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Tigers and The Taj Mahal Tour

A 11 day safari covering two of North India's best Tiger Reserves, the Dudhwa National Park and the Jim Corbett National Park. This safari also takes you to India's capital Delhi, a modern cosmopolitan city, and to Agra, the city of the Taj Mahal.

Delhi – Dudhwa – Agra – Corbett

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 – Lucknow & Drive to Dudhwa

This morning you will be met by our representative and escorted from your hotel to airport to board flight (0625/0730 hrs.) for Lucknow.

On arrival at Lucknow airport you will be met by our Representative and driven to Dudhwa (225 kms/04 hrs).

Dudhwa Tiger Reserve

The Dudhwa Tiger Reserve : Located in the state of Uttar Pradesh in North India, the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve covers a large area and comprises of 3 National parks, the Dudhwa National Park, which is 600 sq kms, the Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary which is 230 sq kms and the Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary which is 400 sq kms. The Dudhwa Tiger Reserve extends right up to the India Nepal Border. One of the finest forests in India, some of the trees in Dudhwa are more than 150 years old and over 70 feet tall .

Dudhwa represents one of the few remaining examples of a highly diverse and productive Terai eco-system, and the park supports a large number of endangered species including Tigers, Leopards,Asiatic Black Bears, Sloth Bears, Swamp Deers, One Horned Rhinoceros, Elephants, Cheetals, Hog Deers, Barking Deers, Sambars,Wild Pigs etc.

For bird lovers, the Dudhwa National park has around 400 bird species, and it is a delight for bird watchers. Among the birds to be seen here are Painted Storks, Drongos, Hornbills, Sarus Cranes, Barbets, Minivets, Bee-eaters, several species of Owls and more. One can also spot rare species like the Bengal Florican, and a range of migratory birds that settle here during winters.

Upon arrival in Dudhwa, check in to the Tree of Life Jaagir Lodge.

Tree of Life Jaagir Lodge : Situated just a short distance from the entrance to the Dudhwa National Park. The Tree of Life lodge is a former hunting lodge, built in the 1940s, wonderfully set in 7 acres of forest land. Accommodation at the lodge consists of Luxury Rooms, Luxury Suites and Luxury Villas, all named after either the animals, birds and fauna of the region. Leisure facilities at the Tree of Life include a library, swimming pool with an amazing view of the forest behind and wellness Spa.

Tree of Life - Dudhwa

Overnight at Tree of Life Jaagir Lodge.

Day 04: In Dudhwa

Early morning and afternoon game safaris into the Dudhwa National Park. Safaris in Dudhwa are conducted using customized Jeeps, and good naturalists are available to acquaint visitors with the flora and fauna.

Overnight at Tree of Life Jaagir Lodge.

Day 05: In Dudhwa

deer in kanha

Early morning, visit the Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary. It will take around two hours to reach. You then take a boat to view an amazing variety of birds, crocodiles and there is also the possibility of seeing dolphins. Safaris in to the Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary (close to Dudhwa) are only recommended between mid November and end March. Safaris in Katarniaghat wildlife sanctuary are conducted using customized Jeeps, and good naturalists are available to acquaint visitors with the flora and fauna. Boat safaris in the Girva River are also available in this region of the Dudhwa National Park.

Afternoon at leisure.

Overnight at Tree of Life Jaagir Lodge.

Day 06: Drive Dudhwa-Lucknow & Train to Agra

Early morning visit the Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary, which is located about an hour's drive from the Tree of Life Dudhwa lodge. The Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary has tall grass lands, and is considered to be a good place to sight the elusive tiger, as well as an amazing variety of deer, birds and sloth bear.

Later, drive to Lucknow railway station (225 kms/ 04 hrs) in time to board train for Agra (1535/ 1918 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.

Taj Mahal - Agra

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 - 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.

Overnight at Trident Hotel.

Day 07: In Agra

This morning you will be collected for a half day city tour of 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. 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.

Later, excursion to Fatehpur Sikri - 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.

Overnight at Trident Hotel.

Day 08: Drive Agra-Corbett (345 kms/ 08 hrs)

This morning you drive to Corbett (345 kms/08 hrs).

Corbett : Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, in the North Indian state of Uttarkhand, Corbett is arguably one of the most picturesque National Parks in India. Corbett was named in honour of late Jim Corbett, a legendary figure in the conservation history of India who played an important role in helping to create the reserve. The park spans across some 920.9 square km at an altitude of 600 to 1100 metres, and has grown substantially in size, since being declared India's first Project Tiger Reserve in 1973.

corbett national park

Corbett National Park : Corbett National Park has more than 50 species of mammals, 585 species of birds and 25 species of reptiles, but the Park is known for its elephants and leopards, even more than its tigers. Many kinds of deer, namely chital (spotted deer), sambar (Indian stag), chinkara (Indian gazelle), pada (hog deer) and muntjac (barking deer) abound in the Park. Tiger sighting is rare, in spite of a lot of alarm calls from monkeys and deer. Elephant herds comprising tuskers, females and calves are commonly seen.

Leopard sighting is even rarer than that of the tiger, and these spotted cats confine themselves to the higher reaches of the Park. Other feline species found in the Park are leopard cats, jungle cats, the rare fishing cat, and caracal, to name a few. Sloth bears, wild boars, monkeys, wild dogs, jackals and mountain goats also inhabit the Park.The aquatic reptile population in the Park consists of mugger (Crocodylus palustris) and gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) crocodiles, while Indian rock pythons, Russell's vipers, cobras, king cobras and common kraits are some of the snakes found in the Park. Bird life includes parakeets, flycatchers, babblers, cuckoos, robins, bulbuls, Indian and Great Pied hornbills, warblers and finches amongst other rare Himalyan birds. Corbett is also a favourite amongst fishing enthusiasts, with opportunities to fish for the rare Mahseer and Cat fish.

Upon arrival check-in to the Corbett Ramganga Resort.

Corbett Ramganga Resort : Situated on the northern boundary of famous Corbett national Park, right on the banks of the crystal clear River Ramganga, the resort is spread over 20 acres and facilities available include a full size swimming pool, toddler's pool for kids, indoor games such as table tennis, chess, carom, outdoor games like cricket, football, volley-ball, badminton, tennis (hard court), tug-of-war, library. The biggest attraction of the resort is its fishing facilities -- the Ramganga is just right for testing the King of the River.....the Mahseer. The biggest catch recorded here is a 6-foot, 76 lbs.

Corbett Ramganga Resort

Overnight at the Corbett Ramganga Resort.

Day 09: In Corbett

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

Overnight at the Corbett Ramganga Resort.

Day 10: In Corbett

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

Overnight at the Corbett Ramganga Resort.

Day 11: Drive Corbett-Delhi & Depart

Early morning game safari into the Corbett National Park. Safaris in Corbett are organized in jeeps. Local guides and naturalists are at hand to enhance the experience. Later drive to Delhi airport (290 Kms/07 hrs) in time to board your flight home.

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COST (Valid from 15th Nov' 2015 till 15th Jun' 2016) USD  2424 per person
Domestic Airfare (not included in land cost) USD 90 per person for the sector Delhi -Lucknow in economy class.
* A supplement may apply for travel between 20th Dec and 05th Jan

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  • Accommodation on twin sharing bed and breakfast basis in Delhi and Agra and on Full Board basis (including all meals), in Dudhwa and Corbett 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 / parks exactly as mentioned above in the Itinerary.
  • Aircon Executive class train tickets for the sector Lucknow – Agra.
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