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Ruddy Shelduck and Bar-headed Geese © T LawsonTaj Mahal © K BarnesSpotted Deer © R WasleyGolden-fronted Leafbird © K Barnes

Kipling’s India – Tigers and Taj Mahal (10 days) BT129

Tour ref. no. BT129
Duration: 8 nights (10 days taking into account flights which are payable directly)
Delhi – Agra – Chambal (day trip) – Kanha – Delhi
  • Seek out Shere Khan, Baloo, Dhole and Gaur in Kipling country at Kanha
  • Stand in awe of the majestic Taj Mahal
  • Photograph prehistoric-looking Gharials and Marsh Crocodiles on the Chambal river
  • Many brightly coloured birds – Common Ioras, Verditer Flycatchers and parakeets

Introduction

Begin your tour by enjoying the splendour and beauty of the Taj Mahal at both dawn and sunset.  Drive through Khana’s magical forests and grasslands on the trail of a tiger in the early morning light – a sighting of this most iconic animal is the quintessential Indian experience of a lifetime!  Here, too are India’s exceptionally rare wild dogs (Dhole) and the world’s largest wild cattle (Gaur).  You should see antelope, deer, jackals, perhaps even a Jungle Cat, as well as many birds.  Watch Indian Skimmers, Marsh Crocodiles and rare fish-eating Gharials as you relax on the calm waters of the Chambal river.  Throughout the tour you’ll be surrounded by colourful birds, especially at Bharatpur’s wetlands and woodlands: raucous storks, egrets, herons and cormorants busily nesting in waterside trees, snoozing owls well-camouflaged in tree holes, squawking parakeets, dazzling Purple Sunbirds and bustling mynas.

Itinerary and price

Day 1: Flight to be organised by you

For help with your flight arrangements and to receive a no obligation quote, you can complete the enquiry form on our website or call 0800 280 8947 to speak to a flight advisor at StudentUniverse (in partnership with Gapyear.com), part of the Flight Centre Travel Group, a leading retailer of airfares and worldwide flights.

Day 2: Delhi

Meals: Payable directly today

Arrive at Delhi International Airport where you will be welcomed by our representative and taken to check in at a local guest house/hotel. Your car and driver will be available for the remainder of the day.

Day 3: Delhi - Agra (avoiding a Friday)

Meals: Breakfast

Leave after early breakfast for the drive to Agra (approx. 4 – 6 hrs) depending on rush hour traffic. Check in at your hotel (from 12 noon).  Enjoy a mid to late afternoon visit to the Taj Mahal and learn all about its fascinating history with the help of a local guide. Stay until approaching sunset, then your driver will transfer you to your hotel for the night.  This evening we recommend you order a packed lunch to take with you to Chambal the next day.

Day 4: Agra - Chambal - Agra

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, remember to collect a packed lunch (payable directly), then with a naturalist guide accompanying, your driver will take you to the National Chambal Sanctuary – approx. a 1½ to 2 hour drive.  You’ll travel through typical rural landscapes where local enterprise includes brick-making as well as farming.  Arrive at Dholpur and board your boat for a one-hour trip along the Chambal river with your naturalist guide.  Expect to get close views of Gharial, a rare fish-eating crocodile, also Marsh Crocodile, turtles and perhaps a glimpse of the rare Ganges River Dolphin (the Chambal is a tributary of the Ganges).  Many species of birds are also present, including Indian Skimmer, Indian Black Ibis, Bar-headed Goose, Painted and Woolly-necked Storks. Have your packed lunch, then return to Agra and relax for the remainder of the day.  Spend a second night at your hotel.

Day 5: Agra - overnight train to Jabalapur

Meals: Breakfast and packed dinner

You could, if you wish, opt for seeing the Taj Mahal at sunrise, then return to your hotel for breakfast.  You’ll need to check out of your room on time, then spend the rest of the day exploring two other World Heritage Sites, Agra Fort and Sikandra. Later in the afternoon you will be transferred to the railway station to board the Mahakoshal Express train to Jabalpur departing at 1918 hours.  Night on the air-conditioned sleeper train (pillow, sheet and blanket provided).

Day 6: Jabalpur - Kanha

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Your train should arrive at 0935 hours in the morning and a new driver will be waiting for you at the platform.  You will stop for breakfast locally, then take a leisurely drive (approx. 4 hrs) to Kanha National Park where you will stay in a comfortable jungle resort.  No activities are included this afternoon, but we can provide a supplement for an extra safari if you wish.

Days 7, 8 and 9: Kanha

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

On these days enjoy early morning and afternoon jeep safaris (6 in total – 3 in Kanha and 3 in Kisli Zones) in search of Bengal Tiger and many other species of mammals and birds which share their jungle home.  Safaris are by open-sided and open-topped jeep (standard practice) with a park guide accompanying. Nights at the same comfortable jungle resort.

