Central India Wildlife Tour with Delhi, Agra and Khajuraho
Central India Wildlife Tour with Delhi- Agra- Khajuraho combines two of the best tiger-centric wildlife destinations of central India along with heritage destinations like Khajuraho, Delhi, and Agra.
In this itinerary you get to visit the Mughal heritage areas of Delhi and Agra (Taj Mahal), get to be charmed by the heritage character of Orchha and get amazed by sculptures of Khajuraho before heading to Kanha and Bandhavgarh for sighting the majestic Royal Bengal tiger.
Central India Wildlife Tour Highlights
- Marvel at the Mughal era monuments of Delhi (Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort, Qutab Minar)
- Experience the Taj Mahal in Agra, one of the original seven wonders of the world
- Riverside heritage walk around monuments of Orchha
- Feel amazed at the erotic sculptures and the architecture style of Khajuraho Temples
- Superb countryside drives in Central India through villages and small towns
- Get mesmerized with the sight of the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger
- Explore Kanha and Bandhavgarh for a wide range of exotic birds
- Hotel accommodation in a double/twin room with buffet breakfast at Delhi/Khajuraho and all meals at Kanha/Bandhavgarh
- Entrance fees at monuments
- Three exclusive guided jeep safaris at Bandhavagarh and three exclusive guided jeep safaris at Kanha
- Services of English-speaking guides in Delhi, Agra, Khajuraho, Kanha, and Bandhavgarh
- All transfers, sightseeing, and visits as per programme using AC Toyota Innova
- Packaged water stocked in car
- Any and all applicable taxes are included
- Any meals that are ordered other than that which is part of the “Cost includes”
- Expenses of a personal nature such as gratuities, telephone calls, laundry, liquor, etc.
- Additional costs and charges as applicable based on any changes made during the holiday
- India visa charges
- Travel insurance
- Jabalpur-Delhi Flight (Approx – Rs. 5000 to Rs. 8000 per person)
Expert Travel Opinion
Experiential Travellers – Bandhavgarh has a tree house stay option right on the edge of the reserve forest. Guests with deeper interest in wildlife can opt for a full day Jeep Safari and/or Elephant Safari where one can spend an entire day inside the park.
Day 01 - Delhi
Arrive at Delhi, the capital of India, a renowned heritage destination and a popular arrival point for international travelers. Here, you are met by our representative and introduced to your private driver who will accompany you till Khajuraho.
Arrive at the hotel in New Delhi for a relaxed overnight stay.
Day 02 - Delhi
Explore UNESCO Heritage Sites of Delhi
On day two you will visit the UNESCO Heritage Sites and prominent monuments of Delhi starting with the Qutab Minar in south Delhi which is a 240-foot tall minaret and one of the tallest in the world. After Qutab Minar, you will travel for 20 minutes to visit the Baha’i Temple in south-east Delhi (popularly known as the Lotus Temple), a unique lotus shaped temple with no deity. From Baha’i Temple, you will proceed northwards to visit Humayun’s Tomb (16th-century tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun and a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Thereafter, you will drive past India Gate (War Memorial), the Parliament House and the Presidential Palace before stopping for lunch.
After lunch, you proceed toward areas in old Delhi in central Delhi to visit the Red Fort (dating back to the 17th-century residence of Mughal emperors for over 200 years and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site). After the visit to the Red Fort, you will return to the hotel where you can spend the evening leisurely.Expert Tips
- If you are staying around Connaught Place in central Delhi, you may return to the Red Fort in the evening at 7:30 PM for the light and sound show else you can explore the beauty of one of the oldest commercial complex’s built by the British, Connaught Place, which is known for its pubs, lounges, restaurants and big showrooms selling branded merchandise and handicrafts.
- If you are staying around south Delhi, you may visit Hauz Khas Village for shopping and dinner (Hauz Khas Village is a popular spot for pubs, lounges, restaurants and exquisite shops selling designer clothing and handicrafts).
Day 03 - Agra
Travel to Agra and visit the Taj Mahal in the evening
Depart in the morning to Agra (210km - 4 hours), home to the Taj Mahal, one of the original Seven Wonders of the World and the most visited monument in India. You will arrive at Agra by lunch-time and the hotels at Agra are set within a 2km radius of the Taj Mahal. After being dropped at Shilpgram, a battery-operated vehicle will take you to the east gate of the Taj. Look forward to a guided tour of the mesmerizing Taj Mahal at about 3 PM.
After spending around an hour and a half in awe of the monument, taking photographs and exploring its different chambers, you will return to the hotel in the evening.
- You have an option to visit "Mohabbat e Taj", a light and Sound show at Kalakriti in the evening (6.30 PM to 8 PM) depicting the history and heritage of Agra.
Day 04 - Agra
Excursion to Fatehpur Sikri and return to visit other monuments in Agra monuments
Embark on an excursion to Fatehpur Sikri (dated 16th century), a large complex and a well-preserved monument of Mughal architecture located about 30+ km from Agra. Main attractions of Fatehpur Sikri are the Buland Darwaza (the entrance gate is at a height of 180 feet), Jama Masjid (Friday mosque) and Tomb of Salim Chisti (tomb of a renowned Sufi saint).
After admiring Fatehpur Sikri for a couple of hours, you will return to Agra to visit the Agra Fort (a 17th-century Mughal fort and a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The fort is full of history as it was the site of a battle during the 1857 Indian rebellion against the British Raj. If time permits, you may also visit the 17th century Jama Masjid (Friday mosque), another fine example of Mughal architecture.
- One can revisit the Taj Mahal around sunset and the best view can be sought from Mehtab Bagh from across the Yamuna River.
