|Trip price||From $ 3155 USD|
|Group size||Minimum 4, maximum 14|
|Single supplement||From $ 900 USD|
Delhi – Orchha – Khajuraho- Panna- Bandhavgarh – Kanha – Agra –Bharatpur- Jaipur – Ranthambore – Delhi
This is the perfect trip for nature enthusiasts, with many opportunities to appreciate the rich diversity of India’s wildlife.
India is famous for its forests, wildlife, and the stunning Royal Bengal tigers. The tiger population plummeted from 35,000, at the beginning of the 20th Century, to fewer than 2,000 by the 1970’s. This decline prompted the passing of the Wildlife Protection Act, and now 42 reserves are in place to try to save the tiger population, but the struggle continues to protect these beautiful creatures.
Our tour starts in the heart of India, Delhi, then we go on to explore the hidden history of Orchha, admire the beautiful carving on the erotic temples of Khajuraho, and search for tigers in Panna and Bandhavgarh National Parks. In the forests of Kanha, we continue connecting with the nature and wildlife, then visit the symbol of love, the Taj Mahal, in Agra. After spotting the beautiful birdlife in Bharatpur, we explore the pink city of Jaipur. There’s another chance to discover wildlife at Ranthambore National Park before we finish the tour in Delhi.
Day 1 Delhi
India’s capital, Delhi, is a hub for politics, business, and culture. It is busy and chaotic, but always retains its charm. Historical sites, museums, religious places, and markets make this the perfect place to begin your travels in India.
The trip orientation will acquaint you with the details of your trip. Your sightseeing in this charming city includes a guided tour to some of Delhi’s exciting attractions such as India Gate, President’s House, and Humanyun’s tomb. If you wish to see more in your free time you can explore Kutub Minar, The Lotus Temple, The Gandhi Museum, Akshardham temple, or even discover the modern side of Delhi .
Day 2-3 Orchha
Travel to Orchha. For the next two days, breathe in the glorious history of Bundelkhand region, visit the beautiful Orchha Palace, and experience the Hindu rituals in the local temples. In your free time, you can explore the streets and markets, or go rafting, depending upon the season.
Day 4 Khajuraho
Drive to Khajuraho and explore the beautifully carved temples which tell the stories of Hindu gods, epics, and demonstrate the postures of the Kama Sutra. Take a brief miniature painting lesson with a local artist in your free time.
Day 5 Panna
A short ride from Khajuraho will take you to Panna tiger reserve. After lunch hop into a jeep and safari through the wilds of Panna National Park. The stay is in a jungle resort near the tribal villages; enjoy a sound sleep in the midst of beautiful nature.
Day 6-7 Bhandhavgarh
After a morning game ride in Panna, transfer to Bandhavgarh and stay in a nature resort for the next two nights. Bandhavgarh National Park has a very high density of tigers and there is a good chance of seeing them here. Hop into a jeep and discover a wide array of wildlife in this region including common langurs, spotted deer, blackbucks, sloth bears, sambar deer, barking deer, nilgai, and leopards. The park is also rich with bird life and bird watchers can enjoy seeing a variety of species here.
Day 8-9-10 Kanha
Journey to Kanha, through the beautiful countryside of Madhya Pradesh. Kanha is one of the largest wildlife parks of India, famous for its natural beauty and known as the inspiration of Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle book. Kanha has a big variety of bird life and many different species of mammals. There’s a good chance of spotting swamp deer, langurs, and jackals, and if you’re lucky you might also see Indian gaurs, leopards, mouse deer, and the majestic tigers. On day 10, we drive to the nearest train station in Jabalpur and catch an overnight train to Agra.
Day 11 Agra
You reach the Mughal city of Agra in the morning, a place of romance and beautiful architecture. You will have a guided tour of historical Agra Fort and a visit to the symbol of love, the Taj Mahal. In your free time you can explore Akbar’s tomb in Sikandra or visit the Baby Taj.
Day 12 Bharatpur
You enter in Rajasthan today and your first experience of this amazing landscape will be a cycle rickshaw ride in the famous Keoladev bird park which attracts the bird lovers from all over the world. Keep alert and spot a big variety of birds in this little world created for them.
Day 13-14 Jaipur
Step into Jaipur today, the capital of Rajasthan. Named the ‘Pink City’ after the colourful hues of its buildings, Japiur was the first planned city of India and is world famous for its beautiful architecture.
Walk through its narrow lanes and explore the colourful bazaars, sip a cup of Masala chai in a street shop, and pass through the ‘Palace of Winds’, Hawa Mahal, a five story old building with hundreds of windows. Visit the striking Amber Fort outside the city and admire the Jantar Mantar observatory which is a fascinating World Heritage site. If you are interested to do and see more, catch a Bollywood movie with the locals, visit the fascinating City Palace Museum, and explore the local markets which provide plenty of opportunities for souvenir shopping. If you are a foodie and wish to learn some Indian cooking skills, there is an option of learning to prepare delicious Indian food at a cooking class.
Day 15-16 Ranthambore
Travel to Ranthambore National Park. During the safari, keep your eyes peeled for wild animals and birds, and if you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of the famous Bengal tigers! Ranthambore was under Rajput warriors before it was captured by Muslim invaders, and the thousand-year old fort on the hilltop still narrates this history.
Day 17 Delhi
Arrive in Delhi and check in at the hotel. Have some rest and enjoy your free time with shopping, or explore New Delhi and visit some interesting sites.
Day 18 Departure
There are no planned activities today, but we will be happy to help you organize other activities and sightseeing. Please confirm check out time from hotel reception. If you wish to extend your stay in Delhi, additional accommodation can be arranged at the time of booking.
|Accommodations||3-4 star category hotels/Boutique hotels/forest lodges (16 nights)
All accommodations are on twin/Double sharing basis.
Extra charges are applicable for single supplement.
|Transport||Private AC taxi/coach, Safari jeeps/trucks, 2 Day trains (AC chair car), 1 overnight train (AC 2 or 3 tier), Cycle rickshaw, Auto rickshaw and foot.|
|Meals||17 Breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners|
|Arrival Departure||Included to and from Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi|
|Local Help||An Indian tour leader on the entire journey. An Organized, passionate and knowledgeable individual who is there to convert your travel into a memorable experience.|
|Anything which is not mentioned in the inclusions list will be paid by you, as passengers, such as International flights, valid travel insurance, visa fee, alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, meals not included in the itinerary, single supplement, pre- and post-accommodation, hotel extras (Laundry, mini bar, spa) , tipping, optional activities, camera fee at the monuments, additional transportation, etc.|
|Political disturbance, strikes, riots, evacuations, natural disasters, accidents, cancellations, delays, or rescheduling of trains/flights, etc. are some of the reasons which are beyond our control, thus Horizon Journeys will not be able to bear any expenses caused by any of the above reasons. In case any of the above situations occur, all expenses will be incurred by the passenger.|