CLASSIC INDIA WILDLIFE TOURS-27 NIGHTS 28 DAYS
Classic India Wildlife tours Jim Corbett National Park India is a haven for Tigers as well as its prey, which include four kinds of Deer, Wild Boar and some lesser-known animals. Leopards are mostly found in the hilly areas of the Corbett park. Some nocturnal cats found here are the Leopard Cat, Jungle Cat and Fishing Cat. Sloth Bear is found in the lower regions of the park while the Himalayan Black Bear is seen in the higher hills only. The Dole or Wild Dog, though they can be seen in the southern areas of the park along with the Jackal. Some of the smaller residents of the park are Himalayan Palm Civet, Indian Gray Mongoose, Common Otter, Black Naped Hare and Porcupine.Along the Ramganga River shores, one can spot the long-snouted, fish-eating Gharial Crocodile and the 'Mugger' Crocodile. Also seen on the rocky hillsides is the Ghoral or Goat Antelopes.
Day1 ARRIVE - DELHI On arrival meet at the airport with our representative then transfer to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day2 DELHI - CORBETT NATIONAL PARK (280 KM / 6 HRS) Morning after breakfast drive to Corbett national park. On arrival check in at the wildlife resorts. Rest of the day free at leisure to enjoy the serene. Overnight stay at resort.
Jim Corbett National Park is located in the state of Uttarakhand. The national park lies in the foothills of the Himalayas within the districts of Nainital, Pauri Garhwal, Almora, Bijnore. Corbett Tiger reserve covers an area of about 1318.54 sq. km. including 520 sq. km. of core area and 797.72 sq. km. of buffer area. The core area forms the Jim Corbett National Park while the buffer contains reserve forests (496.54 sq.km.) as well as the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary (301.18 sq.km.)
Major Wildlife Attractions: Jim Corbett National Park India is a haven for Tigers as well as its prey, which include four kinds of Deer, Wild Boar and some lesser-known animals. Leopards are mostly found in the hilly areas of the Corbett park. Some nocturnal cats found here are the Leopard Cat, Jungle Cat and Fishing Cat. Sloth Bear is found in the lower regions of the park while the Himalayan Black Bear is seen in the higher hills only. The Dole or Wild Dog, though they can be seen in the southern areas of the park along with the Jackal. Some of the smaller residents of the park are Himalayan Palm Civet, Indian Gray Mongoose, Common Otter, Black Naped Hare and Porcupine.Along the Ramganga River shores, one can spot the long-snouted, fish-eating Gharial Crocodile and the 'Mugger' Crocodile. Also seen on the rocky hillsides is the Ghoral or Goat Antelopes. The Langur and Rhesus Monkeys are well distributed throughout the Jim corbett national park and warning the whole Jungle with alarm calls when they see either a Tiger or Leopard from tree-top perches.
Day3 CORBETT NATIONAL PARK Morning and afternoon game drive to the national park. Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight at resort.
Day4 CORBETT NATIONAL PARK Morning and afternoon game drive to the national park. Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight at resort.
Day5 CORBETT - FORT UCHANGAON (210 KM / 5 HRS) Morning game drive to the national park, after breakfast at the resort drive to Delhi. On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day6 FORT UCHANGAON – AGRA (180 KM / 5 HRS) Morning after breakfast drive to Agra. Upon arrival check into the hotel. After fresh n up visit Taj Mahal followed by a visit to Agra fort. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day7 AGRA – FATEHPUR SIKRI - JAIPUR (240 KM / 5 HRS) Morning after breakfast drive to Jaipur, en-route we will visit Fatehpur sikri - the impressive sandstone fortress of Fatehpur Sikri was built in the 16th century and only occupied for a few years before being abandoned, leaving the buildings in virtually perfect conditions. Further continue drive to Jaipur. Upon arrival check into the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day8 JAIPUR - RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK (180 KMS / 3 ½ HRS) Morning after breakfast an excursion to Amber fort and Jaipur city sightseeing tour visiting City Palace, Hawa Mahal Palace of winds, natural observatory.
