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India: Tigers & Temples (14 days)

Depart any day of the week on our journey to India to experience exotic wildlife, cultural splendour and magnificent scenery.

Spend time in Old Delhi marveling at the sites. Continue to Rajasthan visiting the temples, forts, palaces and desert landscapes in Jaipur, Bharatpur and Ranthambore.  Depart by air or on an overnight train journey to Kanha and Bandhavgarh Parks, the country Rudyard Kipling so vividly described in the "Jungle Book". Here we will again search for Indian tiger and a range of birds and wildlife. It is eady then to add the fabulous temples of Khajuraho and the pilgrim centre of Varanassi.


2016 - 2017 Departure Dates & Costs

Daily departures based on minimum 2 persons
Tour cost: $ 2,540 USD / $ 3,340 CAD per person based on twin for First class hotels
$ 2,920 USD/$ 3,775 CAD for Deluxe hotels

Single supplement $ 985 USD/ $ 1,180 CAD
Airfare if travelling by air instead of train Delhi / Jabalpur (Bandavgarh) $ 160 USD
Itinerary can be modified to suit your time and interests - ask for details


Itinerary

Red Fort Day 1 ARRIVE DELHI
After clearing immigration and customs, you step into the receiving area where you will be met by our representative and transferred to the hotel. Arrive and check-in at the hotel for 2 nights.

Day 2 DELHI (B)
After breakfast, experience the combined charm of Old and New Delhi. The day begins with the sightseeing of Old Delhi and a visit to the Raj Ghat. Drive past the Red Fort on your way to the Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. A tour through the bazaars of Chandni Chowk is followed by a drive past the historical India Gate, the President’s estate and the Parliament House. The day is concluded with a visit to the capital’s most striking monument; the 70 meter high Qutab Minar. 

Suggestion: You might wish to explore the popular Khan market and enjoy dinner at the charming The Lodi restaurant.

Day 3 DELHI-JAIPUR (B)
Morning drive to Jaipur, the home of India’s legendary Hindu warriors, whose historic forts, palaces, and gardens lend a timeless quality to this storied region. On arrival, check into the hotel.

Day 4 JAIPUR (B)
Full day sightseeing of Jaipur including a visit to the Amber Fort and a photo stop at the Palace of the Winds, the Hawa Mahal in the morning. A visit to the City Palace in the afternoon, which now houses the royal residence and museums with a fine collection of textiles and costumes, armory, manuscripts and paintings, followed by a stopover at Jantar Mantar, wraps up the day. Explore the local markets.

Suggestion: Sound and light show in the evening at the Amber fort which beautifully portrays the history of Jaipur.

Day 5 JAIPUR-RANTHAMBORE (B,L,D)
After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Ranthambore. On arrival at Ranthambore, check-in to the hotel. Bordering the outer fringes of the Thar Desert and the former hunting grounds of the Maharajah of Jaipur, Ranthambore is now a 512-square-mile natural preserve (one of India’s largest) that is home to diverse plant life; historic ruins; and hundreds of species of birds, reptiles, mammals, and of course, Bengal tigers.This afternoon we take a game drive through the Park, whose mission is to help preserve and protect the endangered Bengals. Lunch and dinner at the lodge.

Day 6 RANTHAMBORE (B,L,D)
On today’s morning and afternoon game drives, we are sure to see more game (we will search for tiger and leopard although sightings are not guaranteed).  We will also visit the Ranthambore fort which gives a beautiful view of the Ranthambore National Park.

Day 7 RANTHAMBORE-BHARATPUR (B,L,D)
Morning after breakfast, drive to Bharatpur, On arrival at Bharatpur check in to the hotel. In the late afternoon we take a rickshaw and visit keoladeo bird sanctuary to see the birds in their habitat. Colorful kingfishers, graceful pelicans rare Siberian cranes and Trans- continental fliers - the migratory water - fowl are amongst the 375 species of birds found in the Keoladeo National Park. The most spectacular nesting is that of the egrets, storks, herons and cormorants, which make over 10,000 nests every year. This makes outstanding bird havens of the world. The park covers an area of 28.73km.

Day 8 BHARATPUR-AGRA (B)
Early morning, take a rickshaw and leave for the park for bird viewing.Later return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, checkout from the hotel and drive to Agra. On arrival check into the hotel. Today visit Agra Fort, which stands like a crescent on the banks of the Jamuna River enclosed by forbidding 20-meter high walls. 

