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Luxury Series:

EJI's Luxury Wildlife Safari with Taj Safaris - 14 Days

   

Mumbai (Bombay) Pench National Park Kanha National Park Bandhavgarh National Park Panna National Park Khajuraho Delhi

Wildlife is one of the most attractive heritages of India. India has attracted wildlife enthusiasts from around the world for its fascinating myriad of flora and fauna that is both unique and mysterious. There are over 80 national parks, 441 wildlife sanctuaries and 47 tiger reserves as of March 31, 2015 (www.projecttiger.nic.in). Among the indigenous rare species found in India and nowhere else in the world, are Royal Bengal Tiger, Snow Leopard, Asiatic Lion, Sloth Bear, Black Buck (Indian antelope) Chausingha (four-horned antelope), Nilgai (Blue Bull) and hundreds of variety of exotic birds. Other inhabitants in the parks in India are Leopard, the Red Panda, Gharial, many species of Deer, Elephant, Indian Rhino, monkeys, Peacocks, Cranes and Flamingos.

There are 1,706 tigers in 41 tiger reserves spread in 19 states in India as reported by National Tiger Conservation Authority on August. 10, 2012. The highest densities of tigers can be found today in the most heavily visited tiger reserves including Corbett (Uttarakhand), Kaziranga (Assam) and Bandhavgarh (Madhya Pradesh),” it said.

For the ultimate wildlife experience, you are invited to join this luxury wildlife safari in partnership with Taj hotels and &Beyond.

DAY 1 - Departure 
Depart for Mumbai, India.

DAY 2 - Mumbai
Arrive Mumbai. A representative of Exotic Journeys will meet you at the arrival lounge and escort you to your hotel.
Balance of the day at leisure.

Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai.

DAY 3 - Mumbai
Morning boat excursion to Elephanta Island Caves- the 7th century cave temples carved out of a hill rising from the Arabian Sea. The afternoon city tour will include Hanging Gardens, Tower of Silence, Kamla Nehru Park, Gateway of India, National Museum, Crawford Market, Malabar Hills, Prince of Wales Museum, Dhobi Ghat, Marine Drive, the Gandhi Memorial Museum and Jain Temple.

Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai.

DAY 4 - Pench National Park
Fly to Nagpur. Transfer to Pench. Pench supports a rich variety of wildlife, including Tiger, Leopard, Wild Dog, Gaur, Sambar, Chital, Sloth Bear, Chausingha, Chinkara, Barking Deer, Jackal, Fox, Palm Civet, Indian Civet, Jungle Cat, Hyena and Porcupine.

Dominated by hills, forests and valleys, Pench is also the place for bird watchers. About 285 species of resident and migratory birds, including the Malabar Pied Hornbill, Indian Pitta, Osprey, Redheaded Fishing Eagle, White-eyed Buzzard, Brahmini Duck, Pochards, Bar-headed Geese and Coots could be seen here.

A very popular documentary on Indian wildlife, Tiger: Spy in the Jungle, was shot at Pench by BBC.

Baghvan Jungle Lodge, Pench.

DAY 5 - Pench National Park
Jungle safaris by elephant and open vans in the morning and in the afternoon accompanied by resident naturalist.

Baghvan Jungle Lodge, Pench.

DAY 6 - Kanha National Park
Today we travel to Kanha - the Tiger Land that inspired Rudyard Kipling to write ‘The Jungle Book”. Kanha is one of the most well maintained National Parks in India. The wildlife attractions here are Tiger, Leopard, Bison, Gaur, Sambar Deer, Chital, Barasingha, Barking Deer, Black Deer, Mouse Deer, Black Buck, Chausingha, Nilgai, Sloth Bear, Jackal, Porcupine, Hyena, jungle Cat, Python, Monkey and Mongoose among others.

The bird species in the park include Storks, Teals, Pintails, pond Herons, Egrets, Peacocks, Pea and Spur Fowls, Partridges, Quails, Ring Doves, Spotted Parakeets, Green Pigeons, Rock Pigeons, Cuckoos, Papihas, Rollers, Hoopoes, Drongos, Warblers, Kingfishers, Woodpeckers, Finches, Orioles, Owls and Fly Catchers.

Dedicated conservation programs at Kanha is credited with saving the rare Barasingha, (Swamp Deer) from extinction.

Taj Banjaar Tola, Kanha.

DAY 7 - Kanha National Park
Jungle safaris by elephant and open vans in the morning and in the afternoon accompanied by resident naturalist.

Taj Banjaar Tola, Kanha.

DAY 8 - Kanha - Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh National Park has a very high density of tigers. There is a saying about this park "In any other park, you are lucky if you see a tiger. In Bandhavgarh, you are unlucky if you don't see one." Besides, the park has 37 species of mammals, more than 250 species of birds, about 70 species of butterflies, a number of reptiles. Some of the wildlife one could see here are Leopards, Gaurs (Indian Bison), Barking Deer, Chital (spotted deer), Sambar Deer, Dholes, Nilgai, Wild Boars, Chinkara, Sloth Bears, Rhesus Macaques, Black Faced Langurs, Jungle Cats, Hyenas, Porcupines, Jackals, Foxes, Wild Dogs, and Chausingha among others.

