Jungle Tour of India

Duration : 17 Days / 16 Nights
Attractions: Raj Ghat - Red Fort - Qutub Minar - India Gate - Nagpur - Kanha National Park - Bandhavgarh National Park - Khajuraho Temples - Taj Mahal - Agra Fort - Bharatpur Bird Sancturary - Ranthambore National Park - Hawa Mahal - City Palace

Day 01 : Delhi - Arrival at Delhi

Reach Delhi. GARHWAL HIMALAYAN EXPEDITION local tour manager will give a warm welcome at the airport. Transfer to your hotel. Relax.

India's capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary delhi is a bustling metropolis which successfully combines in its fold the ancient and the modern. Its strategic location was one of the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. It is not surprising then, that what constitutes delhi is a conglomerate of seven cities. Down the ages the region in and around modern delhi saw lalkot built in the mid 11th century, siri established by allauddin khilji, tughlakabad and ferozabad built by the tughlaks followed by the city of the lodhis and then came shahjahanabad, capital of the mughals under shah jehan. Newdelhi also reflects the legacy the british left behind. The division between new and old delhi is the distinction between the capitals of the british and the mughals respectively. So, wherever the visitor goes he will invariably confront the city's past.
Overnight at Delhi.

Day 02 : Delhi - Breakfast at hotel.

Proceed for day tour of Old & New Delhi.

Old Delhi - A sightseeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting the Raj Ghat - the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India and the Red Fort - once the most opulent fort and palace of the Moghul Empire.
Cycle rickshaw ride from Jama Masjid to Chandni Chowk.

New Delhi - An extensive sightseeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to the Humayun's Tomb, the Qutub Minar, a drive along the ceremonial avenue - Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, the President's Residence and would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave.
Evening will be at leisure. Overnight Delhi.

Day 03 : Delhi - Nagpur

Late afternoon flight to Nagpur. Overnight at Nagpur.

Day 04 : Nagpur - Kanha National Park

Morning embark upon your drive to Kanha National Park. Overnight at Kanha.

Introduction
Situated in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, the picturesque Kanha National Park was the inspiration behind Rudyard Kipling's unforgettable classic Jungle Book. The romance of the Kanha National Park has not reduced over time-it is still as beautiful.

If one were to point to the middle of India, chances are he will pick out the forests of the Banjar and the Halon valley, the two forming the western and eastern halves of the Kanha Tiger Reserve, which have long been famous for their wide diversity of wildlife.

The park was created in 1955 by a special law and, since then, it has dedicated itself in preserving a variety of animal species. Many endangered species have indeed been saved here. Today Kanha is among the few most scenic and beautiful wildlife reserves in Asia. This 'Tiger Country' is the ideal home for both predator and prey.

By far the most striking features of this region are the open grassy meadows, where sighting blackbuck, swamp deer, sambhar and chital is common. And, if one can transcend into time, a barefooted Mowgli would perhaps come padding along the dusty trail, for this is the land of Kipling's Jungle Book.

Best Time to Visit
The climate of this region is tropical. Summers are hot and humid with a maximum and minimum temperature of 40.6°C and 23.9°C. Winters are pleasant with an average maximum and minimum temperature of 23.9°C and 11.1°C, respectively. The annual average rainfall is 152 cm. The park is closed from July to mid-November during monsoon.


Places around Kanha
Near Kanha National Park is Bamni Dadar visited by every tourist who comes to the national park. This place is also known as the sunset point. The Kanha National Park is at it scenic best at this point. The sunset from this spot is mesmerizing. The eminent natural splendor of the park comes to the fore here. The grazing sambhar, barking deer, gaurs, and other animals make the ambience magical.

Day 05 : Kanha National Park

Morning and Evening safari at Kanha. Overnight at Kanha.

Day 06 : Kanha National Park

Morning and Evening safari at Kanha. Overnight at Kanha.

Day 07 : Kanha National Park - Bandhavgarh National Park

Another full day drive to Bandhavgarh National Park. Overnight at bandhavgarh.

