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Luxury Tiger Safari in India with Golden Triangle Tour

14 Nights/15 Days

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About Luxury Tiger Safari in India with Golden Triangle Tour

Tap into the timelessness of the very forests that brought Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Jungle Book’ come to life. It is here that the amalgamation of grand Sal trees, bamboo forest, and the fascinating animals it nurtures, helps the wildlife coexist within this tranquil outback. A tiger safari tour through Kipling’s very own country will leave its viewer enchanted with the sights of Tigers, Sloth Bears, Wild Dogs and the hardground Barasingha. These iconic national parks in India are known for their legacy and high tiger density, which means you have an incredible chance to witness the elusive striped cat walk nonchalantly through the forest floor in its royal demeanor.

Combined with the magnificence of the Tiger is the fascinating Golden Triangle Tour. Rudyard Kipling described Taj Mahal as “Embodiment of everything pure”. Every year, tourists more than twice the population of Agra pass through its gates to catch a glimpse of what is widely considered the most beautiful building in the world. Invest a day at least to visit this enduring symbol of love.

This epic combination is tied together by the most opulent lodges across the continent. With luxury oozing out of every nook and cranny of these properties, the lodges you will be accommodated at are not only par excellence but also have been titled as some of the best hotels consistently by CNN and Conde Nast Traveler.

Trip Highlights

Outline Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

02 March '24 : Arrival in New Delhi

On arrival at the New Delhi Airport, a representative from Nature Safari will meet you at the airport arrival hall, holding your name card. He will be accompanied by the chauffeur and an air conditioned SUV waiting to transfer you to your hotel. On arrival at the hotel, our personnel will also assist you with a smooth check-in, while handing over any paperwork necessary for the trip. Overnight at the hotel in New Delhi.

03 March '24 : New Delhi – Raipur – Kanha (Flight + 200 km, 04-hour drive)

Early morning the same representative will meet you at the hotel and assist you with a transfer to the domestic airport to board a flight at 0650 hrs to Raipur. On arrival at the airport in Raipur our driver will be waiting at the arrival hall with your name card. Transfer to Kanha National Park, 200 km takes around 04 hours of drive. On arrival, the lodge team will welcome you and give a brief personalized orientation about the lodge and the national park.

Post the basic orientation session, hot lunch is served, after which you proceed for your first afternoon safari experience in Kanha National Park.

On this afternoon safari you explore the beautiful meadows of Kanha National Park filled with herds of grazing deer. Kanha National Park’s wet deciduous forest prevents it from being completely dry. In this area, where summer temperatures can reach 40 to 45 degrees Celsius, tall Sal trees with a thick canopy on top provide much needed shelter for wildlife. Approximately thirty years ago, the park was densely populated. After the villages were removed from the park’s central section, lovely wide grasslands arose. By reintroducing the last nearly extinct population of Hard Ground Barasingha (Rucervus Duvaucelli Branderi) from about 70 individuals to more than 700 in the current population, the Park management team has made conservation history for wildlife.

The safari ends by sunset. Once you’re back from the afternoon safari, the lodge team will be waiting for you with cold towels and some refreshing drinks. Once you’ve freshened up, head out for dinner where you get the opportunity to interact with the naturalists who narrate first hand jungle experiences! Overnight at the lodge in Kanha National Park.

04 March '24 : In Kanha National Park

Start your day early with freshly brewed coffee/tea and some cookies, before heading out for the morning safari at dawn. We suggest you leave the lodge early, because when your vehicle is the first one parked at the entry gate, it gives you better chances of tracking the fresh pug marks along the tiger trails.

If you do not see much activity in the jungle, the guide makes a small halt to closely listen to the sound of the jungle. He carefully listens for any alarm calls or monkey chatter, that could hint tiger movement in the area. Your naturalist will also help you identify and differentiate between various alarm calls.

Breakfast is served within the national park on the car bonnet. It is displayed by the naturalist accompanying you. A quick refreshment will rejuvenate you especially in summer months. A typical breakfast spread comprises of sandwiches, boiled eggs, tea, coffee, press juice, fruit, cupcakes, cookies and toast. However, if you wish to carry something specific, please let the naturalist know an evening in advance so he can apprise the chef about the same.

Once you’re back from the morning game drive, the team back at the lodge will be waiting for you with refreshing drinks and damp cold towels. After freshening up, head for lunch.

Post lunch get ready for an afternoon safari. Once you enter the park, look for the signs and tracks and visit the waterholes, as with the heat of the day the animals will be the area where the access to the water is easy. Come back from the safari by sunset. Evening gather around and cherish the moments inside the park. Dinner and overnight at the lodge in Kanha.

05 March '24 : In Kanha National Park

Morning and afternoon tiger safari in Kanha jungle. All meals and overnight stay at the lodge.

