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Panna National Park

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Panna National Park, situated in northern Madhya Pradesh is a Dry deciduous forest with acacia, teak and terminalia species of trees, and large number of grasslands. The park is located in the Vindhya Mountain range, and is among the most scenic parks in India. The park was included under the Tiger Reserve category in the year 1994, owing to the presence of a sizable population of tigers. But due to rampant poaching incidents and infrequent monitoring, the entire tiger population went locally extinct and that’s when the tiger reintroduction program was undertaken, and new gene pool introduced from other tiger reserves in the state. Owing to good management practices, the tiger population is now thriving and increasing. And owing to it, the sighting chances also have improved.

The park is incredibly scenic and host some of the most majestic sights for photographers. Apart from Tigers, the park has a sizable population of Leopards and Sloth Bears and a few wild dogs. While the preybase includes, Sambhar Deer, Spotted Deer, Antelopes such as Neelgai, Chowsingha, and occasional sightings of Chinkara. Winters see a lot of birds that arrive in the park. The park is best known for the Indian, White rumped, and Griffon vultures. The fields around the park invite the Saras Cranes in large number. The clean river that passes through the park, also invites a large number of wintering waterfowl. A large part of park consists of Ken Gharial Sanctuary, situated over the rivr Ken/Karnavati, which occupies a large area of the park and one can do a boat ride to spot large crocodiles.

With good number of tigers and other wildlife, Panna is a must visit place for people interested in wildlife watching and wildlife and landscape photography. Similarly, its location close to the historical temple site of Khajuraho, also invite a large number of tourists, who visit the world famous temple complex, which could be easily visited in between the two safaris in the day.

Day 01 - Transfer from Jabalpur to Panna. Evening Nature Trail.

We proceed for breakfast on arrival at Jabalpur Junction. After a brief halt, we will proceed towards Panna. The drive takes about 5 hours to complete. On arrival at the resort, we check in and rest for the evening. {B;L;D}

Day 02 - Morning and Afternoon Safaris.

With an early morning wake up call, proceed to the park gate after enjoying some refreshments. Enjoy the scenic park, visit the then dry waterfalls, and watch the mass gathering of Vultures over the deep gorge. The chances for watching and photographing tigers will be always on the mind of the guides and drivers. Later return to the resort for lunch and then after some rest, proceed towards the park gate for another safari. Again visit the tiger reserve to explore the beauty and observe the flora and fauna the park beholds. Ater return to the resort, for the evening.

Meet the rest of the group for dinner and call it a night. {B;L;D}

Day 03 - Morning and Afternoon Safaris.

Another morning of excitement as we venture out for another safari. Explore the magnificent park again this morning and afternoon with a lot of opportunities to explore the wonderful landscapes and biodiversity of the park. {B;L;D}

Day 04 - Morning Safari.

Another early morning start and a visit to the beautiful park to maximize the chances of watching and photographing the wildlife of the park. Return to the resort as the park closes for the afternoon. Being a Wednesday, the park remains closed for tourists in the afternoon. This evening you could opt for a peaceful evening watching the river flow past, watching the birds in the fields and the property, or could opt for a visit to the world famous temple complex of Khajuraho. Or one could even opt for a night safari, that happens in the buffer zone of the park( subject to it functioning and is completely controlled by the forest department)

Later proceed for dinner and then call it a night. (B;L;D)

Day 05 - Morning and Afternoon Safaris.

Another full day at Panna, after the relaxed evening, wake up with an early morning wake up call, and again proceed to the park gate after enjoying some refreshments. Enjoy the scenic park, maximize the opportunity to photograph tigers, leopards and Bears, along with some other beautiful animals and birds and an incredible landscape. Later return to the resort for lunch and then after some rest, proceed towards the park gate for another safari. Again visit the tiger reserve to explore the beauty and observe the flora and fauna the park beholds. At the end of the safari time, return to the resort for the evening.

Meet the rest of the group for dinner and call it a night. {B;L;D}

Day 06 - Morning Safari. Transfer from Panna to Jabalpur.

Another morning safari to take our final chance for some more great photographic opportunities, at the end of the safari, return to the park gate, and drive back to the resort. With some time to refresh, and change, check out and start the drive back to Jabalpur. Enroute stoppages for washroom and refreshments. Reach Jabalpur, and transfer to the Railway Station / Airport.

