Safari Vehicle

Air Ticket


Safari Guide

Barry Macdonald

Group Tour



10th - 24th March 2019


This program focuses on the three key national parks of India.


Bandhavgarh is one hot spot for the Tigers. Though one can never have enough of Tiger sightings, but this is one park where it gets close and you feel that yes you had enough of Tiger sightings. Normally we say that you have to be lucky to see a Tiger, but in Bandhavgarh we say that you have to be unlucky not to see atleast one. Hence we have given you 4 nights stay here, followed by 3 nights each in Kanha and Pench.

Kanha gives you a feel of the Junglebook by Rudyard Kipling. The meadows of Kanha coupled with the woods, and the flowing Banjar river give it a perfect hermitage ambience. The tall Sal trees of Kanha can be heard whispering to each other and welcoming you in this paradise. This is one forest which will grow on you safari after safari. You will never want your stay to come to an end in Kanha.

Pench is primarily a teak forest interspersed with bamboo. Tourism started in this park about 15 years back when an effective forest director worked on ensuring good water distribution in the park. This resulted in increase in Tiger sightings in summers.  Currently there is a legendary Tigress here popularly known as “Collarwali”, as she has a radio collar around her neck which tracks her location. She has already given birth to 26 cubs over last 10 years and is a bold Tigress not shy of tourists. She likes to move around with her cubs thus satisfying lot of Tiger desirous hearts and minds.

