India is many times rightfully referred to as a subcontinent. Starting in Mumbai we discover beautiful Victorian Gothic Architecture complemented by fascinating rock sculptures of Elephanta Caves. We then fly via Nagpur to reach Pench National park and then proceed to Kanha National park, this is the place described by Rudyard Kipling in his great book “The Jungle Book”.
Kanha National Park in now a tiger reserve. We game drive through these two beautiful parks searching for tigers and other fascinating wildlife. Finally we drive to exotic Temples of Khajuraho and then fly to Delhi the Capital of India.
|UNESCO World Heritage Sites covered in this tour|
|1.||Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus)||4.||Khajuraho Group of Monuments|
|2.||Elephanta Caves||5.||Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi|
|3.||Humayun's Tomb, Delhi||6.||Red Fort Complex, Delhi|
|Tour Duration||:||13 days|
|Min. Tour Size||:||02 persons|
|Max. Tour Size||:||N/A|
|Includes international air|
|Tour Price (from)||:||US$|
Day 01: Arrive Mumbai
Arrival. Namaste! We are warmly welcomed the traditional Indian way with hands clapped together at the airport and transferred to our hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax.
Overnight: The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower (2 nights)
Day 02: Mumbai
We start our day with a visit to the Gateway of India, Mumbai's most famous monument. Here we embark on our excursion by motor launch to Elephanta Island, located on an island in the Sea of Oman. We explore the Elephanta Caves*, which contain a collection of rock art linked to the cult of Shiva. Here, Indian art has found one of its most perfect expressions, particularly the huge high reliefs in the main cave. We return to Mumbai and visit the Prince of Wales Museum and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus*, formerly known as Victoria Terminus Station. The station is an outstanding example of Victorian Gothic Revival Architecture in India, blended with themes deriving from Indian traditional architecture. The building, designed by the British Architect F. W. Stevens, became the symbol of Bombay as the ‘Gothic City’ and the major international mercantile port of India. Its remarkable stone dome, turrets, pointed arches and eccentric ground plan are close to traditional Indian palace architecture. Our next stop is at Mani Bhawan, a house converted into a museum, where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during the Freedom Struggle. We then explore the Hanging Gardens, the Zoroastrian Towers of Silence, the bustling Crawford Market and drive past Haji Ali, the tomb of a wealthy Muslim merchant. We end our tour at the Dhobi Ghat, the world's largest outdoor laundry. The washers, locally known as Dhobis, work in the open to wash the clothes from Mumbai's hotels and hospitals. The word Dhobi Ghat is used all over India to refer to any place where many washers are present. In the evening we enjoy welcome dinner at renowned local restaurant. (B, D)
Day 03: Mumbai/Nagpur (Flight) /Pench (Drive)
Today we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Nagpur. On arrival at Nagpur we are met and taken on a short tour of Nagpur, visiting the Ram temple, which is over 600 years old; the Jain temple featuring some beautiful carvings and sculptures; and Deekshabhoomi, a Buddhist pilgrimage center with a great stupa. From here we continue our journey to Pench National Park. Upon arrival we check in to our hotel.
Overnight: Baghvan - A Taj Safari Lodge (2 nights) (B, D)
Day 04: Pench
Pench National Park is located in the lower southern reaches of the Satpura Hills. We embark on morning and evening game drives in the park searching for tigers and other wildlife. Cheetal, Sambar, Nilgai are commonly seen grazing on the open and by river banks and on the shores of the reservoir. We can also observe jackals and packs of wild dogs in search of food. Herds of gaur can be spotted near streams and by bamboo patches. Sloth bears occupy hilly, rocky out crops. Langoors are also very common, whereas Rhesus monkeys may only be seen occasionally. Pench National Park boasts over 210 bird species, including several migratory species. Peafowl, red jungle fowl, crow pheasant, crimson breasted barbet, red-vented bulbul, racket-tailed drongo, magpie robin and lesser whistling teal are commonly seen. (B, L, D)
Day 05: Pench/Kanha (Drive)
Today we drive to Kanha National Park. This is the place that has that inspired Rudyard Kipling in the writing of his most famous work: ‘The Jungle Book’. Kanha National Park is a tiger reserve that extends over an area of over 940 square km. On arrival in Kanha National Park, we check in our Resort. In the afternoon we enjoy a game drive in the park.
Overnight: Banjara Tola - A Taj Safari Lodge (2 nights) (B, L, D)
Day 06: Kanha
We embark in morning and evening game drives in Kanha National Park in search for tiger and other wildlife sightings. (B, L, D)
Day 07: Kanha/Bandhavgarh (Drive)
Today we head to Bandhavgarh National Par. Set among the Vindhya hills of Madhya Pradesh with an area of 437 sq km (168 sq miles), the park has a high density of game, including a large number of tigers. This is also White tiger country. On arrival in Bhandavgarh we check in our hotel. In the afternoon we enjoy a game drive in the park.
