On the Tiger Trail

16 Days

This specially designed itinerary maximises the chances of thrilling wild tiger sightings by spending extended periods in India’s prime tiger reserves and national parks. Located in the rural heart of India, these natural habitats harbour dense vegetation, river systems and lakes that are rich in wildlife – and a bird-watchers’ paradise. Visits to the magnificent Taj Mahal and extraordinary Khajuraho temples provide an added cultural interest.

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Tour Highlights

  • Delhi sightseeing, including India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid
  • Tiger-spotting at Bandhavgarh and Ranthambore national parks
  • Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
  • Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal
  • The magnificent wild landscape at Kanha National Park
  • The amazing ancient temples at Khajuraho
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Tour Details

Starting out from Delhi, where we’ll enjoy a half day’s sightseeing, we journey first to Ranthambore National Park. One of the most famous reserves in India, Ranthambore is renowned for its tigers and is one of the best places to see these majestic predators in the wild. Tigers can be easily spotted even during the daytime.

En route to Agra we’ll stop by at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary with its thousands of exotic birds – including some highly endangered species, such as the Siberian crane. We’ll see the glorious old Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri and visit the Taj Mahal in the early morning – the best time to see this unmissable landmark.

The overnight train ride south to Jabalpur is an enjoyable and authentic Indian experience. We’ll then travel by road to Kanha National Park, often considered the most beautiful and most pristine wildlife reserve in the country. Its deciduous forests are remnants of the vast jungles which once covered central India, and still harbour a significant population of tigers, leopards, sloth bears, barasingha deer and dhole, the Indian wild dog. This is followed by a stay in Bandhavgarh, another prime tiger-spotting location which is also home to a large breeding population of leopards.

The final leg of the tour travels to the remarkable jungle temples of Khajuraho. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, these 10th-century structures were lost to the jungle until re-discovered in the 19th century. The exquisitely carved, erotic stone sculptures are among the finest temple art anywhere in the world.

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  • DAY 01 - Delhi

    Arrive Delhi and transfer to hotel, rest of the day free

    Arrive at the international airport of Delhi. After a traditional 'Swagat' (Welcome) our KVT’s representative would assist you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel for check-in. Rest of the day is free to relax or can explore the nearby market area.

    Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 02 - Ranthambore

    Half day sightseeing of Delhi, afternoon train to Swai Madhopur; reach there and transfer to Ranthambore hotel

    This day we proceed for half day sightseeing, we start with Jama Masjid, which is the principal mosque of Old Delhi in India, commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, it is the largest and best-known mosque in India. Rajghat - the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, drive past India gate and Government buildings and later visit Humayun's tomb, the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun's first wife Bega Begum in 1569-70, and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, a Persian architect chosen by Bega Begum. After lunch, we will be transferred to the Railway station to catch the train to Swai Madhopur; reach there and transfer to Ranthambore National Park and check into hotel.

    Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 03 - Ranthambore

    Morning and Evening game drives in the park

    Ranthambore National Park is in Sawai Madhopur District of Rajasthan state. It holds one of the largest populations of Tigers. There is other wildlife such as several species of monkey, deer, and crocodiles, birdlife including purple heron, kingfishers, cormorants, parakeets, Jacanda, waders and partridges. Formerly a hunting reserve, Ranthambore is now one of India’s tiger reserves under Project Tiger & home to a number of wild tiger. Today we will have 2 game drives into the park, trying to find elusive tiger. We wake up early morning and leave for our 1st safari into the National Park. Track the tigers and other wildlife through the morning. After having lunch, we leave again for our 2nd safari in the park. There are two choices of vehicle for going on the safari, an all-wheel drive jeep called a "Gypsy" (which seat up to 6 visitors) or 16 or 20 seater safari bus called a "Canter – a large open truck" on sharing basis.

    Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 04 - Ranthambore

    Morning and evening game drives

    Today we also have 2 games drives in the park in search of tigers (either by Jeep or canter), we return back to the hotel after 1st game drive. We have a break during the heat of the day before our second drive in the afternoon. After having lunch, we leave again for our 2nd safari in the park.

    Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 05 - Bharatpur

    Drive from Ranthambore to Bharatpur bird sanctuary

    This morning after breakfast we drive to Bharatpur (Distance: 220Km appx); reach there and check-in to the hotel. Then we visit Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary also known as Keoladeo National Park is a famous avifauna sanctuary that sees (or saw) thousands of rare and highly endangered birds such as the Siberian Crane come here during the winter season. Over 230 species of birds are known to have made the National Park their home. Migratory birds at Bharatpur bird sanctuary include, several species of Cranes, Pelicans, Geese, Ducks, Eagles, Hawks, Shanks, Stints, Wagtails, Warblers, Wheatears, Flycatchers, Buntings, Larks and Pipits, etc.

    Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 06 - Agra

    Morning visit Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, later drive to Agra en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri

    Early morning again we visit Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary as it is the best time to visit the place. We come back to hotel and have breakfast. Then we drive to Agra (Distance: 70km appx), en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted royal city constructed by the Mughal Emperor Akbar. This impressive and well-preserved citadel served as the political capital of India's Mughal Empire under Akbar's reign, from the year 1571 until 1585. But this magnificence only lasted 14 years, as in 1585 Akbar left Fatehpur Sikri abandoned due to lack of water. Later we continue our drive to Agra. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.

    Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 07 - Agra

    Sightseeing of Agra and evening overnight train to Jabalpur

    Early morning we visit the beautiful white marble Taj Mahal (remains closed on every Friday) at sunrise. Taj Mahal is a symbol of eternal love which stands on the banks of River Yamuna. It was built by the 5th Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631. The Taj Mahal is serenely beautiful and never fails to amaze a first time visitor. We also visit Agra Fort, whose mighty red sandstone walls enclose the beautiful white marble Pearl Mosque. Later, transfer to railway station to catch overnight train to Jabalpur.

    Overnight Train

  • DAY 08 - Kanha

    Drive from Jabalpur to Kanha

    Morning we reach Jabalpur railway station and drive by surface towards Kanha National Park (Distance: 165Km) Kanha National Park is one of the biggest park in Madhya Pradesh. The park has a significant population of Royal Bengal Tiger, leopards, the sloth bear, Barasingha and Indian wild dog. The lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines of Kanha provided inspiration to Rudyard Kipling for his famous novel “Jungle Book" .Upon Arrival, check-in hotel and rest of the day is free to relax.

    Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 09 - Kanha

    Morning and evening game drives in the park

    Today we will have 2 game drives into the park, trying to find elusive tiger. We wake up early morning and leave for our 1st safari into the National Park. Track the tigers and other wildlife through the morning. Return to the hotel in the morning. We have a break during the heat of the day before our 2nd game drive in the afternoon.

    Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 10 - Kanha

    Morning and evening game drives in the park

    This day also we have morning and evening game drives into the park.

    Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 11 - Bhandavgarh

    Drive to Bandhavgarh National Park

    Morning after breakfast we drive to Bandhavgarh National Park (Distance: 250Km appx). Upon arrival check-in to the hotel and rest of the day is free to relax. Bandhavgarh National Park, the most popular national parks in India is located in the Vindhya Hills of the Umaria district in Madhya Pradesh. The area of Bandhavgarh is being flourished with a large biodiversity, the place which is also being famed to grip highest density of tiger population in India. Similarly, the park also beholds the largest breeding population of leopards and various species of deer. Over the years, the park has shown a great number of increases in the count of the tiger species and this is the reason why tiger tours is so famed to attract large amount of tourists at its vicinity.

    Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 12 - Bhandavgarh

    Morning and evening game drives in the park

    We have 2 game drives into the park, trying to find elusive tiger. We wake up early morning and leave for our 1st safari into the National Park. Track the tigers and other wildlife through the morning. Return to the hotel in the morning and relax and in afternoon we again leave for our 2nd safari in the park.

    Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 13 - Bhandavgarh

    Morning and evening game drives in the park

    This day also we have morning and evening game drives into the park.

    Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 14 - Khajuraho

    Drive from Bandhavgarh to Khajuraho

    Morning we leave from Bandhavgarh and drive to Khajuraho (Distance: 280Km appx). Khajuraho is a small town located in the Madhya Pradesh and is famous for groups of Hindu and Jain temples. These temples are a UNESCO World Heritage Site for their beautiful and erotic rock carvings.

    Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 15 - Delhi

    Sightseeing of Khajuraho, later drive to Jhansi to day train to Delhi

    Morning we visit Khajuraho temples, the temples of Khajuraho were built between 950 – 1050A.D, during the Chandela dynasty of Central India. In every temple, there is the depiction of royalty, armies, wrestling, kinship, war, courtship, marriage, lovemaking, music and dancing, spiritual teachings, union, meditation, bliss, gods, goddesses, plants, animals and an abundance of all human forms. Later we drive to Jhansi to catch the day express train to Delhi. Upon arrival check-in to the hotel and relax.

    Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 16 - Delhi

    Departure transfer to International Airport

    Today, you will be transferred to the airport to board the flight for your onward destination.

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