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Wild North India

13 days/12 nights from $6620 per person share twin
Flights are additional

Sale Period

Until 31 Jul 22 by 4pm or sold out

 

13 days/12 nights from
$6620
per person share twin
Flights are additional

North India offers a wealth of wildlife riches from the great Himalayas to the vast Gangetic Plains.

On this twelve night itinerary we'll visit four very different wildlife areas, each offering its own iconic species and special experiences. From the Himalayan foothills and rivers to the dry jungles of central India, possible wildlife highlights include the big cats, Sloth Bear, Gharial, Indian Wild Dog, and many more species. 

Deal Includes
 12 nights accommodation
Transportation in comfortable, air-conditioned vehicles
Meals as per itinerary
A professional host, accompanied by local guides
All excursions and safaris cited in the itinerary, including MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences
Complete, personalised documentation prior to departure
Gratuities
This is a carbon neutral journey
  Maximum of 16 guests

*Price is per person based on twin share. Please speak to our team or view our terms and conditions for more information
International flights are additional 

13 days/12 nights 
From $6620 per person twin share
Travel: 25 March & 4 November 2023

What You Will Do

  • Stay in unique, hand-picked accommodations that are evocative of your destination

  • Enjoy safaris and guided walks in some of India’s premier wildlife destinations

  • Each day you will be led by experienced guides to make the most of your experience

  • Discover the unique culture of this fascinating country

     

Why We Love It
Set in a remote Himalayan valley on the Ramganga River, Vanghat is a charming lodge that is intimately involved in the local community and environmental programs.

❤ We will meet Ram Pratap and Anu Singh Dilon, who together run the Mela Kothi – Chambal Safari Lodge, and are involved in a range of local conservation projects focused on the unique wildlife and people of the Chambal River.

 We will visit the Wildlife SOS Conservation and Care Centre at Mathura. The Centre was established to rehabilitate abused and exploited captive elephants and is now home to over 20 rescued elephants.


ITINERARY

Wild North India


Day 1:DELHI

On arrival in Delhi we will be met and driven to our nearby hotel. The remainder of our first day is at leisure.

Day 2: DELHI CORBETT NATIONAL PARK
Depart Delhi after an early breakfast for the drive to Corbett, India’s oldest national park.

The park is renowned for the wide variety of habitats and, as a result, remarkably varied fauna. Over 50 species of mammal and nearly 600 species of birds have been recorded here.

This afternoon there is an option of exploring the forest surrounding the lodge on foot with a lodge expert and attune your senses to the sights, smells and sounds of the jungle. There is also a good chance to come upon larger mammals such as spotted deer, sambar deer, barking deer and even a leopard or tiger. (B)(L)(D)

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Day 3: CORBETT NATIONAL PARK
Today we will explore different zones within the park, taking in a wide variety of habitats and wildlife. Corbett is also home to remarkable birdlife, and we will seek out mixed feeding flocks which may include barbets, hornbills, flycatchers, green pigeons, woodpeckers and many others. The grounds of our lodge are also excellent for birdlife. (B)(L)(D)

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Day 4: CORBETT NATIONAL PARK - VANGHAT
We may have an opportunity for those who wish to take a guided walk through the buffer zone forest around our lodge.

After breakfast, we’ll venture towards a stretch of the Kosi River, where we can search for river birds, such as cormorants, different species of kingfishers, waders such as red shanks, and the beautiful wallcreeper which winters here. During the winter months this stretch is also home to the migrating ibisbill – a spectacular Himalayan species which is much sought after by birdwatchers.

We’ll then continue a short distance into the Himalayan foothills to Vanghat, our home for the next few days.

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This special, secluded place is at one with the wild river valley surrounds and reaching it is an adventure in itself. Unaccessible by road, we will embark on a two kilometre hike, a river crossing by raft and another short hike to reach our accommodations.  This remote riverside lodge in the ravines adjoining Corbett Tiger Reserve and is a great example of sustainability. The simple cottages draw on local design and construction techniques, the staff are drawn from nearby villages, and the lodge supports important projects in health, education and wildlife research in the local community and beyond.

This afternoon we walk along the Ramganga River, home to remarkable birdlife including fishing eagles, forktails, vultures, and fish owls. (B)(L)(D)
 
Day 5: VANGHAT
Today we’ll explore some of the local trails from Vanghat on foot. Local guides will lead us as we seek out some of the special Himalayan foothills wildlife, for which the lodge is famous. Mammals regularly sighted include smooth-coated otter, barking deer, and the agile goral, a cliff-dwelling goat-antelope, and elephant also move through the area. (B)(L)(D)

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Day 6: VANGHAT - FORT UNCHAGON
This morning we will enjoy a final nature walk from the lodge before we travel onwards to Fort Unchagaon, on the Gangetic Plain.

