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    A cub in Tadoba @ Dhritiman Mukherjee
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Offbeat Central India Tiger Safari

Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh

Highlights: Tiger spotting in Central India’s offbeat and exciting new parks like Tadoba, Satpura and Pench, immortalized in Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book. Excellent chance to see and photograph mega mammals like Leopard, Sloth Bear, Indian Wild Dog, Gaur and Jackals

For most wildlife enthusiasts planning a visit to Central India in search of tigers and other wildlife, Kanha and Bandhavgarh are the parks that come first into consideration. But the huge expanse of Central Indian forests extends to lesser-visited reserves that offer equally exciting opportunities for wildlife explorations. This alternate Central India Tiger safari takes you to the lesser-visited parks of Tadoba, Pench and Satpura in the border regions of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.

A short drive from Nagpur Airport (3 hrs), Tadoba is Maharashtra’s oldest and finest Tiger reserve. We explore the park in open 4 wheel-drive safari vehicles accompanied by local guides. The park has emerged as one of the finest habitats to see the Tiger in recent years and is also a great site for the Sloth Bear and Indian Wild Dog. Leopards are the second largest predator here, while others include the Jungle Cat, Golden Jackal, Striped Hyena and the highly nocturnal Honey Badger. The rich prey base includes Spotted Deer, Sambar, Wild Boar, Nilgai, Munjtac, Chousingha – four horned antelope and Gaur. The birdlife is equally rich; with Mottled Wood Owl, Indian Scimitar Babbler, Grey Jungle Fowl, Painted Sandgrouse and Red Spurfowl among the notable species.

Driving across the state border to Madhya Pradesh, our next stop is the scenic Pench Tiger Reserve (5 hrs). Pench holds a significant place in the natural history of Central India, including Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book that presents vivid descriptions of this region’s rich fauna. The reserve provides an idyllic habitat for large mammals like Sloth Bear, Leopard, Tiger, Dhole (Indian Wild Dog) and Gaur. The park supports one the of highest herbivore densities in the country and is equally rich in birdlife.

A 7-hour drive from Pench through scenic countryside gets us to Satpura Tiger Reserve. Based out of our comfortable eco lodge, we will explore the park in open safari vehicles, elephant back and canoes as well as on foot to observe the rich wildlife and birds of the area. Apart from the Tiger, other large predators here are the Leopard, Sloth Bear, Dhole, Striped Hyena and the Wolf. Lesser predators are the Jungle Cat, Rusty Spotted cat, Small Indian Civet and Common Mongoose, some of which we hope to see during night drives in the buffer areas. Both the Indian and Malabar Giant Squirrel are reported here along with the Flying Squirrel. Birdlife is rich, notable species are the Indian Skimmer, Black-bellied Tern, White-naped Woodpecker, Red & Grey Junglefowl, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Asian Openbill and Crested Treeswift to name a few.

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Fact Sheet
  • Region: Central Indian State of Madhya Pradesh & Maharashtra
  • Duration: 12 Days/11 Nights tour by road and air
  • Parks covered: Tadoba, Pench & Satpura
  • Departures: Mid October – May

Travel Itinerary

Day 01- Arrive Delhi Arrive Delhi international airport. Met by our representative and transferred to hotel near the airport. Overnight at the hotel
Day 02 – Fly Delhi to Nagpur, Drive to Tadoba Morning transfer to the airport to board the flight for Nagpur. Arrive Nagpur and transfer to Tadoba Tiger Reserve (100 km/3 hrs). Arrive Tadoba for late lunch and check in to the lodge. Afternoon game drive in the reserve in open 4WD accompanied by our local guide Overnight at a Lodge
Day 03, 04 & 05 – Tadoba National Park Morning & Afternoon game drives into the Tiger reserve by open 4 WD vehicle accompanied by our local guide. Of late, Tadoba has emerged as one of India’s finest habitats to spot Tigers in their natural habitat. The park is also an excellent place to see Leopards, Sloth Bear and Indian Wild Dog. Overnight at a Lodge
Day 06 – Tadoba to Pench Morning depart by surface for Pench National Park (255 kms/5 hrs). Arrive Pench and check in to the lodge. Post lunch game drive into the Tiger Reserve by open 4WD accompanied by our local guide. Overnight at a Lodge
Day 07 – Pench National Park Full day to explore the national park by open 4WD accompanied by our local guide. Located at the foot of the Satpura hill ranges in southern Madhya Pradesh, Pench Tiger Reserve is named after the River that runs through it. Overnight at a Lodge
Day 08 – Pench to Satpura After a morning game-drive in the national park we depart by surface for Satpura National Park (270 kms/6 hrs). Arrive Satpura in the evening and check in to the lodge Overnight at a Lodge
Day 09, 10, 11 – Satpura National Park Three full days to explore Satpura Tiger Reserve in open 4WD accompanied by our local guide. Due to its unique geographical location between the Indian Gangetic plains and the Deccan plateau, Satpura is bestowed with rich bio-diversity. Besides 4WD jeep safaris, we have the added privilege of wildlife explorations on elephant back, canoes and on foot in the buffer forests, which is not permitted in most Tiger reserves in the country. We will also avail night drives in the buffer forest to see some nocturnal mammals and birds, seldom seen during day time drives. Overnight at a Lodge
Day 12 – Satpura to Bhopal, Fly Delhi & Departure Morning game drive into the national park by exclusive jeep accompanied by our local guide. Later depart by surface for Bhopal (180 kms/4 hrs) to board the flight for Delhi. Arrive Delhi in the evening and transfer to the international airport to board the flight for onward destination