ITINERARY: 16 DAYS
Day 1 Depart from Home
We board connected flight to Mumbai.
Day 1 Arrive Mumbai
Arrive at Mumbai (formerly called Bombay) by Swiss Int. Airlines Flight LX 154 at 2140 hrs. Welcome and assistance by Vivek Sharma. Transfer to hotel, Check into hotel. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 2 Mumbai/Nagpur / Kanha
After lunch check out from hotel transfer to domestic airport to catch flight Indigo # 6E-403 at 1425 hrs to arrive Nagpur at 1550hrs. After arrival at Nagpur we’ll drive to Kanha Tiger Reserve, arriving in the late night, check in Stripes Lodge Kanha. Dinner & Overnight at hotel.
Day 3/ 6 Kanha Tiger Reserve
Kanha is one of India’s signature wildlife areas. The forests, grasslands and streams here are home to a great deal of wildlife. We explore the park in open 4X4 WD personal jeeps in search of gaur, nilgai, sambar deer, chital and troops of langurs. We keep an eye out for the park's greatest prize: tigers and we'll look for tigers by elephant back. Next four nights our home will be Stripes Lodge kanha, Village –Samnapur, Mukki gate (B, L, D)
Day 7 Kanha /Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve
After breakfast drive to Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve for (approx. 5 hours) but very interesting nature mix with colorful weekly markets and villages. We will visit at River Narmada Bridge. There are several Hindu Temples along the side of River Narmada with live show of Hindu rituals, where man, woman and children are taking holy bath with rituals & Hindu prayers. Stop at weekly markets when ever it is interesting. Visit and lunch at fossil National Park. Arrive in BANDHAVGARH by late afternoon to check in ANF Eco-lodge, Bandhavgarh. Overnight Stay and all meals in lodge.
Day 8/ 10 Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve
We enjoy morning and afternoon wildlife excursions daily. Wildlife viewing is by open four-wheel drive vehicle and possibly from the back of an elephant. Boarding elephants is easy, and the cushioned platforms are very comfortable. Since most animals, including tigers, have little fear of elephants or the people mounted on them, this is ideal for wildlife viewing. Overnights ANF Eco-lodge, Bandhavgarh. (B, L, D Daily)
Day 11 Bandhavgarh/ Khajuraho
After breakfast we take a morning drive to Khajuraho (UNESCO World Heritage site) passing through the villages and countryside of Madhya Pradesh. We will have pack lunch at Ken River, Panna. Arrive Khajuraho to check in hotel Ramada. Afternoon visit to Khajuraho temples. Temples built by Chandela rulers in the 9th and 10th century AD. Variety of many inspirational temples, including exuberant and erotic carvings superb examples of Indo-Aryan architecture celebrating the pleasures of life and the sublime joy of love. After site seeing in Khajuraho around sun set, we will go to see a light & sound show (1 hour) which is at walking distance from the temples. Dinner and overnight in hotel Ramada. (B, L, D)
Day 12 Khajuraho/ Agra
After breakfast 1000hrs transfer to Khajuraho Railway station to board in the Khajuraho – Delhi Link Express (executive chair car train & this journey will take 5.00 hrs so we have lunch in the train) arrive Agra to check in at the hotel Utkarsh Vilas. We'll have dinner in the hotel. Overnight at Utkarsh Vilas. (B, L, D)
Day 13 Agra
An early morning snack with tea helps us to get awake as we will move to see the famous UNESCO World Heritage Monument Taj Mahel early in the morning to catch the sunrise and also contemplate all the color changes of Taj Mahal's white marble due to reflection happening during sun rise. We also explore Agra Fort which is another UNESCO World Heritage Monument of red sand stone built by third Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565. Return to hotel for Lunch followed by late afternoon visit to local market. Over night stay in hotel Utkarsh Vilas (B, L, D)
Day 14 Agra / Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary via Fatehpur Sikri
Following breakfast we'll drive to Bharatpur, stopping en route at Fatehpur Sikri (Victory City), a UNESCO world Heritage Monument. After visiting Fatehpur Sikri, drive for Bharatpur which is about 55 minutes. On arrival in Bharatpur we transfer to our hotel Uday Vilas. Afternoon excursion to the Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary. Over night stay in hotel Uday Vilas. (B, L, D)
Day 15 Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary/Delh
We have morning excursions to the great Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary. After lunch drive for 4 hrs to Delhi, stopping en route for drinks at the gardens of Country Inn, Kosi. Arriving Delhi in the late afternoon to check in at Hotel Shanti palace, Near International Air port, New Delhi for wash & fresh. Following our special farewell dinner at this hotel we transfer to the airport for the international flight check-in. (B, L, D)
Day 16 En Route /Switzerland
Meet our connecting flights LX147 at 0125 hrs from Delhi to Zurich (Switzerland) Arrival Zurich at 1135hrs. (Meals Aloft)