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Tiger Safari in India tour duration: 12 Nights / 13 Days

Places Covered: Delhi / Varanasi / Khajuraho / Bandhavgarh / Kanha / Agra / Jaipur / Delhi

Tour Description: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6 | Day 7 | Day 8 | Day 9 | Day 10 | Day 11 | Day 12 | Day 13

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.

Day 01 – Arrive Delhi
You will be received at the Delhi International Airport by a Trans India Holidays representative and he will escort you to the hotel and will assist you with the check in formalities.

Your Tiger Safari tour in India starts from the capital city, Delhi, an energetic city, with a unique blend of the ancient and the contemporary era. Delhi has two visible parts: New Delhi, the city created by the British in 1911 as the Imperial capital of India and Old Delhi considered as the Muslim capital of India between the 17th and the 19th century. There are at least eight cities on the location of the modern Delhi, among which Indraprastha is one of the first recognized settlements, highlighted in the epic Mahabharata over 3000 years ago. Nevertheless, Delhi has always been one of the major cities in the northern region of the subcontinent.

Overnight stay in Delhi.

Day 02 – In Delhi

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, Tiger’s Trail ToursIndia 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.



Day 03 – Fly Delhi - Varanasi

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 Ghats, Tiger Tour packages IndiaVaranasi - 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.

Day 04 - Fly Varanasi – Khajuraho
The day begins early with a Dawn Boat Ride on the holy river Ganges. The guide will pick you up from your hotel and will take you to the river Ganges. The City and the river Ganges come alive at dawn, when hundreds and thousands of devotees come to the river to worship the Sun God. The edge of the river looks amazing from a boat at sunrise and this sight is spiritually uplifting. Hinduism is deep and magical, it is everywhere; in the sight of a sparkling temple; in the sound of a sacred bell; in the prayer chants of the priests and in the smell of the flowers.
Khajuraho, Tiger Tour packages India
Return to the hotel and enjoy a relaxing breakfast, and then you will be met by our representative and he will help you with the check out formalities. Then he will escort you to the airport in time to board a flight to Khajuraho, your next destination on your India Tiger safari tour.

Khajuraho: - Khajuraho was once the capital of the Chandela Rajput’s of Bundelkhand. It is the dwelling place of the World’s famous 10th century Khajuraho Temples. These temples have attractive and erotic rock carvings and the carvings symbolize some of the beautiful specimens of the medieval Hindu architecture and sculpture in the country.

You will be met by our representative at the Khajuraho airport and he will escort you to the hotel and will assist you with the check in formalities.

The rest of the day is free for you. You can either relax and enjoy the hotel facilities or explore the city.

Overnight stay in Khajuraho.

Day 05 - Drive Khajuraho - Bandhavgarh (250 kms / 05 hrs)
After a relaxing breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up from your hotel and will be taken for a guided sightseeing tour of Khajuraho. Tour includes visits to the following places of interest:

Eastern Group of temples – The Eastern group of temples includes the Lakshmi and the Varaha Temple, the Lakshmana Temple, the Kandariya Mahadev, the Mahadeva Temple, the Devi Jagadamba Temple, the Chitragupta Temple and the Vishwanath Temple. The Eastern Group of temples houses the Parasvanath Temple, the largest and finest Jain temple in the city as well as the Adinath Temple, the Shantinath Temple, the Ghantai Temple, the Javari Temple, the Vamana Temple and the Brahma and Hanuman Temple.

The Western group of temples includes the Matangesvara Temple, the only temple in Khajuraho where the daily rituals still takes place and the Chausath Yogini Temple, the temple which is in ruins now and is believed to be the oldest temple in Khajuraho.

Later in the afternoon, you will be met by our representative at the hotel and he will assist you with the check out formalities. You will then start your drive to Bandhavgarh, the first National Park that you would visit on your India Tiger safari.

Bandhavgarh National Park : Bandhavgarh is a comparatively new National Park, and amongst the most popular Tiger Reserves in India. The Park is extremely popular because of its high density of Tiger population, being a relatively smaller park. There is also a lovely fort in the middle of the park, which doubles its charm. The park has a huge biodiversity. Bandhavgarh National Park also has a huge breeding population of leopards, Jungle cats, Rhesus macaques, hyenas, blackbucks and various species of mammals and 250 species of bird.

On arrival at Bandhavgarh, check in at the resort.

Overnight stay in Bandhavgarh.

Day 06 – In Bandhavgarh
Morning and Afternoon Safaris into the Bandhavgarh National Park accompanied by an English speaking Naturalist. Game drives in Bandhavgarh are conducted using 4WD vehicles.

Overnight stay in Bandhavgarh.

Day 07 -  Drive Bandhavgarh – Kanha (325 kms/06 hrs)
Drive Bandhavgarh – Kanha, Tiger’s Trail Tours The day starts with an early morning game safari into the Bandhavgarh National Park, once again accompanied by a local Naturalist.

After the morning Safari, return to the hotel for breakfast, after which you check out and start your drive to Kanha, the second National Park on your India Tiger safari.

Kanha National Park:Kanha National Park, one of the original Sanctuaries to be part of the Project Tiger programme, is one of the largest National Parks in Asia. Kanha not only boasts of India’s largest Tiger population, but is also known for it’s conservation efforts of the Barasingha (Swamp Deer), the population of which has increased over seven fold in the last 40 odd years. The Kanha National Park has a diverse landscape and a hugely varied topography including hilly areas, thick forest and open grasslands. This varied landscape offers a unique habitat to a variety of animals, which, in addition to Tigers include Chital (spotted deer), Langur Monkeys, Wolves and the elusive leopard.

