Wild India

23 MARCH - 4 APRIL 2020

 

Explore jungles and forests on this wildlife trail. Stay in 2 of the best-known Game Reserves to spot tigers, leopards, wild dogs, sloth bears and a diverse range of deer and birdlife in Central India. Journey to Rajasthan, to stay at Jawai Conservation Reserve, the best natural habitat for leopards and home to the Rabari shepherds. Home-stay to enjoy true Rajasthani family hospitality in a stunning rural setting.

 
 

 
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Overview

Delhi ( Novotel Aerocity - 5 star hotel - Standard room )
• Tadoba ( Svsara Jungle Lodge - Luxury resort  - Cottage )
 Pench ( Jamtara Jungle Lodge - Safari lodge - Luxury Tent )
 Delhi ( Novotel Aerocity - 5 star hotel - Standard room )
• Jawai ( Sujan Jawai Camp - Safari camp - Luxury Camp )
• Shahpura ( Shahpura Bagh - Heritage hotel - Standard room )
• Delhi ( Novotel Aerocity - 5 star hotel - Standard room )

EXTENSION
• Ranthambore ( Tree Leaf Kipling Lodge - Safari lodge - Hideaway Garden Cottage )
• Delhi ( Novotel Aerocity - 5 star hotel - Standard room )

 

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival / Delhi  Transfer and welcome at the Novotel Aerocity hotel.

Day 2

Delhi / Tadoba Breakfast at the hotel. Morning flight to Tadoba. Check in to the luxury lodge. Evening at your leisure. Dinner at the resort. Overnight at the Svsara Jungle Lodge hotel.

Day 3

Tadoba Morning safari to Tadoba - Andhari Tiger Reseve. India is home to over 70% of the world’s tigers. This habitat is protected for the Bengal tiger population. They have the largest canine teeth of any living cat and their retractable claws are perfect for climbing trees. Breakfast and lunch at the resort. Go adventuring on afternoon safari to spot wildlife and tigers. Dinner at the resort. Overnight at the Svsara Jungle Lodge hotel.

Day 4

Tadoba Morning safari to Tadoba - Andhari Tiger Reseve. Bengal tiger (or Indian tiger) stripes are unique to each individual and act just like human fingerprints do. Breakfast and lunch at the resort. Enjoy another afternoon wildlife and tiger safari. Dinner at the resort. Overnight at the Svsara Jungle Lodge hotel.

Day 5

Tadoba / Pench Breakfast at the lodge. Drive to Pench to check in to the luxury camp. Enjoy lunch at the camp. Afternoon at your leisure. Dinner at the camp. Overnight at the Jamtara Jungle Lodge.

Day 6

Pench Morning safari to Pench National Park, one of the premier reserves for the Tiger Project of India. Breakfast and lunch at the camp. Go adventuring on an afternoon safari. Exploring the local village is another nearby activity. Dinner at the camp. Overnight at the Jamtara Jungle Lodge.

Day 7

Pench Morning safari to spot tigers and wildlife. Breakfast and lunch at the camp. Each of the 12 luxury tents overlook the forest which set the perfect background to this jungle experience. Go adventuring on an afternoon safari. Dinner at the camp to unwind and connect with nature. Overnight at the Jamtara Jungle Lodge.

Day 8

Pench / Delhi Breakfast at the camp. Transfer to Nagpur airport for an afternoon flight to Delhi. Evening at your leisure. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight at the Novotel Aerocity hotel.

Day 9

Delhi / Jawai Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Delhi airport for a midday flight to Jawai. Check in to the luxury camp. The camp has 9 tents and stunning views across private grasslands, granite rock formations and winding sand riverbeds, all in the heart of leopard wilderness country. Evening at your leisure. Dinner at the camp. Overnight at the Sujan Jawai Camp.

Day 10

Jawai Morning safari to spot leopards and wildlife. Breakfast and lunch at the camp. Afternoon at your leisure. The camp is dedicated to eco and cultural conservation and fosters a special relationship with the vibrant Rabari herdsmen with their trademark red tubans, who have shared this land with the wildlife for centuries. Go adventuring on an evening safari. Dinner at the camp. Overnight at the Sujan Jawai Camp.

