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Ultimate India Grand Journey

March 5-30, 2020

Grand Journey

Start your journey with the cultural side of India with its sumptuous mix of traditions, spiritual beliefs, festivals, architecture and landscapes, your memories of India will stay with you long after you have left this vibrant land. Travelling to India reveals a country that is both mesmerizing, exotic, exciting, and mystical. Join us as we explore some of the best that the Golden Triangle has to offer on this women's look at India. Then venture beyond to the state of Madhya Pradesh, known as the “Heart of India” because of a lot many things that it has to offer. It has been home to cultural and spiritual heritage of almost all the religions. Innumerable monuments, intricately carved temples, stupas, forts and palaces are dotted all over the State. The natural beauty of the state is equally varied. Consisting largely of a plateau, the State has everything, from mighty mountain ranges to meandering rivers to miles of verdant forests. In fact a large part of it is under the forest cover, offering a unique and exciting panorama of wildlife. In the National Parks of Kanha, Pench and Satpura you can spot the tiger, bison and a wide variety of deer and antelope. Our tour introduces the visits to some of the best habitat of wildlife, especially Tigers available in the country. Carpeted over the hills of central Indian highlands these jungles and hills are sources of some of the most important rivers of peninsular India. On this tour you will also visit a local village. Be a guest in a tribal home, see cow dung patty cakes being made for fuel wood, kitchen gardens and local produce being dried in the sun, watch the women work in the fields, paint intricate designs on their walls and floors, see the temple, and understand the harmony of their lives with nature.

 

Signature Moments

  • Learn to dance like a Bollywood star
  • Visit one of the 7 wonders of the world - The Taj Mahal
  • Immerse yourself in a traditional Indian Gala at Diggi Palace
  • Learn to cook like a local and take home the art of Indian cooking
  • Step into the pages of Kipling's 'The Jungle Book'
  • Be a guest in a tribal home
  • Be in awe of the majestic wild tiger
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Inclusions & Highlights
  • 25 Nights First Class accommodations
  • Airport transfers
  • 12 breakfast, 12 dinners
  • Private AC minivan transportation throughout
  • Internal flights
  • Cycle Rickshaw Ride in Delhi
  • Tour of Delhi
  • Bollywood dance work shop in Delhi
  • Aarti Ceremony on the Ganges
  • Boat ride in Varanasi and in Udaipur
  • Agra Tour
  • Taj Mahal Visit
  • Agra Fort Visit
  • Mini Gala in Jaipur (Diggi Palace Hotel)
  • Jeep Ride in Amer Fort to Bishnoi Village
  • Jaipur tour
  • Mehrangarh Fort Visit
  • Walking tour in Blue City
  • Udaipur sunrise bicycle tour
  • Cooking class in Udaipur
  • Farewell dinner in Fio restaurant Delhi
  • Airport transfers
  • All meals during safaris
  • Private AC minivan transportation in Delhi and Corbett
  • MUV vehicles for safari
  • Internal flights
  • Guided orientation of New Delhi
  • Cycle Rickshaw ride
  • Satpura boat ride
  • Satpura canoe safari
  • Game drives throughout
  • Visit Gond & Baigha Tribal villages
  • Bamhni Nature Walk
  • Corbett birding trial
  • Knowledgeable guides throughout
  • Traditional Indian Welcome with aarti, tilak & garlanding
  • Welcome and departure assistance and transfers
  • English speaking guide
  • Women's Travel Club leader
Itinerary
Ultimate India Grand Journey
Day 1 - Arrive Delhi

Welcome to India!
Today you will arrive at New Delhi’s International Airport. After you finish your immigration formalities, collect your baggage and walk through the customs channel, a representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel.
Delhi is India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds - the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiraling skyscrapers the remnants of a bygone time in the form of its many monuments stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a specious, garden city, tree-lined with a number of beautiful parks.
Accommodations - Le Meridien

 

Day 2 - Delhi

After breakfast enjoy a tour to Old Delhi, visiting Jama Masjid- one of the largest mosques in Asia. It offers an excellent view of the old city and the Red Fort. The walk then takes you through the narrow lanes and bazaars of the old city; the havelis (mansions) which still retain their traditional appearance, Jain temples, small businesses, kinari bazaar (one of the most popular bazaars in Delhi) and parathe wali gali (the street famous for fried bread).
In New Delhi visit Humayun's Tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun and a precursor of the Taj Mahal. Also drive past the imposing India Gate- a war memorial, the Parliament Building and the President House, before arriving at Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. Learn the rhythms of India and feel like a Bollywood Star in this 2-hour traditional dance class in Delhi. Learn about the origins of India’s distinctive dance styles as you slip into a sparkly Bollywood-style costume (provided), then make your way to the dance floor. With a small-group class limited to 15 people, you’ll receive plenty of attention from your instructor, as you master fun Bhangra, belly dancing or hip-hop moves. Best of all: your class will be filmed and sent to you as a private YouTube link, so you can show off your dazzling costume and Bollywood dance moves to friends and family back home!
Accommodations - Le Meridien

