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RR 25 -- Wildlife Tour - India        Safety Tips - Please Read      Wildlife Tour    Tour # 818
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Tour Offered By Renaissance Reizen
Contact Info Renaissance Reizen (India) Pvt. Ltd.
17/9 (1st Floor), Old Rajinder Nagar,
New Delhi 110 060 INDIA, +91-11-55461624, 25819688, 30916193,
Cities Covered Delhi/ Jabalpur/ Kanha/ Bandhavgarh/ Khajuraho/ Jhansi/ Agra/ Bharatpur/ Ranthambhore/ Jaipur
Number Of Days 16 days
Schedule/Departure Dates
Oct. - May
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Description and Day-wise Itinerary
Day 01 -- Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi.

Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel.

Check-in time is 12 Noon

Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 02 -- Delhi
Morning sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi.

Sprawling on the banks of the river Yamuna, Delhi, the capital of India, typifies the soul of the country. The city conceals within its bosom the remains of civilization that flourished over the last three thousand years. Since those legendary days, many dynasties and rulers have flourished on its regal soil. The legacy of that past survives in the many monuments left behind by the regents.

Old Delhi, constitutes of Red Fort built by Emperor Shahjehaan in 1638 AD, Jama Mosque largest mosque in India also built by Shahjehan, Raj Ghat and Shanti van-the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru and drives past Chandni Chowk, the main congested shopping hub of Old Delhi.

New Delhi visit includes Qutab Minar, one of the earliest remains of Imperial Delhi (13th century AD ) Humayun?s Tomb-the fine monument believed to be forerunner of Taj Mahal, India Gate, the 42 metre high arch was raised as a memorial to soldiers, drives past Parliament House, President?s House, Secretariat Building, Laxminarayan Temple and The Connaught Place.

Day 03 -- Delhi-Jabalpur train - 1430 hours
Transfer to railway station for train to Jabalpur.

Night on Train

Day 04 -- Arrive Jabalpur at 0550 hours
Assistance and transfer to KNAHA NATIONAL PARK

Afternoon jeep safari to view wildlife.

Located in the Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh, the Kanha National Park is a Tiger Reserve. Elevations range from 450 to 900 metres. A horse-shoe shaped valley bounded by the spurs of the Mekal ridge gives Kanha an interesting topography. The Surpan River meanders through Kanha?s central grasslands that cover the extensive plateaus.

The grasslands at Kanha interspersed with forests of sal, teeming with varieties of deer - the barasingha, chital (spotted deer), chousingha, nilgai, the majestic gaur (Indian bison) and wild pig, is ?tiger country?. The first ever scientific study of the tiger was undertaken by the eminent zoologist George Schaller. Another landmark at Kanha is the preservation of the ?hard ground? barasingha (cervus duvauceli branderi) - the only surviving population of this Central Indian sub-species. This was achieved by extending the grasslands, relocating villages and by increasing the habitat.

Day 05 -- Kanha
Morning and afternoon jungle safari.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 06 -- Kahna-Bandhavgarh drive
On arrival, check-in at the Jungle resort

Afternoon jeep safari.

Day 07 -- Bandhavgarh
Morning and afternoon jungle safari.

A wildlife retreat, where history and nature meet, Bandhavgarh is not too far away from Kanha. Set amidst the Vidhyan ranges, the Park has a series of ridges running through it. It is spread in a area of 437 About half the Park is covered with fine stands of sal, while mixed forests are found in the higher reaches of the hills. Stretches of bamboo and grasslands extend to the north.

An ancient fort up on a precipice 800 metres high, dominates the Park. Bandhavgarh?s history goes back 2000 years in time and the earliest signs of habitation can be seen in the caves excavated from the cliffs to the north of the fort. Brahmi inscriptions here, date back to the 1st century BC. Bandhavgarh was declared a Park in 1968. This is where the famous white tigers of Rewa were discovered.

Other inhabitants of the park are muntjac, jungle cat, ratel, hyena, porcupine, the rhesus macaque and the black-faced langur, nilgai, chausingha, chital, chinkara, wild boar, fox and jackal. About 150 species of birds are also found here and include the migratory birds that arrive in winter like the steppe eagle and various water-birds.

Overnight at the hotel

Day 08 -- Bandhavgarh-Khajuraho drive
On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Rest of the day free.

Day 09 -- Khajuraho-Jhansi-Agra
Morning sightseeing tour of Khajuraho.