Trip Overview
  • Location
  • Grade
  • Days
  • Nights
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation
    Safari Vehicle
  • Air Ticket
  • Safari Guide
    Barry Macdonald
  • Group Tour
  • Departure
    10th - 24th March 2019
Day 1
London to New Delhi
Depart London for Flight to New Delhi
Day 2
Arrive New Delhi
On arrival at the New Delhi airport, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel, assist you in check in at the hotel, handover and explain all the travel related documents.  Overnight stay at the hotel in Delhi.
Day 3
New Delhi- Jabalpur -  Bandhavgarh 
Transfer to the airport in the morning to board a flight at 1015hrs to arrive Jabalpur at 1400hrs. Met at the airport at 1200 hrs and drive to Bandhavgarh National Park 200 kms / 4 hours drive. On arrival check into the Resort. Dinner and overnight stay at the resort.
Day 4
Bandhavgarh: The national park is mainly known for the density of its tiger population. This is the place where famous White Tigers of Rewa were discovered. The other wild attractions in the park include Leopards, Blue Bulls, Indian Gaur (Bison) Chausingha (Four Horned Antelopes), Spotted Deers, Sambar Deer, Wild Boar, Sloth Bears Fox, Jackals, Wild Dogs, etc. There are at least 22 mammal species and about 250 bird species in the Park. The other animals found in Bandhavgarh are Ratel, Porcupine, Small Indian Civet, Palm Squirrel, Lesser Bandicoot rat, the Jungle Cat, and the shy Hyenas. The reptile population in the park includes Cobras, Kraits, Vipers, Ratsnakes, Pythons, Monitor Lizards and turtles. The two primate species - the rhesus macaque and the Hanuman langur - inhabit Bandhavgarh. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Resort. Morning & evening Jeep drives in the park
Day 5
Bandhavgarh has been a center of human activity and settlement for over 2000 years, and there are references to it in the ancient books, the Narad-Panch Ratra and the Shiva Purana. The oldest sign of habitation in the park are caves dug into the sandstone to the north of the fort. Several contain Brahmi inscriptions dating from the 1st century B.C. Various dynasties have ruled the fort, for example, the Maghas from the 1st century A.D., the Vakatakas from the 3rd century A.D., From that time onwards Bandhavgarh was ruled by a succession of dynasties including the Chandela Kings Bandhavgarh became more and more deserted until forest overran the area band it became the royal hunting reserve. This helped to preserve the forest and its wildlife, although the Maharajas made full use of their rights. At independence Bandhavgarh remained the private property of the Maharaja until he gave it to the state for the formation of the National Park in 1968. After the park was created poaching and hunting was brought under control and the number of animals rose dramatically. The Tigers in particular prospered and the 1986 extension provided much needed forest to accommodate them. Overnight at the resort. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Resort. Morning & evening Jeep drives in the park.
Day 6
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the resort. Morning & evening Jeep drives in the park. Overnight stay at the resort
Day 8
Wake up at 0500hrs, tea coffee with biscuits, and proceed for the morning safari to the National park. 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 Kanha. After seeing Kanha you will compliment yourself and us that this forest was included in your itinerary. The sheer beauty of this park along with the rich bio-diversity make this a must visit in your India programme. Continue your search for the elusive Tiger if you have not yet seen the same, and soak in the fresh, and energizing environment. Return from Safari around 1130hrs. Freshen up, and Lunch is served. Relax for an hour under the shade of a tree (if you so desire), or in the comforts of your bedroom. Depart for evening jeep safari Kanha National Park. Return at 6pm from safari. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.
Day 9
Wake up, and get ready for another day of adventure in the National park. The forests of the Banjar valley and Halon valley, respectively forming 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 programmes 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 l
Day 10
Kanha -  Pench 
Morning game drive to the national park and after early lunch drive to Pench national park 210 kms/5 hrs drive. On arrival check into Resort.  Dinner and overnight at the resort in Pench.
Day 11
Morning and afternoon Jeep safari to the National park. Meals and overnight at the resort. Pench is located between four different mountain ranges - Aravali, Vindhyanchal, Satpura and Maikal. The tracks are smoother, the trees are thicker with dense undergrowth, perhaps one reason why the herbivore population here is larger in size compared to Kanha and Bandhavgarh. Pench National Park, nestling in the lower southern reaches of the Satpura hills is named after Pench River which flows from north to south through the Pench National Park. It is located on the southern boundary of Madhya Pradesh. A total of 758 Sq. kms of this Southern Indian tropical moist deciduous forest has its extent mingling with the tropical dry deciduous teak. The area is crisscrossed by a number of streams and 'nallahs' most of which are seasonal. Though the Pench River dries up in April end, a number of water pools locally known as 'dohs' are found which serve as water holes for the wild animals. The Pench Reservoir at the center of the park is the only major water source during the pinch period. As a prey concentration is high along the Pench River, tiger usually inhabits and frequents this belt. Leopards though generally operate in the peripheral areas but are occasionally seen in the deep forest also. Jungle cats are commonly seen. Leopard cats, small Indian civets and palm civets are seen rarely. In Pench, Cheetal, Sambar, are commonly seen grazing on the open sites on roadsides and banks of river & reservoir. Jackals can be seen in search of food anywhere in the Park. Packs of upto 15 or more wild dog can be seen near Chhedia, Jamtara, Bodanala and Pyorthadi areas of the Reserve. Herds of gaur can be spotted near streams and bamboo patches commonly in summer months. Sloth beer occupy the rocky areas and favour mahul bel infested forest. Chinkara is present in very small numbers and is found in open areas around Turia, Telia and Dudhgaon villages.
Day 12
Breakfast and lunch at the hotel. Morning and afternoon Jeep safari to the National park. Dinner and overnight stay at the resort .
Day 13
Pench – Nagpur – New Delhi
Morning game drive to the national park and after lunch drive to Nagpur 100 kms 2 hrs drive to board a flight to New Delhi at 1945 hrs to arrive New Delhi at 2130 hrs. On arrival transfer to hotel. Overnight at the hotel in New Delhi. Overnight in at the hotel in New Delhi.
Day 14
New Delhi - London
Morning free for leisure activities and later transfer to international airport to board a flight back home.
Day 15
Arrive London


  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash.
  • Hair brush or comb, hair ties, barrettes/bobby pins.
  • Deodorant.
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Sunscreen and face lotion with SPF.
  • Night time Moisturizer/Lotion.
  • If under any medication, enough stock
Cost Per Person
GBP £2,413

  • Tour Leader - Barry Macdonald
  • International Flights
  • Airport Transfers
  • En - Suite Accommodation
  • All Meals
  • All Transport
  • Park Entrance Fees
  • Visas
  • Guides Tips & Gratuities
  • Items of a Personal Nature
  • Travel Insurance
  • Drinks

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