Jungles of India: In Kipling's Footsteps

10 days from $5,430 per person*
  • Explore Mumbai's Chowpatty Beach, a 2-mile long Bollywood favorite.
  • Enjoy a private tour of Elephanta Island in Mumbai.
  • Join tiger safaris in the national parks of Khana and Pench.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • Featuring expertly selected luxury hotels.
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India's national parks are well-worth your consideration for a tiger safari, not because you might have already traveled to Africa, but because they offer a very different flavor of wildlife tracking in a country that is also distinctly different from a cultural point of view. This trip takes you to two national parks, Pench and Khana. The latter was the setting for Kipling's classic novel 'The Jungle Book' and although it can never be guaranteed, there is always a chance that you encounter a 'relative' of Shere Khan.

Arrive for your journey following Kipling’s footsteps in Mumbai, India's most populous city and the financial capital of the world’s largest democracy. Visit its most famous landmark, Gateway of India, at the southern tip of the city and overlooking the splendid Arabian Sea, then savor street food at the many street shops that line Chowpatty Beach. The city is a vibrant swirl at any time and the almost 2 mile-long boulevard here has been a Bollywood favorite for decades.
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From Mumbai, a 90-minute flight takes you to Nagpur, followed by a 3-hour private transfer to Khana National Park. Khana’s vast grasslands, supporting large herds of deer, have earned it the nickname "the N'Gorongoro of India". Apart from deer, it boasts an incredibly rich wildlife, including Sambar, Chital and Indian Muntjac, Grey Langur, Golden Jackal, Bengal Fox, Wild Boar - and of course, Tiger. Herds of gigantic gaur, the largest wild cattle in the world can be spotted in good numbers. Less frequently, you might see the rather more elusive Leopard, Dhole (Indian Wild Dog), Sloth Bear, Striped Hyena, Indian Crested Porcupine, Indian Pangolin and the Four-horned Antelope. The animals around here are, not surprisingly, most active early and late in the day, so plan to make daily excursions by jeep into the park in the early mornings and evenings, accompanied by well-trained naturalist guides. Be prepared that mornings are misty cool and evenings usually a little nippy.

The second part of this safari takes you to Pench, approximately five hours away by a private transfer. Nestled in the lower southern reaches of the Satpura Hills, it is named after the river flowing through the national park. Pench is a mixed deciduous forest, totaling 470 square miles. Its jungle is teeming with spotted deer, Blue bull, Sambar and large herds of Gaur among a host of other deer and antelopes like the elusive Muntjac and the four-horned antelope respectively. The world's largest cat, the tiger (weighing 220 kg for an average male), as well as the world’s smallest cat the Rusty-spotted cat (weighing under 1.5 kg), can both be found here. The numerous large bodies of water, grasslands, and forests provide a varied avian habitat, making it a bird haven with over 340 species recorded.

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Mumbai
    Mumbai
    • Airport Meet & Greet
    • Transfer - Airport (Arrival) - Vehicle/Driver/Representative
  • Day 2 Mumbai
    Mumbai
    • Private Tour - Full Day in Mumbai (6hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 3 Mumbai
    Mumbai
    • Private Tour - Elephanta Caves - Boat/Guide
  • Day 4 Mumbai to Nagpur to Kanha
    Mumbai to Nagpur to Kanha
    • Transfer - Airport (Departure) - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Mumbai - Nagpur [Direct, 1.5 hrs] - Economy
    • Private Transfer - Nagpur - Kanha [(6 hrs)] - Vehicle/Driver
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 Kanha
    Kanha
    • Private Tour - Kanha Jeep Safari - Vehicle/Naturalist/Park Entrance
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 Kanha
    Kanha
    • Private Tour - Jeep Safari Animal Tracking - Vehicle/Naturalist/Park Entrance
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 Kanha to Pench National Park
    Kanha to Pench National Park
    • Private Transfer - Kanha - Pench National Park [(5 hrs)] - Vehicle/Driver
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8 Pench National Park
    Pench National Park
    • Private Tour - Jeep Safari Animal Tracking - Vehicle/Naturalist/Park Entrance
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9 Pench National Park
    Pench National Park
    • Private Tour - Pench Safari Drive - Vehicle/Naturalist/Park Entrance
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10 Pench National Park to Nagpur
    Pench National Park to Nagpur
    • Private Transfer - Pench National Park - Nagpur [(3 hrs)] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Nagpur - Mumbai [(2 hrs)] - Economy
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Day 1: Mumbai

For your added comfort, an English-speaking airport representative will be waiting for you outside the customs area for you with a sign with your name on it for your added comfort on arrival. The representative will help you meet up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

You will be welcomed at the Mumbai Airport by an English speaking representative and transferred to your accommodation by private vehicle and driver. For guests arriving at the domestic terminal, the guide will be waiting in the terminal by Gate "C" for Air India and Jet Airways domestic arrivals. For guests arriving at the international terminal, the guide will be waiting at the exit terminal opposite gate "A".