In the afternoon drive to Ranthambore national park, on arrival check into wildlife resort. Overnight stay at resort.
Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, at the junction of the Aravalis and the Vindhyas, is a unique example of natural and historical richness, standing out conspicuously in the vast, arid and denuded tract of eastern Rajasthan, Tiger, at the apex of the food chain, lord over the kingdom in a subtle way. Solitary by nature, it operates in stealth. Therefore tiger sightings, frequent as they are, always a matter of chance. However, even evidences of tiger's activities are very exciting. The other kinds of cats found in Ranthambhore are Leopard (Panthera pardus), Caracal (Felis caracal), Leopard Cat (Felis bengalensis), Fishing Cat (Felis viverrina) and the Jungle Cat (Felis chaus). Besides the big cats, the other large predators found in Ranthambhore include Sloth Bear, Striped Hyena, Wolf, Wild dog (or Dhole), Jackal, Indian Fox, Palm Civet, Small Indian Civet, Common Indian Mongoose, Small Indian Mongoose, Ratel (or Honey Badger), Marsh Crocodile and the Indian Python. There are two species of Antlers, namely the Spotted Deer (or Chital) and the Sambar Deer and two kinds of Antelopes, namely the Indian Gazelle (or Chinkara) and the Blue Bull (or Nilgai).
Birds In Ranthambhore: Ranthambhore has over 330 species of birds and we are still counting. A keen birder can easily net over 120 species. For birders, Ranthambhore's specialties are the Indian courser, Painted spurfowl, Indian skimmer, quails, larks, pipits and prinias. One can have the beautiful birds from following spot like Surwal Lake, Mansarovar Lake, Misradhara gate, Amlidih on the Banas river.
Day9 RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK Morning and afternoon safari to the national park for wildlife viewing. Overnight stay at resort.
Day10 RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK Morning and afternoon safari to the national park for wildlife viewing. Overnight stay at resort.
Day11 RANTHAMBHORE - SAWAIMADHOPUR (15 KM) - KATNI (BY TRAIN) Morning jungle safari to the national park for wildlife viewing. Afternoon free at leisure. In the evening transfer to the railway station to board train for Katni. Overnight stay on board.
Day12 ARRIVE KATNI - BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK (100 KM / 3 HRS) On arrival at railway station meet with our representative and drive to Bandhavgarh National Park and check in at the wildlife resort. In the afternoon Safari to the national park. Overnight at resort.
Day13 BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK Morning and afternoon safari to the national park for wildlife viewing. Overnight stay at resort. Bandhavgarh National Park: Bandhavgarh National Park is spread at vindhya hills in Madhya Pradesh. Bandhavgarh National Park consists of a core area of 105 sq km and a buffer area of approximately 400 sq km of topography varies between steep ridges, undulating, forest and open meadows. Bandhavgarh National Park is known for the Royal Bengal Tigers. The density of the Tiger population at Bandhavgarh is the highest known in India. Bandhavgarh National Park was the former hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Rewa and at present is a famous natural hub for White Tigers. White Tigers, now a major attraction around the world's zoos, were first discovered in Rewa, not far from here. The terrain is broken, with rocky hill ranges, running roughly east west, interspersed with grassy swamps and forested valleys. Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the finest national park in the India and has the distinction of harboring the highest concentration of tigers per unit area of forest. The Bandhavgarh National Park is spread over on area of 448 sq km with a cross area of 105 sq km. At the center of the park is the bandhavgarh hill, rising 811 meters above sea level and surrounding it are a sloping valleys, These valleys end in small, swampy meadows locally known as "bohera". Bandhavgarh was declared a national park in 1968. Since then many steps have been taken to retain Bandhavgarh National Park as an unspoilt national habitat for a variety of wildlife peculiar to the area. These includes gaur (Indian bison), sloth bear, leopard, porcupine, wild boar, sambar and spotted deer, among others and of course, the tiger.
