See all five of India’s big mammal species in three beautiful and contrasting national parks.
This wide-ranging trip covers a lot of ground, but provides the opportunity to see Asiatic lion, leopard, tiger, elephant and one-horned rhino. You will visit Sasan Gir in the Rann of Kutch in vibrant Gujarat, Kanha in Madhya Pradesh – the area that inspired Kipling, and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kaziranga in alluring Assam.
Day1: Depart UK
Day2: Arrive Mumbai
On arrival at Mumbai, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for a free day to explore the bustling city. Located on India's west coast, Mumbai is India's commercial capital, and capital of the state of Maharashtra. The city was founded on seven islands that were once home to fishing communities, with a deep natural harbour.
Accommodation: Fariyas Hotel, 1-night
Days3-5: Fly to Rajkot & transfer to Sasan Gir National Park
A very early start as you transfer to the domestic terminal and board a short flight to Rajkot, from where you transfer by road to your accommodation at Sasan Gir National Park, a drive of around four hours. Arrive at lunchtime and the afternoon is then at leisure.
Your two full days in Sasan Gir will involve morning and afternoon vehicle safaris to look for the endangered Asiatic lion, as well as the park's other plentiful wildlife.
Accommodation: Lions Paw, 3-nights
Day6: Transfer to Rajkot by road & fly to Nagpur
Drive back to Rajkot airport and fly to Mumbai, where you connect to an onward flight to Nagpur. On arrival into Nagpur, take a short transfer to your overnight hotel located near to the airport.
Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel Nagpur, 1-night
Days7-9: Drive to Kanha; vehicle safaris to see tiger
After breakfast at your hotel, transfer by road to your accommodation at Kanha National Park, a drive of around five to six hours, arriving mid afternoon. On arrival, the remainder of the afternoon is free to relax after your journey.
Over the next couple of days you'll have game drives into Kanha National Park to seek Bengal tiger and other wildlife. You return to the camp for lunch before heading back to the park for another game drive in the afternoon.
After a five hour drive to Raipur, you board a short flight to Kolkata, arriving in the evening. Tonight you stay at a hotel near to the airport, ready for your flight to Guwahati the next morning.
Accommodation: Novotel Kolkata, 1-night
Days11-13: Fly to Guwahati & transfer to Kaziranga.
This morning transfer to the airport for a flight to Guwahati, from where it's a five hour drive to Kaziranga. Arriving mid afternoon, the rest of the day is at leisure. Over the next two days, enjoy vehicle safaris to see one-horned rhino, tiger and elephant.
Day14: After a morning at leisure, drive back to Guwahati & depart
After a morning at leisure, depart on a five hour drive to Guwahati and board your plane back to Mumbai, with an onward international connection back to the UK.
Day15: Arrive UK
You should note: New regulations in India’s national parks mean that safaris must be booked and paid in advance on a first-come, first-served basis. As places are limited, we recommend you book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 15 daysfrom £3,795 pp
Duration and price excluding international flights: 13 daysfrom £3,195 pp
Single supplement: From £1,135
When to go: Oct-Apr
Kanha National Park offers some of India’s finest tiger viewing. The setting for Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Book, the undulating grassland and deciduous forest also supports a further 22 species of mammal and its waterholes create tranquil spots for bird watching in the surrounding jungle.
Where: Madhya Pradesh State
Ideal for viewing: Asiatic jackal, barasingha, Indian gazelle, nilgai, tiger
Excellent for: Walking safaris, Photography tours with Nick Garbutt, Vehicle safaris, Tiger safaris
Sasan Gir National Park preserves the remaining population of critically endangered Asiatic lion, whose territory once extended as far afield as Persia. The terrain is one of arid, rocky hills separated by deep, well-watered valleys, with beautiful stands of teak, acacia and dhak trees interspersed with grassy plains.
Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO world-heritage site, is located on the Brahmaputra River, and is a rich natural habitat for the Asian one-horned rhino. The open country makes wildlife viewing at Kaziranga fairly easy, and it is also a paradise for birders – thousands of migratory birds visit the park seasonally.
Where: Assam State
Ideal for viewing: Asian one-horned rhino, leopard, jungle cat, fishing cat, Asian elephant
Excellent for: Wildlife photography, Photography tours with Nick Garbutt, Vehicle safaris, Birdwatching
Suggested accommodation options are shown below.
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One of the newest properties in Kaziranga National Park, Diphlu River Lodge comprises 12 raised cottages, traditionally built from bamboo, wood and thatch to blend in with the forest surroundings. There is a charming social area with two verandahs, where you can relax or enjoy some birdwatching.
Singinawa Jungle Lodge offers unique accommodation in the heart of Kanha National Park, with 12 tastefully designed cottages, set in 55 acres of grasslands, together with a spa and swimming pool. Enjoy jeep safaris with the in-house naturalist guides in search of India’s spectacular wildlife.