An Expertly Guided Journey into the Cultural and Natural Jewels of an Extraordinary Destination.
Safari with our Expedition Leader in search of tigers, one-horned rhinoceros and other wildlife, exploring the bush by Jeep and elephant back.
Relax in vintage-style comfort at deluxe eco-lodges tucked within India’s best game reserves.
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The Indian subcontinent is one of the world's most stimulating destinations. From its mélange of human cultures to its spectrum of wild habitats rich with exotic animals, India offers an intense experience of all that makes adventure travel captivating. This safari focuses on India’s natural realm, renowned for its dramatic rivers, fabled jungles and profuse big game. Ecotourism has been integral to conservation in India, and our travels directly benefit the continued existence of some of the world’s most precious vanishing species. We also experience India’s vibrant cities, a dramatic counterpoint to our time in the wilds.
Day 1: Delhi, India
Arrive in New Delhi and transfer to the Taj Mahal Hotel. This afternoon we explore the city on a rickshaw ride that brings alive the many layers of its complex history. We also visit the Jama Masjid and take a stroll through the bylanes of Old Dehli. This evening we enjoy a welcome dinner.
Day 2: Raipur / Kanha Tiger Reserve
Fly to Raipur and drive to Singinawa Jungle Lodge in the heart of the Kanha Tiger Reserve. The park offers India’s best tiger viewing, while the grasslands and deciduous forest also support chital, sambar, common langur, wild boar, Indian bison, sloth bear, Asiatic jackal, wild dog, rhesus monkeys and occasionally leopard. Kanha is also home to the world’s last population of barasingha, an endangered swamp deer with 12-point antlers. Once a hunting ground for imperial rulers and viceroys, Kanha is now one of India’s most important wildlife reserves.
Days 3 - 5: Kanha National Park
Our explorations include morning and evening game drives in Jeeps, and safaris on elephant back. (Elephant rides cannot be guaranteed, as they depend on the successful tracking of the tiger by the mahouts.) At the close of each day we retire to the superb comforts of our lodge.
Day 6: Nagpur / Kolkata
Drive to Nagpur this morning and fly to Kolkata (Calcutta), where we settle in at the luxurious Oberoi Grand Hotel. This classic landmark is over 125 years old, exuding Victorian elegance yet offering every conceivable modern amenity.
Day 7: Kolkata
We spend the morning touring Kolkata, the third-largest city in India and the capital under the British Raj from 1772 until 1911. While the city experienced a melding of traditions during the British Empire, it was also the locus for a fierce movement for Indian independence, prompting the Crown to move the capital to Delhi. Kolkata has a strong literary, artistic and revolutionary heritage, and its creative energy is palpable.
Day 8: Jorhat / Kaziranga
This morning we fly from Kolkata to Jorhat, and then drive to Haroocharai Tea Estate. Following lunch on the grounds, we embark on a tea garden tour where we may observe local workers harvesting leaves, as well as learn how raw leaves are processed into a delicious tea. After our visit, we continue by road to Kaziranga National Park in Assam. The park, which borders the sacred Brahmaputra River, was created in 1926 as a refuge for the one-horned rhinoceros. Once hunted nearly to extinction, today this two-ton beast is a conservation success story, rebounding to more than 1,600. We stay at the new Diphlu River Lodge.
Days 9 - 11: Kaziranga National Park
Morning and afternoon Jeep drives reveal the park’s diverse habitat, a mix of elephant grass, thorny rattan cane, tracts of semi-evergreen forest and shallow swamps. The reserve boasts an amazing variety of wildlife, including wild buffalo, hog deer, hoolock gibbons, elephants, pythons and tigers. Waterfowl abound, too: egrets, pond herons, river terns, black-necked storks, fishing eagles and pelicans. In the river one may find otters, gharials and dolphins.
Day 12: Guwahati / Delhi
We drive a half-day to Guwahati to catch our afternoon flight to Delhi, with the rest of the day at leisure.
Dates and Costs
Nov 18 - Dec 1
Feb 3 - 16
Customized independent departures can be arranged for this destination. Please contact us for more information and we'd be happy to assist you.
Single Supp.: $1,745
Prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in US Dollars. Nov and Dec 2012 fees and all 2013 dates and fees may change slightly.
Location of Adventure
Group Size Limit
Approximately 14 Travellers
Internal flights, train from Delhi to Agra, airport transfers on Day 1 and final day, accommodations, meals from dinner Day 1 to lunch final day, bottled water during activities and bottled water and soft drinks at meals, services of an Expedition Leader, local guides and lodge staff, most gratuities, camera fees in all parks (but not extra fee for video cameras), permits and entrance fees and all taxes.
Travel to and from start and end points of trip (Delhi, India), alcoholic beverages, passport and visa fees, some gratuities, optional activities, late departure airport transfers, fees for video cameras in parks, items of a personal nature (phone calls, souvenirs, internet, etc.), airline baggage fees, airport and departure taxes, required medical evacuation insurance and optional travel insurance.
Easy / Flexible
On this journey our focus is primarily on India’s natural heritage, though we will have ample opportunity to experience its rich history and fascinating and diverse culture as well. In the game parks our main mode of transportation will be 4x4 vehicles, but we may also have the opportunity to utilize elephants under the guidance of experienced mahouts.
Due to India’s vast size, our journey will involve several internal flights and long drives in the five- to six-hour range.
Getting There & Getting Home
Arrive by 12pm on Day 1 to join a sightseeing tour of New Delhi or by 7pm for a welcome dinner. You are free to depart anytime after 8pm on the final day.
We can best serve you if The Independent Traveller makes these reservations, as we are intimately familiar with the special requirements of these programs and can arrange the most efficient and cost-effective travel.