Leopards, Tigers & Rhinos Wildlife Special 13 days
This superb itinerary combines tiger viewing in two of central India's best tiger reserves, Bandhavgarh and Ranthambhore, with a safari in the Kaziranga Park in Assam, a world heritage site and home to the world's largest population of one-horned rhinoceros. There are many other animals and birds to be seen in each of the parks and the trip ends in spectacular fashion with a sunrise visit to the magical Taj Mahal.
Please note: from prices shown are for low season (Apr-Jun), please ask for high season rates (Oct-Mar)
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
Special Guest LecturerExclusive to this voyage, Doug Allan, a multi award winning polar photographer and cameraman, will be your special guest lecturer. Doug has been on over 20 expeditions to Svalbard to film its wildlife, and knows the wonders of this area more than most. Read more >
Special Guest Photography GuideChris was 32 when he finally realised he really did want to be a photo-journalist and walked out on his career in IT sales to become a wildlife photographer Read more >
- See the rare one-horned rhino
- View tigers in their natural habitats
- Spectacular wildlife and bird viewing
- See the Taj Mahal at sunrise
- Rich history and culture
- Vibrant cities and towns
- All accommodation
- Meals as shown in itinerary
- Transfers and transport in car with driver
- Guided shared jeep safaris and tours as shown in itinerary
- Domestic air and rail travel as shown in itinerary
- Entrance fees
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ITINERARY12 Nights 13 Days
International flight not included but can be arranged and added with ease. Morning arrival into Delhi. Met and welcomed at the airport and transferred to Red Fox Hotel (or similar) for overnight stay. Remainder of day at leisure. Dinner included.
Kaziranga National Park
Early morning transfer to airport on day 2 for flight to Guwahati, departing at 05.35 and arriving at 07.50. Drive for 4.5 hours in private car through the countryside to Kaziranga National Park. Afternoon private guided jeep safari into the park.
Used as hunting grounds by many of the local tribes until 1905, Kaziranga Nation Park was proposed a National Park by British Government under Lord Curzon, officially closed for hunting in 1950 and gained actual status in 1974.
The wildlife is rich and expert to see Great Indian one horned rhino, wild elephant, hog deer, wild boar. If you are lucky you may see Royal Bengal Tiger, Leopard.
Bird life is rich and easy to observe with over 200 species including Bengal florican, pelican, heron, bittern, storks, eagles, lapwings, sandpipers, owls, kingfishers, barbet, shrike, oriole, drongo,, babbler and many more.
Morning walk around the lodge area on day 4 looking for birds and animals. Jeep safari into the park after lunch looking for the rare one-horned rhinoceros and other animals.
Further walking safari with guide on the morning of day 4 . Afternoon departure to Guwahati for 20.05 departure back to Delhi, arriving at 22.00.Transfer to hotel
Full board accommodation at Diphlu River Lodge in Kaziranga and at Red Fox Hotel in Delhi.
Bandhavgarh National Park
On day 5, transfer to airport for morning flight to Jabalpur, arriving at 12.15. Take a four hour drive in private car through the villages and countryside to Bandhavgarh and spend evening at leisure.
Bandhavgarh National Park was once the hunting grounds of the maharajahs of Rewa with hunting rights all the way up to 1968 when the area was made a national park. Wildlife is obviously protected now which has encouraged a thriving big cat and wildlife population. Good possible sightings of sloth bears, wild boar, mongoose, samber, barking deer and cheetal.
Migratory birds including warblers, steppe eagles visit the wetlands in the park in winter. you are also likely to spot teal, sarus crane, black ibis, kingfishers, Egyptian vulture, hornbills, adjutant, little grebe, white eyed buzzard, serpent eagle, paradise flycatcher and many more.
The Bandhavgarth Fort is not to be missed.
On days 6 and 7, take morning and afternoon jeep safaris into Bandhavgarh Park, which is reputed to have the highest concentration of resident tigers of any park in India.
Full board accommodation at Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge.
Bandhavgarh to Sawai Madhopur
Morning jeep safari into Bandhavgarh Park. Transfer by private car in the early evening (2 hour drive) to Katni Station to board fast air-conditioned sleeper train at 21.55 to Sawai Madhopur.
Ranthambhore National Park
On day 9, arrive at Sawai Madhopur at 09.20. Met and transferred by private car to Tiger Den Resort. Afternoon jeep safari.
Once the hunter grounds of the maharajahs of Jaipur and later the British, Ranthambhore National Park (Sawai Madhopur) was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1955. The wildlife, including the tiger population is thankfully flourishing so the Indian government have decided to increase the national park to encompass a range of hills close to Ranthambhore to ensure the Tiger populations have the space to grow.
