Nature Safari India

Taj and Tiger Tour

Duration: 11 Nights / 12 Days
Destinations: New Delhi – Agra - Katni - Bandhavgarh – Kanha- Nagpur –New Delhi Fly Back Home

Day 1 : Arrival Delhi
What Mumbai is to glamour – Delhi is to Power. The Power struggles are woven in the Delhi’s historical fabric and most monuments in Delhi are witness to such struggles. The Capital of India attracts tourists because of its glorious past. This city is one of the oldest city with lots of monuments and temples that are a sight to watch. Any visitor’s visit to this city will go incomplete without paying visit to these historical places. After Commonwealth Games there should never be a better time to visit Delhi – Renovations undertaken have made Delhi really chic. Delhi is a 1000 years old city with great market places which fancy of a lot of exquisite stuff which is worth having a glimpse of. When you arrive at the airport in New Delhi you will be received by the representatives who will then take you to the Hotel. Overnight at New Delhi.

Day 2 : New Delhi
Humayuns Tomb, Delhi Tourism Morning: A Visit to old Delhi and Cycle Rickshaw ride are synonymous and must do things when visiting Delhi. The heart of Delhi which beats with hustle and bustle of people at work. You would realize that work is worship in this part of the world. So many people engrossed and unmindful of your presence. However you would get their glimpses of churning butter, chopping fresh vegetables and hand grounding of Indian Spices. If you are lucky you can see the rotis – Indian Bread, expertly being made on Chulha.

Enjoy the pleasure of getting lost and confused in the narrow lanes of old Delhi. You would Visit the Old City of Delhi to see the historic Red Fort and the Jama Masjid (from outside) India’s largest mosque. Walk through the small by-lanes will be most fascinating. Return to the hotel for lunch or eat at an interesting restaurant in town

Afternoon: Visit New Delhi, seeing the Qutab Minar, a tower of victory built in the 12th century and India Gate - the war memorial. Enjoy the Lutyen’s Delhi and Drive past the Rashtrapathi Bhawan, the residence of the President of India, the houses of Parliament and the Government Secretariat buildings.

Day 3 : New Delhi -Agra (220/5)
Morning after breakfast city tour of New Delhi and after lunch drive to Agra 220 kms/5 hrs drive. On arrival, check in to the hotel.

If you go to Christie’s Jewelry auction, you would definitely like to set your eye on the most expensive diamond. The label would most definitely like to say – “ …absolutely perfect, absolutely pure externally and internally. It is almost a dream”. This is exactly you feel when you visit Taj on Full moon night. And like a Diamond it looks same from all the four sides.

The architectural splendor of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces in Agra is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal Empire. Agra was their capital for nearly a hundred years from 1564. A pleasant town, with a comparatively easy pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone by artisans who are hereditary crafts persons. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes. Overnight stay in Agra.

Day 4 : Agra – Katni (Overnight train)
Morning sight seeing of Agra includes Taj Mahal – world renowned wonder. Get enchanted by the Floral and geometrical patterns in the marble itself. Lapis-lazuli, Cornelian, Mother of pearl, Agate and Emeralds are inlayed in these marbles. Surprise yourself by looking at how The Quranic inscriptions on its four entrances are carved in such subtle increase in size that may appear to be of the same size from top to bottom. [The Taj is closed on Friday.]

Next Mughal invitation is to visit Agra Fort. Truly a tradition built by three Mughal generations. The Agra Fort, built by three Mughal Emperors starting from Akbar the Great in 1565 AD. It is a masterpiece of design and construction. Agra Fort is built on the ‘Karmuka–Khadaga’ plan, according to norms laid down in ‘Shilp Shastra’. The plan is semicircular, like a bow, with the straight line of fortification running parallel to the river Yamuna, Within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings including the Moti Masjid, Jahangir’s Palace, Khas Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal, Diwane-i-Am, Diwane-i-Khas and Musamman Burj, where Emperor Shah Jahan, the fifth Mughal Emperor, died a prisoner.

