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            TRIP OVERVIEW
Category
National Parks Safari Photography
Location
Nights
19
Accommodation
4 & 5 Star Lodges
Safari vehicle Transportation

Tour Highlights

New Delhi –– Agra – Jaipur - New Delhi – Jabalpur – Bandhavgarh – Kanha – Pench – Nagpur – New Delhi – Guwahati – Kaziranga – Guwahati - New Delhi Fly Back

 

 

  • The historic Taj Mahal – one of the Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • India’s Big 5 : Royal Bengal Tiger, Indian Elephant, Greater One Horned Rhinoceros, Asiatic Water Buffalo and the Swamp Deer.
  • The Land of Forts & Palaces – Jaipur is steeped in History and Culture.
  • Visit the land of Kipling’s Jungle Book at Pench and Kanha, which takes you back to another time.
  • Bandhavgarh - probably one the best places in the world to spot a wild Royal Bengal Tiger in India.
  • Kanha is an old Sal Forest which houses some of the largest male Royal Bengal Tigers of India.
  • Sighting rare and endangered species such as the Indian Wild Dogs, and Vulture & Leopards.
  • 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.
  • Learn about Conservation stories of the Endangered Hard Ground Swamp Deer and the Gaur – world’s largest bovine – at Kanha.

 

Day wise Breakup of tour

Day 01: Arrive New Delhi (by flight)

Meet and greet on arrival at New Delhi airport by our representative. He will transfer you to the Hotel, assist you in check in at the hotel, handover and explain all the travel related documents.
Overnight stay is at the hotel.

Day 02: 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 metres and is perfectly aligned with the Taj Mahal on the opposite bank.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Agra.

Day 03: 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 04: 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 05: 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 06: New Delhi – Jabalpur - Bandhavgarh (flight + 200 kms/4 hrs drive)

Early 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 07: 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 08: In Bandhavgarh

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Resort. Morning and afternoon safaris in the 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 09: In Bandhavgarh

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Resort. Morning and afternoon safaris in the park Overnight at the resort.

Day 10: 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 11: In Kanha

AWake 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 12: 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.

Dinner and overnight at the resort.

Day 13: Kanha – Pench (by road 210 kms, 5 hrs drive)

Morning Jeep drive in the park. After lunch drive to Pench 210 kms /5 hrs drive. On arrival check into resort. Dinner and overnight stay at the resort.

Day 14: In Pench

Morning and afternoon Jeep safaris to the National park. Meals and overnight at the resort.

A total of 758 Sq. kms of this Southern Indian tropical moist deciduous forest has its extent mingling with the tropical dry deciduous teak. The area is crisscrossed by a number of streams and 'nallahs' most of which are seasonal. Though the Pench River dries up in April end, a number of water pools locally known as 'dohs' are found which serve as water holes for the wild animals. The Pench Reservoir at the center of the park is the only major water source during the pinch period.

As a prey concentration is high along the Pench River, tiger usually inhabits and frequents this belt. Leopards though generally operate in the peripheral areas but are occasionally seen in the deep forest also. Jungle cats are commonly seen. Leopard cats, small Indian civets and palm civets are seen rarely.

In Pench, Cheetal, Sambar, are commonly seen grazing on the open sites on roadsides and banks of river & reservoir. Jackals can be seen in search of food anywhere in the Park. Packs of upto 15 or more wild dog can be seen near Chhedia, Jamtara, Bodanala and Pyorthadi areas of the Reserve. Herds of gaur can be spotted near streams and bamboo patches commonly in summer months. Sloth beer occupy the rocky areas and favour mahul bel infested forest. Chinkara is present in very small numbers and is found in open areas around Turia, Telia and Dudhgaon villages.

Day 15: Pench –Nagpur – New Delhi (100kms, 2 hrs drive + Flight)

Morning game drive to the national park and after lunch drive to Nagpur 100 kms 2 hrs drive to board a flight to New Delhi at 1720 hrs to arrive New Delhi at 1905 hrs. On arrival transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel in New Delhi.

Day 16: New Delhi – Guwahati – Kaziranga (by flight + 250 kms/5 hrs drive)

After breakfast transfer to the airport to board a flight at 0605 hrs. Meeting and assistance on arrival at the Guwahati airport at 0835 hrs and drive to Kaziranga National Park 250 kms / 5hrs drive. On arrival check into the resort. Lunch at resort and afternoon jeep safari to the national park.

Kaziranga National Park lies partly in Golaghat District and partly in Nagaon District of Assam. It is the oldest park in Assam and covers an area of 430 sq km along the river Brahmaputra in the North and the Karbi Ang long hills in the South. The National Highway 37 passes through the park area and tea estates, hemmed by table-top tea bushes. The Park is a world heritage site and was declared a national Park in 1974. The landscape is of sheer forest, tall elephant grass, rugged reeds, marshes and shallow pools. Kaziranga National Park a world heritage site is famous for the Great Indian one horned rhinoceros, the landscape of Kaziranga is of sheer forest, tall elephant grass, rugged reeds, marshes & shallow pools. It has been declared as National Park in 1974.

Dinner and overnight at Resort.

Day 17: In Kaziranga

Morning and afternoon jeep safaris to the national park. Breakfast and lunch at the Resort.

Kaziranga National Park is one of the last areas in eastern India undisturbed by a human presence. It is inhabited by the world’s largest population of one-horned rhinoceroses, as well as many mammals, including tiger, elephant, water buffalo, gaur, leopard cat, otter and monitor lizard. Some of the birds that can be commonly sighted are the flamingo, crane, grey-headed fishing eagle, whistling teal, crested serpent eagle, open-billed stork, swamp partridge, osprey, cormorant, heron and marsh harrier.

Dinner and overnight at Resort.

Day 18: In Kaziranga

Morning and afternoon jeep safaris to the national park. Breakfast and lunch at the Resort.

Dinner and overnight stay at the resort.

Day 19: Guwahati – New Delhi (250 kms/5 hrs drive+ flight)

Morning jeep safari to the national park and after breakfast drive to Guwahati 250kms to board a flight at 1920 hrs to arrive New Delhi at 2205 hrs. Meeting and assistance on arrival at New Delhi airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel in New Delhi

Day 20: 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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