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Royal Bengal tigers, Kanha National Park, India

Search the forests of Kanha for tigers, meet the tribal people of Kanha, and enjoy a fascinating introduction to Bharatpur’s traditional Hindu villages. The palaces of Jaipur and the glorious Taj Mahal cap off our insider's journey.

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Heart of India: Tigers, Tribes and the Taj

A Cultural and Natural History Journey
Repertory Trip: No Future Dates Set

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: TBA  
Length: 14 days
Arrive: Delhi, India
Depart: Delhi, India
Lodging: 13 nights in lodges and hotels
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Wildlife & Natural History, Walking, Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: Overland travel with walking tours
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Highlights

  • An insider’s introduction to Rajasthan’s ancient culture and traditional Hindu villages
  • Unique Baiga tribal cultures of central India
  • Search for tigers at renowned Kanha National Park
  • Legendary Taj Mahal, Jaipur’s architectural splendors and bustling markets


It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Such a privilege, and the itinerary was special, a wonderful balance between wildlife and culture.Katherine A.—Novato CA

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.

References

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Departure Notes

Once you have signed up on the trip, we send a complete packing list, relevant health information, and required travel documents.

Repertory Trip

This is one of our special Repertory Trips offered every two to five years.  Future dates have not been set for this trip, but you can see the “Itinerary at a Glance” and the “Full Detailed Itinerary” below (there may be small changes to the itinerary for the future departures, and prices will be finalized closer to departure). Contact us to receive early notification of the trip dates. These special trips fill very quickly once the exact dates are set!

Join veteran Trip Leader Hashmat Singh and his wife Priya for a spirited journey behind the scenes and into the ancient heart of Mother India. Hashmat and Priya bring to this journey a wealth of knowledge and a passion for introducing people to the hidden treasures of India. One of the wonders of this journey is India’s amazing wildlife, which we discover as we explore the sal forests and bamboo thickets of renowned Kanha National Park, haunt of the royal Bengal tiger, and the marshes of Keoladeo-Bharatpur, India’s most famous bird reserve. Another highlight of our travels is discovering the fascinating tribal cultures of Kanha and the traditional Hindu villages of ancient Bharatpur, eastern gateway to Rajasthan. Our journey promises to be a memorable experience of India, with the Singhs introducing us to friends along the way as we roam the local markets, enjoy a cooking lesson, watch a tribal dance, learn about ancient arts such as henna painting, meet a wonderful array of peoples from all walks of life, and take in colorful history and myriad of cultures. The legendary Taj Mahal and the “pink city” of Jaipur, with its fabulous palaces of pink sandstone, make a fitting grand finale. Our accommodations range from an eco-friendly game lodge at Kanha to the dazzling Rambagh Palace in Jaipur. We invite you to join us for a once-in-a-lifetime journey with two India experts!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Delhi / Raipur / Kanha National Park

From New Delhi, we fly to Raipur, capital of Chatisgarh, a predominantly tribal state in central India. En route to Kanha National Park, we visit the 7th century temples of Bhoramdeo.

Days 4-6
Kanha National Park / Baiga Tribal Villages

Kanha is the best place in India to see royal Bengal tiger, and we have a good chance to see at least one of these majestic animals on our morning gameviewing forays into Kanha National Park by jeep. In the afternoons, we explore the fascinating tribal villages of the Baiga people. Our accommodation, The Baagh Resort, is set on 20 acres and bordered by tribal villages.

Days 7-11
Bharatpur / Taj Mahal

We head to Bharatpur, capital of the formerly princely state of Bharatpur. During these days, we explore local Hindu villages, learn about social and kinship structures, and may explore the bazaars and markets. We also visit the haunting desert ruins of Fatehpur Sikri (“City of Victory”), once a Mughal capital, and the breathtaking Taj Mahal, a fabled monument to love.

Days 12-14
Jaipur / Depart

In Jaipur, an elegant city built by Maharaja Jai Singh II in the early 18th century, we explore Jaipur’s City Palace, the magnificent Amber Fort, and enjoy two overnights at the Rambagh Palace, a member of The Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Depart via Delhi on Day 14.

Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

What the Trip is Like

This trip is rated Level 2, easy to moderate. It is a comfortable, vehicle-based sightseeing trip. Accommodations include comfortable lodges reflecting the traditional architecture as well as a former palace that has been converted into a heritage hotel. Although this is not a difficult trip, please remember that travel in India can be an adventure. The essential requirements are flexibility, a sense of humor, curiosity, enthusiasm about new peoples and places, and an openness to the unexpected.

Explanation of Trip Levels

Radisson Blu Airport Hotel

Radisson Blu Airport Hotel

Day 1 (1 night),
Day 14, Delhi, India

This stylish business hotel is just a few miles from Delhi’s international airport, with comfortable rooms and all the services you’d ...
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The Baagh Resort at Kanha

The Baagh Resort at Kanha

Days 2 to 5 (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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Babylon International Hotel

Babylon International Hotel

Day 6 (1 night), Raipur, India

For our overnight in Raipur, we’ve chosen the Babylon International, the city’s best hotel, set in lushly landscaped grounds and yet ...
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The Bagh Resort

The Bagh Resort

Days 7 to 11 (5 nights), Bharatpur, India

This country estate offers a serene setting and a historic ambience in its 21 rooms, located in five separate compounds. Gulmohar, the main ...
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Taj Rambagh Palace

Taj Rambagh Palace

Days 12 to 13 (2 nights), Jaipur, India

Experience one of life’s rare treats—a stay at the Rambagh Palace, an authentic royal residence and a treasure of India, with its ...
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Extension Accommodations

If you would like to view the accommodations offered with our extensions options:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

India

South India Extension: The Malabar Coast

Cochin and a Cruise Along the Backwaters of Kerala

Cultural Adventures, Walking
4 days  -  Level 1+

Varanasi and Khajuraho Extension

Holy City Along the Ganges, Magnificent World-Famous Temples

Cultural Adventures
4 days  -  Level 1

Client Comments

It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Such a privilege, and the itinerary was special, a wonderful balance between wildlife and culture. Katherine A., Novato CA We are back from our wonderful trip to India. We all had a great time and lots of wonderful experiences. Michael S., Portsmouth, NH We rate this trip as 'life changing.' India is an extraordinary place! Thomas A., Urbana, IL This has to be the most interesting and fun trip of any WT trips I’ve been on! Nancy A., Urbana, IL
The trip was fabulous! I loved the early morning photo safaris, especially since I was able to photograph a tiger. I also loved visiting the tribal villages and local markets. It is the memories of the people in the villages that stick with me, even more than the visits to the various forts and palaces (except, of course, the Taj Mahal, which was memorable). Bob B., Berkeley, CA