The Ultimate Wildlife Tour

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Introduction

This program combines the amazing living jungles of India with the bird sanctuary of Keolado Bird Sanctuary at Bharatpur. Going deeper into the wilderness of the Jungle Book of Rudyard Kipling where stories of Mowgli's jungle adventures abound. Mowgli's Trails of the Jungle Book takes you through the Panna National Park, the Bandhavgarh National Park and the Kanha National Park where the fierce Royal Bengal Tiger - Sher Khan roars and Bhalu, the Sloth Bear protects Mughli. Combining this amazing wilderness with a visit to the ancient capital of India - Delhi, the Wonder of the World - The Taj Mahal, the Erotically Carved Temples of Khajuraho and the Victorian Kolkata, gives an amazing insight into the cultures of India. End with the Rhino Trails at the Kaziranga National Park, which is the greatest abode of Rhinos in the World with over 2,400 single horned rhinos roaming the grasslands of just this one national park. 

Tour Highlights

  • Sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi
  • Two visits of Keoladeo National Park (Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary)
  • Sightseeing tour of Agra
  • Train ride from Agra to Jhansi
  • 2 Exclusive Jeep Safaris at Panna National Park
  • Sightseeing tour of Khajuraho
  • 3 Exclusive Jeep Safaris at Bandhavgarh National Park
  • 2 Exclusive Jeep Safaris at Kanha National Park
  • Sightseeing tour of Kolkata
  • 1 Elephant Safari at Kaziranga National Park
  • 2 Exclusive Safaris at Kaziranga National Park

 

Destinations Covered

Detailed Itinerary

  1. Day 1 Arrive Delhi

    Delhi

    After clearing Customs and Immigration, step into the receiving area, where our representative will meet you and escort you to the hotel. On arrival, check into the Hotel and relax for the day.

    Overnight at hotel (No Meals)

  2. Day 2 Delhi

    Delhi

    Delhi is a dynamic city where the past coexists with the present. While historic evidence shows that the area around Delhi was first occupied around 2,500 years ago, Hindu mythology predates that by another 500 years. The British captured the city in 1803 and when they decided to make it the capital of India in 1911, they commissioned Sir Edwin Lutyens to draw up the plans. The result is slightly surprising with spacious tree-lined avenues punctuated with architecture which is among the most striking in the world.

    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 colorful bazaars that keep alive the traditional workmanship for which Delhi has always been famous.

    Drive past Red Fort and visit the Jama Masjid, one of the largest Muslim mosques in India. A bicycle rickshaw will take you into the heart of Chandni Chowk (the silver square - so named because of the silver merchants).

    Drive past India Gate, a 42-metre archway built in memory of Indian soldiers killed during the First World War and Rashtrapati Bhawan, built in the early 20th century as the Imperial residence of the Viceroy. Today, it is the official residence of the President of India.

    Thereafter, visit the most prominent Sikh Gurdwara, or Sikh house of worship, in Delhi. It was originally a bungalow belonging to Raja Jai Singh, a 17th century Indian ruler. It is open to people of all faiths, castes or creeds. The premises house a sacred pond in which devotees bathe. They believe that this would wash off their misdeeds and thus allow them to attain peace of mind. The 'Langars' or the community kitchen proves to be the ideal example of prodigious hospitality of the Sikhs. Anyone and everyone can have scrumptious meal irrespective of caste, color or class.

    Conclude the day by visiting the Delhi's most striking monument, The Qutub Minar, which looms majestically across the wide plains of Delhi, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was constructed in 1192 by Qutub-Ud-Din Aibak. Built in red sandstone and marble, it has a height of 72.5 meters (237.8 ft) and contains 379 stairs. A Soaring conical tower, it is an exquisite example of Indo-Islamic Afghan architecture and is the tallest minaret in India.

    Lunch & Dinner on own

    Overnight at hotel (B)

  3. Day 3 Delhi to Bharatpur by road (222kms / 4.5hours drive)

    Bharatpur

    Today, after breakfast checkout from the hotel and proceed towards Bharatpur. On arrival at the hotel, check-in and relax for the afternoon.

    Post lunch, visit Keolada National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage site – this is the premiere bird sanctuary in India. Keoladeo National Park is a vast bird sanctuary and former royal game reserve in the north Indian state of Rajasthan. South of the ancient city of Bharatpur, the park’s woods and man-made wetlands protect over 350 species of migratory and resident birds, including herons, cormorants and eagles. It was declared a protected sanctuary in 1971.

    Explore the park on the back of a cycle rickshaw or you can walk around. Return to your hotel later in the evening.

  4. Day 4 Bharatpur to Agra by Road (60kms/1hour drive)

    Agra

    Early this morning you have an option to visit the Bird Sanctuary again. The park is most famous for its species of birds, including Cranes, Spoonbills, Herons, Pelicans and the rare Siberian Cranes. Every year thousands of migratory waterfowl visit the park for breeding etc. It is also an excellent place to watch mammals like Golden Jackal, Striped Hyena, Fishing Cat, Jungle Cat, Nilgai, Sambar and wild Boar.

