DURATION

14 DAYS

PRICING

$ 9645

WHEN

February 07, 2024

DESTINATION

India

TYPE

SMALL GROUP

Central India Tigers & The Golden Triangle

India is a must-visit destination for every natural-born traveler. Its cultural history and prolific wildlife make India one of the best and most complete destinations globally.

On this amazing journey, you will explore its depths, visiting the most important national parks, Kanha National Park & Bandhavgarh National park, in search of the most impressive views of tigers.

We will also explore its holy sites at Khajuraho, Jaipur, and Agra, stopping for a fantastic sunrise visit to the breathtaking Taj Mahal.

This expedition has been crafted by us using our 25 years of experience, making it one of our new highlights for future NPE travelers.

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • Visit Kanha National Park & Bandhavgarh National Park is a quest in search of Tigers.
  • Explore Khajuraho’s ancient temples and UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
  • Sunrise visit to Taj Mahal
  • The best accommodation at top-class hotels
  • Jaipur also known as the “pink city” the most important destination in Rajasthan
  • Visit to Old and New Delhi
India has two million gods and worships them all. In Religion, all countries are paupers; India is the only millionaire

-Mark Twain 

QUESTIONS?


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A 14 DAY EXPEDITION TO MEET THE MOST ICONIC ATTRACTIONS OF INDIA, AND MUCH MORE FROM US$ 9645.00 EXCLUDING FLIGHTS

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 
Arrive in Delhi:

Upon your arrival at the Dehli airport, our tour representative will welcome you at the airport arrival lounge & transfer you to your hotel.

Overnight at The Claridges (Meals Aloft).

Day 2

Old & New Delhi

After breakfast, we’ll tour Old Delhi to learn about the Mughal Empire’s splendor and ultimate devastation. The tour includes visiting Jama Masjid, India’s biggest mosque, and a drive through the Red Fort, the Mughal Empire’s most luxurious fort and palace. We’ll stroll around the streets and markets of this imperial capital city from the seventeenth century. You’ll be dazzled by the glitter of India’s largest jewelry market and relish the smells of one of Asia’s largest spice markets. You’ll find hidden jewels while exploring the tiny lanes and 350-year-old markets of the city established during the pinnacle of the Mughal Empire, India’s most spectacular empire, with a mix of strolling and rickshaw riding.

Lunch will be at a local restaurant.

The afternoon will be dedicated to New Delhi, founded by the British imperial government in 1911, to move their capital from Calcutta. The tour of New Delhi includes a visit to Humayun’s Tomb, a drive along the ceremonial avenue – Rajpath, passing the imposing India Gate, the Parliament House, and the President’s Residence and will finish with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave.

Overnight at The Claridges (B, L, D).

Day 3

Delhi – Raipur – Kanha

After breakfast, head to Delhi airport for a flight to Raipur. From there, a four-hour drive leads to Kanha, passing through scenic rural areas and the sacred town of Mandla along the Narmada River. Enjoy a picnic lunch en route. Upon arrival, refresh at the lodge, then join naturalists for a riverside walk to discover local flora and fauna, including termite mounds and flying squirrels, where Rudyard Kipling found inspiration for The Jungle Book. In the evening, receive a comprehensive briefing about the national park and meet local naturalists to prepare for upcoming safaris.

Overnight at Kanha Jungle Lodge (B, L, D).

Day 4 & 5

Kanha National Park Safaris

We will enjoy two 4×4 safaris each day in the magnificent Kanha National Park.

We are staying with the family whose heritage dates back three generations of tiger conservation. Kailash Sankhala, was the founder-director of Project Tiger, under which the inception of the Project Tiger Reserves in India took place. Their grandchildren run and manage Kanha Jungle Lodge. We will have the first-hand opportunity to interact with them and spend one of the evenings watching the award-winning documentary Tigerland. Produced by the Discovery Channel and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, it focuses on two passionate people trying to save the Tiger. One of them is Kailash Sankhala.

Overnight at Kanha Jungle Lodge (B, L, D).

Day 6

From Kanha National Park to Bandhavgarh National Park

After one last morning jungle safari in Kanha, we will depart on a five-to-six-hour scenic drive to Bandhavgarh. Along the way, we will enjoy an excellent picnic lunch. Upon arrival, we will enjoy free time to freshen up before a short talk before dinner.

