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LIONS AND TIGERS OF INDIA

DURATION : 16 Nights / 17 Days

DESTINATIONS : Delhi - Agra - Bharatpur - Ranthambore - Jaipur - Ahmedabad - Zainabad - Rann of Kutch - Bhavnagar - Sasan Gir - Hingolgarh - Ahmadabad - Mumbai

Tour Highlights

Best Season: January- February- March November and December

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The tour begins with a visit to the magnificent Taj Mahal and nearby Fatehpur Sikri, the 16th-century Mughal capital, before arriving at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, home to hundreds of rare species including egrets, kingfishers and the spectacular migratory Siberian cranes. Next we will journey to famous Ranthambore National Park, one of the best places to see tigers in the wild.

A highlight of the trip is a two-night stay in the Pink City - Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. Few places in India showcase such a glittering array of sights: imposing Amer Fort, the bejewelled City Palace, Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) and the teeming city bazaars.

On reaching Gujarat, our focus moves back to the natural world: we’ll visit the otherworldly salt flats of the Rann of Kutch, famed for its population of Asiatic wild ass, and Sasan Gir National Park, home of the last surviving population of the majestic Asiatic lion. We’ll take safaris into the park in search of the big cats and other wildlife. En route between these two far-flung natural wonders, a stopover in the atmospheric old town of Bhavnagar is included – giving a fascinating glimpse into Gujarati life.

Our Wild West adventure ends with a visit to the nearby Hingolgadh Sanctuary, before a drive takes us to the Gujarati capital, Ahmedabad, followed by an enjoyable train ride south to Mumbai.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Asiatic lions at Sasan Gir National Park
  • Tiger-spotting at Ranthambore National Park
  • An elephant ride at Amer Fort, Jaipur
  • A visit to the Rann of Kutch, the salt flats located on western tip of Gujarat
  • The colourful, exuberant city of Jaipur
  • Flexible tailor-made booking options

Short Description

A fascinating journey through exotic Rajasthan and the western state of Gujarat exploring the region’s rich cultural heritage and natural abundance. Tigers at Ranthambore, lions at Sasan Gir, birdlife at the Bharatpur and Hingolgarh sanctuaries can be seen together with a kaleidoscope of historic forts, palaces, towns and remote villages to make this tour an unforgettable experience.

Detailed Itinerary

 
Day 1: Arrival - Delhi

Arrive Delhi and transfer to the hotel; rest of the day is free

Arrive at the international airport of Delhi. After a traditional 'Swagat' (Welcome) our representative would assist you at the airport. Later board the vehicle and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Rest of the day is free to relax or can explore the surroundings on your own.
Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 2: Delhi - Agra

Drive to Agra, reach and transfer to the hotel. Later proceed for Sightseeing of Agra

After breakfast we drive by surface to Agra (Distance: 240Km). Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel. Later in afternoon, we visit Agra Fort, whose mighty red sandstone walls enclose the beautiful white marble Pearl Mosque and the palaces, halls, courtyards and fountains of his sons and successors, Jehangir and Shah Jahan. We also spend evening visiting the bazaar where the local artisans do the famous fine marble inlay work.
Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 3: Agra Sightseeing - Bharatpur

Morning visit Taj Mahal and drive to Bharatpur en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri

Early morning during sunrise we visit the Taj Mahal (remains closed on every Friday). Taj Mahal is a symbol of eternal love. It was built by the 5th Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is serenely beautiful and never fails to amaze a first time visitor. Later after breakfast we leave Agra and drive to Bharatpur en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri (Distance: 70km appx). The deserted royal city constructed by the Mughal Emperor Akbar. This impressive and well-preserved citadel served as the political capital of India's Mughal Empire under Akbar's reign, from the year 1571 until 1585. But this magnificence only lasted 14 years, as in 1585 Akbar left Fatehpur Sikri abandoned due to lack of water. We also visit the mosque behind the palace, which is designed to hold ten thousand worshippers, leaving this city, we further drive to Bharatpur. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel.
Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 4: Bharatpur - Ranthambore

Visit Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary and later drive to Ranthambore National Park

Early morning we enjoy cycle-rickshaw ride to Bharatpur bird Sanctuary. Nesting indigenous water birds as well as migratory water birds and waterside birds, this sanctuary is also inhabited by Sambar, Chital, Nilgai and Boar. After lunch, we drive from Bharatpur to Ranthambore National Park (Distance: 220Km appx). Upon arrival check-in to the hotel and relax.
Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 5: Ranthambore Sightseeing

Morning and evening game drives into the park

This day we enjoy two-game drives into Ranthambore National Park. The first game drive will be in the morning and second in the afternoon. It is one of India’s famous tiger reserves under Project Tiger. There is other wildlife, such as several species of monkey, deer, crocodiles, birdlife, and together with the scenery, make the visit well worth it. There are two choices of vehicle for going on the safari, an all-wheel drive jeep called a "Gypsy" (which seat up to 6 visitors) or 16 or 20 seater safari bus called a "Canter – a large open truck" on sharing basis. Later after the game drives relax at the hotel.
Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 6: Ranthambore - Jaipur

Drive from Ranthambore to Jaipur and rest of the day is free

Morning after breakfast we drive towards Jaipur (Distance: 160km appx). Jaipur, popularly known as the Pink City, is the colorful capital of Rajasthan. With its rich cultural heritage and colorful past, it is now one of the most important heritage cities in India. Jaipur was the first planned city of its time with imposing forts, dazzling palaces, beautiful gardens and markets. In the evening, we explore the colorful bazaars of Jaipur.
Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 7: Jaipur Sightseeing

