HOME





OFFERS
TRAVEL BLOG
ABOUT US
ENQUIRE
BROCHURE
CONTACT US
PRIVACY & COOKIES
Tiger Safari India Bandhavgar Kanha Pench Panna

Tigers, Temples & Taj - including Varanasi


IPJ12M
12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,095
International flights quoted separately
This in-depth safari holiday combines the two most famous tiger reserves in India - Bandhavgarh & Kanha National Parks - with the ancient city of Delhi, the famous Taj Mahal & the astonishing hand-carved erotic Kama Sutra temples at Khajuraho. Enjoy a train ride through central India & explore its wildlife. English speaking city guides, private driver, jeep safaris & sightseeing included.
Photo India Tiger Safari Bandhavgarh Kanha Khajuraho Temples Taj
• 
Delhi
• 
Red Fort
• 
Chandni Chowk Market
• 
Taj Mahal
• 
Agra Fort
• 
Khajuraho Temples
• 
Bhandhavgarh Tiger Reserve
• 
Jeep Safaris
• 
Kanha National Park
• 
Tiger Safari
• 
Delhi
• 
Red Fort
• 
Chandni Chowk Market
• 
Taj Mahal
• 
Agra Fort
• 
Khajuraho Temples
• 
Bhandhavgarh Tiger Reserve
• 
Jeep Safaris
• 
Kanha National Park
• 
Tiger Safari
Day 1
You will be met at Delhi Airport by your driver and transferred to your hotel in this ancient capital of kingdoms and empires that is now a sprawling metropolis.
 
Delhi's strategic location was one of the main reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power and today it is a conglomerate of seven cities. The division between the old walled city and New Delhi marks a division in lifestyles, with the old city retaining its past traditions whilst New Delhi strives to match the pace of the 21st century.
Day 2
Today enjoy an orientation tour of modern New Delhi and the 17th century walled city of Old Delhi, which came to prominence when Shah Jahan moved his capital from Agra.
 
In Old Delhi enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through 300-year old Chandni Chowk market, a maze of lanes crowded with noisy shops selling an extraordinary variety of items and foods, and past the Jamia Masjid (or Friday Mosque) the largest in India. We drive past the splendid Red Fort, once the most opulent palace in the Mughal Empire, and continue to the Raj Ghat - the simple memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated.
 
In the afternoon our tour of New Delhi starts with a visit the Qutub Minar, an ancient victory tower built of red sandstone and marble in 1199 and still the tallest minaret in India. With its imposing cylindrical towers and surrounding ruins, it is today a World Heritage site. Our next stop is Humayuns Tomb, the beautiful mausoleum of the Mughul emperor Akbar, that inspired the Taj Mahal.
 
We drive along the Rajpath - the capital's broadest avenue - where you will see the imposing arch of the India Gate war memorial, Parliament House, the Rashtrapati Bhavan presidential residence built for the Viceroy of India, and the government buildings on Raisina Hill.
Day 3
This morning we drive 3.5-hours from Delhi to the ancient city of Agra, set along the banks of the Yamuna River and originally the capital of the Mughal Empire.
 
Agra is world renowned as the home of the Taj Mahal - that great symbol of love built by emperor Shah Jahan in the 16th century as a memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal.
 
On arrival we visit Agra Fort, a massive structure with walls over 70-ft high and 1.5-miles long that encompasses an astounding collection of well preserved buildings, many of them completed during the reign of Shah Jahan. After he was deposed by his son, he was imprisoned in this fort where he remained until his death - spending the rest of his life looking out along the river to the final resting place of his beloved wife.
 
We then visit the much quieter Itmad-ud-Daulah mausoleum across the river - fondly known as the "Baby Taj", as it was a forerunner of the Taj Mahal that was built to honour the grandfather of Mumtaz.
 
At the end of the day we visit the stunning Taj Mahal. This magnificent white marble mausoleum took 22 years to build and, apart from its stunning design and perfect symmetry, it is noted for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best marble inlay work ever done. Sunrise and sunset are particularly good times to visit and see the dome subtly change its colour.
 
Note: Taj Mahal is closed every Friday. You cannot take anything in with you except your camera, water and medicine.
Day 4
Today transfer 3.5-hours from Agra to Delhi Airport for your flight to the ancient city of Varanasi.
 
You will be met at Varanasi Airport and transferred to your hotel. Settle in and relax in this holy city situated on the sacred River Ganges.
Day 5
Varanasi is regarded as the spiritual capital of India and is a holy city for both Jains and Hindus, who believe dying here can bring salvation. The Benares Gharana form of Indian classical music developed here and many prominent Indian philosophers, poets, writers and musicians have made it their home.
 
Rise early today for a very special experience - a boat ride on the River Ganges as the sun rises. View the remarkable colours on its waters as you pass the bathing ghats, a series of steps leading down to the river where the faithful come to bathe and pay homage to the sun god. Also see the cremation ghats.
 
