19 nights / 20 days
Places to See : Nagpur -
Pench National Park - Jabalpur - Kanha - Chhattisgarh – Orissa
Day 01: Arrive at Nagpur
Assistance on arrival at Airport, later drive to Pench National Park.
Overnight at Bagh Van.
Day 02: Nagpur - Pench National Park
Early morning visit to Pench National Park. Visit the sanctuary famous
for tiger, blue bull, wild dog, bison, leopard and other species of
mammals and birds. Ride the elephant for tiger show. Later back to the
Hotel for lunch. Post lunch session again drive to park to see till
sunset is best time to visit the park. Overnight at Bagh Van.
Day 03: Pench National Park
Fullday visit the Pench National Park. Overnight at Bagh Van.
Day 04: Pench National Park - Jabalpur
Drive to Jabalpur, check in at Hotel Kalchuri in Bedha Ghat. Evening
free at Marble rock.
Day 05: Jabalpur - Kanha National Park
Early morning cruise in the river to see beautiful marble rocks, one
of the world heritage sights in India. Later drive to Kanha National
Park. Overnight Royal Tiger Resort or Tuli tiger Resort.
Day 06: Kanha National Park
In the morning, visit India's premier Tiger Reserve, in a naturalist's
paradise of flora and fauna. Overnight in the resort.
Day 7: Kanha National Park
Visit the Park with elephant ride to see tiger and other large mammals
with avifauna. Overnight in the resort.
Days 08 & Day 09: Bhoramdeo Jungle
Two hours from Kanha, near the site of ancient Khajuraho-style
temples, Bhoramdeo Jungle Retreat marks the start of your tribal
experience. Here, in rustic simplicity and full board basis, you will
be able to tour the nearby 11th century Bhoramdeo Temple site - a
smaller version of world-famous Khajuraho - and the surrounding Gond
and Baiga villages.
The Retreat offers farmhouse-style living with essential mod cons, and
most of all the unusual chance to experience life at Central Indian
village level. Many of tribes descendants inhabiting this place today
maintain an animistic and close-to-nature way of life that the urban
world can only dream of. Markets, festivals and wonderful costumes add
to the magic of a walk through this wild but hospitable country, a
living journey through a time gone by.
Trekking into the beautiful Maikal Hills and visits to Gond and Baiga
markets and villages are part of the regular programme. For the less
energetic, you can simply relax at the farmhouse and soak in the
delightful views. Evening can watch Baiga tribal dance.
Day 10: Bhoramdeo Jungle Retreat - Raipur - Kanker
Morning after breakfast leave for Raipur and visit Sirpur group of
temples, both Hindu and Buddhist. In the afternoon we will drive south
on the excellent National Highway 43 to Kanker Palace, Gateway to
Tribal Bastar, arriving in time for tea.
Your princely hosts and guides are Rajkumar Surya (known as Jolly) and
younger brother Ashwini (aka Jai) of the Kanker Royal Family. (Their
elder brother Aditya, current Maharajadhiraj of Kanker, teaches
history at St Stephen's College in Delhi.)
Familiarisation with Kanker, the region and its history before
settling in with welcome drinks and traditional local entertainment.
Kanker Palace/Bastar tours are inclusive full board packages, where
the only extras are laundry, alcoholic drinks and discretionary tips.
Day 11: Kanker - Jagdalpur
After an Indian or English breakfast at the Palace, you climb the
beautiful, forested Keshkal Ghat, 30 km south of Kanker, which marks
the border of Bastar 500m above the plain.
In Bastar, majority of its peoples are still tribal with unique though
rapidly disappearing lifestyles.
North Bastar is home to the Muria Gond tribe. You will visit a tribal
village near Bahigaon on NH 43, have a picnic lunch in the forest, and
a little farther down the road visit the Saathi NGO handicrafts
project set up at Kumharpara (Potters' Enclave) near the market town
of Kondagaon to maintain and develop the considerable variety of
traditional arts and crafts of the region.
You will reach Bastar's capital Jagdalpur in the afternoon to check in
to the recently established Naman Bastar Resort about 5 km outside the
There may still be time for a visit to a nearby tribal weekly market
before a short evening tour of the historic city and handicraft
outlets before dinner at Naman Bastar.
Note: Naman Bastar's excellent restaurant only serves vegetarian food.
Arrangements can easily be made for non-vegetarian meals in Jagdalpur
Days 12 & Day 13: Jagdalpur and South
Over these two days you will travel out of Jagdalpur into the country
of the Bison-Horn Maria and Dhurwa tribes.
You will see a performance of the spectacular local dances and get a
good look at village life, costumes, ornaments and customs.
You will visit Tribal Weekly Markets, and see the Chitrakote Waterfall
on the Indravati River, which is illuminated after sunset. In the
evenings there will be a further opportunity to explore Jagdalpur's
absorbing city markets.
You may also have time to visit Kanger Valley National Park an hour or
so south of Jagdalpur where there are famous stalactite and stalagmite
formations in the Kutumsar and Kailash Caves.
Day 14: Jagdalpur - North Bastar - Jagdalpur
Leaving Jagdalpur after breakfast for Narayanpur - principal town of
North Bastar - you will visit en route a Muria village to see an
example of traditional dance by young Gotul members. Visit -
Narayanpur market on Sunday and Mardoom market of Marias on Saturday,
close to Chitrakoot waterfall.
Day 15: Jagdalpur - Kotpad - Kakariguma Market - Rayagada
Morning, drive to Kotpad small tribal textile village in Orissa (30
km). Later visit the Kakariguma tribal market. Further drive to
Rayagada enroute visiting Paraja villages near Laximipur areas and
Sunset at Hathi pathar. Overnight at Hotel Sai International.
Day 16: Rayagada - Dukum – Niyamgiri - Rayagada
Morning after breakfast at hotel starts for Dukum market of plain
Kondhs. After visiting drive to the village of Agaria, metal smith who
craft Jewell Aries for Hill Dongaria Kondh people. Later drive to
Niyamgiri Mountain to visit few villages of primitive Dongaria Kondhs,
with ancient huses, dormitory house and high platform where they used
to give human sacrifice. If everything okay then watch their dance by
dormitory girls and boys. Later back to Rayagada.
Day 17: Rayagada - Chatikana – Jeypore
After breakfast proceeds to Chatikana to visit the weekly market of
Dongaria Kondhs. After spending a good time, drive back to hotel for
lunch and later proceeds to Jeypore, enroute visiting two villages of
ornamental Baro Paraja tribe. Overnight Hello Jeypore.
Day 18: Jeypore - Onukadalli - Gupteswara - Jeypore
Visir the Bondo villages. Bondos are the most primitive tribes of
Orissa living in the mountains called Bondo hills. They belonging to
mundari group and speak Remo, which comes under Austro-Asiatic
language. The dress of a Bondo woman is remarkable. Take a glimpse
into your lifestyle. After photo session proceed to Gupteswara area to
see the Dhuruba tribes. Evening back to the hotel.
Day 19: Jeypore - Kunduli - Vizag
Morning proceeds to Vishakhapatnam, enroute visiting the tribal weekly
market at Kunduli of Mali and Paraja tribe. Late afternoon arrive at
Vizag. Overnight at The Park, The Taj, Grand Bay or Green Park.
Day 20: Vizag - Simhachalam Temple – Delhi
Morning, drive to Airport for departure enroute visiting 11th century
Simhachalam Temple. Tour Ends