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The Wildlife Highlights of India

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Tailor-Made Tour
13 Days
From £3458
GEOIP Not Available
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Tour Introduction

13 Days from £3458
GEOIP Not Available
per adult.

The impressive diversity of India’s wildlife and natural habitats is reflected in this extraordinary itinerary. You will visit some of the country’s less-known wildlife reserves which nevertheless offer superlative wildlife viewing, while staying in comfortable lodges. Start by tracking the endangered Indian one- horned rhinoceros grazing alongside water buffalo, elephants, wild boar and herds of deer in the grasslands and swamps of Kaziranga in Assam. Then, moving to the centre of the country, enjoy the wildlife of the rugged hills and teak forests of Tadoba and Satpura National Parks. Here there will be high chances of encounters with the regal Bengal tiger and impressive gaur, and the possibility of sightings of sloth bears, Asian wild dogs and leopards among a plethora of other mammals, birds, reptiles and butterflies. Few Indian wildlife tours can offer so much to the wildlife enthusiast while avoiding the more popular (and hence crowded) reserves.

Full Itinerary

Price from £3458
GEOIP Not Available
per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms
Day 1
Arrive in Delhi

Met on arrival in Delhi and private transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, pick up by a private guide for a tour of old Delhi including iconic sites such as Jama Mosque and the Red Fort, and a fun rickshaw ride through the old streets and busy markets.

Staying at Claridges. Includes Breakfast.

Day 2
Kaziranga National park

Transfer to the airport and fly to Guwahati, Assam. Met on arrival and transfer to Kaziranga National Park. The predominant habitat is a mixture of tall grasslands and riverine forests, marshes, interconnecting streams and ox-bow lakes. Kaziranga is famous for large concentrations of mammals and in particular its important population of the endangered greater or Indian one-horned rhinoceros. Other wildlife includes abundant wild water buffalo, swamp and hog deer, wild boar, Asian elephant, Ganges river dolphin and hoolock gibbon. There are many exciting birds present too including the rare Bengal florican and Pallas’s and grey-headed fish eagles.

Staying at Diphlu River Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 3
Kaziranga National park

Early departure today for a morning elephant-back safari through the park: this often allows close viewing of rhinoceros. Afternoon game drives and/or walking safaris.

Staying at Diphlu River Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 4
Kaziranga National park

Morning elephant-back safari through the park, with possible close viewing of rhinoceros. Afternoon game drives and/or walking safaris.

Staying at Diphlu River Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 5
Nagpur

Transfer to Guwahati airport and fly to Nagpur. Met on arrival and transfer to a town hotel.

Staying at Tuli Imperial. Includes Breakfast.

Day 6
Tadoba National Park

Transfer to Tadoba Tiger Reserve. After lunch depart for a game drive through the park. Tadoba reserve comprises a beautiful assortment of meadows, lakes and dense mixed forest of bamboo and teak that support an abundance of varied wildlife. The park is home to large populations of spotted and sambar deer, wild boar, guar and antelopes such as the Nilgai and the very rare four-horned antelope. Carnivores such as leopard, sloth bear, Asian wild dog and jungle cat can often be seen here; 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 and sightings are now very reliable.

Staying at Tiger Trails. Includes All Meals.

Day 7
Tadoba National Park

Enjoy morning and afternoon private game drives in the reserve looking for tigers and other fabulous wildlife.

Staying at Tiger Trails. Includes All Meals.

Day 8
Tadoba National Park

Enjoy another day of morning and afternoon private game drives in the reserve looking for tigers and other wildlife.

Staying at Tiger Trails. Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 9
Tadoba National Park

Final day for morning and afternoon private game drives in the reserve looking for tigers and wildlife.

Staying at Tiger Trails. Includes All Meals.

Day 10
Satpura National Park

Drive to Nagpur and take the Sanghamitra Express train to Pipariya and then drive to Satpura and check into your top class lodge which is particularly popular with our clients.

Staying at Reni Pani Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 11
Satpura National Park

Full day of guided wildlife activities in Satpura National Park with its undulating topography of rocky hills, meadows and teak forests. Satpura is bordered by the Tawa reservoir providing good opportunities for boat safaris, canoeing and observing a wide range of resident and migratory water birds. The park supports a healthy population of gaur and other mammals and is one of the best for leopard, sloth bear and packs of Indian wild dog. There are many tigers here too but they are more timid and remain in the hills during the day, stalking the meadows at night.
What really sets the park apart is that you can take boat trips and explore certain areas on foot and on elephant-back: a great way to experience the sights and sounds of the park outside the confines of a vehicle.

Staying at Reni Pani Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 12
Satpura National Park

Another day of guided excursions by game drive, canoe, walking safari or elephant-back.

