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The Golden Triangle Tour with Bandhavgarh and Ranthambore

A twelve day India tour, including India’s must visit Golden Triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, alongwith the city of Khajuraho, and the two of India’s most famous National park, Bandhavgarh and Ranthambore, giving the traveler ample opportunity to see and experience the wildlife in India.

North India Tour : Delhi - Bandhavgarh - Khajuraho - Agra - Ranthambore - Jaipur

Day 01: - Arrive Delhi

Your India wildlife tour begins with your arrival at Delhi International Airport.

Delhi : A bustling metropolis and a city of almost 17 million inhabitants, is also India's capital. A near perfect blend of the ancient and the modern, Delhi, consisting two parts Old & New Delhi, is a city with something for everyone. From Forts and monuments that are almost 500 years old, to modern shopping malls, nightclubs and golf courses, Delhi truly is India's crown jewel.


Upon clearing Customs and Immigration, you are met by our representative who will present you with a welcome pack including all necessary documentation and arrange your transfer to the Claridges hotel for check-in. No activity is scheduled today, since most of the International flights arrive into India close to midnight only.

the claridges delhi

The Claridges : Located in the heart of the city, The Claridges has been a landmark in Lutyens Delhi since the 1950's. Set on 3 acres of land, the hotel is a low-rise building with only three floors. It is within close proximity of the business district, ministries, diplomatic missions, shopping & cultural centers and historical landmarks. The Hotel's facilities include a Swimming Pool, Health Club and several Bars and Restaurants. For the ultimate in luxury, you could choose to upgrade to

The Imperial : - The Imperial Hotel, one of Delhi's best known luxury Hotels is also one of the oldest hotels in Delhi .Built in 1933, it has a somewhat unconventional style & design; a mixture of Victorian and old colonial with a playful dosage of art deco. The hotel, which is centrally located on Janpath, is set in beautiful gardens and its facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, a shopping arcade, permanent in-house art galleries and a variety of restaurants.

imperial blue

Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Delhi - Umaria

This morning you are collected from your hotel for half day tour of New Delhi.

humayun tomb

Humayun Tomb : - The tour of New Delhi includes the Humayun's Tomb, the precursor of the Taj Mahal. Drive down the spectacular Rajpath ("the Kingsway,") passing the India Gate (the memorial built to commemorate the unknown soldiers,) the President's House, and the House of Parliament. Qutab Minar - a Victory tower. Enjoy a brief respite from the otherwise bustling city at Birla Mandir, a modern and colourful Hindu temple.

Your sightseeing tour is followed by a transfer to Delhi railway station to board overnight train (1205/0525 hrs.) to Umaria.

Overnight on board.

Day 03: Umaria - Bandhavgarh

Upon arrival at Umaria Railway station, you will be met and drive to Bandhavgarh (30 kms/45 minutes), the first of the two National park that you visit on your India wildlife tour.

Bandhavgarh : Bandhavgarh National Park, situated in the Central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, has established a reputation as one of the best places in India to observe Tigers. The 105 square kilometers of park area, open for tourists is reported to have over 25 tigers. Like many Tiger reserves in India, the area was formerly the hunting reserve of a Maharaja and contains much evidence of its royal associations, most spectacular being the ruins of a huge hilltop fort which dominates the centre of the reserve. The Sal Forest which predominates in the Park is replaced by mixed forests at the higher elevations in the hills and there are also expanses of grassland and bamboo in the north.

tiger in bandhavgarh

The core of the reserve is hilly and dominated by the ancient natural fort which towers to an impressive 800 metres above the forest. The Fort too is worth a visit. Bandhavgarh being an arid region, water is always attractive to wildlife and the presence of pools and streams in the reserve is one of the reasons it is so favoured by both game and predators. Although Tigers are the star attraction at Bandhavgarh the list of other mammals and birds that have made Bandhavgarh their home , is very impressive too .The list of birds includes such species as Grey-headed Fishing Eagle, Plumheaded Parakeet, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo and Asian India Safaris Spotted Deer Paradise Flycatcher among a total of over 250 species recorded in the district. 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. Other species found here in varying abundance include; Chinkara, Chowsinga, Wild Boar, Sambar, Muntjac and Nilgai. The Asian Bison or Gaur last sighted as a small herd in 1998, the animal is now conspicuous by its absence since. A closely monitored programme of 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 which 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.

Upon arrival in Bandhavgarh, check in to the Tiger Den.

tiger den

Tiger Den : Located less than 500 meters from the entrance of the Bandhavgarh National Park, the Tiger Den is a comfortable jungle lodge , with well furnished cottage style accomodation set amidst well manicured lawns .Facilities here are rather basic , but the resorts management more than makes up for them ,with their excellent all round services and their excellent naturalists.

