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India Wildlife Safari: Lions, Tigers & Leopards 2017


14 Days from $8,995

Limited to 18 guests

Explore some of the world's most treasured ecosystems as you track elusive leopards, Asiatic lions and Bengal tigers on game drives through India's biodiverse jungles, savannas and acacia forests.

A&K Advantages

Experience India on a journey that takes you from cities rich in history and culture to jungles teeming with exotic wildlife

Visit Gir National Park, the last remaining place on earth to see the Asiatic lion

Experience morning and afternoon game drives in Kanha and Bandhavgarh National Parks, home to rare exotic birds and the world's largest concentration of elusive Bengal tigers

Begin and end your journey in two world-class cities - Mumbai and Delhi - experiencing the distinctly different cultures of southern and northern India

Become one with nature at authentic accommodations that put you in the heart of India's jungles and wildlife

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
Arrive Mumbai, India
DAY 2
Mumbai | Explore Bombay
DAY 3
Mumbai/Rajkot/Gir | Royal Palace & Cars
DAY 4
Gir | Finding the Lion’s Share
DAY 5
Gir/Rajkot/Mumbai | Wildlife Pursuit
DAY 6
Mumbai/Raipur/Kanha | Journey into the Jungle
DAYS 7–8
Kanha | Jungle Safari
DAY 9
Kanha/Bandhavgarh | In Search of the Tiger
DAYS 10–11
Bandhavgarh | Incredible Biodiversity
DAY 12
Bandhavgarh/Jabalpur/Delhi | Toast to Adventure
DAY 13
Delhi | Explore an Energetic City
DAY 14
Depart Delhi
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
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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
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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
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Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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
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Meals: Breakfast
DAY 14
Depart Delhi

Early this morning, transfer to the airport and depart.

Meals: Breakfast

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


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

  • Nov 04 - Nov 17
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    $8,995
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    $4,895
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    $1,115
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    Price is based on seven or more guests; for 2-6 guests, price will be $11,495 per person double occupancy.

Journey Details

Internal Air: Mumbai/Rajkot; Diu/Mumbai/Raipur; Jabalpur/Delhi (from $1,115)

Minimum age is 10 years.

First group event: welcome briefing at 11:00 a.m. on Day 2.

Last group event: end of sightseeing at 1:00 p.m. on Day 13.

Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

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


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