The Maharajah's Tiger (High End Luxury)

Weather

Climate in India varies greatly, from the arid deserts of Rajasthan to the cool highlands of Assam, allegedly the wettest place on earth. But basically India has a three-season year - the hot, the wet and the cool. The heat starts to build up on the northern plains around February and by April it becomes quite hot. The first signs of the monsoon appear in May, with high humidity, short rainstorms and violent electrical storms. The monsoon rains begin around June in the extreme south and sweep north to cover the whole country by early July. The main monsoon comes from the southwest, but the southeastern coast is affected by the short and surprisingly wet northeastern monsoon, which brings rain from mid-October to the end of December. The main monsoon ends around October, and India's northern cities become crisp at night in December. In the far south, where it never gets cool, the temperatures are comfortably warm rather than hot.

What To Pack
  • Safari Hats
  • Clothing in neutral colors
  • A safari jacket
  • Comfortable safari shoes
  • Sunblock lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Cameras, Lenses, Memory Cards, batteries and lens cleaner
  • Small bean bag
  • Plug adaptors
  • Prescribed Medicines
  • Passport
  • Guide books
  • Your itinerary

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Duration

14 Days & 13 Nights

Departure

Daily Departure.

This Itinerary is 100% Customizable.

Cost Per Person

High End: $ 5,974.00 Onwards


*Price based on travel from 15th April onwards

This High End Luxury Safari is for those who have an intense fascination for the Royal Bengal Tiger and the great Indian empires of old. You will track the Tigers in the most popular Tiger reserves of Ranthambore, Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks. All of them famous for spectacular Tiger sightings. Along the tour you will also visit the Golden Triangle which comprises of the most popular cities in India, New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. All famous for their forts, palaces and various historical monuments. Witness the Grandeur, Glory & History of India. Also visit the Taj Mahal built of white marble and one of the 7 wonders of the world is perhaps the greatest homage to love.  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1:
Arrive in New Delhi

Meet and greet on arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport by The Earth Safari representatives. Thereafter receive a short briefing about your safari which gives you a clear idea on the places you are going to visit as well as the accommodation arrangements. After the briefing be driven to your city hotel for check-in.

 

Overnight at The Oberoi

Meals:  None

Day 2:
New Delhi (Full Day Sightseeing)

Today after breakfast, head on for a full day guided sightseeing of Old and New Delhi. First we will visit Old Delhi, build by the fifth Mughal Emperor Shanjehan known as Shahjehanabad during Mughal rule.  Here you will  first visit the largest Mosque of Asia, Jama Masjid and there upon enjoy a rickshaw ride through the narrow bylanes of Shahjehanabad which will give you an glimpse of the bygone era, followed by visit to the Red fort build by the same emperor. Later visit the Raj Ghat, the cremation ground of Mahatma Gandhi.  Than have lunch at city restaurant. After Lunch, you visit Humayun Tomb also called precursor of Taj Mahal, followed by drive through the Luyten Delhi, where you will have glimpse of the British era with short stop at India gate, memorial built in the memory of Soldiers who died in First world war. Lastly visit Qutab Minar, the tallest monument in India also famous for its architecture, history and design.

 

Overnight at The Oberoi

Meals:  Breakfast 

Day 3:
New Delhi - Agra

After breakfast, you will be driven to Agra (220Km/4 hrs), the home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World - the Taj Mahal. The architectural splendour of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces in Agra is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal Empire. Agra was their capital for nearly a hundred years from 1564. A pleasant town, with a comparatively easy pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone, by artisans who are hereditary craft persons. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes.

On arrival, check in to the hotel.

After freshen up at the hotel, head on for visit to visit Taj Mahal & Agra Fort,

Agra Fort built by three Mughal Emperors starting from Akbar the Great in 1565 AD, which is a masterpiece of design and construction. Within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings including the Moti Masjid, Jahangir Palace, Khas Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal, Diwane-i-Am, Diwane-i-Khas and Musamman Burj, where Emperor Shah Jahan, the fifth Mughal Emperor died a prisoner. Later visit the Taj Mahal - the inimitable poem in white marble. Built over a period of 22 years, by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1630, for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains, it is one of the seven modern wonders of the World.

