Discovering Legend of Indian Wildlife
Discovering Legend of Indian Wildlife
Discovering Legend of Indian Wildlife & Culture
Duration: 21 nights/22 days
Places to Visit: Mumbai – Udaipur – Deogarh – Jaipur – Bharatpur – Agra – Jabalpur – Kanha - Bandhavgarh – Khajuraho – New Delhi – Rishikesh – New Delhi
Day 1 : Arrive Mumbai
Meeting and assistance on arrival at Mumbai airport a transfer to Hotel Gordon House. On arrival check in to hotel. Overnight in Mumbai.
Day 2 : In Mumbai
Morning after breakfast city tour of Mumbai including visiting Kamla Nehru Park and Hanging Gardens situated on the slopes of Malabar Hill, offering a panoramic view of Marine Drive. Also visit Chowpatty Beach, Prince of Wales Museum, Mani Bhawan, Gateway of India and see Crawford Market, Marine Drive and Flora Fountain. Stay overnight at your hotel in Mumbai.
Day 3: Mumbai to Udaipur
Early morning transfer to airport to board a flight 9W 709 at 0545 hrs. Meeting and assistance on arrival at Udaipur airport at 0745hrs and transfer to Hotel Amet Ki Haveli. Afternoon boat ride at Lake Pichola. Rest of the day for leisure activity. Overnight in Udaipur.
Udaipur is known as the Venice of the east. It is also called the city of lakes. The Lake Palace on Jag Niwas Island in the middle of Pichola Lakes is the finest example of its architectural and cultural explosion. The grand City Palace on the banks of the lake compliments the palace along with the Monsoon Palace (Sajjan Garh) on the hill above. Udaipur is also the centre for performing arts, craft and its famed miniature paintings. The Shilp Gram festival is a center of attraction during the season.
Day 4: In Udaipur
Morning after breakfast full day city tour of Udaipur including City Palace, Phateh Prakash, Jag Mandir, Lake Palace, Jag Mandir and City Museum etc. Overnight In Udaipur.
Day 5: Udaipur to Deogarh
Morning after breakfast drive to Deogarh 135 kms. On arrival check into Deogarh Mahal. Full day free for leisure activity. Overnight at Deogarh Mahal.
Day 6 : Deogarh to Jaipur
Morning after breakfast drive to Jaipur 275 kms. On arrival check into Hotel Jasvilas.
Jaipur - the capital of Rajasthan, is colour washed pink - the colour associated with hospitality in Rajput culture. This Pink City of fairy tale palaces, rugged fortresses perched on barren hills and broad avenues, is picturesque. The first planned city of its time, Jaipur is encircled by a formidable wall. Overnight in Jaipur
Day 7 : Jaipur
Morning proceed on an excursion to Amber Fort with an Elephant ride upto the top of the Fort. Drive past Hawa Mahal, known popularly as the Palace of Winds, is a facade built for the Ladies of the Royal household in the 19th century. The Amber Fort, the capital of the erstwhile State of Jaipur until 1728 is perched on a hill. It has halls of Public and Private audience, a Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) various marble palaces which are marvelous examples of ancient Rajput architecture. The Temple of Amba (Mother Goddess), the patron deity of the Royal family is at the entrance to the palace. Ride an elephant to ascend the hill on which the Fort is situated.
Return to the town in the afternoon enroute visiting the City Palace - the former royal residence built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal styles which houses a museum with a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armoury of the Mughals and Rajputs, including swords of different shapes and sizes with ornate handles. 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. Also visit the Jantar Mantar - 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 in Jaipur
Day 8: Jaipur to Bharatpur
After Breakfast drive to Bharatpur (176 km / 4 hrs ) Bird sanctuary Known as Keoladeo National Park.On arrival check into Hotel Pratap Palace. Overnight in Bharatpur.
Bharatpur is a paradise for the avian world, and the pilgrimage for the bird lovers, it was known as the best duck shooting reserve in the British empire. But was declared a reserve for birds in 1956 and later upgraded to National Park. UNESCO has listed it as a world heritage site. The geographical location is ideal as it is on the main North-South avian route of India. Although small in size, 29 sq km. Only, it boasts to house more than 375 species of beautiful birds, and more than 132 of them breed inside the Keoladeo Ghana National Park and nearly every year new ones are added to the list.
The sanctuary not only attracts birds from India but also from places like Europe, Siberia, China and Tibet Before monsoons resident birds activity starts on the babool and kadam trees of the park. Water coming through the Ajan Bandh starts filling the various ponds and lakes of the Park.
