Duration : 14 Days / 13 Nights
Destinations : Delhi - Jaipur - Ranthambhore - Bharatpur - Agra - Umaria -Bandhavgarh - Delhi
Day 1: Welcome to Delhi
On arrival at Delhi you will be received by our representative who will then help you in checking into the hotel booked for you.The capital of India has a lot of sights which will be at your perusal after you wake up to a new day.
Delhi - the capital of India, is a fascinating city with complexities and contradictions, beauty and dynamism, where the past co-exists with the present. Many dynasties ruled from here and the city is rich in the architecture of its monuments. Delhi is not only the present metropolis of India but also a Necropolis. Because of its location, being on the banks of the river Yamuna, many cities have risen and fallen over the last five millenniums. Overnight in Delhi.
Day 2: Delhi
Morning full day tour of the city.
Morning : Visit to the Old City of Delhi to see the historic Red Fort and the Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque from the outside. See the colourful bazaar of Chandni Chowk and take a cycle rickshaw ride through the back streets of Old Delhi to get a first hand experience of the hustle and bustle of this traditional city. This ride through the small by-lanes will be most fascinating.
Return to the enroute doing a tour of New Delhi visiting the Qutab Minar, a tower of victory built in the 12th century and India Gate - the war memorial. Drive past the Rashtrapathi Bhawan, the residence of the President of India, the houses of Parliament and the Government Secretariat buildings. Overnight in Delhi.
Day 3: Delhi - Jaipur
Morning drive to Jaipur ( 280 kms/ 5 ½ hours ). Assistanc eon arrival and check in to the room.
Jaipur - the capital of Rajasthan, is colour washed pink - the colour associated with hospitality in Rajput culture. This Pink City of fairy tale palaces, rugged fortresses perched on barren hills and broad avenues, is picturesque. The first planned city of its time, Jaipur is encircled by a formidable wall.
Check into the hotel, rest of the afternoon at leisure for independent activities. Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 4: Jaipur
Morning : excursion to Amber Fort with Elephant ride upto the Fort. Drive past Hawa Mahal, known popularly as the Palace of Winds, is a facade built for the Ladies of the Royal household in the 19th century. The Amber Fort, the capital of the erstwhile State of Jaipur until 1728 is perched on a hill. It has halls of Public and Private audience, a Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) various marble palaces which are marvelous examples of ancient Rajput architecture. The Temple of Amba (Mother Goddess), the patron deity of the Royal family is at the entrance to the palace. Ride an elephant to ascend the hill on which the Fort is situated.
Afternoon : city tour visiting the City Palace - the former royal residence built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal styles which houses a museum with a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armoury of the Mughals and Rajputs, including swords of different shapes and sizes with ornate handles. It has an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit. Also visit the Jantar Mantar - an astrological and astronomical observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the 18th century, which is remarkable for its accuracy even in the present times. Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 5: Jaipur - Ranthambhore
Morning drive for Ranthambore (166 kms/ 3 hours). On reaching Ranthambore you will be received by our representative and then made to check into the lodge there.
Ranthambore : With an area of 400 sq. km encompassing rocky hill crests which descend to open valleys between the Aravalli and Vindhya ranges, dotted with water pools and fruit trees, this park gets its name from the thousand year old fortress, which looms above the forest. Well known for the diurnal activity of tigers, Ranthambore is a very special and unusual area where a natural present meets a historical past. Sambar, cheetal, chinkara, nilgai and languor. The elusive leopard and tigers are found in this reserve with tourists standing a very good chance of seeing tigers during the day.
Dotted across the landscape are the crumbling ruins of its past glory, be it chatris or cupolas, like palaces or old guard posts, all of which reinforce the magical and ethereal quality of this great wilderness.
Lunch at the lodge following which will be a visit to the sanctuary on the jeep.The jeep safari is very exciting as it gives you a very close look at the animals and a chance to take a snap of these beauties.In the evening you will come back to the lodge after you finish your jeep safari.You dinner will be waiting for you.Overnight in Ranthambore.
Day 6: Ranthambore
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the lodge. Morning and afternoon visit the sanctuary on Jeep with an English speaking Naturalist. Overnight in Ranthambore.
Day 7: Ranthambore
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the lodge.
Morning and afternoon visit the sanctuary on Jeep with an English-speaking Naturalist. Overnight in Ranthambore.
