15 DAYS & 14 NIGHTS
DELHI | RANTHAMBHORE | AGRA | KHAJURAHO | BANDHAV GARH | KANHA
The exquisite flora and fauna of India forms a part of the natural treasures found in this country. Wildlife enthusiasts from all over the world visit this country to explore its beautiful variety of wildlife species. Among them, tiger has been the topic of discussion for being one of the most endangered species. The ‘Indian Tiger Trail’ tour package will take you to the three famous tiger reserves- Ranthambore National Park, Bandhavgarh National Park and Kanha National Park.
Meet/Assist upon arrival by our travel executive.(Check-in time 1400hrs)
Transfer to your Hotel.Briefing of the tour by the executive
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Depart for full day tour of Old & New DelhiVisit Jama Masjid – the Great Mughal Mosque, It is the largest mosque in India. Located in Old Delhi, the mosque has the capacity to accommodate 25000 devotees. Jama Masjid was completed in 1656 AD and again the great Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan is behind this architectural masterpiece. Close to some 5000 craftsmen were involved in the construction of the mosque.
Enjoy Cycle rickshaw ride in Chandani Chownk.Then visit Raj Ghat (The cremation ground of the father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi)
After Lunch visit New DelhiVisit Humayun's Tomb (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE) - Humayun's tomb is believed to have been designed in 1565 AD by the widow of Mughal emperor Humayun. Its plan is based on the description of Islamic paradise garden and is known to have inspired the TajMahal and many later Mughal tombs. This type of garden is known as a charbagh and is based on a grid.
Continue your tour with Qutab Minar(UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE)–Qutab Minar is 73 meters high which tapers from a 15 m diameter base to just 2.5 m at the top. The walls consist intricately carved quotations from Koran and is one of the most perfect towers of the Persian world),at last enter the Lutyens Delhi and drive through India Gate(The war memorial) and President's Palace.Overnight at hotel
Morning is free to relaxTransfer to Delhi train station in time to board train to Sawai Madhopur (Travel in AC Chair Car)
Meet/Assist on arrival and transfer to hotelRanthambore National Park is one of the biggest and most renowned National Park in Northern India.Located in Eastern Rajasthan at the confluence of the Aravali hill ranges and the Vindhyan plateau, the Ranthambore National Park comprises of six man-made lakes and many perennial streams. Nestled between the Aravali and Vindhya mountain ranges, the Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan is a rugged terrain with dense deciduous forests.
This park in Rajasthan, which was declared a game sanctuary in 1955, was given the status of a national park in 1980. This tiger reserve in India occupied an area of 1,334 sq km.Late afternoon enjoy sharing Jeep safari into the park.
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Breakfast in the hotel.Afternoon is free to relax.
Late afternoon again enjoy shared jeep safari into the park.Overnight at hotel
Depart for Agra en route visiting Fatehpur SikriThe Mughal Emperor Akbar built Fatehpūr Sikrī about 35 km from Agra, and moved his capital there. Later abandoned, the site displays a number of buildings of significant historical importance. A World Heritage Site, it is visited by most tourists. The name of the place came about after the Mughal Emperor Barbar defeated Rana Sanga in a battle at a place called Sikrī . Then the Mughal Emperor Akbar wanted to make Fatehpūr Sikrī his head quarters, so he built a majestic fort; due to shortage of water, however,
Continue your drive to Agra and check in at hotelOvernight at hotel
Depart for sightseeing tour of Agra visiting Taj Mahal (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE)Described as a most extravagant monument ever built for love, this sublime Mughal mausoleum is India’s most ogled icon. The Taj was built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial for his second wife, MumtazMahal, who died giving birth to their 14th child in 1631. The death of Mumtaz left the emperor so heartbroken that his hair is said to have turned grey virtually overnight. Construction of the Taj began in the same year and was not completed until 1653. Not long after it was finished, Shah Jahan was overthrown by his son Aurangzeb and imprisoned in Agra Fort where, for the rest of his days, he could only gaze out at his creation through a window. Following his death in 1666, Shah Jahan was buried here alongside Mumtaz
After Taj visit local market and a marble factory where you can actually see the inlay work being done on marble like it was done for Taj in the past. Continue your drive to Agra Fort (sometimes called the Red Fort), which was commissioned by the great Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565, and is another of Agra's World Heritage Sites. A stone tablet at the gate of the Fort states that it had been built before 1000 but was later renovated by Akbar. The red sandstone fort was converted into a palace during Shah Jahan’s time, and reworked extensively with marble &Pietra durainlay. Notable buildings in the fort include the Pearl Mosque, the Diwan-e'Ām and Dīwān-e-Khās (halls of public and private audience), Jahagir Palace, KhāsMahal, Sheesh Mahal (mirrored palace),Overnight at hotel
Transfer to Agra train station in time to connect train to JhansiMeet/Assist on arrival and drive to Khajuhrao via visiting Orchha
Orchha Fort -Reached by an arched bridge and the three palaces set in an open courtyard within the fort are the first buildings to explore. The tiered Jahangir Mahal was built in 1606 to commemorate the visit of Emperor Jahangir in 1606. The Raj Mahal, to the right of the courtyard, was built by Madhukar Shah and has bold colorful murals inside. The third palace, is the Rai Praveen Mahal, which is a two storey brick structure set in the gardens of Anand Mahal. Of the many temples within the fort, three are especially worth visiting. The Ram Raja Mandir was originally a palace and became a temple more by accident than design. An image of Ram was installed while the temple, The Chaturbhuj was being built for it. For some reason the image could not be moved from the palace and despite its spires and ornate decoration became a sacred place. Linked to the Ram Raja is the Lakshminarayan temple, the interiors of which have some of the best preserved murals and wall paintings in Orchha.
