The Tiger, Taj, and Temple Tour
Duration: 14 nights, 15 days
Places to Visit: New Delhi – Ranthambhore – Agra – Khajuraho – Bandhavgarh - Kanha – Raipur – New Delhi Fly Back Home
This program is for a passionate wildlife lover with interest in cultural destinations. Ranthambhore National Park is an ideal national park with a wonderful mix of Tigers, wildlife and some history. The contrast in the different tourism zones in this park is very stark and unbelievable. But what is amazing is that the Tigers do not differentiate between the zones and are regularly sighted in most of them. One similarity between Ranthambhore and Bandhavgarh is that both these parks were the hunting grounds of the Maharajahs of the respective states. They also conserved these forests and handed them to the Government of India for further conservation on independence. Kanha is the country which Rudyard Kipling loved and wrote the famous Junglebook on. This is the park with the biggest Tigers in India. The head size of these Tigers is on lines of a Liger. Tiger is undoubtedly the most charismatic species in India, most loved, most photographed, and enigmatic. These are three parks famous for Tiger sightings. This program will also take you to see the famous Taj Mahal in Agra, while in New Delhi you will see a perfect amalgamation of the Moghul, British, and the modern architecture.
Day 01 : Arrive New Delhi (by flight)
On arrival at the New Delhi airport, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel, assist you in check in at the hotel, handover and explain all travel related documents..
Overnight stay is at the hotel.
Day 02 : New Delhi – Ranthambhore (by day train)
After early breakfast transfer to Hazrat Nizamuddin station to board a 01st air- conditioned sleeper class day train at 0735 hrs. Met at the Sawai Madhopur station at 1255 hrs and transfer to the Hotel, 10 minutes drive. On arrival check in at the Hotel. Lunch at the resort and afternoon game drive to the National Park in an open vehicle.
Dinner and overnight at the Resort
Day 03 : In Ranthambhore
Morning & evening game drives in the park. Meals at the resort. Overnight in Ranthambore.
Ranthambore: With an area of 400 sq. km encompassing rocky hill crests which descend to open valleys between the Aravalli and Vindhya ranges, dotted with water pools and fruit trees, this park gets its name from the thousand-year-old fortress, which looms above the forest. Well known for the diurnal activity of tigers, Ranthambore is a very special and unusual area where a natural present meets a historical past. Sambar, cheetal, chinkara, nilgai and languor. The elusive leopard and tigers are found in this reserve with tourists standing a very good chance of seeing tigers during the day.
Dotted across the landscape are the crumbling ruins of its past glory, be it chatris or cupolas, like palaces or old guard posts, all of which reinforce the magical and ethereal quality of this great wilderness.
Day 04 : In Ranthambhore
Morning & evening game drives in the park. Meals at the resort. During the day you can visit Ranthambhore Fort.
Ranthambore Fort lies within the Ranthambore National Park, near the town of Sawai Madhopur, the park being the former hunting grounds of the Maharajahs of Jaipur until the time of India's Independence. It is a formidable fort having been a focal point of the historical developments of Rajasthan. The fort is known for the glory and valor of Hammir dev of the Chauhan dynasty. In 2013, at the 37th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Ranthambore Fort, along with 5 other forts of Rajasthan, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the group Hill Forts of Rajasthan. Inside Ranthambore fort there are three Hindu temples dedicated to Ganesh, Shiva and Ramlalaji constructed in 12th and 13th centuries from red Karauli stone. There is also a Jain temple of Lord Sumatinath (5th Jain Tirthankar) and Lord Sambhavanath.
Overnight at the hotel in Ranthambore.
Day 05 : Ranthambhore - Agra (by road, 265kms, 5 hours drive)
Morning game drive to the national park and after breakfast drive to Agra 265 kms/5 hrs drive. Enroute stop at Fatehpur Sikri, the ancient abandoned Moghul capital. This 16th century capital of Moghul emperor Akbar is a complex of forts, palaces and mosques built in sandstone. The city had to be deserted because of lack of water. The white marble Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti, Akbar's spiritual adviser, is now observed as a Muslim pilgrimage spot here.
Overnight at the hotel in Agra.
Day 06 : Agra – Khajuraho - Bandhavgarh (By flight + 280 kms/5 hrs drive)
After breakfast, proceed to visit the famous white marble mausoleum, The Taj Mahal, which was built in the middle of the 17th century by the Moghul emperor Shah Jehan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Completed in 1652, skilled craftsmen from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and some 20,000 labourers worked for 17 years to build this edifice. Later proceed to visit the red sandstone AGRA FORT which stands like a crescent on the banks of Yamuna River enclosed by forbidding 20-meter high walls, with a 12- meter moat between them. Three successive Mughal emperors - Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jehan - helped create this massive structure which contains Hindu and Muslim architecture. [The Taj is closed on Friday]. Check out from the hotel.
