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Lost Land Of The Tiger
Lost Land of the Tiger
Visit: Mumbai - Nagpur - Pench - Bush Camp - Satpura - Bhopal - Delhi
Duration: 8 Nights / 9 Days
This ground breaking trip offers a unique opportunity to explore outside the usual ‘Tiger Tour’ circuit, reaching forests and landscapes that few have had the privilege to experience. Travelling on foot, on elephant back and by boat, we visit one of the oldest and least visited of India’s reserves. We also visit Pench Tiger Reserve, with its famous tigress and star of the BBC ‘Spy in the Jungle’ series. We also revel in the tracks and signs of wildlife and birdlife. Each evening we will recount the journeys of a famous classic of Indian Raj writing, the journals of Captain Forsyth’s hunting adventures in these Indian Highlands, of what was then called ‘The Game.’ Lastly explore the past, present and future for wildlife in India’s crowded lands.

Tour Duration : 8 Nights / 9 Days

Destinations Covered: Mumbai - Nagpur - Pench - Bush Camp - Satpura - Bhopal - Delhi

Package Highlights:
• Visit a little known area of pristine tiger habitat, harking back to the days of the Raj in 1860's
• Experience game drives and travel on foot, by boat and elephant back to learn about nature
• Stay three nights in a simple fly camp, close to a Tribal forest village and inside a Tiger forest
• Accompanied by naturalists, Gond tribal's and conservation experts


Package Inclusions:
• Accommodation on twin/double sharing room basis at listed hotels or equivalent
• On arrival meeting & assistance by our office representative
• Indian traditional welcome
• Daily buffet breakfast, except full board in Pench, Bush Camp, Satpura & Panchmari
• Transportation / Transfers / Sightseeing / Excursions as per package details by air conditioned Innova
• 04 game drive at Pench
• Visit the Tiger reserve, combining game drives with wonderful walks at Satpura
• Service of english speaking local Guides as per detailed itinerary
• All currently applicable taxes


Package Exclusions:
• Meals other than those specifies in the itinerary
• Entrance Fees, Special guides, Camera fees & tips
• Things of personal nature like laundry, telephone etc
• Inland/International flight charges
• All other than those listed in above inclusions


DAY 01: ARRIVE MUMBAI
On arrival, you will check in to a comfortable hotel and be met by Julian Matthews, your expert and guide for the tour. After a late lunch, enjoy a fascinating guided tour of Mumbai and its surroundings. Mumbai is the business heart of India, a thriving port and busy commercial district, with lots of history, where rich and poor live cheek by jowl. There is also a good Gandhi museum, which we can visit if time permits. Early dinner (optional) and overnight.
  
DAY 02: MUMBAI/ NAGPUR / PENCH TIGER RESERVE
Transfer to the domestic airport early morning to board the flight to Nagpur. On arrival, you will drive for about two hours to Pench Jungle Camp, close to Pench National Park,.
After lunch, take a game drive into the park. Pench was an unknown park until only a few years ago, but has since established a reputation as one of the best places to see big cats and some of the greatest numbers of antelope and deer species in India. Its teak forests, riverine habitat and large reservoir make it ideal game viewing. The tigress and her four cubs captured on the award winning BBC ‘Spy in the Jungle’ series were filmed here and, if we are lucky, we may see her or one or more of her offspring. Birds are plentiful too, with many raptor species like Crested Serpent Eagles and White Eyed Buzzards, Grey Herons and Grey Hornbills, flocks of Petunias in the bamboo and Indian Cormorants around the waterholes. If we are really lucky, we may catch some Wild Dog on a dusk hunt or a Sloth Bear, or see a magnificent herd of Gaur, one of the very few wild bovine species left in the world. Tonight we will start a short pre dinner reading of Captain Forsyth’s classic of Wild India, ‘The Highlands of Central India’. Dinner and Overnight.
  
DAY 03: PENCH TIGER RESERVE
We will spend the morning on a game drive through the park and spend some more time looking for Pench’s well-known predators. Ideally we find them by the skills of the naturalists and driver and through the jungle sounds that alert you to their presence. Back by 11am and a rest at noon in the heat of the winter sun. Lunch before we start again with a game drive to explore new areas of the park. By now we hope you will be beginning to recognize some of the jungle noises, the bark of the Sambhar, the rutting call of the Chital and the honk of the Wild Peacock. Dinner and overnight.
  
DAY 04: BUSH CAMP
This morning is our last game drive into Pench, familiarizing you with both the animals and birds, but also getting some understanding of the trees, the Saj, the famous Teak, the magnificent Banyan tree, the medicinal Anjuna trees along the riverbanks and the pretty Jamun trees, all in abundance in the area. Also the smaller creatures that exist here and are crucial to a forest’s survival.

After a brunch we now move to an adjoining forest, a once well known hunting block of the Raj, to settle into a simple but comfortable fly camp besides a ‘nala’ or river, close to a very small Gond village, in the middle of this special forest area. This will be our base for the next three nights and from where we will make walking forays each morning and afternoon with tribal and forest guards and guides.

The camp is a real first for this community, attempting to give a financial reason to conserve their forest through low impact ecotourism, paying the community camping fees per night. Twin tents are set up, each with thick mattresses, sheets and blankets under shady trees. A large dining table around a camp fire, simple bucket showers and ‘ecosan’ toilets. This is fun fly camping and will give you a real idea of how District Officers would have lived and hunted these forests in the 1860’s. The weather at this time is fine and dry, rising to 25º C or more by noon. Night is a comfortable 12 to 15ºC.

