Day 01 Arrive Delhi
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
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 -
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 - Jaipur ( 265 Kms / 165 Miles )
for Jaipur by air conditioned vehicle. The historic city of Jaipur
or "The City of Vicotory" was founded in 1727 A.D. by the
great Kachhawah ruler Sawai Jai Singh II (1700 - 1747 A.D.), and
named after him. The monarch was not only a great builder, but also
a poet and an astronomer. Under his aegis, the city was designed by
his talented architect Vidyadhar, who gave shape to the creative
aspirations of Sawai Jai Singh in the form of the dream city of
Jaipur Arrive Jaipur and check in at the hotel. This afternoon you
will be given the city tour of Jaipur.
Tour of the Pink City -
Your tour will include the imposing
City Palace, still home to the Maharaja although several of the
rooms are now open to the public. Many antiques and artefacts belonging
to the ruling family are housed here, including a collection of
weaponry. You will also visit the Hawa Mahal, "Palace of the
Winds", and the open-air Jantar Mantar Observatory to see the
vast astronomical instruments. Enjoy a stroll through the colourful
bazaar before returning to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
04 Jaipur - Sawai Madhopur ( 160kms / 100 Miles )
the impressive Amber Fort, situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur
City. At the foot of the hill you will mount your caparisoned
elephant for the slow but steady climb up to the main gate, making
your entrance in the time honoured fashion. The Fort, completed in
the early 18th century, took over 100 years to build and now,
although deserted, offers a fascinating insight into the lifestyle
of the Moghul ruling families. Later leave Jaipur for Sawai
Madhopur by road.
The Ranthambore National Park is situated in
eastern Rajasthan close to the town of Sawai Madhopur. It was
declared a national park in 1980 and is a part of Project Tiger. The
Ranthambore Park is set between the Aravalli and Vindhya ranges
covering an area of 1,334 sq km. The terrain is rugged and there are
rocky ridges, hills and open valleys with lakes and pools. On one of
the hills is the majestic 1,000 year old Ranthambore Fort.
Sawai Madhopur and check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05 Sawai Madhopur
This morning and evening you will
enjoy the game viewing by jeeps/canter. Overnight at the resots.
Day 06 Sawai Madhopur - Bharatpur ( 235kms / 147
Early this morning you will take one more game
viewing by jeeps/canter. Later leave Sawai Madhopur for Bharatpur.
Keoladeo Ghana National Park, popularly known as Bharatpur is
India's best known bird sanctuary. This 28.7 square kilometer mixed
wetland, woodland, grass and scrub is home to 400 plus species of
birds. Only 175 kms from New Delhi, Bharatpur is on the Agra -
Jaipur road and a pleasant 3 hour drive from the capital. Keoladeo
is both a Ramsar and World Heritage site Arrive Bharatpur and check
in at the hotel. Rest of the day free. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 07 Bharatpur - Agra ( 65 Kms / 41 Miles )
spend the morning in Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. You may like to ride
the by-cycles in the sanctuary or walk around the lake. Later leave
for Agra by road.
Agra, the name brings to our mind superb
monuments including the magnificent Taj which is one of the seven
wonders of the world. Agra is the symbol of a bygone era. The era,
when the Mughals ruled India. As a reminder of their glorious past
they have left behind some beautiful monuments. The one and the only
Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Jehangir's Palace. The list of the monuments
is endless. If we could push these great monuments away from our
minds, then Agra is just like any other city.
Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri -
drive to the impressive
sandstone fortress of Fatehpur Sikri. The fort was built in the 16th
century and only occupied for a few years before being abandoned,
leaving the buildings in virtually perfect conditions Arrive Agra
and check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 08 In Agra
This morning you will be given the city tour
of Agra. Taj Mahal -
Little needs to be said about this
architectural wonder which is always the soul raison-de-etre for
every tourist's visit to Agra. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a
white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This
monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed and planned
by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from it's stunning design
balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for
its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best
inlay work ever seen.On closer look, the lettering of the Quran
verses around the archways appears to be uniform, regardless of
their height. The lettering spacing and density has been customized
to give this impression to the beholder. Other illusionary effects
have been accounted for in the geometry of the tomb and the tall
minarets. The impressive pietra dura artwork includes geometric
elements, plants and flowers, mostly common in Islamic architecture.
The level of sophistication in artwork becomes obvious when one
realizes that a 3 cm decorative element contains more than 50 inlaid
Red Fort - lies on the bend of the river Yamuna,
almost in the heart of the town. Akbar built it as his citadel over
the years 1563-73 in the finest architectural style. It has imposing
gates and walls of red sandstone and a moat. Day
09 Agra - Jhansi - Khajuraho
Transfer to the railway
station in time to connect train for Jhansi. In Jhansi, you will be
met on arrival. Drive down to visit Orchha. Orchha is the erstwhile
capital city of the Bundela rulers. The town is steeped in history
and is famous for its palaces and temples built in the 16th and 17th
centuries. The architectural splendor of the monuments in Orchha
reflects the glory of its rulers. The Betwa River, on whose banks
Orchha lies, and the forests around it attract tourist to this
Continue your drive to Khajuraho. Khajuraho is known for
its magnificient temples which are among the most creative examples
of the indian architecture. Built between 950 and 1050 A.D., only 22
temples out of 85 now survive, Khajuraho sclupture is sublime and
sensuous, the centre of new imagery in art. The popular theme is
woman: Reflective, Playful Amorous. The carving also depict
Griffins, Nymphs, Beasts, Demons in revolt, Gods in cosmic
evolution, fear, doubt, jealousy, ardent love and consummate
Arrive Khajuraho and check in at the hotel. Overnight
at the hotel. Day 10 Khajuraho - Bandhavgarh (
189 Kms/ 119 Miles)
Leaving for Bandhavgarh National Park
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
Arrive Bandhavgarh and check in at the hotel. In the
evening you will enjoy the game viewing by jeeps/Elephant back.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11 Bandhavgarh National Park
Game viewing by jeeps in the morning and in
the evening. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12 Bandhavgarh - Kanha ( 250 Kms / 156 Miles )
visit to the park by jeeps. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Later
drive to Kanha National Park. 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
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 Kanha and check in at the hotel. Overnight at the
hotel. Day 13 Kanha National Park
and evening Game viewing by jeeps. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 14 Kanha - Nagpur ( 260 Kms / 163 Miles )
viewing by jeeps. After Early lunch drive to 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 legisl Arrive Nagpur and check in at the
hotel. Overnight at the hotel. Day 15 Nagpur -
Delhi / Mumbai - Onward Destinations
Transfer to the
airport in time to connect your flight for Delhi or Mumbai. In
Delhi/Mumbai, you will be met on arrival by the representative of
Exotique Expeditions and transferred to the International airport to
connect your onward flight.