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Jungle Safari & Monumental Treasures: Central India

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Duration

15 Nights / 16 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Experience the wild heart of Central India on the “Jungle Safari & Monumental Treasures” tour, a journey that blends thrilling wildlife encounters with awe-inspiring historical sites. Begin in Mumbai, delving into the city’s vibrant culture before venturing into the jungles of Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Pench, and Satpura National Parks. Encounter majestic tigers and diverse wildlife amidst lush landscapes. Explore ancient marvels like Bhimbetka’s rock shelters, revealing 30,000-year-old art, and Bhopal’s serene lakes and architectural gems. Conclude with a cultural immersion in Delhi and Agra, visiting the iconic Taj Mahal and other Mughal treasures. This itinerary promises an unforgettable fusion of nature’s wonders and India’s rich heritage.

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 Mumbai

Upon arrival in Mumbai, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax and engage in personal activities. Overnight stay at the hotel in Mumbai.

Day 2: Mumbai

Start your day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel. Explore Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its intricate rock-cut sculptures and temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. The caves, located on Elephanta Island, feature impressive rock-cut art and sculptures dating back to the 5th century. Visit Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), an architectural marvel showcasing Victorian Gothic design and a UNESCO World Heritage site. This historic railway station is one of the busiest in India and a remarkable example of 19th-century railway architecture. Explore Mani Bhawan, Mahatma Gandhi's former residence, which now serves as a museum dedicated to his life and work. The museum displays photographs, documents, and personal artifacts that offer insight into Gandhi's role in India's independence movement. Experience the vibrant activity at Dhobi Ghat, the world’s largest outdoor laundry, where hundreds of washermen (dhobis) work simultaneously. Return to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 3: Mumbai/ Jabalpur - Bandhavgarh National Park (165kms) (B,D)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Jabalpur. Upon arrival, drive to Bandhavgarh National Park. Check-in at the resort and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay at the resort.

Day 4: Bandhavgarh NP

Start the day with breakfast at the resort. Embark on a thrilling morning safari to spot tigers, leopards, and other wildlife in their natural habitat. The park is known for having the highest density of Bengal tigers, so sightings are frequent. The lush forests and open meadows of the park create ideal conditions for viewing these majestic creatures. Return to the resort for lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy another safari exploring different zones of the park, where you might see deer, wild boar, and various bird species. Dinner and overnight stay at the resort.

Day 5: Bandhavgarh NP - Kanha National Park (215kms)

After breakfast, enjoy a morning safari to capture more of Bandhavgarh's rich wildlife. Drive to Kanha National Park, famous for its significant population of tigers and barasingha (swamp deer). The scenic drive takes you through picturesque landscapes and rural villages. Check-in at the resort, followed by dinner and overnight stay.

Day 6: Kanha NP

Begin with breakfast at the resort. Experience a morning safari to explore Kanha's diverse flora and fauna, including the majestic Bengal tiger, leopards, wild dogs, and an array of bird species. The park's extensive grasslands and dense forests provide excellent opportunities for wildlife sightings. After lunch at the resort, embark on an afternoon safari to discover more of the park's wildlife and scenic landscapes, including the lush meadows and dense forests. The park is also home to the endangered hardground barasingha, which can be seen grazing in large herds. Dinner and overnight stay at the resort.

Day 7: Kanha NP - Pench National Park (200kms)

After breakfast, enjoy a morning safari. Drive to Pench National Park, which inspired Rudyard Kipling's famous novel "The Jungle Book." The drive offers beautiful views of the countryside and local villages. Check-in at the resort, and have dinner. Overnight stay at the resort.

Day 8: Pench NP

Start with breakfast at the resort. Embark on a morning safari to explore Pench's rich biodiversity, including tigers, leopards, and various bird species. The park is also home to Indian bison, spotted deer, and jackals. The dense forest and open grasslands of Pench offer a diverse range of habitats for wildlife. Return to the resort for lunch, followed by an afternoon safari to uncover more of Pench’s wildlife treasures, including the possibility of seeing sloth bears and jungle cats. The park's water bodies attract a variety of birdlife, making it a haven for birdwatchers. Dinner and overnight stay at the resort.

Day 9: Pench NP - Satpura National Park (200kms)

After breakfast, enjoy a morning safari. Drive to Satpura National Park, known for its rugged terrain and diverse wildlife. The scenic drive through the Satpura hills offers stunning views and opportunities to see local wildlife. Check-in at the resort, and have dinner. Overnight stay at the resort.

Day 10: Satpura NP (Pachmarhi)

Begin with breakfast at the resort. Experience a morning safari to discover Satpura's unique ecosystem, including its rich flora and fauna. The park offers a chance to see leopards, Indian giant squirrels, and a variety of bird species. The rugged landscape of Satpura, with its sandstone peaks, narrow gorges, and dense forests, provides a stunning backdrop for wildlife viewing. In the afternoon, visit Pachmarhi, a hill station with ancient caves, waterfalls, and scenic beauty. Explore Bee Falls, Apsara Vihar, and Jata Shankar Caves, all offering breathtaking views and a serene atmosphere. Dinner and overnight stay at the resort.

Day 11: Satpura NP - Bhimbetka - Bhopal (190kms)

After breakfast, enjoy a morning safari. Drive to Bhopal, stopping at the Bhimbetka rock shelters, a UNESCO World Heritage site with prehistoric cave paintings. The rock shelters, inhabited by humans over 30,000 years ago, feature ancient rock art depicting scenes of hunting, dancing, and daily life. Continue to Bhopal and check-in at the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 12: Bhopal

After breakfast at the hotel, visit Sanchi Stupa, an important Buddhist pilgrimage center and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The site features numerous stupas, temples, and monasteries dating back to the Mauryan period. The Great Stupa, with its intricate carvings and sculptures, is a significant relic of ancient Indian architecture. Explore the Bhojpur Temple, an unfinished temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, featuring a massive Shiva lingam. The temple, built by King Bhoja in the 11th century, stands as a testament to the grandeur of ancient Indian temple architecture. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 13: Bhopal - Agra (Satabdi Train 1515/ 2111hrs)

After breakfast, transfer to the railway station for your train to Agra. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel

Day 14: Agra - Delhi (210kms)

Begin with breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, known for its stunning architecture and romantic history. The white marble mausoleum, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, is an iconic symbol of love and beauty. Explore Agra Fort, another UNESCO World Heritage site, showcasing Mughal architecture with its palaces, halls, and gardens. The fort, built by Emperor Akbar, served as the main residence of the Mughal emperors for generations. Drive to Delhi and check-in at the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 15: Delhi

After breakfast, explore the historical and cultural sites of Delhi. Visit Qutub Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and Humayun's Tomb, a precursor to the Taj Mahal with its beautiful Mughal architecture. These monuments, reflecting the grandeur of Mughal and pre-Mughal architecture, are key highlights of Delhi's rich heritage. See India Gate, a war memorial, and drive past the President's House and Parliament House. Explore Chandni Chowk, one of Delhi's oldest and busiest markets, known for its vibrant atmosphere and variety of shops. The bustling market offers an array of local delicacies, traditional sweets, and intricate handicrafts. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 16: Delhi - Departure

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your onward journey. Depart with cherished memories of Central India's wildlife and marvelous monuments.

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 15 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.
  • Monuments entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Total 12-Time shared Gypsy safari as per program in National Parks with forest department naturalist.
  • AC Train ticket Bhopal - Agra
  • Bottled drinking water in car.
  • Government taxes.
  • Mumbai/ Jabalpur flight fare approx INR 6,500 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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