Later transfer to Agra airport to board a flight to Khajuraho at 1430 hrs. Flight operates only on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Met at the Khajuraho airport at 1525 and drive to Bandhavgarh National Park 280 kms/ 5 hrs drive. On arrival check into the Resort.
Bandhavgarh is a forest with great reputation for Tiger sightings. Tracking the majestic and elusive Tiger will be an experience you will not forget in a hurry. Unlike in Africa where the habitat, wildlife and technology assists you in tracking wildlife, the encounters in India are quite contrasting, learning, and thrilling to say the least. The time well spent in the national park during the safari with the skilled drivers and experienced guides will remain etched in your memory. Afternoon safaris are usually 3-4 hours, which ends just before sunset.
Dinner and overnight at the resort
Day 07 : In Bandhavgarh
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge. Morning & evening Jeep drives in the park
Bandhavgarh: The national park is mainly known for the density of its tiger population. This is the place where famous White Tigers of Rewa were discovered. The other wild attractions in the park include Leopards, Blue Bulls, Indian Gaur (Bison) Chausingha (Four Horned Antelopes), Spotted Deers, Sambar Deer, Wild Boar, Sloth Bears Fox, Jackals, Wild Dogs, etc. There are at least 22 mammal species and about 250 bird species in the Park. The other animals found in Bandhavgarh are Ratel, Porcupine, Small Indian Civet, Palm Squirrel, Lesser Bandicoot rat, the Jungle Cat, and the shy Hyenas. The reptile population in the park includes Cobras, Kraits, Vipers, Ratsnakes, Pythons, Monitor Lizards and turtles. The two primate species - the rhesus macaque and the Hanuman langur - inhabit Bandhavgarh.
Dinner and overnight at the Resort
Day 08 & 09 : In Bandhavgarh
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge. Morning & evening Jeep drives 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.
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 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. 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 and hunting 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.
Overnight at the resort
Day 10 : Bandhavgarh - Kanha (by surface 280 kms/6 hrs drive )
Morning game drive to the national park. After early lunch part for Kanha, 280kms, 6 hours drive. On arrival check into the Lodge. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge
Day 11 : In Kanha
Wake up at 0500hrs, tea coffee with biscuits, and proceed for the morning safari to the National park.
Kanha's sal and bamboo forests, rolling grasslands and meandering streams stretch over 940 sq km in dramatic natural splendor which form 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). This is the original Kipling country of which he wrote so vividly in his Jungle Book. Packed breakfast which comes from the Lodge is served at a designated spot and spread on the bonnet of the Safari vehicle. Enjoy your breakfast in the wilderness of Kanha. Continue your search for the elusive Tiger if you have not yet seen the same, and soak in the fresh, and energizing environment. Return from Safari around 1130hrs. Freshen up, and Lunch is served. Relax for an hour under the shade of a tree (if you so desire), or in the comforts of your bedroom.
Depart for evening safari to another zone of Kanha National Park.
Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.
Day 12 : In Kanha
Wake up, and get ready for another day of adventure in the National park. The forests of the Banjar valley and Halon valley, respectively forming Kanha's western and eastern halves. By a special statute in 1955, Kanha National Park came into being. Since then, a string of stringent conservation programmes have been launched, for the overall protection of the park's fauna and flora. Kanha boasts of about 38 species of mammals. Some of the inhabitants of this park are the gaur, the largest of the world's cattle; the sambar, the largest Indian deer; and the chausingha, the only four-horned antelope in the world. Other frequent visitors include the Nilgai antelope, the sloth bear, the dhole, or Indian wild dog, and an occasional Leopard. Some 300 species of birds inhabit the park, that includes the storks, egrets, black ibis, raptors, owls, and the red-wattled lapwings.
Return to the Lodge for Lunch In the afternoon proceed for another sojourn with the denizens of Kanha
Dinner and overnight at the Lodge
Day 13 : In Kanha
Breakfast and lunch at the hotel. Morning and afternoon Jeep safari to the National park
Dinner and overnight stay at the resort.
Day 14 : Kanha - Raipur ( 220 kms, 4-5 hrs drive + by flight)
Morning safari in the park. Return by 10am, freshen up, early lunch at 1230hrs, and depart for Raipur to board flight at 1820 hrs to arrive New Delhi at 2025 hrs. Met at the Airport by our representative and transfer to the Hotel. Overnight at New Delhi
Day 15 : New Delhi Fly Back home
Morning after breakfast free for leisure activities and later afternoon transfer to International airport to board a flight back home
End of our services
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. Bandhavgarh and Kanha National parks are closed every Wednesday for afternoon jeep safari