Tiger Trail Tours - Independent Tour
Delhi – Jaipur – Ranthambore – Agra – Bandhavgarh – Kanha – Mumbai
This tour is specially designed for wildlife enthusiasts and for those keen to see the most elegant and feared predator – Royal Bengal Tiger. Besides the elusive tiger, Indian National Parks offer visitors nature at its rustic best and an enticing variety of flora and fauna. Combine your wildlife tour with some spectacular historical sights of the North – From the timeless city of Delhi with its centuries old monuments and colonial touch of New Delhi, see the most photographed building in the world – words cannot describe the beauty of Taj Mahal and visit the colourful and royal city of Jaipur. Excellent program showcasing the best wildlife sanctuaries of North India, wonderful sights and world famous culinary delicacies – this trip is a recommended specially for wildlife enthusiast who want to see a bit of history as well..
Day 01: Delhi
Arrive at Delhi, the capital city of India and after completing customs and immigration formalities you will be met & assisted by our representative for your arrival transfer to the hotel.
Day 02: Delhi (B)
After breakfast, we cross the city into the walled gates of Old Delhi. Our tour includes a visit to the “Jama Mosque” (1650) and drive through the fabled area of “Chandni Chowk”. Then we drive past the Red Fort (1639-1648) built by Shahjehan, the builder of the Taj Mahal in Agra. Later visit Raj Ghat to pay homage to Father of the Indian Nation – Mahatma Gandhi.
In the afternoon, we proceed on a tour of New Delhi visiting the Qutub Minar. Drive through the Embassy area, Connaught Place, the heart and main shopping district of the capital. Continue to Humayun’s tomb, also known as the forerunner to the Taj Mahal.
Day 3: Delhi-Jaipur (B)
After breakfast depart for Jaipur. On arrival transfer to the hotel and rest of the day is at leisure. Jaipur is the capital state of Rajasthan also known as the “Pink City” built by the great warrior and even better astronomer, Raja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1727; Jaipur is full of formidable forts, enchanting palaces and lovely temples. The city was completed in eight years. Also this city is a paradise for shoppers; Jaipur offers jewellery, carpets & rugs, textiles and other good deals.
Day 4: Jaipur (B)
After breakfast visit Amber Fort; included is an “elephant ride/Jeep ride” (elephant ride is subject to availability and guests have to leave early and queue up for about 2 hrs). Perched on a hill 11km from Jaipur and nestling among the Aravali Hills is the historic fort-palace. Set in a picturesque background, the splendid Amber Fort (Jaigarh) was built in 1600 by Raja Man Singh, commander-in-chief of the Mughal army during Akbar’s reign and greatest general of medieval India. There is a timeless appeal to Jaipur’s colorful bazaars where one can shop for Rajasthani handlooms and trinkets.
Afternoon set out on a half day city tour visiting Hawa Mahal, the Observatory-Jantar Mantar and City Palace. The Hawa Mahal or “Palace of Winds” was built in 1799 to enable the ladies of the royal household to watch street processions while remaining in a strict state of purdah. Between 1727 and 1734 Maharajah Jai Singh II of Jaipur constructed five astronomical observatories in west central India. The observatories or “Jantar Mantars” as they are commonly known, incorporate multiple buildings of unique form, each with a specialized function for astronomical measurement. Conceived and designed by Jai Singh, the City Palace, is a fine blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Chandra Mahal is still the residence of the present royal family.
Day 5: Jaipur-Ranthambore (B/L/D)
In the morning, drive to Ranthambore. Arrive Ranthambore and check-in at hotel. Ranthambore National Park – with an area of 400 sq. km encompassing rocky hill crests that descend to open valleys between the Aravali and Vindhya ranges, dotted with water pools and fruit trees, this park gets its name from the thousand year old fortress, which looms above the forest. Well-known for the diurnal activity of tigers, Ranthambore is a very special and unusual area where a natural present meets a historical past.
In the evening, enjoy a slide show on wildlife in Ranthambore National Park
Day 6: Ranthambore (B/L/D)
Early morning after breakfast, proceed in open Canter (custom-built safari-vans) on a game drive to the sanctuary. Situated in eastern Rajasthan where the Aravali Hill ranges and the Vindhyan plateau meet, the Ranthambore National Park was once the hunting preserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur. The rivers Chambal in the South and Banas in the North bound the Ranthambore National Park. The tiger is not the only attraction at Ranthambore; you may as well see several varieties of birds and of course the ubiquitous langur monkey.
After three hours of game drive return to the hotel. Lunch will be served in the hotel. Later, visit the local market or you could also opt for a boat ride on Mansarovar Lake (subject to the water level of the lake). Mansarovar is a large deep lake, known for its picturesque sunsets; this water body is excellent for winter migratory birds like demoiselle cranes, pelicans, flamingos, bar-headed and graylag geese. Return to the hotel.
