Your journey at a glance
India is a wonderful destination of vibrant contrasts, engaging personalities, bustling cities and wildlife areas filled-to-the-brim with incredible game viewing opportunities. This 11-day India tour is perfect for those wanting to sample some of the country’s finest cultural attractions and incredible jungle safaris, guaranteed to take your breath away. The journey covers five exceptional destinations, starting in Delhi, home to the bustling market place of Chandni Chowk, various stately buildings and the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Humayun’s Tomb and the Qutub Minar.
The next leg of your journey takes you deep into jungle territory with explorations of both Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks. It is here that you will spend your morning and afternoons searching for the elusive tiger, meeting the sturdy gaur or tracking beautiful leopard and other amazing indigenous species.
Afterwards, your adventure will lead you to beautiful Varanasi for an insightful exploration, showcasing the unique relationship the city and its inhabitants have with the Gangtey River. Next, you will board a train to Agra. Your journey in this iconic destination offers tours of the red-stone Agra Fort and the legendary Taj Mahal, which you will get to see at both sunset and sunrise.
What to expect …
Transfer to Hotel Day 1
On arrival at Delhi, you will be warmly welcomed by your &Beyond India host and chauffeured to your hotel.
Overnight in Delhi Day 1 - 3
Spend two nights enjoying the old world charm of The Lodhi. 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.
Flight to Jabalpur Day 3
This morning connect to scheduled flight to Jabalpur.
Transfer to Kanha National Park Day 3
Upon arrival in Jabalpur, you will be driven to Kanha (approximately 4 hour’s drive).
Overnight in Kanha National Park Day 3 - 5
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.
Transfer to Bandhavgarh National Park Day 6
A drive through the Indian countryside will take you to Bandhavgarh National Park, a relatively small park with a thriving population of tiger.
Overnight in Bandhavgarh National Park Day 6 - 9
Spend three nights at Mahua Kothi Jungle Lodge, discovering India’s extraordinary wildlife on twice daily jungle drives with trained naturalists.
Set off in search of the king of the jungle Day 6 - 8
Set off on a jungle safari through the beautiful landscapes of Bandhavgarh National Park. Leave from your lodge in an open 4×4 safari safari in the company of your naturalist and stop at the park gate to welcome a park ranger on board. Immerse yourself in the picturesque scenery of Bandhavgarh as you search for the magnificent tiger. A glimpse of this beautiful animal in its element is a truly rewarding sight. Marvel at the tiger’s copper coat as it seeks refuge from the harsh sun and cools off in the nearby rivers. Listen carefully to sounds of the Indian jungle as the elegant spotted chital deer alerts its kin to the presence of any predator and watch as the wide eyed deer enters a clearing with delicate steps. Marvel at the antics of a colony of langur monkeys and watch out for a selection of other exotic wildlife. The stealthy leopard, four-horned chousingha antelope, wild boar, sloth bear and jungle cat are only some of the animals that inhabit this beautiful nature reserve. The park is also home to more than 250 colourful bird species.
Cradled between the picturesque Vindhya and Satpura mountain ranges, Bandhavgarh boasts a breathtaking mixture of dense green valleys and rocky hills. Mixed deciduous forests and woodlands are interspersed with flat grasslands and serene waterholes. A network of spring-fed streams provides a water source for the park’s wildlife.
Rising abruptly from the plains, the highest hill in the park is topped by the ruins of the ancient Bandhavgarh Fort. Gazing majestically over captivating views of the entire reserve from its perch atop a steep cliff, the fort is accessible by an old pilgrim path. Halfway up the hill, a massive reclining statue of Lord Vishnu, god of wealth and well-being, lies in the shade of dense evergreen trees, with an underground spring bubbling to life at the statue’s feet. Vultures, blue rock thrushes and crag martins nest among the crumbling ramparts of the old fort.
Transfer to Khajuraho Day 9
This morning you will be driven to the town of Khajuraho (5 hour by surface).
Flight to Varanasi Day 9
Take the afternoon flight to Varanasi .
Overnight in Varanasi Day 9
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.
Boat ride on River Ganges at sunrise Day
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.
Flight to Varanasi Day 10
In the afternoon met by your driver and driven to the Varanasi airport to connect to the scheduled flight to Delhi .
Overnight in Delhi Day 10
On arrival in Delhi you will be met and transferred to the Taj Mahal l Hotel.
Spend one overnight at the Taj Mahal Hotel.
Train journey to Agra Day 11
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.
Visit Taj Mahal by sunrise Day 12
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.
Transfer to Delhi Day 12
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