After the first war of Independence in 1857, Fort Unchagaon was gifted by the British regime to a loyal landlord, Raja Gursahai Singh. The present incarnation of the home dates largely to the early 1930s. Learn of the colonial and pre-colonial history of the area, and explore the property’s grounds, and surrounding farmlands for insights into rural Indian life. (B)(L)(D)

Day 7: UNCHAGAON JARAR
After a leisurely start we continue south through the rural countryside of the Gangetic Plain to Mela Kothi - Chambal Safari Lodge. This is one of north India’s most charming wildlife lodges, family-run by passionate conservationists.  The lodge works to protect the unique environment of the Chambal Valley and the grounds are an oasis for local wildlife, particularly birdlife including several species of owls.

Later we have the option to either relax at the lodge, take a nature walk, or visit the nearby temple town of Bateshwar. Situated on a crescent bend of the Yamuna River, Bateshwar is home to more than 40 temples of varying architectural styles, all dedicated to the glory of Shiva. (B)(L)(D)

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Day 8: CHAMBAL VALLEY
The Chambal River is one of the few ‘unholy’ rivers in north India, which ironically has helped it survive relatively untouched and unpolluted.  This morning we begin our exploration of the National Chambal Sanctuary with a boat ride along the river seeking out some of the wildlife that call this rugged isolated area home.

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We are likely to see several of the remarkable and endangered gharial, as well as marsh mugger crocodiles and the Indian skimmer with its extended coral red bill.

In the afternoon, we’ll continue by jeep into the ravines, where Indian fox and striped hyena can be found.

This evening we’ll meet Ram Pratap and Anu Dillon Singh, the husband-wife team who were instrumental in the creation of the lodge and continue to run it as well as retain an active role in local conservation efforts. (B)(L)(D)

Day 9: CHAMBAL AGRA
After breakfast we depart for Agra, where we will visit the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation Centre. We will volunteer for the day and learn of the incredible work that Wildlife SOS are doing to treat and rehabilitate rescued captive elephants from all over India, particularly those being used illegally and commercially under deprived conditions. In their sanctuary, elephants receive medical treatment and rehabilitation, and a safe, caring living environment for those unable to be returned to the wild.



Later we’ll visit the sublime Taj Mahal. This stunning white marble mausoleum was raised on the banks of the Yamuna River by Emperor Shah Jahan in the 1630s, in memory of his favourite wife Mumtaz Mahal. A World Heritage Site, it is described by UNESCO, as “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”. (B)(L)(D)

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Day 10: AGRA - BHOPAL
After breakfast we depart for the airport for a short flight back to Kota Kinabalu where our journey ends. If you would like to extend your journey, speak with one of our destination specialists. (B)

Day 11:  BHOPAL - SATPURA
Our final destination is one of India’s finest national parks, Satpura.

The afternoon is at leisure before we embark on a safari at dusk to seek out some of the nocturnal denizens of these forests, which may include owls, nightjars, civets and maybe the rare rusty-spotted cat which is sometimes seen in the park buffer zones in the evenings. (B)(L)(D)

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Day 12: SATPURA NATIONAL PARK
Our exploration of Satpura National Park continues today with two safaris. To enter the park, we cross the majestic Denwa River to board our safari jeeps, watching for crocodiles, storks and other water birds as we cross. 

Chances of sighting special species such as Asiatic wild dog, sloth bear and tiger are good, but we will explore the park in search of all of its wild inhabitants. (B)(L)(D)

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Day 13: SATPURA- DELHI
This morning we will explore the forest on foot. This is one of the few parks allowing walking safaris, so this is a unique and exhilarating Indian experience. It also offers a chance to focus on some of the smaller but no less fascinating inhabitants of the Indian jungles, from reptiles and insects to birds and squirrels.

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After lunch, we’ll return to Bhopal, stopping en route at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bhimbetka - where dramatic outcrops are home to ancient rock art that dates back 10,000 to 30,000 years. From Bhopal we fly to Delhi where our journey ends. If you would like to extend your journey, speak with one of our destination specialists. (B)

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Sale ends 31 Jul 22 or until sold out • Prices are correct as at 2 Feb 22 • Prices are thereafter subject to change without notice until time of confirmation. Prices may vary due to a number of factors including tax and surcharge increases, exchange rate movements and availability • Packages are applicable for new bookings only.• All travel must be commenced and completed as specified • Full payment is required at time of booking • Availability during school holiday & peak travel periods may be limited • Advertised prices are per person share twin based on payment by cash or eftpos. Credit card fees will apply • Amendment and cancellation fees apply • Packages are subject to availability. Please talk to your House of Travel consultant for the most up to date availability and pricing. * FINANCE CONDITIONS: Lending criteria, fees, terms & conditions apply. Offer available in-store only. For finance terms and conditions visit hot.co.nz/payment-options.
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