Fly Mumbai to Nagpur
Biking in Tiger Country - pick up transfer and afternoon ride
You will be met on arrival at the airport in Nagpur. The journey by road to Pench Tree Lodge is around two and a half hours. On arrival there will be time to check in to the hotel and have a rest before lunch and a briefing about the trip to come. This afternoon there will be a guided 15km bike ride to the Pench river and the forest of Jamtara, giving ample opportunity to familiarise yourself with your bike. The cycling this afternoon is largely flat and on a mixture of tarmaced road and compacted dirt tracks. At all times you are accompanied by your guide as well as a support vehicle carrying water, snacks and anything else you wish, e.g. your camera and a day pack.Pench, on the border of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, has been known through the ages for its rich flora and fauna. Named after the river that flows nearby, Pench was declared a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1983, though it had been declared a notified area in 1972. In 1992 Pench was included under the umbrella of Project Tiger as the 19th Project Tiger Reserve.
Pench is home to the Asiatic leopard and is still one of the best places in India to spot this creature. The dam in the park is a favourite spot for bird watching. Other wildlife spotted here are chinkara, wild dog, sloth bear and jackal. Visitors also now have the option to visit the Maharashtra side of the Pench Reserve, which is often less crowded and is growing in its reputation for sightings of a host of animals and bird species.
Visitors view wildlife by jeep in morning and afternoon game drives much like other parks. Pench has a good reputation for tiger sightings and is less crowded so the overall safari experience is more personal.
Biking in Tiger Country - Nuts and Bolts - bikes used and technical stuff
Trek X-Caliber mountain bikes are provided for the duration of this trip. These are light, fast, and easy to manouvre bikes, perfect for rural, single track riding. Specifications are as follows:
- Race-ready spec - 2x drivetrain options, suspension lockout, tubeless ready rims and Shimano hydraulic disc brakes.
- Light, precise race frame - highly refined Alpha Aluminum frame use sophisticated tube shaping to minimize weight and maximize performance.
- 19.5 inch frame size to fit most riders.
The support vehicle and guide carry basic spares and a basic tool kit will be provided for those who wish to carry it. A spare cycle is also carried in the support vehicle on long rides.
Safety helmets will be provided when you arrive and it is compulsory that a helmet is worn when biking. Your guide is trained in first aid and emergency rescue, but to a large degree you must be responsible for your own safety while riding. It is therefore advisable that you take out travel insurance that will cover you for a mountain biking tour.
Biking in Tiger Country - vehicle support
At all times there will be a full time back-up vehicle, available to carry luggage, cycles and anyone feeling the need to rest cycle weary legs. The backup vehicle will follow cyclists each day at a distance (so as not to be seen or heard by you or nearby wildlife) and the driver will have mobile phone / wireless hand set. The vehicle will also carry bottled water, soft drinks and fresh fruits to keep cyclists fuelled up.
You will be staying at Pench Tree Lodge, Full board