TEMPLE AND TIGER TOUR
Day 01 : ARRIVE DELHI (By Flight)
On arrival at Delhi airport, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to the hotel, explain and handover all the travel related documents, and further assist you in check in at the hotel. Overnight stay is at hotel.
DAY 02: NEW DELHI
After breakfast enjoy the oriental-style Old Delhi, Red Fort, Jama Masjid and the lively Chandni Chowk bazaar streets. India Gate and many attractions like Lotus Temple, ISKCON Temple, the tomb of Humayun, Qutab Minar, Laxminarayan Temple the statue of Mahatama Gandhi (Raj Ghat) and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib and experience the diversity of cultures in "DilliHaat"
Overnight stay in Delhi
DAY 03: NEW DELHI – AGRA ( 220/4 Hrs drive)
Morning after breakfast drive to Agra 230 kms/4 hrs drive. On arrival check into hotel later visit the red sandstone AGRA FORT which stands like a crescent on the banks of Jamuna 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 ].
Overnight in Agra.
DAY 04: AGRA – K HAJURAHO ( day train + 180 kms/4 drive)
Early Morning Sunrise 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. Visit the Taj Mahal surely the greatest monument to love and one of the wonders of the modern world. Completed in 1652, skilled craftsmen from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and some 20,000 labourers worked for 17 years to build this edifice, constructed by Emperor Shah Jehan as a mausoleum for his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. Marble was brought from Makrana, near Jodhpur and precious stones of onyx, amethyst, malachite, lapis lazuli, turquoise, jade, crystal and mother of pearl were carried to Agra from Persia, Russia, Afghanistan, Tibet, China and the Indian Ocean. Afterbreakfast transfer to Agra Railway station to board a A/C Chair car train to Jhansi at 1010hrs to Arrive Jhansi at 1400 hrs. Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative at Jhansi railway station and straight proceed for Khajuraho – 180 kms – a drive of approx 3 hours
Khajuraho, discovered by chance, is India’s second biggest single tourist attraction. Khajuraho has the largest group of medieval temples that are adorned with numerous sculptures of extraordinary grace and delicacy celebrating the stylized and refined courtly accomplishments of beauty, love and creative arts. Once the religious capital of the Chandela Rajputs, the temples of the city date from 950-1050 AD. A wall with eight gates encloses the entire area and two golden palm trees flank each of them. Originally, there were over 80 temples, of which only 22 are now remarkably preserved. The set of temples at Khajuraho celebrating Hindu religious thought in its mystifying variety of scope and inclusion stands distinguished from rest of the Hindu temples. The temples highlight the existential ethos in religion that venerates ‘Yoga’ and ‘Bhoga’. ‘Yoga’ is union of the self with the Almighty, while ‘Bhoga’ is the path to God through physical pleasure. The temples at Khajuraho, dedicated to physical love and pleasure are a testimony to this philosophy. Declared a World Heritage Site in 1986, Khajuraho is a prominent, must-see destination and its temples are India’s unique gift to the world as they capture life in every form and mood in stone.
Evening Sound and Light show at Khajuraho. Overnight Khajuraho.
DAY 05: KHAJURAHO – PANNA (40 Kms/1 drive)
Morning : Visit the Eastern and Southern group of temples. The Parasvanath temple of the Eastern group is the group's largest Jain temple. The themes depict, in charming detail, everyday activity. Also visit the KandariyaMahadevtemple dedicated to Shiva and the Chaturbhuj temple of the Southern group.
Later drive to Panna national park 40 kms/45 minutes drive. On arrival check into the lodge. Lunch and afternoon game drive to Panna national park. Panna Tiger Reserve, is known for its tigers and leopards, as well as its hyenas and wolves. Dinner and overnight at Panna
DAY 06: IN PANNA
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge.
