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In this journey, from the mesmerizing historical monuments of Delhi, the marvelous Taj Mahal at Agra and the imposing forts of Rajasthan to the tranquil backwaters and serene beaches of Kerala, you will experience the true essence of India’s richness and diversity.

  • The Tour Plan for Wildlife and Safari Holidays by Vacations-International
DAY 01 Arrive at Delhi

You will be welcomed by Vacations International representative at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Relax and unwind. Overnight, stay at the hotel. (Vehicle for transfer only)

DAY 02 Delhi – Khajuraho – Panna

In the morning trasfer to the airport, where you will board the mid-morning flight to Khajuraho and o arrival trasfer to hotel. After lunch take a tour of to the eastern & western groups of temples. In this small town, the religious capital of the Chandela dynasty, 85 wonderful temples were built. Inspired by the theory of the Kama Sutra, an old Indian text on love, these temples are decked with complex and erotic sculptures. Though, these temples which display a creative period of Hindu temple sculpture are well conserved, only twenty-two of them remain today. The eroticism showcased in the sculptures in these temples is still unknown. After your tour you will take a short drive to Panna, where you check in to your boutique jungle lodge. No wildlife safaris are included as you will arrive too late for the afternoon safari, and depart early the next morning for Bandhavgarh, where sightings are much more varied and frequent.

DAY 03 Delhi - Agra.

In the morning you will be driven to Agra and check-in at the hotel. After lunch at the hotel, you will visit Agra Fort & the Taj mahal (Closed on Fridays). Agra houses one of the most famed milestones of India and the world's ultimate symbol of love - the Taj Mahal. This architectural wonder is best viewed at sunrise or sunset, when the light reflects off the white marble to give it a wonderful pink color. The unbelievable magnificence of the Taj Mahal represents the most perfect and romantic architectural monument in the world. Constructed by Emperor Shahjahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, this most famous and unique Mughal monument is the most extravagant monument ever built for love. No wonder, Sir Edwin Arnold, the noted British poet and journalist wrote about Taj - “Not a piece of architecture as other buildings are, but the proud passions of an emperor's love wrought in living stones". One of the Seven Wonders of the World, this symmetrical masterpiece took 22 years of strenuous effort by 20,000 people to build. The use of semi-precious stones makes the designs and decorations startling in their lavish detail. One of the most photographed structures in the world, the Taj Mahal is remarkably charming from almost any angle, which is really amazing. Visit the Taj Mahal at sunset. Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays. Overnight, stay at the hotel. (Vehicle at disposal) There is a break for a late lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch you will be driven to your hotel, where you are assisted with check in. You can relax and enjoy your boutique hotel’s facilities for a little while. Agra which is known around the world for the Taj Mahal has numerous other monuments that symbolize the high point of Mughal architecture. In the 16th and 17th centuries, Agra was the capital of Mughal India where Babar, laid out the first formal Persian garden on the banks of the river Yamuna. The Red Fort was built by his grandson, Akbar while the successive kings built palaces, courts, mosques and gardens. Today, the Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend the day exploring the numerous sights of Agra and visit the Itmad-ud-Daulah tomb after lunch. Overnight, stay at the hotel. (Vehicle at Disposal)

DAY 04 Agra - Ranthambore. (B, L, D)

Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary - This Park is one of the leading examples of Project Tiger's conservation efforts in Rajasthan and is spread over an area of 392 sq kms of dense forests a perfect habitat for both carnivores and herbivores. The several valleys and flat hilltops form picturesque background of the 13th century historical Ranthambore Fort. The park is particularly famous for its tigers and is one of the best locations in India to see the majestic predators in its natural habitat. The tigers can be easily spotted even during the day time busy at their ordinary quest- hunting and taking proper care of their young ones. Other carnivores like Sloth Bear and Wild Boar, Scavengers like Hyena and Jackal and herbivores like Spotted Deer, Sambar, "Nilgai" (Blue Bull) Antelope, "Chinkara" (Indian gazelle) and the common Langur are a common in the park. The time spent here is priceless and worth enough to be explored at least once in a life. Stay at leisure for the rest of the day. Stay at the hotel overnight. (Vehicle for transfer only)

DAY 05 Ranthambore

After breakfast in the morning and lunch in the afternoon go for game drives in open shared jeeps/canter (jeeps are subject to availability). Stay at the hotel overnight. (No vehicle)

DAY 06 Ranthambore - Jaipur. (B,L,D)

In the morning jeep safari to the national Park to view wildlife and bird species then return to hotel for breakfast then drive to Jaipur and on arrival at Jaipur check-in at the hotel at Jaipur also known as the Pink City because of the pink colour of its buildings. Jaipur is one of the most attractive places in India, surrounded by great Rajasthani forts and the uneven Aravalli Hills. A carefully planned city where the width of the streets, pavements, heights of building to the division of blocks are geometrically harmonious and sound environmental and climatic considerations. The city was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh in 1727 is full of colour and passionate Rajput history. The vital part of the city centre are the traditional markets where you will find lively textiles and an endless collection of ornaments. You will be engrossed here in the bustling streets full of camel carts and cycle-rickshaws, that make Jaipur a stunning, energetic city like no other. Overnight, stay at the hotel. Rest a while at the hotel and take a trip to the captivating 'Village of Magicians'. The evening is at your leisure. Overnight, stay at the hotel. (Vehicle at Disposal)

