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North India Jungle Safari

Description

If you are a Natural Wild Life lover or crave to stay away from city noise far away in the wilderness, then India is the place on earth. India is naturally blessed with wild life parks and reserves which are inhabited by the most vivid flora and fauna, dense forests, green hills, fresh streams, flower filled valleys, and bamboo thickets which double up as a natural habitat of the rarest of the rare plant and animal species. Be it the deserts of Rajasthan or the mountains of Uttarakhand India embraces rich wildlife. With more than 99 National Parks, 40 Tiger reserves and 500 wild life sanctuaries, India is the ultimate destination to visit.

Itinerary

Duration: 11 nights/12 days

Destinations: Delhi - Sariska - Jaipur - Sawai Madhopur - Ranthambore National Park - Bharatpur - Agra - Delhi

Day 1

Arrive Delhi

Meet and greet at the airport and Transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure and overnight at the hotel.

Day 2

In Delhi

After an early breakfast proceed for sight seeing of Delhi…Start with the beautiful Laxmi Narayan Temple and proceed to India Gate , a cenotaph commemorating Indian martyrs. Drive Past the President’s Palace Built by Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker in 1929, and Parliament House. Visit the Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque which can accommodate upto 25000 devotees.

Later visit the Humayun’s Tomb and Jantar Mantar Observatory. Visit the Qutab Minar – 73 mtr. High tower of Victory built by Qutubuddin Aibak in in 1193. Pay homage at Rajghat, Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial, where he was cremated after his assassination in 1948.

Thereafter you have the option to experience the “Sound and Light Show” at Red Fort which is a striking beauty in red sandstone built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.
Return to the Hotel and overnight

Day 3

Delhi - Sariska

After your breakfast today proceed to Sariska National Park(3.5 Hours) by raod which was the former hunting reserve of the Maharaja of Alwar. Sharp cliffs and narrow valleys dominate the landscape of Sariska whose forests are dry and desiduous. Within the sanctuary are the ruins of medieval temples of Garh-Rajor dating back to the 10th and 11th Century .
Check in at the forest resort. Rest for the day at leisure Overnight at the resort.

Day 4

Sariska – Jaipur

Early morning for Jungle Safari…. Sariska is home to numerous Carnivores including Leopard, Wild dog, Jungle cat, Hyana, Jackal and Tiger which feed on an abundance of prey species such as Sambhar, Chitel, Nilgai, Chausingha, Wild Boar and Langur. The jungle also has Rhesus species of monkeys. While on your safari to spot these animals and experience the thrill and adventure. Return to the resort for breakfast. Then check out and proceed to Jaipur by road. On arrival check in at hotel. Then proceed for sight seeing tour of Jaipur …… Visit the Maharaja’s city Palace which is situated in the middle of the old walled city of Jaipur was built by Sawai Jai Singh II and reflects the fusion of Mughal and Rajpur architecture. It has a sequence of gardens, buildings, courtyards, temple and museum that give it a magnificent royal grace. It features the Royal Observatory (Jantar Mantar) , the world’s largest Sun dial, which is also a UNESCO world heritage site, The Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) was constructed to allow the women to observe the daily life of the city, yet being unseen from the street. See the Jal Mahal (Water Palace) built in the middle of the Man Sagar lake. The palace stands erect and bright with 5 floors, 4 of which remain under water. Later drive past the Rose pink residential and business areas of Jaipur. Rest of the day free for local shopping in local bazaars which have an abundance of artifacts, quilts, shawls, dress material,etc to offer. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5

Jaipur

Have your breakfast. Step into the Amber Fort which is 11kms. Away from the city. Located high on a hill it is the principal attraction for all tourists. In the 16th century the fort was built by Maan Singh and used by the Rajputs as their stronghold until Sawai Jai Singh II moved to the newly created Jaipur. The fort is unique in style as it is a blend of Hindu and Muslim style ornamentation. The carvings on the wall and ceilings are the extraordinary features of this fort. The fort has a series of gates, each with a different architecture. Guests can choose to enjoy elephant ride around the fort available from 0730 – 1230 hours. Later drive past the Rose pink residential and business areas of Jaipur. Rest of the day free for local shopping in local bazaars which have an abundance of artifacts, quilts, shawls, dress material, etc to offer. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6

