Glimpses of Jungles

Glimpses of Jungles

Recommended Duration of Tour : 16 nights - 17 days

Destinations covered: Delhi – Jaipur - Ranthambhore - Bharatpur - Agra – Umaria - Bandhavgarh – Kanha – Jabalpur – Mumbai

Recommended extensions:-

  • Sariska National park from Delhi
  • Pushkar / Ajmer from Jaipur
  • Jim Corbett national Park from Delhi
  • Mandawa, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Mount Abu and more before reaching Ranthambore.
  • Mathura n Vrindavan from Agra.

Day wise detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival, you will be received by RAJ Travel Consultant’s representative and transferred to the hotel. After assistance on the check in formalities, you will be free to explore the city Delhi - which successfully combines in its folds the ancient with modern. Many successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. In fact, more mythological cities are believed to be here, like the city of Indraprastha from the Hindu epic Mahabharata, founded around 5000 BC. Numerous monuments were built over several centuries by different rulers like Qutub-ud-din Aibek, Alauddin Khilji, Tughlaks, Humayun & Shah Jahan, who built the Walled City Shah Jahanabad.
Later in first half of 20th century much of New Delhi was planned by Sir Edwin Lutyens, who laid out a grandiose central administrative area as a testament to British rule in India. The division in walled city & New Delhi also marks the division in life styles. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02: Delhi
Today after breakfast, you will be taken to the guided tour of New Delhi and visit Raj Ghat, memorial to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. It is a simple black marble platform that marks the spot of his cremation on 31 January 1948. Further we drive past India Gate, memorial built in the year 1931 to commemorate the Indian soldiers who died in the World War I & the Afghan Wars. The names of the soldiers who died in these wars are inscribed on the walls. President's House, the official residence of the President of India, built in the year 1931. Until 1950 it was known as Viceroy's House & served as the residence of the Governor-General of British India. We will also visit Humayun's Tomb, memorial of Mughal Emperor Humayun, built in the year 1562. The complex is a World Heritage Site & the first example of this type of Mughal architecture in India. Qutub Minar, built in the year 1206 by Qutub-ud-din Aibek. It is the tallest (72m) brick minaret in the world, an important example of Indo-Islamic Architecture. Qutub Minar & its monuments are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In the second half of the day, enjoy the guided tour of Old Delhi, the 17th century walled city of Shah Jahanabad, Visiting the great Jama Masjid, the principal mosque of Old Delhi. Built in the year 1656 AD by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, it is the largest & best known mosque in India.Later we walk down or take a rickshaw ride through Chandi Chowk, the old marketplace of Shah Jahanabad now a picturesque bazaar to reach Red Fort, built in the year 1648 by Shah Jehan. Also, an Optional - Sound & Light Show at Red Fort. Overnight at the hotel.

Glimpses of Jungles

Day 03: Delhi – Jaipur (262km - 5hr)
Today after breakfast, you will be driven to Jaipur, popularly known as Pink City, the flamboyant & colourful capital of Rajasthan. With its rich & colourful past, resplendent with tales of valour & bravery, it is now one of the most important heritage cities in India. The city was founded in the year 1728 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber. It remains the only city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the universe, through nine rectangular sectors. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel. After some rest, you can explore the city on own, or optional visit Chokhi Dhani - Chokhi Dhani is an ethnic village Resort located at a distance of 15 km from Jaipur. Rajasthani village atmosphere is recreated on the sprawling ground & includes the entertainment by folk dancers & musicians. Later drive back to hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 04: Jaipur
After breakfast, you will be taken to a guided tour of JAIPUR, starting with an excursion to Amber Fort, the palace complex which stands to this date was commenced under the reign of Raja Man Singh. We take an Elephant ride to reach the Fort situated on the hill, an overwhelming experience.

Afternoon, enjoy the guided tour of the JAIPUR CITY – visiting the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), a five-storied structure of pink sandstone. It was built in the year 1799 so that veiled royal women could peer down the busy street market unseen by the world through its 593 stone Jharokas (mini windows). City Palace, a perfect blend of Rajasthani & Mughal architecture. The center of the palace is a seven-storied building called Chandra Palace, with fine views over the gardens & the city. Further we visit Jantar Mantar (Solar Observatory), an astronomical treasure house, with solar devices that give accurate predictions till date. Overnight stay at the hotel.

