In former times Bandhavgarh was the exclusive hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Rewa. Tigers are looked for on elephant back and their sighting is good. Past history pervades the forest in the form of immense sculpture of the Hindu god Vishnu, caves and a fort. Both the National Parks are country's prime Tiger Reserve under Tiger project. Not far from Bandhavgarh are the Temples of Khajuraho. They are the Master pieces of Temple architecture. Of the temples many have exquisitely and explicitly carved scenes from Kama sutra. Build in the 10th to 11th century by the Chandela dynasty, they are in a marvelous state of preservation.
Day 1: Delhi. On arrival at the airport meet with our representative, and then transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 2: Delhi. Breakfast at hotel. Full day sightseeing tour of old and New Delhi. Old Delhi - 350-year-old walled city was built by Emperor Shah Jehan in 1648 as his capital. Opposite the fort are the black and white onion dome and minarets of the Jama Masjid, the most elegant mosque in India. Raj Ghat is worth a visit where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948.
New Delhi - the new capital designed by Sir Edward Lutyens. An interesting drive in the one passing through the impressive Rajpath from the World War I memorial arch, the India Gate towards the Presidential Palace. Visit Humayun's Tomb built in 1565 AD, Safdarjung's Tomb, the Qutub Minar, 72 meters high and the most curious antique, the uncorroded Iron Pillar, which dates back to the 4th century AD. Late in the evening transfer to the international airport to board the flight
for onward destination.
Day 3: Delhi - Agra. Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Agra. Upon arrival sightseeing of the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Agra – Jhansi by Shatabdi Exp. Train: 08:10 - 10:30 hours. Jhansi – Orchha - Khajuraho – 4.5 hours. drive. Early breakfast at hotel. Later transfer to railway station to catch train for Jhansi. On arrival meet and transfer to to Khajuraho via Orchha. Sightseeing of Orchha, overlooked by the modern era, this beautiful medieval town was once the capital of Bundela Kings. Built along the banks of the river Betwa, flowing through a rugged countryside, it still retains the captivating air of a bygone era. Amongst the various imposing edifices, of particular interest are the Jehangiri Mahal, built by Raja Bir Singh Deo to commemorate the visit of Moghul Emperor Jahangir, the Raj Mahal and the Laxminarayan temple, both noted for their fine Frescoes and Mural paintings. Proceed to Khajuraho. Upon arrival check into hotel . Evening dances of India show. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Khajuraho. Breakfast at hotel. Morning sightseeing of world famous Eastern/Western group of temples of Khajuraho which includes Laxmi and Varha temples Kandariya Mahadev, Devi Jagdamba temples etc. Afternoon free to relax at hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Khajuraho - Bandhavgarh (270 km) Tiger Tours. Morning after breakfast drive to Bandhavgarh National Park. On arrival check in at the wildlife resorts. Overnight stay at resorts. Bandhavgarh 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. Bandhavgarh National Park is known for the Royal Bengal Tigers. The density of the Tiger population at Bandhavgarh is the highest known in India.
Bandhavgarh National Park was the former hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Rewa and at present is a famous natural hub for White Tigers. White Tigers, now a major attraction around the world's zoos, were first discovered in Rewa, not far from here. The terrain is broken, with rocky hill ranges, running roughly east west, interspersed with grassy swamps and forested valleys. Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the finest national park in the India and has the distinction of harboring the highest concentration of tigers per unit area of forest. The Bandhavgarh National Park is spread over on area of 448 sq km with a cross area of 105 sq km.
At the center of the park is the bandhavgarh hill, rising 811 meters above sea level and surrounding it are a sloping valleys, These valleys end in small, swampy meadows locally known as "bohera". Bandhavgarh was declared a national park in 1968. Since then many steps have been taken to retain Bandhavgarh National Park as an unspoilt national habitat for a variety of wildlife peculiar to the area. These includes gaur (Indian bison), sloth bear, leopard, porcupine, wild boar, sambhar and spotted deer, among others and of course, the tiger.
Day 7: Bandhavgarh National Park. Morning and evening Jeep/elephant safari to the national park. Overnight stay at resort.
Day 8: Bandhavgarh - Kanha National Park (250 km). Morning after breakfast at the resort drive to Kanha Natioanal Park. On arrival check in at the resort. Overnight at the resort. Kanha's sal and bamboo forests, rolling grasslands and meandering streams stretch over 940 sq km in dramatic natural splendor. 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).
In the 1930s, the Kanha area was divided into two sanctuaries: Hallon and Banjar, of 250 sq km and 300 sq km each. Though one of these was subsequently disbanded, the area remained a protected one until 1947. Depletion of the tiger population in the years that followed led to the area being made an absolute sanctuary in 1952. 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 9: Kanha National Park. Morning and evening jeep/elephant safari to the national park. Overnight at the resort.
Day 10: Kanha National Park - Tiger Tours. Morning and evening jeep/elephant safari to the national park. Overnight at the resort.
Day 11: Kanha National Park - Nagpur (270 km). Nagpur – Mumbai by flight. Morning after breakfast at the resort, drive to Nagpur airport to board flight for Mumbai or Delhi. On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12: Mumbai - Goa. Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to airport to board flight for Goa. On arrival Goa, meet and transfer to hotel. Day at leisure. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 13: Goa. Breakfast at hotel. Morning sightseeing of Goa. Afternoon free at the Beach hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 14: Goa. Breakfast at hotel. Full day at leisure at the Beach hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 15: Goa - Mumbai - onward destination. Breakfast at hotel. Later transfer to airport to board flight for Mumbai. Upon arrival Mumbai transfer to international airport to board flight for onward destination.
Hotel Used (same or similar hotels will be used):
- City 4, 5 star
- Delhi – Park Premier Hilton or The Lalit
- Agra – Jaypee Palace/Mughal Jaypee Palace/Mughal
- Khajuraho – Radisson Radisson
- Bandhavgarh - King’s Lodge King’s Lodge
- Kanha - Tuli Tiger Resort Tuli Tiger Corridor (Cottages and Rooms) (Luxury tented accommodation)
- Mumbai - Grand Sarovar Premier The Westin/The Leela Kempinski
- Goa - Kenilworth Beach Resort Taj Fort Aguada – 5 star resort.
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