Golden Triangle with Tiger Visit
Duration13 Nights / 14 Days
Destination CoveredMumbai – Khana – Bandhavgarh – Khajuraho – Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Abhaneri – Jaipur
HighlightsRickshaw ride in Delhi,Elephant ride in Jaipur, Jeep Safari at Kanha and Bandhavgarh, All meals during your Kanha & Bhandhavgarh stay, Indian train ride experience, Erotic Temple tour in Khajuraho
OptionalCooking class in Delhi/Jaipur, Vintage Car / Chariot ride in Jaipur
We can customise it as per your Requirement & Budget
IncludedWarm welcome in Typical Indian StyleAssistance on arrival /departure and during Hotel check-inHotel accommodation on Double sharingDaily breakfast at Hotel except at Kanha & Bhandhavgarh where stay is with all mealsAir-conditioned Medium Sedan Car for 02 & Toyota Innova incase of 04 persons with knowledgeable driver for the entire tour04 Jeep Safari at Kanha National Park with Naturalist04 Jeep Safari at Bhandhavgarh National Park with NaturalistA/c Executive class train ride from Jhansi to AgraElephant ride at Amer fort – JaipurSouvenir gift at the time of departureAll applicable Government TaxesServices of English speaking local knowledgeable guide during sightseeing
ExclusionsInternational / domestic airfareMonument entrance feeTips to hotels, guide and driverAny drinks or meals other than mentioned aboveAny visa/insurance feesAny other services note specified above
Day 01: Arrive Mumbai (by International flight)
Day 02: Mumbai Sightseeing
Buffet breakfast at hotel, proceed for sightseeing tour of Mumbai. The tour starts from the Gateway of India. Gateway of India is the landmark of Bombay, which, was before the advent of air travel, the only gateway to India. It was built to commemorate the visit of King George and Queen Mary to India in 1911. You will be then driven along Marine Drive, the sea - Front Boulevard. It is also known as the Queen’s Necklace as in the evening, the breeze from the Arabian Sea
comes over Marine Drive and as the streetlights on this U-shaped road light up, the view from south Bombay’s skyscrapers or from the exclusive residential area, is that of a Queen’s Necklace. Your first stop will be the Jain Temples, built of marble and dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankara. From the temples you will be driven along Malabar Hill via the Tower of Silence - a round stone construction on which Parsis place their dead to be eaten by the vultures and Hanging Gardens which is built over Bombay’s reservoir. From here one can get a panoramic view of picturesque Marine Drive. From Malabar Hill you will be driven to the Dhobi Ghats a huge open-air laundry, which makes an interesting viewing. After sightseeing return to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel
Day 03: Mumbai – Nagpur (By flight) – Kanha (by surface)
Day 04: Kanha (Enjoy Morning and Evening Jeep Safari at Kanha National Park)
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Morning & Evening jeep safari to Kanha National Park. Spread over a massive area of 1945 sq. km, Kanha is in the heart of Kipling Country, the setting of the Jungle Book. It offers a great diversity of wildlife. Chances of seeing the Indian Bison here are much better than Bandhavgarh. You also might spot a pack of Dholes - the Indian Wild Dog, also known as the whistling hunters, Dholes are
known for their perseverance in hunting down their quarry. Kanha is also the last refuge of the Swamp Deer (Hard Ground), only 400 or so survive in the wildlife and all of them are to be found in Kanha. Kanha National Park and Tiger Reserve is considered one of Asia's finest protected areas and probably the best place in the world to see tigers in the wild. Tracts of Kanha have been a wildlife sanctuary since 1933. In 1955, 318 sq km was declared a National Park and in 1973, 940 sq Kms became one of the first nine Project Tiger Reserves.Kanha was expanded in 1976 - the National Park now has a core area of 940 sq km and a buffer zone of 1005 sq km. Buffet lunch, dinner & Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05: Kanha
Day 06: Kanha – Bandhavgarh (by surface)
Day 07: Bandhavgarh (Morning and Evening Jeep Safari at Bandhavgarh Park)
Buffet breakfast at the Hotel. Morning & Evening Jeep safari at Bandhavgarh Park.The reserve is named after the highest hill in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Bandhavgarh has been an excellent habitat of tiger and is known for the highest density of tigers in the world. Considering the importance and potentiality of the National park, it was included in the
Project Tiger Network in 1993. The adjoining Panpatha Sanctuary too was declared as a part of the Reserve.During these drives you stand a very good chance of seeing the Lord of the Indian Jungle the tiger. This magnificent striped cat was almost hunted down to extinction by 1970 after having numbered over 40,000 at the turn of the century. Thanks to the efforts of Project Tiger looking after reserves like Bandhavgarh, there is now a fighting chance for the beast to survive into the next Century. A relatively small park, Bandhavgarh is one of the smallest tiger reserves holding such a large population of tigers (49 according to the 1997 census). Set in rugged terrain with many hills, the forested area is interspersed with savanna like areas known as Chaurs. These wildernesses support a rich variety of wildlife that includes Tiger, Leopard, Gaur (Indian Bison), Sloth Bear, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Chowsingha (Four horned Antelope), and Wild Pigs etc. It has also rich birdlife.Buffet lunch, dinner & Overnight at the hotel.
