12 days from £2,449 per person
Join us and discover India’s hidden national parks and sanctuaries - Wild India takes you into the heart of the parks said to have inspired Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Book’. Ten safari adventures across a trio of parks (Kanha, Pench and Tadoba) means you’ll have plenty of opportunity to spot tigers, monkeys, leopards, sloth bears and more. You’ll also enjoy a traditional cooking demonstration, plus you’ll start and finish in Mumbai - a colourful, chaotic and quintessentially Indian city.
Your holiday includes:
13 excursions and visits
- Coach tour of Mumbai
- 4 game drives in Kanha National Park
- Cooking demonstration
- Traditional tribal dance performance
- 2 game drives in Pench National Park
- 4 game drives in Tadoba Andhari Reserve
- 10 nights in hotels and 1 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
- International and internal flights as detailed. Prices are based on return flights with British Airways from London Heathrow. Supplements may apply from other airports
- 28 meals: 10 breakfasts (days 3-12) 8 lunches (days 3-10) 10 dinners (days 2-11)
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Titan tour manager
- Travel in destination by coach and open 4WD vehicle
Day 1 UK - In flight
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your flight to Mumbai.
This morning, we’ll touch down in Mumbai.and transfer to the Trident Nariman Point (3.5-star). In the afternoon, a coach tour lets us take in some of the city’s sights, including the Gateway to India arch, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (one of the world’s most extravagant train stations), and the ornamental University Building. We’ll also pay a visit to the small museum inside Mani Bhavan, where Gandhi stayed during his time in Mumbai.
Trident Nariman Point, Mumbai (3.5-star)
Mumbai - Nagpur - Kanha National Park
Early this morning we return to the airport for our flight to Nagpur. On arrival mid-morning, we drive for around five hours along fascinating roads to Kanha National Park. This 940sq km park is famous for its population of tigers and deer. We check in at Chitvan Jungle Lodge (3.5-star), hidden amongst the dense jungle.
Chitvan Jungle Lodge, Kanha National Park (3.5 star)
Kanha National Park
We rise early this morning to travel into the jungle by jeep, accompanied by an experienced naturalist. Conservationists have worked hard over the last 60 years to research and conserve the area’s ecosystem, making it one of the finest wildlife reserves in the world. Heading into the park at sunrise allows us the opportunity to watch the jungle wake and make the most of the cool morning temperatures to patrol their territories. This is our first opportunity to find the much-loved yet sadly endangered Bengal tiger, surprisingly well camouflaged amongst the long grasses. We return to the hotel later this morning for time to relax and take lunch before our afternoon safari takes us into a different park zone for further exciting opportunities to spot the seemingly endless list of inhabitants along riverbanks, in open savannahs or ancient woods, including the powerful tiger and elegant peacock - two of India’s national symbols. We return to the hotel at sunset, with a chance to freshen up before a demonstration of Indian cooking, followed by dinner.
Kanha National Park
We have a second day dedicated to safaris through the beautiful Kanha National Park. Stringent conservation projects have ensured that the park’s fauna and flora is well maintained and continues to support 22 species of mammals in total, and some 200 species of birds including the black ibis, hawk eagle and the red-wattled lapwing, the sambar - the largest Indian deer; Indian wild dog, sloth bear and the occasional panther, so there is plenty to look for today. Tonight we are treated to traditional tribal dance.
Kanha National Park - Pench National Park
After breakfast we depart for Pench National Park, approximately three hours away in the lower southern reaches of the Satpura hills. This Southern Indian tropical forest is criss-crossed by a number of streams and nallahs (ravines), most of which are seasonal. The Pench River and undulating topography supports a vast variety of vegetation, from lush valleys to dry deciduous forest and open grassland. On arrival we check in to our resort, Tuli Tiger Corridor (3.5-star), with a great view of the jungle.
Tuli Tiger Corridor, Pench National Park (3.5 star)
Pench National Park
Today is devoted to two safaris in Pench National Park, taking to our jeeps at sunrise and again early this afternoon, pausing to rest and eat lunch. An assortment of deer - Pench chital, sambar and nilgai (blue bull) - are commonly seen grazing on the open banks of the Pench River and reservoir. Sloth bear prefer the hilly, rocky outcrops, while flying squirrels enjoy leaping between trees, crocodiles wallow in the network of lakes and jackals and packs of up to 15 wild dog can be seen searching for food all over the reserve. Your experienced driver and guide will keep their eyes peeled for the elusive leopard - numbers are good here - and tigers on the prowl. Four endangered species of vulture are protected in this sanctuary; but peafowl, Red junglefowl, crimson-breasted barbet, red-vented bulbul, racket-tailed drongo and lesser whistling teal are more common.
Pench National Park - Tadoba Andhari Reserve
After breakfast we head to our third national park - the largest in Maharashtra at 1,727sq km, yet little visited by tourists. Tadoba Andhari Reserve includes Tadoba National Park and Andhari Wildlife Sanctuary, established to support the tiger reserve. We stay at the eco-friendly Svasara Jungle Lodge (3.5-star) or Bamboo Forest Lodge (3.5-star), and you are free to spend the rest of your day relaxing.
Svasara Jungle Lodge (3.5 star) or Bamboo Forest Lodge (4-star), Tadoba Andhari Reserve
Tadoba Andhari Reserve
Game drives in Tadoba Andhari Reserve fill your morning and afternoon. Your safaris may take you to the vast Tadoba Lake, a perennial water source which offers a good habitat for mugger - or Indian - crocodiles to thrive. These threatened ‘water monsters’ grow up to five metres and enjoy the shallow waters and swamp land. Besides the powerful Bengal tiger, which is frequently sighted here (it is estimated 114 adults roam the park and 24 cubs were born here last year alone), you can also spot Indian leopard, sloth bear, blue bull, hyena, barking deer, flying squirrel, pangolin, monitor lizard and rusty-spotted cat, if you’re lucky, plus the Indian python, Indian cobra and wolf spiders.
Tadoba Andhari Reserve
Another early start as we embark on morning and afternoon jungle jeep safaris through Tadoba Andhari Reserve, offering final opportunities to spot your favourite native wildlife.
Tadoba Andhari Reserve - Mumbai
After a gentle start, we transfer to Nagpur Airport for a flight back to Mumbai. On arrival, we transfer to our hotel, the Renaissance Mumbai (4-star) or The Lalit (4-star), where we stay overnight. Spend the rest of your day at leisure.
Renaissance Mumbai (4*) or The Lalit (4*)
Day 12 Mumbai - UK
We transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.