Tigers and Temples
Our 20 Day, Tigers and Temples tour is an ultimate safari through four of the top National Parks in India. The temples and culture of the small cities, when combined with our wildlife tour, is the perfect way to explore India in depth for both culture and wildlife. One of our most popular safaris; a 20 day unique adventure of a lifetime.
Day 01 : Arrive Mumbai
Late this evening we arrive at the cosmopolitan city of Bombay (now officially referred to as Mumbai). After clearing airport formalities we transfer to our hotel for check in. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 02 : Mumbai
After breakfast, morning cruise across the harbour (9 kms) to see Elephanta Caves noted for its huge rock cuts. Afternoon tour of Mumbai city. Main attractions are Kamla Nehru Park, Hanging Gardens situated on the slopes of Malabar Hill offering a panoramic view of Marine drive, Chowpatty Beach, Mani Bhawan, Dhobi Ghat, Gateway of India & drive through the Crawford Market, Marine Drive & Flora Fountain. Overnight in Hotel
Day 03 : Mumbai / Kaziranga National Park
This morning we board our flight to Jorhat Airport, nearby to Kaziranga National Park. Our drive from the airport (88kms) is interesting, as we stop for photos at countryside villages enroute to the lodge. Check into lodge/camp. Afternoon jungle excursions in jeep. Overnight stay
Day 04 : Kaziranga National Park
The park lies in the flood plains of the Bramaputra River, sloping a gradually from east to west. With lush forests and woodlands, it is natural habitat for many species of animals. Kaziranga it is the stronghold of the One Horned Indian Rhinoceros, with numbers around 1000. The wild elephant number around 700. Wild buffalo, mouse deer, hog, bears, leopard and around 50 magnificent tigers are tabulated to be at this park. Countless birds are everywhere. Today we enjoy morning and afternoon safari by Jeeps. Overnight in hotel.
Day 05 : Kaziranga National Park / New Delhi
This morning we have another early morning safari by Jeeps and after breakfast, drive to the airport at Gawahati for our early afternoon flight to New Delhi. On arrival, transfer to our hotel. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 06 : New Delhi
This morning we spend most of the day touring New Delhi and Old Delhi. Visit Humayun's and Safdarjungs tombs the Qutab Minar and Iron Pillar, the Embassy area, the Parliament buildings ending at Connaught Place, the heart of the capitals shopping and banking district. The afternoon we leave the new capital, crossing through the walled gates and into the old city. Here, teaming with history, we explore the Jamma Mosque, the Red Fort, and the crematoriums of Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. One of the highlights of today's tour is a fascinating ride on a bicycle rickshaw through the markets of Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi's bustling shopping and bazaar area. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 07 : New Delhi / Jaipur (252 kms 5 Hrs)
This morning depart by road to the Jaipur "Pink City" of India. Along our route stop at Neemrama fort to view the ruins and continue our drive to Jaipur. On arrival at the outskirts of the city at Amber Fort, we board brightly decorated elephants for a ride to the top of the fortress, as did the Maharajas of days gone by. Once inside the fortress, our guide will escort us through hidden passageways, various chambers and a historic discourse that will remain with you for long after. Check in and-balance of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 08 : Jaipur
This morning we continue our visit to the Hawa Mahal (the Palace of Winds), the Maharaja's city palace, Museum and Observatory. Stroll the market with our guide as the Photographs tell a thousand words. Afternoon is free to explore the bazaars on your own. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 09 : Jaipur / Ranthambore National Park
This morning drive east through rural India to Ranthambore National Park ( 185 kms / 4 hrs). Check into hotel.Our afternoon safari is through 410 kms of desert ecologically speckled with a variety of trees, Including palms. Three major lakes serve as watering holes for the creatures that inhabit this park. Over 300 species of birds reside or migrate to this park every year. Tigers, leopards, deer, hyena, Jackal, fox. Jungle cat and wild monkeys live and roam through Ranthambore. Overnight at Hotel
Day 10 : Ranthambore
Morning and afternoon safaris in Jeeps. We will also visit Rajpur Pavilions and the Ranthambore Fort, majestic buildings long ago built and abandoned. Overnight in Hotel
Day 11 : Ranthambore / Fatehpur Sikri / Bharatpur
This Morning as we set out on a drive through rural Indian Countryside towards Bharatpur (260 kms/ 6 Hrs) enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri, the ancient ghost capital of India, still in a state of almost perfect preservation. Check into hotel. Afternoon visit inside the park. Overnight in hotel.