For the ultimate in luxury, you could choose to upgrade to the

Taj & Beyond Mahua Kothi : -- A product of the recent partnership between CC Africa (now called &Beyond) and the Taj Group, the Mahua Kothi offers the ultimate in luxury , as far as lodge accomodation in Bandhavgarh is concerned. The twelve charming suites or Kutiyas (jungle village huts) are newly built in the 40 acre grounds of the renowned tented camp formerly known as Churhat Kothi.

mahua kothi bandhavgarh

The original Kothi (homestead) comprising the guest areas remains and has been extensively renovated, but the guest accommodation is all brand new. Those familiar with CC Africa's standards when it comes to Game lodges , would no doubt know what to expect here -- the best accommodation , top class services , gourmet cuisine and the best naturalists.

Evening game safari into the Bandhavgarh National Park. Safaris in Bandhavgarh are organized in jeeps. Local guides and naturalists are at hand to enhance the experience. Those of our guests, who have been lucky to sight a Tiger at close range (and most have) have said, that, the image will always remain in their memory, as a high point of their India tour.

Overnight at the Resort.

Day 04: In Bandhavgarh

Early morning & evening game safaris into the Bandhavgarh National Park. Safaris in Bandhavgarh are organized in jeeps. Local guides and naturalists are at hand to enhance the experience. Overnight at the Resort.

Overnight at the Resort.

Day 05: In Bandhavgarh

tiger safari in bandhavgarh

Early morning & evening game safaris into the Bandhavgarh National Park. Safaris in Bandhavgarh are organized in jeeps. Local guides and naturalists are at hand to enhance the experience.

Overnight at the Resort.

Day 06: Bandhavgarh - Khajuraho

Early morning game safari into the Bandhavgarh National Park. Safaris in Bandhavgarh are organized in jeeps. Local guides and naturalists are at hand to enhance the experience.

Later drive to Khajuraho (275 kms/06 hrs).

Khajuraho : Famous for its temples that are India's unique gift to the world, representing, as they do, a paean to life, to love, to joy, perfect in execution and sublime in expression. Life, in every form and mood, has been captured in stone, testifying not only to the craftsman's artistry but also to the extraordinary breadth of vision of the Chandela Rajputs under whose rule the temples were conceived and constructed in the short span of a hundred years, from 950-1050 AD, in a truly inspired burst of creativity.

khajuraho temple

Upon arrival in Khajuraho, check in to the Taj Chandela hotel.

taj chandela hotel khajuraho

Taj Chandela : Just 1km from the famous temples, this is the best place to stay in Khajuraho. An inviting pool, good food, a lively bar and spacious rooms combine to make a comfortable stay. All rooms are elegantly appointed and offer guest amenities like speaker phones with international direct dialing facility, Internet connectivity, mini-bar, personal safe, channel music and colour television.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 07: Khajuraho - Jhansi - Agra

This morning you are collected from your hotel for half-day City tour of Khajuraho visiting eastern & western group of temples.

Afternoon drive from Khajuraho to Jhansi (172 kms /3½ hrs.) nearest railway station for Khajuraho, and board train to Agra (1755/2025 hrs).

Agra : "The Land of Taj" was once the capital of the Mughal Empire and even today it seems to linger in the past. Not surprising, for the Mughal emperors with their passion for building, endowed the city with some of the finest structures in the world. Agra is an old city and it is said that its name was derived from Agrabana, a forest that's finds mention in the epic Mahabharata. In more recent times Agra came into prominence when Sikandar Lodi made it his capital city in 1501. Later it passed into the possession of the Mughals. It was during the time of the third emperor "Akbar" that Agra came into its own and later on his grandson "Shah Jehan" ornamented the city with that masterpiece of Mughal architecture - The Taj Mahal.

taj mahal agra

Upon arrival at Agra Railway station, you will be met and escorted to your hotel for check-in to the Trident.

the trident agra

Trident : The Trident Agra, is set amidst beautiful gardens and is only a few minutes walk away from the famous Taj Mahal. The hotel is built of the red stone reminiscent of the Mughal era, designed around landscaped central courtyard with swimming pool and fountains. All rooms are centrally air-conditioned and equipped with modern facilities like a mini-bar, complimentary tea and coffee making facility, direct dial telephone, data port connectivity, television set with satellite transmission and a personal safe. The hotel features an informal, poolside brasserie and a Bar. The restaurant serves an extensive buffet, and a choice of Continental and Indian cuisine.