Staying at Reni Pani Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 13
Depart India

A last morning game drive through the park before transferring to Bhopal and catching flight to Delhi and your onward international flight home.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Tour Accommodation

India Eastern India

Diphlu River Lodge

Overview

The relatively new, upmarket Diphlu River Lodge in Assam has taken the accommodation for Kaziranga to another level, in more ways than one. Separated from the National Park by the Diphlu River, the property has 8 detached and 4 semi-detached air-conditioned cottages raised on stilts over paddy fields. The well-appointed cottages are constructed from bamboo and thatch and feature a spacious bedroom, private bathroom and outside seating area.

The rooms are linked by raised walkways to a central machan with a library, bar, open fire and dining area serving scrumptious food. The paddy fields attract a good deal of wildlife, with elephants and rhino often seen across the river. As well as game drives by elephant and jeep, you can also arrange walks in nearby tea gardens. The lodge enjoys unique approval for nature walks within Kaziranga National Park itself – a very rare treat in Indian national parks.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
12
Facilities

Private bathrooms, restaurant, bar, lounge area, library, air-conditioning and laundry service.

Local Wildlife

Kaziranga National Park is famous for its large concentrations of mammals and in particular its large population of endangered greater Indian one-horned rhinoceros. Other wildlife includes abundant (but endangered) wild water buffalo, swamp and hog deer, wild boar, Asian elephant, Ganges river dolphin, capped langur and hoolock gibbon. The park actually holds the highest density of tigers left in India but they are difficult to see here because of the height of the elephant grass. There are many exciting birds present in the park too including the rare Bengal florican, and Pallas’s and grey-headed fish eagles.

Optional Activities

Elephant back, jeep and walking safaris in the park, encounters with domestic elephants including the opportunity to bathe them. Traditional Assamese dances are performed at the lodge and excursions to rubber and tea plantations, local villages and craft shops can be arranged.

India Northern India

Reni Pani Lodge

Overview

With just 12 luxury cottages nestled in a 30-acre wooded site within the buffer zone of uncrowded Satpura National Park, Reni Pani Lodge offers perhaps the best accommodation in the area. Each of the cottages has a private deck, en suite bathroom and some also benefit from an additional outdoor shower.

There is a small swimming pool and library plus a water hole attracting smaller mammals and birds. Meals are often served alfresco at various spots around the property with evening drinks served around a campfire. In addition to game drives, the hotel offers exciting walking tours, boat trips and elephant-back safaris within the Satpura National Park and they are soon to introduce horse riding within the buffer zone. As well as three delicious meals each day, snacks, laundry and soft drinks are usually included in your stay.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
12
Facilities

Restaurant, bar, communal area, swimming pool, en suite bathroom with hot water and 24-hour electricity.

Local Wildlife

The park supports a healthy population of gaur, blackbuck, four-horned antelope, jungle cat, Indian giant squirrel, various mongooses and plenty of other mammals and is one of the best places to see leopard, sloth bear and packs of dhole (Asian wild dog) in all India. There are many tigers here too but they are more timid and remain in the hills during the day, stalking the meadows at night. The water in the park attracts plenty of bird life and marsh mugger crocodiles are commonly seen.

Optional Activities

Game drives, walks, canoe and small boat rides in Satpura National Park. Excursions to visit the local village are also available.

India Northern India

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.

India Northern India

Tuli Imperial Hotel

Overview

Tuli Imperial is a modern hotel conveniently located in the centre of Nagpur. The stylish hotel has a relaxed ambience with grand architecture and attractive décor. There are 31 large, air-conditioned rooms with private bathrooms and comfortable seating. The room amenities include a flat-screen cable TV, digital safe, fridge, direct-dial telephone, climate control and tea and coffee making facilities.

Guests can enjoy relaxing in the property’s communal living area with perhaps a drink at the bar, bathing in the large swimming pool or using the well-equipped gym. There is an excellent restaurant serving traditional Indian and international cuisine and a coffee shop for light snacks and drinks.

The hotel is popular as a stopover on the journey to or from Tadoba or Satpura.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
31
Facilities

Restaurant, bar, swimming pool, gym, coffee shop, air-conditioning, lounge area, cable TV, climate control, direct-dial telephone, in-room safety deposit box and laundry service.

Optional Activities

Use of hotel facilities including swimming pool, gym and tours of the city can be arranged.

Route Map

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Tuli Imperial Hotel: 21.157964, 79.079801
Tiger Trails: 20.279656, 79.315924
Reni Pani Lodge: 22.618130, 78.121290
Diphlu River Lodge: 26.638560, 93.341017

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?

Yes

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

Another excellent holiday from Reef and Rainforest. Everything was well organised and coordinated throughout our trip. Very knowledgeable and friendly guides, clearly keen to ensure we had an excellent experience. Highlights were Udaipur, Tigers, rural India and the three wildlife lodges.

Mrs JC - Musselburgh