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Travel Dates: February 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021
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Explore northern India in depth, with sumptuous stays in premium accommodations, tiger safaris in the best national parks, unique guided excursions and VIP service. From the capital city of Delhi to the Taj Mahal, the royal city of Rajasthan, tiger country, and Mumbai, the center of Bollywood, experience the best of India!

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 3DelhiRed Fort, Humayuns Tomb, Jama Masjid, Qutab Minar, India GateThe Imperial
3 - 5JaipurAmber Fort, City Palace, The Palace of Winds, Jantar MantarTaj Rambagh Palace
5 - 6AgraTaj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur SikriThe Oberoi Amarvilas
6 - 8PannaPanna Wildlife Sanctuary, Jungle Safaris, Tiger Reserve, Diverse WildlifePashan Garh
8 - 11BandhavgarhJeep Safaris, Birding, Wildlife, Tigers, National ParkMahua Kothi
11 - 14KanhaJeep Safaris, Tiger Reserve, National Park, Bamboo ForestBanjaar Tola
14 - 16MumbaiGateway of India, Marine Drive or Queen’s Necklace, Dhobi Ghat, Crawford MarketTaj Mahal Palace

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  • Landscape
  • Wildlife
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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 3

International Arrival

Experience the VIP Enchanting Service, which includes a fast track personal airport meet and greet facility for your international arrival.

Transfer to your hotel

Delhi

2 Days

Delhi, the City of Djinns (spirits) is yours to discover! Let us take you on a journey of India’s capital that covers 5,000 years, from its imperial history and two World Heritage sites to today’s electric contemporary vibe.

Included Activities

Highlights of Delhi
Whether you want a whirlwind tour or wish to enjoy an in-depth experience of Delhi’s numerous sights, the choice is yours on this full day tour! Discover the Old Town with its bustling markets, including Chandni Chowk, once the grandest Indian market. Head to the imposing Red Fort and onto India’s largest mosque, the Jama Masjid, beautifully decorated with paintings, inlaid stones, carvings and glazed tiles. Feast at the colorful, open-air food and craft bazaar of Dilli Haat. Visit Laxminarayan Temple, built in honor of the Hindu goddess of wealth, and its beautiful gardens. Discover the UNESCO World heritage site Humayun’s Tomb, a monumental landmark in Indo-Islamic architecture with its perfect synthesis of Persian architecture and Indian traditions. (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Red Fort closed on Mondays)

Hotel Options
The Imperial – Opt 1
RoomHeritage room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Day 3 - 5

Transfer to the airport

Flight from Delhi to Jaipur

Transfer to your hotel

Jaipur

2 Days

Jaipur is the eternal rose pink city and gateway to North India’s most colorful state, Rajasthan.

Included Activities

Highlights of Jaipur
Wander into regality during your full day tour! Explore Amber Fort, a fabulous sandstone fort complex that overlooks the city. Visit Albert Hall, the state museum of Rajasthan with its vast collection of interesting regional Indian artifacts. Observe the aesthetically beautiful honeycombed façade of Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal). Discover the architecturally rich City Palace with its many regal courtyards, temples and pavilions, and Govind Devji Temple, dedicated to Hindu God Krishna, situated in the heart of the old city. Head to the world’s largest stone observatory – the Jantar Mantar. Visit the Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing, which acts to preserve the traditional Indian technique of hand block textile printing and boasts numerous beautiful examples. (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy)

Visit to Fatehpur Sikri
Discover the former Mughal capital of Fatehpur Sikri that was built and founded in the 1500s by the third Mughal Emperor, Akbar. This was a planned imperial city that would bring leaders of many religions together as Akbar held ideals of a syncretistic faith. Unfortunately just ten years after completion the city was deserted due to drought and water shortages. Now a UNESCO world heritage site, this half day tour is a very popular stop en route from Jaipur to Agra. (Half Day, Private Activity en route to Agra Fitness Level: Easy)

Hotel Options
RoomPalace Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Day 5 - 6

Drive from Jaipur to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri (250 km, 5 hrs)

Agra

1 Day

Discover the magic of white marble at Agra! The city is home to UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal.

