Tigers and Indian Heritage Tour
15 Nights / 16 Days
Outline Itinerary - Ranthambore Safari with Golden Triangle Tour
What you will experience on this tour
Experience the best of Indian wildlife that includes the Royal Bengal Tigers, Asiatic Lions, Black Leopard, Indian Leopards, Snow Leopards, Red Panda, Asian Elephants, and a plethora of reptile and bird species, with experienced naturalists while you stay at the best-selected premium wildlife lodges and hotels.
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Tour Overview - Tigers and Indian Heritage Tour
Lose yourself in the land of the many dynasties, where the tour encompasses some of the most captivating cultural, historical and wilderness riddled expeditions through India’s very top destinations. Immerse in a kaleidoscope of landscapes, palaces, forts, monuments, bazaars and teeming wilderness within national parks. Resplendent and vibrant, the diverse scenery transitions from hilly scrub jungles to a dense outback of Ranthambore to the Bamboo and Sal dominated forests of Bandhavgarh and Kanha. The tour coupled with some of India’s best architectural feats such as the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, you’re certainly in for a journey of a lifetime.
Tour Highlights - Tigers and Indian Heritage Tour
Detailed Itinerary - Tigers and Indian Heritage Tour
Day 1: Arrival in New Delhi
On arrival at the New Delhi airport, you will be received by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel and assist you with the check in. Once all documents for you upcoming Ranthambore safari with Golden Triangle Tour are handed over, overnight stay is at the hotel.
Day 2: In New Delhi
Start your journey in this Ranthambore safari with Golden Triangle Tour with your first destination – New Delhi. Post breakfast, proceed for your full day city tour of Old Delhi and New Delhi.
In the old city, visit Red Fort built by Emperor Shah Jahan; Jama Masjid, which is one of the largest mosques in India; Raj Ghat- the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi and enjoy a walking tour through the bustling streets of Chandni Chowk.
In the afternoon visit Qutab Minar, the tallest stone tower in India; India Gate – A War Memorial Arch. Also drive past the President’s house, Parliament house, Government secretariat buildings and Connaught place – a busy shopping center at the heart of New Delhi. Overnight stay at the hotel in New Delhi.
Day 3: Delhi - Sawai Madhopur - Ranthambore
After Breakfast, board a train to Sawai Madhopur. Delhi – Sawai Madhopur – Golden Temple Mail – (second air-conditioned sleeper class). Meet our local representative upon arrival in Sawai Madhopur and depart for your hotel in Ranthambore (12 kilometres, approximately 30 minutes of driving distance) check in at the lodge. Post Lunch, head out for an afternoon game drive.
Day 4 - 5: In Ranthambore
Ranthambore National Park, is nestled at the junction of the Aravallis and the Vindhyas. It exhibits a unique juxtaposition of natural and historical richness, standing out conspicuously in a vast arid and denuded tract of eastern Rajasthan, barely 14 km away from the town of Sawai Madhopur.
It is spread over a highly undulating topography, varying from gentle to steep slopes, from flat-topped hills (Indala, Doodh-Bhat and Chiroli) of the Vindhyas to the conical hillocks and sharp ridges of the Aravallis, from wide and flat valleys (Lahpur, Nalghati, Khachida, Anantpur etc.) to narrow rocky gorges. An important geological feature, the “Great Boundary fault” where the Vindhyas were brought against the ancient Aravallis, passes from here
Day 6: Ranthambore - Jaipur
Enjoy a game drive early in the morning. Return to your lodge for breakfast. Check out from the lodge and travel by car to Jaipur (180 kilometres, approximately 3 ½ hours of driving distance). Check in at the lodge. The rest of the evening is at leisure.
Day 7: In Jaipur
In the morning enjoy an excursion to the periphery of the city to visit Amber Fort. Enjoy sightseeing of the city in the afternoon. (It includes Sawai Man Singh Museum, Jantar Mantar – Observatory, Hawa Mahal and the colourful bazaar of the Pink city).
Day 8: Jaipur - Agra
Travel by car to Agra (237 kilometres, approximately 5-6 hours of driving distance) visiting the age old abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri enroute.
