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Taj Mahal with Tigers Tour (14 days)

New Delhi, Agra, Orchha, Khajuraho, Mumbai, Bandhavgarh & Kanha National Parks.


Day 1: Arrival New Delhi
On your arrival at international airport in Delhi and after clearing customs & immigration, our representative will receive and escort you to your hotel. Delhi, the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. It is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land. Overnight at Delhi.

Day 2: New Delhi (B)
This morning visit Old Delhi, it pulses with the energy and color, the hustle and bustle of thronged bazaars and is laced by a maze of narrow lanes which twist and turn between tall, leaning houses full of the sights, sounds and aromas of the Indian subcontinent. You will visit Jama Masjid with its tapering minarets and wonderful marble domes. In Old Delhi you will also have an opportunity to enjoy rickshaw ride. In the afternoon you will be taken on a tour of New Delhi. It is a city of wide boulevards which offers ever changing perspectives of Lutyen's landscaped city. It is a city known for its formal parks, magnificent Parliament Building, the Rashtrapati Bhawan (the official residence of the President of India designed by Sir Edwin Lutyen) and India Gate. In New Delhi you will also visit Qutab Minar, the 72.5 m high tower dating back to 13th century and Humanyun's Tomb (built in the 16th century and architecturally the fore runner of the Taj Mahal). Overnight at hotel.

Day 3: New Delhi - Agra (B)
After breakfast drive Delhi/Agra (205 Kms/ 03 Hours) .On arrival check-in to the hotel. Agra - Badal Singh established the city of Taj in 1475 AD. Agra finds mention in the Mahabharat as Agraban. Sikandar Lodi made Agra his capital but Babur defeated the Lodis to capture not only Agra but also laid the foundation of the Mughal Empire. In the mid 16th century and earlier 17th century AD, Agra witnessed a frenzied building activity and it was during this time when the symbol of love Taj Mahal was built. Pm: Agra Fort, a massive structure with 70-foot high, 1.5-mile long walls encompassing an astounding collection of well preserved buildings, many of them completed during the reign of Emperor Shah Jahan.The most unusual story about the Taj, is that there might have been two of them. The emperor intended to build a second tomb in black marble, a negative image of the white Taj for Mumtaz. Tragically, before he could begin, he was deposed by his son and imprisoned in the Agra Fort where he remained until his death, spending the rest of his life looking out along the river to the final resting-place of his wife. Sunset Visit Taj Mahal - Taj Mahal- Little needs to be said about this architectural wonder, which is always the soul raison-de-etre for every tourist's visit to Agra. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen. (Taj Mahal remains closed on Friday). Overnight at hotel.

Day 4: Agra - Jhansi - Orchha (B)
After breakfast transfer to railway station & board train to Jhansi. Train Leaves Agra at 0815 & arrives Jhansi at 1048 Hrs. On arrival at Jhansi, our representative will meet you at railway station and will transfer you to Orchha. Afternoon Sightseeing of Orchha. Orchha is a small town placed on the banks of River Betwa and accurately translates to "hidden place" and is a well known traveler Destination. Orchha is residence to Bundella style of structural design and the palaces of Orchha bear observer to the magnificent work of medieval architects. The famous amongst this are Raj Mahal and Jahangir Mahal. The Rajmandir - built on a square base has plain external with projecting windows. The Jahangir Mahal, built to welcome the Mughal emperor Jahangir is the magnificent example of Hindu structural design. The other attractions include the Raj Mahal, The Sheesh Mahal, the Chaturbhuj temple. Along with these there are numerous Chhatris of royals or cenotaphs dotting the banks of the river Betwa. Overnight at hotel.

Day 5: Orchha - Khajuraho (B)
After breakfast drive to Khajuraho, on arrival check-in at hotel. Khajuraho is well known for its magnificent temples, which were built between 950 and 1050 A.D. Khajuraho derives its name from the Khajur tree (the date palm tree) which can be found in abundance in the area. The divine sculptures in these temples are a tribute to life itself, embodying everything that is sublime and spontaneous about it. The murals depict the life and times of the Chandelas, and celebrate the erotic state of being. They not only testify to the mastery of the craftsman, but also to the extraordinary breadth of vision of the Chandela Rajputs under whose reign, these temples were constructed. Afternoon proceed for sightseeing of Eastern & western group of temples. Overnight at Khajuraho.

Day 6: Khajuraho - Bandhavgarh (B/D)
After breakfast drive to Bandhavgarh National Park (300 kms, 5 hours drive) by passing through the villages and countryside of Madhya Pradesh. Upon arrival in Bandhavgarh, check in to the lodge. Bandhavgarh National Park: Set amongst The Vindhya Hills in Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh consists of 168 sq miles of Sal & a mixed forest of bamboo, grassland, and a complex of deciduous forests. There are at least 150 species of birds in the park, along with other mammals such as Tigers, Sloth Bear, Langur Monkeys, Wild Boar, Mongoose, 3 Kinds Of Deer - Chital, Sambar And Barking, to name a few. The Bandhavgarh Fort, besides offering breath taking views, houses a 35 ft reclining statue of Lord Vishnu and 10th Century Rock Images of the incarnation of the Lord. Afternoon Jungle Safari. Overnight at Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge. Note: All national parks in Madhya Pradesh (Bandhavgarh & Kanha) are closed for Wednesday.

