- Duration 15 days
- Difficulty 2/5
- Group Size 8 minimum
India Tigers & Pilgims
16 – 30 March, 2023 with an optional extension to the Taj Mahal
Join us for an exotic, colorful adventure in India as we immerse ourselves in a blend of wildlife and culture. Our key species will be the stately Bengal tiger however en route we hope to see other rarities such as leopard, dhole (wild dog), sloth bear, wild peacock, hornbills, sambar deer, jungle cat, chital, primates and nilgai and a host of exotic birds.
Our visit includes Kanha Tiger Reserve, Pench Tiger Reserve, Tadoba Reserve, the incredible city of Varanasi, old town Delhi and then the Taj Mahal as an optional extra.
Kanha Tiger Reserve is one of the largest National Parks of Madhya Pradesh and lies in the heart of India. Apart from tigers the reserve is home to jungle cats, leopard and Indian wild dogs.
Pench Tiger Reserve is an attractive landscape of abundant teak trees. There are 39 mammal species recorded and upwards of 60 tigers in the reserve, Other mammals include wild dogs, leopard and sloth bear.
Tadoba is the oldest reserve in Maharashtra, there are easily more than 100 tigers between the park and buffer zone. There are gaur in the park (the world’s largest bovid0 as well as nilgai, sambar and marsh crocodiles.
In Kanha, Pench and Tadoba we have organized the very special FULL DAY SAFARIS which almost, almost guarantees tiger sightings.
India is quite simply stunning, a place where every sense is pushed to its maximum. We will experience the great many sights and tastes first hand and enjoy fantastic interactions with the local people. We have often said of India that it is a photo-a-minute. Definitely one of our favorite places.
USD $11,990 Per person sharing
USD $13,790 Per person sharing with Taj Mahal extension
Single Supplement: USD $2460
Single Supplement with Taj Mahal extension: USD $2900
Arrival: Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi (DEL)
Departure: Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi (DEL)
Arrival Time: Afternoon of March 16th, 2023
- Accommodation for 14 nights on shared room basis.
- Day room on day of departure.
- All surface transfers.
- Internal flights.
- Entry fees to parks.
- All activities as per the itinerary.
- All meals from first morning in Delhi to lunch on the final day.
- Tips/gratuities paid to naturalists, drivers.
- Local guide plus two Pete Oxford Expeditions trip leaders
- Any expenses of a personal nature such as telephone calls, beverages, liquor and wines.
- International airfare.
- Cost incurred in obtaining visa.
- International departure tax.
- Any COVID 19 tests or related costs.
ADay 1, March 16th, 2023: Arrive in Delhi
After arrival at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, we transfer to the Taj Mahal, New Delhi Hotel for our dinner (flight allowing) and overnight stay.
ADay 2, March 17th, 2023: Delhi to Kanha Tiger Reserve
We wake up for an early start, returning to the airport to take a morning flight to Raipur. Arriving mid-morning we continue by road, through colourful India, directly to Kanha Tiger Reserve where we check in to the elegant forest retreat in a rural area of charming villages.
Overnight at the Baagh Resort Kanha. B,L,D.
BDays 3-5, March 18th – 20th, 2023: Kanha Tiger Reserve
After breakfast, we transfer to the airport to board our flight to Nagpur.
CPench Tiger Reserve
Kahna Tiger Reserve is deservedly one of the most famous and best known areas in which to see tigers. It is the largest National Park in Central India and home to myriad other mammals. We may be lucky to find a pack of Indian wild dogs, or Dhole, perhaps chasing down a chital deer. There are barking deer, sambar deer and Kanha is the last refuge of the rare so-called hard-ground barasingha. There are gaur, the largest animal of the park and the largest ox in the world standing more than six feet at the shoulder. If we are lucky we may well spot the rare and often shy sloth bear. The cool thing about this itinerary we have booked FULL DAY SAFARIS in KANHA, PENCH and TADOBA which are hard to come by and very exclusive. These full day excursions greatly enhance our tiger viewing possibilities! Perfect for wildlife enthusiasts.
Overnight at the Pugdundee Safari or similar. B,L,D.
CDays 7-8, March 22nd – 23rd, 2023: Pench Tiger Reserve
Another fabulous park and another superb chance to see tigers. For the next two days we have two FULL DAY SAFARIS in the reserve. As well as tigers of course we will see many, many other species, like Africa there is always something to look at. Birds abound all over India and these parks are especially good for spotting such birds as crested serpent eagles, treepies, wild peacocks, scops owls and open bill storks, perhaps even some marsh crocodiles.
Overnight Pugdundee Safari Lodge. B,L,D
DDay 9, March 24th, 2023: Pench Tiger Reserve to Tadoba National Park
After our final game drive in Pench this morning we continue by road to Tadoba National Park another one of India’s famed tiger reserves. With lots of teak forest in the hilly areas and lakes lower down, open meadows and deep valleys the park has a wide variety of habitat able to harbour a wide range of fauna. One again, covering our bases we have another excellent tiger viewing opportunity. Quite simply, in our opinion, a tiger ‘out cats’ all other cats, we do not want to miss it. There have indeed been many wildlife visitors to India who were not lucky enough to ever see one. Perhaps our best chance of sloth bear is here as well as more chances for dhole, leopard, gaur and nilgai. Tadoba is great for birding and we should see birds such as Lesser adjutant storks, black storks, shikra, Indian roller, spotted owlets and jungle bush quail.
