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The Animal Kingdom

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 14 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): India  
Specialty Categories: National Parks   Cultural Journey  
Season: October - March
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1560 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1840 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Delhi. Upon your arrival in the Indian capital city of New Delhi, you will be greeted by our representative at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. After a warm welcome, you will be escorted to your hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2: Day in Delhi

Today you will spend the day discovering the vibrant city of Old and New Delhi. Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi, which includes a visit to Jama Masjid (one of the largest mosques in India), Raj Ghat (cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi). Also, drive past Red Fort and Chandni Chowk (Silver Street), the epicenter of Old Delhi & drive past President's House, Parliament House and other Government Secretariat Buildings. You may take a short exhilarating Rickshaw ride through the crowded lanes of the Chandni Chowk- the shopping epicenter of Old Delhi. Afternoon sightseeing tour of New Delhi includes a visit to India Gate and Qutab Minar. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 3: Delhi to Nagpur – Kanha (260 Kms / 04 Hrs & 30 Min). This morning you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight to Nagpur. Meeting on arrival in Nagpur you will drive to Kanha National Park and transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 4: Day in Kanha

Today enjoy a morning and evening Jungle Safari into the National Park. Kanha National park is located in the Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh and it extends over an area of over 1,940 sq km. The major feature of this region's interesting topography is the horseshoe shape valley and the whole park area is surrounded by the spurs of the Mekal. Kanha national park has 22 species of mammals. Those most easily spotted are Tiger, Indian hare, Indian wild dog, the Stripped Palm Squirrel, Common langur, Jackal, Wild Pig, Chital or Spotless deer, Barasingha or Swamp deer, Sambar and black Buck.Rest of the day is at leisure for you to relax in the sounds, aromas and senses of the neighboring wildlife. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 5: Kanha to Bandavgarh (250 Kms / 04 Hrs). Enjoy a morning game drive n the park. After breakfast, embark on a leisurely drive to Bandhavgarh and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 6: Bandhavgarh National Park

Today enjoy a morning and evening Jungle Safari into the National Park. Bandhavgarh National Park is spread at Vindhya hills in Madhya Pradesh. Bandhavgarh National Park consists of a core area of 105 sq km and a buffer area of approximately 400 sq km of topography varies between steep ridges, undulating, forest and open meadows. There are more than 22 species of mammals and 250 species of birds. Common Langurs and Rhesus Macaque represent the primate group. Carnivores include the Asiatic Jackal, Bengal Fox, Sloth Bear, Ratel, Gray Mongoose, Striped Hyena, Jungle Cat, Leopard and Tiger. The artiodactyls frequently sighted are Wild Pigs, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Chausingha, Nilgai, Chinkara and Gaur. Mammals such as Dhole, the small Indian Civet, Palm Squirrel and Lesser Bandicoot Rat are seen occasionally. Among the herbivores, Gaur is the only coarse feeder. Rest of the day is at leisure for you to relax in the sounds, aromas and senses of the neighboring wildlife. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 7: Bandavgarh to Khajuraho (270 Kms / 06 Hrs)

Enjoy a morning game drive in the park. After breakfast, embark on a leisurely drive to Khajuraho, a UNESCO world heritage site and the city that gave birth to the art of ‘Kamasutra’. On arrival in Khajuraho, you will be met and escorted to your hotel. Later, enjoy a half-day visit to some of the famous Western & Eastern group of Temples. The capital of the Chandela Kings, Khajuraho is famous for its magnificent temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and the Jain saints built in the 9th to 12th century temples and are an amalgamation of science and art of architecture. Situated in Madhya Pradesh, India, Khajuraho oozes with passion, eroticism, dance and music and other finesses of creative arts depicted in sculpture and images of the temples. The two richer distinctive groups of temples are the Western and Eastern group of temples. Temple town of Khajuraho is much different from any other temple city of India. It is not about religion and worshipping and deities. The temples of Khajuraho are instead famous for the eroticism etched on its walls in the form of sculptures. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 8: Khajuraho – Orchha- Agra (175 Kms/04 Hrs)

This morning, embark on a short drive to Orchha, a medieval riverside town known for its palaces and temples. Apart from the famous landmarks like Jahangir Mahal and Laxmi Narayan Temple, the town is peppered with fascinating little shrines and memorials. Enjoy an afternoon tour of Orchha. Orchha, the former capital of the Bundelas. Orchha is the erstwhile capital city of the Bundela rulers. The town is steeped in history and is famous for its palaces and temples built in the 16th and 17th centuries. The architectural splendor of the monuments in Orchha reflects the glory of its rulers. The Betwa River, on whose banks Orchha lies, and the forests around it attract tourist to this place.

Orchha is also famous for temples like the Raja Ram Temple, the Chaturbhuj temple and the Laxminarayan temple. The Raja Ram temple and the Chaturbhuj temple are associated with the Legend of Hindu Lord Rama. There are frescoes in the temple depicting various aspects of human life. The interesting thing about it is that the colour of these frescoes is still there. Later, drive to the Jhansi Railway Station to board your train to Agra, the city of the world famous Taj Mahal. Upon arrival in Agra, you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 9: Day in Agra

After breakfast, experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the eternal symbol of love, with a sunrise view of Taj Mahal. Built by Shah Jahan as an eternal symbol of his love for his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal, The Taj Mahal is one of the great architectural wonders of the world. Later, visit the white marble beauty and symbol of eternal love, the Taj Mahal. Work on this beautiful monument started in 1641, and the structure took 20,000 laborers 22 years to complete. The Taj changes color depending on the time of day, and it is recommended that you witness this by visiting in the morning and evening.

