Encounter with Indian Wildlife
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
You will be received at the Delhi's international terminal on your arrival in Delhi by an International flight. Meeting, assistance and transfer to the hotel. On arrival, check in to the hotel room.
Delhi is the hub of activities. It is the capital of the country that has a huge number of populations migrating into the city daily from other parts of the country. It is also very politically active being the center of all the political decisions.
Day 2: Delhi
Morning full day tour of the city.
Morning: Visit to the Old City of Delhi to see the historic Red Fort and the Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque from the outside. See the colorful bazaar of Chandni Chowk and take a cycle rickshaw ride through the back streets of Old Delhi to get a first hand experience of the hustle and bustle of this traditional city. This ride through the small by-lanes will be most fascinating.
inar, a tower of victory built in the 12th century and India Gate - the war memorial. Drive past the Rashtrapathi Bhawan, the residence of the President of India, the houses of Parliament and the Government Secretariat buildings. Overnight in Delhi.
Day 3: Delhi - Jaipur
Morning drive to Jaipur ( 280 kms/ 5 ½ hours ). Assistance on arrival and check in to the room at a modern hotel at the pink city.
Jaipur - the capital of Rajasthan, is colour washed pink - the colour associated with hospitality in Rajput culture. This Pink City of fairy tale palaces, rugged fortresses perched on barren hills and broad avenues, is picturesque. The first planned city of its time, Jaipur is encircled by a formidable wall.
The tourism package to the Pink City of Jaipur is for sure full of fun and frolic. Ride a camel, picnic at the nearby Ramgarh lake, watch a movie at the famous Raj Mandir theatre, play elephant polo at the Rambagh palace, go to the gorgeous gardens and pick up Kundan jewelry or blue pottery for souvenirs. If you want to live the magic of the royal architecture, gems, jewelry, crafts and culture of Jaipur.
Day 4: Jaipur
Morning : excursion to Amber Fort with Elephant ride up to the Fort. Drive past Hawa Mahal, known popularly as the Palace of Winds, is a facade built for the Ladies of the Royal household in the 19th century. The Amber Fort, the capital of the erstwhile State of Jaipur until 1728 is perched on a hill. It has halls of Public and Private audience, a Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) various marble palaces which are marvelous examples of ancient Rajput architecture. The Temple of Amba (Mother Goddess), the patron deity of the Royal family is at the entrance to the palace. Ride an elephant to ascend the hill on which the Fort is situated.
Afternoon : city tour visiting the City Palace - the former royal residence built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal styles which houses a museum with a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armory of the Mughals and Rajputs, including swords of different shapes and sizes with ornate handles. It has an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit. Also visit the Jantar Mantar - an astrological and astronomical observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the 18th century, which is remarkable for its accuracy even in the present times. Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 5: Jaipur - Ranthambhore
Morning drive for Ranthambore (166 kms/ 3 hours). On arrival, check in at the lodge.
Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in India's northwestern state of Rajasthan, near the town of Sawai Madhopur, midway between Bharatpur and Kota townships. It is surrounded by the Vindhya and Aravali hill ranges and is very near to the outer fringes of the Thar Desert. The entire area has sprawling tracts of the desert and semi-desert vegetation. Originally a hunting ground of the Maharaja of Jaipur, Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a game sanctuary in 1955. In 1980, it became a national park and listed among the reserves protected under Project Tiger (1973). Presently the Kaila Devi Sanctuary, also famous for its tigers, and Mansingh Sanctuary also form part of Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary.
Day 6: Ranthambore
Meals at the lodge. Morning and afternoon visit the sanctuary on Jeep with an English-speaking and professional Naturalist. Overnight in Ranthambore.
Day 7: Ranthambore - Bharatpur
After Breakfast drive to Bharatpur, 5 hours drive. Afternoon birding trip into Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary with an English speaking and professional Naturalist, Lunch and Dinner at the lodge. Overnight in Bharatpur.
Day 8: Bharatpur - Agra
Early morning proceed on a birdin trip. Return to the hotel for Breakfast. Drive to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri.
Fatehpur Sikri - This exquisite city built by Akbar the Great in 1569, in red sandstone, with its forts, palaces and mosques was abandoned 14 years after its creation due to political reasons. The Diwan-i-am - a vast courtyard in which the emperor gave daily public audience; Diwan-i-khas - a large quadrangle which contained all the major functions of the Palace, Pachisi court, the Emperors private living quarter, Jodha Bhai's Palace, Mariam's Palace, Birbal's Palace, Hawa Mahal and Panch Mahal are some of the important buildings of this residential complex. The Friday Mosque and the exquisite tomb of Sheik Salim Chisti are in the religious grounds set aside in a separate enclosure adjacent to the secular buildings. Continue drive to Agra (40 kms). On arrival, check in to the room.
Agra is famous as the home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World - the Taj Mahal. The architectural splendor of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces in Agra is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal Empire. Agra was their capital for nearly a hundred years from 1564. A pleasant town, with a comparatively easy pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone by artisans who are hereditary crafts persons. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes.
Day 9: Agra - Umaria
Morning proceed on a tour of the city visiting Visit the Agra Fort, built by three Mughal Emperors starting from Akbar the Great in 1565 AD, which is a masterpiece of design and construction.
Afternoon we leave for the Railway station to board the train for Umaria. Leave Agra for Umaria by Utkal Kalinga Express at 1540hrs. Overnight enroute.
Day 10: Arrive Umaria - Bandhavgarh
Arrive Umaria at 0615 hrs. Meting on arrival and transfer to Bandhavgarh (32 kms/ 1 hours). On arrival, check in to the Tiger Den Resort.
Bandhavgarh National Park is located around 195 km off Jabalpur and 280 km off Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh. Considered as the crown in the wildlife heritage of Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh is known for the Royal Bengal Tigers, cheetals, leopard, gaur, sambhar, and many more faunal species. Bandhavgarh National Park is nestled in the Vindhya mountain range of Central India full of hills and reverines. Though, very small in comparison to Kanha or other parks of Madhya Pradesh, the park hosts almost the same number of tigers or any other wildlife animal. During the day, we will have the opportunity to see some of the Bird life in the environs and to visit the village. Overnight in Bandhavgarh.
Day 11: Bandhavgarh
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge. Morning and afternoon visit the sanctuary on Jeep/ elephant with an English speaking and well-trained Naturalist. The Forest Department has devised an ingenuous system of tracking the tiger at this Park. Every day, early in the morning, elephants and their "Mahuts" (drivers) are sent out into the jungle, in search of the Tiger. Once it has been sighted, a radio message is flashed to the Forest Ranger, who in turn informs the visitors in their jeeps, who are then taken on elephant-back, into the bush, to see the elusive Tiger. Overnight in Bandhavgarh.
Day 12: Bandhavgarh
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge. Morning and afternoon visit the sanctuary on Jeep/ elephant with an English speaking and well-trained Naturalist. Overnight in Bandhavgarh.
Day 13: Bandhavgarh
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge. Morning and afternoon visit the sanctuary on Jeep/ elephant with an English speaking and well-trained Naturalist. Take the overnight train from Umaria to New Delhi, leaves Umaria at 2015hrs to reach New Delhi at 1330hrs next day.
Day 14:Leave Delhi
Meeting and assistance on arrival at Delhi railway station and transfer to the Hotel. The afternoon is at your discretion for independent activities.
Evening move to a nice restaurant for a FAREWELL DINNER. After the Dinner transfer to the Airport to board the flight for abroad. LEAVE DELHI Depart Delhi by an International flight.