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Birds, Tigers and Taj Mahal

Bharatpur, Agra, Chambal and Bandhavgarh
06 nights & 07 days
Best season: Mid-October to March
Tour Code: BT01

ITINERARY
Day 01: Delhi-Bharatpur
Day 02: Bharatpur
Day 03: Bharatpur-National Chambal Sanctuary
Day 04: Chambal-Bandhavgarh National Park
Day 05: Bandhavgarh National Park
Day 06: Bandhavgarh National Park
Day 07: Bandhavgarh National Park-Delhi

Highlights

Bird watching at Keoladeo Ghana National Park and Chambal Sanctuary, two of Asia's premier wetland reserves
potting the rare Indian Skimmer, Marsh & Fish-eating Crocodiles, eight species of Turtles, and highly endangered Gangetic River Dolphin in Chambal River
Visit to the iconic Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri
Private cycle rickshaw and guide to show you around Bharatpur
Tiger and other fauna at Bandhavgarh National Park
Fort, ancient temple ruins, cultural experiences and village visits
Road drives and train journeys providing a glimpse of the incredible rural India

Description
This tour takes you to the best birding sights and excellent Tiger safaris along with the must do visit to the iconic Taj Mahal.
We start with the birding paradise of Bharatpur.
Keoladeo Ghana National Park at Bharatpur in Rajasthan was declared a World Heritage Site in 1985. It is one of the most outstanding wetland reserves in Asia. During the winters, as monsoons refill the shallow marshes, it attracts thousands of waterfowl, herons, storks, cranes and waders. Seen flying across the clear skies they make an incredible sight. Spotting scores of them together dotting the marshes is also an unforgettable visual treat. The compactness of the area makes it possible to see over a hundred species in a stay of just a few days. At Bharatpur, we will arrange a private cycle rickshaw guide for you to explore the park in a unique way.
The dilapidated Bharatpur Fort, Gopal Bhavan Palace and Mughal Rajput style gardens at Deeg (37 km away) may be worth a visit for those interested in historical sights.
A trip to India seems incomplete without a visit to the most iconic manmade structure in the world, the Taj Mahal. Built by Shah Jahan as the symbol for undying love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, the sight of the white marble structure does take your breath away. We also take you to Fatehpur Sikri, the new imperial capital built in the name of Sufi saint Salim Chishti who had given the childless Emperor Akbar the blessing to have sons. An architectural and creative marvel, this structure still inspires awe.
From this manmade extravaganza we whisk you away to River Chambal, one of the country's most beautiful and least polluted river systems. The National Chambal Sanctuary was formed to protect this pristine river ecosystem. The river currently boasts of over 290 species of resident and migratory bird species including large nesting colonies of the rare Indian Skimmer, as well as Marsh & Fish-eating Crocodiles, eight species of Turtles and highly endangered Gangetic River Dolphins. Best explored on boats, you will be impressed by the calm and serene beauty and the numerous sightings this river has to offer.
Chambal Safari Lodge, a delightfully quaint eco-lodge run by the local noble family is where we will be staying for the night.
From Chambal, we board a train for a pleasant overnight journey that takes us to the last but nevertheless equally thrilling destination of Bandhavgarh. A great National Park to sight the revered but endangered Tigers among other mammals and birds. A beautiful drive from Katni station with lovely views of rural Madhya Pradesh, you get to see a glimpse of typical central Indian flora, vistas, architecture and way of living. It is a perfect start to the adventure ahead.
Serenity will seep into you as you check into Monsoon Forest, a unique eco-lodge with luxury tents and cottages and indigenous central Indian mud house styled architecture. With beautiful grasslands, views of the forest and the Bandhavgarh Fort in the distance, it's an ideal base to explore the magic of tiger spotting. Be prepared to have a fabulous stay as they go out of their way to make your stay most memorable. Special romantic dinners and traditional massages are worth indulging at this resort.
Bandhavgarh is uniquely famous as a forest offering best tiger sightings. The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is one of the highest known in India. It offers more than 22 species of mammals and 250 species of birds. You can see the Leopard, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Barking Deer, Blue Bull, Indian Gazelle, Hyena, Jackal, Wild boar, Sloth Bear, Common Langurs, Rhesus Monkey etc.
For those interested, a local village-visit or a trip with our trained local guides to the ancient temple ruins at the 2000-year-old Bandhavgarh fort is also a great option. After fantastic sightings over the three nights at Bandhavgarh, we take the flight back to Delhi where our tour ends.

