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Day 1: Arrive in New Delhi
Arrive in New Delhi, the bustling capital of India, and transfer to our comfortable hotel in the city. This evening we will have dinner and our orientation meeting.
Day 2: Stunning Temples of Swaminarayan Akshardham & Lotus
We spend the day exploring 2 of Delhi's most impressive temples. We start with Swaminarayan Akshardham temple, which translated means the Divine Abode of God. We explore this vast and impressive site, including lunch. After lunch, we visit the Bahai Lotus temple which is built in the shape of a lotus flower.
Day 3: Fly to Udaipur
Today we have an early morning flight to Udaipur.
Day 4: Udaipur
This morning we visit impressive City Palace, overlooking the lake and city of Udaipur. Later in the afternoon, we will visit an art studio for a demonstration of miniature paintings, an age old art form in Udaipur, symbolizing Rajasthan in many ways - colorful, detailed and opulent.
Day 5: To Bera, Rabari Shepherds
Today we drive to the area of Jawai Dam and visit the village of Bera, which is home to the Rabari Shepherds, a nomadic tribe of cattle herders. This area is also home to a big but very shy cat - the elusive leopard. The leopard roams in the wild here, which makes for an exciting safari. In the afternoon we will go for a village walk to meet the Rabari Shepherds and learn about their history and traditions.
Day 6: Leopard Safaris, Jawa Dam
Today we will have 2 leopard safaris, one starting early morning and a second one in the afternoon. Temperatures are cooler in the morning and late afternoon making it a better time to see leopards. During the mid afternoon when temperatures are hottest, is when the big cats typically relax or sleep in the shade.
Day 7: Leopard Wildlife Safari, to Mt. Abu
Before we depart for Mt. Abu, we drive to nearby Jawa Dam, a beautiful setting of water, islands and surrounding ancient mountains. The area of Bera boasts vast and varied vegetation and wildlife including the elusive leopard, crocodiles, the ever so mischeivous hyena, the mighty Bluebull, the graceful pelican, the Greylag Goose, Robin Accentor, Demoiselle Crane, and the Barheaded Goose to name a few.
Day 8: To Ahmedabad
After a relaxing morning, we enjoy lunch at a restaurant with a beautiful view overlooking the lake. Following lunch, we depart for Ahmedabad where we stay at a heritage hotel and enjoy a very traditional dinner on the hotel rooftop.
Day 9: To Sasan Gir National Park, Sabarmati 'Gandhi' Ashram
After breakfast we visit The Sabarmati Ashram, a simple ashram that has had a profound affect on India. The following is taken from the official website:
Days 10 - 11: Lion & Wildlife Safaris
For the next 2 days, we will have morning and afternoon jeep safaris to search for the Asiatic lions and other exotic wildlife found in Gir.
Day 12: Fly to Mumbai
We depart Gir and drive to Dui (or Rajkot) to catch our flight to Mumbai. Upon arrival in Mumbai, we go to our seaside hotel along the fashionable waterfront, where everyone from teenagers to families have made this a very Mumbai thing to do.
Day 13: Mumbai Sites
Today is devoted to the impressive sites of Mumbai (formerly Bombay). We begin our exploration of India's largest and most fashionable city with a train ride to the world's largest outdoor laundry at Mahalakshmi Dhobi Ghat.
Day 14: Fly to Nagpur, Ramtek Temple
Today we take a short flight to Nagpur. Upon arrival, we check into our hotel before leaving for Ramtek temple. This temple site is believed to be the place where Lord Rama spent some time during his exile with his wife, Sita, and brother Lakshmana. The temple sites atop Mount Rama is made up of a cluster of temples mostly dating from 4th to 6th centuries.
Day 15: To Tadoba National Park, Evening Tiger Safari
Sit back and enjoy the scenery today as we drive (approx 7 - 8 hours) to Tadoba National Park, one of the finest and largest national parks in Maharashtra state. This beautiful and wild paradise has abundant dry deciduous forests and lakes teeming with rich aquatic life.
Day 16: Tadoba - Jeep Safaris in search of Royal Bengal Tigers
We will enjoy both a morning and evening jeep safari in search of India’s national animal, which is also one of the biggest and most beautiful cats in the BIG CAT family - the Royal Bengal tiger. The hilly terrain provides perfect shelter for the animals, yet its excellent accessibility makes it an ideal area for a wildlife safari.
Day 17: To Pench, Morning Tiger Safari
This morning, we have one last tiger/wildlife safari in Tadoba before returning to our lodge for breakfast. We then depart for Pench National Park.
Day 18: To Kanha Tiger Reserve
Today we drive to picturesque Kanha National Park. Animals you may see in the park include tigers, leopards, wild dogs, foxes and jackals, swamp deer, spotted deer, sambar, barking deer and Indian gaur (part of the ox family).
Day 19: Morning Safari, to Bandavgarh National Park
Enjoy an early morning safari in Kahna, arguably the most beautiful of the parks that we visit. After our safari, we return for breakfast before departing for Bandavgarh National Park, known for its large population of Royal Bengal tigers. Bandavgarh is one of the better parks to search for the magnificent Royal Bengal tiger. In addition to our goal of seeing these majestic cats, we can also enjoy the incredible biodiversity of the tropical forests and grassland area of central India.
Day 20: Bandavgar - Tiger Safaris
Today we have both a morning and an evening jeep safari in the famous tiger reserve in Bandavgarh National Park. We will search for the famed Bengal tigers, but we will also be on the lookout for white tigers, leopards, sloth bears, and deer. The area is also home to scores of bird species including eagles.
Day 21: Tiger Safari, to Khajuraho
Enjoy your last wildlife and tiger safari before the drive to Khajuraho, a historical place which is famous for beautiful temples from the 12th century AD, and known for its erotic figures.
Day 22: Erotic Temples of Khajuraho, to New Delhi
Today enjoy a guided tour of the famous erotic temples of Khajuraho before lunch.
Day 23: Depart New Delhi
Today we say goodbye to India and its majestic big cats. We transfer to the airport for our international flights home.
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