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Temple Tiger Trails

Temple & Tiger Trails

5 Nights / 6 Days

This tour offers a combination of visiting renowned temples including Khajuraho, a world heritage site & Orchha a heritage village famous for cenotaphs & forts. The tour continues to two popular tiger parks-Panna & Bandhavgarh, the latter famous for one of the highest density of tigers in the world.


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Orchha

The capital city of the mighty Bundelkhand Empire, Orchha is known for its elegant architecture and its unique sequential development of domes, brackets, pillars, arches and ledges, the famous landmark example like Jehangir Mahal, the Laxminarayan Temple. The beautiful River Betwa, on whose banks the city of Orchha is founded, is a picturesque site, with its monuments dotting the landscape on either side of the river.

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.

Day By Day

Day 01: Jhansi - Orchha - Panna Reach Jhansi by train in the morning. Transfer to Orchha (19 kms) for sightseeing including Jahangir Fort, Sheesh Mahal and Laxmi Narayan temple. Post lunch transfer to Ken River Lodge (180 km) for overnight.

Day 02: Panna National Park Morning jeep safari and post lunch visit Khajuraho for temple tour followed by light & sound show at Khajuraho temples. Transfer to Ken River Lodge - Panna (26 kms), dinner and overnight stay.

Day 03: Panna National Park Morning jeep safari in Panna Tiger Reserve. Evening boat ride on River Ken

Day 04: Panna - Bandhavgarh

After breakfast transfer to Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve (about 5 hours). Packed lunch will be provided for this journey.

Day 05: Bandhavgarh National Park Morning & evening jeep safari in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve.

Day 06: Bandhavgarh National Park Morning jeep safari in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. Post lunch, transfer for further connections.

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TOUR COST: USD 1144 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.

  • Orchha Fort visit including guide & entry fee

  • Temple visit at Khajuraho (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and light & sound show including guide & entry fee

  • One boat ride & 2 shared safaris in Panna and 3 shared safaris in Bandhavgarh including entry fee, jeep/boat and guide charges.

  • Road transfers from Jhansi-Orchha-Panna-Khajuraho-Bandhavgarh by air-conditioned Toyota Innova or similar

  • All applicable taxes.

EXCLUSIONS:

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

  • Any airfare or rail tickets.

  • Transfers from Bandhavgarh to 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 and Bandhavgarh 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 fort of Orchha, temples & cenotaphs.
  • Visit temples of Khajuraho- a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
  • Visit Bandhavgarh National Park - the highest density of tigers in this region.
  • 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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