11 day safari

Prices from

£2490

Excluding international flights

Tour Highlights

Avoid the crowds at Panna tiger reserve

Incredible morning visit to Khajuraho temples

Superb boat safaris and night drives

Tiger magic at Bandhavgarh

This tiger safari can be tailored to your needs

Wildlife Trails first visited Khajuraho and Panna tiger reserve way back in 2002 and during the last 17 years there have been more 'downs' than 'ups' in this beautiful reserve bordering the idyllic Ken River. Like Sariska, Panna lost all its tigers in the mid-2000's and it is now one of the main recipients of translocated tigers from famous tiger reserves like Bandhavgarh and Kanha, as they attempt to recapture former glories. For us, Panna was never just about the tigers, as we enjoyed starting our trip with time wandering around the beautiful temples at Khajuraho, before the short drive to our wilderness lodge at Panna. Here we will not just enjoy morning and afternoon jeep safaris, but also boat safaris on the Ken River and two nights of nocturnal drives in the buffer area - not permitted in most national parks in India. From there we head to the world famous Bandhavgarh tiger reserve - on a much better road these days thankfully - before enjoying 7 jeep safaris in a park that is just exploding at the moment with tiger action. 

Safari vehicles will have a maximum of 4 guests per jeep.  At Bandhvagarh we have handpicked a specialist local naturalist to accompany all safaris.

    When to go:
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct

Best time to visit - FEB

Safari Style: BESPOKE WILDLIFE

Day 1

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Arrive into Delhi and overnight near the airport
Arrive into Delhi, where you will be met and transferred to the Novotel Aerocity for your overnight accommodation. This 4 star hotel has excellent rooms and is known for its diverse and beautiful breakfasts.

Day 2

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Fly to Khajuraho and overnight at Lalit Temple
Morning flight to Khajuraho, where you will be met and transferred to the Lalit Temple View Khajuraho. Late afternoon sunset viewing and photography of the western temples. Overnight in a temple view room on the second floor.

Day 3

Best places to see leopards in india night drive at Panna national park
Temples and first game drive in Panna
Sunrise viewing of the temples followed by a 1 hour transfer to ‘Ken River Lodge’, where we will overnight. First afternoon jeep safari in Panna national park. Buffer drive at night for nocturnal wildlife, with the genuine chance to see Leopard, Sloth Bear and Hyena.

Days 4&5

Tiger safari in Panna national park
Game drives, boat safaris and night time drives
What we love about Panna tiger reserve is the sheer variety of wildlife activities possible. This is especially noticeable, when you compare it to other tiger reserves in Madhya Pradesh which do not have either boat safaris, or the superb night time safaris in the buffer zone. When we visited in March 2020, these were a real revelation and very successful for leopard and hyena encounters.

Accommodation : Ken River Lodge

Day 6

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Transfer to Bandhavgarh national park
Morning jeep safari in Panna National Park. Later transfer to the ‘Nature Heritage’ at Bandhavgarh national park - world famous for tiger viewing and one of the best places to see large male tigers in India.

Days 7-9

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Three days of morning and afternoon jeep safaris
There are three key zones in Bandhavgarh tiger reserve and in recent years due to the growth of the tiger population, the chance to see tigers is high in all of them. Client favourites based on history and pedigree tend to be Tala or Magadhi; but Khitoli should not be underestimated and for sure a couple of game drives should be included here.

Accommodation : Nature Heritage

Day 10

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Drive to Jabalpur to connect with flight to Delhi
Final morning jeep safari before driving to Jabalpur to connect with an evening flight to Delhi. On arrival you will be met and transferred to the Novotel Aerocity where you will relax in the comfort of this luxury hotel

Day 11

Transfer to Delhi international to connect with your onward flight
Sadly, this is the end of your India tiger safari and your visit to India. Unless you would like to add anyone of our many extensions to national parks, mountain retreats or secluded beach resorts away from the crowds?

Pricing Info & Dates

Cost £2490 based on two people sharing and not including flights

Valid for travel from April 2021 until December 2022

Includes:

  • £100 donation to the Tiger Trails Foundation
  • Breakfast at city hotels
  • All your meals at the wildlife lodges
  • All transfers and accommodation as described
  • Exclusive services of a naturalist

Excludes

  • Cost of international flights
  • Cost of visas to visit India
  • Gratuities for your drivers
  • Main tip for your naturalist/photography guide

What

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Deatils
Monday February 11, 2019
Outstanding from planning, throughout the whole trip and home again

We had a 13 day tour to India, mostly wildlife as this was what we wanted and a little element of city & culture. Day in Delhi staying at the Imperial, apart from noisy traffic getting to the...

By Sarah
Thursday June 28, 2018
A truly stunning holiday, wildlife and photography experience

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By Andrew and Nichola
Wednesday May 23, 2018
Fantastic Trip to India with Wildlife Trails

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By Sarah and Klaus
Thursday February 22, 2018
An excellent way to see iconic & endangered Indian wildlife.

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By Julie
Monday February 12, 2018
Superb Central India safari/tiger watching trip

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Thursday February 8, 2018
Our trip came up to all our expectations

We focused on wildlife and quiet destinations. We tried not to do too much internal travel so we could relax in fewer places and get to understand the local areas. My husband did not want to go to...

By Nancy and Geoff
Monday January 1, 2018
Beloved India

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By Avril and Brian
Saturday June 25, 2016
Fantastic

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By Hilary and Steve
Friday March 11, 2016
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By Irene and Dave
Tuesday December 29, 2015
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By Matthew
Sunday December 27, 2015
Enjoyable, a good insight into local life

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By Jane and Neville
Tuesday December 22, 2015
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Thursday June 25, 2015
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By Corinne and David
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By Annie
Monday May 18, 2015
Good trip

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By Phil
Wednesday May 6, 2015
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By Helen
Wednesday May 6, 2015
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Monday May 4, 2015
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By Alison
Wednesday April 1, 2015
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By Avril and Brian
Friday March 13, 2015
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Overall the trip was excellent with only a couple of very minor problems. Everything was as expected and the whole experience was very enjoyable.

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By Michael
Monday February 16, 2015
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By Joan
Wednesday January 28, 2015
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By Richard and Alison
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By David
Sunday April 20, 2014
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Wednesday April 2, 2014
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Tuesday April 1, 2014
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