Tiger & Temple
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Tiger & Temple Tour is a wonderful introduction to India, combining history, culture, stunning wildlife and grand architecture. Experience the thrilling game drives in national parks on the trail of the elusive tiger, explore grand temples, ancient monuments and try some unique cultural experiences. The quaint town of Khajuraho is witness to 1000-year-old temples depicting erotic carvings of Goddess Shakti and Lord Shiva. You will also visit the banks of the Holy Ganges. It is said that a dip in these waters absolves you of all your sins, and a visit to the holy town of Varanasi ensures salvation.
Day 1: Nagpur - Pench National Park (100kms)
On arrival at Nagpur airport meet your driver assistance and proceed to Pench National Park, check in at hotel. Dinner & overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Pench NP
Breakfast at hotel. Morning and afternoon gypsy safari in the tiger reserve with naturalist. The Pench National Park like it did in the iconic `The Jungle Book`, still brings humans in close contact with wildlife. The major carnivores are Tiger, leopard, wild cat, wild dog, hyena, jackal, fox, wolf & weasel among the vegetarian species, Gaur, Nilgai, Sambar, Chital, Chasinga, Chinkara & Wild Pig are prominent. River Pench divide the park into nearly two equal parts. This magnificent expanse shelters over 325 resident and migratory birds. Lunch, dinner & overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Pench NP - Kanha National Park (200kms)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Kanha NP, check in at hotel. Lunch, dinner & overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Kanha NP
Breakfast at hotel. Morning and afternoon gypsy safari in the tiger reserve with naturalist. Kanha best known for its evergreen Sal forests, is home to about 300 species of Birds, 43 species of Mammals, 26 species of Reptiles and more than 500 species of Insects. The Major species found are hard ground Barasingha, Tiger, Leopard, Dhole, wild dogs, Bear, Gaur, Bison and Indian Python etc. Lunch, dinner & overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Kanha NP - Bandhavgarh National Park (220kms)
Breakfast at hotel. Morning gypsy safari in the tiger reserve. Afternoon drive to Bandhavgarh NP, check in at hotel. Lunch, dinner & overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Bandhavgarh NP
Breakfast at hotel. Morning and afternoon gypsy safari in the tiger reserve with naturalist. This area is unique from the point of biodiversity, as it comprises hills, valley, rivers, marshes and meadows. Apart from highest density of Royal Bengal tigers in the world, 34 species of Mammals, nearly 260 species of birds and 70 species of butterfly are found in park. The remains of 2000 years old ancient Bandhavgarh Fort provide glimpse into its intriguing history where you will find several man made caves with inscriptions and rock paintings. Lunch, dinner & overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Bandhavgarh NP - Panna National Park (210kms)
Breakfast at hotel. Morning gypsy safari in the tiger reserve. Afternoon drive to Panna NP, check in at hotel. Lunch, dinner & overnight at hotel.
Day 8: Panna NP - Khajuraho (45kms)
Breakfast at hotel. Game drive gypsy safari in tiger reserve with naturalist. The park is located where the tropical and subtropical forest belts are found. River Ken runs through this relatively dry national park providing water to the wildlife throughout the year. Many rare species and endangered species can be spotted in this park. You can spot the majestic tiger, the ghariyal - a huge reptile found only in the Indian subcontinent, Indian wolf, four-horned antelope, sloth bear pangolin, rusty spotted cat, leopard, carcal and a variety of flora and fauna. There are six species of vulture found in this park. Also visit the magnificent Pandav Falls inside the park a perennial fall fed by a tributary of the river Ken. The falls cascades down from a height of about 30 meters into a heart shaped pool. Surrounded by lush green forests. At the foot of falls there are some ancient caves overlooking a large pool of water. The Pandavas of the Mahabharata are believed to have spent a part of their exile here.
