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Temples and tigers

Mark and David's verdict:

Few animals are as beautiful and elusive as the Indian tiger. At Bandhavgarh National Park the chances are high of a close encounter, particularly if you stay a few nights and take dawn and dusk safaris in your own private jeep. Combine it with the best bits of Delhi and Agra, including the Taj Mahal.

Recommended tour operator: Audley Travel

TigerKanha National ParkTaj Mahal, AgraShergarh Lodge, Kanha National Park

Audley Travel says

On the Tiger’s Trail‘ combines the main wildlife parks of Central India with time to take in the cultural highlights of Agra and Delhi.

  • Historic sights
  • Rail adventure
  • Tiger safari

You’ll explore Old and New Delhi before travelling to Agra and the Taj Mahal. Whilst in Agra, your guide will also take you to the impressive Red Fort and the I’timad ud Daulah (known as the Baby Taj).

Take the overnight sleeper train to Bandhavgarh National Park where you’ll spend three nights. Each morning and evening, you will enter the park by jeep in search of the elusive tigers – if one is spotted in an inaccessible area, you might be able to get closer on elephant back.

There is plenty of other wildlife to see here including wild dogs, monkeys, deer and amazing bird life.

Driving south, you arrive in Kanha, India’s largest and most picturesque National Park. Morning and afternoon jeep safaris afford the best wildlife viewing, and you may be lucky enough to take a thrilling night drive.

In both parks you will stay in a lodge and be driven in your own jeep with an expert naturalist who will point out wildlife and provide an invaluable guide to your surroundings.

The best time to travel is between November and June and we can tailor your holiday with additional experiences such as a few days on the beach in Goa or more of India’s cultural gems such as Varanasi and Khajuraho.

Click here for more about this India wildlife holiday and other wildlife itineraries in India.

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