India Wildlife Safari

Wildlife Safari Tour
Duration : 14 Nights / 15 Days
Places Covered : Delhi - Ranthambhore - Jaipur - Bharatpur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - Jhansi - Khajuraho - Bandhavgarh - Kanha - Nagpur - Mumbai

Day 1 Sun : Depart North America
Depart North America on your exciting journey to begin your India Wildlife adventure. Day rooms are provided in Singapore at the AMBASSADOR TRANSIT HOTEL. East Coast passengers connect through London.

Day 2 Mon : Arrive Delhi
Arrive tonight in India’s bustling capital city of Delhi, where you are greeted with a traditional Indian welcome and escorted to the TAJ MAHAL HOTEL (Deluxe Room).

Day 3 Tue : Delhi Sightseeing
After a leisurely morning, drive along Rajpath, New Delhi’s broadest avenue, to view the Parliament House, the President’s House and India Gate. Visit the Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar, Birla Mandir, the Red Fort, Ashoka Pillar, the mile-long Chandni Chowk bazaar and Raj Ghat, the Mahatma Gandhi memorial. This evening, a festive welcome dinner is held in your honor, with a presentation of Indian music and dance. (BLD)

Day 4 Wed : Delhi - Ranthambhore
An early morning train ride takes you on an exciting journey through the countryside to Ranthambhore, where the remains of a thousand-year-old fortress have been reclaimed by nature. Today, it is a wildlife sanctuary, where leopards and tigers prowl the ruins. Stay at TAJ SAWAI MADHOPUR LODGE (Standard Room), built by the local Maharajah to entertain the Viceroys of India. (BLD)

Day 5 Thu : Ranthambhore Game Reserve
Ranthambhore is one of the few preserves where the nocturnal camera-shy tigers may be seen in daylight. You’ll enjoy thrilling game drives in the morning and evening in search of wildlife.

Day 6 Fri : Ranthambhore - Jaipur
After a morning game drive, leave for the “pink city” of Jaipur, where the old city is surrounded by a massive wall pierced by magnificent gates. Your tour of Jaipur takes you to Hawa Mahal or “Palace of Winds,”continues to City Palace—characterized by balconies, tiny windows, cupolas, courtyards and arched entrances—and then onto the ancient astronomical observatory built by Jai Singh. JAI MAHAL PALACE HOTEL (Luxury Room) (BLD)

Day 7 Sat : Amber Fort - Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary, Bharatpur
Today you are transported back in time, riding royally atop decorated and painted elephants up to the mountain fortress of Amber, a spectacular masterpiece of Rajput architecture protecting a complex of palaces, temples, exquisite marble and mirror-inlaid halls and apartments. Continue your drive to the Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur, home to over 350 species of birds. Walk along the beautiful trails in the sanctuary lined with Babul trees. LAXMI VILAS PALACE (Standard Room) (BLD)

Day 8 Sun : Bharatpur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
Rise early to visit the park and enjoy either a pedicab or boat ride (water levels permitting), with the opportunity to see the many species of birds, flocks of ducks, widgeons, herons and spoonbills in graceful flight. After a lunch at the lodge, continue your drive to Agra, the last capital of the Mughal Empire in India, stopping en route at the ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri, a masterpiece of Mughal architecture. Upon arrival in Agra, explore the 16th century Agra Fort with its battlements, apartments, gardens and the audience halls. Enjoy an extended visit to the magnificent Taj Mahal and witness the transformation as the monument reflects the warm glow of sunset. TAJ VIEW HOTEL (Superior Taj Facing Room) (BLD)

Day 9 Mon : Agra - Jhansi - Khajuraho
This morning experience a train ride to Jhansi. Continue by road to Khajuraho, en route visiting Orcha, a medieval city frozen in time and space, existing to this day as it must have in the 17th century. TAJ CHANDELA HOTEL (Standard Room) (BLD)

Day 10 Tue : Khajuraho - Bandhavgarh National Park
This morning, visit the Western & Eastern group of Temples followed by a drive in the hills of the Vindhyan Ranges to Bandhavgarh National Park, home of the white tiger and other species such as Indian bison, sambar deer, barking deer and blue bull. Spend two days of game viewing and bird-watching in these valleys. ROYAL RETREAT (Standard Room) (BLD)

Day 11 Wed : Bandhavgarh Game Viewing
Enjoy morning & afternoon game viewing. (BLD)

Day 12 Thu : Kanha National Park
After a morning game drive in Bandhavgarh, travel to Kanha, the original country Rudyard Kipling so vividly described in his Jungle Book. Kanha has some 22 species of mammals: most commonly spotted are langur, jackal, wild pig, spotted deer, swamp deer, sambar and black buck. You may also see tiger, Indian hare, wild dog, barking deer, Indian fox, sloth bear, striped hyena, panther, mouse deer, Indian bison, jungle cat, four horned antelope, blue bull, ratel and Indian porcupine. Kanha also has some 200 species of birds. Spend two days game viewing and bird watching in Kanha, a true haven for the animal and avian population. ROYAL TIGER RESORT (Standard Room) (BLD)

Day 13 Fri : Kanha National Park
Enjoy morning & afternoon game viewing. (BLD)

Day 14 Sat : Kanha - Nagpur
Today, after your last Game Drive, drive to Nagpur, India’s geographical center and Maharashtra’s winter capital. HOTEL PRIDE (Standard Room) (BLD)

Day 15 Sun : Nagpur - Mumbai (Bombay)
Fly this morning to Mumbai (formerly Bombay), the most cosmopolitan city of India. You will be provided a day room at the TAJ LANDS END (Superior Room). After a day at leisure, depart India late this evening for your onward journey back home. (BLD)

Day 16 Mon : Arrive North America
Arrive home today, filled with memories of your wildlife adventure.