On arrival at Kanha, check in at the resort.

Overnight stay in Kanha.

Day 08 –In Kanha
Kanha, Tiger’s Trail ToursMorning and Afternoon Safaris into the Kanha National Park accompanied by an English speaking Naturalist. Game drives in Kanha are conducted using 4WD vehicles.

Return to the resort for a relaxing breakfast. Later in the afternoon you will be picked up again from your Resort and will be taken for a guided game ride into Kanha National Park.

Overnight stay in Kanha.

Day 09 – Drive Kanha – Jabalpur (200 kms / 04 hrs) and overnight train Agra

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.


Day 10 - Arrive Agra
You will be met at the Agra Railway Station by our representative and he will escort you to the hotel and will assist you with the check in formalities.

Agra :Agra is situated on the bank of Yamuna River. It is the dwelling place to India’s famous monument, the Taj Mahal. Agra was the capital of Mughal Empire in the 16th & 17th centuries.

Later in the afternoon, you will be picked up from your hotel and will be taken for a guided sightseeing tour of Agra. Tour includes visits following places of interest:

Taj Mahal, Tiger Tour packages IndiaTaj Mahal: Emperor Shah Jahan constructed the Taj Mahal in the memory of his wife Mumtaj Mahal who died during the birth of their child in 1631. The construction of this famous monument is said to have taken 22 years, starting from 1631.Over 20,000 artisans were working day and night for the construction of this landmark. Crafts persons and whizzes were brought from France and Italy. And the chief architect was from Iran. The visit to the Taj Mahal, will long be remembered by you as the highlight of your Golden Triangle Tour.

Agra Fort: Emperor Akbar started the construction of this huge red sandstone Agra Fort on the bank of Yamuna River in 1565. It was mainly constructed for the soldiers until his grandson, Shah Jahan, added more opulent accommodations. There are a number of attractive buildings within its porches such as Samman Burj, where Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son, Moti Masjid, a white marble mosque, Diwan–e–Am, Diwan–e–Khas, Jahangir’s Palace, Khaas Mahal and Shish Mahal.

Overnight stay in Agra.

Day 11 - Drive Agra – Jaipur (250 kms / 5 hrs)

After a relaxed breakfast at the hotel, you will be received by our representative and will be assisted with check-out formalities. You will then start your trip to Jaipur, the last destination on your India Tiger safari Tour, enroute stopping at Fatehpur Sikri, for a guided tour.

Fatehpur Sikri: The deserted capital of Emperor Akbar roughly 35 kms outside Agra, this city was built in the 16th century, and was abandoned for 12 years due to the paucity of water. The entire city is still intact, and a sight of this city is worth remembering. The Buland Darwaza is the main entrance to this city, which is 54 m tall and this gate was built in the honor of Akbar’s victory in Gujarat.

After visiting Fatehpur Sikri, the drive takes a twirl to Jaipur, the next stop on your India Tiger safari tour.

Jaipur : It is the capital of Rajasthan, and is known as the “Pink City” because of the pink tinted constructions in the old city. It is situated on a dry lake bed, bordered by barren hills vanquished by forts and broken walls. The city was found in 1727 by Maharaja Jai Singh II, who wanted to be in the good books of the then ruling Mughals. He positioned the city with rectangular blocks according to early Hindu architecture. It is a great city for shopping.

On your arrival at the Jaipur hotel, you will be met by our representative and will be assisted with the check in formalities.

Rest of the day is free for you. You can either relax and enjoy the facilities of the hotel or explore the city.

Overnight stay in Jaipur.

Day 12 -  In Jaipur
After a relaxing breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up from your hotel and will be taken for a guided sightseeing tour of Jaipur and Amber. Tour includes visits to the following places of interest:

Hawa Mahal, Tiger Tour packages IndiaHawa Mahal (Palace of winds): Constructed by Maharaja Sawaj Pratap Singh in 1799, the Hawa Mahal is one of the Jaipur’s main landmarks; the front of the Mahal has pink windows and latticework screens. This Mahal was initially constructed for the ladies of the imperial household to watch the ordinary life and parades of the city.

City Palace: The City Palace is still the dwelling place of the former royalty H.H Bhawani Singh Ji of Jaipur. This Palace still has an extensive collection of art, carpets and old weapons.

Jantar Mantar (Observatory): It was built by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1728. Jantar Mantar appears to be an inquisitive collection of sculptures but in fact each construction has a detailed purpose such as measuring the positions of stars, altitudes and azimuths, and calculating eclipses. The most striking instrument is the sundial which is 27 meter tall gnomon. The shadow this casts moves up to 4 meters an hour.

Amber Fort: The Amber Fort is located 11 kms away from Jaipur. Amber was once the ancient capital of Jaipur. The Fort is an excellent illustration of Rajput architecture, impressively situated on a hillside facing a lake, which reflects its walkways and walls.

Overnight stay in Jaipur.

Day 13 -  Drive Jaipur - Delhi (250 kms/05 hrs) and depart Delhi
Have a relaxed morning in Jaipur, after which, drive to Delhi International Airport in time to board your flight home.

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


Cities Standard Superior Deluxe
Delhi Vikram The Park The Lalit
Varanasi The Amayaa Rivatas by Ideal Taj Gateway
Khajuraho Ramada Radisson Taj Chandela
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.

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing, bed & breakfast  basis (EXCEPT at the Bandhavgarh and Kanha where all meals are included) at the selected categories of hotels / lodges.
  • Ground transportation as mentioned in the itinerary using an air-conditioned car.
  • Sightseeing tours/Game rides as per the above itinerary alongwith an English speaking guide / Naturalist and including entrance fees to the monuments / parks.
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