DAY 07 Jaipur

After breakfast, go on a day-long excursion of Jaipur and Amber. After visiting the City Palace and the Hawa Mahal explore the ancient Amber Fort on an elephant back, (subject to availability) an unbelievable way to experience the overwhelming panorama of this delightful setting.. In the fort there lies Jai "Mandir" (Temple) with the world famous Sheesh Mahal, a hall full of mirrors. The walls and the ceiling of the Mahal are covered with a beautiful array of mirrors, which reflect any streak of light, so as to illuminate the entire hall. There is a break for lunch at one of Jaipur’s premier restaurants. Post-lunch visit will include the City Palace where there is former Royal residence built with a perfect blend of Rajasthani and Mughal style.In the palace there is a Museum with a fabulous collection of Rajasthani attires and Mughal and Rajput armoury including swords of various shapes and sizes with decorative handles, some decorated with jewels encased in superb scabbards. The palace also houses an art gallery having an exceptional assortment of miniature paintings, carpets, royal belongings and rare astronomical works. Jantar Mantar, the largest among Jai Singh's five notable observatories is adjoining to the City Palace. Also visit another major landmark of Jaipur - the Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds which was built in 1799. This five-storey building is a stunning example of Rajput artistry. It has pink semi-octagonal and delicately honey-combed sandstone windows originally constructed to let the ladies of the royal family observe the daily activities and processions of the city without being noticed. Stay overnight at the hotel after a luxurious Rajasthani Dinner.

DAY 08 Jaipur - Varanasi.

In the morning transfer to the Jaipur airport to board flight to Delhi and on arrival at Delhi and connect with your flight to Varanasi. You will have checked your bags through at Jaipur. You are greeted at the Varanasi airport and driven to your hotel where you are assisted with your check-in. Afternoon - join your Varanasi Tour Director and experience a city tour of Varanasi that includes visits to some of the ancient temples that lie along the banks of the holy river. You will walk through the narrow lanes and through the crowded bazaars to discover a way of life that has not changed much over the past few millennia. Sunset cruise on the Ganga - Two of the highlights of your time in Varanasi are the sunset and sunrise cruises on the Ganga. You can float your own oil lamps while you watch the ancient prayer and oil lamp ceremony at sunset. Your boat enables you to enjoy a great view of the hundreds of lamps as they are sent floating on the holy river. Varanasi is famous for silk weaving. A Note about Hotels in Varanasi & Khajuraho: Whilst we believe these destinations are truly unique and rank among the most noteworthy in all of Asia, the Hotels in these cities do not offer the same world class luxury offered at most destinations in India. At Varanasi (with one notable and expensive exception that is seldom available as it only has 4 rooms & 6 suites) and Khajuraho the options are very few. Easy Tours routinely monitors these establishments for changes in service standards, and our preferred hotels represent the best options available in each destination. For guests that require luxury in all their lodging we recommend that you select one of our other tours that does not visit these destinations.

DAY 09 Varanasi - Khajuraho - Panna.

Start your day with an early morning boat cruise on the Ganga. The best time to visit the Ghats is dawn as that is when the pilgrims take their morning dip. Later return to the hotel for breakfast and then transfer to the airport to take flight Khajuraho and on arrival strait drive to Panna. Located in the state of Madhya Pradesh, Panna National Park is at a distance of around 57 km from Khajuraho. Famed for its diamond industry, the area also houses a wide collection of wildlife species and is one of the most famous Tiger Reserves in the country. Well known around the world for its wild cats including tigers, deers and antelopes, the Panna National Park is open from 15th Oct till June. The rest of the day is free for you to spend at leisure. Overnight, stay at the hotel. (Vehicle for transfer only)

DAY 10 Panna - Bandhavgarh.

Enjoy the excitement of a game safari in the morning. Stroll around the hotel and explore the forest closely at mid-day or relax in the hotel. Arrive at Bandhavgarh where you are greeted by the hotel staff and then check-in to your jungle lodge. There is a break for lunch. Drive to Bandhavgarh in the morning and check-in at the hotel. The Bandhavgarh National Park spread over an area of 450 Sq Km, known for its wonderful array of flora and fauna is situated in the Vindhyan ranges and flanked by the Satpura hills on the eastern side. Besides being known as the real home of white tigers, it also provides shelter to several Indian wildlife species like Bison, Cheetals, Langurs and Sambars and sloth Bear. In the midst of Sal and Bamboo forests, you will find a massive sandstone cliff. In early mornings and afternoons, game safaris venture out on jeeps, though elephants are also available for short trips into the forest for close tiger sightings. You can also explore the temple in the park between game drives. This Park is open from Oct till June (subject to change). Overnight, stay at the hotel. (A Vehicle will be provided for transfer only)

DAY 11 Bandhavgarh

Enjoy the excitement of a game safari in the morning. Stroll around the hotel and explore the forest closely at mid-day or relax in the hotel. Go for another game safari drive in the afternoon. Overnight, stay at the hotel. (No vehicle).

