Birds, Tigers and The Taj Mahal

  • Tour Duration
    10 Nights / 11 Days
  • Places Covered
    Delhi(2) > Bharatpur(2) > Ranthambore(2) > Jaipur(2) > Nimaj(2)

An eleven-day tour of classic bird watching and wildlife holiday in India, and a visit to the 'wonder of the world' the Taj Mahal. The itinerary includes the thrill of exploring Bharatpur, home of the Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary, and the world-famous Ranthambore Tiger Reser read more...

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All about birds, tigers and the taj mahal

An eleven-day tour of classic bird watching and wildlife holiday in India, and a visit to the 'wonder of the world' the Taj Mahal. The itinerary includes the thrill of exploring Bharatpur, home of the Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary, and the world-famous Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. In addition, this tour also includes bird watching opportunities at the Chhatra Sagar dam and tented camp, besides a visit to the Taj Mahal and the Pink City of Jaipur.

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  1. Day 1 Arrive Delhi

    Arrive at Delhi International Airport. Delhi: A bustling metropolis, home to millions, India's capital is a near-perfect blend of the ancient and the modern. Consisting of two parts Old & New Delhi, it has 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 in India close to midnight only. The Claridges: Located in the heart of the city, The Claridges has been a landmark in Lutyens Delhi since the 1950s. 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 in Delhi.

  2. Day 2 Delhi

    This morning you are collected from your hotel for a full day tour of Delhi. The tour of Old Delhi takes to the 17th-century old city. Sightseeing includes the mighty fortress of the Mughals, the Red Fort listed among world heritage sites, the great mosque of Jama Masjid, the colorful shopping bazaar known as Chandni Chowk ("Moonlit Street"), Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. The tour of New Delhi includes the Humayun's Tomb, the precursor of the Taj Mahal, another of the world heritage sites in India. 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. Also, end the tour with Qutub Complex, also named among world heritage sites. Evening at leisure to perhaps venture out and discover the city or its many restaurants on your own. Overnight in Delhi.

  3. Day 3 Delhi - Agra - Bharatpur (260 kms/5 hrs.)

    This morning you drive to Bharatpur (260kms/5 hrs.) Enroute visiting Taj Mahal in Agra. 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. One of the wonders of the world, the beautiful spectacle is named among world heritage sites. After visiting Taj Mahal, continue your drive to Bharatpur, offering undoubtedly the best bird watching in India. Bharatpur: Now known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park, the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, situated in the North Indian state of Rajasthan (actually very close to Agra) is without question one of the finest birdwatching locations in the world. The reserve provides diversity and abundance of birdlife only equaled in Africa and keen birdwatchers are often overwhelmed by the sheer number of birds present. Notable species amongst the throngs of nesting Painted Storks, White Ibises, Darters, and Spoonbills are specialties such as the threatened Black-necked Stork, Comb Duck, and the elusive Spotted Creeper. Thousands of ducks crowd the marshes and pools and include, amongst the more familiar species, hundreds of Ferruginous and Lesser Whistling Ducks plus smaller numbers of Red-crested Pochards and Spotbilled Ducks. Both White and Dalmatian Pelicans may occur and large numbers of Common Cranes along with smaller numbers of Sarus Cranes use the reserve in which to winter. Bharatpur has also been famous as the winter hideaway of the very rare Siberian Cranes, though the sighting of these has reduced considerably in recent years. Bharatpur also provides unrivaled opportunities for observing a large range of raptors, including Spotted, Imperial, Steppe and Tawny Eagles, as well as a host of vultures. Bharatpur is also known for the sighting of rare bird species such as Orange-headed Ground Thrush, Dusky Warbler, Marshall's Iora and Large-tailed Nightjar. Other wildlife inhabiting the Bharatpur Sanctuary includes the rare and beautiful Blackbuck, Indian Smooth Otter, Fishing Cat, Soft-shelled Turtle, and Indian Python. Nilgai, Sambar, Spotted Deer, and Rhesus Macaques. A very interesting feature of Bharatpur is the way game rides are done - on cycle rickshaws. You could also take a cycling or walking tour of this park. Upon arrival, you will be met & escorted for check-in at the Bagh. The Bagh : The Bagh is a heritage hotel set in 12 acres of beautiful gardens, very close to the Bharatpur Bird sanctuary .The hotel's twenty three rooms are located in three different residential complexes. A restaurant, banquet hall, coffee shop, library and a gym, all situated in a verdant orchard, allow guests to enjoy solitude and companionship in restful indoor and outdoor spaces. Each of the Bagh's twenty three rooms is unique. Spacious bathrooms, luxurious fabrics, fine furnishings and all modern day amenities, let the weary traveler retreat and recoup after a day of sightseeing and bird watching. Gulmohar, the main restaurant, specializes in the wonderful vegetarian cuisine of the Braj region. With over fifty species of flora, including fruiting trees and flowering plants which attract birds, small animals and insects, guests can enjoy quiet walks in the garden and commune with nature. The handsome buildings made in local stones are designed to merge with their natural surroundings. Works by contemporary Indian women artists are displayed throughout the complex. A stroll through the Bagh's garden and buildings leads a visitor through the realms of nature and art. Overnight in Bharatpur.

