When it comes to wildlife people think of Africa and often forget that India has some of the most Bio-diverse regions of the world and hosts three of the world’s 34 biodiversity hotspots. According to one study, India along with 17 mega diverse countries is home to about 60-70% of the world's biodiversity. This tour is focused on well known big five; Asiatic Lion, Asiatic Elephant, endangered one horned Rhino, Wild Buffalo, Leopards and Royal Bengal Tiger which in particular known amongst wildlife lover. The tour combine incredible scenery and remarkable cultures but they give attention to mainly the wildlife and designed to ensure you splurge the utmost length of time within the best national reserves being escorted by the best naturalist guides.
Travel to a luxuriant humid jungle and watch the Tigers, Elephants, Rhinos, Birds and many more in the wilderness. Hear the sound of a Panther snarling in the jungle, feel the earth rumble as a Rhino charges past and marvel at the graceful sight of Cranes and Flamingos in flight around their nesting grounds in the wildlife sanctuaries in India.
About TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS
The company with over 28 yrs old experienced team is committed to bringing the best in both quality and value to small group journeys, private car guided tours and tailor-made tours to India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Being a leading travel wholesaler we introduce travellers to the amazing culture and offer tours at unbeatable prices and with unparalleled comfort. For your protections TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS is approved Destination Management Company by Ministry of tourism Govt of India and member of IATA, AFTA, TCF, ATAC, IATO and PATA to name few. We are proud to say that our team is very experienced with in-depth knowledge of destination. Our reputation is built on providing world class service with real personal touches that make a difference to your holiday. We understand the importance of giving attention to even the smallest of details and care about the countries to which we take you and make sure that we have a positive effect on the environment. Respect for locals and their way of life is an essential part of travelling with TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS.
“You Rely on us and we rely on experience”
The Big "5" & Tiger - 11 Days/10 Nights (Private Car Tour)
Day 01: Arrive Mumbai
Meet and assistance by TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS Tour Executive and transfer to the hotel for overnight stay at Mumbai.
Day 02: Mumbai – Gir National Park
After breakfast transfer to board flight to Rajkot followed by drive to Gir National Park located in small town of Sasangir, the only home of Asiatic Lions. Remaining evening free to relax and stay three nights at resort. (B,D)
Day 03: Asiatic Lion
Enjoy morning and afternoon Jeep safari at Gir National park to see Asiatic Lions which are gorgeously beautiful and other wildlife species living in this national park. Two safaris in a day will give us ample of time to spot Lions and evening to explore this small village town for its unique culture and welcoming people in there colourful costumes. (B,L,D)
Day 04: Asiatic Lion
Another day of morning and afternoon Jeep safari at Gir National park giving more chance to see Asiatic Lions up and close with evening free to explore village. (B,L,D)
Day 05: Sasangir – Pench National Park
After breakfast transfer to Rajkot airport to board flight to Nagpur and on arrival transfer to Pench national park. Though there are many species of wild animal, reptile and birds but the key predator in Pench are Royal Bengal Tiger followed by Leopard, Wild Dog and Wolf. If lucky you also can spot Sloth Bear, Chousingha, Chinkara, Barking Deer, Jackal, Fox, Palm Civet, Small Indian Civet, Jungle Cat, Hyena and Porcupine to name few. Stay two nights at Pench. (B,D)
Day 06: Tiger & Leopard
Morning and afternoon safari will allow you more chances to spot these shy animals in there natural habitats and evening free to explore surrounding village. (B,L,D)
Day 07: Pench – Kolkata
Enjoy another early morning Jeep safari before your breakfast and transfer to Nagpur airport to board evening flight to Kolkata. On arrival transfer to hotel for an overnight stay in Kolkata. (B,D)
Day 08: Kolkata - Kaziranga
Today after an early morning breakfast transfer to airport to board flight to Guwahati, on arrival transfer to Kaziranga, famous for endangered “one horned Rhinos”. Some other species of animals found here are hog deer, swamp deer, wild buffalo, elephants and the Royal Bengal Tiger. It is also home to pelicans, storks and darters as there are a number of water bodies inside the Park. Evening free to relax or explore surrounding areas and stay three nights at Kaziranga. (B,D)
Day 09: Rhino & Buffalo
Early morning jeep safari into the national park and afternoon safari on the back of an elephant to the different region of the park mainly to spot one Horne Rhino and many other wildlife, reptiles and birds. Evening free to relax or go for a walk in surrounding area. (B,L,D)
Day 10: Rhino & Gibbons
Geographical location of Kaziranga National park makes this park an ideal home for various wildlife species. Early morning today travel to a nearby region where we will have a chance to see the Gibbons. Afternoon again enjoy game drive into the national park and have another chance to spot one Horne Rhino. (B,L,D)
Day 11: Guwahati Departure
After breakfast tour finish with transfer to Guwahati airport where you board flight to Kolkata or Delhi to be connected with your onwards flight. (B)
Being a seasoned traveller ourselves we have discovered the travelling time is unpredictable sometime you reach a destination so late that you are tired to go out for dinner or search for a proper dinning place around the vicinity of your hotel which may become a chore during your holiday, hence we have removed the hassle by including most of breakfast and dinners in all our brochure tour packages.
