Start your tour at Delhi, a sprawling metropolis that effortlessly juxtaposes centuries' old Mughal monuments and colonial architecture, before treading on the tiger's trail at Bandhavgarh National Park. Set against the backdrop of a crumbling fort that is believed to date back to the 1st century, this park is widely known to have the highest number of tigers in the world. In fact, there is even a saying about it: "At any other park, you are lucky if you see a tiger. In Bandhavgarh, you are unlucky if you don't see a tiger."
But don't consider yourself unlucky just yet if the queen of the jungle was in one of those moods... because there's always Kanha National Park. Vast in size and magnificent in diversity, this densely forested park supports large populations of sambhar, barasingha, gaur, and, of course, the tiger. After Kanha, drive to Pench National Park an impossibly pretty park that incidentally has the highest herbivore count in India to chance upon more tigers and herds of chital and nilgai.
The last national park on this itinerary is Satpura National Park: with its softly flowing rivulets, deep ravines and rugged terrain, this park boasts of black buck, leopard, wild boar and tiger aplenty. While the Royal Bengal Tiger may be the prize sighting on this itinerary, Central India still offers a varied range of wildlife like hyenas, civet cats and chowsinghas, all of which stand to make your Indian wildlife experience an exhilarating one.
National parks visited: Bandhavgarh National Park, Kanha National Park, Pench National Park, Satpura National Park
Suitable time to visit: October to April
Duration: 14 days
Route: Delhi - Bandhavgarh National Park - Kanha National Park - Pench National Park - Satpura National Park - Delhi
Day 1: Delhi
On arrival in Delhi, you will be met at the airport by our friendly representative who will drive you to your hotel. You will have time to freshen up and have lunch before your afternoon tour of New Delhi. Revisit recent history and marvel at the architecture of Lutyens’ Delhi and the stunning Qutub Minar. Overnight in Delhi.
Days 2 to 4: Delhi – Bandhavgarh National Park
After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport in time for your morning flight to Jabalpur where you will be met by our local representative and driven to Bandhavgarh National Park.
At Bandhavgarh, you will have 2.5 days to fully explore the national park. A knowledgeable naturalist will accompany you to safaris inside the park at all times.
Days 5 to 7: Bandhavgarh National Park – Kanha National Park
After an early morning jeep safari and breakfast, set out to drive to Kanha National Park, nestled in the Maikal range of the Satpuras in Madhya Pradesh, the heart of India.
You will spend 2.5 days again at Kanha National Park, tracking tigers in the wildlife on jeep safaris.
Days 8 and 9: Kanha National Park – Pench National Park
After the early morning jeep safari, you will be driven to Pench National Park, located in the southern slopes of the Satpura Ranges of Central India.
Spend a day and half at Pench National Park, driving deep into its jungles and spotting animals like gaur, sambhars, and, of course, tigers.
Days 10 to 12: Pench National Park - Satpura National Park
Drive to Satpura National Park. En route, stop at Tamia Ridge for a breath-taking panoramic view of the Satpura Ranges.
Explore Satpura's wilderness over the next 2.5 days. Both full days begin with early morning jeep safaris and end with afternoon ones.
Day 13: Satpura National Park – Delhi
Depart Satpura early in the morning and head for Bhopal airport to board a flight to Delhi. On arrival at Delhi, check into your hotel.
Day 14: Delhi
Transfer to airport to catch your flight to your next destination.