Arrive in Delhi in the early morning. Met and transferred to Airport Hotel for rest of night. After a late wake up call and lunch a short tour of both Old Delhi with its narrow winding streets and New Delhi with its Imperial streets and grand buildings is undertaken.
On arrival in Nagpur, you will be met and driven driving about one and a half hours to Pench National Park. In the afternoon enjoy a game drive. Overnight at Pench Jungle camp, a comfortable en suite camp.
Early morning game drive before brunch and setting off to Kanha National park,a 5 hour drive through very interesting country. You stop at regular intervals to survey the landscape and to take on food and drink before climbing up into the hills surrounding Kanha National Park and to your comfortable chalet based lodge with ensuite facilities. Late afternoon will be an opportunity to explore the area around the lodge and get an impression of the immense variety of life that inhabits this continent. There are no fences between parks and the lodge itself so you may be lucky to spot some of the rich variety of game here.
Kanha, often referred to as the Ngorongoro of India, is home to over 125 tigers in its famous landscapes of sal forests, meadows and surrounding hills not to mention leopard. Within its boundaries can be seen the Gaur, the huge wild ancestor of today's cow, Nilgai or Bluebull,, Barasingha a relative of the Swamp deer, Sambar, India's largest antelope and the rarely seen Sloth bear. Peahens, Langurmonkeys and Barking deer will often provide those tantalising jungle noises associated with the presence of tiger. Birdlife is prolific with over 300 recorded species with common sightings of Indian rollers, Racket-tailed Drongos, Yellow-wattled lapwing and the magnificent Golden Oriole. Ifyou are sharp eyed you can spot the Brown Fish Owl, the Lesser Adjutant Stork and the Paradise flycatcher. There are elephants in the park especially for visitors and what they call a 'Tiger show'. We prefer instead to try and hire the elephants for a 2 to 3 hour period for viewing in which we attempt to find tiger but without the continuous and disruptive stream of tourists in the 'tiger shows'. Also one morning or afternoon it is an enjoyable experience to go for a walk along the main river that is the boundary to the southern section of the Park. We pass through villages and fields before picnicking on the riverbanks. A host of wildlife and birdlife can be seen along these banks. Alternatively for those interested a visit can be arranged to see the eco-development projects, like small dams being built to take the pressure off the park's habitat and woodlands and meet some of the villagers who live close to the park. Overnights at lodge.
This morning pack up and move north to Bandavgarh National Park, which is a 7 hour journey, with regular stops for pictures, food and water, stopping at a site of an ancient Petrified Forest. Arrive at the new Bandavgarh Jungle Camp, a comfortable and friendly lodge on the buffers of the park and near the entrance to the park in the early evening and overnight here after supper.
Early morning and afternoon game drives in the Park, and possible elephant back trips accompanied by Naturalist. On one of the two days we will gain permission to spend the day in the park climbing up to the fabulous remains of the Maharajah of Rewa's fort.
After a morning in the Park and after lunch we drive from Bandavgarh to a station, which is about an hour's journey, and catch an air-conditioned comfortable sleeper berth to Delhi. Overnight on the train. (Extensions can start from the trains arrival in Agra here including the Taj Mahal, the bird sanctuary of Bharatpur, Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, the pink city of Jaipur and Jodhpur.