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Itinerary:  Beyond Tiger and Taj

 

Tour Highlights

p>Ranthambore Park - Premier Tiger Reserve
Interact with local community and conservation staff
World Heritages Sites - Bharatpur Bird Park and Taj Mahal
Cycle rickshaw ride in Bharatpur Bird Park
Nature walks and Game drives in Ranthambore
Travel by Indian Railways - 4th largest network
Travel by Private Car
Private Guide for Sightseeing .

Overview

This Indian wildlife tour offers something different for those who want to become involved in ongoing tiger and wildlife research programmes. During the trip you will search for tigers and their prey in Ranthambhore, one of India’s premier national park and has been the stage for many books, films and documentary on tigers. You will also have the opportunity to take guided walks with researchers, learn about methods used to study the Tigers, its ecology and behaviour. Meet park rangers and experts behind the research projects and conservation programmes. You will also visit two world heritage sites of Bharatpur Bird sanctuary and Taj Mahal before heading home

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Day 1 - Arrive Delhi

Meet and assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel Bill Palace for overnight stay


Day 2 - Delhi/Ranthambore

We will be transferred to Nizamuddin Railway Station early this morning to board train to Sawai Madhopur (nearest railway station to Ranthambore).

(Golden Temple Mail, 0745-1300 hrs).

Met on arrival at railway station and drive to Ranthambore National Park (12 Kms, 20 minutes).

 

Check In to the Lodge on arrival. After lunch go for a nature walk

 

In the evening detailed briefing about the activities for the next few days, followed by talk and film on the park. 

 

Overnight at Ranthambore Bagh.

 

 


Day 3 - Ranthambore

Game viewing with our naturalist in the morning and afternoon by open top trucks. During the safari, our accompanying naturalists will introduce you to different flora and fauna of the park.  Teach us to listen and distinguish between different alarm calls of the main pray species of the Tiger.

 

In the afternoon, between the safaris, enjoy a film on tigers and a talk on tiger behaviour.

 

Overnight at Lodge.


Day 4 - Ranthambore

Today we will be accompanied by a wildlife scientist and learn about the ecology of the park and tiger habitat. We will also get an insight into the pressures the park is facing from human activities.

We will visit local communities who have given up their land for the park to expand. Interact and learn about issues faced by them on a daily basis

 

We will walk in a buffer forest at the edge of the park which is natural corridor for the animal and here you will learn how to field and track signs of animals and the tiger.  We will learn about methods used to study tiger and its prey base.

 

This evening the talk centers on conservation issues around the campfire. Today a Park ranger will also be invited for dinner and interactive session.

 

Overnight at Lodge.


Day 5 - Ranthambore

Game viewing with naturalist in the morning by open top truck.

 

After breakfast we visit Dastkar a grass root enterprise giving an alternate source of income to village communities through the promotion of local crafts. We spend the day with the workers and learn their crafts and encourage them. We will have picnic lunch with the workers.

 

 Late afternoon trek up to the Ranthmabhore Fort. 

Evening talk by researcher / worker of Tiger Watch – conservation organization.

 

Overnight at Lodge


Day 6 - Ranthambore

Game viewing with naturalist in the morning and afternoon by open top truck.

 

Visit local school and play a friendly game of soccer or cricket with the students and interact with them.

 

We will be joined by member of community development organization for interactive session during a farewell BBQ dinner around the campfire.

 

Overnight at Lodge.


Day 7 - Ranthambore/Bharatpur

Morning transfer to Railway station from train to Bharatpur.

(Janshatabdi Express,  0710-0925 hrs)

 

Afternoon excursion on foot with the naturalist to observe the avifauna of the national park in detail.

 

Overnight at Birder’s Inn


Day 8 - Bharatpur/Agra/Delhi/Departure

In the morning drive to Agra (55 Kms, 1-2 hours) and proceed on a guided tour of the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.

 

A teardrop on the cheek of time” is how the famous poet and Noble Laureate Rabindranath Tagore described the Taj Mahal. Built from white marble, it is the mausoleum of Empress Mumtaz Mahal, who died after giving birth to her 14th child (Princess Gauhar Begum). Built over a period of 22 years and involving thousands of artisans from across the world, this magnificent building is considered to be the greatest monument to eternal love, a homage to her beauty and life.

 

The Agra Fort, built by Emperor Akbar is considered one of the most important forts in India and a succession of mughal emperors made this walled palatial city their home. It is semi circular in design and has four gates. The buildings inside the fort have a mix of Hindu and Islamic architectures. In fact some of the decorations feature images of living creatures such as birds, which is forbidden under Islam.

 

Later in the day drive to Delhi’s International airport (200 Kms, 4-5 hours) to board onwards flight.                (Check In is three hours prior to flight departure)

 


November to June

 

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Delhi
Day 2 - Delhi/Ranthambore
Day 3 - Ranthambore
Day 4 - Ranthambore
Day 5 - Ranthambore
Day 6 - Ranthambore
Day 7 - Ranthambore/Bharatpur
Day 8 - Bharatpur/Agra/Delhi/Departure

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