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India Tiger Safari

March 17-30, 2020

Safari

The state of Madhya Pradesh is known as the “Heart of India” because of a lot many things that it has to offer. It has been home to cultural and spiritual heritage of almost all the religions. Innumerable monuments, intricately carved temples, stupas, forts and palaces are dotted all over the State. The natural beauty of the state is equally varied. Consisting largely of a plateau, the State has everything, from mighty mountain ranges to meandering rivers to miles of verdant forests. In fact a large part of it is under the forest cover, offering a unique and exciting panorama of wildlife. In the National Parks of Kanha, Pench and Satpura you can spot the tiger, bison and a wide variety of deer and antelope. Our tour introduces the visits to some of the best habitat of wildlife, especially Tigers available in the country. Carpeted over the hills of central Indian highlands these jungles and hills are sources of some of the most important rivers of peninsular India. On this tour you will also visit a local village. Be a guest in a tribal home, see cow dung patty cakes being made for fuel wood, kitchen gardens and local produce being dried in the sun, watch the women work in the fields, paint intricate designs on their walls and floors, see the temple, and understand the harmony of their lives with nature.

 

Signature Moments

  • Step into the pages of Kipling's 'The Jungle Book'
  • Be a guest in a tribal home
  • Be in awe of the majestic wild tiger
  • Canoe down a jungle river
  • See cave paintings dating back 30,000 years
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Inclusions & Highlights
  • 13 Nights deluxe accommodations
  • Airport transfers
  • All meals
  • Private AC minivan transportation in Delhi and Corbett
  • MUV vehicles for safari
  • Internal flights
  • Guided orientation of New Delhi
  • Cycle Rickshaw ride
  • Satpura boat ride
  • Satpura canoe safari
  • Game drives throughout
  • Visit Gond & Baigha Tribal villages
  • Bamhni Nature Walk
  • Corbett birding trial
  • Knowledgeable guides throughout
  • Traditional Indian Welcome with aarti, tilak & garlanding
  • Welcome and departure assistance and transfers
  • English speaking Tour Guide throughout
  • Women's Travel Club leader
Itinerary
India Tiger Safari
Day 1 - Arrive Delhi

Welcome to India!
Welcome to India! Arrive anytime today in New Delhi, where we have reserved a comfortable Airport hotel for you to rest and overcome the jet lag. Delhi is the world’s largest democracy, and in many ways is the essence of modern India, with its startling paradox of old and new, foreign and familiar. Its fascination lies in its amalgamation of ancient monuments and the bustle and clamor of Old Delhi with Lutyens imposing and magnificent New Delhi.
Now rushing headlong into the 21st century Delhi is also a contemporary showcase of designer shopping, trendy bars and restaurants. Take a guided orientation tour of New Delhi. Visit the Qutub Minar, one of the finest Islamic structures ever raised in India, Humayun’s Tomb the first garden-tomb in the Indian subcontinent and the inspiration for several monuments including the Taj Mahal. Drive past India Gate, the Lutyen’s buildings and the President’s Palace. Also visit Old Delhi, a living museum! Wander the lanes of the wedding alley & the silver street and take a cycle rickshaw ride.
Accommodations - Radisson Blu Plaza

 

Day 2 - Delhi - Satpura

Take a short flight to Bhopal this morning. Once there, we will drive 3 hours to come to one of India’s most scenic park, Satpura. This is a unique one with Denwa river flowing through it offering an opportunity to explore the park on a boat.
En route we will make a brief stop at the UNESCO Heritage site of Bhimbetka. The site is known for cave paintings dating back to approximately 30,000 years. Rock shelters that were home to humans, millennia ago. And a rich flora and fauna surrounding these, indeed, make Bhimbetka a gift to us from our earliest ancestors. An archaeological treasure, Bhimbetka has around 243 rock shelters. The paintings found in the rock shelters here have a striking resemblance to the ones discovered in Kakadu National Park in Australia; to the cave paintings of Bushmen in Kalahari Desert and Upper Palaeolithic Lascaux cave paintings in France. A walkthrough these ancient naturally carved rocks surrounded by dense forests of Bhimbetka will bring alive child-like wonder in you. Drive for another 2 hours to arrive at the lodge. In the afternoon there will be a Safari in the Park.
Nestled in to the beautiful forested hills of Satpura landscape, the Satpura Tiger Reserve is one of the most biodiversity rich areas of Central India. From the small insectivores plants to the Indian Gaur and Tiger, every flora and fauna typical to Central Indian Highlands are found here. The reserve was formed after merging Satpura National Park, Bori Wildlife Sanctuary and Pachmarhi Wildlife Sanctuary together in the year. This is also a part of the Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve which covers almost 4927 sq. km.
Accommodations - Reni Pani Jungle Lodge

