About Tiger Safari in Kanha Tour
Dunbar Brander, a doyen amongst the Indian hunter naturalists of the last century wrote; “The tract contained as much game as any tract I ever saw in the best part of Africa in 1908. I have seen 1500 heads consisting of 11 species in an evening stroll”. The numbers have unfortunately fallen, but the magic of Kanha defies all laws and statistics.
Kanha also witnessed India’s first successful conservation story of The Hard Ground Swamp Deer (Barasingha) from just 55 in 1965 to over 800 now. Not only this, but Kanha also made a major contribution towards increasing the Gaur population in Bandhavgarh. It donated about 50 Gaur to Bandhavgarh National Park where they left their habitat almost a decade back. Today, the Gaur population in Bandhavgarh is thriving because of Kanha. Subsequently, Tigers have been sent to Panna and lately to Satkosia Tiger Reserve in Orissa, to repopulate the Tiger population in the reserve. It therefore sets a great example in terms of excellent tourism management and conservation efforts when compared to the rest of the parks in India.
Day 01 : Arrival in New Delhi
Upon arrival at the New Delhi Airport, you will be met by our representative who will ensure a smooth transfer to the Hotel and further, help you check-in at the Hotel. All the travel related documents will be handed over and explained to you. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 02 : New Delhi – Raipur – Kanha (Flight + 130 miles drive for 4 hours)
Post an early breakfast, transfer to the Domestic Airport to board a flight from New Delhi to Raipur. On arrival at the Raipur Airport, you will be met by our representative, who will drive you to Kanha National Park.
The distance is approximately 210 km, which will take you about 4 hours on the road. The last hour’s drive through Kanha’s forest will make you roll down your windows to get a feel of Kanha. You are now in the Kipling country. Check-in at your Resort and take the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 03 : In Kanha National Park
With an early wake-up call, and a hot beverage, drive out into the forest for the morning game drive.
The sun rises over the hills and filters through the dense copses of Sal, creating a serene ambiance. The park resounds with the chirps of colorful birds, and paints a picturesque view, as Deer graze, Monkeys chatter and small animals scurry through the undergrowth.
Kanha is one of the finest wildlife protected areas not only in India but also in the world. The spellbinding grandeur of this park is to be seen to be believed. Go silently on a safari to listen to Kanha, it talks a lot. Kanha’s Sal and Bamboo forests, rolling grasslands and meandering streams stretch over 940 sq. km in dramatic natural splendor which form the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve created in 1974 under Project Tiger.
The park is the only habitat of the rare hardground Barasingha (Cervus Duvaceli Branderi). This is the original Kipling country of which he wrote so vividly in his Jungle Book. Packed breakfast which comes from the Lodge is served at a designated spot and spread on the bonnet of the Safari vehicle. Enjoy your breakfast in the wilderness of the jungle.
Come back to the Lodge for a quick lunch and freshen up. Post lunch, head out for the evening safari as the jungle has a lot more in store for you.
Return to the Lodge at sunset for dinner and take the day at leisure.
Day 04 : In Kanha National Park
Wake up early, for another adventure awaits you at Kanha. The forests of the Banjar and Hallon valley, form Kanha’s western and eastern halves. By a special statute in 1955, Kanha National Park came into being. Since then, a string of stringent conservation programs have been launched, for the overall protection of the park’s fauna and flora. Kanha boasts of about 38 species of mammals. Some of the inhabitants of this park are the Gaur, the largest of the world’s cattle; the Sambar, the largest Indian Deer; and the Chausingha, the only four-horned Antelope in the world. Other frequent visitors include the Nilgai antelope, the sloth bear, the Dhole, or Indian wild dog, and an occasional Leopard. Some 300 species of birds inhabit the park, that includes the Storks, Egrets, Black Ibis, Raptors, Owls, and the Red-Wattled Lapwings.
Depart for an evening jeep tiger safari to Kanha National Park. Return at 1800 hours from the safari. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.
Day 05 : In Kanha National Park
Morning & evening tiger safari drives in the park. Meals at the resort. Overnight at the Lodge.
The stories of Kanha are many. It is believed that Kanha got its name from a Holy sage Kanva who lived here, he was the father of Shakuntala the lead character in Kalidasa’s famous play, Abhigyanashakuntalam. The Epic of Ramayana was also born here. Our naturalists will share many such stories with you on your visit to Kanha.
Day 06 : Kanha – Raipur – New Delhi (Fly back home)
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Must - Do Activities at Kanha National Park
Jeep Safari: Check the best timings and safari hotspots with our tour guides before you embark on a Kanha jeep safari. It can take place both during the day as well as night.
Kanha Museum: If you are looking to take home a few trinkets from your visit to Kanha, the museum’s gift shop will have all you need. The museum itself is filled with the rich and significant cultural heritage of the land.
Nature Trails: Feel like ditching the ride and walking across the landscape on your feet? You sure can do it! Albeit check carefully with your tour guide on the safest route to trek and camp.
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