Wildlife Vacation in India
Duration: 15 Days
Day - 1 : Delhi
Destinations Covered: Delhi - Jaipur - Amer - Ranthambhor - Bharatpur
- Keoladeo Ghana National Bird Sanctuary - Agra - Orcha - Bhandavgarh
National Park - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Kashi - Delhi
Arrival Delhi in the morning. "Namaste" a warm welcome to India,
a sincere greeting with a bow and folded hands. Transfer to a 5-star hotel
in New Delhi. After a short break we embark on our first journey to discover
India. Our introduction to India will be by a " Rickshaw" ride
a mode of transport used in small towns and in Old Delhi.
We head for a guided city tour to the most interesting sights of the
city that is the Red Fort a fort made of red sand stone which once housed
the world famous PEACOCK throne and the Jama Masjid mosque. Welcome Dinner
at the old Hauz Khas village complex overnight stay at the hotel.
Day - 2 : Jaipur
We leave for the pink city of Jaipur arriving for lunch. After lunch day
at leisure to explore the streets and bazars of Jaipur. Overnight at hotel.
Day - 3 : Amer
We visit the city palace, the palace of winds and then proceed to Amer
fort the ancient capital of Jaipur built in the 16th century by Raja Man
Singh in red sandstone and marble. It has some very intersting apartments
like the Sheesh Mahal the glass canopy apartments and Jai Mandir, Sukh
Niwas Baodi etc.
The highlight of this trip is the elephant ride up the ramparts of the
fort just like the maharajas did. After this we visit the Jaigarh fort
the armoury of the erstwhile state which houses the biggest cannon on
wheels in the world. Overnight at hotel.
Day - 4 : Ranthambhor
Drive to Ranthambhor the finest national park of India arriving in the
hotel in afternoon. Evening visit the old fort which overlooks the national
park. Overnight hotel.
Day - 5 : Ranthambhor
Ranthambore Morning & Evening drives in the park.
Day - 6 : Bharatpur
Ranthambore - Bharatpur drive to Bharatpur the capital city of another
racial community of India The Jats. Afternoon visit Bharatpur fort which
is different from other Rajasthan forts as it has thick mud walls which
the British army could not break despite laying a seige for 4 months.
Day - 7 : Keoladeo Ghana National Bird Sanctuary
Full day bird watching in possibly the biggest bird sanctuary in the
world Keoladeo Ghana National. To take in the essence of the park you
need to divide your trips into different times of the day, Early morning
take in spectacular sightings of large flocks of water birds & their
exquisite birdsongs. At dusk catch the elusive bird (night herons ,bitterns
& owls). Post lunch catch the python basking in the sun.Overnight
at the hotel.
Day - 8 - Agra
Take the road for Agra Enroute we visit the ancient city of Fathepur Sikri
built by Emperor Akbar as thanks giving for the saint who blessed him
with a son. In the afternoon check in to the hotel. After a short break
leave for the Agra Fort. The fort where Emperor Shajahan the builder of
Taj was held captive by his son Emperor Aurangzeb, who had usurped the
throne of India. One can see the magnificant Taj from the quarters in
which the emperor was jailed. Before sunset visit the Taj a monument of
Love and romance. Overnight at the hotel.
Day - 9 : Orcha
Take an executive class airconditioned train to Jhansi drive to Orcha
the old capital of the Bundhela Kings who were the contempories of the
Mughal Emperors. Check into the hotel on the banks of the river. Go exploring
the marvels of Bundhelkhand. Overnight at the hotel.
Day - 10 : Bhandavgarh National Park
Some more exploring later in the day take the train to Katni / Umaria.
Disembark for Bhandavgarh National Park. Afternoon take the first drive
into the park if luck favours us we will sight the Tiger. As the concentration
of tiger population is highest in this park hence our chances of sighting.
Overnight at hotel / camp.
Day - 11 : Bhandavgarh National Park
Full day for the park. We will take two trips into the park. Early morning
on elephant back, post lunch & evening in jeeps.
Day - 12 : Khajuraho
Bandhavgarh - Khajuraho. Drive to Khajuraho the citadel of power of the
Chandela Kings in 10th &11th century. Khajurao has been declared a
World Heritage Site. Though famous for its Erotic temple sculpture Khajurao
is much more then just Kamasutra. The question which comes to mind is
how could any society approve of such eroticism in a place of worship.
To answer this question only a visit to khajurao can do. Overnight at
Day - 13 : Varanasi
Walk the streets of Khajurao leave for the airport around 11:30 A.M. to
catch the flight for Varanasi the oldest living city in India and one
of the worlds most ancient previously known as Kashi in the times of Puranas
and Vedas. Its also the second most important religious city on the Ganges.
After check in and a short break visit the bazar of Benaras which is an
experience of a life time even for the Indians living in other cities.
Varanasi is a city which can not be described it can only be experienced.
Around sunset take a visit to the ghats (Banks of river ganga) and a boat
ride in the Ganges to see the AARTI (culmination of the days prayers with
lamps) which are offered to the mother Ganga and left to float in the
river. It's a spectacle seen nowhere else in the world. It seems that
stars are floating in the river.
Day - 14 : Kashi
Early morning again visit the ghats before sunrise to see people praying
to the Sun god another experience of its kind. After breakfast visit Kashi
Vishwanath temple the most important temple of Lord Shiva in India Saranath
where lord Budha preached his first Sermon. It was here he revealed the
eight fold path of Nirvana.
Day - 15 : Delhi
Varanasi - Delhi In the morning take another river cruise on the Ganges.
In the evening, fly to Delhi to catch your international flight.