The royal city at Fatehpur Sikri, situated 26 miles west of Agra, was built at the orders of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. While Akbar himself was illiterate, he took a keen interest in literature, architecture, and the arts. He is also reputed to be a very tolerant ruler, and the buildings at Fatehpur Sikri blended both Islamic and Hindu elements in their architectural style. One of the buildings even reflects the new syncretistic faith founded by Akbar, Din-e-ilahi, which though very short-lived remains a matter of controversy.
On arrival, check in at the hotel in Agra. Overnight stay at te hotel in Agra.
Day 9: Agra - Umaria
Visit the famous marbled mausoleum, the Taj Mahal. Later visit the redsandstone fort known as Agra Fort and the tomb of Itamud-ud-daula. [Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays]. Afternoon, depart for the Agra rail terminal in time to board an overnight train to Umaria Agra – Umaria – Kalinga Utkal Express (second air-conditioned sleeper class). Board the train at 1550hrs, overnight in air-conditioned sleeper class train, arrive in Umaria at 0616hrs.
Day 10: Umaria - Bandhavgarh National Park
Arrive Umaria at 0616 hours.
You will be received by our local representative upon arrival and transferred to Bandhavgarh (32 kilometres, approximately 1 hour of driving distance). Check in at the lodge. Psot Lunch, enjoy a game drive in the National Park. The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is high. The possibility of spotting Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Leopard and Tigers here is extremely good. The park is also densely populated with animals like the Chital (Spotted Deer), Sambar, Barking Deer, Nilgai (Blue Bull), Chowsingha (Four Horned Antelope) and is rich in avian diversity. The terrain is rocky, rising sharply from the swampy and densely forested valley. The finest of these hills is Bandhavgarh which is bounded by great cliffs and eroded rocks.
The Bandhavgarh Fort is believed to be 2000 years old, stands at the highest point on top of a hill. Scattered throughout the park, particularly around the fort, are numerous caves containing shrines with ancient Sanskrit inscriptions. The ramparts of the fort provide a home for vultures, blue rock thrushes and crag martins.
Day 11 - 12: In Bandhavgarh National Park
The safaris in Bandhavgarh are exciting and adventurous. Head out for a Morning and Afternoon Jeep drive to the national park. Meals the lodge. Overnight stay at the lodge.
Day 13: Bandhavgarh National Park - Kanha National Park
Post your morning game drive in the National Park, return to your lodge for breakfast. Later travel by car to Kanha National Park (325 kilometres, approximately 6 hours of driving time). Kanha is one of India’s largest national park and one of Asia’s finest park. India’s one of the most successful conservation efforts of saving the Barasingha (Swamp Deer) was done here. Kanha National Park covers an area of 1945 sq kms including a core zone of 940 sq kms.
The setting of Kipling’s ‘Jungle Book’, it is a beautiful area of forest and lightly wooded grassland, dense Sal forest with many streams and rivers. It is the home of a variety of animals including the Tiger, Sloth Bear, Wild Dogs, species of deer, Wild Pig, Gaur, Langur and other animals besides over 300 species of birds. It is also part of ‘Project Tiger,’ one of India’s most important and successful conservation efforts.
Overnight stay at the lodge in Kanha.
Day 14 - 15: Kanha National Park
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge. Game drives are organized by lodge both during mornings and late afternoons by open jeeps and will be accompanied by a trained naturalist.
Kanha is original Kipling country of which Rudyard wrote of so vividly in the infamous Jungle Book. As you depart for your morning safari, enjoy packed breakfast from the Lodge, served at a designated spot on the bonnet of the Safari vehicle. Enjoy your breakfast in the midst of wilderness of Kanha.
Day 16: Kanha National Park - Raipur - Delhi
Morning after breakfast travel by car to Nagpur (250 kilometers, approximately 6 hours driving distance) to board your flight to New Delhi. This marks your end towards Tigers and Indian Heritage Tour. Meet our representative upon arrival and transferred to your hotel or airport for your flight back home.
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