Big 5 Wildlife Tour

Introduction

Far Horizon welcomes you to a specially designed tour of India's national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. With its huge and varied landmass and vegetation, India is home to a large variety of wildlife with some of the finest game parks and tiger reserves. India has about four hundred species of mammals and 1300 species of birds. It is the only country to have the Asiatic Lion and is home to about 65% of the world's tigers and 85 % of the world's Asian one horned rhinos. We have specially designed this tour to include national parks, wildlife sanctuaries as well as places rich in history and culture such as Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and Khajuraho. It also offers you an introduction to the rustic rural life in Kalakho and an interaction with the colorful Meena tribe to truly Experience the Living Cultures of India.

Tour Highlights

  • Thrill of seeing the Royal Bengal Tiger, Lion, Single Horne Rhino, Asiatic Wild Elephant and Leopard in the Wild
  • Explore three Metro Cities of India i.e Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata
  • Visit the Unesco World Heritage Sites
  • 10 Exclusive Safaris in the 3 major National Parks of India
  • Explore the City of Lakes "Udaipur" 

Destinations Covered

Detailed Itinerary

  1. Day 1 Arrive Kolkata

    Kolkata

    After clearing immigration and customs, we step into the receiving area where we will be met by our representative and transferred to the hotel.

    Arrive and check-in to the hotel.

    Overnight at the Hotel (No Meal)

  2. Day 2 Kolkata

    Kolkata

    Today after breakfast we will start our day with the visit of British Colonial Area, during the British Era from 1700 to 1912, when Kolkata (then known as Calcutta) was the capital of British India, Kolkata witnessed a spate of frenzied construction activity of buildings largely influenced by the conscious intermingling of Neo-Gothic, Baroque, Neo-Classical, Oriental and Islamic schools of design. Unlike many north Indian cities, whose construction stresses minimalism, the layout of much of the architectural variety in Kolkata owes its origins to European styles and tastes imported by the British and, to a much lesser extent, the Portuguese and French.

    Then visit the Howrah Bridge, this amazing feat of engineering is similar in size to Australia’s Sydney Harbour bridge. It is considered the busiest bridge in the world and everything from pedestrians to bullock carts to push carts to automobiles to bicycles cross every day and the eastern India’s largest flower market with hundreds of stalls and vendors sitting on the ground. Approximately 2000 flower growers from the surrounding areas come daily to sell their flowers and during the wedding season and festivals, that number probably doubles.

    Thereafter, visit the Victoria Memorial (Closed on Monday). This marble-white monument is one of the most fascinating landmarks of Kolkata. Here, we will come face to face with miniature paintings and images of Queen Mary, King George V and Queen Victoria. Of special importance are the Queen's dresses, the famous Rosewood piano, the Whispering Gallery in the dome and numerous artillery weapons used in the Battle of Plassey.

    Wrap up your day with the visit of Indian Coffee House. Situated in the academic hub of Kolkata, the College Street, the Indian Coffee House has become a favourite destination for hangouts not only for the students of nearby schools and colleges but also the office goers and intellectuals of Kolkata. The history of Coffee House dates back to around 300 years when it was the residence of the great Bengali Philosopher and social reformer Shri Keshab Chandra Sen. Later this place was dedicated to Prince Albert Victor of Wales and was named "Albert hall". During the freedom struggle many swadeshi meetings were held here. In the year 1942, the Coffee Board decided to start a coffee joint from the Albert Hall, and after independence in 1947, the Central Government changed the name to “Indian Coffee House”. In 1958 the management decided to shut down the Coffee House, but the workers association decided to run this place on their own and since then the "Indian Coffee House" is being run by the "India Coffee Board Worker's Co-operative Society Ltd". In the year 1994 The Supreme Court of India recognized Coffee House as a cultural center of India and declared it a Heritage building.

