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Temples and Tigers in India

10 DAYS/ 9 NIGHTS

In this tour you will find the original Kipling country, of which he wrote so vividly in his Jungle Book. This trip is ideal for people who love the outdoors and seek to discover the true diversity and variety of India’s wildlife and natural beauty. It also includes a taste of 5000 year old history and culture by visiting ancient towns like Varanasi. Visit the beautiful World Heritage Site temples and architectural sites from the Chandela Dynasty in Khajuraho.


 

Day 01  

Flight to Delhi

 

Upon arrival in Delhi you will be received by our representative. Transfer to hotel. Delhi, the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. Delhi is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land and a window to the kaleidoscope – that is India.  Overnight at hotel.



 

Day 02  

Delhi

 

After breakfast proceeded for a day sightseeing tour of the city. The guided tour takes to the monuments that depict the different eras. The tour includes:

- Red Fort, the brilliant red sandstone fort is a national edifice.

- Humayun’s Tomb is one of Delhi’s UNESCO world heritage sites.

- Qutub Minar is also designated as a UNESCO world heritage site.
- Rajpath is the main parade route for India’s Republic Day celebrations.
- Rajghat, memorial of Mahatma Gandhi.
- India Gate, a monument built as a memorial for the Indian soldiers who died in First World War.
- Jama Masjid is situated opposite to Red Fort and is the largest mosque in India.
- Chandni Chowk is one of the oldest shopping destinations of Delhi.
- Janpath and Connaught Place are two of the most favourite shopping complexes of the city.


 

Day 03  

Delhi

(Flight)

Varanasi

 

After breakfast transfer to the airport. Flight to Varanasi.Meeting and assistance upon arrival. Transfer to the hotel and check in at hotel.Our representative will introduce the tour to you and hand over the documents to you.The land of Varanasi has been the ultimate pilgrimage spot for Hindus for ages. Often referred to as Benares, Varanasi is the oldest living city in the world. These few lines by Mark Twain say it all: “Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together”. Hindus believe that one who is graced to die on the land of Varanasi would attain salvation and freedom from the cycle of birth and re-birth. The city is a center of learning and civilization for over 3000 years. With Sarnath, the place where Buddha preached his first sermon after enlightenment, Varanasi has been a symbol of Hindu renaissance. Knowledge, philosophy, culture, devotion to Gods, Indian arts and crafts have all flourished here for centuries. Varanasi has also been a great center of learning for ages. Many exponents of dance and music have come from Varanasi. Ravi Shankar, the internationally renowned Sitar maestro is a son of the blessed city. Spend the evening shopping in the lanes of the old city and visiting the Ghats. Overnight at hotel.


 

Day 04  

Varanasi

 

In the morning drive to the Ghats and take a boat ride on the sacred river Ganges to see the cremation Ghats and witness the living traditions of one of the world oldest religions. Every morning at dawn hundreds of worshippers can be seen bathing in the sacred waters. We will be there before the sun rises! After a good breakfast we start to explore the inner city with many temples, home shrines and pilgrim shops. Life here hasn’t changed over the centuries. Afternoon we will visit Sarnath, where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma. Sarnath is located 13 kilometres north-east of Varanasi. Sarnath became a major centre of the Sammatiya school of Buddhism, one of the early Buddhist schools. Sarnath is one of four holy Buddhist sites sanctioned by the Buddha himself for pilgrimage. All of the ancient buildings and structures at Sarnath were damaged or destroyed by the Turks. However, amongst the ruins the Dharmekh Stupa is impressive at 128 feet high and 93 in diameter. This dates from around 200 BC and is the spot where the Buddha is said to have preached his first sermon.
Evening we visit the Ghats of Varanasi to witness the performance of Ganges Aarti. We enjoy a special evening cruise on the Ganges. See the Hindu devotes performing the Puja with lighted lamps. Be impressed by this incredible atmosphere. Overnight at hotel.


 

Day 05

Varanasi

(Flight)

Khajuraho

 

After Breakfast time at leisure for independent activities. Later transfer to the airport for flight to Khajuraho. Transfer to the Hotel and check in.Khajuraho is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Khajuraho has the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples, famous for their erotic sculpture. The Khajuraho group of monuments has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The 9th to 12th century temples of Khajuraho is the evidences of the architectural geniuses during the times of Chandela dynasty. Situated in Madhya Pradesh, Khajuraho oozes with passion, eroticism, dance and music and other finesses of creative arts depicted in sculpture and images of the temples. The 85 temples were built in North Indian ‘Nagara’ style of architecture, though only 20 of them have survived the rough weather conditions over long years of time. The two richer distinctive groups of temples are the Western and Eastern group of temples. At afternoon we will visit the temples. Relax and spend evening watching the amazing Sound & Light Show in the Western Temple Complex. Overnight at hotel.


 

Day 06

Khajuraho

 (260 km/ 5 h)

Bandhavgarh National Park

 

After breakfast drive to Bandhavgarh. Reach and check in hotel.

Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the popular national parks in India located in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh. Bandhavgarh was declared a national park in 1968 with an area of 105 km². The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is one of the highest known in India. The park has a large breeding population of Leopards, and various species of deer.
Bandhavgarh has the highest density of Bengal tigers known in the world, and is home to some famous named individual tigers. In any other Park, ou are lucky if you see a tiger. In Bandhavgarh, you are unlucky if you don’t see (at least) one. At the centre of the Park is the Bandhavgarh hill, rising 811 m above sea level – surrounding it are a large number of smaller hills separated by gently sloping valleys. After lunch we will start to an evening jungle safari. Overnight at hotel.


 

Day 07

Bandhavgarh National Park

 

After breakfast you will have two safaris during the day. Overnight at hotel.



 

Day 08

Bandhavgarh National Park
(260 km/ 5 h)
Kanha National Park

 

After morning safari you will have a good breakfast and than drive to Kanha. Reach and check in at hotel.
Situated in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, the picturesque Kanha National Park was the inspiration behind Rudyard Kipling’s unforgettable classic Jungle Book. The romance of the Kanha National Park has not reduced over time-it is still as beautiful. The Park was created on 1 June, 1955. Today it stretches over an area of 940 km².
The park has a significant population of Royal Bengal Tiger, leopards, the sloth bear, Barasingha and Indian wild dog.
Bamni Dadar: It is also known as the sunset point is quite popular among tourists. Most tourists visit Bamni Dadar to get the wonderful view of the setting sun and this is also one of the beautiful areas in the park, animals that can be sighted around this point are typical of the mixed forest zone: sambar, barking deer, gaur and the four-horned antelope etc.
Overnight at hotel.


 

Day 09

Kanha National Park

 

After breakfast you will have two safaris during the day. Lunch will be packed for the drive and you can enjoy the whole day inside the jungle.
Overnight at hotel.


 

Day 10

Kanha

(Flight)  

Delhi 

from Nagpur or Jabalpur


 

After a last morning safari you will enjoy the breakfast. At afternoon transfer to the airport for flight to Delhi or follow-up program.


 

The Tour included:

 
  • Accomodation with breakfast in 3*/4* hotels at all places
  • Sightseeing tours with all entrances fees as mentioned in the Itinerary
  • English speaking guides at the Monuments
  • Naturalist (English speaking) at National Parks
  • At National Parks Accommodation with all meals and entrances along with the jeep safari
  • AC Car/Bus with driver
  • Mineral Water & Wafers on long drive
  • Flight Delhi-Varanasi
  • Flight Varanasi-Khajuraho
  • Assistance on Arrival and Departure at all places
  • 24 Hour Phone contact with tour manager