Included Activities

Agra Discovery
Explore Agra Fort, a colossal red sandstone and marble complex situated along the Yamuna river. Past the moat and towering gates, step into the fort that features a maze of paths flanked by towering walls that extend to about 1.25 miles around. Inside, admire the manicured courtyard gardens dotted with fountains, and surrounded by palaces, pavilions, and mosques that showcase Islamic and Hindu styles of architecture. See the Jahangir Palace, the wooden Diwan-i-Khas with Persian artworks, and the bejeweled Khas Mahal with intricate floral inlays. Learn more about the Mughal era while you walk around the large Hauz-i-Jehangir bathing bowl, and the octagonal tower of Musamman Burj where Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan was confined. While soaking in views of Taj Mahal and its surroundings through large marble lattice windows, learn about how the Agra Fort has stood the test of time over several centuries and empires. Next, head to Mehtab Bagh, a crescent-shaped riverside botanical garden built by the Mughals, which affords superb vantages of Taj Mahal from across the Yamuna river. Strolling about the orchards and fountains, enjoy reflections of Taj Mahal in the large octagonal pool, best experienced on a moonlit night! (Half Day; Duration: 4 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Moderate)

Sunrise Visit of Taj Mahal
Wake up with the sun to experience the world’s greatest monument of love, the Taj Mahal, in the light of dawn. Your local guide will meet and take you to this awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage site at a time when the crowds are less. Learn about the tale of eternal romance between Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal, which led to the building of this epic white marble mausoleum with jewel encrusted inlays. This incredible example of Mughal architecture is set within a vast, landscaped complex that features gardens, a mosque and several other mausoleums for the emperor’s other wives, tucked behind a grand darwaza (gateway). (Watchout: Taj Mahal Closed on Friday;Activity Type: Private;Ideal For: All ;Best Time to Visit: Oct – Apr;Avoid: Monsoon & Summer Season ;Duration: 2 hours ;Travel Time to Activity Type : 20 – 25 mins one way ;Notes: No Video Cameras are allowed at Taj Mahal.)

Hotel Options
RoomPremier Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
Day 6 - 8

Transfer to the station

Board the Gatimaan Exp 12050 train departing from Agra at 09:55 hrs and arriving in Jhansi at 12:35 hrs

Drive from Jhansi to Panna (210 km, 4.5 hrs)

Panna

2 Days

Panna National Park is one of the most famous tiger reserves in the country and known worldwide for its wildlife, including tigers, deer, and antelope.

Included Activities

Highlights of Khajuraho
A mere 40 minute drive from Panna is the awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage Site of Khajuraho. Made famous the world over for its sculptured stone temples dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Jain patriarchs, only 20 of the original 85 hard-river sandstone built temples remain. The erotic carvings that engulf this group of monuments are among the finest in the world. Enjoy a 50 minute sound and light show that is both captivating and educational, depicting the life and times under the great Chandela Kings. A visit to the impressive Raneh Falls on the Ken river, is sure to make an impact as they plunge down gorges. The pink sandstone boulders, smoothened by centuries of water flow, gleam like burnished metal in the waning glow of the setting sun.

Exclusive Morning Jeep Safari in Panna
Rise early for an exciting jeep safari at Panna to explore one of India’s prime tiger reserves located within the Vindhya ranges of Central India. Enter through Madla gate, follow the Ken river that winds through Panna hills, and enjoy panoramic vistas at the Hinouta Plateau viewpoint. Characterized by plateaus, gorges and many splendid cascades including the Pandava and Dundhwa falls, soak in the natural beauty of the region. Learn about the former hunting grounds of erstwhile princely states, as your guide shares anecdotes from royal history. Expect to spot tigers, nilgai, wild dogs, jackals, sloth bears, otters and other diverse wildlife. Birding enthusiasts will enjoy the riverine forests that are home to a large avian population. Visit the handful of diamond mines in the neighborhood. You could also spend time observing the wily native crocodiles at Ken Gharial sanctuary, basking in the sun. Pass by farmlands and a reservoir before returning to camp. (Half Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Time: 0600 – 1000 hrs; Duration 3.5 – 4 hrs; Fitness level: Easy; Notes: Open only between October 15 and June 30 every year; closed on Wednesdays Please note that each jeep will accommodate 4 people in total.)

Hotel Options
Pashan Garh – Opt 1
RoomCottage
MealsFull Board plus Activities
StyleLodge
Day 8 - 11

Drive from Panna to Bandhavgarh (240 km, 5 hrs)

Bandhavgarh

3 Days

Bandhavgarh National Park allows you to venture into the land of Rudyard Kipling as you go on the trail of the tiger, India’s jungle king.

