Temples and Tigers

At a Glance

DELHI – RANTHAMBORE NP – AGRA – CHAMBAL – GWALIOR – ORCHHA – KHAJURAHO/PANNA NP – BANDHAVGARH NP – DELHI

Man-made magnificence and natural splendor abound in India, and this tour brings you the best of both worlds. From awe-inspiring ancient architecture to exhilarating safaris through Central Indian forests that inspired Rudyard Kipling, the destinations on this circuit are well worth their reputation.

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You will start at national capital Delhi which was the seat of the Mughal Empire in India. Monuments from that era – Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb – still have the power to interest and intrigue. Just as captivating are Akshardham Temple and Birla Temple, although they are modern structures.

Speaking of structures, a timeless one awaits you in Agra, but first to Ranthambore National Park, leaving the capital city behind you to proceed by train to Swai Madhopur where you experience your first set of safaris in hope to see the elusive tiger.

The next part of this tour takes you to Agra and the famous Taj Mahal which was rightly described by poet Rabindranath Tagore as ‘a teardrop on the cheek of eternity’ and the marble masterpiece casts a spell on each of the roughly 3 million visitors it gets each year. Emperor Akbar gave Agra two of its other famous monuments: the Agra Fort, a walled palatial city and a UNESCO World Heritage site; and Fatehpur Sikri, a city built in the honor, of saint Shaikh Salim Chishti, and an excellent example of Persian and Mughal architecture.

Back to Nature again, this time, your experience will be river safari at Chambal Sanctuary where if you can see Gharials bathing on the rocks and if you’re lucky you may see some Gangetic Dolphins. You’re off to Gwalior next, to marvel at the 8th-century-hilltop fort built by Man Singh Tomar. The Jai Vilas Palace and Man Mandir Palace are other attractions in this town.

The state of Madhya Pradesh’s next incredible offering is Orchha, situated on the banks of the Betwa River, which has several palaces, cenotaphs, temples, and tombs. Close by is the village of Khajuraho’s with the famous temples. Carved during the reign of the Chandela dynasty, the temples are beautiful expressions of erotica.

In the last leg of the tour, history gives way to the mystery of the forests. The tiger reserves at Panna, and Bandhavgarh all have magnificent flora and fauna. Think safaris through columns of trees and meadows where the next turn of the dirt road could bring you face to face with the tiger (although spotting other animals such as leopards or sloth bears is equally exciting).

Having given you a taste of ancient monuments and timeless forests, the tour concludes at Delhi.

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Starting from £3129.00

International flights & VIP meet at aircraft door included - more Special Value inclusions listed below

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Special Value

  • A gift when you book your tour with us, a DVD film called ‘Mystic India.’
  • International flights included
  • VIP meet at aircraft door on arrival
  • A useful gift is given to you on arrival
  • Private arrival and departure transfer
  • Private car & driver for all road transfers
  • Snack Hamper, with juice and water in your private car
  • Mobile phone to use while in India to keep in contact with our local office and your driver
  • Meals as per itinerary (B = breakfast) (HB = breakfast, lunch or dinner) (FB = breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Private guide for sightseeing in all major cities
  • Entrances to all monument and places of interest included
  • Sightseeing of Old & New Delhi
  • Sightseeing of Agra
  • Sunset or Sunrise visit Taj Mahal
  • Sightseeing of Gwalior
  • Sightseeing or Orchha
  • Visit Khajuraho Temples
  • 4 game drives in Panna NP

Our  Tour features the following locations

DELHI: The largest mosque, the biggest temple, honky auto-rickshaws; it’s easy to distinguish Delhi. The city has been at the centre of the Indian civilisation for centuries and a major seat of power ever since the Mughals built their capital here. Modern Delhi presents a mix of colonial-era architecture, Mughal forts, and mausoleums, ancient bazaars, glitzy malls and world class restaurants. It often feels overwhelming, but given a chance, it always grows onto you. Be sure to visit Humayun’s Tomb, a 16th-century Mughal wonder inspired by the iconic Taj Mahal and Lodi Gardens, the best spot for sunsets in Delhi. There’s also the Hauz Khas Village, a throbbing hub that gained popularity with its Open Nights when those narrow alleys are transformed into cultural wonders, adorned with lights and decorated with streamers. There really is no better place to discover Delhi’s rich culture and mingle with its locals.

