North and Central India Wildlife Adventure Tour
Delhi – Corbett – Agra – Gwalior – Orchha – Khajuraho –
Bandhavgarh – Kanha – Nagpur – Delhi
13 Nights & 14 Days
Day 01 : Arrive: Delhi
Welcome at the Indira Gandhi International airport in Delhi, our representatives assist and escort you by a private car and transfer to the pre-booked hotel. After your check in, you will be given all the required documents related to the tour and our representative will explain all your queries and feedback about the entire tour plan. If you are arriving by morning flight, after rest you can take a short tour of the sightseeing of the city; otherwise take the rest and overnight at the hotel in Delhi.
Delhi, towering capital city of the Federal Republic of India. It is one of India's modern and fastest developing cities with charismatic charm on its visitors. Delhi is situated over the West Bank of the river Yamuna, straddling the river. The city is enriched with culture, architecture and human diversity, Delhi city is combination of an historical golden past with vibration of modern world. Delhi houses finest museums, historical monuments, sightseeing places, and temples in the country. Delhi was proclaimed the capital of India, designed by the British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944) & is tree-lined & spacious. Legend has it that the Pandavas of epic Mahabharata, the august heroes, founded Delhi, then called Indraprastha, around 1200 B.C. Present day Delhi is built around the ruins of seven ancient cities.
Day 02 : Delhi
After breakfast the sightseeing tour to explore the historic city, firstly visiting Old Delhi: (Shahajahanabad) the majestic Red Fort, a marvel in red sandstone walls of historical Lal Qila, built in 1638, sprawled in 2 kilometers with a high of 18 meters, Jama Masjid, the largest and most splendid mosque in India, both built by emperor Shah Jahan of Taj Mahal fame, Rajghat, memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, where he was cremated, Later in you opt to have Rickshaw ride past through the bustling Bazaar of in Chandani Chowk. The sightseeing continue to explore the best tourist attractions of New Delhi include President House (Rashtrapati Bhawan), during the British rule this places was the residence of British Viceroys, India gate, this monument was built to honour and tribute to the Indian soldiers, sacrificed themselves during the Afghan war, then visiting Birla Mandir (Laxmi Narayan Temple) built by the one of the most richest industrialist Birla Family. Humayun’s Tomb, lotus shaped Bhai’s Temple, Qutub Minar, built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty; in the evening witness the light and sound show at Red fort. The show projects splendid history of 5000 years old city, a truly memorable experience. Return to the hotel for overnight at the hotel.
Light and Sound Show: An extravagant sound and light show at the Red Fort, makes the 5,000 years old narration of the city come alive. Amidst the harmony of the fabulous panoramic and historic vicinity of the Red Fort, selected occurrence from the archives of Delhi's historic and legendary precedent are colorfully brought to life. To make this show an emotively unforgettable experience, the special effects are combined with the unique ambience.
Day 03 : Delhi – Corbett (280 kms: 7 hrs)
Today morning after breakfast, check out the hotel and drive to Corbett. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Jim Corbett National Park, the first wildlife reserve of India to come under Project Tiger, extending over an area of more than 500 sq km in the Himalayan foothills. Home to a variety of flora and fauna, it is famous for its wild population of Leopards. Corbett national park was established in 1936, as the Hailey National Park. Corbett supports a variety of vegetation making it the ideal habitat for the Tiger and its prey. Once a popular hunting ground of the British, this 201 square mile park was named in honor of the late Jim Corbett, the legendary hunter-naturalist turned author and photographer who most of his years in this area and contributed in setting up the this park. Evening is free for leisure and individual activities. Overnight at the hotel.
Corbett National Park: Located in the foothills of the Himalayas is the majestic Corbett National Park. Home to a variety of flora and fauna, it is famous for its wild population of Leopards. Corbett national park was established in 1936, as the Hailey National Park. India's first national park and the first sanctuary to come under Project Tiger, Corbett supports a variety of vegetation making it the ideal habitat for the Tiger and its prey. Once a popular hunting ground of the British, this 201 square mile park was named in honor of the late Jim Corbett, the legendary hunter-naturalist turned author and photographer who most of his years in this area and contributed in setting up the this park. With the help of the World Wildlife Fund, was launched in Corbett National Park in 1973 and this park was one of the first such tiger reserves in the country.
Day 04 : Corbett
Early morning opt for Elephant Safari inside the park. The Main animals found in the national park include the tiger, elephant, chital, sambar, nilgai, gharial, King Cobra, muntjac, wild boar, hedgehog, common musk shrew, flying fox, Indian Pangolin, and nearly 600 species of birds. Later return to the hotel for breakfast. In the afternoon opt for jeep safari to the Bijrani area of Corbett to find the Elusive Tiger - now the cynosure of the questing eye. Evening is free for leisure and relaxation to enjoy the various activities at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05 : Corbett – Agra (350 kms: 9 hs)
Early morning, check out from the hotel and drive to Agra. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Rest of your day is free for relaxation. Overnight at the hotel in Agra.
