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Itinerary:  CYCLING IN THE LAND OF TIGERS

 

Tour Highlights

• Visit the 10th and 11th centuries World Heritage Khajuraho Temples

• Visit 2 Project Tiger National Parks

• Accommodation in Comfortable Jungle Lodges in the National Parks

• Private guide for temple tour in Khajuraho

• Rich tapestry of history - Delhi, Agra & Jaipur

• Explore by Rickshaw (Padicab) narrow lanes and alleyways of historic walled city of old Delhi

• Visit to TAJ MAHAL – One of the Seven Wonders of the World

• UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar, Red Fort, Fatehpur Sikri

Overview

India is a land of diverse culture, geography, flora and fauna. Some of the rarest species of animals and birds find their home, in the central part of the country. The tour weaves through two of India’s best tiger parks. It offers exclusive prospects to see the best of the Indian wildlife, closely, in its natural habitat. Apart from the wildlife, the programme, provides distinctive opportunity to experience erotic temple architecture at the world heritage Khajuraho temples. Built in 10th and 11th century by the Chandela dynasty, they are in a state of marvelous preservation. Next we continue to India's famous Golden Triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur needs no introduction - here we find the Taj Mahal, City Palace Jaipur and the stunning Amber Fort, names which echo the former glory of the Mughal and Rajput rulers and which form the nucleus of the tour.

Why Central India?

The Central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh is a very safe region and is endowed with rich and diverse forest resources. Lying between lat. 21°04'N and long. 74°02' and 82°49' E, it is a reservoir of biodiversity. The forest area of the state is 95,221 km² constituting 31% of the geographical area of the state and 12.44% of the forest area of India. Variability in climatic and edaphic conditions brings about significant difference in the forest types the group will Cycle in viz. Tropical Moist, Tropical Dry, Tropical Thorn, Subtropical broadleaved Hill forests. Madhya Pradesh is dominated by tribal groups. The differences in the tribal community, spread over various parts of the state, is clearly seen not only on the basis of their heredity, lifestyle and cultural traditions, but also from their social, economic structure, religious beliefs and their language and speech. Due to the different linguistic, cultural and geographical environment, and its peculiar complications, the diverse tribal world of Madhya Pradesh has been largely untouched by the mainstream of development in other parts of India.


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Day 1 - Arrive Delhi

Arrival by British Airways flight at 2320 hrs.

On arrival at the Indira Gandhi International airport, proceed for Immigration clearance after disembarking. Thereafter collect baggage from the baggage carousel and walk to the Arrivals Lounge after clearing customs. You will be greeted by our company representative, with a placard bearing your name on it. He will assist you with your luggage and transfer you to the hotel.

(Check in is at 1400 hrs at the hotel)

Delhi: Unlikely connections of the old and new are seen everywhere in Delhi – bullock-carts and cars; hand-pulled trolleys and trucks; Western fast food café’s and roadside golgappa ‘watery Indian bread’ carts; buses and rickshaws; suits and traditional Indian wear. Delhi is said to have been destroyed and rebuilt seven times during the reign of different royal dynasties, hence the legend of the “seven cities of Delhi.” Modern archeological evidence show settlements in the region dating back to 1000 BC. Apart from Indraprastha, these included Quila Rai Pithora, Siri, Jahanpanah, Tughlakabad, Ferozabad and Shahjahanabad. Much like its hybrid culture, Delhi’s architecture is a fascinating mix of Indo-Saracenic monuments and a new urban metropolis.  Its historic heart, Old Delhi, is a dense network of narrow alleys and tightly packed markets and houses while New Delhi conceptualized by the British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens and designed by Hebert Baker is symmetrical, lined with rows of trees, wide roads and grand colonial buildings. Then there is the “globalized” Delhi of glass-cased corporate offices, shopping malls, brands and dizzying traffic. Also known as ‘Dilli’ by the locals, the smells, sights and sounds of this city sweep your senses, disorienting and fascinating you at the same time. Gateway to the rest of India, Delhi is a truly cosmopolitan city and set to leave a lasting impression on every visitor.

Overnight at ITC Maurya – Executive Club (Bed & breakfast basis)


Day 2 - Delhi / Overnight train to Khajuraho

Morning proceed for guided tour of Old & New Delhi.

