Introduction & Overview
This tour programme is unique as it introduces the wildlife lovers to several pristine habitats which sustain the jungle predators and highly endangered riverine species. It showcases the magnificent King of the Jungle, the royal Bengal Tiger which rules its habitat with unchallenged supremacy on the one hand and on the other the tour programme takes you to the protected, unpolluted aquatic territories of the Chambal Valley.
The tour starts at the national capital of India, New Delhi, followed by a wildlife trail in search of the Tiger at Sariska & Ranthambhore Tiger reserves & National Parks. It traverses the less charted lands of the Chambal Valley and winds up at Delhi.
From October till April
Parks remain closed from 1st July till 30th of September
Special Guidelines to Book Game drives / Safaris
As per the latest guidelines issued by India wildlife authorities some changes have been made to book any game drive in the park. To reduce the pressure from the park, forest department have reduced the number of jeeps for these game drives, therefore, these drives needs to be booked & paid well in advance. These game drives once booked & paid are non refundable. In order to book these game drives names of all the clients are required along with their latest Passport details. No name change is permitted at later stage once its booked. The park official checks each client’s passport at the park gate while getting in for safari. If you apply for a new passport after booking your game drives, please carry your old passport as well.
Due to these changes in our booking system we strongly suggest you to book these Tiger trips at least 3 – 4 months in advance. We book tickets for all passengers as soon as permits become available, usually 3 months prior to the date of actual game drive.
Day – 01 – Arrive Delhi & evening free
On arrival at the Indira Gandhi International Airport at Delhi, you will be well received by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Post check-in, the day is kept free to offer rest to recover from the jetlag. In the evening enjoy the dinner, served at the hotel and later retire to your room for an overnight stay at the hotel. (Dinner)
Day – 02 – Drive to Sariska National Park (4 hrs drive)
Soon after your breakfast , the search of the wildlife begins today when we hit the National Highway Number 8 for Sariska National Park. We drive southeast to the state of Rajasthan.
Spread over 800 sq km, which includes the core area of 498 sq km, this famed wildlife sanctuary is known for the recently successful relocation and reintroduction of Tigers. Until recently the entire population of the Tigers was lost to poaching. Now this National Park is much frequented as a getaway from Delhi boasting for its wildlife such as the Sambar Deer, Spotted Deer, Wild Boar, and above all the Tigers. Prior to the independence this area was the hunting grounds of the Maharaja of Alwar, thus it still has the ruinations of old temples, a fort and pavilion built by the Maharaja.
Upon arrival we check into a hotel located close to the Sariska Tiger Reserve. At the appointed time we gather for our evening game drive at the National Park in the search of the Tiger and other fauna.
Winding up the day we hit back to our resort / hotel in time for evening tea and snacks. We would be served with delicious dinner and retire to our rooms for an overnight stay. (Breakfast & Dinner)
Day – 03 – Sariska National Park – Morning & Evening Game Drives
Very early in the morning we start for our first Tiger Safari. The Tiger Reserve is set amidst the scrub-thorn arid forests in the Aravalli ranges with copious, rocky landscapes, dry deciduous forests, rocks, grasses and hilly cliffs. The tiger reserve prides itself in being the very first reserve to have successfully accomplished the rare feat of relocating Tigers and reconstruct the Jungle order pyramid.
During the game drive we would sight Leopard, Jungle Cat, Caracal, Striped Hyena, Golden Jackal, Deers and antelopes like Chital, Sambhar, Nilgai, Chinkara, Four-horned Antelope and Wild Boar, Hare, Hanuman Langur, Rhesus Monkeys amongst others. Our game drive continues in the second half post lunch. (Breakfast & Dinner)
Day – 04 – Drive to Ranthambhore ( 4 – 5 hrs driv)
Today after breakfast we move into our trail in search of the elusive Tiger and drive to Ranthambhore. Upon arrival we check into a hotel located close to the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve.
This National Park is known to be the natural dwellings of wild animals that mainly include boars, leopards and tigers.
Upon arrival we check into a hotel and spend the day at leisure before we retire to our Wild Life Resort / Hotel for dinner and an overnight stay. (Breakfast & Dinner)
Day – 05 – Ranthambhore National Park – Morning & Evening Game Drives
Early in the morning we go for our first game drive by jeep and have another one later in the afternoon. We usually get 3 -4 hrs free time between these two drives to recover. Besides the jeep driver we also get the services of one forest guides for each drive, who gets on each jeep from the park gate.
Ranthambhore National Park is one of the two most popular destinations known for its Tiger Population amongst wild life travelers. It boasts to offer the magnificent views of the regal animal of prey in the wild. The tigers can be easily spotted even during the day. The Park covers an area of nearly 400 sq. km. and is set between the Aravali and Vindhya ranges. Its deciduous forests were once a part of the magnificent jungles of Central India.
We will visit the Ranthambhore National park early in the morning and in the evening for game viewing at the park which is famous for its camera friendly tigers.