  4. Day 4 In Bharatpur

    Morning and afternoon rickshaw rides into Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. Bird watching tours in Bharatpur are organized on Cycle rickshaw. Local guides and naturalists are at hand to enhance the experience. Overnight in Bharatpur.

  5. Day 5 Bharatpur - Ranthambore (250 kms/06 hrs)

    Morning rickshaw ride in Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. Later drive to Ranthambore (250 kms/06 hrs) Ranthambore: The most conveniently 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. 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 Nahargarh. Nahargarh: The impressive Nahargarh Ranthambore is a royal retreat at the Ranthambore National Park. The palace hotel finds mention among the best heritage hotels in Rajasthan. The accommodations are meant for royal pampering as they are a careful mix of modern amenities and lavish Indian furnishings. The multi-cuisine restaurant serves mouth-watering Indian dishes as well as international cuisine. Bar, reading cum hall, lounge, and other facilities add to the thrill of your stay. Overnight in Ranthambore.

  6. Day 6 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 in Ranthambore.

  7. Day 7 Ranthambore - Jaipur (180 kms/3½ hrs.)

    Early morning game safari at Ranthambore National Park. Later drive to the Pink city of Rajasthan - Jaipur (180 kms/3½ hrs.). Jaipur: Jaipur is an exuberance of color, 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. in fact, it is one of the cities to be inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. 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. 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: 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. Overnight in Jaipur.

  8. Day 8 In Jaipur

    This morning you are collected from your hotel for excursion to Amber fort, situated on the outskirts of the city. Here, you are transported back in time today, riding like royalty atop elegantly draped and painted elephants into the high mountain fortress. 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. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Jaipur city 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 in Jaipur.

  9. Day 9 Jaipur - Nimaj (Chhatra Sagar)

    This morning you drive to Chhatra Sagar (230kms/4 hrs.) Chhatra Sagar: In the late nineteenth century, Thakur Chhatra Singh of Nimaj, a powerful noble of the desert kingdom of Marwar (Jodhpur), decided to dam a seasonal stream flowing through his estate. His vision was to create a water reservoir that would harvest the monsoon rains. It was an ambitious project and a great drain on his resources but Thakur Chhatra Singh remained true to his vision. The dam was completed in 1890 and changed the dry scrub in to prime agricultural land. Farmers struggling for sustenance on parched lands were invited by Thakur Chhatra Singh to settle around the reservoir. The reservoir was named Chhatra Sagar in his memory. By the early twentieth century, Chhatra Sagar had developed into a lush green oasis. With its wide-open spaces and enchanting views, it became the entertainment venue of choice. To capture the outdoor "big sky" feel of the place, permanent construction was deliberately kept to a minimum. Upon arrival in Chhatra Sagar, check in to the Chhatra Sagar Camp. Chhatra Sagar Camp: A truly magical place which comprises 11 delightful tents pitched on a dam, overlooking a lake teeming with birds (seasonal) and surrounded by grasslands replete with wildlife. The charming Nimaj family is personally involved in looking after guests and the tents are amongst the best of their kind, sited in a location that is truly unique. They are very pretty and comfortable with fabulous stone bathrooms, a small sitting area, and a dressing room. Each tent faces directly onto the lake and whilst sitting on your verandah or sit out, you are rewarded with exceptional, uninterrupted views and virtually no sign of habitation - a rarity in India! A stay here allows you to experience rural Rajasthan in a way that few other properties do. Overnight in Nimaj.

  10. Day 10 In Nimaj

    A day at leisure to enjoy the Camp and its surroundings. Activities here include Farm and Village walks accompanied by one of the members of the Nimaj family, where you get an opportunity to explore the farm, local temples and meet the villagers. You could also take a drive through the grasslands, spying myriad bird species, herds of bluebell and other animals. Overnight in Nimaj.

  11. Day 11 Chhatra Sagar- Jodhpur and Fly Jodhpur - Delhi & Depart

    This morning you drive to Jodhpur (120 kms/3 hrs.) to board flight for Delhi followed by a transfer to the International terminal in Delhi, to connect to your flight home.

Price

Start from: USD 2628 Per Person


Accommodation

Cities Accommodations
Delhi
The Claridges
Bharatpur
The Bagh
Ranthambore
Nahargarh
Jaipur
Jai Mahal Palace
Nimaj
Chhatra Sagar Camp

Important Information

  • Small supplements may apply for travel between 20th December'2019 and 05th January'2020.
  • All the figures quoted above are net per person in US Dollars.
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Whats included in this tour Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
  • Accommodation on twin sharing bed and breakfast basis (EXCEPT in Ranthambore & Nimaj where all meals are included), at the mentioned hotels/ lodges.
  • All arrival-departure transfers and land transportation using an aircon car exactly as per the itinerary.
  • Sightseeing tours / game rides along with an English Speaking Guide / Naturalist and including entrance fee to monuments / parks exactly as mentioned in the Itinerary.
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