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India’s Tigers On A Budget

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Tailor-Made Tour
12 Days
From £2115
GEOIP Not Available
Big Cat Safari
Budget

Tour Introduction

12 Days from £2115
GEOIP Not Available
per adult.

Seeing a majestic Bengal tiger softly padding through a forest in its natural habitat is surely one of the greatest wildlife experiences there is and this itinerary has been designed to offer just that – and more. Staying in reasonably priced accommodation close to three of the very best National Parks for tigers, this itinerary is perfect for the big cat enthusiast. Spending good amounts of time in each of the locations affords not only ample tiger watching opportunities but also the chance to see a wide variety of other wildlife including leopard, jungle cat, packs of Asian wild dog, sloth bear, mongoose and abundant birds: possibly even a rock python. You are sure to return home with a renewed respect and enthusiasm for India and its truly diverse fauna.

Full Itinerary

Price from £2115
GEOIP Not Available
per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms
Day 1
Arrive in Mumbai

Met on arrival in Mumbai and connect with flight to Nagpur. Met on arrival and transfer to Kanha National Park and to your lodge.

Staying at Tuli Tiger Resort. Includes Lunch and Dinner.

Day 2
Kanha National Park

A full day of morning and afternoon shared safaris in the park. Kanha was the setting for The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, and is noted for the last remaining population of the hard-ground race of the swamp deer, known as the barasingha. The park is mostly forest with hills topped by sizeable plateaus (locally called dadars) characterized by extensive grasslands. The rich habitat supports abundant herbivores including spotted and sambar deer, muntjack, gaur and the rare four-horned antelope. The park is among the best places in the world to see tigers and is also home to leopard, sloth bear, mongoose, golden jackal and dhole (Asian wild dog).

Staying at Tuli Tiger Resort. Includes All Meals.

Day 3
Kanha National Park

Morning and afternoon shared game drives in the park.

Staying at Tuli Tiger Resort. Includes All Meals.

Day 4
Kanha National Park

Morning and afternoon shared game drives in the park.

Staying at Tuli Tiger Resort. Includes All Meals.

Day 5
Pench National Park

Transfer to Pench National Park and enjoy an afternoon game drive. Pench is located in the southern reaches of the Satpura hill range. Most of the park is covered by small hills, beautiful dry deciduous forest and rolling grassland. There is a healthy population of both tiger and leopard here, and with luck dhole and sloth bear can be seen. There is a wide variety of other wildlife too, such as reptiles including rock pythons and abundant birdlife including grey-headed fish eagle, Malabar pied hornbill and Indian pitta.

Staying at Pench Jungle Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 6
Pench National Park

Enjoy a full day of shared morning and afternoon game drives in the park in search of tigers and other wildlife.

Staying at Pench Jungle Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 7
Pench National Park

Enjoy another full day of shared morning and afternoon game drives in the park in search of tigers and other wildlife.

Staying at Pench Jungle Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 8
Tadoba National Park

Transfer by road to Tadoba National Park. On arrival at the lodge the rest of the day will be at leisure.

Staying at Tiger Trails. Includes All Meals.

Day 9
Tadoba National Park

A full day of shared morning and afternoon game drives. The reserve comprises a beautiful assortment of meadows, lakes and dense mixed forests of bamboo and teak that support an wide diversity of wildlife. Tadoba is home to large populations of spotted and sambar deer, wild boar, gaur and antelopes such as nilgai and the elusive four-horned antelope (chousinga). Carnivores such as leopard, sloth bear, dhole and jungle cat can been seen here from time to time; however, the top predator is the Bengal tiger. The tiger population has surged in recent years from a population of around 40 in the 1990s to a present day adult population of almost 70, and sightings are now very reliable.

Staying at Tiger Trails. Includes All Meals.

Day 10
Tadoba National Park

Enjoy a full day of shared morning and afternoon game drives in the park in search of tigers and other wildlife.

Staying at Tiger Trails. Includes All Meals.

Day 11
Tadoba National Park

Enjoy another full day of shared morning and afternoon game drives in the park in search of tigers and other wildlife.

Staying at Tiger Trails. Includes All Meals.

Day 12
Depart India

Transfer to Nagpur airport and take flight to Mumbai and connect with your international flight home.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Tour Accommodation

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Tuli Tiger Resort

Overview

Tuli Tiger Resort is a mid-range lodge run by the Tuli hotel group. It is a highly comfortable jungle lodge located just 5 minutes from the main Kisli gate into Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh state. The resort sits within the buffer zone of the park and has its 26 cottage-style accommodation arranged in blocks of 4 throughout the tropical gardens.

The en suite private cottages have air-conditioning and basic amenities with comfortable beds and modern private bathrooms with hot water showers.

The pleasant restaurant has friendly service and maintains a comfortable airflow due to its open walls. The meals are usually offered buffet style with Indian and continental cuisine usually available. The evening meal is sometimes offered as a BBQ and picnic lunches and breakfasts are often taken in the park. There are always plenty of vegetarian dishes available too.

