Corbett and Kipling country with Taj Mahal



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            TRIP OVERVIEW
Category
National Parks Safari Photography
Location
Nights
14
Accommodation
4 & 5 Star Lodges
Safari vehicle Transportation

Tour Highlights

New Delhi – Corbett – Agra – New Delhi – Raipur – Kanha - Bandhavgarh - Jabalpur - New Delhi Fly Back

 

 

  • The historic Taj Mahal – one of the Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Corbett – the land filled with stories of Jim Corbett has one of the most scenic landscapes of all.
  • Experience a stay in Old British rest houses inside the forests of Corbett.
  • Bandhavgarh -probably one the best places in the world to spot a wild Royal Bengal Tiger in India.
  • Visit the land of Kipling’s Jungle Book at Kanha, which takes you back to another time.
  • Kanha is an old Sal Forest which houses some of the largest male Royal Bengal Tigers of India.
  • Being old hunting grounds for the Royals and the British, the natural pathways between the jungle are well-connected by the jeep tracks, and the exhilarating experience of tracking a tiger can be felt at Bandhavgarh and Kanha.
  • Sighting rare and endangered species such as the Hard Ground Swamp Deer, Indian Wild Dogs and Vultures.
  • A mesmerizing sight of the Sleeping Statue of Lord Vishnu inside Bandhavgarh fort in the middle of the jungle.
  • Witness the success story for conservation for the Hard Ground Swamp Deer(Rucervus duvaucelli branderii) or the “Barasingha” whose population has risen from 66 individuals in the 1960’s to around 800 in present time – and is the last suriving wild population at Kanha.
  • A Birding paradise with over 550 species recorded here.

 

Day wise Breakup of tour

Day 01: Arrive New Delhi (by flight)

On arrival at the New Delhi airport, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel and assist you in check in at the hotel. He will also handover and explain all travel related documents.
Overnight stay is at the hotel.

Day 02: New Delhi – Corbett (by surface 275/5 hrs)

Early breakfast and then drive to Corbett National Park 275 kms/ 6 hrs drive. Check into the forest lodge, afternoon game drive. These Forest Lodges are unique to Corbett National Park. It is only in Corbett that you get an opportunity to stay inside the national park. The complex is located on the banks of Ramganga river and overlooks the foothills of Himalayas.

Post lunch proceed for an afternoon safari in the most scenic national park of India. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

Day 03: In Corbett National Park

Begin your morning safari at sunrise. Corbett has aptly been described as the land of the Roar, Trumpet and Song. It represents a scene of remarkable beauty. Corbett had the proud distinction of being the chosen venue for the inauguration of Project Tiger in India. The rich biodiversity of the Reserve is partly attributed to the variety of habitat found here. Due to the location of the Reserve in the foothills of the central Himalayas, both Himalayan and peninsular flora and fauna is found in the Reserve.

Dinner and overnight at Dhikala Forest Lodge.

Day 04: In Corbett

Morning and afternoon game drives, meals and overnight at Dhikala Forest Lodge inside the national park. India's first and finest park spread over 520 sq. kms. Established initially as Hailey National Park on August 8, 1936, in honor of Sir Malcolm Hailey, then governor of the United Provinces, the name was changed to Ramganga National Park in 1952. In 1957, it was finally named as Corbett National Park in honor and memory of the late Jim Corbett, the legendary hunter, naturalist-turned-author and photographer who had helped in setting up the park and demarcating its boundaries.

Dinner and overnight Dhikala Forest Lodge.

Day 05: Corbett – Agra (by surface – 350 Kms, 6-7 hours drive)

Breakfast, and checkout from the Lodge. The drive out of the park is 32kms through the forest. The Tigers, Leopards, and Elephants are usually sighted around this time on this track, so do not pack your cameras yet. At exit from the park gate, you may pack up your equipment and drive to Agra, 350kms, 6-7 hours drive. On arrival check into hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel in Agra

Day 06: Agra – New Delhi (by road, 220kms, 4 hours drive)

Sunrise proceed to visit the famous white marble mausoleum, The Taj Mahal, which was built in the middle of the 17th century by the Moghul emperor Shah Jehan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal.

Completed in 1652, skilled craftsmen from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and some 20,000 labourers worked for 17 years to build this edifice.

After relaxed breakfast proceed to visit the red sandstone AGRA FORT which stands like a crescent on the banks of Yamuna River enclosed by forbidding 20-meter high walls, with a 12- meter moat between them. Three successive Mughal emperors - Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jehan - helped create this massive structure which contains Hindu and Muslim architecture. [The Taj is closed on Friday]. Check out from the hotel.

