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14 Days Best of North India - Taj, Tigers and Birds Tour


Some off-beat destinations mixed with the must do makes this programme unique. Keetham lake, Sur Sarovar, Bharatpur, and Chambal will satiate your birding desires.  Birding walks, cycle rickshaw birding excursions, you bird with your scopes and binocs in a rowing boat, and also in a motorboat birding safari, we will approach birds in all possible ways. Tigers await you to be photographed in Ranthambhore, one the premium Tiger reserves of India. If you are lucky you might see the legendary Machali, a 18 year old Tigress in the wilds, or a young mother T19 with her cubs. T6, and T39 are also major attractions of Ranthambhore. Culminate the tour in Jaipur in the Palaces, Forts, the enchanting pink city, and the Jal Mahal, seeing how the Royalty lived till a few decades back. 

 

Sketch Itinerary :
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New Delhi | Jim Corbett National Park | Agra | Bharatpur National Park | Ranthambhore National Park | Jaipur | New Delhi


Trip Type :
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Leisurely and Nature Explorer
 

Customization :
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All tours are Tailor -made, take help of our tour specialist to plan. We will carefully design your trip into a detailed itinerary complete with country facts, maps, a price and accommodation and time in your hand and share your budget as per your choice. We'll keep perfecting your itinerary until you're completely happy and ready to book, at which point you pay your initial deposit.

Price on request 

 

What's Included :
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  • All breakfasts in all hotels as per the itinerary.
  • All accommodation (as per your choice of hotel)
  • All meals are included in Corbett and Ranthambhore National Park
  • Jeep safari along with special naturalist as per the itinerary (sharing or exclusive as per your preference )
  • Guided sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Rickshaw ride along naturalist in Bharatpur
  • Monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Travel by air-conditioned Toyota Innova car
  • Many early starts during the game drives
  • All currently applicable taxes
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What's Excluded :
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  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Still / video camera fee in national parks and at monuments
  • Expenses of personal nature like smokes, liquor, laundry and telephone calls
  • International airfare and domestic airfare
  • Mountain flight over the Mount Everest
  • Travel insurance
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Please note that any changes in entrance fees or government taxes will be payable extra and the same will be advised to you if applicable

On arrival at Delhi airport, you will be met by our representative who will further assist you in check in at the hotel.

Overnight stay is at hotel.

Morning after breakfast transfer to Sur Sarovar Bird Sanctury. Enjoy the Yamuna Expressway Drive as it has lot of greenery to offer.

Sur Sarovar was declared the Bird Sanctury in 1991. This lake is pentagon in shape and that's has enhanced the formation of small islands. These small islands further increase the nesting opportunity for the residents and visitors alike. There are around 160 bird species which can be seen at any given time. The visiting birds are follow the river Yamuna like a road and Keetham lake - inside the Park act as a big round about where you have to stop. That's why this Spot is favorite of the migratory birds.

There is history attached to this area. The Yamuna Riverine surrounds the area and is in the middle of Agra and Mathura - The Birth place of Krishna - The ancient Hindu God. Soordas - a poet who got enlightened here - got the inspiration from this area and created most famous Bhakti Kavya residing here. His small Kuti is still there near the park.

Besides the Bird watching we would also visit the Rescue Beer Centre. Hidden gem of this place. In 2005 this place was first started by rehabilitating 25 Dancing Beers. Today the numbers are close to 300. Besides numbers each beer has a story which is unique to them. This centre has also started the Eductation Conservation walkway which would familiarize further with wildlife. Chances are that you would end up sponsoring a Bear.

Coming back to Birds -Your list would have ticked residents are Black Francolin, Comb Duck, Eurasian Wryneck, Eurasian Kingfisher, Common Moorhen, Jungle Warbler, Reed Warbler, Indian Pippit, Baya and Black Breasted Weaver. Greylag Goose, Northern Shoveller, Eurasian Coot, Northern Lapwing, Blackheaded Gul, Steppe Eagle are the migratory birds of the park.

Overnight Hotel in Agra.

Quintessential Mughal city that was the capital of their empire in the 16th and 17th centuries. Apart from Taj Mahal, theirs is the magnificent Agra Fort to visit - A story of brick to red sandstone. A fort which was home to Rajputs and Mughals. The prime time of this fort was 16 century when whole country was ruled from here. Visit to Fatehpursikri, and BulandDarwaza is must After visit to Taj.

Evening at leisure in your hotel.