 

Day 3 - Delhi - Varanasi

This morning connect a flight to Varanasi. Arrive and drive to your hotel in the city. En route visit Sarnath, the place where Buddha preached his first sermon, Visit the Stupa, Buddhist temple and an archaeological museum. See the beautiful painting on the walls of the Buddhist temple “one can also visit the Modern temples & Monasteries of Thai, Chinese, Tibetan, Burmese and Japanese. In the evening we take you to the Ghats to witness the Aarti Ceremony (Hindu ritual /prayer of river Ganges at Sunset). You will be passing through the crowded bazaars and narrow lanes (old part) of this ancient city, small shops illuminated with beautiful lights followed by a short boat ride on Ganges witnessing the Aarti ceremony amidst jingling of bells, floating of diyas (traditional lamps) and chanting of mantras give u a never forgettable life time experience indescribable in words.
Accommodations - Brijrama Palace

 

Day 4 - Varanasi - Agra

We will have to get up early this morning for a Boat Ride on River Ganges. The western banks of Ganges have a string of 84 Ghats (the chain of stone steps) and interestingly each of them has a story to relate. Most of these Ghats built with pavilions, palaces and terraces are mainly used as Dharamsalas (a home for the pilgrims during their visit to the holy city). The sunrise on the Ganges popularly known as Subeh Banaras is a soul-lifting experience. At dawn-the Ghats are abuzz with activity of the devotees performing their ablutions in the river or offering prayers to the rising sun and performing other religious rituals. At Manikarnika Ghat- Cremation is a continuous process (photography prohibited). After the boat cruise on the Ganges walk through the narrow lanes visiting the Vishwanath temple popularly known as the Golden Temple (entry restricted to Hindus only) and a few other Temples, that this holy city is known for. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Later, fly to Agra.
Accommodations - ITC Mughal

 

Day 5 - Agra

Start early today to explore the monument dedicated to love from an Emperor for his queen – the legendary Taj Mahal. After you have checked in rested for a while, start your tour of the city that includes visit to the Taj and the fort.
The Taj Mahal is everything that has been said about it and more. Taking 22 years and 20,000 men to build, the white marble was quarried 200 miles away and was transported to the site by a fleet of 1000 elephants. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal in mid-17th century, the Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world. Though the Taj appears to be amazingly perfect from almost any angle, it is the close-up marble inlay work, which is really astounding. Later visit Agra Fort – the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. This was the seat of Mughal rule and administration and the present structure owes its origins to Akbar who erected the walls and gates and the first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River. Shah Jehan added the impressive quarters and the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts. Visit its Hall of Public Audience and its Royal Pavilions.
Accommodations - ITC Mughal

 

Day 6 - Agra - Jaipur

Post Breakfast drive to Jaipur. En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city, built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. It was abandoned soon after it was built when the local wells went dry and it remains today in much the same condition that it was over 300 years ago. It is complete with palaces and mosques and used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed. Now it is an extraordinary place to wander around with its buildings in near perfect condition. Arrive Jaipur in the evening and check in at you hotel.
Jaipur, the pink city was founded in 1727 AD by Maharaja Jai Singh II who ruled from 1699-1744. Initially his capital was Amber, which lies at a distance of 11kms from Jaipur. After several battles with Marathas, Jai Singh was keen on the security aspect of the city. Due to this reason, he focused on his scientific and cultural interests to make a brilliant city. Being, a lover of mathematics and science, Jai Singh sought advice from Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, a Brahmin scholar of Bengal, to aid him design the city architecture. Vidyadhar referred the ancient Indian literature on astronomy, books of Ptolemy and Euclid, and discussed the plan with the King. Be ready for a very special evening. Visit Diggi Palace, a beautiful Palace hotel for an Indian evening with live music and meeting the Maharaja & Maharani. All the group members will be given Indian dresses to wear. The resplendent Diggi Palace was built by Shri Thakur Saheb Pratap Singh ji Diggi of the then ruling family of Diggi principality in 1860. Situated in the heart of the city on 18 acres of land amidst an array of fresco painted 'deodis' (doorways), 'durbars' (banquet halls), 'havelis' (palace wings) and lush green gardens.
Accommodations - Taj Jai Mahal Palace

 

Day 7 - Jaipur

Take an excursion to Amber fort to see the fabulous Amber Fort. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravalli hills and sprawling crenulated walls lattice the surrounding area. A jeep ride will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress. Once on top, take a stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Most fascinating, perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room.
Visit Ladli (a NGO), An initiative of the Government of India, Ladli Vocational Training Centre, takes care of schooling, stay, training and nutrition of various children of poor backgrounds in India. Although, it is not one of the ‘touristy’ things to do in Jaipur, it certainly is one that will stay in your memory for a long time. The kids here are engaged into training for various vocations and are extremely friendly and welcoming. You can shop for handicrafts and intricate jewelry from here to take back home. The funds from the store go towards the maintenance of the center and the children.
Post lunch you will stop and see the `Palace of Winds’, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It is really an elaborate facade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings on in the street below. It is extremely intricate in its pink sandstone carving. The cool wind blows through its facade of windows and latticed screens through which the queens of the court once viewed the streets of the city. Also visit the City Palace, which is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armory, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings. In the evening stroll around the colorful markets of Jaipur. Return to your hotel later for overnight stay.
Accommodations - Taj Jai Mahal Palace

