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Duration : 14 Nights / 15 Days
Destination : Delhi - Ranthambore - Jaipur - Bharatpur - Fatehphur Sikri - Agra - Bandhavgarh - Umaria - Delhi
Day 01 : Delhi
Jama Masjid, Delhi Jama Masjid, Delhi
Delhi, also known as the National Capital Territory of India is a metropolitan region in India. With a population of 22 million in 2011, it is the world's second most populous city and the largest city in India in terms of area. New Delhi is the capital of India and is a historical city, which attracts the the tourists because of its very rich historical past. This is one of the oldest city with lots of monuments and temples that are a treat to watch. Delhi is believed to be 5000 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 Delhi, you will be received by our representative who will then take you to the hotel booked for you. Overnight stay in Delhi.

Day 02 : Delhi
Full day tour of the city. Morning: Visit the Old City of Delhi to see the historic Red Fort and the Jama Masjid, India`s largest mosque from the outside. See the colourful bazaar of Chandni Chowk and take a cycle rickshaw ride through the back streets of Old Delhi to get a first hand experience of the hustle and bustle of this traditional city. This ride through the narrow by-lanes will be most fascinating. Return to the hotel for lunch or eat at any other 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. Drive past the Rashtrapathi Bhawan, the residence of the President of India, the houses of Parliament and the Government Secretariat buildings. Overnight stay in Delhi.

Day 03 : Delhi - Ranthambore
Morning transfer to the Railway station to board the train for Sawai Madhopur. Leave Delhi for Sawai Madhopur by Golden Temple Mail (0755/ 1310 hrs). You will be received by our representatives on arrival at Sawai Madhopur Railway station and transferred to the Lodge.

Ranthambore National Park Ranthambore National Park
With an area of 400 sq. km encompassing rocky hill crests which descend to open valleys between the Aravalli and Vindhya ranges, dotted with water pools and fruit trees, this park gets its name from the thousand year old fortress, which looms above the forest. Well known for the diurnal activity of tigers, Ranthambore is a very special and unusual area where a natural present meets a historical past. Sambar, cheetal, chinkara, nilgai and languor. The elusive leopard and tigers are found in this reserve with tourists standing a very good chance of seeing tigers during the day. (The Park is closed from 01 July till 30 September.)
Dotted across the landscape are the crumbling ruins of its past glory, be it chatris or cupolas, like palaces or old guard posts, all of which reinforce the magical and ethereal quality of this great wilderness. Lunch at the lodge; visit the sanctuary by Jeep with an English-speaking Naturalist. Dinner and overnight in Ranthambore.

Day 04 : Ranthambore
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the lodge. Morning and afternoon visit the sanctuary by Jeep with an English-speaking Naturalist. Dinner and overnight in Ranthambore.

Day 05 : Ranthambore
Day five begins with a wake up call by the resort official. After you have taken your shower, your breakfast will be served to you and then you will be taken to the sanctuary by one of our naturalist, who is well versed with english.The mode of travel will be in a jeep. After going around the park, you will come back to the resort for lunch and after lunch, your safari to the park in the jeep will again continue. You will come back to the resort for dinner in the night. Stay in the wildlife Resort will be memorable because of a lot of reasons.

Day 06 : Ranthambore - Jaipur
Morning drive to Jaipur (170 kms). This journey is through rural Rajasthan and would take about 3 hours. On arrival check into the hotel.

Jaipur - the capital of Rajasthan, is colour washed pink - the colour associated with hospitality in Rajput culture. This Pink City of fairy tale palaces, rugged fortresses perched on barren hills and broad avenues, is picturesque. The first planned city of its time, Jaipur is encircled by a formidable wall. Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 07 : Jaipur
Hawa Mahal, Jaipur Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
Morning proceed on an excursion to Amber Fort with an Elephant ride upto the top of the Fort. Drive past Hawa Mahal, known popularly as the Palace of Winds, is a facade built for the Ladies of the Royal household in the 19th century. The Amber Fort, the capital of the erstwhile State of Jaipur until 1728 is perched on a hill. It has halls of Public and Private audience, a Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) various marble palaces which are marvelous examples of ancient Rajput architecture. The Temple of Amba (Mother Goddess), the patron deity of the Royal family is at the entrance to the palace. Ride an elephant to ascend the hill on which the Fort is situated.

Return to the town in the afternoon enroute visiting the City Palace - the former royal residence built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal styles which houses a museum with a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armoury of the Mughals and Rajputs, including swords of different shapes and sizes with ornate handles. It has an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit. Also visit the Jantar Mantar - an astrological and astronomical observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the 18th century, which is remarkable for its accuracy even in the present times. Overnight stay in Jaipur.