Morning a boat ride at Ken river to find Gharials The gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) is a unique crocodilian species, endemic to the northern part of south Asia, characterized by its long and thin snout. Mature males have a bulbous growth at tip of their snouts. The gharial is the only surviving species of the family Gavialidae
Panna is situated in the Vindhya Hill range and spreads over the Panna and Chhatarpur districts in the northern part of Madhya Pradesh. Panna National Park is the most important protected area in the north-central highlands of India. Panna National Park is located along the banks of the Ken River. The Park, with its deep ravines, cascading waterfalls and thick teak forests, is predominantly a plateau, with sprawling flatlands punctuated by hills, deep valleys and gorges. The terrain is largely rocky and uneven. There are mixed dry deciduous forests with short grasses and open woods. Panna is home of majestic tiger, including leopard, wolf, hyena, jackal and sloth bear. The reserve is also well known for sightings of nilgai, sambar, chital, wild boar and Indian crocodile.
Overnight In resort
DAY 07 : PANNA – BANDHAVGARH (240 Kms/5 drive)
Morning after breakfast drive to Bandhavgarh National Park 240 kms /5 hrs. On arrival check into Tiger’s Den Resort. Lunch at resort and around 1430hrs proceed for the afternoon game drive to the national park. The safari starting time varies depending on the month of the year.
Bandhavgarh is a forest with great reputation for Tiger sightings. Tracking the majestic and elusive Tiger will be an experience you will not forget in a hurry. Unlike in Africa where the habitat, wildlife and technology assists you in tracking wildlife, the encounters in India are quite contrasting, learning, and thrilling to say the least. The time well spent in the national park during the safari with the skilled drivers and experienced guides will remain etched in your memory. Afternoon safaris are usually 3-4 hours, which ends just before sunset.
Dinner and overnight at the Lodge
DAY 8: IN BANDHAVGARH
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge. Morning & Evening Jeep drive in the 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 the Bandhavgarh Park.
Overnight at Lodge
Day 9 IN BANDHAVGARH
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge. Morning & Evening Jeep drive 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. Legend has it that Lord Rama, hero of the Hindu epic, the Ramayana, stopped at Bandhavgarh on his way back to his homeland after defeating the demon King Ravana of Lanka. Two monkey architects, who had engineered a bridge between the isles of Lanka and the mainland, are said to have built Bandhavgarh's fort. Later Rama handed it over to his brother Lakshmana who became known as Bandhavdhish "The Lord of the Fort". Lakshmana is the particular God of the fort and is regularly worshipped in a temple there. 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 of Bundelkhand who built the famous temples at Khajuraho. The Baghel Kings, the direct ancestors of the present Royal family of Rewa, established their dynasty at Bandhavgarh in the 12th century. It remained their capital till 1617 when the center of court life moved to Rewa, 75 miles (120Kms) to the north. Without royal patronage 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. Small dams and water holes were built to solve the problem of water shortage. Grazing by local cattle was stopped and the village within the park boundaries was relocated. The Tigers in particular prospered and the 1986 extension provided much needed forest to accommodate them.
DAY 10 BANDHAVGARH- KANHA ( by surface 280 kms/6 hrs drive )
Morning game drive to the national park and later depart for Kanha, 280kms, 6 hours drive. On arrival check into Chitvan Jungle Lodge, Kanha. Chitvan in Kanha is located right in the heart of India, you wish to see the rural, and tribal India, then you are at the right place. To see how people live in the 3rd largest and the fastest growing economy of the world is to be seen to be believed. Comparisons in the city and village life here is like day and night. The lodge will assist you in taking some small walks into the nearby area to understand the culture and stress-free life in a Indian village during your stay at no extra cost.
Dinner and overnight at Chitvan Jungle Lodge
Day 11 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 splendour 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 original Kipling country of which he wrote so vividly in his Jungle Book. The same abundance of wild life species exists today in Kanha National Park, as it must have when Kipling roamed these parts. 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. After seeing Kanha you will compliment yourself and us that this forest was included in your itinerary. The sheer beauty of this park along with the rich bio-diversity make this a must visit in your India programme.
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. Relax for an hour under the shade of a tree (if you so desire), or in the comforts of your bedroom.
