Jungle Book Adventure of India

Delhi, Bhopal, Satpura, Pench, Kanha
October - March
City Life, Culture, Family, Mountains, Nature, Wildlife
13 Days


This itinerary will take you inside some of India's most iconic national parks: the prestigious Kanha National Park and Pench National Park, known for being one of the best locations in the world to see Bengal tigers, and the Satpura National Park where a species-rich haven offers countless wildlife encounters. Kanha is a spectacular setting for any visitor – a picturesque blend of Sal forest, meadows and open water that famously provided Kipling with inspiration for The Jungle Book. Conversely, Satpura is an eclectic mixture of rugged terrain and consists of sandstone peaks, narrow gorges, ravines, and dense forests. All three are home not only to a significant population of tigers but a myriad of bird species, leopards, sloth bears and much more.

What will you cover?

Suggested Itinerary

DAY 10
DAY 11
DAY 12
DAY 13

Day 1 : Delhi Arrival

Once you arrive at Delhi airport, a private vehicle will transfer you to the accommodation.

Where to rest your head ?

Andaz - a concept by Hyatt, Delhi

Day 2 : Delhi – Bhopal – Satpura

After breakfast, a private vehicle will transfer you to the Delhi airport to catch your flight to Bhopal.

Once you land in Bhopal, a private vehicle will transfer you to Satpura. En route, pay a short visit to 10,000-year-old rock shelters of Bhimbetka.

Upon arrival in Denwa Backwater Escape, your accommodation in Satpura, check in to your rooms.

After lunch, proceed for your first game drive in the Satpura National Park.

Satpura National Park is known for its biodiversity. From the small insectivore plants to the Indian Gaur and Tiger, every flora and fauna typical to Central Indian Highlands can be found here.

Where to rest your head ?

Denwa Backwater Escape, Satpura

Day 3 : Satpura

After breakfast, enjoy a canoe ride on the Denwa River.

The river is calm and provides excellent opportunities to watch rare birds like Indian Skimmers, River Tern, Bar Headed Geese, Eurasian Thick-knee, etc. You also have the opportunity to see mammals like tigers, leopards, gaur, wild dogs, etc. coming down to the river bank to drink water.

After lunch, proceed for an afternoon game safari by jeep to Satpura National Park.

Where to rest your head ?

Denwa Backwater Escape, Satpura

Day 4 : Satpura

After breakfast, drive 3 hours to reach the starting point of Mobile Safari.

Start 3 hours downhill trek through the lovely Sal forest inside Satpura National Park to reach Village Kanjighat where you will stop for a hot lunch.

After lunch, trek a further 2 hours to reach mobile camp at Dhelia. You canvas tents are equipped with basic facilities and each tent has two cots, mattress, a side table, canvas basin & two chairs outside the tent. It also has a dry-pit commode tent and shower tent (with shower bags) at the back of the tent. There is no electricity at the camp and you will be provided with battery lanterns and flash lights/torches. During winters, you will be provided with hot water bottles to keep you warm.

Where to rest your head ?

Canvas Adventure Camp, Satpura

Day 5 : Satpura

After breakfast, explore the national park by taking a full day loop walk.

You will have a packed picnic lunch at Jhela Village about 3 hours away. After lunch, walk another 3 hours. This walk is retracing Capt. J. Forsyth survey and is popularly called the Forsyth Trail.

Where to rest your head ?

Canvas Adventure Camp, Satpura

Day 6 : Satpura - Pench

After breakfast, start a 1 hour walk to the road to be met by waiting vehicles.

A private vehicle will drive you towards Pench.

Pench National Park is situated amongst the southern reaches of the Satpura Hills, the region which inspired Rudyard Kipling’s fabled ‘Jungle Book’. The tribal village of Pench is the setting of the “main village” to which the heroic wolf boy Mowgli belonged.

On arrival, you will be warmly welcomed at the Pench Tree Lodge, located in the undisturbed 16 hectares of forested area in the small ‘Sarrahiri’ village of Pench of Karmajhiri area. Check into your charming individual tree houses in the jungle with ensuite bathrooms and private decks that are perched on top of the Mahua trees and supported by stilts. Large french windows allow uninterrupted views of the deciduous forest and grasslands.