Pre & Post Tour Accommodation
Do some exploring before the trip begins or add couple of nights after the tour to relax before boarding your flight. We offer competitive rates in all destinations- book in conjunction with your main tour - ask TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS or your travel agent.
Add-On (Short Tour packages)
Make the most of your time away - after all, you have travelled all that way. Our Add-On can be used as short breaks in their own right or as pre/post tour additions. With all arrangements made for you they are the perfect way to discover more of your destinations - ask TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS or your travel agent.
Private Car Tours
Our private car tour is not about leaving you alone to explore destinations or country; it’s all about giving you to opportunity to choose your own dates and travel at your own pace and leisure in your own private car with a driver. Your itinerary will be private, personalised and flexible which can be chosen from our selections or customised according to your request. Your private local English speaking guide will escort you in each destination during sightseeing tour, and when you want to explore the town on your own; you are absolutely free to do so.
Our Group and Private Car tours have been designed to feature a selection of the destination’s highlights, but they may not meet all of your requirements. At TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS we are proud to offer expert tailor-made services that enable us to put together your perfect holiday. Perhaps you would like to vary the standard of accommodation or modes of transport. On the other hand, you may want to create an entirely individual itinerary that includes destinations and experiences not covered in the featured itineraries. Whatever your needs, we are happy to design a personalised itinerary and quote without obligation.
“The Holidays you dream are the holidays we pack”
What better way to spend quality time with your loved ones than to get away from the daily hectic schedule and escape to a place of sheer relaxation and comfort.
A perfect family holiday is like a Pandora’s Box of excitement, relaxation, fun, good times and wonderful memories that will be cherished for a life time. Let us tailor your every wish for that ideal family time together, a dream come true and an experience that will be passed down from generations.
This itinerary can be customised to create your family holiday.
What Makes Us Different?
Being your Local Travel Wholesaler and one of the True Destination Specialists our team in Australia, New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar ensures that every itinerary is well balanced and filled with amazing cultural experiences, breathtaking scenery and historical sites. Most must see and must do’s are included giving you opportunity to witness sights, taste delicious cuisine, visit bazaar for souvenirs, meet and experience life of locals at the same time have some free time to explore town the way you like.
Whichever itinerary you select all are included complete travel and transfer by charted air-conditioned vehicles, local English speaking guide, sightseeing, entrance fee to the monuments and parks, safaris, boat ride, elephant or camel or horse ride, cultural shows at the theatre or hotel, domestic airfare in economy class, train fare in best available air-conditions class and not to mentioned the current govt taxes of the county. For more details of inclusions please refer to the inclusions column of the itinerary.
All prices shown are on per person basis on twin/double and apply when you share room with travel companion. For single traveller we do offer single room and price is available on request.
You don’t need to worry about currency fluctuations. Once we receive your full payment, your land tour price is guaranteed and protected against any increases.
100% Protected Holiday
We are a member of IATA, TCF, ATAC and AFTA which ensure that your holiday is 100% protected.
