India is home to nearly half of the world’s wild tiger population. So, if catching a sneak peek of one of these elusive beasts in its natural habitat is on your bucket list, then this epic tiger trail tour through the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh presents the opportunity to experience the thrill of a possible sighting.
Over the course of 19 days, you will enter five magnificent tiger reserves and witness the abundant diversity of flora and fauna that only the Indian subcontinent can deliver. Carpeted by lush deciduous and bamboo forests, Madhya Pradesh is home to some of the world’s rarest wildlife, sharing its habitat with diverse and colorful endemic birds.
Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Pench, Bori, and Satpura are all important Indian national parks and wildlife sanctuaries renowned for their tiger populations. Bandhavgarh National Park, rightfully called the ‘Land of the Tiger’, was once a famous hunting ground for the Maharajas of Rewa, who ruled these lands. Today the park is reserved for shooting tigers with cameras only; it is the place where you are most likely to see one of these majestic cats.
Kanha National Park is famous for its huge grassland meadows and tall sal forests, a much loved and well managed conservation jewel. Despite the fact that Rudyard Kipling never visited Madhya Pradesh, it is widely believed he set ‘The Jungle Book’ in the district of Seoni on the outskirts of what is now Pench National Park. It is set within a breathtaking landscape of hills crisscrossed with rivers and streams, and comprises the Mowgli Pench Sanctuary.
Satpura is a one-of-a-kind tiger reserve located south of the beautiful Narmada river and featuring a rugged landscape of sandstone peaks, narrow gorges, ravines and dense forests. The most unique thing about this tiger reserve is that it allows cycling, canoeing, and trekking. Forming part of the Satpura Tiger Reserve, the Bori Wildlife Sanctuary is a relatively unexplored forest reserve that boasts a diverse range of plants and animals, and is well known for its spectacular views, lush valleys, narrow gorges and waterfalls.
In truth, you’ll be swept away by the contrasting terrains and nature of all of these tiger reserves.
All of the featured excursions on this family adventure tour can be tailored in accordance with your personal wishes; they are all private tours and transport with an expert private naturalist guide. These parks offer a lot more than just tigers, the diverse range of wildlife includes panthers, wolves, hyenas, wild dogs, gaur, cheetahs, sambhar, barking deer, sloth bears, leopards, rhesus monkeys, jungle cats, cheetal (spotted deer) and sambar.
The wildlife can be observed from safaris in open jeeps, as well as on jungle walks, night drives, bird watching and anthropological walks, and a river boat safari.
Boutique style accommodations provide welcoming home bases for your wildlife safaris and tours. These include a series of environmentally-designed jungle lodges, built to maximize the natural jungle and sal forest surroundings with minimum interference. The lodges often feature a typical Indian village theme, complete with harmonious architecture, locally sourced natural materials, inner courtyards, indigenous plants, and flowering trees and bushes to attract birds and butterflies.
Each of the recommended lodges is located close to the entrance gates of the national parks that you’ll be visiting, making it extremely convenient when getting up for early morning safaris. Furthermore, because the jungle is all around these properties, you just might hear the alarm calls of deer signaling the presence of a nearby tiger.
Expect regal hospitality, rich local knowledge, and refined cuisine often prepared using ingredients grown within the lodge grounds. There’s even the option of staying in the Jamtara Wilderness Camp close to the Karmajhiri Gate of Pench National Park. Here, ten luxury tents are located in their own private thicket, with patios that look out to the nature outside.
If you’re searching for tigers, this dedicated wildlife sanctuary tour, complete with its different activities, is the ideal escape for nature lovers.