Agra is famous as being home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World-the Taj Mahal. Built by the great Mughal emperor Shahjahan, an eternal love story written on the shimmering marble for his wife Mumtaz. Agra is pleasant town with comparatively slow pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone by craftsmen who are descendant of those who worked under the Mughals. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes. Agra, and the nearby city of Fatehpur Sikri, is conveniently close to Delhi. Besides the Taj Mahal is Agra Fort, Sikandra, Ram Bagh and Itmad-Ud-Daulah-35 kms away are the imperial ruins of the Mughal city, Fatehpur Sikri. The world famous town for Taj and amazing monuments of India.
Note: Taj Mahal is closed on every Friday.
Day 06 : Agra
Early morning visit world’s most popular and beautiful monument: Taj Mahal with its’ fabulous view at the time of sunrise. Taj Mahal, beautiful architectural monument among the 7 wonders of the world; this historical masterpiece is illustration of the fusion of diverse architectural styles. Taj Mahal is crown of all the loveliest buildings in the world, a symbol of eternal love. The tour continues to visit Agra Fort,was built in 1576 AD., by great Mughal Emperor Akbar, structured and designed with red stoned barricaded; in the fort you will find most splendid Pearl Mosque and various other classic example of art: Jahangir Mahal, Moti Masjid, Macchhi Bhawan, Nagina Masjid, Diwan-i-Khas, Sheesh Mahal, Diwan-e-Am, Meena Bazaar and Musamman Bhurj where from Emperor Shahjahan, prisoner of his son rebellious Aurangzeb, he put his father in the cell of Agra fort, where from he could see his love reflecting through the Taj Mahal, where his loveliest wife was cremated. If time permits, visit the Tomb of Itamad-ud-Daula, 35 kms from Agra, built by Empress Noorjehan daughter of Shahjahan, this monument a tribute to her great father. In the evening one should visit Oswal Emporium to watch the replica of Taj Mahal it took 10 years for the artists to built this artistic epitome, also enjoy light and sound show “Mohabbat-the-Taj: the saga of love”, the only show of its kind in India! Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 07 : Agra – Gwalior – Orchha (240 kms: 4 – 5 hrs)
After leisure and breakafast check out the hotel and drive to Orchha. Enroute visit Gwalior. Take a sightseeing of the majestic Gwalior fort is one of the largest and mightiest forts in India. Also visit Sas-Bahu Temples are 11th-century temples of Lord Vishnu while Teli-ka-Mandir is a 300-metre-high Vishnu temple of the 9th Century, visiting Jai Vilas Palace, Usha Kiran Palace, Gwalior fort, Man Mandir, Gujri Mahal and the tomb of Mohammad Ghaus. Later proceed to Orchha. On arrival, transfer to the hotel.
Day 08 : Orchha – Khajuraho (180 kms: 3½ hrs)
Today morning take a city tour of Orchha visiting various temple and Palaces such as Raja Ram temple, Chaturbhuj Temple, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Shiva Mandir, Panch Mukhi Mahadev Mandir and other cenotaphs “Chhatris" on the bank of river Betwa and also visit Fort Palace of Raj Mahal, Jahangir Mahal, Diwan – e - Khas and Rai Praveen Mahal. Later drive to Khajuraho. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Rest of your day is free for relaxation.
Khajuraho: The fascinating temples of Khajuraho, India's unique gift of love to the world, in the state of Madhya Pradesh, were built between 950 and 1050 A.D. It derives its name from the Khajur tree (the date palm tree) which can be found in abundance in the area. The divine sculptures in these temples are a tribute to Life itself, embodying everything that is sublime and spontaneous about it. With the wane of the Chandela Empire, these magnificent temples lay neglected, and vulnerable to the ravages of Nature. It was only in this century, that they were rediscovered, restored and granted the recognition that they justly deserve. Originally there were 85 temples, of which only 22 still exist. These magnificent temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and the Jain Tirthankaras. The three main compartments are the entrance (ardhamandapa), assembly hall (mandapa), and the actual sanctum (garbha griha). The temples are grouped into three geographical divisions: western, eastern and southern.
