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Indian Wildlife Luxury Safari: Delhi to Jabalpur

Duration
8 Days
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US$ 6,748

Meet the wildlife of one of the world’s most diverse countries on this spectacular journey.


This 8-day round trip from Delhi starts by immersing you in India’s frantic capital, then takes you onward to spectacular wildlife adventures.

Delhi is a centre for India’s politics, culture and history, but it can also overload the senses. Take your first day at leisure to adapt, then enjoy a full day tour to get the most out of the city. This includes visits to the India Gate, the Qutub Minar, the Presidential Palace, the tomb of Humayun, India’s largest mosque, and the Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. You’ll stay at the luxurious Oberoi New Delhi, which embraces all of India’s beauty and tradition while offering respite from Delhi’s frantic pace.

Leave the big city behind as you’re transferred to Khajurho, a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognised for its beautiful Hindu and Jain temples. In the afternoon, go on to Panna National Park, where you can relax in preparation for your tiger safari. A game drive takes you through the Park’s tropical forests to see sloths, leopards, sambar, wild boar, and if you’re very lucky, elusive tigers. Spend your downtime taking a guided bird-spotting walk, or relaxing in your lodge’s infinity pool.

In case you did miss the big cats, you’ll get another chance to see them at Bandhavgarh National Park. Enjoy a traditional Indian breakfast on your morning game drive. Then, while the animals are sleeping away their afternoon, recharge with an invigorating massage or leisurely walk along the jungle paths. More delicious local cuisine awaits you for dinner each day.

A late afternoon flight from Jabalpur returns you to Delhi on your final day.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 6,748

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Day 1

Arrive Delhi

Welcome to Delhi, India's capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds - the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiraling skyscrapers the remnants of a bygone time in the form of its many monuments stand as silent reminders to the region's ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a specious, garden city, tree-lined with a number of beautiful parks.

Upon arrival you will be met and escorted to your hotel.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

The Taj Mahal Hotel

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    The Taj Mahal Hotel



    The Taj Mahal Hotel is a five-star deluxe hotel located in the very heart of New Delhi. It stands as tribute to timeless hospitality and service, complementing the broad leafy boulevards of Delhi's chief architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens. Its proximity to the seat of government, ...

    The Taj Mahal Hotel is a five-star deluxe hotel located in the very heart of New Delhi. It stands as tribute to timeless hospitality and service, complementing the broad leafy boulevards of Delhi's chief architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens. Its proximity to the seat of government, the city's diplomatic corps, and entertainment, heritage and business districts has furthered the hotel's reputation as the epicentre of the capital. Prominent landmarks - India Gate, the Presidential Palace and the National Museum - are a short 10-minute drive away

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Fitness Centre
    • Babysitting Services
    • Car Hire
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Doctor on Call
    • Facilities for Disabled Guests
    • Free WiFi
    • Garden
    • Indoor Garage
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Spa
    • Travel Service

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Day 2

Delhi Sightseeing

Your morning exploration of Old Delhi begins with a visit to the Red Fort, a symbol of Shah Jehan's Mughal power and elegance, also known as the greatest wonder of all the cities of Delhi.

India's history has been closely linked with this fort. It was from here that the British deposed the last Mughal ruler - Bhadur Shah Zafar, marking the end of a three - century long Mughal rule. It was also from its ramparts that the first prime. Minister of India, Pandit Jawharlal Nehru, announced to the nation that India was free from colonial rule. Your tour continues with a visit to India's largest mosque Jama Masjid, originally known as 'Masjid-I-Jahan-Numa', meaning 'The mosque with a commanding view of the world'. This mosque was commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan and was completed in 1656.

Continue onto Raj Ghat, a simple square platform of black marble found on the banks of the Yamuna, at the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated following his assassination on 31st January 1948. The memorial has the epitaph Hē Ram, (literally translated as 'O' Ram', but also translated to 'O God'), believed to be the last words uttered by Mahatma Gandhi.

This afternoon you will explore 'Lutyens' Delhi or New Delhi. Drive through the city viewing the government buildings, President's House and Parliament House. Also Visit India Gate and drive past the government buildings. Built as an imperial capital by the British, all the main buildings, designed in the 1920's by the British architects Lutyens and Baker, remain today.

At one end of the avenue known as the Rajpath (literally the "King's Way") is the War Memorial Arch, better known as India Gate, a memorial to the 90,000 Indians who gave their lives in World War I. As you drive along the majestic Rajpath - the broadest avenue of Delhi - our first views encompass the enormous Secretariat buildings with their 1,000 rooms and miles of corridors, and the Parliament House, a huge circular building in red and grey sandstone with an open colonnade extending around its circumference. At the other end stands the Rashtrapati Bhavan, one of the largest and most grandiose of the Raj constructions, built originally for the British Viceroy and now the official residence of the President of India.

Continue to Humayun's Tomb. Emperor Humayun, the father of Emperor Akbar, lies buried in this magnificent monument built in red sandstone. Haji Begum, Humayun's first wife and mother of Emperor Akbar designed and supervised the entire construction. Her design was way ahead of the times and is the basis for the design of the famous Taj Mahal, built almost a hundred years later!

Your tour ends with a visit to Qutab Minar, India's tallest stone tower. At a height of 234 feet, the "Tower of Victory" is considered by some to be the world's most perfect specimen of tower architecture. A mathematical marvel, this building has remained standing for eight centuries. Another important monument within the complex is the Quwwat ul-Islam Mosque, literally translated as 'The Might of Islam'. Though today the mosque is in ruins, it is believed that twenty-seven Jain temples were destroyed and their materials reused to construct the monuments of the complex.