    Overnight at Hotel (B)

  3. Day 3 Kolkata – Guwahati – Kaziranga National Park

    Kaziranga National Park

    Fly to Guwahati in the morning and drive further to Kaziranga National Park, a home to one-horned Indian Rhino, tiger, deer, Asiatic buffalos and rich variety of avifauna.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B)

  4. Day 4 Kaziranga National Park

    Kaziranga National Park

    The most prized inhabitant of Kaziranga is the Greater One-Horned Indian Rhinoceros, but the Park is home to as many as 180 different mammals including wild elephant, tiger, deer, Asiatic wild buffalo and a rich variety of birds. We reach the Kohora Mihimukh range of the National Park and are ready to start our morning adventure.

    An elephant-back safari is an experience, to search for the elusive rhinoceros, tigers, swamp deer, hog deer and more besides a large number of very interesting birds. The park never ceases to surprise its visitors!!! (Elephant safari is subject to availability)

    After breakfast at a resort in Kaziranga, we drive on to Bagori, the Western Range of Kaziranga and get into the open jeeps for some more wildlife adventure and an extensive coverage of this magnificent park.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, L, D)

  5. Day 5 Kaziranga National Park – Guwahati – Delhi

    Delhi

    Drive to Guwahati airport to board your flight to Delhi, a beautiful blend of medieval and modern.

    On arrival, check-in to the hotel.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B)

  6. Day 6 Delhi

    Delhi

    Today morning proceed to explore the Old Delhi.

    On the tour of “Old Delhi,” you will head out to explore this exotic locale with its narrow dirt roads, myriads of people and inexpensive and colourful bazaars that keep alive the traditional workmanship for which Delhi has always been famous. Drive past the Red Fort, and visit the Jama Masjid, one of the largest Muslim mosques in India. A bicycle rickshaw would take you into the heart of Chandini Chowk (the silver square - so named because of the silver merchants).

    We then drive to the outskirts of New Delhi to explore Qutub Minar, on the way our guide will point out the Raj-era architecture in the city centre, including the renowned India Gate and Edwin Landseer Lutyens’ and Herbert Baker’s monumental governmental building on Raisina Hill.

    Qutub Minar, a victory minaret built by the first invading Persian, Qutab-ud-din, a millennium ago in South Delhi. One of Delhi’s most visited and striking monuments, the 72-meter (230 feet) high tower which majestically over the wide plains of Delhi. Beautiful calligraphy adorns the magnificent tower, which is covered with intricate carvings and deeply inscribed verses from the Koran. The first three stories are made of red sandstone, the fourth and fifth of marble and sandstone. The tower marked the eastern extremity of the Islamic faith.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B)

  7. Day 7 Delhi – Nagpur – Tadoba National Park

    Tadoba National Park

    After breakfast, transfer to Delhi airport to connect with flight to Nagpur.

    Once you arrive at Nagpur, take a drive to reach Maharashtra's oldest and largest National Park, the "Tadoba National Park", also known as the "Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve" is one of India's 47 project tiger reserves existing in India. 

    Arrival and check-in to the hotel.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B)

  8. Day 8 Tadoba National Park

    Tadoba National Park

    Explore the national park by morning and afternoon game drives.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, L, D)

  9. Day 9 Tadoba National Park

    Tadoba National Park

    Tadoba is less commercialized than other leading parks in India and still has a pristine ecosystem. Major flora include: Bamboo, Teak, Ain, Bija, Dhauda, Haldu, Salai, Semal, and Tendu. Bamboo and Teak dominate the tropical dry deciduous flora of this land. Scattered throughout are the lovely kusums and flowering silk cottons, which bloom from late winter to spring. But very unique to Tadoba, and a photographer’s delight, are the ‘ghost trees’ which are very large and have completely white bark!

    Another special treat at Tadoba is the chance to see sloth bears sleeping peacefully near a waterhole after having their fill of the creamy white flowers off the mahua tree. Once the sweet juices of the tree are digested, it generates alcohol!

    Explore the national park by morning and afternoon game drives.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, L, D)

  10. Day 10 Tadoba National Park – Nagpur – Mumbai

    Mumbai

    Today early morning with packed breakfast we leave for Nagpur airport to connect with flight for Mumbai.

