India 96 Bandhavgarh is a former royal hunting reserve where the elusive white tigers of Rewa were discovered. Today it has a very high density of Bengal tigers, one of the highest in India. Over the years, we have certainly been successful with sightings here. You can also spot a myriad of other animals amid its forest terrain. Kings Lodge HIGH Recommended because of its eco- friendly design, Kings Lodge is set in five hectares and is surrounded by forested hills. There are four cottage rooms and eight rooms on stilts, each with a lofted balcony and beautiful views. Tiger Trails Resort MID Tiger Trails consists of 12 cottages, each with en- suite facilities. Set in pleasant surroundings with a well- stocked library, restaurant and bar area, the lodge overlooks a private lake which attracts a variety of resident and migratory birds. Treehouse Hideaway HIGH For a room with a view, choose Treehouse Hideaway. It is unique because its fi ve spacious air- conditioned thatched cottages are perched high in Mahua trees, with large balconies overlooking Bandhavgarh's fort. India is an eclectic mix of the old and the new, the traditional and the modern. There are few places that can stir people's emotions like India can - you'll either love it or hate it! Our view is that if you take one of our tailor- made holidays to India, with hand- picked lodges and camps, you will not only love it, but will want to keep going back to visit more of the national parks and fascinating cultural sights on offer. India's wildlife is in a class of its own and there are superb properties located around all of the key tiger reserves. Our guides' knowledge of wildlife is also excellent, providing you with an exciting and satisfying destination to explore. Talk to an expert 0845 130 6982 Bandhavgarh National Park
Kanha National Park Kanha offers some of India's fi nest tiger viewing. The grasslands and deciduous forests also support 22 other mammal species including barasingha, chital, muntjac, swamp, spotted and barking deer, sambar, common langur and rhesus monkeys, wild boar, Asiatic jackal, three of India's four lowland antelopes ( nilgai, four- horned antelope and blackbuck) and occasionally the fabulous leopard. Over 220 species of birds are also found here with waterholes and high plateaux providing excellent, tranquil spots for watching and taking in the peace and quiet of the jungle. Tuli Tiger Resort MID Tuli Tiger Resort has 18 air- conditioned tents with en- suite facilities. Set in the western region of the park's buffer zone, it also has a swimming pool, theatre and library. Tuli Tiger Corridor is the luxurious extension of Tuli Tiger Resort. Resident naturalists are on hand to answer questions about the local wildlife and environment. For the wildlife enthusiast who likes a touch of class! Wild Chalet MID Wild Chalet is on the banks of the River Banjar, on the periphery of the park. It provides accommodation in pretty, rustic cottages that overlook the river, equipped with all modern amenities. You can sit out and enjoy the park in hammocks or around a central nature/ restaurant area. Pench National Park Pench has been known throughout the ages for its rich fl ora and fauna and was a great inspiration to Rudyard Kipling. Named after the nearby river, it was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1983 and throughout its 760 square kilometres are cheetal, sambar, nilgai, gaur, sloth bears and dhole ( Indian wild dog). Of course, tigers are what it's famous for! Pench Jungle Camp HIGH Pench Jungle Camp has 12 spacious safari tents, three cottages and four air- conditioned rooms set in eight hectares of mature forest. Each tent is housed on a permanent platform and offers an elegant twin room setting along with ample seating room both inside and on a private balcony, enabling you to relax and enjoy the natural jungle environment. This is our recommendation for a comfortable stay at Pench. Tuli Tiger Corridor HIGH For an ultra- luxurious experience, choose one of Tiger Corridor's tents - each is 51 square metres and has a private dining area, king- sized bed, bath, panoramic views and modern treats you may not expect, such as a mini- bar and DVD. ASIA | INDIA 97 SUGGESTED ITINERARY Day 1 Depart UK for Delhi. Day 2 Delhi, 1- night, The Claridges. City tour of Old and New Delhi ( B) Day 3 Pench National Park, 2- nights, Pench Jungle Camp. Game drives ( BLD) Day 5 Kanha Tiger Reserve, 4- nights, Tuli Tiger Resort. Explore the reserve, spotting tigers ( BLD) Day 9 Bandhavgarh National Park, 4- nights, Kings Lodge. Explore on safari ( BLD) Day 13 Overnight train to Agra, after a fi nal morning in Bandhavgarh ( BL) Day 14 Agra, 1- night, The Trident. Taj Mahal tour ( B) Day 15 Return to Delhi, 1- night, Radisson Hotel ( B) Day 16 Return to the UK ( B) Departure dates Daily, November to May Cost per person From £ 2695 ( Nov, Jan - May), £ 2895 ( Dec) What's included Flights, transfers, meals as indicated, ten nights hotel/ lodge accommodation, two nights tented camp, one night overnight train, guided activities TIGER TIGER This is our most popular Indian tailor- made itinerary. It visits India's fi nest national parks and offers the very best opportunities for tiger viewing. As with all of our itineraries, we can mix and match the accommodation and of course we can extend or shorten your stay in any of the locations we have proposed. TAILOR- MADE Or visit us on the web www. wildlifeworldwide. com Fact! Bandhavgarh is home to some of India's most famous tigers. ' Charger', a male tiger, started it all with his three cubs, B1, B2 and B3. Today B2' s son lives on as heir to the Bandhavgarh throne!