orning we visit for an early morning sunrise to the Taj Mahal, the mausoleum built by a sorrowing Shah Jehan in memory of his young wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
WILDLIFE PARKS IN INDIA OPEN FROM OCTOBER TO MAY
Destination Covered : Delhi –
– Nainital – Delhi – Sariska – Jaipur – Ranthambore – Bharatpur – Agra – Gwalior – Khajuraho – Bandhavgarh – Kanha – Nagpur – Delhi
DAY 01: ARRIVE DELHI
Upon arrival in Delhi , Traditional Welcome and transfer to hotel afternoon visit Qutab Minar India Gate , Rajghat and Shanti Vana the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, Drive past Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Parliament street and President House.overnight at hotel.
DAY 02: DELHI – CORBETT BY ROAD 280 KMS 6 HOURS DRIVE
After breakfast today, leave for Corbett. Corbett National Park , ‘the land of the trumpet, roar and song’ where Project Tiger was launched in 1973, is regarded as one of India ‘s finest national park. The major wild life boasts Tiger, Asian Elephant, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Gaur, Sambar, Hogg Deer. Corbett is drained by the Ramganga river, the dam at Kalagarh forming a huge lake to the west of the park. The park is essentially a large low valley. Upon arrival check in at your Resort . Overnight at Resort
DAY 03: CORBETT
Morning and evening Park Ride By Jeep / Elephant to see the wild life .
DAY 04: CORBETT – NAINITAL BY ROAD 70 KMS 2 HOURS DRIVE
Morning we will go for a park ride and later transfer to Nanital . A small town in the hills of Kumaon, Nainital is a lovely hill station surrounded by mountains on three sides. Once this area had many lakes and it was called the City of 60 lakes or ‘Chakta’. Most of the lakes in the region have disappeared and whatever remains is just a glimpse of what they might have been in the past. Today the life of Nainital revolves around the lake of Naini . But there are few other lakes around Nainital which are equally beautiful and attractive as the Naini lake. Upon arrival check in at Hotel .
DAY 05: NAINITAL
After breakfast city tour of nanital visiting Snow View, Naina Peak, Kilburi etc Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 06: NAINITAL – DELHI BY ROAD 380 KMS 7 HOURS DRIVE
Today drive towards Delhi . Upon Arrival check in at Hotel .
DAY 07: DELHI – SARISKA BY ROAD 200 KMS 4 HRS DRIVE
After breakfast we leave for Sariska – Sharp cliffs of hills and narrow valleys of the Aravallis dominate the landscape of Sariska, whose forests are dry and deciduous. Within the Sariska wild life sanctuary there are the ruins of medieval temples of Garh – Rajor, belonging to the 10th and 11th centuries.
A 17th century castle on a sharp hilltop at Kankwari, provides a panoramic view of flying Egyptian vultures and eagles. The area was declared a sanctuary in 1955 and became a National Park in 1979. The Sariska park is home to numerous carnivores including Leopard, Wild Dog, Jungle Cat, Hyena, Jackal, and Tiger. These feed on an abundance of prey species such as Sambar, Chitel, Nilgai, Chausingha, Wild Boar and Langur. Sariska is also well known for its large population of Rhesus Monkeys, which are found in large numbers. Upon arrival check in at Hotel . Eveing park ride by Jeep to view the wild life.
DAY 08: SARISKA – JAIPUR BY ROAD 110 KMS 3 HOURS DRIVE
After breakfast again we will go for a Park ride . after the visit you will be transferred to Jaipur – popularly known as the Pink City , was built in 1727 AD by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Designed in accordance with Shilp Shastra – an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture – Jaipur follows a grid system. Upon arrival check in your Hotel. Afternoon – tour of City Palace and Observatory. The City Palace in the heart of the old city is a blend of Rajasthan and Mughal architecture. The Palace of winds – a five storied structure of pink sandstone has semi – octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows overlooking the main street of the old city. It was originally built to enable the ladies of the royal household to watch everyday life. Overnight at the Hotel.
DAY 09: JAIPUR
Today morning we visit the Amber Fort in the Aravali Hills, which is a super example of Rajput (Medieval Hindu) style architecture. A slow elephant ride takes us to the top of the Fort, which houses several graceful buildings and temple. Afternoon at leisure. In the evening, we visit Chokhi Dhani where an ethnic village atmosphere is recreated each evening with thousands of oil lamps, folk dancers, arobats, snake charmers, puppeteers etc.
DAY 10: JAIPUR – RANTHAMBORE BY ROAD 180 KMS 4 HOURS DRIVE
Morning you will be transferred to Ranthambore, nearly a thousand year old fortress. Countless battles have raged around these walls. The Great Mughal emperor Akbar laid siege here and built Lake Palace , summer gardens, temples, mosques, tombs and hunting towers, all overrun now by grass and shrubs. Today leopards and tigers prowl the ruins
DAY 11: RANTHAMBORE
Ranthambore is one of the few preserves where the Camera – shy tigers may be seen in day light. You’ll take thrilling jeep rides in the morning and evening in search of wildlife. You sometimes chance upon these fleet – footed and silent creatures, the embodiment of grace. In the afternoon, explore the lakes on your own and visit the imposing Ranthambore.
