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Wildlife Sampler Plus Agra, Jaipur & Varanasi (15 nts).

Why not cover the 3 major wildlife parks in North India (2 in Madhya Pradesh both noted for spotting tigers as they contain the higher densities in India and the third one in Rajasthan) and add the Bharatpur bird sanctuary for viewing birds. Add to this a trip to Agra, Jaipur & Varanasi to make it a complete tourism/wildlife experience.


Some of the sights within are listed below:-
Agra: Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Itamadh-Udh-Dhaula, Fatehpur sikri.
Jaipur: The Palace of Winds, City Palace, Observatory, Amber Palace, Jaigarh fort and many more.
Varanasi: Bathing ghats of Varanasi are one of greatest images of India. Taking a boat ride along the Ganges in the morning is an experience not to be missed. Other sights include: Kashi Vishwanath temple, Benares Hindu University and a visit to Sarnath (the buddhist pilgrimage point).
Kanha Wildlife Reserve: This is one of the best wildlife parks in India. Excellent for spotting the elusive tiger.
Bandavgarh Wildlife Reserve: This is one wildlife park withone of the highest densitiies in India for tigers. Excellent for spotting the elusive tiger.
Ranthambore: Excellent wildlife park containing varied forms of wildlife including Nilgai Antelope, wild boa, Langur & the elusive tiger. Note: Ranthambore wildlife park is closed in the summer, however, you can visit ManSingh Sanctuary where you can spot varied wildlife excluding tigers. Rathambore park is also a great place for walks to the Fort and nature trails and excellent place to view sunsets & sunrises in a quiet retreat area in the wildlife off-peak season time.
Bharatpur: Excellent Keoladeo Ghana National Park, bird sanctuary , Lohagarh Fort

Detailed itinerary is given below:


Day Itinerary
01 DELHI - VARANASI. Independent travel section begins. Catch overnight train from Delhi to Varanasi: 2005 - 0610*.
02 VARANASI. Arrive Varanasi at 0610 hrs. Two night's stay at hotel.
04 VARANASI - JABALPUR. Catch overnight train from Varanasi - Jabalpur in the early hours of Day 05: 0015 - 0900.
05 Jabalpur - Kanha. Arrive in Jabalpur by train at 0900 hrs. Transfer from Jabalpur to Kanha Jungle Reserve for two night's stay in hotel on a full board basis.
06 KANHA.
07 KANHA - BANDAVGARH. Drive from Kanha to Bandavgarh. Stay for 2 nights on a full board basis.
08 BANDAVGARH.
09 BANDAVGARH - UMARIA. Transfer from hotel in Bandavgarh to Umaria Railway station. Catch overnight train to Agra: 1918- 0920 *.
10 AGRA. Arrive in Agra at 0920 hrs. Overnight stay at hotel.
11 AGRA - BHARATPUR: Catch train from Agra - Bharatpur: 1725 - 1828. Overnight stay at hotel.
12 Bharatpur - Sawai Madhopur: Train from Bharatpur - Sawai Madhopur: 1945 - 2208. Two night's stay in hotel.
14 SAWAIMADHOPUR - JAIPUR. Train to Jaipur: 1700 - 2010. Two night's stay in Jaipur.
16 JAIPUR - DELHI. Take Shatabdi express train back to Delhi: 1735 - 2230. Trip concludes on arrival in Delhi.

KEY TO AID UNDERSTANDING OF TABULAR ITINERARY ABOVE.
Alphabets in red represent car + driver itineraries for individuals for that section.
Alphabets in green means train travel for that section (generally in AC 2 Tier or AC 3 Tier unless stated otherwise).
Alphabets in blue indicate flights between sections.



Advise to wildlife enthusiasts: If you are availing of the above trip, it is most likely that you would like to go on jeep safaris in Ranthambore, Kanha & Bandavgarh. There is usually a shortage of jeeps. It is well worth booking this in advance or at the same time as booking the trip. You may also wish to add a trip to Corbett national park with an itinerary as below:-



Day Itinerary
01 DELHI - RAMNAGAR: Catch overnight train to Ramnagar: 2205 - 0415*.
02 RAMNAGAR. Arrive at Ramnagar. Transfer onto Accommodation at Corbett. Two night's stay on AP basis.
04 RAMNAGAR - DELHI. Departure transfer from accommodation in Corbett to Ramnagar. Take day train back to Delhi: 1005 - 1525. Trip concludes on arrival in Delhi.


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