Package Description Wildlife Explorations 08 Days 07 Nights Delhi - Sariska - Jaipur - Ranthambore - Bharatpur - Agra - Jabalpur - Kanha – Bandhavgarh – Khajuraho – Varanasi - Delhi
Day 01 Arrive Delhi Upon Arrival at Delhi International Airport you are met at the Arrival Lounge and transferred to your pre-booked Hotel. Evening Visit the Lotus Temple or Akshardham Temple Akshardham Swaminarayan Akshardham temple has intricately carved sculptures and statues of deities. Unlike traditional Hindu temples, however, this one (on the banks of the Yamuna River and spread over 100 acres) also features a 12 minute indoor boat-ride, a light and sound show, an Imax screen, a musical Fountain, and animatronics, -characters that recount the life and philosophy of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. Lotus Temple Representing the Bahai faith - an independent world religion, this is an ideal place of meditation which is open to all other faiths. Bahai temple is one of the most visited sites in the world & this an ideal place of meditation which is open to all other faiths. Overnight at the Hotel. Day 02 Delhi Morning start the city tour of Old Delhi visiting Rajghat (Cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi), Chandni Chowk - India's famous trading center. Drive past India's largest mosque Jama Maszid & Red Fort known as Lal Qila the place that marked announcement of India's freedom from Britisher's. Afternoon your New Delhi City tour includes visit to Qutab Minar built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibek in 1199, Humayun's Tomb, India Gate (War Memorial Arch ) & Lakshminarayan Temple - a modern Hindu Temple. Also drive past President House, Parliament House, Government Secretariat Buildings & Connaught Place the shopping centre. Overnight at the Hotel. Day 03 Delhi – Sariska (By Private Car) After breakfast leave by private car for Sariska. Sariska – the finest Tiger reserves of India. Picturesquely surrounded by the Aravali hills and narrow valleys, Sariska National Park is located at a distance of 34 km from Alwar in Rajasthan. Famous for its tiger population, Sariska Tiger Reserve is home to other wildlife including the Leopard, Jungle Cat, Jackal, Hyena, Gaur, Four-horned Antelope and Porcupine etc and a range of exotic and colorful bird species Overnight at the Hotel Day 04 Sariska – Jaipur (By Private Car) Morning Park Ride at the Sariska National Park Later leave by private car for Jaipur, Upon arrival at Jaipur check in at your pre-booked Hotel Evening visit the Colorful Markets of Jaipur Overnight at the Hotel Day 05 Jaipur Morning we visit the Amber Fort in the Aravali Hills an ancient capital of the state. An Elephant ride ( Subject to Availability) or jeep can be used to reach hilltop fort , which is a super example of Rajput (medieval Hindu) style Architecture. Afternoon - tour of City Palace and Observatory. The City Palace in the heart of the old city is a blend of Rajasthan and Mughal architecture. The Palace of Winds – a five-storied structure of pink sandstone has semi-octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows overlooking the main Street of the old city. It was originally built to enable the ladies of the Royal household to watch everyday life Overnight at the Hotel Day 06 Jaipur – Ranthambore (By Private Car) After breakfast leave by private car for Ranthambore, Upon arrival at Ranthambore check in at your pre-booked hotel Ranthambore – Ranthambore, nearly a thousand – year – old fortress. Countless battles have raged around these walls. The Great Mughal emperor Akbar laid siege here and built Lake Palace, summer gardens, temples, mosques, tombs and hunting towers, all over run now by grass and shrubs. Today leopards and tigers prowl the ruin Overnight at the hotel Day 07 Ranthambore Morning and Afternoon spent visiting the park . Overnight at the Hotel Day 08 Leave Delhi After breakfast leave by private car for Bharatpur, upon arrival at Bharatpur check in at your pre-booked hotel. Bharatpur – One of the finest bird Sanctuaries in the world. Keoladeo Ghana National Park formerly known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is a home of astonishing flora and fauna. Nesting indigenous water – birds as well as migratory water birds and waterside birds, this sanctuary is also inhabited by Sambar,Chital, Nilgai and Wild Boar Afternoon Cycle Rickshaw Ride in the Keoladeo National Park for 02 – 03 hrs Overnight at the Hotel Day 09 Bharatpur – Agra (By Private Car) Via Fatehpursikri After Breakfast you leave by private car for Agra, enroute visit Fatehpurisikri – this city is built in red sandstone , and is a beautiful blend of Hindu and Islamic architectural elements. It was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar during 1571 and 1585 and it is the best example of the culmination of Hindu and Muslim architecture Though the city is in ruins, but the sunset over the ruins is sight to cherish. The city was later abandoned due to scarcity of water. Later we proceed on our drive for Agra, upon arrival at Agra