15 Day Jungle Book Tour of India

Summary

Relive the magic of The Jungle Book as you trace your way through India, the land that inspired Rudyard Kipling’s original tale. Visit many of India’s most iconic sights and cities, with tours and trips to Mumbai, Agra, Delhi and many more included as part of your 2 week itinerary. One of the real highlights of this tour has to be the opportunity it gives you to view native wildlife in its natural habitat; view the real life Shere Khan, Baloo, and Bagheera as you venture on exciting game drives that give you the chance to see tigers, sloth bears, panthers and more up close. Perfect for those who have a passion for wildlife or simply want the chance to get to know India a little better, this trip will suit newcomers and seasoned travellers alike with its combination of classic and exciting activities. 

Price

From £2,619 per person based on 2 people sharing a room

Best time to go

The best time to visit is between May and Mid June


Day 1: Trident Nariman Point, Mumbai (BB)
Arrive in Mumbai and be met and transferred to Trident Nariman Point where you will be staying for the next 2 nights. The rest of your day is to be spent at leisure so you can rest up or begin to explore Mumbai. Known as the gateway of India, Mumbai is a lively and vibrant city that affords so many interesting things to see and do, exploring here is always fun.

Day 2: Trident Nariman Point, Mumbai (BB)
Today you will have the chance to properly explore Mumbai, with your day starting with a visit to JJ School of Arts, the birthplace of Rudyard Kipling as signalled by a plaque on the front of the building. Following on from this you will enjoy a half-day tour of Mumbai which will take you round many of the significant sights and buildings, with visits to the Prince of Wales museum and Jain temple Mani Bhawan sure to be highlights of the day. After the tour perhaps explore one of the markets and sample street food for an authentic experience.

Day 3: Pench Jungle Camp, Pench (FB)
Begin your day with the Mumbai by Dawn experience where you watch this city awaken and come to life in the early hours, as markets and auctions spring into life in a colourful and chaotic fashion. Following on from this you will have breakfast before leaving the hotel for the airport once more where you will be transferred to Nagpur and then be driven the 2 hours to Pench to check into the Pench Jungle Camp Lodge.  This evening you will get to enjoy an hour with a local folklorist to know more about Rudyard Kipling and local tribes and their life around the jungle, as well as how Kipling found inspiration for the Jungle Book.

Day 4: Pench Jungle Camp, Pench (FB)
Today you will get to enjoy your first game drives of the trip, setting off in the morning around Pench National Park, one of India’s lesser known reserves, as well as also enjoying an afternoon drive later in the day. A typical Central Indian teak jungle, Pench supports a rich variety of wildlife, including the tiger, leopard, wild dog, gaur, sambar, chital and brilliant birdlife. The Park's open habitat not only lends well to wildlife viewing, but it also offers striking views of the area's sheer beauty.

Day 5: Chitvan Jungle Lodge, Kanha (FB)
This morning you will get to enjoy one more morning game drive before leaving the lodge for Kanha, where you will be staying at the Chitvan Jungle Lodge for the next 3 nights. Rich in wildlife, its vast grasslands support large herds of deer that have earned Kanha the nick-name "the N'Gorongoro of India". The national park itself was established in 1955 to protect the endangered 'hardground' Swamp Deer (Barasingha), but in fact boasts a superb variety of other deer and large mammals including Sambar, Chital and Indian Muntjac, the immense Gaur, Grey Langur, Golden Jackal, Bengal Fox, Wild Boar - and of course, Tiger. There’s also a chance of encountering less frequently seen mammals too, such as Leopard, Jungle Cat, Dhole (Indian Wild Dog), Sloth Bear, Striped Hyena, Indian Crested Porcupine, Indian Pangolin and the Four-horned Antelope.

Unsurprisingly, India's mammals are most active early and late in the day, so you'll make daily excursions into the park in the early mornings and evenings to search for them. Kanha is one of the subcontinent's very best reserves for a tiger. You have a good chance of success - though sightings can of course never be guaranteed.

This evening you will spend an hour in the evening with an in-house naturalist to interact about Tiger & their behaviour and also the law of jungle

Day 6: Chitvan Jungle Lodge, Kanha (FB)
Today you will have the chance to explore the park some more, enjoying early morning and afternoon game drives.

