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17 Day Wildlife tours and Safaris through the National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries of India - Easy Tours of India
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Day 1: Depart from origin. You can ask us to include international flights.




Day 2: 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 then 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 the Travel Facilitator or Tour Director hands over your welcome package to you. 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 that were sent to you (such as our General Travel Guide) earlier.




Day 3: Delhi. Start your exploration of India with a guided 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 explorations of the Jama Masjid (finished in 1650 AD), the largest mosque in India, and the amazing Red Fort that was finished a decade before the mosque. The walled city inside the Red Fort was the seat of the Moghul Empire for more than two hundred and fifty years and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once you leave the Fort you will experience a rickshaw ride in the alleys of the ancient bazaar at Chandni Chowk. The last stop in Old Delhi is the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi (Raj Ghat). 
There is a break for lunch.
Afternoon – enjoy a city tour of New Delhi. This excursion begins with a drive past Safdarjang’s Tomb (1753 AD) while driving to the awe-inspiring Qutab Minar (1193 A.D.). This 239 ft 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 Delhi’s climate and conditions and has not rusted in over 1500 years. After the Qutab complex you will be driven to visit the magnificent tomb of the Moghul 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.
From the tomb you will proceed on a drive to Lutyens’ New Delhi. Time permitting, 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, a golden domed Sikh Temple (Bangla Sahib Gurudwara), & the Birla Temple. The last part of this excursion is a drive through Connaught Place, which is New Delhi’s downtown.




Day 4: 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 sq kms, including a core zone of 940 sq kms. 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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, 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 on foot or by jeep. Scattered throughout the Park, particularly in the area around the fort, are numerous caves containing shrines with ancient Sanskrit inscriptions.




Day 8: 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, 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 on foot or by jeep. Scattered throughout the Park, particularly in the area around the fort, are numerous caves containing shrines with ancient Sanskrit inscriptions.




Day 9: 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 10: Khajuraho - Agra.  Return to the temples in the morning and finish your tour if you were unable to do that on the previous afternoon.
Mid morning – Check-out of your hotel and drive about 3.5 hours to Orchha. Have a late lunch here and explore the magnificent ruins at Orchha on your own (local guides may be available for you to hire). The archeological treasures of Orchha were built between four and five centuries 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). 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 creations in inlaid marble.




Day 11: Agra. You now start your exploration of Agra with a half day city tour of the magnificent monuments of this city. This exploration includes a visit to the famous tomb of Itmad-Ud–Daulah. This was built by 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.
There is a break for lunch.
Afternoon - 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 AD 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 and have them provide 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 till it is time to admire the sun’s rays setting on the façade of the world’s finest monument.




Day 12: Agra – Ranthambore. You have the option (no charge) of a sunrise visit to Mehtab Bagh, which is a 500 year old Mughal garden located across from the Taj Mahal on the other side of the Yamuna River. You also have the option of visiting the Taj Mahal again for a sunrise visit (entry fee surcharge applies). If you select either of the two options, you will return to your hotel to freshen up after the visit.
You are assisted with your check-out 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 and is constructed primarily out of red sandstone. The Emperor moved his capital from Agra to this city and then 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.
Proceed on the drive to Ranthambore National Park. The second half of this drive is through rural areas where you will have multiple photo opportunities of villagers engrossed in their daily activities, as well as their dwellings and livestock. You are greeted on arrival at your jungle lodge and are assisted with your check-in.
Since 2006, Easy Tours of India has tracked the percentage of tiger sightings for our guests in Ranthambore National Park. Over 85% of our guests have had tiger sightings during this period, with many of them getting multiple sightings.




Day 13: Ranthambore. Covering an area of 410 sq. km, Ranthambore National Park runs along the eastern spur of the Aravali mountain range until it meets with the Vindhya ranges. Ranthambore used to be the private hunting ground of the rulers of Jaipur. 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 in to the park in the morning and evening.
In between safaris, you have the option 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 AD) 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 ruins, and 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 large number of aggressive langurs (South Asian monkey) have made the Fort area their home and it is not advisable to have food visible in your hands as you tour the fort.




Day 14: Ranthambore – Jaipur. Enjoy your last safari into Ranthambore in the morning.
You are assisted with your check-out from your hotel and then you are driven to Jaipur. Sawai Madhopur is a rural small town and you will drive though it to get a glimpse of life here.
Arrive at Jaipur and you are assisted with your check in at your hotel.
There is a break for lunch.
Afternoon - Proceed for a city tour of the walled city of Jaipur, including the magnificent City Palace. Visit the unique Jantar Mantar magnificent stone observatory built by Raja Jai Singh in 1728. View the ‘Hawa Mahal’ (Palace of the Wind), the intriguing facade built in 1799 to allow the ladies of the court to view the city and bazaar from the windows without being seen themselves. Continue the tour to visit 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 miniature paintings, costumes, and armory.
Jaipur is famous for its carpets, jewelry & handicrafts.