Day 12 : Bharatpur - Agra
Morning enter into the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary for a silent ride on bicycle rickshaws to view the migratory birds from all over Asia. Evening drive to Agra (55 kms / 1 hr.). Check into Hotel for overnight stay.
Day 13 : Agra
Today we will visit the Taj Mahal monument. Then visit the Agra Fort and the numerous chambers overlooking the Jamuna River.
(Taj Mahal is closed on all Fridays).
Day 14 : Agra - Khajuraho
Morning transfer to Railway station to connect train for Jhansi (2 ½ hrs journey). Drive to Khajuraho (250 kms/ 5 hrs drive) enroute visiting Orcha Temples which were built by Bir Singh Deo / Rudra Pratap, A Bundela Ruler in 16th century dedicated to Lord Ram. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 15 : Khajuraho
Full day visit to temples. The temples at Khajuraho were built during the Chandella dynasty, which reached its apogee between 950 & 1050. Only about 20 temples remain; this fall into three distinct groups and belongs to two different religion -Hinduism & Jainism. They strike a perfect balance between architecture and sculpture.
Day 16 : Khajuraho / Bhandavgarh National Park
This morning drive overland through primitive villages to Bhandavgarh National Park (280 kms/6 hrs). Our accommodations are in cottages on an 11 acre site overlooking a private lake. Afternoon enjoy a Jeep safari through the Park. Overnight in hotel.
Day 17 : Bhandavgarh National Park
The adventure unfolds at daybreaks as we board our jeeps for a safari as the early morning mist lifts. Tigers are known to give audience in this dense forest and experienced naturalists unravels the mysteries of nature as we safari morning and afternoon. Overnight in hotel
Day 18 : Bhandavgarh National Park / Kanha National Park
This morning we set out on a drive through forests and tribal villages from one park to the other. Our drive is 245 kms / 5 hrs deep into the heart of Kanha National Park one of Asia’s largest parks. Studded with grassy meadows and rivers, it is a wild country home to a variety of wildlife. The magnificent gaur is one of the main attractions and with a large population of tigers nearby. The bird life is also spectacular here with over 350 species nesting near waterholes. Arrive and check in to our cottages / hotel.Overnight in the hotel.
Day 19 : Kanha National Park
Kanha Park is over 1940 square kms of diverse habitat. Wild monkey, boars, jackals, spotted deer, leopard, and of course tigers call this park home. Morning and afternoon Jeep safaris. Overnight in hotel.
Day 20 : Kanha National Park / New Delhi or Mumbai - Onward Destination
Morning transfer to Nagpur airport to connect flight for Delhi or Mumbai. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the airport to connect flight for onward destination
- Comprehensive Package for 19Nights/ 20Days in Deluxe Room
- Welcome drink (non alcoholic) on arrival.
- Indian / America Breakfast.
- All travel & sightseeing in private air conditioned Car.
- Free Use of All Recreational Facilities available at Hotels
- Transportation by Private car for the entire tour .
- All sightseeing and excursions as per the itinerary
- Meals Not Mentioned In The Itinerary
- Entry Fees To Monuments And Palaces.
- Anything Not Mentioned In The Inclusions.
- Porterage At Hotels And Airports, Tips, Insurance, Laundry, Liquors, Wine, Etc.
- All Items Of Personal Nature.
- Any Cost Arising Due To Natural Calamities Like Landslides, Roadblocks, Etc.
- Any Increase In Taxes Or Fuel Leading To An Increase In Surface Transport.
- Mandatory X- Mas / New Year Eve Supplementary Charges , That Should Be Paid By The Guest Directly To The Hotels Concerned..