Day 9 : Bharatpur to Agra
Morning after game drive, breakfast at the resort, and drive to Agra, 55kms, from the wilderness of the forests to the places of historic significance that marks our beginning to the next place of our trip. On route visit Fatehpur Sikri - This exquisite city built by Akbar the Great in 1569, in red sandstone, with its forts, palaces and mosques was abandoned 14 years after its creation due to political reasons. The Diwan-i-am - a vast courtyard in which the emperor gave daily public audience; Diwan-i-khas - a large quadrangle which contained all the major functions of the Palace, Pachisi court, the Emperors private living quarter, Jodha Bhai’s Palace, Mariam’s Palace, Birbal’s Palace, Hawa Mahal and Panch Mahal are some of the important buildings of this residential complex. 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.
Continue drive to Agra after visiting Fatehpur Sikri (49 kms). On arrival, check in to the hotel Howard Park Plaza.
Agra is famous as the home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World - the Taj Mahal. The architectural splendour of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces in Agra is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal Empire. Agra was their capital for nearly a hundred years from 1564. A pleasant town, with a comparatively easy pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone by artisans who are hereditary crafts persons. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes. Overnight in Agra.
Day 10: Agra to Jabalpur
Morning : Proceed on a city tour of Agra. Visit the Agra Fort, built by three Mughal Emperors starting from Akbar the Great in 1565 AD, which is a masterpiece of design and construction. Within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings including the Moti Masjid, Jahangir’s Palace, Khas Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal, Diwane-i-Am, Diwane-i-Khas and Musamman Burj, where Emperor Shah Jahan, the fifth Mughal Emperor, died a prisoner. Later visit the Taj Mahal - the inimitable poem in white marble. 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, it is one of the seven modern wonders of the World.
Evening take an executive sleeper class air-conditioned overnight train to Jabalpur at 1715 hrs. Packed dinner provided.
Day 11 : Jabalpur to Kanha
Meeting and assistance on arrival at Jabalpur Railway Station at 0545hrs and drive to Kanha national Park 165km ( 4hrs drive). On arrival check in to Tuli Tiger Resort. . Lunch at resort and afternoon game drive to the Park. Dinner and overnight in Kanha.
Day 12-13 : In Kanha
Breakfast, Lunch and dinner at Resort. Morning and afternoon Jeep safari in the Park . Overnight at Tuli Tiger Resort.
Kanha is one of India’s largest national park and Asia's finest park. India’s one of the most successful conservation efforts of saving the Barasingha (Swamp Deer) was done here.In Madhya Pradesh, one can see the forests immortalised by Rudyard Kipling in his Jungle Book - the home of Balu, Bagheera and Mowgli. Two National Parks here, preserve pockets of what were once splendid forests that extended across Central India.
Kanha's sal and bamboo forests, rolling grasslands and meandering streams stretch over 940 sq km in dramatic natural splendour. This is original Kipling country, of which he wrote so vividly in his Jungle Book. The same abundance of wildlife species exists today in Kanha National Park, which forms the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve created in 1974 under Project Tiger. The park is the only habitat of the rare hardground barasingha (Cervus Duvaceli Branderi).
By a special statute in 1955, Kanha National Park came into being. Since then, a series of stringent conservation programmes for the protection of the park's flora and fauna has given Kanha its deserved reputation for being one of the finest and best administered National Parks in Asia, an irresistible attraction for all wildlife lovers and a true haven for its animal and avian population.
Day 14 : Kanha to Bandhavgarh
Morning jeep safari and breakfast carry packed lunch and drive to Bandhavgarh National Park 250km, 6hrs drive. On arrival check in to Tiger Den Resort . Dinner at Resort and overnight at Bandhavgarh
Day 15-16 : In Bandhavgarh
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner at resort . Morning & Evening Jeep drive in the park.
Bandhavgarh has been a center of human activity and settlement for over 2000 years, and there are references to it in the ancient books, the Narad-Panch Ratra and the Shiva Purana. Legend has it that Lord Rama, hero of the Hindu epic, the Ramayana, stopped at Bandhavgarh on his way back to his homeland after defeating the demon King Ravana of Lanka. Two monkey architects, who had engineered a bridge between the isles of Lanka and the mainland, are said to have built Bandhavgarh's fort. Later Rama handed it over to his brother Lakshmana who became known as Bandhavdhish "The Lord of the Fort". Lakshmana is the particular God of the fort and is regularly worshipped in a temple there. The oldest sign of habitation in the park are caves dug into the sandstone to the north of the fort. Several contain Brahmi inscriptions dating from the 1st century B.C. Various dynasties have ruled the fort, for example, the Maghas from the 1st century A.D., the Vakatakas from the 3rd century A.D., From that time onwards Bandhavgarh was ruled by a succession of dynasties including the Chandela Kings of Bundelkhand who 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 band it became the royal hunting reserve. This helped to preserve the forest and its wildlife, although the Maharajas made full use of their rights. Each set out to kill the auspicious number of 109 Tigers.
