Nature Safari India

Taj Temple and Tiger Tours

Duration: 15 Nights / 16 Days
Destinations: New Delhi >> Jaipur >> Ranthambhore >> Bharatpur >> Agra >> Bandhavgarh >> Khajuraho >> Varanasi >> New Delhi – Fly Back Home

Day 1 : Arrival New Delhi (Flight)
Humayuns Tomb, Delhi Tourism Welcome by the Capital of India, Delhi. A 1000 years old city attracts tourist for its spectacular views, rich culture and old monuments. Whether it is your best shopping experience in Chandni Chowk or satisfying your hunger as you are in the capital of taste and food of India, Delhi has it all. Be ready to make memories by visiting monuments and Akshardham Temple with jaw dropping views and cherish them forever. Nature Safari executive welcomes you to a whole new experience you are about to live, and escorts you to your hotel. "Namaste" Welcome to India. Overnight Stay at New Delhi. Receive all travel related documents and vouchers from our Executive.

Day 2 : New Delhi
Morning: A visit to old city of Delhi to see the majestic Red Fort, Home of the Mughal Emperors and now the land of Modern India which raises the Indian Flag on each Independence Day at its "Lahore Gate". The all red sandstone walls, built in the year 1638, still stand tall as a remarkable memory of the magnificent power of the Mughals.

Take the famous cycle rickshaw ride through the busy streets of Chandni Chowk, an astounding external view of the biggest mosque of the country, Jama Masjid built in 1656 will be at your sight while you enter the colorful bazaar of Chandni Chowk. Although small by-lanes will be the most fascinating moments of your day. Return to the hotel for lunch or just ease at old city restaurants for a great fiesta.

Afternoon: A visit to the tower of victory, Qutub Minar built in the 12 century and the "Pillar of Iron". Centuries old but the pillar just won’t rust. Drive by the Rashtrapathi Bhawan, The Residence of the President of India overlooked by India Gate, A War Memorial of 70,000 Indian Soldiers who lost their lives during world war 1 fighting British Army in the year 1919.

Day 3 : New Delhi Jaipur (260/5)
Peacock,  Bharatpur Birding Tour Morning: Breakfast at hotel. A five hours (260 Km) drive to Jaipur and check in to the hotel.

Jaipur, The capital of Rajasthan also known as the pink city. A city of Rajputanas well known for its Royalty and Hospitality. Pink is the color for hospitality in the culture and hence the old Jaipur including and the entire market area around is colored in Pink. It is the first planned city of its era and keeper of the largest cannon in the world, named Jaiwan.

Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 4 :Jaipur
Morning, after breakfast at the hotel, A 10kms drive to the Great Fort of Amber aka Amer Palace. The fort has served the rulers of the land and was capital of the city until 1728. The picturesque view of ancient and marvelous Rajput Architecture. An Elephant awaits you to offer a royal ride to experience the inclined trail as the fort is build on a hill. Whether it is Sheesh Mahal (Mirrors Palace), Huge Ramparts, the Royal Gates or the cobbled corridors, the intense ambience of the fort is felt as the premises is a 4 level layout build with red sandstone and marbles. On the way have a view of Hawa Mahal, Palace of Winds. The very reason of it existence is that the Women of the Royal Family could have the view of the streets from inside and no one from the street could see them. A mere window for the Royals.

On your return to the town en route visiting the City Palace. A Blend of Rajasthan and Mughal Styles is a former Royal Residence, now turned into a museum with artistic collection of armory and Rajasthani costumes of Rajputs. It has an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit. A Complimentary visit to the Jantar Mantar is an astrological and astronomical observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the 18th century, which is remarkable for its accuracy even in the present times. Overnight stay at Jaipur.

Day 5 :Jaipur - Ranthambhore (180/ 3)
Morning: After breakfast drive to Ranthambhore. Check in to your hotel. Lunch and Afternoon safari to Ranthambhore National Park with an English-speaking Naturalist.

Ranthambhore: A road to the wild and a door to heaven. The land of Bengal tiger, Ranthambhore National Park in Rajasthan is spread over 392 sq km, bordered by rocks and ridges . The park is famous for the Wildlife Sanctuary by the same name where one can experience the rendezvous of wildlife, history and nature. At the centre of the park is the 10th-century Ranthambhore Fort, and scattered nearby are ancient temples and mosques. The lakes are filled with crocodiles and aged huge turtles. The ruins and remains of past gives Ranthambhore a unique soothing appeal. One of the finest example of tiger’s conservation, the goose bumped views of Tigers hunting is highly intense. Besides the royal inhabitants, there are more than 300 species of birds in the park. It is an exceptional place where history and mother-nature entwine to present a stunning sight. A visit here and you won’t look at the land, sky and water the same way you did before. It all starts with the sight of fresh pug marks. The very thought that a tiger passed the same road few minutes ago is enough to skip a beat and rest a breath.

