Tiger safari in the heart of India. Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan's forests were Rudyard Kipling's inspiration to write The Jungle Book. Spotting the Bengal Tiger is a matter of luck. Travellers can also look out for migratory birds and other mammals: gaur (Indian bison), sambar and cheetal deers, nilgai (antelope), wild boars...
13 days / 12 nights
Delhi – Kanha – Bandhavargh – Khajuraho – Agra – Ranthambhore – Jaipur
- Wildlife safaris in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh
- Stay in eco-lodges or luxurious cottages
- Historical sites: Khajuraho temples, Taj Mahal and Rajput palaces
- Option of extra safaris in offbeat destinations
Day 1 : Delhi or Mumbai
Arrive in Delhi or Mumbai and small city tour.
Day 2 : Delhi / Kanha
Fly to Jabalpur or Nagpur. Drive to Kanha in Madhya Pradesh. Check in a jungle lodge for two nights.
Day 3 : Kanha National Park
Enjoy twice-daily game drives into the jungle (morning and evening safaris). Kanha's grassy meadows, dramatic ravines and forests shelter tigers, deers, antelopes, gaurs, hyenas, bears and leopards.
Day 4 : Kanha / Bandhavgarh
Game drive at sunrise. After breakfast, drive to Bandhavgarh. Evening visit old Bhandavgarh Fort. Wander in the neighbouring villages.
Day 5 : Bandhavgarh National Park
Two game drives. Bandhavgarh Park used to be a Shikargarh (game preserve) for the Maharajas of Rewa and their guests. Rich in biodiversity, Bandhavgarh features a high density of Royal Bengal tigers, as well as leopards, deers (Sambar and cheetal), butterflies, birds...
Day 6 : Bandhavgarh / Khajuraho
Morning tiger safari in Bandhavgarh. Then proceed to Khajuraho.
Day 7 : Khajuraho
Visit the archeological temples, richly adorned with erotic sculptures. Observe the unique architecture and statues, carved a thousand years ago. Evening board a sleeper train to Agra.
Day 8 : Agra
Arrival in Agra. Full day sightseeing of Agra Red Fort and Itmad ud Daula Mausoleum. Trip to Akbar's Mausoleum in nearby Sikandra.
Day 9 : Agra / Bharatpur / Ranthambhore
Morning visit Taj Mahal then Fatehpur Sikri city. Then enter Rajasthan. Stop at Keoladeo Ghana Park: Bharatpur's bird sancturary is home to migratory birds in winters. Proceed to Ranthambhore and check in for two nights.
Day 10 : Ranthambore
Morning and afternoon tiger safaris. Ranthambhore was the hunting game preserve of the Maharajahs of Jaipur. Forests and lakes are bounded by Banas and Chambal rivers. It is home to the tiger as well as deers (cheetal and sambar), wild boars, nilgais (antelope), hyenas, birds and reptiles. Also visit Ranthambore Fort.
Day 11 : Ranthambore / Jaipur
Morning Tiger safari. After breakfast travel to Jaipur. Stroll around the bazaars of Jaipur's fortified city.
Day 12 : Amber / Jaipur
Trip to Amber Fort. Afternoon visit the City Palace, Hawa Mahal (Palace of winds) and the Observatory of Jantar Mantar.
Day 13 : Departure
Transfer to Jaipur or Delhi airport. Connect your flight to your onward destination.
Average travel time:
- intense pace: 5 to 7-hour drive between halts.
- consider taking more time to relax the travel pace
When to go:
- Best time for migratory bird viewing: October to January
- Best time for tigers sighting: April-May if you can handle the heat!
- Weather is cold in December and January (avoid train)
- Wildlife sanctuaries are closed during monsoon (July to September)
Spice up your trip:
- Stay in heritage hotels.
- Explore Panna sanctuary and Brihaspati Kund rock paintings near Khajuraho.
- Spot crocodiles, gharials and Gangetic dolphins in Chambal river near Agra.
- Track the leopard at Jawai Hills near Udaipur.
- Cycle down the old lanes of Jaipur Walled city.
Monument closing days:
- Bandhavgarh and Kanha Parks on Wednesdays afternoon.
- Taj Mahal on Fridays
- Jaipur monuments on Holi festival.