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Cultural Capitals & Wildlife Sanctuaries of India

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Duration

12 Nights / 13 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Explore the diverse tapestry of India on the “Cultural Capitals & Wildlife Sanctuaries of India” tour, where ancient heritage meets untamed nature. Begin in Delhi, delving into the Mughal and colonial legacies. Journey to Agra to behold the iconic Taj Mahal, then to Jaipur for vibrant bazaars and historic forts. Encounter the elusive tiger in Ranthambore and explore the medieval charm of Orchha. Discover the architectural marvels of Khajuraho’s temples before immersing yourself in spiritual Varanasi, witnessing sacred rituals along the Ganges. This journey blends cultural splendor with wildlife adventures, offering an unforgettable exploration of India’s rich tapestry.

Highlights

  • This is a private tour/activity only for your group.
  • Enhanced cleaning/ traveler safety.
  • In-depth cultural experience.
  • Flexible sightseeing & stopover.
  • Most travelers can participate.

Bulk discount (by Percent)

Bulk discount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Discount on 2-person group 2 2 %
2 Discount on 3-person group 3 3 %
3 Discount on 4-person group 4 4 %
4 Discount on 5-person group 5 5 %
5 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 %
6 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 %
7 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 %

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel. Take some time to relax and prepare for your upcoming exploration of India's cultural and wildlife treasures.

Day 2: Delhi

After breakfast, embark on a full-day city tour of Delhi: Jama Masjid: Explore the grandeur of one of India's largest mosques, built with red sandstone and white marble. Admire its intricate architecture and serene ambiance. Red Fort (Lal Qila): Visit this UNESCO World Heritage site, known for its Mughal architecture and historical significance as the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal dynasty. Raj Ghat: Pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi at his memorial site, where he was cremated following his assassination in 1948. India Gate: A war memorial dedicated to the Indian soldiers who died during World War I. Take a leisurely walk around its gardens and enjoy the views. Qutub Minar: Marvel at this UNESCO-listed minaret, the tallest brick minaret in the world, dating back to the 12th century. Explore the surrounding archaeological area. Humayun's Tomb: Visit the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun, an excellent example of Persian architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Day 3: Delhi - Agra (210kms)

Depart for Agra after breakfast. Upon arrival, visit: Taj Mahal: Experience the sunrise at this iconic symbol of love, crafted from white marble and adorned with intricate carvings and precious gemstones. A UNESCO World Heritage site. Agra Fort: Explore this red sandstone fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which served as the main residence of the Mughal emperors. Itmad-ud-Daulah's Tomb (Baby Taj): Visit this exquisite marble mausoleum often regarded as a draft of the Taj Mahal, known for its intricate marble inlay work.

Day 4: Agra - Jaipur (170kms)

En route to Jaipur, stop to explore: Fatehpur Sikri: Discover this abandoned Mughal city, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore its well-preserved palaces, mosques, and courtyards, reflecting a blend of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles. Abhaneri Stepwell (Chand Baori): Visit one of the largest and deepest stepwells in India, known for its intricate geometric patterns and historical significance. Continue to Jaipur and check-in at your hotel.

Day 5: Jaipur

After breakfast, explore the Pink City of Jaipur: Amber Fort (Amer Fort): Ascend the fort on an elephant back or Jeep to explore its palaces, courtyards, and stunning views of Maota Lake. Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds): Admire the unique five-story palace with its honeycomb facade, designed for royal ladies to observe everyday life without being seen. City Palace: Visit the royal residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur, showcasing a blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, and housing museums with a rich collection of artifacts. Jantar Mantar: Explore the UNESCO-listed astronomical observatory, featuring instruments for measuring time, predicting eclipses, tracking stars' location, and other astronomical phenomena. Birla Temple (Lakshmi Narayan Temple): Visit this modern temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi, constructed of white marble and located at the base of Moti Dungari Hill. Shopping Experience: Explore vibrant markets like Johari Bazaar and Bapu Bazaar for handicrafts, textiles, jewelry, and souvenirs.

Day 6: Jaipur - Ranthambore (155kms)

Drive to Ranthambore and check-in at your wildlife lodge. In the afternoon, enjoy your first safari in Ranthambore National Park, known for its tiger population and diverse wildlife.