 

Day 3 - Satpura

This morning we will go for canoeing in the river, as it offers a unique way to watch the water birds especially Indian Skimmer, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, River Tern, Bar headed Geese etc. Our canoe trek will run parallel to the dense Jungle. The terrain of the national park is extremely rugged and consists of fascinating deep valleys, sandstone peaks, narrow gorges, rivulets, waterfalls, thick dense green forest of Sal and other medicinal herbs, it also has large tracts of Teak forests.
Take a second Jeep safari in the park in the afternoon. Spread over 524sq kms, the Satpura range is the epitome of beauty. Over here nature displays itself in a myriad of exquisite ways. It offers you a panoramic view of beautiful mountain peaks, gorges, magnificent waterfalls, sparkling streams and deep valleys. Satpura is a Sanskrit word, which means seven mountains. The Satpura national Park is spread over 1427 sq km with altitude ranging from 300 to 1352 meters. The rugged terrain consists of fascinating deep valleys, sandstone peaks, narrow gorges, rivulets, waterfalls and thick forest. It is home to the majestic tiger and a number of other critically endangered animals. The park is also known to be a delight for bird watchers. The Jungle Safari will take you into the heart of the Satpura forest, where sightings of wildlife are common and offer great opportunity for photographers.
Accommodations - Reni Pani Jungle Lodge

 

Day 4 - Satpura - Pench

We drive roughly for 5 hours today to come to another gem in Central India, Pench National Park. Pench National park, nestling in the lower southern reaches of the satpuda hills is named after Pench river, meandering through the park from north to south. It is located on the southern boundary of Madhya Pradesh, bordering Maharashtra. In the heart of India, Madhya Pradesh, Pench National Park is located in the districts of Seoni and Chhindwara. Named after the pristine River Pence which flows through the park, Pench National Park is one of the most popular wildlife reserves in India. The park also has its mention in the famous story of 1894, ‘The Jungle Book’, penned down by the renowned English Author Rudyard Kipling. The story was worldwide applauded, and hence, the national park became one of the popular national parks in the world in the 1970s and also a prominent tourist attraction in India. Since then, every year oodles of wildlife buffs flock to this place just to spot the famous characters of the book, Akela (The Indian Wolf), Raksha (the female Wolf), Baloo (Sloth Bear), and the vicious Shere Khan (Royal Bengal Tiger). This afternoon we will enjoy a safari.
Accommodations - Pench Tree Lodge

 

Day 5 - Pench

Today there will be an early morning as well as an afternoon Jeep safari.
Tigers. Leopards. Jackals. And us humans. The Pench National Park, like it did in the iconic 'The Jungle Book', still brings humans in close contact with wildlife. Rudyard Kipling based Mowgli's adventures, and his battle with the furious Sher Khan, on this very place. Located in the southern reaches of the Satpura range, it is divided by river Pench into nearly two equal parts. This magnificent expanse shelters over 285 resident and migratory birds. Pench National Park, with its majestic tigers and several other animals and birds, will bring back the thrill you used to have, when watching Mowgli battle Sher Khan.
Accommodations - Pench Tree Lodge

 

Day 6 - Pench - Kanha

At lunch, get oriented about the area and the lodge by resident naturalist. Take the afternoon safari, which is our first foray in to the dense forest. Kanha is renowned as being ‘the best managed Wildlife Park in Asia’ and you are more than likely to have an excellent few days spotting wildlife here. Safaris into Kanha offer excellent opportunities for wildlife photography and bird watching and it is considered one of the best places in the world to see wild tigers. Kanha National Park is one of India’s largest parks, covering almost 2000 kilometers of pristine Indian wilderness.
Situated in the Maikal Hills of the Satpura range, Kanha boasts a spectacular landscape of vast Sal tree forests, interspersed with flourishing green meadows and beautiful stretches of lush bamboo growth. This national park is one of the first nine tiger reserves established with the initial launch of Project Tiger in 1973, aimed at protecting tigers and their ecosystems. Kanha is prime tiger wilderness, and it remains Project Tiger’s greatest success story. Return to your lodge in the evening for cocktails & dinner, over a slide show.
Accommodations - Singinawa Jungle Lodge

 

