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Tiger and Palaces Tour of India: This thrilling wildlife adventure in India includes the two best tiger sanctuaries: Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks in central India as well as India's most famous 'Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary' in Bharatpur at the eastern boundary of Rajasthan. Kanha Tiger Sanctuary offers the views of the landscape and wildlife that inspired Rudyard Kipling to write the famous Jungle Book. The Bandhavgarh and Kanha Sanctuaries are open from November to June and from October to June respectively. The fascinating journey starts in New Delhi and includes Jaipur, Abhineri, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, Orchha, Khajuraho Bandhavgarh and Kanha. Please feel free to call or email us for other destinations in between this route or other changes to custom plan your own India Adventure.

CALL 1-559-446-0499 or email: brij@indiatravelerusa.com to custom design your own India wildlife adventure

Day 01, US Airport:

Departure

Day 02, New Delhi:

Arrive in Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, traditional Indian welcome with marigold garlands by our representative & transfer to the hotel. Most international flights to Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi arrive around midnight or later.

Day 03, Delhi:

After breakfast at hotel proceed for sightseeing tour of New Delhi including the Qutub Minar, the 239 feet high sandstone minaret that is an Indo-Islamic architectural wonder of medieval India and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The complex has a number of other fascinating monuments - the iron pillar in mosque courtyard was a Hindu god Vishnu temple flagpost from 4th. century CE.

Later visit Emperor Humanyun’s tomb that was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1993. Built by Haji Hamida Bano Begum, the widow of the second Mughal Emperor Humanyun during the reign of Emperor Akbar, the mausoleum may have later influenced the design of the world famous Taj Mahal.

Drive past Rashtrapati Bhawan, India Gate, Parliament House of India & other important government buildings.



In the afternoon, sightseeing tour of Old Delhi visiting the Jama Masjid - built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan, the Jama Masjid is the largest and one of the most magnificent mosques in India and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, drive past the Red Fort (UNESCO World Heritage Site) built by the great Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1648. Enjoy the thrill of a bicycle rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk - the bazaar was planned by Shahjahan's daughter, Princess Jahanara. Overnight hotel.

Day 04, Delhi - Jaipur:

After breakfast, drive about 235 kilometers or 146 miles to Jaipur in about 5 hours. Arrive in Jaipur & transfer to the hotel. Relax and enjoy the demonstrations of wooden block textile printing, woolen carpet weaving and cutting & polishing of colored precious stones for jewelry in the afternoon. Overnight in hotel.

Day 05 , Jaipur:

After breakfast enjoy a morning excursion to Amber the old capital of Kachhwaha Rajput rulers. Enjoy the leisurely ride on back of an elephant from the foot of the hill up to the hilltop palaces of Mirza Raja Jai Singh and Maharaja Man Singh in Amber Fort. The palaces of Maharaja Man Singh originally had fresco paintings on the walls, some of them are still visible. The palaces of Mirza Raja Jai Singh have decoration with convex mirrors in the ceilings and beautiful stained mica windows.

In the afternoon enjoy the visit to the Mayur Chowk courtyard of the Chandramahal residence of royal family, Sarvatobhadra, the hall of private audience, Diwan-e-Am art gallery and Mubarak Mahal garment gallery in the Jaipur City Palace.

All but one of the 17 instruments of Jantar Mantar, the astronomical observatory of Sawai Jai Singh are still functional. The Brihad Samrat Yantra or the large sundial of this observatory has an accuracy of 2 seconds, it is the world's largest sundial. The observatory is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The astronomer ruler also built India's first planned city, Jaipur. Overnight in hotel.

Day 06, Jaipur - Chand Baori in Abhineri - Bharatpur:

After breakfast drive to Abhineri village near Dausa for sightseeing of Chand Baori, the world's deepest step-well. After sightseeing drive further to Bharatpur.

In the afternoon visit the Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary. This is India's most popular bird sanctuary where more 150 different species of domestic birds can be seen throughout the year. In addition in October migratory birds from Europe, Siberia and Central Asia arrive and stay in the sanctuary until March or April. Bharatpur was a princely state ruled by Jat Rajputs until independence of India. The sanctuary was a hunting preserve of the Rajas of Bharatpur during the British colonial period. Apart from birds the sanctuary is also home to blue bull deers, wild boars and pythons. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Bharatpur.