Day 10: Kanha – Nagpur/Jabalpur - Delhi

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, your driver will take you to Nagpur or Jabalpur in time to check in for an internal flight back to Delhi (excluded from the price, but we can advise a suitable flight to book).

Tour ends

Tour extensions available. Please contact us for details

Prices for different hotel categories, the names of hotels and a list of inclusions/exclusions are shown below.

Price per person for mid budget hotels option:

2 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £1075
3 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £920
4 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £820
Single room supplement £235

Mid budget price is based on the following hotels:

Place Hotel name No. of nights
Delhi Hotel Lohmod, Executive Room 1
Agra Seven Hills Tower, Deluxe Room 2
Agra – Jabalpur 2nd AC overnight sleeper train  1
Kanha Tuli Tiger Resort, Deluxe Cottage  4

Price per person for standard hotels option:

2 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £1090
3 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £930
4 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £835
Single room supplement £265

Standard price is based on the following hotels:

Place Hotel name No. of nights
Delhi Hotel Lohmod, Executive Room 1
Agra The Retreat, Superior Room 2
Agra – Jabalpur 2nd AC overnight sleeper train  1
Kanha Tuli Tiger Resort, AC Cottage  4

Price per person for deluxe hotels option:

2 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £1260
3 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £1100
4 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £1005
Single room supplement £400

Deluxe price is based on the following hotels:

Place Hotel name No. of nights
Delhi Justa The Residence, Gurgaon, Superior Room 1
Agra Crystal Sarovar Premium, Premier Taj View Room 2
Agra – Jabalpur 2nd AC overnight sleeper train  1
Kanha Tuli Tiger Corridor, Luxury Cottage Tent  4

Note: Please enquire if you would like to know the supplement for staying at Earth Lodge in Kanha.

Price includes

  • Accommodation in the above mentioned hotels with meals as listed
  • All mentioned transfers by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrances to the monuments visited as per the itinerary (visit to the Taj Mahal is included twice) and English speaking local monument guide
  • 1 hour boat safari on the Chambal river (Route 1) with entrance fee and local boat guide – supplement is available for a longer boating experience
  • 2nd class air-conditioned train from Agra to Jabalpur – a supplement for 1st class is available
  • 6  jeep safaris inside Kanha National Park (3 in Kanha Zone and 3 in Kisli Zone) on an exclusive basis with mandatory park guide and lodge naturalist guide inclusive of entrance fee
  • A bird guide to accompany you to Chambal for most of the day
  • All currently applicable taxes

Price excludes

  • Any international airfare to/from India including International airport tax
  • Internal flights
  • Meals not specified
  • Tourist visa and travel insurance
  • Camera fee
  • Any additional taxes levied by the Government of India on the tourism sector in future
  • Any expenses of personal nature such as hard/soft drinks, laundry, phone/fax calls, tips etc.
  • Any item not mentioned in the price includes section
  • Any increase in the entrance fee to National Parks or Sanctuaries in the future. The price is based on the current entrance fee
  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control

How to book

The booking of this itinerary is with Wild About Travel Limited and our booking terms and conditions apply. In order to protect your payments we operate a trust account in accordance with the requirements of the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

Please contact Jo Thomas at Wild About Travel (jo@wildabouttravel.co.uk) / 01480-370593 to register your interest and request a booking form.

To confirm your booking please complete the booking form and send a 25% deposit by £ sterling cheque * payable to Wild About Travel Trust to the Wild About Travel Office, 25 Sapley Road, Hartford, Huntingdon, Cambs PE29 1YG. The balance payment would be due 40 - 60 days (to be confirmed at the time of booking) prior to your travel dates.

* Note: Where a price is given in another currency you can pay in £ sterling. We will use the Lloyds Bank exchange rate at the time of making the deposit payment and the balance payment to convert the figure to £. If you would prefer to make a payment by internet banking please let us know and we can supply you with the bank details.

Flights

We can advise on appropriate flights and timings that you may wish to book, but we do not organise or arrange flights on our customers’ behalf. You will need to make your own flight arrangements directly with a flight retailer or the airline concerned; we recommend StudentUniverse (in partnership with Gapyear.com), part of Flight Centre Travel Group. They can be contacted by completing the online enquiry form or you can call 0800 280 8947 to speak to one of their flight advisors.

For any help or advice please call or email Wild About Travel and we would be happy to assist.
Tel: +44 (0)1480 370593 Mobile: +44 (0)7817 574235
Email: jo@wildabouttravel.co.uk
Wild About Travel Limited is a company registered in England and Wales.
Reg. no. 5522066. Registered Office: 25 Sapley Road, Hartford, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE29 1YG, UK

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