India & Nepal Wildlife
Duration: 22 Nights / 23 Days
Day 1 : Flight to Kolkata
Destinations: Kolkata - Kaziranga - Kathmandu - Chitwan - Delhi - Kanha
- Bandhavgarh - Delhi
Depart UK Today depart London Heathrow on the overnight flight to Kolkata, flying
with British Airways.
Day 2 : Kolkata (Calcutta)
On arrival you will be met and transferred to the Park Hotel, where you spend
1-night on a bed and breakfast basis. In the afternoon you will enjoy an escorted
sightseeing tour of one of Indias most fascinating cities.
Days 3 to 5 : Kaziranga National Park
This morning you are transferred to Calcutta airport in time for your flight
to Guwahati, the capital of Assam. You are met on arrival at Guwahati and transferred
by road to Kaziranga National Park, arriving in time for that afternoons
game activities. Kaziranga National Park, set on the banks of the mighty Brahamaputra
River, is the finest place to view Indian Greater One Horned Rhinoceros in the
whole of the sub-continent. With nearly 80% of the worlds population resident,
the park has been recognised as a World Heritage site. In addition to fantastic
rhino viewing the park is also home to large herds of elephant and wild buffalo.
Tigers can also be found but are rarely seen in the long grass. You will spend
the next 3-nights here staying at the Wild Grass Lodge. Your stay here is on
a full board basis including jungle activities. Most importantly you will take
3 elephants rides into the park offering you the best chances for close up viewing
of the rhinos. The Wild Grass Lodge is situated by a stream in the paddy fields
and forest outside Kaziranga National Park area. Built in an attractive rural
style kind of architecture, the resort's surrounding ground is covered with
more than 40 species of trees over 200 species of shrubs, creepers and climbers.
Wild Grass Jungle Lodge provides 18 double rooms in 2 jungle lodges. The rooms
in the Jungle Lodge have attached bathrooms with hot & cold water facilities.
Whilst at Wild Grass it may also be possible to arrange a trip to the nearby
Panbari Forest Reserve to look for the elusive Hoolock Gibbon, Indias
Day 6 : Kolkata (Calcutta)
Today you transfer back to Guwahati for your flight to Kolkata. You will spend
1 further night at the Park Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis.
Day 7 : Kathmandu
Today you will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Kathmandu.
Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to Dwarikas Hotel, where
you stay for 1-night on a bed and breakfast basis. Dwarikas is totally
unique, combining cultural restoration and traditional Nepali hospitality. The
late Dwarika Das Shrestha took it upon himself to preserve the architectural
glory of Kathmandu by collecting woodcraft from the area and, over the years,
incorporating each item into the building of a hotel. The hotel provides spacious
and luxurious accommodation in 74 rooms and suites. Each room is individually
decorated with 16th Century windows in many rooms and furniture custom designed
from traditional patterns.
Days 8 to 10 : Chitwan National Park
This morning you make an early start for Chitwan National Park. You have the
option to fly to the outskirts of the park however so that this does not affect
the price you will have to fly or drive in both directions. Upon arrival you
will be met by the Tiger Tops representative and transferred to Tiger Tops Jungle
Lodge by boat and Land Rover. At the lodge, you will be briefed by the resident
Guest Relations officer regarding the Park and the wildlife programmes available.
You will stay here for 3 nights on a full board basis including all activities.
Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge, situated 75 miles directly south-west of Kathmandu,
is at an elevation of 150 meters (495 feet) above sea level. It is in the heart
of Royal Chitwan National Park, a 932 square kilometre (360 square mile) area
of tall grassland and magnificent forest, one of Asia's richest and most spectacular
wildlife sanctuaries. All rooms at the lodge are attractively furnished and
each room has solar powered reading lamps and ceiling fans, with solar heated
showers in the attached bathroom. Nepalese and Western cuisine is served in
the central dining hall with its huge domed roof and central open fireplace.
A fully stocked bar is open until the last guest retires. Activities at the
lodge include game drive, elephant back safaris, jungle walks, bird-watching
and river safaris. Every evening a slide show explains more fully about the
flora and fauna of the national park. All wildlife activities are escorted by
experienced naturalists. Wildlife in Chitwan includes the Greater One-horned
Rhinoceros, Spotted Deer, Hog Deer, Sambar Deer and Barking Deer as well as
a wide variety of birdlife. With a bit of luck, there are always the chance
of glimpsing Leopard, Sloth Bear and Royal Bengal Tiger.
