Destinations Covered in this Wildlife Tour: Delhi – Jaipur – Ranthambhore (Sawai Madhopur) – Fatehphur Sikri – Agra – Bandhavgarh – Kanha – Jabalpur – Delhi
Day 01: Delhi
Upon arrival in Delhi at the international airport, you will be received by eLand Holidays representative Transfer to your pre-booked hotel.
Enjoy your stay in the comfortable room of the hotel for the overnight.
Day 02: Delhi to Jaipur
After a nutritious breakfast at the hotel, the sojourn will proceed towards the pink city – Jaipur. Jaipur’s past is never too far from hand. The city of victory, Jaipur presides over the fascinating desert state with its people surrounded by rugged hills, each crowned by a formidable fort. The palaces and forts of yesteryear that were witness to royal processions and splendor are now living monuments, accepted quite naturally into the lifestyles of the people of the “pink city”. There is a timeless quality to Jaipur’s bazaars and its people. With its historical past, Jaipur revives legends of the ancient Rajputs. The dresses of the women and the turbans of the men add color to this fascinating city.
On arrival at Jaipur visit the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Maotha Lake. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravalli hills and sprawling crenelated walls lattice the surrounding area. En-route to Amber you will stop and see the `Palace of Winds’, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It is really an elaborate facade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings on in the street below. It is extremely intricate in its pink sandstone carving. The cool wind blows through its facade of windows and latticed screens through which the queens of the court once viewed the streets of the city.
Overnight will be at the hotel.
Day 03: Jaipur to Ranthambore
After morning breakfast at the hotel, enjoy the city tour of Jaipur. Among the highlights to be seen while touring Jaipur include the City Palace, which is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armory, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings. Walk to the adjacent Jantar Mantar or Astronomical Observatory made by the Maharaja of Jaipur, built in 1726 and is one of the five such astronomical wonders built by Sawai Jai Singh and makes accurate predictions even to this day. You will also have the opportunity to wander about the local markets. Later in the afternoon you will be driven to Ranthambore (160 km/ 3.5 Hrs).
On arrival, check in at your pre booked hotel for overnight stay.
Day 04: Ranthambore National Park
The Ranthambore National Park is located in the district of Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan, India. The town of Sawai Madhopur is located at a distance of 14 km from the park. After early morning breakfast, get ready for a thrilling experience as you get a full day game viewing inside the jungle.
Well known for its tigers, Ranthambore National Park is blessed with species of Leopards, Striped Hyenas, Indian Wild Boar, Chinkara, Jackals, Indian Flying Foxes, Indian Foxes, Sloth bears, Sambar deer, Chital, Nilgai, Macaques, Small Indian Civets and Common mongoose. The reptile population of the park includes Snub Nosed Marsh Crocodiles, Desert Monitor Lizards, Tortoise, Banded Kraits, Cobras, Common Kraits, Ganga Soft Shelled Turtles, Indian Pythons, North Indian Flap Shelled Turtles, Rat Snakes, Russel’s Vipers, Saw-scaled Vipers and the Indian Chamaeleon.
Also visit Ranthambore Fort – No visit to the Ranthambore National Park is complete till the time visitors have explored the Ranthambore Fort which lies within the park premises itself. The fort was built around 8th century by the Chauhans and has numerous attractions in store.
Overnight will be spent at the hotel.
Day 05: Ranthambore National Park
The second day at Ranthambore will be much more exciting as you get to indulge yourself into bird watching. Due to its water bodies, Ranthambore National Park attracts a whole variety of birds, both resident and migrant. There are around 300 species of birds in the park including Parakeet, Myna, Barheaded Goose, Owl, Woodpecker, Kingfisher, Eagle, Partridge, Pigeon, Flycatcher, Hornbill, Cuckoo, Heron, Sparrow, Vulture and Falcon. Rest of the day will be at leisure.
Come back to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 06: Ranthambore – Agra
After breakfast, proceed towards your next destination, the city of love – Agra. On your way visit Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city, built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. It is complete with palaces and mosques and used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed. Now it is an extraordinary place to wander around with its buildings in near perfect condition.
Later proceed to Agra. Agra in terms of ambiance is still associated with its Mughal period. The Mughals besides being great rulers were also great builders and they preserved their best architectural wonders for Agra and its neighborhood. It has many wonderful monuments and the Taj Mahal, the greatest of them all, is a masterpiece of Mughal architecture. On arrival check in at your pre booked hotel
Day 07: Agra – Umaria
After breakfast at the hotel, proceed for the city tour of Agra. Visiting – Taj Mahal is everything that has been said about it and more. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, in mid 17th century, the Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world. Though the Taj appears to be amazingly perfect from almost any angle, it is the close-up marble inlay work, which is really astounding.
