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Temple and Tiger Tour

18 Days / 17 Nights (0)
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  • North India


Destination

DELHI- AGRA- GWALIOR-ORCHHA- KHAJURAHO- BANDHAVGARH- KANHA- JABALPUR-BHOPAL- SANCHI – UJJAIN- MANDU- INDORE (DEPARTURE)

BEST TIME : OCTOBER TO APRIL

18 Days / 17 Nights
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Trip Highlights

A wonderful introduction to northern India combining history, culture, the mesmerizing Taj Mahal, stunning wildlife and the resplendent Golden Temple of Amritsar. This tour includes a number of game drives on the trail of the elusive tiger, plus the chance to spot other flora and fauna in India’s most revered National Parks. Tigers and Temples tour is an ultimate safari through four of the top National Parks in India. The temples and culture of the small cities, when combined with our wildlife tour, is the perfect way to explore India in depth for both culture and wildlife. One of our most popular safaris; a 18 day unique adventure of a lifetime.

HIGHTLIGHTS

Delhi: Old City Chandni Chowk, Jama Masjid, President House, Qutab Minar, Humanyun’s Tomb.
Agra: Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri.
Gwalior: Palace of Man Singh, The Teli Ka Mandir, Shiva Temple and the Gujar Mahal Museum.
Orcha: Jain Temple
Khajuraho: Western Temples
Bandhavgarh: Jungle Safari for Indian Tiger sighting
Kanha: Jungle Safari for Indian Tiger sighting
Jabalpur: Marbel Cliffs
Bhopal: Moti Masjid and Laxmi Narayan Temple
Sanchi: The Great Stupa, Ashoka Pillar
Ujjain: Jantar Mantar and Ganesh Mandir
Mandu: Jahaz Mahal, Hoshang Shah’s Tomb, Jami Masjid, Asharji Mahal and Hindola Mahal, Rupmati’s Pavilion, Baz Bahadur Palace, and Nikanth Mahal

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Day Wise Plan

DAY 01     ARRIVAL IN DELHI

Met on arrival at International airport and transfer to Hotel for check in. Overnight stay at your hotel.

Overnight Hotel- Delhi.

DAY 02     DELHI

Morning after a relaxed breakfast we will take you to a tour of Delhi.

Pulsing with energy and colour, Old Delhi is laced by a maze of narrow lanes, which twist and turn between the tall, leaning buildings. You will witness the hustle and bustle of thronged bazaars where you will experience the full sights, sounds and aromas indicative of the Indian sub continent. In Old Delhi you will visit the famous Red Fort surrounded by shops and bazaars, the Jama Masjid with its tapering minarets and wonderful marble domes and Chandni Chowk. In Old Delhi you will also have an opportunity to experience a rickshaw ride.

As a complete contrast, New Delhi stands in formal splendor. It is a city of wide boulevards that offers ever changing perspectives of Lutyen’s landscaped city. It is also a city known for its formal parks, magnificent Parliament Building, the Rashtrapati Bhawan (the official residence of the President of India in the 330 acres of land and designed by Sir Edwin Lutyen’s and India Gate. In New Delhi you will also visit Qutab Minar, the 72.5 meter high tower dating back to the 13th century, and Humanyun’s Tomb, which was built in the 16th century and architecturally considered the forerunner of the Taj Mahal.
Evening back to the hotel for overnight stay.

Overnight Hotel- Delhi.

DAY 03    DELHI-AGRA (205KMS/5HRS)

After breakfast we drive to Agra (Agra 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. It is very easy to slip away here through the centuries into the grandeur and intrigues of the Mughal court. Agra is an old city and it is said that its name was derived from Agrabana, a forest thats finds mention in the epic. In more recent times Agra came into prominence when Sikandar Lodi made it his capital city in 1501. Upon arrival check into your hotel.

Later visit The Agra Fort (Near the gardens of the Taj Mahal stands the important 16th-century Mughal monument known as the Red Fort of Agra. More often than not, the Agra Fort is overshadowed by the pristine beauty of the Taj, but for those looking for something beyond romance, the Agra Fort is worth seeing. Situated on the bank of river Yamuna, the Agra Fort today, stands as a citadel of the past that has witnessed centuries slip by).

Overnight hotel- Agra.

DAY 04: AGRA-GWALIOR (120KMS/3HRS)

Morning, you will proceed to Taj Mahal to enjoy its Sunrise View. (Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage. Defined as “A Tear on the Face of Eternity”, this white-splendored tomb was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his favourite wife, Arjumand Banu Begum, better known as Mumtaz Mahal (“Chosen of the Palace”). The unique moghal style architecture combines elements & styles of Persian, Central Asian, and Islamic architecture. Most striking are the black and white chessboard marble floor, the four tall minarets (40 m high) at the corners of the structure, and the majestic grand dome in the middle. On closer inspection, the lettering of the Holy Quran verses around the archways appear to be uniform. The lettering spacing and density has been customized to give this impression to the viewer. The impressive pietra dura artwork includes geometric elements & style, plants & flowers, which are common in Islamic architecture).

Later proceed for to Gwalior. On arrival check-in at hotel.

