Overview

Kanha

Kanha National Park and Tiger Reserve was one of India’s first 9 tiger reserves to be declared for Project Tiger in 1973. With an area of 940 sq. km. Kanha is nestled in Maikal range of the Satpuras in Madhya Pradesh. The landscapes and the surrounding meadows along with the wooded strands and the dense maroons of forests offer magnanimous sightseeing and photography experiences for nature lovers. This vivacious land has also been the source of inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book.

Kanha is the last home to the hard land hoof swamp deer or Barasingha. The Barasingha and the Royal Bengal Tiger are both a symbol of pride for the forests of Kanha. Indian Gaur, Wild Dogs, Leopards, Sloth Bears, Jackals, Foxes and a variety of other mammals call Kanha their home. About 300 species of birds have been recorded in the park.

 

Bandhavgarh

The world’s first wild White Tiger was sighted in Bandhavgarh, which was captured by the King of Rewa Maharaja Martand Singh. He was named Mohan and was domesticated by the Maharaja. The King was also successful in breeding white tigers and these cats have thrived in captivity since then. Hence, all of the world’s white tigers in captivity share their genes with Bandhavgarh’s tigers and are Mohan’s descendants.

Bandhavgarh derives its name from the the legends of Ramayana. It is believed that the fort was built during the Ramayana Age by Lord Rama and given to his brother Lakshmana to keep a watch over Sri Lanka. Bandhav means Brother and Garh means Fort. The fort still stands as a testimony to time for over 2000 years now.

Having one of the highest densities of wild tigers in the country, Bandhavgarh is a heaven for wildlife viewing. With about 60 tigers roaming the forests of Bandhavgarh, the park offers unparalleled experiences, which are next to none.

 

The Experience

Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks are synonymous with Tiger safaris. The beautiful Saal tree jungles and meadows of Kanha and the open grasslands and forests of Bandhavgarh offer great wildlife viewing opportunities. This itinerary has been designed not just for wildlife photographers, but for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts too. Be accompanied by one of the most experienced guides and drivers and also talk to us if you would like to be guided by our skipper from The Wildside.

Tiger safaris can span anywhere between 4 hours to the whole day and can be dusty and a bit tiring on the bumpy roads. The hot/cold weather of the region can add to it. But this is not going to stop you from watching and photographing Tigers and other wildlife. Our selection of hotels and lodges ranging from economic to luxury options will be your ideal retreat to retire for the day and relax and rejuvenate for the next day’s wildlife adventure. At The Wildside, we work with a few partner lodges that have well appointed air-conditioned rooms with ensuite facilities. The chefs at all these lodges are known to churn out the best of local and international cuisines to suit everyone’s palettes.

While the priority of choosing an accommodation on a Wildlife tour is primarily based on the location and distance from the park, our partner lodges are all located between 5-10 minutes from the National Park entrance, yet offering high levels of service and comforts to the guests. What are you waiting for? Talk to us to start planning your wildlife photography tour and tiger safari to Central India.

 

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrival and transfer to Kanha

    The nearest airports to Kanha are located in Raipur or Nagpur. Depending on the choice of hotels, our team will advise you on the nearest airports to plan your journey.

     

    Today, on arrival at Nagpur or Raipur, be escorted to your private transfer for a 5 hour drive to your jungle lodge in Kanha. On arrival, check-in and relax for the rest of the day.

  • Day 2-3

    Morning and afternoon safaris

    Over the next 2 days, explore different parts of Kanha National Park on 2 daily game drives. During your morning safari, packed breakfast will be carried and served inside the park.

    Return to the lodge around mid day. Due to the dry weather conditions in Central India, the park’s wildlife is not very active between mid day and late afternoon.

    Enjoy a sumptuous lunch at the lodge and rest a bit in sanctuary of your accommodation. In the late afternoon, it is time for the second safari of the day. Spend the rest of the afternoon in the park and return back to the lodge at sunset. Following dinner, overnight in your lodge at Kanha

  • Day 4

    Departure to Bandhavgarh

    Following leisure start this morning, depart to Bandhavgarh National Park. The road journey is expected to take around 4-5 hours. Arriving in time for lunch, check-in and depart on your first safari in Bandhavgarh.

    Spend the rest of the afternoon in the park and return back to the lodge at sunset. Following dinner, overnight in your lodge at Bandhavgarh.

  • Day 5-6

    Morning and afternoon safaris

    Over the next 2 days, explore different zones of Bandhavgarh National Park on 2 daily game drives. During your morning safari, packed breakfast will be carried and served inside the park.

    Return to the lodge around mid day. Due to the dry weather conditions in Central India, the park’s wildlife is not very active between mid day and late afternoon.

    Enjoy a sumptuous lunch at the lodge and rest a bit in sanctuary of your comfortable lodge. In the late afternoon, its time for the day’s second safari. Spend the rest of the afternoon inside park and return back to the lodge at sunset. Following dinner, overnight in your lodge at Bandhavgarh

  • Day 7

    Morning safari and departure

    After a final morning safari, it is time to bid adieu to the beautiful forests of Central India.

    Return to the lodge around mid day. After an early lunch, depart to Jabalpur Airport for your return flight home/onward destination.

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Bandhavgarh and Kanha

From

28000

Highlights

  • Spend a week in 2 of India’s iconic Tiger Reserves
  • 10 Private Tiger safaris
  • Luxury accommodation
  • Road transfers from the nearest airports
  • Incredible photography opportunities of Tigers
  • Fully customisable to suit your preferences
  • All inclusive tour

Zones/Ranges

Kanha and Bandhavgarh have been divided into a few zones. Some zones are better than the other in terms of being more scenic and at the same harbouring more wildlife and higher possibilities of sightings Big Cats. Due to these destinations being very popular, it is highly recommended to book your safari permits at least 4 months before the trip. Talk to our destination specialist who will be able to assist you in planning your journey.

Season

Central Indian parks like Kanha and Bandhavgarh are good throughout the year. The summer months (March-June)  are relatively more productive than winter as Wildlife are drawn to a few waterholes in the park to beat the heat.

Access/Getting here

The airports of Nagpur and Raipur are located at almost the same distances from Kanha but on either sides of the park. Depending on the location of your hotel, our destination specialists will be able to assist in planning your travel itinerary from your home to Kanha. Jabalpur is the nearest Airport to Bandhavgarh and is well connected to major Indian cities with daily flights.

 

If you are keen to extend the duration at one/two of the locations or would like to visit either Kanha or Bandhavgarh and combine it with another destination, please feel free to write to us to customise your vacation and tiger safari. 

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