Tigers and Temples (Bandhavgarh & Khajuraho)
April 21, 2022 - April 28, 2022£543 – £2634
Tiger and Temples (Bandhavgarh & Khajuraho)
Tigers are top of most people lists when they visit India and this tour will not disappoint! We aim to spend as much time as possible inside Bandhavgarh National Park to search for them. Bandhavgarh has the highest density of tigers anywhere in the world and amazingly 99.9% of the time a tiger is spotted by at least one jeep safari every morning and evening! Come along on this tour and also sample the highlights of Khajuraho, home to the intricate carvings which inspired the Karma Sutra. Combining culture and tigers is simple in this brilliant part of India.
100% tiger sighting success.
Up to 3 elephant safaris
Ancient Hindu Temples
Birding around the resort
7 guided jeep safaris
Local rangers on each safari
Top Animals on Tour
Tour Dates: 21/4/2022 – 28/4/2022
Duration: 7 nights
Type / Focus: Tigers
On arrival at the Delhi international airport, you will be met by your zoologist guide and a local guide/driver. We will then transfer you to our hotel, level 3* (Hotel Rockland / Hotel Florence Inn). Delhi, was once the capital of kingdoms and empires and is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. It is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land. Depending on the time of arrival we will spend some time exploring the city. Any meals today will be at our hotel (if we arrive early enough for dinner).
After breakfast we will travel to the airport and take a short flight (2.20 hrs) to Khajuraho. On arrival at Khajuraho, you and your zoologist guide (who accompanies you throughout) will meet a new local guide/driver, who will transfer you to the accommodation, level – 3* (Usha Bundela). Khajuraho is well known for its magnificent temples, which were built between 950 and 1050 A.D. The city derives its name from the Khajur tree (the date palm tree), which can be found in abundance in the area; and has become famous due to the divine sculptures in these temples which are a tribute to Life itself, embodying everything that is sublime and spontaneous about it. The murals depict the life and times of the Chandelas, and celebrate the erotic state of being. They not only testify to the mastery of the craftsman, but also to the extraordinary breadth of vision of the Chandela Rajputs under whose reign, these temples were constructed. We will eat lunch in the accommodation and this afternoon we will visit the Eastern & Western groups of Temples. A highlight here is Kandariya Mahadeo, which is the largest and most typical Khajuraho temple. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it soars 31 m high and makes a brilliant picture. Our evening meal will be back at the accommodation.
Bandhavgarh National Park
After breakfast we will drive in our private air conditioned vehicle to Bandhavgarh National Park (5-6 hours). Bandhavgarh National Park is set amongst the Vindhya Hills in Madhya Pradesh (a central Indian state). It is 168sq miles and is a mixture of bamboo, grassland, and a complex of deciduous forests. The dominant forest type is sal. The whole area is renowned for its bird life and there are at least 150 species of birds in the park, along with a wealth of mammals such as tigers, sloth bear, langur monkeys, wild boar, mongoose, 3 kinds of deer – chital, sambar and Indian muntjac, to name a few. In fact Bandhavgarh National Park has the highest density of tigers in the world. Once we arrive at Bandhavgarh we will check into our accommodation, level – safari lodge (Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge). We will eat lunch here and proceed into the park for an afternoon jungle safari by 4×4 open jeep accompanied by resident naturalist and forest park guide as well as your zoologist. With these companions you should have no problem in finding all the animals that are out and about. After the sun sets we return to the lodge and have evening tea. Dinner will be eat our evening meal here and get some sleep before an early start tomorrow.
Bandhavgarh National Park
We will rise early this morning and after some tea or coffee we will leave for our second jeep safari. You will 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 4x 4 Jeeps. Early morning is the best time for tracking the tiger and other wildlife. Our breakfast will either be enjoyed in the field (a picnic breakfast in jungle with a cup of hot tea/coffee) or it will be once we return to the lodge. Rest of the morning is at your leisure we can enjoy birding in the lodge grounds or go for nature walk /nearby village/school. After lunch at the accommodation we will have another afternoon safari by 4×4 open jeep accompanied by resident naturalist and forest park guide. Return to lodge and have evening tea and rest of the evening is free for star gazing. Dinner at our accommodation, level – safari lodge (Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge). Once a hunting reserve of the royal family of Rewa in more recent times, Bandhavgarh was declared a park in 1968. This is also the site where the famous White Tigers of Rewa were discovered.
Bandhavgarh National Park
This morning will follow the same pattern as yesterday with two jeep safaris and our meals being in the same locations. As we are driving around the park you may notice the Bandhavgarh Fort, on top of the cliffs which dominate the park. Besides offering breath taking views, it houses a 35 ft reclining statue of Lord Vishnu and 10th Century Rock Images of the incarnation of the Lord. Dinner at our accommodation, level – safari lodge (Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge). After the sun sets the peace and tranquillity of the night is temporarily broken by various animal calls – an alarm-call of the deer or the howling of jackals, or an occasional roar of the tiger.
