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Kanha National Park- The land of Mowgli

 

Big Cats of India
Destinations: Gir NP; Kanha NP; Bandhavgarh NP; Corbett NP & Ladakh
Duration: 27 nights & 28 days
Best time: mid-February to April
Tour Code: KNP-BFCATSL

 Highlights:

– One of the most popular mammal tours

– High success rate with big cat sightings like Snow Leopard, Leopard, Asiatic Lion and Tiger. Other fauna such as Sambhar, Spotted & Swamp Deer, Gaur (Indian bison), Asian Elephant, One-horned rhino, Asiatic Jackal, Chousingha, Striped Hyena, Asian Wolf, Palm Squirrel & Indian Fox, Wild Dog, Leopard etc.

– Great wildlife experience

– Unique accommodation with fine hospitality

– Glimpses of the beautiful varied and landscape, architecture and lifestyle

ITINERARY

Day 01: Ahmedabad / Rajkot / Diu to Gir National Park

Meals: Dinner

You will be met at the airport and transferred to Gir National Park. Overnight stay in Gir Birding Lodge.

Gir National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary is a 1412 sq km tract of dry deciduous forests, acacia scrub, grasslands, fed by rivers and streams. Among the many water-bodies in the reserve is the Kamleshwar Dam, known for its birdlife and for its large crocodile population. This reserve is the last abode of the Asiatic lion and is also known for its leopard population.

Day 02, 03, 04: Gir National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Morning & afternoon safari into the park in open 4WD for Lion & Leopard tracking. Other mammals of Gir are sambar (India’s largest deer), chital (spotted deer), chousingha (the world’s only four-horned antelope), nilgai (bluebull antelope), chinkara (Indian gazelle), wild boar, langur, jackal, jungle cat, rusty-spotted cat, striped hyena and black-naped hare. Overnight stay in Gir Birding Lodge.

Day 05: Gir National Park to Nagpur

Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch

Take a flight to Nagpur from Rajkot / Diu via Mumbai. Overnight stay in a hotel.

Day 06: Nagpur to Kanha National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

You will be transferred to Kanha National Park (5 hours). Afternoon safari into the park for wildlife viewing and tiger tracking. Overnight stay in a wildlife resort.

Kanha National Park spreads over 1,945 sq. km of dense sal forests, interspersed with extensive meadows and trees and clumps of wild bamboo. This is where you can spot the tiger in all his magnificence or feast your eyes on the rare Barasingha Deer amidst extensive grasslands. The park forms the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve created in 1974, under Project Tiger. It is one of the most maintained National Parks in Asia, and a major attraction for avid wildlife buffs all over the world. Two major rivers, Halon and Banjar, flow through the park. The sal forests of Kanha are interspersed with extensive meadows and trees and clumps of wild bamboo. This area known as Kipling Country is where the jungle book of Rudyard Kipling was conceived.

Day 07: Kanha National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Morning & afternoon safaris into the park in open 4WD for tiger-tracking and animal viewing. Overnight stay in a wildlife resort.

Day 08: Kanha National Park to Bandhavgarh National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

You will be transferred to Monsoon Forest (4½ hours) in Bandhavgarh. The park remains closed on every Wednesday which is why your drive to Bandhavgarh is scheduled for today. Overnight in Monsoon Forest.

Day 09 & 10: Bandhavgarh National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Morning and afternoon visits to the park for nature watch and tiger tracking in 4WDs. Overnight in Monsoon Forest.

Day 11: Bandhavgarh National Park to Delhi

Meals: Breakfast

After a morning drive in the park, you will be transferred to the Jabalpur airport (3½ hour) to connect the afternoon flight to Delhi. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 12: Delhi to Corbett National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

You will be transferred to Corbett National Park (6 hours). Arrive Tiger Camp in time for lunch. Drive onward to Dhangarhi gate for entry to Dhikala tourism zone in a 4WD. Corbett provides a great opportunity for viewing wildlife, especially the tiger in its natural habitat. We start with a visit to the Interpretation Centre.

Accompanied by an expert guide, the Jeep safari through the stately dense Sal jungle of Corbett begins along the Ramganga River Cross the river at Gethia Rao Bridge for the Kanda Range, where Jim Corbett shot the famous Kanda man-eater. Arrive at the main tourist complex, Dhikala. Lunch and relax a bit in the serene, lingering quietness of the park and capture the panoramic expanse on your camera. Finally, you can enjoy the afternoon safari on a track along the periphery of the core area.

An exciting drive through the unforgettable, sylvan beauty of the range offers wildlife viewing in plenty and a chance sighting of the elusive tiger. Return to the tourist complex. Film show on wildlife. Dinner and overnight stay. Please note that the accommodation in Dhikala is not luxurious.

Day 13: Corbett National Park

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch at Dhikala, Dinner at Tiger Camp

If you have not done an elephant ride the previous afternoon, you will be taken on an elephant in the morning (optional and subject to availability) through the open grasslands and dense forests by an unconventional route. Return for breakfast, and then again drive by jeep to the scenic lake area – wait a while for a chance to sight the marsh crocodile basking in the sun. Visit the Jhirnajhali area for viewing the famous gavial – fish eating crocodile. After lunch, drive back to Tiger Camp. The drive is a safari in itself. Arrive at Tiger Camp for early dinner. Overnight stay in comfortable cottages / rooms.

Day 14: Corbett National Park to Delhi

Meals: Breakfast

Morning safari through the open chaurs (grasslands) and mixed forests in Bijrani Range Forest, a safari that would last about 3-4 hours. Return for breakfast. Drive to Delhi. Arrive Delhi and transfer to the hotel.

Day 15: Delhi – Leh (3,500 m)

Meals: Lunch & dinner

You will be met and transferred to the Delhi airport in the morning to fly to Leh. This must be one of the most sensational flights in the world. On a clear day from one side of the aircraft can be seen in the distance the peaks of K2, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum and on the other side of the aircraft, so close that you feel you could reach out and touch it, is the Nun Kun massif. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel. You would take a little time to settle in and acclimatize since you have gone from a relatively low elevation in New Delhi to over 11,000 feet! During the afternoon, you can walk through the old town, beneath the Leh Palace, to allow you to get oriented to this fascinating city. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 16 & 17: Leh

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Another full day to rest and acclimatize to the rarefied air. You may choose to stroll along the main bazaar. Overnight stay.

Day 18: Leh – Zingchan – Campsite (By Surface / Approx 1.5 hr.)

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Drive to Zingchan in the afternoon. This is the entry point to Rumbak Valley – the home of the Snow Leopard. Trek to the campsite. You will have the opportunity to be interacting with the locals of the area and gain a good insight into their culture. Overnight in a fully serviced tented camp.

Day 19-26: Rumbak Valley (12,540 ft) – Trek / Approx 5 hr.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Today you trek into the interiors of Snow Leopard country. Overnight in a fully serviced tented camp.

Explore the area on foot with your guide to try and spot the Snow Leopard and other fauna. In the process there will also be plenty of opportunity for you to get enthralling insights into local folklore, as well as learn about their customs and traditions.

Day 27: Rumbak – Leh

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Today you return to Leh for an overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 28: Leh – Delhi

Meals: Breakfast

Today you will be transferred to Leh airport to fly back to Delhi in the morning. Tour ends.

 

Note:

1. This itinerary may be reversed if any parks are closed due to Tiger Census. This will not impact the quality of the tour and experience thereof.

2. Holi – the festival of colours takes place in March, on that very day the national parks remain closed. Since it is based on lunar calendar we will be able to tell you the date only by January.

 
 
 
 
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