Depart from origin
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Day 1: Arrive at Delhi
- most flights arrive either in the evening or at night. Our services begin here. You are greeted at the airport by an Easy Tours Travel Facilitator or your Tour Director, and ushered to a chauffeur driven vehicle. You are then driven to your hotel where you are assisted with your check-in. The next day’s plans are briefly reviewed and you are presented with your welcome package. Among other things, this package includes a beautiful handcrafted journal for your explorations, travel documents such as your air tickets and hotel vouchers, as well as copies of documents (such as our General Travel Guide) that were sent to you earlier.
Day 2: Delhi
. Start your exploration
of India with a guided city tour of New Delhi. This excursion begins with
the magnificent temple Bangla Sahib Gurudwara (a gold domed Sikh Temple). This is Sikhism’s shrine, and people of all religions are welcome here. You now continue on a drive to Lutyens’ New Delhi. This drive will include photo opportunities at some of the following attractions - the exterior of the massive and awe-inspiring Rashtrapati Bhawan (known as Viceroy’s House during the British era), Delhi’s landmark structure India Gate. After exploring the Lutyens’ New Delhi you will be driven to visit the awe-inspiring Qutab Minar (1193 A.D.). This 239-foot tall medieval tower is a symbol of victory and a beautiful example of Persian architecture from that period. There is a winding stairway inside the tower that goes up all the way to the balcony at the very top of the tower - unfortunately they are no longer accessible for visitors. The Qutab Minar and its Monuments are also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Within the Qutab complex
, amidst the ruins of the Quwat-ul-Islam Mosque, stands one of the legendary Ashoka Pillars. This large iron pillar has withstood the ravages of Delhi’s weather (and recent pollution) and has not rusted in more than 1500 years. After the Qutab complex you will be driven to visit the magnificent tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun.
Delhi has such an abundance
of amazing monuments that this Tomb Complex (1562 A.D.) does not quite get the acclaim that it deserves. It is Delhi’s third UNESCO World Heritage Site and its amazing architecture and the elaborate gardens (all currently undergoing restoration) will captivate you.
There is a break for lunch
Afternoon - enjoy a city tour
of Old Delhi. Drive, walk and ride through the ancient city’s streets
and alleys; explore crowded and colorful bazaars. This excursion includes an exploration of the Jama Masjid (1650 A.D.), the largest mosque in India. The Masjid (Mosque) is a magnificent example of Mughal architecture and is constructed of red sandstone and white marble. It is an active place of worship and its courtyard can hold 25,000 worshippers. You continue on to the amazing Red Fort that was finished a decade before the mosque. Both structures were built by Shah Jahan, the emperor who created the Taj Mahal.
The great city
inside the massive sandstone walls of the Red Fort offers visitors a large number of architectural and historical attractions; it was once known as the 8th wonder of the world. The Red Fort was the seat of the Mughal Empire for more than two hundred and fifty years and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an amazing example of a blend of Persian, Indian and European architecture. You will also experience a fascinating rickshaw ride in the ancient alleys of the crowded and colorful bazaar at Chandni Chowk, followed by a walk through the ancient spice and street food market that is part of the bazaar. After these experiences a short drive will deliver you to an oasis of calm and serenity, which also happens to be your last destination in Old Delhi. The cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi (Raj Ghat) is a simple yet stirring memorial to the father of the nation. Lush lawns extend beyond the enclosure surrounding the black marble platform occupying the spot where the Mahatma was cremated. An eternal flame burns next to the platform.
Day 3: Delhi - Nagpur - Kanha.
You are assisted with your check-out from your hotel and driven to
the airport where you are assisted in boarding the early morning flight to Nagpur. You are greeted at the Nagpur airport on arrival and introduced to your chauffeur. Proceed on the drive to Kanha, which will take about five hours.
If you arrive in time to do so
, you will begin your exploration of India’s jungles with the afternoon safari into the Park.
