An amazing 14 day tour combining India magnificent temples & palaces with the most popular wildlife sanctuaries where tigers and other endangered species are being protected.
Price £1,895 per person
DELHI - JAIPUR - RANTHAMBORE - AGRA - KHAJURAHO - BANDAVGARH - KANHA – MUMBAI
October to April only.
Price includes : internal flights, visa to India, private vehicle for all airport transfers, visits & excursions as per programme, English speaking local guides, admission fees, game drives in national parks, hotels as specified ( or similar ) with daily breakfast, main meals as stated.
Price excludes : International flights *, other meals, gala dinner at hotels (if applicable), Video & camera fees, tipping and any service not specified. Single supplement : £495.
* To make your holidays even more hassle free, we can purchase international flights on your behalf at competitive prices. Please call for more information.
DAY 01 Departure on scheduled airlines.
DAY 02 DELHI (-/-/D)
On arrival in Delhi our local representative will transfer you to your Hans Plaza hotel. Afternoon Old & New Delhi guided sightseeing includes Humayan’s Tomb & The Red Fort, Jama Mosque and Parliament Buildings. Welcome dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Delhi.
DAY 03 DELHI / JAIPUR (B/L/-)
After breakfast, depart by road to Jaipur, on arrival check in at Hotel. Jaipur also known as the “Pink City” is one of India’s newer cities, founded in 1727, and was the creation of Jai Singh II, the Maharaja of the Kuchwaha Rajputs. Visit Hawa Mahal, Palace of Winds for a photo stop and stroll around Jaipur’s colourful bazaars. Next is a visit to the City Palace, the former residence of the royal family, a part of which is converted into a museum. One of the major attractions in the museum is the Armory Museum housing an impressive array of weaponry. Finally stop at the Jantar Mantar, a fascinating astronomical observatory with massive instruments used to predict the monsoon and identify the movements of the stars. Overnight in Jaipur at Royal Orchid Hotel.
DAY 04 JAIPUR / RANTHAMBORE (B/L/D)
Morning excursion to Amber Fort which is a classic, romantic Rajasthani Fort Palace, with its rugged, time-ravaged walls and fascinating palaces & gardens. Later drive to Ranthambore National Park, part of the ‘Tiger Protection’ Project since 1973. This is also home to hundreds species of birds, mammals and reptiles. On arrival check-in at your hotel, Tiger Den resort. Afternoon game safari with opportunity to see tigers, leopards, sloth bears.
DAY 05 RANTHAMBORE (B/L/D)
A full day to discover more of the wildlife in the park. Pre-dawn safaris enable you to witness early morning life in the jungle. Later walk to the Ranthambore fort. It is an uphill cross country walk that also involves climbing steep stairs. Looking through the windows of the perimeter wall, you will see breathtaking views of the surrounding forests. Visit the temples, mosques and palaces on the hilltop including the Ganesha Temple, home to numerous monkeys and rats. Return to the hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a safari into the wild, returning for a relaxing evening and dinner at the hotel.
DAY 06 RANTHAMBORE / AGRA (B/L/-)
Drive to Agra with stop en route for Fatehpur Sikri situated about 40 kms (1 hour drive) from Agra. This was once the capital of the great Mughal ruler, Emperor Akbar the Great. This magnificent fort palace had to be abandoned after just 15 years of occupation due to lack of potable water. Then comes the unforgettable visit to The fabulous Taj Mahal ( closed on Fridays ). Agra is well known all over the world thanks to this magnificent architectural monument built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory to his favourite wife Mumtaz Mahal. Afternoon visit to the Agra Fort, built by Emperor Akbar in 1565. The high red stone monument stretches for around 2½ kms. Overnight at Clarks Shiraz hotel.
DAY 07 AGRA (B/-/-)
Morning admire the beauty of the Taj Mahal at sunrise. Rest of the day is at leisure.
DAY 08 AGRA / JHANSI / ORCHA / KHAJURAHO (B/L/-)
After breakfast, transfer to the railway station to board the morning Shatabdi Express to Jhansi. On arrival at Jhansi station, meet our representative who will transfer you to Khajuraho. This drive takes about 4 hours with a stopover to see Orchha’s Jehangir Mahal, the most grandiose structure in the area and the Raja Mahal, a monument of historical importance; and finally the Rai Praveen Mahal. With their rich historical background, these places hold great value for the legacy of Orchha. On arrival in Khajuraho, check in at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Evening enjoy Sound and Light Show at Khajuraho temples. Overnight at Clarks hotel.
DAY 09 KHAJURAHO / BANDHAVGARH (B/L/-)
Morning visit to the Eastern & Western Group of Temples. One thousand years ago, under the generous and artistic patronage of the Chandela Rajput kings of Central India, 85 temples, magnificent in form and richly carved, were built in the village of Khajuraho. Today, of the original 85, only 22 have survived the ravages of time. Visit the Kandariya Mahadeo Temple (a UNESCO world heritage site) to see the intricate carvings and beautiful bas relief.
Later drive to Bandhavgarh, paradise for nature lovers. It is a 5 hour drive with variable roads conditions. On arrival, check-in at hotel and relax and overnight. Located in Central India, Bandhavgarh National Park was a Royal hunting reserve of the princely state of Rewe where the first White Tiger in the wild was ever found. The Park is laid on 450 kms of mixed forest sheltering 30 species of mammals: the Chital (Spotted Deer), Sambar, Muntjak (Barking Deer), Nilgai, Chinkara, Chowsingha (Four-horned Antelope), Wild Boar, Leopard, Dhole (Wild Dog) and of course the Tiger. Bird life also abounds with over 275 species of bird such as hornbills, orioles, parakeets, peacocks, and eagles. Overnight at the Tiger Den.
DAY 10 BANDHAVGARH (B/L/-)
Morning and afternoon game drives in search of the tigers. Bandhavgarh is one the best parks for tiger sightings. The broken hilly terrain, grassy swamps and forested valleys provide the perfect camouflage for these majestic animals.
DAY 11 BANDHAVGARH / KANHA (B/L/D)
Revisit the Sanctuary at dawn and after breakfast proceed by road to Kanha (6 hours drive). Located in the Satpura Hill ranges, the Kanha Tiger Reserve offers the best Tiger viewing. Spread over 1945 kms with a core area of just 940 kms, the grasslands and forests shelter other mammals such as Barasingha, Chital, Muntjac (Swamp, Spotted and Barking Deer), Sambar, Common Langur and Rhesus Monkeys, Wild Boar, Asiatic Jackal, three of India's four lowland antelopes, Nilgai, Four-horned Antelope (Chowsingha) and Blackbuck, and occasionally Leopard, Gaur (Indian Bison), Sloth Bear, Wolf and Dhole (Wild Dog). In fact Kanha is noted for the last remaining population of hard-ground Barasingha, which exceeds 350. Bird species include the Painted Partridge, Shaheen Falcon, Golden Oriole and the omnipresent Red Jungle Fowl. Overnight at Tuli Tiger resort.
DAY 12 KANHA (B/L/D)
Morning and late afternoon game viewing jeep rides in Kanha National Park in search of wildlife. Enjoy two game drives (one in the morning pre-breakfast and one in the afternoon) in the Kanha Tiger Reserve. All meals are served at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 13 KANHA / NAGPUR / MUMBAI (B/L/-)
Depart by road to Nagpur airport (260 kms) to board your flight to Mumbai. Assistance on arrival and transfer to Ramee hotel.
DAY 14 DEPARTURE (B/-/-)
In due time transfer to airport for your flight home or Goa beach extension.