Day 7 & Day 8: Bandhavgarh (B/L/D)
Early morning wake-up call with a knock on your room door and Tea/Coffee. You will wake up to misty mornings and sounds of birds calling, which will make an exciting start to your day. As soon as dawn breaks, leave for your Jungle Safari, accompanied by a resident naturalist and forest park guides in 4x 4 Jeeps. In the winter months morning safaris require warm clothes and woolen caps and gloves to keep you warm from the wind chill factor in your open jeep. We provide blankets and sometimes even a hot water bottle to keep you comfortable. During your stay at Bandhavgarh: Optional excursion to see the imposing fort that is located inside the sanctuary. This Fort, or “Garh”, from which the park gets its name, is fascinating and involves a relatively easy climb to the temple located on its summit, dedicated to Lord Rama. The view from here is equally fascinating. Elephant Ride: The Forest Department has devised an ingenuous system of tracking the tiger at this Park. Every day, early in the morning, elephants and their "Mahouts" (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. Lunch and afternoon safari by 4x4 jeep accompanied by resident naturalist and forest guide. Return to lodge for evening tea and rest of time free to relax. Overnights at Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge.

Day 9: Bandhavgarh - Kanha (B/D)
After breakfast drive to Kanha (300 Kms / 7 Hours). Kanha National Park- One of the largest and most scenic National Parks in India is an ideal habitat for both tigers and their prey. The lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines of Kanha shelter a significant population of rare species such as tiger, leopard, sloth bear, Barasingha, wild dog to name a few. Kanha's mixed forests are interspersed with vast meadows known as maidans. Perennial streams run through a number of such meadows, providing a source of water for the wildlife even in the hot summers. Kanha meadow, with its hundreds of chital grazing on a carpet of green grass against the backdrop of the majestic Sal forest, has been aptly referred to as 'the Ngorongoro of India". Kanha is particularly well known for its endangered swamp deer, or hardwater barasingha, which populate the large open tracks of grass amidst the forests of teak and bamboo. Brought back from the brink of extinction, these handsome animals are a remarkable conservation success story for Kanha. Upon arrival, check in to Jungle Lodge. Stay overnight at Lodge.

Day 10 & Day 11: Kanha (B,L,D)
Early morning wake-up call with a knock on your room door and Tea/Coffee. As soon as dawn breaks, leave for Jungle Safari, accompanied by a resident naturalist and forest park guide in 4x 4 Jeeps. Early morning is the best time for tracking the tiger and other wildlife. “Sher Darshan” or a “Tiger Show” offers you the chance to see a Royal Bengal tiger up close from elephant back. (Elephant Ride is subject to sighting of tiger and is on sole discretion of park authorities). A picnic breakfast will be served in middle of the Jungle with a cup of hot Tea or to the lodge, relax for some time before taking another experience in the jungle. Lunch and afternoon jungle safari by 4x4 open jeep accompanied by resident naturalist and forest park guide. Overnights at Lodge.

Day 12: Kanha - Raipur - Mumbai (B)
Early morning wake-up call with a knock on your room door and Tea/Coffee. As soon as dawn breaks, leave for Jungle Safari, accompanied by a resident naturalist and forest park guide in 4x 4 Jeeps. After lunch drive to Raipur (245 Kms/05 Hours). On arrival transfer to airport & connect flight to Mumbai.Meet upon arrival & transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13: Mumbai (B)
After breakfast, start sightseeing excursion to Elephanta Island, located about four miles from the city, originally called Gharapuri ("Fortress City") and renamed "Elephanta" by the Portuguese who found a large stone elephant near the landing place. Within the main rock-cut temple, probably dating from between 450 to 750 A.D. are found large sculptured panels, the most interesting of which is the three headed Shiva shown as the Creator, the Preserver and the Destroyer. Other Shiva panels, includes one of the God dancing the 'Tandava' and thereby causing the world to shake. After lunch visit Gateway of India, Prince of Wales Museum, High Court of Bombay, VT Station, Crawford Market, Marine Drive, Jain Temple, Hanging Gardens, Tomb of Silence, Mani Bhawan & Dhobi Ghat. Stay overnight at Mumbai.

Day 14: Mumbai - Departure (B)
After breakfast transfer to airport for return flight to UK.

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New Delhi
New Delhi
Jama Masjid, Delhi
Jama Masjid, Delhi
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Orchha
Orchha
Khajuraho Temple Carvings
Khajuraho Temple Carvings
Bandhavgarh
Bandhavgarh
Tiger at Bandhavgarh
Tiger at Bandhavgarh
Leopard at Kanha
Leopard at Kanha
Elephanta Caves
Elephanta Caves
Gateway to India, Mumbai
Gateway to India, Mumbai
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International flights to/from UK
Accommodation with Breakfast. Full board at National Parks
Transfers, tours with English speaking guide.
Service charges, rooms tax and handling fee.
Entrance fees
Departure taxes

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Drinks with provided meals
Visa fees
Tips, personal expenses and other services which are not mentioned in the program.