CULTURE & WILDLIFE
(12 NIGHTS/13 DAYS)
Delhi – Corbett – Unchagaon – Chambal – Bhratapur – Ranthambore – Jaipur – Delhi
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel. Overnight is at the hotel
Day 2: Delhi - Corbett
(275 Kms / 7 Hrs)
Today you will drive to Corbett National Park. Jim Corbett National Park India has always been famous for their resident tigers. It is the 1st and oldest National Park of India. Jim Corbett National Park India was one of the nine Tiger Reserves created at the launch of the Project Tiger in 1973. On arrival check in at hotel. Overnight is at the hotel.
Day 3: In Corbett
Today you will proceed for morning / afternoon game drive into the National Park. Overnight is at the hotel.
Day 4: Corbett - Unchagaon
Today you will drive to Fort Unchagoan. Unchagaon is village close to Garh Mukteswar on Moradabad – New Delhi National Highway. Around 10 kms short of Brijghat, Unchagaon is diversion off the highway. Unchagaon is incidentally very close to river Ganges considered to support the most populous region of the world.
Fort Unchagaon stands majestically in village Unchagaon. The present Raja Surendra Pal Singh inherited this early 19th century fort at the tender age of ten. The young heir took personal interest in the maintenance and preservation of this ancestral residence. This palace was renovated under his guidance and thus is the evident influence of the early 20th century blend of Indian and colonial architecture. Being the private domicile of a prince, the décor is authentically aristocratic. As the years rolled by, all modern amenities were added to the old palace the imposing white façade of SURYA MAHAL is surrounded by well-manicured, lush verdant lawns. Overnight is at the hotel.
Day 5: Unchagaon - Chambal
(250 Kms / 6 Hrs)
Today you will drive to Chambal. Ancient Indian texts refer to the Chambal as the Charmanyavati - originating from the blood of thousands of cows sacrificed by the Aryan King Rantideva. Its 'unholy' origins have certainly helped the Chambal survive and thrive untouched and unpolluted, and it remains one of India's most pristine rivers. Arrive and check-in at the lodge. Overnight is at the lodge.
Day 6: In Chambal
Today you will enjoy activities at the resort.
THE RIVER SAFARI
The calm and gentle waters of the Chambal River are best explored on boats and the River Safari provides spectacular opportunities to view the wildlife. The River Safari is a most relaxing, enjoyable and special experience.
The Villages around the Chambal Safari Lodge provide an interesting insight into rural India. One can still find a potter at his wheel making ware kullars (cups), a cobbler using the simplest implements to fashion and repair a most interesting variety of leather items, and shops selling all manner of goods from jaggery blocks to hand-woven quilts.
THE CAMEL AND JEEP SAFARI
They are also an ideal means for exploring the ravines of the NCS and searching for the wildlife that have made these ravines their home. These Safaris are particularly productive in the months of October, November, late February and March, when large herds of Blackbuck can be seen. Overnight is at the hotel.
Day 7: Chambal - Bharatpur
(115 Kms / 3 Hrs)
Today you will drive to Bharatpur.
One of the finest bird parks in the world, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (Keoladeo Ghana National Park) is a reserve that offers protection to faunal species as well. Nesting indigenous water- birds as well as migratory water birds and waterside birds, this sanctuary is also inhabited by Sambar, Chital, Nilgai and Boar.
The major attractions of tourists visiting the park are the numerous migratory birds, which come from as far away as Siberia and Central Asia and spend their winters in Bharatpur, before returning to their breeding grounds. Migratory birds at Bharatpur bird sanctuary include, several species of Cranes, Pelicans, Geese, Ducks, Eagles, Hawks, Shanks, Stints, Wagtails, Warblers, Wheatears, Flycatchers, Buntings, Larks and Pipits, etc. Overnight is at the hotel.
Day 8: Bharatpur/Ranthambore
(300 Kms/7 Hrs)
Today you will drive to Ranthambore.
Ranthambore National Park is in Sawai Madhopur District of Rajasthan state. Located at the junction of the Aravalli and Vindhya hill range, this is one of the finest places to view animals, especially as they are used to being stared at here. The park covers an area of Approximately 400 sq Km and if combined with the area of sawai man Singh sanctuary area, it is around 500 Sq km.
Ranthambore national park was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1957 and in 1974 it gained the protection of "Project Tiger". It got status of a National Park in 1981. Overnight is at the lodge.
Day 9: Ranthambore
Today you will enjoy morning / afternoon game drives into the National Park. Overnight is at the lodge.
Day 10: Ranthambore/Jaipur
(180 Kms/4½ Hrs)
Today you will drive for Jaipur. On arrival in Jaipur check in at the hotel.
Jaipur also popularly known as the pink city, is the capital of Rajasthan state, India. Historically rendered as Jeypore. Jaipur is the former capital of the princely state of Jaipur. Founded in 1727 by lali- the ruler of Amber. Built of pink stucco in imitation of sandstone, the city is remarkable among pre-modern Indian cities for the width and regularity of its streets which are laid out into six quarters separated by broad streets 111 ft (34 m) wide. Overnight is at the hotel.
Day 11: In Jaipur
Morning visit of Amber Fort with elephant ride. Amber is a classic, romantic Rajasthani Fort Palace. The rugged, time-ravaged walls of the Fort may not look beautiful from the outside, but the interior is a virtual paradise. Miniatures painted on the walls depict hunting and war scenes, apart from festivals. Precious stones and mirrors are embedded into the plaster. Inside the Fort visit the Jag Mandir or the Hall of Victory. Inside the Jag Mandir is the famed Sheesh Mahal - a room with all the four walls and ceiling completely embedded with glittering mirror pieces, which were specially imported from Belgium during that period. En-route to Amber Fort, you will have a brief photography stop at Hawa Mahal - the Palace of Winds.
Afternoon proceed for a city tour of Jaipur which begins with a visit to the Maharaja's City Palace, the former Royal residence, part of it converted into a museum. A small portion is still used by the Royal family of Jaipur. Later visit the Jantar Mantar, which is the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world. Situated near the gate of the city palace, the observatory has 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition. Overnight is at the hotel.
Day 12: Jaipur – Delhi
(263 kms / 5 – 6 Hrs)
Today you will drive to Delhi. On arrival check in at hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight is at the hotel
Day 13: Departure Delhi
Today you will proceed for a full day sightseeing of new and old Delhi. In New Delhi visit the 12th century Qutab Minar, the imposing modern Lakshmi Narayan temple. Drive past India Gate, the Rashtrapati Bhavan (President's House) and the Parliament House. Continue to Old Delhi and visit the Raj Ghat, - memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, the Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India and a photo stop at Red Fort.
Later in time transfer to the airport to board your flight for onwards destination.