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Indian Wildlife, Culture, Backwater and Beaches Tour

Delhi - Jaipur - Ranthambhor - Agra - Bandhavgarh - Khajuraho - Delhi
Trivandrum - Kovalam - Alleppey – Kumarakom – Cochin
18 Nights- 19 Days
 
01 Day: Arrive Delhi:
On arrival at Delhi international Airport you will be welcomed by our representative then transferred to the hotel where we hold the room on ready occupancy basis. Overnight stay in Delhi.
2 Day: Delhi

After breakfast take sightseeing tour of historic city visiting Old Delhi visiting   the majestic Red Fort, a marvel in red sandstone, Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, both built by emperor Shah Jahan of Taj Mahal fame, Rajghat - memorial of Mahatma Gandhi & a Rickshaw ride past through the silver street in Chandani Chowk, Later New Delhi to include Rashtrapati Bhawan, one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys; the India Gate, a memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers martyred during the Afghan war; the Laxmi Narayan Temple, built by the Birlas, one of India’s leading industrial families; Humayun’s Tomb, lotus shaped Bhai’s Temple , Qutub Minar , built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty;  in the evening you can visit to see light an sound show at Red fort. Return to the hotel for overnight at the hotel.

03 Day: Delhi – Jaipur (260 kms – 6 hours)
After breakfast checkout and drive to Jaipur, en route visit to magnificent Nimrana Fort, you can have lunch at this fort (converted into a heritage hotel), on arrival at Jaipur transfer to the hotel. In the evening visit Birla Temple. Later at the time of dinner visit at unique 5 star ethnic resort – Chokhi Dhani for dinner in village ambience with puppet shows, folk dances, astrology, camel ride. Return to the hotel for overnight stay at the hotel in Jaipur.
04 Day: Jaipur
Morning take an excursion tour to Amber Fort - 11kms, and enjoy a elephant ride to this grand fort. Later take sightseeing tour of Jaipur visiting City Palace, Hawa Mahal, and Jantar Mantar Observatory all within the vicinity of City Palace. Later early evening you can visit to Samode Village - 40 kms from Jaipur to see the magnificent Samode Palace enjoy a camel cart/ride in the ethnic village of Rajasthan. Later drive back to Jaipur. Optionally late evening you can enjoy cycle Rickshaw Ride to explore colourful market of Jaipur. Overnight at the hotel.
05 Day: Jaipur- Ranthambhor (180 Kms – 4 hours)
After breakfast checkout and drive to Ranthambhor. On arrival transfer to the Jungle resort. Later in the after noon take a jungle safari by jeep at the tiger reserve of Ranthambhor. Overnight at Ranthambhor.
06 Day: Ranthambhor:
Today morning take Jungle Safari by open Jeep or Canter accompanied by an expert naturalist to explore The Ranthambhor wildlife Sanctuary, one of the best places in India to see a tiger in its natural habitat. In the dry season tigers can be seen near the watering holes and are clearly visible in the dry forest. Return to the hotel for a lunch. Later visit Ranthambhor Fort over looking the National Park and Jogi Mahal. Also visit the famous Temple of Ganesha in the Fort. Rest of the evening free for leisure activities at the jungle resort. Overnight at Ranthambhor.
07 Day: Ranthambhor - Agra (280 kms - 5 hours)
Optionally you can go for early morning jungle safari, later check out the hotel and drive to Agra, en route visit Old Deserted Town of Mughal Dynasty – Fatehpur Sikri built in red sandstone in honour of Saint Salim Chisti who foretold the birth of 3 sons to Emperor Akbar, is an example of robust stability combined with originality. Each important construction here represents a type by itself. Notable among them is the Diwan-e-Khas, Punch Mahal, the Tomb of Salim Chisti, and the Bulund Darwaza. After visit continue to proceed to Agra. On arrival transfer to the hotel. In the evening you can visit the inlay handicraft market. Overnight at Agra.
08 Day: Agra-Umaria (Bandhavgarh) (By train)
Early morning witness incomparable Taj Mahal in Sunrise, the architectural modern day wonder of the world; this monument is a fine example of the fusion of many architectural styles is one of the wonders of the modern world. Taj, endowed it with some of the loveliest buildings in the world. The tour continues with a visit to the Agra Fort from where one can get the most moving view of the Taj from the little octagonal tower in the Agra Fort, which lies across the river Jamuna. Later visit the Pearl Mosque and the Tomb of Itamad-ud-Daula built by Empress Noorjehan in memory of her father. Later check out the hotel and transfer to railway station to board the train no. 8478 Kalinga Utkal Express. Depart at 1615 hours. Overnight at the board.
09 Day: Bandhavgarh
Assistance on arrival at Umaria Railway station at 0616 hours, transfer to the Forest Lodge in Bandhavgarh (45 Kms). On arrival check-in at the Jungle Resort. The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is relatively high. The possibility of spotting Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Leopard and Tiger is very good. The park is also densely populated with animals like the Chital (Spotted Deer), Sambhar, Barking Deer, Nilgai (Blue Bull), Chowsingha, (Four Horned Antelope) and is rich in bird life. The terrain is rocky, rising sharply from the swampy and densely forested valley. Overnight at the lodge.
10 Day: Bandhavgarh
After Morning and afternoon game, drive into the sanctuary by Jeep. The Forest Department has devised an ingenuous system of tracking the tiger at this Park. Every day, early in the morning, elephants and their "Mahouts" (drivers) are sent out into the jungle, in search of the Tiger. Once it has been sighted, a radio message is flashed to the Forest Ranger, who in turn informs the visitors in their jeeps, who are then taken on elephant-back, into the bush, to see the elusive Tiger. Overnight in Bandhavgarh.
11 Day: Bandhavgarh-Khajuraho (240 kms - 6 hours)
After breakfast check out and drive to Khajuraho, on arrival transfer to the hotel. If time permits you can take a half-day sightseeing of Khajuraho. Overnight at the hotel in Khajuraho.
12 Day: Khajuraho
After breakfast visit Western group of Temples consisting of the massive Laxman Temple dedicated to lord Vishnu, the Laxmi and Varaha temples dedicated to Vishnu’s consort Laxman, the Kandariya Mahadev Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and the Chausath Yogini temple dedicated to goddess Kali. Also visit Archaeological museum with its collection of stone sculptures of the Chandela dynasty. Later visit Eastern group of Temples and visit the Jain temples of Parsvanath, Adinath, and Shanti Nath. Also visit the temples of Vamana and Brahma/Hanuman both dedicated to lord Vishnu. Evening free for individual activities, overnight at the hotel.
13 Day: Khajuraho-Delhi (By Air)
After breakfast the morning free for relax. Later check out the hotel and transfer to the airport to board flight no. 9W 724 depart 1330. Assistance on arrival at Delhi Airport at 1600 hours. Transfer to the hotel. In the evening you can visit to enjoy the light and sound show at Red Fort. Return to the hotel for overnight at Delhi.
14 Day: Delhi-Trivandrum: (By Air)
Today morning check out the hotel and transfer to the airport to board the flight No. 9W 336 depart at 0800 hours. Assistance on arrival at Trivandrum airport at 1240 hours. Later drive to Kovalam (16 kms) transfer to the beach resort. The day is free for beach activities and relaxation. Overnight at Kovalam.
15 Day: Kovalam-Trivandrum-Cape Camorin-Kovalam (Excursion)
After breakfast take a sight seeing tour of Trivandrum City, visit Padmanabhaswamy Palace & Temple, Napier Museum, and Chaitra Kerala Art Gallery. Afternoon take an excursion tour to Cape Camorin (Kanya Kumari) – 84 kms from here to see Vivekananda Rock & Ashram, Amman Devi Temple and to see the 3 Seas meet over here (Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean & Arabian Sea). Sun Set from here is very scenic. Drive back to the Kovalam for overnight stay in the resort.
16 Day: Kovalam – Alleppey (175 kms – 4 hours) Backwaters tours through sailing boat to Kumarakom.

