Day 1 : Abroad - Delhi
Arrive Delhi. Upon arrival, the guest will be met by our representative and transferred to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2 : Delhi
This morning you will be taken to visit Old Delhi - Former centre of Moghul Power, Old Delhi offers ancient monuments, narrow streets and bustling bazaars. Drive past the Red Fort, built in 1648 and board the ‘rickshaw ride’ for a unique experience from the Red Fort, through “Chandni Chowk” or Silver Street, experiencing the sights and sounds of this very busy avenue heading west from the Fort. Later visit the Jama Masjid, the greatest mosque in India and completed in 1658 by Shah Jahan who also built the Taj Mahal, and the Raj Ghat, the simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. Afternoon you will be taken to visit New Delhi - drive past the stately government buildings of the British Era designed by Lutyens, including the India Gate & the Presidential Palace. Continue onto the beautiful Humayuns tomb of the Mughal era & predecessor of the world famous Taj Mahal. End the tour at the towering minaret of Qutab Minar. Overnight at hotel
Day 3 : Delhi – Jaipur
Morning drive to Jaipur (265 kms). Upon arrival check in at hotel.Afternoon city tour of Jaipur - the "Pink City" is spectacularly set within surrounding rugged hills, dotted with ancient ruined fortresses. Your tour will include the imposing City Palace, still home to the Maharaja although several of the rooms are now open to the public. Many antiques and artefacts belonging to the ruling family are housed here, including a collection of weaponry. You will also visit the Hawa Mahal "Palace of the Winds", and the open-air Jantar Mantar Observatory to see the vast astronomical instruments. Enjoy a stroll through the colourful bazaar before returning to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4 : Jaipur
After breakfast, tour of the impressive Amber Fort, situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur City. At the foot of the hill you will mount your caparisoned elephant for the slow but steady climb up to the main gate, making your entrance in the time honoured fashion. The Fort, completed in the early 18th century, took over 100 years to build and now, although deserted, offers a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the Moghul ruling families. Afternoon free for own activities. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5 : Jaipur – Ranthambore
Morning drive to Ranthambore (140 kms). Upon arrival, check in at hotel. Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary - Rajasthan's most renowned wildlife sanctuary, it is 400 sq kms of dry deciduous forest, perfect natural habitat for tigers, and is set in the Aravalli and Vindhya hills, dotted with pavillions and dominated by a hilltop fort. Ranthambore was one of the hunting preserves of the former rulers of Jaipur and because of this the Maharajas ensured the environment was preserved and the forest and their inhabitants well protected. It has a good population of tiger and their prey species, and has been declared a "Project Tiger" reserve. Wildlife includes blue bull, black buck, spotted deer or cheetal, wild boar, a large variety of bird species and, if very lucky, the rarely seen leopard.Afternoon game viewing in the sanctuary by jeep. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6 : Ranthambore
Early morning and late afternoon, game viewing in the sanctuary by jeep. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7 : Ranthambore – Bharatpur – Agra
Early morning transfer to railway Station for train to Bharatpur.Leave: Ranthambore at: 0714 hrs by: Shatabadi Express Arrive: Bharatpur at: 0920 hrs Upon arrival in Bharatpur, proceed by cycle rickshaws to the famous Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary which is a wonder of the natural world and no less worth seeing than the marble mausoleum of the Taj. Here over 350 species of birds find refuge in the 29 sq kms of shallow lakes & woodlands of the park. A third of them are migrants many of whom winter in Bharatpur before returning to their breeding grounds as far away as Siberia and Central Asia. Later drive to Agra (56 kms) enroute visit Fatehpur SikriFatehpur Sikri - drive to the impressive sandstone fortress of Fatehpur Sikri. The fort was built in the 16th century and only occupied for a few years before being abandoned, leaving the buildings in virtually perfect conditions.Continue drive to Agra and upon arrival, check-in at hotel. Overnight at hotel
Day 8 : Agra – Katni – Bandhavgarh
Morning visit the Red Fort built by three generations of Mughal Emperors starting from Akbar the Great in 1565 AD, which is a masterpiece of design and construction. It housed both the residential Palaces of the Royal family, and the military quarters Later visit the Taj Mahal - This most famous Moghul monument was constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal "the lady of the Taj". It has been described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love, for the emperor was heartbroken when Mumtaz died after 17 years of marriage, during the birth of her 14th child. The central structure has four small domes surrounding the huge, central dome. (Taj Mahal is closed for tourist on Friday). Later transfer to the railway station for overnight train to Katni. Leave: Agra at 1925 hrs by Maha Koushal ExpressOvernight in the train.
Day 9 : Arrive Katni – Bandavgarh Arrive: Katni at 0825 hrs
Upon arrival met and transferred to Bandhavgarh. Bandhavgarh National Park is situated in the Vindhya range of hills which offers a good variety of cover from Bamboo forest to open grassland and a wide range of animals including sambar, barking deer, chinkara, chowsingha, gaur (the largest of the world's wild oxen), wild boar and leopard. Bandhavgarh also holds a good population of tiger and is particularly noted for daylight sightings.Morning at leisure.Afternoon game viewing excursions by Jeeps. Overnight at hotel
Day 10 : Bandhavgarh
Early morning and afternoon game viewing excursions by jeep. Overnight at hotel
Day 11 : Bandhavgarh – Khajuraho ( Distance of 260 kms )
Morning drive to Khajuraho (180 kms).Upon arrival check-in to hotel.Afternoon visit the Eastern group of temples which consists of 3 Hindu and 3 Jain temples, their proximity attests to the religious tolerance of the times in general and of the Chandela rulers in particular. Overnight at hotel
Day 12 : Khajuraho – Delhi
Morning visit the most important and fascinating western group of temples. The temples of Khajuraho have been declared a 'world heritage' site by UNESCO in order to preserve the rich legacy of architecture, bequeathed to future generations by the Kings of the Chandela dynasty. These temples are famous for their intricate sculptures and erotic carvings that are one of the outstanding achievements of Indian art. Later transfer to the airport for flight to Delhi Leave: Khajuraho at: 1330 hrs by: 9W – 334 Arrive: Delhi at: 1600 hrs Upon arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred to the hotel where wash and rooms are booked. After dinner at the hotel transfer to the airport for onward flight.