INDIAN WILDERNESS

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Jungles with its best wilderness

18 Days – 17 Nights

Mumbai – Pench – Kanha – Bandhavgarh – Khajuraho – Agra – Ranthambore – Jaipur – Delhi

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive Mumbai

Upon arrival at Mumbai International airport, you will be welcomed by our company representative and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Your travel documents will be handed over to you with a briefing of the tour program. After check-in process, time free at leisure for own activities and relax in the hotel to acclimatization with Indian weather conditions.

MUMBAI – Earlier known as Bombay, Mumbai is the largest city in India and the capital of Maharashtra state. Mumbai is also known as the Bollywood City. Though the seven islands that now make up the city have a long recorded history like any other place in India, their journey to form the city of Mumbai really started in 1498, when the Portuguese took them over from the Sultan of Gujarat. They built a settlement, forts, and churches, (including the strange looking Portuguese Church that stands to this day.) They, however, could not make much of their possession and the seven islands were handed over to England in 1661 as part of the dowry of Catherine de Braganza when she married Charles II of England. He wasn’t very interested in the islands either, and he leased them to the British East India Company for £10 a year in 1668. The East India Company built the docks, the trading posts, and the fort that would form the nerve centre of the city. They also started off the long process of reclaiming land and joining the islands, an activity which went on until the 1960s.

Overnight at Mumbai (Meal on board)

Day 02 : Mumbai – Sightseeing

After breakfast, proceed for a guided tour to Mumbai.

Sightseeing –

Proceed for Mumbai sightseeing starting with a visit to The Gateway of India; constructed to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to the city. Later take a jetty ride to Elephanta Caves. The caves offer a delightful view of the Mumbai skyline.

Afternoon return back to the city and visit Prince of Wales Museum. Further visit to Dhobhi Ghat; an open air laundry provides an unforgettable glimpse into the inside of the city. At the end of the tour, relax with the locals on the beaches of Juhu and Marine Drive and enjoy the beautiful sunset.

Overnight at Mumbai (Breakfast)

Day 03 : Mumbai – Nagpur (By Flight 9w 7171 at 0850/1005 hrs)

Nagpur – Pench (100 kms drive)

Early morning, check-out from the hotel and transfer to Mumbai airport to board the flight to Nagpur. Upon arrival at Nagpur, meet & assist by our representative and transfer to Pench National Park. Nature welcomes you with open arms and without conditions. Pench National Park is located between four different Mountain Ranges – Aravali, Vindhyanchal, Satpura and Maikal. The tracks are smoother, the trees are thicker with dense undergrowth, perhaps one reason why the herbivore population here is larger in size compared to Kanha and Bandhavgarh. The skies are home to eagles and their distinctive calls. And then there are pauses of silence in the jungle.

Upon arrival, check-in to the resort and have your lunch. After lunch, proceed for afternoon game drive to the national Park.

Overnight at Pench Resort (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 04 : Pench – Game Drives

Early morning proceed for a game drive to the Jungle. Later return back to the resort and have your breakfast and relax in the resort. Afternoon post lunch, proceed for a Jeep safari to the National Park.

Overnight at Pench Resort (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 05 : Pench – Kanha 210 kms drive)

After breakfast, check-out from the resort and drive to Kanha National Park. Upon arrival, check-in to the resort and have your lunch.

Kanha National Park is the largest National Park in India. Stretching over 940 sq km, the vegetation, chiefly made of sal and bamboo forests, grasslands and streams, this park is the sole habitat of the rare hardground barasingha. The Particular species of Barasingha was on verge of extinction and hence it is considered as achievement for Indian forest authorities. The western half belongs to Banjar Valley and Eastern half is made of Halon Valley. You can hear the stories of the tigers and Deers which are almost centuries old. Kanha boasts of unending list of mammals. Some species have found here are large cattle Gaur, Sambar- Largest Indian deer, only four-horned antelope – Chausinga, Flying Squirrel – Petaurista philippensis (Elliot) which is quite nocturnal in nature. Other frequent visitors include the Nilgai antelope, the sloth bear, the dhole – Indian wild dog, and an occasional panther. Some 200 species of birds inhabit the park that includes the cattle egret, black ibis, hawk eagle, and the red-wattled lapwing.

Rest of the day relax in the resort and enjoy its outstanding surroundings and amenities.

Overnight at Kanha Resort (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 06 : Kanha National Park – Game Drives

Enjoy morning and evening Jeep safari to the Kanha National Park

Overnight at Kanha Resort (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 07 : Kanha – Bandhavgarh National Park (250 kms drive)

After breakfast, check-out from the resort and drive to Bandhavgarh National Park.

Bandhavgarh National Park is mainly known for its tiger population. This is the place where famous White Tigers of Rewa were discovered. The White tigers were found in state of Rewa and last white tiger Mohun is now stuffed and on display in the Palace of Maharaja of Rewa. The other wild attractions in the park include Nilgai, Chausingha, Chital, Chinkara, Wild Boar, a Fox and a Jackal. The reptile population in the park includes cobras, karaits, vipers, ratsnakes, pythons, lizards and turtles. The two primate species – the rhesus macaque and the Hanuman langur – inhabit the Bandhavgarh Park

Upon arrival, check-in to the resort and rest of the free at leisure.

