Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Post arrival in Delhi International Airport our representative will greet visitors in ‘Arrival Hall’ and later escort you till to the designated hotel. Spend rest of the time in leisure activities. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 02: Delhi – Full day City Tour
Have breakfast in the hotel and step out for a full day guided city tour of Delhi – the national capital of India. The city had been inhabited since 6th century BC and it had served as capital of many kingdoms and empires. In 1639 AD, the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built a new walled city named Shahjahanabad which had served as the capital of Mughal empire from 1649 till the rebellion of 1857. These days Shahjahanabad is called Old Delhi. Later, British East India Company had chosen Delhi as its capital and had shifted their administrative base from Kolkata to Delhi. A three-member committee had been formed to plan the construction of the city. The key architect of the committee was Sir Edwin Lutyen who had planned New Delhi’s landscape.
Start sightseeing from Jama Masjid, located at very busy part of Old Delhi. It is the largest mosque in India followed by visit to Red Fort. Both of the buildings had been built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Enjoy a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk, which is one of the busiest markets in Old Delhi. In the afternoon visit prominent places in New such as Qutub Minar, Parliament House, India Gate, Secretariat Buildings and Jantar Mantar Observatory. Go on shopping spree at Janpath or Palika Bazaar.
Get back to hotel and stay there overnight.
(Every Monday Red Fort is closed)
Day 03: Delhi/ Agra (210Kms, 4 Hrs drive)
Post breakfast in the hotel depart for Agra. It is one of the prominent tourist destinations in northern India. It is located on the banks of river Yamuna and had served as capital of Delhi Sultanate during reign of Sultan Sikandar Lodi. He had shifted his capital from Delhi to Agra in 1506 AD and had been succeeded by his son Ibrahim Lodi.
After the defeat of Ibrahim Lodi by the first Mughal emperor Babur in the first battle of Panipat in 1526 AD, the capital had been shifted by Mughals. The city had seen drastic changes and development during this period. Various splendid Mughal era buildings had been constructed during this period. The most important one is Taj Mahal which attracts huge crowd from across the world. After a road journey of four hours, tourists will reach Agra. Check into a hotel and freshen up before proceeding for a half day city tour including Taj Mahal. This monument had been built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1630 to enshrine the mortal remains of his queen Mumtaz. Later visit Agra Fort.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
(Taj Mahal remains closed every Friday)
Day 04: Agra-Jhansi (By Train)-Drive to Orchha / Khajuraho
Board Shatabadi train for Jhansi from Agra Cantt railway station in morning. Tourists will reach Jhansi railway station after a journey of two hours. Our representative will come greet tourists in their respective compartment and assist them to deboard the train. Board a car and depart for Khajuraho (170 km from Jhansi).
On the way to Khajuraho, tourists will take a short diversion to visit Orchha (15 km from Jhansi), which had been founded by Rudra Pratap Singh, a Bundela Rajput chief, who had become the first king of Orchha in around 1501 AD. Visit some of the architecturally magnificent designed monuments such as Orchha Palac (also known as Jehangir Mahal). Built in 1598 by Bharath Bhusan, it is one of the finest and most vivid examples of classic Mughal architecture. Later, visit Chaturbhuj Temple, Ram Raja Temple and Raja Mahal among others.
Continue your drive towards Khajuraho after spending two hours in Orchha. Check into a hotel upon arrival in evening. Relax and spend rest of the time in the hotel. Later, enjoy sound and light show in the Garden of Western Group of Temple which evokes the life and time of Chandela kings. This show of 5 minutes duration tells history of Chandela dynasty, the story behind the construction of these erotic temples and importance of this group of temples. After enjoying this fascinating audio-visual show get back to the hotel and stay there overnight.
Day 05: Khajuraho-Panna National Park(30Kms, 1Hr drive)
Take breakfast in the hotel and later depart for Panna (30 km from Khajuraho). It is one of the largest tiger reserves in India spread over an area of 542 square kilometres. This well maintained national park of India has won an award of excellence. Check into a hotel upon arrival. After freshen up enjoy afternoon game drive in the forest and spot many wild animals as well as birds. Get back to the hotel by evening and stay there overnight.
