Tiger Safari with Taj - Luxury Tour of India (Tour Duration- 14 Days )

Places to See : Delhi - Ranthambhore - Agra - Bandhavgarh - Kanha - Nagpur - Delhi

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Delhi The Park / Claridges Bed & Breakfast Gautam Deluxe 02
Ranthambhore Taj Sawai Madhopur Lodge Dev Vilas Ranthambhore Safari Lodge 02
Agra The Gateway / Trident Howard Park Plaza / Yamuna View Amar 01
Bandhavgarh Kings Lodge Tiger Den / Mowgli Resor Tiger Den / Mowgli's Resort 03
Kanha Tuli Tiger Resotr Mowgli Resort Mowgli's Resort 03
Delhi The Park/ Claridges Bed & Breakfast Tourist Deluxe 01

Tiger Safari with Taj

This is a wildlife tour that takes you through the “highlights,” recommended for those who want a splendid wildlife tour in just two weeks. The journey begins in the capital of India, Delhi, which you may think is all cosmopolitan and no culture but a sight–seeing tour of the city will change your opinion. Next stop – the ‘Land of the Tiger’ , Ranthambore. And how could we leave out the white marble marvel – The Taj Mahal, which will mesmerise you no end. Enjoy a luxury holiday in the heart of the jungle in Ranthambore, Bandhavgarh and Kanha.

Day 01 Delhi:

Arrival at Delhi

Company representatives will receive you on arrival at the international airport in Delhi late in the night or midnight.

Transfer to your hotel

Relax.

DELHI the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present.

Delhi is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land and a window to the kaleidoscope - that is India.

Overnight will be at Delhi.

Day 02 Delhi:

By deluxe train in 5 hr

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Start with the sightseeing of Old Delhi. The tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; drive past the Red Fort continuing to the Jama Masjid by bicycle rickshaws, one of Asia’s largest mosques. The magnificent Red Fort, overlooking the river Jamuna was built during the years 1638 - 48 when the Moghul Empire was at its peak. The tour continues to Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques and which is viewed from the outside.

People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet.

Enjoy the rickshaw ride at Old Delhi.

After visiting Old Delhi, you will be driven to New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind. The division between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals respectively. The division in the walled city and New Delhi also marks the division in the life-styles. The walled city is all tradition where one will be able to glean a past life-style in all its facets, colours and spells. New Delhi in contrast, is a city trying to live up to the best of 21st century standards.

Imperial Delhi will include the Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan, the President’s residence.

Spend night at Delhi.

Day 03 Delhi – Ranthambhore:

By TRAIN

Morning: take a train for Ranthambhore.

Reach and transfer to the resort.

Afternoon – proceed for the safari inside the park.

Evening free at the resort and you can relax or watch some slides on the tiger.

Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, at the junction of the Aravalis and the Vindhyas, is a unique example of natural and historical richness, standing out conspicuously in the vast, arid and denuded tract of eastern Rajasthan, barely 14 kilometers from Sawai Madhopur. Get in tune with nature for a luxury holiday in the heart of the jungle. Ranthambhore - perhaps the best place in the world to sight a tiger in the wild. The Ranthambhore National Park has had more Tiger sightings than any other National Park in the country. It has come to be known as "The land of the Tiger", where most of the documented footage of this majestic beast has been recorded.

Tiger, at the apex of the food chain, lord over the kingdom in a subtle way. Solitary by nature, it operates in stealth. Therefore tiger sightings, frequent as they are, are always a matter of chance. However, even evidences of tiger's activities are very exciting.

The other kinds of cats found in Ranthambhore are Leopard (Panthera pardus), Caracal (Felis caracal), Leopard Cat (Felis bengalensis), Fishing Cat (Felis viverrina) and the Jungle Cat (Felis chaus). Besides the big cats, the other large predators found in Ranthambhore include Sloth Bear, Striped Hyena, Wolf, Wild dog (or Dhole), Jackal, Indian Fox, Palm Civet, Small Indian Civet, Common Indian Mongoose, Small Indian Mongoose, Ratel (or Honey Badger), Marsh Crocodile and the Indian Python.

Overnight will be at resort.

Day 04 Ranthambhore:

By Road 250 km in 6 hr

Wake up early morning and leave for your safari into the National Park. Track the tigers and other wildlife through the morning. Return to the resort / lodge by 1000 in the morning and have breakfast.

Freshen up and either spend time at the pool or visit the town. You could also go for a nice visit to the temple on top of the fort.

In the afternoon have lunch and then leave again for you afternoon safari. The safari will be till evening 1700 – 1800 hr and then return to the resort / lodge.

Dinner will be at the resort and retire early for the night.

Overnight will be at Ranthambhore.

Day 05 Ranthambore – Agra:

By Road in 6 hrs

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Drive to Agra.

