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New! India Wildlife Safari: Lions, Tigers & Leopards (2017)

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Limited to 18 guests
Days: 14  |  From: $8,995


Itinerary

India Wildlife Safari: Lions, Tigers & Leopards

Day 1: Arrive Mumbai, India

Arrive in Mumbai this evening. After clearing customs and immigration, you are met and transferred to your hotel.

The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

Day 2: Mumbai | Explore Bombay

Spend the morning at leisure. After lunch, set out to explore Mumbai, seeing the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Mani Bhawan; the Prince of Wales Museum (Chhatrapati Shivaji Museum); and the Dhobi Ghat. Then, gather with fellow guests for welcome cocktails, followed by dinner.

The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai   |   Meals: B L D

Day 3: Mumbai/Rajkot/Gir | Royal Palace & Cars

After breakfast, fly to Rajkot. Upon arrival, travel to Gondal to see Naulakha Palace and the Maharajah’s amazing private automobile collection. Then, drive several hours to Gir and check in to your hotel at the edge of Gir Forest.

The Gateway Hotel Gir Forest   |   Meals: B L D

Day 4: Gir | Finding the Lion’s Share

This morning and afternoon, enjoy game viewing in Gir National Park. Take an adventurous Jeep safari in search of leopards, jungle cats, hyenas and chinkaras (Indian gazelles). Gir is the last remaining habitat of the endangered Asiatic lion, making it one of Asia’s most important protected areas.

The Gateway Hotel Gir Forest   |   Meals: B L D

Day 5: Gir/Rajkot/Mumbai | Wildlife Pursuit

Enjoy another early morning of game viewing — often the best time of day to spot these amazing animals. Return to the hotel for breakfast, followed by a drive to the airport for a flight to Mumbai.

Taj Santacruz   |   Meals: B L

Day 6: Mumbai/Raipur/Kanha | Journey into the Jungle

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a short flight to Raipur. Enjoy a leisurely lunch, followed by a several-hour drive to Kanha, where your hotel overlooks the lush forests and grassy meadows of Kanha National Park.

Banjaar Tola   |   Meals: B L D

Days 7-8: Kanha | Jungle Safari

Each day, take in an early morning and afternoon of game viewing in Kanha, the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book and one of India’s most famous national parks. Among the sal and bamboo forests and grassy meadows, search for the Bengal tiger and spot an abundance of deer, sloth bears, leopards and more.

Banjaar Tola   |   Meals: B L D

Day 9: Kanha/Bandhavgarh | In Search of the Tiger

After breakfast, drive several hours to Bandhavgarh National Park, which includes a renowned tiger reserve and a high density of these elusive creatures. One of India’s most beautiful national parks, it is nestled among the tropical forests, woodlands, rocky hills and flat grasslands of the Vindhya and Satpura Ranges. Enjoy an afternoon game drive in the park.

Mahua Kothi   |   Meals: B L D

Days 10-11: Bandhavgarh | Incredible Biodiversity

Search for game on early morning and afternoon drives, looking out for the Bengal tiger, as well as leopards and wild boars.

Mahua Kothi   |   Meals: B L D

Day 12: Bandhavgarh/Jabalpur/Delhi | Toast to Adventure

After breakfast, travel several hours to Jabalpur airport for a flight to Delhi. This evening, meet with fellow travellers over farewell cocktails, followed by dinner at the hotel.

The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi   |   Meals: B D

Day 13: Delhi | Explore an Energetic City

After breakfast, explore the city of New Delhi. India’s vibrant, bustling capital has many highlights, including relics of bygone empires. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore on your own.

The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi   |   Meals: B

Day 14: Depart Delhi

Early this morning, transfer to the airport and depart.

Meals: B





Program Note: Travel in this remote region entails extended drives over unpaved roads and limited access to Western cuisine.



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