Kanha is one of India’s largest National Parks and many wildlife enthusiasts consider it to be Asia's finest Park. One of the India’s greatest conservation successes -saving the Barasingha (Swamp Deer) - was accomplished here.
Kanha National Park covers an area of 1945 square kilometers, including a core zone of 940 square kilometers. The setting of Kipling’s ‘Jungle Book’, it is a beautiful area of forest and lightly wooded grassland with many streams and rivers. It is the home of a variety of animals including tiger, panther, and many species of deer, wild pig, bison, a variety of monkeys and other animals, as well as some 200 species of birds. It is also a part of ‘Project Tiger,’ one of India’s most important conservation efforts.
Day 4: Kanha.
Game drives are organized in the early mornings and late afternoons. You are taken in open jeeps and will be accompanied by a trained naturalist. Once a tiger is spotted in the jungle, the park staff relays the information to all the chauffeurs by radio and encircles the animal so as to prevent it from leaving. Visitors are driven to the location and then sometimes taken by elephant back to view the tiger.
Day 5: Kanha - Bandhavgarh.
After an early morning safari, check out of your hotel and join your chauffeur for the drive to Bandhavgarh National Park. It will take about 6 hours to cover the distance between Kanha and Bandhavgarh.
Day 6: Bandhavgarh.
Enjoy morning and afternoon safaris’ into the Park. The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is relatively high. There are a large number of sloth bear and wild boar, and the possibility of spotting leopards and tigers is very good. The park is also densely populated with animals like the chital (Spotted Deer), sambar (Barking Deer), nilgai (Blue Bull), and chowsingha (Four Horned Antelope). A large variety of different species of birds is also found here.
The ramparts of the Bandhavgarh Fort provide a home for vultures, blue rock thrushes and crag martins. The terrain is rocky, with hills rising sharply from the swamps and surrounding densely forested valley. The most imposing of these hills is Bandhavgarh, which is bounded by great cliffs of massive rock. The 2000 year old Fort stands on the top of this hill. There is a temple at the fort that can be accessed only on foot and with prior permission from the authorities; however this permission can be hard to get. Scattered throughout the Park, particularly in the area around the fort, are numerous caves containing shrines with ancient Sanskrit inscriptions.
Day 7: Bandhavgarh.
Enjoy morning and afternoon safaris’ into the Park today.
Day 8: Bandhavgarh - Khajuraho.
You are taken for an early morning safari into the Park. Check out off your hotel after breakfast
and join your chauffeur for the drive to Khajuraho – a journey of about five hours. Arrive at Khajuraho and you are greeted by a Visit Facilitator and assisted with your check in to your hotel.
Start your guided tour
of the famed temples, which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These magnificent examples of Hindu religious art were constructed about a thousand years ago. Thousands of extremely detailed rock sculptures adorn the facades of these temples and the subject matter includes some very explicit erotic scenes. The sophisticated design and building techniques that were used in the creation of these temples and the detailed artistry of the sculptures cannot be described in words – you have to experience them personally to grasp their impact. You have the option (no charge) of attending the sound and light show at the temples in the evening - it is not impressive by western standards.
Day 9: Khajuraho - Agra.
Return to the temples in the morning and finish your tour if you were unable to do that on the previous afternoon.
You are assisted with your checkout from your hotel in the morning and then driven to Orcha. There is a break for lunch (included) on arrival at Orcha. After lunch you will enjoy an exploration of the magnificent ruins at Orcha.
The archeological treasures of Orcha were built between four and five centuries ago by Hindu kings that ruled this area. After your exploration of the ruins you are driven to nearby Jhansi and assisted in boarding the express train to Agra (6:10 pm - 8:38 pm). Your guide or an Easy Tours facilitator assists you in getting seated in your assigned seats and gets your luggage ported to the appropriate location above your seats. You are provided with a detailed itinerary of the trains schedule so as to make you comfortable with every step of the journey. Refreshments are served by Indian Railways during this journey – we recommend that you refrain from consuming these, except for the bottled water. You are greeted at the railway station in Agra and driven to your hotel where you are assisted with your check-in.
