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12 Days from $1,590 p/p in USD Departures: Year Round
 

This is a wonderful combination of India's colourful cities - Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai and Agra - its fascinating history and the lush wilderness of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. One of India's finest national parks, the reserve is home to the country's highest concentration of tigers as well as 22 species of mammal and 250 species of birds. Accompanied by guides on the city tours and game drives within the reserve, you'll get under the skin of India on this memorable safari. 

Overview

  • Country:
    India
  • You will visit:
    New Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Jhansi, Khajuraho Monuments, Bandhavgarh Reserve, Mumbai, Elephanta Caves
  • Tour type:
    independent
  • Safari standard:
    luxury-plus, luxury, mid-range
  • Wildlife:
    Tiger, leopard, common langurs, rhesus macaque, Asiatic jackal, Bengal fox, sloth bear, ratel, gray mongoose, striped hyena, wild pigs, spotted deer, sambar, chausingha, nilgai, chinkara, gaur, Indian civet, palm squirrel, lesser bandicoot rat, 250 species of birds
  • Viewing by:
    Game drives
  • Getting around:
    Transfer vehicle, train, internal flight
  • Arrive/Depart:
    Start in Delhi, end in Mumbai

Day by Day

Day 01: Arrive New Delhi

Our representatives will meet you at the airport with a warm welcome and drive you to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day relaxing at the hotel and preparing yourself for all the memorable places you will be visiting in next few days.

Day 02: New Delhi

Enjoy a full day city tour covering Laxmi Narayan Temple – the Place of Gods; India Gate - the memorial of martyrs; Parliament House – the Government Headquarters; Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in Asia; drive pass Red Fort - the red stone magic; Gandhi memorial – the memoir of Father of the Nation. Other places to visit include Qutub Minar Complex and Humayun’s Tomb. Overnight hotel. (B)

Day 03: Drive from New Delhi – Jaipur (5.5 hrs drive)

After breakfast at the resort check out and drive towards Jaipur. Jaipur's name comes from its founder Sawai Jai Singh (1693-1743), who had the vision to create a meticulously planned city as his capital. All the houses in the old city are painted pink, including the famous Hawa Mahal, thereby giving the city its alternative name, the Pink City. Evening is at your leisure and stay overnight at hotel. (B)

Day 04: Explore Jaipur

In the morning take an excursion to the Amber fort and an elephant ride. In the afternoon take a city tour around City Palace which occupies a large area divided into a series of courtyards, gardens & buildings and is a perfect blend of Rajasthani & Mughal architecture, as well as the Royal Observatory which has some rare qualities, the Bazaar etc. Overnight hotel. (B)

Day 05: Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra (5.5 to 6 hrs drive)

After breakfast, drive to Agra with a visit en route to Fatehpur Sikri. Upon arrival check into hotel and spend the rest of the evening at leisure. Agra, the Mughal capital in the 16th and early 17th century, is full of architectural splendours - forts, mausoleums and palaces, its most famous being the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Though its political significance ended in 1634, with the transfer of the capital to Delhi by Shah Jahan, its architectural wealth has made it an international tourist spot. The Mughals, with their passion for buildings, constructed some of the finest specimens of Mughal architecture. Today Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble by craftsmen who supposedly have a lineage dating back to the Mughals. Agra’s handicrafts also include carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes. Stay overnight at hotel. (B)

Day 06: Agra

Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal, built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in 1630 AD for his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. It’s a poem written in white marble, the most extravagant monument ever built for love. Afterwards return back to your hotel for breakfast followed by a visit to Agra Fort. A visit to the fort is a must-do since so many of the events which led to the construction of the Taj Mahal took place here as well as being the home of the tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daula, built by Empress Noor Jehan in memory of her father. Evening is free at leisure to explore the local markets. Overnight hotel. (B)

Day 07: Agra – Jhansi (train)– Khajuraho (4 hrs drive)

Early morning after breakfast, you'll be transferred to the railway station where you board the train to Jhansi. On arrival at Jhansi, you will be picked up for the drive to Khajuraho Group of Monuments. Enjoy an evening sightseeing tour of  the Western and Eastern group of temples, which includes Laxmi & Varha temples, Kandariya Mahadev, Devi Jagdamba temples and others. Overnight hotel. (B)

Day 08: Khajuraho –  Bandhavgarh (5 hrs drive)

