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 Chhatrapati Shivaji 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!
Your tour director will deliver your travel package in the morning and discuss the day's activities with you. The travel package will contain hotel vouchers, domestic flight confirmations, city guide information and other details about your trip and India.
Begin your adventure in India with a guided tour of Mumbai. Your tour will begin with a visit to the Prince of Wales Museum (closed on Monday). Built in the early 1900s, the structure commemorates the visit of the Prince of Wales, later known as King George V. This art and history museum contains everything from twentieth-century paintings to artifacts from ancient civilizations.
Next, you will visit the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, another symbol of India’s colonial past. The World Heritage Site features Gothic Revival architecture with traditional Indian undertones.
You will then visit the Heritage Fort district. Eighteenth-century columns, friendly-looking gargoyles and nymphs on the building walls, and elaborately engraved arches will leave you marveling at every last detail. Gothic architecture, Renaissance Revival carvings, and neoclassical buildings all have stories of their own. You will also visit the Dhobi Ghat, an open-air laundromat, and Mani Bhawa, Mahatma Gandhi's Mumbai home.
Following these visits, you will take a short break for lunch.
Afternoon: You will take a motor launch from the Gateway of India. The half-hour ferry journey across the Mumbai harbor will take you to the cave temples on Elephanta Island. Excavated in the ninth century, the caves are dedicated to the Hindu Trimurti, or the trinity of Indian deities Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.
Your guide will discuss your tour plans for the following day with you this evening.
Special Note: We recommend spending an extra day in Mumbai if you are able to do so.
Early Morning: You will be assisted with checking- out from your hotel. Then, you willbe driven to the airport, where you will be assisted with boarding a late morning flight to Nagpur. Upon your arrival in Nagpur, you will be greeted at the airport and drivento Pench National Park, which is approximately 3.5 hours away. Upon your arrival, you will be assisted with the check-in process at your lodge. You will then be at leisure to enjoy the facilities at your lodge.
Dinner will be included at your lodge this evening.
Special Note: Pench National Park remains closed from July 1 - October 15due to the monsoons.
Safaris are not offered on Wednesdays.
You will begin your morning by embarking ona safari through the forests that inspired The Jungle Book . This forest is home to thirty-nine species of mammals and over two hundred species of birds. With the characters of The Jungle Book still roaming the land, you might catch a glimpse of Baloo the bear, Kaa the python or Sher Khan the tiger, who is ironically the star of this safari.
You will then return to your lodge to freshen up and have breakfast.
Late Afternoon: Proceed onyour afternoon safari through the park. Your dinner will be included at your lodgethis evening.
You will enjoy an early morning safari through the park once again today. You will then return to your lodge to freshen up and eat breakfast.
Late Morning: You will be assisted with your checkout from the lodge after breakfast. Then, you will proceed on your drive to Kanha National Park, located approximately 3 hours away. The lodge will provide a packed lunch that you can enjoy on the road. Upon your arrival at Kanha National Park, you will be assisted with your check-in at your new lodge.
You will be at leisure to enjoy the facilities at your lodge this evening.
Dinner will be included at your lodge.
Special Note: Kanha National Park remains closed from July 1 - October 15 due to the monsoons.
Safaris are not offered on Wednesdays.
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 toa variety of India’s most exotic wildlife. From Barasingha, the deer with twelve-tined antlers, to leopards, to the fox-like Indian wild dogsand 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 thenproceed on your drive to Bandhavgarh National Park, located approximately 4.5 hoursaway. 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 a morning safari through the park once more today. Then, you will return to your hotel to freshen up and eat breakfast.
Morning: You will be assisted with your checkout from the lodge and proceed on your drive to Khajuraho, located approximately 4.5 hours away. Your hotel will provide a packed lunch this afternoon. Upon your arrival at Khajuraho, you will be assisted with your check-in at your new 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 tour of 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!
Afternoon: The drive to Sawai Madhopur will take you through rural India. It is not uncommon to see camels on the road, women going to the farms, and roadside fruit sellers. This is an opportunity to observe village life.
Once you arrive at your lodge, you will be assisted with the check-in process. Your dinner for the evening will be included at the lodge.
Special Note: Due to the monsoons, Ranthambore National Park is closed from July 1- September 30.
Early Morning: Prepare for a jeep safari through the national park!
What sets the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve apart from other wilderness reserves is the fact that it is truly committed to conservation. The tigers here are well-protected by the dedicated local community, and tourism is highly controlled. Allow yourself to indulge in the adventure of this guilt-free safari!
