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Duration :- 14 Nights / 15 Days
Destination :- Delhi - Agra – Khajuraho – Varanasi - Bandhavgarh – Kanha – Nagpur – Kaziranga – Delhi.

Wildlife Tour of India package is specially recommended for all wildlife enthusiasts. Visit one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in India and view the numerous varieties of migratory birds in bird sanctuaries that fly in from all corners of the world. The national parks of India are ideal for close encounters with the habitants of the jungle. One can also view the rich variety of flora and fauna of India. This wildlife tour is designed to help you unwind from the stresses of today's fast-paced life and get close to nature.

Day 01 : Delhi
On arrival traditional welcome and transfer to the hotel. Evening sightseeing tour of Old Delhi (Shahajahanabad) and New Delhi (Lutyen's Delhi). The tour covers the rich monumental and cultural heritage that the capital of India is proud of. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02 : Delhi – Agra
(By Road: 240 km/ 5hrs)

Reach Agra in the afternoon.

Baby TajAgra : Two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and Shah Jahan, transformed the little village of Agra into a befitting second capital of the Mughal Empire - giving it the name Dar-ul-Khilafat {seat of the Emperor}. Today a visitor to Agra is caught up in a world of contrasting edifices, of red sandstone and white marble, narrow galleys and quaint buggies, and that irresistible charm that this favorite city of the Mughals still retains. It is not surprising, that modern Agra still reflects its Mughal heritage most conspicuously. A walk down the narrow bustling streets of the city will introduce the visitor to the wafting aroma of Mughlai cuisine.

Check in at hotel and proceed for sightseeing. Enjoy battery van ride to the Taj.

Taj Mahal : Little needs to be said about this architectural wonder which is always the soul raison-de-etre for every tourist's visit to Agra. Built by 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. Apart from it’s 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. Proceed for sightseeing to the AGRA FORT - Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone. Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction.

Visit Itmadullah’s Tomb built by Empress NOOR JEHAN in memory of her father (The interiors of which areBook Your Tour considered better than the Taj). Overnight at Agra.

Day 03 : Agra - Jhansi – Khajuraho
(Agra – Jhansi : By Train - Shatabdi Express, Dep. time: 0758 hrs Arr. Time : 1035 hrs)

Morning after breakfast transfer to railways station for train to Jhansi. Upon arrival in Jhansi you will be received by our representative. Continue your journey towards Khajuraho.

Jhansi – Orchha – Khajuraho (By road 180 kms 4 hrs) :
Enroute visit Orchha, now a small hamlet in the state of Madhya Pradesh but once the capital of the formidable Bundela kings in medieval times. Attractions include Raj Mahal, Jahangir Mahal, Rai Parveen Mahal, Ram Raja Temple, Chaturbhuj Temple, and Laxmi Narayan Temple. On arrival at Khajuraho check into hotel. Spend rest of the day on leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.
Khajuraho
Day 04 : Khajuraho – Varanasi
(Flight Number: 9W – 334 Dep: 1330 Hrs Arr: 1410 Hrs)

In the afternoon our company representative will give you transfer to airport for the flight to Varanasi. Before departure do the sightseeing of Khajurahoi. On arrival check in the hotel. Afternoon on leisure. Evening visit the Temple and explore the Pooja Ceremony.Overnight at hotel.

Varanasi : Standing on the western bank of India's holiest rever Ganges, Varanasi is the oldest surviving city of the world and the cultural capital of India. It is in the heart of this city that there stands in its fullest majesty the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in which is enshrined the Jyotirlinga of Shiva, Vishweshwara or Vishwanatha. Here gravitate the teeming millions of India to seek benediction and spiritual peace by the darshan of this Jyotirlinga which confers liberation from the bondages of maya and the inexorable entanglements of the world.

A simple glimpse of the Jyotirlinga is a soul-cleansing experience that transforms life and puts it on the path of knowledge and bhakti. Vishweshwara jyotirlinga has a very special and unique significance in the spiritual history of India. Tradition has it that the merits earned by the darshan of other jyotirlinga scattered in various parts of India accrue to devotee by a single visit to Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Deeply and intimately implanted in the Hindu mind, the Kashi Vishwanath Temple has been a living embodinent of our timeless cultural traditions and highest spiritual values. The Temple has been visited by all great saints- Adi Shankaracharya, Ramkrishna Paramhansa, Swami Vivekanand, Goswami Tulsidas, Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati, Gurunanak and several other spiritualBook Your Tour personalities.

The Kashi Vishwanath Temple : Attracts visitors not only from India but abroad as well and thereby symbolises man's desire to live in peace snd harmony with one another. Vishwanath being a supreme repository of this spiritual truth thus strengthens the bonds of universal brotherhood and fellow feeling at the national as wll as global levels. On January 28, 1983 the Temple was taken over by the Govt. of Uttar Pradesh and it's management eversince stands entrusted to a Trust with Dr. Vibhuti Narayan Singh. Former Kashi Naresh, as president and an Executive Committee with Divisional Commissioner as Chairman. The Temple in the present shape was built way back in 1780 by Late Maharani Ahilya Bai Holkar of Indore. In the year 1785 a Naubatkhan was built up infront of the Temple by the then collector Mohd. Ibrahim Khan at the instance of Governor General Warren Hastings. In 1839, Two domes of the Temple were covered by gold donated by Punjab Kesari Maharaja Ranjeet Singh. Third dome but was remained uncovered, Ministry of cultures & Religious affairs of U.P. Govt. took keen interest for gold plating of third dome of Temple.