Day 05 - Orchha
Travel to Orchha via Gwalior Fort
Start in the morning and travel to Orchha (249km - 4.5 hours), a quaint riverside town filled with temples, forts and heritage sites. Enroute, visit Gwalior Fort (118km - 2.5 hours), an 8th-century hill fort which has a massive fort complex that is home to Jain/Hindu temples, a palace, and a museum.
After spending a couple of hours at Gwalior Fort, proceed to Orchha, you will reach by evening. Orchha will seize your imagination with its Betwa River backdrop, rich history, and the surrounding heritage sites. Take a heritage walk at late evening around sunset for stunning photographs and capture the true essence of Orchha.
Day 06 - Khajuraho
Travel to Khajuraho and visit temples and attend the evening light and sound show
Take an early morning walk around Orchha town and the Orchha Fort across the river. Once you return to the hotel, feast on the delicious breakfast and then prepare to depart to Khajuraho (170km - 3.5 hours); a city which is renowned for its 9-10th-century Nagara Style temples (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and carvings on its sculptures. Khajuraho comprises of the western, eastern and southern group of temples, all are within walking distance of one another.
Arrive here by the afternoon and take a guided tour of the western group of temples followed by a light and sound show in the evening.
Khajuraho has a wide range of restaurants offering cuisines from across the world, additionally, you will also get to interact with an interesting group of travellers arriving from all over the globe. Here, you can opt for a quiet dinner at one of the restaurants.
Day 07 - Bandhavgarh
Explore the temples of Khajuraho and travel to Bandhavgarh
Today includes taking a morning walk to visit the eastern and southern group of Khajuraho temples. After breakfast, you will depart to Bandhavgarh (260km - 5.5 hours), India's prime wildlife destination, known for sighting of the Royal Bengal tiger (only 2000+ remain in the wild). The evergreen forests of Bandhavgarh offer excellent wildlife experiences all the winter (October-March) as well as during hot summers (April-May).
The drive to your destination goes through villages, small towns and pristine countryside’s. By late afternoon, you arrive at a jungle lodge in Bandhavgarh. You can spend the rest of the day leisurely - walking around the lodge, breathing in fresh air and planning the next day's game drives with the resident naturalist.
Day 08 - Bandhavgarh
Morning and afternoon jeep safaris in Bandhavgarh National Park
You depart early in the morning (5:30 AM in winter and 5 AM in summer) for an exclusive guided jeep safari in Bandhavgarh. Bandhavgarh has three zones where jeep safaris are conducted, among them Tala and Magadhi are considered to be the best zones for sighting tigers. Both zones are not more than a 15-minute drive from the lodge. The zones comprise of woodlands or thick Sal forests, grasslands, water bodies and a vibrant forest that is alive even during peak summers.
The first hour of the morning safaris is considered the best time for sighting tigers, as tigers often come out in the open onto the safari tracks to get some sun during the first hour after sunrise. After the first hour, the focus shifts to water bodies as that is where tigers go to cool down, as the day gets hotter. The arrival of a tiger is often tracked by the alarm calls made by langurs and/or when deer are seen frantically run around. Not just this, but the entire forest comes alive with the ingress of tigers. Safaris break in between to provide guests with tea and light breakfast. The safari ends at about 9:30/10 AM and that is when you will return to the lodge.
Once you return, you may take rest or enjoy a swim in the pool before lunch at 1-1:30 PM. After lunch at 2-2.30 PM, you will depart for the afternoon safari. During afternoon safaris there is a good probability of spotting a solitary tiger/tigress or a tigress with cubs around the different water bodies. Besides tigers, as you move around the park, you will find a wide range of other mammals and birds. After the safari, you return to the lodge for a shower or rest before dinner.
Dinner time is when resident guests (typically a mix of wildlife travelers and photographers) discuss their game drive experience, their sightings, and share tips.
Day 09 - Kanha
Morning Safari and departure to Kanha
You depart early in the morning for your last safari at Bandhavgarh before you return to the lodge and thereafter, you proceed to depart to Kanha (260km - 5 hours). Kanha is India's prime wildlife destination, like Bandhavgarh, and home to the Royal Bengal tiger (only 2000+ remain in the wild). It is a bigger park than Bandhavgarh and offers a wider variety of wildlife (including the rare barasingha). Just like Bandhavgarh, the evergreen forests here offer excellent wildlife experiences all through cold winters (Oct-March) and hot summers (April-May).
Arrive in Kanha by evening where you will spend the rest of the day at leisure - getting acquainted with the lodge, its surroundings and interacting with the resident naturalist.
Day 10 - Kanha
Morning and afternoon jeep safaris in Kanha National Park
You depart early in the morning (5:30 AM in winter and 5 AM in summer) for an exclusive guided jeep safari in Kanha. Kanha has 4 zones where jeep safaris are conducted. Of these, Kanha Zone and Mukki Zone are the best zones for sighting tigers and offer an excellent park experience. Here you will sight more wildlife species including the sloth bear, gaur (Indian bison), barasingha, barking deer etc. along with many species of local endemic and migratory birds.
After a 4-hour safari, you will return to the lodge for rest or a swim and lunch before another park safari in the afternoon. After completion of the safari in the evening, you can interact with many fellow wildlife travelers and photographers over dinner.
Day 11 - Delhi
Morning safari and depart for the flight back to Delhi from Jabalpur
You need to depart early in the morning (5:30 AM in winter and 5 AM in summer) for your last game drive of the trip and post which you will return to the lodge and get ready to depart to Jabalpur (180km - 4 hours) for an evening flight back to Delhi for your onward international departure.
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