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Classic Wildlife Tour

Duration

11 Nights / 12 Days

Places Covered

Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Umaria - Bandavgarh - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Delhi

Overview

Classical India with Wildlife Tour

Bandhavgarh National Park - Madhya Pradesh

A wildlife retreat, where history and nature meet, Bandhavgarh is not too far away from Kanha. Set amidst the Vindhyan ranges, the Park has a series of ridges running through it. Initially just 105.40 sq. km. in area, Bandhavgarh with 25 resident tigers, was noted for its high density tiger population. Today, it has been extended to an area of 437 sq. km.
About half the Park is covered with fine stands of sal, while mixed forests are found in the higher reaches of the hills. Stretches of bamboo and grasslands extend to the north.
The main viewing area is still in the core of the Park with its 32 picturesque, wooded hills. An ancient fort up on a precipice, 800 metres high, dominates the Park.
Bandhavgarh's history goes back 2000 years in time and the earliest signs of habitation can be seen in the Caves excavated from the cliffs to the north of the fort. Brahmi inscription here, date back to the 1st century BC A hunting reserve of the roya! family of Rewa in more recent times, Bandhavgarh was declared a Park in 1968. This is where the famous white tigers of Rewa were discovered.
Wandering through the Park on elephant back, the chances of seeing a tiger are quite good. Also to be seen here are nilgai, chausingha, chital, chinkara, wild boar and sometimes a fox or jackal. Other inhabitants of the Park include the muntjac, jungle cat, ratel, hyena, porcupine, the rhesus macaque and the black-faced langur. About 150 species of birds are also found here and include the migratory birds that arrive in winter like the steppe eagle and various water birds.
Tiger, Bandhavgarh National ParkIt is possible to climb up to the Bandhavgarh fort for a breathtaking bird's-eye view of the Park and there is also a small population of black buck that lives here, protected from the predators below.

General Information :

Best Time to Visit : November to June.
Nearest Town : Umaria (30 km)
How to Get Here : Air: Jabalpur (170 km), Khajuraho (210 km) , Rail:Umaria (30 km), Jabalpur (170 km)

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Delhi

Begin your tour.
Arrive into Delhi
Arrive into Delhi. Welcome to 'Vardhman's Classical India with Wildlife Tour'. On arrival in Delhi, you will be met and transfered by our representative to hotel.
Rest of the day free at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 2 Delhi - Jaipur

This morning after breakfast drive to Jaipur. Upon arrival, check into your hotel.
Combined city tour of New Delhi & Old Delhi
Rest of the day free at leisure/shopping.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 3 Jaipur - Agra

City tour of Jaipur
This morning you will experience the wonders of this magicial pink city, as you proceed on a tour of Amber fort - which is set on the dry wrinkled Aravali Hills, and surrounded by fortified battlements. We will ride up to this hilltop palace on a caparisoned, painted elephant. Later visit the Jagmandir or the Hall of victory glitterning with mirrors, Maharaja's City Palace and the Observatory - The Solar Observatory - an astronomical treasure house, with solar device that give accurate predictions till date. The City Palace reflects a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Drive past Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds, a five-storied structure of pink sandstone with semi-octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows overlooking the main street of the old city and through the rose pink residential and business areas of Jaipur.
Thereafter, drive to Agra.Upon arrival, check into your pre-booked hotel.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 4 Agra - Umaria - Bandavgarh

City tour of Agra.
Visit Taj Mahal (Closed on Every Friday) & Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula.
Afternoon, we ride to the massive Agra Fort. The elegant buildings inside reflect an interesting synthesis of Hindu and Central Asian architectural styles. The maze of the courtyards, mosques & private chambers of the fort echo the story of the Mughal Empire. The Moti Masjid & other magnificent buildings reflect the skill of the ancient Indian architectsLater you will visit a marble gallery - the flagship store in Agra which offers an excellant range of white marble, fashionable wear & exotic wooden articles, truly a one stop shop!
Later drive to railway station to catch overnight train to Umaria.
Overnight: Train

Day 5 Bandavgarh

On arrival at Umaria Railway Station, our representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel.Relax for some time.

Bandavgarh 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.
A full day game viewing inside the jungle.

Overnight: Resort

Day 6 Bandavgarh

A full day game viewing inside the jungle.

Overnight: Resort


Day 7 Bandavgarh

This morning after breakfast proceed for full day game viewing inside the jungle.
Overnight: resort

Day 8 Bandavgarh - Khajuraho

This morning after breakfast proceed to Khajuraho. Upon arrival check into hotel.
Explore the village in the evening and visit Shilpagram.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 9 Khajuraho - Varanasi

This morning after breakfast proceed for City tour of Khajuraho.
Visit Estern Group Temple, Parsavanatha, TempleGhantai Temple, Adinatha Temple.
In time transfer to airport to board a flight to Varanasi. On arrival at Varanasi Airport, our representative will meet you and transfer you to your pre-booked hotel.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 10 Khajuraho - Varanasi

City tour of Varanasi
Morning drive to Daswamedh Ghat and take a boat ride 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) For you to appreciate this remarkable city, we'll transfer you to the banks of the River Ganges before the sun rises. Board a boat with your guide and proceed to the middle of the river, where at sunrise the sight unfolds before you. 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. Return for a walk through the cobblestone streets along the banks of "Ganga". As shops are opening, the place now becomes a beehive of activity as the faithful are coming and going.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 11 Varanasi - Delhi

This morning after breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Sarnath.
Thereafter, drive to airport to catch flight to Delhi. Upon arrival at Delhi Airport,our representative will transfer you to your pre-booked hotel.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 12 Varanasi - Delhi

This morning after a leisurely breakfast we will proceed for the sightseeing of Delhi.
Combined city tour of New Delhi & Old Delhi
Visit 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 .
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.
In time transfer to airport to board the flight for your onward journey to back home with sweet and unforgettable memories of your 'Vardhman's Classical India with Wildlife Tour' escorted by Vardhman Vacations.

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