Walk on the Wild Side

Head out into the jungles of India in search of the magnificent Bengal Tiger on our Walk on the Wild Side holiday, which gives you the chance to see numerous exciting species as well as some of the country’s most intriguing historic sights.

At a glance
  • Explore the back streets of Old Delhi by bike
  • Be inspired at a sloth bear conservation project in Agra
  • Witness sun rise over the iconic Taj Mahal
  • Travel through the unexplored state of Madhya Pradesh
  • Wonder at the Khajuraho temples’ erotic sculptures
  • Rise early to spot tiger on dawn safaris in the national parks of Bandhavgarh & Kanha
Itinerary
Price & Hotels

Delhi - 2 nights

Many visitors head straight to see Delhi’s awe-inspiring architecture, which is unquestionably eye-popping! But there's much more to the place, from exotic forts and exquisite mosques, to lip-smacking street food, and shopping that caters to every taste and budget imaginable. Your visit will show you some of Delhi’s gems and take you behind the scenes of the city’s imposing facades to witness daily life.

Day 1 - Arrive Delhi, visit Mughal tomb, dinner at Veda

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On arrival in Delhi, you'll be met by a Selective Asia representative, who will accompany you to your hotel.

Welcome to Selective Asia! This level of personal service (such as private transfers, private tours etc) is what you can expect throughout your trip. A few services (eg boat cruises) will be shared, but we'll always make sure you're aware of these.

In the afternoon, meet your guide for a tour of Humayan's Tomb, a striking 16th century structure of white marble and red sandstone. Pop back to your hotel to rest and freshen up before heading out for dinner at one of our favourite restaurants, Veda, in Connaught Place, to enjoy your first holiday dinner in style.

Day 2 - Old Delhi cycle tour, explore ‘hidden’ New Delhi

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Starting early to avoid the heat, join a shared cycling tour led by an expert local guide to explore Old Delhi as the city wakes. Once the capital of the Mughal dynasty, Old Delhi is a maze of narrow lanes, and you'll have to keep your wits about you to avoid sleeping dogs, dawdling cows and rickshaw wallahs! Stop to admire India's largest mosque, and flood your senses in Delhi's busiest market, which sells everything from textiles to spices, and, importantly, breakfast. After some food and the chance for a chat with your fellow cyclists, you'll be taken back to your hotel for a rest.

This afternoon, accompany your guide behind New Delhi’s majestic boulevards and tree-lined avenues to experience local life in this extraordinary city. On a quiet back street you'll discover the community of 60 washer-men who scrub laundry for hotels, hospitals and better-off residents - many of their families have done this for generations, but the trade is dying out. Explore a well-preserved ancient step well, and spend time at a prominent Sikh temple, where you'll have the chance to lend a hand in the community kitchen - a traditional part of Sikh temples, which feed people of all religions in their large dining halls. If you wish, you can have a snack in the hall amongst the other diners before returning to your hotel.

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Agra - 1 night

Agra is home to the Taj Mahal, which is every bit as majestic as expected, and the city is scattered with impressive examples of ancient Mughal architecture, including the magnificent Agra Fort - built in 1565, this red sandstone edifice that is one of the finest Mughal forts in the country, and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Whilst here, you’ll visit a community of rescued sloth bears, explore Agra Fort, and experience a mystical sunrise at the Taj Mahal.

Day 3 - Train to Agra, bear sanctuary, Agra Fort

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Head to New Delhi station to catch the train to Agra, where you’ll be met and driven to the Wildlife SOS Bear Sanctuary. This inspiring project is home to over 200 Indian sloth bears, rescued from tragic situations such as being forced to dance for tourists, or being sold for traditional Chinese medicine. With Wildlife SOS, the bears are harboured in park-like grounds similar to their natural habitat, and the NGO works hard to protect and conserve Indian wildlife. Return to Agra to visit the palatial Agra Fort for a taste of life as a Mughal lord, before heading to your hotel to check in and enjoy some time at leisure.

