Tiger Tracker And Cultural Tour Of India
Duration: 18 nights/19 days
Places to Visit: New Delhi - Sawai Madhopur - Ranthambore - Jaipur - Agra – Khajuraho - Bandhavgarh -Kanha - Raipur – New Delhi
This tour takes you to the thee major national parks where some real bold wild Tigers roam free. The variety in the terrain suggests the diversity to which the Tiger can adapt. From dry forest in Ranthambhore, to a Sal and Bamboo forest in Bandhavgarh and to an evergreen Sal forest of Kanha. While Ranthambhore and Bandhavgarh were both hunting grounds of the erstwhile Maharajas of the area Kanha was home to the aboriginals of the land. The Maharajas of the both the areas preserved the forest, but in case of Kanha it was the tribals who did the same. Despite all the population pressures on these parks, the Tigers of these three parks never disappoint to show up.
What is most heartening of these parks is the conservation history and the management of these forests. Despite all the challenges the management has faced they have done a remarkable job in maintaining the pristine and undisturbed habitat for the Tigers to breed successfully. The prey base is healthy and the water distribution is very good, hence the Tiger sightings in these parks have been most consistent.
Take this tour and you will be delighted you chose these parks to see the Tigers. This itinerary also gives an opportunity to see the famous Taj Mahal in Agra, the pink city of Jaipur, and the temples of Khajuraho.
Day 1: Arrive New Delhi
Arrival at Delhi and you will be received by the company officials of Nature Safari and checked into the hotel. Stay at hotel Hans Plaza for two nights (First class modern hotel).
Day 2: New Delhi
Delhi is distinctively decided into old and New Delhi that has the tastes that will suit every individual who visit this magnificent capital. Enjoy a sightseeing of Old Delhi in the morning. (Including the Red Fort, Jama Masjid and the bazaars of Chandni Chowk)
Enjoy a sightseeing of New Delhi in the afternoon. (Including the Qutub Minar, Humayun's tomb and Lutyen's buildings)
Day 3: Delhi - Sawai Madhopur - Ranthambore
Morning assisted and transferred to the rail terminal to board your train to Sawai Madhopur.
Delhi - Sawai Madhopur - Golden Temple Mail - (second air-conditioned sleeper class) - 0715:131
It is an approximate 30 mins drive to the Ranthambore national reserve from Sawai madhopur. You will be checked into the Tiger Den for 03 nights. Wildlife Resort
In the afternoon enjoy a game drive inside the park.
Day 4-5: Ranthambhore
With an area of 400 sq. km encompassing rocky hill crests which descend to open valleys between the Aravalli 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 presentments a historical past. Sambhar, cheetal, chinkara, nilgai and langoor. The elusive leopard and tigers are found in this reserve with tourists standing a very good chance of seeing tigers during the day. Dotted across the landscape are the crumbling ruins of its past glory, be it chhatris or cupolas, like palaces of old guard posts, all of which reinforce the magical and ethereal quality of this great wilderness.
Lunch at the lodge. After lunch, proceed on a game drive into the National Park
Day 6: Ranthambore - Jaipur
Enjoy a game drive early in the morning. Return to your lodge for breakfast.
Travel by car to Jaipur (180 kilometers, approximately 3 ½ hours driving distance) Stay at the Samode Haveli for two nights. (Standard Grade Royal Residence)
Day 7: Jaipur
Jaipur, the vibrant capital of Rajasthan is popularly known as the pink city because of the pink colored buildings in its old city. It sits on a dry lakebed in a somewhat arid landscape, surrounded by barren hills surmounted by forts and crenellated walls. This buzzing metropolis is certainly a place of wild contrasts and a feast for the eyes. Vegetable laden camel carts thread their way through streets jam packed with cars, rickshaws, bicycles and pedestrians frantically dodging the crazy traffic. Traditionally dressed Rajput men sporting bright turbans and swashbuckling moustaches discuss village politics outside restaurants serving spaghetti and American ice cream sodas. Jaipur has long outstripped the confines of its city walls and is today amongst the most tumultuous and polluted places in Rajasthan. Despite this, it seldom disappoints first time visitors.