The Gond community lives nearby and will give us an introduction into their lives. They revere the tiger and other wildlife that can often be heard in the surrounding forests. However they do not always appreciate the problems they cause. This gives firsthand experience of just how difficult tiger conservation is, and the conundrums it raises for India’s forest communities.
  
DAY 05: BUSH CAMP
The next two days will be spent visiting, mainly on foot, a range of interesting sites within this forest area. Our aim will be to instill a love of tracking and wildlife trails, enjoying nature studies of the myriad of wildlife and fabulous birdlife that live here. Search for tiger, leopard and Sloth Bear tracks and signs on foot, find Gaur and Sambhar rest areas, explore the biodiversity of the Banyan tree and watch Langur Monkeys and squirrels ‘flying’ at dusk.

We can expect to be out early morning for three or four hours and then again two to three hours in the afternoon, walking, enjoying the scenery and spotting and listening for colorful birds. Although this may not be very physically demanding, we do expect you to enjoy walking and exploring forests alongside experts and park guards, carrying a small back pack with water, snacks and binoculars. This forest is rich, with wildlife housing both the largest (tiger) and smallest cat (RustySpotted Cat) in the world. But, because it does not have any tourism, do not expect to see many animals. They are not used to visitors and tend to flee when they see or hear us.

Birdlife is incredible, especially along the riverbanks. Bright and noisy Rose-Ringed and Alexandrine Parakeets, large Grey Hornbills, sleepy Spotted Owlets, Barbets and Golden Oriels to name just a few.

We will also enjoy night drives after dinner to see if we can spot anything along the roads and forest tracks, opening up the whole (and little seen) nocturnal world, including badgers, Indian Hares, Porcupine, wolves and hyena.
  
DAY 06: BUSH CAMP - SATPURA TIGER RESERVE
After a relaxing breakfast, we say goodbye to our village and head towards Satpura Tiger Reserve, about a five-hour journey through degraded forests, some rich farmlands and dusty dry lands before arriving at Forsyth Lodge. Forsyth Lodge is a stylish and eco friendly lodge working in partnership with the park management and local community to help pioneer a unprecedented jungle experience in an Indian tiger park.

Satpura National Park is cradled in the Satpura Range of the Mahadeo Hills and straddles the State of Madhya Pradesh. Along with the adjoining Bori and Pachmarhi Sanctuaries, Satpura National Park provides 1427 sq kms of unique Central Indian Highland ecosystem. Set up in 1981, Satpura is unchartered and unspoiled and represents wilderness at its very best. This reserve is part of one of the largest contiguous blocks of forest left in India and is still connected to other reserves by forest 'corridors'. This region therefore represents the largest block of tiger habitat left in the world. The magnificent deep valleys, high mountains, rivulets, waterfalls and vast reservoir combine to give this park a unique beauty. The terrain is extremely rugged and consists of sandstone peaks, narrow gorges, ravines and dense forests. The altitude ranges from 300m to 1352m. Until very recently, Satpura was not on the tourism map. Late lunch before a short orientation walk or boat ride on the Tewa reservoir bordering the park. Dinner and overnight.
  
DAY 07: SATPURA TIGER RESERVE
Early breakfast before departing on a long wilderness drive through Satpura and the neighboring Bori Wildlife Sanctuary. This sanctuary was demarcated by Captain Forsyth in the 1860’s because of his concern for the Raj’s indiscriminate clearing of its fabulous teak forests. It is, in fact, India’s oldest reserve, making it one of the oldest in the world. We will see the result here of the recent removal of villagers from within the park, and its effect on the restoration of its wildlife. Next, we drive up to the highest point in Central India, Panchmari, once the Raj summer capital of the vast Central Provinces. Today it is an Indian resort town. But glimpses of its past can still be enjoyed, including wide avenues, spacious townhouses (now all hotels), gardens, a lake and golf course. Captain Forsyth built the first rest house here, which we will visit, and it was his recognition that this was a perfect place for a soldiers ‘Sanitorium’ for recuperation that turned it into an important hill station by the 1880’s. Visit town sites and, if time permits in the late afternoon, a famous Hindu shrine and some ancient Buddhist rock caves. Dinner and overnight in a simple hotel in town.
  
Day 08: SATPURA TIGER RESERVE
Early breakfast before departing on a long wilderness drive through Satpura and the neighboring Bori Wildlife Sanctuary. This sanctuary was demarcated by Captain Forsyth in the 1860’s because of his concern for the Raj’s indiscriminate clearing of its fabulous teak forests. It is, in fact, India’s oldest reserve, making it one of the oldest in the world. We will see the result here of the recent removal of villagers from within the park, and its effect on the restoration of its wildlife. Next, we drive up to the highest point in Central India, Panchmari, once the Raj summer capital of the vast Central Provinces. Today it is an Indian resort town. But glimpses of its past can still be enjoyed, including wide avenues, spacious townhouses (now all hotels), gardens, a lake and golf course. Captain Forsyth built the first rest house here, which we will visit, and it was his recognition that this was a perfect place for a soldiers ‘Sanitorium’ for recuperation that turned it into an important hill station by the 1880’s. Visit town sites and, if time permits in the late afternoon, a famous Hindu shrine and some ancient Buddhist rock caves. Dinner and overnight in a simple hotel in town.
  
DAY 09: BHOPAL-DELHI DEPART DELHI
After breakfast, continue our drive back to Bhopal, which will take five hours. Subject to time, we will stop for a picnic at the rock shelters of Bhimbedka. This fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site exhibits some of the earliest traces of human life in India, with rock paintings thought to date back to the Stone Age. On arrival in Bhopal, we will take a short drive through this beautiful city before checking in for the flight back to Delhi. Transfer to the international airport to check in for your flight .
  


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