No Hidden Cost
We love transparency so the prices quoted by THO are almost all inclusive and help the traveller to budget their holidays accurately. All we ask you to do is relax and enjoy your holiday, knowing that all prepaid expenses have been included in your initial tour cost. For more details please refer to the tour inclusions.
Value for Money
Being a local Travel Wholesaler, our huge buying power help us pass the discounted rates to our clients. We also do FREE hotel upgrade at some destination as a gesture of appreciation to our valuable travellers. Apart from this our local team of experts add incredible value for your dollar.
Loyalty Rewarded 5% Off
Many of our clients choose to travel with us time and time again. As a valued client, we offer you a 5% discount off your second and onwards tour package. This offer applies only to the tour cost of your trip and conditions do apply. Speak to us for details when making your booking.
Multi Trip Discount 5% Off
If you have the time why not combine two or more of our tour and save? In any one holiday, we will discount your second and onwards trip by 5%. Tour package must be minimum 10 days or more from our brochure and discount applies on lowest price tour package. Discount does not apply to add-on pre & post accommodation, train journeys, flights and/or any small packages or services.
BIG SAVINGS when travelling with your friends and family
The advantage of a true specialist is their knowledge and confidence in assisting anyone who is not only keen to visit a destination but would also like to do things differently. Is there a special occasion? Do you want to experience a festival, lead a culinary adventure, organise a yoga and wellness group or cycle the off beaten tracks of India or Sri Lanka with people close to you? Or do you find parts of one of our tours appealing but want to alter dates or itineraries to better suit your groups’ needs?
Please contact us with your wish list and our team will be glad to tailor-make your special tour ensuring all possible activities and ideas are incorporated, making a unique group tour.
(Best suited discount will be offered and any discount can not be combined with any other discount or promotions)
24/7 Helpline and assistance by THO Local Offices
Apart from 24/7 helpline for emergency assistance; our guest relation manager will call you to make sure everything is going smoothly. Our 36 local network and associate office Manager will be there to assist you in every destination.
The tour packages are usually “Land Only” and do not include international flights. We therefore recommend that you contact us or your travel agent to book your flights well in advance of travel, when you can generally gain access to specials and discounted airfares. This will ensure you can travel on the days that suit you and your tour.
Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our journeys. Speak to us or your travel agent about comprehensive insurance to cover your travel arrangements. This must critically cover medical expenses in case of an emergency. Note that travel insurance automatically provided with credit cards generally does not provide adequate cover. Its your responsibility to ensure that you have appropriate and comprehensive travel insurance.
Our elderly travellers who are aged 70 years or more, or with a per-existing condition that affects their fitness to travel or any medical dietary requirement, must be advised at the time of booking. We recommend all travellers should visit their Doctor for these aforementioned purposes and/or to confirm that they are physically able to undertake the day-to-day requirements of the tour.
Type of Accommodation
As there is so much to see and do in India during the day therefore everyone deserves a good night sleep. We choose quality accommodation according to the category you are travelling in, based on providing a place of rest that offers not only comfort but also an authentic experience rather than staying in a hotel that could by anywhere in the world. Every hotel might be different according to location, amenities and services. While selecting hotel we consider great location, private bathroom facilities and air-conditioning to name few.
Comfort: 3 star hotels offering basic and clean private facilities.
Deluxe: 4 Star hotels, Palaces and Heritage properties offering above average to very good facilities.
Luxury: 5 star hotels, Palace and Heritage properties offering full range of facilities and exceptional services with unique feature.
The cities which do not have more choice of hotels, the best suitable category of hotel is provided.
It is also possible to take a combination of comfort, deluxe and luxury accommodation in one itinerary.
Nepal being adventure destination, choices of accommodation are limited hence basic 3* or best available hotel in the itinerary except at some location where 4* and 5* hotel options are offered.
In Bhutan itinerary basis 3* hotel accommodation is used unless requested.
