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Wildlife tour of North India 16 Nights / 17 Days

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Wildlife tour of North India

Duration Of This Tour Package : 16 Nights / 17 Days

Destination Covered In This Tour Package :

Delhi > Jaipur > Ranthambore > Bharatpur > Agra > Umaria > Bandhavgarh > Kanha > Nagpur > Mumbai


Travel Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Delhi

Arrival at airport by an International flight, after a warm welcome our representative would assist you at airport & transfer to hotel for check in. Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which combines in its folds the ancient with modern. Its well planned location was the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of supremacy. In fact, more mythological cities are believed to be here, like the city of Indraprastha from the Hindu epic Mahabharata, founded around 5000 BC. Numerous monuments were made over several centuries by different rulers like Qutub-ud-din Aibek, Alauddin Khilji, Tughlaks, Humayun & Shah Jahan, who made the Walled City Shah Jahanabad.,later in first half of 20th century much of New Delhi was disigned by Sir Edwin Lutyens, who laid out a grandiose central administrative area as a testament to British rule in India. The division in walled city & New Delhi also marks the division in life styles. Overnight stay will be at Hotel there.

Day 02: Delhi

Today you will be taken to a guided tour of Old Delhi, the 17th century walled city of Shah Jahanabad, visiting the great Jama Masjid, the principal mosque of Old Delhi. Built in the year 1656 AD by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, it is the largest and the famous mosque in India. Later we will  walk down or take a rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk, the old marketplace of Shah Jahanabad now a picturesque bazaar to reach Red Fort, built in the year 1648 by Shah Jehan. In New Delhi, you visit Raj Ghat, monuments of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. It is made of a  simple black marble platform that marks the spot of his cremation on 31 January 1948. Further you drive past India Gate, memorial was made in the year 1931 to commemorate the Indian soldiers who sacrificed their life in the World War I & the Afghan Wars. The names of the soldiers who died in these wars are inscribed on the walls. We visit the President's House,constructed in the year 1931.

Until 1950 it was called Viceroy's House and served as the residence of the Governor-General of British India. You will also visit Humayun's Tomb, memorial of Mughal Emperor Humayun, made in the year 1562. The complex is a World Heritage Site & the first example of this type of Mughal architecture in India. Also we visit Qutub Minar, built in 1206 by Qutub-ud-din Aibek. It is the tallest (72m) brick minaret in the world, an important example of Indo-Islamic Architecture. Qutub Minar & its memorials are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight  stay will be at Hotel – Delhi (B), Hawa mahal, Jaipur

Day 03: Delhi – Jaipur (262 Km / 5 Hrs)

Today you will drive to Jaipur, popularly known as Pink City, the flamboyant & colourful capital of Rajasthan. With its rich & colourful past, resplendent with tales of valour & bravery, it is now known as one of the most important heritage cities in India. The city was founded in the year 1728 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber. It remains the only city in the world signifies the nine divisions of the universe, through nine rectangular sectors. Optional Chokhi Dhani, An evening excursion to Chokhi Dhani complex, ethnic village Resort situated at a distance of 15 km from Jaipur. Rajasthani village atmosphere is recreated on the rambling ground & includes the entertainment by folk dancers & musicians. Later  we will drive back to hotel. Overnight stay will be at Hotel – Jaipur (B)

Day 04: Jaipur

Today you will be taken to an excursion to Amber Fort, the palace complex which stands to this date was commenced under the reign of Raja Man Singh. we will take an Elephant ride to reach the Fort situated on the hill, an overwhelming experience. Later we shall visit the City Palace , a perfect blend of Rajasthani & Mughal architecture. The center of the palace is a seven-storied building called Chandra Palace, with fine views over the gardens & the city. next you visit Jantar Mantar (Solar Observatory), an astronomical treasure house, with solar devices that give accurate predictions till date. You will also visit Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), a five-storied structure of pink sandstone. It was made in the year 1799 so that veiled royal women could peer down the busy street market unseen by the world through its 593 stone Jharokas (mini windows). Overnight stay will be at Hotel – Jaipur (B)

Day 05: Jaipur – Ranthambore (180 Km / 4 Hrs)

