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Tiger Safari and Taj Mahal Tour of India

19 Nights/20 Days

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About Tiger Safari and Taj Mahal Tour of India Tour

Of the 4T’s quintessential to India, Tigers, Taj and Temple top the list.

This tiger safari and Taj Mahal tour in India coupled with the enigma of Indian heritage and Indian culture, encompasses the perfect blend between wildlife, intense spirituality and religion. Whether it’s the religious ceremonies at Varanasi, the awe inspiring Taj, the intricately carved temples of Khajuraho coupled with iconic tiger safaris in Ranthambore National Park, Bandhavgarh National Park and Kanha National Park, you’re in for a tiger tour of a lifetime. An expedition through these formidable destinations is sure to reenergize the body, spirit and mind as you navigate a journey of cultural and natural discovery.

The tiger safari and Taj Mahal tour in India involves tiger safaris in India within four major national parks: Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Park in Central India, Corbett National Park in the terai belt and Ranthambore National Park in western India.

Trip Highlights

Outline Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrival in New Delhi

Upon arrival at the New Delhi Airport, you will be met by our representative who will ensure a smooth transfer to the Hotel and further, help you check-in at the Hotel. All the travel related documents will be handed over and explained to you. Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Day 02 : New Delhi – Corbett (275 kms/5 hrs drive)

Check-out post a satisfactory breakfast. Drive to Corbett National Park. This is a 275 km journey and will take you approximately 05-06 hours on the road. On reaching Corbett, you will be met by our representatives, the guide and driver. They will help transfer your luggage to a safari jeep. This jeep will take you to the Dhikala Forest Lodge (approximately 32 km from the gate). Check-in and eat lunch, post which you proceed for a safari in the Dhikala Zone.
Return at sunset. Dinner and overnight at the Forest Rest House.

Day 03: In Corbett National Park

Go for morning and evening safaris at Corbett National Park. Take your meals and stay overnight at the Forest Rest House.
The Corbett National Park has aptly been described as the land of the roar, trumpet, and song. It paints a picture of remarkable beauty. It was this park where ‘Project Tiger’ was inaugurated in India. The rich biodiversity of this reserve is partly attributed to the variety of habitat found here. Due to the location of the reserve in the foothills of the central Himalayas, both Himalayan and peninsular flora and fauna are found in the reserve.

Day 04 : In Corbett National Park

Morning and afternoon jeep safaris, meals, and overnight stay at the Forest Rest House inside the National Park. India’s first and finest park spread over 520 sq. km. Established initially as Hailey National Park on August 8, 1936, in honor of Sir Malcolm Hailey, the then governor of the United Provinces, the name was changed to Ramganga National Park in 1952. In 1957, it was finally named as Corbett National Park in honor and memory of the late Jim Corbett, the legendary hunter, naturalist-turned-author, and photographer who had helped in setting up the park and demarcating its boundaries.

Day 05 : Corbett – Agra (310 kms/6 hrs drive)

Check-out after early morning breakfast. Take the 310 km drive to Agra. This should take you about 06 hours. Arrive in Agra by late afternoon. Take the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Agra.

Day 06 : Agra – Ranthambore (275 kms/6 hrs drive)

In the morning, visit the Taj Mahal, the magnificent monument which is considered to be one of the seven wonders of the world. Built-in the mid-1700s, it was conceived by the Mughal emperor Shah Jehan as a monument of love for his wife Mumtaz. Over 20,000 laborers from various parts of the world pooled their skill to create this magnificent mausoleum that has been immortalized in white Makrana marble and embellished with onyx, amethyst, lapis lazuli, turquoise, jade, crystal and several other semi-precious stones that were brought from as far as Tibet, China and the Indian Ocean.
After lunch, proceed to Ranthambhore. Check-in at your safari lodge. Post lunch, head for an afternoon safari.

(Note: The Taj Mahal is closed to the public on Friday).

Day 07 & 08 : Ranthambore National Park

On both dates, take the morning and evening safaris to the Park.

The entire park is divided into 10 different zones, with good Tiger and wildlife populations in almost all zones. Ranthambore was amongst the first National Parks where Project Tiger was started. It has witnessed a varying Tiger population for the last century, however, the past decade has been a steady ride for Ranthambore. So much so that it was able to donate a few Tigers to Sariska National Park, which was bereft of Tigers due to poaching activities.
The entire credit behind Ranthambore’s success and a thriving Tiger population goes to the dedicated Forest Department, and tourism. Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in the Indian State of Rajasthan comprises distinct areas with varied conservation history and virtually separated geographically, with mere narrow corridors linking them to the core, Ranthambore National Park. These are mainly Ranthambore national Park, Keladevi Sanctuary and Sawai Mansingh Sanctuary.