Also visit the Agra fort, which is built in red sandstone and has magnificent palaces, halls of public and private audience and beautiful gardens. Built by Emperor Akbar on the west bank of the Yamuna, Agra Fort first took shape between 1565 and 1573 and thereafter structures within it were added by successive emperors. Today the towering red-sandstone ramparts house a variety of palace apartments, representing the different building styles of Akbar and his grandson Shah Jahan;the Jahangiri Mahal, the palace that housed the women of the court, the Anguri Bagh (Grape Garden), Khas Mahal, Musamman Burj, the mirrored Sheesh Mahal and Mina Masjid (Gem Mosque), Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of Private Audience) and the Machchhi Bhavan (Fish House). Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 10: Agra to Ranthambore National Park (294 Kms / 07 Hrs)

This morning, you will depart Agra for your journey to Ranthambore, acclaimed as one of the best places in the world to photograph tigers in the wild. En-route to Ranthambore, you will make a brief stop to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the capital city of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century. Situated 40 km from Agra, the city of Fatehpur Sikri is an imperial city built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar between 1571 and 1584. The architectural grandeur of this deserted city cannot be described in words and one can only experience the aura of its magnificent edifices by seeing them. The buildings within Fatehpur Sikri are a unique blend of different architectural traditions. Dedicated by Emperor Akbar to his patron saint Sheikh Salim Chisti, Fatehpur Sikri has a number of imperial palaces & was also Akbar's imperial capital for fifteen years. A splendid edifice, the fort today rests in quiet peace - a mute witness to the times gone by. Arrive at your lodge in Ranthambore this evening for your orientation talk about the park and its wildlife by the professional naturalist. Overnight stay at lodge.

Day 11: Ranthambore National Park

Today, enjoy early morning Jeep safari (accompanied by a trained naturalist) into the national park. The former hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur, the Ranthambore National Park is situated in Eastern Rajasthan at the confluence of the Aravali hill ranges and the Vindhyan plateau. The rugged terrain and the dense deciduous forests are major features of this national park, which has among the the largest and most diverse collection of wildlife species in India. Ranthambore is also categorised as a heritage site because of the picturesque ruins of the fort that dot the park. The lake palaces, 'chhatris', old fortifications and a majestic fort dating back to 1,000 years overlook the park.

The Jogi Mahal and the Padam Talao are the unique features of Ranthambore National Park. The park is famous for the majestic Royal Bengal Tigers, which can be seen around the lakes and watering holes, prowling through the forest or resting on the ruins of the fort. Ranthambore National Park is one of the best sanctuaries to see tigers in their wild habitat in India. Return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, free for personal activities. Afternoon again enjoy Jeep safari (accompanied by a trained naturalist) into the national park. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 12: Ranthambore National Park to Jaipur (130 Kms / 03 Hrs)

Today, enjoy early morning Jeep safaris (accompanied by a trained naturalist) into the national park. Return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, embark on a leisurely drive to Jaipur - the land of the Rajputs. Jaipur is an exuberance of colour, dance and traditional arts and crafts. Known, as the 'Pink City', Jaipur is home to ancient forts and palaces and is one of India's most well planned cities. Upon arrival in Jaipur check in to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure for independent activities. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 13: Day in Jaipur

After breakfast visit the Amber fort. An elephant ride will help you ascend to this hilltop fort (Elephants are subject to availability). Alternatively, you could choose to walk or drive up to the fort. The fort is a living testimony where the Hindu and Mughal architectural styles have merged in complete harmony to create a masterpiece of fusion architecture. Among its many splendors is the Sheesh Mahal, a small room whose ceilings, covered with tiny mirrors, looks like a sky filled with brilliant stars. We visit the Jai Mandir (Hall of Victory) and Sukh Niwas (Hall of Pleasure). This afternoon, visit the City Palace complex with its museums and Jantar Mantar, the ancient astronomical observatory, and the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), built in the 18th century. This palace with its innumerable windows and screened balconies was especially built for the royal women to view the city and processions from behind their purdahs. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 14: Jaipur to Delhi Depart (258 Kms / 05 Hrs). After breakfast, embark on your leisurely drive to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be transferred to the International airport to catch your flight back home.

We hope you enjoyed your stay in our Incredible India…we look forward to serving you again!

Notes:
- Validity: 01 Sep – 15th April next year
- Check-In, Check- out time: 1200 noon
- Taj Mahal remains closed on Fridays
- Prices not applicable for period: 22 Dec – 03 Jan next year
- Prices are subject to change with any increase in the cost
- Rates include only those items specified in your itinerary
- In case on any currency fluctuations or amendment in local Government taxes, or any fuel hike, we reserve the right to adjust the tour price accordingly.

Price Includes:
- 13 nights accommodation on double/twin sharing at the hotels mentioned above or similar
- Buffet breakfast in all hotels
- All meals included at Kanha, Bandhavgarh & Ranthambhore only
- All transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours will be by air-conditioned transportation
- Local English-speaking guide shall be provided for the sightseeing & excursion tours
- Exclusive Jeep Safari as per the program
- Entry fees to Monuments
- 1 rickshaw ride in Delhi
- 1 Elephant ride at Amber fort in Jaipur
- Representative assistance on all arrival and departure transfers
- All road taxes, parking fee, fuel charges, interstate taxes
- All currently applicable taxes.

Price Excludes:
- Expense of personal nature like porterage at all hotels, railway station & airports, tipping, laundry, telephone /fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.
- Domestic / International Air fare
- Single Room supplement
- Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices:
- 2 persons: USD 1840 p/p
- 3-4 persons: USD 1718 p/p
- 5-7 persons: USD 1598 p/p
- 8-10 persons: USD 1560 p/p
- Single Room Supplement: USD 800 p/p.

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