Kanha has around 35 species of mammals, some of the key species of mammals are The Bengal tiger, Indian leopard, Dhole, Sloth bear, Bengal fox, Indian jackal, etc. The Barasingha is accustomed to living in marshes. The park’s grasslands and waterholes are home to the gaur. Blackbuck are one of the species which are concentrated in one of the zone Kana Zone in Kanha Meadows.

Around 300 different bird species can be found in the reserve, with the black ibis, Asian green bee-eater, cattle egret, blossom-headed parakeet, Indian pond heron, drongo, common teal, crested serpent eagle, Indian roller, lesser adjutant, little grebe, lesser whistling teal, minivet, Malabar pied hornbill, woodpeckers, pigeon, paradise flycatcher.

06 March '24 : Kanha – Bandhavgarh (240 km, 06-hour drive)

Morning safari to the park. Once you’re back, freshen up and eat a quick lunch. Post Lunch, depart for Bandhavgarh National Park. On arrival at Bandhavgarh, the lodge team will be ready to welcome you. Your personal naturalist will give you a brief orientation giving you information of safaris, park and the lodge. Dinner and overnight at the lodge in Bandhavgarh.

07 March '24 : In Bandhavgarh National Park

Morning and afternoon safari in the park. Just like Kanha, the park timings for safaris will remain the same even for Bandhavgarh. All meals and overnight at the lodge in Bandhavgarh.

Bandhavgarh National Park is located in Vindhya Hills in Madhya Pradesh. With a core area of 716 square kilometres and a buffer area of almost 820 square kilometres, Bandhavgarh National Park has a variety of topographical features, including high ridges, undulating terrain, forests, and open meadows. Visit famous Chakradhara and Rajhbhera meadows in Tala Zone, you will witness the herd of deer grazing. Come back to the lodge after jeep safari. The team will be there to welcome you back to the lodge with wet towels and refreshing drinks.

Again after lunch proceed for jeep safari inside the National Park. Formerly the hunting grounds of the Maharaja of Rewa. The topography is irregular, with rocky hill ranges roughly running east to west and green wetlands and woodland valleys strewn about. The varied vegetation of Bandhavgarh National Park, which ranges from tall grasslands to dense Sal forests, to dense bamboo thickets, makes it the ideal habitat for a wide variety of animals and birds. The Bandhavgarh national park offers many opportunities to witness the magnificent Royal Bengal Tiger as well as some seldom seen creatures like the Leopard and Sloth Bear due to its varied topography.

08 March '24 : In Bandhavgarh National Park

Morning and afternoon safari at the to the park. All means and overnight at the lodge.

There are three different core zones in Bandhavgarh, Tala, Magadhi and Khitauli Zone. You will be visiting these zones during the safari.

Tala zone is the oldest zone of Bandhavgarh National Park, where the fort is located. Shesh Shaiya, a venerated figure of Vishnu from the 10th century, is a popular tourist destination. The Charan Ganga river, the lifeblood of the park and several expansive meadows, has its beginnings in Shesh Shiya. There are additional caves here called Bari Gufa from the tenth century.

The region of Magdhi is distinguished by its grassland and mixed dense forest cover. Magdhi has a number of man-made and natural watering holes, including Sukhi Patiha, Dabhadhole, Charkpwaha, and Murdhawa. Magdhi has emerged as Bandhavgarh’s top location for tiger sightings in recent years.

The Khitauli zone, which is more of a dry-deciduous forest, has emerged in recent years as a hotspot for Tiger sightings. The elephants are often seen in the area as, in the form of bamboo cover, they have a plenty of food.

09 March '24 : In Bandhavgarh National Park

Morning and afternoon safari at the to the park. All means and overnight at the lodge.

10 March '24 : Bandhavgarh – Jabalpur – New Delhi (180 km, 4 hour drive + flight)nal Park

Morning jeep safari to the park. Post the safri and after lunch, depart for Jabalpur to board a flight back to New Delhi. On arrival at New Delhi airport, you will be met by our representative who will help you check in and ensure you’re well settled in for the night. Overnight at hotel in New Delhi.

11 March '24 : New Delhi – Agra (240 Km, 4-hour drive)

After breakfast travel to Agra, Home of the Taj Maha. Approximate travel time is 4 hours.

On arrival you will be greeted at hotel with welcome drinks, Aarti and garlands. After a smooth check in at the hotel, relax and freshen up for a guided tour to “Mehtaab Bagh” or “The moonlight Garden”.  It was the last of eleven Mughal built gardens along the river Yamuna opposite to Taj Mahal and Agra fort.  It is a Chahar Bagh complex meaning “four gardens”.  It is the perfect example of unique Persian and Indo- Persian architecture of quadrilateral garden layout based on four gardens of paradise mentioned in holy script of Quran. Experience the beauty of Taj Mahal at sunset across the river Yamuna.   Overnight stay at the hotel in Agra.

