"A chance to see one of the most unique animals in their natural habitat, the Tiger, yet another reason to make sure you visit India!"
The tiger is India’s national animal, and the country is home to a staggering 70% of the world’s tiger population. Over hundreds of years, tigers have become an important part of Indian tradition, lore and culture. Journey deep into the heart of rural India to experience the wild beauty of the jungle, on a tour designed to showcase the best of The Land of the Tigers. Travel to some of the country’s finest national parks, maximising your chance of seeing this majestic and powerful apex predator in its natural environment – a rare thrill and a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Beginning in Delhi, you’ll see some of the capital’s most famous sights before commencing your ‘tiger tour’ through Ranthambore, Kanha and Banhavgarh National Parks. At each of these parks, you’ll enjoy exhilarating jungle safaris on a daily basis, heading into the forest in the hope of spotting elusive tigers as well as a whole host of other wildlife. You’ll also visit Keoladeo Ghana National Park (a bird-watcher’s paradise) as well as the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Fatehpur Sikri, a glorious old Mughal city, and the magnificent white-marble Taj Mahal. The final part of the tour takes you to the remarkable 10th century temples of Khajuraho, which were only uncovered in the 19th century after being lost in the jungle for hundreds of years!
We understand that tourism often helps to alleviate poverty and develop communities and, as part of the global tourism industry, acknowledge that they too have a crucial role to play in providing commercial benefits and financial impetus in local communities. The company is conscious of both the negative and positive impacts its operations potentially have within sensitive environments and communities, particularly in the Himalayas where most of our trekking and adventure operations are conducted. To ensure that they operate in as responsible a way as possible, we train all of its tour leaders and support staff on sustainability practices. One example is their ‘Leave no Trace’ policy, which ensures that campsites and trails are left free from any waste. The company even extends this policy to include the waste left by travellers who have come before them, collecting and disposing of any extra rubbish in a safe manner.
Arrive at Delhi’s international airport and receive a traditional ‘Swagat’ (welcome) from Active India’s representative before transferring to your hotel. The rest of the day is free!
After breakfast, head out for a half-day sightseeing programme in Delhi. Visit the busy walled city of Old Delhi and explore India’s biggest mosque, the 17th century Jama Masjid, as well as the Rajghat, which serves as a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. Experience the hustle and bustle of Chandni Chowk, a typical Indian market alive with activity. Next, proceed to New Delhi, driving past the Presidential Palace and down the impressive Rajpath to India Gate. Later, transfer to the railway station to board the train to the small town of Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan. Check in to your hotel upon arrival.
Enjoy two game drives daily as you try to find the elusive tiger in the jungle. Rise early for your first safari into the National Park, which is one of the best places in the world to view these animals in their natural environment and has the largest population of tigers in the whole of India. Return to the hotel for a relaxing lunch, before heading out on your second safari in the afternoon for yet more fantastic wildlife-watching.
Take a morning drive to Bharatpur, where you’ll visit the Keoladeo Ghana National Park. This World Heritage-listed Bird Sanctuary is home to egrets, coots, storks, owls, eagles and harriers to name but a few. In total, there are over 360 different species of birds here! In the afternoon, enjoy a guided visit to the park (travelling by rickshaw) for some excellent bird-watching.
Visit the sanctuary again in the morning, by foot or rickshaw. Accompanied by an expert naturalist, this is a great opportunity to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the natural world! In the afternoon, proceed to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri, an impressively well-preserved citadel. Built with red sandstone, the fortress was once an Emperor’s capital, but was abandoned eventually due to lack of water.
Take a ‘bucket-list’ trip to see the incredible Taj Mahal at sunrise - this magnificent white-marble monument symbolises the eternal love of the 5th Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died in the 16th century BCE. A visit to this ‘New7Wonder of the World’ never fails to leave a visitor totally captivated. Continue to Agra Fort, which blends Rajput and Mughal influences in its architecture and can be more accurately described as a walled palatial city. In the afternoon, explore the bazaar and palaces at your own pace, before boarding the overnight train to Jabalpur in the evening.
Arriving in Jabalpur early in the morning, you’ll travel to a nearby hotel for breakfast. Continue to Kanha National Park, often described as India’s best-managed wildlife reserve, and check in to your hotel. The park covers around 1,945 square kilometres and is home to a huge variety of species including tigers, leopards, bison, deer, monkeys and a host of birdlife.
Take two jeep safaris into the park – one in the early morning and another in the afternoon.
Leave early in the morning for today’s drive to Bandhavgarh National Park. The park covers a total area of 964 square kilometres, and is a dedicated Tiger Reserve with a population of around 35 tigers. The park also has a large breeding population of leopards as well as a host of other animals including the sloth bear, gaur, sambar, chital and wild pig.
Each day you’ll go on a morning game drive for a chance to spot iconic Bengal Tigers as well as a huge variety of other flora and fauna. After lunch, you’ll head out for your second safari in the national park for yet more wonderful wildlife-watching!
Continue to Khajuraho, a small town famed for its groups of unique Jain and Hindu temples. Upon your arrival, you’ll check into the hotel and enjoy a free day of relaxation and exploration. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Khajuraho’s temples’ beautiful and erotic rock carvings are exquisitely carved. If erotic rock carvings aren’t your thing, simply enjoy the stunning mountain scenery surrounding you!
Pay a morning visit to the West and Eastern groups of temples; originally, there were around 100 separate temples, built between 950-1050 CE, each dedicated to a different deity. Today only 20 still remain, and are considered the finest in India for their intricately-detailed workmanship. In the afternoon, you’ll drive to the railway station at Jhansi to board the train to Delhi. Arriving late in the evening you’ll immediately transfer to your hotel for check-in.
Indulge in some last-minute sightseeing in New Delhi, visiting Humayun’s Tomb (which is said to have been the inspiration for the Taj Mahal) and India Gate. Wander through the bazaar at your leisure in the afternoon, soaking up the atmosphere for once last time! Transfer to Delhi’s international airport in the evening for your onward flight.
- Refunds: 80% refund available until 30 days prior to check-in; 50% refund available 15 days prior to check-in; 25% refund available 6 days prior to check-in; within 5 days of check-in there will be no refund.