Included Activities

Exclusive Morning Jeep Safari in Bandhavgarh
A wildlife enthusiasts’ delight! Explore Bandhavgarh National Park, where the celebrated Indian tiger is best seen, particularly during your morning open jeep safaris. Once a private hunting ground for maharajahs (kings), the area houses more than 22 species of animals and 250 species of birds! Accompanied by your chauffeur and an expert naturalist, explore unspoiled landscapes at the four different zones inside the vast national park. You can also discover the ancient Bandhavgarh Fort and several interesting man made caves. (Half Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Travel time to Activity: 30 mins; Duration: 3.5 hrs; Fitness level: Easy; please wear comfortable walking shoes and light colored clothing. Please note that each jeep will accommodate 64 people in total.)

Exclusive Evening Jeep Safari in Bandhavgarh
A wildlife enthusiasts’ delight! Explore Bandhavgarh National Park, where the celebrated Indian tiger is best seen, particularly during your morning open jeep safaris. Once a private hunting ground for maharajahs (kings), the area houses more than 22 species of animals and 250 species of birds! Accompanied by your chauffeur and an expert naturalist, explore unspoiled landscapes at the four different zones inside the vast national park. You can also discover the ancient Bandhavgarh Fort and several interesting man made caves. (Half Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Travel time to Activity: 30 mins; Duration: 3.5 hrs; Fitness level: Easy; please wear comfortable walking shoes and light colored clothing. Please note that each jeep will accommodate 4 people in total.)

Exclusive Morning Jeep Safari in Bandhavgarh
A wildlife enthusiasts’ delight! Explore Bandhavgarh National Park, where the celebrated Indian tiger is best seen, particularly during your morning open jeep safaris. Once a private hunting ground for maharajahs (kings), the area houses more than 22 species of animals and 250 species of birds! Accompanied by your chauffeur and an expert naturalist, explore unspoiled landscapes at the four different zones inside the vast national park. You can also discover the ancient Bandhavgarh Fort and several interesting man made caves. (Half Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Travel time to Activity: 30 mins; Duration: 3.5 hrs; Fitness level: Easy; please wear comfortable walking shoes and light colored clothing. Please note that each jeep will accommodate 64 people in total.)

Village Walks Around Mahua Kothi
Visit the tribal villages that dot the fringes of Bandhavgarh National Park. Explore this wild Indian countryside replete with sal forests, hills, and local fields swathed in seasonal crops. Walk the narrow streets of the modest settlements flanked by charming mud houses. See kids playing, women in colorful attire going about their daily chores, and elders puffing hookahs. Interact with the rural communities and indigenous tribes here, and get a glimpse into their vibrant culture and lifestyle.

Hotel Options
Mahua Kothi – Opt 1
RoomCottage
MealsFull Board plus Activities
StyleLodge
Day 11 - 14

Drive from Bandhavgarh to Kanha (250 km, 5 hrs)

Kanha

3 Days

Kanha is the undisputed king of wildlife parks, being the largest national park in Central /West India and one of the best maintained.

Included Activities

Exclusive Morning Jeep Safari in Kanha
Search for Shere Khan on a scintillating tiger safari! Set forth on a forest trail of lush bamboo where tucked within, the mysterious silent predator of the Royal Bengal Tiger prowls and rests. Accompanied by a trained naturalist and chauffeur in a open-top 4×4 vehicle, embark on early morning safaris and venture deep into the forest. The thrill of tiger spotting aside, Kanha National Park boasts a variety of wildlife for you to witness, including the rare Swamp Deer and the endangered black buck and hundred of bird species. (Half Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Travel time to Activity: 30 mins; Duration: 3.5 hrs; Fitness level: Easy; please wear comfortable walking shoes and light colored clothing. Please note that each jeep will accommodate 4 people in total.)

Exclusive Evening Jeep Safari in Kanha
Search for Shere Khan on a scintillating tiger safari! Set forth on a forest trail of lush bamboo where tucked within, the mysterious silent predator of the Royal Bengal Tiger prowls and rests. Accompanied by a trained naturalist and chauffeur in a open-top 4×4 vehicle, embark on early afternoon safaris and venture deep into the forest. The thrill of tiger spotting aside, Kanha National Park boasts a variety of wildlife for you to witness, including the rare Swamp Deer and the endangered black buck and hundred of bird species. Make your afternoon safari even more rewarding as you head to the highest plateau of the park, Bamni Dadar, to witness a beautiful sunset against the backdrop of gently grazing animals. (Half Day; Time of Day: Afternoon; Duration: 3.5 hrs; Fixed Time: Yes; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness level: Easy Please note that each jeep will accommodate 4 people in total.)

