Destinations Covered: Delhi - Nagpur - Pench - Kanha - Bandhavgarh - Umaria - Delhi
‘The Jungle Book’ is a much-loved children’s book by renowned novelist Rudyard Kipling. Not many know that the book is based in India’s Madhya Pradesh state. Stepping into the Jungle Book is a well-planned itinerary that offers you a chance to re-live every moment of this wonderful book. The itinerary, spread in the duration of 11 days, taking you to Pench, Kanha and Bandhavgarh National Parks in the central region of India. These wildlife reserves are extremely popular for their faunal and floral wealth. Enjoy wildlife spotting and bird watching. The itinerary also includes sightseeing in Delhi.
Arrive at the Delhi airport. Meet our tour representative who helps you with an assisted transfer to the hotel. After completing the check-in formalities the day is at leisure. The national capital is dotted with several allures. Explore the city at your own pace. Visit the popular sites, get your hands on some fashionable clothes, interact with the locals or savour the finger-licking street food.
Board the morning flight to Nagpur. Arrive at the Nagpur Airport and get transferred Pench National Park, by road. As you arrive in the afternoon, complete the check-in at a wildlife resort. The rest of the day is at leisure. You are free to explore the place on your own today. This national park is slightly lesser-known gem of Central India but is the owner of vast floral and faunal wealth.
Days 3 and 4 of the itinerary are spent at the Pench National Park and Tiger Reserve. Deriving its name from the river flowing through it, this jungle is known to be the home of the elusive leopards, in good numbers. Giving base to Kipling's 'Jungle Book', this wildlife reserve has more than 285 resident as well as migratory birds including Grey-headed Fishing, Brahmini Duck, Malabar Pied Hornbill, and Barheaded Geese. Enjoy morning and afternoon wildlife safaris along with bird watching. Placed on the southern boundary of the state, bordering Maharashtra, it spreads in an area of 758 square km. Other animals that can be spotted here include cheetal, nilgai, sambar, Indian bison, barking deer, hyena, small Indian civet, sloth bear and so on.
Today, in the morning, start driving towards the Kanha National Park, an inspiration behind the famous children novel of Rudyard Kipling, 'The Jungle Book'. It is the largest national park in Madhya Pradesh where the Royal Bengal Tigers live in good numbers. As you reach, complete the check-in formalities at the hotel. You can opt for an afternoon game drive inside the jungle. Otherwise, the day is at leisure. Soak-in the peace and admire the verdant views. In the evening, you can head to Bamni Dadar point in the jungle, offering spectacular sunset views.
The day is scheduled for morning and afternoon wildlife safaris, inside Kanha, which is termed as 'one of the best administered parks in Asia'. Along with tigers, Kanha National Park and Tiger Reserve is also known for saving the beautiful Barasingha from extinction. The park has also has more than 1000 varieties of flowering plants. During the wildlife safari, other animals that can be spotted include the 'Jewel of Kanha' swamp deer, jackal, elephant, black buck, hyena and sloth bear etc. The day is going to be a memorable one.
On the 7th day of the tour, begin your road journey to Bandhavgarh National Park. Upon arrival, check into the wildlife safari resort. You are now free to explore the place on your own. This is one of the most popular national parks in the Madhya Pradesh state, bringing-in avid photographers, nature lovers and animal enthusiasts from all across the world.
Partake in morning and afternoon wildlife safaris on day 8 and day 9. Boasting of owning a rich biodiversity, Bandhavgarh National Park is quite popular for its high density of Bengal tigers, thus increasing one's chances of spotting the big cats. This jungle has several reptile species, along with more than 250 avifauna species and 40 mammal species. Sambar, tiger, langur, Indian bison, wild boar and barking deer can be seen here roaming freely in their home turf. This national park was the former hunting ground of the Maharajas of Rewa. Do not miss a visit to the ancient Bandhavgarh National Park. The park is also known to have a connection with Ramayana, the great Hindu epic.
Start your day early, get transferred to the Umaria railway station to on-board a train for Delhi. Late evening arrival in Delhi. Complete the check-in formalities.
Stay overnight in Delhi.
The day is scheduled for visiting the prime tourist attractions of the national capital, scattered in Old and New Delhi. Do notice how the narrow lanes of the old city gel perfectly well with wide boulevards of the new city. There are gardens, historical monuments, fashionable bustling markets, discotheques, temples etc. Some of the most popular ones are UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Qutub Minar, Humayun's Tomb and Red Fort, Akshardham temple, Rajghat, India Gate, Lotus temple, Jantar Mantar, Nehru Planetarium, Chandni Chow and so on. Take a pick as per your interest.
Get an assisted transfer to the airport to board the flight for your onward destination.