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Temples & Tigers

Duration13 Days

Destinations - Delhi, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Bandhavgarh, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur

Day 01: - Arrive Delhi, India

Arrive at Delhi International Airport.

Delhi - A bustling metropolis and a city of 14 million inhabitants, is also India’s capital. A near perfect blend of the ancient and the modern, Delhi, consisting two parts Old & New Delhi, is a city with something for everyone. From Forts and monuments that are almost 500 years old, to modern shopping malls, nightclubs and golf courses, Delhi truly is India’s crown jewel.

Upon clearing Customs and Immigration, you are met by our representative who will present you with a welcome pack including all necessary documentation and arrange for your transfer to your hotel for check-in. No activity is scheduled today, since most of the International flights arrive into India close to midnight only. Overnight in Delhi.

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Day 02: In Delhi

This morning you are collected from your hotel for full day tour of Old and New Delhi.

The tour of the 17th-century old city includes the great mosque of Jama Masjid, The main street of Old Delhi is the colorful shopping bazaar known as Chandni Chowk (“Moonlit Street”). Drive past Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi.

The tour of New Delhi includes the Humayun's Tomb, the precursor of the Taj Mahal. Drive down the spectacular Rajpath (“the Kingsway,”) passing the India Gate (the memorial built to commemorate the unknown soldiers,) the President’s House, and the House of Parliament. Enjoy a brief respite from the otherwise bustling city at Birla Mandir, a modern and colourful Hindu temple.

Evening at leisure to perhaps venture out and discover the city or its many restaurants on your own. Overnight in Delhi.

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Day 03: Delhi - Varanasi

This morning you will be met by our representative and escorted from your Hotel to the Delhi airport in time for your flight to Varanasi.

Varanasi - One of the holiest cities in India, Varanasi is one of the most important pilgrimage sites and also a major tourist attraction. It has been the religious capital of Hinduism since time immemorial. Situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges, Varanasi has been a center of learning and civilization for more than 2,000 years. Written records of the Skanda Purana and the Mahabharata mention its existence as long as 3,000 years ago. It is probably the oldest living city in India, and one of the world's most ancient. Varanasi has been a great cultural centre, especially in the fields of music, learning and the craft of silk weaving.

Upon arrival you will be met and escorted to your hotel for check-in etc. Early afternoon, you are collected from your hotel for a half-day tour of Varanasi.

The tour of this ancient city includes The Bharat Mata Temple, which has a big relief map of India in marble, the Benares Hindu University with its art gallery, and the Mosque of Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb built on the side of an ancient Hindu temple, bathing ghats, The Kashivishwanath temple, The Durgakund.

Evening at leisure. Overnight in Varanasi.

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Day 04: Varanasi – Khajuraho

Early morning enjoy a boat ride on the holy river The Ganges.

A highlight of any trip to Varanasi - this incredible scene as multitudes of devotees comes to the river to pay homage to the Sun God. The riverfront, as seen from a boat at sunrise, is a spiritually uplifting sight. Hinduism, deep and mystical, is everywhere: in a decorated doorway; in a glimpse of a glittering temple; in the sound of a sacred bell; in the chant of the priests; and in the fragrance of flower oblations.

Return to the hotel for a leisurely breakfast, and early afternoon, met by our representative and escorted from your Hotel to the Varanasi airport in time for your flight to Khajuraho.

Khajuraho - Famous for its temples that are India's unique gift to the world, representing, as they do, a paean to life, to love, to joy, perfect in execution and sublime in expression. Life, in every form and mood, has been captured in stone, testifying not only to the craftsman's artistry but also to the extraordinary breadth of vision of the Chandela Rajputs under whose rule the temples were conceived and constructed in the short span of a hundred yeas, from 950-1050 AD, in a truly inspired burst of creativity.

Upon arrival you will be met and escorted to your hotel for check-in etc. Late afternoon you are collected from your hotel for half- day tour of Khajuraho visiting eastern & western group of temple. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Khajuraho.

