While exploring the fabled jungles of India in search of the Bengal tiger, you can also encounter a full range of beautiful animals that inhabit the tiger’s world. Herds of deer (cheetal, sambhar, and swamp deer), gaur (impressive bovines larger than American buffalo), wild pigs, and acrobatic langur monkeys are the main prey.

The tiger is the apex predator but it shares the jungle with leopard, dhole (Asian wild dogs), spotted jungle cat, sloth bear, and jackals. Peacocks, rollers, hornbills, and bee-eaters are some of the many colorful tropical bird species. The Indian jungle is alive with the sounds and sights of the wild.

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    Baghvan Jungle Lodge Pench National Park

    Banjaar Tola Tented Camp Kanha National Park

    Mahua Kothi Jungle Lodge Bandhavgarh National Park


    Delhi, the capital of India has a fascinating history and a stimulating present. Believed to be the legendary Inderprastha described in the epic “Mahabharata”, Delhi has been the seat of a power of a number of dynasties- the Rajputs, the Muslims invaders from the North,the Afghan dynasties followed by Tughlaqs, Sayyaids, the Lodis and the Mughals, who continued the imperial line, until British days.

    The old city, built by Shah Jehan in the 17th century, stands today as an epitome of the whole history of Indo-Islamic architecture. New Delhi, designed and constructed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker is a mixture of east and west. The public buildings in red sandstone are in the Mughal style. It has a circular Parliament House and an imposing Central Secretariat in two blocks which stand at the approaches to Rashtrapati Bhawan, the residence of the President of India. Delhi is today the political, economic and cultural capital of the world’s largest democracy and has also become one of the greatest tourist centres of the world.

    • SIGHTSEEING OF OLD DELHI : Visit Jamma Mosque and drive through fabled Chandani Chowk,the main area of the old city, the Red Fort, built by the builder of the Taj Mahal – Shah Jehan, and famous for its delicately carved, inlaid and marbled Royal Chambers, Raj Ghat, where the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi was cremated.
    • SIGHTSEEING OF NEW DELHI : Visit Humayun’s Tomb aptly called predecessor of the Taj Mahal. Drive past Safdarjung’s Tomb, the Qutb Minar, 72 meters high and one of the perfect towers of the Persian islam Mosque stands the Iron Pillar which has stood the vagarues of the weather and not rusted over 1500 years. An orientation drive through New Delhi includes the Embassy area, Govt Building and Birla temple.

    AGRA : 204 kms. from Delhi, located on he banks of the river Yamuna. Agra is famous the world over as the “City of the Taj”.

    • TAJ MAHAL : One of the wonders of the world, built by Emperor Shah Jehan in memory of his beloved consort Mumtaz Mahal, this beautiful mausoleum in pure white marble is an architectural marvel.
    • AGRA FORT: Built by Emperor Akbar, the maze of courtyards, mosques and private chambers of the fort echo the story of the Mughal Empire.
    • ITMAD-UD-DAULAH : The tomb of Mirza Ghiyas Beg. This Persian gentleman’s beautiful daughter  married Emperor Jehangir and became known as Nur Jahan, the “light of the world”. The tomb was constructed by Nur Jahan between 1622 and 1628 and is very similar to the tomb she constructed for her husand, Jehangir, near Lahore in Pakistan. The Itmad-ud-daulah was the first Moghul structure totally constructed of marble and the first to make extensive use of Pietra dura, the inlay work of marble so much a part of the Taj.

    JAIPUR : Founded in 1728 by warrior-astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh, Jaipur is known as the “Pink City of India” for the rise-coloured buildings of its historica; district. The city is surrounded by rugged hills crowned with forts.

