A 14 day Tiger safari in India, which includes two of India’s well known Tiger reserves and National Parks of Kanha and Bandhavgarh. This tour also includes some of India’s famous cultural tourist attractions, such as the metropolitan city of Delhi, with the beautiful cities of Ganges Varanasi, the erotic temples of Khajuraho, Agra the city of the Taj Mahal, and finally the city that arrays a pink carpet to all its visitors, Jaipur. The National Parks in India are fairly different from their counterparts in Africa, but they are exciting and have a matchless Flora and Fauna of their own. Whereas, Kanha and Bandhavgarh are well known as Tiger reserves, these reserves apart from the Royal Bengal Tigers also support a whole lot of other animals and rare species too.
After a relaxing breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and will be taken for a guided sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi. Tour includes visits to the following places of interest:
Red Fort: The term Red Fort is taken from a Hindi word Lal, which means red and Quila which means fort. The structure of the Red Fort is very uneven and it is placed in an octet shape along the Yamuna River. This fort is delimited by a wall of about 2.4 kms in perimeter and is constructed of red sandstone. In 1638, Shah Jahan started building this huge fort and it was completed in 1648. The fort has a Diwan-e-Am (Hall for public audience), a Rang Mahal (a water- cooled apartment of royal ladies) and a Pearl Mosque, which was constructed with white marble. Red fort has two hallways: a) The Delhi gate and b) The Lahori gate, and both this gates face the renowned Chandni Chowk.
Jama Masjid: Jama Masjid is one of the country’s major mosques where hundreds and thousands of Muslims offer their prayers even today. Jama Masjid was constructed by Shah Jahan as an architectural extravaganza in 1658. The wonders of construction in Jama Masjid are seen in the long stretches of stairs and the hefty courtyard.
Chandni Chowk (Silver Street): Chandni Chowk is well-known for its flamboyant streets with the famous shopping spots of Old Delhi. It is also has the country’s best known extensive market for textiles, electronic goods and watches. Entire Chandni Chowk was designed by Jahanara Begum, Shah Jahan’s beloved daughter and was then populated by the well-to-do families of that time. The famous Paranthawale Gali, known for its mouthwatering paranthas is also positioned in Chandni Chowk. The famous gold market, Dariba Kalan is also situated here.
Raj Ghat : An elementary square platform of black marble on the banks of Yamuna River, symbolizes the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated followed by his assassination in 1948. A dedicatory ritual takes place each Friday, in his memory.
Birla Mandir: Birla Mandir is a major prayer site and comprises of idols of numerous divinities. It is situated close to Connaught Place. Birla Mandir was constructed in 1938, by an industrial Raja Baldev Birla.
India Gate: India Gate is a free standing, 42 metre high arch. It was built in 1931 and was formerly called the All India War Memorial in the memory of the 90,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who died in World War I. The names of the warriors are engraved all along the walls of the arch. The eternal flame was lit here to honor the Amar Jawan (Immortal Soldier), in 1971.
Rashtrapati Bhavan (President’s House):Rashtrapati Bhavan is the authorized residence of the President of the country. It was designed by Lutyens, and was the official residence of the Viceroy when the British ruled India.
Humayun’s Tomb: Nine years after the death of Humayun, Haji Begum (widow of Humayun) built this tomb in 1565-66 in his memory.
Qutub Minar: This outstanding building in the Southern part of the capital was built by the Muslim King; Qutab–ud–din Aibak in 1199 A.D. The Minar (tower) is 72.5 meters tall and its base is a mosque.
Bahai’s Temple: It is a very new architectural marvel of the Bahai cult. This temple is visible from quite a lot of spots in South Delhi. This temple is moulded in the shape of a lotus and has precisely been given the name.
Overnight stay in Delhi.
After a relaxing breakfast at the hotel, you will be met by our representative and he will assist you with the check-out formalities. You will then be escorted to the airport in time to board flight for Varanasi, the next destination on your India Tiger safari tour.
Varanasi - Varanasi the ‘eternal city’ is one of the major pilgrimage spots in India. Varanasi is located on the banks of the sacred river Ganges. Over 2000 years Varanasi has been a center of learning. Apart from being a pilgrimage spot in India, Varanasi is also considered as an auspicious place to die, establishing an instant route to heaven. Varanasi is a special place for the Sanskrit scholars and students from all over India are seen here. The ancient city of Varanasi is located along the West bank of the river Ganges. This city extends back from the riverbank ghats in a twisted collection of passageways. These passageways are too cramped for anything but walking. The city extends from Raj Ghat, near the bridge to Asi Ghat near the University.
You will be met by our representative at the Varanasi Airport and he will escort you to the hotel and help you with the check in formalities.
Asi Ghat: Asi Ghat is one of the five extraordinary ghats in India; where the pilgrims are supposed to bathe in all the ghats on the same day and in order. The order is Asi, Dasaswamedh, Barnasangam, Panchganga and finally Manikarnika.
Durga Temple: Durga Temple was constructed in the 18th century by a Bengali Maharani. This temple is commonly known as the ‘Monkey Temple’ as many monkeys have made it their home. The construction of this temple is in Nagara style (North Indian style). The temple has a Durga Kund (Kund means Pond or pool). The temple has multi-tiered shikharas and is stained red with ochre, which represents the color of Durga. This temple is closed for non-Hindus.
Kashi-Vishwanath or Golden Temple: The Kashi-Vishwanath or the Golden Temple is devoted to lord Shiva as the Lord of the Universe. The original Temple was destroyed by Aurangzeb and he constructed a mosque over it. The New temple is constructed in 1776 by Ahalya Bai of Indore and the Gold plating on the towers of the temples was contributed by Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Lahore. The new temple is located right across the road from its original position. Next to the temple is the Gyan Kupor Well, the well of knowledge. In this temple also the non-Hindus are not allowed.
Overnight stay in Varanasi.
The day starts with an early morning game safari into the Kanha National Park, once again accompanied by a local Naturalist.
Later, you will be met by our representative and he will assist you with the check out formalities at the resort. And then you start your drive to Jabalpur and board the overnight train to Agra, the next destination on the India Tiger safari tour.
Overnight on board train.
|Period / Category||Standard||Superior||Deluxe|
|Valid from 01st Oct'16 to 30th June'17||US$ 2312 per person||US$ 2330 per person||US$ 2545 per person|
|Valid from 01st Oct'15 to 30th June'16||US$ 1944 per person||US$ 2158 per person||US$ 2782 per person|
|Domestic airfare||US$ 280 per person||US$ 280 per person||US$ 280 per person|
|Delhi||Vikram||The Park||The Lalit|
|Varanasi||The Amayaa||Rivatas by Ideal||Taj Gateway|
|Bandhavgarh||Tiger Den||Bandhav Vilas||Kings Lodge|
|Kanha||Chitvan Jungle Lodge||Chitvan Jungle Lodge||Flame of the Forest|
|Agra||Howard Plaza||Jaypee Palace||ITC Mughal|
|Jaipur||Alsisar Haveli||Lemon Tree Premier||ITC Rajputana|
* Small supplements may apply for travel between 01st November and 15th November’2016, 20th December'2016 and 05th January'2017 and during the month of February’ 2017.
Note: All the figures quoted above are nett per person in US Dollars.