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Itinerary at a Glance
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Day 02: Delhi
Day 03: Delhi – Jaipur
Day 04: Jaipur
Day 05: Jaipur – Kalakho
Day 06: Kalakho – Agra
Day 07: Agra – Jhansi – Khajuraho
Day 08: Khajuraho – Bandhavgarh
Day 09: Bandhavgarh
Day 10: Bandhavgarh – Kanha
Day 11: Kanha
Day 12: Kanha – Kawardha
Day 13: Kawardha – Raipur – Mumbai
Day 14: Mumbai
Day 15: Mumbai – Departure
You arrive at Delhi airport. After clearing India Immigration and Customs, you step into the receiving area where you will be met by our representative.
Overnight at the hotel (No meals)
Morning after breakfast proceed for full day city tour of Dehi. The city beautifully encloses magnificent landmarks and monuments that narrate the story of their glorious past. Delhi is known to have been continuously inhabited since 6th century BC. Through most period of its history, Delhi has served as a capital of kingdoms and empires.
Start with Old Delhi and visit Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, with a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees. Built between 1644 and 1658, it is one of the last architectural works of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Jama Masjid has three gates, two minarets – 40 meters in height and four towers. The minarets are made up of red sand stone and white marbles bearing stripes of black color.
Later, drive pass the Red Fort to visit the Chandani Chowk on cycle rickshaw. The main street of ‘Old’ Delhi is a magnificent bazaar and as fine a monument to congestion, color and chaos as you’ll find in India today. In Shah Jahan’s day, it was endowed with fine mansions, had a tree-lined canal flowing down its center and was renowned throughout Asia; today it’s jam-packed with artisans, traders and auto-rickshaws and comprises a fantastic cocktail of stench, movement, uproar and fumes.
Afternoon, visit New Delhi and drive pass the Iconic India Gate, a 42-metre archway built in memory of Indian soldiers killed during the First World War, the India Gate is also known as ‘Bharat Gate’. Situated in the heart of New Delhi, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, it is the national monument of India. Also, drive pass various government buildings like President’s house, Parliament etc.
Later, visit Qutub Minar, Delhi’s most striking monument which looms majestically across the wide plains of Delhi, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was constructed in 1192 by Qutub-Ud-Din Aibak. Built in red sandstone and marble, it has a height of 72.5 meters (237.8 ft) and contains 379 stairs. A Soaring conical tower, it is an exquisite example of Indo-Islamic Afghan architecture and is the tallest minaret in India. Evening is free at leisure.
Overnight at the hotel (B)
Delhi to Jaipur by road: Approx. 260 Kms. & 5 Hrs. drive
Morning after breakfast drive to Jaipur the largest city of Rajasthan is an epitome of magnificence and vibrancy. This city was established in 1727, and is India’s first planned city. It is also known as the ‘Pink City’. This royal place is rich in heritage, culture and architecture. With splendid fortresses, majestic palaces, tranquil temples and beautiful havelis; Other than these captivating attractions, Jaipur displays exquisite handicrafts and spectacular jewelry. These intricate works of art add life and color to this Pink City’s uniqueness. On arrival check into your hotel.
Morning visit Amber Fort, built in 1592, the fort may and does look old on the outside but is quite beautiful on the inside and boasts of various buildings of prominence. The aesthetic ambiance of this formidable fort is seen within its walls on a four level layout plan (each with a courtyard) in a well turned out opulent palace complex built with red sandstone and marble.
Afternoon visit City Palace & museum, lies in the heart of Jaipur city. This sprawling complex, with its vast array of courtyards, gardens, gorgeous buildings and marvellous collection of art and artefacts, textiles and costumes, armoury, manuscripts and paintings is without parallel in Rajasthan. A major part of the ‘City Palace’ now consists of the ‘Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum’. It is also the residence of the Jaipur Royal Family.
Later, visit The Jantar Mantar is a collection of architectural astronomical instruments, built between 1727 and 1734. The observatory consists of fourteen major geometric devices for measuring time, predicting eclipses, tracking stars’ location as the earth orbits around the sun, ascertaining the declinations of planets, and determining the celestial altitudes. An excursion through the Jantar Mantar is a unique experience of walking through solid geometry and encountering a collective astronomical system designed to probe the heavens.
