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!
Satpura National Park Satpura National Park is just starting to come to the fore as one of India's most intriguing wildlife destinations. Not many travellers venture here and you can enjoy foot safaris and viewing from hides around the park. Tigers live amongst the meadows, forested plateaux and mountains of the reserve, along with a number of prey species such as nilgai and sambar, plus leopards. It is also a haven for birdlife. Because of its virgin status, tigers don't pose for the camera as easily as they do in other reserves, but because of the overall experience and environment on offer here we feel it makes a worthy addition to an itinerary. Forsyth's Lodge HIGH Forsyth's Lodge is an eco- friendly property, built with environmental and community considerations as foremost principles. It is a small, stylish accommodation with only 12 cottages built primarily out of mud. Rooms are comfortable and the lodge also benefi ts from a swimming pool. The staff are exceptionally attentive and there's also an in- house naturalist. Ranthambhore National Park Ranthambhore, Rajasthan, is famous for its tigers and stunning scenery. It evokes all the princely splendour of this famous Rajput state and comprises rolling hills, dry dhok forest and tranquil lakes, decorated with the crumbling ruins of numerous temples and a hilltop fort. The park offers good opportunities for seeing tigers during the day, as well as many other mammals, including leopard, sloth bear, rhesus macaque, nilgai, chinkara, wild boar, sambar and chital. Ranthambhore is a different wildlife experience, due to its popularity, so please bear that in mind when considering it as a destination. Tiger Moon Resort HIGH Tiger Moon Resort is our choice of accommodation in Ranthambhore National Park. It has 20 cottages and one suite, which are set amongst the trees on a private estate overlooking the Aravali Hills, providing a lovely base from which to explore. Khem Villas HIGH Khem Villas is situated on Ranthambhore's northern periphery. The camp consists mainly of luxurious tents in a style originally designed for the Maharaja of Jodhpur. There are also six beautiful cottages. VanyaVilas HIGH Unique in India, the luxury VanyaVilas jungle resort is located right next to Ranthambhore National Park. Accommodation here is in sumptuous tents discreetly positioned around a ten- hectare private jungle estate. You can view wildlife from a watchtower, listen to a lecture on the regional fl ora and fauna or, in the evenings, take your seat in the amphitheatre for an evening of Rajasthani music and dance. 98 SUGGESTED ITINERARY Day 1 Depart London for Delhi ( B) Day 2 Delhi, 1- night, The Hans Plaza. City tour of Old and New Delhi ( B) Day 3 Khajuraho, 1- night, Ramada Hotel. Visit the erotic temples ( B) Day 4 Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, 3- nights, Kings Lodge. Tiger safaris ( BLD) Day 7 Kanha National Park, 3- nights, Tuli Tiger Resort. Exciting excursions by jeep ( BLD) Day 10 Overnight train to Agra ( BLD) Day 11 Taj Mahal visit. Return to the UK ( via Delhi) Day 12 Arrive home Departure dates Daily, November to May Cost per person From £ 1999 ( Nov, Jan - May), £ 2199 ( Dec) What's included Flights, transfers, meals as indicated, eight nights hotel/ lodge accommodation and one night overnight train, guided activities TIGERS OF BANDHAVGARH AND KANHA Bandhavgarh and Kanha are two great reserves for seeing tiger, so they make a natural coupling for a shorter itinerary to spot these majestic creatures. Kanha has fi ne tiger viewing, because of its landscape. Twin this with Bandhavgarh, a smaller park with a greater density of tigers, and your chances of sightings are increased. TAILOR- MADE Talk to an expert 0845 130 6982