India Safari
November 01 – 18, 2020

Overview:

Search for the increasingly rare Bengal tiger in Bandhavgarh National Park, formerly a maharaja’s private hunting preserve. Explore the lesser-visited Satpura National Park as well as Pench – the original setting of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Enjoy in-depth explorations of each park – traversing the forested ridges, thick bamboo, and shallow rivers; searching for wild boar, chital deer, and sambar; and keeping an eye out for the varied birdlife, such as the green bee-eater, white-bellied drongo, and plum-headed parakeet. Delve into Indian culture with visits to Old and New Delhi, including the bustling arket filled with everything from spices to wedding jewels.

Brief Itinerary:
Day 1: Depart USA
Day 2: Delhi, India
Day 3: Delhi
Day 4: Delhi / Jabalpur / Bandhavgarh National Park
Day 5 – 7: Bandhavgarh National Park
Day 8: Bandhavgarh National Park / Pench National Park
Day 9 – 10: Pench National Park
Day 11: Pench National Park / Nagpur / Kolkata
Day 12: Kolkata / Jorhat
Day 14: Jorhat / Kaziranga National Park
Day 14 – 15: Kaziranga National Park
Day 16: Kaziranga / Jorhat / Delhi
Day 17: Delhi / USA

Interested in more information? Please contact Expedition Easy by calling 1-800-617-2319 or click here to e-mail the Expedition Easy Team.

India Safari
November 01 – 18, 2020

Day-by-day Itinerary:

Day 1 – Depart USA
Board your independent flight to Delhi.

Day 2 – Delhi, India
Arrive in Delhi late this evening and transfer to the Taj Palace Hotel.

Day 3 – Delhi
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before embarking on a city tour, including a rickshaw ride past the Jama Masjid and the Red Fort in Old Delhi. Take a stroll through Chandani Chowk, one of the largest wholesale markets in Asia, before lunch at a local restaurant. Later, explore New Delhi and one of India’s many World Heritage Sites, the Qutab complex including Qutab Minar. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 4 – Delhi / Jabalpur / Bandhavgarh National Park
This morning board our flight to Jabalpur and continue overland to remote Bandhavgarh National Park. Formerly a maharajah’s private hunting preserve, the area was designated a national park in 1968 and is now one of the best places to view Indian wildlife and to seek out the rare and endangered Bengal tiger. Arrive in time for lunch at the Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge, your base for three nights. Enjoy an afternoon safari by 4×4 vehicle, with dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 5 – 7 – Bandhavgarh National Park
Enjoy three full days exploring this diverse park set among the Vindhya Hills of Madhya Pradesh. In the lowlands of the park search for wild boar, as well as several deer species—barking, sambar, and chital—and be sure to keep an eye out for the elusive leopard and tiger. In the trees overhead, watch for Rhesus macaques and Hanuman langurs; bird watching in the area is also excellent.

Day 8 – Bandhavgarh National Park / Pench National Park
After one last morning game drive, set out on the drive toward Pench National Park, the 19th Project Tiger Reserve, in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Its wildlife-rich forest habitats were the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Check into the Jamtara Wilderness Camp, a luxury tented camp surrounded by lofty arjuna trees and your home base for three nights.

Day 9 – 10 – Pench National Park
Spend two full days in the park with twice-daily wildlife viewing drives. The rich variety of mammals that live here make it a photographer’s paradise, with excellent chances of spotting gaur, chital, Indian wild dog, chinkara, mongoose, jackal, jungle cat, and hyena, with a possibility of spotting the elusive tiger and leopard. Among the more than 200 avian species found here are bulbuls, barbets, flycatchers, and kingfishers.

Day 11 – Pench National Park / Nagpur / Kolkata
Enjoy a final morning safari and breakfast in Pench before setting out for your drive to Nagpur. After lunch, board our flight to Kolkata and check in to the Swissotel Kolkata for dinner and overnight.

Day 12 – Kolkata / Jorhat
Return to the airport this morning for our flight to Jorhat. After lunch at a local restaurant, take a trip to the edge of the Brahmaputra River to search for birds and wildlife. Check in to the Banyan Grove for dinner and overnight.

Day 13 – Jorhat / Kaziranga National Park
Rise early this morning for an excursion to the Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary, home to hoolock gibbons and the Bengal slow loris. After this, depart overland for Kaziranga National Park passing lush countryside and tea estates. In the afternoon there may be time for a short stroll along the border of the park. Spend the next four nights at Diphlu River Lodge, situated on the Diphlu River in a setting of great natural beauty.