Evening Take an 1st Class A/C Sleeper class overnight train to Katni ( Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve) at 1850 hrs .

We will organise your packed dinner for your overnight train journey. Reach railway station at 1810hrs.  Our representative will be with you, when the train arrives at 1850hrs, he will assist you, take care of the porter age, and make you comfortable in the train.  Overnight train, bedding is provided by the Indian Railways within the train. 

Day 5 : Katni - Bandhavgarh (95 /2)
Arrive Katni at 0515 hrs. And drive to Bandhavgarh National Park 95 kms / 2 hours drive. Morning and afternoon game drive to the national park. Meals and overnight at Resort.

Day 6 : Bandhavgarh
Morning and afternoon game drives, meals and overnight Jungle Lodge

Bandhavgarh  Saving the best for the North. Bandhavgarh national Park lies in the North Eastern border of Madhya Pradesh and northern edges of the Satpura Mountain Ranges. This park contains 32 hills and a Natural fort in the centre. Fresh Air of Mountain and blissful aroma of Sai, Dhobin, Saja and Sal trees. Add open jeep in the early morning mist following the yellow and black stripes as the early rays of sun trying to show the way.

Such is the experience at the Bandhavgarh National park. One of the Permanent address of the Royal Bengal tiger.

The national park is mainly known for its tiger population. This is the place where famous White Tigers of Rewa were discovered. The White tigers were found in state of Rewa and last white tiger Mohun is now stuffed and on display in the Palace of Maharaja of Rewa. . The other wild attractions in the park include Nilgai, Chausingha, Chital, Chinkara, Wild Boar, a Fox and a Jackal. The reptile population in the park includes cobras, karaits, vipers, ratsnakes, pythons, lizards and turtles. The two primate species - the rhesus macaque and the Hanuman langur - inhabit the Bandhavgarh Park


Day 7 : Bandhavgarh
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge. Morning & Evening Jeep drive in the park. Overnight In Bandhavgarh.

If Historians love to eat the stories and folktales then Bandhavgarh has to be their main course. Bandhavgarh has been a center of human activity and settlement for over 2000 years. There are references of Bandhavgarh in the ancient books like the Narad-Panch Ratra and the Shiva Purana. Legend has it that Lord Rama, hero of the Hindu epic, the Ramayana, stopped at Bandhavgarh on his way back to his homeland after defeating the demon King Ravana of Lanka. Nala the architect – par excellence, who had engineered a bridge between the isles of Lanka and the mainland, are said to have built Bandhavgarh's fort. Later Rama handed it over this fort to his brother Lakshmana who became known as Bandhavdhish "The Lord of the Fort". Lakshmana is the particular God of the fort and is regularly worshipped in a temple there.

The oldest sign of habitation in the park are caves dug into the sandstone to the north of the fort. Several contain Brahmi inscriptions dating from the 1st century B.C. Various dynasties have ruled the fort – Maghas, Vakatakas, Chandelas and the Baghels. The Baghel Kings, the direct ancestors of the present Royal family of Rewa, established their dynasty at Bandhavgarh in the 12th century. It remained their capital till 1617 and then it moved to Rewa, 75 miles (120Kms) to the north. Without royal patronage Bandhavgarh became more and more deserted royal hunting reserve. This helped to preserve the forest and its wildlife, although the Maharajas made full use of their rights.

At independence Bandhavgarh remained the private property of the Maharaja until he gave it to the state for the formation of the National Park in 1968. After the park was created poaching was brought under control and the number of animals rose dramatically. Small dams and water holes were built to solve the problem of water shortage. Grazing by local cattle was stopped and the village within the park boundaries was relocated. The Tigers in particular prospered and the 1986 extension provided much needed forest to accommodate them.

