Wildlife Tour of India

Introduction

India is famed for its rich and abundant wilderness, and wildlife sighting is a must when on a trip to this beautiful land. Far Horizon takes you on a special Interest journey, where you can get a closer look to a rich variety of flora and fauna, witnessing some of the most vivacious species. From the Royal Bengal Tigers of Bandhavgarh to the endangered Single-horned Rhinoceros of Kaziranga, the exotic wildlife of India is truly mesmerizing. In addition to this, the sight seeing tours of the cosmopolitan cities, Mumbai and Kolkata will be the special elements of your special journey to India.

Tour Highlights

  • Thrill of seeing the Royal Bengal Tiger in the Wild
  • Explore the National Parks of Central & East India
  • Visit Elephanta Caves (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Explore the City of Joy "Kolkata"
  • 12 Exclusive Safaris in the 3 major National Parks of India

Destinations Covered

Detailed Itinerary

  1. Day 1 Arrive Mumbai

    Mumbai

    After clearing immigration & customers our representative will meet you at the receiving area and will escort you to your hotel.

    Overnight at the hotel.

  2. Day 2 Mumbai

    Mumbai

    After breakfast, we begin at the waterfront Gateway of India monument, an impressive 85-feet high arch built by the British in 1924 to serve as a ceremonial entrance to the country. When India gained its independence in 1948, the last British battalion formally passed through the Gateway.

    From here take a boat to visit the Elephanta caves which are declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the 6th century A.D. It was the Portuguese who named the caves after the statue of an elephant which is seen close to the landing area. These caves were carved out from a single rock. The most striking statue of Trimurti, Shiva in the three moods as the Creator, the Destroyer and the Preserver is a masterpiece by itself.

    Return to the city and visit the Prince of Wales Museum. Founded in the early years of the 20th century, it houses approximately 50,000 exhibits of ancient Indian history as well as objects from foreign lands, categorized primarily into three sections: Art, Archaeology and Natural History. The Museum houses Indus Valley Civilization artifacts, and other relics from ancient India. (Closed on Mondays and national holidays).

    Visit from outside, the impressive Town Hall, the most majestic structures among the other heritage buildings in the city of Mumbai. Another wonderful Gothic building is the Chhatrapati Sivaji Terminus, constructed on the site from which, in 1854, ran the first train in India. Designed by William Stevens and completed in 1887, the building looks more like a lavishly decorated palace than something as mundane as a train station.

    Welcome dinner at the hotel

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, D)

  3. Day 3 Mumbai - Raipur

    Kanha National Park

    Mumbai - Raipur flight (6E 801 at 0925/1120 hrs.) & drive to Kanha

    After early breakfast, check-out and transfer to Mumbai airport to connect with flight to Raipur.

    Met on arrival in Raipur Airport, we start our 4 to 5 hour drive by private vehicle to Kanha National Park. The drive passing through small farming villages, teak forests offers many photo ops that we will take advantage off. Arrive at our lodge before dinner.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, L, D)

  4. Day 4 Kanha National Park

    Kanha National Park

    Explore the national park by morning afternoon game drives.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, L, D)

  5. Day 5 Kanha National Park

    Kanha National Park

    We take sunrise excursions, departing your hotel pre-dawn that last 4-5 hours. You will have breakfast inside the park in a designated area, returning to your lodge by late morning.

    Post lunch; explore the national park by afternoon game drive.

    Please Note: All National Wildlife Parks in Central India, shut down for visitors on every Wednesday afternoon.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, L, D)

  6. Day 6 Kanha – Bandhavgarh

    Bandhavgarh

    We have the opportunity of one last sunrise excursion into Kanha National Park before bidding it adieu. After returning from the excursion and an early lunch we start our 4 to 5 hours' drive to Bandhavgarh National Park in private SUV type vehicles.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, L, D)

  7. Day 7 Bandhavgarh

    Bandhavgarh

     

    Explore the national park by morning afternoon game drives.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, L, D)

  8. Day 8 Bandhavgarh

    Bandhavgarh

    We will have another full day to explore Bandhavgarh, with sunrise and sunset game excursions in this fantastic wildlife park. Daytime sightings of tiger are more likely at Bandhavgarh than at any other preserve in India. The Park remains closed to visitors between mid-morning and midafternoon, and accordingly, your will have sunrise and sunset excursions in private 4-wheel drive vehicles, accompanied by attentive and knowledgeable naturalists, who will expertly introduce you to the area's rich and varied wildlife.

