14 Days |
MP - 10
The state of Madhya Pradesh is an eclectic potpourri of everything that one looks for in an ideal vacation destination. It is dipped in immensely significant Indian history and culture, plethora of natural wilderness to explore and a varied diversity in the flora and fauna including 22% of the world’s population of Bengal tigers.
On your Madhya Pradesh Wildlife Tour Package, you experience every bit of it in small but delicious bites. However, the tour offers you more than what MP has in its platter. You start off right at Delhi, visiting some of the greatest landmarks of India like Qutub Minar, Red Fort and India Gate. Following your stay in capital, you will spend a night in Agra, and see the architectural marvel Taj Mahal – a literal poetry in motion.
In Madhya Pradesh, the first places you visit are Chambal river ravines and then the triad of temples – Mitawali, Padawali and Bateshwar before heading towards Gwalior. When it comes to wildlife, Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks will quench the nature-lover in you, after you have explored the artistic side of yours in Khajuraho Temples.
Land at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi and our tour operators will meet you outside the airport, and assist you in getting transferred to your hotel in Delhi. After a break for your refreshments, proceed to see the best attractions that the Indian capital has on its tourism platter. First visit the tallest brick minaret in the world – Qutub Minar – built over a span of 75 years by the early Delhi Sultans. Next, drive past Red Fort – the residence of the Mughals for over two centuries, the India Gate and Parliament House. Take a tour of Old Delhi as well, to catch a glimpse of the city’s true ambience. While places like Jama Masjid mirrors the spiritual sanctity, Chandni Chowk is all about the famous, cacophonous spirit of Delhi.
On day two, drive to Dholpur from Delhi via the lovely city of Agra. While driving through Agra, stop to see one of the Seven Wonders of the World – the magnificent, striking white Taj Mahal. Ever since Shah Jahan built this mausoleum for his beloved Mumtaz Mahal, there has been no grander expression of love on earth. Also visit Agra Fort which was the royal Mughal residence till the capital shifted to Delhi in mid-17th century. You will be staying overnight at Dholpur.
Have an early breakfast and leave for boat safari on Chambal River. This river is home to a rich and diverse ecosystem with faunas like Ganges dolphins, saltwater crocodiles and Siberian migratory birds. Boat safari is the best way to experience the river at its best. Next, take a 4-5 hour long safari through the Chambal ravines, famous for its notorious past and numerous archaeological sites.
On day four, after breakfast, drive to Gwalior visiting the Mitawali and Padawali Temples on your way, as well as the Bateshwar group of temples. All three are architectural marvels from the Gupta and Gurjara-Pratihara era. The day’s journey ends with reaching Gwalior and checking into your respective hotel.
Mentioned repeatedly in the vast history of India during the Islamic and British rules, Gwalior is a city worth savouring every bit of it. Have a full breakfast before leaving for a city tour of Gwalior. Stop at the tombs of Ghaus Muhammad, a Muslim saint of the 16th century and Tansen, the master musician and singer of Akbar’s court. After this visit Jai Vilas Palace, that strongly reflects the colonial influence in its architecture style. In the afternoon, take a tour of Gwalior Fort, Man Singh Palace, Teli Ka Mandir and Saahastra Bahu Temple, locally called Saas-Bahu Temple.
Day 6 has a hectic schedule and lot of travelling planned out for you. First you will be catching a train to Jhansi from Gwalior and meet tour agent of our company there. From Jhansi railway station, you will be transferred to Khajuraho for overnight stay. But before that, visit Jehangir Mahal, Raja Mahal and Chaturbhuj Temple in Orchha.
In the morning on day seven, you have a visit to the exquisite Khajuraho temples planned in your itinerary. Khajuraho Temples are a collection of multiple Hindu and Jain shrines, built around 950-1050 by the Chandela dynasty. Out of nearly hundred, only 25 survive till day and the Kandariya Mahadeva Temple is the most prominent among them.
Keep the evening for a visit to Panna National park and expect to see a host of birds, chital, chinkara, nilgai and sambar deer, and if you are lucky you might spot a leopard or two. This is where your real Madhya Pradesh Wildlife Tour Package starts.
Day eight awaits you with a long drive to one of India’s most popular wildlife destinations – Bandhavgarh National Park, best known for its high population density of Bengal tigers. Arrive at the national park area and check into your hotel for the night. You have the rest of the day to take rest and recharge after a week of travelling.
Back in the days, the forest of Bandhavgarh was a popular hunting haunt for the Maharajas of Central India. It was protected as a national park in 1968. You will be going for an early morning safari into the forest, when the wilderness is at its best, freshly awakened from the night. Come back to hotel for your breakfast and some rest before you set off for the second safari of the day. The two safaris will have different routes, and with some luck, a mighty Bengal tiger might just cross your path.
Continue on your Madhya Pradesh Wildlife Tour Package and drive to Kanha National Park on day ten. Kanha is yet another world-famous tiger reserve and also the largest national park of Central India. If you have read Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling as a child, the story of Mowgli is based on the jungles of this forest. You have the rest of the day for leisure after a 5.5 hours drive.
Like Bandhavgarh, Kanha too has a significant population of Bengal tigers, whom you might spot on our early morning safari to the forest. Keep a keen eye out to spot any activity in the bushes. Other animals you might see are leopards, sloth bears, chital deer and the forest’s mascot animal barasingha. Come back to hotel for breakfast and later enjoy another safari ride through the wilderness.
Next morning after breakfast, get ready for a drive to Kawardha in Chhattisgarh, which once used to be a part of Madhya Pradesh. The drive should not take more than 3.5 hours. You will be checked into Kawardha Palace which was built in the 1930s by Maharaj Dharamraj Singh and the hotel is still owned by the descendants of the royal family. Take the rest of the day off to replenish yourself.
On the penultimate day of your trip, get ready to explore the city of Kawardha. Visit Bhoramdeo Temple which is the main attraction here, famous for its erotic style sculptures resembling Khajuraho. Also visit Khairagarh Music University and otherwise explore the culture and heritage of the local tribal ethnicities. Enjoy another night at the luxurious Kawardha Palace
As your trip comes to an end, our agent will see you off to Raipur after breakfast. From Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh, take your flight to Delhi. From Delhi, your connecting flight will await you for onward journey to home.