Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the Hotel for check in and your overnight.
Day 2: Delhi/Raipur/Kawardha
In the morning, transfer to the Domestic Airport for your flight to Raipur. Upon arrival you will be met and driven about 75 miles to the former Princely State of Kawardha. In the afternoon you will take a tour of the nearby cultural sites. Return to the Palace at sunset followed by a welcome drink to meet the royal family, enjoy dinner along with traditional Chattisgarhi dance. Overnight at Kawardha Palace.
Day 3: Kawardha
After breakfast, a well-versed Palace guide will accompany you on an introduction to the secrets of Kawardha’s little-known natural and tribal world. You will meet the gentle and friendly people of the Gond and Baiga tribes, the principal indigenous forest tribes, and enjoy a picnic lunch with them. After lunch, visit the famous, and enchanting Bhoramdeo Temple. In the evening, return to the Palace to freshen up before dinner with the royal family. Overnight at Kawardha Palace.
Day 4: Kawardha/Kanker
After breakfast you will start for the Princely State of Kanker. Lunch will either be picnic style, or at a hotel in Raipur along the way. Upon arrival at Kanker Palace, you will receive the traditional welcome. After freshening up, you will be entertained by Chattisgarh folk musicians with music and dance over beverages and pre-dinner snacks. Members of the royal family will join you to share their insights into life of the region. Overnight at Kanker Palace.
Day 5: Kanker
After breakfast at the Palace, the Bastar tribal experience begins. South of Kanker you and your royal guide drive along the forested Keshkal Ghat, which marks the border of Bastar 500m above the plain. Here you will see some spectacular views of the tropical jungle below, and encounter the special nature of North Bastar. Later on, you will visit the village of the Deer-Horn Murai Tribe to catch a glimpse of the Ghotul System. Here you will be their guest and enjoy the wonderful village food with some local tardy. After lunch, you could catch a glimpse of a small tribal market before returning to the Palace for your overnight.
Note: Ghotul is a better-known event in tribal life and it has aroused considerable interest from anthropologists around the world. Both boys and girls are allowed to spend a night out in the Ghotul (kind of rest house), every week. Ghotuls are regarded as a shrine, built by Lingo Pen, a Gond (a tribe) cult hero. Here, the unmarried boys of the village learn songs and dances from their leader. Every week, there is a dance carnival as well, in which the girls also take part. Moreover, it is treated like a pilgrimage. Most of them choose their life partners in the Ghotul and go out and get married with the consent of the chieftains.
Day 6: Kanker/Jagdalpur
After breakfast, you will make your way to Jagdalpur, Bastar’s main town and former capital. Along the way make a short detour to visit the tribal craft communities of Kondagoan, where you will discover some of Bastar’s finest handicrafts and the people who make them. After check in and freshening up at the Royal Bastar Farm, you will join the royal family members for lunch. After lunch and maybe a short nap, you are free to explore the city, or perhaps take a visit to the Anthropological Museum. Conditions permitting, a barbecue dinner is served under the stats in authentic Bastar style. Overnight at Royal Bastar Farm.
Day 7: Jagdalpur/Kanger Valley National Park/Jagdalpur
Begin the day exploring this tribal land with a visit to the famous Bison Horn Maria Tribe, known for their weaving, hospitality and spectacular ceremonial dancing. Later, you will visit the rich forests of the Kanger Valley National Park, the enchanting Tirathgarh Waterfall and the extraordinary stalactites and stalagmites of the Kailash Caves. Kanger retains the original intensity of the forests that once covered this whole region, and you will picnic in the natural habitat of leopards, tigers, sambhars, bison and the Bastar Hill Myna. Depending on time, witness Jagdalpur’s unique handicrafts in the weekly Haat before heading back to the farm for dinner with your royal guides. Overnight at Royal Bastar Farm.
Day 8: Jagdalpur
The first half of the day is free at your leisure at the farm. You can relax, read a book or take some time to savor the beautiful village life. For a change, lunch will be at a different hotel before you visit the bustling markets of the Bhatra and Dhurva tribes. On the way back to the farm you will visit the Chitrakote Waterfalls for a sunset stroll around Bastar’s very own ‘Niagara’ on the Indravati River. Overnight at the Royal Bastar Farm
Day 9: Jagdalpur/Kanker
After an early breakfast, you will begin the journey back to Kanker, via Narayanpur, which is known worldwide for its beautiful colors and vigor. Upon arrival in Kanker, you will enjoy a farewell dinner with the Maharaja’s family. Overnight at Kanker Palace.
Day 10: Kanker/Raipur/Delhi or Bombay/Onward
After an early breakfast, you will transfer to the Raipur Airport for your onwards flight to either Delhi or Bombay. (B) You may extend your trip to include other exotic places in India like Agra to see the Taj Mahal, Varanasi, the holiest of Hindu cities to see the famous Ghats, to the beaches of Goa or anywhere you desire. We can also arrange an extension elsewhere in Asia.