Agra's artists are famous
for their inlaid marble creations.
Day 10: Agra. You now start your exploration
of Agra with a city tour of the magnificent monuments of this
city. The exploration of Agra starts with a visit to the famous tomb of Itmad-Ud–Daulah. This memorial was built by the Mughal Emperor Jehangir’s queen as a memorial to her father. The tombs sheer beauty will surprise you – the only reason it does not get more accolades is because it shares the stage with the incomparable Taj Mahal. Like the Taj it has amazingly intricate ‘Pietra Dura’ inlay and lattice marble screens. The mausoleum rests in a walled garden with a view of the river Yamuna. Constructed in the year 1628, most historians believe that its design provided the inspiration for the Taj Mahal. After your exploration of the tomb you will visit the first red sandstone fort of North India, the Agra Fort. It was built in 1565 by India’s greatest Mughal ruler, Emperor Akbar. Its royal audience halls, immense stone courtyards, marble mosque and the private royal chambers give us a glimpse of the grandeur of the Mughal Empire.
After your tour you will be driven back to your hotel, where you can relax and enjoy their facilities for a little while.
There is a break for a late lunch
Visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the incomparable Taj Mahal. The world’s greatest monument dedicated to love is obviously a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Taj Mahal was completed by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1653 A.D. as a memorial to his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. This spectacular white marble mausoleum was created by about 22,000 skilled craftsmen and it took twenty two years to complete. When you experience the Taj Mahal with an Easy Tours Guide who shares unique insights into its innumerable facets, some of their passion for this masterpiece may rub off on you. Explore the amazing Taj and its surroundings until it is time to admire the sun’s rays setting on the façade of the world’s finest monument. After the sunset you will return to your hotel.
Day 11: Agra - Ranthambore.
You can either sleep in or choose to enjoy either of these two optional excursions - a sunrise visit to Mehtab Bagh (no charge), which is a 500-year-old Mughal garden located across from the Taj Mahal on the other side of the Yamuna River; or a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays - entry fee surcharge applies). If you select either of the latter options, you will return to your hotel to freshen up after the excursion. We recommend that you consider getting a packed lunch from the hotel for your journey. The dining/rest stopover during the journey offers limited choices.
You are assisted
with your checkout from your hotel and then you are driven to Fatehpur Sikri
. Enjoy a guided exploration of this beautiful uninhabited city. It was built by Emperor Akbar between 1570 and 1585 A.D. and is constructed primarily out of red sandstone. The Emperor moved his capital from Agra to this city and then, a few years later, abandoned it, returning back to Agra. Visit the tallest gateway in the world, the towering Bulund Darwaza (The Gate of Victory). In the northern part of the courtyard is the superb white marble tomb of Shaik Salim Chishti, built in 1570.
Continue on with
your journey to Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambore National Park). The second half of this drive is through rural Rajasthan and there are multiple photo opportunities of the colorful villagers as they go about their daily activities.
You will also encounter many camels and other livestock on this drive.
You are greeted on arrival at your jungle lodge and assisted with your check-in.
All three meals are at your boutique resort while at Ranthambore.
Since 2006, Easy Tours of India
has tracked the percentage of tiger sightings for our guests in Ranthambore National Park. More than 85% of our guests have had tiger sightings during this period, with many of them getting multiple sightings.
Day 12: Ranthambore.
Covering an area of 410 square kilometers, Ranthambore National Park runs along the eastern spur of the Aravali
mountain range until it meets with the Vindhya ranges. Ranthambore was once the Jaipur rulers’ private hunting ground. In 1972 it was declared a Sanctuary and was brought under the Project Tiger Conservation platform. Dry deciduous forest covers most of the park, and the vegetation is lush around the many small lakes and ponds. The open grasslands that are the tiger’s favorite terrain account for much of the land on the higher slopes. This varied flora supports a large number of animals including a variety of deer, the sloth bear, the shy caracal, leopards and of course, the tiger.
