Wild India Expedition: Exploring the Majesty of Nature's Realm

£390pp

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Embark on an awe-inspiring journey through India's diverse ecosystems and wildlife sanctuaries. From the majestic Bengal tigers of Ranthambore to the tranquil backwaters of Kerala's Periyar National Park, experience the untamed beauty and biodiversity of India's wilderness. Encounter endangered species, traverse lush forests, and cruise along meandering rivers as you immerse yourself in the natural wonders of the subcontinent. Join us on a wild India expedition where every moment unveils the magic of nature's realm.

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Highlights of the Tour

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Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - In flight
Door-to-Door travel service collects you from home, for your flight to Delhi.
UK - In flight
Day 2 - Mumbai

After touching down in Mumbai, we’ll transfer to our hotel.

Taj Mahal Tower, Mumbai (5-star)

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meal Dinner

Day 3 - Elephanta Island

We’ll spend the morning on the island of Elephanta, an hour’s boat ride from Mumbai. Elephanta is famous for its UNESCO-listed cave temples, carved out of the rock between the 5th and 8th centuries. A walk through this maze of temples reveals pillars, courtyards and sculptural reliefs, including an impressive 7m-high shrine to Shiva. This afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps join us for a tour of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus), a Victorian Gothic masterpiece boasting turrets, painted arches, a huge central dome and decorative flourishes in iron, brass and marble. We’ll also admire Mumbai’s art deco architecture.

Taj Mahal Tower, Mumbai (5-star)

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Excursions & visits: Visit to Elephanta caves (morning)

meal Breakfasts & Dinner

Days 4-5 - Pench National Park

After a short flight, we’ll drive to Pench National Park, in the lower southern reaches of the Satpura hills. Our lodge is just a kilometre from the park, so we’re perfectly placed to explore this wildlife-filled reserve - the inspiration behind Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Book’. A guided nature walk introduces us to the local flora and fauna, while early morning and late afternoon Jeep safaris take us deeper into the park in search of its inhabitants. Sloth bears doze on rocky outcrops, flying squirrels leap between trees, and crocodiles wallow in the network of lakes. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for elusive leopards and tigers, too. An evening of stargazing will be led by a local expert, who’ll show you the wonders of the Milky Way.

Pench Jungle Camp, Pench National Park (3.5-star)

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Excursions & visits: Nature walk (evening)
2 jungle safari drives (morning and afternoon)
Guided stargazing (evening)

meal 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 2 Dinners

Day 6 - Pench National Park - Kanha National Park

After a final jungle tour in Pench this morning, we’ll drive to Kanha National Park, a 940-square-kilometre park famous for its population of tigers and deer.

Chitvan Jungle Lodge, Kanha National Park

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Excursions & visits: Jungle safari drive (morning)

meal Breakfast , Lunch & Dinner

Days 7-8 - Kanha National Park

We’ll rise early on our days here and travel into the jungle by Jeep, accompanied by an experienced ranger. Heading into the park at sunrise allows us the opportunity to watch the wildlife wake and patrol in the cool morning temperatures. An afternoon safari might take us into a different park zone for further opportunities to spot the wildlife along riverbanks, in open savannahs or in ancient woods. Birdwatchers should keep binoculars handy - 200-plus species are found here, including the black ibis, hawk eagle and the red-wattled lapwing. We’ll also visit a Gond tribal village nearby, where we’ll have the chance to have a cup of chai with the locals, see traditional tribal paintings and perhaps learn a few skills from the artists themselves.

Chitvan Jungle Lodge, Kanha National Park

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Excursions & visits: 3 jungle safari drives (morning/afternoon)
Visit to Gond tribal village (afternoon)

meal 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 2 Dinners

Day 9 - Bandhavgarh National Park

Our final national park awaits, as we make our way north to Bandhavgarh. It’s a fairly long drive (five hours), but once we arrive, we’ll have time to unwind at our lodge and enjoy our lush surroundings. Relax beside the tree-shaded pool or sit out on your private terrace with a book and a coffee.

Bandhav Vilas, Bandhavgarh National Park

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meal Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Days 10-11 - Bandhavgarh National Park

Another three jungle safaris punctuate our stay here. A former hunting ground for maharajahs, Bandhavgarh is now a protected reserve that’s home to white and Bengal tigers, leopards, elephants, sloth bears and a host of other creatures. More than 250 species of bird can be spotted here, too. We’ll also get a closer look at the flora as we explore the forest on foot, guided by an expert naturalist.

Bandhav Vilas, Bandhavgarh National Park

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Excursions & visits: 3 jungle safari drives (morning/afternoon)
Nature walk (afternoon)

meal 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 2 Dinners

Day 9 - Madurai

We’ll rise early to start our day with a sensory overload at the vibrant flower market in Madurai. The early morning hours are the best time to experience the wonderful colours and fragrances that fill the air. As you wander, you’ll be amazed by the sheer variety of flowers from delicate jasmine, which dominates the market due to its religious significance, to the bright hues of red and pink roses, the bold orange of marigolds, and the towering presence of gladioli. Next, we’ll immerse ourselves in the soul of Madurai with a visit to the magnificent Meenakshi Amman Temple, the colourful abode of the triple-breasted warrior goddess Meenakshi. The temple towers high above its surroundings, making it an iconic landmark. We’ll then head to the crumbling Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace. In the afternoon there’s an optional excursion to see traditional bronze-making, glass painting and veena (musical instrument) making units - the traditional crafts of the region.

