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North India Travel --» On the Footsteps of the Tiger

On the Footsteps of the Tiger

Duration: 18 nights/19 days

Destinations Covered: Delhi - Sawai Madhopur - Ranthambore - Jaipur - Agra - Umaria - Bandhavgarh National Park - Kanha National
                                               Park - Pench National Park - Nagpur - Delhi

Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Arrival at Delhi and you will be received by the company officials of Nature Safari and checked into the hotel. Stay at hotel Hans Plaza for two nights (First class modern hotel).

Day 2: Delhi
Delhi is distinctively decided into old and New Delhi that has the tastes that will suit every individual who visit this magnificent capital. Enjoy a sightseeing of Old Delhi in the morning. (Including the Red Fort, Jama Masjid and the bazaars of Chandni Chowk)

Enjoy a sightseeing of New Delhi in the afternoon. (Including the Qutub Minar, Humayun's tomb and Lutyen's buildings)

Day 3: Delhi - Sawai Madhopur - Ranthambore
Morning assisted and transferred to the rail terminal to board your train to Sawai Madhopur.

Delhi - Sawai Madhopur - Golden Temple Mail - (second air-conditioned sleeper class) - 0715:131

It is an approximate 30 mins drive to the Ranthambore national reserve from Sawai madhopur. You will be checked into the Tiger Den for 03 nights. Wildlife Resort

In the afternoon enjoy a game drive inside the park.

Day 4: Ranthambhore
With an area of 400 sq. km encompassing rocky hill crests which descend to open valleys between the Aravalli and Vindhya ranges, dotted with water pools and fruit trees, this park gets its name from the thousand year old fortress, which looms above the forest. Well known for the diurnal activity of tigers, Ranthambore is a very special and unusual area where a natural presentments a historical past. Sambhar, cheetal, chinkara, nilgai and langoor. The elusive leopard and tigers are found in this reserve with tourists standing a very good chance of seeing tigers during the day. Dotted across the landscape are the crumbling ruins of its past glory, be it chhatris or cupolas, like palaces of old guard posts, all of which reinforce the magical and ethereal quality of this great wilderness.

Lunch at the lodge. After lunch, proceed on a game drive into the National Park

Day 5: Ranthambhore
Enjoy a game drive early in the morning. Return to your lodge for breakfast. Visit the Ranthambhore Fort, and the Ranthambhore School of Art. In the afternoon enjoy a game drive.

Day 6: Ranthambore - Jaipur
Enjoy a game drive early in the morning. Return to your lodge for breakfast.

Travel by car to Jaipur (180 kilometers, approximately 3 ½ hours driving distance) Stay at the Samode Haveli for two nights. (Standard Grade Royal Residence)

Day 7: Jaipur
Jaipur, the vibrant capital of Rajasthan is popularly known as the pink city because of the pink colored buildings in its old city. It sits on a dry lakebed in a somewhat arid landscape, surrounded by barren hills surmounted by forts and crenellated walls. This buzzing metropolis is certainly a place of wild contrasts and a feast for the eyes. Vegetable laden camel carts thread their way through streets jam packed with cars, rickshaws, bicycles and pedestrians frantically dodging the crazy traffic. Traditionally dressed Rajput men sporting bright turbans and swashbuckling moustaches discuss village politics outside restaurants serving spaghetti and American ice cream sodas. Jaipur has long outstripped the confines of its city walls and is today amongst the most tumultuous and polluted places in Rajasthan. Despite this, it seldom disappoints first time visitors.

Morning enjoy an excursion to Amber Fort which is ascended on elephant back.

Enjoy a sightseeing of the city in the afternoon. (It includes Sawai Man Singh Museum, Jantar Mantar - Observatory, Hawa Mahal and the colourful bazaar of the Pink city)

Day 8: Jaipur - Agra

Travel by car to Agra (237 kilometres, approximately 5-6 hours of driving distance) visiting the Deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri enroute. Stay at hotel for one night. kms from Agra is built a city predominantly in Red Sandstone and is called Fatehpur Sikri. The Mughal Emperor, Akbar, built this town. He had planned this city as his capital but shortage of water compelled him to abandon the city. After this within 20 years, the capital of Mughals was shifted to Lahore.

Fatehpur Sikri was built during 1571 and 1585. Today this ghost city has a population of about 30,000. This deserted city has retained many of the old structures, because of the efforts of the Archaeological department.