Ranthambore is a photographer’s paradise and a great attraction on the India golden triangle tour & tiger safari. With different kinds of lighting, angles, backdrop and any frame that you want, Ranthambore is picturesque in its own special way. The Park is also rich in avifauna, with around 300 species of birds. In fact for a keen bird watcher, Ranthambore and the surrounding area is a paradise. Some key species include: Large Cormorant, Painted Spurfowl, Sarus Crane, bronzed winged Jacana, Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Nightjar, painted Sandgrouse, Great Horned Owl and many more regular winter migrants which come from their nesting ground north of the Himalayas to Ranthambore and surrounding areas.

With an area of 400 sq. km, Ranthambore encompasses rocky hill crests which descend to open valleys between the Aravali and Vindhya ranges, dotted with water pools and fruit trees, this park gets its name from the thousand-year-old fortress, which looms above the forest. Well known for the diurnal activity of Tigers, Ranthambore is a very special and unusual area where a natural present meets a historical past. Sambar, Cheetal, Chinkara, Nilgai and Languor. The elusive Leopard and Tigers are found in this reserve with tourists standing a very good chance of seeing tigers during the safaris. Dotted across the landscape are the crumbling ruins of its past glory, be it chatris or cupolas, like palaces or old guard posts, all of which reinforce the magical and ethereal quality of this great wilderness. Overnight and meals at the Resort.

Day 09 : Ranthambore National Park – Jaipur (111 miles/3 hour drive)

Check out after an early breakfast, post which you drive to Jaipur. A journey of 180 km will be covered in about 03 hours. Upon arrival, check-into your hotel. Eat a hearty lunch, post which you visit the highlights of Jaipur (Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, City Palace and the Museum). This city is also known for its shopping. From precious stones to handicrafts, the culture looks richer than usual when you stroll through the ‘Jaipuri Bazaar’.

Return to the Hotel and spend the evening at leisure.

Day 10 : Jaipur – New Delhi (170 miles/6 hour drive)

After breakfast, check out from the Hotel. Visit the Amer Fort, the former residence of Rajput Maharajas and their families. It is an opulent palace laid out in four levels. It is a hill fort and a World Heritage site too. Subsequently, drive for 275 km in about 05-06 hours, to arrive at New Delhi, the capital of India.

Day 11 : New Delhi – Raipur – Kanha (Flight + 210 kms/4 hrs drive from the airport)

Take an early morning transfer to the domestic terminal of the New Delhi Airport to board a flight towards Raipur. On arrival, you will be met by our representative who will drive you to Kanha. This journey is a total of 210 kms, which will be covered in about four hours.

On arrival check into the resort and after a quick lunch, proceed for afternoon jeep safari. Have your dinner at the resort and stay overnight.

Day 12 - 13 : In Kanha National Park

Wake up at 05:00 hours to take your first early morning safari to Kanha National Park. Kanha’s Sal and Bamboo forests, rolling grasslands, and meandering streams stretch over 940 sq. kms in dramatic natural splendor which form the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve created in 1974 under Project Tiger. The park is the only habitat of the rare Hard Ground Barasingha (Cervus Duvaceli Branderi).

This is the original Kipling country of which he wrote so vividly in his Jungle Book. Packed breakfast from the Lodge is served at a designated spot and spread on the bonnet of the Safari vehicle. Enjoy your breakfast in the wilderness of Kanha. Continue your search for the elusive tiger if you have not yet seen the same, and soak in the fresh and energizing environment. Return from safari around 1130 hours. Freshen up and eat lunch.

Depart for afternoon jeep safari at Kanha National Park and return by at 1800 hours. Relax, have dinner, and stay overnight at the lodge.

Day 14 : Kanha – Bandhavgarh (280 kms/6 hrs drive)

After a light breakfast, tourists can depart towards Bandhavgarh National Park. This is a 280 km drive which will take you approximately 06 hours on the road. On arrival, the tourist can check-in at the lodge. Proceed for an afternoon safari in the park followed by dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.

Return from the morning safari and freshen up. Post a relaxed lunch, proceed for an afternoon safari into the wilderness of Kanha National Park.

Day 15 - 16 : In Bandhavgarh National Park

Experience the morning and evening safaris. Relish all meals and stay overnight at the lodge.

Bandhavgarh is mainly known for the density of its tiger population. The other wild attractions in the park include Leopards, Blue Bulls, Indian Gaur (Bison), Chausingha (Four Horned Antelopes), Spotted Deers, Sambar Deer, Wild Boar, Sloth Bears Fox, Jackals, Wild Dogs, etc. There are at least 22 mammal species and about 250 bird species in the Park. The other animals found in Bandhavgarh are Ratel, Porcupine, Small Indian Civet, Palm Squirrel, Lesser Bandicoot Rat, the Jungle Cat, and the shy Hyenas. The reptile population in the park includes Cobras, Kraits, Vipers, Rat snakes, Pythons, Monitor Lizards, and Turtles. The two primate species – the Rhesus Macaque and the Hanuman Langur inhabit Bandhavgarh.

After the morning and evening safaris at the park, savor the taste of all your meals and stay overnight at the park.

Day 17 : Bandhavgarh – Khajuraho (280 kms/6 hrs drive)

Morning game drive to the National park and after breakfast drive to Khajuraho. A total distance of about 280 km, it will take you around 06 hours on the tour drive. On arrival check into the hotel. Later city tour of Khajuraho.