    • CITY PALACE : In the heart of the old city the City Palace occupies a large area divided into a series of courtyards, gardens and buildings. The outer wall was built by Jai Singh, but other additions are much more recent, some dating from the early 20th century. Today, the palace is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. It now houses a museum containing rare manuscripts, painting and an armoury.
    • OBSERVATORY: Next to the City Palace entrance is the observatory begun by Jai Singh in 1728. Jai Singh’s passion for astronomy was even more notable than his prowess as a warrior. The Jaipur observatory is the largest and best preserved of the five he built in India, and was restored in 1901.
    • AMBER FORT : 12 kms ( 7 miles ) from Jaipur, lies Amber with an old palace overlooking the lake at the entrance to a rocky mountain grove. Built in the 17th century, the palace is a distinguished specimen of Rajput architecture. The Jai Mandir (Hall of Victory) is so delicately ornamented with fine inlay work that it glows. The fort of Jaigarh, crowning the summit of a peak is of amazing beauty and grandeur.

    RANAKPUR : 160 kms from Udaipur, in a quiet isolated glen, is a remarkable complex of Jain Temples (1440 A.D). Built during the reign of the liberal and gifted monarch Rana Kumbha, these temples, though belonging to a late period 915th century), when the peak of the classical age was already past, are a unique example of Jain eccelesiastical architecture. The entire encslosure is encircled by a wall. One temple consists of 29 halls and 426 pillars full of sculptural decoration. No two pillars are alike here.

    RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK : Ranthambore National Park is noted for its day light sightings of the Tiger which appears to be more diurnal and less shy here than in most other parts of the subcontinent. The park lies in the Aravali and the Vindhya range of hills and besides its importance as a heven for wildlife, is steeped in history. The park is dominated by the ruins of the 1,000 year-old Ranthambore Fort within whose compounds roam Leopard and other denizens of the forest. Nearby are three lakes-Raj Bagh, Padam Talav and is a shortage of water elsewhere. At that time of year the vegetation is not dense, which improves visibility and offers the best oppotunities for mammal watching and photography. Tigers have been known to pursue Sambar that tnter these lakes to drink and to wallow. Along the banks Marsh Crocodiles are occasionally seen sunning themselves during the winter. The forests are tropical dry deciduous, with trees of Ber, Babool, Katha, Jamun and Palash.

    Bharatpur : The marshes of Keoladeo, were the private hunting reserve of the Maharajas of Bharatpur.al. The park with covered in dry deciduous forests and extensive grasslands. On the raised ground outlining the wetlands grow a profusion of Acacia trees, where the resident water birds nest, often in large mixed colonies. It is also an excellent place to watch mammals like Golden Jackal, Striped Hyena, Fishing Cat, Jungle Cat, Nilgai, Sambar, Blackbuck and Wild Boar.

    ORCHHA : Once the capital of Bundelas, Orchha is now just a village, set amongst a complex of well preserved palace and temples.

    It was founded in the early 16th century by Rajput chieftain, Radra Pratap and remained the capital of powerful Rajput Kingdom from 1583 till 1783. Orchha’s golden age was during the first half of the 17th century when Jehangir visited the city in 1606, a special palace, the Jehangir Mahal, was specially built for him. Later both Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb raided the city.

    Orchha today is little more than a village with a population of only a couple of thousands and is definitely worth a visit.

    The fort is reached by an arched bridge and the three palaces set in an open courtyard within the fort are the first buildings to explore. The tiered Jahangir Mahal was built in 1606 to commemorate the visit of Emperor Jahangir in 1606. The Raj Mahal, to the right of the courtyard, was built by Madhukar Shah and has bold colorful murals inside. The third palace, is the Rai Praveen Mahal, which is a two storey brick structure set in the gardens of Anand Mahal.

    Of the many temples within the fort, three are especially worth visiting. The Ram Raja Mandir was originally a palace and became a temple more by accident than design. An image of Ram was installed while the temple, The Chaturbhuj was being built for it. For some reason the image could not be moved from the palace and despite its spires and ornate decoration became a sacred place. Linked to the Ram Raja is the Lakshminarayan temple, the interiors of which have some of the best preserved murals and wall paintings in Orchha.