Bandhavgarh 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

Day 8 : Bandhavgarh - Kanha (275/6)
Morning after breakfast depart for Kanha, 275kms, 6 hours drive, Lunch at Resort and afternoon game drive to The National Park. Dinner and overnight at Chitvan Jungle Lodge

Day 9 : Kanha
Breakfast and lunch at Chitvan Jungle Lodge. Morning and afternoon Jeep safari to the National park

Kanha is the largest National Park in India. This is original Kipling country of which he wrote so vividly in his Jungle Book. The same abundance of wild life species exists today in Kanha National Park, as it must have when Kipling roamed in these parts of jungle. The beginning of your safari before sunrise… You wonder at the Hunting Song of the Seonee wolf Pack written by Kipling in his book

“As the dawn was breaking the sambhar belled….. Once, Twice and again!!….. And a doe leaped up, and a doe leaped up….. From the pond in the wood where the wild deer sup……This I, Scouting alone, beheld, Once, twice and again.

Get ready for action which starts at the Mukki Gate of Kanha. This entry is just 1.5 miles away from the Hotel. And in this stretch you would see Langoors, Water Streams, Tribal Houses and if you are really lucky then you can even meet Tiger and Leopard. Their presence is also not unheard of in this part of jungle. That is some action isn’t it.

Dinner and overnight at Chitvan Jungle Lodge

Day 10 : Kanha
Breakfast and lunch at Chitvan Jungle Lodge. Morning and afternoon Jeep safari to the National park.

The Kanha National Park, stretching over 940 sq km, the vegetation, chiefly made of sal and bamboo forests, grasslands and streams, this park is the sole habitat of the rare hardground barasingha. The Particular species of Barasingha was on verge of extinction and hence it is considered as achievement for Indian forest authorities.

The western half belongs to Banjar Valley and Eastern half is made of Halon Valley. You can hear the stories of the tigers and Deers which are almost centuries old. The naturalists and drives are master story tellers of the jungle. It was year 1955, Kanha National Park came into being. Since then Conservation programs are quite active in this forest. Therefore it is here you feel that this forest is still untouched and has lot to offer in terms of flora, fauna and other vegetations. You would realize this when you would see the jungle chicken and fowl moving around completely unmindful of your presence. It is one of the well-maintained National Parks in Asia, and a major attraction for avid wildlife buffs all over the world.

Kanha boasts of unending list of mammals. Some species have found here are large cattle Gaur, Sambar- Largest Indian deer, Only four-horned antelope – Chausinga, Flying Squirrel - Petaurista philippensis (Elliot) which is quite nocturnal in nature. Other frequent visitors include the Nilgai antelope, the sloth bear, the dhole - Indian wild dog, and an occasional panther. Some 200 species of birds inhabit the park, that include the cattle egret, black ibis, hawk eagle, and the red-wattled lapwing.

Kanha has object of desire for Historians also. Shravantal is an old, water body in the central Kanha meadows, which is related to Epic of Ramayana. As per the tale – Shravan was passing through this forest enroute pilgrimage with his parents. They stopped at this water body for quenching their thirst. King Dashrath was hunting nearby and heard the sound of the Shravan’s Pitcher. Dashrath was expert in sound shooting and could shoot impeccably without looking at the subject. He mistakenly took Shravan for a deer and killed him. When he realized his mistake he went to Shravan’s parents with water and they died on the spot when they came to know that Dashrath killed their son. As per legend there is “Shravan Chita” where dead-body of Shravan was cremated. Similarly, there is place called “Dashratha Machaan” from which King Dashratha shot down Shravan mistaking him for a deer.

Evening bar be que dinner followed by Tribal Dance. Overnight at Chitvan Jungle Lodge

Day 11 : Kanha – Nagpur – New Delhi (275 / 5)
Morning game drive to the national Park. Lunch at Resort and later transfer to Nagpur 275 kms /5 hrs drive to board a flight to New Delhi at 1810 hrs. Arrive New Delhi 1940 hrs and transfer to hotel. Overnight at New Delhi

Day 12 : New Delhi Fly Back

Morning after breakfast free for leisure activity and later transfer to international airport to board a flight back home

Note: The driving hours given above from one city to another are based on the normal conditions of the roads and may vary.  Any break for Food / Tea / Toilets / Sightseeing on the way will take extra time than the above given hours.

 

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