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Tour Name: Culinary tour to India (WT 06)

Places Covered: Delhi–Jabalpur–Bandhavgarh–Khajuraho–Agra–Jaipur-Delhi

Duration: 13 days / 12 Nights

This is a fairly diverse passion for wildlife-viewing mixed with cuisine flavor of central India rather wildlife viewing in exotic jungles learning and tasting delicious Indian cusine. Vivek Sharma, an enthusiastic naturalist and guide and Rekha Sharma an expert in Indian cooking will guide and accompany on this special trip to India. Nevertheless, on the concluding phase of trip will lead through the place and palaces famous for majestic India.

Day 1: Depart from home / Arrival Delhi, India
Depart on your international flight to arrive in Delhi International Airport. Welcome & assistance by Tiger Expeditions Representative and transfer to hotel Saptagiri, New Delhi. Overnight stay in the hotel. (Meals Aloft)

Day 2: Delhi / Jabalpur/ Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve
After breakfast transfer to Delhi airport to board in Kingfisher flight IT4375 Delhi / Jabalpur at 10:00/11:35 hrs. After lunch in Jabalpur city we’ll drive through colorful villages & forest patch for 3 hrs to Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, arriving check into Eco Lodge, Bandhavgarh. Overnight in the Lodge (B, L, D) 

Day 3/6: Cooking & wildlife safari in Bandhavgarh tiger reserve
During our five nights at Eco Lodge, we can enjoy morning and afternoon wildlife safari in park daily or after morning game drive in park we can take a walk in the woods and farms - so we can see how food grows before learn to cook it. Wildlife viewing is by open four-wheel drive vehicle and possibly from the back of an elephant. We will enjoy stargazing and cooking revelation. (B, L, D Daily)

Day 7: 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 arrive Khajuraho to check in hotel Ramada. After lunch 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 hotel. Tonight dinner is at hotel Ramada, where we will spend the night. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Khajuraho / Orchha / Jhansi / Agra 
After breakfast we drive to the medieval city of Orchha set amidst rolling hills and teak forest on the banks of the Betwa River. Orchha’s grandeur has been captured in stone. Palaces and temples built by its Bundela rulers in the 16th and 17th centuries retain their pristine glory. Late afternoon we depart for Jhansi Railway Station and board the (Shatabdi Express #2001) at 1756hrs to arrive Agra at 2025hrs. Overnight at Agra's Hotel Utkarsh Vilas. (B, L, d)

Day 9:  Agra
An early morning snack with tea/coffee helps us to get awake as we will move to see the famous Taj Mahal 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. Taj Mahal is UNESCO World Heritage monument built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jhan in the Memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. This white marble mausoleum is one of the world’s finest architectural wonders & “Symbol of Love” built at the bank of river Yamuna.
After breakfast visit to 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 we can enjoy the culinary delights of Agra, while visiting to local market. Cooking experiencing, dinner and drinks will be hosted at office of Tiger Expeditions. Overnight stay at Hotel Utkarsh Vilas. (B, L, d) 

Day 10: Agra / Jaipur
After early morning breakfast we board our vehicles and travel to jaipur (240 kms, 5 hrs), en route visiting Mughal capital "Fatehpur Sikri".  Jaipur, capital of the state of Rajasthan. It is known as the “Pink City” because of the reddish color applied to the old city walls and palace as a symbol of welcome to a visiting Prince. A labyrinth of fascinating bazaars, opulent palaces and historic sights, tradition and modernity exist side by side. Built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the notable astronomer, this city is 260 years old. We’ll spend night at the hotel Narain Niwas Palace, Jaipur. (B, L, D)

Day 11: Jaipur / Delhi
This morning elephant ride take us to Amber Fort, Rajasthan's ancient capital to experience the royal lifestyle of the Maharajas. We visit Jag Mandir (hall of victory) and its famed Sheesh Mahal where the walls and ceiling are embedded with Belgian mirrors. En route to Hawa Mahal - the Palace of winds.  We enjoy sighting seeing of Jaipur up to lunch hours. Post lunch we board our vehicles to leave Jaipur to arrive Delhi (258kms/5 ½ hrs). Upon arrival, we transfer to hotel Saptagiri, New Delhi after check in we go out for dinner famous Mughal kitchen Karim for dinner and overnight stay at hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 12: Delhi
After breakfast we begin our sightseeing with the visit to a mosque and Humayun’s Tomb: An UNESCO - World Heritage site, known as Tomb of Humayun. This Unique building structure is the best example in Delhi. It inspired several major architectural innovations, culminating in the construction of the Taj Mahal. Humayun was the second emperor of the mughal. The first substantial example of a garden tomb on charbagh pattern with high arches and double dome was erected by Humayun's queen Hamida Banu Begam (Haji Begam) in AD 1570.
Following lunch we drive to Akshardham Temple. It is a Monument to World Peace, and is nicknamed “India’s Spiritual Theme Park”. Visiting national museums, we return to the hotel before our farewell dinner in the gardens of famous Indian kitchen Park Balluchi, New Delhi. And then we’ll transfer to the airport for the international flight check-in. (B, L, D)

Day 13: Delhi / back home
Meet our connecting flights home. (Meals Aloft)