Day 8: Ranthambore - Bharatpur - Agra
Early morning proceed on a game drive. Return to the hotel for Breakfast. Late morning transfer to the Railway station to board the train for Bharatpur. . Leave Ranthambore for Bharatpur by Golden temple mail (1300/ 1535 hrs). Meeting and assistance on arrival at Bharatpur railway station and transfer to Agra hotel, en route visiting Fatehpur Sikri (15kms)
Fatehpur Sikri - This exquisite city built by Akbar the Great in 1569, in red sandstone, with its forts, palaces and mosques was abandoned 14 years after its creation due to political reasons. The Diwan-i-am - a vast courtyard in which the emperor gave daily public audience; Diwan-i-khas - a large quadrangle which contained all the major functions of the Palace, Pachisi court, the Emperors private living quarter, Jodha Bhai’s Palace, Mariam’s Palace, Birbal’s Palace, Hawa Mahal and Panch Mahal are some of the important buildings of this residential complex. The Friday Mosque and the exquisite tomb of Sheik Salim Chisti are in the religious grounds set aside in a separate enclosure adjacent to the secular buildings.
Continue drive to Agra (40 kms). On arrival, check in to the room.
Agra is famous as the home to one of the Seven Wonders of the world - the Taj Mahal. The architectural splendour of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces in Agra is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal empire. Agra was their capital for nearly a hundred years from 1564. A pleasant town , with a comparatively easy pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone by artisans who are hereditary crafts persons. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes.
Day 9: Agra - Umaria Morning proceed on a tour of the city visiting Visit the Agra Fort, built by three Mughal Emperors starting from Akbar the Great in 1565 AD, which is a masterpiece of design and construction. Within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings including the Moti Masjid, Jahangir’s Palace, Khas Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal, Diwane-i-Am, Diwane-i-Khas and Musamman Burj, where Emperor Shah Jahan, the fifth Mughal Emperor, died a prisoner. Visit the Taj Mahal - the inimitable poem in white marble. Built over a period of 22 years, by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1630, for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains, it is one of the seven modern wonders of the World.[The Taj is closed on Fridays.
Afternoon transfer to Railway station to board the train for Umaria. Leave Agra for Umaria by Utkal Kalinga Express at 1540hrs. Overnight enroute.
Day 10: Arrive Umaria - Bandhavgarh Arrive Umaria at 0615 hrs.
Meeting on arrival and transfer to Bandhavgarh (32 kms/ 1 hours). On arrival, check in to the Tiger Den Resort.
The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is relatively high. The possibility of spotting Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Leopard and Tiger is very good. The park is also densely populated with animals like the Chital (Spotted Deer), Sambar, Barking Deer, Nilgai (Blue Bull), Chowsingha (Four Horned Antelope) and is rich in bird life.
The terrain is rocky, rising sharply from the swampy and densely forested valley. The finest of these hills is Bhadhavgarh which is bounded by great cliffs and eroded rocks. The Bandhavgarh Fort, believed to be 2000 years old, stands at the highest point. There is a temple at the fort that can be visited by jeeps. Scattered throughout the park, particularly around the fort, are numerous caves containing shrines with ancient Sanskrit inscriptions. The ramparts of the fort provide a home for vultures, blue rock thrushes and crag martins.
Lunch at the Lodge and then visit the sanctuary on Jeep/ elephant with an English speaking Naturalist. During the day, we will have the opportunity to see some of the Bird life in the environs and to visit the village. Overnight in Bandhavgarh.
Day 11: Bandhavgarh Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge. Morning and afternoon visit the sanctuary on Jeep/ elephant with an English speaking Naturalist.
The Forest Department has devised an ingenuous system of tracking the tiger at this Park. Every day, early in the morning, elephants and their "Mahuts" (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. Overnight in Bandhavgarh.
Day 12: Bandhavgarh
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge. Morning and afternoon visit the sanctuary on Jeep/ elephant with an English-speaking Naturalist. Overnight in Bandhavgarh.
Day 13: Bandhavgarh
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge. Morning and afternoon visit the sanctuary on Jeep/ elephant with an English speaking Naturalist.Take the overnite train from Umaria to New Delhi, leaves Umaria at 2015hrs to reach New Delhi at 1330hrs.
Day 14:Leave Delhi
Meeting and assistance on arrival at Delhi railway station and transfer to the Hotel.
Afternoon at leisure for independent activities, meet Director Project Tiger, in his office, depending on his availability. We shall try and meet him on Day 1 itself when you are in Delhi
Evening transfer to a nice restaurant for FAREWELL DINNER. After the Dinner transfer to the Airport to board the flight for abroad.
LEAVE DELHI Depart Delhi by an International flight.