 

Overnight at the Oberoi Amarvilas

Meals:  Breakfast 

Day 4:
Agra - Ranthambore National Park

After breakfast, you will be driven to Ranthambore  (240km/5hrs) en route visit  Fatehpur Sikri (40 km/1hrs from Agra), the exquisite city built by Akbar the Great in 1569, in red sandstone, with its forts, palaces and mosques, and abandoned 14 years after its creation due to political reasons. Diwan-i-am - a vast courtyard in which the emperor gave daily public audience, Diwan-i-khas - a large quadrangle where all the major functions of the palace took place, Pachisi court, the emperor private living quarters, Jodha Bai’s palace, Mariamï palace, Birbal palace, Hawa Mahal and Panch Mahal are some of the important buildings of this residential complex.  The Friday Mosque and the exquisite tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti are in the religious grounds set aside in a separate enclosure adjacent to the secular buildings.

 

 

Upon your arrival, check in to your Jungle Resort.

 

Ranthambore national Park one of the world famous and most renowned national park in Northern India. It is located in the southeastern Rajasthan, which is about 180 km from Jaipur. It covers an area of 1,334 sq km along with its nearby sanctuaries like - the Mansingh Sanctuary and the Kaila Devi Sanctuary. The park is majorly famous for its tigers and is one of the best locations in India to see the majestic predators in its natural habitat. The tigers can be easily spotted even during the day time busy at their ordinary quest- hunting and taking proper care of their young ones.

 

Overnight at the Oberoi Vanyavilas

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5:
Ranthambore National Park

Today your day starts early morning wakeup call and tea before you head on early morning Game drive. Our local naturalists are extremely knowledgeable about park and the tiger movements since they grew up there and spent many years working as a naturalist. Having a couple days ensures tiger sightings and if you are lucky may catch a glimpse of them playing, hunting, sleeping and drinking.  Return late morning to the lodge where the hot breakfast awaits you. Relax in your room or by the pool side a perfect treat for the hot day.  Later after lunch, around 3 pm head on for the afternoon game drive. A treat for every wildlife and nature lover, watching tigers roaming around, verdant greenery, a gamut of other species of chirpy birds and animals is priceless and worth enough to be explored at least once in a life.

 

Overnight at the Oberoi Vanyavilas

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6:
Ranthambore - Jaipur

Following to your morning game drive and breakfast, you will be driven to Jaipur (150 Km / 3 Hrs), upon arrival, check in to your hotel.

Jaipur the pink city and its pink color associated with hospitality in Rajasthan, spreading out pink carpet for its visitors. Planned by young architect, Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, Jaipur was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1727 AD. Laid in a grid system, with straight avenues, roads, streets, lanes criss cross the city with rows of shops on either side of main bazaars arranged in nne rectangular city sectors (Chowkris), based on the principles of “Shilpshastra”, an epochal treatise on Hindu architecture.

Rest of the day is at leisure.

 

Overnight at the Oberoi Rajvilas

Meals:  Breakfast 

 

 

Day 7:
Jaipur (Full Day Sightseeing)

Today after an early breakfast, head on excursion to Amber, the former capital has a beautiful complex of palaces, halls, gardens and temples built by Raja Man Singh, Mirza Raja Jai Singh and Sawai Jai Singh over a period of about two centuries.  It emerges from the placid waters of Mootha Lake and is approachable only through steep path.  Enjoy short Elephant ride to reach the fort located on the hill.

 

After visit, continue with Jaipur city tour visit the City Palace, Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal. The city palace houses museum with superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armory of Mughals and Rajputs including swords of different shapes   and sizes with chased handles, some of them inlaid with enamel and embellished with Jewels and encased in magnificent Scabbards. The art gallery has excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets and rare artifacts.

 

Overnight at the Oberoi Rajvilas

Meals:  Breakfast 

Day 8:
Jaipur - New Delhi

Today after leisurely breakfast, you will be driven to New Delhi (265 km/5hrs)

Upon arrival in Delhi, check in to your hotel. 

Rest of the day is at leisure.

 

Overnight at The Oberoi

Meals:  Breakfast 

 

Day 9:
New Delhi - Bandhavgarh National Park

This early morning, you will be transferred to the airport in time for your morning flight to Jabalpur where you will be met by our local representative and driven to Bandhavgarh National Park.

 

Bandhavgarh National Park is a park with a rich historical past. Prior to becoming a national park, the forests around Bandhavgarh had long been maintained as a Shikargah, or game preserve, of the Maharajas and their guests.  It has the highest density of Bengal tigers known in the world, and is home to some famous named individual tigers. Charger, an animal so named because of his habit of charging at elephants and tourists (whom he nonetheless did not harm), was the first healthy male known to be living in Bandhavgarh since the 1990s. The female tigress called Sita, who once appeared on the cover of National Geographic, is considered the most photographed tiger in the world. The 105 km² of park area open to tourists was reported to have 22 tigers, a density of one tiger for every 4.77 km². (Population estimation exercise 2001). The population of tigers in the park in 2012 is about 44-49. There is a saying about the Park that goes: "In any other Park, You are lucky if you see a tiger. In Bandhavgarh, you are unlucky if you don't see (at least) one."