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Day 05: Khajuraho – Bandhavgarh

This morning you drive to Bandhavgarh (250 kms/07 hrs.)

Bandhavgarh: Bandhavgarh, famous for its white tigers, is a comparatively new National Park, with a lovely fort in the middle of it. With its hills, sal forests, and open grasslands, the park harbours a multitude of game, from Rhesus macaques, jungle cats, hyenas to nilgai, blackbuck etc. The park offers varied habitats to over 22 species of mammal and over 250 bird species.

Upon arrival in Bandhavgarh, check in to your hotel and rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Bandhavgarh.

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Day 06: Bandhavgarh - Agra

Early morning & evening game safaris into the Bandhavgarh National Park. Safaris in Bandhavgarh are organized in jeeps. Local guides and naturalists are at hand to enhance the experience.

Late in the Evening drive from Bandhavgarh to Umaria (35 kms/01 hrs.) nearest railway station of Bandhavgarh, and aboard the overnight train to Agra (2055/1015 hrs).

Agra - “The Land of Taj” was once the capital of the Mughal Empire and even today it seems to linger in the past. Not surprising, for the Mughal emperors with their passion for building, endowed the city with some of the finest structures in the world. Agra is an old city and it is said that its name was derived from Agrabana, a forest that’s finds mention in the epic Mahabharata. In more recent times Agra came into prominence when Sikandar Lodi made it his capital city in 1501. Later it passed into the possession of the Mughals. It was during the time of the third emperor “Akbar” that Agra came into its own and later on his grandson “Shah Jehan” ornamented the city with that masterpiece of Mughal architecture - The Taj Mahal.

Overnight on board.

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Day 07: Agra

Upon arrival in Agra you will be met and escorted to your hotel for check-in etc. Afternoon, you are collected from your hotel for a half-day tour of Agra visiting The Taj Mahal - a poem, a feeling of love, in white marble, is a fine example of the fusion of many architectural styles. It has been described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love. Your tour also includes a visit to the Red Sandstone Agra Fort, seat of the Mughal dynasty in the 16th century, lies on the bend of the River Yamuna, almost in the heart of town. Akbar built it as his citadel over the years of 1565-1573.

Evening at leisure. Overnight in Agra

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Day 08: Agra – Ranthambore

This morning you drive to Ranthambore (290kms/07 hrs.) visiting Fatehpur Sikri en-route – often called the ghost city, built by Akbar the Great in the 16th century to serve as the capital of his vast empire, Fatehpur Sikri was mysteriously abandoned 13 years later. Later continue your drive to Ranthambore.

Ranthambhore -- In the heart of Rajasthan lies one of the best-known renowned and easily accessed National Parks in India, Ranthambhore. Formerly a hunting ground of the Maharaja of Jaipur, it became a National Park in 1972 under the Project Tiger scheme. It is bordered on two sides by the Aravalli Hills and Vindhya range. The park has a mixture of forest, valleys, hills and pools, providing shelter, hunting grounds and water for the animals. There is a healthy population of tigers which you can track by jeep and canter safaris. You can also expect to see a wide variety of deer, monkeys and a variety of birds.

Upon arrival in Ranthambore, check in to your hotel and rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Ranthambore.

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Day 09: - Ranthambore

Early morning & evening game safaris into the Ranthambore National Park. Safaris in Ranthambhore are organized in jeeps and open air mini trucks, and local guides and naturalists are at hand to enhance the experience. Overnight in Ranthambore.

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Day 10: - Ranthambore - Jaipur

Early morning game safari at Ranthambore National Park. Return to the hotel for a leisurely breakfast and later drive to the Pink city of Rajasthan - Jaipur (195 kms/3½ hrs.).

