India’S Tiger Trail
An invigorating mix of stunning wildlife and historical allure, India's dazzling diversity is a feast for the senses. Wind your way through India's exotic delights in pursuit of a glimpse of an elusive Bengal tiger, among many more enchanting creatures including leopards, crocodiles and snakes. You'll explore sacred temples, gain an insight into Rudyard Kipling's influences and make memories you'll treasure forever on three unforgettable safari trips. Gasp in awe at the romantic Taj Mahal, soak up the exciting buzz in Mumbai and lose yourself in India's unparalleled wildlife.
An invigorating mix of stunning wildlife and historical allure, India's dazzling diversity is a feast for the senses.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
- Just You Tour Manager as your host
- Return flights from Heathrow with British Airways
- Use of an airport lounge in the UK
- 11 nights in 4 & 5-star hotels plus 1 night in flight
- 23 meals: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners
- Welcome drink
- Overseas transfers & other transportation
- Dedicated Just You representative to greet you at all UK airports
Look for tigers in Kanha National Park, which formed part of the inspiration for The Jungle Book
Visit Agrasen ki Baoli stepwell in Delhi
Visit the Taj Mahal & Agra Fort
See the Khajuraho temples & carvings
Visit the sacred temples in medieval Orchha
2 game drives in Bandhavgarh,
2 in Kanha & 1 in Panna National Parks
- Day 1 UK to Delhi
- Today, you'll fly to Delhi on an overnight flight.
- Day 2 Delhi
- On arrival in Delhi, we'll transfer you to your hotel, then we'll head straight out to explore.
Our half-day sightseeing tour introduces us to Lutyens' Delhi, which was created in the early 20th century, when the British decided to move their capital from Kolkata. Edwin Landseer Lutyens was the architect appointed to design the new capital and we'll head along some of the wide boulevards and tree-lined avenues he created. We'll drive past two of Lutyen's iconic buildings, the President's House and Parliament House and see the impressive India Gate, which commemorates around 70,000 Indian soldiers who died during the First World War.
Our final stop before heading back to our hotel is the incredible Agrasen ki Baoli stepwell. This centuries-old landmark, which was originally used to harvest water, is wonderfully preserved, and as you gaze down the cascading carved steps you'll be simply amazed.
- Day 3 Dholpur
- We're off to eastern Rajasthan today, where we'll stay in a charming, sleepy little town called Dholpur, packed with historical forts and monuments. Rajasthan is thought to be the setting of 'Mowgli's Brothers', a short story penned by Rudyard Kipling.
But first, we'll travel to Agra, where we'll realise many a dream as we make our pilgrimage to the wonderful Taj Mahal, described by Kipling as 'an embodiment of all things pure'. This beautiful white marble mausoleum was painstakingly built over 22 years by Emperor Shah Jahan to celebrate and honour Mumtaz Mahal, his beloved wife who tragically died in childbirth. It is a symbol of eternal love, and we'll share a magical moment when we see it at dusk when it transforms from sparkling white to blush pink.We'll also visit the Agra Fort, just across the Yamuna River. Created by several rulers of the Mughal Dynasty, the fort was transformed into a glittering palace by Shah Jahan. Many years later, the Fort became a gilded cell, where he was imprisoned for eight years when his son Aurangzeb overthrew him in 1658.
- Day 4 Dholpur
- After breakfast together, we'll drive to Chambal and explore the rich heritage held within its valley. Join your fellow travellers on an optional excursion where you can catch your first sight of a majestic Sarus crane or graceful Ganges River dolphins leaping in the air on an exciting river cruise. We'll sail along the Chambal River with a trained naturalist who will teach us about the river's wildlife. You might spot turtles enjoying the sun, and keep a lookout for gharial and mugger crocodiles. Expert boatsmen will carefully take us near the wildlife without disturbing the animals.
If you choose to spend today at leisure, your hotel features a swimming pool, indoor/outdoor games, a library, shopping arcade and horse-riding facilities. It's also well placed for a day of exploration if you prefer. Close by you can discover a stepwell, an ancient water storage system, and the ruins of the Shergarh fort.
- Day 5 Orchha
- We've got a fantastic day ahead of us. After breakfast, we'll drive to laid-back Orchha, which lies on the Betwa River. Flying a little more under the radar compared to its neighbour Khajuraho with its erotic sculptures, Orchha has a relaxed vibe and plenty of medieval charm. En route, we'll make a stop at Gwalior, an imposing sandstone fort set atop a picturesque hilltop overlooking the city.
