Wildlife and Cultural Highlights of India

13 Nights Itinerary Covering: Delhi - Kanha National Park - Bhandavgarh National Park - Khajuraho – Gwalior - Agra - Delhi


Overview

Pack your bags and prepare to experience the best of Indian wildlife and culture, as you head to some of India’s best destinations like New Delhi, Agra, Gwalior and many others. Your chance of spotting tigers and other rare species are quite certain as Bhandavagarh National Park and Kanha National Park are amongst India’s most affluent wildlife destinations. Through this tour you get the chance to praise the beauty of Taj Mahal, which is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site but one of Seven Wonders of the World as well. The tour spans for fourteen days and during these days forts, palaces, national parks, monuments, market and several such engaging sites are lined up for visiting.

Note: This is just a suggested itinerary indicative of what could be possible. We tailor holidays for your specific needs. Contact us if you want modifications so that we could tailor a holiday to suit your need for an unforgettable India tour.

Highlights

  • Visit some of Delhi’s best attractions like Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar and Red Fort.
  • Wildlife Safari in Kanha National Park and Bhandavagrh National Park, both of which are known for their population of tigers.
  • Spend some time around the Monuments of Khajuraho.
  • Explore Gwalior Fort.
  • Visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Taj Mahal and other beautiful attractions of Agra.

Itinerary

Day 1 - 2 New Delhi

On reaching New Delhi Airport/ Railway Station meet our tour representative who further transfers you to your luxurious hotel. Check-in at your room and relax. Second day of this trip is scheduled for visiting best of Delhi's attractions, which includes Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Raj Ghat, Laxminarayan Temple and others.

Offer prayers in India's largest and perhaps the most magnificent mosque, Jama Masjid. It was built between 1644 and 1658 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. More than 25000 people can be accommodated in its courtyard at once. During Islamic festivals like Eid, the charm of this mosque reaches a new height. Minarets, domes and arches are few notable features of this mosque, which is primarily built of red-sandstone and white-marble. The architectural plan of Jama Masjid is somewhat similar to Badshahi Masjid of Lahore (Pakistan), built by Shah Jahan's son, Aurangzeb.

UNESCO World Heritage Site, Red Fort, is an icon of India's culture and nationality. Every year on India's Independence Day, the Prime Minister of India hoists national flag at its main gate, during a grand ceremony. Red Fort was built in 1648, by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and for nearly 200 years it served as a residence for the royal family. The fort is mainly built in Mughal style but reflections of Hindu, Persian and Timurid styles are also seen here.

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Qutub Minar is the second tallest minar of India, with a height of 73 meters. Qutub-ud-din Aibak commissioned its construction in 1193, his successor Iltumish carried on the construction. There are 379 steps in the tower and its balconies have ornate calligraphy of Quran's verses. Many other medieval ruins are found dotted in Qutub Complex, like Alai Darwaza, Alauddin Khilji's Madrasa, Alai Minar and Qubbat-ul-Islam mosque.

Chandni Chowk of Old Delhi is where simplicity prevails. This is one of Delhi's famous markets where you can buy everything from stationary to wedding goods. In fact, the spice market of Chandni Chowk, Khari Baoli is also the biggest spice market in all of Asia. Chandni Chowk's street food is much-talked-about in Delhi, which is cheap, filling and unforgettable. Raj Ghat or Mahatma Gandhi Memorial marks the cremation spot of the Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. An eternal flame flickers on one end of the memorial, people come here to pay tribute to him and thank him for what he did for India's freedom. Laxminarayan Temple Complex is mainly dedicated to Lord Vishnu but has other temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Buddha and Krishna. This is a popular Hindu temple of Delhi.

Overnight stays in hotel.

Day 3 - 5 New Delhi – Jabalpur- Kanha National Park

On third day, take a flight from New Delhi Airport to Jabalpur. On reaching Jabalpur meet our tour representative and take a drive to Kanha National Park. From day 3 to day 5 you have an opportunity to spot some rare species of avifauna, flora and fauna.

The popular Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book was inspired by Kanha National Park. Ravines, grassy meadows and bamboo forest of Kanha National Park make it nature's retreat and Madhya Pradesh's largest national park. In 1955, Kanha National Park came into being. The Kanha Tiger Reserve was created in 1974 under Project Tiger. This is one of Asia's most well-maintained national parks and the officials have put great efforts to preserve the rare hardground swamp deer and many other creatures.

A popular attraction of Kanha National Park, Sunset Point or Bamni Dadar provides a spectacular view of the park.

The park is closed between 1 July- 15 November and the best season for jungle safari in Kanha National Park is during the months of February and June. Morning visiting hours are from 6:30 AM to 12 noon and evening visiting hours are 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

Tigers, leopards, wild dogs, foxes, jackals, wild cats, Indian gaur, barking deer, rat snakes, keel backs krait, black bucks, spotted deer, four-horned deer, sambar, hyena, fox, civets, porcupine are few creatures to be found here.

Overnight stays in hotel.

Day 6 - 8 Bhandavgarh National Park

On the sixth day of your tour, check out from the hotel and leave for Bhandavgarh, which is well-known for its population of tigers.

This is a popular national park of India located in Madhya Pradesh state. It was declared a national park in 1968, and covers an area of 105 km sq. In fact, tigers' population of Bhandavgarh national park is amongst the highest number noted in India; most of these tigers are Bengal tigers. Several stories of such tigers are told to the travelers, like those of Charger and Sita. Sita, the tigress is amongst the most photographed tigers in the world; her picture even appeared in a magazine cover by National Geographic. Almost all the tigers of Bhandavgarh are descendants if Charger and Sita. As soon as Sita died her daughter Mohini became popular among the travelers and guides.

