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In Search of the Royal Bengal Tiger: India's National Parks by Private Jet

Hop aboard your private jet and fly into some of India’s most thrilling and exotic national parks, homes to the fearsome Bengal tiger. These tigers number less than 2,000 in India, so spotting one is rare and breathtaking. You’ll start off in New Delhi, before jetting off to Ranthambhore, Kanha, and Bandhavgarh national parks for game drives, birdwatching, elephant treks, and more riveting adventures. Your inner explorer will thank you for this exciting 11-day journey through India’s richly biodiverse backyard.

Why fly by private jet?

Take traveling in style to a whole new level as your board your private jet and take off on this thrilling journey through India’s national parks. This is the ultimate way to travel - you’ll not have to worry about long wait times, redundant transfers, and annoying flight cancellations that come with commercial flying. India’s lush jungles are at your fingertips when you fly on your private Pilatus PC12, a stylish, comfortable, and safe option for your enchanting journey. 

Highlights   Pricing
  • Experience India in sheer luxury, with a private jet by day, and opulent hotels by night
  • Discover New Delhi’s old and new sides, from ancient tombs to modern art galleries
  • Embark on riveting game drives and explore India’s national parks to the fullest
  • Spot (hopefully) the famous Bengal tiger as it roams around in its natural habitat
 
Starting at
$2,450
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Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive in India’s vibrant capital, New Delhi. You’ll be transferred to your luxury hotel - we recommend either the Imperial New Delhi or the Oberoi Gurgaon. After check-in, step out into New Delhi’s bustling streets for a full-day tour of the city. The tour will take you from Red Fort, which dates back to the 17th century, to Old Delhi’s principal mosque, Jama Masjid. Next, head to Chandni Chowk for some shopping - this is one of New Delhi’s longest-standing markets. This evening, rest your tired feet back in your luxury suite at your hotel.

Day 2

Having absorbed much of New Delhi’s history yesterday, start your day off today with a peak into its present, by checking out its contemporary art galleries, followed by its modern, high-end shops. Step back into the past in the afternoon at Humayun’s Tomb, which holds the body of Mughal Emperor Humayun. Thereafter, head to Qutb Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the tallest minar in India.

Day 3

Take off in your private jet this morning for Ranthambhore, home of the endangered royal Bengal tiger. Check in to your luxury hotel, at either the Aman-i-Khas or Oberoi Vanyavilas. Relax and rest up for the coming days in your opulent suite.

Day 4

Start your day with a game drive through Ranthambhore’s national park. You’ll be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, who will point out not only the animals grazing in the forest, but also the area’s unique flora and fauna. The afternoon will allow time for more exploring of the lush jungle - try out some birdwatching if you like. Finally, finish off your action-packed day by exploring Ranthambhore’s Old City in the back of an open-top jeep.

Day 5

Fly in to Kanha National Park today, and check in to your luxurious tented suite at the Taj Banjaar Tola. Kanha National Park is yet another home of the famous Bengal tiger, as well as leopards, sloth bears, Barasingha, and Indian wild dogs. Explore the jungle on two outings today: a morning bird safari, and an afternoon game drive, and see what exciting jungle life you can spot.

Day 6

Kanha is probably best-known for being the setting for Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book. Channel your inner Mowgli today as you head back out into the untamed jungle on a morning game drive. Take a break at noon for lunch and perhaps a dip in the pool, before embarking on another riveting game drive before sunset. Relax at your hotel this evening.

Day 7

After a delicious, filling breakfast in your tented suite, you’ll start your day off with a morning elephant safari. On the safari, you’ll have the chance to mount one of the majestic beasts, and also observe them bathing in a water pond. In the afternoon, you’ll take one final game drive. Finish off your day with a tantalizing meal back at the hotel.

Day 8

Today, your luxury private jet will land in Bandhavgarh, one of India’s most popular national parks. Check in to the exquisite Taj Mahua Kothi, and rest up for the coming days ahead. Bandhavgarh holds some of India’s most dense tiger populations, so if you haven’t caught sight of one yet, you are likely to be lucky here.

