When you are in a new place and space it is easier to break out of your conditioned habits and consciously choose to expand your horizons.Allow the rhythms of India’s natural world to reset you by immersing yourself in a 10-day wildlife, multi-sport adventure in the jungles of Central India. Soak-in India’s natural world via boat, canoe, bike, foot, and jeep with your seasoned naturalist and host, Ritish Suri.
Enjoy a nice blend of wildlife and adventure travel, without worrying about safety, certainty and consistency with your expert naturalist and host, Ritish Suri.
Together you will track some of India’s iconic wildlife while staying in ideally set lodging. An itinerary of overnight camping, canoeing, bird-watching, hiking and wildlife jeep safaris are woven together in three of India’s most renowned national parks. The Satpura, Kanha and Pench National Parks offer some of India’s finest wildlife habitat.
Arrive to a warm welcome at the New Delhi International Airport. Our representative will meet you upon clearing customs. Enjoy a short drive to your hotel before settling in for a good night’s rest.
Early morning transfer to airport for a 05:55 am flight to Bhopal. (Yay, jetlag!) Arrive by 07:40 am. The drive to the lodge includes a stop and guided tour of a world heritage site, Bhimbetka Caves (witness cave paintings dating back nearly 30,000 years).
Continue drive to Tawa Dam. (Total driving time = 4 hrs) At Tawa Dam board your small boat for the hour and a half journey up the Denwa River. Arrive at the lodge for a late lunch (02:00-02:30 PM). Settle into your cottage. Evening Nature walk around the lodge.
Morning and afternoon jeep safari in the Satpura National Park, 1427 Sq. Km of rugged, mountainous, forested terrain where you can meet the real-life characters of Jungle Book, such as Tigers, Leopards, spotted deer, Indian Bison (Gaur), Wild boar, Wild dog (locally called Dholes), Sloth bear, Blackbuck (unique attraction), Porcupine, Sambhar, Four Horned antelopes (Chowsingha), Otters, Crocodile, Malabar squirrels, Langurs to mention but a few.
Early morning (07:00 a.m) hop on a canoe and paddle your way through waters of the Denwa river. Return to the lodge for breakfast (09:00 am). Relax until lunch and prep for overnight camp.
Post lunch (02:30pm) drive (45 Minutes) into the Satpura forest and commence hiking along a forest track (2 Hrs). Retire at a camp in Satpura forest for an overnight stay.
Morning nature walk. Post breakfast drive back to the gate where the vehicle will be waiting for transfer to Pench. (Packed lunch will be provided for the 5 hr road journey). Arrive Pench and check into exclusive tree houses accommodation.
Morning and afternoon jeep safari in Pench National Park – a wild playground harboring the maximum density of prey animals, chased by an estimated 65 Tigers.
The park is well administered and renowned for its vivid fauna and flora which will make you feel like you are stepping into the pages of The Jungle Book by Sir Rudyard Kipling. The 758 sq. km of scrublands, deciduous forest of Teaks and many lakes, streams and Pench River are home to Tigers, Leopards, Wild Dogs, Neelgai, Chinkara, Gaur and is excellent for birding.
Early morning check out from the lodge at 06:30 AM. Cycle through the Pench-Kanha corridor. (Picnic breakfast to will be provided during the ride).Post cycling return to the gate where the vehicle will be waiting for transfer to Kanha.(Packed lunch will be provided for the 3.5 hr road journey).
Post-arrival, after a quick wash and change, proceed to Sarekha village market (04:30p.m). This is an ideal opportunity to engage with locals and experience a slice of their reality as they go about their daily chores and rituals. Return to the lodge by 06:00 PM
Morning and afternoon jeep safaris in the park accompanied by a resident naturalist and forest park guide in 4x 4 Jeeps. Kanha Tiger Reserve’s spectacular Sal and Bamboo forest, rolling grasslands and meandering streams stretch over 1945 sq. km. in the heart of central highlands. This is the original Kipling country so fondly written about in the Jungle Book. The park is the only home to the rare Hard Ground Barasingha found in its large grasslands. Kanha is also home to Tiger, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Deer, Ungulates, Lesser Cats and close to 300 bird species
Morning nature walk with resident naturalists. Post lunch 4 hr drive to Jabalpur airport for 06:25 pm flight BACK to New Delhi
Morning nature walk with resident naturalists. Post lunch 4 hr drive to Jabalpur airport for 06:25 pm flight back to New Delhi.