Overnight Svasara Lodge. B,L,D.
DDays 10-11, March 25th – 26th, 2023: Satpura National Park
During our stay at Satpura we are able to offer several types of safari or even village walks for those interested.
Jeep safaris are the best way to explore large areas looking for wildlife. The park offers the use of canoes or motor boats to explore the river as boat safaris are excellent if you want to get close to aquatic birds or sometimes even crocodiles. Finally walking safaris, which involve exploring the forest on foot are also an interesting experience, especially with a highly skilled naturalist to bring to life the lesser fauna, such as geckos, butterflies, frogs and birds, that one sometimes misses during other safaris.
We stay overnight at Satpura. Forsyth Lodge.
EDay 9am, March 26th, 2023: Tadoba National Park
Again we have two FULL DAY SAFARIS here in Tadoba, the envy of everyone else who has to leave the park by 10:00. B,L,D
FDay 12, March 27th, 2023: Tadoba National Park to Varanasi
After breakfast we depart Tadoba for Nagpur airport in time for the flight to Varanasi changing planes in Delhi. A day of travel we arrive to Varanasi and check in to the opulent Taj Ganges hotel for a fabulous dinner. B,L,D
GDays 13-14, March 28th – 29th, 2023: Varanasi
We spend two full days in Varanasi, a mind-blowing spectacle of Indian culture. Dating back as far as the 11th century, Varanasi is regarded as the spiritual capital of India. It is an incredible sight to watch the hundreds of Hindu pilgrims come to the waters edge at one of the dozens of ghats to bathe and be purified in the sacred River Ganges. We will witness it from the shore among the pilgrims with funeral pyres, an everyday occurrence, burning close by. We will also take a longer view from the relative serenity of a boat trip at sunrise. Wandering the winding streets we will see some of the 2000 temples, shops selling glass beads, sweets or hand-knotted carpets. The bustling markets are India condensed, an assault on every sense. In the evening we might witness Aarti on the Ganges or visit Ramgarh Fort. An absolute people photographer’s dream. B,L,D
HDay 15, March 30th, 2023: Varanasi to Delhi
This morning we fly from Varanasi back to Delhi where we check back in to our wonderful Taj Mahal hotel for day room use until 22:00. After lunch we will visit Old Delhi in a hectic tuk-tuk ride to the market area. A fitting finale before we have dinner and prepare to transfer to the airport for our return flight home. Here the trip ends. B,L,D
AGRA EXTENSION WITH A MINIMUM OF 2 PERSONS
IDay 15, March 30th, 2023: Varanasi to Delhi to Agra
This morning we fly from Varanasi back to Delhi where we have lunch at a nearby restaurant before heading out by road to Agra where we will check in to our beautiful Trident Hotel. B,L,D
HDay 16, March 31st, 2023: Agra & Taj Mahal
We leave the hotel early to be at the entrance to the Taj Mahal as the gates open before dawn. The architecture and story behind the structure is incredible and to see the Taj in real life is so much more rewarding than thinking that you know it already through photos. After our visit we will continue to visit the bear rescue sanctuary. In the early years of out trips to India performing dancing bears were a common sight on the streets. Everything about it was cruel. The practice has now been outlawed and the centre is a rehabilitation effort to look after the bears. It is both heartbreaking and encouraging. We can return to the Taj for an evening visit at sunset for those interested. Overnight Trident Hotel. B,L,D
ADay 17, April 1st, 2023: Agra to Delhi
This morning after breakfast we visit the Agra Fort a fascinating edifice brimming with history. We continue by road back to Delhi, to our familiar and fabulous Taj Mahal Hotel. The afternoon is free to either relax of perhaps visit the Kahn market or Old Delhi by tuk-tuk. This will be on an independent basis. Overnight at the Taj Mahal Hotel. B,L,D
ADay 17, April 2nd, 2023: Departure from Delhi
We head to the airport for our flights home. Our rooms are available until 12:00.
Here the trip ends.
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Photographer | Owner | Trip Leader
India – where to start? The most spectacular, diverse, exotic and ‘foreign’ place I know. It is a test of all the senses. The wildlife is spectacular. Many people have no idea how diverse and accessible the wildlife really is. Compare it to Africa; India, too, has elephants, antelope, hyenas, lions, leopards, wild dogs, civets, monkeys and pythons. Then, throw in to the mix bears, peacocks, gaurs and tigers and you arrive at an idea of what I mean. Tigers, in my opinion, out-cat all other cats, their stare alone seems to slice through you like a laser. We have been leading trips to the subcontinent for 25 years and invite you to join us now. The trip is exhilarating, adventurous and charged with anticipation and fun.
Logistics | Owner | Trip Leader
India is my favorite country. There is simply so much to appreciate and enjoy. The bustling traffic steering nonchalantly past sleeping cows in the road, the vibrant colors, shopping for spices in the local markets (and then attending a local cooking school to better use them at home), the architecture, the friendly people – the wildlife! Everywhere you look there is something of interest: brightly clad women, with elegant poise, fetching water from a well, or a tree laden with fruit bats in the middle of town. In a country where people are mostly vegetarian and show inordinate reverence for animals, there is wildlife everywhere, coexisting happily with people.