Today you will drive to Ranthambore National Park, bounded to the north by Banas River & to the Chambal River in the south. It was named after historic Ranthambhore fortress, which lies within the park. The Park was established as Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary in the year 1955 by the Indian Government & was announced as Project Tiger reserves in the year 1973. It became National Park in the year 1980 & later in the year 1991 the tiger reserve was engorged to include Sawai Man Singh & Keladevi sanctuaries, total area 1334 km. It is known for its tiger population. Other Major wild animals found in the national park include the tiger, leopard, nilgai, dhole, wild pig, sambar, chital & the gaur. It is also known as a home to wide variety of trees, plants, birds & reptiles. In the Evening, we take a Jeep safari to try luck in spotting the Tigers. Overnight  stay will be at Wildlife Resort – Ranthambore (B, L, D)

Day 06: Ranthambore

Before having Breakfast in the morning, we will take Jeep Safari to the Tiger Reserve, since becoming one of the original areas under Project, the park has recovered much of its natural beauty & dry deciduous forest has been restored. Later we shall visit the Ranthambore Fort, founded in the year 944 by the Chauhan Rajputs. After the overcome of the Chauhan king Prithviraj III by Muhammad of Ghori in the year 1192. It led by Govinda Raja, grandson of Prithviraj turned into the center of Chauhan resistance to the expanding Sultanate of Delhi. after many battles & rulers, it came in hands of Mughal Emperor Akbar in the year 1559. The fortress passed to the Kachhawa Maharajas of Jaipur in the 17th century & it remained part of Jaipur state until Indian Independence. The area surrounding the fortress turned into a hunting ground for the Maharajas of Jaipur. Overnight  stay will be at Wildlife Resort – Ranthambore (B, L, D).

Day 07: Ranthambore – Bharatpur (245 Km / 6 Hrs)

After having morning safari, you will drive to Bharatpur, founded by Maharaja Suraj Mal in the year 1733. It was once an impregnable, well-fortified city, & the capital of a kingdom ruled by Jat maharajas. The trio of Bharatpur, Deeg & Dholpur has played an important role in the Jat history of Rajasthan. Sanctuary was before known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary & now known as Keoladeo National Park. The name Keoladeo is derived from the name of an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the sanctuary's central zone while the Hindi term 'Ghana' implies dense, thick areas of forest cover. This is a wonderful park having one of the World's greatest & most important heronries.

It is located at the confluence of Ghambhir & Banganga Rivers in Bharatpur district. Now a World Heritage site, this former duck-hunting reserve of the Maharajas is one of the big  wintering areas for large numbers of  birds from Afghanistan, Siberia & Turkmenistan. Some 364 species of birds, including  Siberian Crane, have been seen in the park. Overnight stay will be at Wildlife Resort – Bharatpur (B, L, D), Agra Fort .

Day 08: Bharatpur – Agra via Fatehpur Sikri (55 Km / 1 Hr)

Early morning you do birds viewing by cycle Rikshaw along with a naturalist. Later we will drive to Agra, en route visiting Fatehpur Sikri (Ghost Capital), the political capital of India's Mughal Empire under Akbar's reign, from the year 1571 until 1585, when it was neglected ostensibly due to lack of water. We shall visit Emperor Akbar's Residential complex, Mosque & Tomb of Salim Chisti. Further we  will continue our drive to Agra , beautifully situated on the banks of river Yamuna. It accomplished prominence as the capital of the Mughal Emperors from the year 1526 to 1628, remains major tourist destination because of its many glorious Mughal-era monuments, most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort & Fatehpur Sikri, all three are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Overnight stay will be at Hotel – Agra (B).

Day 09: Agra - Umaria (By Overnight Train No. 8478 - 1540 / 0525 Hrs)

Today you will visit Taj Mahal (remains closed on Friday's), symbol of eternal love, which stands on the banks of River Yamuna. It was made by the 5th Mughal emperor, Shah Jehan in the year 1631 in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It was finished in 22 years. Further you visit Agra Fort, taken over from the Lodhis by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the late 16th century. The Fort can be more accurately explained as a walled palatial city. It was made from red sandstone, often inlaid with white marble & intricate decorations. Afternoon you will be taken to an overnight train to Umaria. Overnight stay will be on Board (B).