The park is divided into four main zones, namely Tala, Magdhi, Panpatta and Khitauli. Tala is richest of all the zones and consists mainly of tigers. Other than tigers you can spot several species of fauna, avifauna and flora. More than 250 species of bird and 80 species of butterfly have called this park their home. Rhesus macaque, common langurs, striped hyena, jungle cat, wild pigs, nilgai, small Indian civet, palm squirrel, chinkara, mongoose, gray mongoose, Bengal fox, are few of the many creatures spotted here.

Overnight stays in hotel.

Day 9 - 10 Bhandavgarh National Park- Khajuraho

On 9th day pack your bags and check out from the hotel. Proceed to Khajuraho. On reaching, check in at your hotel and relax.

Khajuraho town is known around the world for its monuments, which also happen to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site, collectively. The monuments are all temples, built in nagara-style of architecture and what makes them so notable and popular are the erotic sculptures on them. As per many historians, these monuments were built by Chandela dynasty, somewhere between 950 and 1050 CE. They also say that by 12th century, there were 85 of these temples, of which only 20 have withstood the test of time. These archeological marvels are spread over an area of 6 sq km. Though all this temples look similar and are located in close proximity, but some of these are dedicated to Hinduism and some to Jainism. This similarity and closeness depict a harmony between these two religions during the erstwhile era.

Overnight stays in hotel.

Day 11 - Khajuraho- Gwalior

On the eleventh day of your tour proceed to Gwalior. On reaching, check in at your luxurious hotel and relax. After freshening up get ready for Gwalior sightseeing to Gwalior Fort.

Gwalior, the historical city of India, is spread over 780 km sq. Raja Suraj Sen founded this city, which dates back to 13th century. Even during the rule of British Gwalior's grandiose was unstirred, it served as a princely state even then. Today, many area of Gwalior (like Morar Subcity, City Center and Morar Subcity) are rubbing the shoulders with other metropolitan cities. Even during the vedic ages and British Raj, people of Gwalior has given significant contribution. It is ideal to say that Gwalior is a mesh of vogue and heritage.

Gwalior Fort or Gibraltar of India looks upon a spectacular view of the city. Emperor Babur has also referred this fort as "the pearl in the necklace of the forts of Hind". Blend of Chinese and Indian style of architecture is flawlessly incorporated in this fort. There are two main palaces inside the fort, namely, Gurjari Mahal and Man Mandir, both of which were built by Man Singh Tomar. During different eras, the fort had been under rule of different rulers, such as Maratha Rulers, Mughal Dynasty, Rana Jat Dynasty, Suri Dynasty, Turkic Conquest, Tomar Rulers, Pal Dynasty of Kachawaha and others.

Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 12 - 13 Gwalior to Agra and Agra Sightseeing

On the twelfth day of the tour check out from your hotel and proceed to Agra. On reaching, check-in at your hotel and relax. Day 12th and day 13th are scheduled for exploring Agra.

Agra, the world-famous city of India, is settled on the banks of Yamuna River. Its most prominent attraction is Taj Mahal, which also happens to one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Along with this, several other monuments are a testimony of Mughal art and architecture. Agra is a part of Golden Triangle Circuit of India, which is preferred by a huge number of foreign travelers. Mahabharata has mention of Agra, as Agrevana. As per the legends, it was founded by Raja Badal Singh; however most of its historical documentation is associated with Mughal Empire.

Main sightseeing spots included are Taj Mahal, I'tim?d-ud-Daulah Tomb and Fatehpur Sikri.

Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a white a mausoleum of Mumtaz Mahal, commissioned by her husband Shah Jahan. In 1632 the construction was commissioned and it took about 22 years to finish the construction, with over 20000 artisans employed for crafting it. Often, people regard it as a Jewel of Muslim Art in India. Mainly Mughal styled architecture was adopted for Taj Mahal, along with Indian, Ottoman Turkish, Persian and Islamic style of architecture. About 3 million travelers from around the globe visit this masterpiece every year, to admire its beauty. Jali, caligraphy, pierce work, semi-precious and many such detailed elements decorate even the smallest corner of Taj Mahal.

I'tim?d-ud-Daulah Tomb is often known as Baby Taj and Jewel Box. Sometime between 1622 and 1628 it was built, primarily using red-sandstone and white-marble. This mausoleum of Mirza Ghiyas Beg was commissioned by her daughter and wife of Jahangir, Nur Jahan. It is located on the right bank of Yamuna River, upon a base of fifty meters square and one-meter tall. Semi-precious stones like topaz, jasper, lapis lazuli, onyx etc are used for decorating different corners. Lights enter inside the mausoleum through delicate jali screens. The structure is surrounded by a large cruciform garden with water courses and pavements.

Fatehpur Sikri flaunts some of finest Mughal creations of earth. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, dating back to 1569 when Emperor Akbar found it. From 1571 to 1585 it served as the capital of the Mughal Empire. Much-famed Navratans (courtiers) of Akbar were born here, along with many legends of the emperor. Historians say Akbar took special interest in carving this city, and this is indeed evident through its marvelous structures and plans. Most of the structures were built from red-sandstone. The city sits on a rocky ridge, encircled with walls. Buland Darwaza, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Jama Masjid, Diwan-i-khas, Diwan-i-aam, Ibadat Khana, Naubat Khana, Anup Talao and Birbal's House are some of the many attractions of Fatehpur Sikri.

Overnight stays in hotel.

Day 14 - New Delhi

On the 14th day of your tour have your breakfast and check-out from the hotel. Get timely transfer to Delhi International Airport for continuing your onward journey.


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