Kanha, Bandhavgarh with Golden Triangle



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

Tour Highlights

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

 

 

  • In this program we take you into the heart of the Kipling country of Kanha and Bandhavgarh national parks.
  • Kanha National Park is considered the best habitat for the wild Tigers in India along with Corbett. The conservation practices initiated in Kanha are replicated in many parks. In many ways Kanha has been a role model for Tiger conservation, and Tiger tourism.
  • Kanha is also home to the once endangered Hard ground Swamp Deer, which is now easily seen in this park.
  • Bandhavgarh is the former hunting grounds of Maharaja of Rewa. This park is said to have started Tiger tourism in India. The legendary Tigers of Bandhavgarh, like, Banka, Charger, Sita, B2, Bamera, and Kankati, have left a legacy of Tigers who leave the tourists enthralled during the safaris here.
  • Taj Mahal in Agra was best described by Rabindra Nath Tagore as ‘a tear drop on the cheek of time’. No amount of seeing photos of the Taj Mahal can prepare you for what your eyes will behold when you have a first glimpse of this beautiful monument.
  • Capital of the dessert state of Rajasthan the pink city of Jaipur is famous for its forts, culture, colours, and rustic music.

 

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 and Old Delhi

Spend the full day today seeing the Capital of India. The Old and New Delhi are like day and night, land of contrasts. While New Delhi was designed by Lutyens, the soul of Delhi is Old Delhi. Destroyed over 7 times in last few centuries by various dynasties, each dynasty has left an indelible mark on the culture of the place. A full day is not enough, but actually enough to give you a reasonable idea about the past decorated times of the place.

Day 03: New Delhi – Agra (by surface – 220 Kms, 4 hours drive)

After relaxed breakfast drive to Agra, 220kms, 4 hours drive. On arrival check into hotel. Evening visit Mehtab Bagh to see Taj Mahal at Sunset. Mehtab Bagh is a charbagh complex in Agra, North India. It lies north of the Taj Mahal complex and the Agra Fort on the opposite side of the Yamuna River, in the flood plains. The garden complex, square in shape, measures about 300 by 300 meters and is perfectly aligned with the Taj Mahal on the opposite bank.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Agra.

Day 04: Agra – Jaipur (by road, 235kms, 5 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 Jaipur 235 kms/5 hours drive. On arrival check into hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 05: Jaipur

This morning you will drive 11 km in the outskirts of the city stop at Jal Mahal to visit Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the State until 1728. Visit the Temple of Kali, the Hall of Victory or Jai Mahal

Later visit the Observatory, the Palace of Winds and the City Palace and Museum. The museum has an interesting textile section, which contains dresses and costumes of the former Maharajas and Maharanis of Jaipur. Jaipur is well known for its beautiful carpets, enamelled ornaments, precious and semi-precious stones, brass ornaments and many other arts and crafts. Spend time in crowded lanes & by lanes of pink city, haggling and souvenir-hunting in the evening. Return to the hotel for overnight stay

Day 06: Jaipur – New Delhi ( by road 260 kms,5 hrs drive)

After relaxed breakfast drive back to New Delhi 260 kms, 5 hrs drive. On arrival check in to hotel Overnight stay at the hotel in New Delhi.

Day 07: New Delhi – Jabalpur - Bandhavgarh (flight + 200 kms/4 hrs drive)

SEarly morning transfer to Jaipur airport to board flight to Jabalpur at 0555 hrs to arrive Jabalpur at 0755 hrs. Met at the airport and transfer to Bandhavgarh National Park. 200kms, 4-hour drive. On arrival check into the resort. Lunch at resort and afternoon jeep safari to the national park.

Dinner and overnight stay at the resort.

Day 08: In Bandhavgarh

Breakfast and Lunch at the Resort. Morning and afternoon Jeep safari to the national park. 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.

Day 09: In Bandhavgarh

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Resort. Morning and afternoon jeep safari to 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 10: In Bandhavgarh

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Resort. Morning and afternoon jeep safari to the national park.

Day 11: Bandhavgarh – Kanha (280 kms /6 hrs drive)

Morning game drive to the national park and drive to Kanha national park 280 kms/ 6 hour drive. Carry packed lunch. On arrival check into the Resort. Dinner and overnight at the resort in Kanha.

Day 12 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 afternoon jeep safari Kanha National Park. Return at 6pm from safari. Dinner and overnight at the resort.

Day 13 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 afternoon jeep safari Kanha National Park. Return at 6pm from safari. Dinner and overnight at the resort.

Day 14 Kanha – Raipur – New Delhi Pench (by road 210 kms, 5 hrs drive)

Morning Jeep drive in the park. After lunch drive to Raipur 220kms, 4 hour drive. Board a flight at 1930hrs to arrive new Delhi at 2130hrs. On arrival transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel in New Delhi

Day 15 New Delhi Fly back home

After breakfast free for leisure activities and later transfer to International airport to board flight back home.

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