Day 7 - Kanha

Today is an exciting day in Kanha, and you will be able to have a morning jungle drive (our second safari) through the stunning Sal forests and meadows looking for sloth bear, jackal, the rare hardground Barasingha (swamp dear), sambar, and of course Sher Khan himself! Breakfast will be in the park during our Safari break.
There are many success stories of wildlife conservation are associated with this Kanha Tiger reserve and most prominent among them is the revival of population of hard Ground Barasingha. Kanha was declared a National Park in 1955 and Tiger reserve in 1973. The mammal and bird diversity of the park is fabulous having almost the entire faunal element of central India including Tiger, Leopard and Wild Dogs. 5 Types of Deer including the smallest one Mouse deer with Indian Gaur constitute the prey species for the carnivores. The beautiful mosaic of habitat of Sal forest and savannah grasslands are ideal for survival of the big mammals specially Tigers. Two perennial rivers flowing through the reserve ensures the water supply to the wildlife and forest throughout the year. Return to the lodge for lunch.
Later, visit the tribes of Gond and Baigha to see their lifestyle and way of living. Interact with the villagers and also see a tribal museum for an insight into their uniqueness and art. During the afternoon tour today, we will walk in the villages and meet interesting tribal people, often displaying beautiful jewelry and tattoos. Besides their unique lifestyle, which makes an interesting subject, their smiling faces are a photographer’s delight. The ancient Baiga tribe is indigenous to central India. Many of them can be found in the Mandla district, near Kanha National Park, in Madhya Pradesh. They live traditionally, in villages with mud huts and no electricity, completely untouched by modern development. They cook using primitive implements, cultivate and store their own rice, and brew potent toddy from the flowers of the sacred mahua tree. Throughout various phases of their life, Baiga women get tattoos on their head, arms, chest and legs, representing aspects of nature integral to the Baiga way of life. The Baigas still coexist with the Gonds. Yet, the Gond villages tell a different story of how this community has prospered while the Baigas have not. Artwork, which the Gonds have become well known for, has provided them with a lucrative source of income. Their homes have more facilities, often including electricity. Dinner & overnight at the lodge.
Accommodations - Singinawa Jungle Lodge

 

Day 8 - Kanha

Take another Safari in the park this morning. Spread across 940 sq.km, Kanha National Park is one of the largest parks in Madhya Pradesh where the majestic royal Bengal tigers are found in good numbers. The Park is respected globally for saving the Barasingha from near extinction. No doubt, it is one of the best managed parks in Asia and a part of Project Tiger. National Geographic's award winning 'Land of the Tigers' was shot here, but the park is home to leopards, wild dogs and Barasingha as well. A safari in Kanha will surely get you thrilled, the way you were on your first trip to the zoo, as a child. Lunch at the lodge.
Late afternoon set out for a nature walk on a dedicated trail. Another great way of spying on the bird life here is to take a walk on the wild side, quite literally. The camp has friendly, knowledgeable guides who are happy to take you on a nature trail through the jungle. Stroll to the starting point of the Bamhni Nature Trail and set off on a delightfully educational walk. Listen to the evil laugh of the rufous treepie and the steady tap-tap of the incredibly pretty flameback woodpecker. Watch the greater racket-tailed drongo glide between trees and kingfishers perched contentedly upon high branches. As your wanderings bring you to the Banjaar River, scramble up a small hillock and find two benches fashioned out of logs of wood. Perch yourself there while your guide and his assistant whip out flasks of coffee and cookies as you soak up the silence.
Accommodations - Singinawa Jungle Lodge

 

Day 9 - Kanha - Delhi

This morning again you have to wake up early to explore the wildlife of Kanha by Jeeps- our 3rd and final safari in Kanha. Most of the animals and birds are active during early morning and late evening. So don’t miss the chance and be first in the queue for entry into the park. Though sightings of charismatic animals like tiger leopard are a matter of luck but from our side we don’t wanted to miss any chance.
After the Safari drive to Raipur airport to catch an evening flight to Delhi. Stay near the airport for an early start to Corbett the following morning.
Accommodations - Radisson Blu Plaza

 

Day 10 - Delhi - Corbett National Park

Situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, Corbett is one of India’s most beautiful wildlife areas. This park has a tiger population of around 160, which makes it most important sanctuary of this endangered species in India.
Jim Corbett is the oldest national park in India, has the distinction of being visited by many generations of nature lovers since 1939. The weather remains idyllic throughout the year in this part of Uttarakhand, making it truly an ideal destination for both leisure and adventure. A massive 520 sq kilometers, this includes diverse terrain from the gurgling rivers, to steep hills and of course dense forest. Plays host to a wide array of wildlife including Tiger, Elephants, Leopard, Jungle Cat, Nilgai, Sambur to mention some and over 500 species of resident and migratory birds. The best opportunity for viewing game is in the early morning and late afternoon. The Park operates four-wheel drive open top jeeps or canters for these excursions. Safaris are led by Jim Corbett Forest Authorities appointed guides who take guests on one of a range of routes through the park Start your afternoon Jeep Safari into the jungle.
Accommodations - Jim's Jungle Retreat

