Tigers, mystics and romance
Discover the wonders of India's jungles, its spiritual heart and the architectural memoir of a great love story.
Explore bustling markets and historical buildings in Delhi with 2 nights at The Taj Mahal Hotel. Immerse yourself in a lush tiger wilderness, spending 3 nights at &Beyond Banjaar Tola Kanha Tented Camp. Track more wildlife among green valleys and rocky hills with 3 nights at &Beyond Mahua Kothi Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge.
The following 2 nights will be spent in Pashangarh. Mingle with pilgrims on the ghats of Varanasi's holy Ganges River as you spend the night at the Nadesar Palace. Return to Delhi for a night at The Mahal Hotel before moving on to Agra. Spend the night at Oberoi Amarvilas and watch the colours of the famous Taj Mahal change from sunrise to sunset.
What To Expect
12 Days / 11 Nights
The mixed Mughal and British Raj heritage of bustling Delhi
Tigers and other exotic wildlife at Kanha and Bandhavgarh National Parks
Religious ceremonies and pilgrims on the banks of the Ganges River
The elegant and harmonious beauty of the Taj Mahal
DAY 1 – 2: Delhi
On arrival at Delhi, you will be warmly welcomed by your &Beyond India host and chauffeured to your hotel. Spend two nights enjoying the old world charm of The Imperial. On the following morning, you will be escorted on a grand tour of Delhi’s grand markets, magnificent mosques, spectacular architecture, soaring minarets and ancient tombs.
DAY 3 - 5: Kanha National Park
This morning connect to scheduled flight to Jabalpur . Upon arrival in Jabalpur, you will be driven to Kanha (approximately 4 hour’s drive).
Prime tiger wilderness, Kanha National Park was one of the first areas to be protected under Project Tiger, aimed at preserving this magnificent animal, and remains a renowned conservation area. This picturesque reserve boasts the ideal habitat for both tigers and their prey species. Lush sal and bamboo forests are interspersed with vast grassy meadows known as maidans, while the Banjaar River, which forms the park’s southwestern border, provides a steady water source for the abundant wildlife.
Experience morning and afternoon scheduled game drive at Kanha National Park
Spend three nights at &Beyond Banjaar Tola Tented Camp, discovering India’s extraordinary wildlife on twice daily jungle drives with trained naturalists.
DAY 6 – 8: Bandhavgarh National Park
A drive through the Indian countryside will take you to Bandhavgarh National Park, a relatively small park with a thriving population of tiger. Spend three nights at Mahua Kothi Jungle Lodge, discovering India’s extraordinary wildlife on twice daily jungle drives with trained naturalists.
DAY 9: BANDHAVGARH/KHAJURAHO /VARANASI
This morning you will be driven to the town of Khajuraho (5 hour by surface).
Take the afternoon flight to Varanasi . Varanasi is a city situated on the banks of the River Ganges in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world and probably the oldest of India. The culture of Varanasi is closely associated with the River Ganges and the river's religious importance. The city has been a cultural and religious centre in North India for several thousand years. People often refer to Varanasi as "the city of temples", "the holy city of India", "the religious capital of India", "the city of lights", and "the city of learning."
Evening visit ghats to witness the day to day activities .The best time to visit is at dawn, when the river is bathed in a luminous yellow light as colorful throngs of pilgrims perform their morning devotions. A sunset boat ride on the river rewards with the magical sight of thousands of tiny candlelit lamps made of leaves and marigolds being set afloat as part of the Ganga aarti ceremony.
Spend one night at the Taj Nadesar Palace Hotel in a Palace room on bed and breakfast basis.
DAY 10- VARANASI/DELHI
This morning boat ride on River Ganges at sunrise. Varanasi's unique culture is associated to the river Ganges, where life and death intermingle. The living flock the ghats, praying with the belief that bathing in the waters of the sacred river would result in the remission of their sins, while the ashes of the dead are scattered in the water to break the cycle of reincarnation.
In the afternoon met by your driver and driven to the Varanasi airport to connect to the scheduled flight to Delhi . On arrival in Delhi you will be met and transferred to the Taj Mahal l Hotel.
Spend one overnight at the Taj Mahal Hotel .
Day 11 Delhi / Agra
Early morning, you will be met and chauffeured to New Delhi station to board train for Agra .
The city of Agra flourished under the patronage of the emperors Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan and attracted artisans from Persia and central Asia. Agra is where Emperor Shah Jahan engraved his immortal love for his Empress in marble, the Taj Mahal. Agra is still famous for handicrafts products such as inlay work on marble, carpets, jewellery, zari and embroidery work.
On arrival you will be met by & Beyond representative and driven to the Agra Fort for a guided sightseeing The red sandstone Agra Fort was renovated and converted into a palace during Shah Jahan's time, and reworked extensively with marble and pietra dura inlay. Notable buildings in the fort include the Pearl Mosque, the Diwan-e-Am and Diwan-e-Khas (halls of public and private audience), Jehangir's Palace, Khaas Mahal, Sheesh Mahal (mirrored palace), and Musamman Burj.
Later you will be check in at the Oberoi Amarvilas Hotel. The hotel is located 600 meters from the Taj Mahal and all the rooms, suites, lobby, bar and lounge offer breathtaking views of the monument. Built in a style inspired by Moorish and Mughal architecture, the resort takes you back to an era of Emperors and Princes. An interlude at The Oberoi Amarvilas is truly unforgettable.
Check in time at the hotel is 1400 hours.
Visit Taj Mahal by sunset said to be one of the most elegant and harmonious buildings in the world, Taj Mahal is the manifestation of the wealth and luxury of Mughal art as seen in its architecture, garden design, painting, and calligraphy.
Spend one night at Oberoi Amarvilas.
DAY 12: AGRA/DELHI
Early morning visit Taj Mahal by sunrise, said to be one of the most elegant and harmonious buildings in the world, Taj Mahal is the manifestation of the wealth and luxury of Mughal art as seen in its architecture, garden design, painting, and calligraphy. Return to hotel for a breakfast.
Around noon you will be driven to Delhi (4 hours) .Upon arrival at Delhi, you will be met and driven to the International airport for your flight home.
- WildlifeDeer, 2 Species of Monkey, Wildboar, Tigers, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Wild Dogs in Kanha National Park. Over 300 species of birdlife
- Travelling with ChildrenSuitable for Children, as many of the activities can be adapeted for them.
- Don't Leave withoutTaking a photograph of the Taj Mahal at Sunrise in Agra. Visit the local schools located on the edge of the National parks. Experience a cookery lesson at our lodges.
Where to Stay
Learn more about the luxurious &Beyond properties available for your trip.
A constant reminder of the elegance of the colonial era, the Imperial is a legendary landmark from the 1930s.
From maharajas and princes to various kings, presidents, CEOs and entertainers, the Taj Mahal Palace has played the perfect host.
Rates & Terms
- This offer is available on a per person sharing basis
- Accommodation on a double sharing basis at all hotels
- All transfers, sightseeing and overland trips in air conditioned vehicles
- Travel Journal
- Entrance fee and services of an English-speaking guide during local sightseeing excursions
- Mineral water during sightseeing excursions and overland trips
- All current taxes
- Park fees, non-professional photographic fees, guided morning and afternoon jungle safaris, three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, laundry and emergency medical evacuation insurance at all &Beyond lodges
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