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Taj Tiger and Temple Tour

Duration of Trip: 13 Nights / 14 Days
Places Covered: Delhi - Varanasi- Khajuraho - Agra- Ranthambore - jaipur - delhi

One of our best itineraries, the Taj Tiger & Temple tour covers the Golden Triangle circuit, the Ranthambore National Park and the temples of Varanasi and Khajuraho. Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and hence, the most popular tourist destination in India. Ranthambore attracts tourists with the lure of game viewing, especially the endangered species of Royal Bengal Tigers – the biggest wildcat species existing on Earth at present. Varanasi introduces to deep-rooted spirituality and unique Hindu rituals and Khajuraho Temples take a step further by presenting you the lesser-known Hindu doctrine that considers sex and romance as a part of holistic development of men and women.


Day 01: Arrival at Delhi
Company representatives will receive you on arrival at the international airport in Delhi late in the evening. Transfer to your hotel. Relax.

Delhi: Located on the sprawling banks of the river Yamuna, Delhi, the capital of India, represents an intriguing blend of a myriad of ancient and the modern civilizations, reflected not only in its diverse cultural heritage and historical monuments but also in the present social structure and lifestyles. The city chronicles the history of the various civilizations and dynasties that flourished here for over 3000 years. Their legacy survives in the many ancient monuments left behind by their rulers, each a chronicle of the glory of its times and a reflection of the prevailing cultures. The remains of seven distinctive capital cities can be seen here.

Day 02: Delhi
Breakfast will be at the hotel. Start tour of Old & New Delhi.

OLD DELHI : A sightseeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting the Raj Ghat - the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India and the Red Fort - once the most opulent fort and palace of the Moghul Empire.Agra-Fort

Enjoy the cycle rickshaw ride from Jama Masjid to Chandni Chowk

NEW DELHI: An extensive sightseeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to the Humayun's Tomb, the Qutub Minar, a drive along the ceremonial avenue - Rajpath, past the imposing Heritage India Gate, Parliament House and President's Residence. It would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave. Also visit the LOTUS TEMPLE & BIRLA MANDIR.

Enjoy the DANCES OF INDIA SHOW in the evening.

Overnight will be in Delhi.

Day 03: Delhi - Varanasi:
By Air Flight : 9W 333 (Jet Airways)
Aircraft : Boeing 737
Stopover: Nil
Departure: 1040 hr
Arrival: 1150 hr

Breakfast will be at hotel. Transfer in time to airport for flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival at Varanasi, you will be met and transferred to hotel.

Varanasi is the world's most ancient living city. Sunrise on the riverfront, as seen from a boat, can be spiritually uplifting sight. Crowded with temples, and its labyrinth of streets, the city attracts the maximum number of tourists. The religious capital of hinduism, varanasi is the carpet manufacturing place of india. It was previously known as kashi - the city that illuminates. The present name is derived from the fact that the city is at the confluence of the rivers Varuna and ASI.

Visit Sarnath 5 miles out of Varanasi for a day excursion: One of the holiest Buddhist sites in the world, where Buddha preached his first Sermon in 590 BC. Witness the ruins of a once flourishing Buddhist monastery and then visit a fine Museum which houses an excellent collection of Buddhist art and sculptures found at the site.

Evening – Prayer ceremony at the banks of River Ganges in Varanasi.

Overnight will be spent at Varanasi.

Day 04: Varanasi
In the morning drive to Daswamedh Ghat and take a boat ride on the sacred river Ganges to see the cremation Ghats and witness the living traditions of one of the world's oldest and most important religions. (To start at 0500 hrs. for the best lifetime experience) For you to appreciate this remarkable city, we'll transfer you to the banks of the River Ganges before the sun rises. Board a boat with your guide and proceed to the middle of the river, where at sunrise the sight unfolds before you. Thousands of faithful come daily to the banks to bathe and pray while in the background, temples and palaces rise in tiers from the water's edge. Return for a walk through the cobblestone streets along the banks of "Ganga". As shops are opening, the place now becomes a beehive of activity as the faithful are coming and going.

Return to hotel for a sumptuous breakfast. Proceed for a guided tour of Varanasi in the afternoon including the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Gyanvapi Mosque, Benaras Hindu University and other important monuments.

Evening free to explore the various banks of Varanasi

Overnight will be at Varanasi.

Day 05: Varanasi - Khajuraho
By Air Flight           : 9W 334 (Jet Airways)
Aircraft                : Boeing 737
Stopover             : Nil
Departure           : 1220 hr
Arrival                  : 1330 hr

Transfer to airport for flight to Khajuraho.
Situated in the heart of india, in the state of Madhya Pradesh, Khajuraho is a fascinating village with a quaint, rural ambience and a rich cultural heritage, honoured by the world as india's unique contribution to human civilisation. the chandela dynasty built eighty-five temples here. twenty remain as embodiments of indian architectural and sculptural art at its most evolved state. even ten centuries after they were constructed, the temples of khajuraho reflect an eternal philosophy relevant to all mankind. the temples of khajuraho is a world heritage site and belong not just to india but to the world. Khajuraho is one of the few millennium destinations of the world.
Reach Khajuraho. Transferred to hotel and relax. Visit the Western set of Temples and enjoy Sound and Light Show.
Overnight will be at Khajuraho.

