Day 1 - Arrive Delhi, India
Arrive in Delhi this evening, where you are met and
transferred to your iconic hotel.
Day 2 - Delhi
Begin your exploration of Delhi with a visit to the great
Jama Masjid, the largest and most important mosque in
India. Move among locals engaged in daily prayer, taking
in its two minarets, each over 130 feet tall. Then, set off on a
rickshaw ride through the alleys of Chandni Chowk bazaar
— one of the oldest and busiest markets in Delhi. After
lunch, discover New Delhi, including Humayun’s Tomb, an
architectural precursor of the Taj Mahal. Also view the India
Gate, a triumphal arch more than 130 feet tall; drive along
the Rajpath, or King’s Way, a broad ceremonial boulevard;
and see the presidential residence of Rashtrapati Bhawan.
This evening, gather for a welcome cocktail reception and
dinner at the hotel.
Day 3 - Agra
Embark on an overland day trip to Agra. Here, drive past the
city’s 16th-century fort, fascinating monuments and vibrant chowks (markets) en route to visit the Taj Mahal. Perhaps
the world’s most perfectly proportioned monument, this
stunning mausoleum and testament of love built by Indian
artisans from neighboring Islamic countries immortalized
the name of Shah Jahan’s last wife, Mumtaz Mahal, as the
“light of the palace.” Return to Delhi for an evening at
Day 4 - Kanha National Park
After breakfast, fly to Jabalpur. After pausing for lunch at a
local restaurant, continue several hours overland into the
jungles of Kanha, where your hotel overlooks the lush forests
and grassy meadows of Kanha National Park.
Day 6 - Kanha National Park
Each day, take in an early morning and afternoon of game
viewing in Kanha, one of India’s most famous national parks.
Among the sal and bamboo forests and grassy meadows,
search for the elusive Bengal tiger. You may also encounter
chital, blackbucks, gaurs, leopards, hyenas, sloth bears,
barasingha and a host of exotic bird species.
Day 7 - Bandhavgarh National Park
After breakfast, drive several hours to Bandhavgarh
National Park. One of India’s most beautiful national parks,
it is nestled among the tropical forests, woodlands, rocky
hills and flat grasslands of the Vindhya and Satpura ranges.
While renowned for its tiger reserve, the park also harbors
dense populations of gaurs, leopards, wild boars, Indian
gazelles, common langurs, rhesus monkeys and sloth bears.
Day 9 - Bandhavgarh National Park
Enjoy early morning and afternoon game drives, looking
out for the Bengal tiger, as well as leopards and wild boars.
Keep an eye on the canopy, as it is frequented by a vast
diversity of exotic bird species. On Day 9, toast your Indian safari with fellow guests over farewell cocktails, followed by dinner at the lodge.
Day 10 - Delhi
After breakfast, travel several hours to Jabalpur airport
for a flight to Delhi. On arrival, transfer to your hotel for an evening at leisure.
Day 11 - Depart Delhi
Early this morning, transfer to the airport and depart.