Dinner and overnight at Resort

Day 6 : Ranthambhore

Morning: After Breakfast get ready for another spectacular safari with a different experience This time It all starts with the gold of morning sun and takes you to the land of kill. Also another evening safari in the park. On your safari many would draw your attention, tiger, birds, huge turtles, and lakes. The adjoining Padam Talab (a lake) is another attraction of the place that leaves travelers amazed by its serene beauty. Next to the Jogi Mahal is an ancient banyan tree, the second largest banyan tree in India. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at resort. Overnight in Ranthambhore.

Our specially designed itinerary let you visit the famous Ranthambhore Fort, A declared world heritage site. Just steal few hours from your day to travel 5 kms from the resorts and visit the only one hideous fort as it not visible from a distance. The gifted Fort is a massive enclave and builds a quite high altitude of 700 feet from the ground. Mughal Emperor Shah Alam gifted it to Sawai Madho Singh Ist of Jaipur in 1754 AD and since then it was maintained as the royal hunting preserve and has 3 manmade lakes in it.

Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh were part of the Royal Hunting, who stayed here.

Day 7 : Ranthambhore- Bharatpur 210/5
Morning: Another Splendid morning safari is followed by drive to Bharatpur 210 kms /5 hrs journey.

On arrival to Bharatpur, Check into Hotel. Evening visit to the sanctuary.

Keoladeo Ghana National Park, commonly known as Bharatpur Bird Sactuary is a home to more than 400 species of water birds. The park is one of the finest and is an ideal habitat for the birds. The lightly wooden and swamply terrain is widely spread over 29 sq kms. This bird sactuary was once a private shooting and hunting preserve for the Royal Family, Maharaja of Bharatpur. Today we see it as a protected breeding ground for various bird species. Keoladeo Ghana National Park is also the winters home for lot of migratory birds. One can spot Colonies of cormorants, spoonbills, storks, egrets, herons, pelicans, ibis and grey herons. Ideal time to visit the bird sactuary is from October till March.

Overnight stay in Bharatpur.

Day 8 : Bharatpur- Agra
Peacock,  Bharatpur Birding Tour Morning: Another visit to the Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary in the morning for a quiet different experience by cycle rickshaws (the rickshaw drivers are all very capable naturalists). Enjoy your time with all the information shared during your ride. Great experience is followed by a drive to Agra and Fateh pur Sikri. The Land of World’s Wonder, The Taj Mahal

Fatehpur Sikri - This exquisite city was built by King Akbar in 1569 in red sandstone. The political influence resulted in the abandonation of the palaces, forts and mosques just after 14 years of their completion. The Friday Mosque and the exquisite tomb of Sheik Salim Chisti are in the religious grounds set aside in a separate enclosure adjacent to the secular buildings.

The Diwan-E-Aam - is a vast courtyard in which the emperor addressed daily public audeice and hearings & Diwan-E-Khas - a large quadrangle which have witnessed all the major ceremonies of the Palace. Pachisi court, the Emperors private living quarter and Jodha Bai’s Palace, Mariam’s Palace, Birbal’s Palace, Hawa Mahal and Panch Mahal are some of the important buildings of this residential complex. Continue drive to Agra after visiting Fatehpur Sikri (49 kms). On arrival, check in to the hotel.

Your proud visit to the city of one of the seven wonders of the world, The Taj Mahal. Agra is a pleasant town well known for its jaw dropping inlay work on marbles and soapstone by skilled artisans and many generations’ craftsmen. The city is also famous for its gold thread, silver wholesale market, carpets and leather shoes.

Overnight stay in Agra.

Day 9 : Agra- Katni (By Train)
Morning: After breakfast proceed on a cty tour of Agra.

Visit Agra Fort, A master piece of construction and design was built by three generation of Mughal's Emperors, commenced by Akbar in 1565 AD. The fort beholds exquisite structures of Moti Masjid, Jahangir’s Palace, Khas Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal, Diwane-E-Aam, Diwane-e-Khas and Musamman Burj, where Shah Jahan, the fifth Mughal Emperor, died as a prisoner.