Day 9

Explore Bandhavgarh National Park today with game drives, and elephant treks. In addition to tigers, there are barking deer, sambar, nilgai, Indian wolves, hyenas, and Indian bison, along with hundreds of bird and butterfly species - the biodiversity is incredible.

Day 10

Check out some of Bandhavgarh’s non-wildlife sites today: Bandhavgarh Fort, dating back nearly two millennia, Baghel Museum, which holds the one-time possessions of King of Rewa, and Climber’s Point, which provides an incredible view of the park. If you’re up for it, head out on one final game drive this evening, ahead of tomorrow’s departure.

Day 11
New Delhi - Departure

Board your private jet once again for the final leg of your journey - your return to New Delhi, in time for your onward journey. You will be assisted with your luggage as your check in for your next onward flight - either home, or to your next exciting destination.

 

Suggested Accommodations

Location
Accommodation
NEW DELHI
Oberoi Gurgaon, The Leela Palace, The Oberoi, New Delhi

Oberoi Gurgaon

The Oberoi Gurgaon is set on a lush nine-acre property just outside of New Delhi near the airport, offering luxury and tranquillity on the outskirts of India's capital. The hotel's 202 rooms and suites are among the largest in the city, featuring contemporary decor with large windows that overlook the property's landscaped pools and gardens. All have LED televisions and both wired and wireless internet access. Dining options include Threesixtyone, serving pan-Asian cuisine across 5 interactive show kitchens, with indoor and outdoor seating, and Amaranta, offering fresh seafood. The hotel also boasts a piano bar, the country's first exclusive cigar lounge, and a patisserie and delicatessen. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, gym complex, and a 24-hour spa centre. The Oberoi Gurgaon is 15 minutes by car from Delhi International Airport (DEL).

 

The Leela Palace

Opened in 2011 and located near the heart of Chanakyapuri, the city’s diplomatic enclave, the Leela Palace New Delhi is the newest five-star luxury hotel in the Indian capital. Its 260 rooms and suites combine traditional Indian opulence with sleek contemporary decor and amenities in typical Leela luxury. Dining options include the striking glass-house Qube,offering an eclectic global menu and show kitchens, overlooking the Leela’s gardens; Jamavar for traditional Rajasthani and north Indian cuisine; and new outposts of the acclaimed restaurants Le Cirque (French and Italian) and Megu (Japanese). The Library, meanwhile, is a sophisticated retreat for cocktails, fine whiskeys, cigars, and a collection of first-edition books. The ESPA spa offers a range of Western, Oriental and Ayurvedic-influenced health and beauty treatments, as well as a café, a state-of-the-art fitness studio, relaxation lounge, finishing studio, roof terrace, and sauna, steam and drench rooms. The Leela is approximately a 30-minute drive from Indira Gandhi International airport (DEL).
 

The Oberoi, New Delhi

A symbol and staple of elegant Indian hospitality, The Oberoi, New Delhi is a ultra-luxe urban oasis of sophistication and world-class service. An iconic landmark in the New Delhi skyline, this historic hotel enjoys sweeping views of the Delhi Golf Course and Humayun’s Tomb, overlooking crystal blue waters, palm trees and a spectacular white, marble lotus fountain in the glamorous entrance. With incredible restaurants offering up delicious cuisine from around the world, a wide variety of spacious and luxurious suites and a world-class spa, The Oberoi is more than just a hotel - it’s a destination. As an added bonus, for the most discerning of business guests, many suites offer private office spaces and meeting rooms, in addition to the extra level of service offered in Business Travel Plus.

 
 
RANTHAMBHORE
Aman-i-Khas, Oberoi Vanyavilas

Aman-i-Khas

With just 10 luxury tents dotted around a lake, Aman-i-Khás is one of the most exclusive properties in the world. Located near the famed Ranthambore National Park, Aman-i- Khás offers supreme comfort in this rugged area with its dining tent, spa tent with four treatment beds total, lounge tent, a step-well, a traditional shallow wading pool, and wireless Internet access. Each tent has a central living room area, which opens on to three other areas for sleeping, bathing and dressing. The “bedroom” has a king-size bed and two writing desks, while the bathing area includes a shower, soaking tub and separate toilet while the dressing area contains wardrobes and twin vanities. There is a lovely campfire that is lit every evening and surrounded by stone benches with pillows such that guests can socialize with one another and chat about any game sightings over drinks and live music.

