ON THE TIGER TRAIL

DURATION : 15 Nights / 16 Days

DESTINATIONS : Delhi - Ranthambore - Bharatpur - Agra - Kanha - Bhandavgarh - Khajuraho - Delhi

Tour Highlights

Best Season:  January- February – March – April – October – November – December

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Starting out from Delhi, where we’ll enjoy a half day’s sightseeing, we journey first to Ranthambore National Park. One of the most famous reserves in India, Ranthambore is renowned for its tigers and is one of the best places to see these majestic predators in the wild. Tigers can be easily spotted even during the daytime.

En route to Agra we’ll stop by at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary with its thousands of exotic birds – including some highly endangered species, such as the Siberian crane. We’ll see the glorious old Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri and visit the Taj Mahal in the early morning – the best time to see this unmissable landmark.

The overnight train ride south to Jabalpur is an enjoyable and authentic Indian experience. We’ll then travel by road to Kanha National Park, often considered the most beautiful and most pristine wildlife reserve in the country. Its deciduous forests are remnants of the vast jungles which once covered central India, and still harbour a significant population of tigers, leopards, sloth bears, barasingha deer and dhole, the Indian wild dog. This is followed by a stay in Bandhavgarh, another prime tiger-spotting location which is also home to a large breeding population of leopards.

The final leg of the tour travels to the remarkable jungle temples of Khajuraho. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, these 10th-century structures were lost to the jungle until re-discovered in the 19th century. The exquisitely carved, erotic stone sculptures are among the finest temple art anywhere in the world.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Delhi sightseeing, including India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid
  • Tiger-spotting at Bandhavgarh Kanha and Ranthambore national parks
  • Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
  • Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal
  • The magnificent wild landscape at Kanha National Park
  • The amazing ancient temples at Khajuraho
  • Flexible tailor-made booking options

Short Description

This specially designed itinerary maximizes the chances of thrilling wild tiger sightings by spending extended periods in India’s prime tiger reserves and national parks. Located in the rural heart of India, these natural habitats harbor dense vegetation, river systems and lakes that are rich in wildlife and a bird-watchers’ paradise. Visits to the magnificent Taj Mahal and extraordinary Khajuraho temples provide an added cultural interest.

Detailed Itinerary

 
Day 1: Arrival Delhi

Arrive at the international airport of Delhi. After a traditional 'Swagat' (Welcome) our representative would assist you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel for check-in. 
Overnight stay at Hotel (Room only)

Day 2: Delhi - Sawai Madhopur (Train at 16:50 / 20:36 hrs)

Today, we will do half day city tour of Delhi, which includes Jama Masjid, the principal mosque of Old Delhi in India, commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, it is the largest and best-known mosque in India. Rajghat - the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, drive past India gate and Government buildings and later visit Humayun's tomb, the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun's first wife Bega Begum in 1569-70, and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, a Persian architect chosen by Bega Begum.

After lunch, we will be transferred to the Nizamudin Railway station to catch the train to Swai Madhopur. On arrival, we will be transferred to our hotel in Ranthambore.
Overnight stay at Hotel (Breakfast & Dinner)

Day 3: Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore National Park is in Sawai Madhopur District of Rajasthan state. It holds one of the largest populations of Tigers. There is other wildlife such as several species of monkey, deer, and crocodiles, birdlife including purple heron, kingfishers, cormorants, parakeets, Jacanda, waders and partridges. Formerly a hunting reserve, Ranthambore is now one of India’s tiger reserves under Project Tiger & home to a number of wild tiger.

Early morning, we will go for our first game safari into the National park. Later the safari, we will be back to our hotel for breakfast. Lunch at the resort / Hotel. Afternoon free at leisure.

Evening, we will go for our second game drive.

Note: Safari option, Jeep safari (maximum 6 person) & Canter safari (16-20 person)

Overnight stay at Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 4: Ranthambore National Park

Morning & afternoon game drive into Ranthambore National Park.

Note: Safari option, Jeep safari (maximum 6 person) & Canter safari (16-20 person)

Overnight stay at Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 5: Ranthambore - Bharatpur (approx. 220 kms / 6 hour drive)

This morning after breakfast, we drive to Bharatpur, on arrival check-in at the hotel.

Later afternoon, we visit Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary also known as Keoladeo National Park is a famous avifauna sanctuary that sees (or saw) thousands of rare and highly endangered birds such as the Siberian Crane come here during the winter season. Over 230 species of birds are known to have made the National Park their home. 