    Please Note: All National Wildlife Parks in Central India, shut down for visitors on every Wednesday afternoon.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, L, D)

  9. Day 9 Bandhavgarh – Jabalpur - Kolkata (approx. 4 hour drive) & flight to Kolkata (SG 3614 at 1740/1945 hrs.)

    Bandhavgarh

    Morning is free and you can go on a nature walk with the resort naturalist.

    Later, check-out from the resort and transfer to Jabalpur airport to connect with flight to Kolkata.

    On arrival, check-in to the hotel.

    Overnight at the hotel (B)

  10. Day 10 Kolkata

    Kolkata

    Today we will visit the Howrah Bridge, this amazing feat of engineering is similar in size to Australia’s Sydney Harbour bridge. It is considered the busiest bridge in the world and everything from pedestrians to bullock carts to push carts to automobiles to bicycles cross every day and the eastern India’s largest flower market with hundreds of stalls and vendors sitting on the ground. Approximately 2000 flower growers from the surrounding areas come daily to sell their flowers and during the wedding season and festivals, that number probably doubles.

    This morning, board a tram, the oldest in all of Asia. The city’s trams are Kolkata's old traditions in effect today, and Kolkata is the only Indian city that maintains this rich heritage. The first tram rolled out on the tracks way back in 1873, and the oldest operating electric tram in Asia began in Kolkata in 1902, which is running till date.

    Thereafter, visit the Victoria Memorial (Closed on Monday). This marble-white monument is one of the most fascinating landmarks of Kolkata. Here, we will come face to face with miniature paintings and images of Queen Mary, King George V and Queen Victoria. Of special importance are the Queen's dresses, the famous Rosewood piano, the Whispering Gallery in the dome and numerous artillery weapons used in the Battle of Plassey.

    Thereafter visit the Mother Teresa’s House, called ‘Nirmal Hriday,’ and also visit Shishu Bhawan, located near her house. Mother Teresa’s great work of caring for abandoned children on the streets of Kolkata is carried out at this center. Watch the children’s face light up with just one smile of yours.

    Wrap up your day with the visit of Indian Coffee House. Situated in the academic hub of Kolkata, the College Street, the Indian Coffee House has become a favourite destination for hangouts not only for the students of nearby schools and colleges but also the office goers and intellectuals of Kolkata. The history of Coffee House dates back to around 300 years when it was the residence of the great Bengali Philosopher and social reformer Shri Keshab Chandra Sen. Later this place was dedicated to Prince Albert Victor of Wales and was named "Albert hall". During the freedom struggle many swadeshi meetings were held here. In the year 1942, the Coffee Board decided to start a coffee joint from the Albert Hall, and after independence in 1947, the Central Government changed the name to “Indian Coffee House”. In 1958 the management decided to shut down the Coffee House, but the workers association decided to run this place on their own and since then the "Indian Coffee House" is being run by the "India Coffee Board Worker's Co-operative Society Ltd". In the year 1994 The Supreme Court of India recognized Coffee House as a cultural center of India and declared it a Heritage building.

    Overnight at the hotel (B)

  11. Day 11 Kolkata - Guwahati - Kaziranga National Park

    Kaziranga National Park

    Kolkata - Guwahati flight (AI-729 at 0950/1105 hrs.) & drive to Kaziranga

    After early breakfast, check-out and transfer to Kolkata airport to connect with flight to Guwahati. On arrival, continue drive for 4-5 hour to reach Kaziranga National Park.

    On arrival, check-in to the hotel.

    Overnight at the hotel (B, D)

  12. Day 12 Kaziranga National Park

    Kaziranga National Park

    Explore the National park by morning and afternoon jeep drives.

    Overnight at the hotel (B, L, D)

  13. Day 13 Kaziranga National Park

    Kaziranga National Park

    Explore the National park by morning and afternoon jeep drives.

    Overnight at the hotel (B, L, D)

  14. Day 14 Kaziranga - Guwahati - Kolkata & Departure

    Kolkata

    Kaziranga - Guwahati / Flight to Kolkata (9W 853 at 1605/1720 hrs.) & Departure

    After relaxed breakfast, check-out and transfer to Guwahati airport to connect with flight to Kolkata. On arrival at Kolkata transfer to International departure terminal to connect with international flight.

    (B)

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