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Bengal Tiger

India: Central

Tigers and Birds of the Central Highlands

A 12-day, small group bird and wildlife watching tour that combines four of India's finest tiger reserves in the Central Indian Highlands.

Our comprehensive tiger tour takes us through a landscape that once provided inspiration for Rudyard Kipling's 'Jungle Book' with its fables of Shere Khan. Today, this region hosts a cluster of India's finest tiger reserves. We will explore four of these, beginning at Bandhavgarh and making our way south through the state of Madhya Pradesh as we visit Kanha and Pench, ending at Tadoba in northern Maharashta. These Central Indian Highlands account for almost half of India's forests and viable tiger habitats, and over a third of India's tiger population.  A total of 17 game drives in open jeeps will take us through a mosaic of deciduous woodland, bamboo brakes and wide meadows as we seek out memorable encounters with Bengal Tiger, while in these excellent grazing and hunting grounds we will also be looking for Leopard, Ussuri Dhole, Sloth Bear, as well as Gaur and Swamp Deer among an incredible diversity and density of herbivores. We'll also encounter a fine selection of birds such as Malabar Pied Hornbill, Mottled Wood-Owl, Heart-spotted Woodpecker, Painted Spurfowl, Savanna Nightjar and Grey-headed Fish Eagle, with waterbirds in lakes and reservoirs.

Sunday 6 April - Thursday 17 April 2025

with Lokesh Kumar

Sunday 29 March - Thursday 9 April 2026

with Lokesh Kumar

2025: INR 314000 / $ 3765  / £ 2975 / € 3505 (Jabalpur/Nagpur)

Duration: 11 nights/12 days

Group size: min. 6 / max. 8 with 1 leader

Single room supplement: INR 60000/ $ 720 / £ 570  / € 670

Deposit: 20% of the tour price

The tour is priced in Indian Rupees (INR). Amounts shown in other currencies are indicative.

The tour price includes:

  • Accommodation

  • All meals and drinking water

  • Ground transportation

  • Services of a guide throughout

  • All birding and wildlife activities (a total of 17 safaris by private jeeps)

  • Reserve entry fees

  • Tour info, pre-travel notes and checklists

Estimated flight costs: $ 915 / £ 750 / € 865 (to Jabalpur/from Nagpur)*

Estimated visa costs: $ 25 / £ 20 / € 25**

*Estimated flight costs are based on travel from UK/EU

**Estimated visa costs shown here are for a 30-day e-tourist visa for India.

More information on what's included

Read about our small group surcharges for groups of less than 6 participants

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