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The perfect tour for lovers of nature. Spend days exploring some of India’s most renown national parks at Pench, Kahna, Bandhavgarh and Ranthambore. With local naturalists as your guides, this tour will give you the best possible chance to view India’s incredible wildlife at close range, including the magnificent Bengal Tiger. Also visit the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra and the contrasting capital of Delhi.
You will be met by your guide upon arrival at Mumbai airport who will give you an introduction to the city, answer any questions you have and make plans for the following day.
Squeezed into a narrow stretch of land between mangrove marshes and the Arabian Sea, Mumbai is technically an island, connected to the mainland by a series of bridges and causeways. Once an aboriginal fishing settlement, the Maharashtra capital has transformed into a heaving metropolis of more than sixteen million people - one of the most densely populated cities on the planet. This fast moving and rapidly evolving city is the most industrialised place in India, but tucked amidst its gleaming skyscrapers, malls, and stylish restaurants lie warrens of teaming medieval bazaars, a wealth of colonial and Art Deco architecture and clusters of resplendent temples.
Depart Mumbai early this morning on a flight to Nagpur. From here you will be driven about 2 hours to the Pench National Park. On arrival check-in to your room and then relax or take a stroll around the camp.
The beautiful Pench Tiger Reserve is nestled in the southern part of the Satpura Hills and is named after the Pench River that flows through it. In addition to Tigers, the area is famous for large herds of Gaur (Indian Bison), Chital and Sambar Deer, Nilgai, Wild Dog and Wild Pig.
After lunch you will set out on your first game drive into the park. The drive will acquaint you with the environment of the park which is mainly dry deciduous forest of teak trees.
Start the day with an early morning safari. Driving through the deciduous forest and gurgling streams gives you a chance to encounter nature at close quarters.
Return to the lodge for breakfast before setting out on the 5 hour drive to Kanha National park.
Kanha National Park is a beautiful nature reserve that is rich in wildlife. It lush meadows, ravines and Bamboo forests were the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling's famous novel "The Jungle Book". As you enter the park the subtle fragrance of the Sal forest and the incessant sound of Cicadas will captivate you. In addition to the Tiger, Kanha is home to the rare Barasingha or Swamp Deer. You might also see Spotted and Sambar Deer, Langurs, Leopards and Dholes (Wild Dogs).
Our exploration of Kanha National Park will continue over the next couple of days. We begin these days with early morning safaris and later, after a relaxed lunch at the lodge, we will head into the wilderness once more until dusk.
Your park naturalist will drive you to Bahmni Dadar - the highest point in Kanha. It offers a panoramic view of the entire national park. During your stay, if you are lucky enough that the Elephants are able to track a Tiger, you may have the opportunity to ride on Elephant to have a closer look at this majestic cat.
Continue your exploration in Kanha National Park.
After an early breakfast this morning you will depart on the 7 hour drive to Bandhavgarh where you will spend the next few days. Lunch will be served after checking in at the lodge followed by an afternoon game drive in the park until dusk.
Bandhavgarh is best known for having the highest density of Tigers in India. This park is also home to Leopard, Sambar Deer, Barking Deer and a rich variety of birdlife. You are likely to spot beautiful species of Egrets, Hornbills, Kingfishers and Eagles that are endemic to the region.
Your adventure in Bandhavgarh continues, begin the day with an early morning safari. Return to the lodge for breakfast and relax until after lunch, when we head into the wilderness once more until dusk.
Continue your exploration of Bandhavgarh National Park.
The day begins with one last early morning safari in Bandhavgarh National Park. Return to the lodge to relax throughout the heat of the day. Head out again in the afternoon to look for wildlife until dusk.
Later in the evening you will transfer to Umaria railway station to board an overnight train to Agra.
Arrive this morning into Agra. You will be met by your guide at the railway station and transfer to your hotel.
A leading centre of art, science and culture during the 16th and 17th centuries, ancient Agra was a thriving Mughal capital under the reign of Akbar the Great. Today, it's a huge and dynamic city, characterised by its lively and often chaotic marketplace, its incredible fort, sprinkling of intriguing tombs and mausoleums, and the untouchable beauty of the Taj Mahal.
Later in the afternoon visit Mehtab Bagh, the "Moonlight Garden". Situated to the north of the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort on the opposite side of the river, the Mehtab Bagh was designed as an integral part of the Taj complex. It was thought that the large octagonal pool in the centre of the terrace would reflect the image of the Mausoleum and thus the garden would provide a perfect setting to view the Taj Mahal.
Visit the magnificent monument to love, the Taj Mahal. Built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved queen, construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631 and is believed to have taken 22 years to complete with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. The design and construction is said to be that of the legendary architect, Ustad Ahamad Lahori.
After this unforgettable journey of the Taj Mahal depart to Bharatpur railway station to board a train for Sawai Madhopur.
Upon arrival in Sawai Madhopur you will be met by your guide and transfer to your hotel.
