Wildlife & Culture of North India
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
ITINERARY11 Nights 12 Days
- Day 1 | Delhi & Udaipur
- Days 2-4 | Bera
- Days 5 - 6 | Jaipur
- Days 7 - 9 | Ranthambhore
- Day 10 | Keoladeo National Park
- Day 11 | Agra
- Day 12 | Taj Mahal and Delhi
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.
Your Itinerary Accommodation
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.
Each spacious lodge has a private patio area with hill and countryside views. There is a common reception and dining room and a choice of excellent local cuisine.
As well as guided jeep safaris twice daily, early morning and later on in the afternoon and then either a guided walking safari for birding or a guided safari to Jawai Dam which is excellent for birds and wildlife. Guests will also have opportunities for guided walks around the unique village of Bera which cannot be missed.
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.
A total of 30 en-suite rooms, including a Royal Suite, all with air-conditioning. Courtyard dining room offering a la carte menus using fresh local ingredients.
Mansingh Palace Hotel, Agra
A first class hotel, centrally located in the city of Agra with views to the Taj Mahal.
100 well furnished rooms with all facilities, including air-conditioning, TV, safe, mini-bar, wifi, etc. Multi-cuisine restaurant, all-day dining options, bar, health club and swimming pool.
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.
The hotel has 52 deluxe and standard rooms, all en-suite and with air-conditioning and TV. There is a fully stocked bar and multi-cuisine restaurant. Wifi throughout. Outdoor pool
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.
Accommodation is in a range of cottages and suites, all en-suite. Indian, Chinese and western dining options as well as barbeques. Pool, gardens. Evening slide shows.
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.
All 65 rooms at Shahpura House are unique and beautiful, and are equipped with modern facilities to make guests feel utterly at home. Room facilities include satellite TV, wi-fi access, in-room safe, mini bar, tea & coffee making facilities and marble bathroom.
The lavishly decorated restaurant serves a combination of North Indian specialities and continental cuisine. There is also an outdoor swimming pool, and spa treatment room.
What Our Customers
Out of my 9 safaris I had amazing sightings in 8 of them, including some very close encounters as they strolled past only a few feet away from our jeep. The Tiger Den Hotel was also very nice and comfortable and I would highly recommend it to others.
Although my main aim was to see tigers, which I did , it was the abundance of other wildlife and incredible birding that took me by surprise. The guiding was generally very good and the standard of accommodation much better than I was expecting. The food was fantastic throughout, especially as I’m a vegetarian. I think this trip represented great value for money and ticked so many boxes for me, I look forward to going back one day.
The thing I liked most about our itinerary was that it kept us away from the crowds, having been to India before I know how busy and over whelming it can be but with Sara’s help we were able to visit some of the less well known National Parks, yet didn’t compromise on the wildlife. We saw everything we wanted and more, rhino, leopard, lion, tiger, sloth bear and more birds than I care to remember. Thank you for a fantastic trip and we look forward to booking another wildlife adventure with you in the near future.
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