14 Days / 13 Nights
Day 01 Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival you will be welcomed by our representative & transferred to hotel. Delhi - capital of modern India. Many dynasties and rulers have flourished on its regal soil over the last 3000 years. The legacy still survives in many monuments varying from the 13th century mausoleum of the Lodi Kings to the buildings of British India's imperial past like the Parliament House and the Presidential Estate. Overnight at Delhi.
Day 02 Fly to Khajuraho
Today we transfer to Delhi airport for flight to Khajuraho - discover a quiet little village with 100 year old temples that are living testimony to the brilliance of Indo-Aryan architecture. Built by Chandela dynasty, these temples are liberally embellished with artistic stonework, prominent among which the erotic sculptures that portrays heavenly pleasures on the earth. Upon arrival transfer to hotel. Overnight at Khajuraho.
Day 03 Tour Khajuraho
After breakfast visit to the famous Chandela dynasty temples, which are set in a lovely grass park. The existing temples are divided into three groups - western, eastern and southern. The western group is most famous and it is designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. These temples are amazing rising in many peaks and spirals intricately carved and designed with statues and friezes. The erotic carvings on these temple walls have made this one of the most talked about tourist site in the country and, perhaps, unmatched in the world. Overnight at Khajuraho.
Day 04 Khajuraho - Bandhavgarh (320 kms)
This morning drive to Bandhavgarh - one of India’s famous nature reserves. Hidden deep within this forest are a wide variety of wild animals that you will see on your forays. Indian tigers, leopards, bears, sambar, chital, nilgai (the blue bull), chinkara and wild boar. In the evening you will drive through the park and see the animals at their watering holes. On arrival check in. Overnight at Bandhavgarh.
Day 05 Jungle Safari
Start early on a dawn visit to the jungle in hunt of the ever elusive tiger. The rest of the day is the day is to experience a nature walk with professional lodge naturalists. In the evening, take another trip into the jungle. Overnight at Bandhavgarh.
Day 06 Bandhavgarh - Kanha (250 kms)
Today drive on to another wildlife park, Kanha - in the heart of India’s Kipling country. Known for open grasslands, dense deciduous forests, and high plateaus that offer great opportunities to spot wildlife while riding an elephant or a jeep. Later in the morning, see tigers sunning themselves on the rocks, herds of the chital spotted deer, or the once rare barasingha (swamp deer) relaxing in their natural surroundings. Look out for dhole, the reddish dog-like animals, the elegant blackbuck, the 4-horned antelope or tiny mouse deer. In the evening, take another jeep ride into the park. Overnight at in Kanha.
Day 07 Kanha - Jabalpur (270 kms) – Agra
After breakfast, we will transfer to Jabalpur train station for overnight train journey to Agra.
Day 08 Arrive Agra
Today arrive Agra - in the 16th and 17th centuries was the capital of Mughul India and its superb monuments date from that era. It has a magnificent fort and the building which so many people come to India solely to see - the Taj Mahal. Upon arrival we will transfer you to hotel. Overnight stay in Agra.
Day 09 Tour Agra
At sun rise visit Taj Mahal - the mausoleum of Empress Mumtaz Mahal, the beloved spouse of Shah Jahan, who died in 1630. Considered the finest example of Mughul architecture - a style that combines elements of Persian, Turkish, Indian and Islamic elements. An early morning visit to the Taj Mahal presents an opportunity to admire this dream in marble as it welcomes the rising sun. Return to hotel for breakfast. Continue your tour to the Agra Fort, the original red sandstone fort built by Moghul Emperor Akbar in 1565. The Forts maze of courtyards, its marble mosque and lavish private chambers reflect the grandeur of the Mughal Empire. Visit Akbar’s Mausoleum at Sikandra, which is a fusion of Hindu and Muslim architecture, like the emperor himself. Evening is at leisure. Overnight at Agra.
Day 10 Agra - Ranthambore (310 kms)
Today we drive to Ranthambore National Park - one of the prime examples of India’s conservation programme, Project Tiger. Once the hunting ground of Indian princes, this national park stands atop a 600 m high hill range, and is covered with thorn trees, scrub and grasslands. Dotted with beautiful ponds, streams, lakes and old ruins, it is the home of the tigers of Ranthambhore that have often been photographed by visitors from all over the world. On arrival check in. Overnight at Ranthambore.
Day 11 Jungle Safari
Early in the morning, you will leave for the park by jeep, accompanied by a naturalist. Return for breakfast. Revisit the game park in the evening. And even if you don’t spot a tiger on your visit, Ranthambore will enthral you with more than 400 kms of amazing landscape. Evening is at leisure in Ranthambore.
Day 12 Drive to Jaipur (200 kms)
Today drive to Jaipur. Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri - Emperor Akbar’s 16th century abandoned city, this ghost town is remarkably well preserved and presents a perfect synthesis of Muslim, Hindu and Jain architecture. The sculptured columns bear mute testimony to this gallant experiment to unite Hindus and Muslims. Continue your drive & check in. Evening is at leisure. Overnight at Jaipur.
Day 13 Jaipur Tour
Morning, proceed for an excursion to Amber Fort - the original Palace was built by Raja Mansingh and later additions were made by Sawai Jai Singh. One of the finest example of Rajput architecture. Enjoy the ascent to the Palace on the back of a brightly caparisoned elephant. Visit the multiple chambers and hallways of the palace which are famous for their design and decorations.
Afternoon, proceed for a city tour to visit the unique Jantar Mantar, which is a magnificent stone observatory built by Raja Jai Singh in 1728 and drive past the Hawa Mahal, an intriguing “Palace of Winds”. This was really a facade built in 1799, to allow royal ladies to view the city from the windows. Later visit the opulent City Palace, the former royal residence built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal style which has grand museums displaying an excellent collection of miniature paintings, costumes and armory. Overnight at Jaipur.
Day 14 Departure
Today we transfer to Delhi International airport (260 kms) for your onward flight