1. Exploring Khajuraho’s erotic temple carvings
  2. Marvelling at Orchha’s medieval riverside ruins
  3. Spotting tigers at Bandhavgarh National Park
  4. Exploring the locations behind Kipling’s Jungle Book
  5. Discovering Madhya Pradesh’s wildlife with a naturalist

Day 1: Arrive in Delhi

Welcome to India’s spellbinding capital – a city of ancient Mughal architecture, colourful bazaars and tree-lined boulevards. On arrival, either relax at your hotel or venture out at your own pace. Overnight at Thikana.

Day 2: Delhi

Explore Old Delhi’s labyrinth-like streets on foot before arriving at the Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. After seeing New Delhi by car, the day culminates at Humayun’s Tomb and Qutb Minar. Overnight at Thikana.

Day 3: Delhi to Khajuraho

Take the train to Jhansi before proceeding to Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh. En route, visit the deserted medieval settlement of Orchha, whose sandstone ruins perch perfectly above the River Betwa. Overnight at Sarai at Toria.

Day 4: Khajuraho

Watch out for tigers and sloth bears during a jeep safari in Panna National Park. Later, explore Khajuraho’s famously erotic temple carvings. Now fully restored, the sublime temples are today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight at Sarai at Toria.

Day 5: Khajuraho to Bandhavgarh

Travel south to Bandhavgarh – a relatively modest national park, but one with India’s highest-density population of Bengal tigers. On arrival, the rest of the day is spent at leisure. Overnight at Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge.

Day 6: Bandhavgarh

Go in search of Bandhavgarh’s star attraction – in addition to leopards, wild boar and spotted deer – on an early-morning safari. Such is the abundance of tigers that a sighting is highly likely. Take a second safari in the afternoon. Overnight at Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge.

Day 7: Bandhavgarh to Kanha

Take another game drive in Bandhavgarh National Park before travelling further south to Kanha, whose scenery inspired Rudyard Kipling to write The Jungle Book. On arrival, the rest of the day is spent at leisure. Overnight at Kanha Jungle Lodge.

Day 8: Kanha

Experience Kanha’s legendary dawn beauty on an early-morning safari with a personal naturalist, hopefully spotting tigers before enjoying a hot-box jungle breakfast. Take a second safari in the afternoon. Overnight at Kanha Jungle Lodge.

Day 9: Kanha to Delhi

Embark on a final morning safari before being transferred to Jabalpur Airport. Fly to Delhi and connect with your onward international return flight.

Activities to consider

  • Walking tour of Delhi led by street children, courtesy of the Salaam Baalak Trust
  • Traditional Punjabi family meal and cooking lesson at Mrs Kidwai’s Kitchen

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