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Indian Wildlife: Private Custom Tour
Last Abodes of the Asiatic Big Cats
- Visit four of India’s lesser-known wildlife parks
- Look for lions on the secluded island of Diu
- Enjoy a cross-desert safari in Little Raan of Kutch
- Spot tigers and other big cats at Kanha and Bandhavgarh National Parks
This exciting wildlife tour of India offers an abundance of wildlife viewing opportunities with visits to four wildlife parks including Sasan Gir National Park and Little Raan of Kutch in Gujarat.
The unique ecosystem of Gir supports about 38 species of mammals, 300 species of birds, and 37 species of reptiles. The main carnivores are the Asiatic lion, leopard, jungle cat, hyena, jackal, mongoose, civet cat, and ratel. The main herbivores of Gir are chital, nilgai, sambar, four-horned antelope, chinkara and wild boar. Little Rann of Kutch is a geographically unique landscape that was once an arm of the Arabian Sea. The safari across the Little Rann visits the bets, islands on the ancient seabed that support a variety of wildlife including the Gudkhur, or Asiatic wild donkey, that is not found elsewhere.
Kanha National Park is one of India's largest and most remote national parks. The setting of Kipling's Jungle Book, there's an excellent variety of wildlife in the park including leopards, chital, sambar and, most famously, the tiger. Bandhavgarh National Park is the home of the last White Tiger in the wild.
You can stop at Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary enroute.
Tiger sighting at Kanha National Park
Courtesy of Nancy Crenshaw-Miller & Paul Miller
Day 1: Meet in Bombay
Overnight at airport hotel.
Day 2-4: Sassan Gir National Park
Fly to the secluded island of Diu and drive to the wildlife resort. Gir with its dry deciduous forest is a luxuriantly rich ecosystem. The forest is the only place in the world, outside Africa, where the lion can be seen in its natural habitat.
Day 5-7: Little Raan of Kutch
Amazing safaris across the bets, islands on the ancient seabed, support a variety of wildlife including the Gudkhur (Asiatic wild donkey), elegant blackbuck (Indian antelope), nilgai or blue bull (India’s largest antelope) and the graceful chinkara (Indian gazelle).
Day 8: Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary-Delhi
A pleasant stop at this interesting bird sanctuary before flying to Delhi to make a connection to Kanha. More than 200 types of birds land in this lake after a long journey from the harsh winters of their nesting areas.
Day 9-10: Kanha
Kanha is one of India's largest and most remote national parks, covering 1945 sq km of forest and lightly wooded grasslands and supported by an extensive network of rivers and streams. The setting of Kipling's Jungle Book, there's an excellent variety of wildlife including leopards, chital, sambar and most famously, the tiger.
Day 11-13: Bandhavgarah
Bandhavgarh has an undulating landscape with around 32 hills, some with flat plateaus and overhanging cliffs. Some perennial streams and rivulets crisscross this park creating fertile vegetation on the riverbanks. Chances of seeing a tiger here are greater than in any of India's other forests.
Day 14: Khajuraho
After early morning safari, drive to Khjauraho, a tranquil town despite the attraction to the magnificent recently re-discovered temples 9th-11th century.
Day 15: Depart from Delhi
15-day trip begins in Bombay and ends in Delhi
November thru March
includes Pre-tour Kazaranga
Estimated From $4950-$5500
4/5-star hotels, deluxe safari camps & lodges
All breakfasts, 12 lunches, 12 dinners
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