Day 03: Jaipur
Depart for a full day city sight-seeing of Jaipur. Enjoy an exciting optional Elephant ride on your way to the Amber Fort, followed by a visit to the City Place where you can see an excellent collection of paintings costumes and armoury. Then we proceed to Jantar Mantar a magnificent stone observatory built by Raja Jai Singh, Hawa Mahal - also known as "Palace of Winds". Overnight in Hotel.
Day 04: Jaipur - Ranthambore Drive to Ranthambore (130 kms/ 2 Hrs drive)
Ranthambore is a dry deciduous forest with rocky hill crests and open valleys dotted with water pools and fruit trees. The one thousand year old Ranthambore fortress looms above the forest. The park is home to the smabar deer, nilgai, wild boar, bear, panther, tiger and a variety of birds including the partridge, green pigeon and red spur fowl.
Day 06: Ranthambore - Bharatpur
In the morning enjoy another game drive. Afternoon drive to Bharatpur ( 185 kms / 4 hrs ). Bharatpur is the one of the finest bird sanctuaries in the world with over 300 species in season. The most common species here are the siberian crane, cormorant, open - bill and painted stork, spoon - bill, quail, coot, heron, teal, tern, egret, pelican, ibis, and snake bird. Birdlife is best viewed punting through the rushers or on cycle - rickshaws (visits are not included but are easily arranged locally.)
Day 08: Agra - Bandhavgarh
In the morning visit the sights including the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and the tomb of
Itamud-ud-daula. In the evening board an overnight train for Umaria, in air- conditioned sleeper ( Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays)
Day 09: Bandhavgarh
Arrive Umaria in the morning and transfer to the Bandhavgarh National Park. Check in to the Jungle camp for two nights. The park is situated in the Vindhya hills with an undulating terrain and is home to spotted deer, blackbucks, wild oxen, sloth bear, sambar, nilgai, barking deer, leopard and tiger. The rich and varied birdlife includes golden orioles, parakeets hornbills and partridges. Visit the park in the afternoon.
Day 11: Kanha
Morning drive to Kanha National Park(212 kms/6 hrs drive) one of the largest and best- managed parks in the country. Kanha has some 22 species of mammals. Most commonly sighted are the chital or spotted deer, barasingha or swamp deer, blackbuck, common langur, jackal and three-striped palm squirrel. Less commonly seen are the tiger, Indian hare, dhole or Indian wild dog and bison or gaur. Rarely sighted are the Indian fox, sloth bear, striped hyena, panther, mouse, deer etc. Over 200 species of birds are found in the hills in the mixed forest and its bamboo breaks.
Day 14: Delhi
Arrive Delhi in the morning. Today, leave for sight-seeing tour, which includes Jama Masjid- the largest mosque, of Emperor, Shahjahan. Later proceed to India Gate - a 42 meter stone arch built in the memory to the Indian soldiers who died in world war II, and the Presidents House, Humayun's Tomb ) memorial of the Mughals its design is inspired by the Taj Mahal), the Qutab Minar.