Day 1: Arrive in Delhi
Arrive at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Once the capital of the Moghul Empire, today Delhi is a sprawling metropolis - a fascinating blend of past and the present- which is an apt introduction to the composite culture of the entire subcontinent.
Day 2: Explore Old and New Delhi
Your expert guide weaves you in and out of Old and New Delhi. Catch a rickshaw into the old walled city and walk through the bustling markets to the Friday Mosque. Stop at Raj Ghat and the Qutab Minar, an impressive 237-foot tall brick minaret built in the 11th Century. Enjoy a welcome dinner.
Day 3: Delhi - Agra
Depart early for your drive to Agra. Visit Agra Fort. After lunch , you are guided through the Taj Mahal, one of the most famous buildings on earth and unquestionably the most beautiful. You will have as much time as you wish until closing to wander and photograph the Taj Mahal in the glow of the afternoon setting sun.
Day 4: Dawn at the Taj Mahal - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur
Rise at dawn and make your way to the Taj Mahal for its opening to contemplate the beauty at your leisure in the early light. Depart later for Jaipur en-route visiting the ancient site of Fatehpur Sikri. The entire city was deserted a few years after construction due to a dearth of water – posterity’s gain, as the entire city has thus been preserved.
Day 5: Amber Fort - Jaipur City
Visit Amber Fort, a classic Rajasthani palace then explore Jaipur, the “Pink City,” painted pink to honor a British Viceregal visit in the late 19th century . Stop by the Anokhi Museum and visit the Hawa Mahal, the City Palace, a delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, and the Jantar Mantar, a large and impressive outdoor astronomy observatory.
Day 6: Jaipur - Jodhpur
Drive to the “Blue City” of Jodhpur and in the afternoon walk the narrow, cobblestone streets of the old town with opportunities to interact with merchants and shoppers in the Sardar market.
Day 7: Blue City HeritageWalk - Family Lunch
Start your day in Jodhpur’s iconic Mehrangarh Fort, which dominates the city skyline and houses some of the most intricately adorned palace buildings in Rajasthan. Walk out of the fort and explore the narrow streets of the blue city before arriving at a local family's home for lunch.
Day 8: Jodhpur – Narlai Community Visit
Drive to Narlai, situated midway between Jodhpur and Udaipur. Journey into the countryside and experience daily life for the villagers who live in this area. Dine in an ancient step well
Day 9: Narlai - Ranakpur - Udaipur
Drive to Udaipur stopping en-route to visit the impressive 12th century Jain Temple of Ranakpur, a cluster of temples made of intricately sculpted white marble. Continue to Udaipur, "The Venice of the East". Udaipur is surrounded by the Aravalli mountain ranges and situated on the edge of three lakes. An evening boat ride on the lake reveals the serenity of the place .
Day 10: Udaipur
Head back into the countryside to explore the Eklingji and Nagda temples. Have lunch at the countryside retreat of Devi Garh Palace before embarking on a tour with a local NGO in Delwara. Return to the city where your guide takes you into the Udaipur City Palace, the largest palace in Rajasthan.
Day 11: Mumbai
Free morning to explore Udaipur before afternoon flight to Mumbai
Day 12: Mumbai - Kanha National Park
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Raipur where you are met and driven to Kanha National Park, one of the largest and most scenic national parks in India with an ideal habitat for both tigers and their prey. You will stay at one of the first lodges in the area established by the founder of Project Tiger, a leading tiger conservation organization. Together in association with TOFT (Tour Operators for Tigers) Wildland Adventures has sponsored a member of the community in guide training and he will be assigned to your trip if possible. After check in, stretch your legs on a nature walk with the resident naturalist in the Banjar buffer zone full of alluring birds and butterflies.
Days 13-14: Kahna Tiger Safaris
During your days in Kanha National Park you arise early to travel in 4x4 open jeeps accompanied by a resident naturalist and community forest park guide acting as your scout. Early morning is the best time for tracking the Bengal tiger and other wildlife as you look for tracks and follow the language of the forest. After resting and eating lunch in the lodge, you depart for an afternoon wildlife safari. By participating on this trip you help save tigers, in part by supporting the local communities around the parks so they benefit from ecotourism. In the video below, meet Mr. Vinod Ayam who was sponsored by Wildland Adventures and our travelers to participate in a local guide training program. Vinod will likely be your spotter when you are in Kanha National Park.
Day 15: Drive Bandhavgarh - Rural Village Visits
Depart this morning for Bandhavgarh National Park stopping en-route as to visit villages or for any community events which are often encountered in this productive agricultural region of India. Set in mixed environment of bamboo, grassland, and deciduous forests, Bandhavgarh National Park has one of the highest concentrations of Bengal tigers on earth.
Days 16-17: Bandhavgarh Wildlife Safaris
During your visit in Bandhavgarh you have the opportunity to go on three jeep safaris and one possible elephant safari (if not taken in Kanha). Depart as dawn breaks in jeeps accompanied by a resident naturalist and community forest park guide acting as your scout. After lunch at the lodge return for your afternoon safari by 4x4 open jeep. In the evening back at the lodge chat with your naturalist about the game sightings of the day.
Day 18: Sarai at Toria
Drive to Panna (4-5 hrs) and relax at Sarai at Toria, a luxe, earth-friendly retreat. It's the perfect base from which to explore the temples of Khajuraho. In the afternoon, embark on a river cruise with the hotel's resident naturalist
Day 19: Khajuraho - Varanasi
Enjoy a morning excursion into the western temples for photography in the early light of day.Tour the magnificent Jain and Hindu temples with intricate stone sculptures. Known as the erotic temples, the craftsmanship exhibits images of gods and goddesses, celestial maidens and dancers, animals and musicians, all frozen in stone, many in the act of love. Transfer to Khajuraho airport for flight to Varanasi. One of the oldest living cities in the world, Varanasi is also one of the most important pilgrimage destinations today located on the banks of the sacred Ganges River. In late afternoon, ride bicycle rickshaws in town and walk amidst the crowded local market of Beniabagh . Then board a small row boat on the Ganges to watch a glittering “Aarti” ceremony: huge lamps are set ablaze amid a multitude of chants and hymns. Finish with a farewell dinner.
Day 20: Sunrise on the Ganges - Sarnath - Delhi - Departure
Early in the morning venture by rickshaw and on foot back to Dashaswamedh Ghat. Push off your private boat into the slow current on the Ganges River passing by smoldering cremation Ghats. As dawn breaks the rising sun imparts a glow to the city, unveiling its buildings, temples, and courtyards. . Step out onto the streets again to the unfurling of bazaars passing by the Kashi Vishwanath Temple on return to the hotel. In the afternoon, visit Sarnath where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. Transfer to airport for flight to Delhi. Upon arrival, an Eaton Airport Transit Hotel representative will meet you at your arrival gate and escort you to the transit hotel. After you relax, a representative will escort you to the appropriate ticket counter for your international departure.