Continue your drive to Khajuhrao a small town located in the Bundelkhand region (Chhatarpur District) of Madhya Pradesh and is famous for groups of Hindu and Jain temples. These temples are UNESCO World Heritage Sites for their beautiful and erotic rock carvings. On arrival check in at hotel.Rest of the day is free to relax.
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Depart for sightseeing tour of Eastern or Western Group of Temples of Khajuraho.Western Group of Temples
Lakhmana Temple - The oldest and finest of the western group of temples, named after the ruler that built the temple. The A horizontal beam over the entrance of this beautiful Vaishnavite temple shows the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva with Lakshmi, Vishnus consort.Kandariya Mahadeo Temple - This temple is decorated with a profusion of sculptures that are among the greatest masterpieces of Indian art. Devi Jagdamba Temple - Dedicated to the Goddess (devi), this is smaller and much more delicately proportioned temple and is home to some of the finest sculptures of Khajuraho.The garbha griha has a huge image of the Devi of the Universe (Jagdambi), though it appears to have started as a Vishnu temple. It has the usual three bands of sculptures, but the third and most uppermost of these houses some of the most erotic sculptures.
Chaunsat Yogini - The only granite temple in the Khajuraho groupChitragupta Temple - is dedicated to the Sun God (Surya), it faces eastward to the rising sun
Matanageswara Temple - A temple dedicated to Shiva, a huge 8ft Lingam adorns the temple.Eastern Group of Temples
Parsvanath Temple - Largest among the group, with exquisite carvings in detail. The sculptures on the northern outer wall are the highlights of this temple. The image was installed in 1860.Ghantai Temple - This Jain temple has a frieze which depicts the 16 dreams of Mahavira's mother, and a jain goddess on a winged Garuda.
Adinath Temple - Dedicated to Jain saint, adinath, the temple is lavishly embellished with sculpted figures, including yakshis.Hanuman Temple
Brahma Temple - considered to be one of the oldest temples of Khajuraho made entirely in granite and sandstone, is dedicated to Vishnu.Vamana Temple - is the dwarf form of Lord Vishnu, located in a secluded place and is known for its simple architecture.
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Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the wild life sanctuaries in the Indian state Madhya Pradesh. The national park is situated at 197 km away north-east of Jabalpur. This wild life park derived its very name from an ancient fort in the area. Bandhawgarh National Park belongs to the Vindhyan mountain ranges of central India and it boasts to have the highest density of tiger population in the country. Now there are about 46 to 52 tigers one can spot here. The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is one of the highest known in India. The park has a large breeding population of Leopards and various species of deerOvernight at hotel
Note: Bandhavgarh & Kanha National Park are closed on Wednesday afternoons (in lieu of this walks to the village, village school, nature walks, birding, bicyle trips class etc are done)
The forests of Bandhavgarh are the white tiger jungles of the yesteryears. However, no white tigers have been reported from the wild in the last 50 years, and it is believed that less than a dozen have been seen in India in about a hundred years. And yet when white tigers were sighted, it was right here in Bandhavgarh.Wandering through the Bandhavgarh national park on an Elephant Back, the chances of seeing a tiger are quite good. Among the other wild attractions include, Nilgai, Chausingha, Chital, Chinkara, Wild Boar and sometimes a Fox or Jackal.
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Depart for Kanha National Park & check in at hotel.Rest of the day is free to relax
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Kanha boasts of about 22 species of mammals. Some of the inhabitants of this park are the gaur, the largest of the world's cattle; the sambar, the largest Indian deer; and the chausingha, the only four-horned antelopein the world. Other frequent visitors include the Nilgai antelope, thesloth bear, the dhole, or Indian wild dog, and an occasional panther. Some 200 species of birds inhabit the park, which include the cattle egret, blackibis, hawk eagle, and the red-wattled lapwing. Shravantal is an old, earthen bound tank in the central Kanha meadows, which happens to be an important watering hole, for a large number of water fowl in winter. Bamni Dadar, known as Sunset Point, is the most beautiful section of the park, and the view of the sunset from this spot is absolutely mesmerizing. Quite a few animals can be sighted around this area which include the sambar, gaur, the four-horned antelope and the barking deerOvernight at hotel
Depart for Jabalpur airport in time to connect flight to Delhi.Meet/Assist upon arrival by our representative at Delhi Airport.
Transfer & Check in at hotelOvernight at hotel
Transfer to Delhi International airport in time to connect your onward fight to next destination.Note: Hotels check-in time 1400hrs & check-out time 1000hrs
COST & INCLUSIONS
|Delhi||The Lalit||Surya Hotel|
|Khajuraho||The Lalit||Ramda Plaza|
|Bandipur||Jungle Lodge||Jungle Lodge|
|Kanha||Jungle Lodge||Jungle Lodge|
|Delhi||The Lalit||Suryaa Hotel|
Share twin room with breakfast & taxes;
Transfers & sightseeing tours by Air Conditioned vehicle;
Services of English speaking local guides/naturlist;
Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi
2 Jeep Safari in Ranthambhore, Bandhavgarh & Kanha;
All meals during stay in Ranthambhore, Bandhavgarh & Kanha;
Present Applicable taxes as on 15th Oct 2017
Entrance tickets to Monuments;
International & domestic Airfare;
Visa fee & Insurance;
Items of personal nature i.e. laundry, telephone, camera fee, drinks & tips etc;