Just Tigers and Taj Mahal (07 Days; # 201-B)
On this tour we travel through the heartland of wild India, through the state of Madhya Pradesh. This tour is ideal for those who want to spend their time being out in the Indian jungles tracking Tigers and viewing wildlife. It has a combination of Tiger safaris, bird walks and game drives with along with visits to villages around the Tiger reserve to get a glimpse of the life of people living next door to the Tigers. The itinerary is linked to our conservation initiative. Guests get a chance to plant a forest tree of their choice as a part of our conservation effort. An important part of the itinerary is learning interactions with wildlife experts and an interactive visit to the reforestation project to learn about Tiger habitat and issues related to conservation in wildlife areas. We begin our journey to Bandhavgarh by taking a comfortable flight to Jabalpur followed by a scenic drive to Bandhavgarh National Park. It is one of the best places in the world in which to search for this majestic big cat. Our base for the three nights stay will be a very nice wildlife lodge & wellness lodge – Monsoon Forest. It is a unique eco-lodge with luxury air-conditioned tents and indigenous central Indian mud house styled architecture. With beautiful grasslands, views of the forest and the Bandhavgarh Fort in the distance, serenity will seep into you. Be prepared to have a fabulous stay as they go out of their way to make your stay most memorable. Special romantic dinners, traditional massages and yoga sessions are also an option at this resort. Getting there will take us 3.5 hrs of driving through the Vindhyan hills, with lovely views of fields and villages of Madhya Pradesh. You get to see a glimpse of typical central Indian flora, vistas, architecture and way of living. It is a perfect start to the adventure ahead. Bandhavgarh is uniquely famous as a forest offering nearly 100 percent tiger sightings. The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is one of the highest known in India. Along with the majestic tigers, one can hope to see more than 22 species of mammals and 250 species of birds. In the park, you can taste the real adventure of a jungle safari. The excitement begins to build up as we take you to the core of the forest and you begin to hear and spot the animal and birds. You can also choose to explore birdlife in the forests, fort or adjoining areas like the Bhadrashilla Lake, Gadhpuri Dam and Bhambhera Dam which are ideal for birding. You can either explore it in a jeep or follow the steep trekking path on foot with our trained local guides. Along with thrilling safaris, for those interested, we can also arrange a village visitor cultural performance of local tribal dance. Also recommended is a visit to the Baghel Museum which houses precious belongings including a stuffed white tiger of the Maharaja of Rewa who maintained Bandhavgarh as his game reserve. In Bandhavgarh, along with the Tiger, you can see the Leopard, Spotted Deer, Sambhar, Barking Deer, Blue Bull, Indian Gazelle, Hyena, Jackal, Wild boar, Sloth Bear, Common Langurs, Rhesus Monkey etc. The vegetation along streams and marshes is rich in bird life. The common species of birds seen here are Egrets, The Blue Bearded Bee-Eater, Darter, the Yellow and Red-Wattled Lapwings, Egyptian Vulture, Kingfishers and Indian Rollers. Reptilian fauna includes Cobra, Krait, Viper, Rat Snake, Python, Turtle and a number of Lizard varieties. After fantastic sightings over the five nights at Bandhavgarh, we take overnight train to Agra from Katni. After visiting Taj Mahal in Agra, we’ll drive back to Delhi where our tour ends.