Later visit the Taj Mahal - the inimitable poem hand crafted in white marble was built over a period of 22 years, by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1630, for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. The history speaks about Taj’s 20,000 workers who lost their hand cut for the very idea that such a masterpiece should not be created once again. It truly justifies its crown as one of the seven wonders of the Modern World. [ The Taj is closed on Friday. ]

Evening: A relaxed 1st A/C Sleeper class overnight journey to Katni (Bhandhavgarh Tiger Reserve) commence at 1830 hrs. Your packed dinner will be handy for your overnight journey. Our representative will ensure you board, and are seated, and your packed dinner packet handed over to you before your journey commences on the train. Bedding and blanket is provided by Indian Railways. We will also advise you on certain points to be kept in mind while doing overnight train journeys in India.

Day 10 : Katni - Bandhavgarh (280/6)
Next Morning Arrive Katni Railway Station at 0515 Hrs. 95 Km/ 2 hours Drive to Bandhavgarh National Park. Morning and Afternoon safari to national park. Meals and overnight stay at the resort.

Day 11 : Bandhavgarh

Morning and afternoon safaris, meals and overnight stay at the Jungle Lodge

Bandhavgarh National park is known for its 22 mammals and 250 birds species. The major attraction of the park is its Bengal Tiger. Tiger sightings are one of the best sightings in India. Not only tiger, the other wild attractions of the park includes Nilgai (Blue Bull), Chasingha (Four Horned antelope), Chital, Chinkara (Indian Gazelle), Wild Boar, Fox and Jackal. The denser area in the National Park is the home to Sambhar (Indian Stag), the muntjac (Barking Deer) and the herds of Chital (Spotted Dear).

The elusive Leopard, ratel, porcupine, small Indian civet, palm squirrel, lesser bandicoot rat, the jungle cat, hyena and jackal, sloth bear are other wild animals that are found in the park. The reptile world of the park includes King Cobra, Karaits, Vipers, Rat Snakes, Pythons, Turtles and Lizards.

Day 12 : Bandhavgarh

Bandhavgarh Tiger Safari Bandhavgarh has its existence mentioned in the history for more than 20 centuries. Its reference in the ancient books such as " Narad- Panch Ratra" and "Shiv Purana" is a center of activites and settlement. Its beautifully mentioned in Ramayana that Lord Rama stopped at Bandhavgarh on his way back to Ayodhya after defeating the Demon King Ravana of Lanka.

The leaf monkey architects who has engineered a bridge between "Bharat" and the isles of Lanka are said to have build the Bandhavgarh Fort. Remains of the bridge also known as " Ram Setu" can still be seen through google earth and maps as a fine line of corals and land between India and Sri Lanka. Later Lakshmana became " The Lord of the Fort" also known as Bhandhavdhish and even today there is a temple in the fort and is regularly worshiped. The oldest known sign of habitation in the park are caves dug into the sandstone towards the northside of the fort. The natural walls of the caves contain Brahmi inscriptions carbon dating from 1st century BC.

Various dynasties have ruled the fort, The Magadhs from the 1st century AD; The Vakatakas from the 3rd century AD and later succession dynasties of Chandela Kings of Bundelkhand who also built the famous temples at Khajuraho.The Baghel Kings, the direct ancestors of the present Royal family of Rewa, established their dynasty at Bandhavgarh in the 12th century. It remained their capital till 1617 when the center of court life moved to Rewa, 75 miles (120Kms) to the north. Without royal patronage Bandhavgarh became more and more deserted until forest overran the area and it became the royal hunting reserve. This helped to preserve the forest and its wildlife, although the Maharajas made full use of their rights.

Until 1968 AD, Bandhavgarh remained a private property of the Maharaja and the same year it was given to the state for the formation of the National Park. After the park was created for wildlife, Animals poaching was controlled and the Animals population rose dramatically. Many small water holes and dams were built to solve water shortage problem. Gazing of cattle and other village activities was stopped and boundaries of the park were relocated. The tigers prospered later in 1986 and the park has provided much needed forest to accommodate them.

Bandhavgarh is justifiably famous for its Tigers, but it has a wide range of other game. The undergrowth is not as dense as in some northern terai forests, but the best time to see the park inhabitants is still the summer months when water becomes scarcer and the undergrowth dies back.

