WILDLIFE PARKS IN INDIA OPEN FROM OCTOBER TO MAY
Duration : 14 Night / 15 Days
Destination Covered : Delhi – Jaipur - Ranthambore - Bharatpur - Fatehpursikiri - Agra - Umeria - Bandhavgarh - Kanha - Nagpur - Delhi
DAY 01 : ARRIVE DELHI
Upon arrival at International Airport, you are met and transferred to your prebooked hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel, check-in to your room. Rest of the day free. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 02 : DELHI
This morning we visit Old Delhi, built in the 17 century by Shah Jehan, the Magnificent (who also built the Taj Mahal). First, we will be visiting the famous Jama Masjid mosque with its 9,000 sq. ft. courtyard, three domes, and two minarets, and then proceed to the massive complex known as the Red Fort.
Afternoon, visit the Lakshmi Narayan Temple, which is a Spectacular structure. That's just 60 years old and then proceed to the India Gate and the Governmental buildings to Qutab Minar. Qutab Minar is a 240-foot tower built-in 1190 to commemorate the arrival of Islam in India, the Bahai Temple with its nine pools on an elevated platform, and the Crafts Museum, which replicates and Indian street with over 50 artists and craftspeople at work. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 03 : DELHI – JAIPUR BY ROAD 260 KMS 05 HOURS DRIVE
After breakfast, drive to Jaipur, popularly known as the Pink City, built-in 1727 AD by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Designed by Shilp Shastra - an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture - Jaipur follows a grid system. The old city surrounds by a massive wall pierced by magnificent doorways. Later go to see the Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds. Continue to City Palace, characterized by balconies, tiny windows, cupolas, courtyards, and arched entrances. It now houses an excellent collection of Rajasthani costumes, miniatures, and an armory of weapons. The Maharajah's observatory looks like a collection of abstract sculptures but is a collection of instruments for studying the heavens. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 04 : JAIPUR
Today morning we visit the Amber Fort in the Aravali Hills, which is a superb example of Rajput (Medieval Hindu) style architecture. A slow elephant ride takes us to the top of the Fort, which houses several graceful buildings and temples. Afternoon at leisure. In the evening, we visit Chokhi Dhani, where an ethnic village atmosphere is recreated each evening with thousands of oil lamps, folk dancers, acrobats, snake charmers, puppeteers, etc. Overnight at the Hotel.
DAY 05 : JAIPUR - RANTHAMBORE 185 KMS 04 HOURS DRIVE
The morning after an early breakfast, drive to Ranthambore National Park. On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Afternoon proceeds for a Jungle Safari to view wildlife. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 06 : RANTHAMBORE
Ranthambore is one of the few preserves where you can see some camera-shy tigers in daylight. You'll take thrilling jeep rides in the morning and evening in search of wildlife. You sometimes chance upon these fleet-footed and silent creatures, the embodiment of grace. In the afternoon, explore the lakes on your own and visit the imposing Ranthambore. Ranthambore covers an area of about 400 square km and has beautiful scenery and it is a unison area where a natural present meets a historical past. This Park has up to 27 tigers and has a considerable population of birds. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 07 : RANTHAMBORE - BHARATPUR BY ROAD 200 KMS 4 HOURS DRIVE
This morning travel to Bharatpur for a tour of the world-famous bird sanctuary here. The reserve boasts of river 300 species of resident and migratory birds. Drive to Bharatpur Morning take a cycle rickshaw ride to watch the birds in Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary. Overnight Stay at Hotel.
DAY 08 : BHARATPUR - FATEHPUR SIKIRI - AGRA BY ROAD 60 KMS 1 HOUR DRIVE
This morning drive to the Fatehpur Sikri (ghost capital) for a tour of the magnificent and world heritage buildings still in a state of perfect preservation. After visiting the old Mughal capital. We continue our drive to the city of the Taj Mahal. Upon arrival, we check into our prebooked hotel. Agra was the capital of India under the Mughals in the 16th and 17th centuries. Afternoon visit Agra's Red Fort, built over three generations by the Mughal emperors. Overnight at the Hotel.
DAY 09 : AGRA - UMERIA BY OVERNIGHT TRAIN DEP 1600 HRS
The morning we visit for early sunrise to the Taj Mahal, the mausoleum built by a sorrowing Shah Jehan in memory of his young wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Building's stupendous scale, flawless symmetry, translucent white marble, and shimmering reflection in the water channel are truly breathtaking. Late in the morning, we see the exquisite tomb of the emperor Jehangir's chief minister and father - in - law, often called the 'BABY TAJ' because its design foreshadows the Taj Mahal. Evening we are transferred to the railway station to board an overnight train to Umaria. Overnight onboard the Indian Train.
DAY 10 : ARRIVE UMARIA AT 05:00 HRS. TRANSFER TO BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK
Upon arrival at Umaria railway station, we are met and transferred to Bandhavgarh National Park. Bandhavgarh home to the white tiger and other species such as Indian bison, Sambar, barking deer & blue bull. Bandhavgarh's large tiger population offers the best chance to see the elusive cat. Spend two days of game viewing and bird-watching in these valleys. On the highest hill stands Bandhavgarh Fort, surrounded by numerous caves containing shrines and ancient Sanskrit inscriptions. Overnight in the Lodge.
DAY 11 : BANDHAVGARH
Morning and afternoon, we spend in-game viewing. Here we can see the South Bear, Wild Boar, Leopard, and Tiger. The Park is home to India's rare and endangered animals such as Chital, Cinkara, Chowsingha, Gaur and is rich in Birds. Overnight at the Lodge.
DAY 12 : BANDHAVGARH - KANHA NATIONAL PARK BY ROAD 270 KMS 7 HOURS DRIVE
After a morning game drive in Bandhavgarh, travel to Kanha. The original country Kipling so vividly described in his jungle books. Kanha has some 22 species of mammals; most commonly spotted are languor, jackal, wild pig, spotted deer, swamp deer, Sambar, and blackbuck. You may also see tiger, Indian hare, wild dog, barking deer, Indian fox, sloth bear, striped hyena, panther, mouse deer, four-horned antelope, blue bull, ratel, and Indian porcupine. Kanha also has some 200 species of birds. Spend two full days of game viewing and bird watching in Kanha, a true haven for the animal and avian population. Overnight at the Lodge.
DAY 13 : KANHA
Morning and afternoon, we spend in-game viewing. Overnight at the Lodge. Overnight at the Lodge.
DAY 14 : KANHA - NAGPUR ( 260 KMS 6 HOURS DRIVE) - DELHI ( BY FLIGHT )
This morning game drive is your last opportunity to enjoy Indian wildlife. After breakfast, travel to Nagpur, the citrus capital of Maharashtra, and a center for the aboriginal Gond tribes who remained in power until the early 18th Century. After a brief tour of the city, fly back to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, you are met and transferred to your prebooked hotel. Evening we go for a farewell dinner at a good restaurant. Overnight at the Hotel.
DAY 15 : LEAVE DELHI
Departure transfer to the airport in time to catch the flight to Onward destination.