12 March '24 : Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur (235 Km, 5-hour drive)

At sunrise, proceed for a guided tour of the famous white marble mausoleum, The Taj Mahal, which was built in the middle of the 17th century by the Mughal emperor Shah Jehan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.  It is the symbol of eternal love for the beloved and he most fascinating piece of craftsmanship in India.  It is a UNESCO world heritage sites and also the most photographed “Seven wonders of the world”.  Completed in 1652, skilled craftsmen from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and some 20,000 labourers worked for 17 years to build this edifice.

After breakfast, check out from the hotel in Agra and proceed for another guided tour of the 16th century red sandstone fortress “Agra fort”. Before the capital was moved from Agra to New Delhi it was main residence for the emperors of Mughal Dynasty.  Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb at a tower which overlooks the Taj Mahal at a distance.

Enroute Jaipur stop at Fatehpur Sikri for a guided tour of this walled city with forts, palaces and mosques built in sandstone. It was constructed by emperor Akbar in 16th century and served as capital of Mughal empire from 1571 to 1585. The city had to be deserted due to lack of water. After the guided tour by English speaking local guide continue drive to Jaipur in chauffeur driven air-conditioned Toyota Innova/Crysta. Overnight stay at the hotel in Jaipur.

13 March '24 : Jaipur

After an early breakfast, proceed for a full day city tour in Jaipur, capital city of the royal state of Rajasthan known for its forts and palaces.  Guided tour in observatory, the Palace of Winds and the City Palace and Museum. The museum has an interesting textile section, which contains dresses costumes of the former Maharajas and Maharanis of Jaipur. Jaipur is well known for its beautiful carpets, enamelled ornaments, precious and semi-precious stones, brass ornaments and many other arts and crafts. During evening spend time in crowded lanes of pink city, haggling and souvenir-hunting in the evening. Return to the hotel  in Jaipur for overnight stay.

14 March '24 : Jaipur - New Delhi (275 Km, 5-hour drive)

Early morning pickup around 0500 hours for hot air baloon ride over the amer fort. After the baloon ride, come back to the hotel to freshen up and eat breakfast. Situated 11 km in the outskirts of the city  on a hill top, stop at Jal Mahal to visit Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the State until 1728. The architecture is a fusion of Rajput and Mughal styles and became a UNESCO world heritage site in 2013.  This complex has courtyard and large halls inside the fort. After the relaxed breakfast drive back to New Delhi 275kms / 5hrs drive in a Chauffeur driven air-conditioned Toyota Innova/Crysta. After arrival check in at the hotel and eveing is free for leisure activities.  Overnight stay at the hotel in New Delhi.

15 March '24 : In New Delhi

After the breakfast experience the contrasting characters of Old and New Delhi. Begin your guided tour with a rickshaw ride in the busy and narrow lanes and Old Delhi where you would visit some monuments like red fort and Jama Masjid followed by a walk-through Khari Baoli, Asia’s largest spice market. Drive past the India gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan and Connaught Place to witness the colonial British architecture.  Later after lunch proceed to visit Qutub Minar and Humayun’s tomb.  Overnight stay at the hotel in New Delhi.

16 March '24 : New Delhi – Fly back

After relaxed breakfast, check out from the hotel and transfer to New Delhi International Airport to board your flight back home.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The best time to visit Kanha and Bandhavgarh is from November to April every year. These parks open up in the first week of October post monsoon. However, to avoid any uncertain showers, it is best to plan your tiger safari to Kanha and Bandhavgarh starting November.
The maximum number of safaris one can take in a day are 2 – one in the morning and one later in the afternoon. Another option is to take a full day safari where your jeep enters the park 15-20 minutes prior to all other safari vehicles and exists 15-20 minutes after all gypsies have left the park. This way you spend the entire day within the park, including dining atop the jeep bonnet, amidst the forest greens! This, unlike the two safaris where you spend 5 hours inside during the morning safari, go back to the hotel for lunch and then re-enter post lunch for the afternoon safari, is a preferred form of tiger safari for people documenting a particular species or serious photographers.
A tour guide will be accompanying you to get the best and most fulfilling experience while on a tiger safari in Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Park. To ensure maximum safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing norms will be practiced while on the tour, with masks and hand sanitizers also available.
Both parks are great for tiger sightings in India. While Kanha has the biggest male Tigers photographed amidst the lush green Sal jungle, Bandhavgarh has a very high density of tigers concentrated in a comparatively smaller park. Therefore, each park has its charms and spotting the striped feline while on a tiger safari in either of these, will leave you delighted to say the least.

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