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Tiger and Temple Tour India

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 18 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 50 people
Destination(s): India  
Specialty Categories: National Parks   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: Yes
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 2000 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2000 US Dollar (USD)

Your Itinerary:

Day 1: Delhi (Arrival)

Fly from your country to Delhi - The Political and Cultural Capital of Incredible India. Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Our airport representative or your leader will be waiting for you in the arrival hall located after passing out of the customs area and beyond the airport travel desks and exchange counters.

Look out for the Peregrine signboard. The drive from the airport to the hotel is around 45 minutes. Most flights arrive in Delhi in the late evening so the rest of the day is at leisure. If you have arrived early your leader will brief you with sightseeing options.

Day 2: Old & New Delhi

After breakfast in the morning at the hotel leave for full day sightseeing of Old and New Delhi. Drive into the heart of India's Capital to explore Old Delhi visiting the famous Jamia Mazjid, walk through the Chandini Chowk and India's oldest and busiest market, Sish Ganj gurudwara, Enjoy rickshaw ride in narrow alleys of old Delhi through Kinari Bazaar and the 400 years old Chandni Chowk, Red Fort, stop for photos at the colorful market before finishing the Victorian Cannaught Place - One of the most prominent architectural remnants of British Rule.

Later visit Birla Temple, Lotus Temple, Akshardham Temple (Lakshminarayan Temple), Humanyu Tomb, Crematory of Mahatma Gandhi, Parliament House, Presidential House, India Gate, Government buildings & Qutab Minar and other countless monuments. In the evening you will have time for shopping activities. Return to the Hotel for overnight stay.

Day 3: Delhi - Varanasi (Flight)

After breakfast in the morning at the hotel transfer to airport to board flight for Varanasi situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges, Varanasi has been a center of pilgrimage and learning for over 2000 years and is considered to be one of the oldest surviving cities in the world. It is also the unofficial spiritual capital of India. Varanasi is the quintessential Indian holy city, where millions of Hindu travels to for pilgrimage, to worship, mourn or die.

Arrive and check in at Hotel for overnight stay. Evening take a stroll around the ancient city located on the banks of river Ganges. Walk the narrow twisting alleys, poke around some of the literally thousands of temples and shrines, and experience the energy of the dawn rituals of bathing and burial as you float past the famous ghats of the Ganges on our included sunrise boat excursion.

Sitting on the banks of the Ganges River, Varanasi is the oldest continually inhabited city in the world, dating back thousands of years. The culture of Varanasi is deeply associated with the river Ganges and its religious importance. Finish your day with the sunset ceremony at the Ganges. Overnight stay is at the hotel.

Day 4: Varanasi - Khajuraho (Flight)

Early in the morning go for a boat ride to watch the sunrise over the Ganges when hundred of people are worshiping & taking bath. Breakfast is at the hotel.

Later tour the old city visiting the principles temples including Kashi Hindu University where more than 50,000 students from all over the world are learning. Drive outside the city to monasteries and nearby Sarnath where the Buddha first preached his message of enlightenment 24 centuries ago.

Later in the day check-out of the hotel and transfer to the airport to board flight to Khajuraho. The temples at Khajuraho form probably one of the best examples of Indian art and architecture. One of the most popular tourist destinations in India, Khajuraho is home to India's largest group of medieval Hindu temples, famous for their erotic sculptures depicting scenes from the Kama Sutra.

Only discovered in the 20th century after being reclaimed by jungle, the Khajuraho group of monuments is today protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Khajuraho was once the religious capital of the Chandela Rajputs, a Hindu dynasty that ruled this part of India from the 10th to the 12th centuries.

The Khajuraho temples were built over a span of a hundred years, from 950 to 1050, with the whole area enclosed by a wall with eight gates, each flanked by two golden palm trees. There were originally over 80 Hindu temples, of which only 22 now stand in a reasonable state of preservation, scattered over an area of about 21 kms (8 square miles). Learn the history of these world-famous temples on a guided tour and enjoy a taste of a little erotica from the Middle Ages.

Arrive Khajuraho and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day is free to watch all the erotic temple sites and the sensuous artifacts carved on the walls of these temples. In the evening you can enjoy evening dance performances and a sound and light show within the temple complex itself. Overnight stay is at the hotel.

Day 5: Khajuraho - Bandhavgarh (270 kms 6.5 hrs)

After breakfast in the morning visit the Eastern and Western group of temples where fortnight sculptures celebrate the joy of life and love for which there is probably no equivalent in the world.
Noon: - Later in the day check out and drive to Bandhavgarh (6.5 hrs).

Evening: - Reach Bandhavgarh driving through some of the picturesque terrains and check into the Jungle resort. You would be welcomed in a traditional manner. Evening is free for adventure activities in and around the resort. Dinner will be served at the resort.

The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is the highest known in India. This is also white Tiger country. These have been found in the old state of Rewa for many years. Enjoy your day with leisure and adventure activities in around the Jungle Resort. Overnight stay is in the resort.

