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Mini Tiger Marathon Bandhavgarh + Panna

6 days / 8 safaris

5 Nov to 10 Nov 2021

8 safaris | Best guides & drivers.

3 hours drive from Jabalpur (MP)   (View All Batches)

Overview

Legend says that Lord Rama gifted the haunting Bandhavgarh Fort to his younger brother, Laxman, to keep a watch over Lanka. While the myth might be a bit too far-stretched, the charm and allure of this fabled jungle is surely not. Here, the tiger reigns supreme for its story is told by the lighthearted stream that flows along Chakradhara, the old Sal that overlooks the Banbei watchtower, the wrinkled forest guard who patrols day and night to protect this iconic wilderness, the ancient pebbles that line the burnt riverbeds and the ephemeral flower that blooms but for a few hours. The tale of this legendary creature is everywhere, and why not!

Deep inside the great wilderness of India's Madhya Pradesh, on an ancient river bed in the forest of Panna, alongside a tract of Dhonk trees that reminds one of Ranthambhore, saunters something big in black and orange. The shape grows in size as it moves toward a crystal clear pool of water, its reflection sparkling in the afternoon sun. A distant langoor cackles noisily as the tiger drinks to its heart's content. The great success story of Panna has just manifested itself in its most glamorous avatar.

What to expect?

Bandhavgarh and tiger go together like Mozart and symphony, they are synonyms of each other. Iconic tigers like Charger, Sita, B2 and Bamera have lived and died in this primeval forest, each one leaving their legacy on the land. While these tigers are no more, their descendants are ruling Bandhavgarh with passion and intent, for this last great wilderness in central Madhya Pradesh is theirs to preserve for generations to come. Bandhavgarh is an excellent place to try our luck with leopards and sloth bears too, for these creatures of the night do inhabit the woods in good numbers. Over the last many years, thanks to countless visits, we have developed an extremely potent team of local drivers and guides. Right from positioning the gypsy to get the best possible angles for photography to using their incredible gut instinct to take the jungle byway less beaten are just some of the many path-breaking things that these forest folk do. Their stories and tales about tiger tracking are just about as legendary as the tigers themselves.

A decade ago, Panna's tiger population was on the brink of extinction. As hopes fell and pessimism crept on the scene, one of India's greatest wildlife conservation stories took place. Tigers were carefully relocated from Tiger dense jungles from the central Indian landscape to Panna. Careful monitoring and regular tracking ensured their numbers rose slow and steady. Today, Panna boasts of an extremely healthy population of the Royal Bengal Tiger and the second generation of these new tigers is giving great sightings. While the Tiger would be our prime focus, we shall also track the many leopards that revel in this partly rocky landscape which suits their ways well. Winsome chital and sambar herds should keep us entertained while the occasional sightings of the Sloth Bear and the Wild Dog would make us all excited and thrilled. Our camp is located on a strategic piece of land adjoining the Ken river and the many animals and birds seen from the campus should keep the momentum going strong even during the non safari hours!


Day 1
Arrive in Jabalpur - Drive to Bandhavgarh - Evening Jungle Safari

(You are requested to reach Jabalpur anytime till 9 am. The convenient timings will be mailed once we start communication regarding the tour).

Our favourite team of drivers would receive you at the airport / railway station, serve you hot breakfast but before long we would be on the highway to Bandhavgarh. Post check-in, we have lunch and without further ado, step into our wildlife attire and go for the first of our 8 jungle safaris. This would be a fantastic introduction to Bandhavgarh and if luck is on our side, we will get our first Tiger today! The beauty of this great reserve and the astounding variety of mammals would fill your heart with joy, and cameras with images! After the safari, as our friends at the lodge serve you piping hot tea and coffee, our experts would do what they are best at - conduct a fun-filled but extremely informative session about Bandhavgarh and its many animals. Over dinner, we have an informal talk about the nuances and tricks of wildlife photography, for the next days do require you to be at your best!

Day 2 & 3
Overnight in Bandhavgarh

We shall undertake four safaris in Bandhavgarh over these two days. Based on the sightings over the last few days and areas where cubs are currently found, we shall focus our attention there and spend a greater time in tracking tigers around those hotspots. Bandhavgarh's core and buffer together harbor more than a hundred tigers and our endeavour would not only be to see as many as possible but spend quality time with them, while making some cherished images of this most iconic of nature's creations. Nights would be dedicated to wildlife sessions, quizzes and night trails!