After breakfast we drive to Bandhavgarh National Park, one of the finest national parks in India and home to the highest concentration of tigers per unit area of forest. Spread over on area of 448 sq km, at the centre of the park is the Bandhavgarh Hill, rising 811 meters above sea level and surrounded by sloping valleys, which end in small, swampy meadows locally known as “bohera”. Overnight will be in the resort at Bandhavgarh. (B,L,D)

Day 09 & Day 10: Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve

Enjoy morning and afternoon game viewing inside the lush forests of the tiger reserve, one of the most well known tiger reserves in India and with its significant tiger population offering good opportunities to see them. There are more than 22 species of mammals here and 250 species of birds. Primates include common langurs and rhesus macaque while carnivores include the Asiatic jackal, Bengal fox, sloth bear, ratel, gray mongoose, striped hyena, leopard and tiger. Other mammals such as dhole, small Indian civet, palm squirrel and lesser bandicoot rat are seen occasionally. Overnight stay will be at the resort. (B,L,D) 

Day 11: Bandhavgarh – Jabalpur (4 hrs drive) – Mumbai (flight)

After breakfast, drive to Jabalpur where you board your flight to Mumbai. Upon arrival in Mumbai you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. Evening free for leisure. Overnight stay at hotel. (B)

Day 12: Mumbai Sightseeing & Departure Check out at 1200 hrs

After breakfast you will be collected from your hotel and taken to the Gateway of India at Mumbai. From here, cruise by boat to reach Elephanta Island, home of the Elephanta Caves, which contain a collection of rock art linked to the sect of Shiva, a place where Indian art found one of its most perfect expressions, particularly in the huge and high relics of the main cave. There are seven cave excavations in the Elephanta group, all carved from solid basalt rock and dating from approximately the 6-7th centuries AD. Among the cave excavations, Cave 1 is the most impressive, representing a superb example of evolved Brahmanical rock-cut architecture. The cave is also famous for its exquisite and vibrant sculptures, which you will have time to explore before the return journey back across the Arabian Sea.

In the afternoon enjoy a half day city tour of Mumbai with your guide. You shall be visiting Mani Bhawan, also called Gandhi memorial, which was Mahatma Gandhi’s base in Mumbai, Prince of Wales Museum, Marine Drive, Hanging Garden and others, giving you the experience of being in the commercial capital of India. After the sightseeing tour, transfer to Mumbai airport for your flight. (B) 

Rates

RATES - PER PERSON GBP

These are guideline rates - please request actual rates from us


2 pax - per person, based on twin sharing

3* Hotel  From GBP 1,200 
4* Hotel  From GBP 1,306 
5* Hotel  From GBP 1,688 


3-4 pax - per person, based on twin sharing

3* Hotel  From GBP 984
4* Hotel  From GBP 1,087 
5* Hotel  From GBP 1,471 


Single Supplement on request


Airfare Supplement - Economy Class - per person

Jabalpur / Mumbai GBP 95 *

* Guide price only - fares are subject to change


Rates include

  • Accommodation in hotels for 11 nights on bed and breakfast basis except Bandhavgarh which is on full board basis
  • Airport transfers with staff assistance
  • Air-conditioned transport
  • 2 bottles of mineral water per person per day
  • 3 game drives in Pench on shared basis
  • 3 game drives in Kanha on shared basis
  • 3 game drive in Bandhvagrah on shared basis
  • Services of local English speaking guide for sightseeing in Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and Khajurah
  • Services of English speaking naturalist during game drives in Bandhavgarh
  • Train tickets from Agra - Jhansi by Bhopal Shatabadi
  • Rickshaw ride in Delhi
  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur (one way up)
  • 4 game drives (1 morning, 1 evening) in Bandhavgarh (subject to availability)
  • Elephanta cave excursion in Mumbai by public ferry
  • All currently applicable taxes.


Rates exclude

  • Travel insurance
  • Any internal flights, offered separately
  • Any entrance fees, offered separately
  • Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, telephone, laundry bills etc.
  • Tips and porter charges
  • Any additional expenses incurred due to any flight delay or cancellation, weather conditions, political closures, technical faults etc.
  • Any other service/s not specified above 

 


Disclaimer

  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by 'Indian Holiday'
  • All prices are 'From' and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • 'Indian Holiday' reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Departures

Available year round - contact us to discuss your dates. 

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