Reach Fatehpur Sikri after a light lunch break. The deserted, red Sandstone City, Emperor Akbar built that as his capital and palace in the late 16th century is an exhilarating experience. It a veritable fairytale city and its "ruins" are in pristine condition ... it's not hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of its grandeur. Also visit the Bulund Darwaza, the largest gateway in the world.

Continue towards Agra and reach by evening. Check in at hotel.

AGRA: Two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and Shah Jahan, transformed the little village of Agra into a befitting second capital of the Mughal Empire – giving it the name Dar-ul-Khilafat {seat of the Emperor}. Today a visitor to Agra is caught up in a world of contrasting edifices, of red sandstone and white marble, narrow galleys and quaint buggies, and that irresistible charm that this favorite city of the Mughals still retains. It is not surprising, that modern Agra still reflects its Mughal heritage most conspicuously. A walk down the narrow bustling streets of the city will introduce the visitor to the wafting aroma of Mughlai cuisine.

Overnight stay will be at Agra.

Day 06 Agra – Umaria (Bandhavgarh):

By Overnight train at 1500 hr

Proceed to visit Taj after breakfast. Enjoy battery van ride to the Taj.

TAJ MAHAL:Little needs to be said about this architectural wonder which is always the soul raison-de-etre for every tourist's visit to Agra. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen.

Proceed for sightseeing to the AGRA FORT - Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone. Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction.

Visit Itmadullah’s Tomb built by Empress NOOR JEHAN in memory of her father (The interiors of which are considered better than the Taj).

Proceed to station for train to UMARIA.

Overnight will be on train.

Day 07 Bandhavgarh:

Arrive in the morning at 0600 hr

Reach Umaria early in the morning. Drive to Bandhavgarh. Enjoy breakfast at the resort and relax during the morning as the train journey is tiring.

Bandhavgarh is a new National Park with a very long history. Set among the Vindhya hills of Madhya Pradesh with an area of 168sq miles (437sq km) it contains a wide variety of habitats and a high density of game, including a large number of Tigers. This is also the White tiger country. These have been found in the old state of Rewa for Many years. Maharaja Martand Singh captured the last known in 1951. This white Tiger, Mohun is now stuffed and on display in the Palace of Maharaja of Rewa. Prior to becoming a National Park, the forests around Bandhavgarh had long been maintained as a Shikargah, or game preserve of the Maharaja of Rewa. The Maharaja and his guests carried out hunting – otherwise the wildlife was well protected. It was considered a good omen for Maharaja of Rewa to shoot 109 tigers. His Highness Maharaja Venkat Raman Singh shot 111 Tigers by 1914.

There are 32 hills in this part of the park, which has a large natural fort at its center. The fort’s cliffs are 2625 feet (800 meters) high, 1000 feet (300 meters) above the surrounding countryside.

Bandhavgarh has been a center of human activity and settlement for over 2000 years, and there are references to it in the ancient books, the Narad-Panch Ratra and the Shiva Purana. Legend has it that Lord Rama, hero of the Hindu epic, the Ramayana, stopped at Bandhavgarh on his way back to his homeland after defeating the demon King Ravana of Lanka. Two monkey architects, who had engineered a bridge between the isle of Lanka and the mainland, are said to have built Bandhavgarh’s Fort. Later Rama handed it over to his brother Lakshmana who became known as Bandavdhish “The Lord of the Fort”. Lakshmana is the particular God of the fort and is regularly worshipped in a temple there.

Tiger, Bandhavgarh National Park Tour & TravelThe oldest sign of habitation in the park are caves dug into the sandstone to the north of the fort. Several contain Brahmi inscriptions dating from the 1st century BC. Various dynasties have ruled the fort, for example, the Maghas from the 1st century AD, the Vakatakas from the 3rd century AD, From that time onwards Bandhavgarh was ruled by a succession of dynasties including the Chandela Kings of Bundelkhand who built the famous temples at Khajuraho. The Baghel Kings, the direct ancestors of the present Royal family of Rewa, established their dynasty at Bandhavgarh in the 12th century. It remained their capital till 1617 when the center of court life moved to Rewa, 75 miles (120Kms) to the north. Without royal patronage Bandhavgarh became more and more deserted until forest overran the area and it became the royal hunting reserve. This helped to preserve the forest and its wildlife, although the Maharajas made full use of their rights. Each setout to kill the auspicious number of 109 Tigers.

In the afternoon proceed for a GAME SAFARI into the park.

Overnight will be at Bandhavgarh.

