Taj & Tiger Tour (13 Days / 12 Nights)

India being a sub-continent has a vast Forest area with the mountain ranges dotting its terrain. There are many National Parks across the length and breadth of India where wildlife is in abundance. These National Parks are frequented by tourists and nature lovers as there is good infrastructure of hotels and jungle lodges.

Highlights

Detailed Overview

Day 01 - Arrive Delhi

Arrive Delhi, you will clear customs and immigration. Leaving the airport, you will be met by our representative, holding a placard with your name on it in the arrival lounge. Arrival transfer to hotel. Assistance for check-in will be provided. After check-in overnight at hotel.

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Day 02 - Delhi - Neemrana - Jaipur

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Jaipur. En-route visit Neemrana fort which is India's oldest heritage resort. Sited on a majestic plateau, concealed in a horseshoe formation of the billion year-old Aravalli ranges, the property covers 25 acres/10 hectares.

Arrive Jaipur and check-in into hotel. In the evening we have arranged a dinner at Speciality Restaurant. Overnight at hotel.(Breakfast/Dinner)

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Day 03 - Jaipur

After breakfast full day sightseeing ofJaipur which is an exuberance of color, dance, and song with the traditional arts and crafts. Morning we take you to Amer Fort - The royal family's residence at Amber is only 11 km away. Ascend on elephant back, the hill, on which the fort is situated.

Later on covering Hawa Mahal or "Palace of Winds," one of the major landmarks of Jaipur. The City Palace which is blend of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture and the royal family still lives in a part of the palace. 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.

In the afternoon take a Heritage Walk of the colorful streets and bazaars of Jaipur City. The beauty of Jaipur is that its unique architecture and town planning is visible at even the most commonest places such as its squares and lanes. Also experience a rickshaw ride through the bustling markets of Jaipur. Here get your hands painted with Henna from roadside mehandiwalas (ladies that specialise in painting hands with Henna).Overnight at hotel.(Breakfast)

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Day 04 - Jaipur - Ranthambhore

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Ranthambhore. Arrive Ranthambhore and check-in into Jungle Resort. Rest of the day free to relax at your hotel.Dinner & overnight at hotel.(Breakfast/Dinner)

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Day 05 - Ranthambore

Enjoy morning & afternoon game drives to explore Ranthambhore National Park. Embark on a Jeep Ride into the Park for Game Viewing. Jeep which has been specially re-fitted and furbished for comfort and good viewing. Ranthambhore is the ideal place to spot the tiger. Ranthambhore is known to have India's Friendliest tigers Assured of protection; these nocturnal creatures are seen often in the day. Sprawled on the Aravalli and Vindhya ranges of Rajasthan, Ranthambhore National Park encompasses an area of 410 Sq. km. in which lives a healthy population of about 40 tigers. A large number of deer inhabit the area and leopards are occasionally sighted. The Pandam Taloa lake, located adjacent to the Jogi Mahal hunting lodge, is the park's favorite water source. Smaller pools at Raj Bagh and Milak also attract a variety of wild life. Some of the popular sighting areas are Nal Ghati, Lahpur, Bakuala, Anantpur and the Kachida valley. Mammals: Tiger, Panther, Hyena, Jackal, Jungle Cat, Caracal, Sloth Bear, Sambar, Chital, Nilgai, Wild Boar, Chinkara, Indian hare mongoose. Birds: Bonelli's eagle, crested serpent eagle, great Indian horned owl, grey partridge sandgrouse, quail, spurfowl, common peafowl, tree pie, paradise flycatcher, pheasant tailed jacana, painted stork, black stork, spoonbill, green pigeon, ducks.  Dinner & overnight at hotel.(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
 

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Day 06 - Ranthambhore - Bharatpur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra

After an early breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Agra. En-route visit Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary - one of the finest bird sanctuaries in the world. You will enjoy a Rickshaw ride inside the Sanctuary for Bird Watching.

Also stopping at deserted capital city of Fatehpur Sikri. This abandoned capital of the Mughals is a perfectly preserved city at the height of the empire’s splendour. The city divided into religious and secular parts has interesting well-sculpted buildings.

From here we will continue our drive to Agra. On arrival check in into hotel. Rest of the day free to relax at your hotel. Overnight at hotel.(Breakfast)

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Day 07 - Agra - Katni

Early morning visit the Taj Mahal which is India’s most fascinating and beautiful masterpiece. The Taj is most enthralling in the quietness of early morning. This glorious monument is at its best under the early morning sun. It is the best time to click pictures as not only is the light wonderful but it’s relatively less crowded too. With the rising Sun the white marble changes its colour and hues and it is excellent for photography.

After breakfast visit the sprawling Agra Red Fort which is surrounded by a 70 feet high wall. Later on visit Itmad-ud-daula which has a special place in the chronicles of both history as well as architecture. This is precisely because Itmad-ud-Daula is the very first tomb in India that is entirely made out of Marble. This is actually a mausoleum that overlooks the River Yamuna and is a tomb of Mir Ghiyas Beg, a minister in the court of Shah Jahan.