 

Day 11 - Corbett

Take an early morning Safari today. Corbett National Park has captured the imagination of many with its diverse wildlife and breath-taking landscapes. The natural uniqueness of the area was recognised long ago and so in 1936 Corbett attained the distinction as the first national park to be established in mainland Asia. It covers an area of 521 sq. km and together with the neighbouring Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary and Reserve Forest areas, forms the Corbett Tiger Reserve over 1288 sq. km. Its geographical location between the Himalayas and the terai, and the streams, rivers and ridges crisscrossing the terrain, present Corbett with a remarkable variety of landscapes. This vivid mosaic of habitats – wet and dry, plain and mountainous, gentle and rugged, forests and grasslands – supports numerous plant and animal species, representing Himalayan as well as plains kinds. The most famous of Corbett’s wild residents are the Bengal Tiger and the Asiatic Elephant, but with about 600 species of avifauna Corbett is one of the richest bird regions of India.
The different habitat types of Corbett i.e. mountains, sal forests, chaurs, khair-sissoo forests, and rivers have their distinct assemblage of plants. More than 600 species of trees, shrubs, herbs, bamboos, grasses, climbers and ferns have been identified in the Park. The tiger (Panthera tigris) is perhaps the most celebrated of the wild animals of India. It symbolizes the power of Nature and finds an important place in our culture, mythology and legends. It has been worshiped as the guardian and ruler of the forest. Tigers are believed to have evolved in East Asia (China) about 2 million years ago. They then dispersed to other parts of Asia. There existed eight subspecies of tiger, out of which three have gone extinct. Today this perfect carnivore is a critically endangered species, though once it roamed freely in most of Asia. India is home to the largest population of wild tigers in the world. In the afternoon, take a nature walk in the buffer area.
There are estimated to be only 5000 to 7500 tigers surviving in the world. Out of these, the subspecies found in the Indian subcontinent, the Bengal tiger has 3000 to 4500 surviving members, more than three-fourths of which are in India. The terai-bhabar region, including Corbett, was once the best place to find tigers but this habitat has reduced tremendously due to development-induced land use changes.
Accommodations - Jim's Jungle Retreat

 

Day 12 - Corbett

This morning we will go on a birding trial. The Western Himalayan region of Uttarakhand has one of richest and diverse bird habitats in Asia. Of the 1,248 species of birds found across India, over 621 have been spotted in our state largely due to the altitude varying from 400m to over 7800m in the Himalayas, leading to rich and varied forest types in a relatively small region. Birding is a specialty of Vanghat, and whether after a general introduction to the almost overwhelming array of avian fauna, or on the hunt for a very specific species, we can tailor our expertly led guided birding activities to suit.
Vanghat is situated in a range of hills that are a transition zone between the plains to the south and the mountains to the northeast, meaning that in this melting pot of habitats we see almost all of these species, either as residents or migrants. The rich river habitat attracts Pallas's, Lesser and Grey-headed Fish Eagle, numerous kingfisher and the Brown Fish Owl, which at dusk is more often heard than seen. The emblematic Great Hornbills journey daily up and down the valley, their vast wings audible in flight, and sometimes have been spotted feeding on the Ficus trees on the riverside opposite camp. Brown Dipper, Wallcreeper and several species of forktail (the Spotted and Little Forktail being the most common), Plumbeous and White-capped Water Redstart and several wagtail species are amongst the altitude migrant visitors to the area.
In the afternoon, take another Safari in a different zone in the park. Corbett Tiger Reserve boasts a wide array of fauna such as three species of otter and many other fascinating mammals, all kinds of deer and other ungulates such asserow and nilgai, King cobras, giant river turtles and the enormous fish-eating gharial crocodiles, not forgetting one of the highest tiger densities on the planet. The reserve’s 1288 square kilometers adjoin with neighboring reserve forests and wildlife sanctuaries forming the perhaps the largest and most crucial band of forest and wild habitat of the great Himalayan foothills. Dominated by the tall hardwood Sal tree with a great diversity of other semi tropical floral compositions these forests offer perhaps the most crucial and viable chance for the long-term survival of the Bengal Tiger. Corbett’s vast open grasslands surrounded by towering wooded hills and bisected by the meandering Ramganga River are also the perfect backdrop to observe and photograph herds of wild Asian elephants.
Accommodations - Jim's Jungle Retreat

 

Day 13 - Corbett - Delhi

After a relaxed breakfast, drive back to Delhi today. The 7 hour drive will bring you directly to the airport hotel. We will enjoy a farewell Dinner at our airport hotel this evening.
Accommodations - Andaz by Hyatt

 

Day 14 - Delhi - Depart

It is time to say good-bye to new friends and this amazing country. Transfer to the airport as needed for your flight home.