Day 06: Panna National Park-Bandhavgarh National Park
Have breakfast in the hotel/resort before departing for next wildlife destination Bandhvgarh national park. It is one of the most popular tiger reserves in India. This park derives its name from a hillock in this area. Owing to a huge number of tigers in this area chances are ample to spot the ‘big cat’. Other animals such as leopards, various species of deer, Indian Bison, Guar, nilgai and so on can be spotted. This park houses 37 species of mammals, 80 species of butterflies, 250 species of birds and other endangered wild animals. Check into a hotel upon arrival by evening.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 07: Bandhavgarh National Park
Enjoy game drive in an open jeep and roam in the forest in the morning. Try to capture the presence of tiger in the thick forest. Tourists can see many species of flora and fauna while looking for tiger and its footprints. Keep exploring the forest and increase the chance to spot the forest king. Get back to the hotel for breakfast.
Revisit the forest during afternoon. Explore a different zone this time and keep a constant vigil to get a glimpse of tiger and capture it in a camera. Get back to the hotel /resort by evening and stay there overnight.
Day 08: Bandhavgarh National Park-Kanha National Park (260Kms, 5Hrs drive)
Post breakfast in the hotel leave for third wildlife destination in central India. Check into a hotel upon arrival in the afternoon. Relax in the hotel and spend rest of the time in a hotel/resort.
Day 09: Kanha National Park
Enjoy morning and evening jeep safari to explore and spot tigers, other wild animals, birds and a number of other floral species. Overnight stay in Kanha.
Day 10: Kanha National Park-Pench National Park (120Kms, 4Hrs drive)
Post breakfast in the hotel/resort depart for next wildlife destination – Pench. It is the fourth national park located in Madhya Pradesh. It is named after Pench river which flows through the forest. Earlier it was a sanctuary, but later declared as a national park in 1983. This national park is quite popular for Bengal Tigers and some other species of mammals as well as reptiles. Tourists can spot some of the wildlife such as wild dog, sloth bear, monkey, striped hyena, four-horned antelope and jackal.
After a journey of 3-4 hours check into a hotel upon arrival in Pench national park. After freshen up enjoy open jeep safari to explore flora and fauna in this park. Get back to hotel/resort and stay there overnight.
Day 11: Pench National Park-Nagpur (160Kms, 4Hrs) / Mumbai (By Flight)
Take breakfast in the hotel and later proceed towards Nagpur Airport to board a flight for Mumbai. Check into a hotel after reaching Mumbai Spend rest of the time in leisure activities.
Overnight stay in a hotel.
Day 12: Mumbai – Full day city tour
Have breakfast in the hotel and later proceed towards Gateway of India jetty to take first boat in the upper deck to reach Elephanta Caves. This short boat ride to reach caves is a thrilling journey for all. First boat departs at 9:00 am and there are boats in every 30 minutes. The last boat leaves Gateway of India at 2:30 pm. From Elephanta Caves the first return boat starts at 12 noon and the last boat leaves at 5:30 pm. Elephanta Caves are a group of caves with religious carvings on the ‘Elephanta’ Island (also known as ‘Gharapuri’). There are five Hindu caves and two Buddhist caves. The highlight of this place is a 20 feet ‘Trimurti’ or three-headed Lord Shiva. Ride jetty to reach Gateway of India.
Proceed for half day city tour of Mumbai including visit to Prince of Wales museum, Haji Ali Dargah, Dhobi Ghat, Chowpatty Beach and Marine Drive. Get back to the hotel and stay there overnight.
Day 13: Mumbai-International Airport departure
Have breakfast in the hotel and spend time in leisure activities till departure for Mumbai International Airport to board a flight for respective destination. This concludes Central India Wildlife tour.