Arrive Mumbai, India
Arrive in Mumbai this evening. After clearing customs and immigration, you are met and transferred to your hotel.
Mumbai | Bustling Port
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.
Gir Forest National Park | Royal Palace & Cars
Early this morning, 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.
Gir Forest National Park | 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.
Gir Forest National Park | 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 in Rajkot for a flight to Mumbai.
Kanha National Park | Journey into the Jungle
After breakfast, board your 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.
Kanha National Park | 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.
Bandhavgarh National Park | 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.
Bandhavgarh National Park | Vast Biodiversity
Search for game on early morning and afternoon drives, looking out for the Bengal tiger, as well as leopards and wild boars.
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.
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.
Early this morning, transfer to the airport and depart.
Program Note: Travel in this remote region entails extended drives over unpaved roads and limited access to Western cuisine.