Day 08 Bandhavgarh:

Enjoy a full day game viewing inside the jungle. (Two safaris)

Trip to the Bandhavgarh Fort: The oldest fort in India - considered to be more than 2500 years. One-hour trek up the fort is worth the effort. The charm of this trek lies in discovering these monuments in the jungle, unspoiled and unexplored. Some of the statues lie off the main path and so it is best to take a guide. Apart from the avatars, well worth seeing are three small temples of around the 12th century. These temples are deserted but the fort is still used as a place of worship. Kabir Das, the celebrated 16th century saint, once lived and preached here. The natural ramparts of the fort give breathtaking view of the surrounding countryside. The fort still belongs to the Maharaja of Rewa and permission is required to visit it. However permission is available locally and no trip to Bandhavgarh is complete without making an effort to climb up the fort. The staff of the resort carries your lunch while you are busy negotiating the trek to the fort.

Overnight will be at the resort

Day 09 Bandhavgarh:

Enjoy a full day game viewing inside the jungle. (Two safaris)

Overnight will be at the resort.

Day 10 Bandhavgarh – Kanha:

By Road 255 km in 6 hr

Enjoy the morning safari in the park.

After breakfast drive to Kanha.

This is the place that has been described by RUDYARD KIPLING in his great book "The Jungle Book". Located in the Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh, Kanha National Park is a tiger reserve that extends over an area of over 940 square km. A horseshoe shaped valley bounded by the spurs of the Mekal presents an interesting topography. Steep rocky escarpments along the edges offer breathtaking views of the valley. Realizing the danger on the Tiger population in the country, the Government started the "Project Tiger" at Kanha and in 1974 the area was declared a Tiger reserve. The park is also the habitat of the high ground Barasingha.

In 1930s, the Kanha area was divided into two sanctuaries - Hallon and Banjar of 250kms to 300kms each. Though one of these was subsequently disbanded .The area remained a protected one until 1947. Depletion of the tiger population in the year that followed led to the area being made an absolute sanctuary in 1952.

Patient watching should reward the visitor, with a sight of Indian Fox, Sloth bear, Striped hyena, Jungle cat, Leopard, Mouse Deer, Chausingha or four horned antelope, Gaur or Bison and Porcupine. Kanhahas some 200 species of birds. Watchers should station themselves in the hills, where the mixed and bamboo forests harbour many species and in the grassy forest clearings. Water birds can be seen near the park’s many rivulets and at Sarvantal, a pool that is frequented by water birds and the area in front of the museum.

Excursion to Kawardha just east of the Maikala Range (up to 1100m) to the south east of Kanha National Park, Kawardha is a small town in Chhattisgarh (34 forts) region of M.P. In this remote area Maharaja Viswaraj Singh has recently opened his palace to visitors. It provides a delightfully quite unspoiled contrast with India’s big cities and with the much busier tourist circuit of Rajasthan’s ‘palace circuit’. This town is in the center of the Baiga tribe, who live in forest surrounding the town, and these are several eleventh century temples in the immediate region.

Reach in the afternoon and relax at the resort.

Overnight will be at the resort.

Day 11 Kanha:

Enjoy a full day game viewing inside the jungle. (Two safaris)

Overnight will be at the resort.

Day 12 Kanha:

Enjoy a full day game viewing inside the jungle. (Two safaris)

Overnight will be at the resort.

Day 13 Kanha – Nagpur:

Nagpur – Delhi:

By Air

Flight Number               : 9W367

Airline                : Jet Airways

Equipment            : Boeing 737

Departure                 : 1955 hr

Arrival                 : 2120 hr

Breakfast will be at the Lodge.

Later - Start for Nagpur to the airport to take a flight for Delhi.

Reach Delhi and transfer to the hotel.

Overnight will be at Delhi.

Day 14 Delhi – Back Home:

Breakfast will be at Hotel. Relax and then explore the city or shop for last minute mementoes. Proceed to the airport for flight home as per timing.

THE TOUR INCLUDES :

  • ACCOMMODATION AT MENTIONED HOTELS,
  • GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF DELHI AND AGRA,
  • ALL AIR-CONDITIONED CAR TRANSFERS WITH DRIVER,
  • ASSISTANCE AT THE AIRPORTS/STATIONS,
  • DAILY BUFFET BREAKFAST (EXCEPTING WHEN ON TRAIN),
  • SHARED JEEP SAFARIS INCLUDED AT ALL NATIONAL PARKS,
  • ALL MEALS AT RANTHAMBHORE, Bandhavgarh AND KANHA,
  • AIR-CONDITIONED BEST CLASS TRAIN FARES INCLUDED,
  • ELEPHANT RIDE AT Bandhavgarh IF AVAILABLE,
  • NATIONAL PARK PERMITS INCLUDED AND
  • RICKSHAW RIDES AT OLD DELHI
  • HORSE CART RIDE TO TAJ MAHAL IN AGRA,
  • ECONOMY CLASS AIRFARE BETWEEN NAGPUR AND DELHI,
  • ALL APPLICABLE TAXES AND SERVICE CHARGES AND
  • ALL PARKING, ROAD TAXES AND DRIVER ALLOWANCES.

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