Bandhavgarh NP Holidays

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The grand entrance into Delhi's famous Red Fort

Day 1: Delhi - Amritsar

After you say Goodbye to your new found friends on your Passage to India tour you will be transferred to the train station where you will board the Shatabadi Express to Amritsar. ( A/C Chair Car) On arrival in Amritsar you will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon we’ll drive to the final frontier, Wagah to watch the sunset changing of the guards and ceremonial lowering of the flags

The temple at night

Day 2: Amritsar - Bharatpur

Home to the world famous Golden Temple and the seat of the Sikh religion, Amritsar is one of the Punjab’s principal cities. Built in 1803 and made of marble, copper and pure leaf gold, the temple is an amazing architectural feat. This morning we take a tour of Amritsar before we board the overnight train to Bharatpur. ( Second Class A/C Carriage).

Heron

Day 3: Bharatpur

On arrival in Bharatpur you will be met at the train station and transferred to your hotel. (Early Check in subject to availability). The walled town of Bharatpur in Rajasthan is just a stone’s throw from the border with Uttar Pradesh state. Boasting the massive Lohagarh Fort (built in 1732) plus traditional markets and mosque’s, it’s a good place to relax and explore. However, the real reason to come to Bharatpur is to visit Keoladeo Ghana National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Keoladeo Ghana is rated as one of the finest bird reserves in the world. This evening we explore the Bird Sanctuary.

Keoladeo

Day 4: Bharatpur - Ranthambhore NP

This morning we return to the Bird Sanctuary. Keoladeo Ghana is rated as one of the finest bird reserves in the world. Keoladeo’s 29 sq.km of swamps and lakes constitute one of the most important breeding and migratory areas in the world, where from October - March the some 200 plus local species are joined by a further 130 species from as far afield as the Russian Steppes and Central Asia. he park can be toured on foot or by bicycle rickshaw, where during a visit you may be fortunate to spot the majestic crane, spoonbills, pink flamingos, white ibis, grey pelicans, birds of prey including vultures, harriers, peregrine falcons and ospreys. This afternoon we take the Kota Jan Shatabadi to Sawai Madhopur ( A/C Chair Car). On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.

Tiger pug marks in the sand in Ranthambore National Park

Day 5: Ranthambhore NP

Ranthambore was established as the Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary in 1955 by the Indian Government, and was declared one of the Project Tiger reserves in 1973. Ranthambore became a national park in 1980. Located in the Sawai Madhopur district of the state of Rajasthan, Ranthambhore is one of India’s most scenic parks and a prime example of Project Tiger’s conservation efforts. The park lies at the edge of a plateau, and is bounded to the north by the Banas River and to the south by the Chambal River. Today we enjoy morning and afternoon game drives. ( Shared Jeep/ Canter)

Antelope

Day 6: Ranthambhore NP - Bandhavgarh NP

For a relatively small area, the park offers a rich diversity of fauna and flora including Bengal tiger, sambar, chital, nilgai, wild boar, leopard, sloth bear and myriad birdlife. One of the best locations for bird watching is the fort where a wide variety of birds have been spotted such as paradise flycatchers, peacocks, painted storks and crested serpent eagles. Today we again enjoy morning and afternoon game drives. ( Shared Jeep/ Canter) (Check out at midday - luggage can be stored and the lobby used to refresh before onward trasnfers) This evening we take the overnight Dayodaya Express train ( First Class A/C) to Katni.

A scratch post for tigers in Bandhavgarh National Park

Day 7: Bandhavgarh NP

This morning we disembark the train in Katni and transfer by road to Bandavgarh. Bandhavgarh National Park was the former hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Rewa and at present is a famous natural hub for white tiger. White tiger, now a major yet rare attraction in a handful of the world’s zoological parks, were first discovered in Rewa, not far from here. Named after its ancient fort set on 800m high cliffs, Bandhavgarh in Madhya Pradesh state is set amidst the Vindhyan ranges. Declared a national park in 1968, it is a compact park of some 448 sq. kms. This afternoon enjoy a game drive of the Park. (Shared Jeep/ Canter)

Bandhavgarh National Park

Day 8: Bandhavgarh NP

Again today you have the opportunity to enjoy a morning and afternoon game drive in the park. ( Shared Jeep / Canter)

Young deer

Day 9: Bandhavgarh NP - Kanha NP

This morning we enjoy one final game drive ( Shared Jeep/ Canter) before we transfer by road to Kahna. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel for a free evening.

Keeping watch

Days 10-11: Kanha NP

Kanha is one of India’s largest parks, covering 1945 sq. km of forest and lightly wooded grassland. This is the land that Kipling wrote so vividly about in his literary classic ‘Jungle Book’. Kanha National Park has a tremendous variety of wildlife - including the Bengal tiger, leopard, sambar, chital, blackbuck, gaur, swamp deer and jackal. Today and tomorrow we enjoy morning and afternoon game drives. ( Shared Jeep/ Canter)

Jackals in the sun

Day 12: Kanha NP - Delhi

This morning we enjoy our final game drive (Shared Jeep/ Canter) before we are transferred to the airport for our flight to back to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for the evening.

India Gate

Day 13: Delhi

Today marks the end of our amazing Indian adventure with a departure transfer to the airport.

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