Courtyard by Marriott by Marriott Madurai (5-star)

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Excursions & visits: Visit to local flower market, Meenakshi Amman Temple and Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace (morning)

meal Breakfast & Dinner

Day 10 - Periyar

We head to Periyar, one of India's most magnificent wildlife sanctuaries. Nestled in the High Ranges, this picturesque paradise is home to a diverse range of exotic flora and fauna. After checking in at our hotel, we’ll have the chance to explore Periyar Spice and Ayurvedic Garden. Here, you'll get to see and smell different spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, tea and coffee growing in their natural environment. Periyar's altitude of 1,000m above sea level makes it an ideal location for spice growing. In fact, 95% of India's pepper is produced here. In the evening, there’s an optional outing to enjoy a Kalaripayattu performance. Considered amongst the oldest and most scientific martial arts in the world, Kalaripayattu evolved in Kerala and aims for ultimate coordination between mind and body.

The Elephant Court (5-star) or Poetree Sarovar Portico (5-star), Periyar

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Excursions & visits: Visit to spice garden (morning)

meal Breakfast & Dinner

Day 11 - Periyar

We’ll embark on a guided nature walk through the lush jungle of Periyar National Park. Led by a trained tribal guide, this walk offers an excellent opportunity to spot elephants, wild boar, monkeys, birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. The trails wind through evergreen and deciduous forests interspersed with marshy grasslands, providing a gentle yet immersive trekking experience that will leave you feeling connected with nature. Alternatively, if you prefer a more adventurous activity, you can opt for a half-day bamboo rafting - a dawn-to-afternoon excursion hiking through some of the richest forest tracts of the Periyar Tiger Reserve, before boarding traditional bamboo rafts. As you raft along the lake, you'll be treated to a panoramic view of forest-clad hills and the possibility of spotting animals like elephants, bison, and Sambar deer up close.

The Elephant Court (5-star) or Poetree Sarovar Portico (5-star), Periyar

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Excursions & visits: Guided nature walk through Periyar National Park or half-day bamboo rafting (morning)

meal Breakfast & Dinner

Day 12 - Kumarakom

We’ll take a scenic morning drive to Kumarakom, a beautiful town situated on the banks of Vembanad Lake in the backwaters of Kerala. Upon arrival, we'll check in at our luxurious backwaters resort and spend the rest of the day at leisure. You can choose to simply relax and unwind at the resort, taking in the serenity and enjoying the many amenities on offer. Alternatively, you can opt for an optional Kumarakom village walk. This unique experience takes you through the local fish markets and allows you to interact with women immersed in their daily chores. You'll also have the chance to meet female groups involved in the cottage industry of coir mat weaving, coconut palm frond weaving, screw pine weaving, and broomstick making. If you're feeling particularly adventurous, you can even try your hand at these traditional village jobs, gaining a deeper appreciation for rural Kerala’s way of life.

Coconut Lagoon - CGH Earth Resort, Kumarakom (5-star)

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meal Breakfast & Dinner

Day 13 - Kumarakom

Today we'll embark on a cruise across the backwaters of Kerala on a traditional Kettuvalam houseboat. As we float along the intricate maze of waterways, we'll be mesmerised at every turn by the serene beauty and simple charm of the backwaters. This is the perfect opportunity to soak up the countryside of Kerala at its best, with endless paddy fields and an array of coconut trees that seem to stretch on forever. We'll enjoy a delicious lunch on board the Kettuvalam, prepared using fresh and locally sourced ingredients, before returning to our resort.

Coconut Lagoon - CGH Earth Resort, Kumarakom (5-star)

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Excursions & visits: Cruise on a traditional Kettuvalam (morning)

meal Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner

Day 14 - Kochi

It's time to pack our bags and head to Kochi, a vibrant and unlikely blend of medieval Portugal and an English village grafted onto the tropical Malabar Coast. Upon arrival, we'll check into our hotel where you can enjoy a restful day, perhaps lazing in arty cafés, wandering markets or simply relaxing by the pool. In the evening, get ready for a truly spectacular experience as we witness a Kathakali dance performance. One of India's most famous and vibrant dance dramas, it’s characterised by elaborate makeup and costumes and dancers wearing ornate masks designed to express different emotions and characters. Accompanied by drummers and musicians, the performers will transport you to a world of myth and legend, immersing you in the beauty and drama of this ancient art form.

Crowne Plaza Kochi (5-star)

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Excursions & visits: Kathakali dance show in Kochi (evening)

meal Breakfast & Dinner

Day 15 - Kochi

For our final day, we’ll take a heritage walk of Fort Kochi, a charming area famous for the Chinese fishing nets that flank the harbour. This is the best way to explore the local life and culture, taking us through Fort Kochi’s eventful history. We'll also visit St Francis Church and the Santa Cruz Basilica. This afternoon we’ll visit the Dutch Palace and the Jewish Synagogue, and in the evening there's an optional sunset motorboat harbour cruise with spectacular views.

Crowne Plaza Kochi (5-star)

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Excursions & visits: Heritage walk of Fort Kochi (morning)
Visit to Dutch Palace and Jewish Synagogue (afternoon)

meal Breakfast & Dinner

Day 16 - Kochi - UK

We transfer to the airport for our return flight to the UK.

Delhi - UK

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meal Breakfast

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12 breakfasts
9 lunches
12 dinners

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Tour highlights

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  • Visits to Elephanta caves, Gond tribal village and Khajuraho temples
  • Nature walks in Pench & Bandhavgarh National Parks
  • 9 jungle safari drives (3 each in Pench, Kanha & Bandhavgarh National Parks)
  • Guided stargazing
  • Train ride from Jhansi to Delhi

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