Day 07, Bharatpur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra:

After breakfast drive further to Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted capital of Mughal Emperor Akbar. Emperor Akbar was an unique ruler in world history to have a vision of uniting the world's religions while in Europe the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre by a mob of Roman Catholics against the Huguenots, the French Calvinist Protestants in 1572 was being perpetrated. Fatehpur Sikri is now an Unesco World Heritage Site. The emperor lived in this capital for only 14 years to enjoy the company of the Sufi saint Sheikh Salim Chistie, who prophesied that Akbar would have three sons. The architecture of the city was planned to reflect the emperor's liberal views on different religions. The red sandstone for the capital's buildings was quarried from the hill on which it was built. The mausoleum of the Sufi saint is the only building in the capital that is made of white marble. It was also originally constructed with red sandstone but was later renovated using marble. The Sufi saint's tomb white marble and completely Hindu and Jain architecture, is located in the vast courtyard of the Jama Masjid. This capital was deserted for 400 years until beginning of 20th. century when archaeological renovations started that are still continuing. It is now an UNESCO World Heritage Site. After sightseeing drive another one hour to Agra. In the afternoon relax and enjoy the demonstration of Pietra-Dure, the traditional art of inlay of semi-precious stones in white marble done by descendents of artisans who decorated the Taj Mahal. Later be amazed by the light crimson hues of the setting sun on the white marble Taj Mahal. Just relax at the main gate to admire the beauty of the monument to an Emperor's love for his favorite queen. Overnight in hotel.

Day 08, Agra:

Early morning view the world's most famous mausoleum, the Taj Mahal, in the glow of sunrise. Ample time for sightseeing and photography. Arjumand Bano Begum was the granddaughter of Mirza Ghiaz Beg, a Persian noblemen who migrated to Emperor Akbar's court in Fatehpur Sikri in 1578. Mirza Ghiaz's father, Muhammad Sharif Beg, served Shah Tahmasp Safavi of Persia at Khurasan, Yazd and Isfahan. Shah Tahmasp's son, Shah Ismail II, abandoned the liberal political and religious philosophy of his ancestors leaving poets, authors, painters and other liberal courtiers jobless. The origin of Safavids was in the liberal traditions of Sufism. Mirza Ghiaz and his son, Asaf Khan, after arriving in the Mughal court of Fatehpur Sikri from Persia, served Emperors Akbar and Jahangir. Mehrunnisa, the daughter of Mirza Ghias Beg, married the 4th. Mughal Emperor, Jahangir and was in later years virtually the empress of Mughal India under her title of Nur Jahan. Emperor Shahjahan as Prince Khurram married Arjumand, daughter of Asaf Khan and niece of Mehrunissa and honored her with the title of Begum Mumtaj Mahal or the crown of the palace.

In her 18 years of marriage with the emperor, she was never apart from him, accompanying him even on battle field. She was his most trusted advisor. She bore 14 children of whom 4 sons and 3 daughters survived to adult age. The youngest son, Aurangzeb, killed his elder brothers in the battles of succession. Mumtaj Mahal died delivering her 14th. child at Burhanpur in central India in 1630, where they were camped outside a battlefield. Taj Mahal, the grandest mausoleum of the world took 17 years to complete in 1648.

After breakfast visit Emperor Akbar's Agra Fort and the white marble palaces of Emperor Shahjahan in it, where he was kept a prisoner by his own son,Aurangzeb for the last eight years of his life. Both Taj Mahal and Agra Fort are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Later visit the tomb of Mirza Ghiaz Beg & Begum Asmat, the parents of Empress Nur Jahan. She designed the mausoleum for her parents herself. It is popularly called Itmad-ud-Daulah's tomb after the title of Mirza Ghiaz Beg. Overnight in hotel.

Day09, Agra-Orchha-Khajuraho:

After breakfast at hotel, transfer to board the Shatabdi Express train at 8 AM to arrive in Jhansi at about 11 AM. On arrival in Jhansi, drive to Orchha for sightseeing of the fort and two Hindu temples. Later drive further to Khajuraho for overnight in the hotel.

Day 10, Khajuraho:

After breakfast full day sightseeing tour of Khajuraho's Hindu and Jain temples. Khajuraho temples were constructed between 950 and 1050 A.D. during the reign of Chandela Rajput Rulers of central India. These temples are considered the "high point" of Indian architectural genius in the medieval period in north India and are UNESCO World Heritage Site. Originally there were 85 temples, of which only 22 still exist. It was only in this century, that they were rediscovered, restored and granted the recognition that they justly deserve. Overnight in hotel.

Day 11, Khajuraho-Bandavgarh:

After breakfast drive about 187 kilometers or 116 miles in 6 hours to Bandhavgarh National Park that is located in Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh. Bandhavgarh was declared as a national park in 1968 when the Maharaja of Rewa handed over the area to the government for the formation of the national sanctuary. The National Park consists of a core area of 105 square kilometers and a buffer area of approximately 400 square kilometers and its topography varies between steep ridges, undulating, forest and open meadows. The white tiger, a rare albino species was first found in the forests of the former princely state of Reva in this region. That Tiger is still preserved in the museum of Maharaja's palace. This national park has the highest tiger population density all over India. There are more than 22 wild mammals and about 250 different species of birds in this reserved forest. On arrival in Bandhavgarh check-in to the hotel. Lunch at the resort hotel. Relax in the resort in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Day 12, Bandhavgarh:

Early morning, Jeep safari at the national park for wildlife viewing. After breakfast relax at the resort. Another Jeep Safari Tour in the afternoon. Lunch, dinner and overnight in hotel.

