- Duration 15 days
- Difficulty 2/5
- Group Size 8 minimum
2 – 17 April, 2019
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 Pench Tiger Reserve, Satpura National Park, Ranthambore, the incredible city of Jaipur, old town Delhi and the Taj Mahal.
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.
TBA Per person sharing
Single Supplement: TBA USD
Arrival: Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi (DEL)
Departure: Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi (DEL)
Arrival Time: Afternoon of April 2nd, 2019
- Accommodation for 14 nights on shared room basis.
- Day room on day of departure.
- All surface transfers.
- 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.
ADay 1, April 2nd, 2019: Arrive in Delhi
After arrival at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, we transfer to the Claridges Hotel for our dinner (flight allowing) and overnight stay.
ADay 2, April 3rd, 2019: Delhi
As the city wakes up, after a traditional breakfast, we will be transported back to the times of the grandeur and subsequent ruin of the Mughal Empire. Colorful, vibrant, noisy and chaotic are words that best describe what many call Old Delhi, the 7th city of Delhi, which was built by the mighty Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Our visits include India’s second largest and most aesthetically designed mosque, the Jama Masjid. We walk through narrow streets and the boisterous spice and jewelry markets, and past the once-glorious Havelis (Royal Mansions) of Old Delhi. Mixing walking with rickshaw rides, it is a first taste of the truly exotic nature of India. In the afternoon, for a change of pace we will enjoy a sightseeing tour of New Delhi. The city named New Delhi offers more historical sites than the Old Delhi. The city was founded by the imperial British government in 1911 to move their capital from Kolkata (called Calcutta earlier). Our visit includes Humayun’s Tomb, a drive along the ceremonial avenue – Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House and the President’s Residence ending with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave.
Overnight in Delhi at The Claridges.
BDay 3, April 4th, 2019: Delhi- Nagpur
After breakfast, we transfer to the airport to board our flight to Nagpur.
CPench Tiger Reserve
Upon arrival at Nagpur airport, we drive to Pench (150 kms / 3 hrs). Pench National Park is located in the Central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh; it is the 19th Project Tiger Reserve and has been one of the best-kept secrets among wildlife enthusiasts who have long been acquainted with and bedazzled by its immensely varied flora and fauna. The park is dominated by a fairly open canopy of mixed forest, predominantly teak, with open grassy patches and undulating land that boasts the highest density of herbivores in any Indian park.
The park has a high diversity of wildlife, including leopard, tiger, jungle cat, dhole (wild dog), sloth bear, wild boar, mongoose, gaur and the highest density of herbivores including chital (spotted deer) and sambar.
Upon arrival, check-in to the camp.
The afternoon is dedicated to a game safari into the Pench National Park. Safaris in Pench are organized in 4×4 open jeeps. Local guides and naturalists are at hand to enhance the experience. We stay overnight at the luxury Jamtara Wilderness Camp.
CDays 4-5, April 5th – 6th, 2019: Pench Tiger Reserve
Early morning and evening game safaris into the Pench National Park. Safaris in Pench are organized in 4×4 open jeeps. Local guides and naturalists are at hand to enhance the experience. Stay overnight at the luxury Jamtara Wilderness Camp
DDay 6, April 7th, 2019: Pench Tiger Reserve – Satpura National Park
After a last morning safari in Pench we will drive to Satpura (260 kms / 6-7 hrs).
Satpura National Park is located in south Hoshangabad district in Madhya Pradesh. The 524 sq km park is the core area of the Panchmarchi Biosphere Reserve. The park has an elevation of between 320m and 1,352m and a varied habitat, including tall sandstone mountains, narrow gorges, ravines, waterfalls, streams and dense forests. The area boasts of two unique species of tree, the sal and the teak besides a very high diversity of butterflies and birds. This park is a very good place to spot leopard and sloth bear.
Upon arrival at Satpura we check into Forsyth Lodge, where we overnight.
DDays 7-8, April 8th – 9th, 2019: 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, April 10th, 2019: Satpura National Park – Bhopal – Agra
After a short morning safari we will drive to the Bhopal railway station (180 kms/ 4 hrs) to board our train to Agra where we will transfer to the hotel. This road and train journey is fascinating as we watch the everyday life of India go past at eye level.
