Indian Wildlife Adventure

Indian Wildlife Adventure

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Indian Wildlife Adventure

13 Days Starting in Bhopal and ending in Mumbai

Visiting: Delhi, India

Tour operator:

Explore!

Tour code:

WSI

Recommended For:

18-30 somethings, 50 plus, Couples, Singles

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 14

Physical rating:

Medium, Moderate

Age range:

16-

Special diets catered:

Vegans, Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Activities:

4WD, Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

This adventure takes us deep in to the heart of India, discovering magnificent wildlife and scenery in four different national parks which all have one thing in common: Bengal tigers. The different park environments are also perfect for seeing other endemic wildlife including sloth bear, sambar deer and crocodile.



Satpura National Park - Venture out by boat, four-wheel drive and on foot in search of sloth bear, leopard and crocodile

Kanha National Park - Chital, Sambar and Neelgai are often spotted

Pench Tiger Reserve - The inspiration for Kipling's Jungle Book, as well as a healthy population of tigers, it is home to Chital, wild boar and jackal.

Tadoba Andhari National Park - Go off the beaten path to a rarely visited park and tiger reserve

Highlights

  • Satpura National Park - Venture out by boat, four-wheel drive and on foot in search of sloth bear, leopard and crocodile

  • Kanha National Park - Chital, Sambar and Neelgai are often spotted

  • Pench Tiger Reserve - The inspiration for Kipling's Jungle Book to see tigers, it is home to Chital, wild boar and jackal

  • Tadoba Andhari National Park - Go off the beaten path to a rarely visited park and tiger reserve

Itinerary

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Day 1: Join Tour In Delhi; City Tour Of New Delhi
Location: Delhi
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: No Meals

Arrive in New Delhi, India's bustling capital which successfully combines the ancient with the modern. Amidst the tall and modern skyscrapers, there are still the remnants of a bygone time with numerous monuments and temples.



For those arriving on time today our Leader plans to meet you in the hotel reception at 1.30pm for the welcome meeting and to take us on our afternoon city tour which will visit Qutab Minar, the tallest stone tower in India and Humayun's Tomb dating from the Mughal Dynasty. We also drive past the imposing India Gate (war memorial arch), the Parliament buildings and the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the President's residence.



If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you'll need to arrive into New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International airport (airport code DEL), which is 18km, around 40 minutes from our hotel.



Please note that if you wish to join the city tour today, you must arrive at the hotel by 1.30pm. If you are booking your own flights, we recommend giving yourself at least one hour to clear the airport. From the airport to the hotel is around 45 minutes drive, so therefore the latest your flight can arrive is 12.00pm. Should you miss the welcome meeting, your Leader will inform you of any essential information as soon as you catch up.

Day 2: Morning Sightseeing Old Delhi And Evening Flight To Bhopal
Accommodation: Hotel

This morning we will take a tour of fascinatingly chaotic Old Delhi. Compared to New Delhi it is much closer to the image conjured up by Rudyard Kipling. We will discover Old Delhi by metro and on foot, culminating with a jamboree of deafening barter at Chandni Chowk Bazaar. A short cycle rickshaw ride then takes us to the Jama Masjid mosque.



In the evening we will fly to Bhopal in central India and check in to our hotel.

Day 3: Drive To Satpura Via The Temples Of Bhojpur
Accommodation: Lodge

After breakfast we leave Bhopal and make our way to Bhojpur, famous for the incomplete Bhojesvar temple dedicated to Shiva. The temple consists of the inner sanctum which houses one of the largest lingas (a phallic symbol that represents the god Shiva) in India, crafted from a single rock. It is topped with an elegant dome supported by massive pillars as the outer walls and superstructure of the temple were never built.



We continue on our journey, stopping to visit the Stone Age Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka, named after the mythological hero Bhima. The shelters are the site of the earliest traces of human life on the Indian subcontinent, and mark the beginning of the South Asian Stone Age. At least some of the shelters were inhabited by Homo Erectus more than 100,000 years ago and the oldest rock paintings are around 30,000 years old. A short drives brings us in to Satpura National Park, our base for the next two days.

Day 4: Take A Jeep And Walking Safari In Satpura National Park
Accommodation: Lodge

Today we begin our search for wildlife with a visit to Satpura National Park with its rugged hills, sandstone peaks and deep gorges. The park is visited less than many in India and gives us a real sense of being out in the wilderness. We'll take a jeep safari in the morning seeking Bengal tigers, Sloth bears, Leopards and Malabar giant squirrels, amongst the many types of deer that inhabit the park. In the afternoon we will go on a guided walk in the park's buffer zone. Being on foot offers us the chance to take in the smaller residents of the park, from butterflies to ants, and gives us time to stop and smell wildflowers or appreciate the knarly trees of the native sal and teak forests.