Chances are en route you would be talking about Chambal. Its stories, mysteries and charm would have brushed you before you reach there. It has wildlife which is exclusive to its terrain, Ruins which tell the magnificent tales and Landscapes which have everything magical about it. In other words it has all the ingredients which will mesmerize you.

Check in to the hotel and after lunch it would be time for the Camel Safari. Camel safari along with the river would bring alive the tales of Chambal and its long forgotten histories. Nature walk back at the hotel for the late evening would open the opportunity to explore the birds and life around the river.

Hope you have a great night sleep. Afterall the sleeping next to cursed river is not easy. History says that this river originated through blood of cows. And today this curse seems to be working as there are no temples on the shoreline of Chambal.

Get ready for Jeep safari and taste the forbidding scenery and landscapes. Evening would be River safari. An opportunity to see the Queen of Chambal - the elusive Ganges River Dolphin. Besides - critically endangered Gharials( small crocodiles) and red crown roof turtle. Try to see all seven colors in the stripes at his head. Chambal supports 8 of the 26 rare turtle species found in India. Mammals which live here include: rhesus macaque, Hanuman langur, golden jackal, Bengal fox, common palm civet, Indian small mongoose, Indian grey mongoose, jungle cat, wild boar, sambar, nilgai, blackbuck, Indian gazelle (chinkara), northern palm squirrel, porcupine, Indian hare, Indian flying fox and hedgehog.

Besides you would include visit to Fort Ater. Enjoy the breathtaking views of Chamber from alters of Fort Ater. Historically important site for Rajput, Mughals and Marathas.

After Morning Breakfast - We would be moving to our next destination - the Heritage town of Dhaulpur.

Dhaulpur is equididtant to two very historical towns - Agra and Gwalior. On your drive from Chambal you would pass through mmustard fields and picturesque villages. Getting the view of birds on the move is a prized catch. Keep your cameras handy because chances are that you would stumble upon spotted owls for sure. bushchats, babblers, peacocks, wooly necked stork, kingfishers should be posing for your camera. Check in to the hotel and get ready for the activities - Excursions to temples and step wells, River Cruise with history flaunting itself on both the shores, Birding at Van Vihar and if we you are kucky then witness the exchange of marriage vows of the two Indian families.

Bharatpur is popular for its bird sanctuary - the Keoladeo Ghana National Park - finest in Asia, in which over 400 species of water birds. The sanctuary covers an area of 40 sq. km of swampy, lightly wooded terrain that was once the private hunting and shooting preserve of the Maharaja of Bharatpur. Today it is the protected breeding ground for many species of birds and also the home of migratory birds, like Sarus Crane,Garganey Teal that spends its winter here. Colonies of cormorants, spoonbills, storks, egrets, herons, pelicans, ibis and grey herons can be spotted all over the park, besides a fairly rich habitation of deer and snakes. The best time to visit the park is from October though March] The park can be explored either by cycle rickshaws (the drivers are all very capable naturalists) or by boats on the lake.

Early morning Boat ride or late evening boat ride can be very rewarding.

Overnight in Bharatpur.

Morning full day birding by Rickshaw / Cycle and walking at Bharatpur Bird sanctuary.

Check in to the hotel. Evening drives in the park. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at resort.

Morning and Evening Drives.

With an area of 400 sq. km encompassing rocky hill crests which descend to open valleys between the Aravalli and Vindhya ranges, dotted with water pools and fruit trees, this park gets its name from the thousand year old fortress, which looms above the forest. Well known for the diurnal activity of tigers, Ranthambore is a very special and unusual area where a natural present meets a historical past. Sambar, cheetal, chinkara, nilgai and languor. The elusive leopard and tigers are found in this reserve with tourists standing a very good chance of seeing tigers during the day.
Dotted across the landscape are the crumbling ruins of its past glory, be it chatris or cupolas, like palaces or old guard posts, all of which reinforce the magical and ethereal quality of this great wilderness

Overnight in Ranthambore.

Morning & Evening drives in the park. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at resort.

During the day visit the famous Ranthambhore Fort. (12 kms. from the Resort) Perhaps the only one fort, which is not visible from a long distance. The Fort is a massive enclave and quite high. Mughal Emperor Shah Alam gifted it to SawaiMadho Singh I of Jaipur in 1754 AD and since then it was maintained as the private hunting preserve. Much later, Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh were part of the Royal Hunting, who stayed here too. It's a unique Rajput Fort.

