16 Days The Best of Indian Wildlife Tours
Indian jungles are home to fierce tigers, mysterious species of reptiles and birds and over 500 species of mammals and 30,000 species of insects.
Sketch Itinerary :
Delhi - Jaipur - Ranthambore - Bharatpur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - Khajuraho - Panna - Bandhavgarh National Park - Kanha National Park
India is a teeming hotbed of fascinating flora and fauna that is dazzling in its splendid variety and astounding numbers. A wildlife safari through its deep jungles is a thrilling experience.
On arrival at Indira Gandhi International airport, meet & greet by our representative & get transfer to the hotel for check-in. Overnight stay at the hotel.
New Delhi: The capital and the third largest city of India is a fusion of the ancient and the modern era. Standing along the west End of Gangetic Plain, the capital city, Delhi unwinds with culture, architecture and human diversity, deep in history, monuments, museums, galleries, gardens and exotic shows. Comprising of two contrasting yet harmonious parts, the Old Delhi and New Delhi, the city is a travel hub of Northern India.
Delhi is a palimpsest, bearing the complexities, the contradictions, the beauty and the dynamism of a city where the past coexists with the present. Many dynasties ruled from here and the city is rich in the architecture of its monuments. Diverse cultural elements absorbed into the daily life of the city, have enriched its character.
After breakfast proceed for full day city tour of old & New Delhi. You will make a visit to Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Raj Ghat, Lotus Temple, Laxmi Narayan temple, Qutub Minar, Himayun Tomb. Drive past President house, India Gate and Connaught place shopping center. Return to the hotel after sightseeing tour for overnight stay.
In the morning leave for Jaipur (06 hrs drive approx), upon arrival check-in to the hotel.
Jaipur: The city that once had been the capital of the royalty, now serves as the capital city of Rajasthan. The very structure of Jaipur resembles the taste of the Rajputs and the Royal family. In the present date, Jaipur is the major business centre for the natives of Rajasthan with all requisites of a metropolitan city. The city of Jaipur, painted in pink, grasp the appreciation of every visitor. One can see that hoary charm still alive in the avenues of Jaipur. Jaipur is the reservoir of Indian customs, traditions, civilization and legacy.
After breakfast at hotel move out to visit Amber fort, usually pronounced as Amer Fort. In 1592, construction of the Fort was started by Raja Man Singh I. However, the Amber Fort took its present form during the reign of Raja Jai Singh I. An elephant will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress. Once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls.
In the afternoon visit the city palace (A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture), Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), Jantar Mantar (consisting of outsized astronomical instruments).
You will be dropped back to the hotel after sightseeing for overnight stay.
After breakfast you will be driven to Ranthambore (04 hrs approx drive) to check-in to the hotel.
Ranthambore National Park: Once a princely game conserve is the scene where the celebrated Indian tigers are best seen. Ranthambore Tiger Reserve lies on the junction of Aravali and Vindhyas just 14 Kms from Sawai Madhopur in Eastern Rajasthan. It sprawls over a varying and undulating landscape. The scenery changes dramatically from gentle and steep slopes of the Vindhyas to the sharp and conical hills of the Aravali. A tenth century fort also blends amicably with the background. Pure sands of Dhok (Anogeissus pendula) interspersed with grasslands at the plateaus, meadows in valleys and luxuriant foliage around the canals make the jungle.
Three big lakes – Padam Talab (meaning Lake), Malik Talab and Raj Bagh – are similar turquoises studded in the vast forest that abounds with aquatic vegetation including duckweeds, lilies and lotus.
Early morning after Tea/Coffee at 0600 hrs another visit to the park by Jeep/canter and you will have a chance to see Hynas, Jackals, Jungle cats, Chital, Panthers and possibility of the famous Indian Tiger if you are lucky. Return back to hotel for breakfast and other independent activities on the lap of the nature. Afternoon leave for one more jungle drive to explore the various possbility to witness the wild life and other flora and fauna in natural habitat. Evening return to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast drive to Bharathpur - One of the finest bird parks in the world. Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (Keoladeo Ghana National Park) is a reserve that offers protection to faunal species as well. Nesting indigenous water- birds as well as migratory water birds and waterside birds, this sanctuary is also inhabited by Sambar, Chital, Nilgai and Boar.
More than 300 species of birds are found in this small wildlife park of 29-sq-kms of which 11-sq-kms are marshes and the rest scrubland and grassland. Keoladeo, the name derives from an ancient Hindu temple, devoted to Lord Shiva, which stands at the centre of the park. 'Ghana' means dense, referring to the thick forest, which used to cover the area.
Upon arrival check-in to the hotel.
The major attractions of tourists visiting the park are the numerous migratory birds, who come from as far away as Siberia and Central Asia and spend their winters in Bharatpur, before returning to their breeding grounds. Migratory birds at Bharatpur bird sanctuary include, several species of Cranes, Pelicans, Geese, Ducks, Eagles, Hawks, Shanks, Stints, Wagtails, Warblers, Wheatears, Flycatchers, Buntings, Larks and Pipits, etc.
Enjoy evening visit to the park. The expert opinion of the accompanying naturalist will give you a better insight into the dwelling habits of the various species of birds documented in the Park. Make your bird watching experience even more enjoyable with a rickshaw or a bicycle ride to explore the rich and
Overnight stay at hotel.
Followed by breakfast leave (01 hr approx) for Agra en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri,check-in to hotel.
Later move out for the sightseeing tour of the magnificent Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.