FDay 9pm, April 10th, 2019: Agra
Agra is famous as the home of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal. The architectural splendor of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal empire, of which Agra was the capital in the 16th and early 17th centuries. While its significance as a political center ended with the transfer of the capital to Delhi in 1634 by Shah Jahan, its architectural wealth has secured its place on the international map. A pleasant town with a comparatively slow pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone by craftsmen who are descendants of those who worked under the Mughals.
We stay overnight in Agra, at the ITC Mughal Hotel.
GDay 10, April 11th, 2019: Taj Mahal – Samode
We rise early for morning coffee and prepare for a truly spectacular sight: the legendary Taj Mahal at daybreak. It is often said that Taj Mahal changes its colors every minute as the sun rises or sets. Sunrise however is the best time to take pictures of this monument in soft morning light. Little needs to be said about the Taj Mahal, an architectural wonder which, of course, is the main reason to visit Agra. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife, Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen.
After returning to our hotel for a late breakfast, we will drive to Samode (260 kms/ 5-6 hrs) a sleepy village about 50 km outside of Jaipur.
This beautiful small village, nestled among rugged hills, is dominated by its famous and beautiful palace. The palace has been rebuilt and renovated and provides a fine example of the Rajput Haveli architecture. The village, with its local artisans producing printed cloth and glass bangles, nestles within its old walls. The palace has now been converted into a heritage hotel, the Samode Palace, and is where we will spend the night.
HDay 11, April 12th, 2019: Samode – Jaipur – Samode
After breakfast, we will drive to Jaipur to visit the iconic Amber Fort.
Jaipur, the capital city of the state of Rajasthan, is also known as the Pink City. It sits on a dry lakebed in a wild and somewhat arid landscape, surrounded by barren hills surmounted by fortresses and crenellated walls.
After the fort visit we continue by rickshaw, the best way to explore the city like a local.
After lunch we continue on foot in a total immersion into the riches of traditional India. Jaipur is famous for its artisans and craftsmen such as silversmiths and bangle makers. We will experience true Indian hospitality and try some of the regions culinary delights, including samosas, kulfi, lassi and traditional sweets.
GWe return to Samode Palace for overnight
IDay 12, April 13th, 2019: Samode – Ranthambore
After breakfast, we will drive to Ranthambore (205 kms / 4-5hrs). Upon arrival, we check in at the lodge.
Ranthambore is a park that encompasses an area of 400 sq km and is comprised of rocky hill crests which descend to open valleys between the Aravalli and Vindhya ranges. The park gets its name from the thousand-year-old-fortress, which looms above the forest. Well known for the diurnal activity of tigers, Ranthambore is a very special and unusual area where a natural present meets an historical past. Abundant prey species for tigers such as sambar, chital, chinkara, nilgai and Hanuman langurs, contribute to a high predator density. Elusive leopard as well as tigers are found in this reserve and diurnal tiger sightings are very regular.
We have an afternoon jungle safari in to the park in 4X 4 open jeep along with our naturalist.
We stay overnight at Ranthambore, in the Swai Madhopur Lodge
HDay 13-14, April 14th – 15th, 2019: Ranthambore
Tiger safaris traditionally take place at dawn and dusk when the big cats are on the move, sometimes hunting.
In the morning, after tea or coffee and biscuits, we depart on our first tiger safari of the day. On your return, we have breakfast and a few hours of leisure at the pool or walking the grounds. In the late afternoon we head out on a second safari at the best time of the evening to view tigers and photograph the park.
In addition to Bengal tigers and leopards the park has a rich diversity of fauna and flora, including striped hyena, jackals, sloth bears, macaques, gazelles, wild boars, mongooses, Indian hares, monitor lizards and a great diversity of avifauna. Another great naturalist and wildlife photographer paradise!
We stay overnight at Ranthambore, in the Swai Madhopur Lodge
ADay 15, April 16th, 2019: Ranthambore – Delhi – Depart for home
We have an early morning transfer to the Sawai Madhopur railway station to board the train to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, we will have the opportunity to wash and change before heading out to the international airport for our evening flight home.
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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.