Later drive to Khajuraho check in at hotel. Evening light & sound show. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9: Khajuraho - Varanasi (flight)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit well maintained UNESCO World Heritage Site, exploring eastern, western & southern group of temples adorned by erotic and sensuous carvings. The architecture of these temples depict the erotic forms of love, the carvings on the walls display passion in the most sensuous yet aesthetic ways. Built between 950 to 1050 AD by Chandela dynasty the temples of Khajuraho are India`s unique gift to the world, representing, as they do, a paean to life, to love, to joy, perfect in execution and sublime in expression. Of the 85 original temples, 22 have survived till today to constitute one of the world`s great artistic wonders. Later transfer to airport to board flight for Varanasi.
On arrival assistance and transfer to hotel. Evening attend Holy Ganga Aarti, a magical ritual held every evening at sunset on the banks of the Holy Ganges. The entire Ghat gets illuminated with a divine light that can be felt strongly. The magnificent ritual involves huge brass lamps lit with oil and the priests chant the holy mantras that reverberate in the entire location. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Varanasi
Early morning boat ride & ghat visit along the Ganges and catch the scene of devotees bathing and praying in the sacred water. Ghats in Varanasi are riverfront steps leading to the banks of the River Ganges. The city has 88 ghats, most of the ghats are bathing and puja ceremony ghats, while two ghats are used exclusively as cremation sites. The ghats are frequented by the people which include early morning bathers, priests, people practicing meditation and yoga, students and tourists as well.
Breakfast at hotel, city tour visit Banaras Hindu University. With 5.3 sq kms campus and 30, 000 residing students it is the largest residential university in the continent. Bharat Mata Temple built in 1936 houses a relief map of undivided India, carved out of marble. Tulsi Manas Mandir one of the most famous temples in Varanasi. The temple has beautiful images of Lord Rama, Mother Sita, Lakshman and Lord Hanuman. The walls of temple are adorned with verses from Ramcharitmanas, the Hindi version of the epic Ramayana. Continue to Sarnath, it was here Lord Buddha preached his first sermon after attaining the Enlightenment at Bodh Gaya. The great Dhamekh Stupa and glistening pillar established by Emperor Ashoka in 273-232 B.C. stand testimony to the importance the place enjoyed at that time. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11: Varanasi - Delhi (flight)
Breakfast at hotel. As per flight schedule transfer to airport to board flight for Delhi.
Assistance on arrival at airport.
10 Nights' accommodation in selected price category hotels.
Daily breakfast at hotels.
Full board (All meals including suring the stay in National Parks).
Private air-conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program.
English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
Total 10-Time shared Gypsy safari as per program in National Parks with forest department naturalist.
Bottled drinking water in car.
Hotels used or similar for 10 nights accommodation
Pench National Park x 2 nights
3* - Jungle Home/ Vraksh Resort
4* & 5* - Tuli Tiger Corridor/ Pugdundee Safaris Pench Tree Lodge
Kanha National Park x 2 nights
3* - Infinity Kanha Wilderness/ Soulacia
4* - Kipling Camp/ Singinawa Jungle Lodge
5* - Singinawa Jungle Lodge/ Kanha Earth Lodge
Bandhavgarh National Park x 2 nights
3* - Infinity Resort Tiger Trails Resort
4* - Lemon Tree Wild Life Resort/ Syna Tigir Resort
5* - Pugdundee Safaris - Kings Lodge/ Samode Safari Lodge
Panna National Park x 1 nights
3* - Greetoe Resorts
4* - Tuli Tiger Corridor/ Pench Jungle Camp
5* - Sarai at Toria/ Pugdundee Safaris Pench Tree Lodge
Khajuraho x 1 night
3* & $ 4* - Ramada/Clarks Hotel
5* - The Lalit Temple View
Varanasi x 2 nights
3* - Meraden Grand/ Amaya Hotel
4* - Rivatas by Ideal/ Palace On Ganges
5* - Radisson Hotel/ Gateway Hotel Taj
Any flight tickets. Khajuraho - Varanasi & Varanasi - Delhi flight fare approx INR 9, 500 per person in economy class.
Camera charges at monuments.
Meals other than mentioned in day plan.
Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
Gratuities & optional activities.
Anything not mentioned in inclusions.