Also visit Agra Fort and Itimad –Ud-Daulah. Agra fort is an outstanding example of Mughal architecture. This was the seat of Mughal rule and administration and the present structure owes its origins to Akbar who erected the walls and gates and the first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River. Shah Jehan added the impressive quarters and the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts.
Itimad-ud-Daulah, the beautiful tomb of Mirza Ghiyath Beg was the first building to be constructed of pure marble in Mughal India. This two storey mausoleum is small but perfectly executed, with translucent stones etched into its walls and tracery work adding a delicate finishing touch.
You will be transferred by our representative to railway station to board train to Umaria. Overnight will be on train.
Day 08: Arrival in Umari/Bandhavgarh
On arrival at Umaria, you will be transferred to Bandhavgarh. Bandhavgarh National Park is spread across the Vindhya hills of Madhya Pradesh, over a coverage area of approximately 437 sq km. Check in at your pre booked lodge. Enjoy the breakfast and relax at the lodge as rest of the day will be at leisure.
Overnight will be spent at the lodge.
Day 09: Bandhavgarh
You will visit Bandhavgarh National Park which is a zenith as far as Tiger sightings are concerned. Spread over a vast area of 105 sq km, Bandhavgarh was declared a national park in 1968. The park has a huge breeding population of Leopards, and diverse species of deer. The highest density of Bengal tigers known in the world is found in Bandhavgarh. Tourists are restricted to an area of 105 sq km of the park, richest in terms of biodiversity and known as the Tala range. Magdhi, Kallwah, Khitauli and Panpatha are the other four ranges into which the park has been divided. The wide variety of wildlife, 22 species, seen in the Bandhavgarh National Park is sure to leave its visitors mesmerized. However, most of the tourists come here to watch the tiger in its full glory. The other wild animals that can be seen here include Common Langur, Rhesus Macaque, Sloth Bear, Striped Hyena, Leopard, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Nilgai, Chinkara, Small Indian Civet, etc.
Overnight will be at lodge
Day 10: Bandhavgarh
Morning and evening explore the Bandhavgarh national park on elephant back. Bandhavgarh National Park of India boasts of more than 150 species of birds. This includes the migratory birds, like steppe eagle, that come here in winter. The main bird species are those of White Bellied Drongos, Black And White Malabar Hornbills, Blossom Headed Parakeets, Gold Fronted Leaf Birds, Minivets, Paradise Flycatchers, Black Vulture, White-eyed Buzzard, Red Jungle Fowl, etc.
Come back to the lodge for overnight stay.
Day 11: Bandhavgarh to Kanha
Breakfast will be followed by drive to your next destination – Kanha, the largest National Park in Central India. Spread over an area of 1945 sq km, this park is a haven to tigers, leopards, swamp deer and birds.
Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book was inspired by the lush Sal and bamboo woods, grassy meadows and gorges of Kanha. On arrival check in at your pre-booked resort. Overnight will be at the hotel.
Day 12: Kanha
Enjoy delicious breakfast at the resort. Proceed for full day game viewing inside the jungle. The keystone species at Kanha is that of the majestic tiger. Besides the big cats and leopards, the forest houses carnivores like wild dogs, wild cat, fox and the jackal. The jungle commonly features spotted deer, sambar, barking deer, four horned deer. Outside the park boundaries, one can spot various species of nocturnal animals like fox, hyena, jungle cat, civets, porcupine, rattle or honey badger and hares.
After this wonderful expedition, come back to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 13: Kanha to Nagpur
Proceed for the morning safari after the breakfast at the hotel. Wander in the jungle that is abode to more than 600 species of flowering plants. Interspersed with meadows, the lowland forest is a mixture of Sal and other diverse forest trees. Post lunch proceed towards your next destination – Nagpur, the largest city of central India. In the 19th century, this city was dominated by the British who converted it into the capital of the Central Provinces and Berar. On arrival, check in at your pre booked hotel.
Relax and spend your overnight in hotel itself.
Day 14: Nagpur – Delhi
Morning breakfast will be followed by assisted transfer to airport by our representative. Catch flight to Delhi. On arrival, check in at your pre-booked hotel. Rest of the day will be at leisure. You can either relax or spend time at local markets. The glittering markets of old Delhi like Chandni Chowk, Meena bazaar etc. gives you plenty of options to shop for. Epicureans can savor on the lip smacking street food of these markets. The markets of New Delhi are stocked with clothes, accessories of latest fashion. Come back to the hotel for overnight.
Day 15: Delhi to Onward Destination
Proceed for a day tour of Delhi after breakfast.
Transfer to airport in time for flight home.