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Depart from origin. If you are commencing your journey from the United States, we can recommend the best airlines and routings for your particular needs. We can also introduce you to consolidators who offer discounted fares (First, Business and Economy) on these flights. This is a service provided solely as a convenience and extra value for our guests. We do not sell airline tickets to people not touring with us.

 

Preface

Since independence, India has been at the forefront of recognizing the importance of conservation of the country ’s endangered and threatened species and their habitats. Notwithstanding a few setbacks, it has set an example for the rest of the world in the proactive measures it has taken, with some wonderful success stories to its credit as a result of these policies.


Although the battle is far from won, this has been our inspiration for the design of this tour, to enable the wildlife enthusiast the opportunity to view many of the planet’s rarest animals in their natural habitats. Each destination has been carefully selected on the basis of providing you with the very best chance, (sometimes the only chance) of sighting these magnificent creatures as nature intended.

Of course the Royal Bengal Tiger garners the most publicity, but in addition you will also be afforded the opportunity to see the Asiatic Lion, Leopard, Great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros, Asiatic Wild Buffalo, Asiatic Elephant, Smooth Coated Otter, Marsh Crocodile, Barasingha (Swamp Deer), and Hoolock Gibbon, to name but a few, as well as many more less threatened fauna, and a plethora of both migratory and resident bird species.

We have put together an itinerary that we think is the minimum time you should allow in each destination, to optimize what it has to offer. Extra days in any or all of these National Parks can be added at your request, according to your preferences.

We hope to see you on Safari!





Depart from origin. If you are commencing your journey from the United States you can ask us to include international flights - we offer discounted consolidator fares (First, Business and Economy) on the best airlines and we know the best routes and travel routings, including seasonal advantages. This is a service provided solely as a convenience and extra value for our guests. We do not sell airline tickets to people not touring with us.



Day 1: Arrive at Mumbai - most flights arrive either in the evening or at night. Our services begin here. You are greeted at the airport by an Easy Tours Travel Facilitator, and ushered to a chauffeur driven vehicle. You are then driven to your hotel where you are assisted with your check-in. The next day’s plans are briefly reviewed and you are presented with your welcome package. Among other things, this package includes a beautiful handcrafted journal for your explorations, travel documents such as your air tickets and hotel vouchers, as well as copies of documents (such as our General Travel Guide) that were sent to you earlier.




Day 2: Mumbai - Diu - Sasan Gir. You are at leisure first thing this morning to rest and recuperate from your international flight. Later, check out from the hotel and you are driven to the airport where you board the early afternoon non-stop flight to Diu. You are greeted at the Diu airport and driven to Gir National Park. Check in to your hotel upon arrival.
The remainder of the day
you are at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities.




Day 3: Sasan Gir. Covering an area of 1150 square kilometers including around 300 square kilometers that forms the core area of the National Park, The Gir offers many excellent drives through scenic areas. Earlier the royal hunting ground of the Nawab of Junagadh, Gir was later earmarked as a protected forest in 1975.
The main carnivores of the park are the Asiatic Lion, Leopard, Jungle Cat, Hyena, Jackal, Mongoose, Civet Cat, and Ratel. Desert Cats and Rusty Spotted Cats are very rare. The main herbivores of the Gir are Chital, Nilgai, Sambar, Chowsingha, Chinkara and Wild Boar. In the adjoining forest there is a small population of Blackbuck. Among the smaller mammals, Porcupine and Hare are common but the Pangolin is rare. The reptilian fauna is represented by Crocodile, the Star Tortoise, the Monitor Lizard and a number of species of snakes. Python are also found sometimes along the stream banks.
Gir is the last bastion on earth for the wild Asiatic Lion, and their conservation efforts have surely saved this majestic species from extinction.
Enjoy wildlife safaris into the park in the morning and afternoon.




