The Wild Encounter

22 nights / 23 days

Places to Visit:
Delhi, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Bharatpur, Agra, Khajuraho, Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Khajuraho, Varanasi, Kathmandu, Chitwan, Delhi

Day 1: Arrival at Delhi

Arrive at Delhi at the Indira Gandhi international terminal.

Day 2: Delhi

Full day tour of Delhi. Both Old and New Delhi.

Day 3: Delhi – Jaipur

After the arrival at Delhi we drive up to Jaipur “The pink city”.
Jaipur is a romantic destination where you can enjoy a honeymoon tour in Rajasthan India. See beautiful palaces and grand forts where Rajput queens and warriors resided in days gone by. Feel like royalty from yesteryears on honeymoon tours of Jaipur. See the cultural attractions, heritage monuments and shop for clothes, Jewellery, handicraft items and ethnic crafts in the markets of Jaipur on our Jaipur honeymoon tours.

Day 4: Jaipur – Ranthambore

Drive Jaipur to Ranthambore, check in at Tiger Den Resort, Evening Safari.

An early morning drive to the dense jungle of Ranthambore in a jeep for tiger tracking and bird watching. You can also indulge in wildlife photography over here. The jungle visits lasts for about three hours. Return back to the resort for breakfast & lunch. You can also explore the wild surroundings or do some bird watching in Ranthambore national park. Later on an afternoon drive to the jungle for wildlife viewing in a canter. Overnight stay at the resort in Ranthambore.

Day 5: Ranthambore

Morning and Evening Safari.

Day 6: Ranthambore – Bharatpur

Drive Ranthambore to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.The so called paradise of the most sought after bird species is here in the Bharatpur sanctuary.It is like a dream come true for every bird lover.Breakfast at hotel. Proceed to Bharatpur.

Reach and check in at the hotel. Proceed on RICKSHAW for viewing the birds.Return to the lodge in the evening and relax.Overnight at Bharatpur, Red Fort, Agra

Day 7: Bharatpur – Agra

Drive Bharatpur to Agra, en route visit Fatehpur Sikri. The mere fact of Fatehpur’s ‘instant’ completion is, of course, prodigious but more impressive to us today are the quality, scale, and diversity of its buildings and the spaces they define. For here is no routine grid of mindless squares, but a series of pulsating urban spaces defined by polite structures. Yet Fatehpur is more successful as a series of vistas and specific spatial encounters than as an overall triumph of urbanism. Its parts are better than the whole: it lacks, for instance, an orienting spine.”Fatehpur’s fresh and innovative architecture, with its vast array of building types represents —like most Mughul building—a fusion of Indian and Islamic cultures. The underlying structure is generally of Hindu post-and-beams, in many cases roofed with Muslim vaults and domes. All is carried out here with cohesive and sympathetic scale: note the ‘neighbourhood’ atmosphere.

Day 8: Agra

Full day tour of Agra.

Agra has a rich historical background, which is amply evident from the numerous historical monuments in and around the city. Though the heritage of Agra city is linked with the Mughal dynasty, numerous other rulers also contributed to the rich past of this city. Agra was founded by Sikandar Lodhi (Lodhi dynasty; Delhi Sultanate) in the 16th century. Babur (founder of the Mughal dynasty) also stayed for sometime in Agra and introduced the concept of square Persian-styled gardens here. Emperor Akbar built the Agra Fort; Jahangir beautified it with palaces and gardens. Shahjahan marked the zenith of Mughal architecture, when he built the Taj Mahal. The post-Mughal era of Agra saw the rule of the Jats, Marathas and finally the British taking over the city.

Sightseeing Agra Travel The main tourist attraction of Agra is the majestic Taj Mahal, a mausoleum in white by the banks of the River amuna. Agra Fort is another tourist attraction of this historic city. The fort complex houses palaces, gardens and mosques within its large precincts. The Jami Masjid of Agra (Mosque) is an important tourist spot, as is Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb, both of which are near the fort.

