Trip Highlights :-Delhi | Corbett | Delhi | Jaipur | Ranthambore | Agra | Orchha | Khajuraho | Bandhavgarh | Kanha | Nagpur | Mumbai
Tour duration : 17 Nights / 18 Days
Delhi - On the path of rapid growth and progress today, Delhi has evolved from the fabled "seven cities" established between the 13th and 17th centuries. The haunting Landmarks of yesteryears co-exist with the modern marvels of today. Ancient Forts, Mughal Architecture is juxtaposed with the state of the art architecture, modern residential projects, sky scrapers and commercial hubs of today. City boasts of some of the finest museums and centers of art and excellence. The shopping centers here offer rich heritage of traditional Indian craft as well as rich, fashionable and contemporary ensemble of products.
Corbett - Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand is a unique place which is a habitat to world's most renowned and distinct Flora 'n' Fauna. It is famous for its wild population of Tigers, Leopards & Elephants which is why it is truly known to be as a land of "Trumpet, Roar & Song". The breathtaking landscapes, amazing forests & engulfing pristine hills make this place a paradise and throws a magnetic charm on the visitors. The vivid conducive environment at Corbett is attributed to its geographical location between Himalayas & Terai which results in all types of climate & eventually a habitat for distinctive kinds of plants & animal species. Other animals found here are Sloth Bear, Leopard Cat, Porcupine, Sambhar, Chital, Kakar (Barking Deer), Hog Deer, etc, over 50 mammals, 580 birds, and 25 reptiles of different species have been observed in the park. Established initially as Hailey National Park in 1936, in honour of Sir Malcolm Hailey, its name was changed to Ramganga National Park in 1952. In 1957, it was finally named as Corbett National Park in honour and memory of the late Jim Corbett, the legendary hunter, naturalist-turned-author and photographer who had helped in setting up the park and demarcating its boundaries. This park is one of the nine Tiger Reserves created at the launch of the Project Tiger in 1973.
Jaipur - Capital of Rajasthan - the 'Pink City'. Jaipur means "the city of victory" & was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II and designed by architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya in accordance with the principles of town planning set down in "Shilp Shastra" an epochal treatise on the Hindu architecture. This colorful city is enriched with royal tradition & culture, attractive monuments, Forts, Palaces like the Magnificent City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Amer, Nahargarh and Jaigarh fort which are some of the most exquisite blend of Hindu architecture. The whole city was painted pink to welcome the visit of Prince Albert in 1853. City today has a population of more than 5 million residents. Presently, Jaipur is a major business and tourist centre with all the requisites of a metropolitan city. Jaipur extends from latitude 26.92 degrees in the north to longitude 75.82 degrees in the east. The city covers an area of 200.4 sq. kms and lies at an altitude of 431 m above sea level.
Ranthambore - Ranthambore lies on the easternmost spur of the Aravalis, located near Sawai Madhopur which is 12 kms away. Ranthambore was a private Tiger reserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur. It is studded with Pavilions and Watch Towers. The main attractions here are the National Park and Ranthambore Fort. The Fort also houses the Temple of Lord Ganesha, where annual fair is held on the eve of Ganesh Chaturthi in September. The famous ruler of Ranthambore was Rao Hammir Deo Chauhan who fought against Allauddin Khilji in 1301 AD. Many battles were fought and many rulers won and lost. In the middle of 15th century, Rana Kumbha captured the fort and later handed over to his son. Thereafter, the Hada Chauhans of Bundi and the Mughal Emperors Akbar and Aurangzeb occupied this fort. When Aurangzeb died, the Mughal Emperor Shah Alam gifted it to Sawai Mado Singh I of Jaipur in 1754 and since then it was maintained as the private hunting reserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur. Among the more famous who were part of these hunting parties were Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. This national park is one of the finest Tiger reserve in the country under the project Tiger. Apart from Tiger this park is a haven to wild animals and birds. Some of the animal species found here are Leopards, Jungle Cats, Sloth Bears, Indian mole Rats, Indian Fox, Toddy Cats, Five striped Palm Squirrels, small Indian Mongoose and in Reptiles - Rat Snakes, Indian Chameleon, North Indian flap shelled Turtles, Indian Pythons and more.
Agra - Agra is a major tourist attraction as it contains one of the Seven Wonders of the World - Taj Mahal. Agra is an ancient city situated on the river Yamuna within the state of Uttar Pradesh. The city has been described as Agraba in the epic Mahabharata. The city was capital of Lodhi Kingdom and later on served the same for Mughals. During 16th and 17th century the city was developed as art, culture, commerce and learning center by Mughal Emperors like Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jahan. Some wonderful buildings were erected in Agra City by the Mughal Emperors. Agra city is famous for monuments and crafts. The monuments and crafts have preserved the cultural heritage for centuries.
