• Search for the elusive tiger in some of India’s finest national parks and tiger reserves.
  • Witness the wild beautiful landscapes and magnificent wildlife that inspired Kipling.
  • Marvel at the ornate spires, carved pillars and erotic sculptures of Khajuraho’s temples.

Wild Central India (12D/11N)

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CityBandhavgarh, Delhi, Kanha, Khajuraho, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pench
ThemeAdventure, Arts & Culture, Culinary, Nature & Wildlife, Off The Beaten Track, Sustainable, Walking

Day 01: Mumbai

On arrival at the airport, you will be met by our representative who will escort you to the hotel and assist with the check in.

Overnight in Mumbai.


Day 02: Mumbai

After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel for a half day sightseeing tour of the city.

Start with a stop at the Gateway of India located on the waterfront. It was designed by George Wittet to commemorate the visit of George V and Queen Mary in 1911. Drive along Marine Drive and past Victoria Terminus, the most remarkable example of Victorian gothic architecture in India. Visit the Hanging Gardens, so named since they are located on top of a series of tanks that supply water to Bombay. Visit the Jain Temple, dedicated to Adishwara – the founder of Jainism. Built from marble more than 100 years ago it is larger than most of the Jain temples in the city. Finally make a brief photo stop at Dhobi Ghat, Mumbai’s chaotic 140-year-old open-air laundry.

The rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight in Mumbai.


Day 03: Mumbai – Nagpur; Nagpur – Pench

Take an early morning flight to Nagpur. On arrival drive to Pench National Park and check in to the hotel.

Overnight in Pench.


Day 04: Pench

Early morning set off for a Jungle Safari with a naturalist. Return to the hotel for breakfast followed by time for relaxing. Later in the afternoon there will be a second Jungle Safari with a naturalist.

Pench National Park or Tiger Reserve is one of the premier tiger reserves of India and the only one to straddle across two states – Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. The reserve gets its name from the River Pench which meanders through the park from north to south. The undulating topography supports a mosaic of vegetation ranging from moist, sheltered valleys to open, dry deciduous forest. Over 1200 species of plants have been recorded from the area including several rare and endangered plants. The area has always been rich in wildlife and is home to many animals including tigers, leopard, jungle cats, sloth bear, striped hyena, chital, sambar, and wild pigs.

Overnight in Pench.


Day 05: Pench – Kanha

After breakfast drive to Kanha National Park and on arrival check in to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight in Kanha.


Day 06: Kanha

Early morning set off for a Jungle Safari with a naturalist. Return to the hotel for breakfast followed by time for relaxing. Later in the afternoon there will be a second Jungle Safari with a naturalist.

This is the country about which Kipling wrote so vividly in his Jungle Books. He was inspired by the lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines. Originally the area was famed as a hunter’s paradise but now the valley has been well developed as a national park. The landscape consists of luxurious open grasslands, dense forests and crystal clear streams. Kanha Tiger Reserve has an abundance of wildlife including species of tigers, leopards, wild dogs, wild cats, foxes, jackals, sambar, barking deer, langurs and wild boars – along with 300 species of birds.

Overnight in Kanha.


Day 07: Kanha – Bandhavgarh

After breakfast drive to Bandhavgarh National Park and on arrival check in to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight in Bandhavgarh.


Day 08: Bandhavgarh

Today you will join two Jungle Safaris accompanied by a naturalist. The first will be early morning before breakfast and the second will be in the late afternoon.

Bandhavgarh is famous as this is where the white tiger originated. It now has one of the highest density of Bengal tigers known in the world. Before becoming a national park in 1968, it was the game preserve of the maharajas of Rewa. The park consists of steep ridges, lush meadows, forested valleys and grassy swamps. There are also interesting cave shrines scattered around the park and you can visit the archaeological remains of a fort believed to be 2,000 years old where you may spot crag martins and brown rock thrush.

Overnight in Bandhavgarh.


Day 09: Bandhavgarh – Khajuraho

After breakfast, drive to Khajuraho. After checking in to the hotel set off for a sightseeing tour of the temples in Khajuraho.

The Khajuraho Temples are amongst the most beautiful in India. They were built in the short span of a hundred years from 950 – 1050 AD, in a truly inspired burst of creativity. Originally a group of 85, they are the largest group of Hindu and Jain temples in the world. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the remaining 22 temples have awed generations with their architectural brilliance, intricate carvings and erotic sculptures.

Overnight in Khajuraho.


Day 10: Khajuraho – Delhi

After breakfast take a flight to Delhi. After checking in to the hotel the rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight in Delhi.


Day 11: Delhi

After breakfast you will be picked up from the hotel for a city tour of Old Delhi.

Visit the Red Fort (closed on Monday). This red sandstone walled city was built by the emperor Shah Jahan in 1648 at the very peak of the Mughal power. Opposite the fort are the black and white onion dome and minarets of the Jama Masjid, the great mosque of Old Delhi. This highly decorative mosque has a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees.

Drive past the ruins of the 14th century fort known as Kotla Firoze Shah. Rising from the palace’s crumbling remains is the 13-metre-high Ashoka Pillar from the 3rd century BC. Visit Raj Ghat, where a simple black marble memorial and an eternal flame mark the site of Gandhi’s cremation. Climb onto the backseat of a rickshaw and enjoy the sights and sounds as your driver navigates his way through the narrow maze of streets in Old Delhi.

In the afternoon set off for a sightseeing tour of New Delhi. Drive past famous landmarks of the new capital such as the Presidential Palace, the Rashtrapati Bhawan and the secretariat buildings. Continue down Rajpath, the wide tree-lined avenue that leads to India Gate, passing by the High Court and the Old Fort. Stop at Humayun’s Tomb, a garden-tomb built in 1565 AD by his grieving widow Haji Begum.

Photograph the curious and un-corroded 72-metre-high Qutub Minar and the ruins of Quwat-Ul-Islam (Light of Islam) Mosque. End with a visit to Birla Temple (Laxmi Narayan) adorned with intricately carved idols.

Overnight in Delhi.


Day 12: Delhi

Transfer to the international airport for the flight to your onward destination.

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