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Gwalior - 1 night

Located in the very north of Madhya Pradesh, the historic town of Gwalior is best known for its imposing fort that overlooks the town from its hilltop perch.

Day 4 - Sunrise at the Taj Mahal, explore historic sites

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Rise early to witness the first rays of today's sunshine illuminate the white marble Taj Mahal. The Taj is considered the pinnacle of Mughal art in India, and you’ll be sharing the spectacle with many other admirers - this doesn’t, however, detract from the experience. After breakfast back at your hotel, catch a train from Agra Station to Gwalior, a historic town known for its imposing fortress, which you'll explore this afternoon. Perched on a hilltop overlooking the settlement, the immense carved sandstone fort dominates the skyline. It is regarded as one of India's most impenetrable fortresses, and was prized by successive dynasties and colonists. Within the well-preserved complex, you'll find Jain and Hindu temples, ancient water tanks and several palaces. Nearby, you can also visit Jai Vilas Palace, the grand 19th century home of a ruling family. Their descendants still reside here, but many rooms have been converted into a fascinating museum - amongst its exhibits, we're particularly awed by the silver model train that was used to serve the family during meal times.

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Orchha - 1 night

Orchha is often overlooked by tourists, who hurry on to the nearby temples of Khajuraho, but this small, almost medieval town is packed with historically significant palaces and temples, and well-preserved impressive architecture, which you’ll see during your visit.

Day 5 - Train & drive to Orchha, explore ancient temples & witness evening aarti

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Board the train and head into the countryside, where you'll be driven to Orchha for a day exploring some of this historic town's incredible architecture. Start your afternoon with your guide at Jahangir Mahal, an elaborately decorated sandstone palace built in the 17th century. Continue to the royal Raj Mahal, whose interior is covered in colourful murals and frescoes which are extremely well preserved, despite being over 500 years old. Next stop are some 17th cenotaphs by the river, all excellent examples of regional monumental architecture, and also very well preserved. Having stopped back at your hotel to freshen up, accompany your guide to the Ram Raja, the only Indian temple where Lord Rama - a popular incarnation of the deity Vishnu - is worshipped as a king. Crowds of pilgrims flock here, and your visit will be timed to witness the atmospheric evening ritual, with chanted prayers and a gun salute performed to honour the god-king.

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Panna Tiger Reserve - 2 nights

Panna Tiger Reserve is a little-known gem, attracting far fewer visitors than India’s more famous national parks. Despite being designated a tiger reserve in 1994, Panna continued to suffer poaching, and its tiger population was almost wiped out. In 2009 tigers were reintroduced and whilst numbers are still low, there are promising signs of recovery. Besides tigers, Panna’s dry forest and grasslands are home to leopard, sloth bear, and hyena, as well as over 200 species of birds, notably birds of prey. You’ll stay at an eco-lodge close by, which offers a peaceful, homely base for your exploration of both the tiger reserve, and Khajuraho, a nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its erotic sculptures.

Day 6 - Drive to eco-lodge near Panna Tiger Reserve

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Head out through the rural landscape towards the Panna Tiger Reserve. Your destination is the Sarai at Toria, an eco-lodge run by Joanna, a wildlife photographer & writer, and Raghu, a biologist known for his pioneering tiger research. After a warm welcome from your hosts, you’ll have time to relax at the lodge before boarding a traditional wooden boat along the river, on the lookout for a huge variety of bird life, including kingfishers, storks and, if you’re lucky, eagle owls.

Day 7 - Panna jungle safari, explore Khajuraho

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Rise early and join the lodge's resident naturalist on a jeep safari deep into Panna Tiger Reserve. Spend the morning looking for wildlife, before returning to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, brace yourself for the eyebrow-raising sculptures of Khajuraho, which you'll explore with a knowledgeable local guide. Dating to the 10th and 11th centuries, Khajuraho's temples don't all feature risque sculptures - you'll find depictions of more prosaic daily life alongside the wild orgies - but some are more graphic than others!