Varanasi GhatGhats : Varanasi, Kashi or Banaras, is older than traditions. The divine grace of this city lies is unique combination of physical, metaphysical and supernatural elements. Ghats of Varanasi are natural supplement to the concept of divinity. It is a city witch liberate soul from human body to ultimate. The much quoted Sanskrit Skloka Proclame ' Kasyam maranam mukti' (death in Kashi is Liberation). In fact the extension of this belief could be visualised in early concept of ' Pancha Trirtha' symbolically identified with the human body it is explicitly equated with the fire elements (Panch Tattva) of witch body is composed interesting people now defining as all the Ghats are points on the divine cosmic road ( 12th Zodiacs X 7cakras of body thus 98 ) represents its manifest transcendential dimension.

That is how this frame shows a cosmic order and harmonic relationship between micro cosmos (divine order) and micro cosmos (human order)through the interlink of mesocosmos ( the physical order of ghats). The Gahadvala inscriptions ( c.12th cent) mention only five ghats . A mid 17th cent.

Day 05 : Varanasi – Umaria - Bandavgarh
(By Train: 2097 Dep: 18:00 Arr: 05:00 Am)

After Breakfast explore the sarnath as well as Hindu University. In the evening our company representative will give you transfer to the Railway station for the Overnight train to Umaria. Book Your Tour
Overnight Train.

Day 06 : Bandhavgarh
Our company representative will meet you and give you transfer to The hotel.
Bandavgarh is a new National Park with a very long history. Set among the Vindhya hills of Madhya Pradesh with an area of 168sq miles (437sq km) it contains a wide variety of habitats and a high density of game, including a large number of Tigers. This is also the White tiger country. These have been found in the old state of Rewa for Many years. Maharaja Martand Singh captured the last known in 1951. This white Tiger, Mohun is now stuffed and on display in the Palace of Maharaja of Rewa. Prior to becoming a National Park, the forests around Bandavgarh had long been maintained as a Shikargah, or game preserve of the Maharaja of Rewa. The Maharaja and his guests carried out hunting – otherwise the wildlife was well protected. It was considered a good omen for Maharaja of Rewa to shoot 109 tigers. His Highness Maharaja Venkat Raman Singh shot 111 Tigers by 1914.
Bandhavgarh Tiger
There are 32 hills in this part of the park, which has a large natural fort at its center. The fort’s cliffs are 2625 feet (800 meters) high, 1000 feet (300 meters) above the surrounding countryside. Over half the area is coverd by Sal forest although on the upper slope it is replaced by mixed forest of sal, saj, dhobin, and saja. Winter temperatures (Nov-mid-February) vary from almost freezing at night to around 68 degree Fahrenheit in the daytime. Summer nights are also cooler than the daytime temperatures, which rise to 104 degree Fahrenheit. This park is closed during the breeding season, which coincides with the monsoon (July-October). Rainfall in the park averages50 inches (120cm) per year.

Bandavgarh has been a center of human activity and settlement for over 2000 years, and there are references to it in the ancient books, the Narad-Panch Ratra and the Shiva Purana. Legend has it that Lord Rama, hero of the Hindu epic, the Ramayana, stopped at Bandavgarh on his way back to his homeland after defeating the demon King Ravana of Lanka. Two monkey architects, who had engineered a bridge between the isle of Lanka and the mainland, are said to have built Bandavgarh’s Fort. Later Rama handed it over to his brother Lakshmana who became known as Bandavdhish “The Lord of the Fort”. Lakshmana is the particular God of the fort and is regularly worshipped inBook Your Tour 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 BC. Various dynasties have ruled the fort, for example, the Maghas from the 1st century AD, the Vakatakas from the 3rd century AD, From that time onwards Bandavgarh was ruled by a succession of dynasties including the Chandela Kings of Bundelkhand who built the famous temples at Khajuraho. The Baghel Kings, the direct ancestors of the present Royal family of Rewa, established their dynasty at Bandavgarh in the 12th century. It remained their capital till 1617 when the center of court life moved to Rewa, 75 miles (120Kms) to the north. Without royal patronage Bandavgarh became more and more deserted until forest overran the area and it became the royal hunting reserve. This helped to preserve the forest and its wildlife, although the Maharajas made full use of their rights. Each set out to kill the auspicious number of 109 Tigers.
Tiger Safari
At independence Bandavgarh 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.

Bandavgarh 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. Do the Afternoon safari and relax in the evening at the resort and overnight will be at Bandavgarh.

