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North India Wilderness Tour

Duration:
16 days / 15 nights
Destinations:
Delhi, Ranthambore, Bharatpur, Agra, Orchha, Khajuraho, Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Pench, Mumbai
Price Guide:

Price guide for this 16 days North India Wilderness Holiday:

  • £3460 in high season

based on two people travelling.

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Overview

The North India Wilderness Tour is perfect for anyone wishing to discover India's wild side. For centuries India has been home to an abundance of animals and wildlife but human population growth and the destruction of natural habitats means the best place to sight magnificent creatures such as tigers and wild elephants is now in the protected national parks.  This tour includes jeep safaris in five national parks, accommodation in world-class safari lodges and camps as well as visits to Delhi and Agra. 

Highlights of North India Wilderness Tour Includes:

  • Three jeep safaris in Ranthambore National Park
  • Two rickshaw rides in Keoladeo National Park
  • Three jeep safaris in Bandhavgarh National Park which has the highest density of tigers of any national park
  • Jeep safari in Kanha National Park
  • Three jeep safaris in Pench National Park
  • Full day sightseeing tour of New and Old Delhi including entrance fees and English speaking guide
  • Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi through the bustling streets
  • Afternoon sightseeing trip to Agra Fort and Taj Mahal including entrance fees and English speaking guide
  • Visit to Fatehpur Sikri including entrance fees and English speaking guide
  • Airport meet and greet and departure transfers
  • Mix of excellent accommodation including wonderful quality Safari Lodges

Please remember all our private tours are designed to meet your exact requirements, and this North India Wilderness Tour is just an example to help inspire you. This tour can be combined with a range of options such as additional destinations in North India, a South India Tour or a beach extension.

North India Wilderness Tour - 16 Days / 15 Nights

The North India Wilderness Tour is perfect for anyone wishing to discover India's wild side. For centuries India has been home to an abundance of animals and wildlife but human population growth and the destruction of natural habitats means the best place to sight magnificent creatures such as tigers and wild elephants is now in the protected national parks.  This tour includes jeep safaris in five national parks, accommodation in world class safari lodges and camps as well as visits to Delhi and Agra. 

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Day 1: Arrive Delhi

Upon arrival at Delhi International Airport, you will be welcomed by your Authentic India Tours representatives who will transfer you to your hotel for a 2 night stay.

Accommodation:  Deluxe Room, Taj Mahal
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Day 2: Delhi

Today is an opportunity to explore the historical city of Delhi with a full day sightseeing tour. You will begin in the wide avenues of New Delhi and will see the Lutyen’s buildings and the India gate memorial, along with the impressive tomb of Humayan and Qutub Minar. In the afternoon you will experience the bustling and vibrant streets of Old Delhi to see the Jama Masjid and Rajghat as well as the resting place (Samadhi) of Mahatma Gandhi.

Accommodation: Deluxe Room, Taj Mahal
Meals Included: Breakfast
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Day 3: Delhi - Sawai Madhopur - Ranthambore

Today you leave the bustle of Delhi for the natural landscape of the Ranthambore National Park. You will be taken to the train station around lunchtime to board the train to Sawai Madhopur, where upon arrival you will be met by your driver and transferred to your luxury hotel for a 2 night stay. Over the next 2 days you will be able to experience 3 safaris through the National Park.

Approximate travel time and distance: 4 – 5 hours, 350 kms

Accommodation: Deluxe Room, Ranthambore Kothi
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Day 4: Ranthambore

If you love nature today is a special treat with 2 safari drives into Ranthambore National Park. Your jeep safari will take you through the rugged terrain which is home to a wild variety of wildlife including the elusive Bengal tiger. Your game drives are early in the morning and then again in early evening when temperatures are at their coolest and the animals are most active.

Accommodation: Deluxe Room, Ranthambore Kothi
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Day 5: Ranthambore - Bharatpur

This morning you have another opportunity to enjoy a safari in the National Park before departing for the 5-6 hour journey to Bharatpur

Approximate travel time and distance: 5 hours, 207 kms

Accommodation: Heritage Wing, Laxmi Vilas
Meals Included: Breakfast
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Day 6: Bharatpur

Don't forget your camera and binoculars for this morning's rickshaw ride. You will be taken around Keoladeo National Park, an outstanding bird refuge that is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon you leave Bharatpur to visit the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri.

Accommodation: Heritage Wing, Laxmi Vilas
Meals Included: Breakfast
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Day 7: Bharatpur - Agra

After a leisurely breakfast you have the option of another rickshaw ride before the short 1 hour journey to Agra. In the afternoon you will visit 2 UNESCO world heritage sites the Agra Fort followed by the world famous Taj Mahal.

Approximate travel time and distance: 1 hour, 56 kms

Accommodation: Mughal Room, ITC Mughal
Meal Included: Breakfast
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Day 8: Agra - Jhansi - Orchha

Your driver will transfer you to the railway station this morning for the express train to Jhansi. You will then be met at the Jhansi station and taken by your driver for the 30 minute trip to Orchha which is nestled on the banks of River Betwa. This afternoon your tour includes the chance to explore the fascinating temple town of Orchha.

