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Classic Wildlife Tour

Duration

12 NIGHTS / 13 DAYS

Places Covered

DELHI - JAIPUR- FATEH PUR SIKRI - AGRA - JABALPUR – KANHA - BANDAVGARH - KHAJURAHO - VARANASI - DELHI

Overview

Classical India with Wildlife Tour

Bandhavgarh National Park - Madhya Pradesh

A wildlife retreat, where history and nature meet, Bandhavgarh is not too far away from Kanha. Set amidst the Vindhyan ranges, the Park has a series of ridges running through it. Initially just 105.40 sq. km. in area, Bandhavgarh with 25 resident tigers, was noted for its high density tiger population. Today, it has been extended to an area of 437 sq. km.
About half the Park is covered with fine stands of sal, while mixed forests are found in the higher reaches of the hills. Stretches of bamboo and grasslands extend to the north.
The main viewing area is still in the core of the Park with its 32 picturesque, wooded hills. An ancient fort up on a precipice, 800 metres high, dominates the Park.
Bandhavgarh's history goes back 2000 years in time and the earliest signs of habitation can be seen in the Caves excavated from the cliffs to the north of the fort. Brahmi inscription here, date back to the 1st century BC A hunting reserve of the roya! family of Rewa in more recent times, Bandhavgarh was declared a Park in 1968. This is where the famous white tigers of Rewa were discovered.
Wandering through the Park on elephant back, the chances of seeing a tiger are quite good. Also to be seen here are nilgai, chausingha, chital, chinkara, wild boar and sometimes a fox or jackal. Other inhabitants of the Park include the muntjac, jungle cat, ratel, hyena, porcupine, the rhesus macaque and the black-faced langur. About 150 species of birds are also found here and include the migratory birds that arrive in winter like the steppe eagle and various water birds.
Tiger, Bandhavgarh National ParkIt is possible to climb up to the Bandhavgarh fort for a breathtaking bird's-eye view of the Park and there is also a small population of black buck that lives here, protected from the predators below.

General Information :

Best Time to Visit : November to June.
Nearest Town : Umaria (30 km)
How to Get Here : Air: Jabalpur (170 km), Khajuraho (210 km) , Rail:Umaria (30 km), Jabalpur (170 km)

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 DELHI

Begin your tour.
Arrive into Delhi. Welcome to 'Vardhman's Classical India with Wildlife Tour'. On arrival in Delhi, you will be met and transfered by our representative to hotel. Later, proceed on a city tour of Old Delhi. Visit Red Fort, built in 1648 by Mughal Emperor Shahjehan, Jama Masjid, one of the largest Mosque of India, Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana, the cremation sites of Mahatama Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Also drive past Chandni Chowk, shopping centre of Old Delhi.
OPTIONAL TOUR: Watch Sound & light show!
Overnight: Hotel

Day 2 DELHI-JAIPUR

After breakfast at the hotel proceed to visit New Delhi. Visit Qutab Minar, Humayun's tomb, Lakshminarayan Temple, a modern Hindu Temple, Parliament House, Government Secretarial Building and Connaught place, the shopping centre of New Delhi. Later, drive to Jaipur. Upon arrival, check into your hotel.
OPTIONAL TOUR: Visit to Choki Dhani with dinner at Jaipur.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 3 JAIPUR- FATEH PUR SIKRI -AGRA

City tour of Jaipur
This morning you will experience the wonders of this magical pink city, as you proceed on a tour of Amber fort - which is set on the dry wrinkled Aravali Hills, and surrounded by fortified battlements. We will ride up to this hilltop palace on a caparisoned, painted elephant. Later visit the Jagmandir or the Hall of victory glittering with mirrors, Maharaja's City Palace and the Observatory - The Solar Observatory - an astronomical treasure house, with solar device that give accurate predictions till date. The City Palace reflects a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Drive past Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds, a five-storied structure of pink sandstone with semi-octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows overlooking the main street of the old city and through the rose pink residential and business areas of Jaipur. Enroute visit Fateh pur Sikri. Thereafter, drive to Agra. Upon arrival, check into your pre-booked hotel.
OPTIONAL TOUR: Elephant Ride at Amber Fort, Jaipur
Overnight: Hotel

Day 4 AGRA - JABALPUR TRAIN

City tour of Agra.
Visit Taj Mahal (Closed on Every Friday) & Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula.
Afternoon, we ride to the massive Agra Fort. The elegant buildings inside reflect an interesting synthesis of Hindu and Central Asian architectural styles. The maze of the courtyards, mosques & private chambers of the fort echo the story of the Mughal Empire. The Moti Masjid & other magnificent buildings reflect the skill of the ancient Indian architects. Later you will visit a marble gallery - the flagship store in Agra which offers an excellent range of white marble, fashionable wear & exotic wooden articles, truly a one stop shop! Later drive to railway station to catch overnight train to Umaria.
Overnight: Train

Day 5 JABALPUR – KANHA DRIVE

On arrival at Jabalpur Railway Station, our representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel in Kanha. Kanha National Park is nestled in the Maikal range of Satpuras in Madhya Pradesh, the heart of India that forms the central Indian highlands. The national park is being popularized as the Tiger reserve and interestingly is being declared as one of the finest wildlife areas in the world. Spreading across two revenue districts the Mandala and the Kalaghat, Kanha National Park was declared a reserve forest in 1879 and revalued as a wildlife sanctuary in 1933. Its position was further upgraded to a national park in 1955. The Kanha National Park is spread across the area of 940 sq km in the Maikal chain of hills. By bringing up the buffer and core zone all together, the Kanha Tiger Reserve has the total area of 1945 sq km. The landscapes and the surrounding luxurious meadows along with the wooded strands and the dense maroons of forests offer magnanimous sightseeing experiences for the nature lovers. Making the land more beautiful and adorable, the crystal clear streams amidst the dense jungle cleanses the surroundings and makes the wildlife unrivalled. This vivacious land has been the source of inspiration for Rudyard Kipling, a famous writer for his outstanding creation- “The Jungle Book”. The Kanha National Park is the ideal home for wide ranges of wild creatures; right from the mighty tigers to the most populated Barasingha and the countless species of plants, birds, reptiles and insects. This reserve has fascinated many travelers around the corners of the world with its well developed infrastructure specially meant for them. The best location here to enjoy the most is the Bammi Dadar, also known as the Sunset Point. Rest of the day free at your own pace.

