TIGER SAFARI AND GOLDEN TRIANGLE TOUR
Posted by Deep Narayan Tew on December 22nd, 2021
A culturally aesthetic surrounding along with the royalty of the biggest striped feline, the Tiger Safari and Golden Triangle Tour perfectly depicts India’s true beauty in a nutshell. It encompasses sojourns to the India’s famous Golden Triangle: inclusive of a tour of the white marbled mausoleum in Agra – The Taj Mahal, historic forts of Jaipur and the bustling streets of old and New Delhi. Beyond these city tours, you also get the chance to experience the very best of Indian wildlife in some of the most celebrated national parks in the country – Ranthambore, Kanha and Bandhavgarh. The three are known for excellent Tiger sightings and home a variety of other wildlife such as the Indian Bison, Indian Leopard, Sambar, Indian Wild Dog and more than 500 bird species put together. This Tiger Safari tour in India is sure to leave you wanting more!
05th Jan/Wed: Arrive New Delhi
On arrival at the New Delhi airport on Wednesday night, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you and assist you in check-in at the hotel. He will handover and explain all the travel-related documents. Overnight stay at the hotel in New Delhi.
06th Jan/Thurs: New Delhi
After breakfast proceed for the half day city tour of Delhi. In the old city visit Red Fort built by Emperor Shah Jahan; Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India.
Visit Qutab Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. Also drive past the President’s house, Parliament house, Government secretariat buildings and Connaught place – the heart of New Delhi and a busy shopping center. Overnight stay at the hotel in New Delhi.
07th Jan/Fri : New Delhi – Nagpur – Tadoba (Flight + 110 kms/2.5 hrs drive)
Transfer to the airport in the morning to board a flight at 0610 hrs to arrive Nagpur at 0750 hrs. Met at the airport at 0750 hrs and drive to Tadoba National Park 110 kms/2.5-hour drive. On arrival check into the Lodge. After lunch go for afternoon jeep safari to the national park. Dinner and overnight stay at the resort in Tadoba.
Tadoba Tiger Reserve is a rare jungle jewel amongst India’s leading tiger reserves and national parks. It is affably called the Land of the Tigers, due to its high tiger density. Recent estimates indicate around 64 tigers over a rich jungle spread over 625 square kilometers. Visitors report frequent Tiger and wild dog sightings. In general, the park offers plenty of opportunities for close encounters of the wildlife kind which also include: Leopard, Sloth Bear, Gaur (Indian Bison), Rusty Spotted Cat, Ratel, Indian Mouse Deer, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Wild Pig, Four Horned Antelope, Flying Squirrel, and more. Over 195 species of birds include the crested serpent eagle, honey buzzard, paradise flycatcher, grey-headed fishing eagle, the shy jungle fowl, and much more.
08th Jan/Sat : In Tadoba
Breakfast and lunch at the Lodge. Morning and afternoon Jeep safaris to the National Park. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.
Densely forested hills form the northern and western boundary of the tiger reserve. The
elevation of the hills ranges from 200 m (660 ft) to350 m (1,150 ft). To the southwest is the 120
ha (300 acres) Tadoba lake which acts as a buffer between the park’s forest and the extensive
farmland which extends up to Irai water reservoir. This lake is a perennial water source which
offers good habitat for Muggar crocodiles to thrive. Other wetland areas within the reserve
include the Kolsa lake and Andhari river. Tadoba reserve covers the Chimur Hills, and the Andhari sanctuary covers Moharli and Kolsa ranges. It’s bounded on the northern and the western side by densely forested hills. Thick forests are relieved by smooth meadows and deep valleys as the terrain slopes from north to south. Cliffs, talus and caves provide refuge for several animals. The two forested rectangles are formed of Tadoba and Andhari range. The south part of the park is less hilly.
09th Jan/Sun : Tadoba – Pench (Via vehicle drive -250 kms, 5-hour drive)
Morning jeep safari to the national park and after early lunch depart for Pench, 250kms, 5-hour drive. On arrival check into the Lodge. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.
10th Jan/Mon : In Pench
Morning and afternoon Jeep safaris to the National Park. Meals and overnight at the lodge.
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.
11th Jan/Tues : In Pench
Morning and afternoon Jeep safari to the National Park. Meals and overnight at the lodge.
12th Jan/Wed : Pench – Kanha (Via vehicle drive - 210 kms /4 hrs drive)
Morning jeep safari to the national park. After lunch and drive to Kanha national park 210 kms/ 4-hour drive. On arrival check into the lodge. Dinner and overnight at the lodge in Kanha.
