Duration : 15 Nights / 16 Days
Places Covered : Delhi + Nagpur + Kanha National Park + Bandhavgarh National Park + Agra + Bharatpur Wildlife Sanctuary + Ranthambhore National Park + Jaipur
Day 01 : Europe - Delhi
Fly to Delhi. On arrival you will be met and transferred to you hotel Crowne Plaza Surya Room will be available from 1200 hrs onwards as check in time in India is 12 noon.
Day 02 : Delhi
Today we shall undertake combined sightseeing of Old & New Delhi. Visit the Humayun's Tomb, built by his wife Haji Begum in the 16th. Century. An early example of Mughal architecture considered the predecessor of the Taj Mahal. The Qutub Minar - the landmark of Delhi, a huge tower of victory started in 1199 and completed in 1368. The minar is 72.5m high with a diameter at the base 14.4m and 2.7m at the top. Proceed to the Rashtrapati Bhawan once the Viceroy's residence is now the official residence of the President of India. Designed by Lutyens, it combines western and eastern styles - the dome reflects the Buddhist stupa, the chattris Hindu and the graceful colonnades very British. It has 340 rooms. The Government Buildings designed by Baker, are topped by baroque domes and decorated with lotus motifs and elephants, while the north and south gateways are Mughal in design. The Parliament House, designed by Baker is 173m in diameter. Inside is the library and chambers for the council of state, chamber of princes and legislative assembly. The India Gate (42m), commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who died in the 1st world war Overnight stay at the hotel Crown Plaza Surya (Breakfast)
Day 03 : Delhi / Nagpur / Kanha National Park
Early morning transfer to the airport to board the flight to Nagpur. Upon arrival take the 5 hour drive to Kanha National Park which is typical Kipling Country, the setting for the famous Jungle Book. The Kanha National Park in the Mandla District of Madhya Pradesh, spreads over 1,945 sq.km of dense sal forests, interspersed with extensive meadows and trees and clumps of wild bamboo. This is where you can spot the tiger in all his magnificence or feast your eyes on the rare Barasingha Deer amidst extensive grasslands. On arrival check in at hotel Tuli Resort. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 04 : Kanha National Park
Morning and afternoon Jeep Safari. The park forms the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve created in 1974, under Project Tiger. It is one of the most well-maintained National Parks in Asia, and a major attraction for avid wildlife buffs all over the world. Two major rivers, Halon and Banjar , flow through the park. Overnight at the Tuli Resort.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 05 : Kanha National Park
Morning and evening Jeep Safari. Kanha boasts of about 22 species of mammals. Some of the inhabitants of this park are the gaur, the largest of the world's cattle; the sambar, the largest Indian deer; and the chausingha, the only four-horned antelope in the world. Other frequent visitors include the Nilgai antelope, the sloth bear, the dhole, or Indian wild dog, and an occasional panther. Some 200 species of birds inhabit the park, that includes the cattle egret, black ibis, hawk eagle, crested serpent eagle and various water fowl.
Shravantal is an old tank in the central Kanha meadows, which happens to be an important watering hole, for a large number of water fowl in winter. Bamni Dadar, or Sunset Point, is the most beautiful section of the park, and the view of the sunset from this spot is absolutely mesmerizing. The place is a regular haunt of the sambar, gaur, the four-horned antelope and the barking deer. Overnight at the Tuli Resort. (Breakfast , Lunch & Dinner)
Day 06 : Kanha / Bandhavgarh ( approx 8 hours)
The drive from Kanha to Bandavgarh is a long one but gives you an idea of the remoteness and tranquility of Central India. Bandavgarh is a small National Park; compact, yet full of game. The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is the highest known in India. Covering 448 sq km, Bandhavgarh is situated in outlying hills of the Vindhya range. At the centre of the Park is Bandhavgarh hiss, rising 811 metres above MSL-surrounding it are a large number of smaller hills separated by gently sloping valleys. These valleys end in small, swampy meadows, locally known as 'bohera'. The lowest point in the park is at Tala 400m above sea level. The vegetation is chiefly of sal forest in the valleys and on the lower slopes, gradually changing to mixed deciduous forest on the hills and in the hotter, drier areas of the park in the sough and west. Bamboo is found throughout. The terrain is of great rocky hills rising sharply from the swampy and densely-forested valley bottoms. On arrival check in at Royal Tiger Resort.
(Breakfast , Lunch & Dinner)
Day 07 : Bandhavgarh
Morning and afternoon Jeep Safari into the National Park.
Bandhavgarh is densely populated with other species: the great gaur, or Indian bison, can be seen with ease, as they come onto the meadows to graze at dusk; sambar and barking deer are a common sight and nigai are to be seen in the more open areas of the park.The finest of these hills is Bandhavgarh, sided with great cliffs and eroded rocks and on its highest point stands Bandhavgarh fort, thought to be some 2,000 years old. Scattered throughout the park, and particularly around the fort, are numerous caves containing shrines and ancient Sankrit inscriptions.
