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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: City Tour of New & Old Delhi
We spend the day in Delhi, exploring some of the sights in both the "Old" and the "New" cities. In Old Delhi, we visit the Jama Masjid - India's largest mosque; and also enjoy a rickshaw ride through Chandi Chowk, Delhi's famous "Silver Street". In New Delhi, we see the Qutab Minar, Gandhi's tomb; see India Gate - the "Arc de Triomphe" that leads to the Indian Parliament, which we drive through.
Day 3: Fly to Khajuraho, Erotic Temples
After breakfast we fly to nearby Khajuraho, a historical place which is famous for beautiful temples from the 12th century AD, and known for its erotic figures. After lunch, we have a guided tour of the temples.
Day 4: Bandhavgarh National Park, Tiger Safari
We depart for Bandhavgarh National Park, known for its large population of Bengal Indian Tigers. In the evening we will go for a safari in search of this magnificent and elusive tiger. In addition to our goal of seeing these majestic cats, we will also enjoy the incredible biodiversity of the tropical forests and grassland area of central India.
Day 5: Tiger Safaris
Today we have both a morning and an evening jeep safari in the famous tiger reserve in Bandhavgarh 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 6: To Kanha National Park
Enjoy an early morning safari before we depart for Kanha National Park where the lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows, and ravines provided inspiration to Rudyard Kipling for his famous novel "The Jungle Book". The Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh came into being in 1955 and forms the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve, created in 1974 under Project Tiger. The stringent conservation programs and protection of the park's flora and fauna make it one of the most well maintained National Parks in Asia. We will have the evening to relax in these beautiful surroundings.
Day 7: Kanha National Park, Tiger Safari
This morning we will go on a jeep safari to explore the beauty of Kanha National Park in hopes of spotting tigers roaming freely in the forest. In the afternoon, we will visit a local village.
Day 8: To Tadoba National Park
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 9: Jeep Safaris in search of Royal Bengal Tiger
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 10: Morning Safari, To Nagpur, Ramtek Temples
Enjoy your early morning safari before our drive to Nagpur, which is the winter capital and third largest city of Maharashtra. It is one of the cleanest and greenest cities in India. This afternoon we visit the famous Ramtek Temples, where the legendary Hindu God Lord Rama, rested while he was in exile.
Day 11: Fly to Udaipur
Today we have a morning flight from Nagpur to Udaipur. Set in the Girwa Valley amidst the Aravalli Hills of south Rajasthan, Udaipur is a beautiful city - regarded by Indians and foreigners alike as one of the most romantic in India. It is a lovely city to explore with fairy tale white marble palaces, placid blue lakes, and green hills that create a feeling of serenity. Udaipur is undoubtedly an oasis of color in an arid region of India.
Day 12: Jawai Dam, Rabari Village Life
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. If time allows, we will go for evening safari.
Day 13: Leopard Wildlife Safari
We have a full day to explore the area by jeep safari. The area of Bera boasts vast and varied vegetation and wildlife including the elusive leopard, the crocodile, the ever so mischievous hyena, the mighty Bluebull, the graceful pelican, the Greylag Goose, Robin Accentor, Demoiselle Crane, and the Barheaded Goose to name a few.
Day 14: To Ahmadabad, Rooftop Dinner
Today we will have a long drive to one of India's largest cities, Ahmadabad. The Sabarmati River divides the city into sections with the ancient architectural remains contrasting sharply with the modern mills and factories in the newer parts of the city.
Day 15: Sabarmati Ashram
Enjoy an early morning heritage walk in the older parts of the city, followed by breakfast. Next, we drive to Sabarmati Ashram where Mahatma Gandhi lived for 12 years, along with his wife. The ashram has been declared a national monument by the Indian government in recognition of Gandhi and the activities that he carried out during his stay there. We will also visit Jama Masjid, one of the most magnificent mosques of India built with yellow sandstone reflecting both Hindu and Muslim architecture.
Day 16: To Sasan Gir National Park, Lion Safaris
After breakfast we will begin a longer drive (approx 7 hrs) to Gir National Park. Besides Africa, this is the only place in the world you can spot lions roaming free in the wild. With its dry and deciduous vegetation, it provides an ideal habitat for Asiatic Lions. Although Gir is most famous for its lions, it also features the Chowsinga (4 horned antelope), in addition to over 200 bird and over 40 reptile species.
Day 17: Lion Safaris
Today we will have morning and afternoon jeep safaris to explore the lions and other exotic wildlife. In 1913 due to over-hunting practices, the lion population had declined to 20. It was through the efforts of the Dungar Garh royal family that it became protected territory and in 1965 it became a national park. Today it covers approximately 1412 kilometres and is home to over 500 lions.
Day 18: Fly to Mumbai, Indian Gate
Today we fly from Diu to Mumbai, the most populous city in India. Home to 21 million people, it serves as the entertainment capital and India's financial powerhouse. The city is diverse, vibrant, multi-cultural, and has the most expensive home and one of the largest slums in the world. Upon arrival, we visit the iconic Gateway of India stone arch, built by the British Raj in 1924 and later enjoy dinner in the action packed city.
Day 19: Mumbai Sites, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
We will explore the sights of Mumbai today, including Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, a bustling railway station that is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a brilliant specimen of Victorian Gothic architecture. We visit the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum. We will also visit the Dhobi Ghat, a laundry nook.
Day 20: Depart Mumbai
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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