Day 08 : Jaipur - Bharatpur
Morning drive to Bharatpur (176 kms). On arrival, check into the hotel.
Bharatpur is popular for its bird sanctuary - the Keoladeo Ghana National Park - finest in Asia, in which over 400 species of water birds. The sanctuary covers an area of 40 sq. km of swampy, lightly wooded terrain that was once the private hunting and shooting preserve of the Maharaja of Bharatpur. Today it is the protected breeding ground for many species of birds and also the home of migratory birds, especially of the Siberian Crane, that spends its winter here. Colonies of cormorants, spoonbills, storks, egrets, herons, pelicans, ibis and grey herons can be spotted all over the park, besides a fairly rich habitation of deer and snakes. [The best time to visit the park is from October though March] The park can be explored either by cycle rickshaws (the drivers are all very capable naturalists) or by boats on the lake. Late Afternoon : Visit the Sanctuary by boats - an excellent way to see the birds and watch the spectacular sunset. Overnight stay in Bharatpur.

Day 09 : Bharatpur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
Fatehpur Sikri Fatehpur Sikri
After breakfast in the Morning visit the Bharatpur Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary by cycle rickshaws (the rickshaw drivers are all very capable naturalists). Afternoon drive to Agra enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri (12 kms) Fatehpur Sikri - This exquisite city built by Akbar the Great in 1569, in red sandstone, with its forts, palaces and mosques was abandoned 14 years after its creation due to scarcity of water. The Diwan-i-aam - a vast courtyard in which the emperor gave daily public audience; Diwan-i-khas - a large quadrangle which contained all the major functions of the Palace, Pachisi court, the Emperors private living quarter, Jodha Bhai`s Palace, Mariam`s Palace, Birbal`s Palace, Hawa Mahal and Panch Mahal are some of the important buildings of this residential complex. The Friday Mosque and the exquisite tomb of Sheik Salim Chisti are in the religious grounds set aside in a separate enclosure adjacent to the secular buildings. Continue drive to Agra after visiting Fatehpur Sikri (49 kms). On arrival, check in to the hotel.

Agra is famous as the home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World - the Taj Mahal. The architectural splendour 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 10 : Agra - Umaria ( Bandhavgarh )
After breakfast in the proceed on a city tour of Agra. Visit the Agra Fort, built by three Mughal Emperors starting from Akbar the Great in 1565 AD, which is a masterpiece of design and construction. 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. Later visit the Taj Mahal - the inimitable poem in white marble. Built over a period of 22 years,by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1630, for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains, it is one of the seven modern wonders of the World. [ The Taj is closed on Friday.

Afternoon : Transfer to Railway station to board the train for Umaria. Leave Agra for Umaria by Utkal KalingaExpress at 1540hrs. Overnight enroute on board the train.

Day 11 : Arrive Umaria - Bandhavgarh
Bandhavgarh National Park Bandhavgarh National Park
Arrive Umaria at 0600 hrs. A quiet little village that is gently awakening to the sounds of birds and cows. Arriving at this village, nestled in the buffer zone of the Bandavgarh National Park, is an experience in itself.

Meeting on arrival by our jeep from the lodge, transfer to the Bandhavgarh (45 kms), driving through rural Madhya Pradesh and through the forests, with a good possibility of seeing wildlife. On arrival, check in at the Lodge.

The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is relatively high. The possibility of spotting Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Leopard and Tiger is very good. The park is also densely populated with animals like the Chital (Spotted Deer), Sambar, Barking Deer, Nilgai (Blue Bull), Chowsingha (Four Horned Antelope) and is rich in bird life. [The Park is closed from 01 July till 30 September.

The terrain is rocky, rising sharply from the swampy and densely forested valley. The finest of these hills is Bhadhavgarh, which is bounded by great cliffs and eroded rocks. The Bandhavgarh Fort, believed to be 2000 years old, stands at the highest point. There is a temple at the fort that can be visited by jeeps. Scattered throughout the park, particularly around the fort, are numerous caves containing shrines with ancient Sanskrit inscriptions. The ramparts of the fort provide a home for vultures, blue rock thrushes and crag martins. Lunch at the Lodge and visit the sanctuary by Jeep with an English-speaking Naturalist. Dinner and overnight in Bandhavgarh.

Day 12 : Bandhavgarh
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge. Morning and afternoon game drives into the sanctuary. We can also arrange an excursion to see the imposing fort that is located inside the sanctuary. This Fort, or Garh, from which the park gets its name, is fascinating and involves a relatively easy climb to the temple located on its summit, dedicated to Lord Rama. The view from here is equally fascinating. Dinner and overnight in Bandhavgarh.

Day 13 : Bandhavgarh
Tiger, Bandhavgarh National Park Tiger, Bandhavgarh National Park
Breakfast and Lunch at the Lodge. Morning and afternoon visit the sanctuary by Jeep with an English-speaking Naturalist. Overnight at Resort.

Day 14 : Bandhavgarh -Umaria -Delhi
Breakfast and Lunch at the Lodge. Morning and afternoon visit the sanctuary by Jeep with an English-speaking Naturalist. (Check out time 1200 noon). Late evening drive to Umaria to board the train for Delhi. Leave Umaria for Delhi by Utkal Kalinga Express at 2200 hrs. Overnight enroute on board train.

Day 15 : Arrive Delhi
Arrival at railway station and drop you at International airport. Tour End.