1 Nov 2017 - 30 Nov 2017
Party of 2-3 £1,783
Party of 4-6 £1,615
1 Dec 2017 - 20 Feb 2018
Party of 2-3 £1,853
Party of 4-6 £1,683
21 Feb 2018 - 31 Mar 2018
Party of 2-3 £1,836
Party of 4-6 £1,669
* Tiger Reserve and forest walks * Rich wildlife * Colourful cities * Camel safari, Thar Desert hamlet
From sweeping jungles to undulating dunes, this special journey offers two wonderfully contrasting sides of rural India, combined with a visit to three of India's finest cities, packed with history and atmosphere.
Take in the landscapes that inspired Kipling's Jungle Book tales and discover a wealth of wildlife as you enjoy a jeep safari through Pench tiger reserve. Experience traditional Indian hospitality in a peaceful desert hamlet, where deer and peacock wander freely through the village, and enjoy a camel trek into the dunes. Travel via Agra - home to the unrivalled Taj Mahal - and experience the delights of Jodhpur and Jaipur. An unforgettable holiday that allows you to experience the astonishing variety of this great country.
An internal flight from Delhi takes you to Nagpur, where you are met and transferred to the forest village of Sakata. The village lies on the edge of the South Shivni Forest - the migratory corridor between Pench and Kanha Tiger Reserves. Stay in an old hunting lodge, get to know the community and enjoy local forest walks, with good wildlife opportunities, before moving into the core of the Pench Reserve. Explore the jungle by jeep to witness the abundant bird and animal life residing there, giving you the greatest chance of spotting the elusive tiger.
An overnight train journey transports you from jungle to city. With two nights in Agra you have time to explore and visit India's most famous piece of architecture, the iconic Taj Mahal. From Agra you move into Rajasthan to the 'Pink City' of Jaipur, where you can visit the pink honeycombed Hawa Mahal 'Palace of Winds' and the wonderful observatory at Jantar Mantar.
From Jaipur you travel via Jodhpur - 'Gateway to the Thar' - into the desert to the charming hamlet of Hacra. With four nights here, you get a unique insight into life among the dunes, meeting farmers and shoemakes, visiting neighbouring hamlets and relaxing in the warm afternoons. Experience the exhilaration of travelling by camel as you journey into the desert to spend a night camping beneath the starlit desert sky.
We ask our guests to make their own arrangements for international travel to India. For this holiday we recommend return flights to Delhi. Your holiday includes an internal flight from Delhi to Nagpur, overnight rail journeys and transfers to the desert, accommodation in the village guesthouses and in the cities, with all meals provided during your stay with the communities. In the city and during transfers, meals are at your own local charge.
Travel information for India can be found here.
We have devised each of our holidays to provide a good balance between activity and relaxation; please feel free to tailor your holiday to your exact requirements.
The suggested itinerary can be extended if you wish to spend more time exploring the forests of Madhya Pradesh, the Thar Desert and the cities, or shortened if your time in India is limited. Add extra nights with the community of Sakata or Hacra and add a visit to Keechan to see the demoiselle cranes and a night in Jodhpur. Our knowledgeable staff will be delighted to help fashion the holiday to suit you.
This is one of the major cities of northern Rajasthan, formerly the centre of a Princely State. The city has much to offer in terms of old palaces, the magnificent hill fort and shopping, especially in the bustling bazaar in the old town. Add extra nights here to allow yourself time to fully explore this vibrant city.
The small village of Keechen lies some 60 km to the northwest of Hacra, near Phalodi, accessed by road. For over 150 years the villagers of Keechen traditionally feed the handsome Demoiselle Cranes (kurja), which migrate through the area between October and March, creating an unofficial bird sanctuary but is supported by several international bird conservation organisations. A visit to Keechan can be arranged on your return journey.