Budget Wildlife ToursDuration: 13 Nights / 14 Days
Places Covered: : Delhi - Jaipur - Ranthambore - Agra - Khajuraho - Bandhavgarh - Kanha - Nagpur - Mumbai
Day 1. Arrive Delhi.
Arrive Delhi and meet the our representative at the arrival hall and transfer to hotel. In the afternoon proceed on a tour of the capital city. In Old Delhi visit majestic Red Fort, the historical Chandni Chowk, besides Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana. In New Delhi visit the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys; the India Gate, a memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers martyred during the Afghan war; the Laxminarayan Temple, built by the Birlas, one of India's leading industrial families; Qutab Minar, built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty; and the lotus-shaped Baha'i Temple. Delhi is just not a city but it is a book-- a book which narrates the history of India.
The city was built and destroyed seven times and has been witness to the various events which has brought India through the history books. Seven times this city went through the pain of being built and rebuilt. Today as the capital of India Delhi is the seat of administration and the monuments which tell the saga of a bygone era stand there. These icons are testimony to the grandeur of past and also an attraction for the tourists. With an area of 1483 sq. Kms, Delhi is all set to acquire full statehood. The charm of Delhi has attracted Emperors, Conquerors and poor in equally. It is correctly said that Delhi is a land of 'Dilwalas' or for people with heart. This phrase acquires a true colour when one goes around the lanes of Delhi.
Day 2. Jaipur.
Morning drive to Jaipur in between. Visit Neemrana Fort Palace for lunch. Later continue your drive to Jaipur. Upon arrival check - in at hotel. There are many dinner options available to dine in one of the finest Palace hotels that Jaipur boasts of. Jaipur, the vibrant capital of Rajasthan, is popularly known as the ' Pink City ' because of the pink-coloured buildings in its old city. It sits on a dry lake bed in a somewhat arid landscape, surrounded by barren hills surmounted by forts and crenellated walls. This buzzing metropolis is certainly a place of wild contrasts and a feast for the eyes.
All through, Jaipur has retained its strong Rajputana flavour tempered by several influences - the mughal being the most prominent. The region's strong cultural heritage is distinctly evident even today. The city is a visitor's delight. From the intricate, delicate looking Hawa Mahal to the graphic forms of the Jantar Mantar - an open air observatory of outsized astronomical instruments, the Badi Chaupar lined with shopsand business establishments on both sides to the majestic fort-palace at Amber; from the colorful fountains of life to the sublime Birla Temple; from the architectural delight of the City Palace to the serene Jal Mahal.
Day 3. Jaipur.
Morning excursion to Amber Fort, situated just outside the city, is perhaps the most beautiful example of Rajasthani forts. You can have the unique experience of traveling on elephant back to and from the top of the hill on which the fort is situated. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Jaipur including, City Palace in the heart of Jaipur is known for its blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Not far away is the Central Museum with its large collection of woodwork, Another monument near the City Palace, Jantar Mantar, is the largest of the five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh. The Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds was constructed for the royal ladies to watch the royal processions without being seen.
Day 4. Ranthambore .
Morning drive to Ranthambore National Park, the former hunting ground of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Arrive Ranthambore and check - in at hotel. Generally a visit to Ranthambore means a visit to the tiger reserve here. Afternoon visit Park in jeep in search of tiger with your naturalist. Ranthambore National Park is in Sawai Madhopur District of Rajasthan state.
Located at the junction of the Aravalli and Vindhya hill range, this is one of the finest places to view animals, especially as they are used to being stared at here.The park covers an area of Approximately 400 sq Km and if combined it with the area of sawai man singh sanctuary area,it is around 500 Sq km. Ranthambore national park was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1957 and in 1974 it gained the protection of "Project Tiger". It got it's status of a National Park in 1981.
Day 5. Ranthambore .
Morning and afternoon jeep safari. The park, which is one of the finest tiger reserves in the country is the main attraction of Ranthambore.
Day 6. Agra.
Early morning leave for Agra visiting Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary, Bharatpur enroute. The Keoladeo Ghana National Park is home to an astonishing range of flora and fauna. A bike or rickshaw ride through the length and breath of this sanctuary is an unforgettable experience. Also visit Fatehpur Sikri, the red sandstone city of yesteryears. Continue journey to Agra.
Arrive Agra by late afternoon and check - in at hotel. Agra is famous as the home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World -the Taj Mahal. The architectural splendor of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces in Agra is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal Empire. Agra was their capital for nearly a hundred years from 1564. A pleasant town, with a comparatively easy pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone by artisans who are hereditary craft persons. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes.
Day 7. Agra.
Morning city sightseeing tour visiting The Taj Mahal, which is entirely made of white marble and its walls are decorated with exquisite pietra dura (stone inlay) work. Also visit Agra Fort (also called the Red Fort), which retains the irregular outline of the demolished mud-wall fort of the Lodis. The Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula is located in a walled garden overlooking the Yamuna. Akbar's tomb at Sikandra, located in a large walled garden on the road to Delhi.