Khajuraho, once the great capital of Chandela, now a quiet town, Khajuraho temples here were built during the Chandela period from 950 to 1050 AD. Almost intriguing as the sheet beauty and the size of the temples is the question of why and how they were built here as Khajuraho is isolated, 1000 years ago as it is even today. The temples are superb examples of Indo-Aryan architecture and depict images of gods and goddesses, warriors and musicians, real and mythological animals and in great detail - women and sex. In between are the mithuna, erotic figures running through a whole Kamasutra of positions and possibilities. Of the two groups of temples - Western and Eastern - important temples to visit are - Lakshmi and Varaha, Lakshmana, Kandariya Mahadev, Devi Jagdamba, Chitradurga, Parvati, Vishvanath Temple and Nandi, Chausath Yogini, Parsanavanth and Adinath.

Afternoon transfer to Jhansi railway station(4 hours) for train to Agra(1805-2035 hours) Arrive Agra and transfer to the hotel

Day 10 -- Agra
Morning city sightseeing tour.

Agra, the home of the immortal Taj Mahal, the inimitable poem in white marble is the first expression of love of an Emperor Shahjehan for his queen Mumtaz Mahal. This great monument was completed in 1653 AD. Agra Fort, the imposing structure on the banks of the river Yamuna is replete with priceless examples of craftsmanship in the Mughal period, including the beautiful pearl Mosque, it was designed and built by Emperor Akbar in 1565 AD. Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah built between 1622 AD by Empress Nur Jehan, in memory of her father, Ghias-id-Din Beg., it is considered a precursor of the Taj Mahal.

Afternoon at leisure.

Day 11 -- Agra-Bharatpur drive, 50 km
Morning drive to Bharatpur visiting enroute Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri, the birth story of this beautiful city is interesting. There, in a grotto in Sikri, lived a Muslim Saint, Sheikh Salim Chishti by name. Akbar hearing of his renown, asked of the blessings of a son, and when a son was born, not only was the child named Salim, the site for a mighty and ambitious project - a city - was chosen near the residence of the saint erected in k1569. The shortage of water lead to the desertion of this city. Visit the mosque of Salim Chishti, Panch Mahal and other Palaces.

On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Afternoon cycle rickshaw ride in Bharatpur for bird watching.

One can spectate colourful kingfishers, graceful pelicans, rare Siberian cranes and trans-continental fliers-the migratory water-fowl are amongst the 375 species of birds found in the Keoladeo National Park. The most spectacular nesting is that of the egrets, storks, herons and cormorants which make over 10,000 nests every year. This makes the sanctuary one of the outstanding bird havens of the world.

Visiting the sanctuary by cycle rickshaws is the best mode of transportation.

Day 12 -- Bharatpur-Ranthambhore drive, 268 km
Drive to Ranthambhore and on arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Rest of the day free.

Day 13 -- Ranthambhore

Morning and afternoon jeep safari for wildlife sighting.

Day 14 -- Ranthambhore-Jaipur drive, 185 km/4 hours
On arrival, transfer to the hotel.

Surrounded by the Vindhyas and the Aravalis, amidst vast, arid and denuded tracts of the desert ecology of Rajasthan, lies the oasis of biomass, the Ranthambhor National Park, spread over an area of 392 sq.kms. of dense forest with nullahs and waterfalls.

The herbivorous population includes chital, sambar, blue bull and chinkara. Sambar deer is the pride of the park. There is no other park in Asia, where these largest of all Asiatic deer can be seen so frequently during day-time. Wild boars and langurs are a common sight. Among the reptiles, crocodiles can be seen basking in the sun near the lakes.

The tiger is the biggest attraction of this park. According to naturalists, Ranthambhore is one of the best parks in the country for observing and photographing the activities of the tiger. Other carnivores in the park include leopard, hyena, jackal, fox, caracal, jungle cat, sloth bear and ratel.

The park nests more than 300 varieties of birds. Common birds seen in the reserve are peafowls, parakeets, doves, partridges, storks, egrets, flycatchers, eagles and owls. During winter months, migratory birds such as grelag goose, ruddy shelduck and pintails are also seen. Some rare birds like the black eagle and the crested hawk eagle have also been sighted in the park recently.

Rest of the day free.

Day 15 -- Japur
Morning visit Amer fort.

Amer Fort, set in a picturesque location. Amer is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Built in the 16th century by Raja Mansingh in red sandstone and white marble, the palace complex has some very interesting apartments. Jai Mandir, Sheesh Mahal, Sukh Niwas, Ganesh Pol and Temple of Kali are some of the prominent areas of interest.

Afternoon city tour. Jaipur, this city was built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the notable astronomer 260 years ago. Visit the Maharaja?s City Palace, the home of the erstwhile royal family, the Observatory, Ram Niwas Gardens, Hawa Mahal or the Palace of winds built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh and drive past the old part of Jaipur city

Day 16 -- Jaipur-Delhi drive, 260 km/4 hours
Drive to Delhi and on arrival, transfer to international airport for onward flight.

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