15 Days |
IOYO - 20
Tiger Watching Wildlife Travel Package – a conducted tour package of 14 nights and 15 days takes you around for a safari across the diverse wildlife of India. The tour begins with Delhi and various historical and cultural places of the city. Delhi trip is followed by Agra and Jaipur to complete thegolden triangle tour cities. The trip moves ahead thereby treating you with renowned wildlife reserves like Ranthambore National Park, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Bandhavgarh National Park and Kanha National Park. The tour takes you round for a totally delightful wildlife adventure to places where tigers can be readily spotted along with several other animals, birds and reptiles and a wide range of flora and fauna. The jungle safari tour does also have an additional dose of Khajuraho and its erotically beautiful sculptures and temples to explore ancient India better. The tour ends with a vivid city tour of Mumbai, including Elephanta Caves Islands which is among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The tour ends on day 15 with a drop at Mumbai airport.
Enchant your inner self with the cultural face of India and its royal cities like Jaipur, Agra and Delhi
Get close to the nature in the middle of plush greeneries and feel rejuvenated
Explore wildlife up real and close which includes overnight stay in Ranthambore National Park
Read “The Jungle Book”? Now walk into the pages of it in Kanha National Park
Witness the architectural magnificence in Khajuraho and praise the ultimate beauty of it
Upon arrival, Delhi will welcome you with a host of historical monuments and places of interests. For wanderlust, the city of cities is a paradise with skyscraping complexes standing next to the ancient overlapping architectural styles in perfect synonymy. With influence by so many rulers and sovereigns, Delhi possesses a gush of shades in culture. From food habits to traditions, the influence seems visible.
The tour kick-starts with Raj Ghat, the cremation center of Mahatma Gandhi and other memorials and museums dedicated to the Father of Our Nation. The next stopover is the Red Fort, and then you will continue onwards to the Jama Masjid – one among the largest mosques in India erected by Shah Jahan. After a full-stomach lunch, the afternoon is for leisurely strolls in the QutubMinar and Humayun Tomb, two of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Before reaching the final destination, the Lakshminarayan temple, you will be driven past the President’s House, Parliament House, and a few other Government Secretarial Buildings. The day ends with an overnight rest at your Delhi Hotel.
Highlights: Delhi - Visit Raj Ghat, Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar, Humayun's Tomb, Laxmi Narayan Temple & drive past Red Fort, Chandni Chowk, President House, Parliament. etc.
On reaching, you will be taken by our assists, to your hotel rooms, for freshening up. With so many imposing historical monuments and the iconic memorial of Queen Mumtaz, Agra is a favorite touristdestination in India. The majestic city, located on the banks of river Yamuna, has gone through its peak during the Mughal dynasty. Afternoon at Agra is destined for the formidable, ivory-hued Taj Mahal, the seven wonders of the world. Standing enigmatically on the banks of River Yamuna, this impeccable monument is a sheer symbol of romance and love. Continuing onwards, your excursion is intercepted by a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the quintessential Agra Fort. Places of interest are endless when you are visiting Agra, so are the shopping hubs. Pick some marble handicrafts before getting back to the hotel for an overnight rest.
Highlights: Agra – Visit Taj Mahal & Agra Fort.
On day 3, we transfer you from Agra to Bharatpuren-routing Fatehpur Sikri. Built by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century, Fatehpur Sikri, holds exceptional testimony to Mughal civilization. Being one of the well-known UNESCO World heritage sites of India, it owns various historical memorials and monuments.
Starting with Jama Masjid, you will visit the Tomb of Salim Chishti, followed by the five storied Panch Mahal and Buland Darwaza. Also known as the Horseshoe gate, Buland Darwaza is a graceful monument studded with stupendous piece of beautiful architecture embracing graceful buildings such as Ibadat Khana, Mariam-uz-Zamani’s palace, Naubat Khana and Birbal’s house.
From Fatehpur Sikri, you will continue onwards to Bharatpur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Famous for its Keoladeo National Park, a paradise for the bird lovers, this place comes in the world-map. Siberian cranes are one of the 350 species of birds that have been recorded to be found here, the other species being white necked and black necked stork, darter, purple and grey heron, egrets, spoonbill, white ibis, and many more. Since it is an overnight stay in this part of land, you have leisure time to explore town. The transport remains at your disposal with-in the city limits.
Highlights: Agra - Visit Fatehpur Sikri & Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.
The tour starts with exploring the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary followed by a road trip from Bharatpur to Jaipur – the majestically royal capital of Rajasthan. Jaipur is also called the pink city as most of the buildings and constructions are painted in pink, which denotes the shade of hospitality. While this part of Rajasthan is full of havelis and mahals ( mansions and palaces), nothing matches up to the resplendence of the Maharaja City Palace. This breathtaking seven-storey bastion is a wonderful blend of Mughal-Rajput-European architectural style and embraces an interesting observatory, Jantar Mantar, which attracts mathematicians and astronomers from the corners of the globe.
