Tigers, Temples and Taj Mahal
India, Discovery, 14 days - from £1,395 (land only) - from €1,675 (land only) - from $2,300 (land only)
Day 1: Morning rendezvous at the group hotel in Delhi. Transfers will be provided from Delhi Airport. We have the use of shared 'day rooms' to freshen up and there is the opportunity to spend some time exploring the local bazaar streets. In the early evening we board the sleeper train for the overnight journey to Katni.
Day 2: Arriving in Katni in the early morning we have a 2-hour drive up into the Vindhya Hills of Madhya Pradesh to Bandhavgarh National Park where we check in at our hotel. This afternoon we will have our first chance to spot Indian wildlife with a 3-hour excursion by 4WD into the park.
Day 3: Bandhavgarh is one of the finest national parks in India and is most well known for its population of Bengal Tigers. It has the highest density of Bengal tigers of any park in the world and we may be lucky enough to spot one of these magnificent animals. Our programme includes an early morning game drive by 4WD. In the afternoon, we have a birdwatching tour.
Day 4: Another day In the Bandhavgarh National Park. Besides tigers, this area abounds with other species, such as leopard, caracal and hyena, as well as various deer and antelope such as the sambar, cheetal and nilgai. Our programme includes an early morning game drive by 4WD. In the afternoon, we have a 2-hour village visit.
Day 5: We have a drive of around 6 hours to Kanha, another national park well known for its tiger population. Arriving at Kahna we check in at our hotel and the rest of the afternoon is free for relaxing.
Day 6: Kanha National Park is one of the largest and oldest in India and is engaged in much conservation work. We will have an early start for a morning-long game drive by 4WD, with a good chance to see tigers. In the afternoon, we will have a second game drive in the park.
Day 7: A second day of safari in Kanha. Other animals found in the park are Indian fox, sloth bear, striped hyena, jungle cat, panther, mouse deer, four-horned antelope, porcupine and wolf. Kanha also has some 200 species of birds. Our programme includes an early morning game drive by 4WD. In the afternoon, we have a birdwatching tour.
Day 8: After a final morning in Kanha, we make the scenic 3 to 4-hour drive to Jabalpur, where we board the overnight sleeper train to Agra.
Day 9: Arriving in Agra at breakfast time, we transfer to our hotel and have the remainder of the morning at leisure. In the afternoon, we have a guided tour of some of India's most iconic monuments including the Mogul Red Fort and of course the incomparable Taj Mahal.
Day 10: Leaving Agra we drive for 2 hours via Fatepur Sikri to the railway station at Bharatpur. Here, we catch the late afternoon train to Sawai Madhopur. Arriving in the early evening, it is a short transfer to Ranthambore National Park and our hotel just outside the park boundary.
Day 11: Ranthambore National Park like the previous two parks on this tour is best known for its population of tigers and participates in India's 'Project Tiger' conservation scheme. here again we have an excellent chance to see tigers in the wild. We will have an early morning game drive in a truck known as a 'canter'. In the afternoon, we will have a second game drive in the park.
Day 12: We make a visit to Ranthambore Fort and the nearby Jain temple. A 20-minute walk leads to the high point of the fort, a vantage point for views across the entire park. We return to spend a third night at our hotel on the edge of the park.
Day 13: We catch the breakfast time train back to Delhi which arrives at midday. We then transfer to our hotel and have the remainder of the day free for bargain hunting and souvenir buying.
Day 14: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.