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Namaste! Welcome to New Delhi, the capital city of India and the start of your eye-opening adventure! Our friendly team will be waiting in the arrivals hall to transfer you to your hotel where you can relax for the rest of the day.
Today, you'll exploreDelhi - both Old and New with a private guide. Highlights of the tour will be the impressive Red Fort, Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque, Raj Ghat - the site of Gandhi’s cremation and much more.
Departing Delhi, we journey on the morning express train to Agra, once India’s Mughal capital. Here, we visit the impressive Agra Fort, which boasts some of India's finest Mughal buildings behind it's fortified walls. Later on we take a motorised buggy to the legendary Taj Mahal and witness a magical sunset. Built by Shah Jahan in the 16th century as an enduring memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz. Built entirely of white marble, the Taj Mahal has no peers.
Striking south, we journey by express train to Jhansi and onwards by road to Orchha. Situated on the banks of the River Betwa, Orchha is dotted with temples and palaces built by Bundela rulers, which we’ll explore. We then drive onto Khajuraho arriving in the evening.
This morning up bright and early to for a guided tour of the temples built in the Chandela dynasty over a 100 years burst of creative genius from 950 - 1050AD. The carved temples display exceedingly artistic and somewhat erotic aspects of Indian life a millennium ago. How and why they were built still remains a mystery. Afternoon we have a 5 drive to your lodge near Bhandhavgarh National Park.
Bandhavgarh is set amidst the Vindhyan ranges. Claiming to have the highest density population of Bengal tiger in India, coupled with a population of leopard, nilgai, jackal, wild boar, sloth bear, gaur, sambar deer and colourful bird life, game drives are often peppered with sightings. Enjoy 4 game drives over today and tomorrow in shared jeeps.
After a morning game drive, we journey to Kanha via a fossil park. 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 enjoy 3 game drives morning and evening in shared jeeps. (only morning game drive permitted on Wednesdays)
Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in shared jeeps today. Later this evening you will be taken to Jabalpur for the Vsg Patna Exp train to Varanasi leaving at 23:05 the sleeper train is in my opinion a must-do experience for any visitor young or old, very eye opening in deed!
Your train arrives into Varanai in the morning to the start of a new day around 9 am in the gathering hustle and bustle. Our rep will be waiting for you, but make sure you take a moment to try some chai, hot tea from one of the vendors, before transferring to your hotel. Afternoon enjoy a visit to the famous Buddhist holy sight of Sarnath where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon to the five holy men; preaching the middleway to final 'NIRVANA’. This evening your guide will take you to see the ceremony of worship on the river banks.
This morning enjoy a sunrise boat ride on the holy Ganges where the ancient religious tradition of ritual cleansing that takes place on the many riverbank ghats (riverside steps). Later, embark on a tour of the city highlights of ancient temples and historic monuments.
"Everything will be alright in the end", they say in India, "and if it's not alright, then it's not the end". Sadly, today marks the end of your incredible journey and we hope it's been more than alright! After breakfast and hotel check out we transfer you to the airport for your onward departure flight to Kathmandu AI 251 - 1230 / 1340.
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