Archeological Department took it in 1964. It is 1578 ft from the sea level and 750ft from ground. Total area of the fort is about 7 miles. There is no drive way up to the fort, just the stairs. There are three big artificial lakes up in the Fort.

Overnight in Ranthambore.

Morning proceed on an excursion to Amber Fort with an Elephant ride upto the top of the Fort. Drive past HawaMahal, known popularly as the Palace of Winds, is a facade built for the Ladies of the Royal household in the 19th century. The Amber Fort, the capital of the erstwhile State of Jaipur until 1728 is perched on a hill. It has halls of Public and Private audience, a Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) various marble palaces which are marvelous examples of ancient Rajput architecture. The Temple of Amba (Mother Goddess), the patron deity of the Royal family is at the entrance to the palace. Ride an elephant to ascend the hill on which the Fort is situated.

Return to the town in the afternoon enroute visiting the City Palace - the former royal residence built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal styles which houses a museum with a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armoury of the Mughals and Rajputs, including swords of different shapes and sizes with ornate handles. It has an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit. Also visit the JantarMantar - an astrological and astronomical observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the 18th century, which is remarkable for its accuracy even in the present times.

Overnight in Jaipur.

Morning free for leisure activity and later transfer to international airport to board a flight back home.

 

Essential info

 

Vaccinations. There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Some of our India trips spend time at altitude. In regions over approx. 2000m, there is low to no risk of mosquito-borne diseases. For trips going to altitudes of over 3000m there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatize to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected.

 

Eating & drinking

Breakfast is included in all hotels as per itinerary. You should allow around USD 8 -12 per day for lunch and USD15 -20 for dinner (when not included). However you’re all meals are included in national park at your lodge or hotel. You can eat out very economical in India, but if you go to the more expensive restaurants, you will spend more than the suggested amount. In Cities Like, Mumbai, Jaipur, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Agra and Delhi there is a good choice of restaurants and a choice between Indian and Western style food. If you are a vegetarian India is probably one of the best destinations to travel to with a wide range of veg. dishes on offer; whilst at the national parks there are usually some non spicy curries but these are in limited supply. Tea and soft drinks are very expensive.  We advise for drinking use only packed drinking water / Mineral water however in most of the lodge/or hotel have purified water available and they use purified water for cooking as well. A (large!) bottle of beer is approx. USD 5-7. Mineral water is widely available.

 

Weather & seasonality

September to April is the ideal time to visit these areas of all over India. Days are normally warm to hot and nights cool or mild. Humidity is very low and little or some rain shower can be expected now day due to climate change. In March/April and September/October it can get very hot during the day. Evenings at the game parks can be surprisingly cool, so bring a jumper or lightweight fleece as well as sun hat, sun cream and sunglasses. It gets very cold in the early mornings and evenings especially during the open safari jeep or bus between December and February and you should be prepared for this. You should bring additional warm clothing such as good fleece jackets, gloves and a scarf as it can drop to near freezing

 

e-Tourist Visa Facility is available for holders of passport of following countries

Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Island, Chile, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Myanmar, Nauru, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Republic of Macedonia, Russia, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, USA, United Kingdom,  Vanuatu, Vatican City-Holy See, Vietnam. 

 

Eligibility

  1. International Travellers whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation , sightseeing , casual visit to meet friends or relatives, short duration medical treatment or casual business visit.
  2. Passport should have at least six months validity from the date of arrival in India. The passport should have at least two blank pages for stamping by the Immigration Officer.
  3. International Travellers should have return ticket or onward journey ticket, with sufficient money to spend during his/her stay in India.
  4. International Travellers having Pakistani Passport or Pakistani origin may please apply for regular Visa at Indian Mission.
  5. Not available to Diplomatic/Official Passport Holders.
  6. Not available to individuals endorsed on Parent’s/Spouse’s Passport i.e. each individual should have a separate passport.
  7. Not available to International Travel Document Holders.
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Trip Note :
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1. Book Early and Save Money .
2. Add a pinch of culture also like view Taj Mahal, Stay in heritage hotels, exploring culture .
3. Check dates of travel as the parks are closed during rainy seasons.
4. Some of the trips are escorted by  Wildlife specialist. Join the group.
 

Luxury Experience :
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Convert this tour into  luxurious private journey by accommodating yourself in the cosseting embrance of a collection

of  luxury wildlife resorts. Add luxury heritage hotels at other cities also.

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