Day 06: Khajuraho
Breakfast will be at the hotel. Start sightseeing of the TEMPLES.

The remote location of Khajuraho meant that the temples were unharmed by Muslim invaders and as a result, the intricately fine carvings are in very good condition and are said to represent life in heaven.  They were built during the mighty Chandela dynasty, the majority were constructed in a sudden burst of creative and religious energy, between the mid-10th and 11th centuries.  After ruling for about 500 years the Chandela dynasty fell to the might of Islam and consequently the religious centre of Khajuraho was abandoned.  The temples remain as a reminder of a society that believed in the full enjoyment of life, with all the senses being a path to nirvana.  Of the eighty-five original temples only 22 remain, but many are in very good condition including the Kandariya Mahadeva, the Chatrabhuj, Parswanath and Ghantai Temples, each remarkable for its beautiful design and architecture.

Relax in the evening. Overnight will be at Khajuraho.

Day 07: Khajuraho – Orchha – Agra:
By Road 170 km in 4 hr
By Train
Number               : 2001
Departure           : 1756 hr
Arrival                  : 2025 hr

Proceed by surface to ORCHHA after breakfast.  

ORCHHA – A medieval city founded by Bundela rulers with Palaces and temples of the 16th and 17th century which have remarkable withstood the onslaught of time. The city is picturesquely flanked by the River Betwa.

Proceed for sightseeing of ORCHHA sites within the Fort Complex.
Agra-Fort
Lunch will be at Orchha and then proceed to the station (12 km away) for train to Agra. {This is a superfast train with airline type seats.}
Upon arrival at Agra transfer to Hotel.

AGRA: Two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and Shah Jahan, transformed the little village of Agra into a befitting second capital of the Mughal Empire  - giving it the name Dar-ul-Khilafat {seat of the Emperor}. Today a visitor to Agra is caught up in a world of contrasting edifices, of red sandstone and white marble, narrow galleys and quaint buggies, and that irresistible charm that this favorite city of the Mughals still retains. It is not surprising, that modern Agra still reflects its Mughal heritage most conspicuously.  A walk down the narrow bustling streets of the city will introduce the visitor to the wafting aroma of Mughlai cuisine.

Day 08:Agra
Morning leisurely breakfast at hotel and proceed for sightseeing tour of agra visiting.

TAJ MAHAL: Little needs to be said about this architectural wonder which is always the soul raison-de-etre for every tourist's visit to Agra. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from it's stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen. Proceed for sightseeing to the AGRA FORT - Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone. Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction.

Visit Itmadullah's Tomb built by Empress NOOR JEHAN in memory of her father (The interiors of which are considered better than the Taj).

Overnight stay will be at the Hotel.

Day 09: Agra – Ranthambore
After leisurely breakfast at hotel, proceed to Ranthambore by road,

On arrival transfer to hotel check in hotel and relax,

Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve: at the junction of the Aravalis and the Vindhyas, is a unique example of natural and historical richness, standing out conspicuously in the vast, arid and denuded tract of eastern Rajasthan, barely 14 kilometers from Sawai Madhopur. Get in tune with nature for a luxury holiday in the heart of the jungle. Ranthambhore - perhaps the best place in the world to sight a tiger in the wild. The Ranthambhore National Park has had more Tiger sightings than any other National Park in the country. It has come to be known as "The land of the Tiger", where most of the documented footage of this majestic beast has been recorded.

It spreads over a highly undulating topography varying from gentle to steep slopes; from flat topped hills of the Vindhyas to the conical hillocks and sharp ridges of the Aravalis, from wide and flat valleys to narrow rocky gorges. An important geological feature the 'Great Boundary Fault' where the Vindhya plateaus meet the Aravali hill ranges, meanders through the Reserve. The National Park is bound by the rivers Chambal in the south and Banas in the north.

Ranthambhore forest is of tropical dry deciduous type, further classified as Dhok climax forest because of the predominance of Dhok (Anogeissus pendulla) found nearly everywhere. Dhok is an extremely hardy tree, capable of withstanding prolonged droughts. The leaves of this tree are good fodder and they are browsed by herbivores, and form a significant part of their diet. Even the dry, fallen leaves, eaten by them, are rich source of nutrition.

Palas or Cheela or the Flame of the Forest (Butea monosperms) blooms magnificently around mid-April. During the period, Kachida and Anatpura provide an amazing view, like a forest on fire. Around Kamaldhar massive Gum trees (Sterculia urens) with smooth white trunk stand out conspicuously. Similarly, Gurjan (Lannea coromandelica) with greyish trunks at the banks of the lakes and soft wood Salar (Boswellia serrata) dotted atop hills are noticeable.