Overnight at Bandhavgarh Resort (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 08 : Bandhavgarh National Park – Game Drives

Morning & Evening Jeep drive in the Bandhavgarh National Park.

Overnight at Bandhavgarh Resort (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 09 : Bandhavgarh – Khajuraho (280 kms drive)

After breakfast, check out from the resort and drive to Khajuraho. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel and later in the evening proceed for a guided tour.

KHAJURAHO – A small town located in the Bundelkhand region is famous for groups of Hindu and Jain Temples. The Temples are UNESCO World Heritage Site for their beautiful and erotic rock carvings. Khajuraho’s art is a manifestation of the essence of the philosophy of Indian aesthetics. The erotic sculptures of Khajuraho depicting Kama Sutra are unique in the world. The temples of Khajuraho were built between 950 and 1050 A.D. during the Chandela dynasty of Central India. In 1838, a British army engineer, Captain T.S. Burt rediscovered them. By that time only 22 of the original 85 temples had survived.

Sightseeing – Proceed for a guided tour in Khajuraho visiting Western Group of Temples; the richest and largest of all temple groups. Here you will visit Lakhmana Temple, Kandariya Mahadeo Temple, Devi Jagdamba Temple, Chaunsat Yogini, Chitragupta Temple, Matanageswara Temple, Varaha temple and Vishwanath Temple. Later we will visit to the Eastern Group of Temples including Parsvanath Temple, Ghantai Temple, Adinath Temple, Hanuman Temple, Brahma Temple, Vamana Temple and

Javari Temple. If time permits, you can visit to the Southern Group of Temples which includes a visit to

Dulhadev Temple, Beejamandal Temple and ChattarbhujTemple.

  • Other attractions – Phool Bagh, Sunder Mahal, Cenotaphs
  • Other activities – Light and Sound Show at Western group of temples

Overnight at Khajuraho (Breakfast)

Day 10 : Khajuraho – Orchha (165 kms drive)

Orchha – Agra (By Train at 1845/2110 hours)

Breakfast in the hotel. Check-out and drive to ORCHHA – A historical town situated on the banks of Betwa River. The Bundela Rajput chieftain, Rudra Pratap, founded the city, located by the side of the beautiful Betwa River, in the 16th century. The word Orchha means ‘hidden’. When the Tughlaqs, who were ruling Delhi in the 15th century, pushed the Bundelkhand rajas out of Garkhundar, they retreated to distant Orchha.

Sightseeing – Proceed for a guided tour in Orchha visiting Jehangir Mahal and Fort Complex. Later visit to the Ram Raja Temple; having an excellent courtyard, tiled with marble and the temple in pink and yellow colors, gives a bright look. No cameras or bags allowed inside. Further visit to Chaturbhuj Temple; built upon a massive stone platform and reached by a steep flight of steps, the temple was specially constructed to enshrine the image of Rama that remained in the Ram Raja Temple. Lotus emblems and other symbols of religious significance provide the delicate exterior ornamentation. If time permits, visit to Laxminarayan Temple; the interiors contain the most exquisite of Orchha’s wall paintings. Covering the walls and ceiling of three halls, these murals are vibrant compositions and cover a variety of spiritual and secular subjects.

Later in the evening board train to Agra. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel for check-in.

Overnight at Agra (Breakfast)

Day 11 : Agra Sightseeing

AGRA – Located at the bank of River Yamuna was known then as Akbarabād during Mughal Empire and remained the capital of the Mughal Empire under the Emperors till 1689.

Sightseeing –

Proceed to Agra sightseeing visiting Taj Mahal; one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Shah Jahan built this beautiful monument in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. It took 22 years and 20000 workers to complete this perfectly symmetrical monument. Later visit to Agra Fort; also known as the Red Fort is a world heritage site listed by UNESCO. The red sandstone fort was converted into a palace during Shāh Jahān’s time, and reworked extensively with marble and pietra dura inlay. Also visit to I’timād-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb; located on the left bank of the Yamuna river, the mausoleum is set in a large cruciform garden, criss-crossed by water courses and walkways.

Optional Activities –

  • Mohabbat The Taj Show at Kalakriti
  • Tonga Ride at Taj Mahal
  • Shopping – Fine Quality Marble, Textile, Handloom & Handicrafts
  • Other Attractions – Akbar’s Tomb (Sikandra, Mughal Heritage Walk

Overnight at Agra (Breakfast)

Day 12 : Agra – Ranthambore via Fatehpur Sikri (240 Kms drive)

Check-out from the hotel and drive to Ranthambore National Park. En-route visit to FATEHPUR SIKRI – Founded in 1569 by the Mughal emperor Akbar, and served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1585. It is 40 kms from Agra on the Agra – Jaipur highway.