Day 5: Morning Boat Ride And Afternoon Jeep Safari
Accommodation: Lodge

This morning we head out by boat on Tewa Lake which has some delightful coves and bays. We glide silently along the lake, scanning the shore for leopards and the large Mugger crocodiles that bask alongside the lake. In the afternoon we take to jeeps and head in to the park in the hope of spotting a Bengal tiger, leopard or perhaps a pack of wild dogs.

Day 6: Drive To Kanha National Park
Accommodation: Hotel

Today we leave Satpura and make our way to Kanha National park. The drive will take us most of the day but there will be plenty of opportunities along the way to stretch our legs.

Day 7: Morning And Afternoon Safaris In Kanha National Park
Accommodation: Hotel

Kanha is one of India's larger parks and offers a very high chance of spotting tigers and their favourite prey, Chital and Sambar deer -The park is very different to Satpura, consisting of open grassland areas, meadows, bamboo forests and some hills covered with tropical forests. We take jeep safaris both in the early morning and late afternoon - the best times for seeing wildlife. While we hope to spot tigers many other species can be spotted including gaur, barking deer, sloth bear, jackal, macaques, mongoose and leopard.

Day 8: Early Morning Jeep Safari. Drive To Pench
Accommodation: Hotel

After a final early morning safari in Kanha we drive to Pench National Park. The drive will take us approximately five hours, depending on the road conditions, but we will take plenty of opportunities to stop along the way.

Day 9: Take Two Jeep Safaris In Pench National Park
Accommodation: Hotel

Named after the River Pench which flows through the park, this beautiful area is generally considered to be the inspiration and setting for Kipling's 'Jungle Book'. Although Kipling himself never actually visited the area, he was an avid reader of the works of the British explorers that did. The park's teak forests have an unusually high density of wildlife including a good number of tigers and wild dogs known as Dholes. Pench sees quite a low number of visitors and offers a very good chance of spotting tigers.

Day 10: Final Safari In Pench And Drive To Tadoba
Accommodation: Lodge

We take one last early morning jeep safari in Pench National Park before we move on to Tadoba National Park. Again the drive between national parks is approximately five hours. On arrival in Tadoba we are free to relax ready for an early start in the morning ready to explore the park.

Day 11: Morning And Afternoon Jeep Safaris In Tadoba National Park
Accommodation: Lodge

Tadoba is off the beaten track for most visitors to India, yet it is well worth visiting as tigers, honey badgers and leopards all thrive in the park. Predominantly teak and bamboo forest with a large lake lying to the south west, the park's densely forested hills are interspersed with meadows which are the favourite hunting grounds of the park's tiger population. We take an early morning jeep safari and a second afternoon safari to increase our chances of spotting the park's famous inhabitants.

Day 12: Morning Safari In Tadoba; Evening Flight To Mumbai
Accommodation: Hotel

We head out early morning for our final safari in Tadoba before driving to Nagpur, approximately three hours away, where we board a flight to Mumbai. We arrive into Mumbai late in the evening and check in to our hotel.

Day 13: Discover The Incredible City Of Mumbai

This morning we experience the vibrant, bustling and chaotic city of Mumbai. We'll explore the narrow alleys and ramshackle houses of the Dharavi slums, a thriving community made famous by the film 'Slumdog Millionaire' and the Mahatma Gandhi Museum where we'll discover fascinating remnants from the great man's life. We'll also visit the eerie Towers of Silence where the Parsis laid out their dead for birds to dispose of, thereby returning them to nature in line with their Zoroastrian belief, and the Dhobi Ghats, the world's largest outdoor laundry where clothes are cleaned by beating them on a huge stone. Finally we'll see the impressive Prince of Wales Museum which will take us through the natural and archeological history of India, and the nearby Gateway of India arch, built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary's visit in 1911 but not completed until 1924, and famously the exit point for the final British troops from the sub-continent after independence.



Our trip ends in the early evening in the hotel in Mumbai after our city tour where we have a day room arranged for a shower and freshen up before your flight. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer, you need to depart from Mumbai's Sahar International Airport (airport code BOM), which is around 15 minutes from the hotel.

Day 14: Free Morning In Delhi, Then Explore The Narrow Lanes Of Old Delhi On Foot And By Cycle Rickshaw
Accommodation Name: Bloom Boutique
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning has been left free to rest and to freshen up before we go out and explore the temples and bazaars of Old Delhi.



