TIGER & WILDLIFE
India... a country which will enchant you with her beauty and diversity, delight you with her colorful pageantry, enrich you with her culture, stun you with her modernity, embrace you with her warmth, and overwhelm you with her hospitality...a land where the ancient and the contemporary exist side by side, where thousands of brilliant images fill the soul with wonder and where quaint and startling contradictions juxtapose to lend an extraordinary vitality, texture and poetry to life.
India ~ the ancient land of mystery, palaces and kings, romance and intrigue, nobility and grandeur.
Imagine yourself transported back a couple of centuries. Imagine waking up to find yourself in a royal, canopied bed with the soft gauze of sunshine filtering in through exquisitely filigreed windows. Imagine padding across to the windows to find peacocks mincing across the lawns. Imagine being waited upon and served a banquet with fluid grace by an army of turbaned bearers. Imagine being a king for a day. Imagine living in a palace!
This is one fantasy that can be fulfilled.
Arrive at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport.
As guests exit, they are accorded a traditional floral welcome and transferred from airport to hotel.
A capital way to begin your discovery of India
"I asked my soul what is Delhi?
It replied, the world is the body; Delhi is its soul... is how a 19th century poet described this city that has ever been so many things to so many different people. To the weary travelers on the ancient silk route it was the first plain after having crossed the Himalayan Mountains with the promise of shelter, food and business opportunities. To the Afghan, Turk, Greek, Arab and Roman kings it was a vast and inexhaustible source of treasures of all kinds -- to the Chinese travelers it was the land of knowledge and wisdom. Its ageless face saw the advent of Islam. -- It saw empires being built and destroyed or even merely dismantled to make way for the new -- and Delhi lived on...
The British created their own Delhi -- with large well planned avenues and planted 10000 trees with a 112 kms of hedges that it would be green round the year -- abundant with flowers -- a botanical paradise. The seat of the British Empire -- Delhi of 1911 was planned to resemble 'an Englishman dressed for the climate'. Its planners and main architects decided that it would be neither Hindu, nor Muslim, nor Buddhist, nor English nor Roman but IMPERIAL a house for the Viceroy that resembled 'a giant Indian bungalow, embattled Rajput fortress and Mughal tomb -- with shades of Buckingham Palace -- with English country house comforts. Delhi is perhaps the only city in the world that fuses its past present and evokes its future without losing an iota of its identity. -- 1300 monuments speak of her antiquity -- of the ambitions of men who thought they could hold on to her --but history proved otherwise. A popular superstition is that it is also known as the 'graveyard of dynasties' with every one of its cities built there heralding the death the dynasty that built it.
Thus, Delhi is a Melting Pot of cultures, politics and religions of India's colourful past in its monuments, its palaces, and in the faces of its people that they narrate the story of their glorious past.
Hotel in Delhi
Old Delhi -- Happily Chaotic!
We proceed for our unique yet fascinating experience of Old Delhi. Visit the mighty Red Fort followed by "cycle rickshaws" through the lanes of "Chandni Chowk" or silver Street, experiencing the sights and sounds of this very busy Avenue heading west from the Fort. Chandni Chowk literally means "moonlit crossroads" and an area which best represents the "super-Oriental"- the glory and the guile; the grandeur and the grime, with its crowded bazaars, twisting lanes, maze of small streets strange aromas, the pungent odour of Oriental spices, the cries of shopkeepers, coolies and "rickshaw- walas" and the clatter and whirr of furious industry. The thrill of being driven through the narrow, winding lanes is a memorable experience. This is perhaps one of Delhi's most populated areas and the largest marketplace.
Visit the famous Rakab Ganj Gurudwara (sikh temple). The shrine is the scene of constant devotional music, whose ethereal tones are relayed throughout the entire complex. A Sikh temple without a Community Kitchen or "Langar" is inconceivable. Food is serviced in the kitchen of the Gurudwara 24 hours to all visitors without any distinction of caste, creed, color or religion. All people - high or low, rich or poor sit in the same queue. Approximately 40,000 visitors share meals everyday.
Conclude the tour with Raj Ghat -- Father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi's memorial
Overnight: Hotel in Delhi
New Delhi: Touch of Faith, Philosophy & British India
The discovery of New Delhi starts with a visit to Qutab Minar which is Delhi's Eiffel Tower, its Statue of Liberty and Nelson's Column. Visit the mosques, mausoleums and ruins of forts that lie around it.
A short stop at the Chattarpur Temple complex will introduce us to the pantheon of Hindu Gods and their various avatars, and the importance of religion in the life of an Indian
Later visit the Humayun's tomb - the magnificent structure in red sandstone and white marble -- one of the finest examples of the garden tomb and a precursor to the Taj Mahal
Food from the different Indian states is as individualistic as the people, language, culture and dress of each of the areas, and the amazing thing of living in Delhi is the availability of all types of Indian cuisine right at our doorstep. At lunch, we enjoy a typical South Indian meal of idli, dosa, sambar, vada and various types of chutney. Gorge on the best of Tamilian cuisine right in the heart of the capital
We drive to one of the most colonial part of New Delhi called Raisina Hill. Drive past the Viceroy's House (now known as Rashtrapati Bhawan, present residence of the President of India) Lutyen's magnum opus; the India Gate, a war memorial arch.
Overnight: Hotel in Delhi
DELHI- CORBERTT (EARLY MORNING)
Get to Corbett National Park by the afternoon for game viewing. Evening at leisure, overnight stay in hotel in park.
Corbett National Park
Full day at park for Game viewing. Evening at leisure, overnight stay in hotel in park .
Corbett -- Delhi (drive back to delhi in the afternoon)
Get back to Delhi, evening at leisure.
Delhi -- Ranthambhore. (morning)
In the morning, take a train to Madhopur and travel from there by road to Ranthambhore. Evening at leisure. Hotel stay.
Full day at park for Game viewing. Evening at leisure, overnight stay in hotel in park.
Ranthambhore -- Keoladeo Nation park (Bharatpur)
Morning drive to Keoladeo National Park. Afternoon visit Bird Sanctuary. Overnight stay in hotel.
Keoladeo Ghana National Park (Bharatpur) - Agra
Morning visit to Bird Sanctuary. Afternoon drive to Agra on arrival visit Taj Mahal. Overnight stay in hotel.
Morning Transfer to Railway Station to Board Shatabdi Express for Jhansi (3 hrs) and then travel by road to Khajuraho. Overnight stay in hotel.
Khajuraho -- Bandhavgarh
Morning visit erotic Temples of Khajuraho later drive to Bandhavgarh. Overnight stay in hotel.
Full day Game Viewing inside the jungle. Overnight stay in Hotel
Bandhavgarh - Kanha
Morning Drive to Kanha National Park. Afternoon at Leisure. Overnight stay in Hotel
Full day at Kanha National park, overnight stay in hotel
Kanha - Nagpur - Delhi (Morning Flights)
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