After lunch, set out for an exciting drive as you step into the dense forests of Mowgli’s world and all his good friends from the jungle. On an evening drive, spot the wildlife as they settle down for the night or come for a final drink at the Pench River. After dinner, proceed for a unique nocturnal experience. Armed with torches, you will follow the nature trail through thickets, old forest and grasslands as you hunt for nocturnal wildlife such as civets, owls and more using a torch light

Where to rest your head ?

Pench Tree Lodge, Pench

Day 7 : Pench

Today early morning, enjoy a game drive in the national park.

Explore the densely forested parts of the park, where the tiger prefers to hunt.

Return to the lodge and depending upon the day of the week, visit a man village for the colorful weekly haats (bazaars) where you can see indigenous crafts and products of the area and get invited to visit a villager's home to share a cup of tea or take a tutorial on organic farming.

Where to rest your head ?

Pench Tree Lodge, Pench

Day 8 : Pench - Chikhlabadi

Early morning, after breakfast, drive for about 45 minutes in an open jeep to reach the Rukhad Sanctuary gate. Here you will be met by a cycling guiding team.

Start cycling for about 3 hours (around 20 kms/12mi) to reach Sakata Forest Rest House and enjoy birding and mammal viewing on the way. Arrive at around 12:00 p.m. for a hot lunch at Sakata Forest Rest House built in 1903 during English times.

Post lunch, cycle for about 3½ hours (around 25 kms/17mi) to reach Sonawani Rest House where you will have a tea/snacks break.

In the final leg, cycle for about 40 minutes (around 5 km) to reach the campsite at Chikhlabaddi where you can check in and enjoy your dinner.

Where to rest your head ?

Canvas Adventure Camp, Chikhlabadi

Day 9 : Chikhlabadi - Badgaon

After breakfast, explore the forest and village by cycling for about 3 ½ hours (around 30 kms)

Lunch will be picnic style under the sky at Kanari, which is close to a small river.

Post lunch, keep exploring the forest and village by cycling for about 2½ hours (around 13 km). This section of cycling will be on hilly terrain.

Your campsite for the night will be at Badgaon. Enjoy your dinner and overnight stay at the camp

Where to rest your head ?

Canvas Adventure Camp, Badgaon

Day 10 : Kanha

After breakfast, cycle for 3.5 hrs to Banjar River (28kms/17mi).

Picnic style lunch will be served at a scenic location at Banjar River.

In the last leg, cycle for about 40 minutes (around 5 kms/3mi) to reach Kanha. Arrive at the Singinawa Jungle Lodge located at Mukki gate area. Check into your individual cottages with ensuite baths and private verandas.

Later, set off for an afternoon game drive in search of the inhabitants of the jungle, which includes the majestic Sher Khan i.e. the tiger, the elusive spotted Bagheera i.e. the leopard, the bumbling Baloo i.e. the endemic sloth bear, the mischievous Bandar log i.e. the monkey folk to the brave wolf pack and many other birds and animals. This land, epitome of Kipling country, is also home to the Indian Bison known as gaur and the world’s most endangered swamp deer, the hard ground Barasingha.

Where to rest your head ?

Singinawa Jungle Lodge, Kanha

Day 11 : Kanha

Today carry a packed breakfast and take a “paghdandi”- footpath into the interiors of the forest on a 20 km track using all-terrain bicycles to the man village of the Baiga tribe in the interiors of the reserved forest.

The village showcases traditional tribal life with beautifully painted mud huts belonging to primarily agrarian tribal society. Life in the village remains untouched and allows a rare insight into the anthropological heritage of Central India. The village location also allows panoramic views of the landscapes and forests of the area.

After lunch, go on an afternoon game drive into the park to continue your search for our jungle book friends.

Where to rest your head ?

Singinawa Jungle Lodge, Kanha

Day 12 : Kanha

After breakfast, enjoy a game drive in the national park

While returning from the drives, spend some time at the Singinawa Foundation in its daily activities with the buffer zone community. Visit the school that has been adopted by Singinawa and participate in some voluntary work with the Foundation. If you like, with your donation, you can even paint the school, participate in weed removing activity, etc.

Where to rest your head ?

Singinawa Jungle Lodge, Kanha

Day 13 : Kanha – Raipur - Delhi

Today, a private vehicle will transfer you to Raipur airport where you can catch your flight to Delhi. From the Delhi airport, catch your flight back home.

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