India tour from Taj Mahal to the tigers
This India tour will surely have something to please everyone. It begins at the famous Rajput city of Jaipur with visits to some of the palaces and forts of this former desert kingdom. Then we proceed to the Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world, and worthy of that designation!Read more
From Agra the journey continues to Khajuraho’s astonishing erotic temples; ancient and mysterious, they are absolutely unforgettable. From Khajuraho the real adventure begins, with a journey to Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks, both famous for tigers. We explore the parks in jeeps as well as on elephant back with trained naturalists as our guides. Finally we return to Delhi to visit the mosque and maze-like streets of the old city. This trip to India is a mix of culture and wildlife that is not to be missed!
You are met at the international airport in Delhi and transferred to your hotel. The day includes a sightseeing tour of Sir Edward Lutyens’ New Delhi, the garden city built in 1911 by the British settlers. We also visit the Birla Mandir (Lakshminarayan Temple), the President’s House, Humayun’s Tomb (the forerunner of the Taj Mahal), and India Gate.
Our tour now takes a “wild” turn as we continue by car to Bandhavgarh National Park, stopping in Satna along the way. Bandhavgarh is one of the most recently declared reserves under India’s most successful conservation project – Project Tiger. The tiger population at Bandhavgarh is probably the highest in India.
Formerly the hunting reserve of the princely state of Rewa, it was in this area that the first white tigers were discovered in the wild. The terrain consists of great rocky hills rising sharply from the swampy and densely forested valley. The highest of these hills is crowned by the 2000 year old Bandhavgarh fort, rising almost 2500 feet above sea level.
The valleys around bottom out into swampy meadows – ideal for wildlife viewing on elephant back or from jeeps. We stay in a jungle lodge and delve into the jungle for wildlife viewing by jeep safari and on elephant back. Bandhavgarh also has scattered cave-like monasteries and an 11th century statue of Lord Vishnu sleeping on a snake bed.
All adventures must come to an end! We travel by car to Nagpur and catch our flight back to Delhi. Back in Delhi we visit Old Delhi, the ancient city built by Emperor Shah Jahan the builder of the famous Taj Mahal.
We also explore Shahjahanabad’s Red Fort, and then take a bicycle rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes to the Jama Masjid. Your tour finishes with farewell dinner in the house of an Indian family and transfer to the airport for international departure.
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