Agra Excursions There are a number of important tourist spots and historical towns near the city of the Taj, Agra. One can visit Akbar’s Tomb situated in the town of Sikandra, which is 4 km northwest of Agra. Forty km west of Agra lies Fatehpur Sikri, the perfectly preserved but deserted city of red sandstone built by Akbar. The Tomb of Saint Khwaja Salim Chisti is built within the Fatehpur Sikri complex. The ancient city of Mathura lies 47 km northwest of Agra.

It is famous for its temples and is an important pilgrimage center in India, along with the town of Vrindavan, which is 10 km from Mathura.

Day 9: Agra – Khajuraho

Fly Agra to Khajuraho, evening Son et Lumiere show, visit to Temples.

Khajuraho, derived from the word ‘khajur’ meaning the date palm, was a quiet, unknown town till a chance discovery made it a popular tourist destination. Forgotten and unvisited until the mid-1960s, the place is now, after the Taj, India’s biggest single tourist attraction. Khajuraho has the largest group of medieval temples; each studded with countless sculptures of extraordinary grace and delicacy. The temples of Khajuraho, are indeed, celebrations of the stylized and refined courtly accomplishments of beauty, love and creative arts.

Khajuraho lies about 385 miles (616 kilometers) southeast of Delhi. It was once the religious capital of the Chandela Rajputs, a tribal dynasty who ruled this part of India from the tenth to the twelfth centuries. The Khajuraho temples were built in the short span of a hundred years, from 950-1050 AD in a truly inspired burst of creativity. The whole area was enclosed by a wall with eight gates, each flanked by two golden palm trees. There were originally over 80 temples, of which only 22 now stand in a reasonable state of preservation, scattered over an area of about eight square miles.

Day 10 : Khajuraho – Bandhavgarh

Drive Khajuraho to Bandhavgarh, check in at Tiger Den Resort.
Set amidst the Vindhya ranges and the eastern flank of Satpura hill range Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the best places to see and enjoy wildlife in India. The Reserve is named after the highest hill Bandhavgarh (807 m.) in the centre of the Reserve.

A chain of smaller hills, 32 in all, surrounds this hill, forming a number of valleys and spurs in between. This 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.

The rivers Johilla and Son flowing on the eastern side, the river Umrar passing through the western fringes and the Bandhavgarh hill, visible from as far as 30 km., are some of the landmarks of the Reserve.

Much of the park is covered in Sal forest, replaced by mixed forests in the higher elevations of the hills. There are extensive strands of bamboo, which flowered in 1984-85, and grasslands. Generally the forests have less undergrowth here, thus offering better sightings of wildlife, notably mammals, including the daylight sightings of Tigers in the grassy ‘maidans’. More than 25 Tigers are estimated for the park.

Day 11: Bandhavgarh

Morning and Evening Safari in Bandhavgarh.

Day 12: Bandhavgarh

Morning and Evening Safari in Bandhavgarh.

Day 13: Bandhavgarh

Morning and Evening Safari in Bandhavgarh

Day 14: Bandhavgarh – Kanha

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 15: Kanha

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

Overnight in Kanha.

Day16: Kanha

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

Day17: Kanha – Khajuraho – Varanasi

After breakfast transfer to Khajuraho airport for flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival check in at Hotel Clarks Varanasi. The city of Varanasi is situated along the west bank of the Ganges in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Called Banaras by the British, Varanasi is an important pilgrimage centre for the Hindus. The city finds mention in the great epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana. It was a flourishing trade center when Buddha came to Sarnath, about 10 kilometres away, to preach his first sermon in 500 BC. The renowned American novelist Mark Twain once wrote, “Banaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together.”

Right from the ancient times, Varanasi has stood as a symbol of Hindu renaissance and preserved the rituals and traditions of Hindu philosophy. Down the ages, pilgrims from distant lands have come to Varanasi in search of divine blessings.

