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Taj Mahal & Tiger Trails

Duration

11 Nights / 12 Days

Places Covered

Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Umaria - Bandhavgarh - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Delhi

Overview

Taj Mahal & Tiger Trails

Taj Mahal and Tiger Trail Tours are the two best tour packages that portray the richness of nature and architectural beauty of India. Taj Mahal Tours with Tigers trail have always been a subject of fascination for every people around the world. The Taj Mahal tiger trail tour is an exciting travel package which comprises historical city visit of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. With this Tiger Trail with Taj Mahal tours you will get the chance to explore the magnificent Taj Mahal along with Tiger trails in wildlife sanctuaries. This Taj Mahal and Tiger Trail Tour package is also filled with other activities such as the royal tiger viewing, jeep safari in jungles, wild bird watching and nature walking trips.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Delhi

Begin your Tour. Arrive into DelhiWelcome to Vardhman's "Taj Mahal & Tiger Trails Tour"!On arrival in Delhi, you will be met and transferred by Vardhman's representative to your hotel. DELHI, the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. It is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land. A window to the kaleidoscope - that is India.

Rest for a while and then, proceed for a half-day tour of the city.Combined city tour of New Delhi & Old Delhi Visit Red Fort, built in 1648 by Mughal Emperor Shahjehan, Jama Masjid, one of the largest Mosque of India, Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana, the cremation sites of Mahatama Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Also drive past Chandni Chowk, shopping centre of Old Delhi.Proceed on a tour of the city, which includes the main attraction like Qutab Minar, Humayun's tomb, Lakshminarayan Temple, a modern Hindu Temple, Parliament House, Government Secretarial Building and Connaught place, the shopping centre of New Delhi.Overnight: Hotel
Overnight : Hotel

Day 2 Delhi - Jaipur

This morning drive to Jaipur. JAIPUR - The origins of the beautiful city of Jaipur can be traced back to the eighteenth century, during the reign of Jai Singh II who ascended the Amber throne in 1699. Jaipur today, epitomizes the spirit of Rajputana. In-spite of growing into a bustling metropolis, it still retains its character and history - A beautiful fusion of the yesteryears and modernity. It is popularly known as the Pink City because of the extensive use of the locally abundant pink plastered stone, painted so in honor of the visit of the royal consort of Queen Victoria. Jaipur thrills the soul with its massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and lush gardens. Upon arrival, check into your hotel. Fresen up a bit and then proceed on tour of Pink City-Jaipur. Visit City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal etc.

CITY PALACE - A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.

JANTAR MANTAR - This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.

HAWA MAHAL - The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. Their five-storey structures of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 3 Jaipur - Agra

This morning after breakfast proceed for excursion to Amber Fort in the outskirts of Jaipur. You can enjoy Elephant ride ascent to the fort.

AMBER FORT PALACE - Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression. Later drive to the Romatic city of Taj Mahal-
Agra. AGRA: Two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and Shah Jahan, transformed the little village of Agra into a befitting second capital of the Mughal Empire - giving it the name Dar-ul-Khilafat {seat of the Emperor}. Today a visitor to Agra is caught up in a world of contrasting edifices, of red sandstone and white marble, narrow galleys and quaint buggies, and that irresistible charm that this favorite city of the Mughals still retains. It is not surprising, that modern Agra still reflects its Mughal heritage most conspicuously. A walk down the narrow bustling streets of the city will introduce the visitor to the wafting aroma of Mughlai cuisine. Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri. The deserted, red Sandstone City, Emperor Akbar built that as his capital and palace in the late 16th century is an exhilarating experience. It a veritable fairytale city and its "ruins" are in pristine condition ... it's not hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of its grandeur. Also visit the Buland Darwaza, the largest gateway in the world.

Continue towards Agra and reach by the evening. Check into the hotel and relax for the remaining part of the day
Overnight : Hotel

Day 4 Agra - Umaria

Early in the morning visit Taj Mahal.Return to the hotel for breakfast. 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.
Later proceed on a city tour of Agra. Visit Agra Fort, Itmadullah's tomb

AGRA FORT - Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone. Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction. Visit Itmadullah's Tomb built by Empress NOOR JEHAN in memory of her father (The interiors of which are considered better than the Taj). Later in the evening transfer to Agra Cant Railway station to catch overnight train for UMARIA. Overnight: Hotel
Overnight : Hotel

Day 5 Umaria-Bandhavgarh

Arrive Umaria railway station and you will be met and transferred to Bandhavgarh by our representative to your hotel. Relax for a while and later visit Bandhavgarh National Park.

