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Kanha Tiger Safari ( Grade1 )

6 Day grade 1 Tiger and Wildlife Safari to Kanha National Park, departs Delhi daily for 2 by 1st class air conditioned sleeper from October to mid June. Please note: All Indian wild life parks are closed on Wednesday afternoons, so only morning game drives are available.

Price (UK Pounds Per Person)

 
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Minimum 2 Persons
£560
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Minimum 4 Persons
£440
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The Kanha National Park in the Mandla District of Madhya Pradesh, spreads over 1,945 sq. km of dense Sal forests, interspersed with extensive meadows and trees and clumps of wild bamboo. This is where you can spot the tiger in all his magnificence or feast your eyes on the rare Barasingha Deer amidst extensive grasslands.



Kanha Tiger Safari

The park forms the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve created in 1974, under Project Tiger. It is one of the most well-maintained National Parks in Asia, and a major attraction for avid wildlife buffs all over the world. Two major rivers, Halon and Banjar, flow through the park.

Main attractions Tiger, Gaur, Sambar, Chital, Barasingha, Barking Deer, Chousihgha, Nilgai, Mouse Deer, Sloth Bear, Jackal, Fox, Porcupine, Hyaena, Jungle Cat, Python, Hare, Monkey, Mongoose, etc. can also be seen here. Birds species in the park are Storks, Teals, Pintails, Pond Herons, Egrets, Peacock, Pea Fowl, Jungle Fowl, Spur Fowl, Partridges, Quails, Ring Doves, Green Pigeons, Rock Pigeons, Cuckoos, Rollers, Bee Eater, Hoopoes, Drongos, Warblers, King Fishers, Wood Peckers, Finches, Orioles, Owls, Fly Catchers in Kanha Kisli. 

Day 01
You arrive in Delhi in the morning and are transferred to the railway station for the 14.30 train direct to Jabalpur. Overnight on train.

Day 02
You reach Jabalpur early morning at 5.50 a.m. and transfer to the Hotel Krishna to freshen up & have breakfast. (you will be given a complimentary room to freshen up) After breakfast you drive to Kanha (160 K.M.) It's a three hour drive. Check in at The Krishna jungle resort. Evening game drive. B.L.D.

Day 03 & 04
Morning & evening game Safari. B.L.D.

Day 05
After the morning Game Safari , drive straight to Jabalpur. Lunch at Hotel Krishna, Jabalpur. Later board the direct train to Delhi (Train time: 3 p.m.)

Day 06
Arrive in Delhi in the early morning and transfer to the International airport or to your Hotel if you have booked extra nights in Delhi.


What the tour includes:

  • Kanha accommodation on Full board basis. (Accommodation,a total of 6 game drives, full meals, all park entrance fees, guide charges, elephant ride on Tiger sightings, daily bonfire, services of naturalist.)
  • Airport pick up & drop off.
  • Rail journey by A/C sleeper class.
  • Lunch at Hotel Krishna Jabalpur on day 05.
  • Packed Dinner on train.

 

The tour does not include: 

  • Video camera charges, (still camera if free)
  • Beverages
  • Laundry
  • Tips
  • Insurance or any other expense of personal nature

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Kanha National Park surcharge £12 per day from 21 December to 5 January and during Diwali and Holi festivals. Also for daily departures please note surcharge for Kanha National Park £12 on Sundays. 

 

Weather

Cool - from middle of October to end of February.

Hot - from middle of March to middle of June.

Wet - from middle of June to middle of October.

The temperature ranges from a maximum of 42 ° C in May and June, to around 4° C in winter

 

Clothing


Neutral khakis, greys and green clothes are recommended.

Ensure you have plenty of warm clothing for the early morning and late evening game drives.

 

Accessories: 

Camera, binoculars, sunglasses, and hats.

 

Hint: 

Very nice Indian meals are available on the train or you can bring some food with you. Tea and coffee are also available on the train but only the Indian variety, with milk and very sweet.  Bottled drinking water is available on the platforms.

 

Kanha National Park - Time Line

James Forsyth in Central Indian Highlands 1860

Kanha notified as reserve forest 1880

Kipling's Jungle Book 1890

Kanha made a sanctuary 1933

Forest rest houses at Kanha & Supkhar 1910

Kanha became a National Park 1955

George Schaller in Kanha 1963-65

Project Tiger begins 1973

Land of the Tiger filmed in Kanha 1985

 

Kanha Tiger Reserve

Area : 1,945 sq. kms.

Altitude : 450-872 metres.

Temperature (deg C): Summer- Max 40.6, Min 23.9. Winter- Max 23.9, Min 1.1.

Rainfall : 152 cms.

Best Season : April to June and November to January

 

Using your senses to find a Tiger

The key to successful tiger spotting lies in the jungle's reactions to the animal's movement. When the king of the forest is on the move, his kingdom is as responsive  as the court of any of the great Mughal Emperors . Peacocks blare, Sambar bell, Spotted Deer call, Langurs explode in cough-like alarm, Jungle Fowl screech, Bison whistle shrilly and barking deer emit the impossibly raucous bark for which they are named. The continuous repetition of such calls as well as their combination from two or more species in the same small area of the forest is a very good sign that a Tiger is moving nearby.

Using your ears to listen to what other animals are saying is a good method of locating a Tiger.

 

Responsible Tourism

There seems to be lot of hype and commotion as to what features should be included in wildlife tourism & conservation. Words such as tribal welfare, local upliftment, usage of recycle products, eco-friendly dresses colours etc. are all used by glamour struck organisations especially in recent times.

 

We started with a small team of Nature lovers who are dedicated, who were not necessarily qualified but were definitely born conservationists at heart and born nature lovers. These were the people instrumental in educating for the first time in the history of Kanha National park the locals in the field of catering, housekeeping stewardship, the guides etc all of whom were fifth standard drop outs or who had not been to school at all. We taught the people cane weaving, to make earthen products such as ash trays & pottery all of which we used annually in our lodge, thus increasing the uplifting of the local economy.

 

The health scenario was deplorable at that time when there were no proper medical facilities,.We gave talks, and we supplied medicines & told them about diseases such as malaria & so on. At this point of time the ousted tribal villages from within the core area nurtured great animosity against the Kanha Tiger reserve officials. They would not see eye to eye with them because they felt that more importance was being given to the wild animals then to them, so we intervened and created a healthy buffer base on which things improved to such an extent that the Park authorities held an unprecedented meeting with the lodge owners/managers and local villagers regarding solving all problems amicably, which to this day continues.

 

This level of communication and cooperation was a unique example & achievement for Kanha National Park as this had never happened in any other game reserve in India resulting in perhaps being the least poached national Park in India. We are highly concerned to educate every guest regarding the code of conduct at the lodge and within the park as well.

 

One of the greatest & unique features of our buildings in our lodge is that we have not used any modern chemicals based colours for the exterior or interior white washing. The material used for exterior painting is made from the local yellow mud mixed with lime stone, which gives an ethnic look of the old India.

 

Again we have the only lodge building where the entire open floor area is being smeared with cow dung paste mixed with husk which works as a binding material.

 


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