Later in the afternoon head out for a game drive in the Ranthambore National Park. Ranthambore National Park is encompassed by rocky hill crests, dotted with pools and contains a number of temples and forts as well. It is very rich in wildlife and the numerous Tigers here are the highlight of the park. In addition, one can also see a variety of birds such as Peafowl, Cotton Pygmy Geese, Pheasant-tailed Jacanas and many more.
Start out early for a morning game drive to the Ranthambore National Park. Return to the hotel for breakfast and relax for the day. Later in the afternoon get ready for another outing into the national park for a game drive until dusk.
This morning once again you will head out into the park for a game drive. Afterwards, return to the hotel for breakfast and some time to relax before you drive to Sawai Madhopur railway station to board the train for Delhi.
Upon arrival in Delhi you will be met by your guide and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy free time for the rest of the day.
A sprawling, vibrant and sometimes overwhelming city, Delhi is home to over 15 million people and is still growing. From an outsider's perspective, the city is divided into two distinct parts. To the north lie the winding narrow streets and medieval bazaars of the 17th century Mughal capital, Old Delhi. Encompassing the heart of the modern city to the south, New Delhi is by contrast a cosmopolitan and creative metropolis of broad, tree-lined boulevards, parks, museums and international restaurants. Both halves of the city are dotted with astonishing Mughal and British Imperial architecture, Muslim tombs and temples, and an array of magnificent monuments that commemorate the glory of bygone ages.
This morning, embark on a tour of Old Delhi with your guide. Explore the city by cycle rickshaw, stopping to take in the most opulent fort and palace of the Mughal Empire - Lal Qila, or the "Red Fort". Encased by towering red sandstone walls, this dramatic UNESCO World Heritage Site was built at the very height of Mughal reign by Emperor Shan Jehan as a grandiose symbol of pomp and power. Pay a visit to the nearby Raj Ghat to see the Mahatma Gandhi memorial before venturing to Jama Masjid to admire the magnificent marble domes and gold spires of the largest mosque in India. After climbing the mosque's southern minaret to soak up sweeping views over Delhi, witness the ancient marketplace of Chandni Chowk come alive as locals prepare for the trading day.
Leave ancient India behind you as you board the Delhi Metro and return to New Delhi. In the afternoon, enjoy a tour of the city. Your tour takes you along the Raj Path or "King's Way" ceremonial avenue, past verdant lawns, canals and trees and the imposing Parliament House and India Gate monument. Explore the elegant Humayun Tomb and its surrounding 30 acre, Persian-style garden and inspect the intricate Arabic inscriptions and carvings that cover the soaring tower of Qutub Minar.
In the evening, enjoy free time.
Today you will transfer to Delhi International Airport for your departure flight.
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Hotels/lodges each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day).
• Full board meal basis except in Delhi & Agra where it will be on bed and breakfast basis
• Deluxe air-conditioned vehicle
• Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi
• Services of English speaking naturalists at the park visits
• Game drives in Pench, Kanha, Bandhavgarh & Ranthambore by Jeep
• Train fare for the sectors Umaria – Agra, Bharatpur – Ranthambore & Ranthambore – Delhi
• All currently applicable entrances at the monuments
• Assistance on arrival & departure by our local representative
This trip package includes 1 internal flight (Mumbai - Nagpur) which retails at about 200AUD.
Visas for India
All nationalities need to apply for an Indian visa in advance. Give yourself at least 4 weeks.
The Indian Government has advised that from December 2014, all visa applicants will need to be physically present at a visa application centre, by appointment, to submit their applications and biometric data, including fingerprints and facial imagery.
ALL Australian travellers to India will need to personally attend their nearest consulate to complete their visa formalities. There is NO visa on arrival in India for all nationalities. Indian visas CANNOT be obtained in Nepal.
Availability of accommodation and season.
"The trip was excellent. Always someone to meet us and we did enjoy the company of the two drivers we had in Rajasthan and Kerala – the length of time enabled us to form a friendly relationship. We loved the Marigold hotel – and I had no idea it was in such a small village. We had a couple of gin and tonics whilst they put the first movie on for us – Rob had not seen it before. The guides were good – and did all they were meant to do. There was fascinating history of intrigue, wars, conquerers and the destruction and rebuilding of palaces and temples Hard to think of highlights – as everywhere was so different. The differences between Rajasthan and Kerala was very marked – but both equally fascinating, and very enjoyable. One of the highlights must have been the tiger in Ranthambore though. Thanks again for the organization." — Mr and Mrs Harris, Adelaide, December 2017
"We had a fantastic trip to India. The highlights for us were Agra, Varanasi and the sighting of three Tigers at Ranthambhore. The guides were informative and the drivers did an exceptional job under difficult conditions. We would recommend GetAboutAsia to anyone interested in going to India." — Mr and Mrs Hite, Hamilton QLD , October 2016
"We enjoyed our trip and GetAboutAsia did a fabulous job of coordinating the various legs of our visits to national parks. As vegetarians we found the food to be brilliant - and always more than we could contemplate. It was so exciting to see tigers in each of the parks we visited. " — Linda and George, Sydney, NSW, March 2016