A lovely exploratory trip through India dipping your toe into Indian culture at the erotic Khajuraho Tombs and then immersing yourself in the tigers and wildlife of Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks. Throughout your stay you enjoy a variety of luxurious lodges that maximise your comfort as well as ensuring you are in the right place at the right time to see as many natural wonders and cultural highlights as possible.
|2||Delhi||India Gate, Rashtrapathi Bhawan, Parliament House, Government Buidlings, Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Jama Masjid, Rajghat and Rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk.|
|5||Bandhavgarh||Jungle safari in the Tiger reserve|
|5||Bhitarkanika||Jungle Safari in Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary|
|7||Khajuraho||Western group of temples|
|8||Orchha||Chaturbhuj Temple, Ram Raja Temple, Laxmi Narayan Temple & Jehangir Mahal & Chatrries.|
|9||Shivpuri||Jungle safari in Madhav National Park|
|10||Kota||City Palace & Museum|
|12||Ranthambhore||Jungle safari in the Tiger reserve|
|14||Jaipur||Amber Fort, Palace of the Winds, City Palace & Observatory|
|16||Sariska||Jungle safari in the Tiger reserve|
|17||Bharatpur||Bird watching in the Bird sanctuary|
|18||Agra||Taj Mahal, Agra fort, Sikandra & Itmad-Ud-Daula.|
When To Go
Day 1 Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi meeting assistance, traditional welcome at airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 2 Delhi
As you undertake a full day city tour of old & New Delhi you will get a true essence of Central and North India Tour. In the morning we will take you to a visit to India Gate, a World War I memorial. You will get the rare experience of driving along Rajpath towards the residence of the President of India. You will also get a glimpse of Rashtrapathi Bhawan, Parliament House and other government buildings. The attractions of Delhi continues as you pay a visit to Qutab Minar, Laxmi Narayan Temple and Humayun’s Tomb. You will have your lunch at the hotel. In the afternoon we will guide you to Old Delhi where Jama Masjid is located. Enjoy the ride in cycle rickshaw from Jama Masjid through the lanes of Chandni Chowk. Visiting Red Fort (Closed on Monday) is another mind blowing experience for the tourists. Your tour does not end here,as you are taken to Rajghat, a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. As you return from such a memorable trip, it will be time to spend some leisure at the hotel.
Day 3 Delhi / Satna
Breakfast at hotel and in the afternoon transfer to railway station to board train to Satna. Overnight on board.
Day 4 Satna / Bandhavgarh (185 Kms / 4 Hrs)
On arrival at Satna Railway station you will be met with our representative and drive by surface to Bandhavgarh National Park, it is situated in the district of Sahdol and is ensconced among the Vindhya hills. This national park was declared a tiger reserve under Project Tiger in 1993. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 5 Bandhavgarh
The day is spent game viewing in the Bandhavgarh reserve and here you will find variety of animals as well as bird species. You may be lucky to spot tigers, leopards, gaur,chital (spotted deer), Sambar deer, Dholes, nilgais, wild boars, chinkaras etc. Bird watchers can see here white browed fantails, steppe eagles, green pigeons, grey malabar hornbills, blossom headed parakeets, parakeets, blue bearded bee eaters etc. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 6 Bandhavgarh / Khajuraho (230 Kms / 05 Hrs)
After breakfast at hotel we will again drive to Khajuraho. On arrival check in at hotel. Evening is kept free for relaxation and spend the night at the hotel.
Day 7 Khajuraho
After breakfast at hotel visit to Western Group of Temples, the most important temple being the Kandariya Mahadeo Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the largest and most typical of the Khajuraho temples. Visit the Chaunsat Yogini Jain Temple dedicated to the 64 “Yoginis” or attendants of Goddess Kali. This temple stands apart from the rest. Also seethe Chitragupta or Bharatji Temple with a lovely sculpture of Lord Vishnu in his 11 headed form. The sculptures that adorn the temples, carved in stone depict gods, goddesses and amorous Evening is kept free for relaxation and spend the night at the hotel.