 

Day 8 - Jaipur - Jodhpur

Post breakfast drive to Jodhpur. Leave early today as there is a long drive ahead of us. A short detour on the way can be made to see the holy lake at Pushkar. Continue your drive to Jodhpur and arrive at your hotel by late afternoon. Visit the majestic Mehrangart Fort in the evening.
Undoubtedly the main reason people go to Jodhpur is the majestic Mehrangarh Fort. This is a truly awe-inspiring building, which houses a fascinating museum. After the construction Mehrangah Fort in 1459, the Rajput king Rao Jodha moved his capital here and people were invited to settle in the new capital city of Jodhpur (pur in Hindi means city). Mehrangarh Fort stands a hundred feet in splendor on a perpendicular cliff, four hundred feet above the sky line of Jodhpur. Burnished red sand stone, imposing, invincible and yet with a strange haunting beauty that beckons. Much has been written about the Citadel of the Sun, for truly, it is one of the most impressive in all Rajasthan. So colossal are its proportions that Rudyard Kipling called it “the work of giants”. Today, it is acknowledged as one of the best preserved fort in India. Evening is at leisure at the hotel.
Accommodations - Raas Hotel

 

Day 9 - Jodhpur

Take a tour of the The Bishnoi community. The villagers are staunch worshippers of nature in all its forms, specially the sanctity of plant and animal life. They even pray to the green trees and animals that inhabit their land. In this world of exploitation everywhere, they make every effort to conserve the environment. Another fact about the Bishnoi tribals is that they worship Lord Vishnu and are vegetarians. During your jeep safari you can spot wild life like black bucks, chinkara, blue bulls, desert foxes, partridges, peacocks, and can also have an opportunity to see the bishnoi families & meet village people. Visitors can enjoy view of thousands of migratory, demoiselle cranes, guda lake and nearby places. You can see the weavers, potters and block printers on their work. The Bishnoi religion is well known for their eco-friendly attitude and their efforts in preserving the great Flora & Fauna of. Rajasthan Bishnoisare the most practical, simple, nature loving and eco-friendly sect of Hindu religion. Bishnoi believe in to live with peace, love and harmony not only with human beings but also with nature, wild animals and trees.
In the afternoon you will enjoy the walking experience “the Blue City Revealed” with our local expert. The old town is planned in the form of the human body - Mehrangah Fort represents the head, the right hand represents the Bhramins or the priest community and the left hand the ministers, important Thakurs, landlords and other people in service at the Royal Court. The stomach represents the business class who were mainly wealthy merchants engaged in trade and commerce. Finally, the legs represent all the manual labourers, lower cast or harijans and milk men. This walk uncovers four largely undiscovered areas of the old city - Bhrampuri, Nav Choukiya, Sarafa Baaar and Katla.
Accommodations - Raas Hotel

 

Day 10 - Jodhpur - Udaipur

Drive to Udaipur, the city of lakes and also popularly known as the ‘Venice of East’. It is a very interesting and picturesque drive through the green countryside. After a drive of around 2hr30min, we will arrive in Ranakpur at hotel Mana, which is our mid-way between Udaipur and very close to the Ranakpur Jain Temples, believed to be the finest example of marble sculptures.
The white Ranakpur Jain Temple was built in the 15th century. The basement is of 48,000 sq. feet area that covers the whole complex. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty-four pillared halls and domes supported by over four hundred columns. The total number of columns is 1,444 all of which are intricately carved with no two being alike. The artistically carved nymphs playing the flute in various dance postures at a height of 45 feet are an interesting sight. In the assembly hall, there are two big bells weighing 108 kg whose sound echoes in the entire complex.
Drive onto Udaipur. Possibly no city in Rajasthan is quite as romantic as Udaipur, even though the state is replete with fantastic hilltop fortresses, exotic fairy-tale palaces and gripping legends of medieval chivalry and heroism. The French Impressionist painters, let alone the Brothers Grimm, would have loved this place and it’s not without justification that Udaipur has been called “the Venice of the East”. Jaisalmer is certainly the “Beau Geste” of the desert and Udaipur is the “Versailles”. Arrive & Check inn at Lake Palace Hotel. If time permits, enjoy a sunset boat cruise on Lake Pichola.
Accommodations - Fateh Prakash Palace

 

