Set amongst lush tropical gardens, Imperial Hotel has all the modern facilities and access into the atmospheric city of Delhi.
|16 Days||£3865||Year Round||India||Tailor-Made|
Travel through India on this exciting safari taking in the sights, smells and sounds as you delve into the cities and national parks of this mesmerising country. From the hustle and bustle of Delhi to the relaxing atmosphere of Kanha National Park, you will enjoy numerous activities from elephant painting and kite flying to Bollywood dance lessons and nature walks. Look out for jackals, sloth bears, tigers and leopards in Kanha and Pench National Parks as well as a plethora of bird species, and track the last remaining Asiatic lions in the forests of Gir National Park.
After passing through immigration and baggage collection, you will be welcomed into Delhi and transferred to your hotel where you will have chance to check in and relax after your flight.
Overnight: Imperial Hotel
Today you will enjoy a full day tour of Old and New Delhi with your expert guides pointing out some of the highlights of the city. Discover the vibrant maze-like lanes of Old Delhi with bustling bazaars full of exquisite wares and an array of sights, sounds and smells to delight and amaze. Explore the stunning Red Fort, the Jama Masjid and Chandni Chowk to name but a few. Moving on to New Delhi, the formal boulevards and parks are a complete contrast to the chaotic nature of Old Delhi with landscaped gardens and pristine buildings. Visit the Qutab Minar dating back to the 13th century and Humanyun’s Tomb said to be the architectural forerunner of the Taj Mahal.
Overnight: Imperial Hotel (B)
After breakfast you will say goodbye to Delhi and be driven to Agra (approx. 3.5 hours) where you will have the chance to discover some of the breath-taking architecture of the city. Start your visit with a trip to the Agra Fort an impressive structure that was the residence of Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan who was imprisoned here by his son. Continue your day with a visit to the Tomb of Itimad ud Daulah, affectionately known as the Baby Taj thanks to being the smaller predecessor of the famed Taj Mahal. The tomb houses the body of Mirza Ghiyas Beg, the father of the Mughal Empress Noor Jahan.
This morning you will have an opportunity to visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise. After breakfast you will be driven to Jaipur via the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri (approximately 5 hours drive). This spacious, red sandstone city was built in the 16th century by the great Mughal Emperor, Akbar, one of India's most celebrated rulers. The architecture of Fatehpur Sikri is a combination of Hindu and Muslim styles, expressing Akbar's vision of synthesizing the two cultures. Akbar occupied Fatehpur Sikri for 14 years before the city was mysteriously abandoned. This hauntingly beautiful city has been painstakingly restored and is now a World Heritage Site. After your arrival in Jaipur, the rest of the day will be at leisure.
Waking in Jaipur you have the day to explore the pink city from the intricate screens of Hawa Mahal to the rose-coloured facades of the City Palace while learning about the history and culture of the city along the way. End the afternoon with a fun Bollywood dance class combining traditional Indian dance with more modern hip-hop moves.
The majority of today is spent travelling from Jaipur to Kanha via plane and private vehicle transfer, but the journey is most definitely worth it. Kanha National Park is one of the largest parks in India which is home to over 20 different species of mammal including the majestic Bengal tiger. Bird-watching is also a highlight here with over 200 species.
Rise early each day ready for your morning game drive exploring Kanha National Park. With the help of your experienced guides, look out for a number of unique species including common langurs, spotted deer, jackals and even sloth bears. Enjoy lunch back at camp and spend the early afternoons at leisure relaxing, taking nature walks or having a dip in the pool. Later, head out for another game drive to seek out some more flora and fauna.
After a leisurely breakfast, depart Kanha and travel to Pench National Park (approx. 4.5 hours) and check into Jamtara Wilderness Camp. Named after the Pench River which flows through the park, this area is home to a whole host of creatures from leopards and tigers to the rare pangolin and unique reptile species.
Overnight: Jamtara Wilderness Camp (B, L, D)
Similarly to your time at Kanha, days here will be spent out on game drives exploring the park and looking for wildlife. You will usually have two game drives per day with afternoons spent relaxing around camp but if you wish to change this format then please speak to your guides.
Overnight: Jamtara Wilderness Camp (B, L, D)
Spend the morning around camp before leaving Pench and travelling to Nagpur Airport for your onwards flight to Mumbai. On arrival, check in to the Hyatt Regency for the night.
This morning you will be escorted to the domestic airport to board the flight for Diu. On arrival you will be met and driven (approximately 3.5 hours) to Gir National Park. Gir forest extends across an area of 1,412km². and is a combination of grassland, scrub, teak forests, and low undulating hills. Apart from being the last and only home to the Asiatic lions, Sasan Gir is also a great place to see leopards, sambar deer, chital, nilgai, four horned antelope,chinkara, langur and wild boar. Other carnivores such as wildcats, jackals, foxes, hyenas and ratels are also found in the park. There are abundant species of reptiles in Gir, the most visible of which are the marsh crocodile, which can be seen in the rivers and the Kamleshwar dam reservoir. Monitor lizards, pythons, and cobras are also possible to see. There are more than 200 species of birds that have been listed from Gir, including raptors such as ospreys, peregrine falcons and eagles.
In the morning you will head out on a game drive in the national park in search of Asiatic lion and other unique wildlife that can be found in the forest. Midday is free for you to relax or enjoy the surroundings of your lodge, before you head out in the afternoon for a second game drive to observe the animals on their dusk wanderings.
This morning you will be taken for your final game drive in the national park. Later on, you will be transferred to Diu airport to board your onward flight to Mumbai. Upon arrival in Mumbai you will be met and transferred to the airport hotel for dinner, and later in the evening you will be transferred back to the airport for your international flight.
This is a tailor-made safari that can be amended to meet your specific requirements including your preferred number of days, preferred dates of travel, standard of lodges and budget.
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