Named after the village that once existed in its midst, the forests of Kanha, with their mystical web woven by sal and bamboo trees, can turn a banker into a poet within a night.
For it is something of a lavishness that envelops your senses as you progress in your quest through this verdant landscape that truly encapsulates the essence of tiger-land. The meadow-grass glows with freshness, while the sheltering woods with their magnificently tall sal trees throb with the promise of many an enigma that they keep in their enchanting folds.
- A three-night/four-day Tour with five safaris to the beautiful forest that’s home to tigers and the endangered hardground barasingha
- Possible sightings of tigers among several other mammals and birds
- Immense natural history learning from the Tour Skipper
- Valuable insight into wildlife behaviour
At the heart of Wild India, Kanha has come to be not merely one of the best havens of the national animal, but a very byword for it. And equal to the allure of the celebrated tiger is the splendour of the forest itself.
Sublime dawns and charming dusks make you tingle with anticipation of what lies ahead. As the first sunrays filter through the canopy, the Eden is unveiled in all its grandeur. The grasses of the emancipating meadows couple with the sheltering woods to throb with the promise of many a wonder that they keep in their mystical folds.
Named after the village that once existed in its midst, it’s easy to see why the park served as one of Kipling’s inspirations to create Jungle Book. For this vintage 1900km2 sal and bamboo forest can turn a banker into a poet within a night, especially in the winter, when the picturesque habitat dazzles with peak vivacity. And when the mist lifts its curtain, there come into view an astonishing 300 species of birds and a long list of mammals sharing their address of residence, arguably the most loved among them being tigers.
A land of astonishing biodiversity, Kanha hosts the world’s only surviving population of the glamorous hard-ground swamp deer or barasingha (literally ‘twelve antlers’), who bedeck the grasslands as they adorn their crowning glory with grass, to win a date. Also in visible attendance are the ponderous gaur, who are the world’s largest wild cattle, and look it too.
Occasionally, the sight of a sloth bear making a surprise diurnal appearance can shoot your heart rate from seventy to double in two seconds.
Lurking on the sidelines plotting to consume the above are the tiger’s adversaries, the literally dogged but endangered Indian wild dog or dhole, and the masterfully elusive leopard who may not change his spots but does on occasion shed his diffidence to compete with his larger cousin for viewership share.
And now that you know a lot of what could fill your plate, your highly accomplished Toehold Skippers will leave no leaf unturned to help you experience the magic of tiger-land in all its glory.
We gather in Nagpur and leave for Kanha at 09:30 a.m. by AC vehicles. We reach Kanha by late afternoon. Overnight in Kanha.
On our morning and evening safaris, we explore the tiger-life and other rich wildlife in the beautiful wilderness of Kanha that is soaking in the delight of winter. All our meals are arranged for at our lodge. Overnight in Kanha.
After our last morning safari, we return to our lodge for lunch. We check out and leave for Nagpur by AC vehicles. We reach Nagpur by 05:00 p.m. and leave for our hometowns from there, with a lot of memories from Kanha to cherish for a long, long time.
- Per Person on Twin Share Accommodation
- Per Person on Twin Share Accommodation
- Services of a Toehold Skipper for a great wildlife experience
- Nagpur – Kanha – Nagpur travel by AC vehicles
- Stay in Kanha for three nights on full-board basis.
- Five jeep safaris
- Entry and guide fees
What’s Not Included?
- GST (5%)
- Any airfare
- Meals during transfers from Nagpur to Kanha and Kanha to Nagpur
- Telephone calls, laundry, room service, tips, porter service etc
- Additional mineral/bottled water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, personal expenses of any kind
- Tips to drivers and lodge staff
- Additional charges incurred due to a change in the schedule, due to reasons beyond the control of the organisers
- Insurance of any kind
- Medical expenses, if incurred
- Any other charges/costs not mentioned in the ‘Inclusions’ list
- At least INR 15,000 booking amount
- Remainder to be paid 45 or more days before the departure date
All figures per person.
- 20% of the Tour fee 45 or more days before the Tour
- 40% of the Tour fee between 44 and 31 days before the Tour
- 80% of the Tour fee between 30 and 16 days before the Tour
- 100% of the Tour fee within 15 days before the Tour
Please note: The date of written (email) communication of intent to cancel is the date considered for calculation of the cancellation fees.
You should go on a Group Tour if:
- You want natural-history-centric guided travel itineraries
- You want to travel with a Skipper with vast field experience
- Experiential travel is your top priority and not photography
You should go on a Photo Tour if:
- You want photography-centric guided travel itineraries
- You want to preserve your travel experiences as photographs
- You want expert assistance, subject-knowledge transfer on field
You should go on a Vacation if:
- You want itineraries tailored exactly to your needs
- You want us to plan and flawlessly execute your holiday
- You want to draw from our immense firsthand field experience
Who should participate in this Tour?
Anybody with an interest in wildlife and over the age of 18 (unless accompanied by an adult) is welcome to participate.
How different are your Group Tours from ordinary tours?
Unlike travel agents who plan your holiday from a remote destination to places they sometimes haven’t experienced themselves, our Group Tours offer a comprehensive toehold to experience a place through the guidance of an experienced naturalist. The common ingredients in all our Group Tours are fun and a lot of learning and knowledge sharing. Besides, most or all of our Tour participants are nature lovers, which keeps the group in harmony and helps make your experience focussed.
How sure are you about sighting wildlife on this Tour?
Considering the meticulous attention to timing we pay while scheduling Tours and the local expertise we leverage, we believe that it would be extremely unfortunate if our sightings were unsatisfactory. However, since we will be in an uncontrolled environment, we do not claim that sightings are guaranteed.
What equipment do you suggest on this Tour if I want to make photographs?
For tigers and other mammals, a telephoto zoom lens in the range of 100 to 400mm works very well. Sometimes, when tigers and other wildlife are far, and for birds, a longer lens can come in more than handy. If opting for a fixed (‘prime’) lens, the 300mm focal length on a cropped sensor body with a 1.4x extender (‘teleconverter’) is the best compromise, although lenses of longer focal length can be used to good effect as well, especially on ‘full-frame’ bodies. A wide-angle or normal zoom to capture landscapes or creative perspectives of wildlife is recommended. And since we may do some nocturnal photography, an image-stabilized lens and a camera body that performs well at high sensitivities are boons.
What do I do if I do not have the requisite equipment?
If you do not have appropriate equipment, there is no need to fret. Toehold offers an exhaustive array of cameras and lenses for hire, so you can always hire what you need. Click here to see what we offer. What’s better, you enjoy a 10% discount on all equipment hired on our Toehold Outdoors Group Tours!