• Bengal tiger in India by Russ MacLaughlin

Itinerary Summary

Duration
11 Days
Price
£4030
When
Feb - Mar 2023
Destination
India
Type
Small Group Safari
Duration Price When Destination Type
11 Days £4030 Feb - Mar 2023 India Small Group Safari
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India: Secrets of the Sundarbans & Land of the Jungle Book

The largest mangrove forest in the world is a mist-shrouded, river-riddled swamp region of shifting tides, that remains remote, inhospitable and largely uninhabited by
people. This is truly wild terrain for an off-the-beaten-track Indian adventure.

Join us in a relatively unexplored part of India, on the southern edge of West Bengal, facing the Bay of Bengal, is this unique part of the country: the world’s largest river delta with mangroves and mud flats around a network of creeks and water channels. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site to protect its fragile ecosystem, the Sundarbans National Park is the largest reserve for the royal Bengal tiger. One of the planet’s most critical wetlands, the Sundarbans supports nearly 700 species of wildlife.

During your trip you will also visit Kanha National Park, a vast expanse of grassland and forest in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh where the majestic royal Bengal tigers are found in good numbers. Kanha was the setting for Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Book’ and has long been famous for its wildlife and supports 22 species of mammal.

 

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Experiencing the bustling throngs, rich colours and aromas of the back streets and bazaars of Old Delhi
  • Explore the meadows and forests of India’s national parks full of sloth bears, snakes, wolves, monkeys, & deer
  • Spending five nights onboard the Ganges Voyager, a luxurious river cruise ship
  • Relaxing on the sun deck of the Ganges Voyager with a cold drink and sun for company
  • Enjoying a range of excursions to become well acquainted with the beautiful journey of India's past

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An 11 day safari taking in the sights and sounds of India

from $5,279 per person sharing, excluding international flights

Day by day

Day by day

Day 1

Arrive in Delhi

Upon arrival into Delhi International Airport, you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel where you will be able to relax after your flight, prior to your adventures of the coming days.

Overnight Accommodation: Radisson Blu Plaza Airport Hotel 

Day 2

Delhi - Raipur - Kanha

After breakfast transfer to airport for domestic flight to Raipur. Flight arrives Raipur mid-afternoon & drive 4 hrs to Kanha. Check into the hotel.

Overnight Accommodation: The Bagh Kanha

(B, L, D)

Days 3-5

Kanha National Park

Spend the mornings exploring Kanha National Park with your naturalist guide in search for the resident wildlife and of course the tiger. As well as the tigers, there is a whole host of wildlife which you could spot including jungle cat, leopard cat, striped hyenas, wild dog, sloth bear, and gaur are just some of the animals you may come across! Head back to the camp around lunch time. The afternoon is yours to relax back at the lodge and later in the afternoon you will set off into the park for your second game drive of the day.

Overnight Accommodation: The Bagh Kanha

(B, L, D)

Day 6

Kanha - Kolkata - Embark Ganges Voyager

After breakfast drive to Raipur with packed lunch and connect to flight mid-afternoon. Arrive Kolkata in the evening & transfer to ship. Welcomed with a refreshing beverage after your afternoon/evening arrival at the Jetty, enjoy an introductory briefing followed by a fabulous Gala dinner.

Overnight Accommodation: Ganges Voyager

(B, L, D)

Day 7

Kolkata Orientation Tour & Botanical Gardens Exploration

After a hearty breakfast you’ll take the country boat to explore the Botanical Gardens, the Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden. The gardens exhibit a wide variety of rare plants and a total collection of over 12,000 specimens spread over 109 hectares. The best-known landmark of the garden is The Great Banyan, an enormous banyan tree (Ficus benghalensis) that is reckoned to be the largest tree in the world at more than 330 metres in circumference. The gardens are also famous for their enormous collections of orchids, bamboos, palms, and plants of the screw pine genus (Pandanus). Returning to the ship with lunch onboard, in the afternoon you’ll enjoy a Panoramic Tour of Kolkata featuring a view of the well-preserved British colonial buildings in Kolkata: Writer's Building, General Post Office, High Court, Raj Bhawan (Governor's House), Town Hall, Council House, Treasury Building, Reserve Bank of India and Dalhousie Square. The day continues with a visit to St. John's Church, the oldest Anglican Church in Kolkata, built in 1756. The tour features the oldest functioning pipe organ in India, a painting of the Last Supper by German artist, Johann Zoffany, and several tombs of British Generals who died during the Siege of Kolkata by Nawab Shriaj Ud Daula in 1756. Then we visit the recently renovated Victoria Memorial Museum, which houses the largest collection of British colonial historical artefacts in India.

