Through the Wilderness

 

Soak in the air of the thick wooded wilderness of central India and encounter the elusive creatures of its forests. India has an inconceivable variety of indigenous wildlife, making it one of the world’s most biodiverse countries. This journey gives you just a glimpse of India’s incredible diversity in nature. You might just get lucky and witness the solitary tiger and make the journey more than just a memorable one.
The journey begins in the national capital, Delhi and passes through the royal city of Jaipur, the home of the Taj Mahal, Agra and the town of the exotic temples, Khajuraho. From Khajuraho, the path winds its way into the jungles of Madhya Pradesh in the Kanha and Bandhavgarh National Parks. These parks take pride in their efforts in the conservation of tiger habitats and the impressive growth in their numbers, particularly Bandhavgarh. A common perception about Bandhavgarh is that “In any other tiger park, you’re lucky if you see one, but in Bandhavgarh, you are unlucky if you don’t spot (at least) one.”

 

Highlights:

  • Witness the sun set on the glorious Taj Mahal from the Mehtab Bagh or ‘Moon Garden’ in Agra
  • Let the seductive sculptures of the Khajuraho temples entice you into a bygone era
  • Spend an entire day on an exclusive safari in some of the less travelled paths within the Bandhavgarh National Park
  • Venture into the wild on two safaris a day in the forests of Kanha and Bandhavgarh
  • Explore the ruins of an ancient fort and temples reclaimed by the forest within the Bandhavgarh National Park where a glorious kingdom once flourished
  • Choose a local naturalist to accompany you through the trip

Best Time to Travel

Ideally September to March, but can be done all year round

Places Covered

Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh: Agra, Khajuraho, Kanha, Bandhavgarh

Price Range

USD 1,500 and above (per person)

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  1. Being a predatory cat enthusiast and otherwise fascinated by the country’s culture and architecture, I imagined India to be the ideal exotic vacation for My family and I.
    After our preliminary planning we decided to engage a Travel Agency to help us further plan our adventurous winter vacation to India. Hunting through various drab holiday packages on numerous travel sites, we were fortunate to find Kamalan Travels and have them craft our vacation.
    With meticulous attention, Kamalan helped us craft a journey that included all our interests. After a detailed discussion about our interests and expectations, they shortlisted various places to visit in Delhi, tourist attractions, Wildlife Sanctuaries in India, Tiger Reserves and National Monuments that we should visit.
    Our family vacation began in the Capital, New Delhi, where we spent a few days taking in the sites. Kamalan arranged an escorted tour of Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Raj Path and India gate for us.
    Dilli Haat (flea and street market) was a particular favorite amongst the family members, where we indulged in shopping for handcrafted Indian goods and enjoyed the food that was available at the multiple kiosks, each representing
    different states of India.
    Our next stop was Sariska Tiger Reserve located in Alwar (Rajasthan), famous for the elusive Bengal Tiger, Indian Leopard, Striped Hyena, Sambhar, Nilgai, Four Horned Antelope to name a few.
    Driving through the deciduous forest in an open top jeep, we were able to spot a herd of Sambar, a species that is in the threatened list.
    A 4 hour drive from Sariska brought us to the former hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur, Ranthambore. You can see why it is a major wildlife tourist attraction spot that pulls the attention of many wildlife photographers and lovers,
    due to its verdant greenery and a gamut of other species of chirpy birds and animals; it is priceless and worth enough to be explored at least once in a life. Our wildlife safari reached its pinnacle when we arrived at Ranthambore Fort.
    A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the fort is not only house to mischievous macaques but also temples that date back to the 12th Century.
    To revitalize our mood and taste royalty, we headed to Jaipur and checked into our hotel, Oberoi Raj Villas; a typical trip of royalty and rich heritage of Jaipur under one roof. Our Jaipur sightseeing tour took us to Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal Lake and Fort, Jai Garh Fort and Nahargarh Fort.
    A good night’s rest and we were off to Keoladeo National Park famously known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (UNESCO World Heritage Site) before stopping at Agra. A man-made wetland with over 230 species of birds known to be residents, we enjoyed walking around the park and also a spotted a reticulated python resting in a thicket.
    At our arrival in Agra, we were again treated to an impeccable escorted tour arranged by Kamalan Travels that took us to the magnificent Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Kalakriti. It became very clear that the monuments of the Golden Triangle are a beautiful amalgam of Islamic, Persian,Turkic and Indian architecture.
    Still in search of the elusive Bengal Tiger, our trip ended at Bandhavgarh National Park. We chose it over Kanha as it is known to have the highest density of tiger population in India. Located in Madhya Pradesh, a state in central India, it is home to the Indian Bison, Barking Deer, Nilgai, Indian Wolf, Spotted Deer and Indian Leopard. Just as our elephant safari was coming to an end, we were hurriedly shushed by our guide as he led our gaze to a tigress and her 2 cubs resting. An ecstatic moment and the crowning to a trip of a lifetime.

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