Taj Mahal + Tiger Trail


DELHI

Delhi-Agra

AGRA

(Taj Mahal & Agra Fort)
Delhi-Agra

KHAJURAHO

(Temple Tour)
Delhi-Agra

BANDHAVGARH

(Morning and Afternoon Safaris)

Delhi-Agra

KANHA

(Morning and Afternoon Safaris)

Delhi-Agra

NAGPUR

Delhi-Agra

DELHI

 

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Detailed Itinerary

 

Day 1: Full day sightseeing in Delhi. 


Jama Masjid Delhi TourWe pick you up from the location of your choice in New Delhi (9 a.m.) in the morning, for a tour of Old Delhi. The former capital of the powerful rulers of the Mughal dynasty, it boasts of a plethora of impressive monuments. We begin with a visit to the massive Red Fort built by Shah Jahan in 1648 A.D., then explore the fascinating, colorful Chandni Chowk market by cycle-rickshaw and arrive at Jama Masjid. Believed to be the largest mosque in India, this imposing monument offers a bird’s eye view of Delhi from the top of its 40m high minarets. It was the last of Shah Jahan’s magnificent architectural constructions (1658 A.D.).

Drive past Safdarjang’s tomb, to visit the highest stone tower in India, the Qutab Minar, begun in 1199 A.D. by Qutab-ud-din Aibak; the Iron Pillar, a metallurgical marvel which has not rusted in over 1500 years and the imposing Tomb of Humayun. Considered to be the precursor of the Taj Mahal, it is the earliest example of Mughal architecture in India.

On your way back to your hotel, you will drive through New Delhi, which came into existence much later and is also known as Lutyens’ Delhi. Named after Edwin Lutyens, the British architect who was largely responsible for designing the India Gate (memorial to the martyrs of World War I), Rashtrapati Bhavan (Presidential House), the Secretariat, the Parliament House and many other government buildings.

Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 2: Delhi – Agra.

Taj Mahal TourCheck out from your hotel in Delhi for the drive to Agra. The journey will take approximately four hours, hence an 8 a.m. morning start is recommended.

After arriving at Agra, check into your hotel.

In the afternoon begin your discovery of the historic city of Agra with a visit to the impressive red sandstone Agra Fort built by Akbar – the most illustrious ruler of the Mughal dynasty - in 1565 A.D. It was subsequently embellished with beautiful palaces, mosque and gardens by his successors. Replete with priceless examples of craftsmanship from the Mughal era, these include the exquisite Moti Masjid or Pearl Mosque, the Diwan-i-Khas, the Diwan-i-Am, Jahangir Mahal and Shish Mahal.

Visit the magnificent Taj Mahal, a pristine white marble mausoleum built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife – Mumtaz Mahal. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, it took 20,000 workers from neighboring Islamic countries, 22 years of ceaseless toil to create this exquisite white marble monument upon which peopled have waxed eloquent throughout the world. Experience a splendid sunset viewing of the Taj Mahal and then return to your hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 3: Agra –Jhansi – Khajuraho.

Leisure TourCheck out from your hotel in the morning to board the train to Jhansi - a 2 ½ hour journey. After arriving in Jhansi, transfer to a chauffeur driven car for the drive to the temple town of Khajuraho (approximately a 4 hour drive).

After arriving at Khajuraho, check in to your hotel.

In the late afternoon, venture out to explore the intricately carved temples of Khajuraho, the acme of architectural achievement of the Chandela rulers. Constructed between 950 A.D. and 1050 A.D., the intricate workmanship of these exquisite temples defies description.

Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 4: Khajuraho – Bandhavgarh.

Leisure TourIn the morning, set out once again to explore the remainder of the world famous Khajuraho temples. The most important temples are those which belong to the Western Group.

Check out of your hotel and commence your drive to Bandhavgarh. The drive from Khajuraho to Bandhavgarh will take approximately 6 hours.

After arriving at Bandhavgarh, check into the Tiger Den Resort.

The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is relatively high. The possibility of spotting Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Leopard and Tiger is very good. The Park is also densely populated with animals like the Chital (Spotted Deer), Sambhar, Barking Deer, Nilgai (Blue Bull), Chowsingha (Four Horned Antelope) and is rich in bird life.

Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 5: Bandhavgarh.

Enjoy morning and afternoon jungle excursions into the Park by jeep and elephants (when available). Packed meals can be taken along and enjoyed within the natural environs of the Park.

Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 6: Bandhavgarh – Kanha.

Kanha TourCheck out after an early breakfast for the drive from Bandhavgarh to Kanha. The journey will take about 6 ½ hours.

After arriving at Kanha, check in to the Jungle lodge.

Kanha National Park is situated among lush bamboo and sal forests in Madhya Pradesh. The setting for Kipling’s Jungle Book, it came into being in 1955 and is a part of Project Tiger. With an impressive tiger population, it is also known for the preservation of the rare hardground Swamp Deer. Wildlife here includes sambhar, gaur, chital, bison, jungle cat, barking deer, black deer, black buck and a variety of other animals as well as a rich variety of the avian species.

Overnight at the lodge.

 

Day 7: Kanha.

Enjoy morning and evening game rides into the jungle.

Overnight at the lodge.

 

Day 8: Kanha National Park - Nagpur - Delhi.

In the morning after a leisurely breakfast, travel by car to Nagpur, covering a distance of 250 kilometers in about 6 hours, to board your flight to New Delhi. Met upon arrival and transferred to airport to board flight for Delhi.

Flight Supplement – Nagpur – Delhi: Coach class.

 

HOTELS USED :  
   
Royal Tour Level -

Delhi – Oberoi Hotel / Taj Mahal Hotel / Imperial Hotel

Agra – Oberoi Amarvilas

Khajuraho – Grand Temple View

Bandhavgarh – Mahua Kothi

Kanha – Banjar Tola

   
First Class Level -

Delhi – Svelte All Suites / Oberoi Maidens

Agra – Taj View ( Taj Facing Room) / The Trident

Khajuraho – Taj Chandela

Bandhavgarh – Nature Heritage

Kanha – Kanha Jungle Lodge

   

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Inclusions :

  1. Accomodation on a twin sharing basis.
  2. Check-in time is 2 p.m. and check-out time is 12 noon for most of the hotels (but we can usually arrange earlier check-in).
  3. All breakfasts at the hotel.
  4. Surface transport for Delhi-Agra and Jhansi - Khajuraho – Bandhavgarh–Kanha - Nagpur by your personal luxury A/C vehicle in case of 2 guests traveling together & A/C luxury SUV vehicle in case of 4 guests traveling together.
  5. Agra- Jhansi A/C First class train fare.
  6. Bottled mineral water for sightseeing/excursions and long drives.
  7. Assistance at all destinations.

 

Not included :

  1. Any personal expenses such as tips, laundry and table drinks.
  2. Any extra meals (other than those specifically laid down).
  3. Personal Travel insurance, visa etc.
  4. Camera fees (both still and video).
  5. Entrance fees to monuments as per the itinerary.
  6. 03 wildlife safaris into Bandhavgarh Wildlife National Park.
  7. 02 wildlife safaris into Kanha Wildlife National Park.
 
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