Another gem hidden inside the city is the dizzying five-storied honeycombed hive, Hawa Mahal, constructed in pink and red sandstone, this place is referred to as the ‘Palace of Winds’. Take a walk down the Jaipur bazaars and explore the crowded streets to pick a few souvenirs. Stay overnight in Jaipur while the transport remains at your disposal within the city limits.
Highlights: Jaipur - Visit City Palace, Jantar Mantar & drive past Hawa Mahal.
Today’s expedition starts with Amer Fort, the former capital of Jaipur and a magnificent site for the tourists. Constructed by Raja Man Singh, the palace is complete splendor glowing in marble and red sandstone. Larger than usual, the entire fortress is divided into four distinct sections each having a dedicated courtyard. Surajpol, the chief entrance of the palace, has a fascinating architecture studded with elegance and delicacy. Near the Ganesh gate, a temple stands with an idol of Goddess Sila Devi.
Ascending the fort in an elephant’s back or in a jeep or by simply walking up the steps utterly depends on your choice. On reaching the top, a guide takes you for a tour across the palace that embraces Diwan-e-Khas – hall for private audience, Diwan-e- Aam – public’s foyer, Sheesh Mahal – citadel with beautiful mirror arrangement, and Sukh Niwas – a mahal where a pleasant climate has been created by blowing winds over a water cascade.
A tour of Jaipur is not complete without a bit of shopping so visit the local bazaars and pick something of your choice. It’s an overnight stay in Jaipur.
Highlights: Visit Amer Fort.
On day 6, you will be transferred by road from Jaipur to Ranthambore National Park, famous for its tigers. Named after the Ranthambore fort, this national park is quite bigger and draws a large number of crowds every year. Justifiably so, the sanctuary proudly keeps a large population of tiger in comparison to other national parks. And hence, chances of tiger spotting is way higher here. Isn’t that a pure bliss for the adventure lovers? Other animals residing in Ranthambore National Park are leopard, nilgai, wild boar, sambar and spotted deer to name a few. Another attraction is the number of crocodiles and monitor lizards that you might trace in several lakes within the park.
Stay overnight in Ranthambore National Park.
Highlights: Visit the jungle.
Spend your entire day in the middle of the natural ambience of wildlife at Ranthambore National Park. Treat your eyes with more than 500 species of plants and if lucky enough, catch sights of more than 270 species of birds. Find the largest lake in the park PadamTalao with the second largest banyan tree of India standing wide near it.
To explore the sanctuary, you are advised to book your vehicle beforehand as not many vehicles are allowed inside the forest to protect the natural environment. You can pick your choice from either an open top van with 6 people occupancy, which is a delight to experience for a nature lover, or an open canter vehicle with a capacity of 20 people. Up next at 700 kms height, stands tall and proud of the Ranthambore Fort which dates back to the 10th century. Apart from the architectural beauty, devour your eyes and mind with the temples of Ganesh, Shiva, Ramlalaji, Lord Sumatinath and Lord Sambhavanath.
Stay close to nature at Ranthambore National Park overnight.
Highlights: Visit the jungle.
Wake up fresh and head towards Shivpuri on road. This afternoon at the Madhav National Park, get yourself ready to catch the glimpse of Indian gazelle, the spotted deer, langur, nilgai, sambar, the four-horned antelope and blackbuck. There is a paradise for birds like the migratory geese, pochard, pintail, teal, large pied wagtail, heron, kingfisher, cormorant, painted stork, ibis, falcon, sunbird, flycatcher, etc that flock near the lake Chandpatha. So keep you cameras ready but do remember to switch off the flash. You will find trees like Khair, Salai, Kerdhai, Tendu and more to give you the much needed fresh air break.
It is an overnight halt at Shivpuri.
Highlights: Visit the jungle.
The next day reach Khajuraho by road, check-in to your hotel room, freshen up and get ready to check out the architectural luxury in the beautiful temples of Khajuraho that was built by the Chandelas between 950 AD and 1050 AD. However, the temples were covered with dense palm-dates trees (hence the name Khajur) and were rediscovered by Capt. T.S. Burt along with a British engineer in 1838.
Spend your entire afternoon watching the erotically beautiful sculptures all around the temples of Chausath Yogini Kali Temple, Bharatji or Chitragupta temple that is composed of magnificent 11 headed pictures of Lord Vishnu, Lakshmana Temple, Mahadev Temple, Nandi & Vishwanath Temples, Shiva’s Visha Temple and Lakshmana Temple. There are some other temples too for Lord Brahma, Lord Adinath and Yamuna that complete the beauty of the entire constructional magnificence.
Overnight is in Khajuraho keeping the transport at your disposal within the city limits.
Highlights: Khajuraho- visit the Chaunset Yogini Kali temple, Chitragupta temple, Lakshmana temple, Mahadev temple, Nandi and Vishvanath temple, Siva’s Visha temple and Parasvanath temple.