Day 11 - Udaipur

Early Morning go on a very relaxed Bicycle Tour at sunrise. We arrive to our first to do thing and that’s a lake called Fateh Sagar, It is an artificial lake named after Maharana Fateh Singh of Udaipur and Mewar, constructed north-west of Udaipur, to the north of Lake Pichola in the 1680s. Within the confines of the Fateh Sagar Lake, there are three small islands; the largest of these is the Nehru Park (4 km2 (1.5 sq mi) area), which is a popular tourist attraction, the second island (0.06 km2 or 15 acres area) houses a public park with an impressive water-jet fountain, and the third island (1.2 km2 area) is the address for the Udaipur Solar Observatory (USO). The Nehru Park is accessible by inboard motor boats. The blue waters of the lake and the backdrop of the green mountains has given the soubriquet of ‘the second Kashmir’ to Udaipur.
We make our way through some villages and reach Tiger Lake (Badi lake), we stop to eat a little breakfast, here our team will organize a small picnic for us by the lake, It is an artificial fresh water lake. The lake was built in the village of Badi, about 12 km from the city, by Maharana Raj Singh I (1652-1680) to counteract the devastating effects of a famine. The lake covers an area of 155 km2, and has an embankment 180 m. long and 18 m. wide, which is graced by three artistic chhatris (kiosks or pavilions). During the drought of 1973, the lake supplied water to the people of Udaipur. It is an amazing experience riding around this lake and on all sides it is covered by the forest department so there is no construction or any kind of commercial activity.
After some refreshments we ride complete downhill for 4 kms to the finish point. Return to your hotel for breakfast. Post Breakfast tour The City Palace. The City Palace Museum comprises the Mardana Mahal (palace for the royal men) and the Zenana Mahal (palace for the royal ladies). Since 1969 these two palaces have been preserved and developed as The City Palace Museum.
The Museum is in fact a series of palaces, built from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries, spatially divided into royal private areas and public zones. Each of the palaces represents unique architectural styles and materials. Rare murals on the walls and ceilings, glass inlay work, original paintings and artefacts are spread over 20,000 square metres. Weaponry, armaments and personal belongings of the rulers are on display in their original places.
Right in the heart of Udaipur you will find ''Cooking Classes'' in a local home that we work closely with. It is an Indian cuisine cooking school, offering a variety of Indian dishes. It would be a fantastic take-away at the last leg of our journey. The kitchen in this home-based-school resembles your home kitchen, so that you are able to replicate the dishes at your place. Enjoy a hands- on cooking class here and learn some quick Recipes like Masala Chai (Indian Tea), Potato and Onion Pakoras (snacks), Coriander & Mango Chutneys (sauces & dips), Aubergine and Tomato Masala (curry), Vegetable Palao (Biryani), Naan with cheese and tomato (fluffy bread), Chapati (Indian Roti/ bread), Potato Parantha (stuffed potato bread); Paneer (Cottage Cheese) etc.
Accommodations - Fateh Prakash Palace

 

Day 12 - Udaipur - Delhi

A very early breakfast will be followed by transfer to airport for flight to Delhi. In the afternoon, Go Shopping: You can buy reasonable clothes, accessories, artefacts and handicrafts from the local street markets of Sarojini Nagar, Lajpat Nagar and Janpath or head to designer stores in Hauz Khas and Shahpur Jat. There are some high-end malls that stock international luxury brands such as DLF Emporio in Vasant Kunj. Most shops stay open till 9 pm so you can go shopping after sightseeing. Choose a market closer to your hotel. These are some of the best bazaars to pick up knickknacks and last minute souvenir-hunting.
A farewell dinner in a local restaurant will bring this fantastic tour to an end. Spend the night at an airport hotel.
Accommodations - Andaz by Hyatt

 

Day 13 - Delhi

Enjoy your morning at leisure, this afternoon we will transfer to our starting hotel for the Tiger Safari.

Accommodations - Radisson Blu Plaza

 

Day 14 - Delhi - Satpura

Take a short flight to Bhopal this morning. Once there, we will drive 3 hours to come to one of India’s most scenic park, Satpura. This is a unique one with Denwa river flowing through it offering an opportunity to explore the park on a boat.
En route we will make a brief stop at the UNESCO Heritage site of Bhimbetka. The site is known for cave paintings dating back to approximately 30,000 years. Rock shelters that were home to humans, millennia ago. And a rich flora and fauna surrounding these, indeed, make Bhimbetka a gift to us from our earliest ancestors. An archaeological treasure, Bhimbetka has around 243 rock shelters. The paintings found in the rock shelters here have a striking resemblance to the ones discovered in Kakadu National Park in Australia; to the cave paintings of Bushmen in Kalahari Desert and Upper Palaeolithic Lascaux cave paintings in France. A walkthrough these ancient naturally carved rocks surrounded by dense forests of Bhimbetka will bring alive child-like wonder in you. Drive for another 2 hours to arrive at the lodge. In the afternoon there will be a Safari in the Park.
Nestled in to the beautiful forested hills of Satpura landscape, the Satpura Tiger Reserve is one of the most biodiversity rich areas of Central India. From the small insectivores plants to the Indian Gaur and Tiger, every flora and fauna typical to Central Indian Highlands are found here. The reserve was formed after merging Satpura National Park, Bori Wildlife Sanctuary and Pachmarhi Wildlife Sanctuary together in the year. This is also a part of the Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve which covers almost 4927 sq. km.
Accommodations - Reni Pani Jungle Lodge