Morning enjoy an excursion to Amber Fort which is ascended on elephant back.
Enjoy a sightseeing of the city in the afternoon. (It includes Sawai Man Singh Museum, Jantar Mantar - Observatory, Hawa Mahal and the colourful bazaar of the Pink city)
Day 8: Jaipur - Agra
Travel by car to Agra (237 kilometres, approximately 5-6 hours of driving distance) visiting the Deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri enroute. Stay at hotel for one night. kms from Agra is built a city predominantly in Red Sandstone and is called Fatehpur Sikri. The Mughal Emperor, Akbar, built this town. He had planned this city as his capital but shortage of water compelled him to abandon the city. After this within 20 years, the capital of Mughals was shifted to Lahore.
Fatehpur Sikri was built during 1571 and 1585. Today this ghost city has a population of about 30,000. This deserted city has retained many of the old structures, because of the efforts of the Archaeological department.
Fatehpur Sikri is one of the finest examples of Mughal architectural splendour at its height. Though the city is in ruins, it is a place to visit if one comes to Agra.But in real terms Fatehpur Sikri is a place where one should spend some time. The sunset over the ruins is sight to cherish. & Hindu architecture.
Day 9: Agra - Khajuraho
Enjoy a sightseeing of the city in the morning. (Including the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and the tomb of Itamud-ud-daula) Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.
After Lunch board a flight to Khajuraho. Met at the Airport, transfer to the hotel, evening sound and light show at the temples. Overnight Khajraho
Day 10: Khajuraho - Bandhavgarh National Park
Early morning do a quick two hour temple tour, and then drive to Bandhavgarh, 270kms. 5 - 6 hours drive. Evening a nature walk in the nearby village. Dinner and overnight at the resort.
Day 11-13: Bandhavgarh National Park
The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is relatively high. The possibility of spotting Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Leopard and Tiger is very good. The park is also densely populated with animals like the Chital (Spotted Deer), Sambhar, Barking Deer, Nilgai (Blue Bull), Chowsingha(Four Horned Antelope) and is rich in bird life. The terrain is rocky, rising sharply from the swampy and densely forested valley. The finest of these hills is Bandhavgarh, which is bounded by great cliffs and eroded rocks. The Bandhavgarh Fort, believed to be 2000 years old, stands at the highest point. There is a temple at the fort that can be visited by jeeps.rhino.jpg Scattered throughout the park, particularly around the fort, are numerous caves containing shrines with ancient Sanskrit inscriptions. The ramparts of the fort provide a home for vultures, blue rock thrushes and crag martins.
Two safaris daily, one at sunrise for 4 hours, return to the resort for lunch, and again post Lunch a 3 hour safari in the park. Dinner and overnight at the resort.
Day 14: Bandhavgarh National Park - Kanha National Park
After breakfast drive to Kanha (250 kms/6 hrs) Upon arrival at Kanha - check in hotel Kanha National Park - ideally situated in the sylvan surroundings of Satpura Hill ranges, Kanha National Park has a core area of 940 sq. km. Tropical semi-evergreen forests of this tract is quite rich in wild fauna which provide plentiful food for carnivore as well as herbivore. Gaur are also common at Kanha, they inhabit the dense under growth at higher elevation. Other mammals are the sloth bear, wild boar, musk shrew, blue bull, sambar deer, palm squirrel and more than 150 species of birds. Lunch at the hotel. Late afternoon, game viewing in the sanctuary by jeeps. Overnight at the resort.
Day 15-17: Kanha
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge. Morning and afternoon proceed on a game drive to the sanctuary. Overnight in Kanha.
Day 18: Kanha – Raipur – New Delhi
After morning safari, and breakfast travel by car to Raipur (220 kilometers, approximately 4 hours driving distance) to board your flight to New Delhi. Arrival and transferred to your hotel.
Day 19: Fly back home