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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.

Suggested itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart UK

  2. Day 2: Arrive Mumbai and overnight

    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.

  3. Day 3: Fly to Rajkot, transfer by road to Sasan Gir National Park

    A very early start as you transfer to the domestic terminal and board your flight to Rajkot (one hour flight). On arrival at Rajkot airport, you will be met and transferred by road to your accommodation at Sasan Gir National Park, a drive of around 200 kilometres /4 hours. Arrive at lunch time and afternoon at leisure.

    Accommodation: Lion Safari Camp or Fern Forest Retreat, 3-nights

  4. Days 4-5 : Explore Sasan Gir National Park; morning and afternoon vehicle safaris to see Asiatic lion

  5. Day 6: Transfer to Rajkot by road and fly back to Mumbai and overnight

  6. Days 7-9 : Fly to Nagpur and transfer to Kanha. Vehicle safaris to see tiger

    This morning you have an early start. You will be picked up and transferred to Mumbai Airport in time for an early morning flight to Nagpur. On arrival at Nagpur Airport, you will be met and transferred by road to your accommodation at Kanha National Park, a drive of around 250 kilometres/5-6 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. 

    Accommodation: Singinawa Lodge, 3-nights

  7. Day 10: Drive to Nagpur and fly to Kolkata and overnight

    After a six hour drive back to Nagpur, you board your plane to Kolkata (two hours flight) where you arrive in the evening and check into your hotel for the night. 

  8. Days 11-13 : Fly to Guwahati and transfer to Kaziranga. Vehicle safaris to see one-horned rhino, tiger and elephant

    This morning transfer to the airport for a flight to Guwahati. On arrival at Guwahati it's a 5 hour drive to Kaziranga, arriving mid afternoon. 

    Accommodation: Diphlu River Loge, 3-nights

  9. Day 14: After a morning at leisure, drive back to Guwahati, fly to Mumbai and depart

  10. Day 15: 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.

Key info

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 days from £4,945 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 13 days from £4,195 pp
  • Single supplement: From £1,290
  • When to go: Oct-Apr
Featured locations:

Kanha National Park

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, Wildlife Art Safaris, Vehicle safaris, Tiger safaris

Sasan Gir National Park

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.

  • Where: Gujarat State
  • Ideal for viewing: desert cat, jungle cat, leopard, lion, rusty-spotted cat
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris

Little Rann of Kutch

This wildlife sanctuary is a vast expanse of saline desert, which in the monsoon becomes a network of islands. Known as the last remaining home of the Asiatic wild ass, it is a conservation success story, with a population of over 2,000. Birdlife is rich, and the area is an official Ramsar site.

  • Where: Gujarat
  • Ideal for viewing: Asiatic wild ass, blackbuck, Indian gazelle, jungle cat, nilgai
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris

Kaziranga National Park

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. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Diphlu River Lodge

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.

Lion Safari Camp

Pleasantly situated on a river bank outside Sasan Gir town, this eco-friendly, safari-style tented camp makes a convenient base for visiting nearby Sasan Gir National Park, the last remaining bastion of the Asiatic lion. The 21 spacious air-conditioned tents offer simple but adequate comfort.

Singinawa Jungle Lodge

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.