 

**Prices are subject to change and availability. Space is limited and activities and specific hotels are subject to change. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

 

Important Details & Pricing
Rates

Double Occupancy - $6829 CAD per person (sharing a room)

Single Occupancy - $9499 CAD per person (your own room)

 

If you would like the double occupancy rate but don't have a roommate we will match you with a suitable roommate. The single occupancy rate will give you your own room. Single occupancy very limited.

Deposit of $500 per person due at time of booking.
Second Deposit of $750 CAD due August 1, 2019

Final Payment due - December 15, 2019

*All payments are non-refundable Please see full terms and conditions.

 

Booking Deadline

September 1, 2019
Book Now! Tour may fill up at any time.
Please do not book flights until after September 1, 2019 unless instructed to do so by the Women's Travel Club. If not enough ladies are booked by the release date then this tour may be cancelled. If the Women's Travel Club cancels the tour all payments made will be refunded.

 

Activity Level

Low - Moderate Activity
There are a few walking tours at a relaxed pace.

 

Group Size

Minimum - 8 ladies
Maximum - 16 ladies

 

Exclusions
  • International Airfare (can be arranged by WTC)
  • Visa/passport handling fees
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuity
  • Optional Activities
  • Expenses of a Personal Nature
  • Early check-in and late check-out of hotel

 

Tour Leader

Kirsten Ness
Kirsten is a veterinarian and owns a small animal practice. When she isn't busy looking after adored family pets she loves to explore the world. Kirsten is a fun and very knowledgeable tour leader.

 

Flight Information

Once your flights are booked please forward a copy of your itinerary to info@womens-travel-club.com.
A Women's Travel Club agent is available to help you book your flights. Please do not book any flights until tour is confirmed. Follow this link to a form to request flight options and quotes. A Women's Travel Club agent will send you back the recommended flight option that best suits you. We are pleased to offer a flight booking service for your tour. As quoting of flights can be a time-consuming endeavor, a service fee of $113 ($100 plus HST) will apply.

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Travel Insurance:

Out of country medical insurance is required. We strongly recommend that you obtain cancellation and interruption insurance to protect your investment.
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Accommodations
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Radisson Blu Plaza

With an ideal location less than five kilometers (10 minutes) from Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), the Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Airport provides upper upscale accommodations and convenient city access.

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Reni Pani Jungle Lodge

Reni Pani Jungle Lodge is an exquisitely designed conservation and wildlife-focused lodge located close to the Satpura, the largest tiger reserve in Madhya Pradesh. The resort in Satpura is an ideal spot for those who love the canvas of green and blue. This exquisitely designed conservation and wildlife-focused jungle lodge in Satpura is defined by the high benchmarks in service and quality set by the Jehan Numa Group. Your personal butler takes care of your needs and will arrive at your cottage to escort you to dinner and guide you in the dark. The porters, housekeepers, chefs, waiters are imbued with Jehan Numa courtesy and sense of service that never intrudes but ensures that you have everything you need.

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Pench Tree Lodge

Pench Tree Lodge is a unique experience, set in one of the unexplored areas of the Pench National Park. Located in the picturesque village of Sarahiri, the lodge offers its guests proximity to the Karmajhiri gate. At the resort, guests have access to 16 hectares of private forest, to explore and observe the wildlife at close quarters.

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Singinawa Jungle Lodge

An intimate jungle lodge with just 12 cottages for guests, Singinawa Jungle Lodge affords comfortable accommodation, close to Kanha National Park.

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Jim's Jungle Retreat

Jim's Jungle Retreat is a wildlife lodge in Corbett Tiger Reserve, nestled between the Himalayan foothills in the north and the ancient Shivaliks in the south. The protected forest, Asia’s first conservation effort, extends over 1300 square kms of grassland, forest, rivers and lakes.

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Andaz by Hyatt

A beautiful and convenient five star hotel, located just 3.5 km from the airport

Extra Hotel Nights

Often ladies will book a night at the first hotel prior to the tour. This gives them a chance to relax after a long flight and settle in before the tour starts. Let us know if you would like pricing and information on the hotel.
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