GEMS OF THE TERAI (Tiger, Elephant, Rhinos and Birds of India)

New Delhi – Corbett National Park – Dudhwa Tiger Reserve & Kishanpur Sanctuary – Lucknow – New Delhi

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Day 1 : Arrival in New Delhi

Upon your arrival at the New Delhi airport you will be met by a Tigris Safaris representative after you clear Customs. Transfer in your chauffeur drive Tigris Safaris vehicle and your representative will assist with a smooth check-in at your hotel. All travel-related documents will be handed over to you and explained in detail.

Today is at your leisure.

Overnight at your hotel.


Day 2 : New Delhi

Immerse yourself in Delhi and its many avatars. From the stately grandeur of New Delhi, the national capital, to the bustling bazaars of Old Delhi’s Chandni Chowk, Delhi is a feast for the senses – literally, if you care to dabble in its mouthwatering street food! Drive along the city’s green belt, commonly known as The Ridge, a haven of biodiversity in the heart of the city. If you happen to be in Delhi in the winter months, you’ll be surprised by the flocks of migratory birds at the Delhi Zoo and the Okhla wildlife sanctuary, just a short distance away. Delhi is a frenzy of culture and colour, captivating sounds and sights that will leave you quite breathless! Return to your hotel and spend the evening at your leisure.


Day 3 : New Delhi – Corbett National Park (275 km/ 5-6 hours drive)

This morning, check out after an early breakfast. Your Tigris Safaris chauffeur will meet you this morning to drive you to Corbett National Park. Your drive takes you east, across the holy River Ganges. Afternoon arrival in Corbett National Park and check in to your safari lodge. Refresh yourself and head out for your first game drive into the Bijrani zone in Corbett. Bijrani is well known for its animal life and its tiger sightings. Return to your lodge in time for dinner and evening at your leisure.


Day 4 : Corbett National Park

You will be woken up early this morning to embark upon your morning game drive into the national park. You will take your bags along with you as your next stop is the Dhikala Forest Lodge, within the park environs, where you will spend the night.

Corbett National Park is vast and the terrain is simply stunning. With the Lower Himalayas as a backdrop and rivers running through, it’s dense forest is full of an incredible range of flora and fauna. It was also the first park in India to launch the Project Tiger wildlife conservation initiative.

The park is named for Jim Corbett, a big game hunter turned ardent conservationist during the British Raj in India. Corbett was largely responsible for having the park demarcated as a protected area and a game reserve to protect its wildlife. En route to Dhikala, you may opt to stop and visit the Corbett Museum and it’s eclectic collection of exhibits and memorabilia hailing from Jim Corbett’s experiences in the region.

After lunch at Dhikala, head into the park for a spectacular game drive. Corbett is home to several species including the Asiatic Black Bear, the Tiger and the Asian Elephant, among many others.

Tonight you will spend the night at the Dhikala Forest Lodge, which is located within the core zone of the national park, deep within the jungle.

Dinner at your lodge and evening at your leisure.


Day 5 : Corbett National Park

Early morning game drive through the vast jungles of Corbett. Corbett is home to several of India’s beautiful beasts including the Royal Bengal Tiger, the Asiatic Elephant, and the Asian Black Bear. Several herbivores, smaller felines and reptiles inhabit the park. It’s also a bird lover’s paradise and has a large population of both resident and migratory birds.

After lunch, head back out into the forest for your afternoon game drive. Dusk is a magical time in Corbett as the birds swing into their evening symphony and a golden glow is cast over the tree tops by the setting sun.

Tonight you will spend the night at the Dhikala Forest Lodge, which is located within the core zone of the national park, deep within the jungle.


Day 6 : Corbett National Park – Dudhwa Tiger Reserve (300 km/ 5-6 hours drive)

This morning, enjoy breakfast and then check out. Your Tigris Safaris vehicle and driver will be ready to take you to Dudhwa National Park. You will stop en route for lunch at a local restaurant.

Dudhwa is one of North India’s lesser-known gems. Situated in the heart of the subcontinent’s Terai grassland, Dudhwa lies on the border of India and Nepal, and covers a vast swathe of wilderness.

Upon arrival in Dudhwa, check into your lodge. The rest of the evening is at your leisure.


Day 7 : Dudhwa Tiger Reserve

This morning, take an early morning game drive into the park’s environs for your first foray into this natural paradise. The alluvial soils of its rivers and the natural fertility of the Indo-Gangetic plains give it an unrivalled feeling of lush, raw beauty. This is an ancient stretch of forest, with Sal trees that top 100 feet in height and are over 150 years old! Not only is it prime territory for tigers and elephants, it is also one of the few natural habitats the highly endangered One-horned Indian Rhino.

Return to your lodge for lunch and to relax before heading out into the park once again this afternoon. Dudhwa is also a bird-lover’s paradise with over 450 species of birds. Return to your lodge after sunset in time for dinner. The rest of the evening is at your leisure.


Day 8 : Dudhwa Tiger Reserve – Kishanpur Sanctuary

This morning, head deep into the Salukapur Range to search for the One-Horned Indian Rhino. Return to your lodge for lunch. Pack your bags and head to your next stop, the Kishanpur Wildlife sanctuary, that borders Dudhwa. Kishanpur is a birding paradise, particularly at its gorgeous water body, Jhaadi Tal. In cooler periods, migratory birds from across the northern hemisphere come here in flocks to spend the winter months. This evening, head to your lodge in time for dinner and overnight in Kishanpur.


Day 9 : Kishanpur Sanctuary

This morning, your naturalist will take you into the heart of Kishanpur sanctuary. Watch the morning unfold as the sun begins to rise. Flocks of birds, barasingha (hard ground swamp deer), crocodiles sunning themselves on the banks of Jhaadi Tal, and the chance of seeing a leopard or tiger on its way back from a night hunt in the early hours, make this park simply magical.

This afternoon head back into the park. Dusk is a beautiful time in Kishanpur as the setting sun reflects of the waters of Jhaadi Tal and the birds start to nest down for the evening.

Return to your lodge for dinner and evening at your leisure.


Day 10 : Kishanpur Sanctuary – Lucknow (340 km/ 6-7 hours drive)

After an early breakfast, depart Kishanpur to head to the city of Lucknow. Your drive will take you through the state of Uttar Pradesh, as you head towards Lucknow, it’s capital. Lucknow is a graceful city, that was ruled for generations by the Nawabs. Gorgeous architecture, mouthwatering cuisine, and an incredible tradition of history, politics and culture from ancient times to the present day, make it one of the most interesting cities to visit in North India.

Upon arrival in Lucknow, check into your hotel. After a brief rest, head out to explore the charms of the city. Don’t miss an opportunity to visit it’s magnificent monuments, the Bara Imambara and the Chotta Imambara, with their dizzying mazes. Stroll through the streets of Amina Bazaar before returning to your hotel. Enjoy a dinner of exquisite Lucknowi cuisine. Lucknow is particularly famous for its kebabs!


Day 11 : Lucknow – New Delhi

After breakfast and check out, transfer to the airport with a Tigris Safaris representative for your late morning flight to Delhi.

Upon arrival in Delhi a Tigris Safaris representative will meet you at the domestic air terminal to transfer you to an airport hotel where you can relax and unwind. Late evening check out and a Tigris Safaris representative will meet you to take you to the international terminal at the Indira Gandhi Airport to assist you with check in for your onward journey.