ITINERARY

Day 01 Delhi-Bharatpur
Meals: Lunch & Dinner in Bharatpur
Drive to Bharatpur in the morning (4½ hours). Arrive in Bharatpur by noon. Rest of the day birding with a guide in the wetlands of Keoladeo National Park. Overnight stay in Hotel Kadam Kunj.

Day 02 Bharatpur
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner in Bharatpur
Morning boating (optional) in the wetlands to see the heronries and rest of the day birding with a guide. You will have a great experience exploring the reserve on a cycle rickshaw with a guide. Overnight stay in Hotel Kadam Kunj.

Day 03 Bharatpur-National Chambal Sanctuary
Meals: Breakfast in Bharatpur, Lunch in Agra & Dinner in Chambal Safari Lodge
Drive to National Chambal Sanctuary via Fatehpur Sikri and Agra. Visit the ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri en route. Visit the Taj Mahal in the afternoon. Thereafter drive to Chambal (1½ hours). Evening bird watching at the lodge (time permitting). Enjoy your meal around the campfire. Overnight stay in comfortable cottages at Chambal Safari Lodge.

Day 04 Chambal-Bandhavgarh National Park
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch in Chambal; Packed Dinner
Morning boat cruise on the Chambal River to see the Indian Skimmer, black-bellied tern, bar-headed goose and other waterfowl. The area is also known for Gangetic dolphins, 5 species of turtles, marsh and fish-eating crocodiles etc. This is a lovely destination with great birding opportunities. You will be transferred to the station for the train to Katni station at 1900 hours. Overnight in sleeper class air-conditioned train.

Day 05 Bandhavgarh National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner in Bandhavgarh
Arrive at 0515 hours and transfer to the resort (2½ hours). Afternoon visit to the park for tiger tracking and wildlife viewing in a 4WD. Overnight stay in Monsoon Forest. The itinerary is linked to our conservation initiative. Guests get a chance to plant a forest tree of their choice as a part of our conservation effort and will be directly contributing to our village awareness program. An important part of the itinerary is learning through interactions with wildlife experts and an interactive visit to the reforestation project to learn about Tiger habitat and its conservation.

Day 06: Bandhavgarh National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Morning and afternoon visits to the park for nature watch and tiger tracking in 4WDs in different zones of the park. Overnight in Monsoon Forest.

Day 07: Bandhavgarh National Park-Delhi
Meals: On your own
You will be transferred to the airport at 0430 hours for the morning flight at 0930 to Delhi. Arrive by noon. You will be met and transferred to your hotel. Tour ends. Note: Another morning drive into the jungle on Day 07 is possible if you travel by overnight train from Bandhavgarh to Delhi, arriving on Day 08 at 0730 hours. The cost of an additional safari and train fare will be extra.

Services included:
-Accommodation on twin sharing basis
-Meals as per the itinerary
-Jungle visits in Bharatpur in a cycle rickshaw with a park guide
-A boat cruise in Chambal with a guide
-Jungle visits in Bandhavgarh National Parks in 4WDs with park guides
-All surface transfers by a private air-conditioned vehicle
-Train fare

Services not included:
-Optional tours/excursions, personal & incidental expenses.
-Tips, laundry, phone calls, alcohol, camera fee etc.
-International and domestic air fare, visa, insurance.
-Elephant rides

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