    On arrival, check-in to the hotel and rest of the day is free at leisure.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B)

  11. Day 11 Mumbai

    Mumbai

    After breakfast, we begin our sight-seeing at the waterfront Gateway of India, an impressive 85-feet high arch built by the British in 1924 to serve as a ceremonial entrance to the country. When India gained its independence in 1948, the last British battalion formally passed through the Gateway.

    From here take a boat to visit the Elephanta caves (Closed on Monday) which are declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the 6th century A.D. It was the Portuguese who named the caves after the statue of an elephant which is seen close to the landing area. These caves were carved out from a single rock. The most striking statue of Trimurti, Shiva in the three moods as the Creator, the Destroyer and the Preserver is a masterpiece by itself.

    Return to the city and visit the Prince of Wales Museum. Founded in the early years of the 20th century, it houses approximately 50,000 exhibits of ancient Indian history as well as objects from foreign lands, categorized primarily into three sections: Art, Archaeology and Natural History. The Museum houses Indus Valley Civilization artefacts, and other relics from ancient India. (Closed on Mondays and national holidays)

    Visit from outside, the impressive Town Hall, the most majestic structures among the other heritage buildings in the city of Mumbai. Another wonderful Gothic building is the Chhatrapati Sivaji Terminus, constructed on the site from which, in 1854, ran the first train in India. Designed by William Stevens and completed in 1887, the building looks more like a lavishly decorated palace than something as mundane as a train station.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B)

  12. Day 12 Mumbai – Diu – Gir National Park

    Gir National Park

    In the morning fly to Diu, where a drive takes you to Sasan Gir National park, known for its population of Asiatic Lions and other animals like wild boars, deer and many more.

    Arrive and check-in to the hotel. Evening is free at leisure.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B

  13. Day 13 Gir National Park

    Gir National Park

    Explore the national park by morning and afternoon game drives.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, L, D)

  14. Day 14 Gir National Park - Diu - Mumbai

    Mumbai

    Drive to Diu airport to board your flight to Mumbai.

    Arrive and check-in to the hotel. Evening is free to explore on own.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B)

  15. Day 15 Mumbai - Udaipur

    Udaipur

    Morning fly to Udaipur, known as the Venice of the East, the city of lakes and one of India’s most romantic destinations. 

    Enjoy the pleasant boat ride on the Lake Pichola in the evening.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B)

  16. Day 16 Udaipur

    Udaipur

    Today morning post breakfast, visit the Jadish Temple, the largest and most venerated temple in Udaipur. Built in 1651 A.D. by Maharaja Jagat Singh, the temple is decorated with friezes and enshrines a black stone image of Vishnu.

    Walk about the Garden of Maidens (Sahelion Ki Bari), which consists of an ornamental lotus pool with delicately carved cenotaphs of black and white marble and soapstone.

    Later you can explore Maharajah’s City Palace, an imposing edifice of granite and marble, standing atop a ridge overlooking the blue waters of Lake Pichola and the exquisite Lake Palace.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B)

  17. Day 17 Udaipur - Jawai Bandh

    Jawai Bandh

    After breakfast, take a drive to Jawai Bandh, heart of an untrammelled wilderness, where leopards roam wild and free.

    Arrive and check-in to the hotel.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B)

  18. Day 18 Jawai Bandh

    Jawai Bandh

    This morning proceed for a thrilling experience of spotting Leopard; take in the breath-taking natural beauty of the rocky outcrops and surrounding Jawai Lake as the palette of colours change during sunrise and sunset. The other animals that could be spotted are wolves, hyenas, nilgai, sloth bear, jackals, hanuman langurs, crocodiles, pythons, chinkara antelopes and jungle cats. Over 207 species of birds visit Jawai area throughout the year, the winter months are especially good for sighting the migratory water birds and demoiselle cranes.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, L, D)

  19. Day 19 Jawai Bandh - Udaipur - Mumbai / Departure

    Mumbai

    After breakfast, drive to Udaipur airport to board your flight to Mumbai. Arrive Mumbai and connect with flight to onwards destination.

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