The drives are done with 3 -4 hrs of time in between to offer the best viewing experiences. These drives are conducted in open top 4 X 4 Jeeps and thoroughly assisted by the insights and services of an empanelled National Park naturalist / jungle guide. These forest guides are equipped with fabulous age old local wisdom with their villages located in the close vicinity of the Park.
Enjoy the evening in the jungle resort / hotel with dinner and an overnight stay. (Breakfast & Dinner)
Day – 06 – Ranthambhore National Park – Morning & Evening Game Drives
We start the day with our quest for the tiger once again early in the morning.
As the day breaks we come across the life of the Jungle which is so very different and original. We sight groups of Sambhar, Chital Nilgai, Chinkara, Langur, Wild Boar and Peafowl. As we cruise silently we train our eyes for the elusive King. We turn religious as we pray its vision and with luck we do spot a Tiger! You will be surprised that every time you go to Jungle, there is something new to be discovered, the local fauna of the Park includes leopard, hyena, jackal, jungle cat, sloth bear and a little population of pythons. This park has a lot of ancient trees such as the pipal and banyan trees.
We visit the National Park again in the evening for our final meeting with the denizens of the woods and make the most of slated last Jungle Safari. (Breakfast & Dinner)
Day – 07 – Drive to National Chambal Sanctuary (4 hrs drive)
This day we start with an early breakfast and hit the roads for a very long journey North East traversing the states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and finally Uttar Pradesh. The journey is long but it is worthwhile one which lets us view the real India. The Mofussil towns, hamlets and cities with multitudes of people in their local attires and colors all passing by in the landscape brightening the Canvas of India.
We arrive at the resort by late afternoon. After wash and change, we proceed on an escorted nature and bird walk into the forests surrounding the Jungle Camp & Resort. Walking trails in the ravines and along the river offer opportunities for close observation of the wide variety of plants and animals in the sanctuary. We retire to our Wild Life Resort / Hotel for dinner and an overnight stay. (Breakfast & Dinner)
Day – 08 – National Chambal Sanctuary – River & Jeep Safaris
Drawing its life and sustained by the mighty Chambal River the Sanctuary gets its name as National Chambal Sanctuary. It is official named as the National Chambal Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary, for its keystone and the critically endangered gharial (small crocodiles) species.
Spread over 5,400 km2 (2,100 sq mi) the National Sanctuary is also the last known resort for the red-crowned roof turtle and the endangered Ganges river dolphin.
The importance of the conservation efforts of this zone can be gauged from the tri-state protection and administration that it receives. Lying on the Chambal River near the joint borders of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, it is one off the beaten track wildlife destination of India. A National Tri-State Chambal Sanctuary Management and Coordination Committee for Gharial Conservation, is responsible for the protection of Gharial and its habitat over a stretch of 1,600 km2 (620 sq mi) of the National Chambal Sanctuary.
Accompanied by a driver and guide we take an early morning boat ride over the Chambal River sighting and photography of the three keystone species of critically endangered Gharial crocodiles, the Red Crowned Roof Turtle, and the Ganges River Dolphins. A boat excursion offers best opportunities for sighting of aquatic life, shore birds and landscapes.
Post lunch we take Jeep Safaris of a long narrow eco-reserve co-administered by the three states. Within the sanctuary the pristine Chambal River cuts through mazes of ravines and hills with many sandy beaches. The mammals that populate the sanctuary are rhesus macaque, Hanuman Langur, golden jackal, Bengal fox, common palm civet, Indian small mongoose, Indian grey mongoose, jungle cat, wild boar, Sambar, Nilgai, blackbuck, Indian gazelle (Chinkara), northern palm squirrel, porcupine, Indian hare, Indian flying fox and hedgehog.
The Chambal Sanctuary is a proposed Ramsar Site and listed as (IBA) IN122 – Important Bird Area. With approximately 320 Avian fauna listed it is a haven for migratory and resident birds which include Indian skimmer, Pallas’s fish eagle and Indian courser apart from the Sarus crane, pallid harrier and the lesser flamingo. Winter visitors include black-bellied terns, red-crested pochard, ferruginous pochard and bar-headed goose. Other species include great thick-knee, greater flamingos, darters, and brown hawk owl.
At sundown we retire to our Wild Life Resort / Hotel for dinner with stories of the Jungles and the eventful trip and friends made in the wilderness train. (Breakfast & Dinner)
Day – 09 – Drive to Delhi
After breakfast at the hotel we checkout the resort and hit the roads for our onward journey to Delhi. Arriving at the hotel in Delhi, we settle down and unwind on this final night of our exciting 10 Day Ranthambhore & Chambal Tour. (Breakfast & Dinner)
Day – 10 –Fly Back Home
With a leisurely breakfast we check out of the hotel to be transferred straight to New Delhi International airport to board the flight back to your country. (Breakfast)
Internal Flights/Trains can be booked on request