NATURE’S WAY
For 8 days

At the heart of the Indian subcontinent is the state of Madhya Pradesh. The forests and rich wildlife of what was in the past called the “Central Provinces” inspired Rudyard Kipling’s famous novel The Jungle Book. This short trip focuses on wildlife and takes you to two of India’s most famous National Parks, Bandhavgarh and Kanha. Begin your journey at Khajuraho whose evocative 10th century temples have withstood the rigours of time.

Drive past hamlets and rural vistas to the Bandhavgarh National Park. A former hunting ground of the maharajas, Bandhavgarh today leads in tiger conservation efforts and has the highest density of tigers in India today. The safaris are also an opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the Park. Drive ahead to the Kanha National Park whose open grasslands, hills and ravines are ideal terrain for the leopard, barasingha and sloth, as well as the majestic tiger.

ITINERARY OVERVIEW
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DAY 1 | ARRIVE KHAJURAHO

Arrive in Khajuraho today, where accommodation is held from 12 noon. Afternoon tour of the celebrated 10th century Chandela temples, now a major UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Tribal Museum.

ACCOMMODATION

Connoisseur : Lalit Temple View
Explorer : Hotel Chandela

DAY 2 | KHAJURAHO/ BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK

Drive to Bandhavgarh National Park (230 km/6 hours), a journey that goes deep into countryside dotted with small towns, numerous villages, cultivated fields and distant hills. Time permitting, an afternoon wildlife viewing into the Park provides the first feel of Central India’s forests and wildlife and an insight into the prospects and problems of conservation.

DAY 3 & 4 | BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK

Early morning and afternoon wildlife viewing (approx three hours duration each time). Grassy meadows interspersed with sal trees or mixed forest cover the park’s 437 sq km area, towering above which are steep and craggy hills topped by an ancient fortress. Bandhavgarh is reputed to have the highest tiger density and its compactness allows relatively easy access all around. The meadows sustain large numbers of ungulates and birdlife is abundant. In between the wildlife viewing, there are optional nature focused excursions.

ACCOMMODATION

Connoisseur : Mahua Kothi
Explorer : Bandhav Vilas

DAY 5 | BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK/ KANHA NATIONAL PARK

Drive south today to Kanha National Park (259 km/6 hours), arriving in time for the afternoon wildlife viewing.

DAY 6 & 7 | KANHA NATIONAL PARK

One of India’s oldest national parks, among the largest at 1940 sq km, Kanha is the quintessential central Indian forest. Wildlife viewing in the early morning and afternoon lets you encounter several mammal and bird species. A majestic sight is the barasingha, a localised species of deer that was saved from the brink of extinction. Kanha’s sweeping scenery is a photographer’s delight.

ACCOMMODATION

Connoisseur : Banjaar Tola
Explorer : Shergarh

DAY 8 | KANHA NATIONAL PARK/ JABALPUR OR NAGPUR

Drive to Nagpur (260 km/6 hours) or Jabalpur (190 km/4 hours) for your connecting flight or train.
Note: a shuttle flight service operates Khajuraho/Bandhavgarh/Kanha/Nagpur and vice versa from October through most of the season. Please check with us for details.

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