DAY 12 Bandhavgarh

Continuing with the activities of the previous day, enjoy the excitement of a game safari in the morning. Stroll around the hotel and explore the forest closely at mid-day or relax in the hotel. Go for another game safari drive in the afternoon. Overnight, stay at the hotel. (No vehicle).

DAY 13 Bandhavgarh - Kanha.

Enjoy a wildlife safari into the park this morning. After this you will return to your lodge to freshen up, and check out. Proceed on the drive to Kanha National Park. It will take about 5½ hours to cover the distance between Bandhavgarh and Kanha. Kanha is one of India’s largest National Parks and many wildlife enthusiasts consider it to be Asia's finest Park. One of the India’s greatest conservation successes -saving the Barasingha (Swamp Deer) - was accomplished here. Kanha National Park covers an area of 1945 square kilometers, including a core zone of 940 square kilometers. The setting of Kipling’s ‘Jungle Book’, it is a beautiful area of forest and lightly wooded grassland with many streams and rivers. It is the home of a variety of animals including tiger, panther, and many species of deer, wild pig, bison, a variety of monkeys and other animals, as well as some 200 species of birds. It is also a part of ‘Project Tiger,’ one of India’s most important conservation efforts.

DAY 14 Kanha

Game drives are organized in the early mornings and late afternoons. You are taken in open jeeps and will be accompanied by a trained naturalist. Once a tiger is spotted in the jungle, the park staff relays the information to all the chauffeurs by radio, and then keeps track of the animal’s location.

DAY 15 Kanha

Enjoy morning and afternoon safaris into the park today.

DAY 16 Kanha - Tadoba

Enjoy a safari into the park in the morning, after which you will return to your lodge to freshen up & check out. A packed lunch will be provided for your journey. Proceed on the drive to Tadoba. Although a long drive (about 6 hours), much of this will take you through some heavily forested and other scenic areas of these rural and remote regions of Central India. Tadoba National Park is the oldest national park in the State of Maharashtra and since 1993, a Project Tiger Reserve. Tadoba-Andhari Tiger reserve has a total area of 625 square kilometers. Tadoba has around 50 tigers along with other rare Indian wildlife such as, Leopards, Sloth Bears, Gaur, Wild Dogs, Hyenas, Civet and Jungle cats, and many species of Indian deer like Sambar, Cheetal, Nilgai, and Barking Deer. You may also sight the rare Indian pangolin, which is now considered an endangered species. Tadoba Lake’s former breeding farm was responsible for saving the threatened Marsh Crocodiles, which were once common all over Maharashtra, as well as Python, and the Bengal Monitor Lizard. Tadoba is also an ornithologist's paradise with a varied diversity of raptors and aquatic birdlife. (NOTE: The accommodations at Tadoba are relatively basic, below our normal First Class level, however they are the best available.)

DAY 17 Tadoba

Enjoy morning and afternoon safaris into the Park today. (NOTE: Safaris closed on Tuesdays in Tadoba)

DAY 18 Tadoba - Nagpur - Bangalore

Enjoy a wildlife safari into the park this morning. After this you will return to your lodge to freshen up and relax for the rest of the morning. After breakfast drive to Nagpur for the evening non-stop flight to Bangalore and on arrival transfer to the hotel.

DAY 19 Bangalore - Nagarhole (Rajiv Gandhi National Park).

In the morning drive (approx 5 hours) to Nagarhole. Arrive at Nagarhole and check in at your lodge. Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary stretches over a series of gentle hills and valleys north of the river Kabini. This wildlife sanctuary is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The original forest was once a private hunting ground for the former Maharajas of Mysore. Later in 1955, this sanctuary was developed around a beautiful water reservoir which was formed after the construction of a dam on the Kabini River. Twenty years later, it was chosen as a national park. Enjoy an afternoon safari into the park. A trained naturalist will join you on your safari as you search for the elusive Tiger. Elephants in particular are seen the most, and they can be spotted enjoying their natural habitat at its best. Other large animals include spotted deer, sambar, barking deer, four-horned antelope, and wild boar. Evening - This evening you can stargaze or gather around the nightly bonfire and listen to the finest local naturalists spin yarns about Tiger and Elephant encounters!

DAY 20 Nagarhole

This morning you are greeted with tea or coffee before you prepare for your morning safari. You may also enjoy a nature walk through the Rosewood, Teak, Sandalwood and Silver Birch. Afternoon- After a relaxing lunch you will embark on your afternoon safari, followed by dinner and memories of the day’s adventure. Evening - Enjoy the activities around the hotel such as the wildlife movie and the campfire gathering and conversation that ranges from what other guests experienced on that day, to the resident naturalists accounts about their wildlife encounters.

DAY 21 Nagarhole - Bangalore

Enjoy your last safari into the park this morning. Return to your hotel to freshen up and check out. After breakfast drive to the Bangalore to board on evening flight for onward destination.

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