Day 6: Bandhavgarh

Early Morning: - Early in the morning tea and cookies will be served in your rooms, later go for a Safari Tour by Jeep or by Elephant for tiger tracking. After 3 hr of Safari; return back to the resort for breakfast and little rest.

Noon: - Lunch will be served in the resort. Later in the day take up some jungle adventurous activities around the resort or go to visit the Bandhavgarh Fort. Take up an afternoon Jungle Jeep Safari and drive into the jungle for wildlife viewing specially the tiger.
Evening: - Dinner will be served in the resort over the bonfire. Overnight stay is at the resort (B, L, D).

Day 7: Bandhavgarh - Kanha (Drive by Car: 05 hrs)

Morning: - After breakfast in the morning drive to Kanha National Park (5hrs). Noon: - Reach Kanha driving through some of the picturesque terrains and check into the Jungle resort. You would be welcomed in a traditional manner. Lunch will be served at the Jungle Resort.

Evening: - Evening is free for adventure activities in and around the resort. Dinner will be served at the resort. Overnight stay is in the jungle resort.

Spotting wild animals is always a matter of luck but Kanha is so rich in wildlife that the odds are titled in your favor. First time visitors are often so keen to spot the larger animals that they overlook the smaller ones.

But while on a mission to find a tiger, one can easily catch glimpses of all the grazers, a Porcupine, many Gray Langurs, Mongoose, Hyena, Jungle Cat, even a Leopard. Other wild attractions in this Tiger country include varieties of Deer - the Barasingha, Chital or Spotted Deer, Chousingha, Nilgai, as well as the majestic Gaur or Indian Bison and wild Pig. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Kanha

Early Morning: - After breakfast get on the back of an elephant for an elephant safari into the jungles or take a trip inside the Kanha Jungle early morning to track tigers or indulge in bird watching. You can also enjoy a good wild photography on your 3 hour long trip to Kanha Wildlife Sanctuary.

Noon: - Return to the resort to get fresh and for having lunch. Visitors can also enjoy exploring the surroundings and to do some bird watching. Take up an afternoon drive to the jungle for animal viewing. Evening: - Dinner will be served at the jungle resort. Overnight stay is in the Kanha jungle resort. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Kanha - Jabalpur - Jaipur (120 kms, 2 hrs + Overnight Train)

Early Morning: - Early in the morning tea and cookies will be served in your rooms, later go for a Safari Tour by Jeep or by Elephant for tiger tracking. After 3 hr of Safari; return back to the resort for breakfast and little rest.

Noon / Evening: - Pack your baggage and check out of the jungle resort. Drive to Jabalpur and board connecting overnight train to Jaipur. Night: - Overnight stay is onboard in the train in the A/C executive sleeper class.

Day 10: Jaipur

Arrive Jaipur railway station in the morning. You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to the hotel. This historic city was founded by Maharaja Swai Jai Singh in 1727 AD after shifting his capital from Amber valley to newly formed and planned city of its time after consulting so many maps of the world and finally organized own religious map Shilpa Shastra with the help of a young Bengali architect Vidyadhar Batacharya.

Maharaja Swai Jai Singh was a builder, astronomer, astrologer, soldier, and philosopher. Presently, Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan & is world famous as the Pink City. Wide-avenued Jaipur is one of the most important heritage cities in India, and home to India's second most visited site. Check into the hotel.

Later in the day after change and wash go for a half day sightseeing of Jaipur visit the Amber Fort where from Elephants will carry you to the famous Amber Fort, the elephant ride gives you the experience and impression of how Maharajas & royal family members were using the services of elephants. Visit the Amber Fort. Return to the hotel. Evening is for your leisure activities. Overnight stay is at Hotel.

Day 11: Jaipur - Ranthambore (160 Km 3 hrs)

After breakfast in the morning at the hotel go for a half day sightseeing of the beautiful historic Pink City. You will visit the marvelous City Palace - the current generation of the Maharajas (King) still live here, Museum, Astrological Observatory, Hawa Mahal (wind palace) where from royal ladies were watching daily processions and daily life.

Constructed of red and pink sandstone highlighted with white lime, the five-storied facade is peppered with 953 small windows. The breeze (hawa) that comes through the windows keeps it cool even in hot months, and gives the palace its name.

Return to the hotel for check out and drive to Ranthambore. Arrive and check into your jungle resort. You will be welcomed in a traditional manner. This tiger sanctuary is known for the place where you can catch the tiger by its tail.

Evening is free for leisure activities in and around the jungle resort. Dinner will be served over the bonfire and traditional Rajasthani music and folk dance. Overnight stay is at the jungle resort. (D)

Day 12: Ranthambore

After breakfast in the morning; drive into deep forests for Jungle Jeep Safari in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve to watch different varieties of animals especially The Tiger. You can also watch here leopard, panther, spotted deer, antelopes & many varieties of birds. Return to Hotel late in the afternoon for Lunch; and go for the Canter Safari deep inside the jungles.

