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Tiger Safari India Bandhavgar Kanha Pench Panna

Jungle Book Safari: Tadoba + Pench + Goa Beaches


IPL10D
10 NIGHTS
FROM £1,796
International flights quoted separately
This tiger safari visits two of India's iconic wildlife reserves - Tadoba Andhari Reserve, which is dedicated to preserving tigers in the wild, and Pench National Park - the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book. Afterwards spend a few days relaxing on the glorious beaches of Goa. English speaking driver & guides, jeep safaris & park fees included.
Photo Tiger Safari Pench Tadoba Goa Mumbai
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Mumbai
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Nagpur
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Tadoba Andhari
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Jeep Safaris
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Tiger Reserve
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Pench National Park
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Bird Watching
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Goa
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Fort Aguda
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Arabian Sea
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Mumbai
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Nagpur
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Tadoba Andhari
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Jeep Safaris
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Tiger Reserve
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Pench National Park
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Bird Watching
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Goa
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Fort Aguda
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Arabian Sea
Day 1
You will be met at Mumbai Airport by your driver and transferred to your hotel in this bustling city.
 
Formerly known as Bombay, this is the most populous city in India and its commercial capital, as well as the home of the Bollywood film industry.
Day 2
Transfer to Mumbai Airport for your flight to Nagpur.
 
You will be met at Nagpur Airport and transferred 3-hours to Tadoba Andhari National Park, one of India's most important tiger reserves dedicated to preserving these magnificant predators. Check into your jungle lodge and relax in this wildlife region.
Days 3 To 4
Today enjoy the wildlife of Tadoba National Park that covers an area of over 240 sq.miles (625 sq.km).
 
This tiger reserve is the oldest and largest national park in the central state of Maharashtra and stretches across the densely forested Chimur Hills of the Tadoba reserve, as well as the Moharli and Kolsa ranges of the Andhari sanctuary.
 
Early morning is the best time to see tigers, but be aware that it is extremely difficult to find them in the jungle and sightings are never guaranteed. Best viewings are generally at the end of the dry season (March to May, although it is extremely hot from April onwards), when the tigers search out the waterholes - but you need to take at least 4 game drives for a good chance of a sighting.
 
Tadoba has a lake that provides a perennial water source for muggar (marsh) crocodiles and water birds. It is also home to leopards, sloth bears, gaur, wild dogs, hyenas, civets, jungle cats and many species of deer - such as sambar, cheetal, nilgai and barking deer.
 
Two jeep safaris per day are included - one in the early morning and one in the late afternoon.
 
Tadoba National Park is closed during the monsoon season (mid June to September). Please note we always try to book jeep safaris, but these can only be reserved 90 days in advance and cannot be guaranteed - in which case your game drive will be in a 20-seater canter. In the winter months, morning safaris require warm clothes including woolly hats and gloves to protect you from the wind chill in your open vehicle.
Day 5
Today we leave Tadoba and drive 3-hours to Pench National Park, situated in the lower reaches of the Satpura Hills.
 
Check into your lodge in this beautiful park that is rich in diversity and supports an abundance of flora, fauna and aquatic life. In the afternoon enjoy a jeep safari in this delightful wildlife reserve.
Days 6 To 7
This morning enjoy a game drive in beautiful Pench National Park that inspired Rudyard Kipling to write his famous childrens story - The Jungle Book - featuring Mowgli the man cub, Shere Kahn the tiger, Baloo the sloth bear, Kaa the snake and King Louis the amusing ape.
 
Tiger sightings are rare in this reserve, which is divided by the Pench River and you are more likely to see chital, sambhar, nilgai, wild boar, jackal and barking deer. Jungle cats and leopards are also present but rarely seen. There are also over 170 different species of birds.
 
In the afternoon return to the park for another game drive.
 
Pench National Park is closed every Wednesday afternoon, when it is not possible to have a jeep safari. Also during the monsoon season (mid June to September).Please note we always try to book jeep safaris, but these can only be reserved 90 days in advance and cannot be guaranteed - in which case your game drive will be in a 20-seater canter. In the winter months, morning safaris require warm clothes including woolly hats and gloves to protect you from the wind chill in your open vehicle.
Day 8
This morning transfer 3.5-hours to Nagpur Airport for your flight to Mumbai and onward connecting flight to Goa.
 
You will be met at Goa Airport and transferred to your hotel in this holiday city, which was once a Portuguese colony and is the smallest state in India. Check in and relax at your beach resort, offering miles and miles of golden beaches and spectacular sunshine.
Day 9
Today we suggest an optional a half day tour of historic Old Goa (Panjim City) with its many inner streets, small hotels, restaurants and shops.
 
Founded by Adil Shah in the 16th century and later conquered by Alphonso De Albuquerque, you will visit the Basilica of Bom Jesus - a World Heritage site built in red stone, in three different architectural styles. This splendid marble and silver mausoleum is the final resting place for the relics of St. Francis Xavier. Also visit the impressive Se Cathedral of Santa Catarina, with its numerous chapels.
 
Afterwards visit a Tropical Spice Plantation, including a guided walk through the spicy world of black pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, clove and nutmeg, before returning to your hotel.
Day 10
At leisure to relax and enjoy the splendid beaches of Goa on the Arabian Sea.
 
Goa is a great destination for eating out, with delicious curries and other international cuisine. The shopping is also outstanding. Tailors will make you a fitted suit, tailored dress or whatever you fancy for a fraction of the cost back home, and prescription spectacles are very cheap. The locals markets are also fantasic and don’t forget to sample feni spirit, made from cashew apples or coconut palm sap.
 
You can visit historic Old Goa (Panjim), a World Heritage Site, and the 16th century Portuguese fort, Fort Aguda. Take a guided tour of a restored colonial mansion, such as the Palacio do Deao by the Kushavati River in Quepem, and in Loutolim visit the Ancestral Goa Centre (or Big Foot Museum) that has recreated a traditional Goan village to showcase local customs.
 
Other optional activities include a guided birding nature walk along the mangrove-lined River Sal, or a boat ride to Choroa Island, home to Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. Dudhsagar Falls are one of the highest in India and southern Goa has many quiet fishing villages with sandy beaches, temples and waterfalls waiting to be discovered.
 
Goa is also renowned for its holistic spas and new age treatments, as well as its yoga sessions. Plus fantastic sunsets over the Arabian Sea.
Day 11
Transfer to Goa Airport for your flight home.
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