Day 14 – 16 – Kaziranga National Park
Spend three days exploring this amazing 165-square-mile reserve that borders the Brahmaputra River and Mikir Mountain Range. The country here is mostly flat—a tangle of thorny rattan cane, elephant grass, evergreen forest, and shallow marshland. The ranges of the reserve offer opportunities to see numerous one-horned Indian rhinos—the largest number of this species in the world roams here—as well as wild Asian elephants and wild Asiatic water buffalo. Other highlights include wild boars, hog deer, hoolock gibbons, and the locally common swamp deer or soft-ground barasingha. Birds abound at Kaziranga as well: bar-headed geese; gray-headed and Pallas’ fish eagles; Oriental darters; herons and egrets of all shapes and sizes; black-necked, lesser adjutant, Asian open-billed storks; and many more.

Day 17 –Kaziranga National Park / Jorhat / Delhi
After a final morning safari, transfer to the airport in Jorhat for your flight to Delhi. Enjoy dinner and overnight at the Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi.

Day 18 – Delhi / USA
Depart on your independent homeward flight, arriving in the USA the same day.

*Please note: This itinerary is subject to change. In the spirit of expedition travel, plans may change slightly to take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and wildlife.

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India Safari
November 01 – 18, 2020

Rates:

November 01 – 18, 2020
Trip Package Rate:

Approx. $13,980 per person sharing
Approx. $17,480 per person single

– Rates are per person and are based on shared accommodations
– Rates are approximate until the time of booking
– Rates are quoted in USD and subject to change without prior notice
– Rates are based on availability at the time of booking

Flights:

Flights Required for this Itinerary:
The following scheduled flights will be required for the above itinerary and are included in the price of the Expedition. Expedition Easy will book these flights for you.

Domestic Flights:
November 25: Delhi / Jabalpur
December 06: Bhopal / Delhi

International Airfare:
Expedition easy does not make international air reservations and international air is not included in your quote. However, please do let us know if you would like assistance with booking your international air. We would be happy to put you in touch with our airline partner, Exito Travel to assist you with your international air reservation.

Included:

– Transportation and airfare within India
– All excursionsin the company of a world-class expedition leader and local guides
– All gratuities
– All accommodations
– All group meals, including selected beverages with lunch and dinner
– All entrance fees
– Arrival and departure transfers on group dates
– Gift certificates for recommended expedition gear and all reading materials
– Medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance

Not Included:

– Airfare from your home city/Delhi and Delhi/home city
– Excess baggage charges
– Airport arrigal and departure taxes
– Transfers for independent arrivals and departures
– Passport and/or visa fees
– Travel insurance
– Items of a personal nature such as laundry, alcoholic beverages (other than listed above) and other incidentals
– Email/internet/fax/telephone charges

Deposit & Payments

A completed & signed Expedition Easy Reservation Form, along with your 25% trip deposit and full regional and/or domestic air payment (if applicable) is required at the time of booking.

Reservations

This itinerary is subject to the availability of all services at the time of making a reservation. No space is being held at this time. Please contact Expedition Easy for the full terms and conditions that apply. We are happy to answer questions and discuss your trip.

To reserve space on a trip on the Expedition Easy website, please contact Expedition Easy by calling 1-800-617-2319 or click here to e-mail the Expedition Easy Team.

India Safari
November 01 – 18, 2020

Mark Brazil
2020 Expedition Leader

Mark Brazil

Mark developed his fascination with the natural world, especially birds and mammals, during his boyhood in the landlocked English county of Worcestershire. He pursued academic interests in biology during studies in England and Scotland, while exploring the coasts and mountains of Britain in search of birds. Mark earned his PhD from Stirling University, Scotland, for his work on avian behavioral-ecology in Iceland and Scotland. Ornithological research, natural history consultancy for TV companies, and guiding naturalists and wildlife photographers, have taken him to all continents, but his particular passion is Asia in all its diversity. Fascinated by island biology, he is a leading authority on the natural history of Japan, where he worked as a professor of biodiversity and conservation at Rakuno Gakuen University, near Sapporo, until 2007. Mark is currently based in Hokkaido, Japan. In addition to being a field naturalist, he is a prolific writer. Up until recently, he was a columnist for The Japan Times newspaper (his column Wild Watch appeared there since 1982 and was the longest running natural history column in the world) and writer-in-residence for JapanVisitor.com. Mark’s books include Wild Asia: Spirit of a Continent, The Birds of Japan (the definitive text of bird biology and distribution in the Japanese archipelago), The Monograph, The Whooper Swan, and most recently, A Field Guide to the Birds of East Asia. Mark juggles international travel with writing and enjoys spending as much time as possible exploring Hokkaido.


November 01 - 18, 2020