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Grand Tour of Tigerland |
Grand Tour of Tigerland Duration:
18 Nights - 19 Days
Places Covered: Delhi - Nagpur - Kanha - Bandhavgarh
- Khajuraho - Agra - Bharatpur - Jaipur - Delhi - Guwahati - Kaziranga - Guwahati
Day 01: Delhi
Begin your tour
Arrive into Delhi
Welcome to Vardhman's "Grand Tour of Tigerland"!
On arrival in
Delhi, you will be met and transferred by Vardhman's representative to your hotel.
DELHI, the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with
a fascinating blend of the past and the present. It is a perfect introduction
to the composite culture of an ancient land. A window to the kaleidoscope - that
is India. Relax for the remaining part of the day.
Day 02: Delhi - Nagpur - Kanha
Early morning transfer to airport for
flight to Nagpur. On arrival at airport you will be met by our representative
and drive to Kanha National Park (7 hours drive). Check into your hotel upon arrival.
Rest of the day free to relax.
Day 03: Kanha
Jungle excursion to Kanha National Park by Jeeps and elephants.
activity is at its height early in the day. To make the most of our time, tea
and coffee are served each morning before departing. We have breakfast later in
the field. Set on the Chota Nagpur Plateau, Kanha provides breathtaking vistas
of grassy plains and stands of mixed sal/teak forest. The many streams are edged
by large grovesof willowy bamboo. This vast 1000 sq Km preserve was not only set
aside to protect the tiger, but to save theendangered barasingha as well. These
beautiful deer are spectacular to watch as they graze in the forest meadows. In
addition, Kanha is one of the best places in the world to view the secretive Indian
Guar( Commonly Indian Bison) which is the largest cattle in the world and the
rare Dhole or Indian Hunting Dog. While in Kanha, wildlife viewing is done from
open 4x4 Open Vehicles and elephants. During breakfast each day, our guide finds
out if and where the mahouts have spotted tiger. We then wait our turn to view
the tiger by elephant back. We return to the resort each day for lunch, then return
to the park mid-afternoon for additional game viewing opportunities.
Day 04: Kanha
A full day game viewing inside the jungle.
Day 05: Kanha - Bandhavgarh
breakfast, drive to Bandhavgarh National Park ( 7 hours drive) . Our drive takes
us through rural countryside and colorful towns and villages. Arrive at the Bandhavgarh
National Park. On arrival checking into wildlife resort Dinner and overnight at
Day 06: Bandhavgarh
the Vindhya Hills in the state of Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh consists of 800
sq kms of sal and mixed forest with large stretches of bamboo and grassland to
the north. There is a dramatic natural fort at the park's center, 1,000 feet above
the surrounding countryside. In addition to tigers, we hope to see gaur (Indian
bison), chital, and chausingha (four-horned antelope). There are some 150 species
of birds here including blue-bearded bee-eaters and white-browed fantails, and
the Malabar Hornbill. Wildlife viewing is by open 4x4 Open Vehicle and elephant
back. Boarding elephants is easy, and the cushioned platforms are very comfortable.
Since most animals, including tiger, have little fear of elephants or the people
mounted on them, this mode of transportation is ideal for wildlife viewing. There
are morning and afternoon wildlife excursions each day and we have the option
to visit the fort. A 35-foot statue of the reclining Vishnu, resting beside a
rectangular pool of spring water, head the path to the imposing main gate. In
addition to 10th century rock images of the incarnation of Vishnu, Bandhavgarh
Fort offers breathtaking views and excellent game viewing.
Day 07: Bandhavgarh
A full day game viewing inside the jungle.
Day 08: Bandhavgarh - Khajuraho
Early morning after breakfast drive to Khajuraho. Upon arrival, check into
your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 09: Khajuraho
Visit the world famous Khajuraho temples were built by
the Chandela kings between 950 AD and 1050 AD. The most important are the Chaunset
Yogini Temple dedicated to Goddess Kali, The Mahadev Temple, Chitragupta or Bharatji
Temple with a lovely image of 11 headed Vishnu, Vishvanath and Nandi Temples,
Lakshmana Temple, Visha Temple of Shiva, which is the largest & most typical
of temples. Visit the Eastern group of temples that consist of the Parasvanath
Temple - the only Jain Temple surviving at Khajuraho and has excellent sculptures
on the outer walls of the Sanctum, the Javeri Temple dedicated to Vishnu. The
other temples in this group are those dedicated to Brahma, Yamuna and Adinath.
Later in the afternoon transfer to the Jhansi railway station to catch train for
Agra. On arrival, transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 10: Agra -Fatehpur Sikri- Bharatpur
Early in the morning
visit Taj Mahal (Closed on Friday) during sunrise. Built by the mighty Shah Jahan,
the Taj is constructed of white marble inlaid with masterfully cut colored stones,
some semi-precious. This mausoleum is one of the world's finest architectural
wonders and the greatest monument to love ever built. and then visit the stunning
Agra Fort. This massive ruin, however, is soon overshadowed by Taj Mahal.
Return to the hotel for breakfast. Later vist Agra.
Visit Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula
& the massive Agra Fort. The elegant buildings inside reflect an interesting
synthesis of Hindu and Central Asian architectural styles. The maze of the courtyards,
mosques & private chambers of the fort echo the story of the Mughal Empire.
The Moti Masjid & other magnificent buildings reflect the skill of the ancient
Indian architectsLater you will visit a marble gallery - the flagship store in
Agra which offers an excellant range of white marble, fashionable wear & exotic
wooden articles, truly a one stop shop!
Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri (Victory
City). Built in 1569, the buildings, tombs, and palace are remarkable.
