BANDHAVGARH – KANHA
BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK
SEARCHING FOR SOME MORE ANIMALS AND BIRDS
KANHA APPROX (4 TO 5 HRS) DRIVING FROM BANDHAVGARH
AGRA – JHANSI – KHAJURAHO
KHAJURAHO – PANNA – BANDHAVGARH
TAKE TRAIN TO JHANSI AND ONWARD WE WILL DRIVE TO KHAJURAHO
KHAJURAHO COMPLEX, TEMPLES OF KHAJURAHO
DELHI – JAIPUR
JAIPUR – BHARATPUR – AGRA
CAPITAL CITY PAINTS A PICTURE RICH WITH CULTURE, ARCHITECTURE AND HUMAN DIVERSITY
HUMAYUN'S TOMB, MUGHAL EMPEROR HUMAYUN, HAJI BEGUM IN THE MID-16TH CENTURY
PINK CITY OF JAIPUR
IMPRESSIVE MONUMENTS, FORTS, PALACES
FULL DAY AT LEISURE
KANHA – JABALPUR AND FLY TO DELHI
KANHA NATIONAL PARK
JUNGLE BOOK – WILDLIFE OF INDIA
A Journey through the National Parks of North and Central India
India’s diverse geography has enabled a wide variety of exotic wildlife to flourish. Over 350 species of mammals and 1200 species of birds live on the subcontinent. Among the many wildlife highlights will be our exciting jeep and elephant-back rides in ‘Project Tiger’ wildlife reserve. We will also visit keoladeo, one of the finest bird sanctuaries in the world, the tiger reserve at Bandhavgarh park and Kanha National park, home to a number of animal Species including leopard, sloth bear, wild boar, bison, cheetah, monkeys and deer. The highlights of this trip also include Delhi, the capital of India, the magnificent Taj Mahal at Agra, the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, the abandoned Mughal capital of Fatehpur Sikri and the erotic temple of Khajuraho.
ITINERARY IN DETAIL
Day 1 Arrive Delhi
Delhi, the capital and the third largest city of India, is a fusion of the ancient and the modern. Standing along the West end of the Gangetic Plain, the capital city paints a picture rich with culture, architecture and human diversity, deep in history, monuments, museums, galleries, and gardens. Upon arrival in Delhi you will be picked up by our representative in India and taken directly to your hotel.
Day 2 Delhi
We start our sightseen to see Humayun's Tomb, which was built by the wife of Mughal Emperor Humayun, Haji Begum in the mid-16th century. This red sandstone structure is considered to be the predecessor of Taj Mahal. The structure is one of the best examples of Mughal architecture. Humayun's wife is also buried in the tomb, which is built of red and white sandstone and black and yellow marble.
We will travel by rickshaw through the winding streets of Old Delhi, the capital of Muslim India from the 12th through the 19th centuries. Narrating the city's Mughal past, Old Delhi takes us through the labyrinthine streets passing formidable mosques, monuments and forts. We will also discover lively and colourful bazaars that carry all sorts of goods amidst an atmosphere of barely controlled chaos. We will see the sumptuous Red Fort palaces, the symbol of Indian nationhood. We will visit India’s largest mosque, the white marble Jama Masjid, with its marble domes and splendid minarets. Afterward, we will see Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated.
New Delhi was designed and built by the British in the 1920s. The imperial city displays well-composed and spacious streets under the shade of beautiful trees and imposing government buildings.
From here we will drive towards Qutab Minar, stopping at India Gate for photo opportunities.
India Gate, standing like a pride of Delhi at the centre of New Delhi, is a 42-metre high archway in the middle of a crossroad. Similar to its French counterpart, the Arc-de-Triomphe, it commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during the World War I. The memorial also bears the names of more than 13,516 British and Indian soldiers killed in the Northwestern Frontier in the Afghan war of 1919.
Qutab Minar was built in 1199 by Qutbuddin as a victory tower for his victory against a Rajput King. From a base of 14.32 metres, it tapers to 2.75 metres at a height of 72.5 metres. It is still the highest and one of the finest stone towers in India.
Day 3 Delhi – Jaipur
This morning you drive to the "pink city" of Jaipur, one of the great cities of the Rajput, with historic forts, palaces, and gardens. Jaipur is named after its founder, the warrior and astronomer sovereign Sawai Jai Singh II who planned his new capital to reflect the increasing wealth of the kingdom.
DAY 04 Jaipur
Today you will leave Agra and drive through the countryside to the beautiful deserted walled city of Fatehpur Sikri. Later, after visiting the bird sanctuary at Bharatpur, where you will have lunch, continue to Jaipur, the principal city of Rajasthan. The vibrant culture of Jaipur is on dazzling display in the streets and in the bazaars of the ‘Pink City’. Here people wear bright clothes, as if to compensate for the barren desert surrounding them. The brilliant display of colour and activity welcomes us and draws us in. There are of course many impressive monuments, forts, palaces and winding streets to explore.
