11-day Culture and Wildlife Tour





Itinerary


Destinations :- Delhi, Jaipur, Bandhavgarh, Agra & Chambal River



This 11 day culture and wildlife tour departs from Delhi. Travel from Delhi to the famous Pink City of Jaipur to experience the rich culture and architecture that is unique to Jaipur. Following the delights of Jaipur, take the overnight A/C sleeper train to Bandhavgarh, one of India’s most famous and popular tiger reserves. Following your time in the national park, take the overnight A/C sleeper train to Agra to visit the magnificent Taj Mahal and the famous Agra Fort, both situated on the banks of the Yamuna River.


This tour runs from October to the end of June.


Jaipur is a reservoir of the architectural wonders that embrace the rich legacy of India. It is also known as the Pink City and is the capital of the Rajasthan State. There are many forts and monuments in Jaipur that are worth seeing. In the heart of Jaipur, lies the magnificent City Palace. The sight of the amazing Hawa Mahal is a strong favourite amongst tourist wishing to see the wonders of Indian architecture. The Amber Fort is located in Jaipur. This Fort is stunning, all constructed in white marble and red sandstone. To add to its allure, the Maotha Lake creates its foreground. The crystal mirror image of the Fort, on the still waters of the lake, seem to be a beautiful illusion and provides a unique photographic opportunity.


Bandhavgarh National Park is one of India’s most exciting tiger reserves. Bandhavgarh is very well known for its wonderfully rich wildlife, boasting a beautiful range of diverse habitats. As well as being one of India’s top tiger reserves, Bandhavgarh is also extremely popular with bird watchers, as it has superb raptor possibilities. It is also excellent for the Sloth Bear and Leopard.


Agra famous for the magnificent Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort. The Taj Mahal is an exquisite masterpiece in white marble. Built in 1648 by the famous Shah Jahan who was the fifth Mughal Emperor of India, in memory of his late wife Mumtaz Mahal. Both the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort lie in close proximity to each other on the banks of the Yamuna River.


Day 01: Delhi

Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be met and collected from the airport by our representative and transferred by taxi to your hotel.

Overnight at Hotel Lohmod (Executive Room).
Meals: Payable directly today.

Day 02: Delhi to Jaipur

Transfer from hotel to train station in good time to board the Ala Hazrat Express train (2nd class air-conditioned) to Jaipur departing at 1140 hours and arriving in Jaipur at 1735 hours. Arrive Jaipur and transfer to your hotel, rest of the day at leisure

Overnight in Jaipur at Jaipur in the Park Regis.
Meals: Breakfast in Delhi (available from 07:00 hours).

Day 03: Jaipur

Before breakfast, take an elephant ride around the beautiful Amber Fort (subject to availability). Return to hotel and have breakfast. In the afternoon ,visit Nahargarh Fort and street markets.

Overnight at Jaipur in Park Regis.
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 04: Jaipur to Katni

General sightseeing and/or visit the street markets for shopping. Visit the City Palace, Observatory, the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Wind), Jal Mahal (Water Palace), from the outside and then walk the street marketsfor some souvenir shopping or browsing.

Transfer to the railway station in good time to board the express train (Dayodaya Express 17:35 hrs /07:05 hrs) 2nd class air-conditioned sleeper train).
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 05: Katni to Bandhavgarh

The train is due to reach Katni at 07:05 hours. From here you will be transferred to Bandhavgarh. Upon arrival, breakfast at your lodge. Expect the drive to take around 3 ½ hours. Check in to the Nature Heritage Resort. N.B. We will be unable to obtain a refund for services/safari drive not taken due to train/road delays or ill health)

Overnight at the Nature Heritage Resort.
Meals: Full board.

Day 06: Bandhavgarh

Morning and afternoon jeep safari drives.

Overnight at the Nature Heritage Resort.
Meals: Full board.

Day 07: Bandhavgarh

Morning and afternoon jeep safari drives.

Overnight at the Nature Heritage Resort.
Meals: Full board.

Day 08: Bandhavgarh

After your morning jeep safari, drive (3 ½ hours) to Katni Railway Station in good time to board the Mahakaushal Express train (2nd class air-conditioned sleeper) departing at 19:25 hours for Agra.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch at Bandhavgarh.

Day 09: Agra (avoiding a Friday)

The train is due to arrive in Agra at 08:10 hours. After breakfast, you’ll have time to explore the impressive Red Fort and the magnificent Taj Mahal. Depending on the time you have available, you may wish to visit the Baby Taj as well, but the entrance fee for this is excluded from the price.

Overnight at The Retreat.
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 10: Agra to Chambal (Dholpur) -- Agra

After breakfast, drive to the Chambal River (approx 1 hr 15) for a 3 hour boat ride on the Chambal River, to look for the globally rare Gangetic River Dolphin and the highly endangered Gharial Crocodile. This is also an excellent site for Mugger Crocodiles, Indian Skimmers, River Terns and Sarus Cranes, as well as many other water birds. Return to Agra for lunch and afternoon will be at your leisure for shopping or relaxing. On return to Agra, afternoon will be at leisure for shopping or relaxing.