Jaipur to Kalakho by road: Approx. 100 Kms. & 2.5 Hrs. drive
Morning after breakfast drive to Kalakho. On arrival check into your Dera Village Retreat. The Retreat offers a welcome break from the regular tourist visits to monuments, museums and market places and the hustle and bustle of the crowded cities and move towards the pristine and untouched lives of the real people of the land.
Later visit the nearby village of Meena Tribe. The villages visited are tucked away within a valley inside the Aravalli Hills, where a community of the Meena Tribal are living. The joy and spirit of rustic life is palpable in the lively faces of the village folks.
Kalakho to Agra by road: Approx. 165 Kms. & 3 Hrs. drive
Morning drive to Agra. Though Agra’s history is largely recognized with Mughal Empire, the place was established much before it and has linkages since Mahabharata, the Mythological history. The golden age of the city began with the Mughals. Akbar made it the center of art, culture, commerce and learning. During the peaceful reign of Shah Jahan, his passion for architecture came to the fore and the world-famous architectural masterpieces were constructed including the Taj Mahal.
Later visit Taj Mahal (Closed on Friday), Surely the greatest monument of love and one of the seven wonders of the modern world, Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum commissioned by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is regarded by many as the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Indian architectural styles. The Taj Mahal is widely recognized as “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”
Later, visit Agra Fort, few forts in the world have a more fascinating story to tell than the Great Fort of Agra. Originally planned as an impregnable military structure by Akbar, the Agra Fort, over a period of time, acquired all the elegance, lavishness and majesty of an imperial palace. Emperor Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal, was imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb in Agra Fort, from which he had a view of the Taj Mahal. Shah Jahan is said to have died in the Musamman Burj, a tower with a beautiful marble balcony and view of the Taj Mahal.
Agra to Jhansi by train: Gatimaan Express at 0955/1235 Hrs.
Jhansi to Khajuraho by road: Approx. 200 Kms. & 4 Hrs. drive
Morning after breakfast transfer to railway station to board your train to Jhansi. Reach Jhansi and drive to Khajuraho.
Later visit The Western Group of Temples: Khajuraho’s most striking & best preserved temples are within the fenced-off section of the western group. Made of sandstone, the builders didn’t use mortar: the stones were put together with mortise and tenon joints and they were held in place by gravity. This form of construction requires very precise joints. Life in every form and mood has been captured in stone, testifying not only to the craftsman’s artistry but also to the extraordinary breadth of vision.
Khajuraho to Bandhavgarh by road: Approx. 225 Kms. & 6 Hrs. drive
Morning after breakfast drive to Bandhavgarh. This biodiverse park is known for its large population of royal Bengal tigers, especially in the central Tala zone. Other animals include white tigers, leopards and deer. The mix of tropical forest, Sal trees and grassland is home to scores of bird species. On arrival check into your hotel.
Overnight at the hotel (B, D)
Nestled among the picturesque Vindhya and Satpura ranges, this is one of India’s most beautiful national parks. Bandhavgarh supports one of the highest densities of tigers in the subcontinent.
Its hilly open terrain includes many large grassland meadows that offer good chances of sightings. The Park is also home to a large variety of mammals; leopards, chital (spotted deer), Sambar deer, nilgai, wild boar, chinkara, sloth bear, rhesus macaque, grey langur, jungle cat, hyena, porcupine, jackal, fox, and wild dog.
Morning and afternoon will be spent on intriguing jungle game drives in the National Park as you discover the mysteries of wildlife.
Please note: The park is closed for afternoon safaris on Wednesdays.
Overnight at the hotel (B, L, D)
Bandhavgarh to Kanha by road: Approx. 200 Kms. & 5 Hrs. drive
Morning after breakfast drive to Kanha. The lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines of Kanha provided inspiration to Rudyard Kipling for his famous novel “Jungle Book”. The Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh came into being in 1955 and forms the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve, created in 1974 under Project Tiger. The main wildlife attractions in the park are tiger, bison, gaur, sambhar, chital, barasingha, barking deer, black deer, black buck, mouse deer, sloth bear, jacka,l fox, porcupine, hyena, jungle cat, mongoose, tiger, and leopard etc. On arrival check into your hotel.