Day 15: Jaipur. Start your day with an excursion to Amber Fort & Palace, located 12 kilometers from the center of the 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 (if you so desire, jeeps are available instead of the elephants). 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 of the Palace 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.
Afternoon – you are at leisure with your guide and chauffeur, who are available to you till 5 pm. This is a good time to shop for Rajasthani specialties if you are so inclined. There are other options that your guide can offer you.
Evening – You are driven to a nearby venue where an Easy Tours facilitator is your host at a cultural show and dinner. An alternative to this is that there is usually a cultural performance at your hotel in the evenings. You can choose to watch this instead (if available) and then drive to the home of a Rajasthani family where you can enjoy a traditional dinner with them. This selection needs to be made when you reserve your tour.




Day 16: Jaipur - Delhi – International Flight. You are assisted with your check-out from your hotel and then you are driven to the Jaipur airport. You are assisted with boarding 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.

Depending on when your 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.




Day 17: Arrive at your next destination





 
Inclusions:
* All three meals are included at Bandhavgarh & Kanha
* All three Meals at Ranthambore on the First Class & Luxury Levels
* Breakfast only at Ranthambore at the Opulent Level
* Daily Breakfast at all the other Hotels
* Hotel check-in is at 2:00 pm & check-out is at noon for almost all the hotels
* All transfers and sightseeing by your personal Luxury SUV, personal AC medium car or Mini Coach (depending on Tour level & small group/independent travel)
* Services of English speaking local guides (Tour Directors at the Opulent Level) / Naturalists / Park Rangers at all destinations as per the itinerary.
* 5 Jungle Safari’s at Bandhavgarh, 4 Jungle Safari’s at Kanha & 3 Jungle Safari's at Ranthambore.
* AN Easy Tours EXCLUSIVE: Dinner & cultural show at Jaipur
* Cycle-rickshaw ride through the ancient bazaar of Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi
* AN Easy Tours EXCLUSIVE: Horse drawn carriage ride to the Taj Mahal in Agra
* Applicable monument entrance fees as per the itinerary.
* AN Easy Tours EXCLUSIVE: Personal Elephant ride (per couple) with your own (jeep option available) up the ramparts of Amer Palace in Jaipur.
* All safari related charges at the Wildlife Parks (including park entry fees, guide fees, vehicle fees etc.)
* Jhansi – Agra Train travel by Luxury AC Chair Car
* Bottled water during sightseeing/excursions and long drives.
* All currently applicable taxes.


* All currently applicable taxes.

Not included:
* International Travel
* Any expenses of a personal nature like tips, laundry, telephone calls, drinks etc.
* Meals other than those specified above
* Travel insurance, visa etc.
* Camera fees – still & video
 


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Depart from US Call for hotel options in this city.
Delhi Oberoi Maidens Premier Room/ Sheraton Saket - Deluxe Room/ Lalit - View Room
Kanha Chitvan Jungle Lodge - Luxury Cottage/ Tuli Tiger Resort - Luxury Cottage
Bandhavgarh Bandhav Vilas - Villa/ Nature Heritage Resort - Luxury Cottage
Khajuraho Taj Gateway - Superior Room/ Radisson - Executive Class Room
Agra Taj Gateway - Taj View Room/ ITC Mughal - Mughal Chambers
Ranthambore Taj Vivanta Sawai Madhopur Lodge - Superior Charm Room/ Nahargarh
Jaipur The Trident - Lake View Room/ ITC Rajputana - Executive Club Room



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This Visit gives you some of the best highlights of India.

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Rickshaw Ride at Chandni Chowk
Traditional Folk Dance
Horse Buggy ride to Taj Mahal
Taj - Sunrise / Sunset
Wildlife Safaris
Personal Elephant Ride
Jungle Safari’s at Kanha
Dinner with a Rajasthani family
  UNESCO World Heritage
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
10 Century Temples Khajuraho
Fatehpur Sikri
Humayun's Tomb
Bandhavgarh Fort
Qutab Minar
Red Fort

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  Jama Masjid
India Gate
Safdarjang’s Tomb
Connaught Place
  City Palace
Hawa Mahal
Amber Fort & Palace

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  • <strong>Humayun Tomb, Delhi</strong> - Humayun's Tomb - The square red sandstone double-storeyed structure.

    Humayun Tomb, Delhi

  • <strong>Bandhavgarh National Park - 1, Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh </strong> -

    Bandhavgarh National Park - 1, Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh

  • <strong>Khajuraho - 1</strong> -

    Khajuraho - 1

  • <strong>Taj Mahal - 2, Agra</strong> -

    Taj Mahal - 2, Agra

  • <strong>Tiger at Ranthambore National Park - 1, Ranthambore</strong> -

    Tiger at Ranthambore National Park - 1, Ranthambore

  • <strong>A Musician Rests In The Shade Of The Amber Fort, Jaipur</strong> -

    A Musician Rests In The Shade Of The Amber Fort, Jaipur



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