Old Delhi:
Your excursion includes : Vijay Chowk vantage point for grand sweep of British Raj Era Buildings ; Old Delhi focus will be Magnificence of  Jami Masjid (1656) and Red Fort (1639) with its busy hive of lanes that you will tour on Cycle Rickshaw ;

New Delhi:
Later visit Humayn’s Tomb (1565) first Mughal garden tomb and inspiration for several later monuments such as the incomparable Taj Mahal ; The Qutb Minar (1193) tower ; Lotus Temple – Delhi’s most innovative modern structure ; Crafts Museum – Unique project started in 1956 to promote indigenous artisans by giving them place to display with works


Later in the evening transfer to Railway station to board train to Khajuraho

(Check Out is at 1400 hrs from the hotel)

UP SAMPARK KRANTI – DELHI / KHAJURAHO – 2010 HRS / 0635 HRS (NEXT DAY) – 2ND CLASS AIR CONDITIONED SLEEPER CARRIAGE

Note: Red Fort and Museums in Delhi are closed on Mondays


Day 3 - Arrive Khajuraho / Panna

Arrive Khajuraho at 0635 hrs.

Meeting & assistance on arrival and drive (28 Kms, 40 mins approx.) to Panna

On arrival check in to Ken River Lodge

Rest of the Morning at Leisure

Afternoon cycle to Khajuraho & visit southern and western group of temples by cycle with a guided
Later cycle back to Panna

Overnight at Ken River Lodge – Huts (Full board basis)


Day 4 - Panna

After breakfast visit a village / village school and ride to Pandav falls and then to Ken River Lodge.

Afternoon enjoy Game ride in the park

Overnight at Ken River Lodge – Huts (Full board basis)


Day 5 - Panna

Enjoy the morning cycling around the park buffer zone / nearby village / School.

Afternoon enjoy Game ride in the park

Overnight at Ken River Lodge – Huts (Full board basis)


Day 6 - Panna / Bandhavgarh

Morning enjoy Game ride in the park

Later drive (05 hrs approx.) to Bandhavgarh with packed lunch

Overnight at Kings Lodge – Huts (Full board basis)


Day 7 - Bandhavgarh

Enjoy the morning cycling around the park buffer zone / Nearby village

Afternoon enjoy Game ride in the park

Overnight at Kings Lodge – Huts (Full board basis)


Day 8 - Bandhavgarh

Enjoy the morning cycling around the park buffer zone / Nearby village

Afternoon enjoy Game ride in the park

Overnight at Kings Lodge – Huts (Full board basis)


Day 9 - Bandhavgarh / Katni / Overnight train to Agra

Morning enjoy Game ride in the park

Afternoon at leisure

Evening transfer to Katni Railway station to board overnight train to Agra

MAHAKAUSHAL EXPRESS – KATNI / AGRA – 1925 HRS / 0815 HRS (NEXT DAY) – 1ST CLASS AIR CONDITIONED SLEEPER CARRIAGE


Day 10 - Arrive Agra

Arrive Agra at 0815 hrs.

On arrival transfer to Hotel

(Check in is at 1400 hrs at the hotel)

Agra: Often overshadowed by Taj Mahal’s popularity, many are unaware of Agra’s other hidden wonders. The city’s surviving art, culture, architecture and royal cuisine from that era are exceptional. Skilled local craftsmanship is almost genetic here; with artisans designing vases and trays with Pietra dura technique (using cut and fitted, highly-polished coloured stones to create images) and weaving embellished garments. You’ll find most of these items in the city’s bazaars. Although now a bustling industrial city, the beauty and elegance of its monuments and heritage shine on. Contemporary Agra can only be described as an intense yet grand experience.

Afternoon visit the Agra Fort on the Western bank of the River Yamuna, This magnificent fort dominates the centre of the city. 

At sunset private guided tour to the white marble clad Taj Mahal.

Note: Taj Mahal remains closed to visitors on all Fridays

Overnight at ITC Mughal – Mughal Room (Bed & Breakfast)


Day 11 - Agra / Jaipur

After breakfast drive about (4.5 to 5 hrs) to Jaipur en route we visit Fatehpur Sikri (City of Victory) located 37 kms west of Agra towards Jaipur. It is a well preserved abandoned Mughal city now a UNESCO world heritage Site. 

