The Wildlife Tour of India

17 NIGHTS | 18 DAYS

DELHI | JAIPUR | KALAKHO | AGRA | KHAJURAHO BANDHAVGARH | KANHA | KAWARDHA | MUMBAI

Far Horizon welcomes you to a specially designed tour of India's national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. With its huge and varied landmass and vegetation, India is home to a large variety of wildlife with some of the finest game parks and tiger reserves. India has about four hundred species of mammals and 1300 species of birds. It is the only country to have the Asiatic Lion and is home to about 65% of the world's tigers and 85 % of the world's Asian one horned rhino's.

We have specially designed this tour to include national parks, wildlife sanctuaries as well as places rich in history and culture such as Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and Khajuraho. It also offers you an introduction to the rustic rural life in Kalakho and an interaction with the colorful Meena tribe to truly Experience the Living Cultures of India.

Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Our representative will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel

Day 2: Delhi
After breakfast, experience the combined charm of Old and New Delhi. The day begins with sightseeing in Old Delhi and a visit to Raj Ghat. Drive past the Red Fort on your way to the Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. A tour through the bazaars of Chandni Chowk is followed by a drive past the historical India Gate, the President's estate and the Parliament House. End the day with a visit to the capital's most striking monument; the 70 meter high Qutab Minar. Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 3: Delhi / Jaipur (Approx. 145 miles / 232 kms / 5 hour drive)
Leave for Jaipur after breakfast and check-in to your hotel. Spend the evening exploring the colorful markets of Jaipur. End your day with a memorable dinner with a noble family at the Sankotra Haveli. Overnight at the hotel (B, D)

Day 4: Jaipur
After breakfast, take a half-day excursion to the Amber Fort. En-route, make a photo stop at the palace of winds – the Hawa Mahal – a 5 storied structure, built in the 18 century. Proceed to the Amber City Fort (11 kms. north of Jaipur) perched 130 meters high on the Aravalli hills. It was the ancient capital of the Kachhawaha Rajputs till 1037. Enjoy an elephant ride to the top of the palace- fort.

In the afternoon visit the City Palace located in the center of Jaipur. It now houses the royal residence as well as museums with a rich collection of textiles and costumes, armory, manuscripts, paintings etc. Also visit the Jantar Mantar (1728-34) built by King Jai Singh II, who had a great interest in astrology. Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 5: Jaipur / Kalakho (Approx. 56 miles / 90 kms / 3 hour drive)
After breakfast, drive to Kalakho where you will be greeted at the Dera Village Retreat, specially created to explore the Living Cultures of India. In the evening, visit a nearby village on camel back and camel carts. Here you will meet the very colorful Meena tribe. In the evening enjoy a traditional folk dance performance at the Retreat. Overnight at the Retreat (B, L, D)

Day 6: Kalakho / Bharatpur / Agra (Approx. 69 miles / 111kms / 4 hour drive)
Visit the BharatpurBird Sanctuary after breakfast. It is one of the world's finest bird parks. Take an interesting cycle-rickshaw ride through the park and see the large variety of birds here.Drive to Agra and en-route explore Fatehpur Sikri, the beautiful sandstone city. Arrive in Agra and check-in to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 7: Agra
Early in the morning, behold the glorious sight of the sun casting its mellow rays on the Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world and surely the greatest symbol of love and devotion. (Please note that Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays). Return to the hotel for breakfast. In the afternoon, pay a visit to the magnificent Agra Fort. Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 8: Agra / Jhansi (Train: Bhopal Shtb ETD: 0817 ETA: 1043) / Khajuraho (Approx .110 miles / 175 kms / 5 hour 30 minutes drive)
Leave for the railway station, after an early breakfast, to board the Shatabdi Express to Jhansi. Drive from Jhansi to Khajuraho. En-route, stop at Orchha – a small charming town. The Ram Raja temple at Orchha, with its soaring spires and palatial architecture, is sure to leave you spellbound. Explore the Laxminarayan Temple, the interiors of which are covered with the most exquisite wall paintings. Continue your journey to Khajuraho and check-in to your hotel on arrival. Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 9: Khajuraho
After an early morning breakfast, visit the famous Khajuraho temples (A World Heritage Site).These temples, which completed a thousand years of their existence in 1999, come to life with voluptuous and erotic sculptures. Spend the day exploring this heritage city. Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 10: Khajuraho / Bandhavgarh (Approx. 131 miles / 210 Kms / 6 hour drive)
After breakfast, proceed to Bandhavgarh. The Bandhavgarh National Park was the former hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Rewa and is presently a famous natural hub for tigers. On arrival, check-in to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel (B, L, D)

Day 11: Bandhavgarh
The morning and afternoon will be spent on safaris to the National Park. Bandhavgarh has one of the highest densities of tigers and you have a very good chance of seeing a tiger up close. Enjoy a presentation on 'Wildlife' in your hotel in the evening. Overnight at the hotel (B, L, D)

Day 12: Bandhavgarh
Spend another day exploring the National Park .Enjoy a visit to the local village and hear interesting stories about tigers from the villagers who have learned to co-exist with the tiger. Overnight at the hotel (B, L, D)

Day 13: Bandhavgarh / Kanha (Approx. 156 miles / 250 Kms / 6 hour drive)
After an early morning jungle safari you bid farewell to Bandhavgarh and drive to Kanha – one of India's finest wildlife reserves where you can sight spotted deer, sloth bears, langur (monkeys) and the unusual guar. Arrive at Kanha and before dinner, enjoy a presentation on the 'Wildlife of Kanha' by your Naturalist. Overnight at the hotel (B, L, D)

Day 14: Kanha
The lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines of Kanha provided inspiration to Rudyard Kipling for his famous novel 'Jungle Book'. Overnight at the hotel (B, L, D)

Day 15: Kanha / Kawardha (Approx. 63 miles / 100 kms / 2 hour drive)
Watch the jungle greet a new day with an early morning jungle safari. Drive to Kawardha after breakfast which is an unexplored destination, 100 kms from the Kanha National Park. The lush green fields and forests in this region are rich in bird life and provide a home for the gentle Baiga tribe. The beauty of this area is further enhanced by the surrounding Maikal range. This region is known for its Bhoremdeo temples which have been compared to the Khajuraho temples. The remaining time would be spent in exploring the nearby tribal villages at leisure. Overnight at the hotel (B, L, D)

Day 16: Kawardha / Raipur (Approx. 79 miles / 127 kms / 3 hour drive) / Mumbai (Flight IC-269 ETD: 1235 ETA: 1615)
After breakfast, leave for the Raipur airport to board your flight to Mumbai. In Mumbai, you shall be escorted to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 17: Mumbai
Spend the day experiencing the "Living Cultures" of Mumbai – Meet the 'dabbawallas' (hot-lunch delivery system for Mumbai office workers) and see the 'dhobi-ghat' (manual laundry system) The 'dabbawallas' have been the subject of international attention from many management institutes as they have evolved a fool-proof system of pick-up of home-cooked food from people's homes and delivering them to their offices – with virtually no mistake, ever.

Later visit historical sites like the Gateway of India and the Mani Bhawan and drive past the Victoria Terminus. Explore the Crawford market later in the evening. Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 18: Departure
You will be escorted to the international airport to board your outbound flight.