Khajuraho, discovered by chance, is India’s second-biggest single tourist attraction. Khajuraho has the largest group of medieval temples that are adorned with numerous sculptures of extraordinary grace and delicacy celebrating the stylized and refined courtly accomplishments of beauty, love and creative arts. Once the religious capital of the Chandela Rajputs, the temples of the city date from 950-1050 AD. A wall with eight gates encloses the entire area and two golden palm trees flank each of them. Originally, there were over 80 temples, of which only 22 are now remarkably preserved.

The set of temples at Khajuraho celebrating Hindu religious thought in its mystifying variety of scope and inclusion stands distinguished from the rest of the Hindu temples. The temples highlight the existential ethos in religion that venerates ‘Yoga’ and ‘Bhoga’. ‘Yoga’ is union of the self with the Almighty, while ‘Bhoga’ is the path to God through physical pleasure. The temples at Khajuraho, dedicated to physical love and pleasure are a testimony to this philosophy. Declared a World Heritage Site in 1986, Khajuraho is a prominent, must-see destination and its temples are India’s unique gift to the world as they capture life in every form and mood in stone. Evening Sound and Light show at Khajuraho. Overnight at the hotel in Khajuraho.

Day 18 : Khajuraho – Varanasi (Flight)

Morning after breakfast visit the Eastern and Southern group of temples. The Parasvanath temple of the Eastern group is the group’s largest Jain temple. The themes depict, in charming detail, everyday activity. Also, visit the Kandariya Mahadev temple dedicated to Shiva and the Chaturbhuj temple of the Southern group.

Afternoon transfer to the airport to board the flight for Varanasi. Leave Khajuraho for Varanasi. Meeting and assistance on arrival at Varanasi airport and transfer to the hotel.

Varanasi is one of India’s most important pilgrimage sites and the holiest of holy cities for Hindus. Known also as Kashi and Benaras, Varanasi is one of the world’s oldest living cities, and has been a centre of learning and culture for well over 2000 years.

Evening : Visit the “Ghats” or bank of the Ganga River. This is a fascinating walk as you can experience the cultural ethos that guides the life of the pious. See the rituals that take place to the setting sun and the ablutions that are performed in the river. As boats float down-stream, some carrying goods, fruits and vegetables, you will see others carrying the pious who perform ceremonies along the river.

On the banks or “ghats”, you can see some absorbed in prayer and the chanting of hymns, and others engaged in commerce and yet others performing functions like hair-cutting, massaging and even cleaning ears! Walk across to the Manikarnika Ghat, where you can see cremation, performed with intense ritual – the process of sending the departed soul to the heavens. Hindus believe that the gateway to the Heavens and for the Re-incarnation of the Soul `in a better state’, is possible when life’s last journey is from Varanasi. Overnight in Varanasi.

Day 19 : In Varanasi

Early morning: Take a boat ride at dawn down India’s most sacred river, The Ganges. Sunrise at the holy river is a truly tranquil and breathtaking sight with pilgrims standing waist-deep in water, praying to the rising Sun. See the famous Vishwanath temple with its spires covered with gold, dedicated to Shiva, the presiding deity of the city. Return to the hotel for Breakfast.

Also visit Sarnath a city located 13 kilometres north-east of Varanasi near the confluence of the Ganges and the Gomati rivers in Uttar Pradesh, India. The deer park in Sarnath is where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma, and where the Buddhist Sangha came into existence through the enlightenment of Kondanna. Singhpur, a village approximately one km away from the site, was the birthplace of Shreyansanath, the eleventh Tirthankara of Jainism, and a temple dedicated to him. Overnight in Varanasi.

Day 20 : Varanasi – New Delhi (Flight)

Morning at your leisure to unwind and pack. Later transfer to the airport to board a flight to New Delhi at 1015 hrs. Arrive in New Delhi at 1150 hrs. Met at airport and transfer hotel near the airport for fresh and change and transfer to International airport to board a flight back home or onward destination.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The best time to take this tiger safari in India will be between February and April. National Parks in India will be beaming with tiger sightings as the water holes in such areas are few and far in between. Big cats and other predators are usually seen next to them on most days. Additionally, cities will have pleasant weather conditions to tour them hassle free!
The approximate cost of this tiger tour entirely depends on your choices through the itinerary. Our tour program is entirely customizable to suit your needs. For instance, accommodations can be changed based on your budget and preferences, the safari can be shared or exclusive, the number of people travelling will also vary the cost greatly. Please write to us on [email protected] with your requirements and out team will get back to you with a detailed yet customized itinerary, within 24 hours!
Tipping is definitely better in INR. However, it is also fine to be tipping in USD or your local currency.
A tour guide will be accompanying you to get the best and most fulfilling experience while on a tiger safari in Indian national parks and also city tours. To ensure maximum safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing norms will be practiced while on the tour, with masks and hand sanitizers also available.

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