Day 4: Sasan Gir - Mumbai - Bangalore. Enjoy your final wildlife safari into the park this morning. After this you will return to your hotel to freshen up. Check out from your hotel and join your chauffeur for drive to Diu airport. Arrive at Diu airport where you will board the afternoon flight to Mumbai. Connect with the flight to Bangalore. You will have checked your bags through in Diu. You are greeted on arrival at Bangalore airport by an Easy Tours facilitator and your chauffeur, and driven to your nearby hotel. Unlike the wildlife resorts, only breakfast is included in Bangalore.




Day 5: Bangalore - Nagarhole (Rajiv Gandhi National Park). Check out of your hotel after breakfast, and meet your chauffeur for the drive (approx 5 hours) to Nagarhole. Arrive at Nagarhole and check in at your lodge.
Covering an area of 640 square kilometers, Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary stretches over a series of gentle hills and valleys north of the river Kabini. This wildlife sanctuary is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The original forest was once a private hunting ground for the former Maharajas of Mysore. Later in 1955, this sanctuary was developed around a beautiful water reservoir which was formed after the construction of a dam on the Kabini River. Twenty years later, it was chosen as a national park.
Evening - This evening you can stargaze or gather around the nightly bonfire and listen to the finest local naturalists spin yarns about Tiger and Elephant encounters!




Day 6: Nagarhole. This morning you are greeted with tea or coffee before you prepare for your morning safari. A trained naturalist will join you on your safari as you search for the elusive Tiger. Elephants in particular are seen the most, and they can be spotted enjoying their natural habitat at its best. Other large animals include spotted deer, sambar, barking deer, four-horned antelope, and wild boar. You may also enjoy a nature walk through the Rosewood, Teak, Sandalwood and Silver Birch.  
Afternoon - After a relaxing lunch you will embark on your afternoon safari, followed by dinner and memories of the day’s adventure.
Evening - Enjoy the activities around the hotel such as the wildlife movie and the campfire gathering and conversation that ranges from what other guests experienced on that day, to the resident naturalists accounts about their wildlife encounters.




Day 7: Nagarhole - Bangalore. Enjoy your last safari into the park this morning. Return to your hotel to freshen up and relax for a few hours. Check out of your room by noon.
There is a break for lunch.
Later, join your chauffeur for the drive to Bangalore, where you will be assisted in checking in to your hotel near the airport. We suggest you turn in at a reasonable time, as you will have an early start in the morning. Unlike the wildlife resorts, only breakfast is included in Bangalore.




Day 8: Bangalore - Guwahati - Kaziranga. Check out of your hotel and join your chauffeur for the short drive to the airport, where you will board the early morning ‘no frills’ non-stop flight to Guwahati. You are greeted at the Guwahati airport and proceed on the drive to Kaziranga National Park. Arrive at Kaziranga and check in to your jungle lodge.
You are at leisure to take a late lunch and just relax for the remainder of the day.
During one of the days here, you can also take an optional evening Jeep excursion to the Brahmaputra river banks to watch the frolicking of River Dolphins.




Day 9: Kaziranga. Kaziranga National Park covers an area of 688 square kilometers, situated on the south bank of Brihadishwara Temple the Brahmaputra River. The Park is home to the largest number of swamp deer (barasingha) in eastern India. It is also home to India's Big Four - The Great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros, the Asiatic Elephant, the Asiatic Wild Buffalo, and the Royal Bengal Tiger. Sighting of tigers is difficult because of the tall grasses that provide excellent camouflage.  Kaziranga National Park is also one of the finest birding destinations in the world. In addition to numerous species of resident birds it serves as the winter visiting ground to many migratory birds.
Activities would be morning and afternoon safaris by jeeps. You may also enjoy an elephant ride in the park on one morning.




Day 10: Kaziranga. Enjoy morning and afternoon safaris into the park today.




Day 11: Kaziranga - Guwahati - Delhi. Check-out from your hotel and then you are driven to Guwahati airport where you board the afternoon flight to Delhi. You are greeted at the airport by an Easy Tours Travel Facilitator, and ushered to a chauffeur driven vehicle. You are then driven to your hotel near the airport, where you are assisted with check-in.