    After breakfast, checkout and continue your drive towards Agra. On arrival check into the hotel and relax for the afternoon.

    Later this afternoon, proceed to visit the “Mehtab Bagh” situated north of the Taj Mahal complex on the opposite side of the Yamuna River, in the flood plains. The garden complex, square in shape, is perfectly aligned with the Taj Mahal on the opposite bank. The most important attraction of Mehtab Bagh is the Taj Mahal itself. This is a unique spot as you can get a picturesque view of The Taj from here.

  5. Day 5 Agra

    Agra

    Early this morning, you savour a travel highlight as we embark on a tour of the Taj Mahal, the magnificent tomb of white marble built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, who had implored her husband to build a monument symbolizing their undying love for each other. Some 20,000 labourers and artisans from around the world spent 22 years constructing what became Mumtaz’s mausoleum, which was begun in 1632. Along with its exquisite symmetry, the Taj features striking examples of pietra dura; a decorative art in which craftsmen embed precisely cut semi-precious stones in marble to form dazzling patterns.

    Return to hotel & have breakfast.

    Post lunch visit the imposing Red Fort of Agra (also known as Agra Fort), comprising fairy tale palaces, two beautiful mosques, audience halls, pavilions, courtyards, and gardens all surrounded by a massive wall, a moat, and yet another wall. A creative, architectural, and strategic masterpiece, the Fort is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site. In a cruel twist, Emperor Shah Jahan, builder of the Taj Mahal and whose grandfather built the original Fort and who also assumed the throne himself, was imprisoned here at the end of his life by his own son – in a room looking out on the Taj Mahal across the river.

    Overnight at hotel (B)

  6. Day 6 Agra - Jhansi - Panna

    Orchha | Panna

    Today with packed breakfast or after early breakfast, checkout from the hotel and proceed towards Agra Cantt railway station to board your train to Jhansi.

    You will be met by our representative who will assist you on arrival in Jhansi.

    We will stop at Orchha to visit the Orchha Palace and post lunch we continue our drive to Panna.

    Panna is the twenty second Tiger Reserve of India and fifth in Madhya Pradesh . The Reserve is situated in the Vindhyan Ranges and spreads over Panna and Chattarpur districts in the north of the state. Panna National Park was created in 1981. It was declared a Project Tiger Reserve by Government of India in 1994. The National Park consists of areas from the former Gangau Wildlife Sanctuary created in 1975. This sanctuary comprised of territorial forests of the present North and South Panna Forest Division to which a portion of the adjoining Chhatarpur forest division was added later. The reserved forests of the Park in Panna district and some protected forests on Chhatarpur side were the hunting preserves of the erstwhile rulers of Panna, Chhatarpur and Bijawar princely states in the past.

    Evening at leisure.

    Overnight at hotel (B, L, D)

  7. Day 7 Panna - Khajuraho - Panna

    Panna | Khajuraho | Panna

    Today early morning, proceed to explore the Panna National Park with sunrise. Return to Hotel for breakfast.

    Later in the afternoon, we begin our tour of Khajuraho. We visit the eastern & the western temples.

    The Khajuraho Group of Monuments has the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples, famous for their erotic sculptures. Made of sandstone, the builders didn’t use mortar: the stones were put together with mortise and Tenon joints and they were held in place by gravity. This form of construction requires very precise joints. Life in every form and mood has been captured in stone, testifying not only to the craftsman’s artistry but also to the extraordinary breadth of vision. Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the historical city is a symbol of medieval art. Out of the 85 temples, 22 still exist in all their grandeur. Some believe them to be physical embodiments of the greatest treatise on love – The Kama Sutra.

    Return to the hotel and relax for the evening.

    Overnight at hotel (B, D)

  8. Day 8 Bandhavgarh

    Bandhavgarh

    You will have full day to explore Bandhavgarh National Park with sunrise and sunset game excursions. Daytime sightings of tiger are more likely at Bandhavgarh than at any other preserve in India.

    Bandavgarh was designated a “Tiger Reserve” and comes under the protection of Project Tiger — the single largest conservation project mounted by the Government of India.

    Special Note: Bandhavgarh National Park remain closed for afternoon safari on every Wednesday

    Overnight at the hotel (B, L, D)

  9. Day 9 Bandhavgarh- Kanha By Road: 210 Km / 5 Hours

    Kanha National Park

    We have the opportunity of one last sunrise excursion into Bandhavgarh National Park before bidding it adieu. After returning from the excursion and an early lunch we start our 4 to 5 hour drive to Kanha National Park.

    Often called Tiger Land, Kanha is located in a horseshoe-shaped valley with two distinctive hills on either side. In the centre is the maiden (open grassy meadow), dotted with stands of majestic evergreen Sal trees to form a savanna countryside rem iniscent of Africa.

