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Wildlife & Cultural Tour

Duration : 12 Nights / 13 Days
Destinations Covered : Delhi - Jaipur - Ranthambhore -Agra - Unchangaon - Corbett National Park- Delhi


Day 01 :  Arrive Delhi
Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel.
Check-in time is 12 Noon
Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 02 : Delhi
Full day sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi.
Delhi, the capital of India, conceals within its bosom the remains of civilization that flourished over the last three thousand years.  Since those legendary days, many dynasties and rulers have flourished on its regal soil.  The legacy of that past survives in the  many monuments left behind by the regents.

Old Delhi’s landmarks are Red Fort built by Emperor Shahjehaan in 1638 AD, Jama Mosque largest mosque in India also built by Shahjehan. Raj  Ghat and Shanti van -the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, Chandni Chowk - the main shopping hub of Old Delhi.

In New Delhi, visit Qutab Minar, one of the earliest remains of Imperial Delhi (13th century AD) Humayun’s Tomb-the fine monument believed to be forerunner of Taj Mahal, India Gate, the 42 metre high arch that was raised as a memorial to soldiers, Parliament House, President’s House, Secretariat and other Govt. Building and Connaught Place, the oldest city centre shopping hub.

Day 03 : Delhi-Jaipur drive, 260 km/4-5 hours
Drive to Jaipur and on arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Rest of the day free.

Day 04 : Jaipur
Morning excursion to Amber Fort, set in a picturesque location.  Amer is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture.  Built in the 16th century  by Raja  Mansingh in red sandstone and white marble, the palace complex has some very interesting sections. Jai Mandir, Sheesh Mahal, Sukh Niwas, Ganesh Pol andTemple of Kali  are some of the prominent areas of interest.  Elephants are provided to ascend the fort.
 
Afternoon city sightseeing tour.
The city was planned and built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the notable astronomer 260 years ago. The City Palace, the home of the erstwhile royal family, the Observatory,  Ram Niwas  Gardens, Hawa Mahal or the Palace of winds built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh and Birla Temple are the most important tourist sites.

Day 05 : Jaipur-Ranthambhore drive, 185 km/4 hours
Drive to Ranthambhore and check-in at the hotel.

Afternoon jungle safari.
Surrounded by the Vindhyas and the Aravalis, amidst vast, arid and denuded tracts of the desert ecology of Rajasthan, lies the oasis of biomass, the Ranthambhore National Park, spread over an area of 392 sq. km. 

The herbivorous population includes chital, sambar, blue bull and chinkara.   Sambar deer is the pride of the park.  There is no other park in Asia, where these largest of all Asiatic deer can be seen so frequently during day-time.  Wild boars and langurs are a common sight.  Among the reptiles, crocodiles can be seen basking in the sun near the lakes. The tiger is the biggest attraction of this park. Other carnivores in the park include leopard, hyena, jackal, fox, caracal, jungle cat, sloth bear and ratel.

The park over 300 varieties of birds is also heaven for bird watchers.  Common birds seen in the reserve are peafowls, parakeets, doves, partridges, storks, egrets, flycatchers, eagles and owls. During winter months, migratory birds such as grelag goose, ruddy shelduck and pintails are also seen. 

Day 06  : Ranthambhore
Morning and afternoon jungle safari.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 07 : Ranthambhore-Agra drive, 318 km/6-1/2 hours
Morning leave for Agra visiting en-route Fatehpur Sikri.
The beautiful city was planned and erected by Emperor Akbar in 1569. The story behind the city relates to birth of his Son Salim who was named after a Muslim Saint – Sheikh Salim Chishti.  Emperor Akbar hearing his renown, had visited the Saint, asked of the blessings of a child.  When a son was born, he decided to built a city near the place where the Saint lived. The city was abandoned after 14 years due to shortage of water and growing population.  The imposing pavilions, Mosque, massive Buland Darwaza (Gate), Panch Mahal and other buildings are worth visiting.

0n arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 08 : Agra
Morning sightseeing tour of Agra.
Taj Mahal is the finest example of Mughal architecture.  A UNESCO World Heritage site, this immortal monument, the inimitable poem in white marble is the true expression of love of Emperor Shahjehan for his queen Mumtaz Mahal.  The monument was completed in 1653 AD and thousands of workers and artisans were employed.  It took little over 20 years for its completion.  Agra Fort’s importance can be judged with the great names of Mughal dynasties Humayun, Akbar, Jehangir, Shahjehan and Aurangzeb who lived here. The imposing structure on the banks of the river Yamuna is replete with priceless examples of craftsmanship in the Mughal period. The beautiful pearl Mosque, Diwan-e-Am, Diwan-e-Khas, Jehangir palace, Moti Masjid are to name a few that form the part of this great fort.

Afternoon at leisure.

Day 09 : Agra-Unchagaon drive, 180 km
Morning drive to Unchagaon.  On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Fort Unchagaon was inherited by the present Raja Surendra Pal Singh at the age of ten. The Singh family was Jat Zamindars who received the Fort from the British in 1859, for loyalty during the first Indian war of Independence. This palace was renovated under his guidance and this is evident in the influence of early 20th century blend of Indian and colonial architecture. The imposing white façade of SURYA MAHAL is surrounded by well-manicured, lush verdant lawns.  You will come across well-bred Peshawari horses swishing their impressive tails.

The village of Unchagaon is also fascinating, and an afternoon walk reveals traditional activities such as pottery and jaggery making. A stroll through the colourful Saturday bazaar or a visit to the potter’s village is a must.  Three km stretch thru village, sugarcane fields brings you to the bank of Ganges.  Isolated though, you can spot Dolphins in the river which number around 40 now.

Evening is time for campfire and light classical songs and music by local artisans.  You can order a drink and enjoy the evening in cosy atmosphere.

Day 10 : Unchangaon-Corbett National Park
After breakfast, drive thru rural countryside along the river to reach highway.
The drive will take 4-5 hours to reach Corbett.
On arrival, check-in at the resort.

Afternoon jeep safari.
Evening camp fire dinner, lecture and film show on wildlife.

Day 11 : Corbett
Jungle safari by jeep and possibly one by elephant.
Nestling in the foothills of the Himalayas, the Corbett National Park has varied topography and vegetation that gives Corbett a rich diversity in habitats and natural beauty.  Corbett has the highest density of tiger in the country – approximately one every 5 sq.km. and it was here that the prestigious “Project Tiger” was launched in 1973.  Four species of deer – hog deer, sambar, chital and barking deer and other prey like the wild boar, support the predator. Besides the tiger, Corbett is haven for 50 mammals, 580 kinds of birds and 25 reptile species, which includes elephants, the Himalayan black bear in the higher elevations, sloth bear, varieties of lesser cats, dhole – the wild dog and an entire spectrum of colourful birds including water birds, pheasants, jungle fowl and the Indian hornbill.  Basking along the banks of the Ramganga are the slender snouted gharial and the mugger or marsh crocodile.

Day 12 – Corbett
Morning and afternoon jeep safari.

Day 13 : Corbett-Delhi drive, 285 km/7 hours
Return to Delhi and transfer to airport for return flight
Check-in and check-out time at the hotels is 12 Noon.

 

 

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