3 Tours Let You Experience 'The Jungle Book’ in Person
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If you have kids you've probably already seen “The Jungle Book,” a live action reimagining of the Rudyard Kipling classic that has raked in over $260 million domestically since it opened on April 15.
The travel industry has taken note of the movie's success and, as a result, "Jungle Book" tours are becoming all the rage in central India, the location that inspired Kipling to write his most famous story. Here's a look at three of the best "Jungle Book"-themed tours for true Kipling enthusiasts.
Beginning in Mumbai, Wild Frontiers' "Jungle Book" Tour moves to the tiger reserves of Tadoba and Kanha National Parks where fans can see the real life animals that impassioned Kipling to create the character of Shere Khan during daily game drives.
From there, guests travel by train to Pipariya and the Satpura National Park for walking safaris before heading to Bhopal to explore Bhimbetka cave paintings and the UNESCO World Heritage Buddhist stupas in Sanchi. The 12-day tour includes most meals, transportation, accommodations, entry fees, drinking water and carbon-offsetting contribution to Carbon Clear for around $4,000 per person.
Sightseers are promised a "spectacular adventure through India's National Parks" on Sodha's tour. The 15-day trip is certainly the most comprehensive of the “Jungle Book" tours with a stop in the Kanha National Park, one of the parks featured in Kipling's work, and time spent discovering a variety of animals including bears, sloths and tigers, just like the animals in "Jungle Book."
In addition to the Kipling sites, this tour also features excursions to Amber Fort (on elephants!), the Taj Mahal, an afternoon in the city of Jaipur and more. Accommodations and transportation are included.
And Beyond's tour is the most immersive for Kipling devotees, offering the chance to "walk in Mowgli’s footsteps in the dense Indian jungles and indulge in menus inspired by the local tribal food of Mowgli’s time." The visit also includes a trip to the setting for "The Jungle Book,” Pench National Park, the opportunity to sleep in an open-air machan or take an al fresco shower, just like Mowgli, and learn how to use a bow and arrow. Accommodations, transportation and mineral water is included in the $4,999 rate for this eight-day journey.
Ready to see Kipling's India? Don't wait too long to book your trip as most "Jungle Book" tours are expected to fill up quickly.
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