Then we will pass over the commercial area of Chandni Chowk’s - The main street of Old Delhi is the colourful shopping bazaar. Chandni Chowk's speciality is the variety of its markets and their Indian-ness. Then have a photostop at Red Fort (From outside) – One of the most spectacular pieces of Mughal Architecture is the Lal Quila or the Red Fort. Built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan between 1638 and 1648, the Red Fort has walls extending up to 2 kms. in length with the height varying from 18 mts. on the river side to 33 mts. on the city side. The old walled city from Mughal India, the chief attraction is the huge fort that contains within it palaces and impressive public buildings. The highlight of this tour would be a ride on cycle rickshaw. This is a remarkable way to explore and picture the hustle and bustle as well as the colour of the narrow winding streets bursting with people and pavement shops selling wares of all description - including a laughing set of dentures. Take a small tour of Khari Baoli, it is among the markets of spices largest in Asia.
Leave to see Raj Ghat – On the banks of the Yamuna River, a simple square platform of black marble marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated following his assassination in 1948.
Proceed to Jaipur. Checkin at hotel
JAIPUR – The city blushing pink is the picturesque capital of Rajasthan, more famous as the ‘Pink City’. Jaipur is colour washed pink-the color associated with hospitality in Rajput culture. Founded in 1727 A.D. by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, Jaipur is the first planned city designed in accordance with ‘Shilpa Shastra’ – the epochal treatise of Hindu architecture. Jaipur thrills the soul with its massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and lush gardens. The ancient heart of the Pink City still beats in its fairy-tale palaces, rugged fortresses perched on barren hills and broad avenues that dot the entire city. The only planned city of its time, Jaipur is encircled by a formidable wall.
Visit CITY PALACE - In the heart of the old city is former royal residence built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles. The carved arches are supported by grey-white marble columns ornate with floral motifs in gold and coloured stones. Two carved elephants in marble guard the entrance. The palace houses a museum with a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armory of Mughals and Rajputs including swords of different shapes and sizes with chased handles, some of them inlaid with enamel and embellished with jewels and encased in magnificent scabbards.
JANTAR MANTAR - This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. Its observatory instruments, whose setting and shapes are scientifically designed, represent the high points of medieval Indian astronomy. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 3 Jaipur/Ranthambore
After Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for excursion to Amber Fort in the outskirts of Jaipur.
AMBER FORT PALACE - Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression.
We will ride up to this hilltop palace on a caparisoned, painted elephant, passing through the ancient main gate where Maharajas of Jaipur have entered four hundred years back. Our guide will elaborate on the history of this architectural masterpiece with its mirror-studded alcoves, dazzling mosaics and water-cooled swings that delight today’s visitors as they did their former royal residents.
Proceed for sightseeing of the city.
HAWA MAHAL (only a photo stop) - The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. This five storey building along the main street of the old city is in pink splendor with semioctagonal and delicately honey combed sandstone windows. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh. The monument was originally conceived with the aim of enabling ladies of the royal household to watch the everyday life and royal processions of the city.
Drive to Ranthambore. Upon arrival Checkin at hotel and leave for your first safari in the afternoon.
