Wildlife Trips India
Duration : 14 Days
Destinations Covered : Mumbai, Nagpur, Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Umaria, Agra, Delhi
1st Day : Mumbai
In the morning arrive at the international terminal in Mumbai byan International flight. The representatives will transfer you to the hotel. Overnight in Mumbai. Situated on the western coast of India, Mumbai is best visited in the winter months from November to March. In the past Gateway of India used to be the arrival point for visitors from the west. Today the Gateway of India is synonymous with Mumbai. This landmark of Mumbai is a must visit of the city. It was built way back in 1911 to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary for the Delhi Durbar. For the historians a visit to the Prince of Wales Museum is a must.
2nd Day : Mumbai
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning: Visit the 19th century Jain Temple with its silver doors, the Kamala Nehru Park and the Ferozshah Mehta Gardens known as the Hanging Gardens of Bombay and the Towers of Silence where the Parsis dispose their dead. Visit Mani Bhavan where Mahatma Gandhi spent 17 years of his life working for the freedom of India. The Prince of Wales Museum has an excellent collection of miniatures (closed on Mondays). Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Mumbai.
3rd Day : Mumbai - Nagpur - Kanha
Morning departure transfer from the hotel to the airport to board flight to Nagpur. Meeting on arrival at Nagpur airport and drive to Kanha (275 kms / 7 hrs) Kanha, 175 kms southeast of Jabalpur, is one of India's largest national park and Asia's finest park. You will have a trip to India's one of the most successful conservation efforts of saving the Barasingha (Swamp Deer) . Kanha National Park covers an area of 1945 sq kms including a core zone of 940 sq kms. 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 besides some 200 species of birds. It is also part of 'Project Tiger,' one of India's most important and successful conservation efforts Overnight in Kanha.
4th Day : Kanha
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge. Wildlife Trips to the park are organized by The Park both in the early mornings and late afternoons by open jeeps and will be accompanied by a trained naturalist. Once the tiger is spotted anywhere in the jungle, through radio contact with the drivers, visitors will be driven to the location and then taken by elephant back to the actual site to see the tiger. This is an excellent arrangement and is very exciting. The park is closed between July 01 and October 31 owing to the monsoons. Morning and afternoon proceed on a game drive to the sanctuary. Overnight in Kanha.
5th Day : Kanha
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge. Morning and afternoon proceed on a game drive to the sanctuary. Overnight in Kanha.
6th Day : Kanha - Bandhavgarh
Breakfast at the lodge. After breakfast drive to a trip to Bandhavgarh National Park (325 kms). On arrival check in at the resort.
Some of the best species of the wild and the big cat are found in this jungle off Bbandhavgarh.And if one hasn't visited this paradise amidst the wild has definitely missed out on something.
7th Day : Bandhavgarh
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge. Morning and afternoon proceed on a game drive to the sanctuary. The Forest Department has devised an ingenuous system of tracking the tiger at this Park. Every day, early in the morning, elephants and their "Mahouts" (drivers) are sent out into the jungle, in search of the Tiger. Once it has been sighted, a radio message is flashed to the Forest Ranger, who in turn informs the visitors in their jeeps, who are then taken on elephant-back, into the bush, to see the elusive Tiger. Overnight in Bandhavgarh.
8th Day : Bandhavgarh
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge. Morning and afternoon proceed on a game drive to the sanctuary. Bandhavgarh is set amongst the Vindhya Hills of Madhya Pradesh and consists of a core area of 105 sq km and a buffer area of approximately 400 sq. km. Topography varies between steep ridges, undulating forest and open meadows, over half of the park is tree-covered. The ruins of the ancient fort from which this park derives its name provides a stunning backdrop. Scattered around the park are archaeological remains of the Kalchin period and numerous prehistoric caves. Overnight in Bandhavgarh.
9th Day : Bandhavgarh
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge. Morning and afternoon proceed on a Trip drive to the sanctuary. In addition to the tiger it is also possible to see chausingha (small four horned antelope), chinkara, nilgai, barking deer, leopard, sloth bear and rhesus macaque. Over 150 bird species are listed including Paradise Fly Catchers, Golden and Black Headed Orioles, Yellow Ioras, Purple Sunbirds and Red Vented Bulbuls. Since there are no large bodies of water, migrants are relatively few, there are many streams but few are permanent.Overnight in Bandhavgarh.
10th Day : Bandhavgarh - Umaria - Agra
Breakfast and Lunch at the Lodge. Morning proceed on a game drive to the sanctuary. Late afternoon drive to Umaria railway station (45 Kms) to board Kalinga Utkal Express to Agra. Board the train at 1930 hrs Overnight enroute on board the train.