Day 08: Bandhavgarh (Morning and Evening Jeep Safari at Bandhavgarh Park)
Day 09: Bandhavgarh – Khajuraho (By surface)
Morning board jeeps for another morning game drive. Back to Hotel for breakfast. Later drive to Khajuraho, home of the famed erotic stone carved temples. (275 Kms / 6 hours). In 1838 Captain T.S. Burt, who was working with the Asiatic Society in Calcutta, followed up local rumours and discovered the great temple complex rising above the jungle in Khajuraho. The ruins of the original Chandela capital stretch over 21 square kilometres, but very
little apart from the temples remain. The temples here were built between 950 and 1050 A.D. by the Chandela dynasty, which claims descent from the Moon God and a mortal, Hemavati, with whom the god fell in love.Most of the temples of the north were destroyed by invaders, but Khajuraho escaped and stands today as an island of beauty. The Chandelas built 85 temples and some 22 survive today. Architecturally the temples have some unique features. They are ornately carved, with each frieze and sculpture depicting the genius of the men who carved it and the king who inspired them. Although famous for erotic depictions, these form only a small part of the wealth of the site. Taken in totality, the sculptures of Khajuraho depict the everyday life of the people and the court in the 10th and 11th centuries. Khajuraho is not something that can be described in words - it has to be experienced. Overnight in Khajuraho.
Day 10: Khajuraho – Jhansi (by surface) – Agra (by Train)
After buffet breakfast, you will proceed for sightseeing tour of the Chandela Temple Complex. The tour concentrates on the famous erotic temples, which represent some of the finest examples of temple architecture in Northern India. The remote location of Khajuraho meant that the temples were unharmed by Muslim invaders and as a result, the intricately fine carvings are in very good condition and are said to represent life in heaven.
After ruling for about 500 years the Chandela dynasty fell to the might of Islam and consequently the religious centre of Khajuraho was abandoned. The temples remain as a reminder of a society that believed in the full enjoyment of life, with all the senses being a path to nirvana. Of the eighty-five original temples only 22 remain, but many are in very good condition. You visit the Kandariya Mahadeva, the Chatrabhuj, Parswanath and Ghantai Temples, each remarkable for its beautiful design and architecture.Later you will be driven to the Jhansi Railway station (200 Kms / 5 Hours) in time to board Shatabdi Express train to Agra departing at 1845 hrs and arrive Agra at 2110 hrs. Upon arrival, our representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Overnight in Agra.
Day 11: Agra Sightseeing
Early morning visit Taj Mahal- the famous monuments and great symbol of Love at sunrise. Back to Hotel for Breakfast.In the afternoon visit the The Agra fort - situated on the banks of Yamuna River, North West of the Taj Mahal, this majestic fort was started by the Emperor Akbar and it developed as a strong hold of the Mughal Empire, under successive generations. This majestic fortress of red sandstone encompasses within its 2.5 km long endosure walls,
the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. It comprises many visionary palaces, such as the Jahangir Palace and the Khas Mahal, built by Shah Jahan, audience halls such as the Dewan I Khas and two very beautiful mosques.Later visit the Taj Mahal - a white marble Tomb build in 1631 - 1648, seat of the Mughal Empire by Shah Jahan for his wife, Arjuman Banu Begum or Mumtaz Mahal In the evening, free to explore the Agra's rich heritage of handicrafts and a marble making factory. Overnight in Agra
Day 12: Drive from Agra to Jaipur visiting Fatehpur Sikri & Abhaneri enroute
After a leisurely breakfast, drive to Jaipur known as "pink city" and the capital of Rajasthan named after Jai Singh, the former Maharaja of Jaipur.Enroute visit the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, a place worth visiting to discover how once the city could have been which has now turned into ruins, situated 26 miles west of Agra, it was build at orders of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. Proceed for Jaipur and the next halt is Abhaneri
Abhaneri is a small town village, situated at a distance of 95 kms before Jaipur, on Agra –Jaipur road. The place is popular for the amazing 'Baoris' (step wells) and Harshat Mata Temple. Famour Abhaneri Stepwell called Chand Baoli, belonging to the 11th century AD. This stepwells is a marvel of architecture & has beautifully carved panels inserted into the sides. The steps, in sets of 4 or 5, are in the shape of an inverted 'V'. The carved stone pillars, which are somewhat damaged now, were once strong enough for supporting pulleys to draw water. Several storeyed verandahs surround this beautiful stepwell. Also visit the Harshat Mata Goddess Temple nearby belonging to the 9th Century. Later proceed to Jaipur. On arrival check in at Hotel. Overnight in Jaipur