Day 13, Bandhavgarh:

Enjoy two wildlife safari tours in the national park. Lunch, dinner & overnight in hotel.

Day 14, Bandhavgarh-Kanha:

After breakfast drive 250 kilometers or 155 miles to Kanha in about 5 hours. Kanha's Sal Tree and bamboo forests, rolling grasslands and meandering streams stretch over 940 square kilometers in dramatic natural splendor. This is original Kipling country, of which the famous author wrote so vividly in his Jungle Book. The same abundance of wildlife species exists today in Kanha National Park, which forms the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve created in 1974 under Project Tiger. Apart from the tigers other most talked about animals at Kanha National Park are barasingha deer, bison, gaur, sambhar deer, chital spotted deer, barking deer, black deer, black buck, chousingha, nilgai deer, mouse deer, sloth bear, jackal fox, porcupine, hyena, jungle cat, python, pea fowl, hare, monkey, mongoose, and leopard. For an avid bird watcher Kanha has 175 varieties of birds like storks, teals, pintails, pond herons, egrets, peacock, pea fowl, jungle fowl, spur fowl, partridges, quails, ring doves, spotted parakeets, green pigeons, rock pigeons, cuckoos, papihas, rollers, bee-eater, hoopoes, drongos, warblers, kingfishers, woodpeckers, finches, orioles, owls and fly catchers. On arrival in Kanha check-in to the hotel. Rest of the afternoon is free to relax. Lunch, dinner and overnight in hotel

Day 15, Kanha:

Early morning, Jeep safari in the national park for wildlife viewing. In the afternoon enjoy another Jeep Safari tour in the sanctuary. Lunch, dinner and overnight in hotel

Day 16, Kanha-Jabalpur-New Delhi-U.S.A.:

After breakfast relax in hotel or explore the area on your own. After lunch drive in about 3 hours to Jabalpur airport to board the flight to New Delhi. On arrival transfer to Justa the Residence in Gurgaon for farewell dinner and subsequently transfer to Indira Gandhi International Airport for the return flight to USA.

Day17, New Delhi - USA:

Most international flights depart after mid-night and arrive in USA on same day.

PRICE (please call or email) with following hotels (other hotels can be discussed also) includes:

CITY

5-Star hotels

3/4-Star hotels

Delhi

Le Meridien Hotel

Justa the Residence, Greater Kailash

Jaipur

Marriott or Trident Hotel

Devi Niketan or Umaid Bhawan Heritage House

Bharatpur

Laxmi Vilas Palace

Kadam Kunj Hotel

Agra

Radisson Hotel

Taj Vilas Hotel

Khajuraho

Ramada Hotel

Hotel Isabel Palace

Bandhavgarh

Wildflower Resort

Nature Heritage Resort

Kanha

Taj Banjara Tola Resort

Chitwan Jungle Lodge

Gurgaon

Justa the Residence

For farewell dinner

  • Traditional welcome with marigold garlands on arrival
  • Arrival/departure transfers using air-conditioned vehicle & English speaking drivers
  • Accommodation on twin or double room sharing basis including breakfast
  • Bicycle rickshaw ride in Old Delhi
  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort near Jaipur
  • Bicycle rickshaw bird watching tour in Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary
  • 4 Jeep safaris in Bandhavgarh and 2 Jeep safaris in Kanha National Parks
  • All tours by an air-conditioned chauffeur driven vehicle as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 2 bottles of water on coach daily
  • Air conditioned train from Agra to Jhansi
  • Sightseeing tours as per the itinerary
  • English speaking local guides in each city for sightseeing
  • Entrance Fees at the monuments, museums and wildlife sanctuaries
  • One domestic flight from Nagpur to New Delhi (flight time & fare subject to change)
  • Farewell dinner in New Delhi or Gurgaon near airport
  • Tips to drivers, guides and porters at hotels
  • All presently applicable government taxes, toll charges, parking fees and driver's overnight allowances

EXCLUSIONS:

  • Visa for India charges - India tourist visa can be obtained online on the website: indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html
  • Travel Guard international travel insurance (premium will be conveyed based on age & cost of tour, and is payable by any credit card)
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Any extras like table drinks, telephone calls, any tips, laundry etc or any other items of personal  nature
  • Still camera or video camera fees
  • Tips at restaurant \ hotels during meals

PAYMENT:

Subsequent to our discussion to custom design your private tour, we will provide you with the price within 48 hours. After your approval the hotels and all other arrangements will be booked. After your payment by check to India Traveller, we will confirm all arrangements immediately. The Travel Guard international insurance premium can be paid by any credit card.

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