There are two types of monkeys common in the park, the rhesus macaque and the black-faced langur. Drives can also reveal jungle cats, hyenas, porcupines, ratels, and a variety of other mammals. Bandhavgarh attracts many migratory birds in the winter months, including the birds of prey like the steppe eagle and a variety of wildfowl.

If the early morning Safari is a thriller then the late afternoon rendezvous to get another glimpse of the Tiger, and watch the shadows grow taller as dusk approaches and the cacophony of birds grows louder in the trees, is not to be missed experience.

Day 13 : Bandhavgarh-Khajuraho (250 /5)
Morning game drive to the National park and later drive to Khajuraho 280 /6 hrs drive.

Khajuraho discovered by chance, India's second biggest single tourist attraction, Khajuraho has the largest group of medieval temples that are adorned with numerous sculptures of extraordinary grace and delicacy celebrating the stylized and refined courtly accomplishments of beauty, love and creative arts. Once the religious capital of the Chandela Rajputs, the temples of the city date from 950-1050 AD. A wall with eight gates encloses the entire area and two golden palm trees flank each of them. Originally, there were over 80 temples, of which only 22 now can be said remarkably preserved. The set of temples at Khajuraho celebrating Hindu religious thought in its mystifying variety of scope and inclusion stands distinguished from rest of the Hindu temples. The temples highlight the existential ethos in religion that venerates 'Yoga' and 'Bhoga'. 'Yoga' is union of the self with the Almighty, while 'Bhoga' is the path to God through physical pleasure. The temples at Khajuraho, dedicated to physical love and pleasure are a testimony to this philosophy. Declared a World Heritage Site in 1986, Khajuraho is a prominent, must-see destination and its temples are India's unique gift to the world as they capture life in every form and mood in stone. 

Evening Sound and light show at Khajuraho. Overnight at Khajuraho

Day 14 : Bandhavgarh-Khajuraho (250 /5)
Peacock,  Bharatpur Birding Tour Morning : visit the Eastern and Southern group of temples. The Parasvanath temple of the Eastern group is the group’s largest Jain temple. The themes depict, in charming detail, everyday activity. Also visit the Kandariya Mahadev temple dedicated to Shiva and the Chaturbhuj temple of the Southern

Afternoon transfer to the airport to board the flight for Varanasi. Leave Khajuraho for Varanasi by 9W: 724 (1405 / 1445 hrs) Meeting and assistance on arrival at Varanasi airport and transfer to the hotel.

Varanasi is one of India’s most important pilgrimage sites and the holiest of holy cities for Hindus. Known also as Kashi and Benaras, Varanasi is one of the world’s oldest living cities, and has been a centre of learning and culture for well over 2000 years.

Evening : Visit the “Ghats” or bank of the Ganga River. This is a fascinating walk as you can experience the cultural ethos that guides the life of the pious. See the rituals that take place to the setting sum and the ablutions that are performed in the river. As boats float down-stream, some carrying goods, fruits and vegetables, you will see others carrying the pious who perform ceremonies along the river. On the banks or “ghats”, you can see some absorbed in prayer and the chanting of hymns, and others engaged in commerce and yet others performing functions like hair-cutting, massaging and even cleaning ears! Walk across to the Manikarnika Ghat, where you can see cremation, performed with intense ritual - the process of sending the departed soul to the heavens. Hindus believe that the gateway to the Heavens and for the Re-incarnation of the Soul `in a better state’, is possible when life’s last journey is from Varanasi. Overnight in Varanasi

Day 15 : Varanasi
Early morning : Take a boat ride at dawn down India's most sacred river, The Ganges. Sun rise at the holy river is a truly tranquil and breath taking sight with pilgrims standing waist-deep in water, praying to the rising Sun. On your return walk through the streets of the old city. See the famous Vishwanath temple with its spires covered with gold, dedicated to Shiva, the presiding deity of the city. Return to the hotel for Breakfast Late morning: Visit the Banaras Hindu University founded in 1916 and its famous Museum - Bharat Kala Bhavan which houses one of the finest collection of Mughal miniature paintings and brocade textiles. The Bharat Mata and Durga Temple Later transfer to airport to board a flight to New Delhi 1440 hrs. Arrive New Delhi at 1600 hrs and overnight at New Delhi

Day 16 : Fly back home
Morning free for leisure activity and later transfer to international airport to board a flight back home

Note: The driving hours given above from one city to another are based on the normal conditions of the roads and may vary.  Any break for Food / Tea / Toilets / Sightseeing on the way will take extra time than the above given hours. 


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