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Temples, Tigers And The Taj - 8 Nights/ 9 Days

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Duration :5 Night/6 Days
Places : Delhi->Khajuraho->Bandhavgarh->Agra

Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive DELHI

Arrive Delhi. After you have cleared immigration and customs formalities, you are met outside the International Arrivals Hall and transferred to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: In DELHI

After breakfast, spend the day exploring India’s capital. In Old Delhi, visit the Red Fort, built in 1648 during the reign of Shah Jehan in red sandstone, which gave the fort its name. Jama Masjid is India's largest mosque, built of red sandstone and white marble in the middle of the 17th century. Chandni Chowk (Silver Street), once the imperial avenue down which Shah Jehan rode at the head of lavish cavalcades, is today bustling with shops, stalls and silversmiths' ateliers.
In the afternoon, sightseeing of New Delhi includes a visit to India Gate, built in memory of Indian soldiers killed during the First World War. Rashtrapati Bhawan, built in the early 20th century as the Imperial residence of the Viceroy is today the official residence of the President of India and Parliament House, an unique circular building with huge colonnades, houses the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament. Connaught Circus is the commercial hub of New Delhi. One of Delhi’s most striking monuments is the 70-meter high Qutb Minar, which looms majestically across the wide plains of Delhi. Overnight at the hotel.


After breakfast transfer to the airport for flight to Khajuraho. You are met on arrival and transferred to the hotel.
After lunch, take a tour of the temples. Khajuraho is renowned the world over for its fine temples, built between 950 and 1050 AD, which are among the most creative examples of Indian architecture. Only 22 of the original 85 temples survive today. The most popular theme is woman: reflective, playful, amorous. The carvings also depict gods in cosmic evolution, griffins, nymphs, beasts, demons in revolt and the several emotions of man - fear, doubt, jealousy, ardent love and consummate passion.
The western group, contained within a fenced enclosure, is well maintained as a park. The large Lakshmana Temple is dedicated to Vishnu and is one of the earliest of the western enclosure temples, dating from 930-950 AD. It is also one of the best preserved, with a full five-part floor plan and four subsidiary shrines. The Vahara Temple, dedicated to Vishnu’s boar incarnation (Vahara avatar) faces the Matangesvara Temple and has a huge solid and intricately carved figure of the boar incarnation, dating from around 900 AD.
The Kandariya Mahadev Temple is not only the largest but also artistically and architecturally the most perfect. Build between 1025 and 1050 AD, it represents Chandela at its finest. The Mahadeva Temple is small and mainly ruined. However, it houses one of Khajuraho’s best sculptures - a fine sardula figure caressing a lion. The Devi Jagadamba Temple was probably originally dedicated to Vishnu, but later changed to Parvati and then Kali.
The Chitragupta Temple is unique in being dedicated to the Sun God, Surya. The Matangesvara Temple, standing next to the Lakshmana Temple, is not within the fenced enclose, because it is still in everyday use, unlike all the old temples. Overnight at the hotel.


After breakfast depart for Bandhavgarh National Park. The 6- to 7-hour drive is interesting, passing through forested and agricultural land. The road crosses the Ken River, a tributary of the Ganges. Some stretches of the river have been declared a sanctuary for the gharial - a rare fish-eating crocodile. Also pass through the small town of Panna, famous for its diamond mines.
From Satna, the mid-way point, turn off on a subsidiary road across the ridges of the Vindyachal to Bandhavgarh National Park. On arrival check in at the Camp.
In the late afternoon take a jeep ride in the park to view some of the game found here: Cheetal (Spotted deer), Sambar, barking deer, Chowsingha (four-horned antelope), wild boar, Nilgai (blue bull), wild boar, langur, Rhesus macaque, Dhole (Asian wild dog) and a variety of birds. In the evening there is a slide show or lecture on the park and its flora and fauna, with resident naturalists always on hand to answer any queries you may have. Dinner and overnight at BANDHAVGARH JUNGLE CAMP.


Early morning visit to the Park in search of the Royal Bengal Tiger and other game. Bandhavgarh is renowned, and justly so, for the relatively easy sighting of tiger, especially by daylight.
Before returning to the camp for breakfast, you can visit some of the ancient monuments found here, including a huge 10-meter status of Vishnu, reclining on a bed of serpents. There are also several ancient cave dwellings in the area - the inscriptions on their walls have yet to be identified. The rest of the morning is at leisure. Lunch at the camp.
In the afternoon take another jeep drive in the Park. With a road network of over 200 km, it is possible to cover every habitat type in the park. Return to the Camp for dinner. Overnight at BANDHAVGARH JUNGLE CAMP.


Early morning and late afternoon game viewing safaris in the park. All meals and overnight at BANDHAVGARH JUNGLE CAMP.


Early morning game viewing safari in the park. Return to the Camp for breakfast, before departing on the return drive to Khajuraho. Transfer to the airport for flight to Agra. You are met on arrival and transferred to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8: In AGRA

After breakfast drive for an hour to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted sandstone city, which was the glorious but short-lived imperial capital of Akbar, the greatest of Mughal emperors. Lying on a rocky ridge, it is today a haunting complex of empty palaces, forts and mosques.
A variety of architectural styles are found, since craftsmen representing many schools were employed. Return to Agra by lunchtime.
In the afternoon visit the red sandstone Agra Fort, which stands like a crescent on the banks of the Jamuna river, enclosed by forbidding 20-m high walls, with a 12-m moat between them. Three successive Mughal emperors - Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jehan - helped create this massive structure which contains Hindu and Muslim architecture.
The highlight of your trip will probably be a visit to the Taj Mahal, surely the greatest monument to love and one of the wonders of the modern world.
Completed in 1652, skilled craftsmen from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and some 20,000 labourers worked for 17 years to build this edifice, constructed by emperor Shah Jehan as a mausoleum for his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. Marble was brought from Makrana, near Jodhpur and precious stones of onyx, amethyst, malachite, lapis lazuli, turquoise, jade, crystal and mother of pearl were carried to Agra from Persia, Russia, Afghanistan, Tibet, China and the Indian Ocean. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 9: Drive AGRA to DELHI, depart DELHI

After breakfast there is time to relax at the hotel or explore Agra’s bazaars and craftsmen’s ateliers.
Depart on the 5-hour drive to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi transfer into town (no hotel room). You have free time to shop before evening transfer to the airport for onward flight home.



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