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Day 05: Jaipur to Ranthambore (145km -3hr)
After breakfast, you will be driven to Ranthambore National Park, bounded to the north by Banas River & to the Chambal River in the south. It is named after historic Ranthambore fortress, which lies within the park. The Park was established as Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary in the year 1955 by the Indian Government & was declared as Project Tiger reserves in the year 1973. It became National Park in the year 1980 & later in the year 1991 the tiger reserve was enlarged to include Sawai Man Singh & Keladevi sanctuaries, total area 1334 km.

It is famous for its tiger population & is one of India's Project Tiger reserves. Other Major wild animals found in the national park include the tiger, leopard, nilgai, dhole, wild pig, sambar, chital & the gaur. It is also home to wide variety of trees, plants, birds & reptiles.

Upon arrival, check in to the Jungle Resort and take rest and in the evening, you will be taken to a Jeep safari to try luck in spotting the Tigers. Overnight at the resort.

Day 06: Ranthambore
Today very early morning, before the breakfast, you will be again taken to the Jungle safari on Jeep - to the Tiger Reserve. After breakfast, you will be taken to the city of Swai madhopur and visit the Ranthambore Fort, founded in the year 944 by the Chauhan Rajputs. After the defeat of the Chauhan king Prithviraj III by Muhammad of Ghori in the year 1192. It led by Govinda Raja, grandson of Prithviraj became the center of Chauhan resistance to the expanding Sultanate of Delhi. Later after many battles & rulers, it came in hands of Mughal Emperor Akbar in the year 1559. The fortress passed to the Kachhawa Maharajas of Jaipur in the 17th century & it remained part of Jaipur state until Indian Independence. The area surrounding the fortress became a hunting ground for the Maharajas of Jaipur.

Overnight stay at the resort.

Day 07: Ranthambore – Bharatpur (255km -05hr)
Today after breakfast, you will be driven to Bharatpur - founded by Maharaja Suraj Mal in the year 1733. It was once an impregnable, well-fortified city, & the capital of a kingdom ruled by Jat Maharajas. Sanctuary was previously known as Bharatpur bird Sanctuary & now known as Keoladeo National Park. The name Keoladeo is derived from the name of an ancient Hindu temple devoted to Lord Shiva in the sanctuary's central zone while the Hindi term 'Ghana' implies dense, thick areas of forest cover. This is a magnificent park having one of the World’s greatest & most important heronries. It is situated at the confluence of Ghambhir & Banganga Rivers in Bharatpur district. Now a World Heritage site by UNESCO, this former duck-hunting reserve of the Maharajas is one of the major wintering areas for large numbers of aquatic birds from Afghanistan, Siberia & Turkmenistan. Some 364 species of birds, including the rare Siberian Crane, have been recorded in the park. Overnight stay at the Wildlife Resort – Bharatpur.

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Day 08: Bharatpur – Agra via Fatehpur Sikri
After breakfast, you will be driven to Agra, en route we will visit Fatehpur Sikri (Ghost Capital),the political capital of India's Mughal Empire under Akbar's reign, from the year 1571 until 1585, when it was abandoned, ostensibly due to lack of water. In Fatehpur Sikri, visit Emperor Akbar's Residential complex, Mosque & Tomb of Salim Chisti.

Further we continue our drive to Agra, beautifully situated on the banks of river Yamuna. It achieved prominence as the capital of the Mughal Emperors from the year 1526 to 1628, remains major tourist destination because of its many splendid Mughal-era monuments, most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort & Fatehpur Sikri, all three are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel. Take some rest or explore city on own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 09: Agra - Umaria (Overnight Train)
After breakfast, you will be take to guided tour of Agra City visiting the Agra Fort, taken over from the Lodhis by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the late 16th century. The Fort can be more accurately described as a walled palatial city. It was built from red sandstone, often inlaid with white marble & intricate decorations. And Taj Mahal, symbol of eternal love, which stands on the banks of River Yamuna. It was built by the 5th Mughal emperor, Shah Jehan in the year 1631in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It was completed in 22 years. Further, visit Sikandara, Akbar's tomb. His son Jahangir completed the construction of the tomb in the year 1613. Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb, built by Nur Jahan between 1622 & 1628. It belongs to the father of Nur Jahan, Ghiyas-ud-Din Beg. He was the Chief Minister of Emperor Jehangir. This white marble tomb was. This tomb was the first complete marble Mughal structure.

Evening, after assistance in the check out formalities, you will be transferred to the station to board the train to we take an overnight train to Umaria. Overnight on board.

