An Intimate Safari Experience in the Jungles of Madhya Pradesh & The Golden Triangle
The Golden Triangle of Delhi, Jaipur & Agra is often the starting point for travellers venturing to India for the first time. On this journey, we offer Delhi and Jaipur with a twist – you won’t miss the must-see sights but you will have some insights that are ‘more local.’
After being wowed by the Taj you will journey to the heart of Madhya Pradesh in Central India for an Indian Wildlife Safari away from the crowds in Satpura and Pench National Parks.
Introducing Amit Sankhala
The Sankhala name for three generations has been synonymous with Tiger Conservation in India. This itinerary started as a conversation between Amit and Natasha Sinclair (owner of Indafrica) about wildlife safaris in Africa and India as a wildlife destination. Amit has spent a considerable amount of time on safari in both parts of the world and intimately knows the highlights as well as the pitfalls.
This itinerary takes you away from the crowds and ensures a high quality and memorable Indian Safari experience.
Tour Details – Kipling’s Jungles & Golden Culture – 11 days
Tour Name: Kipling's Jungles & Golden Culture
Duration: 11 days
Touring Style: Private Tour
Grade: 4.5 - 5 star Hotels + Lodges
Local Payment? No but note a internal flight is additional: NZ$240.00 per person (subject to change, based on the standard luggage allowance of 15kg on Indian domestic routes)
Starts: Delhi, India - Except Monday's
Ends: Delhi, India
Includes: Accommodation, all transport, meals and sightseeing as per the itinerary
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Meet & greet and transfer to your hotel
Day 2: Delhi Exploration (BLD)
Visit Jama Masjid, the Grand Mosque and explore Old Delhi on foot and by rickshaw. Take the Metro to reach the first city/settlements where the beginnings Delhi took place in 8th Century AD, at Mehrauli. Stop off at Qutub Minar and then return to the hotel. Afternoon is free to relax or shop.
Day 3: Delhi to Jaipur (BLD)
6 hour drive and then relax at your hotel. Optional hands-on cooking experience (additional cost)
Day 4: Jaipur Exploration (BLD)
Morning visit to Amber Fort, explore Jaipur’s Old City on foot and by rickshaw. Guided tour of the City Palace and visit to the Jantar Mantar Observatory.
Day 5: Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri to Agra (BLD)
Visit the deserted red sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri, Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal at sunset
Day 6: Agra (via train) to Bhopal (via road) to Satpura (BLD)
Check into Reni Pani Jungle Lodges. Satpura is known for its Sloth Bear and Leopard sightings.
Reni Pani along with the Forest Department and other lodges are working to maintain the true wilderness of Satpura by promoting non-motorised activities were possible including safaris on foot, by elephant and non-motorised boat. Jeep safari are included in your experience but you also have the option to choose one of their non-vehicular options to explore the park’s wilderness.
Day 7: Satpura (BLD)
Jeep Safari in the national park and the choice of one non-vehicular safari activity. Choose from a boat, elephant or walking safari.
Day 8: Satpura (via road) to Pench (BLD)
Early morning jeep safari then drive via the beautiful Panchmari Hills to Pench (4-5 hours). Check into Jamtara Wilderness Camp.
Jamtara Wilderness Camp is located near the Jamtara Gate and only 20min drive from the Karmajhiri Gate. Both of the these gates have entry for vehicles restricted to 6 and 12 per day respectively ensuring an uncrowded safari experience versus the lodges accessing Pench National Park via the Turia gate (68 vehicles per day). Jamtara is the only lodge using the Jamtara gate and is the closest lodge to the Karmajhiri gate. Pench is known for its sighting of Tigers, Wild Dogs and Leopards.
Day 9 & 10: Pench (BLD)
Early morning & evening game safaris into the Pench National Park.
Safaris in Pench are organised in 4×4 open jeeps. Local guides and naturalists are at hand to enhance the experience. As well as your two 4WD safaris each day, village and buffer zone walks are part of your Jamtara experience.
Day 11: Pench (via flight) to Delhi (B)
Upon arrival in Delhi, transfer to hotel where we have organised a room for your use to freshen up.
At the appropriate time, we will transfer you to the International Airport to board your flight to your onward destination.
Note this is a private tour and can be tailored and extended to suit your requirements.