 

Day 15 - Satpura

This morning we will go for canoeing in the river, as it offers a unique way to watch the water birds especially Indian Skimmer, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, River Tern, Bar headed Geese etc. Our canoe trek will run parallel to the dense Jungle. The terrain of the national park is extremely rugged and consists of fascinating deep valleys, sandstone peaks, narrow gorges, rivulets, waterfalls, thick dense green forest of Sal and other medicinal herbs, it also has large tracts of Teak forests.
Take a second Jeep safari in the park in the afternoon. Spread over 524sq kms, the Satpura range is the epitome of beauty. Over here nature displays itself in a myriad of exquisite ways. It offers you a panoramic view of beautiful mountain peaks, gorges, magnificent waterfalls, sparkling streams and deep valleys. Satpura is a Sanskrit word, which means seven mountains. The Satpura national Park is spread over 1427 sq km with altitude ranging from 300 to 1352 meters. The rugged terrain consists of fascinating deep valleys, sandstone peaks, narrow gorges, rivulets, waterfalls and thick forest. It is home to the majestic tiger and a number of other critically endangered animals. The park is also known to be a delight for bird watchers. The Jungle Safari will take you into the heart of the Satpura forest, where sightings of wildlife are common and offer great opportunity for photographers.
Accommodations - Reni Pani Jungle Lodge

 

Day 16 - Satpura - Pench

We drive roughly for 5 hours today to come to another gem in Central India, Pench National Park. Pench National park, nestling in the lower southern reaches of the satpuda hills is named after Pench river, meandering through the park from north to south. It is located on the southern boundary of Madhya Pradesh, bordering Maharashtra. In the heart of India, Madhya Pradesh, Pench National Park is located in the districts of Seoni and Chhindwara. Named after the pristine River Pence which flows through the park, Pench National Park is one of the most popular wildlife reserves in India. The park also has its mention in the famous story of 1894, ‘The Jungle Book’, penned down by the renowned English Author Rudyard Kipling. The story was worldwide applauded, and hence, the national park became one of the popular national parks in the world in the 1970s and also a prominent tourist attraction in India. Since then, every year oodles of wildlife buffs flock to this place just to spot the famous characters of the book, Akela (The Indian Wolf), Raksha (the female Wolf), Baloo (Sloth Bear), and the vicious Shere Khan (Royal Bengal Tiger). This afternoon we will enjoy a safari.
Accommodations - Pench Tree Lodge

 

Day 17 - Pench

Today there will be an early morning as well as an afternoon Jeep safari.
Tigers. Leopards. Jackals. And us humans. The Pench National Park, like it did in the iconic 'The Jungle Book', still brings humans in close contact with wildlife. Rudyard Kipling based Mowgli's adventures, and his battle with the furious Sher Khan, on this very place. Located in the southern reaches of the Satpura range, it is divided by river Pench into nearly two equal parts. This magnificent expanse shelters over 285 resident and migratory birds. Pench National Park, with its majestic tigers and several other animals and birds, will bring back the thrill you used to have, when watching Mowgli battle Sher Khan.
Accommodations - Pench Tree Lodge

 

Day 18 - Pench - Kanha

At lunch, get oriented about the area and the lodge by resident naturalist. Take the afternoon safari, which is our first foray in to the dense forest. Kanha is renowned as being ‘the best managed Wildlife Park in Asia’ and you are more than likely to have an excellent few days spotting wildlife here. Safaris into Kanha offer excellent opportunities for wildlife photography and bird watching and it is considered one of the best places in the world to see wild tigers. Kanha National Park is one of India’s largest parks, covering almost 2000 kilometers of pristine Indian wilderness.
Situated in the Maikal Hills of the Satpura range, Kanha boasts a spectacular landscape of vast Sal tree forests, interspersed with flourishing green meadows and beautiful stretches of lush bamboo growth. This national park is one of the first nine tiger reserves established with the initial launch of Project Tiger in 1973, aimed at protecting tigers and their ecosystems. Kanha is prime tiger wilderness, and it remains Project Tiger’s greatest success story. Return to your lodge in the evening for cocktails & dinner, over a slide show.
Accommodations - Singinawa Jungle Lodge

 

