Delhi – Khajuraho – Bandhavgarh – Kanha – Mumbai (10 nights and 11 days)
There are few places in Asia where such a wide variety of culture and wildlife can be found in such abundance. This is a superb opportunity to combine sightseeing to some of the must-see sights of North India, such as Old Delhi, the Taj Mahal and Khajuraho’s erotic temples, with an in-depth exploration of Central India’s premier national parks. Of course, it is the mighty Bengal tiger that symbolises India’s wildlife heritage.
Day 01 :
Arrive Delhi – The Capital city and the political hub of India. The city’s importance lies not just in its past glory as the seat of empires and magnificent monuments, but also in the rich and diverse cultures. On arrival you will be met, assisted and transferred to the hotel. Evening visit the famous Red Fort for an exciting Son-et-Lumiere show (sound & light show). Overnight stay in Delhi.
Day 02 :
This morning after breakfast proceed for a full day combined tour of The Old & The New Delhi. The Old Delhi tour includes visits to The Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, the massive Red Fort, Chandni Chowk (moonlight square ) and The Raj Ghat – the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. Thereafter proceed for sightseeing of New Delhi, visit the Qutub Minar – a 72 meter high monument, and Humayun’s Tomb built in mid 16th century. Also visit the Lotus Temple, drive past India Gate, the Raj Bhavan, Safdarjung’s Tomb and the Parliament. Overnight stay in Delhi.
Day 03 :
This day transfer to the airport to board flight for Khajuraho, a city famous for its beautiful and rock carved temples. Khajuraho’s art is a manifestation of the essence of the philosophy of Indian aesthetics. The erotic sculptures of Khajuraho depicting Kama Sutra are unique in the world. These sculptures represent the Indo-Aryan architecture and reflect the Chandela dynasty’s passion for the forbidden art. They cannot be passed off as just erotic sculptures, the temples have some of the most revered Gods of Hinduism. On arrival you will be met, assisted and transferred to the hotel. Evening visit the Eastern temples. Overnight stay in Khajuraho.
Day 04 :
This morning after breakfast, visit the Western temples. Thereafter drive to Bandhavgarh National Park (280kms / 7hrs), situated in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, it is a 448 km² renowned tiger reserve. Nestled among the picturesque Vindhya and Satpura ranges, this is one of India’s most beautiful national parks. The dramatic landscape features tropical forests and woodlands, and steep rocky hills with flat grasslands in the valleys below. An ancient 2000 year old fort, 10th century statue of Lord Vishnu and the dense Sal jungle combined with the grasslands make Bandhavgarh one of the most extraordinary parks in India. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Overnight stay in Bandhavgarh.
Day 05 :
This early morning and evening enjoy game drives in the national park. Bandhavgarh supports one of the highest densities of tigers on the Subcontinent. Its hilly open terrain includes many large grassland meadows that offer good chances of sightings. The density of its big cat population has made Bandhavgarh world famous. The Park is also home to a large variety of mammals: leopard, chital (spotted deer), Sambar deer, nilgai, wild boar, chinkara, sloth bear, rhesus macaque, grey langur, jungle cat, hyena, porcupine, jackal, fox, and wild dog. Overnight stay in Bandhavgarh.
Day 06 :
Today early morning and evening enjoy another round of game drives in the national park. Overnight stay in Bandhavgarh.
Day 07 :
This morning after breakfast, drive to Kanha National Park (260kms / 6.5 hrs), one of India’s largest national parks, covering 1945 km², and is located in the Maikal Hills of the Satpura Hills range in the south eastern part of the state of Madhya Pradesh. The Park has beautiful areas of sal forests, large bamboo stretches and lush green meadows. In 1973, when Project Tiger was launched to save the tiger, Kanha was one of the nine reserves selected for the project. It is prime tiger country and is the project’s star success story. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Overnight stay in Kanha.
Day 08 :
This early morning and evening enjoy game drives in the national park. Herds of animals are found in the central parklands, where approximately 22 animal species are regularly spotted, including the more unique species such as the three-striped palm squirrel, common langur, jackal, wild pig and black buck. Striped hyena, leopard, mouse deer and porcupine also reside here, as do the chinkara and ant-eating pangolin. Kanha is home to the highly endangered deer, the hardground barasingha, as well as sambar, chital and gaur. Kanha features approximately 70 tree species and is a bird watcher’s paradise, with over 200 recorded bird species. Overnight stay in Kanha.
Day 09 :
This early morning enjoy another round of game drive in the national park. Thereafter proceed to Nagpur airport (250kms /6hrs) to for your flight to Mumbai a city that never sleeps, is the Financial and Bollywood hub of India. Mumbai previously officially known as Bombay is the most populous city in India, and the second most populous city in the world. Mumbai is the commercial and entertainment capital of India, and is home to important financial institutions such as the Reserve Bank of India, the Bombay Stock Exchange, the National Stock Exchange of India and the corporate headquarters of numerous Indian companies and multinational corporations. The city also houses India's Hindi film and television industry, known as Bollywood. On arrival you will be met, assisted and transferred to the hotel. Overnight stay in Mumbai.
Day 10 :
This morning, after breakfast, proceed on an exciting tour of Mumbai city. This includes the magnificent Gateway of India overlooking the Arabian Sea - The Gateway of India is the most recognizable symbol of the city. It was built to commemorate the visit of the British Monarch to India in 1911. Later visit the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus formerly The Victoria Terminus, is a historic railway station in Mumbai which serves as the headquarters of the Central Railways. This famous architectural landmark in Gothic style was built as the headquarters of the Great Indian Peninsular Railway. The building exhibits a fusion of influences from Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival architecture and traditional Indian architecture. Externally, the wood carving, tiles, ornamental iron and brass railings, grills for the ticket offices, the balustrades for the grand staircases and other ornaments were the work of students at the Bombay School of Art. Thereafter visit The Prince of Wales Musuem, this Museum is one of the premier cultural institutions in the country and a fine example of Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. This style combines Hindu and Saracenic architectural forms, at times incorporating some elements of Western architecture. Thereafter visit Mani Bhavan, is a simple old-style, two storied building on Laburnum Road, Mumbai. Whenever Gandhiji was in Mumbai between 1917 to 1934, he stayed here. It is now converted into a museum and research centre. Overnight stay in Mumbai.
Day 11 :
This day, you will be transferred to the airport to board flight for your onward destination with exciting memories of the “Jungle Trails”.