Corbett, and Bandhavgarh National Parks with the Golden Triangle
Place to visit: New Delhi – Corbett – New Delhi – Jaipur – Agra – Khajuraho – Bandhavgarh - Jabalpur - New Delhi Fly Back Home
This program focusses on the Two key national parks of India, Corbett and Bandhavgarh National Park, this also gives you an opportunity to experience The Golden Traingle as well, which is quintessential India. The land of the Taj, Tiger and Temples.
Corbett is the highest Tiger density park, one park with over 200 Tigers is not common, how this has happened is largely due to the landscape. The distribution of water which has led to good prey base all around is the prime reason for such a huge density of Tigers in one park. And it is not only Tigers that this park boats of, it also has Asian Elephants, Himalayan Black Bear, Leopards, Yellow throated martens, plenty of mammals, and birds. Though the Tiger sightings here are a shade lesser still but that is due to dense habitat. The Ramganga river flowing through the forest is the life line of the forest, it not only feeds the prey and predators here, but also the rich bird life. Close to 550 species of birds have made Corbett their home. Besides you get an opportunity of staying in the core of the national park, thus experiencing the national park in its entirety.
Bandhavgarh is one hot spot for the Tigers. Though one can never have enough of Tiger sightings, but this is one park where it gets close and you feel that yes you had enough of Tiger sightings. Normally we say that you have to be lucky to see a Tiger, but in Bandhavgarh we say that you have to be unlucky not to see more than one. Images in the below program have been taken by me. Idea to mention this is to let you know that such sightings happen in these parks
The famous Taj Mahal in Agra is a sight that you will behold in your memory forever. The Forts and Bazaar of Jaipur are a treat for someone who loves colors and life. While in New Delhi you will see a perfect amalgamation of the Moghul, British, and the modern architecture. So should you want to soak in Indian culture, traditions, and wildlife this is the tour for you.
Day 01: Arrive New Delhi
On arrival at the New Delhi airport, you will be met by our representative. He will transfer you to your hotel, assist you in check in at the hotel, handover and explain all the travel related documents. Overnight stay at the hotel in Delhi.
Day 02: New Delhi - Corbett (by surface 275/6 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Corbett National Park 275 kms/ 6 hrs drive. On arrival check into hotel. Lunch at resort and afternoon bird watching close to resort nearby river. Or jeep drive to Bijrani zone of the national park.
Dinner and overnight at Corbett.
Day 03: Corbett National park
Morning at 6am, checkout from the hotel, and proceed for safari with the baggage. After safari, reach Dhikala and check in. Lunch and proceed for afternoon game drive into the park. Dinner and overnight at Dhikala Forest Lodge inside the national park.
Corbett has aptly been described as the land of the Roar, Trumpet and Song. It represents a scene of remarkable beauty. Corbett had the proud distinction of being the chosen venue for the inauguration of Project Tiger in India. The rich biodiversity of the Reserve is partly attributed to the variety of habitat found here. Due to the location of the Reserve in the foothills of the central Himalayas, both Himalayan and peninsular flora and fauna is found in the Reserve
Day 04: Corbett National park
Morning and afternoon game drives, meals and overnight at Dhikala Forest Lodge inside the national park.
India's first and finest park spread over 520 sq. kms. Along the banks of the Ramganga river, just 300 kms. northeast of Delhi in the foothills of the Himalayas is the Corbett National Park. Established initially as Hailey National Park on August 8, 1936, in honour of Sir Malcolm Hailey, then governor of the United Provinces, the name was changed to Ramganga National Park in 1952. In 1957, it was finally named as Corbett National Park in honor and memory of the late Jim Corbett, the legendary hunter, naturalist-turned-author and photographer who had helped in setting up the park and demarcating its boundaries
Day 05: Corbett – New Delhi (by surface – 275 Kms)
Morning visit to the national park and later drive to New 275 kms /5 -6 hrs drive. On arrival check into hotel. Overnight at the hotel in New Delhi.
Day 06: New Delhi – Jaipur (by surface, 275km, 5 -6 hours drive)
After breakfast drive to Jaipur 275 kms/5-6 hrs drive. On arrival check into the hotel. Afternoon free for leisure activities, or, visit to local bazaars if you so desire. Some sightseeing can also be organized if you are upto it.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 07: Jaipur
This morning you will drive 11 km in the outskirts of the city to visit Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the State until 1728. Visit the Temple of Kali, the Hall of Victory or Jai Mahal and Jagmandir. You can have the unique experience of traveling on elephant back to and from the top of the hill on which the fort is situated.
In the afternoon visit the Observatory, the Palace of Winds and the City Palace and Museum. The museum has an interesting textile section, which contains dresses and costumes of the former Maharajas and Maharanis of Jaipur. Jaipur is well known for its beautiful carpets, enamelled ornaments, precious and semi-precious stones, brass ornaments and many other arts and crafts. Spend time in crowded lanes & by lanes of pink city, haggling and souvenir-hunting in the evening.
Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 08: Jaipur – Agra (by road, 235 kms, 5 hours drive)
After breakfast drive to Agra 265 kms/5 hrs drive. Enroute stop at Fatehpur Sikri, the ancient abandoned Moghul capital. This 16th century capital of Moghul emperor Akbar is a complex of forts, palaces and mosques built in sandstone. The city had to be deserted because of lack of water. The white marble Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti, Akbar's spiritual adviser, is now observed as a Muslim pilgrimage spot here.
Overnight at the hotel in Agra.
Day 09 : Agra – Khajuraho - Bandhavgarh (By flight + 280 kms/5 hrs drive)
After breakfast, proceed to visit the famous white marble mausoleum, The Taj Mahal, which was built in the middle of the 17th century by the Moghul emperor Shah Jehan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Completed in 1652, skilled craftsmen from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and some 20,000 labourers worked for 17 years to build this edifice. Later proceed to visit the red sandstone AGRA FORT which stands like a crescent on the banks of Yamuna River enclosed by forbidding 20-meter high walls, with a 12- meter moat between them. Three successive Mughal emperors - Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jehan - helped create this massive structure which contains Hindu and Muslim architecture. [The Taj is closed on Friday]. Check out from the hotel.
Later transfer to Agra airport to board a flight to Khajuraho at 1355 hrs. Flight operates only on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday Met at the Khajuraho airport at 1440 and drive to Bandhavgarh National Park 280 kms/ 5 hrs drive. On arrival check into the Resort.
Bandhavgarh is a forest with great reputation for Tiger sightings. Tracking the majestic and elusive Tiger will be an experience you will not forget in a hurry. Unlike in Africa where the habitat, wildlife and technology assists you in tracking wildlife, the encounters in India are quite contrasting, learning, and thrilling to say the least. The time well spent in the national park during the safari with the skilled drivers and experienced guides will remain etched in your memory.
Dinner and overnight at the resort
Day 10 : In Bandhavgarh
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge. Morning & evening Jeep drives in the park
Bandhavgarh: The national park is mainly known for the density of its tiger population. This is the place where famous White Tigers of Rewa were discovered. The other wild attractions in the park include Leopards, Blue Bulls, Indian Gaur (Bison) Chausingha (Four Horned Antelopes), Spotted Deers, Sambar Deer, Wild Boar, Sloth Bears Fox, Jackals, Wild Dogs, etc. There are at least 22 mammal species and about 250 bird species in the Park. The other animals found in Bandhavgarh are Ratel, Porcupine, Small Indian Civet, Palm Squirrel, Lesser Bandicoot rat, the Jungle Cat, and the shy Hyenas. The reptile population in the park includes Cobras, Kraits, Vipers, Ratsnakes, Pythons, Monitor Lizards and turtles. The two primate species - the rhesus macaque and the Hanuman langur - inhabit Bandhavgarh.
Celebrate New Year at Resort and enjoyed Bar- Be -Que Dinner followed by Tribal dance and overnight at the Resort
Day 11 : In Bandhavgarh
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge. Morning & evening Jeep drives in the park.
Bandhavgarh has been a center of human activity and settlement for over 2000 years, and there are references to it in the ancient books, the Narad-Panch Ratra and the Shiva Purana.
The oldest sign of habitation in the park are caves dug into the sandstone to the north of the fort. Several contain Brahmi inscriptions dating from the 1st century B.C. Various dynasties have ruled the fort, for example, the Maghas from the 1st century A.D., the Vakatakas from the 3rd century A.D., From that time onwards Bandhavgarh was ruled by a succession of dynasties including the Chandela Kings Bandhavgarh became more and more deserted until forest overran the area band it became the royal hunting reserve. This helped to preserve the forest and its wildlife, although the Maharajas made full use of their rights. At independence Bandhavgarh remained the private property of the Maharaja until he gave it to the state for the formation of the National Park in 1968. After the park was created poaching and hunting was brought under control and the number of animals rose dramatically. Small dams and water holes were built to solve the problem of water shortage. Grazing by local cattle was stopped and the village within the park boundaries was relocated. The Tigers in particular prospered and the 1986 extension provided much needed forest to accommodate them.
Overnight at the resort
Day 12 : In Bandhavgarh
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the resort. Morning & evening Jeep drives in the park. Overnight stay at the resort
Day 13 : Bandhavgarh – Jabalpur – New Delhi (200 kms/4 hrs drive + flight)
Morning safari in the park. Return by 10am, freshen up, early lunch at 1100hrs, and depart for Jabalpur to board flight at 1630 hrs to arrive New Delhi at 1830 hrs. Met at the Airport by our representative and transfer to hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Delhi
Day 14 : New Delhi Fly Back home
Morning after breakfast free for leisure activities and later afternoon transfer to International airport to board a flight back home
End of our services
Note: The driving hours given above from one city to another are based on the normal conditions of the roads and may vary. Any break for Food / Tea / Toilets / Sightseeing on the way will take extra time than the above given hours. Bandhavgarh ha National parks are closed every Wednesday for afternoon jeep safari