Places Visited: Mumbai, Pench National Park, Nagpur
Travel to the depths of Kipling country on this focussed, eight-day wildlife tour to central India. Rather than waste time travelling between different reserves, the trip revolves around just one outstanding sanctuary: the Pench National Park in southern Madhya Pradesh. Encompassing some of the most pristine surviving pockets of dry deciduous sal forest in the subcontinent, Pench is hotly tipped to become the next big thing in tiger tourism.
For the time being, though, it remains a genuine off-track gem, where the chances of sightings – both of tiger and leopard – are as good as anywhere in India. Crucially, pressure on its safari routes is significantly lighter than at the more famous parks further north, which makes for a more enjoyable experience all round. Between game drives, you’ll be able to savour the timeless serenity of the forest from the luxurious confines of the Jamatara Wilderness Camp – one of our favourite lodges in Asia.
The tour is bookended with a two-night stay in Mumbai, a city whose historic vestiges span a millennium and a half of Indian history.