    Pench National Park: A spectacular natural reserve set among typical Central Indian teak jungle, Pench offers a quiet and secluded game viewing experience. Taking its name from the meandering Pench River which intersects the park, the reserve sprawls over a breathtaking landscape of hills, forests and valleys. Coupled with the feeling of having the entire forest to yourself, the gentle, undulating scenery of the Satpura Hills creates an unforgettable jungle experience.
    The mosaic of vegetation, from lush valleys to dry, deciduous forests creates a range of habitats for India’s exotic wildlife. Flat hilltops known as dadars appear among grassy expanses and riverine forests. A typical Central Indian Teak forest, Pench supports a rich variety of wildlife, including the tiger, leopard, wild dog, gaur, sambar, chital and brilliant wildlife.

    Kanha National Park: Kanha is the Indian subcontinent’s greatest reserve and tiger country par excellence. The park’s sal forests form the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve, created in 1974 under Project Tiger. This is also where the world’s preeminent field biologist, George Schaller, conducted the first-ever scientific study of the tiger from 1963 to 1965. Kanha was the setting of Schaller’s book The Deer and theiger. Conservationists at Kanha have been in the lead in international efforts to save the tiger for nearly 25 years, and saving the tiger means saving its habitat: sufficient land with the water, grasses, plants, and treesthat its prey lives on—in other words, saving the delicate web of an entire ecosystem. Project Tiger at Kanha has yielded much success, with Kanha’s original population of 48 tigers in 1974 now at around 100 individuals. Kanha stretches over 500 square miles and records more than 200 species of birds and about 22 species of mammals.

    BANDAVGARH NATIONAL PARK : Bandavgarh was the former hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Rewa. The famous White Tigers, now major attractions around the world’s zoos, were first discovered in Rewa, not far from here. The terrain is broken, with rocky hill ranges, running roughlyeast-west, interspersed with grassy swamps and forested valleys. The park is dominated by the ancient Bandavgarh Fort, located on a plateau and reached after a steep climb. The fort is now in ruins, its monuments and tanks beings gradually reclaimed by the forest, thus providing additional shelter for wildlife. Much of the park is covered in Sal the forest, replaced by mixed forests in the higher elevations of the hills. There are extensive stands of bamboo and grasslands. Generally the forests are less dense here, with less undergrowth than in North India, thus offering better sightings of wildlife, notably mammals, including the daylight sightings of Tigers in the grassy “maidans”. 40+Tigers are estimated for the park. The park also has numerous ancient caves and rock shelters, with shrines and inscriptons. About 240 species of birds are known from the Tala area, including the Brown Fish Owl, Grey-headed Fishing Eagle, Malabar Pied Hornbill and Shahin Falcon.

    KHAJURAHO : Is known for its magnificent temples which are among the most creative examples of Indian architecture. Built between 950 and 1050 A.D., only 22 temples out of 85 now survive. Khajuraho sculpture is sublime and sensuous, the centre of new imagery in art. The popular theme is woman: reflective, playful, amorous. The carvings also depict griffins, nymphs, beasts, demons in revolt, gods in cosmic evolution, fear, doubt, jealousy, ardent love and consummate passion. The temples of Khajuraho can be divided into three geographical groups – western, eastern and southern.

    Sightseeing of Khajuraho includes visit the temples of Khajuraho which are world famous not only for their symmetry and design, but also for intricate and erotic carvings on their walls. The main temples are Kandariya Mahadeo, Chitragupta, Parsvanath and the Ghantai.

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    Cultural Experience: Delhi - Taj Mahal - Jaipur

    Day 01 : Arrive Delhi and transfer to hotel.
    Overnight at hotel.

    Day 02 : IN DELHI

    Full day sightseeing of Delhi.

    SIGHTSEEING OF OLD DELHI : Visit Jamma Mosque and drive through fabled Chandani Chowk,the main area of the old city, the Red Fort, built by the builder of the Taj Mahal – Shah Jehan, and famous for its delicately carved, inlaid and marbled Royal Chambers, Raj Ghat, where the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi was cremated.