Day14 BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK Morning and afternoon safari to the national park for wildlife viewing. Overnight stay at resort.
Day15 BANDHAVGARH - KANHA NATIONAL PARK (260 KM / 6 HRS) Morning after breakfast drive to Kanha National park, on arrival check in at the resort. Overnight at resort.
Day16 KANHA NATIONAL PARK Morning and afternoon game drive to the national park. Overnight at resort.
Kanha National Park: Kanha's sal and bamboo forests, rolling grasslands and meandering streams stretch over 940 sq km in dramatic natural splendor. This is original Kipling country, of which he wrote so vividly in his Jungle Book. The same abundance of wildlife species exists today in Kanha National Park, which forms 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 Duvauceli Branderi). In the 1930s, the Kanha area was divided into two sanctuaries: Hallon and Banjar, of 250 sq km and 300 sq km each. Though one of these was subsequently disbanded, the area remained a protected one until 1947. Depletion of the tiger population in the years that followed led to the area being made an absolute sanctuary in 1952. By a special statute in 1955, Kanha National Park came into being. Since then, a series of stringent conservation programmes for the protection of the park's flora and fauna has given Kanha its deserved reputation for being one of the finest and best administered National Parks in Asia, an irresistible attraction for all wildlife lovers and a true haven for its animal and avian population.
Forest Department guides accompany visitors around the park on mapped-out circuits which enable viewers to see a good cross-section of Kanha's wildlife. The best areas are the meadows around Kanha, where blackbuck, chital and barasingha can be seen throughout the day.
Mammalian Species: Kanha has some 22 species of mammals. Those most easily spotted are the striped palm squirrel, common langur, jackal, wild pig, chital or spotted deer, barasingha or swamp deer, sambar and blackbuck.
Avian Species: Kanha has some 200 species of birds. Watchers should station themselves in the hills, where the mixed and bamboo forests harbor many species, and in the grassy forest clearings. Water birds can be seen near the park's many rivulets and at Sarvantal, a pool that is frequented by wafer birds and the area in front of the museum. The sal forests do not normally yield a sight of Kanha's avifauna. Early mornings and late afternoons are best for bird watching; binoculars are an invaluable aid to the watcher.
Day17 KANHA NATIONAL PARK Morning and afternoon game drive to the national park. Overnight at resort
Day18 KANHA - PENCH (200 KM / 6 HRS) Morning after breakfast drive to Pench National park. On arrival check into the wildlife resort. Evening free at leisure. Overnight stay at resort.
Day19 PENCH NATIONAL PARK Morning and afternoon game drive to the national park. Overnight at resort.
Day20 PENCH NATIONAL PARK - NAGPUR (80 KM / 2 ½ HRS) - KOLKATA Morning jungle safari to the national par. Return to the resort for fresh n up & breakfast. Later in the afternoon drive to Nagpur, upon arrival transfer to the airport to board the flight for Kolkata. On arrival meet & transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day21 KOLKATA Morning after breakfast city sightseeing tour of Kolkata. Visit Victoria Memorial - Built of white marble and surrounded by lush gardens, the Victoria Memorial is probably the most beautiful monumental legacy of British India. It was built by Lord Curzon in the early 20th century in memory of the late Queen of England. St. Paul's Cathedral, The Birla Planetariums - This single-storied, circular structure is one of the largest planetariums in the world. The central hall is air-conditioned and can accommodate up to five hundred persons. The stars, planets and cosmic bodies look marvellous.
Also visit Indian Museum, Eden Gardens - These gardens were created in 1840. A Burmese-style pagoda brought after the British victory in the Burmese war of 1884 is set at a lake. The park is picturesque.
