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  • India

    Birds, Tigers & Wildlife

    Tours – January – December 2019

    12 Days

    Incredible India Golden Triangle Tour

    Delhi, Ranthambore, Bharatpur, Chambal, Agra, Jaipur

    12 Days

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  • ITINERARY 12 DAY TOUR

    Days Destination Summary

    Day 01

    Arrive Delhi

    On arrival you will be met and transferred to the hotel.

    Afternoon visit to Sultanpur National Park.

    Overnight Hotel

    Day 02 Delhi –

    Ranthambore

    (BY TRAIN)

    Early morning breakfast and departure to train station for Ranthambore.

    On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.

    Overnight Hotel

    Day 03 Ranthambore Early morning Safari to Ranthambore . Lunch. Afternoon Safari to

    Ranthambore.

    Overnight Hotel

    Day 04 Ranthambore Early morning Safari to Ranthambore . Lunch. Afternoon Safari to

    Ranthambore.

    Overnight Hotel

    Day 05 Ranthambore –

    Bharatpur

    (BY TRAIN)

    Transfer to station for train to Bharatpur. On arrival you will be transferred to

    the hotel. Afternoon visit Keoladeo National Park.

    Overnight Hotel

    Day 06 Bharatpur Early morning rickshaw ride & afternoon boat trip on the canals of Keoladeo

    National Park. Overnight Hotel

    Day 07 Bharatpur – Drive to Fatehpur Sikri (+-2 hrs) near Agra. Thereafter drive to the Chambal

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    Day 07 Bharatpur –

    Fatehpur Sikri –

    Chambal

    Drive to Fatehpur Sikri (+-2 hrs) near Agra. Thereafter drive to the Chambal

    River. Overnight Hotel

    Day 08 Chambal - Agra Explore the Chambal River by boat, thereafter depart for Agra 2 hrs by road.

    Arrive and transfer to the hotel.

    Overnight Hotel

    Day 09 Agra to Jaipur Early morning Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal. Afternoon visit to Soor Sarovar

    Bird Sanctuary.

    Thereafter transfer by train to Jaipur.

    Overnight Hotel.

    Day 10 Jaipur Jaipur – Early Visit to Amer Fort Palace and Hawa Mahal Palace. Afternoon visit to Jhalana Wildlife Reserve near Jaipur.

    Overnight Hotel

    Day 11 Jaipur to Delhi

    by Road

    After breakfast we depart for Delhi by Road.

    Midway stop at Neemrana Fort Palace for lunch.

    Arrival Delhi transfer to Hotel - Final departure dinner that evening.

    Overnight Hotel

    Day 12 Delhi – Airport Tour concludes - Transfer to the airport if necessary.

    TOUR CONCLUDES

  • Day 1: Arrival in New Delhi.

    Delhi

    On arrival in India’s bustling capital city, New

    Delhi, you will be met, welcomed and

    transferred to your Hotel.

    New Delhi is a combination of modern and

    ancient culture, going back as far as 3 000 years.

    Seven different cities have existed on this spot.

    It is the seat of power and the headquarters of

    Indian politics, where most of the heads of the

    Indian Government reside.

    This is a city waiting to be explored, renowned

    for shopping in the streets and emporiums. The

    Hotel is situated in the center of the famous

    landmark – Connaught Place.

    Bustling Street Scene Delhi

    Parliament Buildings

    Sultanpur National Park (Bird Sanctuary)

    Afternoon drive to the Sultanpur National Park.

    Dr Salim Ali, the doyen of Indian Ornithology is

    largely responsible for converting this hunting

    ground to a Bird Sanctuary in 1971.

    There are +_250 bird species at Sultanpur. Some

    are resident, while others migrate from distant

    regions like Siberia, Europe and Afghanistan.

    Winter Migratory birds include Siberian Crane,

    Grater Flamingo, Ruff, Common Teal, Common

    Greenshank, Northern Pintail, Yellow & White

    Wagtails, Northern Shoveler, Rosy Pelican,

    Gadwall, Spotted Sandpiper, Eurasian

    Widgeon, Black-tailed Godwit, Spotted Red

    Shank, Blue Throat, Long-billed Pipit, Asian

    Koel, Blue-cheeked and Blue-tailed Bee-eater,

    Cuckoo’s and Heron’s.

    Overnight at Hotel

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    Parliament Buildings

    Sultanpur National Park (Bird Sanctuary).

    Indian Roller Common Tailorbird

    Yellow-legged Green Pigeon Common Teal

  • Day 2: Delhi to Ranthambore via Train. @ 13:20 – 18:20 hrs

    Departure Delhi

    Early morning breakfast and departure by

    train to Sawai Madhopur (Rhantambore).