    SIGHTSEEING OF NEW DELHI : Visit Humayun’s Tomb aptly called predecessor of the Taj Mahal. Drive past Safdarjung’s Tomb, the Qutb Minar, 72 meters high and one of the perfect towers of the Persian islam Mosque stands the Iron Pillar which has stood the vagarues of the weather and not rusted over 1500 years. An orientation drive through New Delhi includes the Embassy area, Govt Building and Birla temple.

    Overnight at hotel.

    Day 03 : DELHI/AGRA

    Leave Delhi to Agra full day sightseeing of Agra, transfer to hotel.

    Overnight at hotel.

    Day 04 : AGRA/BHARATPUR

    A.M : Sunrise visit Taj Mahal. After breakfast drive to Bharatpur via Fatehpur Sikri.

    FATEHPUR SIKRI: The deserted city of Emperor Akbar literally means ‘The City of Victory”. The
    audience halls, palaces, and mosques are still perfectly preserved as are the tomb of Sheikh
    Salim Chisti, Panchmahal and the Buland Darwaza.

    Arrive Bharatpur by lunch time and transfer to THE BAGH.
    After lunch visit the park.

    Bharatpur : The marshes of Keoladeo, were the private hunting reserve of the Maharajas of Bharatpur.al. The park with covered in dry deciduous forests and extensive grasslands. On the raised ground outlining the wetlands grow a profusion of Acacia trees, where the resident water birds nest, often in large mixed colonies. It is also an excellent place to watch mammals like Golden Jackal, Striped Hyena, Fishing Cat, Jungle Cat, Nilgai, Sambar, Blackbuck and Wild Boar

    Overnight at THE BAGH.

    Day 05 : BHARATPUR/JAIPUR

    A.M : Visit Deeg Palace.

    DEEG : This small town, contains the summer palace of the Maharaja of Bharatpur built in 1762 by The Maharaja of Bharatpur who had the temerity to attack the Red Fort. Some of the booty he carried off included an entire marble building which can still be seen. Deeg has other palaces/gardens laid out with fountains in the Moghul Style.

    Afternoon drive to Jaipur, arrive and transfer to hotel.

    Day 06 : JAIPUR

    Full day sightseeing of Jaipur.

    Overnight at hotel.

    Day 07 : JAIPUR/DELHI

    After breakfast drive to Delhi, transfer to airport hotel

    Cultural Experience 2: Delhi - Taj Mahal - Jaipur - Udaipur

    Day 01 : Arrive Delhi, transfer to hotel.
    Overnight at hotel.

    Day 02 : DELHI/AGRA

    Leave Delhi to Agra, full day sightseeing of Agra, transfer to hotel.

    Overnight at hotel.

    Day 03 : AGRA/JAIPUR

    A.M : Sunrise visit Taj Mahal. After breakfast drive to Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri.

    FATEHPUR SIKRI: The deserted city of Emperor Akbar literally means ‘The City of Victory”. The
    audience halls, palaces, and mosques are still perfectly preserved as are the tomb of Sheikh
    Salim Chisti, Panchmahal and the Buland Darwaza.

    Day 04 : IN JAIPUR

    Full day sightseeing of Jaipur.

    Overnight at hotel.

    Day 05 : JAIPUR/JODHPUR

    After breakfast drive to Jodhpur ( apprpximately 5/6 hours drive), arrive and transfer to hotel.

    P.M : Visit Mehrangarh Fort.

    JODHPUR : Stands on a range of standstone hills surrounded by a strong wall nearly 10 kms (6 miles) in length, with seven gates. Dominating the city is an eminence surmounted by a massive fortress. In olden days, the fortress must have been well nigh impregnable, for the rocky bas on which it is built is scraped on every side. Within the walls are royal palaces with priceless jewels and a striking collection of arms.

