Watch the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger and more from close quarters. Explore the formidable forts and beautiful palaces, experience the richness of Indian culture and enjoy the luxurious Indian hospitality. This magnificent tour combines the Golden Triangle circuit of Delhi Agra and Jaipur with a tour of Central India, which is dotted with a number of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries.
Itinerary: Delhi – Jaipur – Ranthambore – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra – Chambal – Gwalior – Katni – Bandhavgarh – Kanha – Raipur – Delhi
Ranthambore National Park is a vast wildlife reserve near the town of Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan, northern India. It is a former royal hunting ground and home to tigers, leopards and marsh crocodiles. Its landmarks include the imposing 10th-century Ranthambore Fort, on a hilltop, and the Ganesh Mandir temple. Also in the park, Padam Talao Lake is known for its abundance of water lilies.
The National Chambal Sanctuary was set up in 1979 as a riverine sanctuary along an approximately 425 km length of the Chambal River and its ravines stretching over 2-6 km wide along the river for the protection of the Critically Endangered gharial, the red-crowned roof turtle and the Endangered Ganges river dolphin.
Gwalior is known for its palaces and temples, including the Sas Bahu Ka Mandir intricately carved Hindu temple. Ancient Gwalior Fort occupies a sandstone plateau overlooking the city and is accessed via a winding road lined with sacred Jain statues. Within the fort’s high walls is the 15th-century Gujari Mahal Palace, now an archaeological museum.
Bandhavgarh National Park is in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. This biodiverse park is known for its large population of royal Bengal tigers, especially in the central Tala zone. Other animals include white tigers, leopards and deer. The mix of tropical forest, Sal trees and grassland is home to scores of bird species, including eagles. To the south are the remains of the ancient Bandhavgarh Fort.
Kanha National Park, also known as Kanha Tiger Reserve, is a vast expanse of grassland and forest in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Tigers, jackals and wild pigs can be spotted in Kanha Meadows. The elevated plateau of Bamhnidadar is home to birds of prey. Animals often gather at the watering holes of Sondar Tank and Babathenga Tank. The park’s flora and fauna are documented in the park’s Kanha Museum.
Day1: ARRIVAL AT DELHI
BY: INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT
When you land in New Delhi, following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a representative of ours will meet you as you exit the arrivals terminal. The representative will escort you to the hotel you are booked in.
Delhi is the perfect example of modernity blending with tradition. India’s capital, Delhi is a city of mystery, magic and mayhem.India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds- the ancient with the modern. The first impression for any visitor traveling in from the airport is of a spacious, garden city, tree-lined with a number of beautiful parks.
There’s nothing more incredible than starting your day by absorbing yourself in the history and culture of a city which has so much to offer. Once upon a time ruled by the British and the Mughal Dynasty long before that, Delhi can quench your thirst for traveling with its beautiful monuments, mouthwatering dishes and delicious desserts.
After the tour of Old Delhi, our first stop in New Delhi will be Qutub Minar. It was built by Qutub-ud-din Aibak in 1199 and is still standing tall and proud in the heart of the city, being the tallest stone building. The second visit will be to Humayun’s tomb which brings to light the precise and neat Indo-Persian Architecture of the Tomb. A short visit to India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan and Parliament Building is also included.
Day3: DELHI –JAIPUR (Surface: 256 kms / 5½ hrs)
Post breakfast, you will start with your 5.5 hours journey from Delhi to Jaipur.
On arriving Jaipur, you will check-in.
Known for the tales of Rajput valour and chivalry, Jaipur is the capital of the state of Rajasthan and is also called the Pink City. Apart from being the most colorful region of India, it also houses palaces and forts of bygone time that behold the royal procession and splendour. These palaces and forts of yesteryear are now living monuments and are quite naturally accepted into the lifestyles of the people here. For the rest of the day, you will be free to stroll through the city on your own.
After a filling and heavy breakfast, we will advance towards the Amber Fort overlooking the Moat lake. Built in the 17th century, the fort holds great importance to Indian history. It was the most successful fort of Mughal Emperor Akbarand its remains still spread over Aravalli hills. The fort expresses its rich culture with magnificent paintings, precious stones and inlaid mirrors. Next will be a short detour to the Palace of Winds or commonly known as Hawa Mahal. With its pink sandstone carvings and beautiful doorways, it is refreshing to the eyes.
Taking the tour further, we will glimpse the City Palace. With its embellished gardens and courtyards, the palace brings out the peaceful beauty of the palace.
The next visit will be to Jantar Mantar.The largest stone observatory in the world, Jantar Mantar was built by Sawai Jai Singh. He was very passionate about astronomy and also highly admired the progress and research in the field of science and technology.
Day5: JAIPUR – RANTHAMBORE
In the morning, we will begin the 3 hours journey from Jaipur to Ranthambore, the natural habitat of tigers.