Day 19 - Kanha

Today is an exciting day in Kanha, and you will be able to have a morning jungle drive (our second safari) through the stunning Sal forests and meadows looking for sloth bear, jackal, the rare hardground Barasingha (swamp dear), sambar, and of course Sher Khan himself! Breakfast will be in the park during our Safari break.
There are many success stories of wildlife conservation are associated with this Kanha Tiger reserve and most prominent among them is the revival of population of hard Ground Barasingha. Kanha was declared a National Park in 1955 and Tiger reserve in 1973. The mammal and bird diversity of the park is fabulous having almost the entire faunal element of central India including Tiger, Leopard and Wild Dogs. 5 Types of Deer including the smallest one Mouse deer with Indian Gaur constitute the prey species for the carnivores. The beautiful mosaic of habitat of Sal forest and savannah grasslands are ideal for survival of the big mammals specially Tigers. Two perennial rivers flowing through the reserve ensures the water supply to the wildlife and forest throughout the year. Return to the lodge for lunch.
Later, visit the tribes of Gond and Baigha to see their lifestyle and way of living. Interact with the villagers and also see a tribal museum for an insight into their uniqueness and art. During the afternoon tour today, we will walk in the villages and meet interesting tribal people, often displaying beautiful jewelry and tattoos. Besides their unique lifestyle, which makes an interesting subject, their smiling faces are a photographer’s delight. The ancient Baiga tribe is indigenous to central India. Many of them can be found in the Mandla district, near Kanha National Park, in Madhya Pradesh. They live traditionally, in villages with mud huts and no electricity, completely untouched by modern development. They cook using primitive implements, cultivate and store their own rice, and brew potent toddy from the flowers of the sacred mahua tree. Throughout various phases of their life, Baiga women get tattoos on their head, arms, chest and legs, representing aspects of nature integral to the Baiga way of life. The Baigas still coexist with the Gonds. Yet, the Gond villages tell a different story of how this community has prospered while the Baigas have not. Artwork, which the Gonds have become well known for, has provided them with a lucrative source of income. Their homes have more facilities, often including electricity. Dinner & overnight at the lodge.
Accommodations - Singinawa Jungle Lodge

 

Day 20 - Kanha

Take another Safari in the park this morning. Spread across 940 sq.km, Kanha National Park is one of the largest parks in Madhya Pradesh where the majestic royal Bengal tigers are found in good numbers. The Park is respected globally for saving the Barasingha from near extinction. No doubt, it is one of the best managed parks in Asia and a part of Project Tiger. National Geographic's award winning 'Land of the Tigers' was shot here, but the park is home to leopards, wild dogs and Barasingha as well. A safari in Kanha will surely get you thrilled, the way you were on your first trip to the zoo, as a child. Lunch at the lodge.
Late afternoon set out for a nature walk on a dedicated trail. Another great way of spying on the bird life here is to take a walk on the wild side, quite literally. The camp has friendly, knowledgeable guides who are happy to take you on a nature trail through the jungle. Stroll to the starting point of the Bamhni Nature Trail and set off on a delightfully educational walk. Listen to the evil laugh of the rufous treepie and the steady tap-tap of the incredibly pretty flameback woodpecker. Watch the greater racket-tailed drongo glide between trees and kingfishers perched contentedly upon high branches. As your wanderings bring you to the Banjaar River, scramble up a small hillock and find two benches fashioned out of logs of wood. Perch yourself there while your guide and his assistant whip out flasks of coffee and cookies as you soak up the silence.
Accommodations - Singinawa Jungle Lodge

 

Day 21 - Kanha - Delhi

This morning again you have to wake up early to explore the wildlife of Kanha by Jeeps- our 3rd and final safari in Kanha. Most of the animals and birds are active during early morning and late evening. So don’t miss the chance and be first in the queue for entry into the park. Though sightings of charismatic animals like tiger leopard are a matter of luck but from our side we don’t wanted to miss any chance.
After the Safari drive to Raipur airport to catch an evening flight to Delhi. Stay near the airport for an early start to Corbett the following morning.
Accommodations - Radisson Blu Plaza

 

Day 22 - Delhi - Corbett National Park

Situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, Corbett is one of India’s most beautiful wildlife areas. This park has a tiger population of around 160, which makes it most important sanctuary of this endangered species in India.
Jim Corbett is the oldest national park in India, has the distinction of being visited by many generations of nature lovers since 1939. The weather remains idyllic throughout the year in this part of Uttarakhand, making it truly an ideal destination for both leisure and adventure. A massive 520 sq kilometers, this includes diverse terrain from the gurgling rivers, to steep hills and of course dense forest. Plays host to a wide array of wildlife including Tiger, Elephants, Leopard, Jungle Cat, Nilgai, Sambur to mention some and over 500 species of resident and migratory birds. The best opportunity for viewing game is in the early morning and late afternoon. The Park operates four-wheel drive open top jeeps or canters for these excursions. Safaris are led by Jim Corbett Forest Authorities appointed guides who take guests on one of a range of routes through the park Start your afternoon Jeep Safari into the jungle.
Accommodations - Jim's Jungle Retreat

 