Sightseeing –

Here we will visit to Buland Darwaza; 55 metre high gate was added some five years later after the completion of the mosque ca. 1576-1577. We will also visit Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chishti, Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas.

Further continue drive to Ranthambore. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel and rest of the day free at leisure for own activities or relax in the hotel.

Overnight at Ranthambore (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 13 : Ranthambore National Park – Jungle Safari

RANTHAMBORE – Ranthambore National Park a 392 Sq km park comprises of dry deciduous forests sprawling over on undulating terrain of the Aravalli and Vindhyan ranges. Ranthambore is the finest tiger reserve in the contry uner the Project Tiger. Beside the Tigers, Ranthambore has a large number of Sambhar, Cheetal, Nilgai, Chinkara, Langur, wild boar, and peafowl.

Jungle Safari – Early morning before breakfast, we will leave for a jungle safari to the National Park. Later return back to the hotel and have your breakfast. After wash & change, relax in the hotel. Afternoon, proceed for another jungle Safari to the National Park.

Optional Activities –

  • Tiger Show (Subject to availability) & Nature walk
  • Other attractions – The Fort

Overnight at Ranthambore (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 14 : Ranthambore – Jaipur (145 kms drive)

Check-out from the hotel and drive to Jaipur. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel.

JAIPUR – Named after its founder Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II was established on 18 November 1727. Jaipur is considered as the first planned city in the country. In 1878AD, Jaipur was painted with Pink color to welcome Prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria and since then the city is also known as Pink City.

Overnight at Jaipur (Breakfast)

Day 15 : Jaipur Sightseeing

Sightseeing –

Early in the morning we will leave for an excursion to Amber City; the capital of Kachhwahas for six centuries before the foundation of Jaipur City. Ascend the Amber Fort with a traditional royal experience of Elephant ride. Within the Fort complex we will visit Sheesh Mahal, Diwan-e-Aam and Dowan-e-Khas. Later drive back to Pink City. En-route a short photo-shoot in-front the Jal Mahal, a small palace set in the middle of Man Sagar Lake.

Afternoon visit to the City Palace, situated in the heart of the old city occupies about one seventh of the Old City. Within the City Palace we will visit Mubarak Mahal, Clock Tower and City Palace Museum, Later we will visit Jantar Mantar Observatory, built in 18th century by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh to study the movement of constellations and stars in the sky. The enormous sun dials still provides the accurate time. Before returning to your hotel, take pictures in-front the Hawa Mahal, Palace of Winds a five storied semi-octagonal building having 152 windows was built in 1799 AD by Maharaja Pratap Singh for the royal ladies to enjoy the processions and other royal activities on the street.

Optional Activities –

  • Visit to Chokhi Dhani Village (an ethnic village)
  • Shopping – Jewellery, Textiles, Handloon & Handicrafts
  • Other attractions – Birla Temple, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Albert Hall

Overnight at Jaipur (Breakfast)

Day 16 : Jaipur – Delhi (260 kms drive)

After breakfast, check-out from the hotel drive to Delhi. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel and later day free at leisure for own activities.

DELHI – The National Capital of India is one of the most historical cities in the world. In AD 1639, the Mughal emperor shah Jahan built a walled city named Shahjahanabad which served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1649 till 1857. Shahjahanabad is known as Old Delhi. Later the British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens built a new city during the 1920s called New Delhi or Lutyens Delhi.

Overnight at Delhi (Breakfast)

Day 17 : Delhi Sightseeing

Sightseeing –

We will start our sightseeing tour visiting Raj Ghat; the final resting place of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation. Jama Masjid; built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. It is one of the largest and best known mosques in India. Further, we will drive-pass through Chandni Chowk Market; Asia’s largest wholesale market and Red Fort; a beautiful red sandstone fort built by the Mughals.

Afternoon visit to the Qutub Minar; built by Qutub-ud-din Aibak of the Slave Dynasty as a sign of Muslim domination of Delhi and as a minaret for the muezzin to call the faithful to prayer. Evening drive-pass through India Gate; a memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers who died during the Afghan wars and World War I. The names of the soldiers who died in these wars are inscribed on the walls. Sansad Bhavan; the Parliament of India is a circular building designed by the British architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker in 1912-1913. Rashtrapati Bhavan; the Presidents House built with a mix of European and Mughal/Indian styles.

Optional Activities –

  • Rikshaw Ride in Chandni Chowk Market during sightseeing tour
  • Sound & light Show at Red Fort (Close on every Monday)
  • Visit to Dilli Haat; an open aircraft bazaar cum food plaza
  • Other Attractions – Humayun’s Tomb, Lotus Temple, Akshardham Temple, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Lodhi Garden, Gurudwara Bangla sahib, National Museum.

Overnight at Delhi (Breakfast)

Day 18 : Delhi – Departure

After breakfast, on time, transfer to Delhi international airport to board the flight to onward journey.

 

*****************Tour concludes with many unforgettable memories*****************