Exclusive Morning Jeep Safari in Kanha
Search for Shere Khan on a scintillating tiger safari! Set forth on a forest trail of lush bamboo where tucked within, the mysterious silent predator of the Royal Bengal Tiger prowls and rests. Accompanied by a trained naturalist and chauffeur in a open-top 4×4 vehicle, embark on early morning safaris and venture deep into the forest. The thrill of tiger spotting aside, Kanha National Park boasts a variety of wildlife for you to witness, including the rare Swamp Deer and the endangered black buck and hundred of bird species. (Half Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Travel time to Activity: 30 mins; Duration: 3.5 hrs; Fitness level: Easy; please wear comfortable walking shoes and light colored clothing. Please note that each jeep will accommodate 4 people in total.)

Exclusive Evening Jeep Safari in Kanha
Search for Shere Khan on a scintillating tiger safari! Set forth on a forest trail of lush bamboo where tucked within, the mysterious silent predator of the Royal Bengal Tiger prowls and rests. Accompanied by a trained naturalist and chauffeur in a open-top 4×4 vehicle, embark on early afternoon safaris and venture deep into the forest. The thrill of tiger spotting aside, Kanha National Park boasts a variety of wildlife for you to witness, including the rare Swamp Deer and the endangered black buck and hundred of bird species. Make your afternoon safari even more rewarding as you head to the highest plateau of the park, Bamni Dadar, to witness a beautiful sunset against the backdrop of gently grazing animals. (Half Day; Time of Day: Afternoon; Duration: 3.5 hrs; Fixed Time: Yes; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness level: Easy Please note that each jeep will accommodate 4 people in total.)

Hotel Options
Banjaar Tola – Opt 1
RoomSuite
MealsBreakfast
StyleLodge
Day 14 - 16

Drive from Kanha to Jabalpur (165 km, 4 hrs)

Flight from Jabalpur to Mumbai

Transfer from Mumbai airport to your hotel

Mumbai

2 Days

Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay during British colonial rule, has welcomed travelers from around the world for centuries.

Included Activities

Half Day Highlights of Mumbai
Venture to the waterfront and witness the historic Gateway of India, built during the British rule. Drive by the world’s most expensive real estate along Marine Drive, also known as the Queen’s Necklace, as the streetlights resemble a string of pearls at night. Discover the plethora of colonial architecture including the High Court, Mumbai University, Flora Fountain, Asiatic Library, Prince of Wales Museum, Municipal Corporation Building and the fascinating, fully-functioning Victoria Terminus Railway Station. Whilst the building is closed to the public, you can glimpse the Parsi Tower of Silence with its circling vultures. Unwind amidst the topiary of the Hanging Gardens, or in Kamala Nehru Park and Horniman Circle. Learn more about Mahatma Gandhi at Mani Bhavan, a museum and reference library. (Duration 4 hours).

Hotel Options
Taj Mahal Palace – Opt 1
RoomSuperior City View Tower Wing
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage

Transfer to the airport

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 16,490 $ 14,890 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in one double room for 16 days / 15 nights.
  • Meals as indicated
  • Economy flights for all sectors :
    • Delhi – Jaipur
    • Jabalpur – Mumbai
  • The following train journeys in the highest class available :
    • Agra – Jhansi (Gatimaan Express)
  • All activities as listed :
    • Delhi: Highlights of Delhi
    • Jaipur: Highlights of Jaipur
    • Jaipur: Visit to Fatehpur Sikri
    • Agra: Agra Discovery
    • Agra: Sunrise Visit of Taj Mahal
    • Panna: Highlights of Khajuraho
    • Panna: Exclusive Morning Jeep Safari in Panna
    • Bandhavgarh: Exclusive Morning Jeep Safari in Bandhavgarh
    • Bandhavgarh: Exclusive Evening Jeep Safari in Bandhavgarh
    • Bandhavgarh: Village Walks Around Mahua Kothi
    • Kanha: Exclusive Morning Jeep Safari in Kanha
    • Kanha: Exclusive Evening Jeep Safari in Kanha
    • Mumbai: Half Day Highlights of Mumbai
  • All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, accompanied by your tour guide
  • A high-quality air conditioned vehicle with chauffeur for the activities specified in the itinerary
  • All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary
  • Fees and taxes

Not Included

  • Camera fees
  • Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
  • Visa fees
  • Travel, health and cancellation insurance
  • International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return)

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16 days $ 16,490 $ 14,890 / person

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