Keoladeo Ghana, is the site of a large marsh created in the 1700's by the Maharajah
of Bharatpur for the purpose of putting on extravagant duck hunts. Today, the
sanctuary is a World Heritage Site. Over 400 species of birds have been recorded
within the 30-square kilometer reserve. It is not uncommon for birders to see
more than 100 species in a day. We soon leave for a short glimpse of the National
Check into your hotel for an overnight stay.
Full day free to visit Bharatpur National Park.
first in flat-bottomed boats and then via bicycle rickshaws, explore this avian
spectacle. The birds seen are as colorful as their names - pintail ducks, red-crested
pochards,, and open-billed, painted, and black-necked storks. Watching the fishing
activities of the handsome pied kingfisher, common kingfisher, Purple heron and
the sleek darter provides engaging moments. Also commonly seen are eight species
of eagles and several species of falcon including the peregrine. In addition to
birdlife, the park is well known for the opportunities it provides to observe
Indian python, Indian porcupine, fishing cat, Indian civet, and three species
of mongoose. Sambar and Chital Deer and Nilgai and Black buck are common antilopes
found in the park.
Day 12: Bharatpur - Jaipur
After a last morning excursion at Keoladeo.
After a relaxed breakfast,
drive west to the traditional Rajasthani city of Jaipur. Check into your hotel
for an overnight stay. In the evening visit Choki Dhani.
13: Jaipur - Delhi
City tour of Jaipur, the "Pink City,"
Visit honey comb pink and white-faced "Palace of the Winds," the magnificently
ornate City Palace, and the incredible sherbet-yellow astronomical observatory,
which operates through the use of the sun's shadows to identify the positions
of the planets.In the morning, take a guided excursion through the Amber Fort
and Raj Mahal Palace complex. Built by Raja Man Singh beginning in 1592, this
ancient capital is a superb example of Rajput architecture, stunningly situated
on a hillside and overlooking a lake, which reflects its terraces and ramparts.
Enjoy a sturdy uphill ride to the palace atop a colorfully decorated elephant.
In the palace, visit the Shila Mata Temple, dedicated to Goddess Kali in her aspect
as the Goddess of War.
Later in the afternoon, drive back to Delhi. Check
into your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 14: Delhi
- Guwahati - Kaziranga
After breakfast transfer to Delhi airport to board
flight for Guwhati. Gauhati, in the far eastern state of Assam. Upon arrival,you
will be met and transferred to Kaziranga National Park by our representative.
Check into your hotel for an overnight stay.
Drive from the city of Gauhati
takes us east along the great and wide Brahmaputra River. It becomes apparent
quickly that the people of Assam have a more pronounced Oriental influence than
anywhere else we've visited. Assam is the biological crossroads for the flora
and fauna of the Malay Peninsula, China, Himalayas, and the Indian subcontinent.
Here, the forests are primarily tropical evergreen rather than the deciduous type
found in dryer areas.
Kaziranga National Park is 470 square miles, centering
around bottomlands covered by elephant grass savannahs. In the hills and along
the small streams, dense forests grow with epiphytic orchids and ferns jutting
from the trunks and branches of the great trees. Kaziranga was set aside to protect
the great one-horned Asian rhinoceros. It is estimated that there are now less
than 1,400 of these great beasts left in the wild, and more are found here than
anywhere else. The thrill of breaking into a clearing on elephant -back and coming
to within a few yards of one of these gray armored hulks is truly exhilarating.
Wild Asian elephant herds are present within the grasslands of the park, as are
large herds of barasingha, hog deer, and wild Asian buffalo. Bird Life is also
very distinct and colorful such as rose breasted Parakeet, Kalij Pheasant, emerald
dove, Imperial Pigeon, swamp francolin are come of the birds.
Day 15-16: Kaziranga
Spend the day at the national park
where you can see some of the rare species. Here you will find the Oriental Honey
Buzzard, Black-Shouldered Kite, Black Kite, Brahminy Kite, Pallas's Fishing Eagle,
White Tailed Eagle, Grey-Headed Fishing Eagle, Himalayan Griffon, etc. Huge numbers
of migratory birds descend on the parks lakes and marshy areas during winters,
including Greylag Geese, Bar-Headed Geese, Ruddy Shelduck, Gadwall, Falcated Duck,
Red-Crested Pochard and Northern Shoveller.
Also visit the Tea Garden and
walk though the Assames Village and see some silk weaving and silk moths.
Day 17: Kaziranga National Park - Guwahati - Delhi
After having breakfast,drive to Guwahati airport to board flight for Delhi.
Upon arrival at Delhi airport, you will be transferred to your hotel by our representative.
Relax for the remaining part of the day.
Overnight : Hotel
Full day City tour of Old and new Delhi.
OLD DELHI - Visit Red
Fort, built in 1648 by Mughal Emperor Shahjehan, Jama Masjid, one of the largest
Mosque of India, Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana, the cremation sites of Mahatama Gandhi
and Jawaharlal Nehru. Also drive past Chandni Chowk, shopping centre of Old Delhi.
Enjoy the cycle rickshaw ride from Jama Masjid to Chandni Chowk.
- An extensive sight-seeing tour of New Delhi would include a Visit Qutab Minar,
Humayun's tomb, Lakshminarayan Temple, a modern Hindu Temple, Parliament House,
Government Secretarial Building and Connaught place, the shopping centre of New
Overnight : Hotel
Day 19: Delhi
This morning after
breakfast transfer to Delhi International airport to board flight for your onward
destination to back home with sweet and unforgettable memories of your "Grand
Tour of Tigerland" tour escorted by Vardhman Vacations.
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