LUXURY & DELUXE TOUR | INDIA

EJGI's Luxury Wildlife Safari with Taj Safaris - 14 Days

Mumbai (Bombay) Pench National Park Kanha National Park Bandhavgarh National Park Panna National Park Khajuraho Delhi

For the ultimate wildlife experience, you are invited to join this luxury wildlife safari in partnership with Taj hotels and beyond.

This wildlife safari in India is crafted around your lifestyle with the finest luxury hotels, exclusive jungle lodges and the best services with an almost guarantee to see the Royal Bengal Tiger in India. The itinerary will take you to Mumbai, Pench, Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Panna, Khajuraho and Delhi. A visit to Agra and Taj Mahal is optional.

Wildlife is one of the most attractive heritages of India. India has attracted wildlife enthusiasts from around the world for its fascinating myriad of flora and fauna that is both unique and mysterious. There are over 80 national parks, 441 wildlife sanctuaries and 47 tiger reserves as of March 31, 2015 (www.projecttiger.nic.in). Among the indigenous rare species found in India and nowhere else in the world, are Royal Bengal Tiger, Snow Leopard, Asiatic Lion, Sloth Bear, Black Buck (Indian antelope) Chausingha (four-horned antelope), Nilgai (Blue Bull) and hundreds of variety of exotic birds. Other inhabitants in the parks in India are Leopard, the Red Panda, Gharial, many species of Deer, Elephant, Indian Rhino, monkeys, Peacocks, Cranes and Flamingos.

There are 1,706 tigers in 47 tiger reserves spread in 19 states in India as reported by National Tiger Conservation Authority on August. 10, 2012. The highest densities of tigers can be found today in the most heavily visited tiger reserves including Corbett (Uttarakhand), Kaziranga (Assam) and Bandhavgarh (Madhya Pradesh),” it said.

DAY 1 - Departure

Depart for Mumbai, India.

DAY 2 - Mumbai

Arrive Mumbai. A representative of Exotic Journeys will meet you at the arrival lounge and escort you to your hotel.
Balance of the day at leisure.

Overnight at:
Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai.

DAY 3 - Mumbai

Morning boat excursion to Elephanta Island Caves- the 7th century cave temples carved out of a hill rising from the Arabian Sea. The afternoon city tour will include Hanging Gardens, Tower of Silence, Kamla Nehru Park, Gateway of India, National Museum, Crawford Market, Malabar Hills, Prince of Wales Museum, Dhobi Ghat, Marine Drive, the Gandhi Memorial Museum and Jain Temple.

Overnight at:
Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai.

DAY 4 - Pench National Park

Fly to Nagpur. Transfer to Pench. Pench supports a rich variety of wildlife, including Tiger, Leopard, Wild Dog, Gaur, Sambar, Chital, Sloth Bear, Chausingha, Chinkara, Barking Deer, Jackal, Fox, Palm Civet, Indian Civet, Jungle Cat, Hyena and Porcupine.

Dominated by hills, forests and valleys, Pench is also the place for bird watchers. About 285 species of resident and migratory birds, including the Malabar Pied Hornbill, Indian Pitta, Osprey, Redheaded Fishing Eagle, White-eyed Buzzard, Brahmini Duck, Pochards, Bar-headed Geese and Coots could be seen here.

A very popular documentary on Indian wildlife, Tiger: Spy in the Jungle, was shot at Pench by BBC.

Overnight at:
Baghvan Jungle Lodge, Pench.

DAY 5 - Pench National Park

Jungle safaris by elephant and open vans in the morning and in the afternoon accompanied by resident naturalist.

Overnight at:
Baghvan Jungle Lodge, Pench

DAY 6 - Kanha National Park

Today we travel to Kanha - the Tiger Land that inspired Rudyard Kipling to write ‘The Jungle Book”. Kanha is one of the most well maintained National Parks in India. The wildlife attractions here are Tiger, Leopard, Bison, Gaur, Sambar Deer, Chital, Barasingha, Barking Deer, Black Deer, Mouse Deer, Black Buck, Chausingha, Nilgai, Sloth Bear, Jackal, Porcupine, Hyena, jungle Cat, Python, Monkey and Mongoose among others.