Overnight: Hotel

Day 6 KANHA

Early morning proceed on a Jeep Safari into the Jungle.
Return back to hotel for breakfast and for some rest. Afternoon, you must visit the Kanha Museum, which is another important nearby tourist attraction in KNP. The museum is under the authority of Forest Department and is the ideal place to get some information about the topography and other interesting aspects of the park. Sprawled over a large area, Kanha Museum displays the history of the reserve and exhibits the skeletons of various carnivore, reptile, and herbivore creatures. From exciting experience to interesting facts and notes, the museum renders a lot of attractions for the wildlife buffs. Also, in order to offer better comprehension of wildlife habitat to tourists, this historical center also houses a few charts, specimen, photographs, and models which give a detailed insight of the food chain and the wildlife inhabiting the forest. The major attraction of the museum is the evening sound shows which is a must see.
OPTIONAL TOUR: Evening sound show..

Overnight: Hotel


Day 7 KANHA – BANDAVGARH DRIVE

This morning after breakfast drive to Bandhavgarh Natioanal Park. On arrival transfer to your hotel. Bandavgarh is justifiably famous for its Tigers, but it has a wide range of other game. The undergrowth is not as dense as in some northern terai forests, but the best time to see the park inhabitants is still the summer months when water becomes scarcer and the undergrowth dies back. Overnight: Lemon Tree Wildlife Resort Bandhavgarh
Overnight: Hotel

Day 8 BANDAVGARH

Early morning proceed on a Jeep Safari into the Jungle.
Return back to hotel, later in the afternoon proceed on an afternoon Jeep Safari. After a while visit the Bandavgarh Fort: The oldest fort in India - considered being more than 2500 years. One-hour trek up the fort is worth the effort. The charm of this trek lies in discovering these monuments in the jungle, unspoiled and unexplored. Some of the statues lie off the main path and so it is best to take a guide. Apart from the avatars, well worth seeing are three small temples of around the 12th century.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 9 BANDHAVGARH – KHAJURAHO DRIVE

This morning after breakfast proceed to Khajuraho.
Upon arrival check into hotel.
Built between 950 AD and 1050 AD by the rulers of the Chandela Dynasty, the Khajuraho Temples were a cluster of 85 Hindu and Jain temples, out of which only 25 are still surviving. These temples are intricately and beautifully embellished and decorated with sculpture and art. Carved from hard river sandstone, one of the main allures of these walls is the erotic art. But this world famous erotic art constitutes only 10% of the total sculptures of Khajuraho. These sculptures are not chiseled but are mobile and liquid, representing the people who exult in the joy of living, with all its fascinating variety. In fact, there is hardly any other place like Khajuraho where sculptures portray all kinds of human emotions with such great excellence. These temples also seem to celebrate women in her varied forms. They are depicted as yawning, scratching, disrobing, removing thorn from feet, playing with babies and pets like parrot, looking at mirror to do make-up etc. There are two special sculptures that feature women playing the flute and the veena (Indian musical instruments) and writing letters, depicting women’s education and rich culture in those days. The temples are divided into three complexes-the Western, the Eastern and the Southern. Among these the Western complex is the largest and best known, containing the magnificent Shaivite temple, Kandariya Mahadev. Explore the village in the evening and visit Shilpagram.
OPTIONAL TOUR: Visit Shilpagram.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 10 KHAJURAHO

This morning after breakfast proceed for City tour of Khajuraho. Visit Eastern Group Temple, Parsavanatha, Temple Ghantai Temple, Adinatha Temple. Watch Sound and Light Show on extra cost.
OPTIONAL TOUR: Watch Sound and Light Show on extra cost.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 11 KHAJURAHO - VARANASI

This morning after breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Sarnath.
Thereafter, drive to airport to catch flight to Delhi. Upon arrival at Delhi Airport,our representative will transfer you to your pre-booked hotel.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 12 VARANASI

City tour of Varanasi
Morning drive to Daswamedh Ghat and take a boat ride on the sacred river Ganges to see the cremation Ghats and witness the living traditions of one of the world's oldest and most important religions. (To start at 0500 hrs. for the best lifetime experience) For you to appreciate this remarkable city, we'll transfer you to the banks of the River Ganges before the sun rises. Board a boat with your guide and proceed to the middle of the river, where at sunrise the sight unfolds before you. Thousands of faithful come daily to the banks to bathe and pray while in the background, temples and palaces rise in tiers from the water's edge. Return for a walk through the cobblestone streets along the banks of "Ganga". As shops are opening, the place now becomes a beehive of activity as the faithful are coming and going.

Overnight: Hotel

Day 13 VARANASI-DELHI

This morning after breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Sarnath. Thereafter, transfer to airport to catch flight to Delhi to board the flight for your onward journey to back home with sweet and unforgettable memories of your 'Vardhman's Classical India with Wildlife Tour' escorted by Vardhman Vacations.
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