DAY 05 Jaipur – Bharatpur – Agra
This morning you will be picked up at the hotel for the drive to Agra. Enroute you will stop to visit the beautiful walled city of Fatehpur Sikri, built to commemorate the birth of Akbar’s son. The complex was completed in 1574 but abandoned only fourteen years later. Of particular interest are the red stone mosques, courtyards and the palace where Akbar reputedly played chess using slave girls as pawns.
Following the visit your drive continues on to Agra.
Day 6 Agra
Today Morning we drive to Agra .Agra is famous as the home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal. The architectural splendour of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal empire, of which Agra was the capital in the 16th and early 17th centuries. While its significance as a political center ended with the transfer of the capital to Delhi in 1634 by Shah Jehan, its architectural wealth has secured its place on the international map. A pleasant town with a comparatively slow pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone by craftsmen who are descendants of those who worked under the Mughals. On arrival check in at the hotel.
This evening we will see Shah Jehan’s monument to love. The Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal emperor as the final resting place for his favorite Queen, Mumtaz. This perfectly symmetrical monument took 22 years (1630-1652 A.D) of hard labor and 20,000 workers, masons and jewellers to build. It was designed by the Persian architect, Ustad Isa. The verses of Holy Quran are inscribed on it and at the top of the gate’s 22 small domes, signifying the number of years the monument took to built. We continue to Agra Fort, commissioned by the great Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565 A.D., although additions were made until the time of his grandson, Shah Jehan. The forbidding exteriors of this fort hide an inner paradise.
DAY 07 Agra – Jhansi - Khajuraho
Today we will take train to Jhansi and onward we will drive to Khajuraho. Evening checking in to hotel.
Day 8 Khajuraho – Panna – Bandhavgarh
Today we will visit in the temple architecture of India, the Khajuraho complex remains unique. One thousand years ago, under the generous and artistic patronage of the Chandela Rajput kings of Central India, 85 temples, magnificent in form and richly carved, were built on one site, near the village of Khajuraho. Of the original 85, only 22 have survived the ravages of time. We visit the sculptures of the temples of Khajuraho, which are ensconced in wall niches. Provocative maidens, dancers, musicians and embracing couples adorn these buildings of worship, which are masterpieces of Indian art.
Later this evening drive to Bandhavgarh Passing through Panna.
Day 9 Bandhavgarh
Today we will visit Bandhavgarh National Park, this relatively new park, established in 1968, is set in the Vindhya hills of Madhya Pradesh and has an interesting variety of habitats. Caves in the park have Brahmi inscriptions dating from the first century B.C.As we have three full days in this magnificent park, we should have time here for several game drives. We will travel in open jeeps in the morning and late afternoon. Chital (Spotted Deer) and Sambar Deer, Wild Boar, Peafowl and Langur Monkeys are everywhere. As we drive the many dusty roads, we’ll listen for the barking alarm call of the Sambar, indicating a tiger on the prowl. We will also watch for tiger pugmarks in the dust. If a tiger is spotted off the road, we’ll climb to the heights of a howdah, and travel off-road by elephant for a closer look at these magnificent cats. We’ll also sample many of the park’s species of birds: the Blue-bearded Bee-eater, White-bellied Drongos, Tickell’s Flycatcher, and assorted kingfishers. Green Pigeons and Plum-headed Parakeets can be found on many of the fruiting trees in the park.
Day 10 Bandhavgarh
Today morning we will searching for some more animals and birds. Later evening at leisure
Day 11 Bandhavgarh – Kanha
Today we will drive to Kanha approx (4 to 5 Hrs) driving from Bandhavgarh. Later transfer to your hotel.
DAY 12 Kanha
This morning we will see Kanha National Park, a park that has sometimes been called the Ngorongoro of India. It is a reasonable comparison except that Kanha is greener and its hills more densely wooded. It is located in the eastern end of the Central Indian Himalayas and covers an area of 940 sq. km. This park was long the private hunting preserves of the British Viceroy and was declared a national park in 1955. Of particular interest during our stay will be mammal sightings. The magnificent Gaur, the strikingly beautiful Bluebull, the Barasingha or Swamp Deer and the ubiquitous Langur Monkeys are all here. Sloth Bear sightings are common and we’ll also hope to see tiger. In all, some 22 species of large mammals are regularly found within the park and the bird life is equally impressive. Marsh and Pied Harriers quarter the open grasslands flushing flocks of Bush Quail. Red Jungle Fowl are common in the mixed bamboo deciduous forests and Peafowl roam the area. Other birds that we hope to see, among the beautiful “flame of the forest” trees, are Indian Roller, Racket-tailed Drongo and Pied Malabar Hornbill. Here again, if tigers are spotted off the road in the jungle, we’ll mount elephants for a closer look.
Day 13 Kanha
Full Day at leisure.
Day 13 Kanha – Jabalpur and Fly to Delhi