Day 7: Ranthambore

Embark on morning and afternoon safaris in Ranthambore National Park: Morning Safari: Explore the dense forests and water bodies of Ranthambore in search of tigers, leopards, and other wildlife. The park is also home to a variety of bird species. Afternoon Safari: Visit different zones of the park to maximize wildlife sightings. Keep an eye out for sloth bears, wild boars, and the elusive Indian wolf.

Day 8: Ranthambore - Orchha (300kms)

Travel to Orchha via Shivpuri, known for its historical and natural beauty. En route, visit: Shivpuri: Explore its lush forests, lakes, and the Chhatris (cenotaphs) of the Scindia rulers. Continue to Orchha, a medieval town known for its palaces and temples built in the Bundela style of architecture.

Day 9: Orchha - Panna National Park (200kms)

Explore Orchha's historical landmarks: Orchha Fort Complex: Discover the fort and its associated palaces, including Jahangir Mahal, Raj Mahal, and Rai Parveen Mahal, showcasing magnificent architecture and historical significance. Chaturbhuj Temple: Visit this Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, known for its unique blend of fort and temple architecture. Laxmi Narayan Temple: Admire the intricate carvings and vibrant frescoes depicting mythological scenes. Drive to Panna National Park, known for its diverse wildlife and landscapes. Upon arrival, enjoy an afternoon safari to explore its natural beauty and wildlife.

Day 10: Panna NP - Khajuraho (35kms)

Embark on a morning safari in Panna National Park to spot wildlife in its natural habitat. Then, drive to Khajuraho and check-in at your hotel. In Khajuraho, visit: Western Group of Temples: Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site, featuring temples like Kandariya Mahadev, Lakshmana, and Vishvanatha, renowned for their exquisite architecture and intricate erotic sculptures. Eastern Group of Temples: Visit temples dedicated to Jain deities, including Parsvanath and Adinath. Khajuraho Dance Festival: If visiting during February, witness the Khajuraho Dance Festival, showcasing classical Indian dance forms against the backdrop of the temples.

Day 11: Khajuraho - Varanasi (flight)

Fly to Varanasi, one of the oldest living cities in the world and a major spiritual hub. Upon arrival, immerse yourself in the spiritual atmosphere: Evening Aarti Ceremony: Witness the mesmerizing Ganga Aarti ritual on the banks of the River Ganges, a spiritual experience.

Day 12: Varanasi

Experience the spiritual essence of Varanasi with a sunrise boat ride on the Ganges, observing the rituals and activities along the ghats. Full Day Sightseeing in Varanasi: Visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple: Explore this revered Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, located in the heart of Varanasi. Sarnath: Visit the place where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. Explore the Dhamek Stupa and Sarnath Museum. Banaras Hindu University (BHU): Explore the renowned university campus, known for its beautiful architecture and the Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum, showcasing a vast collection of artifacts and art pieces. Manikarnika Ghat: Witness one of the oldest and most sacred ghats, known for its continuous cremation fires. Gain insights into Hindu funeral rites and traditions. Silk Weaving Centre: Visit a local workshop to see the intricate art of weaving Banarasi silk sarees, a craft that has been passed down through generations. Local Bazaars: Wander through Varanasi's vibrant markets, such as Vishwanath Gali and Thateri Bazaar, for handicrafts, textiles, and local street food delicacies.

Day 13: Varanasi - Departure

After breakfast, transfer to airport to board flight for Delhi/Mumbai/Kolkata or any other destination.

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 12 Nights' accommodation in 4-star hotels.
  • Daily breakfast and meal as per day plan.
  • Private air-conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program.
  • English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
  • Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
  • 2-Time shared Gypsy safari in Ranthambore National Park with forest department naturalist.
  • 1-Time shared Gypsy safari in Panna National Park with forest department naturalist.
  • Bottled drinking water in car.
  • Government taxes.
  • Khajuraho - Varanasi & Varanasi - Delhi flight fare approx INR 9,500 per person in economy class.
  • Camera charges at monuments.
  • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
  • Gratuities & optional activities.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.

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