Jungle Safari Tour
11 Nights / 12 Days
Delhi - Sariska - Jaipur - Ranthambhore - Bharatpur -
Agra - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Delhi
Day 1: Delhi
On arrival meeting and transfer to hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Old
and New Delhi visiting the Red Fort, Qutub Minar Jantar Mantar etc. Delhi is
just not a city but it is a book-- a book which narrates the history of India.
The city was built and destroyed seven times and has been witness to the various
events which has brought India through the history books. Seven times this city
went through the pain of being built and rebuilt. Today as the capital of India
Delhi is the seat of administration and the monuments which tell the saga of
a bygone era stand there. These icons are testimony to the grandeur of past
and also an attraction for the tourists. With an area of 1483 sq. Kms, Delhi
is all set to acquire full statehood. The charm of Delhi has attracted Emperors,
Conquerors and poor in equally. It is correctly said that Delhi is a land of
'Dilwalas' or for people with heart. This phrase acquires a true colour when
one goes around the lanes of Delhi.
Day 2: Delhi - Sariska
Today morning drive to Sariska another wild life park. On arrival transfer to
Lodge. In the afternoon visit the Park. Night at Lodge. Sariska National Park
lies in the Aravalli hills and is the former hunting preserve of the Maharaja
of Alwar. Sariska itself is a wide valley with two large plateaus and is dotted
with places of historical and religious interest, including the ruins of the
Kankwari Fort, the 10th century Neelkanth temples, the Budha Hanumab Temple
near Pandupol, the Bharthari Temple near the park office, and the hot and cold
springs of Taalvriksh. The large Siliserh Lake is at the north-eastern corner.
The forests are dry deciduous, with trees of Dhak, Acacia, Ber and Salar. The
Tigers of Sariska are largely nocturnal and are not as easily seen as those
of Ranthambhor. The park also has good populations of Nilgai, Sambar and Chital.
In the evenings, Indian Porcupine, Striped Hyaena, Indian Palm Civet and even
Leopard are sometimes seen. The forests are lush during and immediately following
the monsoon, but during the dry months of February May there is a shortage of
water and in consequence mammals are attracted to water holes. At this time
of year visibility is good because of the sparse foliage. Sariska is excellent
for birdwatching and has an unusually large population of Indian Peafowl.
Day 3: Sariska - Jaipur
Morning Jungle drive. Later drive to Jaipur enroute visiting the Amber Fort.Afternoon
city tour of Jaipur to see City Palace, Jantar Mantar and observatory. Jaipur,
the vibrant capital of Rajasthan, is popularly known as the ' Pink City ' because
of the pink-coloured buildings in its old city. It sits on a dry lake bed in
a somewhat arid landscape, surrounded by barren hills surmounted by forts and
crenellated walls. This buzzing metropolis is certainly a place of wild contrasts
and a feast for the eyes. All through, Jaipur has retained its strong Rajputana
flavour tempered by several influences - the mughal being the most prominent.
The region's strong cultural heritage is distinctly evident even today. The
city is a visitor's delight. From the intricate, delicate looking Hawa Mahal
to the graphic forms of the Jantar Mantar - an open air observatory of outsized
astronomical instruments, the Badi Chaupar lined with shops and business establishments
on both sides to the majestic fort-palace at Amber; from the colorful fountains
of life to the sublime Birla Temple; from the architectural delight of the City
Palace to the serene Jal Mahal.
Day 4: Jaipur - Ranthambhore
Drive Morning one more drive deep into the park then drive to Ranthambhore
National Park, which is rich in wildlife including tiger, nilgai, jungle cat,
mugger and python. Night at jungle Lodge.
Day 5: Ranthambhore
Morning and afternoon safaris in Ranthambhore. Overnight at Hotel. Ranthambore
National Park is in Sawai Madhopur District of Rajasthan state.Located at the
junction of the Aravalli and Vindhya hill range, this is one of the finest places
to view animals, especially as they are used to being stared at here.The park
covers an area of Approximately 400 sq Km and if combined it with the area of
sawai man singh sanctuary area,it is around 500 Sq km. Ranthambore national
park was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1957 and in 1974 it gained the protection
of "Project Tiger". It got it's status of a National Park in 1981
Day 6: Ranthambhore
Morning and evening Jungle excursion and Overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Ranthambhore - Bharatpur
Drive from Ranthambhore to Bharatpur, one of the finest bird sanctuaries in
the world. The marshes here are home to over 360 species of birds including
the Siberian cranes that come to spend the winter here. Overnight at Hotel.
One of the finest bird parks in the world, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (Keoladeo
Ghana National Park) is a reserve that offers protection to faunal species as
well. Nesting indigenous water- birds as well as migratory water birds and waterside
birds, this sanctuary is also inhabited by Sambar, Chital, Nilgai and Boar The
major attractions of tourists visiting the park are the numerous migratory birds,
who come from as far away as Siberia and Central Asia and spend their winters
in Bharatpur, before returning to their breeding grounds. Migratory birds at
Bharatpur bird sanctuary include, several species of Cranes, Pelicans, Geese,
Ducks, Eagles, Hawks, Shanks, Stints, Wagtails, Warblers, Wheatears, Flycatchers,
Buntings, Larks and Pipits, etc
Day 8: Bharatpur
Take a boat ride to the nesting colonies of birds. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9: Bharatpur - Agra
After break fast, in morning bird viewing. Later drive on to Agra to see the
Taj-Mahal. Afternoon city tour.
One of the Seven Wonders of the World, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the
memory of his beloved consort Mumtaz Mahal. This beautiful mausoleum took
22 years to complete with a work force of 20,000 craftsmen and master builders,
who came from all over Asia to join in this great work from Baghdad, Shiraz,
Delhi, Samarkand and Turkey. The marble, India s finest; was quarried at Makrana
near Jodhpur. Precious and semi precious stones were imported from distant
lands : Jasper from Punjab, Jade & Crystal from China, Turquoise from
Tibet, Lapis from Afghanistan and Ceylon, Chrysolite from Egypt, Amethyst
from Persia, Agate from Yemen, Malachite from Russia, Diamonds from Golconda
and Mother of Pearl from the Indian Ocean. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10: Agra - Khajuraho
Morning fly to Khajuraho. On arrival visit the Western Group of Temples. Overnight
at Khajuraho. Khajuraho, once the great Chandela capital, is today a village
of about a few thousand people in the interiors of central India, in Chhatarpur
district of Madhya Pradesh. Tradition records the existence of eighty five temples,
of which only twenty five, strewn amidst lakes and fields, have survived. The
temples at Khajuraho, brilliant examples of medieval Indian architecture, were
built under later Chandela kings between AD 950 and AD 1050. Each ancient structure
in India has a fascinating story to tell. But few match the temples of Khajuraho.
Day 11: Khajuraho - Varanasi
Take flight to Varanasi. Relax in the evening. Overnight at Varanasi. The land
of Varanasi (Kashi) 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. Abode of Lord Shiva and Parvati, the origins of Varanasi are yet
unknown. Ganges in Varanasi is believed to have the power to wash away the sins
Day 12: Varanasi - Delhi
Morning boatride at Ganges for sunrise. Proceed for sightseeing of the city.
Take flight to Delhi. Later transfer to the International Airport for flight
to onward destination after FAREWELL DINNER.