    On route to Nizamuddin Station we will do

    some shopping. On arrival at Sawai

    Madhopur Station you will be met and

    transferred to your Hotel.

    Ranthambore National Park

    Ranthambore used to be the hunting

    ground of the Maharaja of Jaipur.

    In 1980, it was declared a National Park

    and listed among the reserves protected

    under Project Tiger.

    Apart from Bengal Tiger, other animals that

    inhabit the park are Sloth Bear, Jackals,

    Marsh Crocodile, Leopard, Gazzelle, Indian

    Hare, Porcupines, Jungle Cat, Sambhar,

    Chinkara, Mongoose, Nilgai, Wild Boar and

    Monitor Lizards

    Birding Ranthambore National Park.Birding Ranthambore National Park.

    Ranthambore, due to its varied terrain and

    abundance of water bodies, has an excellent

    population of birds, resident and migrant. In

    total, a list of 272 species have been recorded.

    Some of the best locations to watch birds are

    Malik Talao, Ranthambore Fort, Rajbagh Talao

    and Padam Talao.

    Important birds to see in Ranthambore include

    Painted Spurfowl, Jungle and Rock Bush

    Quails, White-naped Woodpecker, Indian

    Scops Owl, Yellow-footed Green Pigeon,

    Alexandrine and Plumb-headed Parakeets,

    Stork-billed Kingfisher, Sikeer Malkoa,

    Common Lora , White-bellied Drongo, Tickles

    Blue Flycatcher, White-browed Fantail, Grey-

    breasted and Rufous-fronted Prinia, Yellow-

    throated Sparrow, Indian Vulture, Pallid

    Harrier, Shikra, Bonneli’s Eagle, Crested

    Serpent Eagle.

    Overnight at Hotel

    Bar-headed Goose Bonelli’s Eagle

    Jungle Bush Quail Sikeer Malkoa

    Indian Pitta Pin-tailed Snipe

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  • Day 3: Ranthambore National Park

    Ranthambore National Park

    Ranthambore National Park is dotted with

    structures of bygone eras scattered all over the

    jungle, which give it a unique, wonderful and

    mixed flavour of nature and history. Many water

    bodies located all over the park provide perfect

    relief during the extremely hot summer months

    for the forest inhabitants. A huge fort, after

    which the park is named, towers over the park

    atop a hill. Surrounded by the Vindhya and

    Haravali Hills which are located near to the

    outer fringes of the Thar Desert.

    Ranthambore offers Jeep Safaris and a cultural

    experience of the Meena tribes. A night in the

    many hideouts in the Park must not be missed.Machli “Lady of the Lakes”

    A tigress known as "Lady of the Lakes" was

    separated from her parents at a young age

    because of poaching. The young tigress was

    named Machli, after the mark on her body

    that resembles a fish. (Of National Geographic

    fame) She gave birth to three female cubs, fame) She gave birth to three female cubs,

    one being dubbed 'Machli - The Junior'. The

    father of Machli Jr. died early from an

    unknown disease, as confirmed by forest

    officer Fateh Singh Rathore. Machli Jr. mated

    with the male tiger Bumburam and gave birth

    to two cubs, Slant Ear and Broken Tail. Baccha

    is believed to be her grandson. At 17 years

    old, Machli Sr. is the world's oldest tigress.

    Machli recently went missing, raising concern

    among forest officials, as hunting is difficult at

    her age. After twenty-six days Machli was

    spotted and located by forest officials.

    Machli's daughter T19 (Krishna or Unis) is the

    current queen tigress of Ranthambore. In

    2014, she gave birth to four cubs fathered by

    Star or Zalim (she was seen mating with both

    of them), with three surviving. These cubs are

    now known as T-84, T-83 and T-85.

    Machli died on 18 August 2016 at the age 20

    years becoming the longest living tigress in

    the wild thus far.

    Overnight at Hotel

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  • Day 4: Ranthambore National Park

    Ranthambore Fort

    UNESCO World Heritage Site A visit to the Ranthambore Fort.

    This formidable fort was a focal point of

    the historical developments

    of Rajasthan. The fort was held by the

    Chahamanas (Chauhans) until the 13th

    century, when the Delhi Sultanate

    Ranthambore National Park

    Morning visit to the Park where we will

    continue viewing Bengal Tiger, with

    some luck.

    century, when the Delhi Sultanate

    captured it. In 2013, at the 37th session

    of the World Heritage Committee,

    Ranthambore Fort, along with 5 other

    forts of Rajasthan, was declared

    a UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Surwal Lake Time permitting, we will visit Surwal Lake which is an hour away. This is another picturesque option

    near Ranthambore to visit. Amidst quaint settings this lake prese