The Tigers Exclusive

Delhi - Ranthambore - Jabalpur - BandhavgarhKanha - Tadoba - Nagpur - Delhi

18 nights, 19 days

We do love all thing wild and free, but trust us when we say that there is something awe-inspiring about the biggest and the most stunning big cat that walks this planet, the royal Bengal tiger. The way that the tiger walks in the jungle, overpowering everything by its aura and the sense of mystique around it, you just have to see it to understand it. We know that you love the apex predator of the Indian subcontinent just as much as we do, and we have designed this trip with the single point agenda to get you as close to this glorious beast as possible, as frequently as possible, and for as long as possible. Everything from the locations we will visit, to the zones we will explore, to the naturalists and drive who will accompany you on your game drive has tiger at the focal point. No doubt, you will see lots of diverse flora and fauna on this trip. After all, when the tiger prosper, the entire ecology prospers. India is a home to over three-fourth of the wild tiger population of the world, so goes without saying, you are looking at the right location when it comes to sightings tigers. But scouting the best locations inside this massive country with over a hundred national parks and fifty tiger reserves is no easy feat. To make life easy for you, we present to you IWS’s flagship tiger trip! The national parks we are going to cover are Ranthambore, Bandhavgarh, Kanha, and Tadoba, four of the premier parks of India, with the highest number and density of the striped big cats, in the most stunning of the landscapes. Hop onboard to have the once in a lifetime tiger experience!

 

The Plan

This is how your trip will go about

 

Arrival in Delhi

Day 1

Upon your arrival in Delhi airport/ railway station, you will be met by one of our IWS tour guides. He will take you to your hotel, and en route, he will explain to you in detail the plan. He will stay with you for the entire duration of the trip and he’ll make sure you have a hassle-free and smooth experience! The rest of the day will be at leisure, and you can recover from your journey and prepare for the travels ahead!

Transfer to Ranthambore

Day 2

Your IWS Guide will meet up with you early in the morning and you’ll kick off your adventure now. After having a relaxed morning and breakfast at your hotel, you will hit the highway. It is a long day of driving and you’ll only make it to your resort by late afternoon. There your IWS Guide will give you a formal welcome to the land to Tigers, Ranthambore, and brief about the park and what all you can expect to see over the next few days of back to back safaris. Post that, you have the evening to your leisure, where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the wilderness around you.

Morning and evening safaris into the park

Day 3, 4, 5

Over the next few days, you’ll be going for back-to-back morning and evening safaris into the various zones of the national park. The timing for the safari changes as per the season, and you’ll be instructed regarding the same the day before by your IWS Guide. During the safari, you will see some of the finest diversity and wildlife this part of the world has to offer, and of course, the tiger.

Final safari at Ranthambore and overnight train to Jabalpur

Today, you’ll morning safari will be the last one at Ranthambore, and in the evening, you will be boarding an overnight train to Jabalpur, the closest railhead to Bandhavgarh, where you will be picked up by taxis which will accompany you for the rest of the road trip. Your IWS Guide will be with you 24x7 to coordinate everything and you need not worry about the logistics. Just sit back and enjoy the Indian rail experience!

Day 6

Arrival at Jabalpur and transfer to Bandhavgarh

Day 7

You’ll reach Jabalpur today at around 8 in the morning. Jabalpur is a bustling city, one of the biggest of the state of Madhya Pradesh. Your IWS Guide will coordinate everything and you need not worry about anything. You’ll have breakfast in one of the oldest and most legendary coffee houses of India. Thereafter, you will head out on a 4 hour long drive to Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. Reaching Bandhavgarh by lunch time, you’ll check in to your resort, have lunch, and relax for the rest of the day. You can walk around the property with your IWS Guide and you can spot some beautiful birdlife of Bandhavgarh. From the next day you will be having your safaris into the park.

Morning and evening safaris into the park

Day 8, 9, 10

You will be having morning and evening safaris into the park area, into different zone each time. Your IWS Guide will be deciding the zones depending upon the best chances of sightings of the striped big cat. The timing and duration of the safaris vary depending upon the season and the time of sunrise and sunset, and your IWS Guide will communicate the same to you prior to your safaris. Your day would typically start from early morning safari, breakfast inside the park, get out before noon, freshen-up and relax in the day time, have lunch, head out to the evening safari, return back from safari post-sunset, then have the evening at leisure.