Overnight Accommodation: Ganges Voyager

(B, L, D)

Day 8

Kolkata – Namkhana

With a full day sailing towards the fishing port of Namkhana you’ll get the time to enjoy the day at leisure & survey the changing geography, immerse in the onboard amenities, & interact with your resident Naturalist to explore the abundant wildlife & culture thriving in the region. In the footsteps of famed traders, explorers & conquerers, you’ll also sight the environs of historic Diamond Harbour and Kedgeree as we sail by into the Sundarbans, the world’s largest delta mangrove forest and habitat of the famous Royal Bengal Tiger. Retire to your overnight suite experience aboard Ganges Voyager.

Overnight Accommodation: Ganges Voyager

(B, L, D)

Day 9

Namkhana – Bony Camp – Bali Island

Anchoring in the Western Sundarbans today is your first foray into this rich & unique mangrove ecosystem, scaling the Bony Camp Watchtower on an excursion to sight endangered crocodiles, terrapins and many species of Migratory Birds. Sailing along the Matla river to the Hero Bhangra Islands you’ll also keep a keen eye out for Irrawaddy Dolphins & other marine life, whilst in the afternoon you'll cross mangrove creeks to scale the serene Nethidopani Watchtower & experience the spectacular nature of the surroundings, including the ruins of a 400-year-old Shiva Temple. You’ll enjoy sunset as we gently traverse dense mangrove creeks towards the renowned Bali Island, a typical village whose inhabitants are engaged in farming, paddy husking, honey packing and fishing Retire to your overnight suite experience aboard Ganges Voyager.

Overnight Accommodation: Ganges Voyager

(B, L, D)

Day 10

Bali – Sudhanyakhali – Dobanki – Namkhana

With a gorgeous sunrise you’ll scale the Sudhanyakhali Watchtower, the most popular locale to spot the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger; this vast habitat endows invigorating possibilities of crocodiles, wild boars, axis deer and a wide range of migratory and local birds. Thereafter you’ll take a small country boat through the narrow creeks to climb the Dobanki Watchtower & enjoy a canopy walk 20ft off the ground & approximately 1500ft long to reveal the riveting flora and fauna; you might also get the chance to visit the Deer rehabilitation centre. Retire to your overnight suite experience aboard Ganges Voyager, undisturbed as we set sail inland towards Kolkata awakening to fantastic breakfast with meandering view.

Overnight Accommodation: Ganges Voyager

(B, L, D)

Day 11

Namkhana – Kolkata

You’ll enjoy a morning of sailing & delicious lunch onboard. After lunch, depart for onward journey with farewell wishes the jetty.

Speak to your Destination Specialist about extending for 4 days into the Kaziranga National Park in search of the one horned Indian Rhino.

TRIP DETAILS

TRIP INFORMATION

Per Person Sharing (Signature Suite): £4,030

Per Person Sharing (Colonial Suite): £4,160

Per Person Sharing (Heritage Suite): £4,420

Per Person Sharing (Viceroy Suite): £4,680

Per Person Sharing (Maharaja Suite): £4,940

Includes: all accommodation on basis stated, meals as mentioned (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch and D = Dinner), arrival & departure transfers to/from jetty, sightseeing, English speaking naturalist/guide as per programme, mineral water & tea/coffee onboard throughout, Gala welcome OR farewell dinner with house wine or beer, all present Government taxes, all present waterways & jetty taxes & fees. 

Excludes: international flights, tips, alcoholic beverages, visas, items of a personal nature, early/late check outs at hotels, items not mentioned in “Includes”

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