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Taj Mahal, Ganges & Tigers

Agra, Varanasi and Bandhavgarh National Park
Duration: 06 nights 07 days
This tour will run from mid-October to mid-June

ITINERARY

Day 01: Delhi to Agra. Overnight train
Day 02: Varanasi
Day 03: Varanasi
Day 04: Varanasi to Bandhavgarh National Park. Day train
Day 05: Bandhavgarh National Park
Day 06: Bandhavgarh National Park
Day 07: Bandhavgarh National Park to Delhi. Flight

 

Highlights

• Sightseeing in Agra, visit the Iconic Taj Mahal
• Enthralling aarti (prayer) at the Ganges river side
• Exploring the sights, cuisine and culture of the three destinations
• Tiger Safari at Bandhavgarh National Park
• Cultural experiences and village visit in Bandhavgarh
• Interesting drives and train journeys providing a glimpse of incredible rural India
• Stay at a unique eco-lodge with luxury cottages & tents in Bandhavgarh

 

Description

This exciting family tour combines two of the country’s most fascinating cultural and ancient sites namely Agra and Varanasi
and an opportunity to visit the Tigers of Bandhavgarh.

A trip to India seems incomplete without a visit to the most iconic manmade structure in the world, the Taj Mahal, where we shall take you the first day. Built by Shah Jahan as the symbol for undying love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, the sight of the white marble structure does take your breath away. We also take you to Fatehpur Sikri, the new imperial capital built in the name of Sufi saint Salim Chishti who had given the childless Emperor Akbar the blessing to have sons. An architectural and creative marvel, this structure still inspires awe.

The same night we take the overnight air-conditioned sleeper train from Agra to the ancient holy town of Varanasi. Situated on the banks of river Ganga, it was best described by Mark Twain. ‘The oldest living city….Older than legend, older than tradition…older than all of these put together.’

The old city, best explored on foot and cycle rickshaws, can be very chaotic but exotic at the same time. The magical sight of sunrise, bathing the banks with gold is an unforgettable sight to behold. With boats sailing past, pilgrims taking holy dips, cremations and birth rites being performed under picturesque iconic umbrellas, clothes being washed, there is never a dull moment on the 80 odd ghats of this holy river. The evening aarti at the busiest Dashashvamedha Ghat, is spectacular to say the least.

After exploring this fascinating and unforgettable destination, we take the day train to Bandhavgarh. This trip takes us away from the manmade to the beautiful natural forests of Bandhavgarh National Park. A great place to sight the revered but endangered Tigers among other mammals and birds. A beautiful drive from Khajuraho with lovely views of rural Madhya Pradesh, you will get to see a glimpse of typical central Indian flora, vistas, architecture and way of living. A perfect start to the adventure ahead.

Bandhavgarh is uniquely famous as a forest offering nearly 100 percent tiger sightings. The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is one of the highest known in India. Along with the majestic tigers, one can hope to see more than 22 species of mammals and 250 species of birds.

In the park, you can taste the real adventure of a jungle safari. The excitement begins to build up as we take you to the core of the forest and you begin to hear and spot the animal and birds. You can also choose to explore birdlife in the forests, fort or adjoining areas, like the Bhadrashilla Lake, Gadhpuri Dam and Bhambhera Dam, which are ideal for birding. A trip to the ancient temple ruins at the 2000-year-old Bandhavgarh fort is also a great option. You can either explore it in a jeep or follow the steep trekking path on foot with our trained local guides. Along with thrilling safaris, for those interested, we can also arrange a village visit or cultural performance of local tribal dance. Also recommended is a visit to the Baghel Museum, housing precious belongings including a stuffed white tiger of the Maharaja of Rewa who maintained Bandhavgarh as his game reserve.

In Bandhavgarh, along with the Tiger, you can see the Leopard, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Barking Deer, Blue Bull, Indian Gazelle, Hyena, Jackal, Wild boar, Sloth Bear, Common Langurs, Rhesus Monkey etc.