Day 10: Umaria to Bandhavgarh National Park (by Overnight Train)
Morning, upon arrival in Umaria, you will be received by our representative and driven to Bandhavgarh National Park, located in Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh, India. It was declared a National Park in the year 1968. The Park derives its name from the most prominent hillock of the area, which is said to be given by Lord Rama to his brother Laxman. Hence the name Bandhavgarh (Bandhav=Brother, Garh=Fort). This is a Small National Park, Compact, yet full of game. The density of the tiger population here is the highest known in India. This is also white tiger country. These have been found in the old state of Rewa for many years, the last known captured was in the year 1951.

There are also 39 caves in the Bandhavgarh Fort. The oldest cave is from 1st century. Several caves carry inscriptions in Brahmi script & some caves have embossed figure such as those of tiger, pig, elephant & horseman. Badi Gufa, the largest cave, has broad entrance, nine small rooms & several pillars. It has been dated back to the 10th century. The cave appears to be primitive lacking the elaborate statues & carvings seen in the caves of Buddhist period.

Evening you will be taken to the guided Jungle Jeep safari trip to inside the Park to view animals. Overnight at the Jungle resort.

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Day 11: Bandhavgarh National Park
Early morning, you will be taken to the Elephant Safari in the Jungle, a most memorable experience. After breakfast, visit the Bandhavgarh Fort & Caves. Overnight at the jungle resort.

Day 12: Bandhavgarh National Park
Morning again enjoy the Elephant Safari in the Jungle with the guide and later enjoy the jungle walks with the naturalists. Overnight at the jungle resort.

Day 13: Bandhavgarh to Kanha National Park by drive 265km-07hr
After breakfast, you will be driven to the next national park, that is Kanha National Park – which is a part of Project Tiger. In the 1930s, the Kanha area was divided into two sanctuaries, Hallon & Banjar. It was created in the year 1955.

The lowland forest is a mixture of sal & other trees, interspersed with meadows. The highland forests are of a completely different nature. A very good looking Indian ghost tree can also be seen in the dense. Kanha is home to about 22 species of mammals & about 300 species of birds. Commonly observed mammals include the Common Grey Langur, Wild Boar, Chital, Chowsingha, Sambar & Barasingha or Swamp deer (this is the hard ground swamp deer, found only in Kanha). One can also find leopards, the Sloth bear & Indian wild dog. Very rarely seen are the Indian wolves which live in the far east of the park. It comes out after dark which is not a visiting hour. The Nilgai (blue bull), though rare, can also be found in Kanha.

Upon arrival, check in to the Jungle resort. After some rest, you can enjoy the resort activities, or nature walks. Overnight at the Jungle resort.

Day 14: Kanha National Park
Today enjoy two time jungle safaris in Kanha National Park. One in the morning, on the Elephant back – Elephant safari – and the other in the evening, the Jeep Safari with the guide. Overnight stay the jungle resort.

Day 15: Kanha National Park
Again today, have a great opportunity to try your luck to spot the Tiger and other animals, and enjoy two time jungle safaris in Kanha National Park. One in the morning, on the Elephant back – Elephant safari – and the other in the evening, the Jeep Safari with the guide. Overnight stay the jungle resort.

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Day 16: Kanha – Nagpur – Mumbai (200km-05hr)
Morning again visit the Jungle for the last time opportunity in your trip, and later drive to Nagpur to board on the flight to Mumbai – which is an archipelago of seven islands. Upon arrival, you will be received by RAJ Travel Consultant’s representative and transferred to the hotel in the all time alive city. After assistance in the check in formalities, you will be free to take rest or explore the city on own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 17: Mumbai
After breakfast, you will be taken to the guided tour of the city covering the Prince Wales Museum, built in a confluence of Gothic & Moorish styles. It boasts a collection of ancient Indus Valley artifacts dating 2000 BC, plus some priceless Tibetan & Nepali Art. Also, visit the Gateway of India, the entrance to the port of Mumbai. It was built to commemorate the visit of King George V in 1911. and then you wil be taken to the excursion trip to the Elephanta Caves by boat cruise. The Elephanta caves houses rock cut temples dating back to 5th century CE. It was named by the Portuguese, after the statue of an elephant near the landing area of the island. We also drive through the Marine Drive, which runs along the shore of the Arabian Sea from Nariman Point past Chowpatty Beach to the foot of Malabar Hill.

Evening you will be transferred to the airport / station to board the flight / train to the onward journey.

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