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Central India

 

Central India's forests have long been associated with tigers, this landscape providing inspiration for Rudyard Kipling's 'Jungle Book' with its fables of Shere Khan.  Today, the region hosts a cluster of India's finest tiger reserves, offering excellent opportunities for sightings of Bengal Tiger, and perhaps it's best chance for survival.

 

India is home to more than half of the world's remaining tigers, and of these 450 or so make their home in the Central Indian Highlands, which account for almost half of India's forests.  The terrain here is undulating, intersected by seasonal streams whose valleys are surrounded by rolling hills and rocky escarpments.  Key among this area's tiger reserves are Kanha, one of India's oldest and the region's largest, and Pench, both part of a contiguous stretch of forest which extends from one to the other, vital for conservation as forests elsewhere become increasingly fragmented.  To the north, despite being a somewhat isolated forest fragment, Bandhavgarh supports a high density of tigers that in parts equates to one per every 5 sq km making it undoubtedly India's most famous and most visited tiger reserve.  And to the south, reserves that have until relatively recently been overlooked are making their mark as off-the-beaten-track wildlife experiences, with Tadoba emerging as a prime wildlife destination offering exceptional tiger sightings in a quieter environment.

 

Tigers are just one part of a rich faunal community, and are accompanied here by an exceptional variety of other large mammals, in particular Leopard, Sloth Bear, Barasingha (Swamp Deer), Gaur (Indian Bison) and Dhole (Wild Dog), as well as a diverse array of resident and migrant birds.  These can be better explored at outlying Panna, which offers the added attraction of night drives in the reserve's buffer zones in search of nocturnal mammals, and Satpura, where the emphasis is on an appreciation of the entire forest ecosystem and whose night drives, boat excursions and less intrusive, unique walking safaris allow the chance of shier mammals and excellent birding.

 


Tiger 1

Tigers of Kipling Country

Tour Code: CI001 / 10 days

An exploration of Pench and Kanha National Parks, two of India's finest tiger reserves.  This is a landscape long associated with Tigers and the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling's 'Jungle Book' with its rich fables of Shere Khan.  

Tiger 2

Tigers - Kanha, Pench & Satpura

Tour Code: CI002 / 13 days

Combining visits to Kanha and Pench, both offering exceptional opportunites for Tiger sightings, with lesser visited Satpura, where the entire faunal community, comprising many of India's more elusive large mammals and a variety of birds, can be better explored.

CI003 - Sloth Bear

Tigers - Tadoba, Pench & Satpura

Tour Code: CI003 / 13 days

An off-the-beaten-track tiger tour, combining a visit to emerging and still relatively quiet Tadoba, with Pench and Satpura, for a more exclusive experience offering good chances of Tiger, many more large mammals, and excellent birding.

CI004 - Tiger 4

Tigers - Kanha & Bandhavgarh

Tour Code: CI004 / 10 days

A traditional tiger tour focusing on two of India's best known and most visited  tiger reserves, which offer unrivalled opportunities for exceptional sightings of Tiger, accompanied by a host of additional mammals in two very different settings.