Jaipur Sightseeing

We drive to the ancient capital of Amber, 11 km away from Jaipur. Famous for its massive Amber Fort, Amber was the ancient capital of Kachhawaha dynasty for 6 centuries. We take an Elephant ride to reach the Fort situated on the hill, an overwhelming experience. Later, we proceed to the City Palace, a perfect blend of Rajasthani & Mughal architecture. Further we visit Jantar Mantar (Solar Observatory), an astronomical treasure house, with solar devices that give accurate predictions till date. We also visit Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), a five-storied structure of pink sandstone. It was built in the year 1799 so that veiled royal women could peer down the busy street market without being seen by the world through its 953 stone Jharokas (mini windows).
Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 8: Jaipur - Ahmedabad

Fly to Ahmedabad and day free

Today morning we will be transferred to the airport to catch the flight for Ahmedabad. Upon arrival check into hotel, rest of the day is free to relax at the hotel or can explore the surroundings on your own.
Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 9: Ahmedabad- Zainabad

Drive to Zainabad

This morning after breakfast we drive from Ahmedabad to Zainabad (Distance: 110Km appx). Upon arrival check-in to the hotel and relax. The culture of Zainabad has a blend of both Saurashtra and Kutch, making it very unique. This is reflected in the architecture, arts and crafts of this region. The hospitality of the people of Zainabad is sure to touch your heart.
Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 10: Zainabad - Rann of Kutch

Jeep Safari to the Rann of Kutch

Morning Jeep Safari in Rann of Kutch a salt marsh bedecks the western tip of Gujarat with its surreal charm. The name that springs from the inherent geographical features of this land literally means a "salt marsh" or "salty desert" of Kutch. The Little Rann has to its credits one of the largest wildlife reserves in the country, the Wild Ass Sanctuary. Little Rann has been deemed as the world’s last refuge of the Indian Wild Ass known locally as Khur, hence it has been declared as the Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary. The bleak appearance of the land seems to be a camouflage when we realize that it shelters some unique species of animals. Little Rann also gives refuge to several migratory water birds like pelicans, flamingos, cranes, ducks and land birds like Indian bustards, sand grouse and frankolins. Apart from the wild ass the Little Rann is also home to some rare mammals like Indian Wolf, Desert Fox, and Nilgai.
Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 11: Rann of Kutch - Bhavnagar

Drive to Bhavnagar.

Morning after breakfast we drive from Zainabad to Bhavnagar (Distance: 220Km appx). Upon arrival check-in to the hotel and relax. Bhavnagar is sixth largest city of Rajasthan. Evening we can explore the city.
Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 12: Bhavnagar - Sasan Gir

Bhavnagar sightseeing, drive to Sasan Gir National Park.

Today we visit Gandhi Smriti, memorial for Mahatma Gandhi. We can see lots of pictures and artifacts starting from his childhood life to his assassination. He was a great man, a man of principles and values, and who taught us to lead a simple and truthful life. Later we drive to Sasan Gir National Park (Distance: 200Km appx). Upon arrival check-in to the hotel and relax.
Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 13: Sasan Gir Sightseeing

Jungle safaris into Gir forest sanctuary to see Asiatic lions and other wildlife.

This day we enjoy Wild life into Gir Forest Sanctuary. Gir is the only natural habitat of world popular Asiatic Lions. Here we get an opportunity to watch those rare Asiatic Lions coupled with thousands of other elusive wild animals and hard-to-find birds like uncommon Asiatic wild ass, hyenas, Gir foxes, pygmy woodpecker, brown fish owl and black buck etc.
Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 14: Sasan Gir - Hingolgadh

Drive to Hingolgadh and later visit Hingolgadh Sanctuary

This morning we drive from Sasan Gir to Hingolgadh (Distance: 200Km appx). Later we visit Hingolgadh Sanctuary, we get opportunity to watch Chinkara, Bluebull, Wolf, Jackal, Foxes, Indian Porcupine, Indian Hare, Hyena, Flying foxes and the likes add an animated fervor to this jungle. Almost 230 different kinds of birds render this area into their domicile over the year. Native birds like the vibrant Red-vented Bulbul, twittering Green bee-eater, Spotted Dove, Wood Pecker are commonly seen flying and nesting all over the region.
Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 15: Hingolgadh - Ahmedabad

Drive to Ahmedabad

Today we drive from Hingolgadh to Ahmedabad (Distance: 195Km appx). Upon arrival check-in to the hotel and relax. Rest of the day is free for us to explore Ahmedabad, visit its market to do some last minute shopping.
Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 16: Ahmedabad - Mumbai (by flight)

Train from Ahmedabad to Mumbai, late evening reach there and transfer to hotel

This day we will be transferred to railway station to catch the train to Mumbai, late evening we will transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy.
Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 17: Mumbai - Departure

Departure transfer to international airport

Today, you will be transferred to the airport to board the flight for your onward destination.

Inclusions / Exclusions

The Price Includes:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis as per program.
  • Breakfast
  • Arrival/Departure with assistance.
  • AC transport as per program.
  • English Speaking Local Guide as per Program.
  • One bottle of water per person per day.
  • All fuel, parking, toll, state taxes & driver allowances.
  • GST 5%.


The Price Excludes:

  •  Any airfare / visa / insurance
  •  Any meals except mentioned in the column cost includes.
  •  Any Monument Entrance Fees.
  •  Any expenses of personal nature such as tips, beverages, laundry, telephone calls, photography, video fee, etc.
  •  Any new taxes / fees imposed by the Government.

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