    MEHRANGARH FORT : Which straddles a steep rocky eminence that rises sheer over the desert valley with a sweeping view of the Marudesh, the land of the Dead. This red standstone fort was founded in 1459 by Prince Jodha of the Rathore clan. The color and vibrancy of Rajasthan is seen here on a princely scale. Seven massive gateways lead into the walled city, with its temples and palaces, its gardens and lakes, and its bustling lanes and bazaars. Passing through cannon-scarred gateways and wall that carry the poignant palm prints of proud Rajput queens who immolated themselves on funeral pyres, we enter
    A series of palaces and courtyards, the Pearl Palace, the Flower Palace, the Palace of Delight. Beautifully painted and delicately carved and ornamented, they house a royal collection of rare miniature paintings, silver howdahs, palanquins, armor and royal cradles.
    Overnight at hotel.

    Day 06 : JODHPUR/UDAIPUR

    After breakfast drive to Udaipur via Ranakpur – visit Ranakpur Jain Temple.

    RANAKPUR : 160 kms from Udaipur, in a quiet isolated glen, is a remarkable complex of Jain Temples (1440 A.D). Built during the reign of the liberal and gifted monarch Rana Kumbha, these temples, though belonging to a late period 915th century), when the peak of the classical age was already past, are a unique example of Jain eccelesiastical architecture. The entire encslosure is encircled by a wall. One temple consists of 29 halls and 426 pillars full of sculptural decoration. No two pillars are alike here.

    After lunch drive to Udaipur ( apprxoimately 3 hrs drive), transfer to hotel.
    Overnight at hotel.

    Day 07 : UDAIPUR

    Full day sightseeing of City Palace , Lok Kala Mandal , Sahelion Ki Bari.

    CITY PALACE: The huge City Palace, towering over the lake, is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. Most of the palaces manage to retain a surprising uniformity of design. Building was started by Maharana Udai Singh, the city’s founder. The Palace is surrounded by balconies, towers, cupolas and there are fine views over the lake and the city from the upper terraces. The main part of the palace is now preserved as a museum with a large and varied, although somewhat run-down, collections.

    LOK KALA MANDAL : The interesting collection exhibited in this small museum for the preservation of folk arts includes dresses, dolls, masks, musical instruments, paintings and the high point of exhibits – Puppets.

    SAHELIYON KI BARI : Garden of the Maids of Honour, is in the north of the city. This small ornamental garden, with its fountains, kiosks, marble elephants and delightful lotus pool are also worth a visit.

    Overnight at hotel.

    Day 08 : UDAIPUR/DELHI

    A.M : Free. P.M : Fly to Delhi, transfer to airport hotel.

    India Wildlife Safari: Delhi -Bharatpur - Ranthambore - Bandavgarh

    Day 01 : Arrive Delhi and transfer to hotel.

    Day 02 : Delhi

    Full day sightseeing of Delhi.
    Drive past Jantar-Mantar Astronomical Observatory and through Connaught Place, New Delhi’s main shopping centre.

    Overnight at hotel.

    Day 03 : DELHI/RANTHAMBORE

    Morning train 5 hours to Ranthambore, receive and transfer to hotel.

    P.M : Game viewing.

    Day 04/05 : IN RANTHAMBORE

    A.M & P.M : Game viewing.

    RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK : Ranthambore National Park is noted for its day light sightings of the Tiger which appears to be more diurnal and less shy here than in most other parts of the subcontinent. The park lies in the Aravali and the Vindhya range of hills and besides its importance as a heven for wildlife, is steeped in history. The park is dominated by the ruins of the 1,000 year-old Ranthambore Fort within whose compounds roam Leopard and other denizens of the forest. Nearby are three lakes-Raj Bagh, Padam Talav and is a shortage of water elsewhere. At that time of year the vegetation is not dense, which improves visibility and offers the best oppotunities for mammal watching and photography. Tigers have been known to pursue Sambar that tnter these lakes to drink and to wallow. Along the banks Marsh Crocodiles are occasionally seen sunning themselves during the winter. The forests are tropical dry deciduous, with trees of Ber, Babool, Katha, Jamun and Palash.

