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Temples & Tigers: India by North

Temples & Tigers: India by North

Tour Highlights

● History Architecture and Sculpture ● Medieval Forts- Temples –Mosques ● Tiger Reserve ● Multi- layered rural and urban landscapes ● Ancient step well ● Handicraft Workshop ● Elephant Ride ● Country boat cruise ● Daily market trails ● Bird Watching

  • Delhi – Ruling centre of different from the legendary era of Mahabharata to Turk-Afghan – Mughal rulers /grand architecture of different religion and belief /cosmopolitan vibe / paradise for food lovers
  • Jaipur – The abode of Rajasthani culture / puppets – leather sandals- block printing workshops and outlets / elephant ride to Amer Fort / Camel Ride and Rickshaw Tour
  • Ranthambhore– Protected Tiger Reserve with a very satisfactory report of animal siting / one of the oldest citadel in Rajasthan / Art and culture of local indigenous community
  • Agra – The home of ‘Taj Mahal’- one of the seven Wonder of the World/ Fatehpur Sikri – the palace town with imposing architecture of Hindu – Muslim cultural fusion
  • Gwalior– Fort and museum of a Hindu kingdom
  • Orchha – Age old town on Betawa River / ‘ Chhatris’ – the unique memorial towers of royal nobility/ river cruise and rafting / non – touristy experience of Indian cooking art at a local house
  • Panna National Park – A riverside forest of tropical deciduous trees / excellent birding opportunity / visit to Raneh Falls to see the unique land formation in a river gorge / riding a country boat along the tranquil Ken river
  • Khajuraho– UNESCO World Heritage Site of 10 th century ‘ Nagara’ style temples under Chandela dynasty/ internationally acclaimed temple sculpture focusing on erotic theme and everyday culture of 7 th century India / visit to crocodile sanctuary

Days: 13 nights/14 days

States covered:

Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh

Skeletal Itinerary

Day 1: Fly In > Delhi
Day 2: Delhi
Day 3: Delhi –Jaipur (288 km, 5.5 hrs)
Day 4: Jaipur
Day 5: Jaipur – Ranthambhore National Park (170 km / 3.5 hrs)
Day 6: Ranthambhore National Park
Day 7: Ranthambhore – Agra (270 km, 6 hrs)
Day 8: Agra
Day 9: Agra – Gwalior – Jhansi – Orchha (250 km / 6 hrs)
Day 10: Orchha
Day 11: Orchha – Panna National Park (198 km, 4.5 hrs)
Day 12: Panna National Park – Khajuraho (40 kms, 1 hr)
Day 13: Khajuraho
Day 14: Khajuraho – Fly out

Comprehensive Itinerary

Day 1: Fly in > Delhi

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Welcome to the capital city of India. As you arrive at the airport, get transferred to the hotel and check in. In the afternoon, do an orientation tour to India Gate, Parliament House and President Palace. If, there is enough time pay a visit to one of the many beautiful museums in Delhi - National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum / The Govt. National Museum is suggested.

 

Day 2: Delhi

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Today, it’s time to get acquainted with heritage of Indian history through a full day sightseeing in and around the city. Qutub Minar is one of the first Islamic monument which was converted from a Hindu temple could be a good start. Next comes other medieval monuments nearby in your list. Also visit UNESCO World Heritage like Red Fort and Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. Also take a guided tour walk along the busy lanes of Chandi Chawk which is a street market since Mughal era selling handicrafts and authentic delicacies.

 

Day 3: Delhi - Jaipur (288 kms/ 5.5 hrs)

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In the morning a drive for 5 hrs will bring you to a part of Indian desert, Jaipur also known as ‘The pink city’. It’s a Rajasthani town with pink coloured old mansions, gorgeous and royal citadels and a popular touristy market. We also suggest you to explore the market in the evening, but cross-check before buying a product.

 

Day 4: Jaipur

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Early morning drive to the hill fort of Amer, where you can also get an option for and elephant ride. Later on visit the other forts and havelis, Jantar Mantar which is medieval period open air astrolabe. People who are interested in sufi culture could visit Dargah of Khawaja Mainuddin Chisti Ajmer (2 hrs).

 

Day 5: Jaipur – Ranthambhore National Park (170 kms/ 3.5 hrs)

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Today post breakfast, you will be transferred to Ranthambore National Park. After checking in proceed for a jeep safari in the afternoon. It is a good chance to meet tigers, leopards, jackals, bears, and carnivorous animals.

 

Day 6: Ranthambhore

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After breakfast, proceed for another jeep safari to a different zone of the forest. You will experience the the ruined Ranthambore engulfed by a dense forest which is one of the oldest in Rajasthan. You could indulge at a pool side in the afternoon or enjoy a walk around the forested villages and experience the daily life of indigenous people and their craftsmanship.

 

Day 7: Ranthambhore -Agra (270 kms/ 6 hrs)

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Time to get leave Ranthambore and proceed for Agra. Enroute a visit to Abhneri by a detour of 2 hours and visit Chand Baoli which is an spectacular open roof step-well where the kings and queens used to take bath. In Agra pay a visit to Taj Mahal at the sunset hour when the glorious colours herself in pink at a backdrop of Jamuna River, which can be an excellent photo opportunity.

 

Day 8: Agra

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You could also pay an optional visit to Taj Mahal at the time of sunrise. After that, visit Fatehpur Sikhri, the beautiful palace of Mughal emperor Akbar the great.By evening drive down to Agra and enroute a visit to Sikandra which is the mausoleum of Akbar and also the tomb of Itamatuddaullah who was the father in law of Akbar’s son and an marvellous example of ornamentation on white sandstone.

 

Day 9: Agra – Gwalior – Jhansi – Orchha (250 kms / 6 hrs)

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Now it’s time to leave Agra and drive to Orcha. Enroute your journey for a short stopover in Gwalior which is a late medieval princely state with a stunning Fort. You could also make an optional stopover at Jhansi as it is the hometown of the rebel queen Laxmibai who inspired and led a nation to fight against the British rulers in 1857. After this you will reach Orchha which is a non-touristy laid back town on the river dotted with ruined mansions and heritage of ‘Chhatris’.

 

Day 10: Orchha

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The place where you will put up is an old haveli which is now turned into a homestay and overlooks the river. In the morning pay a visit to the palace of the Chhatris and later on enjoy and river cruise or river rafting but it is subjet to seasonality. In the evening indulge yourself in an informal demonstration of cooking in a traditional Indian Kitchen hosted by a couple.

 

Day 11: Orchha – Panna National Park (198 kms/ 4.5 hrs)

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You will be transferred to Panna which is one of the four major national parks in Madhya Pradesh. In the afternoon attend a guided birding touror a jeep safari inside the park where you have a chance to encounter with a Royal Bengal Tiger. After the tiring day you call spend some lone time at the riverside lawn in you eco-friendly resort located on the riverbank and footsteps away from the entry point to the core forest.

 

Day 12: Panna National Park – Khajuraho (40 kms/ 1 hr)

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Drive down to Khajuraho. Do not miss the visit to Raneh Falls in a uniquely landscaped river gorge, and Ken Gharial Sactuary by a short detour Late afternoon at leisure in Khajuraho.

 

Day 13: Khajuraho

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Explore the cluster of Hindu and Jain temples divided into three groups - the Eastern, the Southern the Western group - with a local guide trained by Archaeological Survey of India Enjoy the Light-&-Sound show in the evening to have an everlasting memory of the rich cultural heritage India has to offer as the Grand Finale of the trip

 

Day 14: Khajuraho – Fly out

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Transfer to airport for onward journey to Delhi/ Varanasi

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