Day 10: Umaria - Bandhavgarh National Park (35 Km / 0.5 Hrs)

In the morning, you will reach in Umaria and drive to Bandhavgarh National Park, situated in Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh, India. It was stated  a National Park in the year 1968. It's a small National Park, compact, yet full of game. The density of the tiger population here is the highest acknowledged in India. This is also white tiger country. These have been found in the old state of Rewa for many years, the last known captured was in the year 1951. There are also 39 caves recorded in the Bandhavgarh Fort. The oldest cave is from 1st century. Several caves carry inscriptions in Brahmi script & some of them (caves) have embossed figure such as those of tiger, pig, elephant & horseman. Badi Gufa, the largest cave, has broad entrance, nine small rooms & several pillars. It has been dated back to the 10th century. The cave appears to be primitive lacking the elaborate statues & carvings seen in the caves of Buddhist period. Later in the afternoon you will be taken to a Jeep safari. Overnight stay will be at Wildlife Resort -Bandhavgarh (B, L, D)

Day 11: Bandhavgarh National Park

Today morning  you will  take an Elephant Safari in the Jungle, a unforgettable experience. Also enjoy a good wild photography in the jungle from an elephant's back. Later we will visit the Bandhavgarh Fort & Caves. Also twe will ake a Jeep Safari in the afternoon. Overnight stay will be at Wildlife Resort -Bandhavgarh (B, L, D)

Day 12: Bandhavgarh National Park

Today we will take morning and afternoon Jungle Safaris and join the activities at the resort. Overnight  stay will be at Wildlife Resort - Bandhavgarh (B, L, D) Kanha National Park

Day 13: Bandhavgarh – Kanha National Park (230 Km / 6 Hrs)

You will drive to Kanha National Park, part of Project Tiger, located in Madhya Pradesh. In the 1930s, the Kanha area was separated into two sanctuaries, Hallon & Banjar. It was made in the year 1955. The lowland forest is a mixture of sal & other trees, interspersed with meadows. The highland forests are of a completely different nature. A very gorgeous Indian ghost tree can be seen in the dense. Kanha is home to about 22 species of mammals & about 300 species of birds. Commonly observed mammals includes the Common Grey Langur, Wild Boar, Chital, Chowsingha, Sambar & Barasingha or Swamp deer (this is the hard ground swamp deer, found only in Kanha). One can also find leopards, the Sloth bear & Indian wild dog. Very rarely seen are the Indian wolves which live in the far east of the park. It comes out after dark which is not a visiting hour. The Nilgai (blue bull), though rare, can  be easily found in Kanha. Overnight stay will be at Wildlife Resort – Kanha (B, L, D)

Day 14: Kanha National Park

Today you will go for Morning and Afternoon exiting Jungle Safaris and join the activities at the resort. Overnight stay will be at Wildlife Resort – Kanha (B, L, D)

Day 15: Kanha – Nagpur (270 Km / 6 Hrs) - Mumbai (Flight)

Take a morning game safari and drive down to Nagpur to catch flight for Mumbai. Mumbai is an archipelago of seven islands. Artifacts found that these islands had been occupied since the Stone Age & documented evidence of human habitation dates back to 250 BC. In the 3rd century BC, the islands formed part of the Maurya Empire. In 1534, Portuguese appropriated islands from king of Gujarat later surrendered to Charles II of England in 1661, as dowry for Catherine de Braganza. These islands were in turn leased to the British East India Company in 1668. Overnight stay will be at Hotel – Mumbai (B) Gateway of India, Mumbai

Day 16: Mumbai

First we will visit Gateway of India. It was made to commemorate the visit of King George V in 1911. Later you will enjoy an hour's boat ride to the tranquil forested island of Elephanta, one of the most atmospheric places in Bombay. The chief attraction of the island is its antique cave temple whose Shiva sculpture is a fine example of Hindu architecture. In the afternoon visit Jehangir Art Gallery and the Prince of Wales Museum, Victoria Terminus, Hanging Gardens, Jain Temple and Mani Bhavan – Gandhi's Bombay base between 1917 & 1934, this house is now a permanent memorial to the Mahatma. Overnight stay will be at Hotel – Mumbai (B)

Day 17: Depart Mumbai

Today you will be transferred to the International airport to board your flight for onward travel.

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