Overnight in Agra at The Retreat.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and (packed or at Dholpur).

Day 11: Agra to Delhi 

Transfer from Agra to Delhi in A/C vehicle. Approx 5 hours. Transfer to International Airport in good time to check in for an evening flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Price


Tour Cost £1,399per person (based on two people sharing)


Tour Cost


Prices are quoted per person and per booking and are based on the number of adults sharing as given in the booking enquiry. Accommodation supplements are determined by the date the accommodation is occupied and not the departure date (unless otherwise stated). The only supplements you are likely to see when you book that relate to your choice of flight will be for extra leg room seats, or other optional services (such as seat selection, internet check-in). Mail to Our Specialist. [email protected]

Per person
02 people travelling together (on twin share basis) £1,399
03 people travelling together £1,250
04 people travelling together (on twin share basis) £1,164
05 people travelling together £1,280
06 people travelling together (on twin share basis) £1215
07 people travelling together £1,184
08 people travelling together (on twin share basis) £1,148
Single room supplement £220

Supplements if required
Supplement for using Four Points by Sheraton (Taj Facing Room) or Utkarsh Vilas instead of The Retreat (Deluxe Room) £20 per single Room per night £10 per person per night on twin sharing basis
Supplement for 1st class air-conditioned train from Jaipur to Katni & Katni to Agra £31
Supplement for packed dinner for the two overnight train journey’s if required £20

City Hotel Name, room category No. of Nights
Delhi Hotel Lohmod, Executive Room 01
Jaipur Park Regis, Deluxe Room 02
Bandhavgarh Nature Heritage Resort, Deluxe Cottage 03
Agra The Retreat, Deluxe Room 02

If you have any questions not answered above, please feel free to email us for more info!

Package Includes:


The Tour cost includes



  • Accommodation in the above mentioned hotels or similar and meals as listed in the itinerary
  • Air-conditioned A/C car (for 02 & 03 people), A/C Toyota Innova (04 people) & A/C Tempo (05 people to 08 people) for all transfers & drives mentioned as per the above mentioned itinerary
  • Monument entrance fee and services of a monument guide for those places listed in Jaipur and Agra.
  • 02nd class overnight air-conditioned train from Delhi to Jaipur, Jaipur to Umaria/Katni & Umaria/Katni to Agra (Note: Please see above supplement for 01st class air-conditioned train journeys)
  • Total of 06 safaris drives (03 in Tala zone & 03 in Maghdi zone) with Forest Department guide and some may be with lodge naturalist, subject to availability and at the discretion of lodge manager. All safaris by exclusive jeep (using 01 jeep for up to 04 paying clients & 02 jeeps from 05 paying clients onwards till 08 paying clients).
  • Visit to the National Chambal Sanctuary (DHOLPUR) inclusive of 03 hour boat trip with naturalist guide (from Bharatpur) for the boat trip and entrance fee included (6 people or above and we will use 2 boats)
  • All current Govt. applicable taxes

The Tour cost does not include



  • Any International or domestic airfare to/from India including International airport tax.
  • Meals not specified.
  • Any hotel accommodation & meals in Delhi on the last day
  • Accompanying escort OR naturalist
  • Camera fee wherever levied.
  • Any increase in airfares by the airlines in future.
  • Any increase in entrances and rail fares as per Government notifications in future.
  • Any additional taxes levied by the Government of India on the tourism sector in future.
  • Any expenses of personal nature such as hard/soft drinks, laundry, phone/fax calls, tips etc.
  • Any item not mentioned in the price includes section.
  • Any increase in the entrance fee to the National Park. The price is based on the presently applicable entrance fee.
  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.

Important

The Indian Government has the right to revise any park entrance fees at any time and on such occasions, the prices quoted may be subject to change, as we do not have such a margin that will absorb these cost differences. This will also apply if the Government announces any increase in taxes or airfares.  


Please remember a visa is essential when visiting India.


Note: The cost is valid from October to the end of April (the Chambal River is closed for the Gharial breeding season at the end of April). There will be a supplement applicable during Christmas and the New Year period. All costs given are at the current rate of exchange and may vary over time.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be advised in writing by the lead guest on the booking. Our cancellation charges are based on the number of days before departure that we receive your written request. These charges are a percentage of your tour cost, excluding any non-refundable elements.
  • More than 56 days prior to departure - loss of deposit (amount as advised at the time of booking)
  • 56-43 days prior to departure - 25% of holiday cost*
  • 42-29 days prior to departure - 50% of holiday cost*
  • 28-15 days prior to departure 75% of holiday cost*
  • Within 14 days of departure - 100% of holiday cost*
*being the percentage of the total cost of any applicable refundable amounts (i.e. excluding any non refundable / non changeable elements booked where INDIAN WILDLIFE TOURS have already incurred the cost or charges.) Read more