Bandhavgarh is set among the Vindhya hills of Madhya Pradesh with an area of 168sq miles (437sq km) it contains a wide variety of habitats and a high density of game, including a large number of Tigers. This is also the White tiger country. These have been found in the old state of Rewa for Many years. Maharaja Martand Singh captured the last known in 1951. This white Tiger, Mohun is now stuffed and on display in the Palace of Maharaja of Rewa. Prior to becoming a National Park, the forests around Bandhavgarh had long been maintained as a Shikargah, or game preserve of the Maharaja of Rewa. There are 32 hills in this part of the park, which has a large natural fort at its center. The fort's cliffs are 2625 feet (800 meters) high, 1000 feet (300 meters) above the surrounding countryside. Over half the area is covered by Sal forest although on the upper slope it is replaced by mixed forest of sal, saj, dhobin, and saja. This park is closed during the breeding season, which coincides with the monsoon (July-October). Bandhavgarh is justifiably famous for its Tigers, but it has a wide range of other game. The undergrowth is not as dense as in some northern terai forests, but the best time to see the park inhabitants is still the summer months when water becomes more scarce and the undergrowth dies back.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 6 Bandhavgarh

Full day free to visit the Bandhavgarh National Park.(Two safaris)
Overnight : Hotel

Day 7 Bandhavgarh

Full day free to visit the Bandhavgarh National Park.(Two safaris)
Overnight : Hotel

Day 8 Bandhavgarh - Khajuraho

After breakfast at the hotel proceed to Khajuraho. Reach and check into your hotel. Khajuraho, is situated in the heart of India, in the state of Madhya Pradesh, Khajuraho is a fascinating village with a quaint, rural ambience and a rich cultural heritage, honored by the world as India's unique contribution to human civilization. The Chandela dynasty built eighty-five temples here. Only twenty remain as embodiments of Indian architectural and sculptural art at its most evolved state. Even ten centuries after they were constructed, the temples of Khajuraho reflect an eternal philosophy relevant to mankind. The temple of Khajuraho is a world heritage site and belongs not just to India but to the world. The nearby Panna national park is a project tiger park making the area a unique combination of outstanding cultural and natural heritage - one of the few millennium destinations of the world. Explore the village in the evening. Visit SHILPAGRAM.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 9 Khajuraho - Varanasi

This morning after a Lesiurely breakfast proceed on a tour of the famous temples of Khajuraho.Later transfer to the airport to catch flight for Varanasi. Upon arrival at Varanasi, you will be met and transferred to hotel. Varanasi is the World's most ancient living city. Sunrise on the riverfront, as seen from a boat, can be spiritually uplifting sight. Crowded with temples, and its labyrinth of streets, the city attracts the maximum number of tourists. The religious capital of Hinduism, Varanasi is the carpet-manufacturing place of India. It was previously known as Kashi - the city that illuminates. The present name is derived from the fact that the city is at the confluence of the rivers Varuna and Asi.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 10 Varanasi

Drive early morning to Daswamedh Ghat and take a boat ride (at your own cost) on the sacred river Ganges to see the cremation Ghats and witness the living traditions of one of the world's oldest and most important religions. (To start at 0500 hrs. for the best lifetime experience). Thousands of faithful come daily to the banks to bathe and pray while in the background, temples and palaces rise in tiers from the water's edge.Then return for a walk through the cobblestone streets along the banks of "Ganga". Also visit the Kashi Vishwanath Temple , Gyanvapi Mosque and Benaras Hindu
Overnight : Hotel

Day 11 Varanasi - Delhi

Half day Excursion to SARNATH. Sarnath - 5 miles out of Varanasi for a day excursion: One of the holiest Buddhist sites in the world, where Buddha preached his first Sermon in 590 BC. Witness the ruins of a once flourishing Buddhist monastery and then visit a fine Museum which houses an excellent collection of Buddhist art and sculptures found at the site.

Later in the afternoon transfer to airport to catch flight for Delhi. Reach Delhi and you will be transferred to hotel by our representative. Relax for the remaining part of the day.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 12 Delhi: Departure

This morning after breakfast proceed for a full-day tour of Old & New Delhi. OLD DELHI - A sight-seeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting the Raj Ghat - the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India and the Red Fort - once the most opulent fort and palace of the Mughal Empire. Enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride (at your own cost) from Jama Masjid to Chandni Chowk. NEW DELHI - An extensive sight-seeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to the Humayun's Tomb, the Qutub Minar, a drive along the ceremonial avenue - Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, the President's Residence and would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave.

Later in the evening transfer to the airport to catch flight to back home with sweet and unforgettable memories of your "Taj Mahal & Tiger Trails Tour" escorted by Vardhman Vacations.


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