Delhi – Umaria – Bandhavgarh – Amarkantak – Dindori – Kanha National Park - Kawardha - Raipur – Kanker - Kondagoan – Narayanpur – Jagdalpur - Raipur
Central India Tribal Tour explores the rich and diverse tribes of India's two important states – Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. This core of India is bestowed with sizeable tribal population, which makes it a great reason to visit this region. Central India Tribal tour, besides exploring the region's precious tribes, also throws light on the wilderness of the region in the form of visit to the forests of Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Park.
Day 01: New Delhi
On arrival at Delhi International Airport, meet Incredible India Tour representative for assisted transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02: New Delhi - Umaria
After breakfast, spend the morning at leisure in Delhi. Later, as per the schedule, check out Delhi and board the train at the railway station for Umaria. Overnight train journey.
Day 03: Bandhavgarh National Park
Next morning, upon arrival at Umaria; drive to the first exciting destination of Central India Tribal Tour, i.e. Bandhavgarh National Park. Located 32 kms away from Umaria district, this national park guarantees a tiger sighting as this small forested stretch boasts the highest density of tigers in the country. Apart from tigers, the park also accommodates more than 40 leopards, deer, langurs and wild boars. Upon arrival here, check in the Jungle Resort / Lodge.
In the noon time, begin an exciting forest safari on elephants and view the feline bounty of jungles and tigers in Central India. Return to the resort for overnight in Bandhavgarh National Park.
Day 04: Bandhavgarh National Park
Begin another adventurous day at Bandhavgarh National Park. Wake up for an early morning safari and view the amazing varieties of wildlife including birds as well. Return to the resort for breakfast. Later in the noon, enjoy a Jeep Safari in the Park for tiger tracking and game viewing. Overnight in Bandhavgarh.
Day 05: Bandhavgarh - Amarkantak
Next day after breakfast, drive to the Amarkantak, a pilgrimage town located at the meeting point of Vindhyas and forested Satpura range. This is also the source origin of Narmada and Sone River. Upon arrival at Amarkantak, check into the hotel. After freshening up, soak in the surreal side of Amarkantak. Overnight stay.
Day 06: Amarkantak - Dindori - Amarkantak
After breakfast drive to Dindori - a fascinating village of the famous Gond tribes. Explore the village and meet some of the tribal people in their homes. Interacting with them and learn something about their culture would surely be a fascinating experience. Return to Amarkantak for overnight stay.
Day 07: Amarkantak - Kanha National Park
Check out Amarkantak for another adventurous rendezvous with the dense forested life of Madhya Pradesh in Kanha. Arrive at Kanha and check into the Jungle Lodge / Resort. In the evening, enjoy the tribal folk dance performance and music around a bonfire. Overnight in Kanha.
Day 08: Kanha National Park - Kawardha
After breakfast, enjoy a morning Jeep Safari in the buffer zones of Kanha National Park and witness the amazing wildlife here. This is one of the central India's highlights wherein tourists can easily sight tigers, deers and twelve horned antelopes amidst the bountiful sal forests. Afterwards check out resort and drive towards Kawardha in Chhattisgarh. Upon arrival, check into Kawardha Palace. This is the tribal gateway to Chhattisgarh. After a bit of rest, enjoy an exciting trip to the surrounding tribal villages. Return to the Kawardha Palace for overnight stay.
Day 09: Kawardha
Next day after breakfast enjoy a guided tour of Kawardha. Visit friendly Baiga people in their villages. Enjoy a picnic lunch with them. In the evening; walk around the nearby tribal villages and soak in more of the tribal culture's insights. Return to the Palace at sunset and enjoy the dinner with the royal family. Stay overnight at Kawardha Palace.
Day 10: Kawardha - Raipur - Kanker
Post breakfast, spend the time in leisure. Later drive to Raipur (02 hrs) to reach by the noon. This is the capital of Chhattisgarh. From here, begin another enchanting journey to Kanker and upon arrival, check into Kanker Palace. Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner with the royal family members. Also, enjoy traditional music and dance of the region with a cultural evening. Overnight in Kanker.
Day 11: Kanker - Kondagoan - Narayanpur - Kanker
After breakfast at the palace, venture into treasured tribal regions of Bastar. Visit the forested Keshkal Ghat with a royal guide and also discover a colorful weekly market. Also, discover the tribally dense villages of Kondagaon and Narayanpur and find out some of Bastar's finest handicrafts and the talent behind them. Enjoy a picnic lunch amidst the lush green surroundings of Sal forests. In the evening, enjoy a dance performance by young members of Bastar's unique 'Ghotul'. Afterwards return to the Palace for overnight stay and dinner with the royal family.
Day 12: Kanker - Jagdalpur - Kanker
After breakfast, drive to Jagdalpur. Upon arrival here, enjoy the delicious lunch. Post lunch session, begin a guided tour to Jagdalpur. Visit the famous Anthropological Museum and find out more about the prevalent tribes here. Thereon, proceed towards Chitrakoot Waterfall (popularly known as Niagara of India) at sunset and witness the wishful waterfalls. A visit to the nearby Bison-Horn Maria tribe region is also scheduled. If time and conditions permit, enjoy a barbecue dinner under in authentic Bastar style. For the entertainment of travellers, folklore dance performance of the tribal people is organized. Return to the Kanker Palace for overnight stay.
Day 13: Kanker - Kanger Valley National Park - Jagdalpur
After an early breakfast, enjoy a visit to the famous the Kanger Valley National Park. Spread over 200 km area, this relatively small features three limestone cave formations and waterfalls of the region. In the noon, cherish the picnic lunch at the famous Tiratgarh Fall. Discover Jagdalpur's unique handicrafts before dinner at the hotel while accompanied with royal guides. Overnight at Jagdalpur.
Day 14: Jagdalpur - Raipur
After breakfast, enjoy a visit to the markets of Jagdalpur before returning to Raipur. On the highway, visit handicraft centers and catch up with the last minute shopping with tribal souvenirs. On way to Raipur, stop over at Kanker for a farewell lunch with the royal family. Upon arrival at Raipur, check into the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 15: Raipur
After breakfast, relax at leisure throughout the day. Later transfer to Raipur airport / railway station to board a flight / train for your onward destination or way back home with sweet memories of Central India Tribal tour.