The gardens are full of beautiful flowering plants and trees attracting many birds and butterflies and there is a small swimming pool and seating area with bar service. A laundry service is available on request. On occasions a local dance is performed by the villagers in the evenings after dinner.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
26
Facilities

Restaurant, swimming pool, hot water showers, laundry service, and tea and coffee making facilities. 220-volt electricity is supplied for charging of equipment.

Local Wildlife

Kanha National Park is famous for a high number of tigers that have become very accustomed to human presence, making it one of the best places in the world to see the king of cats. Kanha is also home to a plethora of other wildlife, with dhole (Asian wild dog), sloth bears and leopards seen infrequently. Gaur, wild boar, plains grey langur, rhesus macaque, sambar, spotted and swamp deer (the local hard ground race called barasingha) can all be seen with ease. The birding in Kanha is also very good with over 200 species recorded in the park.

Optional Activities

Game drives in Kanha National Park and excursions to local villages.

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Tiger Trails

Overview

Tiger Trails is a well-run wildlife lodge on the edge of the fantastic Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve with just 8 rooms located in two blocks. The large rooms of brick and tile construction are immaculately clean and benefit from 24-hour electricity, plenty of hot water and air-conditioning. Meals are mostly vegetarian, Indian style, and offered as a set menu. Evening drinks are served around an open fire and dinners are often cooked and served alfresco.

What really sets Tiger Trails apart is its wildlife pedigree: the owner and his son are both devoted to India’s wildlife and involve themselves with the running and administration of the park. The hotel grounds adjoin the park boundary and the owners have constructed a number of water holes to attract wildlife to their grounds, complete with camera traps and infrared video feeds. There is also a machan overlooking one waterhole where guests can sleep out: the fresh tiger pug marks often found there next morning hint at the nocturnal wildlife potential.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
8
Facilities

Private hot water bathrooms, restaurant, bar, air-conditioning and 24-hour electricity.

Local Wildlife

The park is home to large populations of spotted and sambar deer, wild boar, gaur and antelopes such as the Nilgai and very rare four-horned antelope. Carnivores such as leopard, sloth bear, dhole (wild dog) and jungle cat can been seen here quite frequently; however, the reserve is primarily the domain of the Bengal tiger. The tiger population has surged in recent years from a population of around 40 in the 1990s to a present day adult population of almost 70 (at time of writing) and sightings are now very reliable.

Optional Activities

Game drives into the reserve to look for tigers and other wildlife.

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Pench Jungle Camp

Overview

Located close to the entrance of the eponymous National Park, Pench Jungle Camp is situated in a remote and wildlife-rich spot but still provides wonderful accommodation and service.

The camp is keen to provide an enjoyable and comfortable stay for its guests while maintaining sustainable practices and involving the local community.

Pench Jungle Camp provides 12 African-style tented rooms built on permanent foundations. Each tent is spacious with an attached private bathroom with hot running water. All rooms have tea and coffee making facilities and minibars.

There are also 3 deluxe, air-conditioned cottages which provide a slightly higher level of comfort and space, and 4 premium air-conditioned separate rooms.

Every tent and room contains a comfortable double bed or twin beds, a bedside table with telephone and has a 220-volt electricity supply for charging your equipment.

There is a friendly restaurant, serving delicious Indian and some continental cuisine (mostly vegetarian). Other facilities include a small plunge pool, spa and conference room. Activities include game drives, village walks, excursions to handicraft stalls, and night drives in the buffer zone of the park.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
19
Facilities

Restaurant, private bathrooms with hot water, swimming pool, small spa room, mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities, air-conditioning, 220-volt electricity supply for charging equipment, electronic room safe, laundry service, conference room, souvenir shop and Internet access.

Local Wildlife

Pench has a stable tiger population but they are not normally seen as often as in other tiger reserves. Leopards and sloth bears are seen more frequently here than in some of the other tiger reserves. Other wildlife includes Asian wild dog, jungle cat, golden jackal, wild boar, gaur, sambar and spotted deer, grey langur, rhesus macaque, and several species of mongoose. Of the 280 species of birds, highlights include grey-headed fish eagle, Indian pitta, Malabar pied hornbill and 4 species of vulture.

Optional Activities

Morning and afternoon game drives in Pench National Park, night drives in the buffer zone and guided village and bird watching walks.

Route Map

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Pench Jungle Camp: 21.729496, 79.350191
Tiger Trails: 20.279656, 79.315924
Tuli Tiger Resort: 22.305389, 80.489757

Departure Dates

This tour has no set departure date and can be tailored to suit your travel requirements. Contact us for more details.

Travel Information

Are International Flights Included?

No. Please contact us for a quote if required.

Flight Info:

Domestic flights within India are included.

Best Visited:

October to May

Are you ATOL Registered?

Yes. This means we are legally able to book your international flights in conjunction with your ground arrangements so you can book with us with complete confidence. Read more about our ATOL license here.

Jonathan Morris

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding this Tour, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

We were very pleased with the way you handled our tour planning and the information you provided. A very enjoyable trip, all arrangements went very well and the tigers [10 adults and 14 cubs] were better than we had hoped for.

Mr R E - Banbury