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8-Day Tigers to the Taj: The Tigers of India with Khajuraho

8-Day Tigers to the Taj: The Tigers of India with Khajuraho

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8-Day Tigers to the Taj: The Tigers of India with Khajuraho
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Explore the central Indian forests while searching for the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger. In this Kipling country tour, be prepared for a magical encounter with the finest of predators while scanning the dense forest for other wildlife. As an added bonus, visit the temples of Khajuraho, which are a UNESCO world heritage site, plus the world’s signature symbol of eternal love, the Taj Mahal. Travel by airplane, cars, safari jeeps, and trains.

This tour is easy to combine into a custom Golden Triangle and Tigers tour or as an extension to any other India, Nepal, or Bhutan tour. The best time to see tigers is April to June, though the parks are open October through June (closed July - September).

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Day 1: Arrive in Delhi and transfer to the hotel

You will arrive in Delhi and we will transfer you to the hotel (rooms are available from 12 pm onwards).

Meals included: n/a
Mid-Range Accommodations: Ashok Country Resort - Standard room

Day 2: Fly to Kanha via Jabalpur

After an early breakfast, we will transfer to the airport in order to board the flight to Kanha (about 1 hour).  On arrival in Jabalpur, we will drive to the lodge in Kanha National Park (approximately 175 km / 3 hours).  Kanha National Park, situated in Madhya Pradesh, is spread over 1,945 square kilometers of dense Sal forest, interspersed with extensive meadows, grassy plateaus, and areas of wild bamboo.  This region is known as "Kipling Country" and is where all his stories of the jungle were conceived.  In the afternoon, you will enjoy your first jeep safari in the National Park.

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Tuli Tiger Resort - Cottage

Day 3: Tiger viewing in Kanha

Today, we will go on morning and afternoon jeep safaris in search of tigers!  Kanha National Park is also home to other animals, including chital, gaur, three-striped palm squirrel, common langur monkeys, jackals, wild pigs, black bucks, striped hyenas, leopard, mouse deer, porcupine, chinkara, samber, and rare ant-eating pangolins.

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Tuli Tiger Resort - Cottage

Day 4: Drive Kanha-Bhandhavgarh

After breakfast, we will drive to Bhandhavgarh National Park (approximately 255 km / 6 hours).  On arrival, you will check in at the hotel.  Set amidst the Vindhyan ranges and the eastern flank of the Satpura hills, Bhandhavgarh National Park is one of the best places to see and enjoy wildlife in India.  In fact, the park has the highest relative density of tigers of any of India’s reserves.

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Bandhav Vilas - Standard room

Day 5: Tiger viewing in fabulous Bhandhavgarh

We will go on morning and afternoon safaris in tiger-rich Bhandhavgarh National Park.  The park is also the habitat for chital deer, sambar deer, barking deer, wild boar, nilgai antelope (or "blue bulls"), four-horned antelope, water buffalo, wild dogs, leopard, the Indian fox, and bears.

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Bandhav Vilas - Standard room

Day 6: Drive Bhandhavgarh-Khajuraho / Afternoon Temple Visit

After breakfast, we will drive to Khajuraho (approximately 245 km / 5 hours). On arrival, you will check in at your hotel.

In the afternoon, we will visit the Eastern & Western Group of Khajuraho Temples, which consist of an impressive group of artistic temples built in sandstone. The sculptures of Hindu deities, dancers, and musicians appear to be so natural as if they would come alive any time. You will visit the Varaha Temple, and the Lakshmana Temple, both dedicated to Vishnu. You will also visit the Kandariya Mahadeva Temple, which is not only the largest of the temples, it is also artistically and architecturally the most perfect. The Kandariya Mahadeva Temple represents Chandella art at its most finely developed phase.

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Ramada - Standard room

Day 7: Orcha visit / Transfer Khajuraho-Jhansi-Agra

After breakfast, we will drive to Jhansi railway station (approximately 210 km / 4 hours) to board the Shatabadi to Agra.  On the way, we will stop in Orchha to visit this beautiful medieval town, once the capital of Bundela kings.  Built along the banks of the river Betwa, flowing through a rugged country century side, Orchha retains the captivating air of a bygone era.  Amongst the various imposing edifices, of particular interest are the Jehangiri Mahal, built by Raja Bir Singh Deo to commemorate the visit of Mughal Emperor Jehangir, and the Raj Mahal and the Laxmi Narayan temple, both noted for their fine frescoes and mural paintings.  Later, we will continue to Jhansi railway station and board the train to Agra.  On arrival in Agra, we will transfer you to your hotel. 

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: The Retreat - Standard room

Day 8: Dawn visit at the Taj Mahal / Agra-Delhi-Departure

In the early morning, you will visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise! Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shah Jahan over a period of 17 years, in memory of his beloved late wife Mumtaz Mahal. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Taj Mahal is one of the wonders of the modern world and you will be enthralled with its ethereal beauty. NOTE: The Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.

Later this morning, we will visit Agra Fort. Agra Fort is another dimension to the city that attracts tourists in hordes. Built by Akbar in red sandstone when he was through with the consolidation of his power after accession to power in 1654, Agra Fort worked both as a military strategic point as well as the royal residence. Many of the palaces inside the fort were later added by next generations of Mughal emperors like Jahangir and Shahjahan.

In the afternoon, we will drive back to the airport in Delhi (approximately 200 km / 4 hours) so you can board an evening flight home.

Meals included: Breakfast

Pricing

8-Day Tigers to the Taj: The Tigers of India with Khajuraho
from $1795 USD

NOTE: Prices are per person in U.S. dollars based on double/triple occupancy. All quotations are based on the current rates of park fees, VAT, other government taxes, and current exchange rates. Should any of these be increased or a new tax introduced, these increases will be added on even if your trip has already been paid for.

INCLUDES:
  • All accommodations per itinerary
  • All meals per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
  • 3 Jeep Safaris in Kanha National Park (on shared basis with maximum of 4 travelers in one Jeep)
  • 3 Jeep Safaris in Bhandhavgarh National Park (on shared basis with maximum of 4 travelers in one Jeep)
  • All entrance fees to the National Parks and monuments
  • English Speaking Naturalist guide for the Jeep Safaris in the National Parks
  • Services of English speaking local guides for the sightseeing in Khajuraho, Orchha, and Agra
  • Train fare from Jhansi to Agra in an air-conditioned Chair car
EXCLUDES:
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Optional tours
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)

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