13th Jan/Thurs : In Kanha
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).
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.
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. Depart for afternoon jeep safari Kanha National Park. Return at 6pm from safari. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.
14th Jan/Fri : In Kanha
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 lapwings.
Depart for afternoon jeep safari Kanha National Park. Return at 6pm from safari. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.
15th Jan/Sat : Kanha – Bandhavgarh (Via vehicle drive -280 kms/6 hrs drive)
Morning jeep safari to the national park, after lunch depart for Bandhavgarh, 280kms, 6-hour drive. On arrival check into the Lodge. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.
16th Jan/Sun : In Bandhavgarh
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge. Morning and afternoon Jeep safaris to the national park. Overnight at the lodge.
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. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge
17th Jan/Mon : In Bandhavgarh
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge. Morning and afternoon jeep safari to the national park
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 lodge.
18th Jan/Tues : Bandhavgarh – Katni – Ranthambhore (by overnight train)
Morning & afternoon Jeep safari in the park. Breakfast and lunch at resort. Evening transfer to Katni railway station 100 kms, 2 hrs drive to board a 1st Air-conditioned sleeper class overnight train to Sawai Madhopur at 2240 hrs. Bedding were provided in the train earlier now they are not providing so since Covid-19. Packed dinner provided by us. Overnight onward train.
19th Jan/Wed : Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambhore)
Today morning you will arrive at Sawai Madhopur at 0910hrs. Our representative will receive you at the railway station with your name card, assist you with your baggage and transfer you to the Lodge. Check in at the lodge. Lunch and proceed for the afternoon jeep safaris. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.
20th Jan/Thurs : Ranthambhore
Morning & evening jeep safaris in the park. Meals at the lodge. Overnight at the lodge in Ranthambhore. This is one park which will give you all the angles, lighting, backdrop, and many frames of different kinds.
Ranthambhore is also rich in bird life with around 300 species of birds. Infact for a keen bird watcher Ranthambhore and the surrounding area is a paradise. Some interesting resident species of birds are large Cormorant, Painted Spurfowl, Sarus Crane, Bronzed winged Jacana, Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Nightjar, Painted Sandgrouse, Great horned owl and many more regular winter migrants which come from their nesting ground north of Himalayas to Ranthambhore and surrounding areas.
21st Jan/Fri : Ranthambhore – Jaipur (Via vehicle drive – 180 Kms, 3-hour drive)
Morning jeep safari to the national park and later drive to Jaipur 180 kms, 3 hrs drive. On arrival visit palace of winds. Jaipur is well known for its beautiful carpets, enamelled ornaments, precious and semi-precious stones, brass ornaments and many other arts and crafts. Spend time in crowded lanes & by lanes of pink city, haggling and souvenir-hunting in the evening. Overnight stay at the hotel in Jaipur.
22nd Jan/Sat : Jaipur – Agra (by road – 235 Kms, 5-hour drive)
This morning you will drive 11 km in the outskirts of the city stop at Jal Mahal to visit Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the State until 1728.
Later visit the Observatory the City Palace and Museum. The museum has an interesting textile section, which contains dresses and costumes of the former Maharajas and Maharanis of Jaipur.
Later drive to Agra 235 Kms / 4hrs drive. On arrival check – in at hotel. Evening visit Mehtab Bagh to see Taj Mahal at Sunset. Mehtab Bagh is a charbagh complex in Agra, North India. It lies north of the Taj Mahal complex and the Agra Fort on the opposite side of the Yamuna River, in the flood plains. The garden complex, square in shape, measures about 300 by 300 metres and is perfectly aligned with the Taj Mahal on the opposite bank. Return to the hotel for overnight stay at Agra.
23rd Jan/Sun : Agra – New Delhi (by road 220 kms,4-hour drive)
Sunrise proceed to visit the famous white marble mausoleum, The Taj Mahal, which was built in the middle of the 17th century by the Moghul emperor Shah Jehan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal.
Completed in 1652, skilled craftsmen from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and some 20,000 labourers worked for 17 years to build this edifice.
After relaxed breakfast check out from the hotel. Later drive to New Delhi 220 kms/4-hour drive. On arrival transfer to hotel and check-in and Overnight at New Delhi.
24th Jan/Mon : New Delhi – Fly back
After breakfast, check out from hotel. Transfer to International airport to board to Maldives.
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