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Wildlife tour India

Wildlife tour in India

Main national parks and the Taj Mahal

For wildlife enthusiasts, India is a paradise: Bengal tigers, one-horned rhinos, wild elephants, bisons, .... They can all be found, here and there, in national parks and nature reserves. In some cases, India is even the only habitat in the world for a particular species. That's how unique those experiences can be.

So why not set off on this discovery of the great parks. And to make it amazing in every way, you will add Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and Khajuraho to your itinerary, the must-sees of North India. Culture and wildlife on your trip to India: what an exciting progamme.

Day 1 • New Delhi

Transfer to hotel after arrival and reception at New Delhi airport.

Day 2 • New Delhi

Full day sightseeing of Delhi, India's capital city which mixes modernity and ancestral culture. In Old Delhi, where they say you can find everything, a rickshaw ride will take you through the alleys of Chandni Chowk and at the foot of Jama Masjid, the great mosque. This will be followed by a visit to New Delhi, which houses both the tomb of a Great Mughal emperor and that of the unknown soldier under the India Gate. You will then walk up to the gates of the presidential palace, the former residence of the British viceroys.

Day 3 • Delhi - Jaipur

In the morning, transfer to the railway station for the train to Jaipur. On arrival, welcome then excursion to Amber Fort. The palace of the ancestral home of the Maharajas of Jaipur is perched on top of a hill. You will discover a fabulous maze of courtyards, interior gardens, rooms decorated with mirrors and mosaics. Return to Jaipur and visit Jantar Mantar, the amazing observatory built by Jaï Singh II and where astrolabes and sundials form a surreal landscape.

Day 4 • Jaipur - Ranthambhore

​​Before leaving the pink city, you will take a look at the icon of the city: the Palace of Winds. This facade of pink sandstone allowed, in its time, the women of the court to attend, without being seen, the processions of the street. You will then leave for Sawai Madhopur National Park, better known as Ranthambhore. Laid out on a former hunting reserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur, the park covers 400 km² of hills and ravines, lushly wooded.

Day 5 • Ranthambhore

During the day, two excursions into the park will allow you to see the lord of the place: the tiger.

Day 6 • Ranthambhore - Bharatpur

​​Departure for the ornithological park of Keoladeo or nature reserve of Bharatpur installed on a former hunting estate developed and irrigated around 1900 by the sovereign whose duck hunting became highly prized by the nobility. You can also read the winners on a stele in the center of the park. On arrival, check-in at the hotel and rest by the pool.

Day 7 • Bharatpur - Agra

In the morning, visit the ornithological park. You can, as soon as you enter, set off in a rickshaw to discover the reserve which is home to 375 species of migratory or non-migratory birds, in addition to the usual sambar, nilgai, and other antelopes. Then depart for Fatehpur Sikri, the former capital of Mughal Emperor Akbar, built and abandoned in the 16th century. Six centuries later, this city is perfectly preserved. Arrival in Agra at the end of the day, check-in at the hotel and rest of the day free.

Day 8 • Agra - Orchha

If there is a monument that we look forward to visiting during a trip to India, it is the Taj Mahal. Icon of the subcontinent and jewel of Mughal architecture, you have to stroll through its gardens to admire the genius of the craftsmen who worked on its creation. After the Taj Mahal, visit another major site of Agra: the Red Fort which houses mosques, palaces and gardens just like a real city. Various architectural styles, reflecting different eras of the Imperial Mughal style, are offered in each of the monuments. After the visits, transfer to the railway station for the train which will take you to Jhansi and then Orchha.

Day 9 • Orchha - Khajuraho

​​In the morning, visit the small medieval town of Orchha, located in the state of Madhya Pradesh on the banks of the Betwa River. You will discover impressive palaces and temples dating from the 17th century. You will be able to enjoy and amazing view of the city, the palaces and the temples, from the other side of the river which you will reach on foot. After the visits, departure to the city which hosts the renowned temples of the Chandelas : Khajuraho.

Day 10 • Khajuraho - Bandhavgarh

In the morning, you will visit the famous temples. They are unique in India. Between the 9th and 10th centuries, the Chandela dynasty built 85 temples. Twenty two of them are still visible today. If thousands of sculptures cover the monuments, it is those, erotic and in very limited number, which make the reputation of the site. After the visit, departure towards the south and the national park of Bandhavgarh. A private game reserve of the Maharaja of Rewa, it was declared a national park in 1968. Within its 437 km², it is home to one of the highest densities of tigers in India along with other species, including 250 varieties of birds.

Day 11 • Bandhavgarh

​​Day dedicated to the discovery of the national park during two safaris.

Day 12 • Bandhavgarh - Kanha

In the morning, departure to the other great national park of Madhya Pradesh: Kanha. Created in 1955, it was an important source of inspiration for Rudyard Kipling in his book "The Jungle Book".

Day 13 • Kanha

​Two game drives spread over the day will take you to the center of the national park.

Day 14 • Kanha

​New day of safaris to see or see again the fauna and flora of the park.

Day 15 • Kanha - Delhi

​​Depending on flight availability, you will be transferred to Jabalpur or Raipur for your return flight to Delhi.

In the evening, transfer to the international terminal for your return flight.

Ideas for parks with Taj Mahal

This itinerary that we suggest to you, can serve as a starting point to work together on your tour in North India. You can also contact us to find out the cost and buy it as is.

IDEAS FOR A CUSTOMISED STAY IN NORTH INDIA

- From Bandhavgarh, return to Khajuraho and continue by air to Varanasi.

- The best time to go there: all year round. Beware, however, of very high temperatures in the summer months (April to June). Also note the annual closure of the parks, during the monsoon, from July 1 to September 30 or October 15, depending on the park.

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