Rajasthan Wildlife with Ranthambhore and Taj Mahal
15 days from £2880*
A comfortably un-hurried journey that includes the 'must-see' Golden Triangle, with guided tours in Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, along with time on safari in Ranthambore balanced with excursions in to the surrounding unspoilt countryside. In many ways, an example of what Wildlife Trails is all about; seeking the path less travelled and giving visitors to India a real feel for the country.
Our main guide in Ranthambhore, the award winning Vipul Jain, will be accompanying your safaris* . Aside from his skill, patience and knowledge on safari, his local insight will be invaluable, sharing historical snippets, pointing out details you might otherwise miss and introducing you to local customs. With six jeep safaris and a variety of wildlife excursions in the area, we hope to show that this is the most photogenic of all of India’s national parks. Not just for the wonderful scenery, great wildlife diversity, 3 beautiful lakes and impressive cliff top fort, but also for the fact that you will have so much more to photograph in this park than any other location. *(subject to Vipul's availability, if not one of our handpicked expert guides)
The drive alone from Ranthambhore towards Ramathra, via Bhoori Phadi, is well worth it as you encounter rural life unchanged for hundreds of years. Beginning with two-night diversion nearby in to the rural farmlands – we visited this homestay in February and would love to have stayed longer, somewhere I imagine few nature lovers could fail to relax in the shady gardens watching your lunch being prepared, the sound of goat herders passing the river bed (great for morning birding walks). It is one location that you have a better chance of some of the lesser cats and certain nocturnal species.
The historic Ramathra Fort stands on the Daang plateau between Ranthambhore and the Chambal River Valley, with spectacular views of the villages and countryside below. The surrounding landscape is characterised by a network of gorges, scrubland and small traditional farms, and on evening drives there is a chance to see Indian Fox, Jackal and Hyena. It is just 10 minutes away from a large lake which attracts a wide variety of bird species and on which a leisurely boat safari can be taken.
This is a Small Group Tour
meet and greet at Delhi international airport and transfer to overnight at the ‘Oberoi Maidens’, an authentic colonial heritage hotel
your choice of a half day tour guided tour in Old or New Delhi and overnight again
a morning drive to the pink city of Jaipur, via a tour of the Amber Fort, check in at one of favourites; the historically delightful ‘Samode Haveli’
early start to visit the flower market (from the Best Exotic Marigold Movie) before viewing the Palace of the Winds. Afternoon free to relax/ explore further
journey to Ranthambhore, via the Abhaneri step well near Dausa. Check in at the ‘Ranthambhore Regency’ before an afternoon jeep safari
morning and afternoon jeep safaris inside Ranthambhore National Park. Between safaris enjoy a guided tour of the cliff-top fort, taking a picnic lunch
guided excursion to the tribal villages of Devpura where Black Buck Antelope might be spotted in the fields. Afternoon safari inside Ranthambhore National Park
morning safari inside Ranthambhore National Park. Later you will be transferred to Amli Dai/ Bhoori Phadi and later an evening safari - the focus will be Leopard and other night time species such as Jackal, Hyena and Indian Fox. Overnight stay at a ‘River Homestay’
early morning birding walk; the river banks attract a variety of birds, including Indian Skimmers. Afternoon village exploration or relaxation before a traditional evening meal in the local style
morning journey onwards to ‘Ramathra Fort’, stopping to enjoy the rural landscaple en route. We recommend exploring the ramparts of the fort and enjoying the amazing sunset as you relax with an evening drink
morning boat safari on the nearby dam. After lunch you will be driven to Kali Devi for a jeep safari
this morning you will be transferred to the ‘Jaypee Palace’ in Agra. Later on, maybe a visit to the Mehtab Bagh (moonlight garden) in order to view the Taj Mahal from the opposite bank as dusk falls
early start for a sunrise viewing of the Taj Mahal. Later you will be taken for guided tour including Agra Fort and Itimad-ud-daulah
after breakfast you begin the drive back to Delhi , stopping to visit Akbar’s Mausoleum at Sikandra. Check in to the ‘Lemontree Aerocity’ for your overnight stay
an easy transfer to the airport (only 10 minutes) to connect with your flight home
A hand-picked bespoke safari (maximum 4 guests per jeep), AC road travel, with local expert guides on safari and during city tours. All meals included at the Ranthambhore and Ramathra, breakfast only in Delhi, Jaipur and Agra.
Dates: 1st October 2019 to 30th June 2020 (though riverside birding better between November and March)
Cost: £2880 per person based on 2 people sharing a room or £2450 per person based on 4 travelling and sharing 2 rooms (not inculding international flights).
Single Room Supplement (based on minimum 2 people traveling): £1100 per person.
Maximum of 4 visitors per jeep.
Note: for best chance to secure seats in smaller jeeps and best zones you should plan to book 6 months in advance.
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* Based on 2 persons and not including flights