A new tour focused on the wildlife of Madhya Pradesh – the area that inspired Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book has been launched. With the new live-action Jungle Book movie soon to be released in April, starring the voices of Bill Murray, Idris Elba and Scarlett Johansson, they are predicting interest in the region to rise. The new itinerary, The Jungle Book: Wildlife of India is a 13 day / 11 night private tour. Beginning in Delhi, the itinerary then visits the unmissable Taj Mahal before heading into the heart of India in search of the Royal Bengal Tiger. Stopping at three national parks in Madya Pradesh – Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Pench – travellers stay in luxurious Taj lodges with wildlife safaris included. Accompanied by naturalists, clients can track the real life Shere Khan (tiger), Baloo (sloth bear) and Tabaqui (jackal). The tour ends in Mumbai, birthplace of Rudyard Kipling and where he spent the first five years of his life.
Cox & Kings' Indian Subcontinent product manager Sue Livsey says “This tour is perfect for literary and wildlife lovers alike. The itinerary includes those unmissable sights like the Taj Mahal, but revolves around safaris in the heart of tiger country, taking travellers on a jungle adventure in search of Shere Khan in Mowgli country. To top it all off, travellers finish in Mumbai, where Rudyard Kipling was born and lived for the first few years of his life”.