Day 4
Drive to Panna. Evening safari Panna.

We leave Bandhavgarh after breakfast and reach by lunchtime. Introductory session, orientation of the forest and our first safari to follow.

Overnight in Panna.

Day 5
Morning & evening jungle safaris-Overnight in Panna.

We have morning and evening safari rides in the forest. We go out in search of some of Panna’s most iconic animals, whose tales are steeped in Indian wildlife history. We shall be searching for tigers and leopards, doing birdwatching, going on boat rides to view the magnificent wildlife and in short, spend 2 complete days in the most complete wilderness there ever could be! After a busy, rewarding day out in the jungle we gather for a group discussion session before having a scrumptious dinner.

Day 6
Drive back to Jabalpur. Tour ends.

(You are requested to board any flight/train after 3 pm.)

After one last breakfast, we will be heading toward jabalpur. Long handshakes and warm hugs later, we part ways for the time-being, but the many pictures and memories would keep us together for a long time.

Highlights

  • 2 iconic tiger reserves, 5 nights, 8 safaris!
  • Hardcore tiger tracking and observation.
  • A host of insights, tips, tricks and intensive sessions on tiger tracking and photography.
  • Tour hosted by Camilla, tiger tracking and photography veteran.
  • Perfectly chosen hotels, logistics and hospitality.
  • Absolutely safe with respect to COVID
  • Tour managed by Beyond Wild, India’s biggest and most reputed wildlife tour operator.

Costs

DOUBLE SHARING BASIS
INR 41,500
(per person)
  • Standard AC Rooms

(GST of 5% extra on above costs)

Booking amount: 50% of the tour cost.

Balance can be paid up to a month before departure.

Please note:

Above costs remain same for Indian and non Indian nationals.

Inclusions

1. Accommodation at the chosen wildlife resorts for 5 nights in comfortable Air-conditioned rooms/tents.

 2. All meals ex-Jabalpur (daily bed tea, breakfast, lunch, evening tea and dinner) starting lunch on day 1 and concluding with breakfast on day 6.

 3. 8 jungle safaris in Bandhavgarh and Panna with all fees, permits, taxes, guide and gypsy charges.

 4. Safaris in the best possible premium zones only selected as per our past experience and current sighting trends.

 5. Services of our wildlife experts ex Jabalpur.

 6. Return end-to-end transfers by an AC SUV-vehicle (Toyota Innova/similar).

 7. Lots of sessions and group discussions as part of our interactions on wildlife and day's sightings.

 8. A professional forest driver and forest guide for all safaris.

 9. 24*7 assistance from our Pune and Nagpur offices.

 10. Complimentary Beyond Wild caps and masks.

Exclusions

1. Any air fare or rail fare.

 2. All Govt. Taxes as applicable.

 3. Personal expenses like laundry, soft drinks, hard drinks, mineral water, internet and telephone charges, etc.

 4. Camera fees (200/- per camera with lens of 250 mm or above per safari in Tadoba – subject to change). The camera fee is compulsory in Tadoba. It has to be paid at the gate and it applies to each guest carrying a camera.

 5. Anything not mentioned in the list of ‘Inclusions’.

Travel to and fro Jabalpur:

While the travel up to Jabalpur on Day 1 and travel from Jabalpur on Day 6 is extra, we can assist you to book the transport or book it for you. Please contact us at camilla.malvestiti@gmail.com for further details regarding the arrangements and we shall be more than happy to help you.

Booking Procedure

A 50% advance amount and a recognized Government Identity card (Aadhar, Pancard, Driver's License, OCI, Passport, Voter's ID, Government Employee's ID, school/College ID) would all do for Indian nationals.

For non Indian nationals, only Passport is allowed. IDs should be scanned and mailed at camilla.malvestiti@gmail.com or alternatively WhatsApp at 07827408095.

Cancellation - Refund (On Tour Cost)

  • If cancellation is communicated 10 days (or less) before departure OR No Show - No Refund.
  • If cancellation is communicated 20 to 11 days before departure - 20% of tour cost refunded.
  • If cancellation is communicated 30 to 21 days before departure - 40% of tour cost refunded.
  • If cancellation is communicated 30 to 59 days before departure - 60% of tour cost refunded.
  • If cancellation is communicated 60 days (or more) before departure - 80% of tour cost refunded.
  • If cancellation is communicated 120 days (or more) before departure - Full Refund.