Selecting Your Holiday Type
Most of our journeys are suited to those with normal fitness and mobility levels. To assist you in choosing a journey best for you we have graded our tours;
Easy Paced: These programs are set at a comfortable pace. Walking and climbing of stairs involved is generally in and around major tourist attractions though you may require walking from road till boat jetty while embarking or disembarking boats.
Moderate: These tours are not strenuous but you will require good amount of fitness as they may include days with long periods of walking or soft trekking, climbing of stairs, embarking and disembarking boats and where longer distances may be travelled by uneven roads.
Adventurous: These refer to programs where your physical fitness needs to be on highest level. Trekking, cycling, climbing, walking and more adventurous activities may be included.
Travelling In India
The key to travelling in India is patience! Distances can sometimes be vast, roads are often congested and rustic and time is not necessarily of the essence. With many different options of travel, each will bring with it a different perspective of this fascination country.
Our Small Group and Independent tours use a variety of transport options to get you from city to city. From Private car, deluxe charter coaches, to domestic airline and air-conditioned trains, you’ll be taken from hotel to hotel in comfort.
India has one of the largest rail networks in the world with over 60,000 kms of tract and 7,000 stations. Travelling by train in India can be an experience in itself and a wonderful way to get in touch with the locals.
Passport & Visas
India: Visa is required for all foreign nationals and you must obtain an Indian visa prior to leaving home as visa processing varies country to country. Passport must be valid for at least six months before you commence travel in India. Travel to Sikkim requires a special permit; application may be made when applying for a standard Indian visa at the local Indian High Commission.
As of 25 Sep 2013 nationals and passport holder of New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, Finland, Luxem Bourg, Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia and Myanmar can avail visa-on-arrival (VoA) facility upon disembarking at international airports Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kochi and Trivandrum only. You will require to pay fee along with require documentation and is subject to verification and satisfaction of the Immigration. Please contact high commission of India for updated information.
Sri Lanka: Every tourist visiting Sri Lanka required visa prior to departure. Visa must be obtained atleast 01 months prior to arrival in Sri Lanka by visiting www.eta.gov.lk The Tourist visa is valid for stay within 30 days. Passport must be valid for at least six months before you commence travel to Sri Lanka. Fee will apply.
Nepal: Visa is required for all foreign nationalities and the best way to apply for visa is from the Royal Nepalese diplomatic missions in your home country. Tourist Visa also can be obtained on arrival. Passport must be valid for at least six months before you commence travel in Nepal. Fee will apply.
Bhutan: All foreign nationals require visa for Bhutan.
Visa can be arranged by TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS. To process this we require clear readable colour copy of passport (page containing passport no and face picture in JPEG or PDF format) and current colour passport photograph and at least 30 days prior to date of entry into Bhutan. Remaining validity of passport should be at least 6 months from the date of exit from Bhutan.
Tourism Council of Bhutan issues visa clearance letter closer to travelling date which we email or fax you or your local travel agent. Travellers are required to produce aforesaid visa clearance copy at the time of check-in for their flights while those entering Bhutan by surface via Phuentsholing or Samdrup Jonkhar, they are required to produce this Visa Clearance letter at the Immigration counter. Actual visa is stamped at passport on arrival in Bhutan.
Visa only service is not offered in Bhutan, you would have to book a service tour package from TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS that includes accommodation, guided tours, transfers etc
Myanmar: Visa is required for all nationalities.
Visa can be arranged by TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS. To process this we require international flight details, clear readable colour copy of passport (page containing passport no and face picture in JPEG or PDF format) and current colour passport photograph and at least 30 days prior to date of entry into Myanmar. Remaining validity of passport should be at least 6 months from the date of exit from Myanmar.
HOW TO BOOK
You can contact our associate travel agent, call our local office, email us or book online. Booking forms must be completed to ensure TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS has on file all the necessary information such as passport details, travel insurance policy details and emergency contacts etc. Travelers over the age of 65 and those with pre-existing medical conditions will also be required to provide a medical certificate to certify they are fit to travel. By booking through travel agent or online means you have read and agreed to the TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS booking conditions. For more detail please click here.
Team at TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS wishes you a wonderful holiday!!!