Expect to see tiger, sloth bear, mongoose, samber, cheetal, langur monkeys and if you are lucky also leopard, hyena, jackal and march crocodile.
Excellent birding opportunities including paradise flycatcher, serpent eagle, jacana, painted stork, Bonellis eagle, horned owl, grey partridge, white necked stork, king vulture, ring dove, golden backed woodpecker and many more.
Do not miss the opportunity to visit the fort which is a wonderful backdrop to the majestic landscape and its many lakes.
Morning and afternoon jeep safaris into the park on days 10 and 11.
Full board accommodation at Tiger Den Resort.
Ranthambhore & Agra
Morning jeep safari into Ranthambhore Park. Transfer by private car to Sawai Madhopur Station to board fast train to Bharatpur departing at 12.25. Arrive at 15.40 and take a one hour drive by private car to Agra. Overnight at Sarovar Hotel with dinner and breakfast.
Agra & Delhi
Early morning guided visit to the Taj Mahal to watch sunrise over this magical monument to love. Later, visit the beautiful Red Fort with guide, before an afternoon drive back to Delhi International Airport for return or onward flight.
A view from Above
Diphlu River Lodge, Kaziranga
A wildlife lodge on the banks of the Diphlu River with comfortable accommodation for just 24 guests. The grounds overlook the Kaziranga National Park. The lodge has hosted a number of notable guests, including recently, members of the British royal family.
Accommodation is in 8 detached and 4 semi-detached cottages, each with en-suite facilities, air-conditioning and private verandah. Air conditioned lounge and dining area with verandahs overlooking the river - ideal for al fresco breakfasts and wildlife and bird spotting. Includes TV lounge and library.
Crystal Sarovar Premiere Hotel, Agra
A high quality, modern hotel, well located in the middle of Agra with excellent views of the Taj Mahal.
136 rooms and studios, some Taj facing, all with en-suite facilities, king or twin beds and TV. Choice of three restaurants, including poolside Sky Grill. Fitness centre and pool, wifi, children's activity zone.
Bandhavgargh Jungle Lodge
Located within walking distance of Bandhavgarh National Park's main gate, the jungle lodge has been developed on the theme of an Indian village, with thirteen thatched twin-bedded cottages around an inner courtyard. There are two separate villas with further accommodations of eight rooms.
13 spacious cosy and comfortable independent Cottages, and 8 rooms in two separate villas, to make a total of 21 rooms, all in a typical Indian village theme, some around an inner courtyard. They have modern facilities with single, twin or double bedded rooms, with attached bathroom, (all amenities) shower, running hot and cold water, comfortably furnished, even a hot water bottle at night to keep you warm! All rooms are equipped with twin/double beds, with reading lights, a writing table and chairs, large luggage rack etc. The rooms are all with attached baths with hot and cold running water and showers! and a hot water bottle at night! A large open dining cum common room serves as a dining area which seats 40. There is also a friendly open verandah to dine under the stars or to breakfast, in the soothing warm winter sun. One can browse through books in the library or just study the numerous information panels on the boards.
Tiger Den Resort, Ranthambhore
The resort is set in rural surroundings just five minutes from the entrance to the Ranthambhore National Park. Guided tours by jeep or truck or on foot can be arranged for tiger and birdwatching.
Accommodation is in a range of cottages and suites, all en-suite. Indian, Chinese and western dining options as well as barbeques. Pool, gardens. Evening slide shows.
Red Fox Delhi International Airport
Modern and comfortable, the Red Fox is a good choice for an overnight stay at Delhi Airport. With a 24 hour front desk, hi speed wi-fi and multi-cuisine restaurant, all your practical needs are met whilst you wait for your onward flight.
The 207 smartly designed rooms and suites are air-conditioned and offer LCD TV, mini fridge, tea & coffee making facilities and high quality mattress.
What Our Customers
Out of my 9 safaris I had amazing sightings in 8 of them, including some very close encounters as they strolled past only a few feet away from our jeep. The Tiger Den Hotel was also very nice and comfortable and I would highly recommend it to others.
Although my main aim was to see tigers, which I did , it was the abundance of other wildlife and incredible birding that took me by surprise. The guiding was generally very good and the standard of accommodation much better than I was expecting. The food was fantastic throughout, especially as I’m a vegetarian. I think this trip represented great value for money and ticked so many boxes for me, I look forward to going back one day.
The thing I liked most about our itinerary was that it kept us away from the crowds, having been to India before I know how busy and over whelming it can be but with Sara’s help we were able to visit some of the less well known National Parks, yet didn’t compromise on the wildlife. We saw everything we wanted and more, rhino, leopard, lion, tiger, sloth bear and more birds than I care to remember. Thank you for a fantastic trip and we look forward to booking another wildlife adventure with you in the near future.
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