Taj Mahal - "the epitome of love" and "a monument of immeasurable beauty". The beauty of this magnificent monument is such that it is beyond the scope of words. The thoughts that come into the mind while watching the Taj Mahal is not just its phenomenal beauty, but the immense love which was the reason behind its construction. Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan got this monument constructed in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, with whom he fell in love at the first sight. The very first sight of the Taj Mahal, the epitome of love and romance leaves one mesmerized.
Agra Fort – a UNESCO World Heritage site and also known as Red Fort, founded by the famous Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, is predominantly of red sandstone. Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction. It lies on the bend of the river Yamuna, almost in the heart of the town. Akbar built it as his citadel over the years 1563-73 in the finest architectural style. It has imposing gates and walls of red sandstone and a moat.
Overnight at hotel.
This morning, you will be driven (06 hrs drive approx) to Orchha, arrive and check-in to the hotel.
Orchha’s grandeur has been captured in stone, frozen in time & a rich legacy to the ages. For, on this medieval city, the hand of time has rested lightly: the palaces and the temples built by its Bundela rulers in the 16th and 17th century retain much of their pristine glory. Jahangir Mahal, a tiered place crowned by graceful chhatris has a spectacular view of soaring temple spires & cenotaphs.
In the afternoon, you will visit the town with chauffer. You will visit Chaturbhuj Temple, an important place of religious and tourist attraction of Orchha; Ram Raja Temple, represents the rich religious legacy and mythological ancestry of the ancient times; Dinmal Hardaul’s Palace, an architectural marvel of the ancient times.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
After breakfast at hotel leave(04 hrs drive approx) for Khajuraho, upon arrival check-in to the hotel.
Khajuraho: In the temple architecture of India, the Khajuraho complex remains unique. 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, came up on one site, near the village of Khajuraho. The amazingly short span of 100 years, from 950 AD - 1050 AD, saw the completion of all the temples, in an inspired burst of creativity. Today, of the original 85, only 20 have survived the ravages of time; these remain as a collective paean to life, to joy and to creativity; to the ultimate fusion of man with his creator.
Afternoon proceed to visit Eastern Temples, include three Brahmanical temples known as Brahma, Vamana and Javari and three Jain temples, the Ghantai, Adinath and Parsvanath. Western temples including Lakshmana Temple, the Matangesvara Temple and the Varaha Temple form one complex and the Viswanath and Nandi temples. Overnight stay.
After breakfast proceed to Panna National Park, situated in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, at a distance of around 50 km from Khajuraho. The region, famous for its diamond industry, is also home to some of the best wildlife species in India and is one of the most famous Tiger Reserves in the country. The park is known worldwide for its wild cats, including tigers as well as deer and antelope. Due to its closeness to one of the best-known Indian tourist attraction in India, Khajuraho, the park is recognized as an exciting stop-over destination.
The climate of the region is tropical. Summers, somewhat scorching, are when one has the maximum chances of encountering the exclusive wildlife of this park. Winters are cold and comfortable and the temperature generally remains under 25°C. Monsoon touches this region in July and continues till mid-September.
Afternnoon enjoy jungle safari by jeep to see flora and fauna in their natural habitat. Overnight stay.
Early morning leave for park safari by jeep and explore the various possibilities to witness the wild cats and other animals. After breakfast leave for Bandhavgarh - The thick forest of Bandhavgarh National Park sits in a bowl encircled by cliffs and wooded Vindhyanchal mountains, and its plains have a number of grass and reed covered wetlands where Kingfishers dive and Egrets sit poised, hunch-backed, in the shallows. Up above, vultures nestle in holes in the sheer cliffs. The Bandhavgarh jungle, when it is large enough, becomes a living self-sustaining organism providing its own climate, atmosphere, water and nutrition through its recycling systems. It even has a sleep wake cycle. As more light fills the sky, Bandhavgarh begins to awaken.
Upon arrival check in hotel/resort. Overnigth stay.
Experience the thrill of a safari (Morning and afternoon) inside the park. The excitement of Safari to spot the majestic tigers and other wildlife at the park will make you wish that it does not come to an end.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Morning breafast at resort and drive to Kanha - kanha's sal and bamboo forests, rolling grasslands and meandering streams stretch over 940 sq km in dramatic natural splendour. This is original Kipling country, of which he wrote so vividly in his Jungle Book. The same abundance of wildlife species exists today in Kanha National Park, which forms the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve created in 1974 under Project Tiger. The park is the only habitat of the rare hardground barasingha (Cervus Duvaceli Branderi). In the 1930s, the Kanha area was divided into two sanctuaries: Hallon and Banjar, of 250 sq km and 300 sq km each. Though one of these was subsequently disbanded, the area remained a protected one until 1947. Depletion of the tiger population in the years that followed led to the area being made an absolute sanctuary in 1952. By a special statute in 1955, Kanha National Park came into being. Since then, a series of stringent conservation programmes for the protection of the park's flora and fauna has given Kanha its deserved reputation for being one of the finest and best administered National Parks in Asia, an irresistible attraction for all wildlife lovers and a true haven for its animal and avian population.
Upon arrival check-in to hotel/resort. Afternoon leave to visit park by jeep/canter. Overnight stay.
Morning and afternoon, enjoy jeep safari at Kanha for tiger tracking, exploring the park's natural wilds and birds. Overnight at the hotel.
Morning breakfast at hotel you will be driven to Jabalpur airport to board on flight for onward destination.