Day 01: Arrive Mumbai
Upon arrival you will be welcomed by our Tour Executive at the airport lounge with a TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS signboard. Transfer to hotel. Overnight at Mumbai. (No Meals)
Day 02: Mumbai – Rajkot (By Flight) & Rajkot – Sasangir (160 kms / 03 hrs drive)
After buffet breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Mumbai airport to board flight to Rajkot. Upon arrival Rajkot, drive to Sasangir. Sasangir National Park is the home to Asiatic lions in the world. The sanctuary has a total area of 1412 squares km in which 258 square km area comes under “fully protected area” and 1153 km square area is for the Sanctuary. It is mainly famous for pure Asiatic lions. Upon arrival at Sasangir, check in at the Resort. Overnight at Sasangir. (B,D)
Day 03: Sasangir
Enjoy morning & afternoon Jeep safari (on sharing basis) to explore the Gir sanctuary and look for the Asiatic lions and other wildlife species present. Sasangir National Park is the only home to Asiatic lions. The Asiatic Lion, also known as the Indian lion, is a lion subspecies that exists as a single isolated population in India's Gujarat State. It is one of the five big cats found in India, apart from Bengal tiger, Indian leopard, Snow leopard and clouded leopard. Overnight at Sasangir. (B,L,D)
Day 04: Sasangir
Enjoy early morning Jeep safari (on sharing basis) to spot the vast number of birds, reptiles and the famous the Asiatic Lions along with a thriving leopard population. After safari, return back to the hotel for buffet breakfast. Enjoy another Jeep Safari (on sharing basis) in the afternoon. Evening is at leisure. Stay overnight at the hotel. (B,L,D)
Day 05: Sasangir – Rajkot (160 kms / 03 hrs drive) & Rajkot – Nagpur (By Flight) & Nagpur / Pench (95 kms / 02 hrs drive)
After breakfast check out and transfer in time to the Rajkot Airport for flight to Nagpur. Arrive Nagpur, and drive straight for Pench. Upon arrival at Pench, check in at the Resort. Pench is especially famous for large herds of Gaur (Indian Bison), Leopard, Cheetal, Sambar, Nilgai, Wild Dog and Wild Pig. The key predator is the Tiger followed by Leopard, Wild Dog and Wolf. Other animals include Sloth Bear, Chousingha, Chinkara, Barking Deer, Jackal, Fox, Palm Civet, Small Indian Civet, Jungle Cat, Hyena, Porcupine etc. Overnight at Pench. (B,D)
Day 06: Pench
Enjoy early morning Jungle safari (on sharing basis). The Gaur, also called Indian Bison, is the largest extant bovine and is native to South Asia and Southeast Asia. The gaur is the tallest species of wild cattle. The gaur is a strong and massively built species with a high convex ridge on the forehead between the horns, which bends forward, causing a deep hollow in the profile of the upper part of the head. There is a prominent ridge on the back. The cow is considerably lighter in make and in colour than the bull. The horns are more slender and upright, with more inward curvature, and the frontal ridge is scarcely perceptible. In young animals the horns are smooth and polished. In old bulls they are rugged and dented at the base. Gaur is among the largest living land animals. Only elephants, rhinos, the hippopotamus and the giraffe consistently grow heavier. Two species that naturally co-exist with the gaur are heavier: the Asian elephant and Indian rhinoceros. The Indian Leopard is a leopard subspecies widely distributed on the Indian subcontinent and classified as Near Threatened by IUCN since 2008. The Indian leopard is one of the five big cats found in India, apart from Asiatic lion, Bengal tiger, snow leopard and clouded leopard. Return to resort for breakfast. Some free time for relaxation. After Lunch, again leave for afternoon jungle safari (on sharing basis). Overnight at Pench. (B,L,D)
Day 07: Pench / Nagpur (95 kms / 02 hrs drive) & Nagpur / Kolkata (By Flight)
Enjoy early morning Jeep safari (on sharing basis) to spot the vast number of birds, reptiles and the famous the Asiatic Lions along with a thriving leopard population. After safari, return back to the hotel for buffet breakfast. Check out & drive to Nagpur airport to board flight to Kolkata. Upon arrival to Kolkata, transfer to hotel. Check in at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure for independent activities. Overnight at Kolkata. (B,D)