RANTHAMBORE NP: Considered to be one of the best national parks in India to see the Bengal tiger in its natural habitat, and ideally accessed either by train from Delhi or fits in nicely during a Golden Triangle tour between Agra and Jaipur. Ranthambore National Park presents a secluded oasis full of tropical dry deciduous forests and some of the most beautiful creatures you’ll ever see. Other sightings include leopard, jackal, Indian wolf, sloth bear, fox, blue bull antelope, sambar deer, chital, langur, crocodiles and an incredible variety of birds. Safaris are restricted to the mornings and evenings, so you have enough time to explore the surrounding area, visit 10th-century fortresses, discover abandoned settlements or simply enjoy the amenities offered by your luxury resort. Don’t forget to capture vivid images of your experiences, for Ranthambore is also considered to be a photographer’s dream. It presents incredible wildlife sightings, offers luxurious accommodation and also has adequate internal transportation facilities. The Tigers sighted here have found their ways to several books and movies as have the countless ruins and structures surrounding the park.

AGRA: Known for its stunning architecture, exotic history and magical views, the Taj Mahal attracts as many as 7 million visitors each year, and for a good reason. It is, after all, the monument of love! This iconic landmark is why people from all over the world visit Agra, but the city is also brimming with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Mughal mausoleums, tombs, a beautiful fort and ancient bazaars. You’d expect to feel underwhelmed due to all that hype, but this magical city is everything you expect it to be. 

CHAMBAL: Home to 8 species of turtles, one of the last few habitats of the Gangetic River Dolphin, a conservation area for 300 marsh crocodiles and 1200 alligators, the Chambal Sanctuary is probably one of the most diverse and intriguing wildlife reserves in India. It has something for all sorts of travellers, a great experience in store for safari lovers, adventure buffs and bird watchers. Chambal attracts more than 300 species of migratory and resident birds and adds animals such as wild boar, chinkara, nilgai and sambar for flavour. A number of animals found here are on the verge of extension, so you’d probably want to visit the sanctuary as soon as you can. The best time to visit Chambal is between the months of November to March.

GWALIOR: The cultural capital of Madhya Pradesh might be most famous for that spectacular hilltop fort, once defined as ‘the pearl amongst fortresses in India’ by Mughal emperor Barbur, but it also promises an interesting experience, a weekend getaway that is full of beautiful temples, exquisite architecture, and historic palaces. The city may have lost out on some of its historic beauty and regalia, but it still hasn’t lost out on any of its appeal, something that is best seen in Jai Vilas Palace, the historic seat of one of the most revered families in the country.

ORCHHA: Located on the banks of the Betwa River, Orchha is essentially a medieval town that is known for its fantastic architecture, 16th-century palaces, and cenotaphs. Once a bustling capital of one of the most powerful kingdoms of Central India, modern-day Orchha is as laid-back and stress-free as they come, one of the best destinations to de-stress. There are some great homestays in the countryside and activities like trekking, rafting and cycling are sure to fill up your itineraries. The key attraction of this historic town is the Orchha Fort, home to three magnificent palaces. The Jahangir Mahal is famous for its strong masonry, the Raj Mahal for its beautiful murals and the Rai Parveen Mahal for its serene gardens. Other places of interest include the Raja Ram Temple, Laxminarayan Temple, and Phool Bagh.

KHAJURAHO: Most visitors are surprised to hear that talking about sex is such a taboo in India. The country is after all the land that gave birth to the Kama Sutra. Perhaps a trip to the temples of Khajuraho might change how you think about this seemingly conservative nation, whose complex culture presents a new wonder at each step. You’re often left wondering how temples full of erotic structures were built in the country. And it’s not just any temple! The carvings and structures found here are incredibly stunning, considered to be the finest example of temple art in the world. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is dedicated to Jain, Shiva, and Vishnu deities and is spread over an area of 20 sq. kms. With as many as 22 temples to choose from, there’s just so much to see here!

PANNA NP: Most of the best wildlife experiences in India can be found in the heart of the country, and Panna National Park is no different. This stunning park is located at a distance of just 57 kms from the exotic temples of Khajuraho, and you really have no reason to skip out on Panna while touring Madhya Pradesh. The park is most famous for its population of big cats such as leopards and tigers, but you can also expect to see the antelope, sloth bear, crocodiles, chinkara, wolf, and chital. Its uneven rocky terrain along the Vindhya Hills feels incredibly beautiful and the stunning Ken River, cascading waterfalls, teak forests, scary ravines and Neolithic era stone paintings help keep things interesting.

BANDHAVGARH NP: Covering an area of 1150 sq. kms, Bandhavgarh National Park, is where you go to see the rare Royal Bengal tiger. Boasting of having the highest density of these coveted mammals, Bandhavgarh easily ranks among India’s most exciting safari destinations. Other sightings include leopards, wild boar, deer, langur, 70 species of butterflies and more than 250 species of birds. The best way to explore Bandhavgarh is via a jeep or an elephant safari so that you can get closer to these creatures and enjoy the most authentic safari experience. The place also has great mythological significance as Lord Ram gifted the ancient Bandhavgarh Fort to his brother Lakshman almost 2000 years ago.