Then continue towards in National park of Ranthambore. This park of a strange beauty and it is spread out over more than 1300 kms and is the old territory of hunting of the maharajas.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 4 Ranthambore
After a breakfast, departure for safari in the jeep for reserve in morning. You will have surely the occasion to cross one of the 40 tigers present in the park. Excursion in Strong Ranthambore and the temple of Ganesh. At the end of afternoon, their will be one more safari in the jeep. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5 Ranthambore / Bharatpur / Agra (LONG DAY)
After breakfast at hotel. Later Leave for Bharatpur. Upon arrival check into hotel
On arrival, checkin at hotel. Proceed to visit the world famous "Keoladeo National Park". It is one of the finest bird sanctuary of the world with over 400 species of water world including Siberian Cranes from Arctic which are rare. Later Leave for Agra. Upon arrival check into hotel
Agra is a medieval city situated on the banks of the river Yamuna. It is generally accepted that Sultan Sikandar Lodi, the Ruler of Delhi Sultanate founded it in the year 1504. The golden age of the city began with the Mughals. Agra is famous as being Taj Mahal, perhaps the most photographed monument in the world. The architectural splendour of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces is vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal empire, of which Agra was the capital in the 16th and early 17th centuries.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 6 Agra / Orchha (TAJ MAHAL IS CLOSED ON FRIDAY)
Breakfast at hotel. Leave for Sightseeing tour of Agra
Visit TAJ MAHAL [Built by Shah Jahan for his queen Mumtaz Mahal], Taj Mahal is regarded as the most extravagant monument ever built for love, as the Emperor had the heart broken as Mumtaz Mahal with whom he was married for 17 years, died in giving birth to her 14th child in 1629. The construction of the Taj was begun in 1631 and was completed in 1653. Besides perfect symmetry in every aspect of its construction, the inlay work of semi precious stones into marble in pietra dura style is absolutely remarkable
Later Visit Red Fort - Built principally as a military establishment by Akbar in 1565, the red sandstone Agra fort was partially converted into a palace during Shah Jahan's time. Though the principal structure was built by Akbar, many more additions were made by his grandson. Amar Singh gate towards the south is the only entry point in the fort. The building and structures inside the fort gives an impression of a city within the city. Many of the building inside the fort are now closed for the public. The marble pearl mosque inside the fort is one of the most stunningly beautiful mosques in India
Later departure by the road to Orchha. Arrival at Orchha and Checkin at hotel. Afternoon free to walk in the city. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7 Orchha / Khajuraho
After the breakfast. Leave for Orchha visit.
Orchha - The Orchha is sleepy little hamlet but it was once the capital city of the mighty Bundelkhand Empire. From time immemorial, Bundelkhand has been an important destination for all sorts of tourists and travelers. Although Orchha was never really a very affluent place, that did not deter the fiercely proud Bundelas from undertaking ambitious projects. Orchha’s legacy has been captured in stone and frozen in time, a rich legacy to all ages. The remarkable proportions of the exteriors are matched by the grandeur of the interior-rich repositories of Bundela art. The richness of its palaces, temples and cenotaphs is reflected in the gently flowing water of the Betwa River. We will be facinated to see the beautiful River Betwa on whose banks the city of Orchha is founded, is a picturesque site, with its monuments dotting the landscape on either side of the river. Visit the Jehangir Mahal, a tiered palace crowned by graceful chhatris (domed pavilions). The view of soaring temple spires and cenotaphs is spectacular. The richness of the Jehangir Mahal contrasts nicely with the austere beauty of the Raj Mahal, built by Madhukar Shah who was a religious-minded person
Later proceed for The Laxminarayan Temple is a curious mix of fort and temple architecture. Most of its walls are decorated with murals, some with secular themes. On the other hand, the Ramaraja Temple is unusual in that here, Rama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu (the Hindu Preserver of the Universe), is worshipped as a ruler, and the building is actually a palace.
The holy triad is completed by the Chaturbhuj Temple that is adorned with lotus emblems and other religious symbols. After the visit leave for Khajuraho. Upon arrival check in at hotel
Khajuraho, the temple city of central India, is famous throughout the world for its exquisitely carved temples in stones. It is the best place to envisage this immortal saga of Hindu art and culture engraved in stone by shilpies (stone craftsmen) millenia ago. Temple town of Khajuraho is much different from any other temple city of India. It is not about religion and worshipping and deities. The temples of Khajuraho are instead famous for the eroticism etched on its walls in the form of sculptures. An amalgamation of science and art of architecture, these 10th-11th century temples have a very interesting legend behind them that connects them to the origin of Chandela dynasty. Khajuraho is a small village but a thousand years ago it was a large city of the Chandelas, medieval Rajput kings who ruled over Central India.
Later Proceed for the sight seeing tour of Khajuraho, the village of Khajuraho has been divided into three directional areas in which are located the major groups of temples Eastern, Western and southern Temples
Overnight at Hotel
Day 8 Khajuraho / Bandhavgarh
After the breakfast. Proceed for the sight seeing tour of Khajuraho, the village of Khajuraho has been divided into three directional areas in which are located the major groups of temples Eastern, Western and southern Temples
After the visits leave for Bandhavgarh, through the lovely countryside to Bandhavgarh National Park.