Fatehpur Sikri is one of the finest examples of Mughal architectural splendour at its height. Though the city is in ruins, it is a place to visit if one comes to Agra.But in real terms Fatehpur Sikri is a place where one should spend some time. The sunset over the ruins is sight to cherish. & Hindu architecture.

Day 9: Agra - Umaria
Enjoy a sightseeing of the city in the morning. (Including the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and the tomb of Itamud-ud-daula) Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.

Later in the afternoon assisted transfer to the Agra rail terminal in time to connect your overnight train to Umaria.

Agra - Umaria - Kalinga Utkal Express (second air-conditioned sleeper class) board the train at 1550hrs, overnight in air-conditioned sleeper class train, arrive Umaria at 0616hrs.

Day 10: Umaria - Bandhavgarh National Park

Arrive Umaria at 0616 hours in the morning.You will be met upon arrival by the company officials and transferred to Bandhavgarh (32 kilometres, approximately 1hour driving distance)

Stay at Tiger Den Resort for three nights. Wildlife resort.

Afternoon enjoy a game drive in the National Park. The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is relatively high. The possibility of spotting Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Leopard and Tiger is very good. The park is also densely populated with animals like the Chital (Spotted Deer), Sambhar, Barking Deer, Nilgai (Blue Bull), Chowsingha(Four Horned Antelope) and is rich in bird life. The terrain is rocky, rising sharply from the swampy and densely forested valley. The finest of these hills is Bandhavgarh, which is bounded by great cliffs and eroded rocks. The Bandhavgarh Fort,believed to be 2000 years old, stands at the highest point. There is a temple at the fort that can be visited by jeeps.rhino.jpg Scattered throughout the park, particularly around the fort, are numerous caves containing shrines with ancient Sanskrit inscriptions. The ramparts of the fort provide a home for vultures, blue rock thrushes and crag martins.

Day 11: Bandhavgarh National Park
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.

Enjoy full day of jungle activities.

(Including a game drive and an elephant safari)

Day 12: Bandhavgarh National Park

Enjoy full day of jungle activities. (Including a game drive and an elephant safari)

Day 13: Bandhavgarh National Park
Enjoy full day of jungle activities. (Including a game drive and an elephant safari)

Day 13: Bandhavgarh National Park - Kanha National Park
After breakfast drive to Kanha (250 kms/6 hrs) Upon arrival at Kanha - check in hotel Kanha National Park - ideally situated in the sylvan surroundings of Satpura Hill ranges, Kanha National Park has a core area of 940 sq. km. Tropical semi-evergreen forests of this tract is quite rich in wild fauna which provide plentiful food for carnivore as well as herbivore. Gaur are also common at Kanha, they inhabit the dense under growth at higher elevation. Other mammals are the sloth bear, wild boar, musk shrew, blue bull, sambar deer, palm squirrel and more than 150 species of birds. Lunch at the hotel. Late afternoon, game viewing in the sanctuary by jeeps. Overnight at hotel.

Day 14: Kanha
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge. Morning and afternoon proceed on a game drive to the sanctuary. Overnight in Kanha.

Day15: Kanha
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge. Morning and afternoon proceed on a game drive to the sanctuary. Overnight in Kanha.

Day 16: Kanha - Pench
Early morning game viewing in the sanctuary by jeeps. Return to hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, drive by car to Pench National Park (185 kilometers, approximately 4 hours driving time). Check into Pench Jungle Camp for three nights.

Day 17: Pench National Park
Pench, setting of Kiplings Jungle Book, it is a beautiful area of forest and lightly wooded grassland with many streams and Pench river. It is the home of a variety of animals including tiger, panther, and many species of deer, wild boar, bison, wild dogs, a variety of monkeys and other animals besides some 250 species of birds. It is also part of Project Tiger, one of India’s most important and successful conservation efforts. Enjoy full day of jungle activities. (Including a game drive and an elephant safari)

Day 18: Pench National Park

Enjoy full day of jungle activities, including Boating in Pench river, walking safari, try your hand at Golf in The Park premises. (Including a game drive and an elephant safari)

Day 19: Pench National Park - Nagpur - Delhi

Morning after breakfast travel by car to Nagpur (95 kilometers, approximately 2 hours driving distance) to board your flight to New Delhi. Arrival and transferred to your hotel Ashok Country Resort for the day before you leave for your respective homes.

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