Accommodation: The Taj Mahal Palace (5*)

The history of Mumbai and The Taj Mahal Palace are dramatically intertwined. The hotel is Mumbai’s first harbour landmark (built 21 years before the Gateway of India) and the site of the first licensed bar in the city. For more than a century, the Taj has played an intrinsic part in the life of the city, hosting Maharajas, dignitaries and eminent personalities from across the globe. Today it is a Leading Hotel of the World and favourite destination for discerning business travellers.  A treasure-trove of invaluable memorabilia, there is a story to tell behind every pillar, a landmark deal in every boardroom, and a storied celebration under every awning. Come be a part of the legend.

Jungles of India: In Kipling's Footsteps Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Mumbai
Mumbai
Jungles of India: In Kipling's Footsteps Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Taj Mahal Palace
Taj Mahal Palace

Day 2: Mumbai

This full day tour of Mumbai is the best way to experience the city at your own pace. The tour covers all the must-see places on any traveler’s itinerary including visits to the Gateway of India, St. Thomas Cathedral, Prince of Wales Museum, Bombay University and the Oval Maidan, Town Hall, Victoria Terminus, Crawford Market, Marine Drive and Chowpatty Beach, Mani Bhavan the home of Gandhi, Malabar Hill and the Hanging Gardens and finally Dhobi Ghat.

Accommodation: The Taj Mahal Palace (5*)
Jungles of India: In Kipling's Footsteps Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Victoria Terminus
Victoria Terminus

Day 3: Mumbai

A cruise through Mumbai Harbor brings you to the rock-cut cave temples on Elephanta Island. In 1987, the caves were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The rock-cut temple complex covers an area of 60,000 square feet consisting of a main chamber, two lateral ones, courtyards and subsidiary shrines. The site of these magnificent caves contains beautiful reliefs, sculptures, and a temple to the Hindu god Shiva.

Accommodation: The Taj Mahal Palace (5*)
Jungles of India: In Kipling's Footsteps Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Elephanta Island
Elephanta Island

Day 4: Mumbai - Nagpur - Kanha

You'll be transferred to Mumbai Airport by private vehicle and driver in time for your onward flight.

Enjoy your flight from Mumbai to Nagpur. The flight duration is approximately 90 minutes.

Meet your driver and relax on a private transfer from Nagpur airport to Pench National Park. Approximate driving time is 3 hours.

Accommodation: Banjaar Tola, Kanha National Park (5*)

The luxurious, yet lightweight, ensuite tents have been designed in a contemporary style, with pressed bamboo wall panels, gorgeous bamboo floors and locally crafted furniture hewn from the timber of exotic Indian trees. Banjaar Tola boasts two elegant camps of nine suites, each with its own intimate tented sitting area. Just 18 lightweight tented suites are spread out along the riverbank and into the sal forest. Contemporary, flowing shapes, canvas walls and roofs, and immense glass doors that let in the Indian sky create an atmosphere that is light and ethereal with stunning river views from the privacy of your own veranda or share the experiences of the day on dramatic decks facing the Banjaar River.  Banjaar Tola has its own unique identity, celebrating the Bastar and Dogra art that hails from nearby Chattisgarh.

Jungles of India: In Kipling's Footsteps Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Kanha
Kanha
Jungles of India: In Kipling's Footsteps Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Banjaar Tola
Banjaar Tola

Day 5: Kanha

Kanha is one of India’s largest National Parks, spread over a staggering 750 square miles. Misty cool mornings and chilly evenings are a trademark of the region. The region’s unique topography is characterized by a horseshoe-shaped valley, and the whole park area is surrounded by the spurs of the Mekal. Home to numerous endangered species, Kanha’s most famous resident is the Bengal tiger in a home ideal for both predator and prey. Set out on a morning jeep safari through the park, and keep your eyes open for the tremendous variety of wildlife living in the park, including bison, gaur, sambhar, chital, hyena, and leopards.

Accommodation: Banjaar Tola, Kanha National Park (5*)
Jungles of India: In Kipling's Footsteps Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Tiger
Tiger

Day 6: Kanha

Head out into the wilderness of Kanha National Park for a wildlife safari by jeep. Although the park is famous for its tiger viewing opportunities, the park is also home to a tremendous amount of biodiversity. The park was setting for Rudyard Kipling’s classic novel, “The Jungle Book”. The park was initially established in 1955 to protect the endangered ‘hardground’ swamp deer Barasingha, also the park’s mascot.  This charismatic deer gets its name from the multiple tines on its antlers, usually 12 or ‘Barah’ in Hindi. Other rarer park residents include the rhesus, the dhole (Indian wild dog), sloth bear, striped hyena, Indian crested porcupine, and Indian pangolin.

Accommodation: Banjaar Tola, Kanha National Park (5*)
Jungles of India: In Kipling's Footsteps Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Rhesus Monkey
Rhesus Monkey

Day 7: Kanha - Pench National Park

Meet your driver and settle in for a private transfer from Kanha to Pench National Park. Approximate transfer time is 5 hours.

