Tigers of Central India and the Taj Mahal

Tigers of Central India and the Taj Mahal

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Overview

Tour duration: 10 Nights / 11 Days

Places Covered: Delhi / Pench / Kanha / Bandhavgarh / Agra / Delhi

Tour Destination: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6 | Day 7 | Day 8 | Day 9 | Day 10 | Day 11

An ideal tour for a Wildlife enthusiast, giving you ample opportunities for Tiger sightings at three of Central India’s most famous Tiger Reserves, Pench, Kanha and Bandhavgarh.  In addition, this holiday also includes a visit to the Taj Mahal in Agra, and you also get to spend time in India’s capital, the historically rich yet extremely modern  city of Delhi.

Day 01 – Arrive Delhi
You will be met at the airport by Trans India Holidays representative and transferred to the hotel and assisted with check in formalities.

Delhi is the capital of India, and its third largest city.  Delhi consists of two parts – New Delhi, the city created in 1911 as the imperial capital of India by the British and the Old Delhi, the Muslim capital of India between the 17th and 19th centuries. In fact there have been at least eight cities on the site of modern Delhi – the earliest known settlement, Indraprastha, featured in the epic Mahabharata over 3000 years ago. Though not always the capital, Delhi has always been an important city of northern region of the subcontinent.

Overnight in Delhi.

Day 02 – In Delhi
Delhi - india gate, Tiger Tour packages India After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and taken for a guided sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi.  Tour includes visits to the following places of interest:

Red Fort: Derived from a Hindi word Lal, which means red and Quila which means fort. It is laid out along the river Yamuna as an irregular octagon, surrounded by a wall of about 2.4 kms in circumference and is built of red sandstone. Shah Jahan started construction of the massive fort in 1638 and it was completed in 1648. The fort has two main entrances, the Delhi Gate and the Lahori Gate, which faces the famed Chandni Chowk market. The fort has Diwan – e – Am (hall for public audience); Diwan – e – Khas (hall for private audience); Rang Mahal (a water-cooled apartment of royal ladies); Pearl mosque, built of white marble.

Jama Masjid: In Old Delhi, an architectural extravaganza of Shah Jahan, is the country’s largest mosque where thousands of Muslims offers prayers even today. It was built in 1658. The flight of stairs and its large courtyard are marvels of architecture.

Chandni Chowk (Silver Street): It is the colourful main street and shopping bazaar of Old Delhi and is today one of the country’s best known wholesale market for textiles, electronic goods and watches.  The entire area was designed by Jahanara Begum, Shah Jahan’s favourite daughter and was then inhabited by the well-to-do families of the time. Around the area is the famed Paranthawale Gali, known for its delicious paranthas, Dariba Kalan, the gold market and well-known sweetmeats shops.

Raj Ghat : On the banks of river Yamuna, a simple square  platform of black marble marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated following his assassination in 1948. A commemorative ceremony takes place each Friday, the day he was killed.

Birla Mandir: Close to Connaught Place, it was built by the industrialist Raja Baldev Birla in 1938.  The temple is an important prayer site and contains idols of several deities.

India Gate:  This 42 meter high, free standing arch was built in 1931.It was originally called All India War Memorial in the memory of the 90,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who died in World War I. The names of the soldiers are inscribed all along the walls of the arch.  In 1971, the eternal flame was lit here to honour the Amar Jawan (Immortal Soldier).

Rashtrapati Bhavan (President’s House): It is the official residence of President of the country. Designed by Lutyens, it was the official residence of the Viceroy when the British ruled India.

Humayun’s Tomb: It was built by Haji Begum (widow of Humayun) in 1565 – 66, nine years after his death.

Qutub Minar, Central India Tours Qutub Minar: This magnificent structure in the southern part of the capital was built by the Muslim King; Qutab – ud – din Aibak in 1199 A.D. Minar (tower) is 72.5 meters high and has as its base a mosque.

Bahai’s Temple: It is a very recent architectural marvel of the Bahai faith and is visible from several spots in South Delhi. It is a lotus shaped and has rightly been given the name.

Overnight in Delhi.

Day 03 -  Fly Delhi – Nagpur  &  Drive Nagpur -  Pench (80 kms / 1.5 hrs)
Pench, Tiger Tour packages IndiaAfter an early breakfast at the hotel, you will be met by our representative and assisted with check-out formalities. You will then be transferred to the airport in time to board flight for Nagpur

You will be met at the Nagpur airport by our representative and then will drive to Pench.