The vegetation is chiefly of sal forest in the valleys and on the lower slopes, gradually changing to mixed deciduous forest on the hills and in the hotter, drier areas of the park in the sough and west. Bamboo is found throughout. Overnight at the Royal Tiger Resort. (Breakfast , Lunch & Dinner)
Day 08 : Bandhavgarh / Agra
Morning Jeep Safari into the Park
In the evening transfer to Umaria railway station to board overnight train to Agra at 2025 hrs. (Breakfast)
Day 09 : Agra
On arrival in Agra at 0920 hrs. transfer to the hotel Clarks Shiraz. Agra stands on the right bank of the river Yamuna, was once the seat of the Mughal rulers, the zenith of art and an enshrined romance. A town famous for its beautiful medieval monuments. The passion of the Mughals for building endowed it with some of the loveliest buildings in the world.
In the afternoon visit the world famous monument of India, the Taj Mahal (1631-1653), a poem in white marble, built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaj Mahal, who died giving birth to their 14th child. It employed 20,000 workers from the Central Asia and Europe for 22 years to construct this extravagant monument of love, inlaying the white marble edifice with precious and semi precious stones. After Taj Mahal visit Agra Fort (Fort and Palace) situated on the west bank of the river Jamuna, made by the Mughal King Akbar in the 16th century and completed by his grandson Shah Jahan, who was imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb for 8 years in this fort, before his death. The fort is crescent - shaped and the perimeter is 2.4 km long.
Note: Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.
Day 10 : Agra / Bharatpur
After breakfast drive to Bhatarpur. Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri. 40 km (1 hour) from Agra, lies the beautiful and deserted medieval city, Fatehpur Sikri, built by Akbar the Great in the 16th century to serve as the capital of his vast empire. It was mysteriously abandoned 13 years later. Today, it is perfectly preserved as a ghost city built at the height of the empire's splendor. Further drive to the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary or Keoladeo Ghana National Park which was established in 1956. This 29 sq km marshland is one of the finest bird sanctuaries in the world with over 360 species of birds, out of which 117 are the local birds. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, it used to be a part of the private shooting reserve of the Maharaja of Bharatpur. Early morning and dusk are the best time for viewing the birds and animals. Among many birds species to be seen are egrets, storks, ducks, Chinese coots, kingfishers, spoonbills, sarus cranes and several birds of prey, including falcon, marsh harrier and eagle. Alone 80 species of ducks can be spotted here. There are also chital, nilgai, deer, wild cats, hyenas and wild boar whilst near the entrance there are usually some very large rock pythons. During November to February the northern hemisphere migratory birds visit the park from China, Europe and Siberia, including the rare Siberian Crane.
In the afternoon Rickshaw ride in Sanctuary. After visiting the bird sanctuary drive to Pehrassar for a overnight stay at Chandra Mahal Haveli. (Breakfast)
Day 11 : Bharatpur / Ranthambore ( 8 hrs )
After breakfast drive to Ranthambhore. One of the finest tiger reserves in India nestled in the Aravallis it is home to a variety of flora and fauna. The park along with the contiguous regions of Kela Devi and Sawai Man Singh parks forms a good biosphere along the Chambal river which separates it from Madhya Pradesh. Overnight at the Ranthambhore Regency. (Breakfast and dinner)
Day 12 : Ranthambhore
Early morning game drive . Return to the camp for breakfast Ranthambhore is a dry decidous forest replete with several lakes rivulets and a magnificent ancient fort overlooking the park. The wildlife that one can see here are a large variety of birds, including an impressive number of waterfowl and birds of prey. The water bodies are home to marsh muggers, turtles and pythons. The park also has an abundant population of Sambhar and cheetal as well as nilgai. The more rare sightings are the leopard, sloth bear and the majestic tiger.
In the afternoon set out for a game drive in open jeeps accompanied by a naturalist and national park guide.
Overnight at the Ranthambhore Regency.
(Breakfast ,Lunch & Dinner)
Day 13 : Ranthambhore / Jaipur (152 kms - 8 hrs)
Morning jeep safari in the wildlife sanctuary.
After lunch drive to Jaipur.
Day 14 : Jaipur
After breakfast, half-day excursion trip takes you to Amber Fort. En route, make a photo stop at the palace of winds the Hawa Mahal. A 5 stored building with 25cm thick facade from the 18 century having 953 windows and niches so that ladies of royal family could see th e procession and events in the city without being visible to the people. Proceed to the Amber City Fort situated 130m high with the Aravalli hills around and 11 km north of Jaipur. It was the ancient capital of the Kachhawaha Rajputs till 1037. Enjoy an Elephant ride to the top of the Palace fort. Afternoon visit the "Pink City" of Jaipur. The City Palace occupies the center of Jaipur. It now houses the Royal residence and museums with collections of textiles and costumes, armoury, manuscripts, paintings etc. Also visit Jantar Mantar (1728-34) by king astrologer Jai Singh II. The instruments are built of stone with marble facing on the important plains for measuring the harmony of the heavens. Each instrument serves a particular function and each gives an accurate reading. Overnight at the Clarks Amer. (Breakfast)
Day 15 : Jaipur / Delhi ( 260 kms / 6 hrs)
Morning is free.In teh afternoon drive back to Delhi. On arrival check in at hotel Ashok Country Resort. (Breakfast)
Day 16 : Delhi / Europe
Room till 12noon. Transfer to International airport to board flight for onward journey.