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Tiger Trails & Temple Treasures: India’s Wildlife & Cultural Marvels

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Duration

13 Nights / 14 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Embark on a captivating journey through India’s heartland with the “Tiger Trails & Temple Treasures” tour, immersing yourself in the country’s rich wildlife and cultural heritage. Begin amidst Mumbai’s bustling energy before delving into the wilderness of Tadoba, Pench, Kanha, and Bandhavgarh National Parks, renowned for their thriving tiger populations and diverse wildlife. Explore ancient temples at Khajuraho adorned with intricate sculptures depicting human emotions and spiritual teachings, a testament to Chandela dynasty craftsmanship. In Varanasi, experience spiritual bliss along the sacred Ganges, witnessing centuries-old rituals and attending the mesmerizing Ganga Aarti ceremony. Conclude in Delhi, where history meets modernity, visiting iconic landmarks and bustling markets. This tour promises an unforgettable blend of wildlife encounters, ancient architecture, and spiritual insights into India’s cultural tapestry.

Highlights

  • This is a private tour/activity only for your group.
  • Enhanced cleaning/ traveler safety.
  • In-depth Jungle & 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 %
7 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 %
8 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 %

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Mumbai

Arrive in Mumbai, India's bustling metropolis, and transfer to your hotel. Mumbai welcomes you with its vibrant energy and rich cultural tapestry. Depending on your arrival time, explore local attractions such as the iconic Gateway of India, a historical monument overlooking the Arabian Sea. Stroll along Marine Drive, known as the Queen's Necklace, offering panoramic views of the city skyline and bustling promenade filled with locals and tourists alike.

Day 2: Mumbai - Nagpur/Tadoba (100kms)

After a hearty breakfast at your hotel, head to the airport for your flight to Nagpur or commence your drive to Tadoba National Park. Tadoba is renowned for its thriving tiger population and diverse wildlife. Check-in at your lodge nestled in the heart of Tadoba's forests, surrounded by serene landscapes and wildlife sounds. The park is teeming with wildlife, including tigers, leopards, sloth bears, and over 280 bird species, offering thrilling wildlife encounters.

Day 3: Tadoba

Rise early for a sunrise safari, the best time to spot wildlife in their natural habitat. Traverse through dense forests and open grasslands, keeping a lookout for elusive big cats and other endemic species. In the afternoon, embark on another safari to explore different zones of Tadoba, known for its scenic landscapes, diverse flora, and varied fauna. Engage with expert guides who share insights into the ecosystem and behavior of the wildlife, enhancing your safari experience.

Day 4: Tadoba - Pench (210kms)

After a morning safari, depart for Pench National Park, driving through picturesque countryside and rural villages. Pench is celebrated for its lush forests, diverse flora, and abundant wildlife. Upon arrival, settle into your lodge surrounded by nature's tranquility. The park is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, offering sightings of tigers, wild dogs, bison, and numerous bird species. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon at your lodge or opt for an optional nature walk to explore the surroundings.

Day 5: Pench

Start your day early with a sunrise safari, ideal for spotting predators on the prowl and capturing stunning wildlife photography. Pench's rich biodiversity and scenic beauty provide ample opportunities for wildlife observation and understanding the complex ecosystem. After a relaxing break at your lodge, venture out for an afternoon safari to deeper explore the park's varied landscapes and wildlife habitats. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty and learn about ongoing conservation efforts.

Day 6: Pench - Kanha (200kms)

Morning safari experience. Journey to Kanha National Park, known for its pristine landscapes and significant tiger population. Drive through verdant landscapes and quaint villages, experiencing rural India's charm along the way. Check-in at your lodge amidst the lush greenery of Kanha, where wildlife sightings often begin right from the lodge premises. Enjoy the evening with a nature walk or bird-watching session to spot some of Kanha's avian residents.

Day 7: Kanha

Experience the magic of Kanha with morning and afternoon safaris, each offering unique encounters with wildlife against the backdrop of pristine forests and tranquil meadows. Kanha is not only a sanctuary for endangered species but also a place of cultural significance, inspiring Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book" with its enchanting landscapes and diverse fauna. Engage with naturalists to gain insights into the park's ecology and conservation initiatives.

Day 8: Kanha - Bandhavgarh (280kms)

Morning safari experience. Depart for Bandhavgarh National Park, renowned for its high density of tigers and ancient ruins. Travel through scenic countryside and remote villages, soaking in the beauty of rural India. Upon arrival, settle into your lodge surrounded by nature's splendor. Bandhavgarh offers thrilling wildlife encounters and historical attractions, promising a memorable safari experience amidst its rugged terrain and diverse habitats.

Day 9: Bandhavgarh

Start your day with an exhilarating morning safari, witnessing wildlife awakening in the misty forests of Bandhavgarh. The park's rugged terrain and diverse habitats offer unparalleled wildlife viewing opportunities, including sightings of tigers, leopards, and various bird species. Visit Bandhavgarh Fort during the afternoon safari, perched atop a hill and offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Explore ancient temples and sculptures that narrate tales of bygone eras, reflecting the park's rich history and cultural significance.

Day 10: Bandhavgarh - Khajuraho (230kms)

Morning safari experience. Depart Bandhavgarh for Khajuraho, a scenic drive through rural heartlands and quaint towns. Khajuraho is famed for its exquisite temples adorned with intricate sculptures depicting human emotions and spiritual teachings. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Khajuraho Group of Monuments, marveling at the artistic genius of Chandela dynasty craftsmen who carved these temples over a millennium ago. Discover the intricate details and stories behind each sculpture, showcasing India's cultural and architectural heritage.

Day 11: Khajuraho - Varanasi (flight)

Fly to Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India, where ancient traditions and modern life converge along the sacred Ganges River. Attend the enchanting Ganga Aarti ceremony in the evening, a spiritual spectacle performed by priests on the ghats, offering a glimpse into India's spiritual and cultural richness.

Day 12: Varanasi

Begin your day with a serene sunrise boat ride on the Ganges, witnessing the rituals and spiritual practices that unfold along the riverbanks. Varanasi's ghats are steeped in history and spirituality, offering a glimpse into India's cultural fabric and religious diversity. Visit Sarnath, where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon, exploring the Dhamek Stupa and other Buddhist monuments that stand as testaments to India's profound spiritual heritage.

Day 13: Varanasi - Delhi (flight)

Fly to Delhi, India's cosmopolitan capital known for its rich history and modern vibrancy. Explore landmarks such as the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, and bustling markets that showcase Delhi's cultural diversity and architectural grandeur. Indulge in shopping for souvenirs or exploring local eateries, savoring the flavors of Delhi's culinary delights.

Day 14: Delhi - Departure

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel before exploring local markets or revisiting favorite spots. Transfer to the airport for your onward journey or departure from Delhi, bidding farewell to India with cherished memories of its wildlife, heritage, and spiritual treasures.

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 13 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.
  • Total 12-Time shared Gypsy safari as per program in National Parks with forest department naturalist.
  • Bottled drinking water in car.
  • Government taxes.
  • Mumbai - Nagpur & Khajuraho - Varanasi - Delhi flight fare approx INR 15,500 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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