If diamonds are the only things that sparkle in your mind’s eye when you hear Panna, you might want to know that the priceless piercing gaze of a tiger is also an experience that this part of central India can offer. Panna Tiger Reserve, tucked to the Vindhyan hills, brims with a vast array of mammals and birds. Its dry deciduous forest is also embellished by beautiful waterfalls.
This protected, precious land is where you need to be if you wish natural, archeological and historical splendours to come together and cast a magical spell on you.
- A five-night/six-day students-special Tour with five safaris and a nature walk to one of India’s best tiger destinations
- A chance to see a leopard in what is perhaps the best place in Central India to see this secretive cat
- Likely opportunities to see various other mammals and birds in Panna’s pristine wilderness
- A wealth of natural history learning from the Skipper
- Immense insight into wildlife behaviour
The Panna Tiger Reserve is a prime dwelling for the striped big cat in Madhya Pradesh. It is the most significant protected forest area in the north-central highlands of the country where the western and the eastern populations of several mammals, birds, reptiles and an array of flora are connected through the verdant Vindhyan hill ranges.
River Ken, the lifeline of Panna Tiger Reserve also grants enchanting vistas. This is also where human history, culture and archeological richness can be witnessed. Make your meeting with the feline beauties a memorable one for always.
While the forests of Panna are home to the mystical beauty of the tiger, it also nurtures the lives of leopards, hyaenas, wild dogs, caracals, rusty spotted cats and other small cats. While the sloth bear can be seen in languor in the pristineness of the jungles, nilgai, chital, sambar and chousingha also dot the greenness with their lovely, contrasting colours.
Gharials, muggars, and a lot of snakes also dwell in Panna, while more than 200 species of avian wonders also grant the possibility of witnessing their beauty to a bird-lover. To name a few, if fortune favours you, you can see the white-necked stork, the bar-headed goose, the honey buzzard, the king vulture, the blossom-headed parakeet, the paradise flycatcher and the slaty-headed scimitar babbler.
Panna is your next holiday destination if you wish the natural world to enchant your studious senses.
We meet in Pune and leave for Mumbai by 12126 Pragati Express (2S) at 07:50 a.m. We reach Mumbai (CST) by 11:20 a.m. and board the 12188 Jabalpur Garib Rath Express (3 AC) at 01:30 p.m. to reach Jabalpur. On this overnight train journey, we are lulled to sleep by our dreams of seeing the Panna tigers and other wildlife.
We arrive in Jabalpur by 06:00 a.m. and have our breakfast there. We proceed to Panna by AC vehicles and reach our destination by noon. We check in and finish our lunch and rest, and go on an evening nature-walk. Overnight in Panna.
On our morning and evening safaris, we explore the tiger-life and other rich wildlife in the beautiful wilderness of Panna. Since our morning safari runs until 11:00 a.m., we carry packed breakfast. Lunch and dinner will be at the lodge. Overnight in Panna.
We go on our last morning safari. Once we return, we have our breakfast and get ready for checkout after lunch. We travel to Jabalpur by AC vehicles to catch our train to Mumbai – the by 12187 Garib Rath Express (3 AC) at 07:30 p.m. Overnight train travel.
We arrive in Mumbai (CST) by 12:15 p.m. and begin our journey to Pune by 11009 Sinhagad Express (2S) at 02:30 p.m. We reach Pune by 06:40 p.m. and leave for our hometowns from there, with a lot of memories from Panna to cherish for a long, long time.
- Per Person on Quadruple Share Accommodation
- Per Person on Quadruple Share Accommodation
- Services of a Toehold Skipper for a great wildlife experience
- Pune – Mumbai – Pune train travel (2S)
- Mumbai – Jabalpur – Mumbai train travel (3 AC)
- Jabalpur – Panna – Jabalpur travel by AC vehicles
- Stay in Panna for three nights on full-board basis
- Six jeep safaris
- Entry and guide fees
- Travel insurance for every participant
- Food during train travel
What’s Not Included?
- GST (5%)
- Any airfare
- 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 on or before 45 or more days before the Tour
- 40% of the Tour fee between 44 days and 31 days before the Tour
- 80% of the Tour fee between 30 and 16 days before the Tour
- 100% of the Tour fee on or after 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?
Considering the nature of the subjects and shooting conditions expected on this Tour, a lens with a focal length of at least 400mm is considered necessary, with longer focal lengths being welcome. A beanbag is strongly recommended to shoot both from inside the vehicle as well as outside.
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!