3-19 days|2-18 nights
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Includes -all accommodation and meals on a full board basis unless otherwise specified; all transport services; domestic flights; entrace and camera fees as applicable on sight-seeing tours; porterage at hotels and airports; park fees and government taxes; game drives; soft drinks and bottled water during tours and on long drives.
Excludes – international flights; visas; airport taxes; insurance, telephone; drinks; items of a personal nature; laundry; gratuities
Departures – flexible
Age restriction – none
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Hotel Taj Mahal, Delhi
You will be met at the airport by an &Beyond representative and taken to the Taj-Mahal Hotel in Delhi, where you will spend the night. The narrow alleys of Old Delhi hold secrets of the Mughal rule and the wide avenues of New Delhi are reminiscent of the British Raj.
Bed and breakfast included.
After breakfast, you will be driven in your chauffeur driven, air-conditioned vehicle to Agra (approx. travel time four and a half hours.) After lunch you will tour Agra, visiting the Taj Mahal at sunset. The Taj Mahal is the mausoleum of Empress Mumtaz Mahal, the beloved spouse of Shah Jahan, who died in 1630. Return to your luxurious hotel for dinner.
Visit the Taj Mahal again at sunrise. Return to the hotel for breakfast. You will then be driven to Jaipur (approx.5 hours). En route visiting Fatehpur Sikri, a deserted red sandstone city that was built by Emperor Akbara as his capital and palace in the 16th century. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Upon arrival in Jaipur, check in to your hotel, Taj Rambagh Palace, where you will spend two nights. You will have this beautiful hotel to enjoy, while you do tours in Jaipur, including the Amber Fort, the City Palace and Jantar Mantar. There will be a photo stop at the Hawa Mahal, a palace built for the ladies of the harem by Sawai Pratap Singh.
After breakfast, you will be driven for approximately seven hours to Udaipur, where you will overnight at the incredibly beautiful and romantic Lake Palace. Udaipur is known by many names, City of Sunrise, Jewel of Mewar and City of Lakes. While in Udaipur, if you can bear to tear yourself away from the hotel, you will visit Ekingji, the city dotted with temples, 45 minutes drive north or Udaipur. It is a complex of 108 ancient temples built incised out of sandstone and marble. The temple was built in 734 AD. YOu will also visit the City Palace and the “Garden of the Maids of Honour”. In the evening, you will go boating on Lake Pichola. Return to the hotel for dinner.
You will have an early morning start, to catch your flight to Mumbai, where you will overnight at the Taj Mahal Palace. Mumbai is the commercial capital of India, with a population of about eight million. After lunch, you will be taken on a sightseeing tour of Mumbai including the Prince of Wales Museum, Marine Driver, Malabar Hill and Mani Bhawan. You will have a photo stop at Dhobi Ghat, a unique and colorful outdoor laundry. Return to your hotel for dinner.
Baghvan Lodge, Pench National Park
Another early morning start, to catch your flight for Nagpur. On arrival in Nagpur, you will be met and driven to Pench National Park (approx. three and a half hours). This is a spectacular natural reserve set in Central teak jungle. Pench has a rich variety of wildlife including tiger, leopard, wild dog, gaur and sambar. You will spend two nights at Baghvan lodge. With its open rooftop machans and large wooden decks that overlook the shady nullah, guests are immersed in the sounds and sights of the Indian jungle. You will explore the jungle on early morning and afternoon games drives in an open 4×4 safari vehcile. You will be accompanied by a trained naturalist.
Banjaar Tola, Kanha National Park
After an early morning game drive and breakfast, you will be driven to Kanha National Park (approx. 5 hours). Kanha National Park is a prime tiger wilderness and was one of the first areas to be protected under Project Tiger. Upon arrival, you will check into Banjaar Tola, a luxury tented camp, with views of the Banjaar River. Explore the park in your morning and evening game drives.
Mahua Kothi, Bandhavgarh National Park
After breakfast, drive to Bandhavgarh National Park, a relatively small park with a thriving tiger population. On arrival, check into Mahua Kothi Lodge, where 12 kutiyas are scattered around an original homestead. Given over to natural forest, the vast grounds create a park-like atmosphere that guests are free to explore on bicycles. Explore the park in your morning and evening game drives.
Pashangarh, Panna National Park
This morning you will be driven to Panna National Park (approximately one hour’s drive). This is one of the most pristine and beautiful of India’s wilderness areas. Although the tiger population of the park is sparse, Panna is home to five other species of cats, leopard; jungle cat; leopard cat; rusty spotted cat and caracal. On arrival, you will check into Pashangarh Lodge, which consists of a cluster of stone cottages settled on top of a hill, with views over the forest and a large nearby waterhole, which has been host to numerous tiger and resident antelope sightings.
Nadasar Palace, Varanassi
This morning you will drive to (approx. one hour’s drive away) the temples of Khajuraho. They were originally a group of 80 temples of which 25 remain today. The temples belong to two different religions, Hinduism and Jainism. After your tour, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Varanassi. where you will spend two nights at the Taj Nadesar Palace. Varanasi is situated on the banks of the Holy River Ganges, a city of more than a thousand temples and shrines. Here millions of Hindus came to wash away their sins, where the great Gautam Buddha first preached 25 centuries ago. In the evening visit the Ghats on the Ganges and witness the evening Aarti ceremony. The following day you will take a sunrise boat trip on the Ganges and later in the day, visit Sarnath, where Gautam Buddha is believed to have given his first sermon.
Day of departure
Enjoy a leisurely morning. In the afternoon, you will fly to Delhi, where you connect for your international flight from the same terminal.