Taj Mahal at Agra

Taj Mahal

India Tiger Safari and Taj - 9 Days

Introduction

India Tiger Safari and Taj offers you an opportunity to get smitten with the beauty and the wild. We bring you a thrilling experience of the jungle safari in Ranthambore National Park and Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve along-with a visit to the world’s beautiful monument of love – Taj Mahal. We bring you a personalized 9 nights and 10 day itinerary filled with amazing safari rides and visit to the old saga of love and passion.

Adventure

Fitness Level

Culture

Duration: 8 Nights / 9 Days

Activities: Visit to Taj Mahal, 10 Jungle safaris, Ranthambore Fort Visit, Village Visit at Ranthambore.

Tour starts from: New Delhi and Ends at: New Delhi

Destinations covered: Ranthambore, Agra, Tadoba

Grade:  Medium. The travelers would have to climb stairs to reach the Ranthambore Fort.

Season: Mid November to Mid June

Elevation:  200-505 metres

Weather

Months Jan-Feb Mar-Apr May-June Jul-Aug Sep-Oct Nov-Dec
Temp (Min) °C  8 16 24 21  18 8
Temp (Max) °C 26 38 41 35 34 30

Focus Mammals: Royal Bengal Tiger

Monuments: Taj Mahal (Agra), Ranthambore Fort (Rajasthan)

Other Attractions: Village visit at Ranthambore

Day 1: Arrival at New Delhi & departure for Ranthambore.

Welcome! Our representative will receive you at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, who will bring you at the hotel. Relax during the day or you may go for a sightseeing. In the afternoon or evening, board the train to Sawai Madhopur (closest station to Ranthambore).

Delhi: Located in the northern part of India, Delhi is known as the third largest city, with a population of 10 million people. The main languages spoken here are Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and English. Delhi is also a major travel gateway and is one of the busiest entrance points for overseas airlines, being a major link to all other northern and southern cities.

Once you reach Sawai Madhopur, check in at the resort.

Sawai Madhopur: It is a city situated in Rajasthan, and is also home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Ranthambore Fort. Sawai Madhopur as a city was planned and named by Maharaja Sawai Madhopur under his name.

You may choose to relax or use facilities at the resort such as Ayurvedic Massage, Steam, and swimming pool (depending on the in-house facilities). In the evening, attend cultural programs at your resort with a sumptuous dinner.

Day 2-3: Morning and evening Jungle Safari in Ranthambore.

You will start your day with a morning Jungle Safari. Come back to the resort for breakfast and rest. After freshening up and lunch, leave for evening safari.

Ranthambore National Park: Once upon a time, the national park used to be the hunting ground of the Maharajas of the Jaipur. Now, it is considered to be one of the biggest and recognized parks of India. It brings a lot of wildlife tourism for the love of the wild and photography. The park is divided into 10 tourism zones featuring unique topography. Interspersed with grasslands at the plateaus, meadows in valleys and luxuriant foliage around the canals; the park is bounded to the north by the Banas River and to the south by the Chambal River.

Though one shall be in constant search for Tigers, you can also look out for some pugmarks, listening to all the sounds, in a hope of hearing any alarm call by the prey. You will also enjoy innumerable species of birds and animals such as Spotted Deer, Sambar, Nilgai, Chinkara, Wild Boar etc. present in the park. During the safaris, you can also get familiar with the varied flora which is present here, such as Dhok, Mango, Jamun, Gum, Kadam, Khajur, Khair, Karel, Mahua, Salar and etc.  Ranthambore also has one of the largest Banyan trees in India.ng from safari, spend the evening at leisure. After dinner, retire for the day. You have an overnight stay at the resort (Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 4: Visit to the Fort and village, evening safari.

In the morning, leave from resort to visit Ranthambore Fort and the rural village. Come back to the resort and rest.

Ranthambore Fort: It was built in 944 AD, this massive fort is situated between the Vindhya Plateau and Aravalli Hills. Ranthambore Fort is a must visit for an archaeological enthusiast, who would definitely enjoy everything, this historic monument has to offer. Spread across 7 km. has many Hindu and Jain temples, and a mosque. You can reach the fort by open gypsy available at Ranthambore or by private vehicles too, but be prepared to take the stairs to enter the Fort. You will spot three artificial lakes inside the fort that solely rely on water harvesting for supply.

Post lunch, leave for evening safari.

Day 05: Depart for Agra, visit The Taj Mahal and board overnight train for Chandrapur (near Nagpur).

After breakfast, check out and you will depart for Agra (one and half hr. drive). It’s time to explore the world famous Taj Mahal. Our driver/guide will guide you to choose a place for your lunch as per your preferred cuisine.