Note

  • Railway ticket and Jungle safari booking opens 120 days before from the date of departure. Only a fixed number of tickets are allowed every day. We kindly request you to confirm your seat at the earliest to get assured ticket and safari bookings and to avoid Tatkal /late charges.
  • For bookings it is compulsory to give details of personal identity card issued by Govt. of India / State (PAN/Aadhar/Voters/Driving Licence/Passport).

Charges : Ex. Jabalpur (Photography Batch)

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Charges include

  • Surface transport (Jabalpur – Panna – Jabalpur) by AC Innova
  • Accommodation at Resort on double sharing basis
  • All meals, breakfast, tea/coffee Ex. Jabalpur
  • 8 Jungle Safaris at Panna Tiger Reserve
  • Forest entry, Guide charges
  • Tour leader and Expertise
  • Forest Information material and checklist of birds and mammals.

Charges do not include

  • Govt. Service Tax @5% on final bill
  • Any Rail / Flight fare
  • Any food/drinks during train/flights travel
  • Any optional safaris other than mentioned in the itinerary (If Any)
  • Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any drinks (hard/soft/mineral water) during the tour
  • Video/Camera charges (if applicable)
  • Any tipping/gratuities to hotels, staff, guides, drivers, etc.
  • Any Insurance/medical/emergency evacuation charges
  • Any personal expenses/phone bill/laundry etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the ‘Charges include’ above

Terms and Conditions :

Participants are requested to go through all the Terms and Conditions before booking the tour. Once you have booked the tour, it is taken for granted that you have read and understood the Rules and Regulations laid down by the company.

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  • Payment can be made by cash, cheque, online transfers and Demand Draft, Drawn / Payable in Pune on account of "PRISTINE HOLIDAYS LLP".
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  • Pristine Safaris reserve all rights to change the venue / dates / schedule / cost or cancel the tour/camp.
  • On Tour/Camp:
    1. During the tour/camp, the participants shall abide by the instructions and decisions of the Tour Leader/Authorized representative of Pristine Safaris.
  • At Hotel/Resort:
    1. Allotment of rooms / tents will be as per the camp / tour leader`s decision and will also depend upon the check-in and check-out time of the property.
    2. In most hotels/resorts, extra bed provided constitutes the mattress with bed-sheet, blanket and pillows.
  • Cancellation Policy:
    1. Request for cancellation and refund should be made in written, duly signed by the camper / guardian. Verbal / email communication is not acceptable.
    2. Refund will be paid by cheque and not in cash within 30 days of tour/camp conclusion.
    3. Whatever the reason, substitution of one camper with another is not permitted.
    4. For cancellation of air tickets, railway tickets, forest entry, hotel bookings rules/policy of the company will apply.
  • Cancellation Charges:

    Cancellation charges will be applicable as follows and will cover all situations such as injuries, sickness, exams, interviews, selection in tournaments etc.

    1. More than 30 days prior to departure - 25% of the total tour cost
    2. Between 30 to 16 days prior to departure - 50% of the total tour cost
    3. Between 15 to 8 days prior to departure - 75% of the total tour cost
    4. Less than 7 days prior to departure - 100% of the total tour cost
  • The tour organization/company in no circumstances is liable for:
    1. Any death, personal injury, sickness, accident, loss, delay, discomfort, increased expenses, consequential loss or damage or theft. Temporary or Permanent loss or damage to baggage or personal effects however caused. The organization reserves the right to claim any additional amount of expenses due to delay in train, bus, air or any other weather conditions, strike, war, quarantine or any other cause. All the losses or expenses will have to be borne by the passenger / participants / company.
    2. If, after commencement of programme, the tour is to be cut short for any natural calamities/riot/strike/political issues or other reason or if the programme is to be curtailed before the due period and the company is compelled to bring the participants back to starting destination, the participants shall not be entitled to any refund of the charges for the tour.
    3. In the case of hike in rates like diesel/petrol/railway/flight/forest entry/Govt. Tax, there can be a corresponding increase in the tour cost and the difference will be borne by participants.