    Kanha has a large, healthy population of tigers. But this park features more than tigers; it supports the full range of Indian wildlife described in The Jungle Books. The variety and abundance of wildlife in Kanha is remarkable. The park is famous for its herds of hard-ground Barasingha – also called swamp deer, a large and beautiful endemic animal with 12-point antlers (it has probably been saved from extinction by careful management in Kanha). Also found are herds of the beautiful chital (common name is spotted deer), and sambar, the biggest of the Indian deer. Other commonly seen herbivores include barking deer, nilgai antelope, four-horned antelope, wild boar, and the imposing gaur (also called the Indian bison), which is considered the largest wild bovine in the world. A gaur bull can stand over six feet tall at the shoulder and weigh more than a ton!

    Overnight at the hotel (B, L, D)

  10. Day 10 Kanha

    Kanha National Park

    Kanha is known for its large population of gaur, and this large animal is an important food source for the tiger. Other predators in the park include sloth bear, the common (or golden) jackal, the striped hyena, and the dhole or Indian wild dog (which, like the African wild dog, lives and hunts in packs). Leopards also live in Kanha, but are much more difficult to see. Other interesting mammals include the Indian ratel (honey badger), Indian porcupine, and various species of mongooses. Primates are represented by troops of monkeys of two species - the rhesus macaque and the silver (or common) langur. Kanha’s bird life is equally impressive, with more than 200 recorded species.

    Explore the national park by morning and afternoon game drive.

    Special Note: Kanha National Park remain closed for afternoon safari on every Wednesday

    Overnight at the hotel (B, L, D)

  11. Day 11 Kanha - Raipur - Kolkata

    Kolkata

    Kanha To Raipur By Road- `220 Kms/ 5 Hours Drive Raipur To Kolkata By Flight: 6e-801 At 1725/1850 Hrs.

    This morning proceed for a nature walk and return to Hotel for breakfast. Later checkout & drive towards Raipur airport to connect with your flight to Kolkata.

    On arrival in Kolkata, step into the receiving area where our representative will meet you and escort you to your hotel.

    Overnight at the hotel (B)

  12. Day 12 Kolkata

    Kolkata

    Kolkata the city of joy as it is called is also commonly considered as the 'Paris of the East' as there's a happy amalgamation of different cultures, styles and moods, coupled along with numerous forms of industries and commerce and politics. Kolkata mainly gained importance in the times of British rule as it had been the capital of India till the year1912. At present, although it is no more the capital of India, it is the capital of West Bengal and is one of the most important places of cultural workshop and industrial centre.

    After breakfast, visit the Victoria Memorial (Closed on Monday). This marble-white monument is one of the most fascinating landmarks of Kolkata. Here, 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.

    St. Paul’s Cathedral, built in the Indo-Gothic style of architecture, and was built in the year 1847 by Major W.N. Forbes of the East India Company. The height of the Cathedral is 201 ft. This Cathedral has the rare distinction of being the first Episcopal Church built in this part of the world. The peak of St. Paul's Cathedral has been designed as a replica of the famous Canterbury Cathedral's Henry Tower.

    Thereafter visit Mother Teresa’s House, called ‘Nirmal Hriday,’ and also visit Shishu Bhawan, located near her house. Mother Teresa’s great work of caring for abandoned children on the streets of Kolkata is carried out at this center. Watch the children’s face light up with just one smile of yours.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B)

  13. Day 13 Kolkata - Guwahati

    Kaziranga National Park

    Kolkata To Guwahati By Flight: 6e 207 At 1020/1145 Hrs Drive To Kaziranga National Park: 211 Kms | 5 Hours

    Drive In time check out from your hotel and transfer to the airport to board your flight to Guwahati.

    On arrival at Guwahati airport, continue with your drive to Kaziranga National park.

    Kaziranga National Park is a protected area in the northeast Indian state of Assam. Spread across the floodplains of the Brahmaputra River, its forests, wetlands and grasslands are home to tigers, elephants and the world’s largest population of Indian one-horned rhinoceroses. Ganges River dolphins swim in the park’s waters. It’s visited by many rare migratory birds, and gray pelicans roost near Kaziranga village.

    On arrival, check-in to the hotel. Spend the evening at leisure.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, D)

  14. Day 14 Kaziranga

    Kaziranga National Park

    We rise very early today and drive towards the 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 elephants, 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; once-in-a-lifetime elephant-backed safari where we search for the elusive rhinoceros, tigers, swamp deer and hog deer and more and a large number of very interesting birds. The park never ceases to surprise us.

    After relaxed breakfast, 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.

    Explore the national park by morning and afternoon game drives.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, L, D)

  15. Day 15 Kaziranga - Guwahati - Delhi

    Delhi

    Kaziranga To Guwahati By Road: 211 Kms | 5 Hours Drive Guwahati To Delhi By Flight: 6e 2329 At 1540/ 1845 Hrs

    After breakfast, bid adieu to Kaziranga national park and drive towards Guwahati airport to connect with your flight to Delhi.

    Your room will be reserved at the hotel near the Delhi airport to relax before your international flight to return home.

    (B)

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