[10D9N] "Jungle Book" Tigers and Ajanta/Ellora Caves

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India: [10D9N] "Jungle Book" Tigers and Ajanta/Ellora Caves

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Highlights

Your breath caught in your throat when you saw it stretch out in the thickets. It’s so well-camouflaged that when it’s not moving, you can’t see it at all! But when you finally caught a glimpse of the sinewy body, you can’t help but admire the beauty of one of the the biggest cats in the world. Yes, you just saw a tiger!

There are now estimated to be less than 3,900 left in the wild and India is prime Tiger Land with the highest concentration of them in the wild. Rudy Kipling’s Jungle Book was inspired in India. If you have always held the hopes of seeing one of this magnificent species before they’re all gone, come join me on this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Highlights of this Trip:
- See the majestic tigers in the wild.

- Step into the ancient caves of Ajanta and Ellora, both designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 

- Visit Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus as part of our Mumbai half-day tour. This Terminus is designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site as well.

This trip is very affordable as compared to other similar trips.  I have deliberately keep all my trips cheap as this is a trip I would want to go myself and hope to share with like-minded friends! To get an idea of the price differences, you can refer to this website: https://www.onthegotours.com/India/Tiger-Trail-9-days where they charge USD$3,345 (SGD$4,616) for 9 days trip.

Tiger at Kanha National Park

Tiger Kanha National Park by Davidvraju licensed by CC BY-SA 4.0

We would be taking 6 safari rides in total in two of the National Parks, Kanha and Bandhavgarh (3 in each Park), where tigers are most often sighted, and in a period (between Apr to Jun) where the likelihood of seeing them is the highest.

Common Langurs

Kanha national park languri Monkeys by Jishnu Ukil licensed by CC BY-SA 4.0

Besides tigers, other animals that we could expect to see include chital deer, sambar deer, barking deer, wild boar, nilgai antelope, four-horned antelope, Indian Bison, wild dog, leopard, blue bull, Indian fox, bear, gaur, three-striped palm squirrel, common langur, jackal, black buck, striped hyena, mouse deer, porcupine, chinkara, samber and ant-eating pangolin.

Baby deer

BABY DEER AT BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK by BITAN43610 licensed by BY CC 4.0

Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park by Santanu Bahali licensed by CC BY-SA 4.0

Bandhavagarh National Park has the highest density of tiger population in India. There are about 46 to 52 tigers in the Park.

Ellora Caves, Cave 16 - Kailasa Temple

Ellora, cave 16, Kailasa Temple by Arian Zwegers licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0

Ellora Caves is one of the largest rock-cut monastery-temple cave complexes in the world, with up to 34 monasteries and temples, featuring Buddhist, Hindu and Jain monuments, and artwork, dating from the 600–1000 CE period. In particular, Kailasa Temple is one of the most incredible buildings in the world as it was carved from top - down into the stone to form intricate structures. You would be amazed at how the ancient civilizations of India were able to build these momentous buildings!

Ajanta Caves

090 Cave 26, Chaitya by Anandajoti Bhikkhu licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0

Ajanta Caves are 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which date from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 CE in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra state of India. There are initially built during the reign of Emperor Ashoka and further added on in subsequent periods.

Gateway of India, Mumbai

Gateway of India Mumbai By Aamir by Aamir Rafiq Peerzada licensed by CC BY-SA 4.0

Most prominent landmark in Mumbai built on the sea front in December, 1911 to memorialize the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to the city. The Gateway of India is located in Colaba area which is the most popular hangout for Indian as well as international tourists.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

MumbaiScapes - Victoria Terminus by UrbanWanderer licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0

Headquarters of the central railway line in Mumbai. This is a heritage building with brilliant architecture. It is one of the most photographed buildings in India.

Additional Info

Single supplement will be SGD$480.

Likely International Flight:
Tue 31 Mar 2020
Air India AI343
19.05 SIN – 22.05 BOM

Wed 8 Apr 2020
Air India AI342
23.50 BOM – 7.50 + 1 SIN

Flight price @ 19/8/2019 is SGD$536.

Vendor takes payment in USD. I have computed based on current rates of USD$1 = SGD$1.38. If there is vast changes in exchange rates I may have to adjust costs accordingly. Similarly, the domestic air ticket prices is based on current prices.

Disclaimer: Tigers are wild animals. We would do our best and I have planned the trip to optimize our chances of seeing tigers, but there could still be the rare chance that we didn’t get to see it in this trip.

Itinerary

31 Mar 2020 (Tue) – Departure from Singapore and arrive in Mumbai. Overnight at Hotel Le Grand (3*).

1 Apr 2020 (Wed) – Morning sightseeing in Mumbai – Gateway of India, museum, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Mani Bhavan (home of Gandhi when he visited Mumbai). Afternoon transfer to airport for flight to Aurangabad. Departure from Mumbai by AI 442 at 3.25 pm and arrive in Aurangabad at 4.45 pm. Overnight at Lemon Tree Hotel (4*).

2 Apr 2020 (Thu) – Morning visit Ajanta Caves. Afternoon free time. Overnight at Lemon Tree Hotel (4*).

3 Apr 2020 (Fri) – Morning visit Ellora Caves. Afternoon transfer by train to Nagpur at 4.30 pm by 110045 Djkhabhoomi Express. Sleeper deck.

4 Apr 2020 (Sat) – Arrive in Nagpur at 7.35 am. Drive to Kanha. Afternoon safari. Overnight at Camp Dev Vilas (4*).

5 Apr 2020 (Sun) – Kanha. Morning safari. Afternoon safari. Overnight at Camp Dev Vilas (4*).

6 Apr 2020 (Mon) – Morning drive to Bandhavgarh (5 – 6 hours). Afternoon safari. Overnight at Lemon Tree Wildlife Resort (4*).

7 Apr 2020 (Tue) – Bandhavgarh. Morning safari. Afternoon safari. Overnight at Lemon Tree Wildlife Resort (4*).

8 Apr 2020 (Wed) – Morning transfer to Jabalpur airport for flight to Mumbai at 12.20 pm and arrive in Mumbai at 2.20 pm. Take night flight from Mumbai to Singapore.

9 Apr 2020 (Thu) – Arrival back to Singapore.