Day 8Khajuraho / Orchha (170 Kms / 04 Hrs)
After breakfast drive by surface to Orchha founded in the 15th century AD by the Bundela chief, Rudra Pratap Singh, who became the first King of Orchha and also built the Fort of Orchha. On arrival check in at hotel PM : Visit to Chaturbhuj Temple built by the Queen of Orchha Ganeshi Bai, Ram Raja Temple built by ruler Madhukar Shah, Lakshmi Narayan Temple built by ruler Bir Sing Ju Deo in 1622 and it is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, Jehangir Mahal built by the ruler Bir Singh Deo to commemorate the visit of Emperor Jahangir in 1606. It is a three storied structure that is marked by stylishly hanging balconies, porches, and apartments. Chatrries memorials to the rulers of Orchha grouped along the kanchan ghat of the river Betwa. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 9Orchha / Shivpuri (120 Kms / 02 Hrs)
After breakfast drive to Shivpuri. On arrival check in at hotel and in the afternoon visit Madhav National Park, earlier it was private shooting reserve of Maharaja of Gwalior it is also believed that from the dense forests of Madhav Shivpuri National Park, Akbar once captured elephants for his stables in the year 1564. Now here various animals dwelling in their natural habitat are found like Nilgai, Sambar, four-horned antelope, blackbuck, sloth bear, tiger, hyena, jackal, chital, four-horned antelope, wild boar, chinkara, crocodile etc… Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 10Shivpuri / Kota (235 Kms / 05 Hrs)
Today you will drive to Kota. After reaching there check-in at the hotel. Here you will visit the magnificent City Palace and a small museum which showcases the private collection of the ruler. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 11Kota / Ranthambore (145 Kms 2.5 Hrs)
Today you go to Ranthambhore situated at the point where Aravallis meet the Vindhyas. Here you will find wild animals like the Indian tigers as well as Leopards, Striped Hyenas, Sambar deer, Chital, Nilgai, Macaques, Jackals, Jungle cats etc. Overnight stay at hotel.
Today the full days is spent in game viewing at Ranthambore National Park, which is nestled at the intersection of the Aravalli and Vindhya hills.The park offers you an opportunity to see Tigers, Leopards, Striped Hyenas, Sambar deer, Chital, Nilgai, Macaques, Jackals, Jungle cats, Caracals, Sloth bears, Black bucks, Rufoustailed Hare etc. The night is spent at the resort.
Day 13Ranthambore / Jaipur (170 Kms / 03 Hrs)
In the morning after breakfast depart for Jaipur. The Pink City of Jaipur is one of the most attractive and colourful cities in India. Rajah Jai Singh decided to abandon his nearby fortress and palace at Amber in 1727 and laid out a planned city of broad avenues, built of sandstone and painted pink at a later stage. On arrival check-in hotel. In the evening free for independent activites. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 14In Jaipur
A day of sightseeing. The Pink City of Jaipur is one of the most attractive and colourful cities in India. We visit the Palace of the Winds, Amber Fort. The Fort is a superb example of Rajput architecture and you can either ride to its lofty heights by jeep or on a gaily-bedecked, the halls of the City Palace (still a royal residence), at the Jantar Mantar Observatory, learn how it was constructed to measure ‘the harmony of the heavens’, a concept dear to Hindus as they believe their fated souls move to its rhythms and Albert Hall. Overnight at hotel
Day 15Jaipur / Sariska (220 Kms / 04 Hrs)
On the 2nd day after breakfast depart by surface to Sariska. On arrival check in at the hotel and relax. In the evening enjoy cultural performance and authentic rajasthani dinner. Overnight stay at hotel.
In the afternoon after taking your lunch you will be enjoying jungle safari in the wildlife reserve which is a famous tiger reserve. Other animals which you can spot are tiger, herbivores, spotted deer, sambar, blue bull,Chinkara,Nilgai,Hyena etc. Return back to the hotel and in the evening you can enjoy the folk dances. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 17Sariska / Bharatpur (165 Kms / 03 Hrs)
After breakfast we will drive to Bharatpur. The Keoladeo National Park or Keoladeo Ghana National Park formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Rajasthan, India is a famous avifauna sanctuary that sees (or saw) thousands of rare and highly endangered birds such as the Siberian Crane come here during the winter season. Over 230 species of birds are known to have made the National Park their home. On arrival check in at hotel. In the afternoon visit to Bird Sanctuary. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 18Bharatpur / Agra (50 Kms / 01 Hrs)
After breakfast again visit to Keoladev bird sanctuary. Later we drive to Agra en-route we will visit Fatehpur Sikri the deserted Mughal city which was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after fifteen years due to scarcity of water. Visit to graceful buildings including the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chishti, Panch Mahal, Birbal Bhawan, Hiran Minar & other palaces. Continue drive to Agra. On arrival check in at hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 19Agra – Delhi – 210 Kms / 5-6 Hrs
In the morning city tours of Agra visit Taj Mahal of India – “the epitome of love”, “a monument of immeasurable beauty”. The thoughts that come into the mind while watching the Taj Mahal of Agra is not just its phenomenal beauty, but the immense love which was the reason behind its construction. Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan got this monument constructed in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, with whom he fell in love at the first sight. It is believed that the name “Taj Mahal” was derived from the name of Shah Jahan wife Mumtaz Mahal and means “Crown Palace”. The purity of the white marble, the exquisite ornamentation, precious gemstones used and its picturesque location, all make Taj Mahal travel gain a place amongst the most popular ones. We continue on to our sightseeing and visit Agra Fort, & Itimud-ud-daula Tomb. Later in the afternoon depart for Delhi en-route visit Sikandra. Continue drive to Delhi. On arrival check-in at hotel. Overnight at Hotel
Day 20Delhi Departure
After breakfast, we transfer you to International airport for your flight back to home.