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Day 3

Delhi to Khajuraho to Panna National Park

This morning proceed to the airport for your flight to Khajuraho.

Upon arrival you will proceed to Panna National Park which is located along the banks of the Ken River. The Park, with its deep ravines, cascading waterfalls and thick teak forests, is predominantly a plateau, with sprawling flatlands punctuated by hills, deep valleys and gorges. The terrain is largely rocky and uneven. There are mixed dry deciduous forests with short grasses and open woods. Lower altitudes are characterized by taller grasses and closed woodlands. Common bamboo also occurs on hilly slopes and gorges.

Arrive and proceed to your resort.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Pashan Garh

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    Pashan Garh


    The Pashan Garh lodge features a cluster of stone cottages huddled atop a small hill, offering magnificent views across the top of the forest and a large nearby watering hole, which has been host to resident antelope sightings. The lodge is a mere 50 kilometres ...

    The Pashan Garh lodge features a cluster of stone cottages huddled atop a small hill, offering magnificent views across the top of the forest and a large nearby watering hole, which has been host to resident antelope sightings. The lodge is a mere 50 kilometres from Khajuraho, one of the best-known tourist attractions in India, renowned for its 85 sandstone temples and sculptures that date back a thousand years.

    Lodges are not operational from 1st July onwards till 15th October, as the national parks are closed due to monsoons.

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Day 4

Tiger Safari in Panna National Park

Home to the majestic tiger, guests may also see leopard, wolf, hyena, jackal and sloth bear. The reserve is also well known for sightings of nilgai, sambar, chital, wild boar and Indian crocodile. Panna's hot and dry climate has combined with the shallow Vindhyan soils to create dry teak and mixed forests. he park is home to more than 200 species of birds including the Bar-headed Goose, Honey Buzzard, King Vulture and Blossom-headed Parakeet. The dry, deciduous forest that covers the majority of the Park is interspersed with open grasslands. The Park is located on a vast plateau, dominated by a tropical forests, deep ravines, cascading waterfalls and thick teak forests. The Ken River flows through the reserve from north to south, with dense riverine thickets lining its banks.

Enjoy morning and evening game drives at the park.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Panna National Park - Bandhavgarh National Park

Today you will drive to Bhandavgarh. Situated in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh National Park is a 448 km2 renowned tiger reserve. Nestled among the picturesque Vindhya and Satpura ranges, this is one of India's most beautiful national parks. The dramatic landscape features tropical forests and woodlands, and steep rocky hills with flat grasslands in the valleys below. An ancient 2 000 year old fort, 10th century statue of Lord Vishnu, and the dense Sal jungle combined with the grasslands make Bandhavgarh one of the most extraordinary parks in India.

Arrive and proceed to the hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Mahua Kothi

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    Mahua Kothi


    Nestled in the vicinity of the breathtaking Bandhavgarh National Park is the first of the Taj Safari Lodges. The name Mahua Kothi draws inspiration from one of India's most beautiful trees, the Madhuca Indica, or butter tree. Its luscious off-white flowers take centre-stage in many ...

    Nestled in the vicinity of the breathtaking Bandhavgarh National Park is the first of the Taj Safari Lodges. The name Mahua Kothi draws inspiration from one of India's most beautiful trees, the Madhuca Indica, or butter tree. Its luscious off-white flowers take centre-stage in many Indian festive rituals, and here, at Mahua Kothi, it is at the centre of many a unique and delightful experience. The lodge sprawls over the 40 acre grounds, around the renowned former tented camp, Churhat Kothi, the accommodation and facilities of the lodge blend charmingly into the quaint and rustic surroundings.

    Mahua Kothi unlike any safari experience in the country so far - impeccable service and lush luxury.

    Mahua Kothi promises an experience that is unconventional, focused on guests' individual needs and emotions, knowledgeable, sophisticated and innovative.

    Lodges are not operational from 1st July onwards till 15th October, as the national parks are closed due to monsoons.

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Day 6

Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh supports one of the highest densities of tigers on the Subcontinent. Its hilly open terrain includes many large grassland meadows that offer good chances of sightings. The density of its big cat population has made Bandhavgarh world famous. The Park is also home to a large variety of mammals: leopard, chital (spotted deer), Sambar deer, nilgai, wild boar, chinkara, sloth bear, rhesus macaque, grey langur, jungle cat, hyena, porcupine, jackal, fox, and wild dog.

Enjoy pre-booked game drives at the reserve.

Overnight at Tiger Den Resort.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Bandhavgarh National Park

Once again today you will discover the beautiful jungle of Bandhavgarh National Park and enjoy pre-booked game drives at the reserve.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Bandhavgarh National Park to Delhi

Today proceed to Jabalpur airport and board your onwards flight.

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DEPARTURES:

Daily*
* Tour does not operate between Jun 16 - 15 Oct

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 7 nights luxury safari lodge accommodation
  • Guided touring as per itinerary
  • Overland transport/airport transfers as per itinerary
  • 6 game drives (no afternoon game drives on Wednesdays)
  • Lodge activities
  • Domestic flights and taxes
  • Meals as specified

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfares & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees
  • Other meals and beverages
  • Personal items

DOCUMENTATION:

Scanned colour copies of passports are required and must be submitted one month prior to departure.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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