On arrival check in to hotel

Jaipur: Jaipur’s stunning hilltop forts and royal palaces on its desert landscape form an exotic backdrop to Rajasthan’s romantic capital. Part of the golden triangle along with Delhi and Agra, Jaipur is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Its founder, Maharaja Jai Singh II was a lover of mathematics and science, and designed the city on principles of Indian astrology and Hindu concept of the universe. Traditionally the colour of hospitality in Rajasthan, Jaipur was awash in pink to welcome Prince Albert in 1856. Since then, it’s become customary to pink-wash the city’s buildings, thus popularizing Jaipur as the ‘Pink City’. Its old markets are famous for traditional crafts: hand-dyed and embroidered textiles, jewelry, precious stones and metals. Chaotic and congested at times, Jaipur can easily distract you with glimpses of its regal past, brilliant bazaars and some of the most colourfully dressed people on the planet.

Overnight at:
Saba Haveli – Suite (Bed & Breakfast basis)


Day 12 - Jaipur

After breakfast proceed for a sightseeing tour of Amber Fort.

The Amber Fort is an imposing and rugged defensive structure on the outside, in stark contrast to its ornate and lavish interior. Amber’s gates are gigantic; designed to allow elephants to pass during stately ceremonies

Later return to hotel for Lunch (Not included in cost)

After lunch proceed for guided city tour of Jaipur visiting labyrinth of fascinating bazaars, opulent palaces and historical sights. We head towards the old walled city area. It has the city palace, an astronomical observatory and bazaars that sell everything form shoes to jewellery. We visit - whimsical Hawa Mahal "Palace of Winds" erected in 1799 to enable the veiled ladies of the harem to observe unnoticed the lively streets below.  City Palace Museum which provides splendid introduction to Jaipur's princely past, and its fascinating arts and crafts.  Royal observatory built between 1728 and 1734 and has been described as "the most realistic and logical landscape in stone".

Overnight at:
Saba Haveli – Suite (Bed & Breakfast basis)


Day 13 - Jaipur / Delhi / Departure

Morning at Leisure.

After lunch drive to Delhi (260 Kms, 05 hrs approx.) International airport on time to board flight back home

(Check Out is at 1400 hrs from the hotel)

(Reporting time at international airport is three hours prior to the time of departure)


 

TOFTThe Hotels covered in this Itinerary are:
ITC Maurya
Ken River lodge
Kings Lodge
ITC Mughal Agra

ITC Maurya

Nestled in greenery, in the heart of Delhi, ITC Maurya – a premier luxury hotel in the Capital, is acknowledged as the preferred ‘Residence for World Leaders and Global Icons’ for over 30 years. The 438 room property epitomizes the luxury hotel experience with exemplary service and warm hospitality soaked in Indian traditions. The hotel has established industry benchmarks in safety and security, wide choice of premium rooms and suites, world renowned restaurants including the iconic Bukhara, banqueting facilities, spa and wellness, and more


Ken River lodge

Spread over 30 acres of pristine jungle, Ken River Lodge, popularly known as the Tree House, is a wildlifer’s paradise. It is Situated on the banks of river Ken, adjoining the 542 sq km Panna Tiger Reserve. Situated 26km. from Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh, India. It offers a unique blend of traditional royal hospitality and comfortable country living in cottages and deluxe huts.


Kings Lodge

The lodge is spread in a sprawling estate of 12 acres in Rancha village (8-10 minutes from the park gate) and is surrounded by Sal forested hills on all sides. It has 10 cottage rooms and 8 stilt cottage rooms with en-suite modern bathrooms. All cottage rooms have large open verandahs overlooking Sal forest and grasslands.


ITC Mughal Agra

 Sprawled over 35 acres of luxurious gardens, and in close proximity to the Taj Mahal, ITC Mughal, a luxury hotel in Agra is a fitting tribute to the great Mughal builders of the past. The only Indian hotel to have won the prestigious Aga Khan Award for its excellent representation of Mughal architecture, it now boasts of a brand new accommodation wing - the 'Khwab Mahal' - Palace of Dreams. This luxury hotel in Agra comprises of 233 opulent rooms and suites, recreating a paradise for the contemporary Mogul- full of splendor and perfection which was the hallmark of the Mughal Dynasty


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Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Delhi
Day 2 - Delhi / Overnight train to Khajuraho
Day 3 - Arrive Khajuraho / Panna
Day 4 - Panna
Day 5 - Panna
Day 6 - Panna / Bandhavgarh
Day 7 - Bandhavgarh
Day 8 - Bandhavgarh
Day 9 - Bandhavgarh / Katni / Overnight train to Agra
Day 10 - Arrive Agra
Day 11 - Agra / Jaipur
Day 12 - Jaipur
Day 13 - Jaipur / Delhi / Departure

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