Enjoy wildlife safaris
into the park in the morning and evening.
In between safaris, you have the option (no charge) of a guided visit to the Ranthambore Fort.
This excursion does have a fairly steep climb - approximately 700 feet of stairs. The massive Fort is one of the finest examples of the ancient Hindu concept of Vana-Durg, or a fort protected by a jungle. The history of this Fort (originally built in 944 A.D.) is a chronicle full of tales of blood and valor. Successively occupied by the Muslims, Rajputs and Mughals, the insides of the fort today lie partly in ruin. There are superb views of the park to be had from the ramparts. There is an ancient temple located in the fort and it attracts a continuous stream of pilgrims from the surrounding villages. A little note of caution - a large number of aggressive langurs (South Asian monkeys) have made the Fort area their home and it is not advisable to have shiny objects and food visible in your hands as you tour the fort as it will be snatched away.
Day 13: Ranthambore - Jaipur.
Enjoy your last safari into Ranthambore in the morning. Return to your hotel after the safari to freshen up and have breakfast. You are assisted with your checkout from your hotel and then there is a break for lunch. After lunch you are driven to Jaipur. The first half of this drive is also through rural Rajasthan and there are multiple photo opportunities. Sawai Madhopur itself (the community located next to Ranthambore) is a rural small town, and you will drive through it to get a glimpse of life here before you head for Jaipur. Check in at your hotel upon your arrival at Jaipur.
Jaipur is famous
for its carpets, jewelry and handicrafts.
Day 14: Jaipur.
Start your day with an excursion to the Amber Fort and Palace, located a short distance from the walled city.
Just like the Emperors of a few centuries ago, enjoy the ascent up to the ramparts of the fort on top of a colorfully caparisoned elephant (jeeps are available instead of the elephants, if you so desire). The massive Fort complex was originally built by Raja Mansingh and is one of India’s finest examples of Rajput architecture. Explore the chambers and hallways, which are famous for their exquisite designs and handcrafted embellishments. Return to the valley beneath the Fort on your elephant or jeep and proceed back to the Pink City.
There is a break for lunch
Enjoy a city tour of the walled city of Jaipur, including the magnificent City Palace. Visit Jantar Mantar (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the magnificent stone observatory built by Raja Jai Singh in 1728. After the observatory comes a photo opportunity of the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Wind). This intriguing facade was built in 1799 so that the ladies of the court could use its unique windows and observe the bustling bazaar without being visible to the people on the streets. Continue the tour with an exploration of the City Palace, the former royal residence (a part of it is still occupied by the Royal family and is not accessible to the public), built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles. This immense complex also houses a number of museums that offer a large and impressive collection of costumes, armory and miniature paintings. During this afternoon you can take a stroll with your guide through the “pink” bazaar in the heart of the old town, and watch the locals as they bargain for their everyday necessities. You will also enjoy a brief stop for a tour of a collection of Rajput turbans. A turban tying demonstration is included, as are turban and Sari tying lessons.
You are escorted to a local restaurant where you will enjoy a cultural show with ethnic performances while you have dinner.
Day 15: Jaipur - Delhi - Corbett.
Check-out from your hotel and then you are driven to the Jaipur airport, where you board your flight to Delhi. Arrive at Delhi and you are greeted by an Easy Tours Visit facilitator who escorts you to your chauffeur driven vehicle. You are escorted to your chauffeur driven vehicle and you proceed on the drive to Jim Corbett National Park. Arrive at the sanctuary and check in to your jungle lodge.
In the evening watch a show and listen to a talk on the Corbett tiger reserve.
Day 16: Corbett Royal Safari.
