Spirituality meets Wildlife
Delhi - Varanasi - Khajuraho - Bandhavgarh Nation ...Details
Namaste! Welcome to your unique experience of India.
You will be greeted by your personal tour director at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. A chauffeured vehicle will escort you to your hotel as soon as you have gathered your belongings. Please make sure to relax, and take this opportunity to soak in your first sights, sounds and smells of India. Your tour director will be happy to answer any questions and will bring your attention to points of interest along the way.
Once at the hotel, we encourage you to take a comfortable seat, or to explore the lobby while your tour director checks you in. He will then provide the details of your customized itinerary. This is a good time to agree on your next meeting time, confirm your itinerary for the following day, discuss your preferences, and address any other questions or concerns you may have!
Morning: Begin your adventure in India with a guided tour of Old Delhi.
Your tour will begin with a visit to Delhi's most famous monument, the Red Fort (closed on Monday). Here you will explore the chambers of this seventeenth-century fort, which was named after the red sandstone used to build its massive walls. The fort, which originally stood at the epicenter of Emperor Shah Jahan’s then-new city of Shahjahanabad, exudes the grandeur and military prowess of the Mughal Empire, the mightiest empire in medieval India.
After your visit to the Red Fort, you will tour another treasure of the old city. Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India and Shah Jahan’s final architectural feat. The structure is a prominent feature of the Old Delhi skyline. You will also have the opportunity to view a collection of the Prophet Muhammad’s relics – including the Koran written on deerskin, a strand of the prophet’s red beard,his sandals and his foot prints implanted in a marble block.
Next, you will enjoy a rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk, the main street of Old Delhi. As one of the oldest and busiest markets in India, Chandni Chowk’s narrow winding lanes are full of inexpensive jewelry, fabrics, and electronics.
Your tour of Old Delhi will conclude with a visit to Gandhi Smriti, the house where Mahatma Gandhi, the man affectionately referred to as the “Father of the Nation,” was assassinated on January 30, 1948. His room remains exactly as he left it, and the prayer ground where he held his daily evening congregation is now open to the public. Plenty of photos, sculptures, paintings, and inscriptions are on display as well. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Raj Ghat,or Gandhi’s cremation site. Based on your tastes and preferences, your director will plan a meal at a lunch spot featuring local and/or continental flavors.
Afternoon: After lunch, you will go on a guided city tour of New Delhi. The tour will begin with a visit to Qutub Minar - the tallest brick minaret in the world, it stands at 238 feet. So, prepare to crane your neck to get a good look!
Built in the year 1206 AD, the original function of Qutub Minar remains a mystery. Some believe it was built to signify victory and the beginning of Muslim rule in India, while others say it was used to call believers to prayer.
The Ashoka Pillar, one of just nineteen surviving pillars that bear the inscription of Ashoka’s edicts, is located inside the Qutab complex as well. Ashoka the Great, as he is known in India, was an emperor who ruled much of the Indian subcontinent during the third century B.C.E. He is the first known Indian emperor to have embraced Buddhism, and his edicts were a proud proclamation of his Buddhist beliefs. They were meant to serve as guidelines for his citizens.
After the Qutab complex, you will visit Humayun's Tomb, which served as a source of inspiration for the magnificent Taj Mahal. You will have the option to walk around or relax in the lovely gardens, or both.
Late Afternoon / Early Evening: To complete your New Delhi city tour, you will have the option to visit sights such as India Gate, Rasthrapati Bhavan (the President’s House), and Lodhi Garden. You can also spend the evening at any one – or several – of the fantastic restaurants and pubs in Connaught Place, the vibrant city center.
Special Note: We strongly recommend that you spend an extra day at Delhi if you have the time to do so. Consider touring the Akshardham Temple, the Lotus Temple, the markets of Old Delhi, and a sampling of additional restaurants and shops. Spending an extra day at Delhi will also give you the opportunity to recuperate from your international flight and adjust to the local time.
At the end of your last evening in Delhi, your tour director will give you your itinerary for the following day.
You will be assisted with checking out from your hotel and driven to the airport where you will be assisted with boarding an early morning flight to Raipur. A packed breakfast will be provided by the hotel today. Upon arrival at Raipur, you will proceed on your drive to Kanha, approximately 5.5 hours. Upon arrival, you will be assisted with your check in to your lodge. Dinner will be included at your lodge this evening.
Special Note: Kanha National Park remains closed from July 1 - October 15 due to the monsoons.
You will enjoy an early morning safari into the park today. As one of India’s largest national parks, Kanha offers over 1000 square kilometers (sq.kms.) of lush forests interspersed with rolling meadows. This tiger reserve not only presents a great opportunity to spot the Bengal Tiger, but it is also home to a variety of India’s most exotic wildlife. From Barasingha, the deer with twelve-tined antlers, to leopards, to the fox-like Indian wild dogs and sloth bears.
You will then return to your lodge to freshen up and eat breakfast.
Late Afternoon: Proceed on your afternoon safari through the park. Your dinner will be included at your lodge today. You will also have the option to take the evening off and visit tribal villages surrounding the forest.
Special Note: During your stay, if the elephants manage to track down a tiger, you may have the opportunity to ride an elephant, or at least have a closer look at one (subject to availability).
You will enjoy a morning safari through the park once more today. Then, you will return to your lodge to freshen up and eat breakfast.
Afternoon: After breakfast, you will be assisted with your checkout from the lodge. You will then proceed on your drive to Bandhavgarh National Park, located approximately 4.5 hours away. Upon your arrival, you will be assisted with the check-in process at your new lodge. You will then be at leisure to enjoy the facilities there.
