Tigers, Taj & Temples of India


Duration:
11 nights / 12 days

Places to Visit:
Delhi, Agra, Khajuraho, Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Nagpur, Mumbai

Day 1: Delhi

Arrival at the airport & transfer to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Delhi

Full day tour of Old Delhi & New Delhi. Overnight at the hotel.

Delhi, the capital of India is the third largest city of the world, exceeded in size by Calcutta and Mumbai. Delhi is situated in north central India and stands on the west bank of Yamuna river. Haryana bound it on the east by the state of Uttar Pradesh and on the north, west and south. The eternal Yamuna has witnessed the glory and the tumultuous history of the 3000-year-old Delhi. Delhi is spread over an area of 1483 sq. kilometres, 216 meters above sea level and has a population of around 14 million. The amalgamation of various cultures, traditions, and religions has painted Delhi in color, which is brought from all over India. Delhi is a true cosmopolitan city always on the move. Delhi remains the center of power. Once it was a city of royal power. Then it became the seat of colonial power. Later it was the seat of bureaucratic power. The seat of political power it has always been. Today it is emerging as an important center for corporate power too. It is a perfect introduction to the cultural wealth, the complexities and dynamism of India. Delhi has always been the hub of activity, art, culture and the history of the whole country and continues to do so. It is divided into two parts Old Delhi & New Delhi.

Day 3: Delhi – Agra
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Leave for Agra to visit the famous Taj Mahal & Agra Fort. Overnight at hotel.

Located at the city of Agra in the State of Uttar Pradesh, the Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful masterpieces of architecture in the world. Its curving, gently swelling dome and the square base upon which its rests so lightly is a familiar image from hundreds of brochures and travel books. The Taj is renowned for its architectural magnificence and aesthetic beauty, it counts among man’s proudest creations and is invariably included in the list of the world’s foremost wonders. As a tomb, it has no match upon earth, for mortal remains have never been housed in greater grandeur.

If there is a building which represents a country, then it has to be the Taj Mahal for India. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, it is often referred to as the most extravagant monument ever built for love.

Agra, once the capital of the Mughal Empire during the 16th and early 18th centuries, is where Taj Mahal, India’s most famous architectural wonder is situated. This is the land where magnificent temples and edifices abound to remind visitors about the rich civilization of India.

Taj, Agra Taj is best described by the English poet, Sir Edwin Arnold, as “Not a piece of architecture, as other buildings are, but the proud passions of an emperor’s love wrought in living stones.” It is a celebration of woman built in marble and that’s the way to appreciate it.An anecdote says Taj Mahal was built over a period of twenty two years, however the fact is that, Taj took only eleven years to complete (1632-1643). Probably the legend of 22 years originated from a statement to the same effect. Twenty thousand people were deployed to work on it. The architect of the Taj Mahal was Ustad Ahmad, a native of Lahore who was awarded the title of “Nadir-ul Asr” (Wonder of the Age) by Shah Jahan.

Day 4: Agra – Khajuraho
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Transfer to the airport for flight to Khajuraho Arrive Khajuraho Upon arrival met and transferred to hotel. Afternoon visit the temples. Visit the Eastern group of temples which consists of 3 Hindu and 3 Jain temples, their proximity attests to the religious tolerance of the times in general and of the Chandela rulers in particular. Visit the most important and fascinating western group of temples. The temples of Khajuraho have been declared a ‘world heritage’ site by UNESCO in order to preserve the rich legacy of architecture, bequeathed to future generations by the Kings of the Chandela dynasty. These temples are famous for their intricate sculptures and erotic carvings that are one of the outstanding achievements of Indian art. Overnight at hotel.

Day 5: Khajuraho – Bandhavgarh
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After breakfast drive to Bandhavgarh (210 kms) Upon arrival at Bandhavgarh – check in hotel. Bandhavgarh National Park is situated in the Vindhya range of hills which offers a good variety of cover from Bamboo forest to open grassland and a wide range of animals including sambar, barking deer, chinkara, Chousingha, Gaur (the largest of the world’s wild oxen), wild boar and leopard. Bandhavgarh also holds a good population of tiger and is particularly noted for daylight sightings. Overnight at hotel.

Day 6: Bandhavgarh

Morning and afternoon spent at Bandhavgarh, with game viewing excursions in the morning and afternoon by open jeep. Overnight at hotel.

Day 7: Bandhavgarh

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge.
Morning and afternoon game drive into the sanctuary by Jeep.
Overnight in Bandhavgarh.

Day 8: Bandhavgarh – Kanha
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After breakfast drive to Kanha (250 kms/6 hrs) Upon arrival at Kanha – check in hotel Kanha National Park – ideally situated in the sylvan surroundings of Satpura Hill ranges, Kanha National Park has a core area of 940 sq. km. Tropical semi-evergreen forests of this tract is quite rich in wild fauna which provide plentiful food for carnivore as well as herbivore. Gaur are also common at Kanha, they inhabit the dense under growth at higher elevation. Other mammals are the sloth bear, wild boar, musk shrew, blue bull, sambar deer, palm squirrel and more than 150 species of birds. Lunch at the hotel. Late afternoon, game viewing in the sanctuary by jeeps. Overnight at hotel.

Day 9: Kanha

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge. Morning and afternoon proceed on a game drive to the sanctuary. Overnight in Kanha.

Day 10: Kanha

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge. Morning and afternoon proceed on a game drive to the sanctuary. Overnight in Kanha.

Day 11: Kanha – Nagpur – Mumbai

Early morning game viewing in the sanctuary by jeeps. Return to hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, drive to Nagpur airport (295kms/7 hrs) for flight to Bombay. 
Leave: Nagpur Arrival at Bombay. Upon arrival assisted for international flight for back home.

Day 12: Mumbai

Depart aboard the international flight.