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Classic Tiger Trails

7 Nights / 8 Days

This program covers the top three parks for Tiger viewing in Central India-Panna-Bandhavgarh-Kanha offering the best chance to sight the elusive Tiger. Panna Tiger Reserve has recently seen a spurt in Tiger population due to active conservation effort and offers high possibility of viewing the magnificent cat. Bandhavgarh and Kanha have been the strong hold for tigers from time immemorial. Khajuraho is a world heritage site famous for its erotic temples.


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Khajuraho

It is a World heritage site famous for temples built by the Chandela rulers around the 10th century. It has much more to offer than the erotic sculptures which have made it world famous. The famous Western group of temples is designated as the World Heritage Site and is enclosed within a beautifully laid out park. The Lakshmana and Vishwanath Temples to the front and The Kandriya Mahadev, Jagadami and Chitragupta Temples displays the best craftmanship of Khajuraho.

Ken River Lodge and Panna Tiger Reserve

Ken River Lodge made a humble start in 1986 - one of the pioneers of wildlife tourism in the country. The forested estate is home to many mammals, birds and reptiles. The accommodation is simple and rustic with few mod cons thrown in. The 6 huts and 6 cottages are spread out in a 50-acre mixed jungle in undulating terrain, giving an experience which few in the country can parallel. The lodge also boasts of a 3000 sq. ft. machaan where the meals are served. The machaan popularly known as the Tree House overlooks the Ken River and offers fresh home cooked meals.

Panna National Park spread over 543 sq km was carved out of the hunting reserves of the erstwhile Panna, Chattarpur and Bijawar states. Panna was accorded sanctuary status in 1975 and in 1994 it became India’s 22nd Tiger Reserve. Panna is situated at the junction of the Gangetic plains and the Deccan peninsula. The panna hills provide the catchment area for the Ken River, which is the lifeline of the park. It is predominantly an open forest, offering great opportunity to see the tiger and other mammals. It also supports closed canopy forests, open forest with short grass and undercover, open Savannah woodlands which reflect sub-Saharan habitats, tall grasslands and degraded scrub.

Kings Lodge and Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve

Kings Lodge is nestled between Sal forested hills of Bandhavgarh National Park in a large natural forested estate of 14 hectares in a small tribal village. Kings lodge is environmentally sensitive, harmonious with the natural features of the site and accentuates natural daylight to all facilities. Local knowledge and art have been incorporated in the development and the lodge has been constructed using local manpower. Our guests benefit from our incredible location, outstanding hospitality, an experienced naturalist team, our commitment towards conservation and local communities.

Bandhavgarh was established in 1968 as a National Park, and is spread over an area of 448 sq. kms. This national park was declared as a tiger reserve under Project Tiger in the year 1993. It is predominantly covered with vegetation like Sal, Sali, Dhobin and has vast stretches of grasslands spread over 32 hills. The region though smaller than other wildlife parks has one of the highest density of tigers in the world. Other than the fort, a 60-foot statue of the sleeping Lord Vishnu (Shesh Shaiya) is famous tourist attractions in the Tala Zone of Bandhavgarh park. With the tiger at the apex of the food chain, it contains 37 species of mammals, more than 250 species of birds, about 70 species of butterflies, a number of reptiles.

Kanha Earth Lodge and Kanha Tiger Reserve

Kanha Earth Lodge is spread in a forested area of 16 acres adjoining the buffer zone of Kanha in a small tribal hamlet. The lodge architecture has been inspired by the Gond tribal villages situated on the fringes of Kanha. The lodge has been built with high standards towards eco sensitivity, local village cooperation and a great wilderness experience. As a conscious decision the lodge is situated remotely, away from the tourism hub, yet close enough for an easy access to the park.

Kanha Tiger Reserve's spectacular Sal and Bamboo forest, rolling grasslands and meandering streams stretch over 1945 sq. km. in the heart of central highlands. This is the original Kipling country so fondly written about in the Jungle Book. The park is the only home to the rare Hard Ground Barasingha found in its large grasslands. Its greatest achievement has been the preservation of Hard Ground Swamp Deer or Barasingha from near extinction. They numbered just 66 in 1970 and today, they number more than 600-700 and are the only surviving population of Barasingha in the wild. Kanha is also home to Tiger, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Deer, Ungulates, Lesser Cats and close to 300 bird species.

Day By Day

Day 01: Khajuraho - Panna Reach Khajuraho by train/flight. Half day temple visit with lunch at Khajuraho. Transfer to Panna (30 kms) dinner and overnight stay Ken River Lodge. Khajuraho visit can be scheduled as per arrival timings.

Day 02: Panna National Park Morning and evening Jeep Safari in Panna Tiger Reserve.

