INDIA WILDLIFE TOUR – April, 2015
Led by Amazonia Expeditions biologist and nature photographer Alfredo Dosantos Santillan
Apr 05 (Sun) ARRIVE DELHI
Welcome to India! Meet and greet on arrival at the airport, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the Metropolitan hotel.
Apr 06 (Mon) DELHI – AGRA
Morning after breakfast, departure by surface to Agra, upon arrival check in at the Mughal/Radisson hotel.
Later sightseeing tour of Agra city visiting Agra Fort built by Emperor Akbar over the years 1565 – 1573 with its maze of courtyards, mosques and private chambers. Most of the buildings were originally built by Akbar but were destroyed and were replaced by his grandson Shah Jehan. The only surviving structure from Akbar’s period apart from the solid sand stone ramparts and the gateway is the Jehangir Mahal. It is the biggest private residence in the complex and its architecture indicates strong influences of Hindu overtones. Then visiting the Taj Mahal, built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan, this beautiful mausoleum is built of pure white marble and is an architectural marvel. Built in the memory of his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. The building was conceived as a garden tomb with the mausoleum rising at the far end of the complex with the river Yamuna flowing below. Beneath the dome are the cenotaphs of Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jehan. Overnight at Mughal/Radisson hotel.
Apr 07 (Tue) AGRA – FATEHPUR SIKRI – RANTHAMBORE
Morning after breakfast, departure by surface to Ranthambore en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted capital of Mughal India. Among the principal attractions of Fatehpur Sikri are the large audience halls, palaces, the Mosques, the tomb of Salim Chishti, The Panchmahal, and the Buland Darwaza, Which is among the biggest gates in Asia. Upon arrival check – in at the Tiger Den Resort
Apr 08 (Wed) IN RANTHAMBORE
Ranthambore - the 392 sq km National Park is the earlier hunting preserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur. The Park at Ranthambore was once the scene of royal hunting parties. Today it is famous for its tigers and is one of the best places in the country to see these majestic predators in the wild. The tigers can be spotted quite often even during the day at their normal pursuits - hunting and taking care of their young. Ranthambore has large numbers of a variety of species of deer as well as other wildlife. The lakes and pools at the Park are where the deer congregate and where it is easiest to see the animals. Among the other local fauna are the leopard, hyena, jackal, jungle cats, monkeys, mongoose, monitor lizards, sloth bear and marsh crocodile. Early morning and late afternoon game viewing jeep safari to Ranthambore national park. Overnight at Tiger Den Resort
Apr 09 (Thu) RANTHAMBORE - JABALPUR
Early Morning and late afternoon game viewing jeep safari to Ranthambore National Park. Evening departure transfer to Sawai Madhopur railway station to board train Dayodaya Express to Jabalpur. Overnight on board train.
Apr 10 (Fri) ARRIVE JABALPUR – BANDHAVGARH
Assistance upon arrival at the railway station and departure by surface to Bandhavgarh, upon arrival check in at the Tiger Den Resort.
Apr 11 (Sat) IN BANDHAVGARH
The Bandhavgarh National Park is a premier wildlife preserve in the Vindhya mountain range of Central India. It is a small park with a very high density of tigers and leopards. Bandhavgarh came into existence as a national park in 1968 with a core area of 105 sq. km, which was later extended to include two adjoining sal forests in 1986. Before becoming a national park, it was the game reserve of the Maharajas of Rewa.Early morning and late afternoon game viewing jeep safari to Bandhavgarh National Park. Overnight at the Tiger Den Resort.
Apr 12 (Sun) IN BANDHAVGARH
Early morning and late afternoon game viewing jeep safari to Bandhavgarh National Park. Possibility of adding safari on elephant according to interest. Overnight at the Tiger Den Resort.
Apr 13 (Mon) BANDHAVGARH – KANHA
Early morning another game viewing jeep safari to Bandhavgarh National Park. After breakfast, departure by surface to Kanha, upon arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight at Chitvan Jungle Lodge
Apr 14 (Tue) IN KANHA
The lush Sal and Bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines of Kanha provided inspiration to Rudyard Kipling for his famous novel "Jungle Book". The Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh came into being in 1955 and forms the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve, created in 1974 under Project Tiger. The Park's landmark achievement is the preservation of the rare hard ground Swamp Deer (Barasingha), saving it from near extinction. Stringent conservation programs for the overall protection of the Park's fauna and flora makes Kanha one of the most well maintained National Parks in Asia. Early morning and late afternoon game viewing jeep safari to Kanha National Park. Overnight at Chitvan Jungle Lodge
Apr 15 (Wed) KANHA – JABALPUR – DELHI DEPART
Early morning another game viewing jeep safari to Kanha National Park. After breakfast, in time departure by surface to Jabalpur airport to board flight SG 2452 (1835 – 2055 hrs) to Delhi. Meeting and assistance at airport and transfer to International airport to board flight to back home.
TOUR COST $2995 per person
single supplement $500
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