Later drive to New Delhi 220 kms, 4 hrs drive. On arrival check into hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel in New Delhi

Day 07: New Delhi – Raipur – Kanha (by flight + 210 kms, 4 hrs drive)

Morning transfer to the airport to board a flight at 0650 hrs to arrive Raipur at 0835 hrs Met at the Raipur airport and drive to Kanha National Park 210 kms / 4 hours drive.

Lunch at resort and afternoon game drive to the national park. Kanha is located right in the heart of India, which also gives you an opportunity to experience the rural, tribal, and agricultural parts of India.

Dinner and overnight at the resort.

Day 08: In Kanha

Wake up at 0500hrs, tea coffee with biscuits, and proceed for the morning safari to the National park.

Kanha's sal and bamboo forests, rolling grasslands and meandering streams stretch over 940 sq km in dramatic natural splendor which form the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve created in 1974 under Project Tiger. The park is the only habitat of the rare hardground Barasingha (Cervus Duvaceli Branderi).

This is the original Kipling country of which he wrote so vividly in his Jungle Book. Packed breakfast which comes from the Lodge is served at a designated spot and spread on the bonnet of the Safari vehicle. Enjoy your breakfast in the wilderness of Kanha.

Continue your search for the elusive Tiger if you have not yet seen the same, and soak in the fresh, and energizing environment. Return from Safari around 1130hrs. Freshen up, and Lunch is served.

Depart for evening jeep safari Kanha National Park. Return at 6pm from safari. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

Day 09: In Kanha

Wake up, and get ready for another day of adventure in the National park. The forests of the Banjar valley and Halon valley, respectively forming Kanha's western and eastern halves. By a special statute in 1955, Kanha National Park came into being. Since then, a string of stringent conservation programmes have been launched, for the overall protection of the park's fauna and flora. Kanha boasts of about 38 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 Leopard. Some 300 species of birds inhabit the park, that includes the storks, egrets, black ibis, raptors, owls, and the red-wattled lapwings.

Depart for evening jeep safari Kanha National Park. Return at 6pm from safari. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

Day 10: Kanha to Bandhavgarh (275kms, 5-6 hour drive)

Morning jeep safari to the national park and later drive to Bndhavargh 275 kms, 5-6 hrs drive. Carry packed Lunch, on arrival check-in to the resort.

Bandhavgarh: The national park is mainly known for the density of its tiger population. This is the place where famous White Tigers of Rewa were discovered. The other wild attractions in the park include Leopards, Blue Bulls, Indian Gaur (Bison) Chausingha (Four Horned Antelopes), Spotted Deers, Sambar Deer, Wild Boar, Sloth Bears Fox, Jackals, Wild Dogs, etc. There are at least 22 mammal species and about 250 bird species in the Park. The other animals found in Bandhavgarh are Ratel, Porcupine, Small Indian Civet, Palm Squirrel, Lesser Bandicoot rat, the Jungle Cat, and the shy Hyenas. The reptile population in the park includes Cobras, Kraits, Vipers, Ratsnakes, Pythons, Monitor Lizards and turtles. The two primate species - the rhesus macaque and the Hanuman langur - inhabit Bandhavgarh.

Dinner and overnight at the Resort.

Day 11: In Bandhavgarh

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Resort. Morning and Afternoon Jeep drives in the national park.

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.

The 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 B.C. Various dynasties have ruled the fort, for example, the Maghas from the 1st century A.D., the Vakatakas from the 3rd century A.D., From that time onwards Bandhavgarh was ruled by a succession of dynasties including the Chandela Kings Bandhavgarh became more and more deserted until forest overran the area band it became the royal hunting reserve. This helped to preserve the forest and its wildlife, although the Maharajas made full use of their rights. At independence Bandhavgarh remained the private property of the Maharaja until he gave it to the state for the formation of the National Park in 1968. After the park was created poaching and hunting was brought under control and the number of animals rose dramatically. The Tigers in particular prospered and the 1986 extension provided much needed forest to accommodate them. Overnight at the resort.

Day 12 Bandhavgarh

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Resort. Morning and afternoon jeep safaris to the national park. Overnight stay at the resort.

Day 13: Bandhavgarh

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Resort. Morning and afternoon jeep safaris to the national park. Overnight stay at the resort.

Day 14: Bandhavgarh – Jabalpur - New Delhi Fly back home

Morning safari. Breakfast, early lunch and drive to Jabalpur to board a flight at 1825hrs to arrive New Delhi at 2020hrs. Met at the Airport and drive to the hotel. Overnight Hotel in New Delhi.

Day 15: New Delhi - Fly back home

Relaxed morning, day at leisure, check out from hotel, and drive to the International Airport to board a fight back home.








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