Embark on the Elephant safari at Corbett National Park.
This is a four day (three nights) excursion from your Jungle Lodge that is facilitated solely for you. There is a support staff of 6 people (including a naturalist, chauffeur, an attendant, the elephant trainer, & a chef), an elephant (part of the time) and jeeps etc. You travel to various Lodges and camps and spend your nights there, experiencing many parts of the park, enjoying good food barbecued at the camp every night expressly for you. Accommodation inside Rathuadab / Halduparao Forest Rest Houses is very basic. There are squat down, non-flushing, Indian style toilets, which will be maintained by the staff. Although linen & other toiletries are provided to you, some of your favorite toilet paper and soap/cleanser is highly recommended. Food served includes western (Continental) cuisine.
Start the safari after an early breakfast at the Lodge. The scenic drive follows the river Ramganga, and you might spot the fish eating Gharial and marsh crocodiles. You may also see up to 5 kinds of kingfishers, Pallas & Himalayan grey headed fishing eagles, osprey, crested serpent eagle. You will probably come across some animals on this drive.
Arrive at Dhikala and take a walk around the camp. This is one of the best Vista’s in any wildlife Park in India, and the river flowing below you, the immense meadow with the hills in the distant background, and the wildlife that is seen from the vantage points of the camp all combine to make a picture that is hard to put into words.
- Personal Elephant safari into the Park around Dhikala to view wildlife. Spend the night at the Dhikala Forest Lodge.
Day 17: Corbett.
Continue your personal Elephant safari as you start in the early morning for the Rathuadab forest guest house. You will see Chital and other deer for sure – you will probably get a glimpse of some wild boar and packs of wild dog this day. You may even come upon a tiger returning from his nightly hunt!
Your elephant will follow wildlife paths through the jungle before entering the Mandal valley. This is another picturesque valley, and the Mandal River flows through thick forest up to a maidan (meadow) where it reaches an old forest "Chowki" (guard post). Break for lunch and a short rest.
- Your Elephant takes you through thick jungle as you traverse the foothills of the Himalayas. You’ll pass by a few farmhouses surrounded by lush terraced rice fields. Follow the River to Rathuadab, where your camp has been set up for the night.
Day 18: Corbett.
There will be an early start this morning as you head to the for the Sonanadi (river of gold) sanctuary. This sanctuary has recently been included in the Corbett tiger reserve because of the abundance of wildlife found here. On the morning safari, your elephant follows the old bridle path used by British officers who traveled on horses, (their ladies followed in palanquins carried by camp followers) through the Palain river valley to Mondiapani. Take a break at the old forest rest house for a quick lunch.
After lunch your safari continues through a very scenic part of your trip. Because of the bamboo forests here, there are a large number of elephants in this sanctuary. Herds of elephants gather here to satisfy their enormous appetites, feeding on tender green bamboo shoots. The Palain River is perennial and provides water that is essential for the elephant herds. Your camp (at the Halduparao Forest Rest House) here is on the banks of the river. There is a "Machan" (Watch Tower) from where you can get a close look at the animals coming to drink and bathe in the river.
Day 19: Corbett.
Sleep in later than usual this morning. After a leisurely breakfast, bid your farewells to your elephant and the mahout (trainer). Your jeep will take you back to your Lodge through another part of the Corbett tiger reserve. Stop for lunch at one of the forest bungalows on the way. You arrive before sundown in time to have dinner and watch a Kumauni cultural show.
Day 20: Corbett - Delhi - International Flight.
Check out of the resort in the morning and drive to Delhi.
Depending on when your international flight departs, you may want us to provide you with a room for this day so you can freshen up and rest. This is a good time to do some last minute shopping and/or sightseeing if you are so inclined.
Your vehicle and chauffeur
stay with you (unless you choose to check in to a hotel) until your (usually late evening) assisted check in at the airport.
Our services end
at Delhi airport.