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
Arrival in the afternoon. First safari in the Jeep as on your arrival. Overnight at Lodge
Day 9 Bandhavgarh
After a breakfast, Depart for morning safari in the jeep to the reserve. You will have surely the occasion to cross one of the 50 tigers present in the park, where can be one of the leopards. Later in end of afternoon, enjoy a jeep safari. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 10 Bandhavgarh/Kanha
After breakfast at the hotel, depart in direction to Kanha,
Kanha, 175 kms southeast of Jabalpur, is one of India’s largest national park and Asia's finest park. Acclaimed as one of the finest national parks in Asia - Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh is a sanctuary boasting of abundant and varied wildlife in its most natural setting. Kanha attained the status of a National Park in 1955, and forms the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve, created in 1974 under Project Tiger. 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 with many streams and rivers. It is the home of a variety of animals including tiger, bison, gaur, sambar, chital, more pictures.... barasingha, barking deer, black deer, black buck, chousingha, nilgai, mouse deer, sloth bear, jackal fox, porcupine, hyena, jungle cat, python, pea fowl, hare, monkey, mongoose, tiger, and leopard and other animals besides some 200 species of birds. It is also part of ‘Project Tiger, one of India’s most important and successful conservation efforts. It is an ideally situated in the sylvan surroundings of Satpura Hill ranges, Kanha National Park has a core area of 940 sq. km. Tropical semi-evergreen forests of this tract is quite rich in wild fauna which provide plentiful food for carnivore as well as herbivore. Gaur are also common at Kanha, they inhabit the dense under growth at higher elevation.
Upon arrival check in at hotel and Overnight at Hotel.
Day 11 Kanha
After a breakfast, Depart for morning safari in the jeep to the reserve and late in end of afternoon, enjoy a jeep safari. Overnight at lodge.
Day 12 Kanha/Pench
After a breakfast, Depart for morning safari in the jeep to the Reserve. Later Depart for Pench. Upon arrival checkin at hotel.
Pench is nestling in the lower southern reaches of the Satpura hills is named after Pench river which flows from north to south through the Pench National Park. It is located on the southern boundary of Madhya Pradesh. The main herbivores found are the Gaur (Indian Bison), Cheetal, Sambar, Nilgai, Wild Dog and Wild Boar. The key predator is the Tiger followed by Leopard, Wild Dog and Wolf. Other animals include Sloth Bear, Chousingha, Chinkara, Barking Deer, Jackal, Fox, Palm Civet, Small Indian Civet, Jungle Cat, Hyena, Porcupine etc. There are over 285 species of resident and migratory birds including the Malabar Pied Hornbill, Indian Pitta, Osprey, Grey-headed Fishing Eagle, White-eyed Buzzard, etc. In winter migratory waterfowl including Brahmini Duck, Pochards, Coots and others visit the tanks and the Pench reservoir within the Park
Overnight at Lodge.
Day 13 Pench
After a breakfast, Depart for morning safari in the jeep to the reserve. Cheetal, Sambar, nilgai are commonly seen grazing on the open sites on roadsides and banks of river & reservoir. Jackals can be seen in search of food anywhere in the Park. Packs up to 15 of wild dog can be seen near Chhedia, Jamtara, Bodanala and Pyorthadi areas of the Reserve. Herds of gaur can be spotted near streams and bamboo patches commonly in summer months. Sloth beer occupies hilly, rocky out crops and favour mahul bel infested forest. Chinkara is present in very small numbers and is found in open areas around Turia, Telia and Dudhgaon villages. Langoors are very common whereas the Rhesus monkeys may be seen occasionally on the fringes. Pench boasts of, more than 210 species of birds that include several migratory ones also. Commonly seen are Peafowl, Red jungle fowl, Crow pheasant, Crimson breasted barbet, Redvented bulbul, Racket tailed drongo, Magpie robin and lesser whistling teal. Later in end of afternoon, enjoy a jeep safari. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 14 Pench/Nagpur / Delhi – Train in Night
After a breakfast, Depart for morning safari in the jeep to the reserve. Depart for Nagpur station to take the night train to Delhi. Overnight in Train.
Day 15 Delhi
Arrival in Delhi, Checkin at hotel and transfer downtown to carry out your last purchases or to make some visits. The vehicle remains with you till disposal. Later transfer to the international airport for your onward flight back home with the sweet memories of India
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