On the 3rd day of the central India tiger tribal and temple tour, you will leave Agra for Umaria. Arriving in Umaria will hint towards the fact that the tiger tour is just about to begin. However, before you will arrive in Umaria, you will also explore through the heritage and historical wonders of Agra including the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort. Both these monuments are impressive monuments that date back to the Mughal period. While the Taj epitomizes love between Emperor Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, the Agra Fort reminds one of the valiant rulers belonging to the Mughal dynasty. You will reach Umaria by evening. Check into the hotel and retire for the night.
Umaria is the nearest base for all guests traveling to Bandhavgarh. So, leave Umaria early morning to arrive at the Bandhavgarh National Park in the afternoon. Post-lunch you can start off your tiger trail and opt for jeep safaris in order to explore the place, better. You will stay overnight in the jungle resort that has been pre arranged for you, so that you can enjoy the thrill of a wildlife safari all the more.
Days 5 - 6: Bandhavgarh Kanha
The last destination in the central India tiger trail is Kanha. The distance between Bandhavgarh and Kanha will take almost 6 hours; therefore it is advisable that you leave for the latter, early morning. Kanha is one of the most significant destinations when it comes to wildlife tours in the country. Replete with an assortment of flora and fauna varieties, Kanha offers a complete adventure delight to all guests coming here. On the 6th day of the tour, explore the beauty of Kanha like never before. Embark on elephant safaris and jeep safaris and travel around the remote corners of this national park. Lucky ones may just spot a tiger enjoying some private moments to himselfand
The tiger tour will end on the 7th day and the next leg of the travel the tribal tours will begin from here. From Kanha, the next destination that you will head towards is Kawardha. Kawardha is strategically placed in the heart of the tribal areas of Chhattisgarh and is most popular as the home to the Gond and Baiga tribes of the region. Therefore while here, visit the Kawardha Palace, the Bhoramdeo temples, and the Saroda reservoir. Besides these, do not miss to interact with the local tribes housed here to give a great start to your tribal sojourn of central India.
From Kawardha, the next destination in the tribal tour that you will head towards is Kanker. Noted for its tribal connection, it is also known for housing the Charre-Marre Waterfalls, the Gadhiya Mountain, and the Malanjhkudum Waterfalls.
The 9th day of the tribal tour is going to be a very exciting day for you. Because on this day, not only will you travel from Kanker to Jagdalpur, the heart of Bastar, you will also get to interact with some of the most ethnic tribes living in the region. Moreover, to complete your tribal experience, you will also get a chance to be a spectator to their traditional dance and music and to top it all you will get a chance to relish on the delectable tribal delicacies as well. Phew! So much and much more on one dayand indeed this is much more than exciting!
One of the jewels in the tribal tour of central India is Jagdalpur. Popular for housing a number of tribes, Jagdalpur also boasts of unparallel natural beauty. The mystic aura of the entire place transforms the onlookers/visitors to a never-never land, right at the very first glimpse. Popular attractions that you could expect to feast on while here include the rendezvous with Bison-Horn Maria tribal group, being a spectator to their colorful song and dance performance, and also a visit to the splendid Chitrakote Waterfalls.
One of the most significant destinations in the tribal tour in central India is Raipur. Capital city of the state of Chhattisgarh, Raipur is very well accessible from all parts of the country. The drive from Jagdalpur to Raipur will take about 6 hours and therefore you will be left with very little time to explore the beauty of Raipur. However, you will still have time to visit the top attractions of the city including the Nagar Ghadi, the Dudhadari temple, and the Budha Talab.
The trip across central India ends on the twelfth day. Therefore, after you have explored the tribal areas, you will board the onward flight to Bhubaneswar the gateway to explore the beauty of Orissa. Orissa features as an important destination in the temple tour and is the next destination you will head to on the twelfth day. On arrival in the city, check into the hotel and unwind yourself before you embark on trips to travel around the city. Bhubaneswar is most visited for its temples. The Lingaraj temple, Lakshmanesvara group of temples, Parasuramesvara temple, and the Muktesvara temple are the most popular ones to name in the order. While visiting Bhubaneswar you can also embark on excursions to Udayagiri and Khandagiri temples that are located just 8 km from the city.
Days 13 -14: Bhubaneswar - Puri
Puri is one of the most significant destinations when it comes to witness magnificent temples as the part of tours to India. Therefore, no temple tours in the country can be rendered complete without paying a visit to this place. The Jagannath Temple housed here is of great significance and is held in very high reverence by devotees from all over the world. So while here, do make a point to visit this temple and spend some moments in peace. As you will travel from Bhubaneswar to Puri, you will also be taken to Konark, widely known for housing the Sun Temple. This rock-cut temple attracts millions of tourists every year to its midst. The architecture of the temple depicts the sun god riding on his chariot that is driven by 6 horses. Also known as the Black Pagoda, the Sun temple is a Unesco World Heritage Site. This will leave you with the 14th day of the tour specifically to explore the charisma of Puri.
On the 15th day of the tour, leave from Puri to Bhubaneswar (by road). From Bhubaneswar, you will take the direct flight to Delhi and from there, the connecting flight home. This brings the central India tiger tribal and temple tour to its end.