Day 08: Kolkata / Guwahati (By Flight) & Guwahati / Kaziranga (215 kms / 5 hrs drive)
After buffet breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Kolkata airport to board flight to Guwahati. Upon arrival Guwahati, drive to Kaziranga. Kaziranga National Park is famous for its “one horned Rhinos”. Other species of animals found here are hog deer, swamp deer, wild buffalo, elephants and the Royal Bengal Tiger. It is also home to pelicans, storks and darters as there are a number of water bodies inside the Park. Spend the evening exploring the surrounding areas. Upon arrival at Kaziranga, check in at the Resort. Overnight at Kaziranga. (B,D)
Day 09: Kaziranga
Early morning take a jeep safari (on sharing basis) into the national park with naturalist. The Indian Rhinoceros, also called the greater one-horned rhinoceros or Indian one-horned rhinoceros, belongs to the Rhinocerotidae family. Listed as a vulnerable species, the large mammal is primarily found in north-eastern India's Assam and in protected areas in the Terai of Nepal, where populations are confined to the riverine grasslands in the foothills of the Himalayas. It is the fifth largest land animal. Among terrestrial land mammals native to Asia, the Indian rhinoceros is second in size only to the Asian elephant. This heavily built species is also the second-largest living rhinoceros, behind only the white rhinoceros. The Indian rhinoceros has thick, silver-brown skin, which becomes pinkish near the large skin folds that cover its body. Its upper legs and shoulders are covered in wart-like bumps. It has very little body hair, aside from eyelashes, ear fringes and tail brush. Males develop thick neck folds. The Indian Elephant in this park has very distinctive physical features. An average Indian male elephant weigh up to 6 tons (5,400 kg) and females about 4 tons (3,600 kg). They are up to 6.4 m (21 feet) long. Only male elephants possess tusks (large, pointed ivory teeth) and almost hairless, wrinkled, gray-brown skin. A long trunk on the front is the most distinctive feature of elephant. It has two nostrils at the end of their trunk and use it to breathe, scoop or grasping about anything. After breakfast safari into the different region of the park and this time by elephant. Evening game viewing in the different region. Overnight at Kaziranga. (B,L,D)
Day 10: Kaziranga
Early morning we drive to a nearby region where we will have a chance to see the Gibbons. Later return to the lodge for the breakfast. Evening again enjoy game drive into the national park. Overnight at Kaziranga. (B,L,D)
Day 11: Kaziranga / Guwahati (215 kms / 5 hrs drive) & Guwahati / Kolkata (By Flight) & Depart
After breakfast, check out & transfer to Guwahati airport to board flight to Kolkata. Upon arrival Kolkata airport, connect flight for onward journey. (B)
2014 - 2015
Make this your Family Tour - Child under 5 years old stays free.
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Grade: Easy Paced
Accommodation in hotel with private facility
Private air-condition vehicle with Chauffeur
Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Four Jeep Safari with naturalist at Gir National Park
Three Jeep Safari with naturalist at Pench National Park
Two Jeep safari with naturalist at Kaziranga
One elephant back safari at Kazhiranga
Entry fee/Monument charges.
Arrival Departure Assistance
All current applicable taxes
Any International or Domestic Airfare
Airport taxes and Visa fee
Early check in or late check out
Meals other than specified
Tips & Gratuities
Travel & Medical Insurance
Camera and video permits
Expenses incurred due to flight / train cancellation or delay
Any expense of a personal nature, like drinks, laundry, telephone calls, mini bar, etc
Any optional excursion or tour
Any other expense not mentioned in the prices include column
Country Visited: India (Capital: New Delhi)
Overland travel by private air-conditioned car with driver
Itinerary can be customised to suit your requirements
Order sightseeing may vary according to local conditions
Normal Hotel check-in/out 1200 hours
Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)
Electricity: Current is 220V, 50Hz -Type C (European 2-pin), Type D (Old British 3-pin),
Time Zone: GMT +5.5 hours
Ask for pre and post accommodation