Day 23 - Corbett

Take an early morning Safari today. Corbett National Park has captured the imagination of many with its diverse wildlife and breath-taking landscapes. The natural uniqueness of the area was recognised long ago and so in 1936 Corbett attained the distinction as the first national park to be established in mainland Asia. It covers an area of 521 sq. km and together with the neighbouring Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary and Reserve Forest areas, forms the Corbett Tiger Reserve over 1288 sq. km. Its geographical location between the Himalayas and the terai, and the streams, rivers and ridges crisscrossing the terrain, present Corbett with a remarkable variety of landscapes. This vivid mosaic of habitats – wet and dry, plain and mountainous, gentle and rugged, forests and grasslands – supports numerous plant and animal species, representing Himalayan as well as plains kinds. The most famous of Corbett’s wild residents are the Bengal Tiger and the Asiatic Elephant, but with about 600 species of avifauna Corbett is one of the richest bird regions of India.
The different habitat types of Corbett i.e. mountains, sal forests, chaurs, khair-sissoo forests, and rivers have their distinct assemblage of plants. More than 600 species of trees, shrubs, herbs, bamboos, grasses, climbers and ferns have been identified in the Park. The tiger (Panthera tigris) is perhaps the most celebrated of the wild animals of India. It symbolizes the power of Nature and finds an important place in our culture, mythology and legends. It has been worshiped as the guardian and ruler of the forest. Tigers are believed to have evolved in East Asia (China) about 2 million years ago. They then dispersed to other parts of Asia. There existed eight subspecies of tiger, out of which three have gone extinct. Today this perfect carnivore is a critically endangered species, though once it roamed freely in most of Asia. India is home to the largest population of wild tigers in the world. In the afternoon, take a nature walk in the buffer area.
There are estimated to be only 5000 to 7500 tigers surviving in the world. Out of these, the subspecies found in the Indian subcontinent, the Bengal tiger has 3000 to 4500 surviving members, more than three-fourths of which are in India. The terai-bhabar region, including Corbett, was once the best place to find tigers but this habitat has reduced tremendously due to development-induced land use changes.
Accommodations - Jim's Jungle Retreat

 

Day 24 - Corbett

This morning we will go on a birding trial. The Western Himalayan region of Uttarakhand has one of richest and diverse bird habitats in Asia. Of the 1,248 species of birds found across India, over 621 have been spotted in our state largely due to the altitude varying from 400m to over 7800m in the Himalayas, leading to rich and varied forest types in a relatively small region. Birding is a specialty of Vanghat, and whether after a general introduction to the almost overwhelming array of avian fauna, or on the hunt for a very specific species, we can tailor our expertly led guided birding activities to suit.
Vanghat is situated in a range of hills that are a transition zone between the plains to the south and the mountains to the northeast, meaning that in this melting pot of habitats we see almost all of these species, either as residents or migrants. The rich river habitat attracts Pallas's, Lesser and Grey-headed Fish Eagle, numerous kingfisher and the Brown Fish Owl, which at dusk is more often heard than seen. The emblematic Great Hornbills journey daily up and down the valley, their vast wings audible in flight, and sometimes have been spotted feeding on the Ficus trees on the riverside opposite camp. Brown Dipper, Wallcreeper and several species of forktail (the Spotted and Little Forktail being the most common), Plumbeous and White-capped Water Redstart and several wagtail species are amongst the altitude migrant visitors to the area.
In the afternoon, take another Safari in a different zone in the park. Corbett Tiger Reserve boasts a wide array of fauna such as three species of otter and many other fascinating mammals, all kinds of deer and other ungulates such asserow and nilgai, King cobras, giant river turtles and the enormous fish-eating gharial crocodiles, not forgetting one of the highest tiger densities on the planet. The reserve’s 1288 square kilometers adjoin with neighboring reserve forests and wildlife sanctuaries forming the perhaps the largest and most crucial band of forest and wild habitat of the great Himalayan foothills. Dominated by the tall hardwood Sal tree with a great diversity of other semi tropical floral compositions these forests offer perhaps the most crucial and viable chance for the long-term survival of the Bengal Tiger. Corbett’s vast open grasslands surrounded by towering wooded hills and bisected by the meandering Ramganga River are also the perfect backdrop to observe and photograph herds of wild Asian elephants.
Accommodations - Jim's Jungle Retreat

 

Day 25 - Corbett - Delhi

After a relaxed breakfast, drive back to Delhi today. The 7 hour drive will bring you directly to the airport hotel. We will enjoy a farewell Dinner at our airport hotel this evening.
Accommodations - Andaz by Hyatt

 

Day 26 - Delhi - Depart

It is time to say good-bye to new friends and this amazing country. Transfer to the airport as needed for your flight home.

 

**Prices are subject to change and availability. Space is limited and activities and specific hotels are subject to change. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

 

Important Details & Pricing
Rates

Double Occupancy - $13,299 CAD per person (sharing a room)

Single Occupancy - $18,599 CAD per person (your own room)

 

If you would like the double occupancy rate but don't have a roommate we will match you with a suitable roommate. The single occupancy rate will give you your own room. Single occupancy very limited.