Day 9 AGRA-DELHI (B)
Morning sunrise visit to Taj Mahal (Taj Mahal is closed on every Friday), poetry in marble and a symbol of eternal love. Later back to hotel for breakfast, after that checkout from hotel and drive to Delhi. Ovrnight.

* For those wishing to travel to Banavgarh by train (Sleeper car) the program will be reversed to end in Jaipur.  The Dayodaya Express Train departs Jaipur at 17:25 hrs / Arrive Katni at 07:35 hrs next day

Day 10 ARRIVE BANDAVGARH (B,L,D)
On your arrival in Bandhavgarh, check in at the Hotel. Evening jeep safari into the Bandhavgarh National Park. Overnight at the Lodge for 2 nights.

Day 11 BANDAVGARH (B,L,D)
Morning and evening jeep safaris into the Bandhavgarh National Park. This Park has a large Biodiversity. 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 deer.

Day 12 BANDAVGARH-KANHA (B,L,D)
After breakfast, drive to Kanha. On arrival check into the hotel.Also, enjoy a Village visit to the nearby tribal belt and listen to their interesting stories about the tigers.

Kanha National Park has a significant population of Royal Bengal Tiger, leopards, sloth bear, Barasingha and Indian wild dog. The lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines of Kanha provided inspiration to Rudyard Kipling for his famous novel Jungle Book.

Day 13 KANHA (B,L,D)
Morning and afternoon game drives in the Park. A presentation by the Naturalist on the diversity of the jungle.

Day 14 KANHA-RAIPUR (B)
After early breakfast, drive to the Raipur airport to board the flight onwards.

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NOTE:  5 day extension to KHAJURAHO/VARANASI can be added

DAY 1. In the morning after breakfast check out of the hotel and set off to Khajuraho by road (4hrs drive). On arrival at Khajuraho, check in at the Ramada Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Later in the evening, we will see the beauty of different dance forms at the Khandariya dance show.

Day 2 KHAJURAHO (B,D)
Early morning, enjoy a visit to the Khajuraho temples (World Heritage site). These temples completed a thousand years of their existence in 1999. The voluptuous sculptures appear to be celestial and alive. The main focus is on woman and varying facets of her life. The temples are clustered in groups in the west, east and the south. They all have the entrance in their eastern side. An architectural marvel - the complex of 85 temples were constructed by the Chandela kings, of them only 22 survive today.

Day 3 KHAJURAHO - VARANASI (B,D)
Breakfast, morning at leisure. Later, we will be transferred to the airport to board the flight to Varanasi. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to the Radisson Hotel. Varanasi has been the religious capital of the Hindu faith since the dawn of history. Known as Kashi in the 7th century BC it constitutes a microcosm of Indian life. The town is one inextricable maze of small streets and alleyways, hiding in disorderly array no less than 2,000 temples and shrines. For the Hindus, Varanasi is the cosmic center of the Universe and there are innumerable temples here. Mark Twain rightly said "Banaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together." In the evening witness the Aarti Ceremony.

Day 4 VARANASI (B,D)
Rise early this morning to enjoy a boat ride down the River Ganges at dawn - An experience to remember. Also take a walking tour of the temples around the ghats. Return to hotel for breakfast. Later embark on city tour of Varanasi visiting temples, Banaras Hindu University and lanes & by lanes of Varanasi.

Day 5 VARANASI-DELHI-DEPARTURE (B,D)
We will be transferred to the airport to board the flight to Delhi.
Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel (day use at the Ashok Country Resort). Later, we will be met and transferred to the airport to board the onward flights which depart late at night.

EXTENSIONS IN DELHI AND ELSEWHERE WILL BE HANDLED ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS.


What our clients say...

"Birgit and I want to that you for all the dreaming and development and drudgery you did to make our southern India and Rajasthan trip such a wonderful success. On this trip, and the other two we spent with you, we have been amazed and pleased not only by your ability to get the nitty-gritty done in good order but with your pleasing, gentle yet strong personality. You have a great combination of flexibility and firmness and seem to accomplish what at first seems impossible. Although the tiger was the "cherry on top", it was still a great trip without it". Robert & Birgit Bateman, British Columbia