Ranthambore covers an area about 400 square kms and has beautiful scenery. Ranthambore National Park is very special and unison area where a natural present meets an historical past. This park has upto 27 tigers and has a considerable population of birds.
DAY 12: RANTHAMBORE – BHARATPUR BY ROAD 230 KMS 6 HOURS DRIVE
This morning travel to Bharatpur for a tour of the world famous bird sanctuary here. The reserve bosts of river 300 species of resident and migratory birds. Drive to Bharatpur Morning take a cycle rickshaw ride to watch the birds in keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary.
DAY 13: BHARATPUR – AGRA BY ROAD 60 KMS 1 HOUR DRIVE
This morning drive to the Fatehpur Sikri ( ghost capital) for a tour of the magnificent and world heritage buildings still in a state of perfect preservation.After visiting the old mughal capital we continue our drive to the city of Taj Mahal. Upon arrival we checkinto our prebooked Hotel. Agra was the capital of India under the Moghuls in the 16th and 17th centuries. Afternoon we see the Agra ‘s Red Fort, built over three generations by the moghul emperors.Overnight at the Hotel.
DAY 14: AGRA
Morning we visit for an early morning sunrise to the Taj Mahal, the mausoleum built by a sorrowing Shah Jehan in memory of his young wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Building’s stupendous scale, flawless symmetry, translucent white marble and shimmering reflection in the water channel are truly breathtaking. Late in the morning we see the exquisite tomb of the emperor Jehangir’s chief minister and father – in – law, often called the ‘BABY TAJ’ because its design foreshadows the Taj Mahal. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 15: AGRA – GWALIOR BY SHATABDI EXPRESS DEP 0800 HRS ARR 0930 HRS
After an early breakfast you will be transferred to Agra Railway station to board shatabdi Express for Gwalior . Upon arrival Tansfer to your Pre booked Hotel . After noon city tour of gwalior . overnight atr Hotel .
DAY 16: GWALIOR – KHAJURAHO BY ROAD 275 KMS 7 HOURS DRIVE
Morning drive to Khajuraho via Orchha . Upon arrival we are transferred to our prebooked hotel.Afternoon tour the spectaular ninth to thirteenth century temples of Khajuraho, built by Chandela kings, The temples are exquisitely carved with graceful statues and frieze gods and goddesses
DAY 17: KHAJURAHO – BANDHAVGARH BY ROAD 290 KMS 8 HOURS DRIVE
After breakfast we will leave for Bandhavgarh National Park. Bandhavgarh home of white tiger and other species such as Indian bison, sambar, barking deer & blue bull.Bandhavgarh’s large tiger population offers the best chance to see the elusive cat. Spend two Days of game viewing and bird watching in these valleys. On the highest hill stands Bandhavgarh Fort, surrounded by numerous caves containing shrines and ancient Sanskrity inscriptions. Overnight in the Lodge
DAY 18: BANDHAVGARH
Morning and Afternoon we spent in Game viewing .Here we are able to see the South Bear, Wild Boar, Leopard and Tiger. The Park is also populated with India ‘s rare and endangered animals such as Chital , Cinkara, Chowsingha, Gaur and is rich in Bird.Overnight at the Lodge.
DAY 19: BANDHAVGARH – KANHA BY ROAD 270 KMS 7 HOURS DRIVE
After a morning game drive in Bandhavgarh, travel to Kanha the original country Kipling so vividly described in his jungle books. Kanha has some 22 species of mammals; most commonly spotted are languor, jackal, wild pig, spotted deer, swamp deer, Sambar and black buck. You may also see tiger, Indian hare, wild dog, barking deer, Indian fox, sloth bear, striped hyena, panther, mouse deer, four horned antelope, blue bull, ratel and Indian porcupine. Kanha also has some 200 species of birds,. Spend two full Days of game viewing and bird watching in Kanha, a true haven for the animal and avian population. Overnight at the Lodge
DAY 20: KANHA
Morning and Afternoon we spent in game viewing. Overnight at the Lodge.
DAY 21: KHANA – NAGPUR BY ROAD 260 KMS 6 HOURS DRIVE
This morning game drive is your last opportunity to enjoy Indian wildlife. After breakfast, travel to Nagpur , the citrus capital of Maharashtra and a center for the aboriginal Gond tribes who remained in power until the early 18th Century. Upon arrival check in at Hotel . Afternoon city tour of Nagpur . Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 22: NAGPUR – DELHI ( BY FLIGHT )
Today you will be transferred to Airport to board flight for Delhi . Upon arrival check in at Hotel .
DAY 23: LEAVE DELHI
TRANSFER TO AIRPORT IN TIME TO CATCH THE FLIGHT TO ONWARD DESTINATION.