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Tiger Safari, Taj Mahal And Goa Tour

A perfect 10 day holiday in India, including the capital city Delhi, India's most famous Tiger Reserve of Bandhavgarh, the city of Taj Mahal, Agra, and India's favourite beach destination Goa. This safari, in addition to giving you ample opportunities of spotting the Royal Bengal Tigers in Bandhavgarh, also gives you an opportunity to experience an overnight journey on an Indian train, and witness the sunset at the Taj Mahal, before giving you time to relax and recharge in Goa.
Delhi – Bandhavgarh – Agra – Goa

Day 01: Arrive Delhi

Your Tigers, Leopard and Luxury Rajasthan 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.

India Gate

No activity is scheduled today, since most of the International flights arrive into India close to midnight only.

The Claridges - New 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.


Overnight at The Claridges Hotel.

Day 02: In Delhi

This morning you are collected from your hotel for full day tour of Old and New Delhi.

The tour of the 17th-century old city includes the great mosque of Jama Masjid, The main street of Old Delhi is the colorful shopping bazaar known as Chandni Chowk ("Moonlit Street"). Drive past Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi.

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. Enjoy a brief respite from the otherwise bustling city at Birla Mandir, a modern and colourful Hindu temple.

Humayun's Tomb

Overnight at The Claridges Hotel.

Day 03: Fly Delhi-Jabalpur & drive to Bandhavgarh (220 kms/ 05 hrs)

This morning you will be met by our representative and will be escorted from your hotel to the Delhi airport to board your flight for Jabalpur. You will be met by our representative upon arrival at the Jabalpur airport and will be driven to your lodge near Bandhavgarh National Park.

Dudhwa Tiger Reserve

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 59 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 center 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.
The core of the reserve is hilly and dominated by the ancient natural fort which towers to an impressive 800 meters 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 favored 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 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 Chital Chital 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 program 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 favorite 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 Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge.

Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge : Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge is one of the finest lodges in Bandhavgarh. It is situated within walking distance of the National Park's main gate. The lodge has been beautifully developed on the theme of an Indian village, with 13 thatched cottages and 8 rooms in two separate villas. All the 21 rooms in the lodge are well-equipped with modern amenities. Dinning at Bandhavgarh Jungle lodge includes a spacious thatched dining area which serves wholesome Continental and Indian cuisines. The lodge has set strong ideologies of being environment friendly and arranges recreational facilities also.

Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge

Overnight at Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge.

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 Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge.

Day 05: Badhavgarh-Umaria & Overnight train to Agra

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

Late evening, transfer to Umaria railway station (30 kms/ 45 minutes) to board overnight train (2057/1050 hrs –next day) for Agra.

Overnight onboard train.

Day 06: Arrive Agra

Arrive Agra at 1050 hrs.

Taj Mahal - Agra

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.

Upon arrival at Agra railway station you will be met and escorted for check-in to Hotel Trident

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.

Trident - Agra

The hotel features an informal, poolside brasserie and a Bar. The restaurant serves an extensive buffet, and a choice of Continental and Indian cuisine.

Later, you will be collected for city tour of Agra visiting the Red Sandstone Agra Fort, seat of the Mughal dynasty in the 16th century. The Agra Fort is located on bend of the River Yamuna, almost in the heart of town. The Mughal Emperor Akbar built it as his citadel over the years of 1565-1573. Close to sunset, visit 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.

Overnight at Trident Hotel.

Day 07 : Drive Agra-Delhi & Fly to Goa

This morning, you drive to Delhi airport (220 kms/ 04 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 Delhi airport (220 kms/ 04 hrs) in time to board flight for Goa.

Goa

Goa : India's most famous beach get away of Goa, is located on the shores of the Arabian Sea, in Western India. . Ruled by the Portuguese till 1961, Goa still retains its Indo-Portuguese character -- very visible amongst its architecture as well as its people. The high points of Goa are it's silver sands, sparkling blue waters, the sky mirroring the sea below, white churches resting against green paddy fields and coconut trees lining the coastal streets. Tourists inevitably come to Goa only for its sandy beaches, but experienced travelers say that the beaches are only a part of the attraction of Goa.


Goa has 500 year old churches, forts and temples, trekking routes, waterfalls, wildlife sanctuaries and even spice plantations that are worth visiting.
The allure of Goa is that it remains quite distinct from the rest of India and is small enough to be grasped and explored in a way that other Indian states are not. Goa's tourism byline of "Goa - 365 days on Holiday" is absolutely true.
You will be met by our representative upon arrival at the Goa airport and will be transferred to the Vivanta by Taj - Holiday Village.

Vivanta by Taj - Holiday Village : Set in almost 50 acres of lush green landscaped gardens, facing the Arabian Sea, the Vivanta by Taj Holiday Village, is perhaps North Goa's best accommodation option. Accommodation at the Vivanta by Taj - Holiday Village is in cottages, that could be stand alone, or set in clusters of two or four cottages / villas. The Vivanta by Taj- Holiday Village shares it's facilities with the next door Vivanta by Taj Fort Aguada, and between the two, they offer almost a dozen bars and restaurants Leisure facilities here include a swimming pool, spa, fitness centre, tennis courts, indoor badminton etc.

Holiday Village

Overnight at Vivanta by Taj - Holiday Village.

Day 08: In Goa

Spend the day enjoying the beach and the resort facilities.

Overnight at Vivanta by Taj - Holiday Village.

Day 09: In Goa

Spend the day enjoying the beach and the resort facilities.

Overnight at Vivanta by Taj - Holiday Village

Day 10: Depart Goa

This morning, you will be met by our representative and escorted from your hotel to Goa airport to board flight home.

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COST (Valid from 01st Oct' 2015 till 15th Apr'2016) USD 1634 per person
COST (Valid from 16th Apr' 2016 till 30th Jun' 2016) USD 1406 per person
Domestic Airfare (not included in land cost) USD 254 per person for the sector Delhi –Jabalpur and Delhi-Goa in economy class.
* A supplement may apply for travel between 20th Dec' 2015 and 05th Jan' 2016

CITIES HOTELS INCLUSIONS
Delhi The Claridges
  • Accommodation on twin sharing bed and breakfast basis EXCEPT in Bandhavgarh, where is is on Full Board basis (including all meals) as mentioned in the above itinerary.
  • 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 / park exactly as mentioned above in the Itinerary.
  • Aircon II Tier sleeper class train tickets for the sector Umaria– Agra.
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