Temples form the major source of attraction in this ancient city. The banks of the Ganges, considered to be a sacred river by the Hindus, are the centre of much of the religious activity that occurs in the city. The ghats built along the banks of the river for such religious activity also form a major source of attraction here. The Alamgir Mosque is a blend of the Hindu and Mughal styles of the architecture. The Durga Temple is built in the North Indian style with an ornate shikhara, consisting of five segments symbolizing the elements and supported by finely carved columns. The Vishwanath Temple, built by the Birlas, was planned by Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya. The Bharat Mata Temple houses, instead of gods and goddesses, a huge relief map in marble of the whole of Indian subcontinent and Tibetan plateau. The Tulsi Manas Temple, built in 1964, is dedicated to Lord Rama. The Banaras Hindu University, built in 1917, is one of the oldest educational centres in India. The Archaeological Museum, located at Sarnath, houses the capitol from the Ashokan pillar besides the figures and the sculptures from the Mauryan, Kushana and Gupta periods.

Day 18: Varanasi – Kathmandu

Fly Varanasi to Kathmandu.

This is a compact tour of the Kathmandu Valley, ideally suited for transit travellers or as a stopover holiday for people visiting our other Himalayan destinations such as Tibet, Bhutan or Sikkim. A traditional welcome on arrival, a Nepali folk dance show and 2 full days of guided sightseeing of Kathmandu City and its surrounding areas will give you an enchanting glimpse of Nepal – its people, culture, traditions and mountains – that will surely make you want to come for a longer visit.

Day 19: Kathmandu

Full day tour Kathmandu.

Day 20: Chitwan

Fly to Chitwan National Park.

Royal Chitwan National Park is Nepal’s first and most famous national park is situated in the Chitwan Doon or the lowlands of the inner Terai. Covering an area of 932-sq-kms the park includes hilly areas of the Shiwalik range covered by deciduous Sal forest.

Flora In Chitwan National Park A fifth of the park is made up of the floodplains of the Narayani, Rapti and the Reu Rivers and is covered by dense tall Elephant grass interspersed with revenine forests of silk cotton (Kapok), Acacia and Sisam trees.

Fauna In Chitwan National Park This ecologically diverse area is the last remaining home in Nepal for more than 300 of the endangered Asian one-horned inoceros and harbours one of the largest populations of the elusive and rare Royal Bengal Tiger. Besides Rhino and Tiger, Chitwan also support a great variety of flora and fauna. There are four species of Deer, including the Spotted Chital, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Wild Dog, Small Wild Cats, the white stockinged Gaur (world’s largest wild cattle) and many other smaller animals.
The swampy areas and numerous Ox-bow lakes of Chitwan provide a home for Marsh Crocodiles. In a stretch of the Narayani River is found one of the few remaining of the populations of the rare and endangered fish-only eating Gharial. In the summers the park is alive with migrants such as the fabulous paradise flycatcher, the Indian Pitta ans Parakeets.

Jungle Safari At Chitwan National Park: Visitors can actively participate in exciting stalks through the forest looking for animal signs. One unique Chitwan experience in Elephant back safaris in search of the one-horned Rhinocerous, Leopard, Deer, Bear, Monkey and Crocodile. Few visitors can ever forget the excitement of crashing through 20 feet high elephant grass and sighting wildlife.

Elephant, ChitwanApart from Elephant safaris, the traveler will be happily occupied for several days with natural walks, canoe rides down the park rivers and land rover drives through the forest. Another exciting alternative to reach the park is a two to three days raft trip down the Trishuli River to Narayanghat or directly into the western edge of the park.

Day 21: Chitwan

Morning and Evening Safari.

Day 22: Kathmandu – Delhi

Fly to Delhi via Kathmandu.

Day 23: Delhi

Depart from Delhi aboard the international flight.