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Kanha National Park Extension

Gameviewing in one of India’s Great Wildlife Reserves

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $2095  
Length: 5 days
Arrive: Delhi, India
Depart: Delhi, India
Lodging: 4 nights in a comfortable eco-retreat
Meals: Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level: Overland travel with gameviewing by jeep
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Visa Requirements

A visa is required for U.S. citizens visiting India. Your visa must be obtained prior to arrival.

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Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

Kanha is one of the Indian subcontinent’s greatest wildlife reserves and a great place in India to see the Royal Bengal tiger. Besides tigers, there are more than 200 species of birds and some 22 species of mammals in residence here. On guided excursions, explore by jeep through the park’s bamboo thickets, dadar (plateau grasslands) and sal forests, which gave birth to Rudyard Kipling’s classic The Jungle Book. Overnights are at the Baagh Resort, a comfortable jungle-surrounded retreat adjacent to the edge of the park, or the Taj Banjaar Tola (deluxe option), an elegant tented camp on the banks of the Banjaar River overlooking Kanha.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Delhi / Raipur / Kanha National Park

Morning transfer from your hotel in Delhi to the airport for the flight to Raipur in central India, capital of Chatisgarh, a predominantly tribal state in central India. A scenic drive of about five hours brings you to Kanha through a region of lush rice terraces below the Maikal Hills, the eastern spur of the Satpura Range. Transfer to the Baagh Resort, bordered by tribal villages and just three miles from the entrance to Kanha National Park, or to the Taj Banjaar Tola (deluxe option), on the banks of the Banjaar River...LD

Days 2-4
Kanha National Park

Mornings and afternoons are filled with exciting gameviewing forays into Kanha National Park. Kanha is the place in India to see the royal Bengal tiger, and we have a good chance to see at least one of these majestic animals. Tigers are usually solitary unless they are females with cubs, or mating adults. They feed on various species of deer and wild pig, depending on what is available. Adult male Bengal tigers (Panthera tigris tigris) weigh up to 550 pounds and can be ten feet long.

Kanha Tiger Reserve was created in 1974 under Project Tiger. This is also where the world’s preeminent field biologist, George Schaller, conducted the first-ever scientific study of the tiger from 1963 to 1965 (Kanha was the setting of Schaller’s book The Deer and the Tiger). Conservationists at Kanha have been in the lead in international efforts to save the tiger and its delicate habitat for more than 35 years, with Kanha’s original population of 48 tigers in 1974 now at around 100 individuals.

Other species we may encounter include the endangered hard-ground barasingha (Kanha is the only place where this subspecies remains), barking deer, spotted deer, the gaur (the largest of the bovines), golden-backed jackal, jungle cat, common langur, sloth bear, wild boar, wild dog, and the elusive chausingha, the world’s only four-horned antelope.
        
The great sal forests of Kanha gave birth to The Jungle Book, the much-loved English classic by Rudyard Kipling. Kipling set his 19th century tale in Kanha, and the wooded hills and valleys have since been known as Kipling Country, home to the man-cub Mowgli, raised by the wolf pack, and to the legendary Shere Khan the Tiger, loveable Baloo the Bear, wise Bagheera the Panther, and the dreaded rock python, Kaa.

Note: The park is closed on Wednesdays. Scheduled alternate activities for this day include a morning nature walk in the forest near the lodge and a cultural visit to a Gond tribal village and local school to see their village lifestyle. In the afternoon, attend an Indian cooking class and later,  visit the local tribal market.

Overnights at The Baagh or Taj Banjaar Tola...BLD each day

Day 5
Raipur / Delhi

Return drive to Raipur and fly to Delhi. Connect with homeward-bound flight, or extend your stay in Delhi...B

Extension Cost

Prices valid through September 30, 2015

First Class Option (The Baagh at Kanha)

$2095 per person, double occupancy
Solo Traveler: $3395
Single supplement: $1195 (for a group of 2 or more people)
Internal airfare: $850 (subject to change)

Deluxe Class Option (Taj Banjaar Tola)

$3895 per person, double occupancy
Solo Traveler: $5495
Single supplement: $1695 (for a single room in a group of 2 or more people)
Internal airfare: $850 (subject to change)

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Extension Cost Includes:

  • Services of local English-speaking guide
  • Accommodations
  • Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Activities as indicated and entrance fees for activities listed
  • Ground transportation and transfers as indicated

Extension Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare; hotel nights in Delhi or any other additional hotel nights that may be needed before or after your extension; airport departure taxes; any meals not specified after each itinerary day; gratuities to local guides, drivers, and transfer agents; pre-trip expenses of medical immunizations; visa fees (if applicable); travel insurance; any other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, sodas, laundry, etc.).

The Baagh Resort at Kanha

The Baagh Resort at Kanha (First Class Option)

Days 1 to 4 (4 nights), Kanha National Park, India

Bordered by tribal villages and located just three miles from the entrance to Kanha National Park, the Baagh is a family-run eco-retreat surrounded ...
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Taj Banjaar Tola

Taj Banjaar Tola (Deluxe Option)

Days 1 to 4 (4 nights), Kanha National Park, India

Perched on the banks of the Banjaar River amid sal and bamboo forest, this game lodge offers 18 luxurious tents with incredible river views from ...
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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.