Overnight at hotel (Breakfast)

Day 6: Bharatpur - Agra via Fatehpur Sikri (approx. 70 kms - 2 hour drive)

Post breakfast, we drive to Agra en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted royal city constructed by the Mughal Emperor Akbar. This impressive and well-preserved citadel served as the political capital of India's Mughal Empire under Akbar's reign, from the year 1571 until 1585. But this magnificence only lasted 14 years, as in 1585 Akbar left Fatehpur Sikri abandoned due to lack of water.

After our visit, we drive to Agra. On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Overnight stay at Hotel (Breakfast)

Day 7: Agra - Jabalpur (Overnight train at 20:30 / 08:20 + 1)

Early morning, we visit Taj Mahal at sunrise. Taj Mahal is a symbol of eternal love which stands on the banks of River Yamuna. It was built by the 5th Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631. The Taj Mahal is serenely beautiful and never fails to amaze a first time visitor. (Taj Mahal remains closed every Friday)

We also visit Agra Fort, whose mighty red sandstone walls enclose the beautiful white marble Pearl Mosque.

Later, transfer to Delhi railway station to catch overnight train to Jabalpur.

Overnight in train

Day 8: Jabalpur - Kanha (approx. 165 kms / 4 hour drive)

Morning, we reach Jabalpur railway station and drive by surface towards Kanha National Park (Distance: 165Km)

Kanha National Park is one of the biggest park in Madhya Pradesh. The park has a significant population of Royal Bengal Tiger, leopards, the 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" .

Upon Arrival, check-in hotel and rest of the day is free to relax.
Overnight stay at Hotel (Breakfast & Dinner)

Day 9: Kanha National Park

Morning & evening game drive into Kanha National Park. (By Jeep)

Overnight stay at Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 10: Kanha National Park

Morning & evening game drive into Kanha National Park. (By Jeep)

Overnight stay at Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 11: Kanha - Bhandavgarh (approx. 250 kms - 6 hour drive)

Morning after breakfast we drive to Bandhavgarh National Park (Distance: 250Km appx). Upon arrival check-in to the hotel and rest of the day is free to relax.

Bandhavgarh National Park, the most popular national parks in India is located in the Vindhya Hills of the Umaria district in Madhya Pradesh. The area of Bandhavgarh is being flourished with a large biodiversity, the place which is also being famed to grip highest density of tiger population in India.

Overnight stay at Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 12: Bhandavgarh National Park

Morning & evening game drive into Bandhavgarh National Park. (By Jeep)

Overnight stay at Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 13: Bhandavgarh National park

Morning & evening game drive into Bandhavgarh National Park. (By Jeep)

Overnight stay at Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 14: Bhandavgarh - Khajuraho (Approx. 280 kms - 6 hour drive)

Morning we leave from Bandhavgarh and drive to Khajuraho (Distance: 280Km appx).

Khajuraho is a small town located in the Madhya Pradesh and is famous for groups of Hindu and Jain temples. These temples are a UNESCO World Heritage Site for their beautiful and erotic rock carvings.

Overnight stay at Hotel (Breakfast)

Day 15: Khajuraho - Jhansi & train to Delhi (18:40 / 23:30 hrs)

Today we will visit Khajuraho temples, the temples of Khajuraho were built between 950 – 1050A.D, during the Chandela dynasty of Central India. In every temple, there is the depiction of royalty, armies, wrestling, kinship, war, courtship, marriage, lovemaking, music and dancing, spiritual teachings, union, meditation, bliss, gods, goddesses, plants, animals and an abundance of all human forms.

Later we drive to Jhansi to catch our train to Delhi. Upon arrival check-in to the hotel and relax.

Overnight stay at Hotel (Breakfast)

Day 16: Delhi Departure

Today, you will be transferred to the Delhi International airport to board the flight for your onward destination.

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Inclusions / Exclusions

The Price Includes:

  • Accommodation on double / twin sharing basis as per program.
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • Arrival/Departure with assistance.
  • AC transport as per program.
  • English speaking local Guide for sightseeing as per Program.
  • One bottle of mineral water per person per day.
  • All fuel, parking, toll, state taxes & driver allowances.
  • GST 5%.

The Price Excludes:

  •  Any airfare / visa / insurance
  •  Any meals except mentioned in the column cost includes.
  •  Any Monument Entrance Fees.
  •  Any expenses of personal nature such as tips, beverages, laundry, telephone calls, photography, video fee, etc.
  •  Any new taxes / fees imposed by the Government

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