Afternoon sightseeing of Gwalior. This historically important city of the mighty fort, one of the most beautiful forts in India. Within the fort, the palace of Man Singh, the Teli Ka Mandir, Shiva Temple and the Gujar Mahal Museum. In the town the tomb of the musician Tansen.

Overnight Hotel- Gwalior.

DAY 05     GWALIOR – ORCHA (120KMS/4HRS)

Drive to Orcha. The still insignificant but very charming village by the river Betwa brings together a large number of different structures and styles. As you cruise through the beautiful landscape you have in Sonagiri. Here are many Jain temple from the 9th and 10th Century. For Jain ascetic saint pendants and this place is very important. They practice self-discipline and abstinence here. Drive to Orcha.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 06    ORCHA – KHAJURAHO (180KMS/5HRS)

Before you go for breakfast, you can take a short walk along the Betwa River and enjoy the beginning of the morning. Return to hotel for breakfast. You will then visit the small enchanting town with its many significant architectural remains. On the way to Khajuraho visiting the TARAgram project. Since 1996, this handmade paper is made. The project has developed techniques that resources are used efficiently and in an environmentally responsible manner. Arrival in Khajuraho.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 07     KHAJURAHO

The temples of Khajuraho are among the most important cultural monuments in India. They are important examples of Indo-Aryan architecture. Here you will find subjects such as dancers, musicians, peasants, kings, warriors, elephants also the erotic figures.Enjoy the tour of the very well-restored temples of the former Chandela empire-and let yourself be enchanted by this extraordinary architecture. Then visit a village or a school. In the evening, you are a guest of a classical dance performance.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 08     KHAJURAHO – BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK (275KMS/6HRS)

Drive to Bandhavgarh National Park. The park was established in 1968 and covers an area of 437 km ², which is mostly covered with deciduous forests, vast grasslands and bamboo woods. The park provides habitat for tiger, panther, leopard, bear, sloth, gaur, sambar deer, Langure, jungle cat, hyena, porcupine, jackal, fox, various bird species and many other species. Upon arrival at the park check-in at the resort. In the afternoon you go on your first jeep safari.

Overnight at the resort.

DAY 09     BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK

On the morning jeep safari. With a little luck you can make in the morning first acquaintance with the Bengal tiger.What a safari experience! Lunch time at the resort. Afternoon you will take a further game drive in the National Park.

Overnight at the resort.

DAY 10     BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK

Morning and afternoon safari. Noon rest and relax at the resort. Enjoy this resting phase.

Overnight at the resort.

DAY 11 BANDHAVGARH – KANHA (24KMS/5HRS)

In the morning again jeep safari in Bandhavgarh park then proceed to Kanha National Park (240 km), the second largest National Park in Madhya Pradesh, inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book. Kanha is one of the most scenic parks in India.

Overnight

DAY 12   KANHA

Morning and Aftern. are in turn jeep and elephant safaris in the park side of a considerable number of tigers and other wild animals here, such as bison, various species of deer, bears, porcupines, hyenas, and even leopards.

DAY 13     KANHA – JABALPUR (175KMS/4HRS)

Drive to Jabalpur (175 km), once the capital of the ancient Gondwana. This afternoon visited. The nearby marble cliffs, here the Narmanda River forms a deep canyon with multi-colored cliffs. At the end of the gorge is situated on a hill of Chausat Yogini temple.

Hotel in Jabalpur.

DAY 14     JABALPUR – BHOPAL (308KMS/6HRS)

Continue to Bhopal (308 km), Arrive Bhopal and visit Moti Masjid and Laxmi Narayan Temple.

Overnight stay in the hotel

DAY 15     BHOPAL – SANCHI – UJJAIN (188KMS/5HRS)

Drive to Ujjain (188 km)Ujjain, one of the holiest cities of Hindus (different temples and on the banks of the Shipra Badeghats River), en route, a stop at Sanchi famous for its stupas, monasteries, temples and pillars up to the 3rd vorchristl. Century decline. The Great Stupa is a highlight of early Buddhist architecture of the whole of India. The museum houses some interesting sculptures and excavation finds from Sanchi, etc. The Lion Capital of Ashoka Pillar..Arrive Ujjain and  visit Jantar Mantar & Bade Ganesh Ji Ka Mandir.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 16    UJJAIN – MANDU (154KMS/4HRS)

Continue Drive to Mandu ( 154 Km) Mandu, The call of Mandu is strongest when the monsoon clouds shower it with cooling water that turns it lush green. Situated on an outcrop of the Vindhyas, the hillfort is separated from the surrounding plateau by a deep ravine called Kakra Khoh, which encircles it on the east, west and north. The ruins are spread over an area of 21sq km.

DAY 17     MANDU

visit Jahaz Mahal, Hoshang Shah’s Tomb, Jami Masjid, Asharji Mahal and Hindola Mahal like Rupmati’s Pavilion, Baz Bahadur Palace, and Nikanth Mahal.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 18     MANDU – INDORE  (94KMS/4HRS)  INDORE – DELHI (BY FLIGHT)

After breakfast drvie to Indore, Upon arrival transfer to airport to board the flight for Delhi. Late evening transfer to airport for departure after midnight.

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