Of-course the one-horned or the armoured rhinoceros is impressive as it is the second largest species of rhino after the white rhino of Africa.

Although the visit will be short, we will explore Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary searching for the seven species of primates that call it home, including the Hoolock Gibbon the only ape found in India.

Time to visit: October to June.

At a Glance

  • Price is £4,650.00 pp.
  • Groups size is a minimum of two people.
  • Duration is 13 nights in India
  • Accommodation is in either home-stays or cottages.
  • Price includes international and internal flights, transfers, accommodation, meals and activities stated in the itinerary.

Itinerary

Day 0: Fly to Mumbai.

Days 1 – 4: Kaziranga National Park.                                     
On the way to Kaziranga we explore Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary near Jorhat which is home to 7 species of primates – Stump-tailed Macaque, Northern Pig-tailed Macaque, Eastern Assamese Macaque, Rhesus Macaque, Bengal Slow Loris, Capped Langur and the Hoolock Gibbon – the only ape found in India.

Kaziranga National Park encompasses grasslands, wetlands and forests for about 60km on the south side of the Brahmaputra River. Its 2400-plus rhinos comprise two-thirds of the world’s population. You’ll probably also spot some of the park’s 1100 elephants, and if you’re very lucky, a tiger.  

Explore the park in jeeps and by elephant ride which takes you in the heart of the grassland and close to the one-horned rhinoceros.

Accommodation: Infinity Resort Kaziranga. Featuring traditional construction methods and built on stilts just like the original bungalows in flood-prone Kaziranga, these Cottage Rooms are a whole new level of tradition-meets-luxury.

Days 5 – 6: Fishing Cats safaris
In the swamps, the fishing cat is the top predator and the local people rightly call it the Tiger that eats Fish. Our fishing cat safaris are conducted in the dark hours, between dusk and dawn. Guests rest during the day and will have the opportunity to enjoy the cultural experiences. After dinner, we set off in a ToTo a battery-operated vehicle and use spotlights to see nocturnal animals. Be prepared for a bit of walking and sitting in hides too.

During the day one can explore the unique village life of Damodar Flood Plains.

Accommodation: Baghrol Basa.

Day 7: Kolkata    
This morning you check out after breakfast and head into Kolkata to explore a little bit of art, architecture and heritage of this great city. This evening make your way to the airport and catch a flight from Kolkata to Nagpur this evening.

Accommodation: Radisson Blu, Nagpur. Elegantly decorated hotel rooms and suites, featuring lush furnishings and incredible ambiance.

Day 8 – 9: Pench National Park
Pench National Park is a wild playground harbouring country’s maximum density of prey animals. It has an appealing landscape of dry and moist deciduous forest and Teak is the major tree of the region along with a mix of Saja, Mahua and Indian Ghost trees. The park has 39 recorded species of mammals, 210 species of migrant and resident birds and estimated 30 species of reptiles. The park is known for good sightings of Tiger, Wild Dogs, Jackals and many other mammals & birds.

It is said that Rudyard Kipling initially wrote these for his eldest daughter Josephine who died at the age of 6 in 1899. But did you know – Pench tiger reserve is the setting for Rudyard Kipling’s – The Jungle Book.

Overnight will be at Pench Tree Lodge. This boutique lodge has six tree houses and six cottages spread across the estate, all with stunning views and privacy.

Days 10 – 12: Kanha    
Take an exclusive safari into Kanha zone of the park and in the afternoon we will take a shared safari into Mukki. Learn a little about the tribes of Central India and about tribal art.

Later in the evening take a night safari into the buffer forest close to the lodge to get a chance to see some of the nocturnal inhabitants of this forest. Some species to look out for during this drive are: Flying Fox, Flying Squirrels, different species of owls, nightjars, lesser cats such as the jungle cat and if you are lucky you may even find a leopard or a tiger.

Accommodation: Singinawa Jungle Lodge. The 12 stone and slate cottages are stunning, each stands in seclusion, surrounded by trees where intruders are only the cheetals and the occasional wildlings!

Day 13: Delhi
After returning from the safari we take an early lunch before the evening flight to Delhi. Once in Delhi you will be transferred to your hotel in Aerocity.

Accommodation: Holiday Inn, Aerocity.

Day 14: Flight home

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