Amar Vilas : Only 600 metres from the Taj Mahal stands the Oberoi Group's luxury resort, Amarvilas. The classical architecture of the hotel is complemented by the elaborate gardens, terraced lawns, fountains, reflection pools and pavilions. The hotel has been designed to give guests uninterrupted views of the Taj Mahal from all rooms and suites. The lobby, restaurants, bar and tea lounge also offer spectacular views of the world famous monument. The décor and service spell the ultimate in comfort and the luxurious spa offers non-clinical therapies.

oberoi amar vilas agra

Overnight at hotel.

Day 08: Agra - Ranthambore

the taj mahal

This morning you are collected from your hotel for half day sightseeing tour Agra visiting The Taj Mahal - a poem, a feeling of love, in white marble, is a fine example of the fusion of many architectural styles. It has been described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love. A visit to the Taj Mahal will certainly be remembered by you as a highlight of your India tour. Your tour also includes a visit to the Red Sandstone Agra Fort, seat of the Mughal dynasty in the 16th century, lies on the bend of the River Yamuna, almost in the heart of town. Akbar built it as his citadel over the years of 1565-1573.

Your sightseeing tour is followed by a drive to Ranthambore (290 kms/06 hrs.) visiting Fatehpur Sikri en-route - often called the ghost city, built by Akbar the Great in the 16th century to serve as the capital of his vast empire, Fatehpur Sikri was mysteriously abandoned 13 years later.

Later continue your drive to Ranthambore, for your next tryst with the wildlife in India.

Ranthambhore : The most convienently located National Park in the North Indian state of Rajasthan, is considered by many to be one of India's most beautiful national parks .The Ranthambore National Park is one of the prime examples of Project Tiger's conservation efforts in Rajasthan. It covers an area of 400 sq km with many steep crags embracing a network of lakes and rivers. Atop one of these hills, the 10th century Ranthambore Fort stands like a silent sentinel. The terrain is a blend of impregnable forests and open bush land. The forest is the typically dry deciduous type with dhok being the most prominent tree.

tiger in ranthambore national park

Ranthambore is best known for its tiger population, and tiger sightings are common here. Apart from tigers, the park has its share of panthers, too. Kachida Valley is believed to be the place to sight these rather elusive cats. One can also find marsh crocodiles, hyenas, jungle cats and sloth bears apart from Chital, Nilgai, and Chinkara. The avian population comprises of black storks, quails, Bonelli's eagles, spur fowls, crested serpent eagles and painted storks. During the winter months, the park attracts a lot of migratory birds, including a variety of ducks. It is the ideal park for wildlife photography.

Upon arrival check-in at the Vivanta by Taj Sawai Madhopur Lodge.

taj sawai madhopur lodge

The Vivanta by Taj Sawai Madhopur Lodge : Located amidst 12 acres of lush gardens, this 70-year-old hunting lodge exudes a rustic, earthy charm and an air of history. The Lodge is a heritage building and was the the hunting lodge of the Maharajah of Jaipur . It has about 30 newly refurbished rooms , with all modern amenities . Leisure facilities at the Vivanta by Taj Sawai Madhopur Lodge include a swimming pool, a well stocked bar, a library, a billiards/snooker room and massage services.

To experience world class luxury accommodation in Ranthambhore, you could choose to upgrade to

The Oberoi Vanya Vilas in Ranthambore : -Vanya vilas is India's first luxury jungle camp and it is situated adjacent to the famous tiger sanctuary of Ranthambore. Accommodation is in 25 luxury air-conditioned tents, which are located to ensure maximum privacy. In true Oberoi Vilas style, each tent has a large well-appointed marble bathroom with freestanding, bathtub, separate shower stall and double vanity. The resort area totals almost 20 acres and yet only 5% is to be built upon, leaving space for the many trees and extensive natural flora, ensuring the natural beauty of the area is maintained.Leisure facilities at the Oberoi Vanya Vilas , include a Swimming Pool, a Banyan Tree Spa , a library, a fully stocked bar and Cigar lounge.

the oberoi vanya vilas

Overnight at hotel.

Day 09: - In Ranthambore

Early morning & evening game safaris into the Ranthambore National Park. Safaris in Ranthambhore are organized in jeeps and open air mini trucks, and local guides and naturalists are at hand to enhance the experience. Overnight at the Lodge.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 10: - In Ranthambore

tiger in ranthambore

Early morning & evening game safaris into the Ranthambore National Park. Safaris in Ranthambhore are organized in jeeps and open air mini trucks, and local guides and naturalists are at hand to enhance the experience. Overnight at the Lodge.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 11: - Ranthambore - Jaipur

Early morning game safari at Ranthambore National Park. Later drive to the Pink city of Rajasthan - Jaipur (180 kms/3½ hrs.), the last stop on your India wildlife tour.

