To the Heart of India - Photography Tour

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Day 1: Arrive Delhi

You will be met at the Delhi Airport and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight The Imperial, breakfast included - 2 nights. 

Reckoned amongst Asia’s finest hotels, The Imperial is a legend that offers a unique experience embracing facets of India’s history. The 24 king palms, that lead up to the porch, stand a witness to the creation of New Delhi.  Conceptualized in 1934 by Bloomfield and inaugurated by Lord Willingdon in 1936, it was in Lutyen's scheme of things to build the most luxurious hotel in New Delhi. As New Delhi’s landmark Hotel, it is located on Janpath, the erstwhile Queensway. It is steps away from the renowned shopping district and major city attractions and a half- hour drive from the international airport. The Imperial is an ode to India’s independence from the British Raj and was built as a jewel in the crown of the outgoing rulers.

In 1803 AD Delhi became a dominion of the British Kingdom and in 1911 the city was acknowledged as the capital of India. The city is located on the banks of Yamuna River which makes its crop lands fertile.

Day 2: Delhi

After breakfast, proceed on a guided tour of Delhi at 0930 hours:

The tour begins with a visit to the magnificent Red fort followed by a cycle rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of the fascinating bazaar in Old Delhi. 

Drive through New Delhi roads & sights such as India Gate, The Presidential Palace and Parliament house to get a feel for the grand new city that Sir Lutyens built in the early 1900s.

Humayun's tomb: The tomb was commissioned by Emperor Humayun's wife Hamida Banu Begum in 1562 and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyath, a Persian architect. It wasthe first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent.

Qutab Minar: The Qutab was the tallest tower in world for centuries, erected by first Islamic rulers of India; still the most imposing, artistically carved & engraved sandstone pillar anywhere! 4th c. inscription on renowned rust-free ancient Iron Pillar on premises adds to mystique & allure of unique monument. 

Day 3: Delhi - Jabalpur - Kanha Park

Early this morning you will be transferred to airport to board scheduled flight to Jabalpur.

On arrival, you will be transferred in your vehicle to Kanha Park (170 kms/3-4 hours). 

Overnight Banjaar Tola, all meals included - 4 nights. 

Day 4: Kanha Park

This is the country that Kipling wrote so vividly in his Jungle book. The area was famed as a hunter’s paradise but now the valley has been well developed as a national park. Lying in the Maikal hills in the eastern part of the Satpura range, the park has deciduous hardwoods including sal (Shorea robusta) and stands of bamboo, rolling grasslands and meandering streams of the Banjar River.

Early morning, you will have a wake up tea, after which you depart for a jungle safari accompanied by a resident naturalist.

Return for breakfast.

After lunch, you will visit the forest again for another exhilarating game drive.

 Refreshments are served during game drives.

Days 5, 6: Kanha Park

Morning and afternoon game drives in the park with a naturalist.

Day 7: Kanha - Bandhavgarh Park

After breakfast, check out and drive to your next wilderness destination – The Bandhavgarh National Park.

Remainder of the day is at leisure after check in.

Note – The Park is closed to visitors on Wednesday afternoons.

Overnight Manua Kothi Lodge, all meals included - 4 nights.

This compact park with a core area of 105 sq. Km and a buffer zone of 437 sq km is in the Vindhya hills. It is famous as the place in which the white tiger originated and before becoming a National Park in 1968, it was the game preserve of the Maharajas of Rewa.

The management has embarked on a conservation programme and protection form disease, fire, grazing and poaching have all been factors in the recovery of the wild life area.  It is set in rugged hills and marshes that used to be perennial and now support a vast grassland savanna. There are also interesting cave shrines that are scattered around the park.

Days 8 - 10: Bandhavgarh Park

Morning and afternoon game drives in the park with a naturalist.

Day 11: Bandhavgarh Park - Panna Park

After a leisurely breakfast, check out and drive to Panna Park with packed lunch (200 kms/4-5 hours).

Remainder of the day is at leisure after check in.

Note – The Park is closed to visitors on Wednesday afternoons.

Overnight Pashangarh Lodge, all meals included - 2 nights.

Day 12: Panna Park

Morning and afternoon game drives in the park with a naturalist.

Day 13: Panna Park - Khajuraho - Delhi

The temples at Khajuraho were built under later Chandela kings between 950 and 1050 AD in a truly inspired burst of creativity. Of the original 85 temples, the 25 surviving are among the finest in India. They are built mostly of fine sandstone from Panna in shades ranging from pink through buff to pale yellow although granite was used. Some believe, the erotic temple sculptures illustrate Kama Sutra, the sensuality outside the temple contrasting with the serenity within. The name Khajuraho is derived from Khajura-date palm, which grows freely in the area and perhaps, because there were two golden khajura trees on a carved gate here.

Later transfer to the airport for your flight to Delhi.

On arrival at airport, you will be transferred to a hotel near the airport for the night.

Remainder of the day evening is free.

Overnight Trident Gurgaon, breakfast included. 

Day 14: Int'l departure

You will be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport. 

"EXCELLENT"

The guides we had and the places we saw and stayed were superlative.

- Bonnie K, Jun 2012

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