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Bandhavgarh National Park - 2 nights

Bandhavgarh is arguably the best place in India to see Bengal Tigers, and is world-renowned for its high density of these magnificent creatures. The park is also home to sloth bear, leopard, striped hyena, a variety of deer and monkey, and more than 250 species of birds. Your stay will be focused on the park, with a number of shared jeep safaris accompanied by an experienced naturalist to maximise your chances of spotting wildlife.

Day 8 - Drive to Bandhavgarh National Park, dusk safari

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Drive to your lodge at Bandhavgarh National Park, where you'll have time to settle in before a shared safari at dusk, when the animals are typically most active. Your lodge's resident naturalist will be on hand to show you what to look for, and you'll be back at the lodge in time for dinner.

Day 9 - Dawn & dusk jeep safaris in Bandhavgarh NP

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Spend the day spotting the creatures of Bandhavgarh on two shared safaris, the first at dawn, watching and listening as the park's residents noisily greet the new day. The lodge will provide a picnic breakfast, and your naturalist will of course be on hand to point out signs of wildlife. After a few hours relaxing back at the lodge, return to the park in the late afternoon for further exploration.

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Kanha National Park - 3 nights

The state of Madhya Pradesh boasts nine national parks, and south of Bandhavgarh lies Kanha, one of India's largest and most beautiful conservation areas. Reputed as the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling's 'Jungle Book', Kanha comprises vast forests and grassy meadows, meandering rivers and rocky escarpments. It's the perfect habitat for Bengal Tigers, and recent surveys indicate a growing population. Kanha is also home to a sizeable number of barasingha (swamp deer), which exist nowhere else in the world, alongside numerous other deer species, sloth bear, langur monkeys, leopard, and over 260 species of bird.

Day 10 - Drive to Kanha National Park

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After breakfast at the lodge, you’ll be driven south through the wooded landscape towards Kanha National Park, where you’ll arrive at your lodge for a few hours at leisure after the drive.

Day 11 - Dawn & dusk jeep safaris in Kanha NP

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Fingers crossed for a tiger sighting today, as you head out into Kanha on two shared safaris, accompanied by an experienced naturalist.

Day 12 - Dawn safari, tribal village visit

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Rejoin your now familiar naturalist for a final dawn safari, keeping your eyes open for tigers while you listen to the cacophony of jungle creatures waking up. In the afternoon, visit one of the tribal villages on the national park boundary for a fascinating insight into local life. Although the younger generation is embracing modern ways, life in these farming communities hasn't changed all that much, with traditional clothing still worn by many, and buildings still made of sun-baked mud, hand-decorated with motifs.

Day 13 - Depart from Jabalpur Airport

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Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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We only provide privately guided holidays - meaning that you will not be expected to share guides or transport for the duration of your visit. You can also start on any day you choose.

Please click on the hotel category buttons below to view hotel details. These are recommended properties only - we have many alternative options for you to choose from if you would prefer. You can mix hotel categories throughout your holiday.

Hotel class Price per person (based on total # travelling)
2 persons 3 - 4 5 - 6
First Class £2,980US$3,883 £2,912US$3,794 £2,724US$3,550

The Claridges

Combining classic elegance with contemporary facilities and service, The Claridges maintains the high standards we’ve come to expect from this historic Indian hotel... See more

Trident Hotel, Agra

Set amidst extensive, well-maintained gardens dotted with water fountains, the Trident Hotel is a peaceful oasis conveniently located just 10-minutes’ drive from the Taj Mahal... See more

Deo Bagh

Deo Bagh is a unique heritage hotel with its own on-site ancient architectural treasures, including two 17th century temples... See more

Amar Mahal

Amar Mahal offers a comfortable, historic base from which to explore the heritage town of Gwalior. Guest rooms feel appropriately regal! When you're not exploring, relax beside the swimming pool.

