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CENTRAL INDIA & TAJ MAHAL
Explore two of the most prestigious tiger reserves and visit the Taj Mahal! The ideal starter trip for tiger safaris in India. This trip, which is accompanied by local English speaking guides, can be booked flexibly on request within the dates given. Please note that safari permits usually have to be applied for at least 4 months in advance. Short-term bookings are therefore usually not possible.
Delhi – Agra – Khajuraho – Bandhavgarh – Kanha – Raipur – Delhi
Flight, drive with private driver
Possible travel period
November 15 – June 15
Duration of the tour
Prices Option A
in 3 – 4 star hotels & lodges
for 2 pers. USD 2400.–* per person
for 4 pers. USD 1725.–* per person
Prices Option B
in 4 – 5 star hotels & lodges
for 2 pers. USD 2700.–* per person
for 4 pers. USD 2070.–* per person
* These prices are valid for trips up to April 30, 2019 with the exception of the period from December 21, 2018 to January 5, 2019. Prices for this period on request.
2 nights in Delhi
1 night in Agra
3 nights in Bandhavgarh
3 nights in Kanha
Arrival in Delhi
Individual arrival in Delhi. Pick-up and welcome at the airport by our English speaking representative, who will take you to your hotel, assist you with check-in and hand over the remaining travel documents. Overnight at the hotel.
Delhi – Agra 4 hours drive, 220 km
After breakfast travel with private driver to Agra. Check-in at the hotel upon arrival. Later continue to the red sandstone fort of Agra, which stands like a crescent moon on the banks of the Yamuna River. Three successive Mogul emperors – Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jehan - helped to create this massive structure that combines Hindu and Muslim architecture. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Agra – Khajuraho – Bandhavgarh
Flight & 5 – 6 hours drive, 280 km
At sunrise you proceed to visit the world renowned white marble mausoleum, the Taj Mahal. The Taj was built in the middle of the 17th century by the Mogul Emperor Shah Jehan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal as a tribute of love. For 17 years highly qualified craftsmen from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy as well as about 20,000 labourers worked for the construction of this mad tomb. The white marble was transported over a distance of more than 200 km by elephants.
After a relaxed breakfast you will have some time to yourself before you depart for the airport and fly to Khajuraho at 2 pm. You will be picked up at Khajuraho airport and taken directly to Bandhavgarh National Park. Upon arrival, check in at the resort. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
The Taj Mahal is closed on Friday.
Flights between Agra and Khajuraho only depart on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
Days 4 – 5
Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the lodge. Morning and evening jeep safari in the National Park. Bandhavgarh is the birthplace of the last known wild white tiger – the father of all specimens in captivity today.
Today Bandhavgarh scores with its high tiger density – in hardly any other park are the chances as good to encounter a striped big cat. Don't miss the Vishnu statue near the temple hill, to which a pilgrim procession leads twice a year. This enchanted place surrounded by tropical vegetation will captivate you.
Bandhavgarh is closed on Wednesday afternoons. You can visit a local tribal village and take an ornithological tour in the surrounding area instead.
Bandhavgarh – Kanha 6 hours drive, 280 km
Morning safari in Bandhavgarh followed by transfer to Kanha. You will receive a packed lunch from the lodge for the trip. On arrival at Kanha, check in, dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Days 7 – 8
Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the lodge. Morning and evening jeep safari in the National Park. Kanha is known for its picturesque landscape and good tiger sightings. You will have breakfast as a picnic on the hood of your jeep inside the park – a memorable experience!
Kanha is closed on Wednesday afternoons. An alternative program will be provided on request.
Kanha – Raipur – Delhi 4 hours drive & flight
After the last morning safari and lunch drive to Raipur airport. Flight to Delhi at 7.40 pm and arrival at 9.35 pm. Transfer to the hotel near the airport and overnight stay.
Delhi & individual home or onward journey
Day at leisure in Delhi or individual onward journey. In the evening transfer to the international airport.
The above prices per person include:
Hotel in Delhi and Agra including breakfast
Lodge in Bandhavgarh and Kanha with full board
Continuous supply of bottled drinking water in hotels, lodges and vehicles
Domestic flights in economy class Agra – Khajuraho with Air India and Raipur – New Delhi with Indigo Airlines
Entrances and guides in Bandhavgarh and Kanha
5 exclusive safaris in a 4x4 jeep in Bandhavgarh
5 exclusive safaris in a 4x4 jeep in Kanha
Tour guide and private driver for sightseeing in Agra
Entrances to the Fort of Agra and the Taj Mahal
Assistance at the airports and hotels
All land transfers with private driver in air-conditioned Toyota Innova
All currently applicable taxes
The 5% of the travel costs that are donated to a local environmental or social project. You will receive more detailed information about the supported projects at the time of booking.
The following is not included:
Individual travel to Delhi
Visa: all foreign visitors need a valid visa for India: the easiest way is to apply for an e-Tourist-Visa directly online: indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa. The e-Visa can be applied for up to 120 days in advance and is valid from the day of entry. For a regular visa you must send your passport to an Indian representative in your home country. More information can be found on the website of the Indian representations in Switzerland indembassybern.gov.in, in Germany indianembassyberlin.gov.in and in Austria blsindiavisa-austria.com. The passport should in any case be valid for 6 months beyond the validity period of your visa.
Tips for drivers and guides: Tips are expected when you are satisfied – for exceptional services you may also exceed our recommendations. Calculate with 400-600 INR per guide and 300-500 for the driver per day or half of it for half a day or a single safari.
Tips in hotels/lodges: we recommend not to tip individual staff members such as the concierge as this would be unfair towards others. Instead, at the end of your stay, put something in the most common tip box – the tip will then be evenly distributed among the staff. We recommend about 5 US $ or 350 INR per person and day.
Possible fees for photo and video cameras in the national parks and at monuments
Elephant safari in Kanha and Bandhavgarh à INR 2000 per person for 30 minutes. Subject to availability, cannot be booked in advance.
Personal expenses such as smoking, soft drinks, alcohol, laundry and telephone calls.
Anything not mentioned in the inclusions.
Check-in and check-out are always at 12.00 noon.
If the intended hotel or normal room category is sold out, alternative accommodations will be suggested.
Single room surcharges or larger groups on request.
Our jeep safaris are on an exclusive basis, which means you do not share your jeep with any other travelers.
Ideally you should travel in groups of two or four, as the jeeps can accommodate a maximum of 4 tourists (5 are possible, but not very comfortable).
The allocation of the park zone in which the individual safaris take place depends on the forestry authority and can only be influenced to a limited extent, depending on the park.
Entrance costs to national parks or state taxes may change at any time. Such changes will be communicated to you in good time.
Safari permits must be applied in most parks 120 days prior to departure. It is therefore often not possible to book at short notice or to change your name less than 120 days before the start of your trip.
The above travel times from one location to another are based on normal road conditions and may vary. Every break for food, tea, toilets etc. prolongs the travel times.
Vaccinations: please check the current recommendations of your country such as wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel for the US or safetravel.ch for Switzerland. In general, standard vaccinations and hepatitis A are recommended. Good mosquito protection and long-sleeved outdoor clothing are recommended at dusk.