Reminiscent of a bygone royal era, Orchha is a feast for the senses, dotted with vibrant ochre palaces and ancient forts. We'll indulge in some sightseeing, absorbing the town's famous sacred temples. These surviving relics were built by the Bundela rulers in the 16th and 17th century.
Next, we'll visit the ornate, multi-storey palace of Jahangir Mahal. The expansive 136-room citadel boasts eight elegant domes, walls adorned with intricate panels and stylish hanging terraces. Built by Akbar, the third Mughal Emperor, he named the palace after his son, Jahangir, and mainly used it for his Rajput royal wives. We'll take photos under the beautiful arches and marvel at the glorious palace, carved from a single piece of stone.
Next, we'll make our way to the magnificent Ram Raja temple, enclosed within the grand square. Up to 3,000 Hindu worshippers pray here every day. As the only temple in India that features Lord Rama as a king, it's said that those who look at his left toe will have their wishes come true. We might even experience an invigorating aarti ceremony, where light is offered to deities within the temple.
- Day 6 Panna National Park
- We'll make our way through Central India to Panna today. First, we'll stop at the Khajuraho temples within India's Vindhya Mountain Range. According to local legend, gods and deities - including Shiva the destroyer - enjoyed praying here.
The temples were creatively built by mighty warrior kings from the Chandela dynasty. However, the temples are well-known around the world for their intricate carvings featuring erotic poses from the Kama Sutra, of which only 22 of the original 85 carvings have survived. We'll tour the monuments and will have plenty of opportunities for photos.
When we arrive in Panna, we'll get some much-needed rest as we'll be up bright and early tomorrow for our morning safari in Panna National Park.
- Day 7 Panna National Park
- Today's the day to truly immerse yourself in pristine natural beauty and imagine you're in Kipling's 'Just So Stories'. We'll set off for tranquil Panna National Park for an exhilarating game drive. Wait in breathtaking awe for a glimpse of a leopard running through the wilderness and rolling savannah grasslands.
From the safety and comfort of our Jeep, we could easily spot any or all of the following, big cats, antelopes, hyenas, sloths, deer, monkeys, wild dogs and over 300 species of bird. Pinch yourself as you listen to the sounds of the jungle and take in the lush backdrop of 550 square kilometres of stunning scenery. Plunging gorges, cascading waterfalls and rolling savannah grasslands await you.
In the afternoon, we'll have plenty of time at leisure to unwind at our hotel.
- Day 8 Bandhavgarh National Park
- Today, we've got a long but very enjoyable drive ahead of us that really gives us an insight into the remoteness and peaceful tranquillity of Central India.
Hopefully, we'll be rewarded tomorrow, when we visit Bandhavgarh National Park in search of an elusive Bengal tiger. Upon arrival, we'll check into our hotel and get some sleep, as we've got a big day ahead of us.
- Day 9 Bandhavgarh National Park
- A dizzying array of wildlife awaits us in Bandhavgarh National Park. Boasting the highest population of tigers in India, this is perhaps your best chance to see one in its natural habitat.
Although we'll hope to see an elusive Bengal tiger, it's not all about the big cats here. You're likely to spot the great gaur – an Indian bison – grazinh. When we get to more open swathes of wilderness, look out for nilgai, a fascinating species of Asian antelope, and barking deer roaming free across the land. A plethora of bird species also call the park home. You're certain to take some amazing photographs and make memories you'll treasure forever.
The lush green landscape is framed with steep, 800-metre-high cliffs and dotted with deep valleys. At the highest point we'll find the park's namesake Bandhavgarh Fort, standing proudly over an auburn forest floor and a mottled canopy of trees. The fort is considered over 2,000 years old. Scattered around the park are numerous caves shrouded in mystery and housing shrines and ancient Sanskrit inscriptions.
On arrival back at our hotel, you can spend the rest of the day relaxing with your fellow travellers.
- Day 10 Kanha National Park
- We're really getting into the swing of jungle life now, and after breakfast, we'll journey by road to Kanha. Relax as you admire Central India's superb scenery and when we arrive, we'll enjoy a leisurely day exploring our new surroundings.
Tomorrow, we're off in pursuit of the King of the Jungle once more - majestic tigers await you in Kanha National Park, where 'The Jungle Book' comes to life.