Afterwards enjoy a short walking tour of the temples of Bharat Mata, Durga and Vishwanath, followed by a visit to the museum and ruins at Sarnath - an important pilgrimage site where the Buddha gave his first sermon. Here you will see many stupas (shrines) including the Mulagandha Kuti Vihar, a Tibetan Buddhist shrine containing a life-sized golden image of Buddha.
 
Afternoon is at leisure, before we return to the ghats in the evening to witness the Pooja ceremony, a religious ritual performed as an offering to the gods. This includes the Ganga Aarti ceremony that involves the lighting of hundreds of candles that are released in baskets onto the river, which will leave you spellbound. The ceremony lasts about 1.5 hours.
 
Note: Sarnath Museum is closed every Friday.
Day 6
Transfer to Varanasi Airport for your flight to Khajuraho.
 
Check into your hotel in this city that derives its name from the Khajur tree (date palm) and is world renowned for its magnificent erotic Kama Sutra temples.
Day 7
Today enjoy a tour of the magnificent ancient hand-carved Temples of Khajuraho, built between 950 and 1050 AD and whose murals depict the life and times of the Chandela Rajputs.
 
We start with the Western Group of temples, which contain the largest and loveliest temples of the area. Of this group, the Kandariya Mahadev temple dedicated to Shiva is the most perfect. With its elaborate spire and bands of beautiful carvings, it represents Chandela art at its best. It shares a high terrrace with the older and simpler Devi Jagadamba temple.
 
Next we tour the Eastern Group of Hindu and Jain temples. These divine sculptures are a tribute to life, embodying the sublime and spontaneous whilst also celebrating erotic life.
Day 8
Today we leave Khajuraho and travel 5-hours to Bandhavgarh National Park - once the hunting reserve of the royal family of Rewa and today one of the most famous tiger reserves in the world.
 
Covering 168 sq miles (437 sq km) of bamboo, grassland and deciduous forests in the Vindhya Hills of Madhya Pradesh, this reserve is where the amazing white tigers were discovered.
Day 9
Today is devoted to the wildlife of Bandhavgarh National Park.
 
Early morning is the best time to track tigers and other wildlife, but be aware that it is extremely difficult to find tigers in the jungle and sightings are never guaranteed. Best viewings are generally at the end of the dry season (March to May, although it is extremely hot from April onwards), when the tigers search out the waterholes - but you need to take at least 4 game drives for a good chance of a sighting.
 
In the afternoon return to the park for another jeep safari before dinner. There are at least 150 bird species as well as mammals such as sloth bears, langur monkeys, wild boars, wild dogs, mongoose and three types of deer - chital, sambar and barking.
 
Note: The tiger reserve is closed every Wednesday afternoon, when only a morning game drive is offered. The park is also closed during the monsoon season (mid June to September).
 
Please note we always try to book jeep safaris, but these can only be reserved 90 days in advance and cannot be guaranteed - in which case your game drive will be in a 20-seater canter. In the winter months, morning safaris require warm clothes including woolly hats and gloves to protect you from the wind chill in your open vehicle.
Day 10
Today we leave Bandhavgarh National Park and travel 5-hours to Kanha National Park - one of the largest and most scenic wildlife reserves in India and an ideal habitat for tigers and their prey.
 
Kanha's mixed forests are interspersed with vast meadows known as maidans. Perennial streams run through a number of these, providing a source of water for wildlife even in the hot summer months. As a result, this region has been called the "Ngorongoro of India" with hundreds of chital deer grazing on carpets of green grass against a backdrop of majestic sal tree forests. Check into your lodge in this premier wildlife sanctuary.
Day 11
Rise at dawn to track wildlife in Kanha National Park, which is particularly well known for its endangered swamp deer (or hardwater barasingha) which live on large open grassy meadows amongst the lush sal and bamboo forests. Brought back from the brink of extinction, these handsome animals are a remarkable conservation success story.
 
Early morning is the best time to track tigers and other wildlife, but be aware that it is extremely difficult to find tigers in the jungle and sightings are never guaranteed. Best viewings are generally at the end of the dry season (March to May, although it is extremely hot from April onwards), when the tigers search out the waterholes - but you need to take at least 4 game drives for a good chance of a sighting. Leopards, sloth bear and wild dogs are also found in this park.
 
Two jeep safaris per day are included - one in the early morning and one in the late afternoon.
 
Note: The tiger reserve is closed every Wednesday afternoon, when only a morning game drive is  offered.The park is also closed during the monsoon season (mid June to September)
 
Please note we always try to book jeep safaris, but these can only be reserved 90 days in advance and cannot be guaranteed - in which case your game drive will be in a 20-seater canter. In the winter months, morning safaris require warm clothes including woolly hats and gloves to protect you from the wind chill in your open vehicle.
Day 12
Transfer 6-hours to Nagpur Airport for your flight to Mumbai.
 
Here you will be met and transferred to your hotel situated near the airport.
Day 13
Transfer to Mumbai Airport for your flight home.
Contact us
Order a brochure
Feedback