In Search of Tigers 14-night tour

Welcome to the best tiger safari in India. On our thrilling 14-night In Search of Tigers tour, you’ll take on the role of a jungle explorer, searching out one of nature’s most elusive and majestic creatures - the mighty tiger - and having an abundance of other incredible experiences along the way.

Our Tigers tour takes you to not one, but four Indian National Parks, all home to large populations of these beautiful and rare creatures. Search for Royal Bengal tigers lurking in the shadows of Bandhavgarh National Park; speeding through the underbrush at Pench National Park; lounging in the waters of Kanha National Park; and basking in the sun at Tadoba National Park. Here, nature-enthusiasts and bird-lovers will also find endless excitement in the exotic flora and fauna, innumerable exquisite birds and countless other extraordinary animals, from the leopard to the sloth bear.

As well as the spectacular wildlife experiences of this tiger safari, on our 14-night tour you’ll be introduced to rich Indian cultures, astonishing monuments - including the world-famous Taj Mahal - and the novelty of an overnight train journey through India. From beginning to end, prepare to be enchanted, excited and intrigued.

With a Hayes & Jarvis guided tour, you can expect attention in all the finer details. On this safari tour, we provide the best local guides and expert naturalists, and take you to some of India’s most breathtaking eco-lodges, deep in the sights and sounds of India’s jungles. Find yourself immersed in a captivating Jungle Book world, and return home with unforgettable memories. Get in touch to find out more.

Duration
15 days

Guide Price

£3,699 pp
Options
Private basis, Escorted
Start your journey
The Taj Mahal

Trip highlights

  • Glimpse some of nature’s most extraordinary creatures, from the Royal Bengal tiger to countless endemic and migratory birds
  • Soak in the splendour and architectural mastership of the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal in Agra

You’ll arrive at Delhi airport where you’ll be greeted and taken to your hotel - a deluxe room at the exquisite Taj Palace Hotel. After your journey, you’ll have the rest of the day to spend as you like. Explore one of Delhi’s world-class restaurants, or relax pool-side and get ready for your incredible Tigers tour to begin.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Taj Palace Hotel

Today is jam-packed with exploration. Your extensive Delhi tour will introduce you to the city’s contrasting sides; past and present, Indian and colonial.

Beginning in Old Delhi in the morning, you’ll explore the 300-year old walled capital city built by the great Mughal emperor, Shah Jehan. Here, you’ll find the imposing, red sandstone Jama Mosque - one of India’s finest. Other points of interest include the historic Red Fort, stunning Jama Masjid mosque, and the important and poignant shrine of Mahatma Gandhi, Raj Ghat.

The afternoon introduces you to New Delhi, once the British colonial stronghold and capital, designed by architects Sir Edward Lutyens and Herbert Baker. Cruise past the spectacular President’s House, Rashtrapati Bhavan, and the two flanking Secretariat buildings - the nerve-centre of government activity to this day. Reflect on the past at India’s war memorial, India Gate, and soak in beauty at the opulent Humayun’s tomb. Finish the tour in Delhi style at the city’s most iconic landmark, Qutab Minar, towering at 72 metres since the 12th-century.

This afternoon, a transfer will take you from the madness of India’s capital, to the city of Agra and one of the world’s most phenomenal monuments (a three-four hour drive). Once you arrive, you’ll check in to either the Taj Hotel & Convention or the ITC Mughal, both excellent hotels.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Taj Hotel & Convention, or ITC Mughal
Agra Fort

Arising with the first glimmers of dawn, you’ll head to the Taj Mahal, an utterly glorious mausoleum built by Shah Jehan in memory of his queen, Mumtaz Mahal. Arguably India’s most famous landmark, this is a monument best experienced with the iridescent rays of sunrise and tranquillity of this time of day. You’ll join a Taj Mahal tour to explore the beautiful interiors and glistening exteriors and learn about the fascinating stories behind this architectural masterpiece. 

The Agra tour continues at the Agra Fort complex; with marble mosques, incredible royal pavilions and wonderful panoramas of the landscape (and Taj Mahal) from the many balconies. But the day’s adventure doesn’t end here - and this evening will be spent aboard a night train, whizzing through the landscape to Katni on the Mahakoshal Express (07:30pm to 07:15am). A unique and memorable Indian experience.

You’ll arrive at Katni train station at 07:15am, after a night’s rest lulled by the motion of the train. At the station, you will be collected and driven to Bandhavgarh (two ½ hour drive). Once there, check in to your new hotel - the King’s Lodge. Rustic and comfortable, this resort is nestled in the midst of deep forest, perfect for the start of your Jungle Book adventures.

Bandhavgarh National Park stretches across the Vindhya hills of Madhya Pradesh; home to a huge variety of habitats and incredibly rich biodiversity. The park is known for having the highest population of wild Royal Bengal tigers - including the incredibly rare white tiger - and here you will have the chance to see these mesmerising creatures in person on one of India’s best tiger safaris. The forests encompassing Bandhavgarh were long maintained as a game preserve for the Maharaja of Rewa, now a huge wildlife sanctuary.

Suggested Accommodation

  • King's Lodge Hotel

Early morning and afternoon see exciting explorations into the leafy depths of Bandhavgarh National Park in a safari jeep. Follow jungle trails in search of any of the abundance of creatures that call this region home. With over 35 kinds of mammals, 250 species of birds, 111 species of butterflies, 16 kinds of snakes and 500 types of exotic flora and fauna - expect an unforgettable wildlife experience.

Suggested Accommodation

  • King's Lodge Hotel

Another day deep in the forested expanses of Bandhavgarh. You’ll have the chance to add more photos to your collection and perhaps visit hilltop Bandhavgarh Fort to enjoy views over the verdant landscape. Bandhavgarh Fort - like the National Park - is over 2000 years old, referenced in ancient scriptures and scattered with pre-historic caves, engraved with centuries-old inscriptions and drawings by humans of the distant past.