One of the Seven Wonders of the World, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved consort Mumtaz Mahal. This beautiful mausoleum took 22 years to complete with a work force of 20,000 craftsmen and master builders, who came from all over Asia to join in this great work from Baghdad, Shiraz, Delhi, Samarkand and Turkey. The marble, India s finest; was quarried at Makrana near Jodhpur.
Precious and semi precious stones were imported from distant lands : Jasper from Punjab, Jade & Crystal from China, Turquoise from Tibet, Lapis from Afghanistan and Ceylon, Chrysolite from Egypt, Amethyst from Persia, Agate from Yemen, Malachite from Russia, Diamonds from Golconda and Mother of Pearl from the Indian Ocean. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8. Khajuraho.
Intime transfer to Railway Station to board Shatabdi Express for Jhansi. Arrive Jhansi and drive to Khajuraho visiting Orchha enroute. The Chaturbhuj Temple and Laxmi Narayan Temple are two important religious attractions in Orchha. Arrive Khajuraho by afternoon and check - in at hotel. Later sightseeing tour of Khajurhao Temples. The Western Group, has 14 temples. The Chaunsath Yogini, Lalguan Mahadev, Parvati, Varaha, Matangesvara, Lakshmana, Vishvanath and Nandi, Chitragupta, Devi Jagdamba and Kandariya Mahadeo. The Eastern Group consists of seven temples (four Jain and three Hindu).
The Parsvanath, Adinath, Shantinath, and Ghantai temples belong to the Jains while the Vamana, Javari and Brahma are Hindu temples Khajuraho, once the great Chandela capital, is today a village of about a few thousand people in the interiors of central India, in Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh. Tradition records the existence of eighty five temples, of which only twenty five, strewn amidst lakes and fields, have survived. The temples at Khajuraho, brilliant examples of medieval Indian architecture, were built under later Chandela kings between AD 950 and AD 1050. Each ancient structure in India has a fascinating story to tell. But few match the temples of Khajuraho.
Day 9. Bandhavgarh.
Early morning drive to Bandhavgarh. Arrive Bandhavgarh and check - in at hotel. Bandhavgarh National Park is a premier wildlife preserve in the Vindhya mountain range of Central India. Afternoon jeep safari in Park. Bandhavgarh is spread at vindhya hills in Madhya Pradesh. Bandhavgarh consists of a core area of 105 sq km and a buffer area of approximately 400 sq km of topography varies between steep ridges, undulating, forest and open meadows.
Bandhavgarh is known for the Royal Bengal Tigers The density of the Tiger population at Bandhavgarh is the highest known in India Bandhavgarh National Park was the former hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Rewa and at present is a famous natural hub for White Tigers. White Tigers, now a major attraction around the world's zoos, were first discovered in Rewa, not far from here. The terrain is broken, with rocky hill ranges, running roughly east west, interspersed with grassy swamps and forested valleys.
Day 10. Bandhavgarh.
Morning and afternoon jungle safari. The flora of Bandhavgarh is mainly comprised of moist deciduous forest, though at higher altitudes one may also come across mixed forests.
Day 11. Kanha.
Morning jeep safari and later drive to Kanha National Park. The Kanha National park is one of the many fascinating natural destinations of Madhya Pradesh. In the afternoon go on a Safari in the park.
Kanha: There are numerous Tiger reserves in India, that are preserving this ferocious beast, but nowhere can you see them as often, and as regularly as in Kanha National Park. Located in the Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh, Kanha national park cum Tiger reserve extends over an area of over 1,940-sq-kms. The major feature of this region's interesting topography is the horseshoe shape valley and the whole park area is surrounded by the spurs of the Mekal. The Surpan River meanders through Kanha's central Maidans, grasslands that cover the extensive plateau. Steep rocky escrapments along the edges offer breathtaking views of the valley.
Day 12. Kanha.
Morning and afternoon jeep safari in Park. The Kanha National Park is the natural habitat of a number of rare species of plants and animals. The park houses 22 species of mammals and an approximate of 200 species of birds.
Day 13. Nagpur
Proceed to Nagpur by surface & stay overnight. In 1861, Nagpur became the capital of the Central Provinces. The advent of the Great Indian Peninsula Railway (GIP) in 1867 spurred its development as a trade centre. After Indian independence, Nagpur became the capital of Madhya Bharat state (C.P. and Berar). In 1960, the marathi majority Vidarbha region was merged with the new state of Maharashtra and Nagpur was designated the second capital of Maharashtra state, alternating with Mumbai (Bombay) as the seat of the Maharashtra state legislature.
Day 14. Leave Mumbai.
Morning drive to Nagpur airport to board flight for Mumbai. You will be accompanied by a our representative to airport to board flight for onward destination
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