Dinner will be included at your lodge this evening.
Special Note: Bandhavgarh National Park remains closed from July 1 - October 15 due to the monsoons. The rest of the year, the park remains closed to afternoon safaris every Wednesday.
Get ready for an early morning jeep safari through the national park! With the highest density of Bengal tigers per sq.km., your chances of spotting one here are high.The park offers similar wildlife to Kanha National Park various deer and antelope species, bison, Asiatic jackals, Bengal foxes, sloth bears, leopards and jungle cats. If you manage to glance away from the wildlife, the Bandhavgarh fort will amaze you. The ruins are full of ancient tales and stunning architecture.
You will then return to your lodge to freshen up and eat breakfast.
Late Afternoon: Following your afternoon safari into the park, you will return to the lodge, where dinner is included for the evening.
We recommend packing your bags in the evening so you can check out early the following morning and proceed on your drive after breakfast.
Special Note: During your stay, if the elephants manage to track down a tiger, you may have the opportunity to ride an elephant, or at least have a closer look at one (Subject to availability).
You will enjoy an early morning safari through the park once more today. Then, you will return to your lodge to freshen up and eat breakfast.
Afternoon: After lunch, you will be assisted with your checkout from the lodge and driven to Panna National Park, located approximately 4.5 hours away. Upon your arrival, you will be assisted with your check-in at your new lodge.
Dinner will be included at your lodge this evening.
Special Note: Panna National Park remains closed from (July 1 - October 15) due to the monsoons.
Wildlife lovers and conservationists, it’s time to celebrate with a morning safari through the Panna Tiger Reserve! Following devastating decimation by poachers, this tiger reserve is the first of its kind in India to successfully repopulate its grounds with tigers. The Ken River, which flows right through the park, makes for an excellent spot to watch the dholes, Indian foxes, sambar deer and the caracals quench their thirst. Bring your binoculars to spot some of the 200 species of birds that live here, including the state bird: the Paradise Flycatcher.
You will return to the lodge to eat breakfast and rest.
Late Afternoon: Proceed on your afternoon safari through the park today. Your dinner will be included at your lodge this evening.
Following your last safari this morning, you will return to your lodge to freshen up and eat breakfast.
Late Morning: You will be assisted with your checkout from the lodge and will proceed on your drive to Khajuraho, located approximately 2 hours away. The lodge will provide a packed lunch for the afternoon. Then, upon your arrival at Khajuraho, you will be assisted with the check-in process at your hotel.
Afternoon: After lunch, you will tour the temples of Khajuraho, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you want to verify that the Kama Sutra truly originated in India, this is the place to do so. Built in the tenth century by the Chandela kings, the temple complex, which is a mixture of Hindu and Jain temples, features a combination of erotic carvings and carvings that depict other aspects of life, such as music, dancing, animals, war, meditation, and royalty. Originally a group of eighty-five, twenty-five of these temples remain today.
Early Morning: You have the option to either relax at your hotel or return to the Khajuraho Temples for an extended visit.
Late Morning: You will be assisted with your checkout from the hotel and proceed on a four-hour drive to Orchha. Upon your arrival, you will meet your local guide for a brief tour of the ancient ruins at Orchha. With palaces and temples that still exude their original grandeur, you will feel as though you’ve stepped back in time. After this visit, you will take a short drive to Jhansi, where you will board the two-hour express train to Agra (from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm). Your guide will meet you at your seat on the train at the Agra station. He will help you with your bags, escort you to the vehicle, and drive you to your hotel.
Early Morning: Start your day with a guided sunrise tour of the Taj Mahal (closed on Friday) As one of the world’s most famous monuments, the iconic white shrine comes with a story as dramatic as its beauty. Your guide will narrate the fascinating history of the Taj Mahal while you walk the premises and embark on yet another journey back in time.
Following your tour of the Taj Mahal, you will return to your hotel for breakfast.
Late Morning: You will proceed on a guided visit of the Agra fort. This tour will begin with the famous tomb of Itmad Ud Daulah. Often referred to as “Baby Taj,” this monument has a special place in the chronicles of both Indian history and architecture. It is the very first tomb in India to be made entirely out of marble.
After a brief lunch break, you are at leisure to rest for a few hours.
Late Afternoon: Continue your city tour with a guided visit of the Agra Fort, which was commissioned by Akbar, literally translated as “The Great,” the most famous Mughal emperor. This is a grand and powerful fortress made of red sandstone. You will walk through palaces, audience halls, and two very beautiful mosques that appear to have been taken straight from a fairytale. From the Agra Fort, you will be driven to thefive hundred-year-old Mughal garden Mehtab Bagh, which offers stunning views of the Taj Mahal.
Evening: Before you return to your hotel, prepare for a sunset trip to the Taj Mahal.
Early Morning: You can either sleep in or enjoy a guided sunrise tourof the Taj Mahal. If you choose to take the sunrise tour, you will have the opportunity to return to your hotel and freshen up for breakfast.
Late Morning: You will be assisted with your checkout from the hotel and will be driven to Fatehpur Sikri. We recommend taking a packed lunch from your hotel. Fatehpur Sikri, an abandoned city that served as the Mughal capital for a mere fifteen years in the sixteenth century. Take a walk through the large courtyards and grand rooms. Make sure to pay attention to the stories behind the grand chessboard and the elephant justice – they are enthralling!
Continue on to your drive to Delhi. Upon arrival at Delhi you will be driven to the airport and assisted with boarding your late evening international flight. If you have an early-morning flight, then you have the option to book a room at the international airport for an additional fee.
We hope you enjoyed your stay in India, and we wish you a safe flight home!
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