- Day 11 Kanha National Park
- Today, fans of Rudyard Kipling's iconic childhood stories are in for a real treat. Arguably India's most impressive wildlife reserve, Kanha National Park is widely considered to be the inspiration for 'The Jungle Book'. This thrilling park is also known as the Kanha Tiger Reserve, so you're likely to see your very own Shere Khan here. We're going on morning and afternoon safaris where we'll look out for royal Bengal tiger footprints and listen for their magnificent roars.
Amongst the 950 square kilometres of peaceful rivers and lush rolling hills, we might spot pythons slithering through the grass like vengeful Kaa, wolves reminiscent of those who raised Mowgli and sloth bears just like Baloo. Get up close and imagine yourself in the 'Just So Stories' through savannah that stretches as far as the eye can see.
Although Kipling never visited Kanha, he was enthralled by his friends' photographs and the writers who travelled to the Seoni region – we'll see for ourselves how the park inspired every page. When we've soaked up the evocative atmosphere, we'll retreat to our hotel for a delightful evening meal together.
- Day 12 Mumbai
- Mumbai, the birthplace of Rudyard Kipling, is ourfinal destination. Lapped by the Arabian Sea, the citythat the writer would have known as Bombay, lies onthe coast of Western India.
- Day 13 Mumbai to UK
- This morning, we'll transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
Please note that the itinerary for 2020 will differ slightly from that shown here. Day 2 has been left free for you to spend at leisure and the Delhi city tour will now take place on day 3. Also we will no longer be offering an optional Jeep safari in Chambal. You will also have the opportunity to sample Petha in Agra. Petha is a soft candy and is prepared from white pumpkin or ash gourd (winter melon), mixed with nuts to give its unique flavour.
- Radisson Blu Dwarka
- Guests of the 5 star Radisson Blu can really look forward to taking advantage of the brilliant facilities and service on offer. The hotel boasts an outdoor pool, a fitness centre, salon and spa. There are three onsite restaurants offering a varied selection of cuisines. The contemporarily styled rooms are furnished with a TV, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities. The private facilities come equipped with a hairdryer and complementary toiletries. The hotel also offers free Wi-Fi.
- Raj Niwas Palace - Dholpur
- The Raj Niwas Palace is one of the most spectacular examples of Dholpur''s historic grandeur.The beautiful architecture of the property is accompanied by an outdoor swimming pool and lush gardens. Air-conditioned rooms are furnished with a TV, complimentary toiletries and a phone. The in-house restaurant offers a range of cuisine, whilst room and laundry services are also available.
- Amar Mahal Hotel
- Historic Architecture and an authentic Indian charm are two aspects that truly personify the Amar Mahal. At the property, the beautiful interior décor is matched by the marvellously kept gardens. Guests can enjoy some time in the stylish swimming pool or even relax with a massage. Rooms are air conditioned and come with private facilities, complimentary toiletries and a minibar. Further services include a restaurant offering a range of specialities as well as 24-hour room service.
- Ken River Lodge
- The lodge that is named after, and overlooks the beautiful Ken River is a serene place to stay. Built amongst its stunning bank surroundings, the wooden architecture throughout really enhances the appeal of the lodge. The rooms at the property come furnished with a fan, kettle as well as en-suite facilities. Other services available include money exchange, laundry and access to a library.
- Bandhav Villas
- Bandhav Vilas is an ideal lodge to stay at, because it is situated in a great location to explore the Bandhavgarh National Park. Amenities at the property include a swimming pool which is surrounded by tall trees , as well as an outdoor seating area with a firepit. There are both local and more western cuisines available here, in addition to a bar for guest to enjoy. The rooms are air conditioned and come furnished with a fridge.
- Chitvan Jungle Lodge
- Chitvan Jungle Lodge is a tranquil base from which to explore Kanha National Park. The Homely décor of the lodge is accompanied by great facilities for its guests to enjoy. Some of these amenities include a bar, restaurant and an outdoor pool.
- Sea Princess Mumbai
- The Sea Princess is a modernly designed hotel that is in one of the premier locations in Mumbai. Some of the excellent amenities on offer at this property include several eating options, an outdoor pool as well as a fitness centre. Guest rooms boasts a TV, minibar , en-suite facilities and complimentary toiletries. There is also a money exchange service available at the Sea Princess, in addition to free WIFI.
River safari in Chambal
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