RAJASTHAN & KUMAON HILLS.
This unique journey, exploring the most important National Parks in Northern India, Will give a whole new perspective on hunting for game.
Duration: - 15 Days.
Focus:-Mammals, birds and plants.
Best time: - Mid Nov; to Mid June.
Day 1:- Arrival Delhi. Assistance on arrival with garland welcome at international airport and transfer by private car to pre-booked hotel. Morning free relax. Afternoon a sightseeing tour around 16 century Mughal city, visiting Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Gandhi Samadhi. Return to hotel for overnight.
Day 2:- After breakfast, we drive to Sariska National Park (165 kms/3 hrs). The drive takes us along a busy road, dotted with villages, leading in to the quiet Aravalli hills, and the dry deciduous forest of ber, dhko and tendu. The park covers about 480 sq.kms and comes under “Project Tiger”; however we are more likely to see bush birds, langur nilgai, wild boar, hyenas and jackals. Our two night stay will be in the beautiful and luxurious Sariska Palace, built in 1892 and designed by a French architect.
Day 3:- Morning and evening game viewing by jeep. A day free, or visit Lake Siliserh where you can go boating and see different type of birds. O/N Sariska Palace.
Day 4:- After breakfast, we set off on a beautiful drive, through villages and towns, to the pink city of Jaipur (141 kms/ 3 hrs). We arrival in jaipur and stay overnight in one of the Palace hotels, with rooms decorated in Rajasthan stay. Afternoon visit y painted elephants, 16 century fortress at the Amber Fort. Later we visit Hawa Mahal (Palace of winds) and city Palace. O/N Hotel.
Day 5:- Today after breakfast, a beautiful drive (156 kms/3 hrs) through colorful Rajasthan to Ranthamhore national park. Ranthambhore Tiger reserve is situated in Rajasthan at the eastern end of Aravalli range. The reserve also offers one of the best opportunities for seeing Tiger during the day, as well as many other mammals, including Leopard, Sloth Bear, Rhesus Macaque, Common Langur, Nilgai, Indian Gazelle (Chinkara), Wild Boar, Jackal, Spotted and Barking Deer, Samber and Marsh Mugger crocodiles. The bird life here is also superb, particularly around the lakes.
Day 6 & Day 7:- Morning and evening game viewing by jeep with knowledgeable guide. Day is spend free to visit local bazaar, wonder around or just relax!! Our overnight stop will be just outside the park at Ranthambhore Bagh- a perfect modern camp, set a midst acres of natural landscape.
Day 8:- T breakfast, we drive to Bharatpur Bird sanctuary (230 kms/ 5 hrs). The drive allows you to observe the Indian countryside and local villages’ life enroute. We arrive in the afternoon at one of the finest bird watching location in the world. We spend two nights at the beautiful palace hotel, near the park, with stunning rooms and garden.
Day 9:-Day spends in park. You will see an outstanding range of water birds and reptiles here, and even some mammals too. Commonly cited species include Painted Storks, while Ibises, Darters and Spoon hills and raver species, such as the threatened Siberian Crane, Pallas’s, Sea Eagle, including the rare black buck, small- Clawed Otter, fishing cat, jungle Cat and Indian Python also be cited. O/N Palace hotel.
Day 10:- Early morning visit to park, after breakfast drive to the city of the Taj mahal – Agra 943 kms/ 2 hrs). The drive brings us first to the deserted sandstone building of Akbar at fatehpur Sikri. After visiting this we continue our drive Agra for our night stay in the Jaypee Palace hotel. Afternoon is spend free- Swimming or visiting to local bazaar.
Day 11:- Early morning, dawn visit to the majestic Taj Mahal. The surrounding “paradise garden”, and the river Yamuna, support an abundance of bird life. We return to our hotel for breakfast and later in the day we visit to Red Fort and Tomb of Itamad-ud-Daulah. Later evening we board our overnight trail to Corbett National park. Rail travel in India’s a unique experience and a definite must!!
Day 12:- Arrival Lal Kuan railway station in the morning and transfer (1 hrs drive) to famous Corbett National park set in Kumaon & Shivalik hills. Corbett, comprising of undulating sal forest, riveting jungle and grassland, is home to an exceptional variety of both Himalayan and low- land wild life. Using elephant’s jeep to explore the reserve itself, you will see Rhesus Macaque, common Langur. The population of tiger normally remains discreet, although you may be lucky! Your night will be spending just outside the park in a comfortable lodge on the banks of Kosi River.
Day 13:- Morning and evening game viewing on elephant or jeep with guide. Day free nature walks along river to see of Himalayas. O/N Resort.
Day 14:-After breakfast, we drive across the Uttar Pradesh plains and fields to Delhi (303 km/ 6 hrs) for o/n in hotel. Later night transfer to airport.
Day 15:- Departure, early morning fly back.