Day 03: Bandhavgarh National Park Morning boat ride on Ken River, after breakfast with packed lunch drive 5 hours to Bandhavgarh. Evening at leisure followed by dinner at Kings Lodge.

Day 04: Bandhavgarh National Park

Morning and evening jeep safari in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve.

Day 05: Bandhavgarh National Park Morning and evening Jeep Safari in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve.

Day 06: Bandhavgarh – Kanha National Park Post early breakfast drive 5 hours to Kanha Tiger Reserve. Evening Jeep Safari in Kanha Tiger Reserve.

Day 07: Kanha National Park Morning and evening Jeep Safari in Kanha Tiger Reserve.

Day 08: Kanha National Park Morning Jeep Safari in Kanha Tiger Reserve. Post breakfast depart to Jabalpur for further connections.

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Tour cost: USD 1635 PER PERSON ON TWIN SHARING.

Above tour rate is valid till 30th June 2023.

SPECIAL OFFERS

  • Book 130 days in advance and get 10 % off on total tour cost (against full payment).

  • Get 20 % off for travel between 6th to 21st January and between 1st May to 30th June (against full payment).

  • New year night supplement (31st Dec) USD 50 per person.

  • For foreign nationals, please email on salesdesk@pugdundeesafaris.com or call on +91-9540537711

  • For Indian nationals, please email on sales@pugdundeesafaris.com or call on +91-8800637711, +91 124-2570404, 2571404

INCLUSIONS:

  • Twin sharing accommodation at the lodge as per program.

  • All meals starting from lunch on arrival till breakfast on departure and tea/coffee service.

  • Temple visit at Khajuraho – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • 1 boat ride and 2 shared safaris in Panna plus 4 shared safaris each in Bandhavgarh & Kanha national parks including entry fee, jeep and guide charges.

  • Road transfers between the lodges (Khajuraho-Panna-Bandhavgarh-Kanha) by air-conditioned Toyota Innova or similar.

  • All applicable taxes.

EXCLUSIONS:

  • Camera fee - as on date, still & video cameras are free in Panna, Bandhavgarh and Kanha.

  • Any airfare or rail tickets.

  • Transfers from Kanha to the airport / station.

  • Any kind of personal expenses or optional tours, extra meals and beverages ordered.

  • Insurance, laundry and phone calls.

  • Bottled water (we provide filtered water), soft drinks and alcoholic beverages.

  • Tips and gratuities.

  • Anything that is not included in the above inclusion list.

BOOKING TERMS:

  • Above rates are valid till 30th June 2023.

  • Rates may differ during Christmas, New Years and long weekends; please contact reservations team for details.

  • 50% advance payment at the time of booking and balance 30 days before arrival date.

  • No adjustments or refunds in case of not availing any facility from the package.

  • In keeping with our heightened security procedures, we request all guests to carry a photo-identity to present at check-in. Foreign nationals are required to present their Passport and valid visa. Indian nationals can present any one of the following: Passport, Driving License, Voter ID card or PAN card. This should be the same as submitted at the time of safari bookings.

  • Guests who have paid by online credit card will have to also sign a further authorization at the lodge on arrival and present the original card.

  • Our standard check-in time is 1330 hrs and check out time is 1100 hrs local time.

  • Subject to availability of rooms, we can offer you an early check-in and late checkout facility. For us to guarantee you an early check-in or late check out, you will need to reserve the room from the previous night.

  • Panna, Bandhavgarh and Kanha national parks remain closed every Wednesday for afternoon safari & for full day on Diwali & Holi.

  • The forest department may close the park on short notice due to rain.

CHILD / EXTRA ADULT POLICY:

  • 1 child below 5 years complimentary, others will be charged 25% of double's cost.

  • Children between 5-12 years 25% of the cost of double package in the same rooms.

  • Above 12 years at 40% the cost of the double package, if minimum 65% extra child supplement has been paid, an automatic upgrade to 2 rooms will be provided, subject to availability.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

  • 7 days and less - 100% cancellation.

  • 8 days to 21 days - 60% cancellation.

  • 21 days to 35 days - 30% cancellation.

  • 35 days and above - 20% cancellation.

  • Amendment in dates within 35 days from arrival is treated as a cancellation.

  • Cancellation amount is calculated as per total booking amount and not as per advance deposited.

  • Christmas / New Year and long weekend bookings are non-refundable.

Program Highlights

  • Visit Khajuraho a world heritage site.
  • Visit Bandhavgarh & Kanha offering one of the best probability to site a tiger.
  • Visit Panna National Park – a park which witnessed the most successful tiger relocation program in India.
  • Explore the jungles of Central India with experienced English speaking naturalists.
  • We can tailor this trip to suit your specific requirements.
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