11th Day : Arrive Agra
Arrival at Agra railway station at 0930 hrs.Meet up with the representatives and assistance on arrival at the railway station and transfer to the hotel. Agra is famous as the home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World - the Taj Mahal.
Sheer poetry in marble. Majesty and magnificence, unrivalled. Love redefined. The Taj Mahal, the one and only one of its kinds across the world. The monumental labour of love of a great ruler for his beloved queen. The ultimate realisation of Emperor Shahjahan's dream. One of the wonders of the world. From 1631 A.D., it took 22 years in the making. An estimated 20,000 people worked tocomplete the enchanting mausoleum, on the banks of the Yamuna in Agra.
Fatehpur Sikri - This exquisite city built by Akbar the Great in 1569, in red sandstone, with its forts, palaces and mosques was abandoned 14 years after its creation due to political reasons. The Diwan-i-am - a vast courtyard in which the emperor gave daily public audience; Diwan-i-khas - a large quadrangle which contained all the major functions of the Palace, Pachisi court, the Emperors private living quarter, Jodha Bhai's Palace, Mariam's Palace, Birbal's Palace, Hawa Mahal and Panch Mahal are some of the important buildings of this residential complex. The Friday Mosque and the exquisite tomb of Sheik Salim Chisti are in thereligious grounds set aside in a separate enclosure adjacent to the secular buildings. Overnight in Agra.
12th Day : Agra - Delhi.
Morning: Proceed on a city tour of Agra. Visit the Agra Fort, built by three Mughal Emperors starting from Akbar the Great in 1565 AD, which is a masterpiece of design and construction.
New Delhi, the capital and the third largest city of India is a fusion of the ancient and the modern. Standing along the West End of Gangetic Plain, the capital city, Delhi, unwinds a picture rich with culture, architecture and human diversity, deep in history, monuments, museums, galleries, gardens and exotic shows. Comprising of two contrasting yet harmonious parts, the Old Delhi and New Delhi, the city is a travel hub of Northern India. Narrating the city's Mughal past, Old Delhi, takes you through the labyrinthine streets passing through formidable mosques, monuments and forts. You will also discover lively and colorful bazaars that boast to cater all sorts of good and items at mind-blowing prices amidst a barely controlled chaotic ambience. The imperial city of New Delhi displays the finely curved architecture of British Raj. It generates a mesmerizing charm reflecting well-composed and spacious streets under the shade of beautifully lined avenues of trees and tall and imposing government buildings.
13th Day : Delhi
Morning: Proceed on a tour of Delhi.
Red Fort (Lal Qila) The red sandstone walls of Lal Qila the Red Fort extend for two km and vary in height from 18 m from the river side to 33m on the city side. Shah Jahan started construction of the massive fort in 1638 and it was completed in 1648. The Red Fort dates from the very peak of the Mughal Power. When the emperor rode out on elephant- back into the streets of Old Delhi. It was a display of pomp and power at its most magnificent . Today the fort is typically Indian with would be guides leaping forth to offer their services as soon as you enter. The Yamuna river used to flow right by the eastern edge of the fort and filled the 10 cm deep moat.Now the river isabout 1 km to the cast and the moat is empty.
Jama Masjid The great mosque of Old Delhi is both the largest in India and the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan. It has three great gateways, four angle towers and two minarets standing 40 km high and constructed of alternating vertical strips of red sandstone and white marble. The eastern gateway was originally opened for the emperor and is now only open on Fridays and Muslim festival days. The courtyard of the mosque can hold 25,000 people. It is possible to climb the southernminaret. The views in all directions are superb, Old Delhi, the Red Fort and the Polluting factories beyond it across the river and New Delhi to south.
Afternoon: Visit the city of New Delhi visiting the Qutab Minar, a Tower of Victory, built in the 12th century by Qutb-ud-din Aibak. Within its spacious courtyard stands the Iron Pillar, which dates back to the 4th century AD and bears a Sanskrit inscription in the Gupta style. The pillar has puzzled scientists, as its iron has not rusted in all these centuries. The tomb of Humayun - the magnificent structure in red sandstone and white marble is one of the finest examples of the garden tomb, and a precursor to the Taj Mahal. Its proportionate spaces, double dome and refined elegance are characteristic of Mughal architecture. Also visit India Gate, the memorial of the First World War and drive along the road that leads from there to Rashtrapathi Bhawan - the residence of the President of India which is flanked by the houses of Parliament and the Government Secretariat buildings.
FAREWELL DINNER at a nice restaurant in the town at night. After Dinner, transfer to the international airport to board the flight back home.
14th Day : Departure Delhi
Leave Delhi by an International flight.