Day 12: Delhi - Jabalpur - Bandhavgarh. You are assisted with your checkout from your hotel and driven to the airport, where you will board the early morning ‘no frills’ flight to Jabalpur. You are greeted at the airport and driven to Bandhavgarh (3½ - 4 hours in normal conditions).
Arrive at Bandhavgarh where you are greeted by the hotel staff and check-in to your jungle lodge.
There is a break for lunch.
Afternoon - enjoy a wildlife safari into the park. Trained naturalists will share the rich biodiversity of Central India with you.




Day 13: Bandhavgarh. Enjoy morning and afternoon safaris into the Park. The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is relatively high. There are a large number of sloth bear and wild boar, and the possibility of spotting leopards and tigers is very good. The park is also densely populated with animals like the chital (Spotted Deer), sambar (Barking Deer), nilgai (Blue Bull), and chausingha (Four Horned Antelope). A large variety of different species of birds is also found here.
The ramparts of the Bandhavgarh Fort provide a home for vultures, blue rock thrushes and crag martins. The terrain is rocky, with hills rising sharply from the swamps and surrounding densely forested valley. The most imposing of these hills is Bandhavgarh, which is bounded by great cliffs of massive rock. The 2000 year old Fort stands on the top of this hill. There is a temple at the fort that can be accessed only on foot and with prior notice to the authorities; however this permission can be hard to get.
Scattered throughout the Park, particularly in the area around the fort, are numerous caves containing shrines with ancient Sanskrit inscriptions, some of which date back as far as the 1st Century.




Day 14: Bandhavgarh - Jabalpur - Delhi International Flight. Enjoy a wildlife safari into the park this morning. After this you will return to your lodge to freshen up, and relax. Check out of your room by noon.
There is a break for lunch.
Afternoon
- join your chauffeur for the drive to Jabalpur for the evening ‘no-frills’ flight to Delhi.  Depending on when your international flight departs, you may want us to provide you with a room for this day so you can freshen up and rest.
Your vehicle and chauffeur stay with you (unless you choose to check in to a hotel) until your (usually late evening) check in at the airport.
Our services end at Delhi airport.




Inclusions:

* All three meals are included at Gir, Kaziranga, Nagarhole, & Bandhavgarh
* Daily Breakfast at all the other Hotels
* Hotel check-in is at 2 pm & check-out is at noon for almost all the hotels
* All transfers and sightseeing by your personal Luxury Crossover, or AC medium car (Depending on Tour level)
* Services of the best English speaking local guides / Naturalists / Park Rangers at all destinations as per the itinerary.
* 4 Jungle Safaris at Kaziranga; 3 Jungle Safaris each at Sasan Gir, Nagarhole, and Bandhavgarh,
* All safari related charges at the Wildlife Parks (including park entry fees, guide fees, vehicle fees etc.)
* Bottled water during long drives.
* All currently applicable taxes.


Not included:
* International Travel
* Any expenses of a personal nature like tips, laundry, telephone calls, drinks etc.
* Any extra meals (other than specified)
* Travel insurance, visa etc.
* Camera fees - still & video



Lodging - 14 Day Endangered Species
 
 
Mumbai
The Lalit – Deluxe Room
Gir Forest
Taj Gateway Hotel – Standard Room
Bangalore
Windflower Prakruthi – Villa (both stays)
Nagarhole
Serai Kabini – Waterfront Verandah
Kaziranga
Wild Grass Lodge – Luxury Cottage
Delhi
ITC Sheraton Saket – Deluxe Room
Bandhavgarh
Bandhav Vilas – Villa – / Nature Heritage Resort – Luxury Cottage
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25th Oct, 2014
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22nd Apr, 2015
$3700 $3330 $1249 Does not include Peak Season, Dec 20th - Jan 5th. Price upon request.
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