Overnight: Mahua Kothi - A Taj Safari Lodge (2 nights) (B, L, D)
Day 08: Bandhavgarh
We enjoy morning and evening game drives in Bandhavgarh National Park for tiger and other wildlife sighting. (B, L, D)
Day 09: Bandhavgarh/Panna National Park (Drive)
Today we drive to Panna National Park, home to some of the richest wildlife concentrations in India and is one of the most famous Tiger Reserves in the country. The park is known worldwide for its wild cats, including tigers, as well as deer and antelope. On arrival we check in our hotel. Later we explore the National Park.
Overnight: Pashangarh- A Taj Safari Lodge (2 nights) (B, L, D)
Day 10: Panna National Park
We take a morning game drive in the park for wild life sightings. In the afternoon we explore the Khajuraho Group of Monuments*. The temples at Khajuraho were built during the Chandella dynasty, which reached its apogee between 950 and 1050. Today only 20 temples remain and they fall into three distinct groups and belonging to the religions of Hinduism and Jainism. They strike a perfect balance between architecture and sculpture. The Temples are decorated with a profusion of sculptures that are among the greatest masterpieces of Indian art. (B, L, D)
Day 11: Panna/Khajuraho (Drive) & Khajuraho/Delhi (Flight)
In the morning we enjoy a game drive in Panna National Park. In the afternoon we are transferred to Khajuraho airport for our flight to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi we are transferred to our hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure.
Overnight: Taj Palace Hotel (2 nights) (B, D)
Day 12: Delhi
We start our morning with a tour in New Delhi, with a visit to Birla House, the former residence of Mahatma Gandhi, before his assassination in 1948. We then visit the famous India Gate, a war memorial located astride the Rajpath, on the eastern edge of the ‘ceremonial axis’ of New Delhi. We then drive by the Houses of Parliament and Connaught Place to Humayun's Tomb*. This tomb, built in 1570, is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. It inspired several major architectural innovations, culminating in the construction of the Taj Mahal. We continue to the Qutub Minar and its Monuments*. Built in the early 13th century the red sandstone tower of Qutub Minar at 73 metres (240 ft.), is the tallest brick minaret in the world. The surrounding archaeological area contains funerary buildings, notably the magnificent Alai-Darwaza Gate, a masterpiece of Indo-Muslim art and two mosques. In the afternoon we explore Old Delhi, visiting the Red Fort Complex*. Named for its massive enclosing walls of red sandstone, it is adjacent to an older fort, the Salimgarh, built by Islam Shah Suri in 1546, with which it forms the Red Fort Complex. The Red Fort is considered to represent the zenith of Mughal creativity which, under Shah Jahan, was brought to a new level of refinement. Each pavilion reveals architectural elements typical of Mughal building, reflecting a fusion of Persian, Timurid and Hindu traditions. After visiting the Red Fort, we embark on a captivating journey on board a rickshaw, travelling through the narrow lanes of the renowned Chandni Chowk Bazaar, dating to the 17th Century. To this day it remains one of the busiest markets in Delhi. Our rickshaw ride ends at the Masjid-i Jahan-Numa commonly known as Jama Masjid. Built in the 17th century it is one of India's largest mosques. We then proceed to Raj Ghat, a black marble platform that marks the spot of Mahatma Gandhi's cremation. In the evening we enjoy a sumptuous welcome dinner at a renowned local restaurant. In the evening we enjoy farewell dinner at a renowned restaurant. (B, D)
Note: Red Fort & Birla House are closed on Mondays.
Day 13: Depart Delhi
After a memorable journey through incredible India, we are transferred to the airport for our departure to our next destination. (B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
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Jan 03; Feb 13; Mar 06; Apr 03; May 01; Jun 05; Nov 13*; Dec 04
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|Departure(s)||Per Person on Twin Sharing||Single Room Supplement|
|Departures 2017 except between Dec 23 to Dec 31, 2017|
|Jan 03; Feb 13; Mar 06; Apr 03||US$ 7350||US$ 2800|
|May 01; Jun 05||US$ 5125||US$ 1825|
|Nov 13; Dec 04||US$ 8180||US$ 3250|
|Supplements for Domestic Airfare in Special Economy Class (Subject to change till not ticketed)|
|Sector: Mumbai - Nagpur & Khajuraho - Delhi||US$ 295||-|
This tour does not operate from May to September.
The price are on Per Person basis - All prices are subject to any revision of tax and tariff structure.
Estimated International Airfare (International airfare is NOT included in this tour)
This tour operates on a minimum of 02 participants
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