ROYALTY AND WILDERNESS

 

Golden Triangle with Bandhavgarh in 13 nights

ABOUT THE JOURNEY

 

This route is a path into the green wilderness of Central India. It begins in the capital Delhi, then proceeds to the Pick City of Jaipur from where it heads to the regal palace of Samode. From there it traces its path to the city of the Taj Mahal, Agra and via Delhi flies straight into the jungles of Bandhavgarh National Park in central India ending back in Delhi.

Indian royalty and wilderness
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Arrival in Delhi

 

Upon arrival in Delhi, our representative will provide assistance at the airport and will transfer the guests to the hotel. After the check-in formalities, they may choose to rest or to explore the city for the remainder of the day (if they arrive during the day time).

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Delhi

 

The guests will have a late start on this day. The morning will be free to relax at the hotel after a long journey. They will drive around the capital area, called “Lutyens Delhi” and then visit the Mughals’ architectural gem in Delhi, the Humayun’s Tomb. The day will end a little outside central Delhi at the beautiful religious buildings of Qutb Minar, which date from the onset of Islamic rule in India.

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Delhi

 

Following breakfast they will go on a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi. They will have a photo stop at Red Fort from the outside, and Jama Masjid in Old Delhi. Here they will take a ride in a rickshaw and on the Delhi Metro from Chandni Chowk up to Jor Bagh. Following lunch and a walk around Lodi Gardens, they will head to the National Museum, the government’s impressive collection of artefacts from the annals of India’s long enviable history. Late in afternoon, proceed to the tranquil meditation hall of the B’ahai House of Worship, also known as the Lotus Temple, built in December 1986 to resemble a budding lotus flower, hence the name.

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Delhi-Jaipur

6 hour drive, 260 kms

 

The guests will begin the day after breakfast with a drive to Jaipur. The evening will be free. Those who wish may choose to visit the local markets for which Jaipur is renowned. They may also visit the Raj Mandir Cinema and those who want to watch a colourful Bollywood movie may do so.

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Jaipur

 

The day will begin after breakfast with a visit to the Old City of Jaipur. The guests will see Hawa Mahal from outside and can click some pictures, the grand royal City Palace and the seventeenth century astronomical observatory, the Jantar Mantar, they will head to the grand hill-fort, the Amber Fort. Later, they will have lavish lunch with Elephant ride at Dera Amer. Evening will be free at leisure.

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Jaipur-Samode

1 hour drive, 42 kms

 

This day, the guests will drive from Jaipur to Samode Palace after breakfast. The 475-year-old palace is a splendid example of regal Indo-Saracenic architecture. The Palace combines the best of Indian and Mughal styles. Now it functions as a luxury hotel where the guests will spend the rest of the day. They will visit the palace, walk around the village and absorb the regal, yet rustic ambience of the place.

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Samode-Fatehpur Sikri-Agra

6 hour drive, 260 kms

 

After an early breakfast, the day will begin with a drive to Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri or ‘The city of victory’, is one of the best-preserved examples of Mughal architecture in India. This magnificent fortified medieval city was the short-lived capital of the Mughal Empire. They will then head to the City of the Taj Mahal, Agra. The evening will be free for leisure.

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Agra – Delhi

4 hour drive, 260 kms

 

The day begins with a visit to the marvel in marble, the Taj Mahal at sunrise. After breakfast, they will the visit the Agra Fort which is another splendid example of Mughal architecture. They will head back to Delhi after the visit. They will spend the night at the hotel in Delhi.

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Delhi / Jabalpur (flight)

Jabalpur – Bandavgarh

2 hour flight + 4 hour drive, 200 kms

 

After breakfast, the guests will drive to the airport to board their flight to Jabalpur. They will then drive into the Bandhavgarh National Park. With the largest density of Bengal Tigers, Bandhavgarh National Park is one of India’s most popular national parks. Apart from the Tiger, this park is also the natural habitat of the Indian boar, porcupine, several endemic species of birds and antelopes.

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Bandhavgarh National Park

 

The guests will go exploring the wilderness of the Bandhavgarh national Park. It also encloses remains of the Bandhavgarh Fort, and 39 ancient caves lined with Brahmi inscriptions on the walls, whose history goes back to around the first century CE. They will have two safaris, one in the morning and in the evening.

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Bandhavgarh National Park

 

This day, they will again head on two safaris into the jungles of Bandhavgarh. The park is home to some named tigers, one of which appeared on the cover of National Geographic magazine. In an area of around 105 sq. km. of the park where tourists are allowed, in 2012, it was estimated that there were between 44-49 tigers.

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Bandhavgarh National Park

 

This will be their last day in the woods of Bandhavgarh. They will go on two more safaris and try their fortunes in seeing more than just a tiger.

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Bandhavgarh – Jabalpur

Jabalpur – Delhi

4 hour drive, 200 kms + 2 hour flight

 

This morning will be a little relaxed. They will then drive to Jabalpur Airport and have a packed lunch on the way. They will board their flight to Delhi and spend the night at the hotel there.

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Departure from Delhi

 

The guests can have a relaxed start on this day. They will go to the National Gallery of Modern Art, a government run gallery opened in 1954 with an impressively curated collection of modern and contemporary art by brilliant artists from the early twentieth century until today. After the gallery, they will head to one of the oldest remnants of Delhi, the Purana Qila, literally translating to ‘Old Fort’. They will then head back to the hotel and can have late check-out till 9 o’ clock. They will then head to the airport to board their flight back home. They will be assisted by a Tushita representative during the departure proceedings.

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