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India tiger safari at Ranthambhore and Bandhavgarh with Agra and Varanasi

16 days from £2230*

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Overview

Indian wildlife tour to Ranthambhore and Bandhavgarh

Bespoke Indian wildlife tour with 7 tiger safaris in the stunningly photogenic and diverse Ranthambhore National Park, together with wildlife and cultural trips outside of the park, including the UNESCO listed Ranthambhore Fort.  You begin with a two night stay in Agra, taking tours of the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, as well as  visit to Akbar's Mausoleum at nearby Sikandra - here you may spot blackbuck antelope grazing in the grounds before seeking them again in the villages around Ranthambhore.

From Ranthambhore you take an overnight train to Bandhavgarh so that your safari time is maximised by avoiding overly long day time drives.  With 7 further jeep safaris here, including time in the Tala zone (subject to availability at time of booking) as well as Magadhi we hope you will see plenty of 'stripes', and maybe even the more elusive leopards.  While everyone seems pre-occupied with demanding Tala, we enjoy the greater peace and freedom of a more balanced view of all areas of the park in order to more fully appreciate its diversity and the stunning scenery, littered with ancient carvings and another imposing hill top fort from which vultures soar.

Finally you travel by day train to the spritual city of Varanasi, with a full 3 night stay to explore the city, see the Ganges under differing light, experience the Aarti ceremony and venture to nearby ruined forts.  Return by air to Delhi after a well-paced yet comprehensive India wildlife tour before and bid a reluctant farewell to the vibrant wildlife, history and people of India.

Itinerary

This is a Private Tour

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    Your India wildlife tour starts with a meet and greet at Delhi airport and drive (4hrs) to Agra.  Possible visit to the Mehtab Bagh for first glimpse of Taj Mahal after check in to ‘The Trident’

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    watch the sunrise from the Taj Mahal, and later a guided tour of Agra Fort, Itimad-ud-daulah and Akbar’s Mausoleum

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    early morning train to Ranthambhore, arriving in time for an afternoon safari inside the park.  Stay 4 nights at the ‘Ranthambhore Regency’

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    2 days of morning and afternoon safaris inside Ranthambhore National Park, plus visits to the Fort, local villages and lakes looking for antelope and a variety of birds, and one evening drive looking for nocturnal species

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    morning and afternoon safaris inside Ranthambhore National Park.  Later take the overnight sleeper train to Katni (1st class AC)

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    transfer to ‘Tiger Den’ at Bandhavgarh on arrival (1-2hrs).  Morning free to refresh before your afternoon jeep safari inside Bandhavgarh National Park

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    3 days of morning and afternoon jeep safaris inside Bandhavgarh National Park, alternative activities when park closes on Wednesday afternoons

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    take a day time train from Katni to Varanasi, stay in the heart of the city overlooking the river at the ‘Rashmi Guest House’

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    morning guided tour of Varanasi, visiting the Ghats and temples before an afternoon boat ride on the Ganges, staying to observe the Aarti ceremony that begins after sunset each evening

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    morning boat trip to enjoy the different lighting and perspective.  Later visiting the ruined forts/ palaces at Ram Nagar and Chunar, which few tourists visit, or to Sarnath

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    morning flight to Delhi, afternoon at leisure and overnight at the ‘Bajaj Indian Homestay’

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    transfer to Delhi international airport to connect with your flight home. End of your India wildlife tour.

Meals

India wildlife lodges: a private tour throughout; good quality tried and tested lodges, with upgrade options on request. All meals included at the Wildlife Lodges, breakfast only in Agra, Varanasi and Delhi.

Cost: from £2230 per person based on two sharing (excludes international flights)

Dates: 16th October 2016 to 30th June 2017

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* Based on 2 persons and not including flights

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