Wildlife with Taj

Tigers & Indian Heritage

Duration: 14 Nights/ 15 Days

Places to Visit: Delhi - Jaipur- Ranthambore - Bharatpur - Agra - Bandhavgarh - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Delhi

Day 1: Delhi

Arrival at the airport & transfer to the hotel. You've arrived at Delhi. The months of planning and curiosity are over; you're actually in India. Every experience, every sound, every smell shouts that you've arrived somewhere magical. Somewhere Special. It is here that the deep love of one man for one woman created the Taj Mahal; where the King of Kings ruled; where the sacred Ganges flows past holy cities; where the Himalayas stand silent and magnificent; where 5000 years of culture waits to be absorbed.

India's capital city, Delhi is the second most widely used entry point into the country, being on the route of most major airlines. It is well linked by rail, air and road to all parts of the country.


Day 2: Delhi

Full day tour of Old & New Delhi.

The capital of India, Delhi blends an historic past and a vibrant present. The Imperial city planned for the British by Lutyens is set in parks and shaded avenues. Legend has it that the Pandavas, the august heroesof the epic Mahabharata, originally founded Delhi, then called Indraprastha, around 1200 B.C. Present day Delhi is built around the ruins of seven ancient cities.

Delhi is above all an historic city, an elegant capital, and content to leave to Calcutta and Bombay the roles of commercial and business supremacy. It is in fact really two distinct cities; the energy and color and the thronged bazaars and Moghul architecture of Old Delhi contrast with the formal splendor of New Delhi, whose wide boulevards offer ever-changing perspectives of Lutyen's landscaped city. Delhi has several world-famous luxury hotels, with the comfort and style to ensure relaxation after your journey; from here, set forth to experience the sights and sounds of the city.

The gracious Red Fort, the Jama Masjid (the largest mosque in India), and the Qutab Minar complex with its soaring tower - all are waiting to be explored. Allows some time to wander round the inexpensive modern shops and handicraft centers. Magicians and dancing bears entertain crowds in the marketplaces, while fortunetellers may offer glimpses of the future. The heat of the day gives way to balmy evenings; enjoy a meal in one of the many splendid restaurants, the exotic music of sitars and veenas and the subtle rhythms of the tabla accompanying the delicious cuisines from throughout the country. Flights and trains and buses run from Delhi all over north India, so it is always easy to reach the next destination.


Day 3: Delhi - Jaipur 260 kms.

Morning take a Drive to Jaipur. In the afternoon Elephant ride visiting Amber Fort.

Capital of Rajasthan also known as Pink City, surrounded on all sides by rugged hills crowned with forts and enclosed by embattled walls. Visit to City Palace which now houses a museum containing rare manuscripts, paintings, and an armoury, the observatory with a sundial 90 ft high, the museum is amidst the Ram Niwas Palace gardens founded in 1876 with a large collections of antiques, the Palace of Winds, a landmark of Jaipur made of Pink Sandstone and of unique design.

Amber 12 Kms from Jaipur, lies Amber with an old palace overlooking the lake at the entrance to rocky mountain grove, built in 17th century, the palace is a distinguished specimen of Rajput Architecture.


Day 4: Jaipur - Ranthambore 185 kms.

Morning the guests are completely up and ready for the city tour of Jaipur. Afternoon drive to Ranthambore Tiger Reserve.

Ranthambore is one of the many famous destinations of the western state of India, Rajasthan. Generally a visit to Ranthambore means a visit to the tiger reserve here. However, the place has much more to offer you in sightseeing and excursions. Surrounded by the Vindhya and Aravali hill ranges and located very near to the outer fringes of the Thar Desert, Ranthambore offers you the best of the desert land as well as plain area near the hills. Due to its proximity to the Thar desert, the vegetation here is that of deciduous forest.Overnight at the hotel.


Day 5: Ranthambore

In Ranthambore Morning & Evening drives in the park.


Day 6: Ranthambore

In Ranthambore Morning & Evening drives in the park.


Day 07: Ranthambore - Bharatpur. 225 kms.

A Drive to the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. Visit the Bird Sanctuary. Overnight at the hotel. The Keoladeo Ghana National Park or-as many people prefer to call it-the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary lies between two of India's most historic cities, Agra and Jaipur. This north Indian sanctuary is situated in the country's northwestern state of Rajasthan, about 190 km from the national capital of Delhi. The name 'Keoladeo' is derived from the name of an ancient Hindu temple devoted to Lord Shiva in the sanctuary's central zone while the Hindi term 'Ghana' implies dense, thick areas of forest cover.


Day 8: Bharatpur - Agra 50 kms.

Drive to Agra. Enroute visit Fateh pur sikri. Visit the Taj Mahal & Agra fort. Overnight at the hotel.


Day 9: Agra - Bandhavgarh

Take an executive class air-conditioned train to Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve.


Day 10: Bandhavgarh

In Bandhavgarh we indulge in evening Jeep drives/elephant rides in the park.


Day 11: Bandhavgarh

Morning & Evening Jeep drive/ Elephant ride in the park.


Day 12: Bandhavgarh

Morning & Evening Jeep drive/ Elephant ride in the park.


Day 13: Bandhavgarh - Khajuraho 275 kms.

Drive to Khajuraho to visit the famous Erotic temples. Overnight at the hotel.

Bask in the Bundelkhand region of Madhaya Pradesh. Spend a holiday in the terrific temples in verdant forests; lend your ears to tales of craftsmen who have sung an ode to life and love through their skills on stone. Admire myriad moods of life captured superbly on stone. Find perfect examples of temple architecture in the erotic sculptures at Khajuraho, which are declared part of the world heritage sites. You may opt for a deeper insight into the unparallel 10th century A.D. temples and its creators, the Chandela Kings. Hear the story narrated in the powerful voice of the Indian superstar Amitabh Bachchan. In about 50 minutes in Hindi and English, every evening. You must try and be a part of the annual Khajuraho dance festival during the months of February/March.


Day 14: Khajuraho - Varanasi

Fly to Varanasi the land of the sacred river ganga. Afternoon tour of Varanasi city.

Varanasi, or Benaras, is one of the oldest living cities in the world. Varanasi's prominence in Hindu mythology is virtually unrivalled. Mark Twain, the English author and literature, who was enthralled by the legend and sanctity of Banaras, once wrote: "Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together".

One of the earliest Varanasi Ghat, Pilgriamge Tours India, Religious Tours India descriptions of Varanasi is found in the Buddhist scriptures as also in the epic, 'Mahabharat'. The 'Pali' version of Varanasi was 'Baranasi' which ultimately gave birth to the name 'Banaras'. According to the 'Vamana Purana', the Varuna and Assi rivers originate from the body of the primordial person at the beginning of time itself. The tract of land lying between them is believed to be the holiest of all pilgrimages. The holy land between these two rivers is 'Varanasi'. Varanasi, also famous as Kashi (Derived from the root 'Kas' - to shine) is called the city of spiritual light.

Steeped in tradition and mythological legacy, Kashi is the 'original ground' created by Shiva and Parwati, upon which they stood at the beginning of time.


Day 15: Varanasi - Delhi

In the morning take a river cruise on the Ganges. In the evening, fly to Delhi to board your international flight to your respective homes.


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Client Reviews

Hi Sharad,

Greetings from the New World once again. It seems like yesterday that I was on game drives in Indian game parks. If only those could have gone on forever. I think you know from observing my enthusiasm that the trip far surpassed my highest hopes. Indeed, I felt as though I had seen many of the greatest.

John Uscian
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