Approximate travel time and distance: 5 – 6 hours, 254 kms

Accommodation: Standard Room, Orchha Palace
Meals Included: Breakfast
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Day 9: Orchha - Khajuraho

This morning's drive to Khajuraho takes 3 - 4 hours. In the afternoon, you can visit the famous western group of temples of Khajuraho and then later there is an optional sound & light show which can be paid for locally.

Approximate travel time and distance: 4 hours, 172 kms

Accommodation: Deluxe Room, Jass Radisson
Meals Included: Breakfast
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Day 10: Khajuraho - Bandhavgarh

After breakfast the drive to Bandhavgarh National Park takes about 6 hours. In the afternoon you can explore the park on a jeep safari. Bandhavgarh is home to spotted deers, blackbuck, wild oxen, sloth bear, nilgai, barking deer, leopard and tiger as well as rich and varied birdlife which includes golden orioles, parakeets, hornbills and partridges.

Approximate travel time and distance: 5 - 6 hours, 225 kms

Accommodation: Deluxe Cottage, King’s Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

 

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Day 11: Bandhavgarh

If it's tigers you're looking for there is a chance you will see them on one of your two jeep safaris today. Although sightings are not guaranteed, tigers are frequently spotted as Bandhavgarh National Park boasts the highest tiger density of any park in the world.

Accommodation: Deluxe Cottage, King’s Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Day 12: Bandhavgarh - Kanha

This morning we take the 6 hour drive to Kanha National Park, another park famous for the Royal Bengal Tigers. Later in the afternoon you can enjoy a jeep safari in the park. The long grasslands provide perfect grazing for the deer and antelopes on which the tiger prey.

Approximate travel time and distance: 5 – 6 hours, 247 kms

Accommodation: Deluxe AC Bungalow, Kanha Earth Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Day 13: Kanha

You have another opportunity to spot tigers today on one of the two jeep safaris which have been organised. The large grassy areas of the Kanha National Park provides perfect grazing for deers and antelopes, which are prey for the tigers.

Accommodation: Deluxe AC Bungalow, Kanha Earth Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Day 14: Kanha - Pench

The 6 hour drive takes you to Pench National Park, named after the River Pench which flows through the park. This afternoon you can enjoy a jeep safari through the park and admire its natural beauty just as Rudyard Kipling did when he referenced it in the Jungle Book.

Approximate travel time and distance: 5 – 6 hours, 198 kms

Accommodation: AC Cottage, Pench Tree Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Day 15: Pench

Today, early morning and afternoon jeep safaris have been organised. Pench National Park is home to a wide variety of animals and was established as a tiger reserve in 1992. It is now working under Project Tiger and although the population is stable and daily sightings occur in the large park, they can still be elusive

Accommodation: AC Cottage, Pench Tree Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Day 16: Pench - Nagpur - Mumbai

Today it's time to say good bye to the beautiful north India wilderness. After breakfast, you will be driven to Nagpur airport which is about 2 hours away to board your flight to Mumbai where you can connect with your onward flight.

Approximate travel time and distance: 2 – 3 hours, 120 kms

Meals Included: Breakfast

 

Accommodation

Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi

Located in the heart of the city, amongst the architecture of chief architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, the iconic Taj Mahal hotel is a luxurious place to stay on during tour. Featuring old-world décor combined with modern facilities, the sumptuous rooms all featuring fantastic views of the city.

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Ranthambore Kothi, Ranthambore

Located in close proximity to Ranthambore National Park and the lively city of Ranthambore, the Ranthambore Kothi is the ideal abode for a blissful stay. Immerse your senses in the surrounding vibrant green forests, soothing natural lake, and myriad of local wildlife.

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Laxmi Vilas Palace, Bharatpur

One of the most luxurious accommodation on offer in Rajasthan, the Laxmi Vilas Palace is a regal residence with amazing architecture. It’s the perfect place to stay to tick off two World Heritage Sites from your list: Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, home to thousands of native and migratory birds, and the architecture and monuments of Fatehpur Sikri (the City of Victory), the former capital of the Mughal Empire.

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ITC Mughal, Agra

The luxurious ITC Mughal in Agra is the perfect accommodation after a day’s sightseeing at the nearby Taj Mahal. A tribute to the great Mughal builders of the past, you can expect splendour and opulence in every nook and cranny. To date, the ITC Mughal is the only Indian hotel to have won the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architectural Excellence, in Asia, due to its impressive heritage architecture inspired by Mughal’s famous monuments, the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.

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Orchha Palace, Madhya Pradesh

You can expect high quality accommodation and excellent service at the Orchha Palace and Convention Centre, featuring well-equipped, modern rooms. Start your day with a tasty free continental or buffet breakfast, and unwind after your sightseeing with a drink in the bar.

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Jass Radisson, Khajuraho

Less than two kilometres away from the Western Group of Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies the Radisson Jass Khajuraho. The perfect place to unwind after a day of exploring, why not relax by or take a dip in the scenic outdoor pool, treat yourself to a massage or beauty treatment in the Temple Spa, or watch a puppet show in the recreation area.

