North India: Focus on Wildlife 14 days
With a strong focus on wildlife, this exciting and comprehensive itinerary takes in four key wildlife viewing areas and is perfect for those looking for big cat encounters, with opportunities to see not only tigers and leopards, but also the rare Asiatic lion. Add to these, myriad birds and other wildlife, plus sunrise at the magical Taj Mahal and you have an unforgettable Indian experience.
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- Rare Asiatic lions at Sassan Gir
- Tigers at Ranthambhore
- Leopards, wolves and other mammals
- Guided birdwatching
- Taj Mahal at dawn
- All accommodation
- Meals as shown in itinerary
- Transfers and transport in car with driver
- Guided jeep safaris and tours as shown in itinerary
- Domestic air and train travel as shown in itinerary
- Entrance fees
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Mumbai to Sasan Gir
International flights are not included as part of your package but can be arranged and added with ease. This morning you will arrive independently to Mumbai airport and take a morning flight to Rajkot. Upon arrival in Rajkot you will be transferred by private car to Sasan Gir, an approximately 4-hour drive. After checking in at the Gir Lion safari Camp the rest of the evening will be at your leisure.
3 nights accommodation at Gir Lion Safari Camp on a full board basis including breakfast, lunches, dinners and game drives.
Morning and afternoon jeep safaris on days 2 and 3. Expect to see rare Asiatic lions, plus other wildlife and birds. Possible sightings of leopards.
On day 4, take morning jeep safari in Gir Park and then an afternoon 6 hour drive in a private car through the countryside to Ahmedabad. Overnight at the Fern hotel with dinner and breakfast.
After breakfast, depart for six hour drive in private car to Bera. Afternoon guided safari in the Sanctuary looking to spot leopards. Overnight at Bera Safari Lodge on full board basis.
The area around Bera is in the heart of leopard country and these days will include morning and afternoon jeep safaris looking out for these elusive animals as well as wolves and spectacular birdlife. Full board accommodation at Bera Safari Lodge.
Transfer to Udaipur Airport by private car in time to board the 11.30 flight to Jaipur, arriving at 13.25. Upon arrival in Jaipur your private transfer will take you to Ranthambore, a drive of approximately 3.5 hours. After checking in at the Tiger Den Resort the remainder of day will be at your leisure.
4 nights’ accommodation at the Tiger Den Resort on a full board basis including breakfast, lunches, dinners and shared game drives.
Morning and afternoon jeep safaris within the national park looking for tigers plus other mammals and birds. Rathambhore is rich in history with ancient ruins and temples, set in wooded and marshy and lake-land countryside.
Once the hunter grounds of the maharajahs of Jaipur and later the British, Ranthambhore National Park (Sawai Madhopur) was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1955. The wildlife, including the tiger population is thankfully flourishing so the Indian government have decided to increase the national park to encompass a range of hills close to Ranthambhore to ensure the Tiger populations have the space to grow.
Expect to see tiger, sloth bear, mongoose, samber, cheetal, langur monkeys and if you are lucky also leopard, hyena, jackal and march crocodile.
Excellent birding opportunities including paradise flycatcher, serpent eagle, jacana, painted stork, Bonellis eagle, horned owl, grey partridge, white necked stork, king vulture, ring dove, golden backed woodpecker and many more.
Do not miss the opportunity to visit the fort which is a wonderful backdrop to the majestic landscape and its many lakes.
Full board accommodation at Tiger Den Resort
Ranthambhore & On to Agra
A last jeep safari in the morning in Ranthambhore before transferring to Sawai Madhopur railway station for fast train to Bharatpur departing at 12.30. Arriving at Bharatpur at 15.00, transfer by car to Agra ( one hour) and check in to hotel Crystal Sarovar Premiere Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Up early for a guided visit to the Taj Mahal at dawn to experience the magic of sunrise over this monument to love. In the afternoon, drive by private car to Delhi. Overnight in hotel Red Fox Aerocity with dinner.
Breakfast at hotel and then transfer to airport for return or onward travel
A view from Above
Bera Safari Lodge
Situated in the heart of leopard country, this is a small, luxury homestay with three independent en-suite cottages (soon to be five), located in a rural area, some five km from Bera village itself. Each cottage has a view of Liloda Hill, where leopards, wild dogs are regularly seen. Trips can be arranged to cultural sites and for bird watching, as well as independent cycling. Bera Safari Lodge is run by the owners, Shatrunjay Pratap and his wife who are local and passionate wildlife conservationists. Shatrunjay is one of the best leopard trackers in the area, a very keen birder and photographer.
Crystal Sarovar Premiere Hotel, Agra
A high quality, modern hotel, well located in the middle of Agra with excellent views of the Taj Mahal.
Gir Lions Safari Camp
Located amongst a Mango orchard facing the Hiren River on the fringes of the thick jungles of Sasan Gir, the most celebrated wildlife sanctuary in India, you will find the incomparable Gir Lion Safari Camp. Offering pristine views of the surrounding vivid wilderness and 10 unique jungle cottages, this is the perfect place from which nature enthusiasts can enjoy searching for observations of Gir’s abundant animal populations including 400 Asiatic Lions and 300 Leopards, 38 other species of mammal and 300 species of common and rare birds.
Tiger Den Resort, Ranthambhore
The resort is set in rural surroundings just five minutes from the entrance to the Ranthambhore National Park. Guided tours by jeep or truck or on foot can be arranged for tiger and birdwatching.
The Fern Hotel, Ahmedabad
A modern eco-hotel located close to the city centre with a range of accommodation options along with rooftop restaurant, gym and pool.
Red Fox Delhi International Airport
Modern and comfortable, the Red Fox is a good choice for an overnight stay at Delhi Airport. With a 24 hour front desk, hi speed wi-fi and multi-cuisine restaurant, all your practical needs are met whilst you wait for your onward flight.
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