The bird species in the park include Storks, Teals, Pintails, pond Herons, Egrets, Peacocks, Pea and Spur Fowls, Partridges, Quails, Ring Doves, Spotted Parakeets, Green Pigeons, Rock Pigeons, Cuckoos, Papihas, Rollers, Hoopoes, Drongos, Warblers, Kingfishers, Woodpeckers, Finches, Orioles, Owls and Fly Catchers.

Dedicated conservation programs at Kanha is credited with saving the rare Barasingha, (Swamp Deer) from extinction.

Overnight at:
Taj Banjaar Tola, Kanha.

DAY 7 - Kanha National Park

Jungle safaris by elephant and open vans in the morning and in the afternoon accompanied by resident naturalist.

Overnight at:
Taj Banjaar Tola, Kanha

DAY 8 - Kanha - Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park has a very high density of tigers. There is a saying about this park "In any other park, you are lucky if you see a tiger. In Bandhavgarh, you are unlucky if you don't see one." Besides, the park has 37 species of mammals, more than 250 species of birds, about 70 species of butterflies, a number of reptiles. Some of the wildlife one could see here are Leopards, Gaurs (Indian Bison), Barking Deer, Chital (spotted deer), Sambar Deer, Dholes, Nilgai, Wild Boars, Chinkara, Sloth Bears, Rhesus Macaques, Black Faced Langurs, Jungle Cats, Hyenas, Porcupines, Jackals, Foxes, Wild Dogs, and Chausingha among others.

The avian population in Bandhavgarh includes White Bellied Drogues, Black & White Malabar Hornbills, Blossom Headed Parakeets, Gold Fronted Leaf Birds, Minivets, Paradise Flycatchers, Black Vulture, White-eyed Buzzard, Red Jungle Fowl, Peacock, Golden and Black headed Orioles, Red-vented Bulbuls, Blue Jays, Purple Sunbirds, Green Barbets and Mynahs.

Overnight at:
Taj Mahua Kothi, Bandhavgarh

DAY 9 - Bandhavgarh National Park

Jungle safaris by elephant and open vans in the morning and in the afternoon accompanied by resident naturalist.

Overnight at:
Taj Mahua Kothi, Bandhavgarh

DAY 10 - Bandhavgarh - Panna National Park & Tiger Reserve

Set on a plateau and dominated by tropical forests, deep ravines and cascading waterfalls, Panna National Park is irresistible to wildlife lovers. The wildlife found here, among others, is majestic tiger, leopard, wolf, hyena, jackal and sloth bear, Nilgai, sambar, chital, wild boar and Indian crocodile. The avifauna in the park comprises of more than 200 species, including migratory birds, white necked stork, bareheaded goose, honey Buzzard, King vulture, Blossom headed Parakeet, Paradise Flycatcher and Scimitar.

Overnight at:
Pashan Garh, Panna

DAY 11 - Panna National Park & Tiger Reserve

Jungle safaris by elephant and open vans in the morning and in the afternoon accompanied by resident naturalist.

Overnight at:
Pashan Garh, Panna

DAY 12 - Khajuraho - Delhi

Today, you will be transferred to Khajuraho - the temple city. It is famous throughout the world for its exquisitely carved Chandela temples. After visiting the World Heritage Site temples, fly to Delhi.

Overnight at:
Hotel Taj Mahal, New Delhi.

Optional: Overnight extension to Agra to visit Taj Mahal in full moon is available upon request.Please call for additional cost and revised itinerary.