Day 7: Ranthambore-Agra (B)
Early morning enjoy a game drive in another part of the sanctuary then return to the hotel. Checkout and leave for Agra visiting enroute “Fatehpur Sikri”, the mysterious ghost city founded by the Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great in the late 16th century and capital of the Mughal Empire from 1581 to 1595. The city occupies a sandstone ridge and the area around it is enclosed within a seven-mile-long wall.
After sightseeing continue drive to Agra.
Day 8: Agra-Katni (B)
Morning visit to Taj Mahal, this grand edifice was built by Shahjehan from 1631 to 1653 to enshrine the remains of his Queen Mumtaz Mahal. We walk into the inner chambers of this renowned “Monument to Love” and seek out several vantage points to see the magnificent play of light. It is truly worthy of its status as one of the world wonders. Later visit the sprawling “Agra Fort” on the bank of the Yamuna River. This immense fort and palace was the seat of power for four generations of Mughal emperors. Agra Fort’s architecture is an almost perfect fusion between military might and lavish beauty
Check out in the afternoon and transfer early in the evening to board overnight train to Katni (departing at 1810 hrs approx.)
Day 9: Katni -Bandhavgarh National Park (L/D)
Arrive in Katni (approx at 0710 hrs) and transfer to Bandhavgarh National Park. Bandhavgarh lies in the heart of Madhya Pradesh – traditional tiger country. This is where Rudyard Kipling found inspiration for his famous Jungle Book.
Once the hunting preserve of the Maharajas of Rewa, where an alarming number of tigers were hunted down in pre-independence India. Today, the Bandhavgarh National Park is a compact reserve (448 sq. km) of sal trees, bamboo thickets and grasslands, teeming with birds and animals and the highest population of tigers anywhere in India. The park is now home to 22 species of wildlife, including the regal ‘gaur’, umpteen varieties of deer and carnivores such as the striped hyena, jungle cat and sloth bear and over 250 species of birds. Within the park is the Bandhavgarh Fort now in ruins and largely overrun by the surrounding forest.
After lunch, enjoy bird watching and a walk to visit the ancient “Bandhavgarh Fort”, located on a plateau and can be reached after a steep climb. The fort is now in ruins, its monuments and tanks being gradually reclaimed by the forest thus providing additional shelter for wildlife.
Day 10: Bandhavgarh (B/L/D)
Today, enjoy early morning and evening game viewing (Explore the Jungle on Elephant back or Jeeps subjected to availability on the day).
Day 11: Bandhavgarh-Kanha (B/L/D)
After early morning safari in another part of the National Park, drive from Bandhavgarh to Kanha National Park.
Kanha NP stretches over an area of 940 km² in the two districts Mandla and Balagat. Together with a surrounding buffer zone of 1009 km² and the neighboring 110 km² Phen Sanctuary it forms the Kanha Tiger Reserve. The park has a significant population of Royal Bengal Tiger, leopards, the sloth bear, Barasinga and Indian wild dog. Other larger mammal species of the park are rhesus macaque, golden jackal, Bengal fox, smooth-coated otter, honey badger, small Indian civet, Indian gray mongoose, ruddy mongoose, striped hyena, jungle cat, leopard cat, Indian spotted chevrotain, Indian porcupine and Indian hare. The Indian jungle fowl, which is the ancestor of domestic hens, is common.
Enjoy a thrilling jeep safari in the National Park in the evening to see the abundant wildlife in this Park.
Day 12: Kanha (B/L/D)
Morning and evening jeep safaris in the Park – more chances to see the elusive Indian tiger and of course, the enchanting flora and fauna of Kanha.
Day 13: Kanha-Nagpur-Mumbai (B)
Transfer this morning from Kanha to Nagpur (250kms; 5 hrs) to connect onward flight to Mumbai.
Day 14: Mumbai
Transfer to the Airport to connect onward flight.
Price from $4016pp + Flight from $107pp. Prices quoted are valid from 01 March - 30 September 2018. Cost is indicative, based on Low Season in NZ Dollars and subject to change due to fluctuation in exchange rates.
Most National Parks close for visitors from June till September.
Independent program can be modified or operated in reverse.
Excluded: International flights, Visa, insurance, airport taxes, meals not included above, beverages during meals included in program, gratuities and any expense of personal nature.
Specific travel dates apply
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- Accommodation in 4 star hotels
- Overnight Train to Katni
- Meals as shown
- Transfers & sightseeing using air-conditioned private car
- Local English speaking guides
- Entrance fees at monuments
- Current taxes
- 24-hour local contact number for emergencies.