Wildlife & Culture of North India 12 days
This wildlife tour concentrates in looking for tigers and leopards in their natural habitats as part of a wider wildlife and birding itinerary, which offers great viewing opportunities for scores of species. This is combined with exposure to India's rich and colourful cultural heritage, including city tours of Udaipur and Jaipur, a stop at Fatehpur Sikri and a magical dawn visit to the Taj Mahal to see the sun rise over this amazing monument to love.
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- See tigers and leopards in their natural habitats
- Spectacular wildlife and bird viewing
- See the Taj Mahal at sunrise
- Rich history and culture
- Sightseeing tours of Udaipur, Jaipur & Fatehpur Sikri
- 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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Delhi & Udaipur
International flights are not included but can be arranged and added with ease. Arrive in Delhi and connect to included flight to Udaipur. Met at airport and taken on afternoon guided sightseeing tour, including the City Palace, Sahelion-ki-Bari and a boat ride on Lake Pichhola. Overnight accommodation with dinner and breakfast at Hotel Rajdarshan..
After breakfast in Udaipur on day 2, take a 3 hour drive through the countryside to Bera. Afternoon guided jeep safari looking for leopards and other wildlife.
Morning and afternoon jeep safaris on days 3 & 4
Full board accommodation at Bera Safari Lodge.
After breakfast on day 5, drive to Udaipur airport for your flight to Jaipur. Upon arrival in Jaipur your transfer will take you to Shahpura House for your two night stay with breakfasts and dinners included.
The next day you can take an included guided sightseeing tour of the 'Pink City', including the Hawa Mahal, City Palace and Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory. Finish with a visit to a local Indian family to enjoy a cooking demonstration and dinner.
On the morning of day 7, your private transfer will take you from Jaipur to Ranthambore where you will check in to the Tiger Den Resort for your 3 night stay on a full board basis. In the afternoon you can enjoy your first game drive here.
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.
On days 8 and 9 take morning and afternoon jeep safaris into Ranthambhore National Park looking especially for tigers, but also enjoying other wildlife, birds and historical sites.
Full board accommodation at Tiger Den Resort.
Keoladeo National Park
In the morning, transfer by private car to Sawai Madhopur station and take the early morning train at 07.00 to Bharatpur, arriving at 09.25. Transfer by private car to your hotel before enjoying a cycle rickshaw inside Keoladeo National Park.
Full board accommodation at Laxmi Vilas Hotel
After a leisurely breakfast this morning, take the short, 40 minute drive to Agra stopping at the ancient, abandoned Mughal capital of Fatehpur Sikri. Remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight accommodation with dinner and breakfast at the Mansingh Palace Hotel or similar.
Taj Mahal and Delhi
Early morning guided excursion to the Taj Mahal to watch the sun rise over this magical monument to love. Later, travel by private car, for about 4 hours, to the international airport in Delhi for onward or return 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.
Laxmi Vilas Palace Hotel, Bharatpur
This luxury hotel has been created from a royal palace and retains many of the original features. Rooms are furnished in traditional style, with all modern facilities. The hotel also has a spa offering a variety of treatments and massages.
Mansingh Palace Hotel, Agra
A first class hotel, centrally located in the city of Agra with views to the Taj Mahal.
Rajdarshan Hotel, Udaipur
Hotel Rajdarshan is a modern hotel in Udaipur, located very centrally within the ancient city wall of the historic city of Mewar, on the banks of the Lake Swaroop Sagar, giving breathtaking views of the Lake, Aravali Ranges, Monsoon Palace on one side and glimpses of the city from the other side.
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.
Shahpura House, Jaipur
Converted from the former town house of the royal family of Shahpura (a small principality near Jaipur), the Shahpura House has been lovingly restored to its former magnificence. The traditional Rajput architecture, a mixture of Indian and Mughal styles, is enhanced by its Shekawhati style frescos, old photographs and stately furnishings.
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