This is the day that would balance adventure perfectly with your dose of history. You will be transported by road from Khajuraho to Bandhavgarh National Park. Did you know that the name Badhavgarh has been derived since Ramayana days and it means “brother’s fort”. Legends say the Lord Rama had asked his brother Lakshmana to watch their enemies in Lanka from this fort which has 39 caves and the oldest one dates back to the 1st century. You will find Brahmi script inscriptions inside the caves and also several embossed figures like horses, tigers, elephants etc.
Must watch is the largest cave called BadiGufa which appears primitive. The fort is said to be 2000 years old and inhabitants stayed there till 1935 last. With enough of history, legendary stories and mysteries, get ready for adventure throughout the night watching the wildlife. Overnight stay is in Bandhavgarh National Park.
Gear up for a day entirely to treat your eyes and soul with the glimpse of wild animals, including tigers and leopards. Sounds interesting? Bandhavgarh jungle is the home to a large population of tigers and leopards along with different species of deer like sambar, barking deer, nilgai, spotted deer, wild boar to name a few. As a matter of fact, the first white tiger was captured in 1951 in this region.
Bandhavgarh Animal Sanctuary is rich with flora and fauna with the vegetation of trees like Sal, Saja, Salai, Dhobin, dense bamboo thickets and many more. The sanctuary has 35 species of mammals, 250 species of birth complemented by a large number of butterflies and reptiles. You will spend your entire day to explore these all. Spend at the spot overnight.
Highlights: Visit the jungle.
Fasten your seat belts as you would be driven to Kanha National Park from Bandhavgarh on this day. Kanha National Park, does that ring a bell? Yes, that’s the place that inspired Rudyard Kipling to write “The Jungle Book” – thanks to its lush green meadows. It is the home for a huge species of animals, birds and over 1000 species of plants. The ecological system is perfectly balanced with different types of grass that feed deers, gaurs and more. The water bodies equally serve the animals, birds, aquatic life and the plants.
Straight from the pages of Kipling’s writeup! You can enter Kanha Animal Sanctuary from any of the three gates – Kisli, Mukki and Serai. Plunge deep into the National Park and feel it as you stay for overnight here.
Grab your camera, get dressed with the most comfortable attire and gear up for the day long adventure watching wild-life in the sanctuary. Being the largest National Park in Central India, Kanha National Park would spoil you for choices from a large number of animals like tigers, leopards, wild dogs, wild cats, foxes, jackals, bear, swamp deer, gaur, spotted deer, sambar, barking deer, the four-horned deer, mouse deer, nilgai, wolf, hyena, langurs, wild boar, fox, porcupine, hares and several others. Watch out for reptiles like python, cobra, krait, rat snakes, vipers, grass snakes as well. You can also find several species of turtles here at the sanctuary.
After a full day and evening amid nature, spend overnight in the Kanha National Park.
Highlights: Visit the jungle.
Next morning, you will be driven to Nagpur airport to catch your flight to Mumbai, earlier known as Bombay which is the finance capital of India and has seven archipelago islands such as Colaba, Old Women’s Island, Mazagaon, Parel, Matunga-Sion and Mahim. Check-in to your hotel in Mumbai, devour yourself with some of the local delicacies and check out some of the nearby sea beaches to relax yourself. Don’t miss out the Queen’s necklace at Marine Drive – a C-shaped 3.6km stretched Boulevard in South Mumbai which looks like a string of pearls at night.
Mumbai is termed as a city that never sleeps and never disappoints tourists who flock in thousands throughout the year for pilgrimage, business and sightseeing. Strangely, it is a city that has the peak of both poverty as well as wealth. If there are posh places like Juhu and Cuffe Parade where film stars and celebrities reside, there is Dharavi as a contrast which is the biggest slum area of Asia. Stay overnight in the city to know more about it.
Start your sightseeing day in Mumbai with the morning city tour at the Hanging Gardens located on the beautiful slopes of Malabar Hills. Up next is Kamla Nehru Park that portrays an enchantingly panoramic view of Chowpatty Beach and the Marine Drive. The tour follows next to Mani Bhawan followed by Prince of the Wales Museum, Gate of India and Dhobi-Ghat and will drive through Marine Drive, Flora Fountain and Crawford market.
If time permits, you are suggested to take the optional tour to the Caves on Elephanta Island located in the Arabian Sea about 10 kms from the Mumbai Harbor. Counted among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the caves date back to the 5th and 8th century AD and are divided into five Hindu caves dedicated to Shiva accompanied by two Buddhist caves. Keep in mind that the caves are closed on Mondays, and you can reach there by boat from Gateway of India.
That ends your 15 days Tiger Watching Tour Package. You will be transported to the airport for your return/onward flight with lots of adventure and good memories.
Highlights: Mumbai - Visit the Hanging Gardens, Kamla Nehru Park, Mani Bhawan, Prince of the Wales Museum, Gateway of India, Dhobi-Ghat and drive through Marine Drive, Flora Fountain & Crawford market.That ends your 15 days Tiger Watching Tour Package. You will be transported to the airport for your return/onward flight with lots of adventure and good memories. Hope you enjoyed your tour with us and we wish to see you again soon to explore some other part of mesmerizing India.