On arriving, you will check-in at the hotel and late in the afternoon, we will move for the game drive into the Ranthambore National Park. Unfortunately due to increase in tourism and population increase in nearby villages and poaching the tiger population has decreased. The Ranthambore National park is not only the home of tigers but a variety of birds as well.
In 2005, there were 26 tigers recorded here which was very less as compared to 44 tigers recorded in 1982. But in 2008, 14 tiger cubs were recorded. This increase in the population of tigers was credited to the to the forest officers who made sustained efforts to curb poaching.
Who doesn’t love a peaceful drive in the heart of nature away from the noise and pollution with just beauty embedded at every step? Well this is what day 6 has to offer, rides around the national park and absorbing yourself in the peaceful environment.
Day7: RANTHAMBORE – FATEHPUR SIKRI – AGRA
A fun and frolic journey to Fatehpur Sikri followed by the trip to Agra is what this day has to offer. Both the cities have volumes to tell us about the great Mughal period of our history, Fatehpur Sikri being the capital of Akbar’s Palace. More than 300 years old, these monuments still reflect the aura of the great emperors.
How one could visit Agra and not pay his/her respects to the greatest monument of all times, The Taj Mahal. With its marble architecture with precious stones and gems, the symmetrical gardens and fountains and the scenic view of the Yamuna River flowing behind it, The Taj Mahal will mesmerize you with its beauty.
All the praises of the Taj Mahal somehow fall short when the beautiful masterpiece is right in front of your eyes. This day is completely devoted to admiring the elegance of the monument built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan to express his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. It took 22 years and over 20,000 skilled artists to build this masterpiece which even after hundreds of years expresses the serenity of their love.
Later a visit to the Agra fort is something one can’t miss. The Mughal Architecture at its best with royal gateways and perfectly planned rooms and hallways, the Agra fort is a treat to the eyes. This will be followed by a drive to Chambal which would roughly take 2 hours.
Later in the evening, special walks will be arranged after your check in at the Jungle Lodge.
The natural habitat around the lodge and the banks of the Chambal River is refreshing. A river safari will be arranged during the day time with our best guides to delve into the serenity of the place. Our trained naturalists will accompany you so that you don’t miss a single fact about the animals and birds found there.
The evening is a time for light activities. One can go out for short walks or camel rides and just relax in the bounty of nature.
Day9: CHAMBAL – GWALIOR – KATNI
Post breakfast you will be driven to Gwalior which is roughly a 3 hour drive. Our main purpose here is to visit the Gwalior fort which was built in the 8th century by the Rajputs. It has also been praised as the ‘noblest specimen of Hindu architecture in North India by Cunningham. Our next visit will be to the Saas Bahu ka Mandir that brings together the unique styles of architecture and the Scandia school which is run by the royal family of Gwalior. A short visit to the royal residence and well as the tomb of Mohammed Ghaus who was a spiritual adviser of Akbar is also included. The tomb is an exceptional piece of early Mughal architecture.
Later you will board an overnight train to Katni from Gwalior.
Departure: 20:25 hrsby: Gondwana Express Train
Arrival: 05:15 (+1) hrs
Day10: KATNI – BANDHAVGARH
After our arrival at Katni railway station, we’ll be visiting the Bandhavgarh National Park.
Located in the heart of Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh is the traditional tiger country. It was here, that Rudyard Kipling got inspiration for his Jungle Book from.
The jeep Safari will take you around the National Park. It is a compact reserve of tigers, bamboo thickets, grasslands and various other plants and animals. It is the home of 22 species of wildlife and over 250 species of plants. Within the National Park is the Bandhavgarh fort with just the ruins remaining now.
All meals will be served at the hotel.
This day is given to relax and explore the serene beauty of the National Park. Safaris will be arranged during early morning and late afternoon.
Delicious meals will be served at the hotel.
Day12: BANDHAVGARH – KANHA (Surface: 290 kms / 7 hours)
Built in 1974, our next stop is the Kanha Tiger Reserve, a 7 hour drive from Badhavgarh for which we will depart early in the morning.
The sal and bamboo forests, rolling grasslands and the meandering streams stretch over 940 sq. kms. and form the core for the Kanha Tiger Reserve. It was created in 1974 under the Project Tiger. This reserve is the only home to the famous Barasingha.
All the meals will be served at the hotel.
So rich in wildlife, Kanha has a lot to offer to wildlife lovers. Spotting the deers along with tigers and many other animals becomes a great activity. Safaris will be arranged during the morning and the afternoon as well.
Meals will be served at the hotels.
Day14: KANHA – RAIPUR – DELHI
Our energy packed trip finally comes to its last day.
After breakfast at the lodge, you will be transferred to Raipur Airport which is a 5 hour drive. The flight for New Delhi departs at 18:20 hrs and arrives at 20:10 hrs in Delhi.
Later you will be transferred to your respective international flight by one of our representatives.
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