This afternoon we walk around the narrow, packed lanes of this fascinating part of the city, culminating with a jamboree of sounds at Chandni Chowk Bazaar. A short cycle rickshaw ride then takes us to the Jama Masjid mosque, a sublime example of Mughal architecture built by emperor Shah Jahan and a bit of an oasis in the midst of the city. Whilst in Old Delhi we will get to try some of the capital's street food treats straight from the stall sellers including aloo chaat (fried potato and spice mix) or paneer tikka (cottage cheese marinated in spices) along with freshly cooked breads such as parathas and rotis.

Day 15: Tour Ends In Delhi
Meals Included: Breakfast

The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in Delhi.



There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Delhi at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day, luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you need to depart from New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (airport code DEL), which is around 45 minutes from the hotel.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    7 nights comfortable hotel

    3 nights premium lodge

    2 nights comfortable lodge

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

  • Fully Guided

  • Meals – Half Board

    Breakfast: 12

    Lunch: 3

    Dinner: 9

What's Not Included

  • 1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day

  • Country Entry Visas

  • Tipping and Gratuities

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  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

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  • What is the maximum group size?

    14

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    All customers that travel on a Explore group trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. This is a great way to start your travels, offering you that little extra peace of mind and comfort in the knowledge that there will be someone at the airport or station waiting to take you t

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

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    Moderate

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    7 nights comfortable hotel

    3 nights premium lodge

    2 nights comfortable lodge

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    It will depend on the grade and how fit you already are. Check the trip page for details of the walking or cycling grade and how far you’ll be walking/cycling each day. For moderate or challenging trips in particular we’d recommend doing some walks or cycles before you leave to build up your fitness and prepare you for the distances being covered.

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    We have a wide range of ages nationalities on our small group trips and they come from all walks of life.

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    At Explore, we're the experts in adventure travel. Our small group adventure holidays have been running since 1981. Today, Explore is one of the most trusted travel companies in the UK with over 500 trips to more than 120 countries.

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    We choose comfortable accommodation in the best locations possible. We opt for small, local and family-run accommodation where we can, as opposed to large chain hotels. We typically use hotels that are the equivalent of European 3-star, and you’ll usually have an en suite room. Occasionally, where we want to get off the beaten trail we may stay in more basic accommodation.

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  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Yes on most of our trips. Most trips are based on customers sharing twin-bedded rooms. If you book a group trip as an individual, you will share a room with someone of the same sex. However, on many trips we offer the opportunity to pay a supplement to pre-book a single room, known as our single room option. On some trips a single room will be provided every night, on others it will be provided o

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  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Explore will only offer hotels that have specific COVID-19 protocols in place and comply with local government guidelines. We will ensure these measures include; enhanced room cleaning, ventilation, social distancing, regular cleaning and disinfection of high frequency touch points in public areas, food safety, staff re-training and minimising contact within the properties.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

Stephanie  

Indian Wildlife Adventure

It was an excellent trip overall and the group siz

It was an excellent trip overall and the group size - 8 people - was ideal.

Christine  

Indian Wildlife Adventure

A special thank you to our tour leader for making

A special thank you to our tour leader for making the trip sood. Well done for finding the Denwa Backwater Retreat: perfect.

Judith  

Indian Wildlife Adventure

Without Veeru's presence on the game drives we wou

Without Veeru's presence on the game drives we would not have experienced such a rich variety of sightings.

Nicholas  

Indian Wildlife Adventure

A hard work tour for the leader and clients. We di

A hard work tour for the leader and clients. We did eventually see Three tigers including a thrilling hunt and kill...over in a flash, but what a thrill.

Ian  

Indian Wildlife Adventure

The main reason for choosing this holiday was to s

The main reason for choosing this holiday was to see tigers, and we were lucky to see several. Rural India is wonderful, and although we did have a short walk through one village, the holiday would be improved if we stopped occasionally for photo opportunities in some of the other villages we drove through driving between the game reserves.

Martha  

Indian Wildlife Adventure

Enjoyed this tour very much. Well balanced. Long d

Enjoyed this tour very much. Well balanced. Long drives at times but to be expected when you want the maximum coverage of a large country.

Heather  

Indian Wildlife Adventure

We thoroughly enjoyed this trip with both the cult

We thoroughly enjoyed this trip with both the cultural and wildlife aspects, all enhanced by an excellent tour leader. We felt it was an advantageing to the smaller tiger reserves and we had nine tiger sightings

Sharon  

Indian Wildlife Adventure

Please give Veeru tons of thanks for the very spec

Please give Veeru tons of thanks for the very special Diwali day. One of my favourite 'Explore' days of all time.

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