TIGER SAFARI WITH RURAL CYCLING ADVENTURE IN CENTRAL INDIA
A nine day tour of forest and village with tiger safari in Kanha national parkand three to four days cycling in the beautiful Maikal Hills. Slow travel through rural India with tribal village homestays, camping and four nights at the wonderfully relaxing Bhoramdeo.
The forest of Maikal hills and plateau is home to unique wildlife including tigers and leopards and indigenous Baiga and Gond tribes. On this tour you will visit the famous Kanha tiger reserve, stay in a farmhouse style accommodation at Bhoramdeo and have a chance to overnight in a small village home or camp in a forest near a tribal village on your cycling journey.
- Experience Central Indian tribal culture
- Tiger safari in Kanha
- Cycle the Maikal hills
- Stay in luxury tent, camps and village home stay
- Easy cycling tracks through beautiful forest and tribal villages
This tour can be designed according to your cycling preference ranging from one day to three to four days. For more cultural and wildlife experience, the tour can be coupled with other tiger reserves like Bandhavgarh, Pench and Satpura and destinations of cultural importance such as Gwalior, Agra and Khajuraho.
Day 1: New Delhi – Raipur – Kanha Tiger Reserve
Fly to central India from Delhi to Raipur. You will be met at the Raipur airport and taken to Kanha tiger reserve (180 km/4 hrs).
A beautiful drive through the rural environs of central India will take you to quiter Mukki gate of Kanha. Your accommodation here will be luxury safari tented camp. The canvas–walled homes on solid foundations with ensuite bathrooms.
Drain the day’s exhaustion with a glass of something refreshing by the camp fire. Retire early to get plenty of sleep before you start your central Indian adventure.
Day 2 & 3: Kanha Tiger Reserve
Kanha National Park, located in the Maikal hills of the Satpura mountain ranges, famed for its beautiful meadows is home to 22 species of large mammals including a number of tigers and well over 200 species of birds. Kanha is also home to the highly endangered barasingha deer.
Explore Kanha in morning and evening jeep safari in search of tiger and other wildlife. You will be accompanied with a local English speaking guide who have years of experience in tracking tigers and well aware of tiger’s movements.
You can explore Kanha’s surroundings on a bicycle or foot with plenty of village visits or a walk in the jungle to see beautiful trees, butterflies and birds. A map will be provided at the camp so you can explore the area on your own without any guide. You can also carry packed snacks for family picnic in the jungle.
Day 4 & 5: Cycling in the Maikal Hills
After breakfast bid good bye Kanha and start three days cycling to Bhoramdeo. You will be led by an expert local guide who is well versed with the area. In his company you would be able to meet the locals freely without any hesitation.
Three days and two nights journey of 100 km will take you south from Kanha on Maikal hills of Satpura ranges. You will be riding on flat track with plenty of downhill and some moderate uphill track. These are dirt and cattle track along with some tar road that winds through the beautiful villages and forest.
Maikal hills are covered with tropical moist deciduous forest with Sal tree being the prominent specie. Within these forests you will find villages and hamlets of Baiga and Gond indigenous community.
Pedal along rustic country lanes and forested tracks. Weave through a landscape of verdant rice and yellow mustard, around blue-painted earth huts where smiling children wave happily. Halt for masala chai, wood-fired bites and some village gossip.
Accommodation will be a simple village home stay and/or camp by the edge of the forest. The home stay will be of your guide’s mitaan (a person with whom you make a lifelong commitment to friendship) and his wife, mitaani. Their two enchanting children (and the inevitable trail of friends) might offer to show you round the village, giggling all the way. Feast on traditional Baiga food, perhaps washed down by a glass or two of mahua, the local brew, distilled from the flowers of the mahua tree.
You might also visit Dr Rana in the village. A lovely man, who is very committed to helping those in need and whose wife Basanti will teach you how to make lahsun chila – pancakes made from garlic greens.
Day 6 – 8: Bhoramdeo
Cycle onwards through the richly forested Bhoromdeo Wildlife Sanctuary, and enter the 12th century erotic temple complex.
At Bhoramdeo where you will stay in a farmhouse style accommodation with all the necessary mod cons.
Spend the rest of the day relaxing at BJR, stretch your legs with an evening stroll in the surrounding villages and take time to wander around 11th century temple complex of Bhoramdeo with its Khajuraho style erotic carvings and little rows of sati stones.
Explore Bhoramdeo and its environs with your guide. Trekking into the beautiful Maikal Hills and visits to Gond and Baiga markets and villages are part of the regular programme.
You could visit a local haat where: goods for sale serve entirely local needs: fish and vegetables, agricultural tools, cooking utensils and water pots, but there are some items that might interest you too: silver tribal jewellery, glass bangles, a colourful sari, fresh spices or a hunk of jaggery.
You can also choose to spend a day in the hills on two feet rather than two wheels; or perhaps travel into nearby Kawardha for a taste of small town Indian life.
Day 9: Bhoramdeo – Raipur – New Delhi
Say good bye Bhoramdeo and drive to Raipur (150 km/3 hours) to catch flight to New Delhi.
COSTS & TERMS
PER PERSON ON TWIN-SHARING Rs. 90,000
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis as mentioned in the itinerary.
- Full board from Raipur to Raipur.
- All surface transportation cost.
- Road transportation in air-conditioned Toyota Innova or equivalent.
- National Park & entry fee.
- Services of a local guide and a tour leader.
- All current taxes.
- Personal expenses.
- Airfares and airport taxes.
- Travel insurance.
- Anything else not specified as mentioned under included.
Price valid upto June 2016