Bandhavgarh is home to more than 25 animal species, more than 250 bird species, over 80 butterfly species, and many reptiles. Apart from tigers, the Bandhavgarh is home to panthers, wolves, hyenas, wild dogs, gaur, cheetah, sambhar, barking deer, sloth bears, and many more species. Bandhavgarh has long been a fantastic tiger habitat, with the greatest tiger density in the world. “In other parks, you have to be lucky to see a tiger,” wildlife enthusiasts in India joke, “but in Bandhavgarh, you have to be unlucky not to see a tiger.”

Overnight at Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge (B, L, D).

Day 7 & 8

Bandhavgarh National Park

Early morning wake-up calls with tea and coffee will begin the days.

You’ll wake up to foggy mornings and the sounds of birds singing, making for an exciting start to the day. Leave for your jungle safari as soon as the sun rises, followed by a resident naturalist and forest park guides in 4×4 Jeeps. Every day, our guides and trackers visit the park to keep track of Tiger movements by inspecting their feces and hearing for other species’ alarm sounds. A knowledgeable guide familiar with the wildlife in the region will greatly boost your chances of spotting a tiger, and NPE has recruited the best. During the safari, you will have a picnic breakfast in the jungle.

Each day we will return to our lodge in time for lunch. After some rest, we will depart on an afternoon safari that will have us back at our lodge in time to freshen up, enjoy a small talk with our guides, and dine.

Overnight at Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge (B, L, D).

Day 9

Bandhavgarh National Park, and to Khajuraho

Embark on a morning safari at Bandhavgarh National Park before journeying to Khajuraho, enjoying picnic lunches along the way. Upon arrival, freshen up at the hotel and savor a delightful dinner. Explore Khajuraho’s ancient temples, constructed between 950 and 1050 AD by the Chandela Dynasty, renowned for their exquisite artistry and sensual sculptures. These UNESCO World Heritage Sites offer captivating displays of intricate sculptures and remarkable architectural prowess across eastern, western, and southern groups of temples.

Overnight at Radisson Jass (B, L, D).

Day 10

Khajuraho – Agra

After breakfast, explore the elaborate Jain and Hindu temples of Khajuraho, renowned for their intricate stone carvings depicting gods, goddesses, and scenes of love and joy frozen in stone. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, these temples symbolize the creativity and human interactions of the Chandela period. Transfer to Khajuraho airport for a flight to Agra, followed by dinner at the authentic and award-winning Peshawri restaurant.

Overnight at ITC Mughal (B, L, D).

Day 11

Taj Mahal at sunrise – From Agra to Jaipur – Samode Haveli

Begin your day with a breathtaking sunrise view of the Taj Mahal, capturing its ever-changing colors in the soft morning light. Learn about its rich history dating back to 1475 AD and the intricate craftsmanship that went into its construction over 22 years. Afterward, explore Agra Fort before returning to Jaipur, stopping for lunch en route. Relax at your luxurious hotel, a true masterpiece of historic elegance.

Overnight at Samode Haveli (B, L, D).

Day 12

Jaipur

Explore Jaipur’s gems with a visit to the iconic Amber Fort and a private tour of the splendid City Palace. Delight in a cultural lunch hosted by Thakur Durga Singh Ji, followed by a stroll through vibrant bazaars. Relax at the hotel before indulging in a royal dining experience at 1135 AD restaurant, featuring a memorable Surya Thali feast.

Overnight at the Royal Heritage Haveli (B, L, D).

Day 13

Back To Delhi 

After breakfast, we will depart on a five-hour drive to Delhi. We will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant along the way.

Upon arrival, the rest of the afternoon and evening will be free to enjoy our hotel facilities before heading out for our superb farewell dinner.

Overnight at JW Marriott (B, L, D).

Day 14
Fly back home or continue to the extension

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Delhi airport to take your flight back home, or to continue exploring other areas of India with NPE (Please contact us about our multiple extensions available)

Varanasi Extension

Day 14
To Varanasi-Ganga Aarti Ceremony:

After breakfast, we will be transferred to Delhi’s airport to board our flight to Varanasi. Once we arrive in Varanasi, the NPE representative will transfer us to our hotel.

After time to rest and lunch, we will visit the Ganges for the beautiful Aarti (prayer) ceremony. Varanasi’s Ganga aarti is a brilliant beacon of devotion and bliss. There hasn’t been a day in a long time when the holy Ganga River hasn’t been revered.

