The Jungle Book Brought To Life: Eye to Eye With The Indian Tiger
With New Version Of ‘The Jungle Book‘ Hitting Big Screens In April, Gane And Marshall Highlights Their Best Trips For Spotting “Shere Khan”
With a new big screen adaption of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” hitting UK cinemas on 15 April 2016, tour operator Gane and Marshall is expecting interest in the national parks and tiger reserves of India to surge as the adventures of Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera, Shere Khan and King Louie, and the incredible imagery of India’s remote jungle locations, captures travellers’ imagination.
Walt Disney Pictures’ new 3D version of “The Jungle Book” is directed by Jon Favreau and stars Neel Sethi as Mowgli with the supporting voices of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson and Christopher Walken.
Rudyard Kipling, the famed English writer who penned The Jungle Book among many other children’s stories, was born in Bombay in 1865. The state of Madhya Pradesh and Kanha National Park are often cited as the inspiration for the setting of Kipling’s books.
Adventure and wildlife specialist Gane and Marshall offers four thrilling tours of several different tiger reserves, in the National Parks of Satpura (Madhya Pradesh), Bandhavgarh (Madhya Pradesh), Ranthambore (Rajasthan), Dudhwa (Uttar Pradesh) and Tadoba, Pench and Kanha (Maharashtra).
The itineraries are perfect for travellers wanting to set off on their own Jungle Book adventure, hoping to spot Shere Khan and his jungle companions in the wild!
Dudhwa National Park
Dudhwa National Park attracts far fewer visitors than most of India’s wildlife parks, making for a more authentic experience and the chance to see the resident wildlife in their unaffected environment. The ‘Dudhwa National Park India Safari’ itinerary begins in Delhi, where travellers will take a train journey to Lucknow for a two-night stay and thechance to explore the colonial-era city. A scenic drive to the Tree of Life Jaagir Lodge in Dudhwa comes next, for a three-night stay. Days are spent on game drives into Dudhwa National Park, home to tigers, leopards, Asiatic black bears, sloth, rhinoceros, elephants, cheetahs, several species of deer and around 400 types of bird. On departure from Dudhwa, one more night is spent in Lucknow.
The cost of this six-night itinerary starts from £1,245 per person, based on twin share. This includes two nights’ at Vivanta by Taj hotel in Lucknow, three nights’ at Tree of Life Jaagir Lodge, most meals, train travel and transfers, tours and game drives, services of an English speaking guide and taxes. Return flights from London to Delhi start from an additional £450 per person
Tadoba, Pench and Kanha National Parks
In Search of Tigers takes place in prime tiger country, Madhya Pradesh, home to several of India’s most famous tiger parks. Travellers will visit Pench, Tadoba and Kanha National Parks. After one night at Lemon Tree Premier Hotel in Delhi, guests will fly to Tadoba for three nights at Svasara Jungle Lodge and game drives in Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra’s original tiger park. Two nights at upmarket jungle lodge Tuli Tiger Corridor and explorations of Pench National Park’s protected forest follows. The safari then moves on as guests stay at Tuli Tiger Corridor Kanha and discover Kanha National Park, said to be the king of the jungle when it comes to the best tiger viewing opportunities in India.
The cost of this nine-night itinerary starts from £1,695 per person, based on twin share. This includes transfers, internal flights, nine nights’ accommodation as above, most meals, National Park entry fees, game viewing activities and excursions, services of a naturalist guide during safaris and taxes. Return flights from London to Delhi start from an additional £450 per person
Bandhavgarh and Ranthambore National Parks
Eye to Eye with the Indian Tiger visits Bandhavgarh and Ranthambore National Parks. Bandhavgarh was established in 1968 as a National Park and in 1993 recognised as a tiger reserve. It is a land of dense jungle hills, forest and vast stretches of grassland, with one of the highest densities of tiger in the world. Ranthambore National Park occupies a large swathe of territory in southern Rajasthan. Formerly the royal hunting grounds of the Jaipur Maharajas, today it is a prominent conservation zone, home to a huge diversity of species, among them Bengal tiger.
The tour starts with a night in Delhi, then moves to Bandhavgarh National Park for three nights at Kings Lodge, staffed by a knowledgeable naturalist team. Days are spent on jungle safaris and guided cycling tours. After a return to Delhi for one night, guests then catch the Golden Temple Express train to Sawai Madhopur for three nights in a luxury cottage at the Pug Mark Hotel, situated at the edge of Ranthambore National Park. There are early morning and afternoon game drives by Jeep each day.
The cost of this nine-night itinerary starts from £1,195 per person, based on twin share. This includes internal transfers, internal flights, rail travel, accommodation in Delhi, Bandhavgarh and Ranthambore, most meals, safari activities and taxes. Return flights from London to Delhi start from an additional £450 per person
Satpura National Park
The Satpura Under Canvas itinerary brings the first ever chance for guests to camp in an Indian Tiger Reserve. Satpura is the only national park where comfortable mobile camping is possible, with trekking on foot offered in the core area ofthe reserve. Guests spend the first and last nights at ‘Reni Pani Jungle Lodge’, an exquisitely designed conservation lodge. Two nights are spent under canvas in the National Park itself, leaving no trace to the local environment as the tour moves on. The mobile camps are well-equipped with beds/mattresses, a dining area and portable bathrooms. This unique camping opportunity leaves guests more time per day to explore Satpura, with local expert guides searching for tigers and educating guests about local wildlife along the way
The cost of this four-night itinerary starts from £825 per person, based on twin share (can be tailor-made to be extended). This includes return transfers from Bhopal airport, two nights at Reni Pani Jungle Lodge, two nights at mobile camps, most meals, services of guides/camp staff and taxes. Return flights from London to Bhopal via Delhi start from an additional £520 per person.
To book, please go to www.ganeandmarshall.com or call 01822 600 600