Agra: Agra was originally the capital of India, during the Mughal period from the 16th and 17th centuries. The city consists of many monuments which depicts the high point of Mughal architecture. Babar, the founder of the dynasty, laid out the first formal Persian garden on the banks of the Yamuna River. Akbar, his grandson raised the towering ramparts of the great Red Fort. Within its walls, Jahangir built rose-red palaces, courts and gardens, whereas his son Shah Jahan embellished it with marble mosques, palaces and pavilions of gem-inlaid white marble.
Agra is home to the timeless beauty – ‘Taj Mahal’.

One of the greatest monuments, defining true love, it was completed in 1652 by the skilled craftsmen from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and approximately 20,000 laborers worked for 17 years to build this edifice. Emperor Shah Jahan built this beauty, as a mausoleum for his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj stands serene on a raised marble platform, by the banks of the Yamuna River.

After lunch, you can visit another gem in the city (if time permits), Agra fort or you also have the option to shop some of the finest handicrafts made in India in the local bazaar (market).

Agra Fort: The fort stands like a crescent on the banks of the Yamuna River, enclosed by forbidding 20-meter high walls with a 12-meter moat between them. Three successive Mughal emperors – Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan helped to make this monumental construction which is renowned for its smooth blending of Hindu and Muslim architecture. The Fort has palaces, courts, mosques, baths, gardens and gracious pavilions within its premises. Among the fascinating structures, is the red sandstone Jahangiri Mahal built by Akbar for his Hindu queen, Jodhabai, this being one of the earliest constructions illustrating the fort’s change from a military structure to a castle.

Board overnight train for Chandrapur (near Nagpur).

Day 6: Arrival in Chandrapur & drive to Tadoba

Reach Chandrapur in afternoon and drive to Tadoba (40 km which will take approx. 1 hours). After check in at the resort and lunch, relax at resort.

Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve: It is located in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra is known as one of the oldest and largest National Park. It is a natural habitat to more than 43 Tigers as per the last census count in 2010. The area is highly populated by the Gond Tribe. Tadoba National Park and Andhari Wildlife Sanctuary, forms the Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve. Often called to be ‘The Jewel of Vidharba’, it offers infinite sighting of numerous wildlife, trees and plants.

Retire for the day, post dinner. (Meals included Lunch and dinner)

Day 7-8: Morning and evening safari at Tadoba.

Your morning will start with the jungle safari and after that you will return to the resort to freshen up. Have breakfast and you may relax yourself. Post lunch, and some resting time, you will head to the woods again for an evening safari.

It is also famous for being the best Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra and among top reserves including Ranthambore. The topography of Tadoba comprises of hills which are covered with forest and bamboo. There lies river beds and grassy meadows which provides habitat to many life forms.Andhari River, Kolsa Lake, Telia Dam and Tadoba Lake are the support system of the park which provides water to the ecosystem, and there are water holes too, in which water remains throughout the year, nourishing their natural habitat. Tadoba is immensely rich in avifauna (birds). Every year, lots of migratory birds visit this forest. The most famous ones are Comb Duck, Cotton Teals, Crested Pochard, Common Pochard, Northern Pintail, Brahminy Duck, Black Eagle, Indian Pitta, Indian Scimitar Babbler, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher to name a few.One can also get awed by the view of more than 70 species of butterflies which are found here.

After returning to resort, evening at leisure. Dinner & retire for the day. (Meals included Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 09: Morning Safari, check out and drive to Nagpur; Fly to Delhi

After spending the last three days of your thrilling experience in the midst of the wood and jungle; the last morning of the trip will start comfortably with an exciting safari. Post breakfast, you will check-out from the resort. You will be driven to Nagpur.

Once you arrive Nagpur, you will fly back to Delhi on your scheduled time.

We believe you will have an exciting and memorable journey with us. We are sure you will take some beautiful captures in your camera to share with your loved ones.

Trip Notes

The Taj Mahal remains closed for tourists on every Friday. Therefore, choose dates in such a way that day 2 of this itinerary shouldn’t be a Friday.
There can be a change(s) in the aforementioned itinerary due to unforeseen and unfortunate reasons/events, keeping best interests of travelers in mind. Execution of the services would hence depend upon the then possibilities.
Safari timings and duration differ according to the destination and season of travel. For eg , in Ranthambore, the summer morning jeep safari starts at 6 am – 9:30 am; in autumns timings will be 6:30 am – 10 am; in winters 7 am – 10:30 am. The evening safari timings would differ similarly.
This itinerary is focussed towards mammals . Let us know if your inclination is more towards bird watching, we shall provide you with a birding naturalist as well.
Travel Guide: The pre-departure guidebook will be mailed after the confirmation of your booking.
Customization of the mode of transport can be done as per the request of the travelers.

About Bharat Goel

Bharat Goel, an avid traveler and wildlife photographer has more than a decade’s experience of travelling in wild throughout India. His love for the wild urged him to leave his engineering career to dedicate his life for the preservation of nature and wildlife. He constantly strives to make people aware and encourage them to appreciate and being responsible towards nature through his endeavor.