The vegetation along streams and marshes is rich in bird life. The common species of birds seen here are Egrets, The Blue Bearded Bee-Eater, Darter, the Yellow and Red-Wattled Lapwings, EgyptianVulture, Kingfishers and Indian Rollers. Reptilian fauna include Cobra, Krait, Viper, Rat Snake, Python, Turtle and a number of Lizard varieties.

Checking into Monsoon Forest, a unique eco-lodge with luxury tents and indigenous central Indian mud house styled architecture, serenity seeps into you. With beautiful grasslands, views of the forest and the Bandhavgarh Fort in the distance, it’s an ideal base to explore the magic of tiger spotting. Be prepared to have a fabulous stay as they go out of their way to make your stay most memorable. Special romantic dinners, traditional massages and yoga sessions are also an option at this resort.

After fantastic wildlife sightings and relaxing stay over the three nights at Monsoon Forest in Bandhavgarh, we take the flight back to Delhi where our tour ends.

ITINERARY

Day 01 Delhi-Agra-Varanasi
Meals: On your own
Drive to Agra from Delhi, a pleasant 4-hour journey. Visit Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort with your guide. If time permits, visit Fatehpur Sikri in the afternoon. Connect to overnight air-conditioned sleeper train to Varanasi (Benaras) at 2040 hours.

Day 02 Varanasi
Meals: On your own
Arrive in Varanasi at 0845 hours. You will be met and transferred to the hotel. Afternoon guided sightseeing of Varanasi visiting the temples, mosques, Man Mandir Gate, Bharat Kala Bhavan (excellent collection of Mughal paintings and Banarasi textiles), Government Weaving Centre to watch the famous Banaras silk-weaving. Ganga aarti (if possible). Overnight in a hotel.

Day 03 Varanasi
Meals: Breakfast
Morning- Boat-ride on the Ganges river to see the bathing ghats on the holy river, ayurvedic tea at Street View Gai Ghat, excursion to the 17th century Ramnagar Fort (now a museum). Visit the pilgrim centre of Sarnath (holy to Buddhists and Jains with Stupas where Buddha preached for the first time and a deer park where the 11th Jain Tirthankar was born). Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 04 Varanasi-Bandhavgarh National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Spend your morning at leisure. You will be transferred to the station to connect train at noon to Bandhavgarh National Park, arriving at Umaria at 2200 hours. You will be met and transferred to Bandhavgarh (1 hour). Overnight stay at Monsoon Forest.

Day 05 & 06: Bandhavgarh National Park
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Morning and afternoon visits to the park for nature watch and tiger tracking in 4WDs. Overnight in Monsoon Forest.

Day 07: Bandhavgarh National Park-Delhi
Meals: Packed breakfast
You will be transferred to the airport (3½ hour drive) at 0900 hours to board the morning flight at 1445 to Delhi. Tour ends.

Note:

  1. Another morning drive into the jungle on Day 07 is possible if you travel by overnight train from Bandhavgarh to Delhi, arriving on Day 08 at 0730 hours. The cost of an additional safari and train fare will be extra.
  2. Taj Mahal remains closed on Friday and Bandhavgarh National Park remains closed on Wednesday.

Tour Price on per person basis in Indian Rupees

Year   2013 2014 2015
Per person price 2 paying persons 60750 66750 73500
  3 paying persons 50000 55000 60500
  4 paying persons 46500 51250 56250
Single Room Supplement 12500 13500 15000
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Services included:
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis
- Meals as per the itinerary
- Sightseeing in Varanasi and Agra with guides
- A boat cruise on the Ganges with a guide
- Jungle visits in Bandhavgarh National Parks in 4WDs with park guides
- All surface transfers by a private air-conditioned vehicle
- Train Tickets

Services not included:
- Optional tours/excursions, personal & incidental expenses.
- Tips, laundry, phone calls, alcohol, monument entrance fee, camera fee etc.
- International and domestic air fare, visa, insurance.
- Elephant rides

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