 

Later after relaxing lunch at the resort, you will   set out for afternoon jeep safari to seek the treasures of this Tigers territory. 

 

Overnight at the Taj Majua Kothi

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10:
Bandhavgarh National Park

Today your will explore Bandhavgarh National park enjoying morning and afternoon game drives. Our local naturalists are extremely knowledgeable about park and the tiger movements since they grew up there and spent many years working as a naturalist. Having a couple days ensures tiger sightings and if you are lucky may catch a glimpse of them playing, hunting, sleeping and drinking. 

 

Overnight at the Taj Majua Kothi

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  

Day 11:
Bandhavgarh - Kanha National Park

After the early morning jeep safari return to your lodge. After relaxing breakfast, you will be driven to Kanha National Park, nestled in the Maikal range of Satpuras in Madhya Pradesh, the heart of India that forms the central Indian highlands. The national park is is one of the finest wildlife areas in the world. Spreading across two districts of Mandala and Kalaghat, was declared a reserve forest in 1879 and revalued as a wildlife sanctuary in 1933.  This Park has been the source of inspiration for Rudyard Kipling, outstanding creation- "The Jungle Book".  The Kanha National Park is home for wide ranges of wild creatures; right from the mighty tigers to the most populated Barasingha and the countless species of plants, birds, reptiles and insects and has fascinated many travelers around the corners of the world.

 

Overnight at the Taj Banjaar Tola

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12:
Kanha National Park

Early morning proceed for Jeep safari in search of tigers and other wildlife. Kanha is famous for its considerable tiger population.  Other than tiger, leopards, wild dogs, wild cat, fox and the jackal are commonly seen at Kanha.  Return to resort for breakfast.

Relax in the afternoon before heading out on your second jeep safari. Spending so much of your day in the park means you will come across a huge diversity of wildlife. 

 

Overnight at the Taj Banjaar Tola

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13:
Kanha - New Delhi

Following to the early morning Jeep safari and breakfast, you will be driven to Jabalpur for your flight to New Delhi.  Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the hotel.

 

Rest of the day is at leisure.

 

Overnight at The Oberoi

Meals:  Breakfast 

Day 14:
Departure

Today you will be driven to International airport in time to board your flight back home. Depart India with exciting and sweet memories of your wildlife safari in India. 

 

Meals:  Breakfast 

 

End of Safari

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Inclusions
  • Domestic Airfare and Taxes.
  • Meeting & Assistance by The Earth Safari representative at Airports & Railway Stations.
  • All park entrance fees and game drives
  • Full board accommodation as specified in National Parks
  • Accomodation in New Delhi, Agra & Jaipur on breakfast basis
  • All airport transfers
  • Services of a professional English-speaking tour driver/guide
  • Entrance fees to places of visits including Monuments and Museums if any as per the itinerary
  • Drinking water during the safari
  • All Game Drives in an open 4X4 Safari vehicle.
  • All transfers and sightseeing in a private chauffeur driven AC Luxury vehicle.
  • Applicable government taxes 

Exclusions
  • International Airfare and Taxes.
  • Optional activities like boat rides, cultural visits, walking safaris, etc.
  • Extras at the lodges or tented camps i.e. beverages and drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
  • Visa fees
  • Tipping
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Any other item not included in itinerary 

Important Notes
  • Quoted prices are indicative only
  • Flights & Trains costs included in the itinerary are based on advance purchase fares. These are subject to change and availability
  • Bandhavgarh & Kanha National Parks are closed for afternoon safari on Wednesdays.
  • The Earth Safari reserves the right to change the hotels, lodges to similar category in case of no availability.
  • The Earth Safari reserves the right to reroute the itinerary in case of non-availability of Flight / Train tickets, or other reasons of similar nature.
  • Park fees may change without prior notice. This is beyond our control and any increase levied will be passed onto you.
  • There are limited safari vehicles allowed to enter in the national parks and are most difficult to book at a short notice. Please book your tour much in advance
  • The published price is not applicable during the Christmas and New Year period.
  • Check-in and check-out time at all hotels is 12 noon unless otherwise specified.
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