DAY 13 - Delhi

Delhi is a city of immense past. Seven mighty empires have risen, ruled the sub-continent & fallen here. It is dotted with hundreds of landmarks and has accumulated a tremendous heritage of art, architecture and culture. New Delhi, the present capital of the largest democracy in the world, is the creation of world famous architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Attractions include, Rashtrapati Bhavan or Presidential Palace, Parliament House, Red Fort- a Massive fort built by master builder Shah Jahan; Jama Masjid- the largest mosque in Asia; Jantar Mantar- the medieval observatory designed & built by Maharajah Jai Singh of Jaipur; the 16th century tomb of Mughal emperor Humayun; Raj Ghat- where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated and Shantivana- the cremation site of Jawaharlal Nehru.

City tour of New and old Delhi visiting  Humayun's Tomb, Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Jam Masjid, Chandini Chowk, Raj Ghat- where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated, Rashtrapati Bhawan or Presidential Palace, Parliament House, India Gate, National Museum and Baha'i Temple.

Overnight at:
Taj Mahal, New Delhi.

DAY 14 - Homebound

Depart on your journey home.

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Itineraries are designed with current flight schedules and remain subject to adjustment / change.

HIGHLIGHTES

  • Finest luxury hotels in Mumbai and Delhi
  • 2 Nights each in Taj Mahal Palace hotels - Mumbai and Delhi Finest luxury Jungle Lodges - 2 nights each at Baghvan, Banjaar Tola, Mahua Kothi and Pashan Garh by Taj Safari.
  • Private escorted airport transfers.
  • Private escorted sightseeing.
  • Private escorted excursions.
  • Personal English speaking knowdgeable local guides.
  • Personal schauffeur and car.
  • Daily breakfast in Mumbai and Delhi hotels.
  • All meals at the Jungle Lodges.
  • Entrance fee to monuments in the itinerary.
  • Concierge service.
  • Services of a professional tour manager.
  • English speaking certified naturalists.
  • Private Home Stay available.
  • Extension to Taj Mahal, Agra is available.
  • Operates daily with slight price adjustments.
Tour Departure Dates - 2018
January 5 12 19 26  
February 2 9 16 23 30
March 2 9 16 23 30
April 6 13 20 27  
May 4 11 18 25  
 
October 5 12 19 26  
November 2 9 16 23 30
December 7 14 21 28
 
Departure Dates - 2019
January 4 11 18 25  
February 1 8 15 22 -
March 1 8 15 22 29
April 5 12 19 26  
May 3 10 17 24  
 
October 4 11 18 25  
November 1 8 15 22 29
December 6 13 20 27
 
Tour Price: October 1, 2017 - April 15, 2018
Luxury Tour: Wildlife Safari with Taj Price Per Person
Double Occupancy $ 6,810.00
Single Room Traveling Alone - Room Occupancy $ 10,685.00
Single Room Supplement. (When travelling with others) $ 2,860.00
Airfare* - Economy
Tour Itinerary
$ 195.00
International AirfareBusiness Class * $ 3,294.00
 
Tour Price: April 16 to June 16, 2018
Luxury Tour:
Wildlife Safari with Taj
Price Per Person
Double Occupancy $ 5,850.00
Single Person Traveling Alone - Room Occupancy $ 8,710.00
Single Room Supplement. (When travelling with others) $ 2,860.00
Airfare -Tour Itinerary from $ 195.00
International Airfare Business Class* Please Call
Tour Price: Oct 1,2018 - Jan 5, 2019
Luxury Tour:
Wildlife Safari with Taj
Price Per Person
Double Occupancy $ 7,090.00
Single Person Traveling Alone - Room Occupancy $ 11,310.00
Single Room Supplement. (When travelling with others) $ 3,150.00
Airfare - Tour Itinerary from $ 195.00
International Airfare Business Class Please Call

Parks remain closed from June 17 thru September 30 due to monsoon.

Sample International airfares:
Business Class:
From $ 3294.00
Call for current applicable airfare and taxes.

Sample International airfares
Economy Class:
From $ 800.00
Call for current applicable airfare and taxes.

Airport Security fee, fuel surcharges and taxes not included.

Land Prices are guaranteed at the time of booking. Airfares are guaranteed only when ticketed. International airfares are from Chicago, New York, Newark, San Francisco and Washington, DC. Airfares from other cities and other airlines are available upon request.

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