Golden Triangle & tigers holiday in India

“A great value nine day tailor made trip covering not only the Golden Triangle but also Kanha NP for tiger watching.”

Highlights

Delhi | Old Delhi| Kutub Minar, | President House | National Museum | India Gate | Jaipur | Jaipur palaces | Agra | Taj Mahal | Red fort | Jabalpur | Kanha National Park | Tiger watching and three game drives | Sleeper train journey

Description of Golden Triangle & tigers holiday in India

This nine day, tailor made holiday revolves around a carefully crafted itinerary that takes in not only the cultural highlights of Golden Triangle, India ‘s stunning historical trail, but also one of the country’s natural highlights too: seeing India’s tigers in Kanha National Park.

After a day of sightseeing in Delhi, you will head to the majestic city of Jaipur, where you are immersed in an eclectic and fascinating mix of royal architecture, from the Palace of the Winds to the Amber Fort, as well as ancient markets intermixed with this ancient majesty.

From the pink city of Jaipur to the white marble magnificence of the Taj Mahal in Agra. A vast mausoleum built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his late wife. Famous the world over, take time here to absorb its greatness. Ironically, history has it that the emperor was imprisoned and here say has it that he was able to see his creation from his prison cell. This part of the trip also takes you to the Agra Fort and also the nearby fortified ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri, the Mughal capital, from 1571 to 1585.

From the Taj to tigers, as our next stop is Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh, where magnificent habitats of rich, native sal forests and open dry grasslands are the perfect terrain for India’s finest mammal. There are around a hundred tigers within the park, a large part of the park also designated as the Kanha Tiger Reserve, formed by the prestigious and pioneering Project Tiger in 1974. There is a wealth of other wildlife here too, of course, from langurs to leopard, sambhar to rare swamp deer. On the three game drives you will be accompanied by an expert naturalist guide.

The holiday cost includes bed and breakfast accommodation, driver guide and air conditioned vehicle in Delhi and Agra, entrance fees, transfers and overnight air conditioned rail journey. During your time in Kanha National Park you will stay in a luxury lodge, with all meals, game drives, park and naturalist guide fees included.

Please note that as this is a tailor made itinerary, we can always adapt it to your needs and interests. For example, many of our guests include an additional day or two to Varanasi and Khajuraho’s temples. Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss any further ideas.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailormade throughout the year and can be adapted to suit your requirements for 2 to 12 people. The best time to travel is October to June
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Environment
This is a special trip where we are supporting an NGO called Jagrit who are involved in giving education, accommodation, clothing & food to small children who are found begging in railway stations.An amount of £5 per person goes to this NGO.

Another feature of this trip is that we use the old heritage palace hotel in Jaipur whose owners have maintained the building very well thus contributing to saving the old Indian architecture and culture. We use only local guides in Agra & Jaipur.

This trip aims to help and support a more responsible and sustainable approach to wildlife tourism in Central India by catering to small group of not more than 10-12 people, thus leaving behind the least impact on a particular destination. Our connection with the central Indian National parks & jungles date backs to 1932 when one of our family members Late Lakhpat Rai was the first chief conservator of Forest of Central India during British rule. The trained naturalists who will accompany you for game drives are from the local community who have developed the skills of communicating with clients over the years with our regular in house training.

Recently we installed the first ground water recharge unit in one of the lodges in Kanha which we will use. A part of the income (£5 per person) generated from this tour goes straight to the local tribal village school in Kanha. We will be visiting one such school during your trip.

The lodge in Kanha: The lodge you will stay in was constructed using locally available material and each cottage was built in the local style without chemical paints. They use waste wood boilers for heating and try to minimise electricity use by using energy saving lamps and solar, hurricane and earthen lamps in the night. There is no air-conditioning. In addition the lodge use recycled stationary, harvests rain water, uses soak pits to collect water and reuses waste water in the garden. All cleaning is done manually (no machines), organic waste is composted, food is cooked on LPG stoves and they do not allow music or televisions to keep noise pollution to a minimum.

The lodge is dedicated to the local upliftment of the area. They were the first in the history of Kanha National Park to train the locals in catering, house keeping, steward ship, guiding etc, all of whom had very basic schooling, if any at all. The staff is trained at the parent hotel in Jabalpur, and the majority (all drivers) come from the local community. They have financed one vehicle for a member of our staff who is from the community and use this for game drives. In addition, they do not have washing machines so they can provide work for the local community and have taught the local people cane weaving and pottery, the results of which are all used in the lodge. Raw materials are purchased locally where possible.
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Reviewed on 02 Feb 2020 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was seeing Tigers in Kanha Park. A Truly awesome and moving experience. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Dec 2018 by

The most amazing experience we have ever had. The organisation was superb, the guides (on the whole) were helpful and very knowledgeable. Our driver was first class, the Court Yard House was fantastic and the people there were so helpful and nothing was too much trouble. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Dec 2017 by

There were too many to list! Seeing the great architectural icons of India with good guides, our skilful and kind driver for whom nothing was too much trouble, and the thrill of seeing not one, but two tigers on the same day in Kanha National Park. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Nov 2015 by

It was a very memorable experience. There are so many things to take in and I have heard many say that it is an assault on the senses, the sights, sounds and smells can be overwhelming in both good and bad ways. We are really pleased we have been able to experience India. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Nov 2015 by

Best bit: seeing a leopard and 2 tigers! Read full review

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