The avian population in Bandhavgarh includes White Bellied Drogues, Black & White Malabar Hornbills, Blossom Headed Parakeets, Gold Fronted Leaf Birds, Minivets, Paradise Flycatchers, Black Vulture, White-eyed Buzzard, Red Jungle Fowl, Peacock, Golden and Black headed Orioles, Red-vented Bulbuls, Blue Jays, Purple Sunbirds, Green Barbets and Mynahs.

Taj Mahua Kothi, Bandhavgarh.

DAY 9 - Bandhavgarh National Park
Jungle safaris by elephant and open vans in the morning and in the afternoon accompanied by resident naturalist.

Taj Mahua Kothi, Bandhavgarh.

DAY 10 - Bandhavgarh - Panna National Park & Tiger Reserve
Set on a plateau and dominated by tropical forests, deep ravines and cascading waterfalls, Panna National Park is irresistible to wildlife lovers. The wildlife found here, among others, is majestic tiger, leopard, wolf, hyena, jackal and sloth bear, Nilgai, sambar, chital, wild boar and Indian crocodile. The avifauna in the park comprises of more than 200 species, including migratory birds, white necked stork, bareheaded goose, honey Buzzard, King vulture, Blossom headed Parakeet, Paradise Flycatcher and Scimitar.

Pashan Garh, Panna.

DAY 11 - Panna National Park & Tiger Reserve
Jungle safaris by elephant and open vans in the morning and in the afternoon accompanied by resident naturalist.

Pashan Garh, Panna.

DAY 12 - Khajuraho - Delhi
Today, you will be transferred to Khajuraho - the temple city. It is famous throughout the world for its exquisitely carved Chandela temples. After visiting the World Heritage Site temples, fly to Delhi.

Hotel Taj Mahal, New Delhi.

Optional: Overnight extension to Agra to visit Taj Mahal is available upon request.Please call for additional cost and revised itinerary.

DAY 13 - Delhi
Delhi is a city of immense past. Seven mighty empires have risen, ruled the sub-continent & fallen here. It is dotted with hundreds of landmarks and has accumulated a tremendous heritage of art, architecture and culture. New Delhi, the present capital of the largest democracy in the world, is the creation of world famous architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Attractions include, Rashtrapati Bhavan or Presidential Palace, Parliament House, Red Fort- a Massive fort built by master builder Shah Jahan; Jama Masjid- the largest mosque in Asia; Jantar Mantar- the medieval observatory designed & built by Maharajah Jai Singh of Jaipur; the 16th century tomb of Mughal emperor Humayun; Raj Ghat- where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated and Shantivana- the cremation site of Jawaharlal Nehru.

City tour of New and old Delhi visiting  Humayun's Tomb, Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Jam Masjid, Chandini Chowk, Raj Ghat- where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated, Rashtrapati Bhawan or Presidential Palace, Parliament House, India Gate, National Museum and Baha'i Temple.

Taj Mahal, New Delhi.

DAY 14 - Homebound
Depart on your journey home.

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Itineraries are designed with current flight schedules and remain subject to adjustment / change.

Highlights :
  • Finest luxury hotels
  • Finest luxury Jungle Lodges.
  • Private escorted airport transfers.
  • Private escorted sightseeing
  • Private escorted excursions
  • Personal English speaking knowdgeable local guides
  • Personal schauffeur and car
  • Daily breakfast in Mumbai and Delhi hotels.
  • All meals at the Jungle Lodges
  • Entrance fee to monuments in the itinerary
  • Concierge service
  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • English speaking certified naturalists.
  • Private Home Stay available
  • Extension to Taj Mahal, Agra is available.

 

  Departure Dates - 2017
         
January
6 13 20 27  
February
3 10 17 24 31
March
3 10 17 24 31
April
7 14 21 28  
           
September
1 8 15 22 29
October
6 13 20 27  
November
3 10 17 24 31
December
1 8 15 22 29
           
  Departure Dates - 2018
         
January
5 12 19 26  
February
2 9 16 23 30
March
2 9 16 23 30
April
6 13 20 27  
           
September
7 14 21 28  
October
5 12 19 26  
November
2 9 16 23 30
December
7 14 21 28
           

Prices: From October 16 to December 31
Wildlife Safari with Taj
Luxury Tour
Price Per Person
Double Occupancy $ 9,295.00
Single Room Occupancy. $ 13,545.00
Airfare - Tour Itinerary $ 195.00
International Airfare*

$ 3,294.00
Prices: From January 1 to April 15
Luxury Tour:
Wildlife Safari with Taj
Price Per Person
Double Occupancy
$ 7880.00
Single Room Occupancy
$ 10774.00
Airfare - Tour Itinerary
$ 195.00
International Airfare*
$ 3,294.00
Prices: From April 16 to June 30
Wildlife Safari with Taj
Luxury Tour
Price Per Person
Double Occupancy
$ 6,595.00
Single Room Occupancy
$ 9,490.00
Airfare - Tour Itinerary
$ 195.00
International Airfare*
3,294.00

Parks remain close from June 17 thru September 30 due to monsoon.

Sample International airfares:  
Business Class:
From $ 3294.00
Call for applicable airfare.

Sample International airfares
Economy Class:
From $ 800.00
Call for applicable airfare.

Airport Security fee, fuel surcharges and taxes not included.

Land Prices are guaranteed at the time of booking. Airfares are guaranteed only when ticketed. International airfares are from Chicago, New York and Newark. Airfares from other cities and other airlines are available upon request. 

           Exotic Journeys, Inc., Online Travel Agency, Chicago, IL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prices reviewed: 062509



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