Bandhavgarh National Park
Once again today will be the same as yesterday as we enter the park for a sixth and seventh time in hope of seeing the elusive tigers, sloth bears, leopards, jungle cats, golden jackals and dhole which make up the major carnivores here. To help us every morning the park authorities send elephants with their mahouts out into jungle in search of tigers. When a tiger is spotted by the elephants and their mahouts, a message is passed on to park rangers through walky-talky which is further onward passed onto guests in the jeeps. Dinner at our accommodation, level – safari lodge (Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge).
After our breakfast we will be transferred to Khajuraho (5-6 hours) in our private air conditioned vehicle in time to catch our flight to Delhi. Once we arrive back in Delhi we will be met by our guide in Delhi and transferred to the hotel, level- 3* (Hotel Rockland / Hotel Florence Inn) and have dinner. If we have time in the afternoon sight seeing and souvenir shopping in Delhi is an option.
Today we will be transferred to Delhi international airport after breakfast to catch our return flight home.
The National Parks Authority for Madhya Pradesh have announced that with effect from 1st April 2011, all National Parks within the State will remain closed to public access on Wednesday afternoons until further notice. This order will affect Pench, Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Satpura and Panna Reserves. The inconvenience caused to Royle Safaris tour participants is regretted but unfortunately there is nothing we can do to facilitate entry during these closures. On occasions when our tour itinerary would normally include entry to one of these reserves on a Wednesday afternoon we will try arrange alternative natural history activities either around the periphery of the park. In the event that this is not possible we will offer the opportunity to watch a Tiger related documentary during this time.
Please note that the itinerary stated above is correct as our planned intentions for the tour. However adverse weather conditions and other local considerations can necessitate some modifications of the itinerary during the course of the tour; any changes will be made to make the best of the time and weather conditions available to us.
This tour is available on different date (subject to availability) please contact us for more details about running this tour on a date which suits you more.
During February to March the weather in India is dry with plenty of blue skies during the day. At night the temperature can drop down and it may be chilly during the early morning jeep safaris.
Everything mentioned in the itinerary is included. Including three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). There will be an amount of bottled water (approx 1ltr) available for each guest each day. We have our own private air conditioned vehicle with an excellent local driver. We have two brilliant guides; first an professional zoologist will escort you on all your excursions and we also use a very knowledgeable English speaking local guides.
All our excursions including treks, guided walks, jeep safaris, elephant back rides and park entrance fees are also included.
We recommend you bring along your own binoculars or scope as well as appropriate clothing; which should be light and airy clothes as well as comfortable walking shoes. As the nights can be chilly we recommend you bring a fleece, long trousers, scarf and a woolly hat. Insect repellent is handy as there can be mosquitoes about during the evenings and nights. Andy medication, books or other items of a personal nature is of course up to you to bring along. Oh and please bring plenty of memory cards or film for your camera. Also do not forget sun cream, sun hat and sun glasses as the sun can be strong here during the day.
We provide a comprehensive species list of all the vertebrates present in the areas we are visiting as well as some of the best field guides and reference books for the areas we are visiting. There is usually a spare pair of binoculars but in a group of 4-6 people these do not stretch too far. We also provide a spot light for nocturnal viewing (this is subject to local condition when we arrive). Camera Traps will also be used to try and capture hard to see wildlife in the dead of night.
Nearly everything is included in this tour. The only things not included are international flights, travel insurance (contact us for more information one what is required from your insurance policy), any food bought outside of the three main meals, drinks outside of any offered with the meals and the bottled water provided each day and any items of a personal nature such as souvenirs and tips. Any applicable departure taxes and not included (but maybe included in the cost of your flights). Please check before departure.
As we are based in Manchester we recommend flights from Manchester International Airport
We recommend Finnair as a good airline for flights to Delhi. One of the best websites to search for the best fares is www.ticketstoindia.co.uk. They are an ATOL bonded company and this provide all the securities related to ATOL protection. Please check our terms and conditions regarding booking flights.
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Visas and Health Information
All UK passport holders and most other nationalities are required to have a visa for India. These are only obtainable in advance from your local embassy. The easiest way to find information is by visiting http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/ (be aware that this link leaves our site and we at Royle Safaris hold no responsibility for information on the site).
There are no mandatory vaccinations needed to visit India, but it is recommended to be protected against TB, polio, typhoid, tetanus and hepatitis A as well as taking a form of malaria prophylactics. Please consult your GP about your individual requirements for visiting India as soon as you have decided on this trip.
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