Fruits of Ber (Zizyphus spp.) and 'crocodile bark' Tendu (Diospuyros melanoxylon) are highly relished by Sloth Bears. The lakes abound with aquatic vegetation including duck weeds, lilies and lotus. A haven for a multitude of wild animals, the Park boasts of playing host to tigers, leopards, the elusive caracals, hyenas, sloth bears, wild boars, crocodiles and so on. Besides, there are over 300 species of birds, from the majestic Crested Serpent Eagle to the exotic Golden Oriole.

Tiger, at the apex of the food chain, lord over the kingdom in a subtle way. Solitary by nature, it operates in stealth. Therefore tiger sightings, frequent as they are, are always a matter of chance. However, even evidences of tiger's activities are very exciting.

The other kinds of cats found in Ranthambhore are Leopard (Panthera pardus), Caracal (Felis caracal), Leopard Cat (Felis bengalensis), Fishing Cat (Felis viverrina) and the Jungle Cat (Felis chaus). Besides the big cats, the other large predators found in Ranthambhore include Sloth Bear, Striped Hyena, Wolf, Wild dog (or Dhole), Jackal, Indian Fox, Palm Civet, Small Indian Civet, Common Indian Mongoose, Small Indian Mongoose, Ratel (or Honey Badger), Marsh Crocodile and the Indian Python. There are two species of Antlers, namely the Spotted Deer (or Chital) and the Sambhar Deer, and, two kinds of Antelopes, namely the Indian Gazelle (or Chinkara) and the Bluebull (or Neelgai). Black Buck (another kind of antelope), which is rarely found in the National Park is common in Devpura area, in the outskirts of the park.

Overnight at resort,

Day 10: Ranthambore
A full day game viewing inside the jungle. (Two safaris). Overnight at the resort.

Day 11: Ranthambore – Jaipur
After breakfast drive to beautiful Pink City - Jaipur.
Reach and check in at hotel.

JAIPUR - The origins of the beautiful city of Jaipur can be traced back to the eighteenth century, during the reign of Jai Singh II who ascended the Amber throne in 1699. Jaipur today, epitomizes the spirit of Rajputana. In-spite of growing into a bustling metropolis, it still retains it's character and history - A beautiful fusion of the yesteryears and modernity. Popularly known as the Pink City because of the extensive use of the locally abundant pink plastered stone, painted so in honor of the visit of the royal consort of Queen Victoria. Jaipur thrills the soul with its massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and lush gardens.

Overnight stay will be at the Hotel.

Day 12: Jaipur
Breakfast at hotel.

Proceed for excursion to Amber Fort in the outskirts of Jaipur. Elephant ride ascent to the fort.

AMBER FORT PALACE - Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds it's ultimate expression.

Proceed for sightseeing of the city.

CITY PALACE - A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.
Agra-Fort
JANTAR MANTAR - This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.

The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. Its five-storey structure of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women.

Visit a rug factory and see the ladies at the intricate work or a gem factory and see the gem cutting and polishing process. Overnight stay will be at the Hotel.

Day 13: Jaipur – Delhi
Morning breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport to catch flight to delhi,

Reach Delhi and proceed to the restaurant for a FAREWELL DINNER and GHAZAL SHOW before driving to the airport for flight home (early morning of the next day) with sweet memories of India.

Day 14: Delhi – Depature.
Proceed to the airport as per flight timing after the FAREWELL DINNER arranged by TNS Travel. Board the flight for home with sweet memories of India.




Tour End.

Tour Cost Includes: -
  • Double Occupancy Accommodation,
  • Sightseeing Tours As Mentioned In the Itinerary,
  • Air-Conditioned Car with English speaking Chauffeur,
  • English Speaking Guide for All Mentioned Tours,
  • Meet and Assist Services on Arrival / Departure,
  • Daily Buffet Breakfasts,
  • Ranthambore all the meal are included lunch & dinner.
  • Air fare from Khajuraho-Varanasi, Varana
  • Air fare from Khajuraho-Varanasi, Varanasi-Delhi 
  • Train fare from Jhansi to Agra,
  • All Applicable Taxes And Service Charges,
  • Elephant Ride At Amer Fort – Jaipur
  • Entrance fee for all the monuments.
  • two Jeep Safari  at Ranthambore
  • All Parking, Road Taxes and Driver Allowances.
HOTELS:

CITY HOTEL Name NIGHTS
DELHI THE LALIT NEW DELHI 02
VARANASI RAMADA  Hotel/ RADISSON HOTEL 02
KHAJURAHO Radisson Hotel 02
AGRA MUGHAL SHERATON 02
RANTHAMBORE Pug Mark 02
JAIPUR Ramada Hotel 02

Tour Cost does not includes:

  • Any kind of personal nature of expenses like tel bill, camera fee, laundry bill, etc..
  • Tips for guide, driver, porter
  • Any thing which is not mention in the tour cost.
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