Orchha: A quaint little town situated in Madhya Pradesh is an erstwhile princely state in the Bundelkhand region basks prettily along the banks of the Betwa River. Located in the vicinity of the historically famous Jhansi. The former Bundela chief Rudra Pratap Singh was the first monarch of the princely state of Orchha. It was Rudra Pratap Singh who founded the city of Orchha, way back in the 16th century. The only Bundela state that did not subjugate to the Maratha power. The Maharajahs of Orchha were highly esteemed and were recipients of the honorable title. The majestic Orchha fort whose origin can be traced back to the 17th century houses numerous spectacular palaces and other edifices. The chaste Raja Ram Mandir, elaborate and intricately decorated Jehangir Mahal as well as a host of other cenotaphs, tombs and temples are interspersed all over Orchha. The ancient Chaturbhuj temple that rests on a stone pedestal is another big draw with erudite scholars, savant researchers and tourists sightseeing in and around Orchha.
Khajuraho: Situated in the northern part of Madhya Pradesh, the town of Khajuraho has been recognized as a world heritage site by UNESCO. The town is famous for its imperial temples. The temples were built by the rulers of Chandela dynasty between 10th and 11th century. The construction of the temple just took around 100 years to complete. There were around 85 temples in the area but now only 22 exist. Rest are nothing more than ruins. They sure have gained popularity due to the erotic sculptures carved on the walls. However such sculptures cover only a small portion. The major share of sculptures are depicting the daily life of people in the rural India.
Mumbai - Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) is one of the most happening cities in India. Mumbai is known as much for its throbbing night life as it is famous for being the busiest and economically prosperous city of India. Mumbai is a busy metropolis, nevertheless, it is a tourist hot-spot because of its energy and vigour. It is a wonderful tourist destination. This erstwhile insignificant port city has now developed to become one of the foremost metropolis of the world. Other than the charms of being in a beautiful metropolis, Mumbai has monuments of historical importance. The Gateway of India is one such magnificent monument and prime tourist attraction in the city. The city also has wonderful beaches and these beaches have become wonderful leisure spots for people. As the capital city of the state of Maharashtra, Mumbai is politically one of the most important cities in western India. It also has its own culture, traditions and festivals. This busy metropolis comes to a screeching halt during the Ganesh Chaturthi. The people in this part of the country speak Maratha but like a true cosmopolitan city, Mumbai is a fine melting pot where you will find people from different parts of India living in harmony in spite of the difference in language, dress codes and food habits. The city also has a multi-million dollar film-making industry. Popularly referred to as Bollywood, Mumbai film industry is not only big but also very charismatic. Every year a number of Hindi pot-boilers are produced here. The actors and actresses enjoy a massive fan following throughout India as well as abroad.
Arrive in New Delhi, You will be received by our representative at international airport and assisted to your hotel. Upon arrival at hotel check-in before that our representative will hand-over travel documents and give a tour briefing. Overnight stay in Hotel.
Breakfast at hotel and later check-out. This morning drive to Corbett National Park, located in the foothills of the majestic Himalayas in the state of Uttrakhand, upon arrival you will check-in at hotel / resort. Rest of the day is at leisure to relax or for independent activities. In the evening you will taken for a short nature walk alongside the river. Overnight stay at hotel / resort.
Breakfast at hotel. This day enjoy game safari inside the Corbett National Park, where you will proceed towards Dhikala by Canter also visit Corbett Museum on the way. Return to hotel / resort for overnight stay.
Breakfast at hotel. This day enjoy game safari inside the Corbett National Park, Enjoy the scenic beauty of this reserve with its Flora and Fauna. Return to hotel / resort for overnight stay.
Early breakfast at hotel and check-out. This morning leave Corbett and drive to Delhi, upon arrival check- in at hotel. This afternoon do a half day sightseeing of Old Delhi. Old Delhi in earlier times known as Shahjahanabad has impressive monuments built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, visit the Red Fort for a photo stop - 17th century imposing fortress built of red sandstone, the Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque where more than 20,000 people can kneel in prayer at a time, visit Chandni Chowk, the bustling and colourful market of the old city with a cycle-rickshaw ride and Raj Ghat - Mahatma Gandhi's Memorial. Overnight will be at hotel.
