Cinque Terre

WILDLIFE TOURS

( 10 nights / 11 days )


Sketched Itinerary

Mumbai – Panna – Bandhavgarh – Kanha – Nagpur – Mumbai

Highlights of tour:

Stay: 1 nt Mumbai,3 nts Panna, 3 nts Bandhavgarh, 2 nts Kanha, 1 night Mumbai


Detailed Itinerary:


Day 01: Delhi or Mumbai

Later in the morning you will transfer to the domestic airport for your flight to Khajuraho. Built under Chandela kings between 950 and 1050AD and only rediscovered by a British army engineer in 1838, Khajuraho is now most famous for its impressive temples.

You will be met on arrival and driven to your lodge (approx 45 minutes) in Panna National Park. Meet your expert, who will give a briefing on the trip and the activities to follow. If time allows, there will be an evening excursion for a jungle safari.

The Ken River Lodge is situated just 26km from Khajuraho on the edge of Panna National Park. Spread throughout 30 acres of mature jungle on the banks of the Ken River, the property offers comfortable accommodation with basic facilities and is the best available in Panna in its price range.

This is a family lodge and your host Shyamendra Singh and his wife Bhawna Kumari have lovingly developed the property in keeping with the wild surroundings. A highlight is the Machaan or Tree House which overlooks the Ken River” an ideal place to watch the sunset after a day in the park.


DAY 2: PANNA NATIONAL PARK

PANNA NATIONAL PARK - Panna lies a short way east of the world famous temple town of Khajuraho and features a landscape of rocky hills and ravines covered mostly by scrubby deciduous Teak, Bamboo and Sal forest.

The Ken River, which flows through the reserve from south to north, is home to Gharial and Marsh Crocodile and other aquatic fauna and offers spectacular scenery as it meanders through the region.

The terrain of the park is characterized by extensive plateaux and gorges. The topography in the Panna district part of the reserve can broadly be divided into three distinct tablelands; the upper Talgaon Plateau, the middle Hinouta Plateau and the Ken Valley. There is also a series of undulating hills and plateaux on the other side of Ken River in the Chhatarpur district.

Tiger numbers in Panna have suffered due to poaching. But the area is significant as a case study on tiger conservation. Other fauna found in Panna include jungle cat, leopard, hyaena, wild dog, wolf, sloth bear, sambar, chital, nilgai, chinkara, chausingha, porcupine, jungle cat, rusty spotted cat, hare, ratel and tree shrew. Along with the mammals, over 200 species of bird have been identified, which include a host of winter migratory birds.


DAY 03: MUMBAI - PANNA NATIONAL PARK

Instead of Game drives, one can explore other activities as well during their stay

- Park Census: Walking specific lines within the parks and in the buffer zones to map out the density and type of wildlife a particular habitat is holding.

- Foot Patrols: Enjoy walking in the park or buffer zone under the guidance of the foot patrol teams.

- Vehicle Safaris: Daily morning and evening vehicle safaris into the park to look for tigers and other wildlife.

- Village Visits: Visit the villages that have been relocated from inside the park and meet with the village elders, hear their stories and visit their homes.

- Night Safaris: After an early dinner you will be taken on a night safari focusing on the creatures of the night including hyena, jackal, jungle cat and leopard in and around the buffer forest zone of the park.

- Tree House Observations: One evening you may have the opportunity to spend time in the local village ‘Machaan’ or tree house, from where local farmers guard their crops at night.

- Nature Walk: Accompanied by your guide you will take a walk along the Ken River to view the varied mammal, reptile and birdlife.

- Day with the Park’s Elephants: An optional day, subject to park permission, with the park elephant team for an insight in to the activities that Mahouts have to undertake each day with their elephants, which are used both for patrolling and for tourism.

- Boat Trip on the Ken River: Enjoy an early evening boat trip along the Ken River. Spend one night at the simple Baharganj Jungle Village located inside the park on the edge of the river near the former Maharaja's hunting palace. Overnight at Lodge / Hotel.


DAY 04: PANNA-BANDHAVGARH

Take a morning safari by jeep with the naturalist. After breakfast you will drive to Bandhavgarh (approx 6 hours by road). On arrival in Bandhavgarh you will settle into your accommodation.

BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK Bandhavgarh is set amongst the Vindya Hills of Madhya Pradesh and consists of a core area of 105 sq km and a buffer area of approximately 400 sq km. The setting for this park is impressive and the ruins of the ancient fort provide a stunning backdrop. Also scattered around the park are archaeological remains of the Kalchin period and numerous prehistoric caves. The Maharaja of Rewa was the last occupier of the fort and managed the surrounding forest to increase his chances of a good hunt. The surrounding area was given national park status in 1968 and, during the following years, has developed into one of India's finest tiger reserves.

In addition to the tiger, it is also possible to see chousingha (small Four-horned antelope), chinkara, nilgai, porcupine, hyena, and myriad bird species.


DAY 05: BANDHAVGARH

You have two full days within Bandhavgarrh National Park. Take a morning and evening safari by jeep. We also aim to offer a range of activities listed earlier but some will be subject to availability and permission. Overnight at Kings Lodge on a full board basis.


Day 06 : BANDHAVGARH

You have two full days within Bandhavgarrh National Park. Take a morning and evening safari by jeep. We also aim to offer a range of activities listed earlier but some will be subject to availability and permission. Overnight at Kings Lodge on a full board basis.


DAY 07: BANDHAVGARH-KANHA

Take a morning safari by jeep with your expert naturalist with the activities described above. After breakfast drive to Kanha National Park (approx 6 hours by road) KANHA NATIONAL PARK Famous as the last breeding grounds of the rare barasingha (Swamp deer) the tall grass meadows provide not only security but also an essential food source. As Kanha’s sal and bamboo forest, grasslands and streams support over 20 species, a visit here means you may well encounter Gaur (Indian buffalo), sambhar, chausingha (the only Four-horned antelope in the world), Sloth bear and leopard.

But for all the astonishing diversity in its wildlife population, Kanha is best known as the habitat of the tiger. Sighting and photographing this magnificent animal from elephant back, is an unforgettable experience.

Overnight at Lodge / hotel on a full board basis for the next 4 nights.


DAY 08: KANHA

Take morning safaris by Jeep or elephant with the naturalist .


Day 09 : KANHA

Take morning safaris by Jeep or elephant with the naturalist .


Day 10: KANHA

Take morning safaris by Jeep or elephant with the naturalist .


DAY 11: KANHA-NAGPUR-DELHI

You will have time this morning to enjoy a final visit to the park, either by jeep or elephant. Say farewell and drive to Nagpur to board a flight to Delhi. You will be met on arrival in Delhi and transferred to the international airport to board flight for your onward destination.


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