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A Journey to the Wilderness of Central India

Duration : 16 Days TourTaj Mahal, Agra, India
Destination : Delhi - Agra - Bandhavgarh - Kanha - Kawardha - Kanker - Jagdalpur

Highlight : This tour takes you to fabled Taj Mahal, two most celebrated Tiger reserves and less explored tribal land of Bastar, where one gets an excellent opportunity to understand life of these tribes and how they coexists with nature.

Day 01 : Arrive Delhi
Arrive IGI international airport. Met by our representative and transfer to hotel.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 02 : Delhi
Full day combined city tour of New and Old Delhi - In New Delhi visit Qutab Minar 12th century four story tower and one of the tallest of its time, Humayun Tomb considered to be one of the forerunner of Taj Mahal. Drive past India Gate, President House and other government buildings. In Old Delhi visit Red Fort ultimate symbol of Mughal power in India. Take a cycle rickshaw ride exploring the narrow alleyways of Chandni Chowk and visit Jama Masjid one of the oldest and biggest Mosque in India. Also, visit Raj Ghat (cremation site of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi).
Overnight at hotel.

Day 03 : Delhi to Agra and Umaria
Early morning transfer New Delhi railway station to board the train Shatabdi Express (0600/ 0810 Hrs.) to Agra. Arrive Agra and transfer to a hotel lobby to you the wash room facilities followed by visit to Agra Fort from where four of the mighty ruler from Mughal dynasty ruled their vast empire and the most beautiful monument of love the Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays), which is flawless to its conception and execution.
Afternoon transfer to railway station to board overnight train (1550 Hrs) for Umaria.
Overnight onboard the train.
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Day 04 : Umaria to Bandhavgarh (35 Km)
Arrive Umaria in morning at (0616 Hrs) and drive to one of the most popular tiger reserves of India, Bandhavgarh. Afternoon depart on an evening game viewing drive in Bandhavgarh national Park situated in the north-east corner of the most northerly spur of the Maikal range of hills Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the most celebrated park in central India especially for tiger lovers. The landscape of Bandhavgarh is a mixture of fairly steep and rocky hills, often with flat tops and with fairly level grassland altitude ranging from 200-1000 m. On a hill almost in the centre of the park, Bandhavgarh Fort and its adjacent temple forms an additional asset of considerable historical, religious and aesthetic interest. Semi evergreen Sal forest mixed with Terminalia and bamboo are the predominant species here.
Due to very good prey base Bandhavgarh has a very good density of predators amongst which tiger is predominant. Other predators you might be lucky to see include the Leopard, Wolf and Wild Dog. The lesser predators in the park include the Jungle Cat, Indian Fox, Jackal, Ratel, Palm Civet and Mongoose. Together, they prey on the park's abundant population of Chital, Sambar, Barking Deer, Nilgai, Indian Gazelle, Wild Boar and Four-Horned Antelope. Other mammals found here are the Sloth Bear, Pangolin, Porcupine and a variety of bats. Primates here are the Common Langur and Rhesus Macaque.
Overnight at jungle lodge.

Day 05 : Bandhavgarh
Tiger at BandhavgarhMorning and evening game view drive in Bandhavgarh National Park.
Overnight at jungle lodge.

Day 06 : Bandhavgarh to Kanha (315 Km)
Morning depart Bandhavgarh by surface for Kanha. Arrive Kanha and check in at jungle lodge.
In the east of the central Indian highlands which stretch west to east across Madhya Pradesh in the Maikal branch of the Satpuras, Kanha is one of the oldest and best managed parks of India. Known for its wilderness and tiger sightings, Kanha has been immortalized by Rudyard Kipling by incorporating it in his Jungle Book adventure of Mowgli. Very rich in wildlife Kanha has the distinction of harbouring the last of the highly endangered Hard Ground Barasingha. Tiger, Leopard, Wolf, Striped Hyena and the Indian Wild Dog, Indian Fox, Common Palm Civet, Small Indian Civet, Jackal are the greater and less predators here. The prey base includes Sambar, Chital, Blackbuck, Nilgai, Chousingha and Barking Deer. Indian Bison, Blue Bull and wild pig may also be sighted. Other mammals found here are the Sloth Bear, Common Giant Flying Squirrel, Indian Flying Fox, Fulvous Fruit Bat, Jungle Cat, Crested Porcupine and Pangolin. Common Langur and Rhesus Macaque are the primates sighted here.
Overnight at jungle lodge.

Day 07 : Kanha
Morning and evening game viewing drives in Kanha National Park.
Overnight at jungle lodge.