A small number of jeeps and canters enter this tiger reserve every morning and make their way towards the three water bodies, to watch animals quench their thirst. At these water holes, you may spot sloth bears, leopards, hyenas, jackals, and even tigers.
Keep your eyes peeled for the hundreds of rare birds that live here, including the crested serpent eagle, the great Indian horned owl, the Asian paradise flycatcher, the painted stork, and the white-rumped vulture. See if you can spot a white-throated kingfisher swooping in to catch a wriggly fish, or engage in conversation with the welcoming langur monkeys that love to chat with visitors.
Ranthambore National Park is home to a number of wild tigers as well. Even if these big cats manage to stay away from human visitors, you won’t have any trouble sensing their presence. Telltale signs that there may be tigers nearby include tree bark scratches and pugmarks. You will definitely know a tiger is near when the herds of deer grow jumpy and the monkeys on lookout duty scream their alarm calls. Keep your binoculars with you, and enjoy this rare chance to view the king of Ranthambore National Park.
Late Morning: Following the safari, you will return to your hotel for breakfast and a few hours of rest.
Late Afternoon: Prepare for your afternoon safari. In between safaris, you will have the opportunity to visit the Ranthambore Fort. The structure stands majestically atop a hill overlooking the entire park. The walkup is both refreshing and exciting, as even the big cats have been spotted up there! The view of the surrounding area is bound to take your breath away, and it only improves as you climb the hill. We urge you to bring a pair of binoculars, and if possible, a camera with a very powerful lens.
Evening: Following your afternoon safari, you will return to the lodge for dinner.
Early Morning: Enjoy another morning safari through the park. You will then return to your hotel to freshen up and eat breakfast.
Late Morning: After breakfast, you will be assisted with your checkout from the hotel and drive to Jaipur. The hotel will provide a packed lunch for you this afternoon.
Afternoon: As you drive into Jaipur, you will notice that most houses are painted pink. For this very reason, this city is also known as the “Pink City.”
Upon your arrival in Jaipur, you will be assisted with your check-in at the hotel.
Morning: Put on your royal robes and start exploring Jaipur! After breakfast, you will visit Amber Fort, which is approximately thirty minutes from the city center. Enjoy a lurching elephant ride to the fort entrance, or choose to walk or take a Jeep instead.
Set on a hilltop overlooking the Maota Lake, the site was the original home of Rajput royalty until the city of Jaipur was constructed. The fort contains a number of breathtaking palaces, halls, gardens, and temples. After your visit, you will return to the Pink City for lunch.
Afternoon: Enjoy a visit to the City Palace, the current residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur. The huge complex of courtyards, gardens, and buildings blend both Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The Peacock Gate is exquisite, and it contains a captivating display of detailed workmanship featuring bright peacocks. Today, the royal family lives in the graceful Chandra Mahal (Moon Palace) bordering the courtyard. Also inside the City Palace complex are a museum, an art gallery, and several interesting displays of royal costumes and old Indian weapons. Once you’ve toured these attractions, continue on to the intricate and fascinating facade of the Palace of the Winds (Hawa Mahal), which is arguably the most recognized building in all of Jaipur. Legend has it that the palace, which overlooks the main street of Jaipur’s lively Old City, was built so that the women in the royal household could watch the streets below without being observed. The top of the structure, behind the façade of the Hawa Mahal, is a panoramic view point of the city.
Following your tour of the Jaipur, you will explore Jantar Mantar, a fascinating complex filled with astronomical instruments. There are fourteen simple but brilliant geometric devices here that can measure time, predict an eclipse, and track stars.
Evening: Local bazaars are an explosion of color and culture. A slow walk through these busy streets will take you through collections of handmade textiles, bright bangles, mirrored wall hangings, and Jaipur’s famous cozy quilts. Spend some time here to splurge on a cultural souvenir.
You will be assisted with your check out from the hotel and driven to the Jaipur airport, where you will be assisted with boarding the early morning flight to Delhi. Spend the day in Delhi and do some last-minute sightseeing or shopping. A full-day vehicle, chauffeur, and guide will be available to you in Delhi until your late-evening assisted check-in at the international airport. For an additional fee, you will have the option to book a day-use room.
Option 2: You can sleep in and enjoy the facilities at your Jaipur hotel.
Afternoon: You will be assisted with your checkout from the hotel. After lunch, you and your guide, vehicle, and chauffeur are at leisure to explore the colorful city of Jaipur until your assisted check-in at the Jaipur airport in the early evening. Upon your arrival at the Delhi airport, you will be assisted with a transfer to the international airport to board your flight home. If you have an early-morning flight, 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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