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 3 March - Thursday 14 March 2024
with Lokesh Kumar
Sunday 2 March - Thursday 13 March 2025
with Lokesh Kumar
2025: INR 308000 / $ 3710 / £ 3040 / € 3505 (Jabalpur/Nagpur)
Duration: 11 nights/12 days
Group size: min. 6 / max. 8 with 1 leader
Single room supplement: INR 65000 / $ 780 / £ 640 / € 740
Deposit: INR 61600 / $ 240 / £ 185 / € 215 (20% of the tour price)
The tour is priced in Indian Rupees (INR). Amounts shown in other currencies are indicative.
The tour price includes:
All meals and drinking water
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 Port Blair)
Estimated visa costs: $ 25 / £ 20 / € 25*
*Estimated visa costs shown here are for a 30-day e-visa for India.
More information on what's included