Day 08 : Kanha to Kawardha (140 Km)
Morning drive to Princely State of Kawardha your first exposure to tribal area of Bastar. Arrive Kawardha in time for lunch and check in at the ancestral home and private residence of Maharaja Vishwaraj Singh and family who has opened few rooms for the visiting guests. Kawardha Palace offers a unique blend of calm, history and old-world charm
Afternoon explore 11th century Bhoremdeo Group of Temples - known as the 'Khajuraho of Chattisgarh' owing to their exquisitely tender (and sometimes erotic) carvings. As these temples stands next to a beautiful lake it provides extra incentive to avian life lovers. Other places of interest includes Lohara Bavli (20 Km) a 120 years old step well with a number of chambers, 180 years old Krishna Temple.
Overnight at hotel.
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Day 09 : Kawardha
Morning depart on a full day excursion to visit Baiga - Baiga region consists of tribal villages such as Gond villages and Tolas settlements. The Baiga adhere rigidly to a simple lifestyle in the heart of the remote forested areas. They are known as the 'Lords of the Animals' and are widely believed to have magical powers. For generations they have resisted even ploughing, believing it to scar the flesh of their Mother, the Earth.
Return to Kawardha in the late afternoon or evening.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 10 : Kawardha to Kanker (251 Km)
After breakfast, drive through the tribal country to Princely State of Kanker. Arrive Kankaner by late afternoon and check in at Kanker Palace royal residence of late Mahrajadhiraj Udai Pratap Deo have opened part of the palace to visitors, maintaining an informal elegance amid many mementoes of their royal past. Once a keen hunter, the former head of the Kanker family became a dedicated conservationist, however one can still witness trophies of earlier times adorn the Palace walls. Afternoon explore the surroundings and interact with royal family who will be more than happy to interpret and explain the folklore and tradition of the State they once ruled. They will also introduce you to a performance of the traditional music and dance of the region.
Overnight at hotel.

Kanker PalaceDay 11 : Kanker
Morning proceed on a full day excursion to nearby forests and villages to witness more Tribal life of this region. Climb the forested Keshkal Ghat in south of Kanker which marks the border of Bastar. You will encounter here the special nature of North Bastar with a visit to colorful weekly markets. It gives you a great opportunity to meet and observe the local tribes. At Kondagaon and Narayanpur discover some of Bastar's finest and unique handicrafts, and the people who make them.
Return to Kanker by late afternoon or early evening.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 12 : Kanker to Jagdalpur (120 Km)
After breakfast depart Kanker by surface for Jagdalpur. Jagdalpur former capital of Bastar is the main commercial hub for the tribes of the region and the heartland of Bastar tribes. Check in at hotel upon arrival at Jagdalpur. In the afternoon visit Anthropological which provides a perfect window-view of the life-styles of various adivasi tribes in Bastar. Also, visit the Chitrakot (38 Km), gorgeous waterfall is on River Indravati, Located in the west of Jagdalpur this widely spread horse-shoe shaped waterfall is a fascinating site when water gushes from a height of about 100ft forming a rainbow. Chitrakot waterfall is often referred as 'Niagra' of the east.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 13 : Jagdalpur
Full day explore the different tribal villages which comprises almost 3/4th of the Bastar population., each with their own indigenous culture of spirits, deities, dialects, customs and food habits. Predominant tribes are the Halbas, Abudjamadis or Abujmariya or Hill Maria, Muria, Gonds etc.
Halbas: derived their name from the term "Hal", meaning the plough. They are primarily agriculturists. Halbas are one of the developed and rich tribal groups and many of them are land owners or land lords. Halbas enjoy high 'local status' amongst the tribal in the state, because of their costume, dialect and social activities.
Abudjamadis: these tribes are found in the geographically inaccessible areas of Abujhmar Mountains and Kutrumar Hills and speak a Dravidian language called Abujmaria. The Hill Maria are semi-nomadic farmers who use the "slash and burn" method of agriculture. After farming an area for two or three years, they abandon their houses, move to a different location, and make new land clearings. They survive by farming, hunting, and eating the fruits of the forests. They hunt with spears, and bows and arrows, and eat the game that is killed. Wild buffalo, boar, deer, and tigers live in the dense forests of the region. The people vow to protect the tiger, which is highly honored, feared, and respected. Although the Hill Maria tribes are less civilized they far surpass the others in strength and ability. A strong sense of community exists between them. Liberty, equality, and brotherhood are highly valued principles.
Muria: A sub-group of the Gond tribe the Muria's are unlike the typically nomadic Gond, live in permanent villages. They survive mainly by farming, hunting, and eating the fruits of the forest. The Muria are generally live in bamboo, mud, and thatched roof houses. Each house is surrounded by a fence.
Gonds: the largest tribal group in India Gonds are the majority in tribal population of Bastar. They are mainly a nomadic tribe and also called as Koytoria. The name Gond is extracted from the Telugu word 'Konda' which means hill. Agriculture, collecting minor forest produce, forging metal goods in cottage industries, fishing, hunting, are the main occupations of Gonds.
Overnight at hotel.
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Gonds Tribal - BastarDay 14 : Jagdalpur
Get an opportunity to know some of the traditional arts and crafts of Bastar, which comprise from wood-craft to terracotta, tribal weaving to Bhatti-chitra (traditional wall paintings), stone carving to Bell metal craft, Iron craft and the Bamboo crafts. These crafts reflect the subtle creativity, inventive genius and the imagination of the local craftsmen, who have tried to retain the original purity of perception and core-concepts governing the life styles of their ethos.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 15 : Jagdalpur to Raipur (220 Km)
In time depart Jagdalpur by surface for Raipur to connect flight to Delhi. Arrive Delhi and transfer to hotel.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 16 : Depart Delhi
In time transfer to international airport to board the flight for onward destination.


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