Accommodation: Baghvan, Pench National Park (5*)

Baghvan is located at a mere 5-minute drive from the park entrance on the edge of Pench National Park. The Baghvan resort has been taken over by CC Africa and the 12 stand alone suites have been totally rebuilt. Each suite has an air-conditioned bedroom with wooden latticed bay window and private shaded sit-outs and bathroom. The stairs lead to a covered roof terrace with mosquito net and overhead fan. The guest area includes sitting room with sofas, interactive open kitchen that spills out into the dining area, library and swimming pool.

Jungles of India: In Kipling's Footsteps Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Pench National Park
Pench National Park
Jungles of India: In Kipling's Footsteps Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Baghvan resort Lounge
Baghvan resort Lounge

Day 8: Pench National Park

Head back into the fertile forests of Pench National Park for an additional day of animal tracking by jeep. The reserve boasts India’s highest density of herbivores in India. Crisscrossed by several seasonal streams and nallahs, the Pench Reservoir at the center of the park is the only major water source during the pinch period. The Indian Scops Owl and the Spotted Owlet are some of the well-camouflaged birds that sometimes appear on a safari, and the well-trained eye of a naturalist will facilitate finding them. In recent years, the park has seen a boost in its tiger population numbers, giving visitors an excellent opportunity for tiger spotting.

Accommodation: Baghvan, Pench National Park (5*)
Jungles of India: In Kipling's Footsteps Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Watering Hole
Watering Hole

Day 9: Pench National Park

Nestled in the lower southern reaches of the Satpura Hills, Pench National Park draws its name from the seasonal Pench River that flows through its territory, drying up every April. The river runs from the north to the south of the park, dividing the park into almost equal western and eastern halves. The vast wilderness helped inspire Rudyard Kipling’s classic novel, “The Jungle Book”. Head out on a wildlife safari by jeep into the typical central Indian teak jungle, keeping a lookout for tigers amidst the undulating topography. Pench National Park’s unique vegetation ranges from tropical deciduous forest with a number of streams and watering holes – a perfect place to spot wildlife. Mingled with the tropical dry deciduous teak forests, the park’s open habitat not only lends itself well to wildlife viewing, but also offers striking views of the area’s sheer beauty. Leopards, wild dog, gaur, sambar, and chital also inhabit the forests.

Accommodation: Baghvan, Pench National Park (5*)
Jungles of India: In Kipling's Footsteps Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Bengal Tiger
Bengal Tiger

Day 10: Pench National Park - Nagpur

Meet your driver and relax on a private transfer from Pench National Park to Nagpur airport. Approximate driving time is 3 hours.

Board a flight with direct service from Nagpur to Mumbai. Approximate flight duration is 2 hours.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

The Taj Mahal Palace (5*): Mumbai

The history of Mumbai and The Taj Mahal Palace are dramatically intertwined. The hotel is Mumbai’s first harbour landmark (built 21 years before the Gateway of India) and the site of the first licensed bar in the city. For more than a century, the Taj has played an intrinsic part in the life of the city, hosting Maharajas, dignitaries and eminent personalities from across the globe. Today it is a Leading Hotel of the World and favourite destination for discerning business travellers.  A treasure-trove of invaluable memorabilia, there is a story to tell behind every pillar, a landmark deal in every boardroom, and a storied celebration under every awning. Come be a part of the legend.

Jungles of India: In Kipling's Footsteps Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Taj Mahal Palace
Taj Mahal Palace

Banjaar Tola, Kanha National Park (5*): Kanha

The luxurious, yet lightweight, ensuite tents have been designed in a contemporary style, with pressed bamboo wall panels, gorgeous bamboo floors and locally crafted furniture hewn from the timber of exotic Indian trees. Banjaar Tola boasts two elegant camps of nine suites, each with its own intimate tented sitting area. Just 18 lightweight tented suites are spread out along the riverbank and into the sal forest. Contemporary, flowing shapes, canvas walls and roofs, and immense glass doors that let in the Indian sky create an atmosphere that is light and ethereal with stunning river views from the privacy of your own veranda or share the experiences of the day on dramatic decks facing the Banjaar River.  Banjaar Tola has its own unique identity, celebrating the Bastar and Dogra art that hails from nearby Chattisgarh.

Jungles of India: In Kipling's Footsteps Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Banjaar Tola
Banjaar Tola
Jungles of India: In Kipling's Footsteps Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Banjaar Tola Room
Banjaar Tola Room

Baghvan, Pench National Park (5*): Pench National Park

Baghvan is located at a mere 5-minute drive from the park entrance on the edge of Pench National Park. The Baghvan resort has been taken over by CC Africa and the 12 stand alone suites have been totally rebuilt. Each suite has an air-conditioned bedroom with wooden latticed bay window and private shaded sit-outs and bathroom. The stairs lead to a covered roof terrace with mosquito net and overhead fan. The guest area includes sitting room with sofas, interactive open kitchen that spills out into the dining area, library and swimming pool.

Jungles of India: In Kipling's Footsteps Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Baghvan resort Lounge
Baghvan resort Lounge

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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