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Activities
  • 10 days adventure touring
Accommodation
  • 11 nights hotel/lodge
Meals
  • 11 Dinners
  • 4 Lunches
  • 11 Breakfasts

12 Days$2780USD

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Small groups only
Guided group sizes are strictly limited to maximum 16 people, average of 8-10


 
 
Trip Code: TIG

Trip highlights


  • Search for the elusive Bengal tigers in Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks
  • Experience a magical sunrise at Taj Mahal
  • Venture to Jaipur, the colourful capital of Rajasthan
  • Explore the erotic temples of Khajuraho
  • Wander through the 16th Century township of Orchha
  • Ride through the bazaars of Old Delhi on a rickshaw

Travellers are often torn between choosing an itinerary that focuses on the Culture of India or its Nature. Well here’s one that incorporates both! It takes in the architectural splendour of India’s famed 'Golden Triangle', including visits to the Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Amber Fort and the Hawa Mahal. We also venture to the erotic temples of Khajuraho and the medieval city of Orchha; a 16th Century town that for all the world appears to be frozen in time.

The wild-side of our adventure takes place in the Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks, which are best known for their Bengal Tiger populations. Catching even a fleeting glimpse of these magnificent beasts as they skulk through their natural habitat will send your heart-rate soaring! You dare not even blink for fear of loosing the memory from the ‘hard-drive’ inside your mind’s eye!


Upon arrival at Delhi airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. We then plan to spend the rest of the day sight-seeing around New Delhi – the British-built side of the city. Key monuments we hope to visit include: India Gate (a memorial arch honouring soldiers who were killed in WW1), Lakshmi Narayana Temple, Rashtrapati Bhawan (the president’s house) and Humayun’s Tomb –an exquisite example of Mughal architecture, set in a magnificent formal Persian garden.

Meals:  D

Arriving in Jaipur, we have the better part of a day and a half to explore the chaotic capital of Rajasthan, quite possibly India's most colourful city. We take in several of the city’s medieval palaces and monumental forts, but be warned - travelling between them will be an adventure in itself! Expect to see camel carts and elephants, scooters, trucks and bikes all jostling for space on the roads. We’ll visit the landmark, honey-combed pink facade of Hawa Mahal (The Palace of the Winds), the City Palace and Amber Fort plus the World Heritage listed Jantar Mantar Observatory. Here you’ll find a curious collection of huge stone “instruments” that were designed to observe and measure all manner of astronomical activity – from calculating eclipses to plotting the azimuth of various stars.

Meals:  B,D

We have a 4 to 5 hour road trip ahead of us today, but break the journey just shy of Agra, at what remains of the city of Fatehpur Sikri. Built during the second half of the 16th Century by Emperor Akbar, this so-called City of Victory was only the capital of the Mughal Empire for ten years, but it bears exceptional testimony to the great vision of Akbar, and the architects of his day. Of all the incredible monuments in India, the Taj Mahal reigns supreme. Many pundits would argue that it is, indeed, the most famous building in the world. It is certainly the most extravagant monument ever built for love - taking 22 years and the skills of 20,000 artisans to complete. The Taj Mahal really is as spectacular as you have no doubt imagined it to be - exquisite from every conceivable vantage-point. The attention to detail up close –the filigree, the calligraphy and the inlay – is simply mind-blowing. So too, the symmetry of the building when viewed from afar. Agra Fort - a remarkable city-within-a-city on the bank of the Yamuna River – provides us with possibly the best view of all, from the top of its octagonal tower.

Meals:  B,D

From Agra we take the super-fast Shatabdi Express train to Jhansi. On arrival, we transfer to our coach and begin driving towards Khajuraho. We take time en route to visit Orchha - a 16th Century town that appears to have frozen in time. Nestled on the banks of the Betwe River, it features several ancient temples and a magnificent palace – adorned with many wonderful murals. Khajuraho itself is a quiet and remote township renowned for its extraordinary “erotic” temples. Together, the highly decorative sculptures that adorn these religious buildings depict the daily-life of commoners, warriors, musicians and the ruling classes during the 10th and 11th centuries. It is, in effect, a celebration of all aspects of life, but many scenes feature highly explicit and/or sensual “posturing” reminiscent of the Karma Sutra. Definitely not for the prudish!

Meals:  B,D

The ‘wild side’ of our adventure begins today - once we reach Bandhavgarh! This former hunting preserve of the Maharajah of Rewa was declared a tiger reserve in 1993 under the highly successful Project Tiger conservation initiative. The tiger population here is thought to be the highest in India and includes the extremely rare white tiger. Other species you may see as we explore the park by 4WD jeep include: leopard, sambar, barking deer, Asiatic jackal, sloth bear, jungle cat, grey mongoose, common langur, rhesus macaque and gaur. And with 250 different bird species in the park, there will be plenty to keep the ‘twitchers’ among us happy from dawn ‘til dusk!

Meals:  B,L,D

Our next wild destination is Kanha National Park and although the vegetation here is very different to that of Bandhavgarh, it too, is home to tigers! They hide out in the bamboo forests and grasslands – along with antelope, chausinga, dhole, panther and many other interesting species. The star attraction, however, is the Central Indian barasingha, a rare species of swamp deer, for this is the only place in the world where they still exist. By day, we game-drive through the park, taking in all that it is prepared to reveal… by night, we relax by our resort bonfire, sharing the excitement of our many wild encounters!

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast this morning we drive to Nagpur, then fly back to Delhi. We have time for one final tour that’s bound to leave an impression – albeit a slightly crowded one! After visiting the magnificent Red Fort, located in the “Old Delhi” side of the city, we take a thrilling rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of the bustling bazaar. Our destination is Jama Masjid – the largest mosque in India.

Meals:  B,D

Our tour ends today with a transfer to the international airport for your flight home.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.


Inclusions

  • 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 11 dinners
  • airport transfers (day 1 and 12 only)
  • comfortable hotel accommodation and heritage hotels on a twin share basis
  • internal flight Nagpur/Delhi
  • AC chair berth from Agra to Jhansi
  • private air conditioned vehicles
  • jeep safari
  • sightseeing with local guides including entrance fees as specified

  • International airfares and departure taxes
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, phone calls, bottled mineral water, soft drinks, alcohol etc
  • Optional activities and sightseeing during free time
  • Still/video camera fees at monuments

Departure dates

Departs every Sunday from October to April

* Guaranteed status denotes minimum trip numbers have been met, however the trips operation will be subject to there being no COVID-19 restrictions or other government travel advisories. Please contact us for further information.


Notes

NB:
This trips involves a journey by train. Trains in India are a very popular mode of travel for visitors with only limited places available. These can book out up to 4 months in advance. To avoid disappointment we recommend booking early and providing the necessary details to your sales consultant.

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Total Priceper person from

$2780USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Single SupplementUSD$740
  • Single Traveller SurchargeUSD$1670
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Tigers, Temples and Taj trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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