Arrive Delhi by International flight. A history which encompasses
all the various kings and emperors who fixed their royal citadels
here-- Indraprastha, Lal Kot, Quila Rai Pithora, Siri, Jahanpanah,
Tughlakabad, Ferozabad, Dinpanah, Delhi Sher Shahi or then Shahjahanabad.
but, combined and integrated into one, these 'new cities' have
always been called Delhi and howsoever many names it may have
acquired, Delhi has always been intrinsically identified with
power and imperial sway. You will be met on your arrival by the
representative of Exotique Expeditions with fresh flower garlands.
You will then be transferred to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY-02 IN DELHI CULTURAL TOURS
This morning you will be given the city tour of Old and New Delhi.
Old Delhi. Visit the former centre of Moghul Power, Old Delhi
offers ancient monuments, narrow streets and bustling bazaars.
Drive past the vast Red Fort, built in 1648, the Jama Masjid,
the greatest mosque in India and completed in 1658 by Shah Jahan
who also built the Taj Mahal, and the Raj Ghat, the simple memorial
to Mahatma Gandhi. A unique experience of taking 'rickshaw ride'
from the Red Fort, through "Chandni Chowk" or Silver
Street, experiencing the sights and sounds of this very busy avenue
heading west from the Fort.
Chandni Chowk - literally means "moonlit crossroads"
and an area which best represents the "super-Oriental"
- the glory and the guile; the grandeur and the grime, with its
crowded bazaars, twisting lanes, maze of small streets strange
aromas, the pungent odour of Oriental spices, the cries of shopkeepers,
coolies and "rickshaw-walas" and the clatter and whirr
of furious industry. New Delhi - drive past the stately government
buildings of the British Era designed by Lutyens, including the
India Gate & the Presidential Palace. Continue onto the beautiful
Humayuns tomb of the Mughal era & predecessor of the world
famous Taj Mahal. End the tour at the towering minaret of Qutab
Minar Overnight at the hotel.
DAY-03 DELHI - NAGPUR
Transfer to the airport in time to connect flight for Nagpur.
In 1861, Nagpur became the capital of the Central Provinces. The
advent of the Great Indian Peninsula Railway (GIP) in 1867 spurred
its development as a trade centre. After Indian independence,
Nagpur became the capital of Madhya Bharat state (C.P. and Berar).
In 1960, the marathi majority Vidarbha region was merged with
the new state of Maharashtra and Nagpur was designated the second
capital of Maharashtra state, alternating with Mumbai (Bombay)
as the seat of the Maharashtra state legislature. In Nagpur, meeting
and assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the
DAY-04 NAGPUR - KANHA WILDLIFE TRAILS (260 Kms/163 Miles)
Leave Nagpur for Kanha by road. Romanticised by Kipling in his
book, Kanha National Park is among the most spectacular, protected
wildlife reserves of the world. The 1,945 sq. km National Park
has been compared to N'Gorongoro National Park of Tanzania. However
like its African cousin, Kanha National Park is not a volcanic
crater though the surrounding hills are a result of geographically
ancient volcanic activity. Above all Kanha National Park is far
greener and more densely wooded than N'Gorongoro. It is one of
the largest and best monitored Parks in the subcontinent and definitely
one of the best places in the world to see the critically endangered
tiger in the wild. Arrive and check in at the hotel.
DAY-05 IN KANHA TIGER RESERVE
Morning and evening game viewing.
DAY-06 KANHA-BANDHAVGARH (250 Kms/156 Miles)
Morning game viewing. Later leave for Bandhavgarh by road. Bandhavgarh
- is a small National Park; compact, yet full of game. The density
of the Tiger population at Bandhavgarh is the highest known in
India. This is also White Tiger country. These have been found
in the old state of Rewa for many years. The last known was captured
by Maharajah Martand Singh in 1951. This White Tiger, Mohan, is
now stuffed and on display in the palace of the Maharajahs of
Rewa. Rest of the day free.
DAY-07 IN BANDHAVGARH WILDLIFE RESERVE
Morning and Evening game viewing.
DAY-08 BANDHAVGARH - KHAJURAHO ( 189 Kms/ 119 Miles)
Morning game viewing. Later leave by road for Khajuraho. The name
Khajuraho derives from the khajur or date palm trees that once
surrounded the huge Khajurvahaka Tal. Khajuraho, once the great
Chandela capital, is today a village of about a few thousand people
in the interiors of central India, in Chhatarpur district of Madhya
Pradesh. Tradition records the existence of eighty five temples,
of which only twenty five, strewn amidst lakes and fields, have
survived. The temples at Khajuraho, brilliant examples of medieval
Indian architecture, were built under later Chandela kings between
AD 950 and AD 1050. Each ancient structure in India has a fascinating
story to tell. But few match the temples of Khajuraho.
DAY-09 IN KHAJURAHO
This morning you will be given the tour of Khajuraho. Visit the
world famous Chandela Temples. Out of the total 85 temples only
22 remain, but offer a beautiful and extravagant ode to human
life. Built in 10th and 11th centuries, these temples are dedicated
to a particular deity and the on the outer walls are carved various
themes, but actually it is an ode to woman hood, an ode to fertility,
the form of birth and an ode to greatest form of life. Of the
two groups of temples - Western and Eastern - important temples
to visit are - Kandariya Mahadev, Chaunsath Yogini, Chitragupta,
Lakshmana, Devi Jagdamba, Parvati, Vishvanath Temple and Nandi,
Paraswanath and Adinath.
DAY-10 KHAJURAHO - JHANSI - DELHI
Transfer to Jhansi railway station in time to connect train for
Delhi. In Delhi, meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer
to the hotel.
DAY-11 DEPART DELHI
You will be met by the representative of Exotique Expeditions
at the hotel and transferred to the airport, in time to connect
your onward flight.