Day 11 : Kathmandu
Today you return to Kathmandu for a further 2-nights stay at Dwarikas.
Day 12 : Kathmandu
Today you have a full sightseeing programme taking in the key sights of the
city which highlight its rich cultural past and present.
Day 13 : Delhi
You will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Delhi. On
Arrival you will be met and taken to the Hans Plaza Hotel where you spend 1-night
on a bed and breakfast basis. The Hans Plaza is located 22 kilometres from the
airport, 2 kilometres from the railway station and 1 kilometre from the centre
of the city. This centrally air-conditioned hotel has two restaurants and a
bar. The restaurants offer Indian and Continental food. Each air-conditioned
room has private bathroom with bath and/or shower and toilet and telephone.
Days 14 to 17 : Kanha
This morning you will be transferred to the airport in time to board your flight
to Nagpur, departing Delhi at 0555. You will be met upon arrival at Nagpur and
depart by surface to Kanha National Park (266 kilometres, approximately 6 ½
hours driving distance). You stay at Tuli Tiger Resort for 4 nights. Set in
the buffer zone of the park, Tuli Tiger Resort has 18 air-conditioned cottages.
There is a private natural lake within the boundary of the resort, which is
adjacent to a rivulet and meets the main river called Banjar. Each room in the
resort has a telephone and attached private facilities with running hot and
cold water and shower. The resort also has the facilities of an audio / video
theatre, pool table, library, swimming pool and a restaurant offering Indian
and Continental Cuisine. Situated in central India in the Satpura Hill ranges,
Kanha Tiger Reserve offers, without a doubt, India's finest Tiger viewing. Spread
over 1945 square kilometres with a core area of just 940 square kilometres,
the grasslands and deciduous forests also support other mammals such as Barasingha,
Chital, Muntjac (Swamp, Spotted and Barking Deer), Sambar, Common Langur and
Rhesus Monkeys, Wild Boar, Asiatic Jackal, three of India's four lowland antelopes,
Nilgai, Four-horned Antelope (Chowsingha) and Blackbuck, and occasionally Leopard,
Gaur (Indian Bison), Sloth Bear, Wolf and Dhole (Wild Dog). In fact, Kanha is
noted for the last remaining population of hard-ground Barasingha, which exceeds
350. Bird-life present includes the Painted Partridge, Shaheen Falcon, Golden
Oriole and the omnipresent Red Jungle Fowl.
Days 18 to 20 : Bandhavgarh
This morning depart by surface to Bandhavgarh (189 kilometres, approximately
5 hours driving distance). You will stay at the Royal Tiger Resort for the next
3-nights. Royal Tiger Resort is an eco-friendly tented resort with basic modern
facilities. Accommodation is in cottage-style tents with en-suite facilities.
The highlight of The Park is its well maintained gardens and a swimming pool.
The resort offers Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine. The resort also has
a good collection of slides and books on wildlife. Bandhavgarh National Park,
named after the Bandhavgarh Fort, is situated in Central India and was formerly
a Royal hunting reserve of the princely state of Rewa where the first ever White
Tiger was spotted in the wild. The Park is situated in 450 square kilometres
of mixed forest. The core area of the park is fairly small with a fragile ecology
but it supports such wildlife as the Chital (Spotted Deer), Sambar, Muntjak
(Barking Deer), Nilgai, Chinkara, Ghowsingha (Four-horned Antelope), Wild Boar,
Leopard, Dhole (Wild Dog) and, of course, Tiger. Bird-life also abounds with
over 275 species of bird such as hornbills, orioles, parakeets, peacocks, and
Day 21 : Overnight Train
Enjoy a morning game drive in the park. Later in the evening you will be transferred
to Umaria (56 kilometres, approximately 1 ½ hours driving distance) in
time to board your overnight train Kalinga Utkal Express to Delhi, departing
at 2025, travelling in 2-Tier air-conditioned Class.
Day 22 : Delhi
You will be met on arrival in Delhi and transferred to the Ashok Country resort
where a room has been booked for wash and change. Later in the evening you will
be transferred to the international airport in time to board your flight to
Day 23 : Arrive UK
You depart Delhi in the early hours of this morning and arrive London Heathrow
at approximately 0700.
If you would like to extend your stay in Kaziranga it is possible
to spend 5-nights in this amazing national park. Please contact us for a costing
for this extension.
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