Pench National Park - is one of the more recent parks to open to tourism and came under the umbrella of Project Tiger in 1992. Having had virtually no visitors in the past, the wildlife here is incredibly varied and visible as it is so unused to intruders. A very beautiful area, much of the vegetation comprises teak forest and open grassland in undulating terrain, at the foot of the Satpura Range. Drained by the Pench and Wainganga Rivers, it is a green and fertile area for several months of the year and provides a perfect habitat for over 22 species of mammal, including sloth bear, leopard, tiger, deer and over 280 species of birds.

On arrival in Pench , check in to your Resort

Later afternoon, Game ride into the Pench National Park.  Safaris in Pench are conducted using Jeeps.  Short Elephant rides are also available, for tiger viewing.  Resident Naturalists are also at hand, to enhance your safari experience.

Overnight in Pench.

Day 04 -  In Pench
Morning and Afternoon Game rides into the Pench National Park.  Safaris in Pench are conducted using Jeeps.  Short Elephant rides are also available, for tiger viewing.  Resident Naturalists are also at hand, to enhance your safari experience.

Overnight in Pench.

Day 05 - Drive Pench – Kanha (250 kms/05 hrs.)
Safaris in Pench, Tiger Tour packages IndiaThe day starts early with a morning game safari  into the Pench National Park. Safaris in Pench are conducted using Jeeps.  Short Elephant rides are also available, for tiger viewing.  Resident Naturalists are also at hand, to enhance your safari experience.

Later, you will drive to Kanha.

Kanha National Park:  Kanha National Park is one of the largest National Parks in Asia,and one of the nine original reserves of Project Tiger in 1973.It now boasts the largest population of Tiger in India. The preservation of the barasingha (swamp deer) is one of the park's other success stories, with its population having increased seven-fold in the past 40 years. It is a pretty park with clearly defined areas and a hugely varied topography which comprises hilly areas, thick forest and open meadowland, all of which offer habitat to a wide variety of animals such as chital (spotted deer), langur monkeys, wolves and the elusive leopard.

On arrival in Kanha, check in to your Resort.

Overnight in Kanha.

Day 06  – In Kanha
Morning and Afternoon Game rides into the Kanha National Park.  Safaris in Kanha are conducted using Jeeps.  Short Elephant rides are also available, for tiger viewing.  Resident Naturalists are also  at hand, to enhance your safari experience.

Overnight in Kanha.

Day 07 -  Drive Kanha – Bandhavgarh (325 kms/07 hrs
Drive Kanha, Tiger Tour packages India The day starts early with a morning game safari into the Kanha National Park. Safaris in Kanha are conducted using Jeeps.  Short Elephant rides are also available, for tiger viewing.  Resident Naturalists are also at hand, to enhance your safari experience.

Later, you will drive to Bandhavgarh.

Bandhavgarh:  Bandavgarh, famous for its white tigers, is a comparatively new National Park, with a lovely fort in the middle of it. With its hills, sal forests, and open grasslands, the park harbours a multitude of game, from Rhesus macaques, jungle cats, hyenas to nilgai, blackbuck etc. The park offers varied habitats to over 22 species of mammal and over 250 bird species.

On arrival in Bandhavgarh, check in to your Resort.

Overnight in Bandhavgarh.

Day 08 -  In Bandhavgarh
Morning and Afternoon Game rides into the Bandhavgarh National Park.  Safaris in Bandhavgarh  are conducted using Jeeps.  Short Elephant rides are also available, for tiger viewing.  Resident Naturalists are also at hand, to enhance your safari experience.

Overnight  in Bandhavgarh.

Day 09 - Overnight train Bandhavgarh  - Agra
Agra, Central India Tours The day starts early with a morning game safari into the Bandhavgarh National Park.  Safaris in Bandhavgarh are conducted using Jeeps.  Short Elephant rides are also available, for tiger viewing.  Resident Naturalists are also at hand, to enhance your safari experience.

Early evening ,  drive to Umaria (nearest railway station from Bandhavgarh), and board an overnight train to Agra (2055 / 1015 hrs).

Overnight on board train.

Day 10 - Arrive Agra
You will be met at Agra Railway Station by our representative and transferred to hotel and assisted with check in formalities

Agra, Central India ToursAgra: Agra, situated on the bank of Yamuna River, is home to India’s most famous landmark, the Taj Mahal. Agra was the capital of Mughal Empire in the 16th & 17th centuries and its superb monuments date from this era.