After breakfast checkout and drive for Alleppey, on arrival embark at the houseboat. The day for the journey of backwaters in the boat, through the tropical countryside enchanting backwaters of Alleppey by regattas (snake boats) for which Kerala is very famous, while sailing enjoy palm fringed narrow canals winding through the vast expanse of paddy fields and the neat tiny hamlets lined up along either side of the canals are panoramic sights one can never forget. The Chinese fishing nets, the reminiscent of our past trade links, are also found on the way. Flocks of duck swimming around the banks and tiny birds flying across the sky remains as enduring pictures reflecting the charm of this tourist land, you also enjoy fishing from the houseboats, evening enjoy sunset from the sun-deck of the houseboats, moving towards Kumarakom. The Houseboats have generated electricity; sitting cum dinning area, separate bedroom with attached English toilets, sun deck and fully loaded kitchen with a Chef, and Srank (Driver).   Overnight at the houseboat.

17 Day: Kumarakom

Kumarakom - for the nature-lover. Here in this backwater town, you can laze in a canoe amidst sylvan surroundings where the only presence is yours and the egrets. Later visit at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake, to see bird viewing where numerous species of birds, including Darters, Bitterns, Brahminy kites, Marsh Harries, Teals and several varieties of Herons roost are found. For an inquisitive bird watcher, it is always advisable to carry their binoculars at all times. Return to hotel, Make sure you do not miss out on Karimeen and fresh toddy the favourite fresh water food and the local wine. Overnight stay at Kumarakom.

18 Day: Kumarakom – Cochin (92 kms - 2½  hours)
After breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Cochin. On arrival transfer to the hotel. After take sightseeing tour of Cochin including The Dutch Palace at Mattancherry is renowned for its wall murals depicting scenes from the Ramayana. The Jewish Synagogue at the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town. The St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India. The Santa Cruz Basilica originally built in 1557 by the Portuguese. The Chinese fishing nets are huge cantilevered fishing nets believed to have brought to Kochi by Chinese traders. Evening free for rest and individual activities. In the evening you can enjoy Kathakali Dance (traditional dance of Cochin). Overnight stay in Cochin.
19 Day: Cochin-Delhi (By Air)
After breakfast check out the hotel and transfer to the airport to board the flight no. IC 166 departing at 1030 hours. Assistance on arrival at 1455 hours. Later transfer to the hotel for freshen up and relaxation. Later transfer to the international airport to board the schedule flight back to home country. On departure tour concludes with happy memories.
Note:

1. Customized Tour:
Above tour programme can be customized, as per the preference by the guest in terms of arrival and departure dates and destinations, adding or skipping of any destination, no. of days etc.,

2. Tour Cost: The cost of the above tour programme will be based on the preference of hotels’  category i.e. 2-  3 -  4 -  5 and 5 Star deluxe, as well as standard and deluxe heritage hotels, beside that no. of persons traveling together and travel period effect tour cost.

The tour package will be inclusive of: hotel accommodation, air-conditioned car with English speaking driver (24 hours at disposal) for all transfers, sightseeing, intercity travel, and guide at the time of sightseeing, meals as per hotel package. 

3. Individual Tour: The above programme   is exclusive for any individual guest and their family only, (no sharing with any other tourist).

4. Group Tours: The above tour programme can be executed for group tours, if the guest or an agency forms a group in their own country. Conducting and forming a group tour in India with different nationals is not feasible.

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