Day 01: Arrival / Delhi
Meeting and assistance upon arrival as our
representatives welcome you and escort you to your car.
the room keys and check-in is organized, our representative would
introduce the tour to you and hand over the documents to you.
to India, or as we say 'atithi devo bhava' (the guest is an
incarnation of God). Thank you for giving us the opportunity to
Overnight at Hotel
02: Delhi / Agra (205 Kms)
we proceed on a guided tour of New Delhi, Visiting such sights as
Bahai Temple, Humayun's Tomb (1586), the Qutab Minar 72 meters high
and one of the most perfect towers in the Persian world. The Iron
Pillar which has survived the vagaries of weather for over 1500
years. Continue with a drive through Embassy area, the Government
buildings (1921-1930) and Connaught Place, the heart and main
shopping district of the capital.
Later, we cross the city
and into the walled gates of the Old city with visits to the Jamma
Mosque (1650) and drive through the fabled area of Chandni Chowk
(aptly translates to Moonlight Square) where the throngs of shoppers
and vendors meet in the oldest area of Delhi. Visit the Red Fort
(1639-1648 built by Shah Jehan the builder of the Taj Mahal in Agra)
to view the inlaid and carved Royal Chambers, on to Raj Ghat and
nearby ghats where the founder of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi and
thereafter Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were cremated.
we will drive to Agra along India's finest freeways
arrival in Agra check into your hotel
Day 03: Agra / Katni (Gondwana
Express - 1815 / 0520* Hrs)
We are about to witness one of
the greatest sights of one's lifetime - the Taj Mahal at sunrise.
Before departure for the monument we shall be served tea/coffee and
cookies so that our eyes open real wide to behold this breathtaking
sight. A dawn visit to the fabled Taj Mahal to witness the magical
effects caused by the reflections of the changing colours of the
rising Sun on this brilliant white marble building.
we ride to the massive Agra Fort. The elegant buildings inside
reflect an interesting synthesis of Hindu and Central Asian
architectural styles. Built by Emperor Akbar, the maze of the
courtyards, mosques & private chambers of the fort echo the
story of the Mughal Empire. The Moti Masjid & other magnificent
buildings reflect the skill of the ancient Indian architects
transfer to the train station to board your overnight train to Katni
at First Class Air-Conditioned Sleeper Accommodation
04: Arrival / Katni / Bandhavgarh
and assistance upon arrival in Katni train station and drive to
Upon arrival in Bandhavgarh check into your
Afternoon we will enter the park to search for
Overnight at Hotel
05: Bandhavgarh Wildlife Tours
The pattern of early morning
and afternoon excursions will be interspersed with periods of
relaxation back at our accommodation during the heat of midday.
Although Tigers are the star attraction at Bandhavgarh the
supporting cast of mammals and birds is very impressive, the latter
including such species as Grey-headed Fishing Eagle, Plum-headed
Parakeet, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo and
Asian Paradise Flycatcher among a total of over 250 species recorded
in the district. Tour members with an interest in ornithology will
value the time between game drives as an opportunity to explore some
of the habitats close to our base.
Tigers, and the more
rarely seen Leopards, have no shortage of prey in the reserve. The
Spotted Deer or Chital is a favourite item on the Tiger menu and
several thousand of these delightful deer inhabit the park.
species found here in varying abundance include; Chinkara,
Chowsinga, Wild Boar, Sambar, Muntjac and Nilgai. Herds of the Asian
Bison, or Gaur, formerly Inhabited the Reserve but impressive beast
has not been seen at Bandhavgarh since 1998 although a closely
monitored programme for the reintroduction of the Gaur is planned
within couple of years. A hunting pack of wild dogs may also be seen
on occasions. Mammal sightings always require a degree of luck,
particularly when the species is essentially nocturnal or reclusive
but each outing in the reserve will at least provide a chance to
meet one of the rarer inhabitants such as Sloth Bear, Indian fox,
Jackal, Wolf, Ratel, Striped Hyenas, Jungle Cat or Indian Pangolin.
More predictable are the sounders of Wild Boar rooting among the
vegetation, Indian Hares, the lively little Palm Squirrels that seem
to be constantly in a state of agitation, and several members of
the mongoose tribe. Common Langurs and Rhesus Macaques are also
plentiful, the former enjoying an elevated view of the forest as
they devour their favourite leaves and often the first creature to
bark out a warning at the appearance of a Tiger below.
are never short of wildlife to watch in this gem of a reserve.
Day 06: Bandhavgarh / Khajuraho
(260 Kms) Khajuraho / Delhi (9W 724 - 1330 / 1600
Hrs) Delhi / Departure
out in the misty morning for a final safari in Bandhavgarh.
enjoy breakfast before departing on a six-hour overland journey to
Khajuraho. This sleepy village was founded in a golden age of Hindu
civilization; a pre-Moslem period of riches, when pleasure
flourished and sexual expression coincided with religious and
philosophical values. Nowhere in India will you find artistic
sculptural tributes paying greater homage to the lives of ancient
people, as at the Khajuraho's famous erotic temples, built 1000
Transfer to Khajuraho airport to board your
flight to Delhi
Meeting & assistance upon arrival in
Delhi & transfer to the International airport to board your
onward flight back home