Depart for evening safari to another zone of Kanha National Park. If you are interested in photography, then our guides and drives will provide you ample opportunities to freeze many moments for eternity. If you carry DSLR’s and other expensive equipment, then our Naturalists will guide you on how to anticipate and take cues from alarm calls, pug marks, and be ready for the shot. Return at 6pm from safari.
Dinner and overnight at Chitvan Jungle Lodge.
Day 12 IN KANHA
Wake up in to the morning cup of tea, or we call it the cup of peace, 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, had even , at the turn of the century, been famous for their deer and tiger population. 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 . 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 panther. Some 300 species of birds inhabit the park, that includes the storks, egrets, black ibis, raptors, owls, and the red-wattled lapwings.
Return to the Lodge for Lunch by our organic farms. The dream and the reality are never so divorced as when eating outdoors. As soon as someone says “let’s eat outdoors”, the spirits lift. And, yes, the food has more flavor when eaten outdoors.
In the afternoon proceed for another sojourn with the denizens of Kanha .
Evening bar be que dinner. Overnight at Chitvan Jungle Lodge
Day 13 KANHA - PENCH ( 210 kms /4-5 hrs drive)
Morning game drive to the national park and after early lunch drive to Pench national park 210 kms/5 hrs drive. On arrival check into Resort. Dinner and overnight at Pecnh .
Day 14 : IN PENCH
Breakfast and lunch at the hotel. Morning and afternoon Jeep safari to the National park. Pench welcomes you with open arms and without conditions. This park is located between four different Mountain Ranges - Aravali, Vindhyanchal, Satpura and Maikal. The tracks are smoother, the trees are thicker with dense undergrowth, perhaps one reason why the herbivore population here is larger in size compared to Kanha and Bandhavgarh.
The skies are home to eagles and their distinctive calls. And then there are pauses of silence in the jungle. Don't get consumed in this silence with your mind talking to yourself - an opportunity your mind doesn't get often in your cities. Focus on the ground or jungle games so that you and your camera have not left anything to imagination. Try to see with Kipling's eye and you might see Baloo and Mowgli singing "Song of Bare Neccessities". And King khan is there behind the tall grass to spoil their party. You will experience this and much more with the backdrop of luxurious accommodation, friendly service and delectable cuisine in adventurous settings Spend the night in Camp and let the night sounds of jungle intrigue you with its offerings
Day 15 : PENCH – NAGPUR -MUMBAI (by flight)
Morning game drive to the national park and after lunch drive to Nagpur 100 kms 2hrs drive to board a flight to Mumbai at 1710 hrs to arrive Mumbai at 1835 hrs. Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative upon arrival at Mumbai and transfer to hotel Overnight in Mumbai
DAY 16 : IN MUMBAI
Full day city tour of Mumbai including visit to Elephanta Cave. Overnight stay in Mumbai.
This City tour would actually help you to know that Cosmopolitan City still has heart in the same place. History notes that this group of islands belonged to Fishermen and group of Buddhist monks established an outpost during the Magadh empire. These group of islands have been reclaimed over the last two centuries and called Mumbai. Mumbai got its name from Mumbadevi.
The Mumba Devi patrons were salt collectors and fisher folks who originally belonged to these islands. Mumbai has a deep natural harbor, which handles more than half of India's passenger traffic and a large amount of cargo. The city which never sleeps, and its patrons cannot be limited to any time frame other than 24 x 7. Once you are in Mumbai you can't stay aloof from its innate active nature. It has attractive shopping arcades, exciting sport activities, night clubs, discotheques, theaters, music, restaurants and offer picturesque sights. Mumbai is home to world famous Hindi Film Industry known as Bollywood, which is one of the biggest entertainment industries in the world. The street side foods like Panipuri, Bhel Puri and Vada Pao are must haves.
DAY 17 : MUMBAI FLY BACK
Morning after breakfast free for leisure activity and later transfer to international airport to board a flight back home
Note: The driving hours given above from one city to another are based on the normal conditions of the roads and may vary. Any break for Food / Tea / Toilets / Sightseeing on the way will take extra time than the above given hours. Panna , Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Pench National park is closed every Wednesday for afternoon jeep safari.