 

Oberoi Vanyavilas

Nestled within the jungle at the edge of Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, the Oberoi Vanyavilas offers 25 luxury tents which feature finely embroidered canopies, teak floors, luxurious bathrooms and private walled gardens. Each tent cover approxiately 790 square feet with a private outdoor deck for sunbathing. Both wired and wireless Internet connectivity are available as well as satellite television. Other amenities include recreational room, an on-site spa offering Ayurvedic treaments, and heated swimming pools which lap around the hotel property.

 
 
KANHA
Taj Banjaar Tola

Taj Banjaar Tola

Located on the banks of the Banjaar River, the Taj Banjaar Tola sits within the confines of Kanha National Park. The resort comprises 18 tented suites with private decks, glass doors, elegant, understated furniture, locally-produced fabrics, and plush beds. Dining options at the Banjaar Tola center mainly around fresh, locally-sourced foods prepared in a variety of Indian regional cuisines, from cheese, mint, and onion-stuffed kathi rolls to thalis, assorted, small dishes. Like other safari lodges, the Banjaar Tola offers guests the option to eat while on safari, or to dine outdoors, by the pool, or in the privacy of their own rooms. Amenities at Banjaar Tola include a spa, performances by tribal dancers, a private viewing deck, and a swimming pool. The lodge lies a scenic, five-and-a-half-hour drive from Nagpur Airport, four hours from both Jabalpur Airport and Rajpur Airport.

 
 
BANDHAVGARH
Samode Safari Lodge, Taj Mahua Kothi

Samode Safari Lodge

Located in the heart of tiger country, adjacent to the sprawling Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, Samode Safari Lodge is designed around a series of individual safari lodges. Two main lodges with wide, comfortable lounges on the top floor open onto observation decks with machans, or hunter’s blinds, to help guests stay hidden – all the better to observe wildlife. The Samode Safari Lodge consists of individual chalets, each with a lounge, a tastefully decorated, elegant bedroom with an attached, immaculate bathroom and dressing area, and a private veranda looking out onto the natural surroundings of Bandhavgarh. The Samode’s dining options are varied and plentiful; guests may dine in comfort and luxury at the signature restaurant, sample barbecued fare by the glow of the campfire, savor long meals by the pool, or sit down to quiet, intimate meals in the privacy of their own chalet. The Samode’s amenities include a recreation room, a library, an art gallery, and a swimming pool. As the Samode is situated in a remote part of the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, it is a long drive; the lodge lies four hours from Khajuraho airport, and five hours from Jabalpur airport. Guests may also fly by private charter to a nearby airstrip at Umaria, or take the train to Umaria and Katni, respectively 30 kilometers (19 miles) and 80 kilometers (50 miles) away.
 

Taj Mahua Kothi

Outside the wild confines of Bandhavgarh lies the Taj Mahua Kothi Lodge. Spread over forty acres and built on the site of a former tented camp once used by aristocracy and the British colonial elite, Mahua features twelve cottages, called kutiyas, or shelters in Hindi. Each of the cottages features fireplaces, large windows, handmade pottery, locally-sourced textiles, all-natural soaps, creams, and lotions from Jiva Spa, plush beds, air-conditioning, in-room safes, en suite bathrooms, and tasteful, locally-inspired designs. Meals at Mahua Kothi are served rather informally; breakfasts are eaten either on the road, or in Mahua Kothi’s vegetable garden; lunch can be had by the pool, during the safari, or under the shade of the nearby trees; and dinners, featuring roasts, thalis, or assortments of small dishes, are enjoyed under the stars and accompanied by performances. Amenities include a full-service spa offering Ayurvedic and western treatments, a swimming pool, a library, and yoga lessons. Mahua Kothi lies a scenic, five-hour drive from Khajuraho’s airport.

 
 
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