Day 7: Chitvan Jungle Lodge, Kanha (FB)
This morning you will have your morning game drive before proceeding to visit the tribal villages found near the camp. A visit to these villages will help to gain an insight into the local customs and traditions and is a great way to learn more about India’s diverse culture. You will also be able to visit the village marts depending on the day of the week, which will give you the chance to experience the charming chaos of traditional markets, and where fresh produce, seeds, spices, bamboo wears and more are on sale.

After lunch you will be able to enjoy a guided nature walk, getting to know the forest around the camp using all of your senses, and aiming to spot wildlife and different animal tracks along the way.

Day 8: Bandhav Vilas, Bandhavgarh (FB)
This morning you will enjoy your final game drive at Chitvan Jungle Lodge and proceed on to Bandhavgarh and Bandhav Vilas where you will be staying for the next 2 nights.

Bandhavgarh National Park is known for the Royal Bengal Tigers. The density of the Tiger population at Bandhavgarh is the highest known in India.

Bandhavgarh National Park was the former hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Rewa and at present is a famous natural hub for White Tigers.

In the evening a special session will be organised with an Expert Naturalist which will focus on Leopards and other wildlife.

Day 9: Bandhav Vilas, Bandhavgarh (FB)
Today you will explore the Bandhavgarh National Park with early morning and afternoon game drives.

Day 10: The Radisson, Khajuraho (BB)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Khajuraho where you will check into the Radisson for an overnight stay. Khajuraho - a UNESCO world heritage site is a city of beautiful temples that date back to 950 AD. Embellished with inspirations from this rich and exotic locale, The Lalit Temple View Khajuraho overlooks the Western Group of Temples famed for their erotic sculptures.

The rest of your day is to be spent at leisure before an expert guide gives you an insight into Indian Art and Architecture in the evening.

Day 11: Trident, Agra (BB)
Today after breakfast you will be taken to visit a Western group of Temples, beautiful works of Indian architecture that are sure to be a pleasure to visit. Return to the hotel after the tour to check out and transfer by train to Agra. On arrival at Agra, you will be met and transferred to Trident hotel where you will stay for the next 2 nights.

Day 12: Trident, Agra (BB)
Today you will have the chance to visit some of India’s most famous sights: the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Begin your day with a visit to see the Taj Mahal at sunrise, one of the times it looks most beautiful. After your visit return to the hotel for breakfast before proceeding to Agra Fort, a place of cultural and historical significance for India. Later in the afternoon head on the Kachpura Heritage Walk. A narrow bridle path through agriculture fields near Mehtab Bagh takes you into the ancient village of Kachpura and Humayun’s Mosque. The walk ends in Mehtab Bagh from where you will have the opportunity to watch the Taj Mahal during sunset from across the river.

Day 13: The Claridges, Delhi (BB)
Today after breakfast you will be transferred to Delhi for a 2-night stay at the Claridges. The rest of the day will be at leisure so you could explore the surrounding area or relax at the hotel. Delhi stands as the capital of modern India and displays the mingling of the old and new India, the ancient and the modern; it is a true delight to explore.

Day 14: The Claridges, Delhi (BB)
Begin today with an exciting rickshaw tour of Delhi, a very appropriate mode of travel for exploring. It is an extensive tour that covers 20 main sites that include palaces, mansions, elegant shrines and colourful bazaars and involves several stops along the way. The tour ends at an old Haveli built in1860 that has a photo gallery depicting the lifestyle of Mughals and a small lounge to relax and to enjoy some local snacks. Continue your drive through the city viewing the Diplomatic Enclave, government buildings, Central Secretariat, President’s House and Parliament.  Visit more of Delhi’s important sites this afternoon including Humayun’s tomb built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun and Qutub Minar, the five-storied tower.

Day 15: Departure
Your morning today is to be spent at leisure before you transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

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Inclusions:
All flights, transfers, accommodation, meals and activities as specified.

Exclusions:
Transfers, meals and activities not specified, visas, insurance, gratuities and items of a personal nature.

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