Suggested Accommodation

  • King's Lodge Hotel

Leaving Bandhavgarh behind, your tiger safari journeys on to Kanha National Park - a six ½ hour drive. For your three nights in Kanha, you’ll stay at the Earth Lodge - a sustainable eco-lodge set in the lush sal and bamboo forests of the National Park. Open-fronted, luxury bungalows offer wonderful views of the green landscape. Dip into the forest-cloaked infinity pool to cool off after the journey.

Kanha National Park, its undulating hills and stretching bamboo forests, were the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s legendary Jungle Book. Find yourself equally enthralled by the incredible wilderness and exotic inhabitants of this part of India.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Kanha Earth Lodge

One of the finest wildlife reserves in India, Kanha National Park is a vast tiger reserve, nestled in the Maikal range of the Central Indian highlands; forests, grasslands and streams stretching over 940sq km and supporting an array of wildlife. The sole habitat of the rare and endangered Barasingha (swamp deer), Kanha is home to 22 species of mammals, including the Gaur (world’s largest cattle), Sambar (largest Indian deer) and Chausingha (only four-horned antelope in the world). Search for tigers, wild boar and jackals in the lush meadows and panthers and dholes (wild dogs) speeding through the trees. Flitting through the canopy above, listen to the song of countless exotic birds - over 200 species found here - including the cattle egret, black ibis, hawk-eagle and red-wattled lapwing. A paradise for any nature-lover.

 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Kanha Earth Lodge

Today, the exploration of Kanha National Park continues. Your expert naturalist guide will teach you all about the forest’s plant life and the efforts of conservation programs since 1955 to protect the native flora and fauna. Kanha is one of Asia’s most well-preserved National Parks and offers a truly special safari experience. 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Kanha Earth Lodge

After a last breakfast at Kanha Lodge, the adventure will continue with a three-four hour drive to Pench, home to another incredible tiger reserve and wildlife sanctuary. In Pench, you’ll stay at the Pench Tree Lodge, another luxury resort offering unmatched splendour of setting. Remote and jungle-fringed, soak in the scenery and sounds of the wilderness. Rustic treehouses, perched on top of Mahua trees and stilts, offer awe-inspiring vistas of the forests and grasslands, colourful birds and wild animals. Sip a sundown drink on your private deck and absorb the incredible natural beauty.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Kanha Earth Lodge

Pench National Park is the third sanctuary on your jungle tour - an important tiger reserve in India, swathed in rolling scrublands and deciduous forests. Here, luck providing, you will see more of India’s majestic Royal Bengal tigers, countless migrant and native birds (approximately 210 different species), and wildlife including the sloth bear, Indian leopard, striped hyena and jungle cat. Thought to have been another location that gave inspiration for The Jungle Book, follow Kipling’s footsteps on a full day of safari expeditions.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Pench Tree Lodge

Following breakfast, a transfer will take you to the next destination on your tiger safari: Tadoba National Park. After a three-four hour drive, you’ll check in to your hotel and spend the rest of the afternoon exploring your surroundings. In Tadoba, it’s the Bamboo Safari Lodge where you’ll be resting your head for the duration of your stay. Enjoy private villas surrounded by untamed wilderness and rooftop verandas with views of birds soaring over glittering waters. A lodge offering the perfect combination of nature and decadence.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Bamboo Safari Lodge

Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is the state of Maharashtra’s oldest and largest national park, encompassing both Tadoba National Park and Andhari Wildlife Sanctuary. Rising hillocks, teak forests, lakes and deep valleys provide a verdant habitat for the population of tigers and other animals at Tadoba.

You’ll spend the morning and afternoon in an open-top safari vehicle, taking in the rich flora and fauna and plethora of wildlife in this National Park. Find yourself enthralled by lurking marsh crocodiles, slithering Indian pythons, lustrous peacocks and great bears. Return to the beautiful Bamboo Lodge to reflect on your expeditions.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Bamboo Safari Lodge

On this morning of your epic Tigers tour, you’ll travel on from Tadoba to Nagpur, a three-four hour drive. In Nagpur, you’ll board a short flight to Mumbai (08:40pm to 10:20pm). At Mumbai airport, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. The Leela Sahar is one of Mumbai’s most elegant hotels. Spend the rest of the evening enjoying a sumptuous dinner in this Mumbai sanctuary, or take to Marine Drive to wander the coast and snack on local street food delicacies.

Suggested Accommodation

  • The Leela Sahar

The last day of your incredible In Search of Tigers tour! A transfer will collect you from the hotel and take you to the airport for your onward or return flight.

Included

  • Room with daily breakfast everywhere except Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Pench & Tadoba which are full board basis
  • Accommodation: on twin sharing basis for a total of 13 nights plus 01 night on the train
  • Transport: air-conditioned transport throughout
  • Assistance & Porterages: meeting and assistance on arrival/departure at airports, hotels & railway station by le passage to India representative and porterages at the airport & railway station with 01 standard baggage per person included
  • English-speaking local guide for sightseeing in Delhi and Agra
  • English-speaking naturalist for Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Pench & Tadoba
  • Train: Agra/Katni by overnight train in 1 AC or 2 AC
  • 04 forest visits each in Bandhavgarh & Kanha by shared Jeeps with a naturalist guide
  • 02 forest visits each in Pench & Tadoba by shared Jeeps with a naturalist guide
  • Service tax currently applicable on all package tours
  • International airfare

Not included

  • Expenses of personal nature, such as table drinks, telephone calls, laundry, camera fees etc.
  • Tips to drivers, local guides & hotel staff
  • Visa costs