Deposit of $850 per person due at time of booking.
Second Deposit of $750 CAD due August 1, 2019

Final Payment due - December 15, 2019

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Booking Deadline

September 1, 2019
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Please do not book flights until after September 1, 2019 unless instructed to do so by the Women's Travel Club. If not enough ladies are booked by the release date then this tour may be cancelled. If the Women's Travel Club cancels the tour all payments made will be refunded.

 

Activity Level

Moderate Activity
There are a few walking tours at a relaxed pace, a Bollywood dancing session and a bicycle tour. You should be able to walk for a few hours at a relaxed pace.

 

Group Size

Minimum - 8 ladies
Maximum - 16 ladies

 

Exclusions
  • International Airfare (can be arranged by WTC)
  • Visa/passport handling fees
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuity
  • Optional Activities
  • Expenses of a Personal Nature
  • Early check-in and late check-out of hotel

 

Tour Leader

Kirsten Ness
Kirsten is a veterinarian and owns a small animal practice. When she isn't busy looking after adored family pets she loves to explore the world. Kirsten is a fun and very knowledgeable tour leader.

 

Flight Information

Once your flights are booked please forward a copy of your itinerary to info@womens-travel-club.com.
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Accommodations
Le Meridien

Le Meridien New Delhi is a masterpiece and the perfect start to our tour. The 5-star hotel is an epitome of world-class architecture, cuisine, design and fashion. Located in the heart of the city, the iconic glass building of Le Meridien New Delhi has been recognized as one of the 100 Icons of Delhi.

Brijama Palace

Conveniently perched on the river bank, on the Darbanga Ghaat, is the Brijrama Palace, one of the oldest landmarks of the city. The history of the palace dates back to the year 1812, in which it was built by Shridhara Narayana Munshi’ the then minister for the estate of Nagpur.

ITC Mughal

Sprawled over 24 acres of luxurious gardens, and in close proximity to the Taj Mahal, ITC Mughal, a luxury hotel in Agra is a fitting tribute to the great Mughal builders of the past. The only Indian hotel to have won the prestigious Aga Khan Award for its excellent representation of Mughal architecture.

Taj Mahal Palace

Built in 1745, the Jai Mahal Palace is a stunning piece of Rajasthan’s heritage, a great example of Indo-Saracenic architecture set amidst 18 acres of landscaped Mughal gardens. Jai Mahal Palace has been the residence of three Prime Ministers of the princely state of Jaipur.

Raas Hotel

The hotel comprises four original buildings with three additional contemporary structures, influenced by and contributing to its cultural past as part of the Walled City. The new buildings are modern and contemporary in their use of space and light; and yet grounded in tradition. Indeed, each of its structures is adorned with intricate architectural carvings in the iconic Haveli style of the 18th century, juxtaposed against modern designs and patterns. Jodhpur's red sand-stone unites the new with the old, as modern designs add an exciting and fresh dimension to the region's age-old stone carving industry.

Fateh Prakash Palace

Maharana Fateh Singh, one of the greatest Maharanas of Mewar, ruled from 1884 to 1930. This palace, constructed during his reign as an exclusive venue for royal functions, has been meticulously preserved for discerning guests.

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Radisson Blu Plaza

With an ideal location less than five kilometers (10 minutes) from Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), the Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Airport provides upper upscale accommodations and convenient city access.

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Reni Pani Jungle Lodge

Reni Pani Jungle Lodge is an exquisitely designed conservation and wildlife-focused lodge located close to the Satpura, the largest tiger reserve in Madhya Pradesh. The resort in Satpura is an ideal spot for those who love the canvas of green and blue. This exquisitely designed conservation and wildlife-focused jungle lodge in Satpura is defined by the high benchmarks in service and quality set by the Jehan Numa Group. Your personal butler takes care of your needs and will arrive at your cottage to escort you to dinner and guide you in the dark. The porters, housekeepers, chefs, waiters are imbued with Jehan Numa courtesy and sense of service that never intrudes but ensures that you have everything you need.

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Pench Tree Lodge

Pench Tree Lodge is a unique experience, set in one of the unexplored areas of the Pench National Park. Located in the picturesque village of Sarahiri, the lodge offers its guests proximity to the Karmajhiri gate. At the resort, guests have access to 16 hectares of private forest, to explore and observe the wildlife at close quarters.

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Singinawa Jungle Lodge

An intimate jungle lodge with just 12 cottages for guests, Singinawa Jungle Lodge affords comfortable accommodation, close to Kanha National Park.

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Jim's Jungle Retreat

Jim's Jungle Retreat is a wildlife lodge in Corbett Tiger Reserve, nestled between the Himalayan foothills in the north and the ancient Shivaliks in the south. The protected forest, Asia’s first conservation effort, extends over 1300 square kms of grassland, forest, rivers and lakes.

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Andaz by Hyatt

A beautiful and convenient five star hotel, located just 3.5 km from the airport

Extra Hotel Nights

Often ladies will book a night at the first hotel prior to the tour. This gives them a chance to relax after a long flight and settle in before the tour starts. Let us know if you would like pricing and information on the hotel.
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