Jaipur- Jaipur is an exuberance of colour, dance, and song with the traditional arts and crafts. It's one of India's most well planned cities, with wide, straight avenues, roads, streets and lanes in a grid system. The great warrior/astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II carefully planned Jaipur's foundation. Laid out in the 18th century, its design followed specifications from an epochal Hindu treatise on architecture.

This "Pink City," so called because its buildings are painted in the tones of an autumnal sunset, intersperses the play of red and pink with white borders and motifs. The royal family's residence at Amber is only 11 km away. The palaces and forts of yesteryear, once witness to royal processions, now shine amid the splendor of modern monuments, juxtaposition accepted quite naturally into the lifestyles of an amazing people.

Upon arrival in Jaipur, check in to your hotel and rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Jaipur.

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Day 11: Jaipur

This morning, you are collected from your hotel for a city tour of Jaipur.

Visit the Hawa Mahal or "Palace of Winds,” one of the major landmarks of Jaipur, although it is actually little more than a façade. The five-story building was originally built to enable the ladies of the royal household to watch the everyday life and processions of the city.

The City Palace, located in the heart of the old city, is a large complex of courtyards, buildings, and gardens, and also houses an interesting museum.

Adjacent to the City Palace is Jantar Mantar, the ancient astronomical observatory built by Raja Jai Singh, whose passion for astronomy was even more notable than his prowess as a warrior.

Your tour also includes a visit to the Amber fort, situated on the outskirts of the city. Here, you are transported back in time today, riding like royalty atop elegantly draped and painted elephants into the high mountain fortress. Amber Fort, was the ancient capital of the State until 1728 and inside the fort, you visit the Jagmandir or the Hall of victory glittering with mirrors, Jai Mahal and the Temple of Kali.

Evening at leisure. Overnight in Jaipur.

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Day 12: Jaipur – Delhi

Morning drive back to Delhi (265 kms / 05 hrs.).

Upon arrival in Delhi check-in to your hotel. The evening is at leisure to either relax, or explore the city on your own, or perhaps indulge in some last minute shopping. Overnight in Delhi.

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Day 13: Depart Delhi

Met by our representative and escorted from your hotel to the Delhi airport in time for your flight home.

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Package Rates

All prices are per person and in US Dollars -


Category of Hotels

Valid from 16th April’2015 till 30th Sep’2015

Valid from 01st Oct’2015 till 15th Apr’2016

 
Superior USD 1742 USD 1958 Book Now
Deluxe USD 1819 USD 2340 Book Now
Luxury USD 3446 USD 5129 Book Now
Domestic Airfare USD 220 USD 220  

Note – * Small supplements may apply for travel between 15th November'2015 and 30th November'2015, 20th December'2015 and 05th January'2016 and during the month of February2016.

Cities Superior Deluxe Luxury
Delhi The Park Claridges The Imperial
Varanasi Radisson Taj Gateway Nadesar Palace
Khajuraho Radisson Taj Chandela Lalit Temple View
Bandhavgarh Tiger Den Resort Bandhav Vilas Mahua Kothi
Agra Trident The Gateway (Sup. Taj fcng) The Oberoi AmarVilas
Ranthambore Nahargarh Vivanta by Taj Sawai Madhopur Lodge The Oberoi Vanya Vilas
Jaipur Trident Jai Mahal Palace The Oberoi Raj Vilas

Inclusions:-

# Accommodation on twin sharing bed and breakfast basis, EXCEPT in Pench, Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Ranthambore, where it is on Full Board Basis(Including all meals), at the selected category of hotels. ( The Oberoi VanyaVilas, Ranthambore in Luxury Category is on bed and breakfast basis only).
#   All arrival-departure transfers and land transportation exactly as per the itinerary using an aircon Car.
# Sightseeing tours/games rides along with an English Speaking Guide/ naturalist and including entrance fee to monuments/ Parks as mentioned above in the Itinerary.
#  Aircon II tier Sleeper class train ticket for the sector Umaria - Agra.  

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