Jaipur : Jaipur is an exuberance of colour, dance, and song with the traditional arts and crafts. It's one of India's most well planned cities, with wide, straight avenues, roads, streets and lanes in a grid system. The great warrior/astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II carefully planned Jaipur's foundation. Laid out in the 18th century, its design followed specifications from an epochal Hindu treatise on architecture.

hawa mahal jaipur

This "Pink City," so called because its buildings are painted in the tones of an autumnal sunset, intersperses the play of red and pink with white borders and motifs. The royal family's residence at Amber is only 11 km away. The palaces and forts of yesteryear, once witness to royal processions, now shine amid the splendor of modern monuments, juxtaposition accepted quite naturally into the lifestyles of an amazing people.

Upon arrival in Jaipur, check in at the Jai Mahal Palace.

jai mahal palace

Jai Mahal Palace : Set in several acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, the Jai Mahal Palace was the residence of the former Prime Minister of the state of Jaipur. Now a Deluxe hotel, managed by the Taj Group, the hotel has recently been refurbished and upgraded. Almost all rooms offer breathtaking views of the Moghul gardens or the swimming pool. Excellent service and modern amenities make the Jai Mahal Palace one of the finest hotels in Jaipur.

For the ultimate in luxury, you could choose to upgrade to the

Rambagh Palace :- Once the residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur, this magnificent palace is spread over 47 acres of land and is now a luxury hotel managed by the Taj Group. The hotel offers spacious rooms tastefully decorated in traditional Rajasthani style and excellent leisure facilities like an indoor swimming pool, health club and live entertainment every evening. The Rambagh Palace is also home to the Polo Bar, rated as one of the finest Bars in the world.

rambagh palace jaipur

Later you are collected from your hotel for half day sightseeing tour of Jaipur visiting Hawa Mahal or "Palace of Winds," one of the major landmarks of Jaipur, although it is actually little more than a façade. The five-story building was originally built to enable the ladies of the royal household to watch the everyday life and processions of the city.

The City Palace, located in the heart of the old city, is a large complex of courtyards, buildings, and gardens, and also houses an interesting museum.

Adjacent to the City Palace is Jantar Mantar, the ancient astronomical observatory built by Raja Jai Singh, whose passion for astronomy was even more notable than his prowess as a warrior.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 12: Jaipur - Delhi Depart

This morning you are collected from your hotel for excursion to Amber fort, situated on the outskirts of the city. Amber Fort was the ancient capital of the State until 1728 and inside the fort, you visit the Jagmandir or the Hall of victory glittering with mirrors, Jai Mahal and the Temple of Kali.

Your sightseeing tour is followed by a drive to Delhi International airport (265 kms/05 hrs) in time to board flight home.

amber fort

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COST USD 2287 per person
* A supplement may apply for travel between 20th Dec and 05th Jan

Delhi Claridges
  • Accommodation on twin sharing bed and breakfast basis (except in Bandhavgarh and Ranthambore where all meals are included)  at the hotels of your choice.
  • All arrival-departure transfers and land transportation using an aircon car exactly as per the itinerary.
  • Sightseeing tours / game rides along with a local English Speaking Guide / naturalist and including entrance fee to monuments / game parks exactly as mentioned above in the Itinerary.
  • Aircon II Tier class sleeper train tickets for the sector Delhi - Umaria
  • Aircon executive chair car train tickets for the sector Jhansi - Agra
Bandhavgarh Tiger Den
Khajuraho Taj Chandela
Agra Trident
Ranthambore Vivanta by Taj Sawai Madhopur Lodge
Jaipur Jai Mahal Palace
Supplements for suggested hotel upgrades….
The Claridges to The Imperial in Delhi for 01 night including breakfast Usd 119 per person.
Tiger Den to Taj CC Africa Mahua Kothi in Bandhavgarh for 03 nights including all meals Usd 1512 per person.
Trident to Amar Vilas in Agra for 01 night including breakfast Usd 226 per person.
Vivanta by Taj Sawai Madhopur Lodge to Oberoi Vanya Vilas in Ranthambore for 03 nights (on bed and breakfast basis) Usd 684 per person.
Jai Mahal Palace to Rambagh Palace in Jaipur for 01 night including breakfast Usd 160 per person.
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