Early breakfast at hotel and check-out, afterwards proceed for the half day sightseeing of New Delhi. New Delhi designed and built by the British in the 1920's it's a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens. Drive past Connaught Place, the heart and main shopping district of the capital. Then your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath (King's Way), past the imposing India Gate Parliament House and President Palace (Rashtrapati Bhawan). Later visit the Qutab Minar 12th century minaret built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty - this building complex dates back to the onset of Muslim rule in India and is fine example of Afghan architecture which is graceful and well sculptured and stands 75 meters. After the completion of city tour drive to Jaipur, upon arrival check-in at hotel. . Overnight stay at Hotel.
Breakfast at hotel, this morning take an excursion to Amber Fort, located at short distance of 11 kms from the city, this complex stands amidst wooded hills, with its threatening battlements reflected in the motionless waters of the Maota Lake below. You can have the unique experience of riding on a decorated elephant to the top of the hill. One of the premium examples of Rajput architecture, it was the ancient capital of the Kachhawaha rulers. The original palace was built by Raja Man Singh and additions were made later by Sawai Jai Singh. Here are the personal chambers of the Queens with windows having latticed screens so that the ladies could look at the events of the Royal court in privacy. There is also the Jai Mandir or the "Temple of Victory", with its well-known Sheesh Mahal, the sparkling "Hall of Mirrors". Within the Palace are the Diwan-e-Aam or the "Hall of Public Audience", the Diwan-e-Khas or the "Hall of Private Audience" and the Sukh Niwas where a cool breeze blows across channels of water for the purpose of air-conditioning.
Later return to the city for the sightseeing, visit the City Palace located in the heart of Jaipur known for its blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, the complex which houses the rare and rich collection of Ornaments, Arms, Royal Costumes, Carpets and Decorative Art objects of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art and Architecture. Another monument near the City Palace is Jantar Mantar, a solar observatory - It is the largest of the five astronomical observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh-I, the founder ruler of Jaipur. It is an astronomical treasure house, with solar device that give accurate predictions till date, it is classified as a world heritage site. Later do a Photo-stop at Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), a seven storied façade of pink sandstone and one of the most picturesque landmarks with semi-octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows overlooking the main street of the old city. It was built in 1799 so that veiled royal women could see the royal processions through its 593 stone screens without being seen by the outsiders.
Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Breakfast at hotel and later check-out. This morning leave Jaipur and head towards Ranthambhore. Upon arrival check in at hotel. PM - Enjoy a safari in the park and see the majestic Tiger in the dense scrub jungle of Ranthambhore. Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. This morning proceed for the game drive to explore the unexplored parts of the region and enjoy the wildlife. Also visit Ranthambhore Fort overlooking the lush Park and Ganesha Temple. Thereafter return to the hotel and relax. Overnight stay at hotel.
Early breakfast at hotel and later check-out and drive to Agra, during this drive stop en-route at Kaladeo Ghana National Park at Bharatpur, enjoy
This morning drive to Agra, en-route stop to visit the world heritage site of old deserted town of Mughal Dynasty Fatehpur Sikri built in honor of Saint Salim Chisti. Mughal Emperor Jalal-ud-din-Muhammad Akbar, Humanyun's son, accessed the throne at the tender age of 14. Emperor Akbar, who was without a male heir heard about Saint Salim Chisti and visited him in the year 1568, Saint blessed him with 3 sons and in gratitude Akbar ordered the great mosque of Fatehpur Sikri built under his supervision. As a mark of respect to the Saint, Akbar shifted his capital to Fatehpur Sikri and built various secular buildings like the Buland Darwazah, Diwan-I-Am, Diwan-I-Khas, Jodhabai palace, Birbal's house, Marian's house and the Panch Mahal.
Afterwards continue the drive to Agra, upon arrival check-in at hotel. Remaining day at leisure.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Early morning a visit to Taj Mahal – One of the Seven Wonders of the World, little needs to be said about this architectural wonder which looks breathtaking at the time of dawn. A pristine monument of undying love, built by Emperor 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. Taj Mahal symbolize the richness of art and architecture of the Mughal period. Apart from its 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. The Taj has continued to be a mark of love since ever.
Afterwards return to hotel for breakfast. Later proceed for the city tour and visit: -
Agra Fort - A World Heritage Site, located near to the Taj Mahal gardens on the banks of River Yamuna. The real specimen of architectural marvel, this fortress was constructed in the 15th century. The construction of this mammoth structure started during 1565 during the reign of Emperor Akbar and continued the developments up to the period of Emperor Shah Jahan. The fort, in a length of 2.5 km marvelous enclosure walls, is built in red sandstones and encloses many monuments which are real architectural wonders. Many exquisite palaces such as the Jehangiri Mahal, Shah Jahani Mahal, the Khas Mahal, Diwan-i-Aam - which was used as a communications ground between the public and the aristocracy and once housed the Peacock Throne, Diwan-i-Khas - a hall of private audience, it was used to welcome Kings and dignitaries and Mussaman Burj - a large, octagonal tower with a balcony facing the Taj Mahal are enclosed in the Fortress. Other monuments include the Fish Pavilion, the Nagina Masjid, Garden of Grapes and the Pearl Mosque. Views of the Taj Mahal from the Fort are amazing.
