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The Jungle Book Tour

In the heart of India, Madhya Pradesh is often neglected as a travel destination - its rich feast of history in prehistoric paintings, forts and tribal culture have been ignored, which is a great loss for any traveller seeking a real taste of true Indian culture. This region has plenty to offer in terms of historical sites to see and breathtaking scenery, as well as beautifully presented luxury accommodation. Whether its a luxury lodge in the woods or a top-end hotel, Madhya Pradesh can really deliver when it comes to quality and luxury. To stay in this beautiful part of India is a real treat for anyone, and makes the perfect destination for experience a totally different culture.

Itinerary:

 

Day 1: Delhi
Your adventure begins in the auspicious surroundings of the Imperial Hotel for a night before transferring down Madhya Pradesh, the best place to uncover the diversity of India's wildlife.

Day 2: Delhi
This morning join a local expert on a stroll through the lively alleyways of Old Delhi, formerly known as Shahjahanabad. Explore the imposing Red Fort and the busy streets of Chandni Chowk market, the by-lanes of the walled city, Jama Masjid (the biggest mosque in India), ending in the colorful spice market - a sensory experience. In the afternoon, drive through the majestic boulevards of New Delhi. 

Day 3: Delhi - Nagpur Pench
After breakfast, the Maharajah Driver Representative will assist your transfer to the airport to catch the flight for Nagpur. Once in Nagpur, you will drive to Pench National Park, the drive from Nagpur will take 2 ½ hrs to reach the Kipling's land Pench. Upon arrival, check into the wildlife resort. Evening enjoy the vicinity of the nature around the resort. Overnight stay in Wildlife resort. 

Day 4: Pench National Park 
This park, which nestles in the lower southern regions of the Satpura hills, is named after the Pench River, flowing through it. The vegetation is dominated by trees like teak, Saja, Bija, Lendia, Haldu, Dhaora, Aonla and Amaltas. Dazzling white Kullu trees scattered around the forest, stand out in the various hues of green. It also has a reservoir which attracts birds in winter. Cheetal, Sambar, Neelgai are commonly seen grazing on the open sites on roadsides and banks of river & reservoir. Jackals can be widely seen along with pack of wild dogs. Herds of Gaur can be spotted near streams and bamboo patches, more common during summer months. There are tigers and leopards, but they are mostly visible on river banks and roads in summer. The park has 210 species of birds, including migratory ones. 

Day 5: Pench- Kanha 
The drive will take up to 3 hours. After breakfast, you will drive to Kanha, which is about 150 kilometers away. Upon arrival at the national park, check-in at the hotel. Kanha National Park was created in 1955 and is one of the larger wildlife parks in India. Spread over 900 square kilometers, the park is a natural habitat of the Royal Bengal tiger, leopards, sloth bear and hundreds of different species of flora and fauna. It is said that the jungles of Kanha were Rudyard Kipling's inspiration for The Jungle Book.
On your first day on the tiger trail, head out for an afternoon jeep safari. 

Day 6: Kanha Narional Park 
Spend the first half of the day on a jungle safari. With more than 900 square kilometers to cover and hundreds of species of animals and plants to see, your day will be filled with adventure. 

Day 7: Kanha- Bandhavgarh
Distance: 250 kms, approximately 5 hours drive. Start the day with a morning safari across Kanha and then drive to Bandhavgarh National Park. The 250 kilometers drive will take about 5 hours. Though one of the smaller national parks, Bandhavgarh has one of the highest population density numbers of Royal Bengal tigers. Once home to the white tiger, the park is now a teeming eco-zone populated by panthers, bison and various species of deer. Upon arrival at Bandhavgarh, check-in at the hotel and spend the night there. 

Day 8: Bandhavgarh National Park
Spend the first half of the day on a jungle safari. The flora of Bandhavgarh is mainly moist deciduous forest, though at higher altitudes one may come across mixed forests. 

Day 9: Bandhavgarh - Panna 
Distance: 270 kms, approximately 6 hours drive.
Morning after breakfast drive to the Panna National Park, on arrival check in at the resort. In the afternoon safari to the national park. Overnight at resort. 

Day 10: Panna National Park 
Panna National Park is situated in India"s heartland- Madhya Pradesh. Panna is one of the better Tiger Reserves in the country. Famous for its wild cats, it also houses tigers, deer and antelopes. Tiger (Panthera tigris), the king of the jungle, roams freely in this secure, though a bit small habitat along with his fellow beings - leopard, wild dog, wolf, hyena, caracal and smaller cats. Sloth bear has his most favorite home in the rock escarpments and undisturbed vales. The grasslands and wooded areas are dotted with sambar the largest of Indian deers, chital, nilgai, chinkara and chowsingha. The park is home to 200 species of birds, including migratory ones. The main attractions are white necked stork, Paradise flycatcher; Blossom headed Parakeet, Scimitar Babbler, wild goose, King Vulture and honey Buzzard. 

Day 11: Panna- Khajuraho
Distance: 60 kms, approximately 1 hour drive. After a morning safari, drive to Khajuraho. Upon arrival in Khajuraho, check-in at the hotel and spend the night. You will start to visit the famous temples. 

Day 12: Khajuraho
A Unesco World Heritage Site, Khajuraho is a popular destination for tourists. This small temple town is home to one of the largest group of Hindu and Jain temples constructed in the medieval age, famous for the erotic sculptors carved on the outer temple walls. 

Day 13 : Khajuraho - Orchha - Gwalior 
Distance: 300 kms, approximately 7 hours drive. After breakfast, route for Orchha, free visits of the temples, the cenotaphs at the edge of the river and the palace. We drive to our next destination, Gwalior. Rest of the day is at leisure. 

Day 14: Gwalior - Agra 
Distance: 120 kms, approximately 2 hours drive Sightseeing of the charming city, then drive to Agra. You will visit of the Baby Taj and the Red Fort. 

Day 15 : Agra- Delhi 
Distance: 270 kms, approximately 4 hours drive Early morning you visit the stunning Taj Mahal. The best view is in the early morning, as we can view it through a pearly pink mist as the sun rises. You drive to your next destination, the capital of India, a vibrant melting pot and full of color. The evening is at leisure to relax or transfer to airport. The Taj Mahal is closed on friday. 

 

Price on request


Included in the price:
Welcome and assistance in airport
Transfers/Surface transports in a private car (Toyota Innova with AC)
Accommodation based on double occupancy & breakfast.
Full board in the camps.
Hotel taxes and services
Insurances 

Not included in the price:
Other meals and drinks
Personal expenses.
Domestic flights
Visits and excursions being all optional
Usual tips with the guides and the drivers