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Kings Lodge, Bandavgarh

Just a ten-minute drive from the amazing Bandhavgarh National Park, the peaceful King’s Lodge is a wildlife lover's paradise. Spot flora and fauna from the nature library or grab your binoculars and head up to the watchtower for amazing views of the surrounding forested hills.

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Kanha Earth Lodge, Madhya Pradesh

Offering a true wilderness experience, Kanha Earth Lodge is tucked away amongst 16 acres of natural forest and is the perfect spot to get back to nature. A mere 30 minutes from the Khatia/Kisli park gate this eco hotel has won awards for its environmental standards, employing a team of naturalists and is committed to conservation and the local community.

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Pench Tree Lodge, Madhya Pradesh

This amazing accommodation offers you the chance to be at one with nature. Set in 16 unforested hectares of Pench National Park in the Sarrahiri village, the beautiful residences offer private terraces and balconies for uninterrupted views of flora and fauna at close quarters. Every evening, there is a chance to take part in interactive sessions with the resident naturalists.

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Destinations

Delhi

Busy, bustling and brimming with history, India’s capital city will leave a lasting impression. This city within cities is one of the three Golden Triangle destinations, and as a shopper’s paradise, history lover’s haven and foodie’s utopia, the delights of Delhi will appeal to everyone.

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Ranthambore

An amazing sanctuary for all creatures great and small, Ranthambore National Park is a paradise for wildlife lovers and photographers. Here you’ll get the chance to spot the park’s famous diurnal tigers, along with blue bulls, chinkaras (Indian gazelles), crocodiles, hyena, leopards, sambar, spotted deer and tortoises. There are also 272 species of birds and almost 300 species of vegetation.

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Bharatpur, Rajasthan

Bharatpur is home to the 18th-century Lohagarh Fort, the Ganga Mandir and Laxman Mandir temples with their carved statues of Hindu gods, and the amazing Keoladeo National Park - a major bird sanctuary with hundreds of species of our feathered friends.

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Agra

Magical Agra is an unmissable destination on any tour to North India. Home to the world-famous Taj Mahal, the impressive sandstone Agra Fort and the ethereal ruins of the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, it’s a must for lovers of architecture, culture, history and photography.

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Orchha

Orchha is a fascinating temple town tucked away on the banks of the River Betwa. Here you'll find deserted temples, palaces, havelis and cenotaphs to meander around. 

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Khajuraho

Khajuraho is the perfect destination to get your fix of culture and wildlife. Grab your binoculars and go tiger spotting in Panna National Park, visit the impressive Pandav Falls, or the incredible Western Group of Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site famed for its erotic sculptures.

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Bandhavgarh National Park

There's lots on offer in beautiful Bandhavgarh, from spotting Royal Bengal Tigers in all their majesty at Bandhavgarh National Park, visiting Bandhavgarh Fort, seeking blessings at Jwalamukhi Temple or bartering in the market. 

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Kanha

Kanha is a paradise if you want to spot wildlife. Take a jeep safari through Kanha National Park to see its famous Royal Bengal Tigers, along with the deer and antelopes they hunt. 

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Pench National Park

Pench is famous for its beautiful National Park, inspiration for Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book. This haven is home to tigers, lions and snow leopards, amongst many other creatures great and small.

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Pricing & Inclusions

The price guide for this 16 day North India Wilderness Tour is

  • £3,460 in high season (October 2019 - April 2020 inclusive)

Please be aware some hotels operate an additional peak pricing rate during busy times. This is normally from mid-December to mid-January. Please get in touch with your dates and we will be pleased to provide you with an accurate quote.

Prices vary depending on the number of people, length of tour, accommodation & season. Reductions are normally available for groups of three or more.

This is a private tour and can be tailor-made to meet your exact requirements.

Included with this North India Wilderness Tour are the following:

  • Meet and greet assistance on all arrivals and departures.
  • All transfers and sightseeing tours using air-conditioned Toyota Innova.
  • Accommodation for 15 nights on double / twin sharing basis.
  • Meal Plan: Ranthambore, Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Pench on Full Board; Bed & Breakfast elsewhere.
  • English speaking guide for all sightseeing tours as per the itinerary.
  • Entrance and monument fees as per the itinerary.
  • Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi.
  • 10 jeep safaris in National Parks.
  • Rickshaw rides at Bharatpur.
  • Air-conditioned chair car train tickets for travel from Agra to Jhansi.

The price does not include:

  • International / Domestic flight tickets
  • Travel insurance & Visas
  • Expenses of personal nature like laundry, tips, beverages etc
  • Meals other than mentioned in the above meal plan
  • Camera & video fees at national parks, museums & monuments

Prices mentioned above are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication may be subject to change, based on your date of travel and local market fluctuations. You will be informed of any price differences prior to booking.

For a quote based on your dates of travel, any alternative accommodation or changes to this itinerary, please call us on 01792 315499 or email us at info@aitholidays.com