Realm of Temples & Tigers

Places & destinations (11 Nights & 12 Days)

Delhi - Khajuraho - Panna - Bandhavgarh - Agra – Delhi

Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Welcome to Incredible India, Meeting and assistance on arrival, Indian magic begins here with Traditional Garland & Welcome Drink on arrival (A chilled glass of Indian Kingfisher Beer/Wine/Soft Drinks), transfer to Hotel & Relax, Overnight at Delhi.

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 “ChandniChowk” 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 TajMahal, 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. Return to hotel & relax. Overnight at hotel

Day 3: Delhi – Khajuraho
Moring youwill be transferred to the airport for your flight to Khajuraho. Upon arrival in Khajuraho, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Thereafter 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. 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 the hotel.

Day 4: Khajuraho – Panna National Park
Morning drive to Panna National Park (40 kms). Upon arrival in Panna, check into your hotel. Panna National Park is one of India's least explored parks, and is located in central India in the state of Madyha Pradesh, 28 kilometres from Khajuraho. The park is home to Tiger, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Jungle Cat, Rusty-Spotted Cat, Desert Cat, Civet, Spotted Deer, Nilgai, Four-Horned Antelope, and both Marsh Mugger and Gharial Crocodiles. For bird lovers over 300 species of birds have been recorded in the park. Panna is prime Tiger country with an estimated 35 tigers, and the big cats have made a big comeback in the last seven years due to the efforts of Project Tiger. Game-viewing is by jeep, Elephant back safari and boat. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: Panna National Park
Enjoy wildwatching. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6 :Panna National Park – Bandhavgarh National Park.
Morning drive to Bandhavgarh National Park (200 kms). Upon arrival in Bandhavgarh, check into your hotel. 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. Afternoon enjoy game viewing excursions by jeep. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7, 8 & 9: Bandhavgarh National Park
Enjoy wildwatching. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10: Bandhavgarh National Park – Umaria - Agra
Enjoy wildwatching in the morning. Later you will be transferred to Umaria railway station (01 hr - Ukal Expdept 2050 arrival 1045) for your overnight train to Agra. Onboard train.

Day 11: Arrive Agra
You will be met upon arrival in Agra and transferred to the hotel. Later visit the famous TajMahal -This most famous Moghul monument was constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife MumtazMahal "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. (TajMahal is closed on Friday). Also 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 Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12: Agra – Delhi – Onward Destination
Morning is at your leisure. Later you will drive to Delhi International Airport (203 kms) for your flight to onward destination.

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