A comprehensive wildlife tour through India's Kipling Country
Central India is home to many fabled wildlife parks. On this safari we spend maximum time in three outstanding parks to give the best opportunity for tiger and wildlife viewings. Pench National Park, located on the southern boundary of Madhya Pradesh, consists of 758 square kilometres of prime wildlife habitat and is one of the less visited tiger reserves. The park has a rich history and was the original setting for Rudyard Kipling's 'The Jungle Book'. Kanha is teeming with varieties of deer, monkey, langur, wild boar and leopard, and the 'hard ground' barasingha can also be seen. Bandhavgarh, one of the smaller national parks, is also the most prolific and enjoys an impressive setting with a stunning cliff-top fort overlooking grasslands, birch forests and bamboo that provide cover for the indigenous wildlife.
All these parks are ideal for viewing both predator and prey, and with fifteen game drives included the chances of seeing the magnificent Bengal tiger are greatly increased. In addition to all this we visit the most famous of India's monuments, and arguably the most romantic building in the world, the Taj Mahal.
Please note, that due to new regulations in national parks, we need to book game drives well in advance to secure the 15 that are included in the trip. We will therefore not be taking bookings within 3 months of the trip departure date. This is done in order to secure the game drives in the zones that we feel provide the best opportunities of seeing tiger.
What the papers say about tigers ...
The Metro Online: Worth More Alive III (April 2012).
What makes this trip responsible?
We have an excellent long-term relationship with the local operator who employ and train all leaders. We provide refresher training with a focus on Responsible Tourism, so our local leaders can educate our clients locally on helping to preserve the way of life in their area. Many local restaurants and shops are also used to purchase items throughout this trip which benefits the local community.
Bandhavgarh, partly due to its inaccessibility and its reliable watercourses, is home to one of the last few viable concentrations of tigers on Earth. However it is not immune to the twin threats of poaching and encroachment by the many villages that surround the park. Exodus believes by providing assistance to both the park directly and the surrounding villages, the local population see real practical benefits that simply would not be there without the close presence of the tigers and the visitors who come to see these most magnificent of all big cats. For further information please visit the Project and Worth More Alive pages.
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Tiger crossing our path