Later in the afternoon, you will be picked up from your hotel and taken for a guided sightseeing tour of Agra. Tour includes visits following places of interest:

Taj Mahal: The Taj Mahal was constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaj Mahal who died during the birth of her child in 1631. The construction is said to have taken 22 years to complete, starting from 1631, with over 20,000 craftsmen working round the clock. Artisans and experts were brought from France and Italy and the main architect was from Iran.

Agra Fort: Construction of the massive red sandstone Agra Fort on the bank of Yamuna river was begun by Emperor Akbar in 1565 and it was to be predominantly a military structure until his grandson, Shah Jahan, added more palatial accommodations. There are a number of exquisite buildings within its portals such as Samman Burj, where Shah Jahan was held captive by his son, Moti Masjid, a white marble mosque, Diwan – e – Am,  Diwan – e – Khas, Jahangir’s Palace, Khaas Mahal and Shish Mahal.

Overnight in Agra.

Day 11 - Drive Agra – Delhi (220 kms/04 hrs) and depart Delhi
After leisurely breakfast at hotel, you will be met by our representative and assisted with check out formalities. You will then start your drive to Delhi's International Airport in time for your flight home.

Tigers of Central India

Red Fort

A historian's paradise, Delhi is home to a phase of history that speaks out from every nook and corner of the ancient city. The memories of the glorious age of the Mughal rulers is still alive in the city, with most of their architectural glories still standing as mute witnesses of the era gone by.

One of these is the Red Fort or the Laal Quila. Characterizing both, the magnificent past of India as well as the future of her sovereignty, the Red Fort is one of the most symbolic features of the Indian capital. Built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan around 1638 and 1648, the Red Fort today is a busy market-place called the Meena Bazaar, selling a host of wares.

History states, that the Red Fort was built when Shahjahanabad replaced Agra as the capital of the Mughal rule. Located in the eastern end of Shahjahanabad, the Red Fort is symbolic of not just the pomp and splendor of the Mughals but also their architectural prowess. The Lahori Gate which is the main gate of the fort is in itself a structure that attracts thousands of visitors. The Red Fort is also the site of India's national functions on the 15th of August, India's Independence Day.

   

The fort is also famous from a historic perspective as it gives us an idea of the system of governance. There were separately assigned halls and spaces for the public and the nobility. This is evident from the presence of the two halls, the Diwan-i-aam and the Diwan-i-khaas which were the assemblies meant for the commoners and the aristocracy respectively. Jeweled and marbled at their time of origin, the Red Fort has, however, fallen, in later times prey to the vandalism that has been carried out by the invaders of the country. The famous Peacock Throne, that served as a source of pride in the days of the Mughal supremacy was removed to Iran by Nadir Shah in 1739 after a successful loot in the Indian capital. Known for her prestige and beauty, the Diwan-i-Khas has been the subject of Urdu poetry as well. The poet Amir Khusro once remarked, "If there is Paradise on the face of earth, it is here, it is here, it is here".
The Rang Mahal or the palace of colors is another of the remarkable attractions of the Red Fort, noted for its beautifully Lotus-shaped fountain.


Though the Red Fort is but a faint image of its former glory today, it still manages to hold its visitors spell-bound with images of its regal charm. Light and sound shows are arranged at the fort that is sure to transport you to the medieval era of the Mughals. Tickets for the show which are organized in Hindi as well as in English can be bought from the Fort.

Nagpur

Nagpur, the winter capital of the state of Maharashtra is also the largest city in central India. Popularly known as "Orange City", it is home to one of the juiciest varieties of Oranges which are grown in its several orchards in and around the city. Nagpur also leaves its mark as the center of India which is identified with the "Zero Mile" marker.

Nagpur - literally meaning "The abode of serpent God Nag" is named so after the River Nag which flows through a serpentine path through the city. This is further stamped by on the city's postal stamp which has the image of a snake on it.

    
It was said by the great Dr. B.R Ambedkar, that the people of Nagpur belonged to the Nag Dynasty, who were followers of Lord Buddha. The present day city was founded by Bhakt Buland, an erstwhile prince of the region in 18th century.

Nagpur is renowned for its rich heritage & is known as a cultural, commercial, political and industrial centre in the Maratha region. Crowned with an illustrious history, the present day Nagpur is one of the power centers of Indian and Maratha politics. With the headquarters of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at Reshimbagh, Nagpur is hub of the political activities in the state.

 

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