With the monsoon season over, now is the perfect time to head to the Indian jungle for the ultimate luxury safari adventure! India offers dramatic and diverse national parks that are home to the elusive Royal Bengal tiger and a variety of other mammals - perfect for those who want to get back to nature. See some of the Indian subcontinent's most prized fauna and flora in their pristine surrounds. Test your spotting skills on naturalist-led game drives. Lookout for the shy sambar (large forest deer), identify unique birds, journey through ever-changing habitats and, if lucky, catch a glimpse of India's most famous and endangered predator, the Royal Bengal tiger.
When is the best time to travel?
Characterised by a hot, tropical climate the best time to travel to India is during the Australian summer when conditions are more temperate and the humidity is lower. October to June offers prime game viewing with lodges closed 1 July to 15 October.
Daily jungle drives by open 4WD safari vehicle accompanied by expert naturalists, bird watching, guided nature walks, picnics, cultural walks and cycling through remote villages.
Things to see:
The exeptional landscapes and wildlife of India’s Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Pench National Parks roaming the jungle in search of tigers and other elusive animals.
The beautiful and renowned Bandhavgarh National Park is known for its unique wildlife. Opportunities to spot the Royal Bengal tiger, leopard, gaur, sambar and much more.
Kanha National Park, one of India’s largest, is a designated Project Tiger reserve and was the inspiration for Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Book’. With over 200 bird species it is also an ornithologist’s paradise.
A&K’s Recommended Accommodation
Mahua Kothi Jungle Lodge
Sprawled across 40 acres of lush forestland, the exotic Mahua Kothi offers 12 charming suites or ‘kutiyas’ as well as a gracious, original homestead ‘kothi’. Built in the charming, vernacular style of Central India, each air-conditioned kutiya can be accessed through a private courtyard. The dramatic landscape is home to a dense Sal forest brimming with exotic flora and fauna, an ancient 1,000-year old fort and a reclining statue of Lord Vishnu.
Wildlife: Tiger, leopard, gaur (Indian Bison), chital (spotted deer), Sambar deer, dhole, nilgai, wild boar, chinkara, sloth bear, rhesus macaque, black faced langur, jungle cat, hyena, porcupine, jackal, fox and wild dog.
Banjaar Tola Tented Camp
Extending across a 90-acre private concession and overlooking the core zone of Kanha National Park, Banjaar Tola lodge, a Taj Safaris lodge hotel, boasts two elegant camps of nine suites each, as well as a lavish tented guest area. Built in a chic, glamorous camping style, each tented suite features glass doors leading out onto a floating verandah, and overlooks a tranquil river.
Wildlife: Tiger, leopard, jackal, striped hyena, the highly endangered barasingha (swamp deer) and over 200 recorded bird species.
Baghvan Jungle Lodge
Dominated by hills, forests and valleys, the 292-square-mile (757 sq km) Pench National Park derives its name from the meandering Pench River and is one of India’s richest, yet lesser-known parks. A typical Central Indian teak jungle, the park features hilly terrain and several jungle streams ; and supports a rich variety of wildlife. It is no wonder that the park inspired Rudyard Kipling’s enduring classic Jungle Book.
Wildlife: Tiger, leopard, wild dog, gaur, sambar, chital and excellent bird life.
For a wildlife based journey in the Central Indian jungle please visit: In Search of Tiger
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