At independence Bandhavgarh remained the private property of the Maharaja until he gave it to the state for the formation of the National Park in 1968. After the park was created poaching was brought under control and the number of animals rose dramatically. Small dams and water holes were built to solve the problem of water shortage. Grazing by local cattle was stopped and the village within the park boundaries was relocated. The Tigers in particular prospered and the 1986 extension provided much needed forest to accommodate them.
Day 17 : Bandhavgarh to Khajuraho
Morning game drive and after breakfast drive to Khajuraho 280km., 6hrs drive. On arrival check in to Hotel Taj Chendela.
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.
In the evening go for the Sound and Light show at the temples. Simply mesmerizing a must for the person seeking peace in body mind and soul. Overnight in Khajuraho.
Day 18 : Khajuraho to New Delhi
Morning after breakfast visit : 1.The Eastern Group, which encompasses five detached sub-groups in and around the present village of Khajuraho. It includes three Brahmanical temples known as Brahma, Vamana and Javari and three Jain temples, the Ghantai, Adinath and Parsvanath.
2. The Southern Group, which is the most distant and has two main monuments near and across the Khudarnala, namely, the Duladeo and the Chaturbhuja temples.
3. The Western Group, which is the largest, compact and centrally located group in Khajuraho, includes some of the most prominent monuments, built by the Chandela rulers. The western group of monuments is best maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India and is set amidst green lawns, colorful shrubs and flowerbeds.Early Afternoon transfer to airport to board a flight No. 9w724 to New Delhi at 1330hrs .
Arrive New Delhi at 1600hrs. Meeting and assistance on arrival at New Delhi Airport and transfer to Hotel Singh Continental. On arrival check in to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 19 : New Delhi to Rishikesh
After early breakfast transfer to New Delhi Railway station to board train to Haridwar at 0655 hrs. Reach Haridwar at 1122 hrs and arrival drive to Rishikesh 26 kms, On Arrival check into Hotel Glass house on the Ganges. After lunch city tour of Rishikesh. Overnight in Rishikesh.
The name Rishikesh is loosely applied to an association of five distinct sections encompassing not only the town but also hamlets and settlements on both sides of the river Ganges. These include Rishikesh itself, the commercial and communication hub; the sprawling suburban Muni-ki-Reti or the "sands of the sages"; Shivananda Nagar, north of Rishikesh; the temple section of Lakshman Jhulla, a little further north; and the assorted Ashrams around Swarg Ashram on the East bank.
Day 20 : Rishikesh
Breakfast at resort and later you can proceed for Rafting Camp. Only few rivers in the world have the mystique of the Ganges, the living mother Goddess of the India. Rafting on its water of wisdom is certainly an unusual experience. Enjoy and explore the life time experience on a date with mother Ganges. Your first encounter will be the beginning of the addiction. Overnight in Rishikesh.
Day 21: Rishikesh to New Delhi
Morning free for leisure activity and after lunch drive to Haridwar to board A/C Chair Car Train to New Delhi at 1810 hrs. Meeting and assistance on arrival at New Delhi railway station at 2245 hrs and transfer to Hotel Singh Continental. Overnight IN New Delhi.
Day 22 : In New Delhi
Morning after breakfast full day city tour of New Delhi.
Morning: Visit the Old City of Delhi to see the historic Red Fort and the Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque from the outside. See the colourful bazaar of Chandni Chowk and take a cycle rickshaw ride through the back streets of Old Delhi to get a first hand experience of the hustle and bustle of this traditional city. This ride through the small by-lanes will be most fascinating. Return to the hotel for lunch or eat at an interesting restaurant in town.
Afternoon: Visit New Delhi, seeing the Qutab Minar, a tower of victory built in the 12th century and India Gate - the war memorial. Drive past the Rashtrapathi Bhawan, the residence of the President of India, the houses of Parliament and the Government Secretariat buildings. After dinner transfer to International airport to board a flight back home.