Day 07 : Bandhavgarh
A full day game viewing inside the jungle. (Two safaris)Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 08 : Bandavgarh
A full day game viewing inside the jungle. (Two safaris)
Trip to the Bandavgarh Fort: The oldest fort in India - considered to be more than 2500 years. One-hour trek up the fort is worth the effort. The charm of this trek lies in discovering these monuments in the jungle, unspoiled and unexplored. Some of the statues lie off the main path and so it is best to take a guide. Apart from the avatars, well worth seeing are three small temples of around the 12th century. These temples are deserted but the fort is still used as a place of worship. Kabir Das, the celebrated 16th century saint, once lived and preached here.

The natural ramparts of the fort give breathtaking view of the surrounding countryside. The fort still belongs to the Maharaja of Rewa and permission is required to visit it. However permission is available locally and no trip to Bandhavgarh is complete without making an effort to climb up the fort. The staff of the resort carries your lunch while you are busy negotiating the trek to the fort.

Morning till evening, see the wild life by jeeps and elephants etc, also visit the fort said to have been built by LordBook Your Tour Rama, the hero of the great Indian epic Ramayana. Overnight at the resort.

Day 09 : Bandhavgarh – Kanha
(By Road : 240 km / 5 hrs)

After Breakfast drive to kanha. Reach and Realx in the resort. Morning drive to Kanha National Park - a tiger reserve that extends over 1945 sq. km. of undulating country in Madhya Pradesh. Evening at leisure.Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 10 : Kanha
After breakfast drive to Kanha.
This is the place that has been described by Rudyard Kipling in his great book "The Jungle Book". Located in the Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh, Kanha National Park is a tiger reserve that extends over an area of over 940 square km. A horseshoe shaped valley bounded by the spurs of the Mekal presents an interesting topography. Steep rocky escarpments along the edges offer breathtaking views of the valley. Realizing the danger on the Tiger population in the country, the Government started the "Project Tiger" at Kanha and in 1974 the area was declared a Tiger reserve. The park is also the habitat of the high ground Barasingha.
Kanha Safari
In 1930s, the Kanha area was divided into two sanctuaries - Hallon and Banjar of 250kms to 300kms each. Though one of these was subsequently disbanded .The area remained a protected one until 1947. Depletion of the tiger population in the year that followed led to the area being made an absolute sanctuary in 1952.

Patient watching should reward the visitor, with a sight of Indian Fox, Sloth bear, Striped hyena, Jungle cut, Lepord, Mouse Deer, Chausingha or four horned antelope, Nilgai, Ratel and Porcupine Kanha has some 200 species of birds. Watchers should station themselves in the hills, where the mixed and bamboo forests harbour many species and in the grassy forest clearings. Water birds can be seen near the park’s many rivulets and at Sarvantal, a pool that is frequented by water birds and the area in front of the museum.

Excursion to Kawardha just east of the Maikala Range (up to 1100m) to the south east of Kanha National Park, Kawardha is a small town in Chhattisgarh (34 forts) region of M.P. In this remote area Maharaja Viswaraj Singh has recently opened his palace to visitors. It provides a delightfully quite unspoiled contrast with India’s big cities and with the much busier tourist circuit of Rajasthan’s ‘palace circuit’. This town is in the center of the Baiga tribe, who live in forest surrounding the town, and these are several eleventh century temples in the immediate region.

Reach in the afternoon and relax at the resort. Overnight at the Kanha Resort.Book Your Tour

Day 11 : Kanha National Park
A full day game viewing inside the jungle. (Two safaris) Overnight at the resort.

Day 12: Kanha – Nagpur- Guwahati - Kaziranga
(Flight: 6E-403, By Road: 200 km/4 hrs. Dep. :15:50 Arr. :19:00)

After Breakfast drive to Nagpur. Reach and Transfer to the Domestic airport for the flight to Guwahati. Reach and transfer to the Kaziranga National park famous as the only natural habitat of the indigenous single horned Rhino.Overnight stay at the Resort.

Day 13 : Kaziranga
Morning and evening jungle rides, nature walks and Elephant rides within the sanctuary to observe closely the gigantic and huge Rhino. Overnight at Resort.

Day 14: Kaziranga – Guwahati – Delhi
(Flight: DN-629, Dep. :14:50 Arr. :17:15)

Rhino Morning drive back to Guwahati to catch a flight to Delhi. Day is free for your independent activities like shopping, outing etc. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 15 : Delhi – Home
Breakfast at Delhi. Proceed for a full day tour of Old & New Delhi.

Old Delhi : A sightseeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting the Raj Ghat - the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India and the Red Fort - once the most opulent fort and palace of the Moghul Empire.
Cycle rickshaw ride from Jama Masjid to Chandni Chowk.

New Delhi : An extensive sightseeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to the Humayun’s Tomb, the Qutub Minar, a drive along the ceremonial avenue - Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, the President’s Residence and would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave.

Proceed for the Dance of India Show in the evening at 1800 hr after checking out of the hotel. After the show you will have Farewell Dinner before reaching the airport for flight home with sweet memories of India.

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