Classic India Safari

This expedition has no scheduled departures at this time.

Below please find the day-by-day itinerary for this expedition. Unless otherwise noted, daily excursion options are included in the cost of the trip. We do our best to adhere to the scheduled itinerary, but in the spirit of our expeditionary style of travel we may deviate slightly to take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and wildlife.

An itinerary from a previous expedition is displayed below.

Day 1 USA

Depart the USA on your independent flight to Delhi.

Day 2 Delhi, India

Arrive in Delhi late this evening and transfer to the Trident Gurgaon.

Day 3 Delhi

Your exploration of Old and New Delhi allows you to take in the elegant district surrounding the India Gate in New Delhi, enjoy a rickshaw ride past the Jama Masjid and the Red Fort in Old Delhi, and delve into the narrow alleys of the market. Here, among brightly bedecked stalls, Indians shop for everything from wedding jewels to spices. After the market, visit the Gandhi memorial and enjoy lunch at one of Delhi’s fine restaurants. Later, explore one of India’s many World Heritage Sites, the Qutab complex including Qutab Minar. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 4 Delhi / Khajuraho

After breakfast take a morning flight to Khajuraho, the once opulent capital of the Chandela dynasty. This afternoon, visit the World Heritage Site complex of 1,000-year-old Hindu temples famous for their detailed scenes of daily life. The sculpted exterior of the Temple of Kandariya is considered one of India’s great artistic masterpieces. Dinner and overnight at the Jass Radisson in Khajuraho.

Day 5 Khajuraho / Bandhavgarh National Park

This morning journey through forests, hills, and villages where women go about their daily activities clad in bright saris. Arrive this afternoon at remote Bandhavgarh National Park. Formerly a maharajah’s private hunting preserve, the area was designated a national park in 1968 and is now one of the best places to view Indian wildlife and to seek out the rare and endangered Bengal tiger. Dinner and overnight for the next four nights at the Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge.

Day 6-8 Bandhavgarh National Park

Enjoy three full days to explore this diverse park set among the Vindhya Hills of Madhya Pradesh. Travel in 4x4 vehicles and take elephant rides, when possible, for optimal wildlife viewing. In the lowlands of the park search for wild boars, as well as several deer species including muntjac or barking deer, sambar, and chital or spotted deer. Plus, keep an eye out for the elusive leopard and tiger. In the trees overhead watch for Rhesus macaques and Hanuman langurs; bird watching in the area is phenomenal.

Day 9 Bandhavgarh National Park / Kanha National Park

After breakfast travel across hilly terrain and through extensive teak forests to Kanha National Park. Dinner and overnight for the next four nights at the Kanha Jungle Lodge.

Day 10-12 Kanha National Park

Spend three days devoted to wildlife viewing in Kanha’s forests and plains—a true wilderness and the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s classic, The Jungle Book. The diverse topography provides the ideal habitat for animals, and photographers discover great opportunities to “capture” the wildlife.

Again, use 4x4 vehicles (and elephants when possible) to explore Kanha. Expect to encounter herds of chital, swamp deer, sambar, and langur monkeys. This area is also the best place to look for the gaur, a bison-like animal and the largest of all bovids. With luck, other possible species include Indian wild dog, sloth bear, or perhaps even a rare chousingha—the world’s only four-horned antelope. The rich birdlife of the park includes such specialties as lesser whistling-ducks, crested treeswifts, jungle owlets, Alexandrine parakeets, and Indian pond-herons.

Day 13 Kanha National Park / Raipur / Kolkata

After one last morning game drive, depart for Raipur. Driving through rural India exposes you to ‘incidental’ culture as you pass through villages and farmland. Board an evening flight to Kolkata (formerly Calcutta). Overnight at the ITC Sonar Bangla Hotel.

Day 14 Kolkata / Guwahati / Kaziranga National Park

This morning fly to Guwahati; upon arrival depart for Kaziranga National Park passing tea estates and lush countryside. In the afternoon you may have time for a short stroll along the border of the park. Spend the next four nights at Diphlu Lodge, situated on the Diphlu River in a setting of great natural beauty.

Day 15-17 Kaziranga National Park

You have three days to explore this amazing 165-square-mile reserve that borders the Brahmaputra River and Mikir Mountain Range. The country here is mostly flat—a tangle of thorny rattan cane, elephant grass, evergreen forest, and shallow marshland.

The ranges of the reserve offer visitors opportunities to see numerous one-horned Indian rhinoceros as well as Asian elephants and wild Asiatic water buffalos. Other highlights are wild boars, hog deer, and the locally common swamp deer or soft-ground barasingha. Birds abound at Kaziranga as well—there are bar-headed geese; gray-headed and Pallas’ fish eagles; Oriental darters; herons and egrets of all shapes and sizes; black-necked, painted, Asian open-billed storks; and many more. 

Day 18 Kaziranga National Park / Guwahati / Delhi

After breakfast depart Kaziranga for our flight to Delhi, via Guwahati. Arrive Delhi late in the afternoon and transfer to your day room at the Delhi Radisson Hotel before transferring to the airport late this evening. 

Day 19 Delhi / USA

Depart on independent flights home.