After return to the hotel you can take up some adventurous activities or visit Ranthambore Fort. Evening you can watch some flora and fauna in the midst of the Aravalli Mountain ranges. After dinner at the resort you can go of to sleep.

Day 13: Ranthambore - Bharatpur (210 kms, 5 hrs)

Early in the morning after breakfast at the resort check out and drive to globally known Bird Sanctuary - The Bharatpur National Park. Many of the extinct and precious species of internationally acclaimed birds are found in this park, it is one of the integral parts of any tour program to India related to flora and fauna. You can go into the park on a bicycle or by foot. Evening is free for leisure activities in and around your hotel. Overnight stay is at the hotel.

Day 14: Bharatpur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra (75 kms, 2 hrs)

Early in the morning go into the forest sanctuary to watch various types of birds amidst the serene jungles of Bharatpur. After breakfast at the hotel check out and drive to Agra. Enroute visit one of the most important places of Mughal Era - The Fatehpur Sikri - the abandoned Mughal Kingdom, founded by Akbar in 1569 AD as a ceremonial capital.

But unfortunately this magnificent city was abandoned due to scarcity of drinking water and Akbar went back to Agra. Walk the aisles of the Jama Masjid mosque, entered by way of the impressive Victory Gate, and lose yourself in the throngs of pilgrims at the tomb of the Sufi saint Salim Chisti, his white marble-encased tomb enclosed within the Jama mosque's central courtyard.

Considered the crowning architectural legacy of Akbar (who also built the Red Fort) and still almost perfectly preserved, today the site is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Continue your drive to Agra. Arrive in the city of Love and commitment. Check into the hotel. After change and wash visit one of the wonders of the world, Taj Mahal (monument of love), built by 5th great Mughal Emperor Shahi Jahan in the memory as mausoleum of his beloved queen Anjuman Bano Begum (with love emperor called her Mumtaz).

After her death in 1627 AD, in her memory emperor started to built Taj Mahal ( Taj means crown & Mahal means Palace, so it is Crown Palace ) from 1631 to 1653 AD with 22000 labors working since sun rise to sun set in 22 years. It is the romantic origin of Taj as much as its architectural splendor that has led to its fame worldwide.

Actually an integrated complex of many structures The Taj Mahal is considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, itself a combination of Islamic, Hindu, Persian and Turkish elements. Built in pure white marble which was transported from Makrana in Rajasthan by the help of animals Taj Mahal is one of the man made wonder∙s of the world.

Later in the day visit Agra Fort which was built by three emperors, Akbar & Jahangir in red sand stone & Shahi Jahan in white marble. The Fort is 2.5 Km long and during Mughal rule 1/3rd of the Fort was occupied by the army.

When British ruled India, they repeated same tradition and now traditionally Indian army has occupied the same. Afterwards visit Itma-ud-ullha the baby Taj. Return back to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 15: Agra - Unchagaon (180 Kms, 4 hrs)

After breakfast in the morning at the hotel check out and drive to Unchagaon - the countryside of North India. Arrive and check into the hotel - Fort Unchagaon. Later in the day after lunch walk through the Village Haat Bazaar and lush green village farms. Enjoy Horse Riding through the countryside and return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 16: Unchagaon - Corbett (210 Kms, 5 hrs)

After breakfast in the morning at the hotel check out and drive to Corbett- the National Park is known for its numerous wild animals and most importantly the Tiger. Arrive and check into your Jungle Resort. Evening is free for leisure activities in the jungle resort. Enjoy the dinner over bonfire and traditional folk dance and musical show in the deep forests. Overnight stay is at the jungle resort.

Day 17: Corbett

Early in the morning tea / coffee will be served at the resort. Drive into deep forests for Jeep safari in the National park to watch different varieties of animals especially The Tiger. You can also watch here leopard, panther, spotted deer, antelopes & many varieties of birds.

Return to Hotel for breakfast and relaxation. Later in the day after Lunch go for Elephant Safari deep into the jungles. After returning from Elephant safari you can take up some adventurous activities or visit the wild life center / museum and have an interactive session with the experiences wild life associates in the resort. Evening you can watch some flora and fauna in and around the jungle Resort. After dinner at the resort you can go of to sleep.

Day 18: Corbett - Delhi (290 Kms,7 hrs) - Onwards Journey/ Fly Back to your country

Early in the morning you have an option to go for another ride of Elephant or Jeep safari into the jungles. After breakfast in the morning at the jungle resort pack your baggage and check out to drive back to Delhi.

Arrive Delhi early in the evening. Depending upon your further Tour program you have time to explore the city and last minute shopping activities. Transfer to the international airport to take your connecting flight to your final destination or continue for your onwards destination. Fly back to your country with the everlasting memories of the magnificent glimpses of Incredible India.

Notes:
Airfare is included in the tour price.

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