Kali Temple: This interesting temple, 6 km south of Sudder Street, is dedicated to Kali, the patron goddess of Kolkata. Kali means "black". The tongue of the deity of Kali drips with blood and she wears a garland of skulls. Kali is the destructive side of Lord Shiva's consort, Parvati. The present temple was built in 1809 on the site of a much older temple. It is open from 3.00am to 8.00pm. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day22 KOLKATA - GUWAHATI (BY AIR) - KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK (220 KM / 6 HRS) Morning we will provide you transfer to the domestic airport to board on flight to Guwahati. On arrival at Guwahati our representative will meet you at the Guwahati airport and will take you to Kaziranga National Park. On arrival check in at the wildlife resort at Kaziranga. Overnight stay at resort.
Day23 KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK Early morning jungle safari 05:30 am to 06:30 am. Wake up call half an hour before the ride. Return back to resort for breakfast. After breakfast jeep safari (either central or western range). Return to lodge for lunch. After lunch jeep safari (if visited central range in the morning) then western range or vice versa. Overnight stay at wildlife resort.
Kaziranga National Park is located in the heart of Assam on the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra river. Famed the world over for the presence of the one-horned rhinos, Kaziranga covers a total area of 430 Sq. Kms. Vast stretches of coarse, tall grass, marshland and dense tropical forests makes Kaziranga the ideal habitat for wildlife. Abundant availability of water in the park is another advantage. Limitless poaching led to the declaration of Kaziranga as a reserve forest way back in 1908. It was upgraded to wildlife sanctuary status in 1940 and designated as a national park in the year 1974.
More than half of the total one horned rhinos in the world inhabit the Kaziranga National Park. Apart from the Rhinos, other animals found in good numbers are Indian Bison, Swamp Deer, Hog Deer, Sloth Bears, Tigers, Leopard Cats, Jungle Cats, Otters, Hog Badgers, Capped Langurs, Hoolock Gibbons, Wild Boar, Jackal, Wild Buffalo, Pythons and Monitor Lizards. A few other species noticed in the park are Barking Deer, Sambar, Golden Langurs, Slow Loris, Pygmy Hog, Capped Langur and Bears.
Day24 KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK Morning jeep safari (either central or western range). Return to lodge for lunch. After lunch jeep safari (if visited central range in the morning then western range or vice versa. Overnight stay at wildlife
Day25 KAZIRANGA - NAMERI NATIONAL PARK (140 KM / 2 ½ HRS) Morning after breakfast drive to Nameri national Park. On arrival check in at the camp/resort. Overnight at camp/resort.
Nameri National Park covers an area of 200 Sq. Kms. With river Jia Bhoroli bifurcating the park, it is the most scenic of all the national parks of Assam. Its in the eastern border of Assam in the valley and mountainous Arunachal Pradesh, Nameri is home to some of the endangered species like white winged wood duck, Sloth Bear, Tiger Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Sambar, Gaur, Indian Wild Dog, four varieties of Hornbill and many other winged species.
Day26 NAMERI NATIONAL PARK Morning after breakfast a guided trekking through Nameri Forest. Overnight at Camp.
Nameri's most important avian residents are the White-winged Ducks. A sizeable population is known to affect the forest pools here and they form an important core of the Indian population of the remaining 150 odd pairs of this highly endangered species. Other key birds include White-cheeked Partridge, Great, Wreathed, and Rufous-necked Hornbills, Ruddy, Blue-eared, and Oriental Dwarf Kingfishers, Oriental Hobby, Amur Falcon, Jerdon's and Black Baza, Pallas's, Grey-headed, and Lesser Fish Eagles, Silver-backed Needletail, Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Blue-naped Pitta, Slender-billed Oriole, Hill Blue Flycatcher, White-crowned Forktail, Sultan Tit, Black-bellied Tern, Jerdon's Babbler, Rufous-backed Sibia, Yellow-bellied Flowerpecker, Red-throated Pipit, Long-billed Plover and Ibisbill.
Day27 NAMERI NATIONAL PARK - GUWAHATI (140 KM / 3 ½ HRS) - DELHI Morning after breakfast leave for Guwahati. On arrival transfer to the airport to board the flight for Delhi. Upon arrival meet with our representative and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day28 DEPARTURE Morning after breakfast transfer to the International airport to board the flight for onward destination.