The Sarai at Toria

Born out of one couple’s passion for wildlife and conservation, The Sarai at Toria provides a riverside haven of peace and serenity, words we think it’s fair to say aren’t always associated with India... See more

Kings Lodge

Kings Lodge nestles serenely within the trees on the edge of Bandhavgarh National Park in one the region’s wildest landscapes... See more

Kipling Camp

In idyllic wilderness on the edges of Kanha National Park, Kipling Camp has conservation at its core... See more
Deluxe £4,304US$5,608 £4,236US$5,520 £4,012US$5,228

The Imperial

The Imperial is an elegant hotel steeped in history; an oasis of calm set in seven acres of manicured gardens in the chaotic heart of Delhi... See more

ITC Mughal

Close to Agra’s historic centre, the ITC Mughal hotel combines a sense of opulence with high-end, contemporary facilities... See more

Taj Usha Kiran Palace

It should come as no surprise to learn that the Taj Usha Kiran Palace has played host to royalty and dignitaries: this palatial property oozes history and grandeur. See more

Amar Mahal

Amar Mahal offers a comfortable, historic base from which to explore the heritage town of Gwalior. Guest rooms feel appropriately regal! When you're not exploring, relax beside the swimming pool.

The Sarai at Toria

Born out of one couple’s passion for wildlife and conservation, The Sarai at Toria provides a riverside haven of peace and serenity, words we think it’s fair to say aren’t always associated with India... See more

Samode Safari Lodge

Situated deep in tiger country on the edge of Bandhavgarh National Park, the Samode Safari Lodge offers a luxurious base for your tiger-spotting experiences... See more

Solo travellers are always welcome - please contact us for a tailored quote.

These prices are shown in GBPUSD.
Selective Asia is a UK-registered company, but our client-base spans the globe, so we bank in both GBP and USD and can therefore provide a fixed price in either currency.
We also have payment facilities in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the EU, and can typically offer better-than-bank exchange rates on the date of payment in these currencies (against a booking priced in GBP).

Itinerary additions

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Whilst many clients are happy with one of our recommended itineraries in the current form (and at the price quoted), there are those that wish to personalise their holiday in some way, whether it be a change of hotel, an additional destination or even start from scratch. This is when our tailor-made specialists come into their own; with many years of experience both living and working in the region they are ideally equipped to advise on alternatives and to facilitate any necessary changes.

The important stuff

Please note: During high season periods (such as Christmas and New Year) hotels often levy a surcharge and these are not included in the above prices. Your consultant will be happy to advise you of these.

Inclusive:

  • English speaking, local guide
  • All accommodation listed
  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Any domestic flights listed (unless marked otherwise)
  • Any train journey listed (unless marked otherwise)
  • All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals listed
  • International flight reconfirmation.

Exclusive:

  • Flights to/from Asia. We are an ATOL bonded operator and can arrange flights for all our clients, regardless of whether you are departing from the UK or from almost any other worldwide destination.
  • Entry visas
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Any meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance
  • All other services not listed in 'inclusive'

Please note

All prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are liable to change and can only be confirmed upon submitting an enquiry.

 

Extras

Flights

We will arrange all internal flights used within our holiday itineraries. We can also arrange discounted flights from all UK airports to Asia and we are a fully bonded ATOL operator. If you would like a quote for your international flights then please complete the required section on the enquiry form.

Visa

You will require a visa to enter India. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.

Passport

Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.

Insurance

You will require a comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. We offer our customers a specially discounted insurance policy, ideally suited to the needs that a trip such as this creates. Tick the insurance box in the enquiry form and we will send you a quote to suit your needs.

Vaccinations and Malaria Prevention

You will undoubtedly require vaccinations for your visit to Asia. Please consult your doctor or a vaccination clinic for the most up-to-date advice. They will also be able to advise you of the most suitable anti-malarial medication if required. It is important that you do this well in advance of your departure date.

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Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 20%.

Travelling Responsibly

We care about the places and the communities that you will travel through. It is important to us that we travel as responsibly as possible throughout Asia and that we are giving something back to the regions and the people that make these journeys so special. Full details on our approach to responsible travel can be found on a dedicated section of this website.

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