We will enjoy unique ceremonies, and, as the sun sets, we will take a boat and float upriver from the Assi Ghat.

Overnight at Guleria Kothi Deluxe Room (B, L, D).

Day 15

The complete Varanasi Experience

Embark on a mesmerizing dawn boat trip to witness ancient religious practices along the Ganges. Marvel at the vibrant hues of sunrise reflecting off the river, temples, and ashrams. After, explore tranquil Ghats and experience an intimate morning Aarti ceremony with serene interactions with priests amidst melodic hymns.

Overnight at Guleria Kothi Deluxe Room (B, L, D).

Day 16

Yoga and Back to Dehli

It is the Ganga Ghats of Varanasi that complement the concept of divinity.

We will enjoy an optional but included early morning yoga session at the Ghats by a Varanasi yoga master.

We will then enjoy free time to explore the town before lunch. (Lunch today is on your own at Varanasi).

Our flight to Delhi is scheduled for 3:30 pm.

Upon arrival, we will transfer to the Radisson Blu Hotel, where we will rest until it is time to return to the airport to fly back home.

Overnight at the Radisson Blu (B).

Day 17

Fly back home

Transfer to the airport and fly back home.

Breakfast this morning is included.

Lodgings

Kanha Jungle Lodge

Kanha Jungle Lodge, located in the heart of the rich Sal Forest and near the famed Kanha National Park, provides a natural setting for guests to enjoy the enormous expanse of wildlife in the area. Its outstanding location near the Mukki gate of Kanha National Park and its amenities will provide the perfect balance of luxury and relaxation before and after long days of game viewing. 

Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge

The lodge was built on the theme of an Indian hamlet and is located within walking distance of Bandhavgarh National Park’s main gate. This excellent hotel offers a wide range of activities for guests to unwind and connect with nature. Its naturalist crew is one of the most valuable safari companions you can have. The lodge’s Jeeps are equipped with Bird Books, Binoculars, and, most importantly, a trained naturalist whose wealth of experience in these jungles will make each safari fascinating and leave you wanting more.

Radisson Jass

The Radisson Jass strives to deliver a well-balanced travel experience with comfort, style, and genuine hospitality. The Radisson Jass Hotel, surrounded by lush gardens and adjacent to Khajuraho’s famous temples, is the best spot to stay in this temple town. The hotel offers elegantly designed rooms and food and beverage, recreational, and heartfelt service to ensure that you and your family have a wonderful stay.

ITC Mughal

ITC Mughal, a Luxury Resort & Spa in Agra, is a fitting monument to the great Mughal builders of the past, sprawled over 23 acres of exquisite gardens near the Taj Mahal. The only Indian hotel that received the renowned Aga Khan Award for its outstanding Mughal architecture portrayal. This Agra luxury hotel has 233 sumptuous rooms and suites, evoking the Mughal Dynasty’s beauty and perfection.

Royal Heritage Haveli

The Royal Heritage Haveli, built initially as a hunting lodge in the 18th century by His Highness Madho Singh Ji of Jaipur, now serves as a boutique hotel after 200 years. The Royal Heritage Haveli is now run by Maharaj Jai Singh of Jaipur’s niece Angelique and her spouse Pradip. They are known for their gracious hospitality, providing each guest with a unique and authentic flavor of the Maharaja’s way of life. The Royal Heritage Haveli, which spans 100,000 square feet and features expansive lawns, tranquil courtyards, sumptuous furnishings, and grand living areas, is a wealthy destination.

The Claridges

The Claridges is a top-notch Indian hotel renowned for several international awards and its finest cuisine. This hotel provides the best experience in Delhi, with a fantastic combination of classic architecture and modern amenities. Its location will let you uniquely experience Delhi, and its amenities will provide the best relaxation experience before returning home.

Departure Dates & Rates

DEPARTURE

Feb 07, 2024

PRICE

$ 9645.00

Single Supplement

$ 2285.00

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS

$ 720

COMPLETE DETAILS
RESERVATION

Note: All prices are in US$, per person, and based on double occupancy.
*Domestic Air prices are estimated and may change due to cost variation by the airlines.
** Some special conditions apply, please check the single supplement section of the expedition booklet by downloading the complete details.

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