What our clients say

What a wonderful way to spend Christmas. The tour you designed for us was very well thought out, we visited some of India’s best National Parks and was very happy to have got a glimpse of the elusive Tiger, then to end it all we traveled by toy train up to Shimla where we spent Christmas day at Wildflower Hall. Lasting memories, thank you for all the work you put in.

Leslie & Vince – Cork, Ireland

Temples Tigers Tour

Temples & Tigers Tour

DAY 01 – FLY TO DELHI
Fly to Delhi today.

DAY 02 – ARRIVE DELHI
Arrive Delhi today. VIP meet at aircraft door, assistant through baggage control, then outside the airport to meet our local representatives, where you will be meet at the arrivals door then transferred to your hotel. 

Rest of the day is at leisure to relax after your flight.

DAY 03 – DELHI (B)
Today, after breakfast, you will enjoy a full day private guided sightseeing tour of New & Old Delhi taking in all the major sights.

This afternoon explore the famous Chandni Chowkh Bazaar. For lunch today, you can experience the famous street food here, in fact, Chandni Chowkh is often called the food capital of India.

DAY 04 – DELHI TO RANTHAMBHORE (HB)
Breakfast at the hotel.

Late afternoon board your train to Sawai Madhopur home to Ranthambhore NP. Arrive in the evening, then transfer to your hotel.

DAY 05 – RANTHAMBORE NP (FB)
Morning and Afternoon Game Drives in Ranthambhore National Park.

DAY 06 – RANTHAMBORE TO AGRA (B)
Drive to Agra (5.5 hrs) on arrival private guided sightseeing of the city concluding with a sunset visit to the famous Taj Mahal.

DAY 07 – AGRA TO GWALIOR (B)
You will drive to Gwalior (3 hrs). Afternoon private guided tour of Gwalior, visiting the famous Gwalior Fort and Gurjari Mahal.

DAY 08 – GWALIOR TO ORCHHA (B)
You will drive to Orchha (4 hrs) visiting Datia and Sonagiri en-route. Arrive Orchha late afternoon then the rest of the day is at leisure.

DAY 09 – ORCHHA (B)
You will be taken on a private guided tour of Orchha to include The Fort, Chhatris Cenotaphs, Jehangir Mahal, Ram Raj Temple and more.

Today we can also arrange a cooking class with a local lady called Vandana Dubey in her home. Bookings are required so; please advise us at the time of booking.

DAY 10 – ORCHHA TO PANNA (FB)
You will drive to Panna (4 hrs) en route visiting Khajuraho.

In Khajuraho, you will visit the famous Eastern & Western group of Temples.

After the sightseeing, you will continue your drive to Panna (1 hr) from Khajuraho.

DAY 11 – PANNA NP (FB)
Morning game drives by shared jeep.

Afternoon another game drive by shared jeep

DAY 12 – PANNA NP (FB)
Morning game drives by shared jeep.

Afternoon another game drive by shared jeep

DAY 13 – PANNA DELHI (B)
Today you will be transferred to Khajuraho airport to board flight for Delhi. On arrival transfer to your hotel then the rest of the day is at leisure.

DAY 14 – DELHI HOMEBOUND (B)
Today India bids you farewell with your transfer to the International terminal.

NOTE: No Jungle Safari operation on Wednesday Afternoon in all the National Parks of Madhya Pradesh.

Temples Tigers Tour

Temples & Tigers Tour

Hotels

Our from price based on the following hotels twin/double share. Single supplement, triple share reductions or for alternative hotels, contact us to discuss your requirements further. We can design a tour just for you, based on your style and budget.


Temples Tigers Tour

Temples & Tigers Tour

Extensions

Here are some examples of extensions you can add to this tour. For other ideas and to discuss your requirements contact us. We can design an itinerary for you, based on your dates, duration, style, and budget.


Add Jaipur to your tour, travel from Delhi to Jaipur then to Agra. Jaipur the City of Victory, founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1727. It is the only city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the Universe

Midway between Agra & Gwalior, stop a night at Raj Niwas Palace. Dholpur is named as Dhawalpuri after its ruler Dhawal Deo, once the ruler of the city, the name was distorted over time and got its present name Dholpur.

Add an extra day in at Agra to enable sightseeing of Mathura. Mathura was widely known as the birthplace of Lord Krishna, located on the western bank of river Yamuna. 58 Km North West of Agra.

Fly down to Goa for a relaxing beach stay at the end of your tour. Former Portuguese enclave of Goa, one of India’s gems, has been popular with tourists for many years with its magnificent palm-fringed beaches.

Temples Tigers Tour

Temples & Tigers Tour

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