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A jungle wildlife adventure

Embark on an unforgettable expedition into the heart of India’s wildlife-rich jungles where the Royal Bengal tiger is king. Explore the acclaimed national parks of Pench, Kanha and Bandhavgarh on 9 included 4x4 safaris for the best chance of sighting this majestic yet famously elusive big cat, along with such other exotic wildlife as gaur, hyenas and eagles.

Including...

12 nights in hotels and 1 in flight

33 meals: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 12 dinners

Excursions and visits

  • Elephanta Island UNESCO-listed rock caves
  • Kanha village walk
  • Tour of the UNESCO-listed Khajuraho Western Temples tours
  • 9 included 4x4 safaris

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Day 1 UK to Mumbai

Arrive in Mumbai

After taking Saga’s included UK door-to-door travel service to the airport, fly overnight to Mumbai. 

Mumbai Maharashtra India Asia

Day 2 Mumbai

Mumbai, India

Stay two-nights at the locally rated 5-star Trident Nariman Point Hotel. D

Mumbai Maharashtra India Asia

Day 3 Elephanta Island

See the caves on Elephanta Island

From the monumental Gateway of India, set off across the Sea of Oman on an hour-long boat ride to visit Elephanta Island, which was named by the Portuguese after a large stone elephant which originally stood near the landing site and is now housed in the Victoria and Albert museum on the mainland.

Catch a road train to the end of the jetty where steps lead up the hillside to the 5th to 6th-century rock-carved caves where you can venture inside and marvel at the ancient sculptured panels of Maheshmurti, the three-headed image of Lord Shiva, described by UNESCO as a “perfect expression” of Indian art. B, D

Mumbai Maharashtra India Asia

Day 4 Nagpur to Pench

A colourful roller

Fly to Nagpur and continue by road to Pench for a two-night stay at the locally rated 3-star Tuli Corridor, set within the national park’s outer edge. This pastoral jungle-style safari camp is a luxurious retreat from which you can explore Pench National Park. B, L, D

Pench National Park Madhya Pradesh India Asia

Day 5 Pench National Park

Look out for Bengal tigers

Travel into the forests of Madhya Pradesh that inspired Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Book’ in hope of spotting a real-life version of Sher Khan on your first two safaris by 4x4. Along with the Bengal tiger, other elusive predators that roam free in Pench National Park include leopards and wolves. It’s also a birdwatchers’ paradise with around 285 resident and migratory species, including endangered white-rumped and king vultures. B, L, D

Pench National Park Madhya Pradesh India Asia

Day 6 Kanha

Indian jackals

Return to the heart of Pench National Park for your third 4x4 safari before travelling to Kanha for three-nights at the locally rated 4-star Tuli Tiger Resort. B, L, D


Day 7 Kanha

Deer in the national park

Explore the vast bamboo and sal forests of Kanha National Park which are punctuated by the occasional white kulu ‘ghost’ tree. Herds of swamp deer grazing in the meadows are a result of its successful preservation efforts while other wildlife you may spot include sloth bears, four-horned antelope and gaur, the largest wild animal in the park. You may even spy the lesser-spotted rhesus macaque and, of course, the Bengal tiger, the park’s most famous resident. B, L, D

Kanha Madhya Pradesh India Asia

Day 8 Kanha

Visit a local village

Look forward to a safari drive and village tour this morning, followed by an afternoon visit to the Manegaon Tribal Village to experience the culture of tribal life. B, L, D

Kanha Madhya Pradesh India Asia

Day 9 Bandhavgarh

A gaur in the Kanha wilderness

Travel to Bandhavgarh for a three-night stay at the locally rated 3-star King’s Lodge or Bandhav Vilas. B, L, D


Day 10 - 11 Bandhavgarh

A common langur

Once the hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Rewa, the park is known for its higher than average number of Bengal tigers, increasing your odds of sighting these magnificent beasts prowling through the thickets on your morning and afternoon safaris. You may also see striking white tigers, common langurs, Asiatic jackals, grey mongoose and jungle cats on your morning and afternoon safaris. B, L, D

Bandhavgarh Madhya Pradesh India Asia

Day 12 Khajuraho

Khajuraho, India

Stay overnight at the locally rated 4-star Lalit Temple View or the Radisson Jass, Khajuraho, located in an area rich in Hindu and Jain temples, including the Western Group of Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These temples were created by the Chandella dynasty in the 9th century and belong to two different religions: Hinduism and Jainism. Only a quarter of the original 80 temples remain but those still standing exhibit some of India’s greatest art. These show various scenes thought to represent the marriage of Shiva and Parvati, including a small fraction that portray more intimate topics!

This afternoon look forward to visiting these temples, regarded as some of the most architecturally important in India. B, D


Day 13 Khajuraho and Delhi

New Delhi, India

Travel to Jhansi pausing en route at Orchha where you can enjoy an included lunch and an orientation tour, time permitting. 

Upon arrival at Jhansi, board the train for your onward journey to Delhi where you stay overnight at the locally rated 5-star Pride Plaza, Delhi. B, L, D


Day 14 Delhi to UK

Fly home

Depart early for your journey to the airport and flight home to the UK. B



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