check in at your pre-booked hotel Afternoon proceed on the the city tour of Agra visiting the Agra Fort, Itmad-Ud-Daulah and the Local Markets. Overnight at the Hotel Day 10 Agra – Jabalpur (By Overnight Train) Very Early Morning visit the famous Taj Mahal at Sunrise. This is a breathtaking view – the mausoleum was built by sorrowing Shah Jehan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. The Building's stupendous scale, flawless symmetry, translucent white marble and shimmering reflection in the water channel are truly breathtaking. Later you are transferred to Agra railway station to board overnight train for Jabalpur. Overnight at the Train Day 11 Arrive / Leave Jabalpur – Arrive Kanha (By Private Car) Upon arrival at Jabalpur railway station, you are met with our representative and transferred by private car to Kanha, Upon arrival at Kanha check in at your pre-booked hotel. Kanha - has some 22 species of mammals; most commonly spotted are langoor, jackal, wild pig, spotted deer, swamp deer, Sambar and black buck. You may also see tiger, Indian hare, wild dog, barking deer, Indian fox, sloth bear, striped hyena, panther, mouse deer, four horned antelope, blue bull, ratel and Indian porcupine. Kanha also has some 200 species of birds. Kanha, a true haven for the animal and avian population Overnight at the Hotel Day 12 Kanha Morning and Afternoon free to visit the park Overnight at the Hotel Day 13 Kanha Morning and Afternoon spent visiting the park Overnight at the Hotel Day 14 Kanha – Bandhavgarh (By Private Car) After breakfast leave by private car for Bandhavgarh, Upon arrival at Bandhavgarh check in at your pre-booked hotel. Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the wild life sanctuaries in the Indian state Madhya Pradesh. The national park is situated at 197 km away north-east of Jabalpur. This wild life park derived its very name from an ancient fort in the area. Bandhawgarh National Park belongs to the Vindhyan mountain ranges of central India and it boasts to have the highest density of tiger population in the country. Now there are about 46 to 52 tigers one can spot here. Home of white tiger and other species such as Indian Bison, Sambar, Barking Deer. Spend two days of game viewing and bird watching in these valleys. On the highest hill stands Bandhavgarh Fort, Surrounded by numerous caves containing shrines and ancient Sanskrit inscriptions Overnight at the Hotel Day 15 Bandhavgarh Morning and Afternoon spent visiting the park Overnight at the Hotel Day 16 Bandhavgarh Morning and Afternoon spent visiting the park Overnight at the Hotel Day 17 Bandhavgarh – Khajuraho (By Private Car) After breakfast leave by private car for Khajuraho, upon arrival at Khajuraho check in at your pre-booked hotel. Afternoon visit 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 visit Eastern group of Temples and visit the Jain temples of Parsvanath, Adinath, and Shanti Nath. Also visit the temples of Vamana and Brahma/Hanuman both dedicated to lord Vishnu. Overnight at the Hotel Day 18 Khajuraho – Varanasi (By Flight) Today you are transferred to Khajuraho airport to board flight for Varanasi. Upon arrival at Varanasi airport you are met and transferred to your pre-booked hotel In the afternoon proceed to the village of Sarnath on the outskirts of town. It was in this Deer Park that the Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Visit the Park and Museum.. Sarnath was made a centre of Buddhist worship by the emperor Asoka in the 3rd century BC. We will visit the Main Shrine and Ashoka's Pillar. In the Archaeological Museum we will see the beautifully carved capital from the pillar along with many other priceless Buddhist artifacts. The highlight of this tour would be a participation in the evening Aarti (prayer service) at the main Buddhist temple here Overnight at the Hotel Day 19 Varanasi Varanasi formerly known, as Benares is the city where the Hindu followers came to bathe in the sacred waters of the Ganges. Early this morning get ready for a dawn boat ride on the River Ganges. The Ganges is the most sacred and venerated river in India. Besides the ritualistic aspect of Hinduism (thread ceremony, head shaving food to the departed souls) also sees the bathing. Laundry and the Cremations of the dead that take place here on the banks of the river. After the boat ride walk through the fascinating narrow twisting lanes of the city to watch the performance of various Hindu rituals by the pilgrims. After the boat trip on the Ganges we return back to the hotel. After breakfast we will proceed for a city tour Visiting Bharat Mata Temple, Vishweshwara Temple and Benares Hindu University. Overnight at the Hotel Day 20 Varanasi – Delhi (By Flight) Today you are transferred to Varanasi airport to board flight for Delhi. Upon arrival at Delhi airport you are met and transferred to your pre-booked hotel Overnight at the Hotel Day 21 Leave Delhi After breakfast day free for individual activities & last minute shopping. On time transfer from Hotel to Airport for your onward destination.