Day 09 : Khajuraho
After breakfast explore Khajuraho, is worldly known for its magnificent temples of erotica built between 950 A.D. and 1050 A.D. Khajuraho - The very name, Khajuraho, arouses strange dreams even in daytime. Of full bodied feminine forms frozen in stone, so real that you wonder whether they might come alive at a touch. Khajuraho is world heritage town, the temples are scattered in an area of 8 sq km. take a sightseeing tour visiting Western group of Temples consisting of the massive Laxman Temple dedicated to lord Vishnu, the Laxmi and Varaha temples dedicated to Vishnu’s consort Laxman, the Kandariya Mahadev temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and the Chausath Yogini temple dedicated to goddess Kali. Also visit Archaeological museum with its collection of stone sculptures of the Chandela dynasty. Later take a sightseeing tour of Eastern group of Templeswhich consists of 3 Hindu and 3 Jain temples, their proximity attests to the religious tolerance of the times in general and of the Chandela rulers in particular, visit the Jain temples of Parsvanath, Adinath, and Shanti Nath. Also visit the temples of Vamana and Brahma/Hanumanboth dedicated to lord Vishnu. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 10 : Khajuraho – Bandhavgarh (290 kms: 7 – 8 hrs)
After breakfast, check out from the jungle lodge and drive to Bandhavgarh National Park. This Park is spread over an area of 437 sq. km. The terrain is made of rocky hills, sal forests and grazing areas, formerly agricultural land. On arrival, transfer to the jungle lodge/resort. Evening will be free for jungle and photographic activities. Overnight at the resort/lodge.
Day 11 : Bandhavgarh
Early morning take a jungle safari. Later return to the resort/lodge for breakfast. After breakfast, trek to Bandhavgarh Fort situated at the highest point of Bandhavgarh hills and believed to be around 2,000 years old. Also study the water management system here. See the archaeological find of over 1000 years and study the unique topography of the Park from a birds-eye view, visit to the rural schools at Bandhavgarh. Evening recap of the day’s activity, walk through Medicinal Plant garden, study conservation practices such as solar cooking, solar water heating, vermiculture, and study the unique architecture of the Lodge, which is mud huts, and a unique Indian Village. A lecture on astronomy will follow, including stargazing with a telescope. Optionally you can also visit Bandhavgarh Ancient Caves and Tala Village, which is one of the most beautiful attractions of Bandhavgarh, and is the lowest point of the wildlife reserve. Overnight at the lodge.
Bandhavgarh has a very deep-rooted importance of it's own in the history and mythology of India. Looming high over the entire park and located in the heart of it's core area, is a fort dating back to the mythological era of Rama and Hanuman from the Hindu epic Ramayana. It is said that the two monkeys who created the "setu", or bridge, between India and Lanka to enable Rama to cross over and vanquish the demon king, Rawana, were also the architects of the Bandhavgarh fort. This fort was used by Rama and Hanuman on their journey back to their kingdom from Lanka. This fort was later handed over by Rama to his brother Lakshmana who came to be known as the "Bandhavdhish", lord of the fort.
Bandhavgarh National Park: Set amongst The Vindhya Hills in Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh consists of 168 sq miles of Sal & a mixed forest with large stretches of Bamboo and Grassland to The North. One is genera lly lucky to view The Tiger, Gaur (Indian Bison) Chital, Chansingha ( Four horned antelope). This Park houses some 150 species of birds including the Blue Bearded bee eaters, White Browed Fantails, and The Mal abar Hornbill. The Bandhavgarh Fort, besides offering breath taking views, houses a 35 ft reclining statue of Lord Vishnu and 10th Century Rock Images of the incarnation of the Lord.
Day 12 : Bandhavgarh – Kanha National Park (212 kms: 4½ hrs)
After breakfast, check out from the lodge and drive to Kanha National Park, this is one of the most well known tiger reserves worldwide. It's located among the Banjar and Halon valleys in the Mandla / Balaghat districts. The central Kanha valley was declared a sanctuary way back in 1933 but got its status as a National Park in 1955. It covers a large area of 1,945 square kilometers, out of which 940 square kilometres form the main park. Kanha is also famous for its animal conservation efforts made in collaboration and cooperation with the local resident communities. On arrival, check-in to the Jungle Lodge. Evening will be at leisure and relaxation. Overnight at the jungle lodge.
Kanha's sal and bamboo forests, rolling grasslands and meandering streams stretch over 940 sq km in dramatic natural splendour 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). By a special statute in 1955, Kanha National Park came into being. Since then, a series of stringent conservation programme 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.
Day 13 : Kanha National Park
Early morning take jungle safari. Return to resort/lodge for breakfast. Later the day is free to fulfil your quest on wildlife by visiting the jungle library, museum and by watching wildlife presentations & movies until afternoon jungle safari. Later you day is free to explore the surrounding areas in the National Park. Overnight will be at resort/lodge.
Note: Optionally can visit the Kanha Museum. This is a place from where detailed information about the topography of the park and its various aspects can be obtained. Also visit the spot named Bamni Dadar, popularly known as the Sunset Point and the famous Kawardha Palace, which is a drive of around 3 hours.
Day 14 : Kanha – Nagpur (280 kms: 6 – 7 hrs) – Delhi (By Air) – Hometown (By Air)
**** Back home with great memories. ****
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