In the evening visit Mother Teresa ashram and later proceed to see the Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb. Along with the main building, the structure consists of numerous outbuildings and gardens. Tomb of Mirza Ghiyas Beg - A Wazir (Chief Minister) in the court of Mughal Emperor Jehangir. Ghiyas Beg was honored with the title of Itmad-ud-Daulah or the Pillar of the State. Emperor Jehangir married her beautiful widowed daughter Mehr-un-Nissa, she was later christened Noor Jahan and went down in the history as one of the most beautiful and artistically gifted women in the world. After the death of Mirza Ghiyas Beg in 1622, Noor Jahan undertook the project to build his mausoleum, which took six years to get complete. It is entirely made of white marble. This tomb represents the transition between the first phase of monumental Mughal architecture - primarily built from red sandstone with marble decorations with mosaic and lattice.
Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Breakfast at hotel and later check-out, this morning drive to Orchha, once the capital city of the mighty Bundelkhand Empire. Upon arrival check in at hotel. PM - City tour of Orchha visiting various temples and Palaces such as Raja Ram temple, Chaturbhuj Temple, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Shiva Mandir, Panch Mukhi Mahadev Mandir and other cenotaphs " Chhatries" on the bank of river Betwa and also visit Fort Palace of Raj Mahal, Jehangir Mahal and Rai Praveen Mahal. Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel and check-out, later this morning drive to Khajuraho, where you will have an opportunity to explore world famous Khajuraho Temples. Arrive in Khajuraho and check-in at hotel. In the afternoon visit the world famous exotic temples (Western and Eastern group of temples)
Western Group These groups of temples are completely Hindu, and represent some of the finest examples of Chandela art at its peak. Kandariya Mahadeo Temple, Chaunsath Yogini - the earliest temple was built in 900 AD. It is made of granite & dedicated to Goddess Kali. The Chitragupta Temple is dedicated to the Sun God; the Lakshmana Temple is superbly decorated, while the Devi Jagdambi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali. Other temples in the Western Group include the Varaha Temple with a 9 foot high boar–incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the Matangeshwara Temple with 8 feet high Lingam. In the South part of the temple it has an open air Archaeological Museum, which has a gorgeous displayed compilation of statues and frieze's collected from the remains of long vanished temples.
Eastern Group Situated near the village of Khajuraho, the Eastern Group of temples consists of the well-known temples like Brahma, Vamana and Javari. The group further includes Ghantai, Adinath and Parsvanath (Jain pilgrims) that are located near the Khajuraho Sagar. Adinatha Temple Is richly ornamented with delicate and pretty sculptures including those of yakshis. It is dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankara (Saint), Adinath and the Parsvanath Temple, the largest Jain temple, of the Eastern group. Parsvanath temple is devoted to Lord Parsvanath, the temple is ornamented with picturesque sculptures & has intricate stone carvings. Ghantai Temple - a Jain temple famous for its astonishing frieze. This frieze depicts the 16 dreams of Lord Mahavira mother in conjunction with a multi–armed Jain goddess mounted on a Garuda. Hindu Temples - Amongst the Hindu temples, the Brahma temple, the Vamana temple and the Javari temple are the renowned shrines in the eastern group.
Overnight at the hotel.
Early breakfast at hotel and check-out. Later drive to Bandhavgarh (National Park) arrive and check-in at hotel. PM - Game drive inside the park to enjoy the wild life. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Morning till evening, see the wild life on a jeep safari or an elephant safari. Also visit the fort said to have been built by Lord Rama, the hero of the great Indian epic Ramayana. You can see tigers, elephants, deer, leopards and other animals and birds in Bandhavgarh. Overnight at Hotel
Situated in Madhya Pradesh Kanha National Park is one of the best administered national parks in Asia and homes around 22 species of mammals. On arrival check in at hotel after freshen up enjoy tracking various wildlife species on this day and then return to the hotel in the evening.
Post breakfast you will be driving to the tiger reserve at Kanha accompanied by trained naturalists. Enjoy an exhilarating experience at the park tracking some of the rarest of species and then return to the resort in the evening for overnight stay.
You will be served another delectable meal in the morning. Thereafter drive to Nagpur Airport (262 Kms) which is a 7 hour journey and from here you will board the flight to Mumbai.