Introduction
Bandhavgarh National Park is located around 195 km off Jabalpur and 210 km off Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh. Considered as the crown in the wildlife heritage of Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh is known for the Royal Bengal Tigers, cheetals, leopard, gaur, sambhar, and many more faunal species. Bandhavgarh National Park is nestled in the Vindhya mountain range of Central India full of hills and reverines. Though, very small in comparison to Kanha or other parks of Madhya Pradesh, the park hosts almost the same number of tigers or any other wildlife animal. Apart from tigers and leopards, Bandhavgarh is also extremely productive for medium-sized bison herds.

Bandhavgarh came into existence as a national park in 1968 with a core area of 105 sq. km, which was later extended to include two adjoining sal forests in 1986. Before becoming a national park, it was the game reserve of the Maharajas of Rewa. But due to loss of royal patronage, it remained neglected for a long time until the government declared it a national park to control rampant poaching in the area.

Location
Bangalore city is located in the southern part of the state of Karnataka, in the southern region of India. It is 3,113 feet (949 m) above sea level, on top of a ridge in the Karnataka plateau. Bangalore is 998 km from Mumbai (Bombay) and 562 km from Hyderabad. The climate of Bangalore is moderate and pleasant. Summers are mild (April-June) and winters are cool (October-February). The city experiences southwestern monsoon rains in June-August.

Best Time To Visit
Summers start here in April and continues till June. The temperature touches the high of around 42°C. But these are also the months when you can look forward to sighting tigers and leopard. December to February is the best months climate wise, while the weather is cool and pleasant. The park is closed during the monsoon season, which also coincides with the breeding season, from June till November. Another reason for closure during this season is the torrential rainfall washing away most of the jungle tracks.

Bandhavgarh National Park - Flora and Fauna
At Bandhavgarh you can find moist deciduous forest, as at Kanha National Park. At higher altitudes, the flora tends to move towards mixed forests. With the highest density of tigers, Bandhavgarh is one of the most important wildlife sanctuaries in India for the wildlife preservers and enthusiasts. The park is also home of the white (albino) tiger. There are a number of other rare species moving around in Bandhavgarh National Park like sloth bear, gaur, sambar, chital, muntjac, nilgai, chinkara, and wild pigs. There are also interesting cave shrines scattered around the park, with Brahmi inscriptions dating from the first century B.C. You can visit the remains of the Bandhavgarh Fort believed to be 2,000 years old.

Places Around Bandhavgarh
There are very few places around Bandhavgarh that offer much in the way of excursion. Katani and Umaria are two important urban habitations around Bandhavgarh National Park. Major tourist attractions in the region include world-famous temples of Khajuraho, Jabalpur - a major business center of Madhya Pradesh and Bheraghat on the river Narmada. Garhwal Himalayan Expedition provides complete information on tourism in Bandhavgarh National Park. Garhwal Himalayan Expedition offers package tours in order to make your visit to Bandhavgarh National Park Pleasant

Day 08 : Bandhavgarh National Park

Morning and Evening safari at Park. Overnight at Bandhavgarh.

Day 09 : Bandhavgarh National Park - Khajuraho

Morning drive to Khajuraho. Overnight at Khajuraho.

Taj Mahal - AgraDay 10 : Khajuraho - Agra

This morning your will be visiting the famous temples of Khajuraho. Late afternoon flight to Agra. Overnight at Agra.

Day 11 : Agra

Morning sight-seeing tour of the city to visit the Taj Mahal, the Agra Fort and Itmad-ud-Daula tomb. Overnight at Agra.

Day 12 : Agra - Bharatpur

Morning drive on to Bharatpur Bird Sancturary enroute visiting the city of Fatehpur Sikri . Rest of the day free. Overnight at Bharatpur Bird Sanctury.

Day 13 : Bharatpur - Ranthambore

Early morning excursion into the park to see the birds. Later in the morning drive on to Ranthambhor (Sawai Madhopur). Overnight at Ranthambhor.

Day 14 : Ranthambore

Morning and Evening safari to the park. Overnight at Ranthambhor.

Day 15 : Ranthambore

Morning and Evening safari to the park. Overnight at Ranthambhor.

Day 16 : Ranthambore - Jaipur

Morning continue your drive to go to Jaipur. Afternoon city sight-seeing tour to include City Palace, Hawa Mahal, and the Observatory. Overnight at Jaipur.

Day 17 : Jaipur - Delhi

After visiting the Amber fort drive back to Delhi to connect to your onwards destination.

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