Transfer to Kanha and firest evening safari

Day 11

Today, you will check out early in the morning at dawn, and drive south to Kanha. You will have breakfast enroute, You will reach Kanha by noon, and check-in your resort, lay back and relax after your long drive. After lunch, you will head out to your first safari into the beautiful Kanha Tiger Reserve.You’ll return from the park post-sunset, and have the evening at your leisure.

Morning and evening safaris into the park

Day 12, 13, 14

You’ll follow a similar drill as Bandhavgarh, early morning and evening safaris into the park. Your breakfast will be inside the park itself. Lunch and dinner will be in the resort. You will see rare and elusive wildlife such as barasingha, Indian muntjac (barking deer), gaur (Indian bison), hyena, jungle cat, langur monkey, leopard, Indian tree shrew, sloth bear, and obviously the royal Bengal tiger, and so much more.

Transfer to Tadoba

Day 15

After a relaxed morning, and a filling breakfast at your Kanha resort, you will hit the highway for the final instalment of long highway rides. From Kanha to Tadoba, you will be covering over 320 kilometres and cross over to a different Indian state. You will reach your resort by evening, check into your rooms, and have ample time to stretch out and relax. You will only have your first drive the next day. The evening is at your leisure.

Morning and evening safaris into the park

Similar to the last few parks, you will be going in for back to back morning and evening safaris into the reserve forest. Overnight stay at wildlife resort just outside the park boundaries.

Day 16, 17, 18

Final morning safari and transfer to Delhi

Day 19

After the last and final early morning safari of the trip into the park, you will have lunch and leave for Nagpur airport, which is 3 hours away by road. On reaching the airport, you will take the late evening flight to Delhi. On reaching the capital after almost half a month of extreme wilderness adventures and in the company of the national animal and national pride of India, you will be dropped off at your place of preference in the city by your IWS Guide, and he will bid you adieu after completing an epic jungle excursion you will remember for the rest of your life.

Frequently Asked Questions

Doubts? Continue reading! We have answered few of the common questions in the minds of travellers. If this doesn't answer it, feel free to get in touch any time through mail or call!

 

What kind of a traveller does this expedition cater to?

We have designed this trip keeping in minds the needs of every kind of travel enthusiast. You need not be a hardcore wildlife buff or a super-dedicated wildlife photographer to enjoy this trip. Like all the other IWS itineraries, this one aims to get you close to the wilder and unexplored side of India, and you would enjoy it irrespective of the category of traveller you fall into!

Will be have someone who will accompany us during the trip?

Yes! We will a lot you one of our IWS Guides who will travel with you and coordinate everything during your travels, from taxis, to hotel rooms, from safari timings and zones, to interaction with the locals. He/she will have it all laid out properly for you so that you don't have to get into the hassle of logistics and enjoy your travels to the most!

What camera equipment is optimal for photography during this trip?

For the camera body, any D-SLR would be great. Ideally, something with a high burst rates of around 6fps and above (for those high speed action shots) and decent ISO performance (since we will be getting the best shots at either dawn or dusk) would be better. For bigger mammals, a lens with a reach of 400mm would be ideal. For smaller mammals and birds, 600mm would be just perfect. If you wish to exploit the stunning nightsky for some astrophotography, don't forget that fast wide-angle lens! And oh! Don't for get extra memory cards and hard drives for dumping the thousands of amazing shots you will be capturing!

I am not an expert wildlife photographer. Would I still be able to enjoy this trip?

Most certainly! The cameras we have today are smart enough to get you some great shots even in Auto mode. However if you do wish to learn about the finer nuances of the art of photography, do let us know beforehand. We have a special IWS Guide who is an expert photographer and has taken several photography workshops. He will certainly help you to kick your photography skills up a notch!

How will we be travelling between the stops?

The mode of travel between locations would depend upon the distance and the quality of roads or trains available. For road transfers, you will be taken around in AC MPVs. For rail transfers, we would prefer berths in 2nd Class (two-tier) AC express trains. Choice of airlines for even further away destinations would depend solely upon your timing and convenience.

What kind of vehicle will be taking us into the park during the safaris, and is it safe?

The safari vehicle is a standard open top 4x4 gypsy modified to suit the different type to terrains of Indian forests. Because of being open from all four sides, the gypsy does give a feeling of being exposed to the wilderness, but it is absolutely safe, and there has been no cases where the animals has tried to attack a vehicle unless it is provoked or harassed.

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