Trip Inspiration

15-Day Indian Wildlife Discovery

Central India Safari

For those whose favorite sights to see abroad are those on four legs, try your luck at viewing tiger, wild dog, sloth bear, leopard, wild boar, deer, mongoose and more while visiting four of India's most wildlife-dense national parks. Discover animals unseen anywhere else on earth from the comfort of a safari vehicle or opt for a nature walk through the jungle – this is the toughest decision you should be faced with in all your days on safari!

Trip Highlights

Locations

  • 1 night at The JW Marriott in Delhi
  • 3 nights at Samode Safari Lodge in Bandhavgarh
  • 3 nights at the Taj Banjaar Tola in Kanha
  • 3 nights at Jamtara Wilderness Camp in Pench
  • 3 nights at Reni Pani Jungle Lodge in Satpura
  • 1 night at The Orchid in Mumbai

Activities

  • Safari game drives
  • Jungle picnics
  • Guided nature walks
What does “Trip Inspiration” mean?

At Travel Beyond, we believe your trip should be designed just for you, not for the masses. Our travel consultants create a custom itinerary for each client, offering recommendations for places and experiences that best fit your style. The itinerary below was planned for a past client, but we’re sharing it for travel inspiration and as an example of what a trip to India might look like. Let us know when we can design a trip just for you!

Day 1

Arrive Delhi

Welcome to Delhi, the capital of India. Upon arrival, a Travel Beyond representative will welcome you at the airport arrival lounge and transfer you to your hotel.

Delhi, the capital of India, is a city that offers a glimpse of both ancient and modern-day India.  It is the third largest city in India and one of the fastest growing in Asia. This city is rich in culture, always changing with time but never hiding its splendid past. The various ancient ruins seen in the city are silent witnesses to its magnificent history.

JW MarriottMeals: N/A

 

Day 2

 

Delhi to Bandhavgarh

After breakfast, your driver will transfer you to the Delhi airport for your commercial flight to Jabalpur. From here you will be met for your road transfer to Bandhavgarh National Park.

Set amongst The Vindhya Hills in Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh consists of 168 square miles of sal and a mixed forest with large stretches of bamboo and grassland, making a unique landscape. There are at least 150 species of birds in the park, along with mammals such as tiger, sloth bear, langur monkeys, wild boar, mongoose, and three kinds of deer – chital, sambar and barking, to name a few.

Samode Safari Lodge is located in the heart of tiger country, adjacent to Bandhavgarh National Park. This gorgeous lodge is the creation of the Samode family and was inspired by their safaris in Africa. Beautifully designed and sustainably managed, the lodge reflects the style of local village architecture while exuding warmth and luxury. Knowledgeable, enthusiastic naturalists will accompany you on safari in Bandhavgarh.

Samode Safari LodgeMeals: B/L/D

Days 3-4

Bandhavgarh

Prepare for an early-morning wakeup call with a knock on your door and tea or coffee. Wake up to misty mornings and sounds of birds calling, which will make an exciting start to your day. As soon as dawn breaks, leave for your jungle safari, accompanied by a resident naturalist and forest park guides in 4×4 Jeeps.

Enjoy lunch and an afternoon game drive, then return to the lodge for evening tea and free time for stargazing.

Samode Safari LodgeMeals: B/L/D

Day 5

Bandhavgarh to Kanha

After your morning game drive and breakfast, you will be met by your driver for your transfer to Kanha National Park.

Set on The Chhota Nagpur Plateau in Madhya Pradesh, Kanha provides breathtaking vistas of grassy plains and sal forests. This 366-square-mile preserve was set to save two endangered species – the tiger and the barasingha deer. The park offers a variety of other species as well, including leopards, chital, gaur, barking deer, and the sambar deer.

Taj Banjaar TolaMeals: B/L/D

Days 6-7

Kanha

An early-morning wakeup call will get you on your feet for your first game drive of the day. Enjoy a picnic breakfast in the middle of the jungle, and the rest of the morning at leisure. Opt for a nature walk or cultural visit to a nearby school or village, or engage yourself in cooking demonstration. Return for an afternoon game drive, then back to the lodge for a relaxing evening.

Taj Banjaar TolaMeals: B/L/D

Day 8

Kanha to Pench

After breakfast and a sunrise game drive, you will met by your driver and transferred to Pench National Park.

Nestled in the lower Satpura hills, Pench National Park is named after the Pench River which meanders through the park from north to south. Over 1200 species of plants have been recorded in the area, including several rare and endangered plants and plants of ethnobotanical importance. The area has always been rich in wildlife with a high habitat heterogeneity favoring large numbers of chital and sambar. The Pench National Park has the highest density of herbivores in India and a large diversity of wildlife such as leopard, tiger, jungle cat, dhole (wild dog), sloth bear, wild boar, mongoose and gaur.

Jamtara Wilderness Camp, situated in the Village of Jamtara near Pench National Park, is a property comprised of ten luxury tents in the heart of rural Pench. Surrounded by tall Arjuna trees and an ancient banyan rooted on a dry riverbed, each room overlooks the forest which sets the perfect background for this jungle experience.

Each tent has optimum nature views, permanent bathrooms, and a patio with mosquito netting where you may sleep outside if you wish to feel more connected with nature. Another option is a Machaan night, where you sleep up high on stilts under the stars, watching the sky and everything below. You never know what may walk by you!

Jamtara Wilderness CampMeals: B/L/D

Days 9-10

Pench

On safari! As soon as dawn breaks, leave for your jungle safari, accompanied by a resident naturalist and forest park guide.

Enjoy a lunch break before your afternoon game drive.

After spotting some of India’s unique wildlife, return to the camp for dinner and a relaxing evening.

Jamtara Wilderness CampMeals: B/L/D

Day 11

Pench to Satpura

After your morning game drive and breakfast, you will be met by your driver for your transfer to Satpura.

Satpura National Park is located in the southern Hoshangabad district in Madhya Pradesh, right in the core area of the Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve that includes Bori Wildlife Sanctuary to its southwest and Pachmarhi Wildlife Sanctuary to its northwest.

Reni Pani Jungle LodgeMeals: B/L/D

Days 12-13

Satpura

Indulge yourself in morning and afternoon game drives, as well as a night drive twice during your stay, and a walk around camp or through the village.

The park is surrounded by tall sandstone mountains, narrow gorges, ravines, waterfalls, streams and dense forests near the Mahadev hills in the Pachmarhi plateau. The area boasts two unique species of trees – the sal and the teak, besides wide varieties of ferns, mango trees, butterflies and birds. Apart from tigers, this expanse of dry, deciduous forest is home to a number of species of animals.

Leopards, wild dog, sloth bear, gaur, sambar, wild boar, chital, nilgai, barking deer, black buck and langoor are among the most widely viewed animals here. The forest’s true wilderness and limited exposure to human pressure have enabled it to host some rare Indian fauna including the hyena, flying squirrel and porcupine. Satpura is also a birdwatcher’s paradise.

Reni Pani Jungle LodgeMeals: B/L/D

Day 14

Satpura to Mumbai

Leave for your morning jungle safari, then return to the lodge for breakfast. Pack up and enjoy lunch, then your driver will transfer you to the Bhopal airport for your flight to Mumbai.

Upon arrival at the Mumbai international airport, you will be met by a Travel Beyond representative for your transfer to the hotel.

The OrchidMeals: B/L

Day 15

Depart India

After breakfast, your driver will transfer you to the Mumbai international airport for your flight home. Safe travels!

Overnight flightMeals: B