Delhi - Ranthambhore
After delicious breakfast, we visit the walled city of Old Delhi; crowded, full of activity and still influenced by the great Mughals who once ruled from the ramparts of the majestic Red Fort Delhi. Here we visit the Jama Masjid Delhi - the largest 17th century Mosque in India; Chandni Chowk - the typical Indian market always abuzz with activities; and Rajghat - the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi (also called the 'Father of the Nation’).
Later, we will be transferred to the Railway station to board the train to Sawai Madhopur, a small town in Rajasthan that has gain popularity only for its Ranthambore National Park. Overnight on board.
Today we have two game drives to the park to wander through the jungles to find the elusive tiger. We wake up early morning and leave for our first safari in the Ranthambore National Park. We track the tigers and other wildlife through the morning and return to the hotel for breakfast. After relaxing for the rest of the pre-lunch session we leave for another foray into the jungle after lunch to catch glimpses of some more animal and bird species. At the end of this adventurous day we return to the hotel and relax.
Ranthambhore - Bharatpur
In the morning, we transfer to the Sawai Madhopur to catch morning train to Bharatpur. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel.
Thereafter, we leave for the visit of the Keoladeo Ghana National Park, a World-heritage listed Bird Sanctuary and a Ramsey sight. It is home to egrets, ducks, coots, storks, kingfishers, owls, eagles and harriers. The Maharaja of Bharatpur diverted water from a nearby irrigation canal into this lowland and later used to organize the hunting parties for his guests. It was converted into a Bird Sanctuary in 1956. There are now over 360 species of birds. In the afternoon, we do a guided visit to the Park on Cycle rickshaws to experience the vast nature and its offerings. Overnight at the hotel.
Bharatpur - Agra
In the afternoon, we drive towards Agra via Fatehpur Sikri, a majestic monument built with red sandstone. This impressive and well-preserved citadel became Emperor Akbar’s capital in 1571 but was deserted after 14 years due to scarcity of water. The buildings are well preserved and in good condition even to this date.
We finally arrive in beautiful Agra city, on the banks of the river Yamuna. Agra is the home to the iconic Taj Mahal, a mausoleum built for the Mughal ruler Shah Jahan’s wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in childbirth in 1631.
We will also witness the architectural wonder of the golden age of the Mughals..
Today is the day to strike off the Taj from our bucket list. We rise early to visit this astonishing wonder in white marble. Taj Mahal, a symbol of eternal love, stands on the southern bank of River Yamuna. It was built by the 5th Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in the 16th century CE. The charisma of the amazing Taj Mahal never fails to leave a first time visitor spellbound.
visit the Agra Red Fort, a historical fort in the city of Agra and its walls are richly adorned with red sandstone. Till 1638, this fort was main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty. Thereafter the capital of Mughal was shifted from Agra to Red Fort in Delhi.
Afternoon is left free for individual sightseeing or visiting the bazaar or places, where the descendants of the artisans who worked on the Taj Mahal, produce their famous marble inlay work.
In the evening, we would be transferred to railway station to board the overnight train to Jabalpur.
Jabalpur - Kanha National Park
We arrive in Jabalpur early in the morning and will be transferred to a nearby hotel for breakfast. Later, we drive to the Kanha National Park and check into our hotel. Created in 1974 Kanha covers approx. 1945 sq. kms of terrain with grasslands, plateaus and rocky escarpments, providing a home to a number of species of wildlife including the tiger, leopard, bison, many species of deer, monkeys and a good number of birds. Kanha is often described as India’s best managed wildlife reserve. Afternoon is free to relax or to visit the nearby village.
Today, we undertake Two Jeep safaris in the Park; one early in the morning and the second in the afternoon. The game drives in Kanha are undertaken by Jeep. There is an option to do an Elephant ride in the morning to see the tigers. There could be a possibility to experience these animals on the elephants who anyway are there patrolling the Jungle.
Kanha National Park - Bandhavgarh National Park
Early morning we drive to the Bandhavgarh National Park. Bandhavgarh is home to a wide variety of animals including tiger, leopard, sloth bear, gaur, sambar, chital, wild pig etc. and a wide variety of birds. The Park has the highest tiger density in the world. Like in Kanha game drives in Bandhavgarh are also undertaken by Jeep, and there is also an option to go on an elephant.
Today, we do our very First Game drive in the morning to witness some wonderful wildlife species and return to our hotel and rejuvenate ourselves. In the afternoon, we do another foray into the Park. We can also witness the leopards that have a large breeding population in the national park. Many other species of animals and birds are also there to be seen.
Bandhavgarh National Park - Khajuraho
In the morning, we leave for Khajuraho. Khajuraho is a small town located in the Bundelkhand region (Chhatarpur District) of Madhya Pradesh and is famous for groups of unique Hindu and Jain temples. These temples are a UNESCO World Heritage Site for their beautiful and erotic rock carvings. Khajuraho has the Vindhya range of mountains as its beautiful backdrop. This makes Khajuraho a more fascinating destination to visit. Upon arrival, we check into the hotel. Rest of the day is free to relax.
Khajuraho - Jhansi
In the morning, we visit the Western and Eastern group of temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There were originally nearly 100 separate temples built between 950 and 1050 CE, each dedicated to a different deity. Now only 20 of these temples still exist and are considered to be the finest in India for their workmanship that still remains unmatched for the minutest details depicted in them.
After the visit of Khajuraho, we will take the route for one of the most beautiful city "Jhansi", it is one of the most important places of India's first war of independence in 1857 and the erstwhile capital of Rani Lakshmibai's kingdom.
Jhansi - Delhi
Here, we board the train to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, we would be transferred to the hotel.
After the breakfast, we leave for a tour of the capital. In New Delhi, we visit the Humayun’s Tomb and the India Gate. The afternoon is free for further individual exploration of India’s capital or to relax at the hotel.
Check-out from the hotel and transfer to the international airport or any point of convenience for onward journey to respective countries.