Car and driver will be at your disposal until transfer to Agra Cantt. Railway Station to catch MOHAKOSHAL EXPRESS train at 19:30 Hrs to Katni. Overnight Train. (Breakfast)

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Day 08 - Katni - Bandhavgarh

Arrive Katni and you will be met by our representative, holding a placard with your name on it at the exit. Arrival transfer to Bandhavgarh. On arrival check in into Jungle Resort. Dinner & overnight at resort. (Breakfast/Dinner)

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Day 09 - Bandhavgarh

Since only two game drives per day are allowed inside the park in order to save the wildlife from over exposure, we utilise these days by venturing on both drives inside the park. Enjoy your morning and afternoon jeep-safaries. View the most sought after beast of the wild - the tiger on Elephant back (Elephant rides are subject to availability at the time). Dinner & overnight at resort. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

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Day 10 - Bandhavgarh - Katni - Delhi

After breakfast rest of the morning free to relax. In the afternoon check-out from the lodge and transfer to Katni Railway station tocatch JBP NZM EXPRESS train to Delhi. Overnight Train. (Breakfast/Lunch)

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Day 11 - Delhi - Corbett National Park

Arrive Delhi in the morning and you will be met by our representative, holding a placard with your name on it at the exit. Then, drive to Corbett National Park - Situated in the picturesque Kumaon hills in Nainital district. Corbett National Park is the place from where Project Tiger was launched in 1973. The park has a core area of 520 sq. kms with picturesque hilly ridges covered by sal trees.

On arrival check-in into Jungle Resort which is situated in the splendid valley of Merchula, where it incorporates the beauty of the sun (Sol) as well as the moon (Luna) as these are together visible at the same time at the dusk. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast/Dinner)

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Day 12 - Corbett National Park

After breakfast enjoy your morning and afternoon jeep-safaries/ one morning elephant ride in the Park. The Corbett Wildlife Sanctuary is an excellent and largely inviolate specimen of the rich sal and mixed woodland that spans the outer Himalayas. Because of its rich biogeographic diversity, the Park is a natural haven for the flora and fauna of the plains, the sub mountainous regions and high altitude areas. Overnight at resort. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

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Day 13 - Corbett National Park - Delhi (Departure)

Early morning Jeep safari for game viewing in the Park. After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive back to Delhi. Arrive Delhi and car with driver will be at your disposal until departure transfer to International Airport to catch flight for onward destination.(Breakfast)

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All Trips Include:

  • 10 Nights hotel accommodation on twin share basis.
  • 2 Nights in air-conditioned sleeper coach train as per the itinerary.
  • Double bedded room with private bath or shower & hotel taxes.
  • Daily breakfast in hotel as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • 7 delicious dinners and 4 lunches as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • 2 Tier air-conditioned sleeper coach train ticket from Agra to Katni (near Bandhavgarh).
  • 2 Tier air-conditioned sleeper coach train ticket from Katni to Delhi.
  • Air-conditioned Private Large Car with an expert driver as per the itinerary.
  • All transfers and sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Fuel, Insurance, Toll Taxes, All State Taxes, All transport related Expenses and Driver Services.
  • Assistance by our representatives at the airports & railway stations on arrival as per the itinerary.
  • Services of a local English speaking guide for city sightseeing in Delhi, Jaipur & Agra.
  • City sightseeing in as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Entrances to the monuments & museums as per the itinerary.
  • Park Entrance & Rikshaw Ride in Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.
  • Park entrance & Naturalist fee for Ranthambore National Park.
  • Morning & Afternoon Jeep Safari to see Indian Tigers and other wildlife, Ranthambhore.
  • Park entrance & Naturalist fee for Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve.
  • Morning & Afternoon Jeep/Elephant safari to see Indian Tigers and other wildlife, Bandhavgarh.
  • Park entrance & Naturalist fee for Corbett National Park.
  • Morning & Afternoon Jeep/Elephant safari to see wildlife, Corbett.
  • Entry Feesof Bollywood Movie at Raj Mandir Cinema as per the itinerary
  • Complimentary Mineral water (2 bottles of 500 ml per person per day) during the surface travel.
  • All other excursions as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All taxes and service charges.
Note:
- International/domestic Airfare. - Meals and beverages not listed in itinerary. -Movie/video camera fee at monuments. - Tips and gratuities. -Expenses of personal nature like laundry, telephone calls, portage etc. - Any other service that has not been included into "cost inclusions".

Also Available on request:

  • This tour is ex-Delhi. If you are arriving from a different destination, we can help you arrange the flight to and from Delhi.
  • Learn to Cook local Recipes from a well known Chef.
  • An Ayurvedic Massage.
  • Early morning Yoga lesson.

Testimonial

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我是很抗拒「鴨仔團」的人, 因為怕早起床怕朿縛怕被安排不喜歡的景點。全自助的方式去印度, 我又有點擔心, 因為印度始終是一個發展中的國家, 從一個城市到另一個城市的公共交通不像歐洲、澳洲那已發展國家般完善和安全。幸好找到Pioneer Journeys這種獨立包車的旅遊服務, 一路陪伴我們八天的司機 Singh非常專業, 照顧細心周到。五星級的酒店都雖然有點舊,但乾淨衛生, 熱水和電力供應穏定。短短八日, 我們拍了過千張相, 因為印度是一個充滿色彩的國家, 而且印度人面觀鏡頭都會友善微笑, 有興趣看照片的, 可到

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Lydia Chuang
Hong Kong

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