    Overnight at hotel.

    Day 06 : RANTHAMBORE/BHARATPUR

    A.M : Game viewing.
    After game viewing transfer to railway station in time for train Golden Temple
    Express to Bharatpur, depart Ranthambore at 1230 hrs, arrive Bharatpur at
    1500 hrs, transfer to hotel.

    Day 07 : IN BHARATPUR

    Full day visit to the Park.

    Bharatpur : The marshes of Keoladeo, were the private hunting reserve of the Maharajas of Bharatpur.al. The park with covered in dry deciduous forests and extensive grasslands. On the raised ground outlining the wetlands grow a profusion of Acacia trees, where the resident water birds nest, often in large mixed colonies. It is also an excellent place to watch mammals like Golden Jackal, Striped Hyena, Fishing Cat, Jungle Cat, Nilgai, Sambar, Blackbuck and Wild Boar.

    Overnight at hotel.

    Day 08 : BHARATPUR/AGRA

    Morning drive to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri.
    Arrive Agra by lunch time, transfer to hotel.
    P.M : Visit Taj & Fort.
    Overnight at hotel.

    Day 09 : AGRA/JHANSI/KHAJURAHO

    After breakfast transfer to railway station in time for Shatabdi Express to Jhansi,
    depart Agra at 0810 hrs, arrive Jhansi at 1040 hrs, sightseeing of Orchha and
    continue to Khajuraho.

    Arrive Khajuraho and transfer to hotel.

    Evening visit the temples.

    Sightseeing of Khajuraho includes visit the temples of Khajuraho which are world famous not only for their symmetry and design, but also for intricate and erotic carvings on their walls. The main temples are Kandariya Mahadeo, Chitragupta, Parsvanath and the Ghantai.

    Overnight at hotel.

    Day 10 : KHAJURAHO/BANDAVGARH

    After breakfast drive to Bandavgarh ( approximately 6/7 hrs drive), transfer to hotel.

    Day 11/12 : In Bandavgarh.

    A.M & P.M : Game viewing.

    Overnight at hotel.

    Day 13 : BANDAVGARH/DELHI

    A.M & P.M : Game viewing.
    Evening drive to Umaria (45 minutes) to take overnight train to Delhi,
    depart Umaria at 2000 hrs, arrive Delhi at 1405 hrs, transfer to airport
    hotel.

    Day 14 : Transfer to international airport in time for flight to abroad.

    India Wildlife Safari: Delhi - Kanha - Bandavgarh - Khajuraho

    Day 01 : Arrive Delhi, transfer to hotel CLARIDGES or similar.

    Day 02 : In Delhi

    Full day sightseeing of Delhi.

    Overnight at hotel.

    Day 03 : DELHI/RAIPUR/KANHA

    Morning flight to Raipur, drive to Kanha ( approximately 5 hrs).
    P.M : Game viewing.
    Overnight at hotel.

    Day 04/05/06 : IN KANHA

    A.M & P.M : Game viewing.

    Day 07 : KANHA/BANDAVGARH

    A.M : Game viewing.
    P.M : Drive to Bandavgarh ( approximately 5/6 hours drive),
    arrive and transfer to hotel.

    Day 08/09/10 : IN BANDAVGARH

    A.M & P.M : Game viewing.

    Overnight at hotel.

    Day 11 : BANDAVGARH/KHAJURAHO

    Morning drive to Khajuraho.
    Arrive and transfer to hotel.

    Day 12 : KHAJURAHO/DELHI

    A.M : Visit the temples.

    P.M : Fly to Delhi and transfer to airport hotel.

    Day 13 : DELHI/ABROAD

    Transfer to airport in time for flight to abroad.

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