Kanha has a large, healthy population of tigers. But this park features more than tigers; it supports the full range of Indian wildlife described in The Jungle Books. The variety and abundance of wildlife in Kanha is remarkable. The park is famous for its herds of hard-ground Barasingha – also called swamp deer, a large and beautiful endemic animal with 12-point antlers (it has probably been saved from extinction by careful management in Kanha). Also found are herds of the beautiful chital (common name is spotted deer), and sambar, the biggest of the Indian deer. Other commonly seen herbivores include barking deer, nilgai antelope, four-horned antelope, wild boar, and the imposing gaur (also called the Indian bison), which is considered the largest wild bovine in the world. A gaur bull can stand over six feet tall at the shoulder and weigh more than a ton!
Kanha to Kawardha by road: Approx. 135 Kms. & 4 Hrs. drive
Morning after breakfast drive to Kawardha. Kawardha’s unique magic lies in its unexpected tranquility, beauty and isolation from India’s well-troddden paths. This peaceful town, overlooked by the Maikal hills, is in the relatively unexplored state of Chhattisgarh. Of all India’s many jewels Kawardha is truly a treasure trove of breathtaking scenery and fascinating reminders of India’s cultural heritage. On arrival check into Palace Kawardha.
Kawardha to Raipur by road: Approx. 115 Kms & 3 Hrs. drive
Raipur to Mumbai by flight:
Morning drive to Raipur airport to board your flight to Mumbai. India’s largest port, its commercial and industrial centre, as well as fashion capital and heart of Bollywood (India’s thriving movie industry), Mumbai is an endlessly fascinating hive of activity. A jumble of captivating contradictions, grand colonial architecture rubs shoulders with chaotic bazaars, trendy restaurants, exclusive boutiques, slums and shanty towns, all interspersed with beautiful, tropical palm trees. A shopper’s haven, this bustling cosmopolitan metropolis offers anything from pavement stalls and ancient markets to glitzy malls and designer outlets. A melting pot for cultures from every corner of the country, Mumbai embodies a little bit of all India’s diverse traditions rolled into one. On arrival check into your hotel.
Morning after breakfast drive to Gateway of India, Mumbai’s most famous monument, this is the starting point for most tourists who want to explore the city. It was built as a triumphal arch to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911.
Later take excursion to Elephanta caves, which are declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site date back to 6th century A.D. It was the Portuguese who named the caves after the statue of an elephant which is seen close to landing area. These caves were carved out from a single rock. Elephanta Caves are accessible only by boat. The boat ride not only makes the trip to the Elephanta Caves an interesting experience, but also gives you an idea of the artistic embellishments and unimaginable beauty of the statues. The most striking statue of Trimurti, Shiva in the three moods as the Creator, the Destroyer and the Preserver is a masterpiece by itself.
Later return back to Mumbai and visit Prince of Wales Museum, Founded in the early years of the 20th century, the museum houses approximately 50,000 exhibits of ancient Indian history as well as objects from foreign lands, categorized primarily into three sections: Art, Archaeology and Natural History. The museum houses Indus Valley Civilization artifacts, and other relics from ancient India. (This museum is closed on Monday’s and national holidays).
Later visit the Mani Bhawan, old residence of Mahatma Gandhi. It’s a pretty, two-storied structure that now houses a reference library with over 2000 books, a photo exhibition of the Mahatma’s life, and well preserved memorabilia, including an old charkha or spinning wheel that Gandhi used to use.
Later visit Dhobi Ghat, a unique feature of Mumbai, the dhobi is a traditional laundryman, who will collect your dirty linen, wash it, and return it neatly pressed to your doorstep. All for a pittance. The “laundries” are called “ghats”: row upon row of concrete wash pens, each fitted with its own flogging stone. The clothes are soaked in sudsy water, thrashed on the flogging stones, then tossed into huge vats of boiling starch and hung out to dry. Next they are ironed and piled into neat bundles.
After breakfast, transfer to airport to board your flight to your onward destination.
Price Valid From: 1st October 2018 to 30th September 2019
Price Not Valid From: 20 Dec 2018 to 10 Jan 2019
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