Day 11

Jawai / Shahpura Breakfast at the camp. Drive to Shahpura and enjoy lunch at Mountbatten Lodge, a colonial Raj era style lodge close to the Ranakpur Temples. Check in to the heritage hotel. The grounds are a 45-acre estate surrounded by working farms and woodland, all of which can be visited by cow-drawn carriage. The chef cooks up old family classics served on the veranda, the dining room or on the peacock-frequented patio. Early evening at your leisure and dinner at the hotel. Overnight at the Shahpura Bagh.

Day 12

Shahpura Breakfast time. Cultural farm tour to experience local hospitality. Lunch at the hotel. Afternoon at your leisure. Early evening visit to 450-year old Fort Dhikola. Sunset rooftop sundowners and farewell candlelit dinner at the Fort beneath the Rajashtani stars to celebrate. Overnight at Shahpura Bagh.

Day 13

Shahpura / Delhi / Departure Breakfast and leisure time. Transfer to airport for local flight. On arrival connect with international flight for departure.

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Trip Extension

Day 1

Shahpura / Ranthambore Breakfast time. Transfer drive to Ranthambore. Check in to the luxury lodge. Free for lunch and afternoon at your leisure. Dinner at the lodge. Overnight at the Tree Leaf Kipling lodge.

DAY 2

Ranthambore Morning safari to Ranthambore National Park. Breakfast and lunch at the lodge. Afternoon jeep safari. Dinner at the lodge. Overnight at the Tree Leaf Kipling lodge.

DAY 3

Ranthambore Morning safari to Ranthambore National Park. Breakfast and lunch at the lodge. Afternoon jeep safari. Dinner at the lodge. Overnight at the Tree Leaf Kipling lodge.

DAY 4

Ranthambore / Jaipur / Delhi Breakfast and leisure time. Transfer to Jaipur airport for local afternoon flight to Delhi. Evening at your leisure. Overnight at the Novotel Aerocity hotel.

DAY 5

Delhi / Departure Breakfast and leisure time for shopping. Transfer to airport for international flight and departure.


Tree Leaf Kipling Lodge – Ranthambore

Tree Leaf Kipling Lodge – Ranthambore

 

Prepare for your trip

 India is everything, and more, all at once.

It's a sensory potpourri; a visual explosion of bright saris, lumbering cows, marigolds, incense, spices and bursts of sunlight - where you're guaranteed to craft your very own Darjeeling Limited experience.

As for the language, Hindi isn't spoken by everyone in India - in fact there are more than 20 languages spoken throughout the country and English tends to serve as a common one.

A few Hindi phrases will definitely help along the way: "Namaskar" (hello), "shukriya" (thank you), "aap kaise hai" (how are you), "kitna hai" (how much) and "naam kya hai" (what's your name), may come in handy on your trip.

As for money, you'll be dealing in Indian rupees - there are about 55 rupees to each Aussie dollar. Credit cards are widely accepted, but make sure you know all your pin codes as signing has been phased out around the country.

WILDLIFE IN CULTURE

Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book An Indian black panther named ‘Bagheera’ is featured in Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 novel ‘The Jungle Book’, as well as in Disney’s 1967 and 2016 film adaptations.

Life of Pi In the fantasy adventure novel ‘Life of Pi’ and in its 2012 film adaptation a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker is the lead character.

Marvel Comics character ‘Bengal’ wears the costume of a Bengal tiger and publish several superheroes who go by the name ‘White Tiger’.

The Reserve Bank of India chose the Bengal tiger as its emblem and Indian currency notes and coins have carried the tiger’s portrait.

 
 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

All tours include domestic flights, accommodation, transport, air conditioned mini coach with refreshments, sightseeing entrance fees, special tour events and activities, local guides, most meals and tipping (except for national guide). Prices may be subject to currency fluctuation or surcharges.


TOUR PRICE

13 Days /12 Nights
$ 11,990
( twin share per person)
$ 4,561 ( single supplement )
Fully escorted


RANTHAMBORE post tour EXTENSION
5 Days /4 Nights•4–8 Apr
$ 1,990
( twin share per person )
$ 330 ( single supplement )


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