Jaipur - Ranthambore

After breakfast drive to Sawai Madhopur,(4 hours) located at the junction of Aravali and Vindhya Hill range which is the nearest town to the world renowned Ranthambore National Park and Tiger reserve covering an area of 392 square km. and known for its Bengal Tigers. This Park has drawn the attention of wild life lovers and tourists from across the world. The Ranthambore Tiger Resort was affirmed a Wild Life sanctuary in 1957 and gained the fortification of Project Tiger in 1974. On arrival check in a Forest Resort. After check in and relaxation for a while, get ready to explore the rugged forests and get a glimpse of the many species of animals in their natural habitat. The Ranthambore houses varied species like leopards, striped Hyaenas, Tiger, Sambhar Deer, Nilgai, Chital, mugger crocodile and many more. The park’s deciduous forests are characteristic examples of jungles found in Central India. The sanctuary also comprises variety of trees, plants, birds and reptiles as well as one of the largest Banyan trees in India. Later return to the resort and overnight.

Day 7

Ranthambore

Early morning proceed for Jungle safari….. this safari is a treat for the natural wild life lovers. The time spent in watching tigers roaming here and there, a gamut of other species of chirpy birds, verdant greenery, and animals is priceless that is worth enough to be seen at least once in a lifetime. Naturalists researching about the fauna of Ranthambore National Park have listed over 30 species of mammals and more than 300 species of birds as occupant species.
Later return to the hotel and have your breakfast. Spend some time for relaxation and after lunch again set out on a Jungle Safari. Apart from being an eminent Wild Life park , it also comprises of the deserted castle alongside lakes and a magnificent collection of flora and fauna that makes this park so enthralling.

Day 8

Ranthambore

Early morning again step out for Jungle safari …. The thrilling morning and evening jeep safaris in the park are best and most enjoyable way to spot the tigers and other wildlife in the park. Return to the Hotel…have breakfast Rest of the day and overnight at resort

Day 9

Ranthambore – Bharatpur

After early breakfast check out of the resort and proceed to Bharatpur Sanctuary (4.5 hours). Now known as Keoladeo National park, it is a famous Avifauna sanctuary of India that hosts thousands of birds especially during the winter season. Over 230 species of birds are found here. In addition you can find the Basking Python, painted storks, deer, Nilgai and more. This World Heritage site was declared a protected sanctuary in 1971. It is also known as the breeding ground for the rare and elusive Siberian crane.
It originated as a royal hunting reserve for the Maharajas and the British. Lord Linlithglow, Viceroy of India from 1936 to 1942 shot over thousands of ducks with his hunting party in a single day. On the drive to the sanctuary enjoy the gorgeous scenery. On arrival check into your resort. After refreshing yourselves up, proceed for an exciting bird safari. As no vehicles are allowed in the Park, you will need to do bird watching either by walking or taking a ride in a cycle rickshaw that ply inside the park.
Return to the hotel and overnight.

Day 10

Bharatpur – Agra

After your breakfast proceed to Agra (1.5 hours) On arrival check into your hotel and thereafter proceed for sight seeing tour - visit Agra Fort – a city within a city..in an era marked by invasions and fortifications, where power was symbolized by grand palaces and forts….during such time was built the Agra Fort. A symbol of power, strength and glory The Agra Fort is the highlight of the city of Agra, the main residence of the Mughal King till 1638, after which the capital was shifted to Delhi. The fort comprises of splendid palaces in both red sandstone and marble built by two generations of prolific builders Akbar and later Jehangir and ShahJahan. The fort comprises of exquisite structures like the Sheesh Mahal (Glass Palace), Diwane Aam ( A common hall which once housed the Peacock Throne), Diwane Khas – Hall for special audience, Khas Maha- an immaculate marble palace, Mina Masjid – Heavenly mosque, Mussamman Burj – An octagonal tower facing the Taj Mahal and many more.
Rest of the day free. Overnight at hotel

Day 11

Agra - Delhi

Wake up early morning to visit the Taj Mahal (meaning Crown of the Palace) (closed on Fridays) built in 1630 by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan on the banks of the River Yamuna in loving memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. It is an Ivory white marble mausoleum which took 20 years to construct with 22000 workers and 1000 elephants. The tomb is the centerpiece of a 17 hectare complex, which includes a mosque and a guest house and is set in formal gardens bounded on 3 sides by crenellated walls. Return to the Hotel and have your breakfast. Thereafter get ready to proceed to Delhi ( 4.5 Hours) On arrival at Delhi, check into your hotel and overnight. Optional tour: ZANGOORA – “The Gypsy Prince” the biggest Bollywood movie ever at Kingdom of Dreams, Gurugram.

Day 12

Depart Delhi

After Breakfast check out of your hotel and transfer to airport for flight back to your home or onward destinations.

The above is only a suggestive itinerary, please note the duration can be modified to suit your requirements.

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