Day 1: Overnight Travel

Overnight flight with Emirates from London Heathrow to Delhi (with a connecting flight in Dubai).
 

Day 2: New Delhi

Arrival!
Upon your arrival at Delhi International Airport clear immigration and customs, you will be met on exiting the airport and transferred to your hotel in Delhi, approx. 1 hour. 

Check in to The Estate Villa for 2 nights (Early check-in is subject to availability).

Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: The Estate Villa, Standard Room

Included

Car & Driver

Day 3: New Delhi

Morning free to relax.  
Afternoon visit the Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary.

Overnight: The Estate Villa, Standard Room

Expert tips

The morning could include some city sightseeing - please ask for details and costs.

Activities and Services

Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary

Included

Breakfast

Car & Driver

Guide

Entrance Fee

Day 4: Chambal Valley

Transfer to Hazrat Nizamuddin Station, approx. 30 minutes. 

Board the 12050/Gatimaan Express departing at 08:10 [Executive Chair Car] 

Arrive into Agra Station at 09:50.
Meet your driver and transfer to Chambal, approx. 1.5 hours. 

Check in to Chambal Safari Lodge for 2 nights.

Evening boat safari on the Chambal River.
 

Overnight: Chambal Safari Lodge, Standard Room

  

Activities and Services

Chambal River Boat Safari

Included

Breakfast

Dinner

Car & Driver

Train Fare

Boat Safari

Day 5: Chambal Valley

Morning Sarus Crane & Blackbuck Jeep Safari.
Morning jeep safari to try and view the local Blackbuck deer and Sarus Cranes.

Afternoon visit to the Bateshwar Temples.
Visit these fascinating temples on the river Yamuna (10kms from the lodge).  There are more than a hundred temples dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.

Overnight: Chambal Safari Lodge, Standard Room

Activities and Services

Sarus Crane & Blackbuck Jeep Safari

Included

All Meals

Car & Driver at Disposal

Activities

 

Day 6: Bharatpur

Transfer to Bharatpurby car approx. 3 hours

On arrival check in to The Bagh for 2 nights.

Evening visit to the bird sanctuary with a guide.

Overnight: The Bagh, Standard Room

Activities and Services

Included

All Meals

Car & Driver & Disposal 

Birding Guide

Entrance Fees

Day 7: Bharatpur

Morning and afternoon visits to the bird sanctuary.

Overnight: The Bagh, Standard Room

     

Activities and Services

Included

All Meals

Car & Driver & Disposal 

Birding Guide

Entrance Fees

Day 8: Agra

Transfer to Agra, by car approx. 1.5 hours.  On the drive stop at Fatehpur Sikri. 

Fatehpur Sikri.   This is a deserted city built by Emperor Akbar in the 16th Century. It was only occupied for 16 years as there is very little water in the area. 

On arrival in Agra check in to the Trident for 1 night.

Afternoon sightseeing in Agra.  Guided tour.  As well as the Taj Mahal - built by Shah Jahan between 1631 and 1653 as a memorial to his 2nd wife Mumtaz – you will visit the Agra Fort 

Overnight: Trident, Deluxe Garden View Room

Expert tips

Make Agra a 2 night destination and add more sightseeing and explore more hidden parts of the city - some interesting options that can be booked for you are:

  • Itimad-ud-Daulah (Baby Taj).
  • We can also take you across the Yamuna River to the Mehtab Bagh (garden) offering an alternative view of the Taj Mahal.  
  • If you wish to visit the Taj Mahal more than once (many people do as the colour changes in the different light) you may do so.  Simply advise your driver and pay the entrance fee (as only one three hour entrance has been included in our quote).  We will arrange the tour in a logical order depending on logistics (eg your arrival time in Agra, the length of stay and if a Friday is involved).  If you have specific requirements regarding the order then we need to know in advance to book the guide accordingly. 
  • Wildlife SOS - Bear Rescue & Elephant Conservation Centres - Two centres in different areas of the Agra region giving the opportunity to visit and see the great work done by Wildlife SOS in rescuing Sloth Bears and Elephants.  2 hour visits can be organised, please ask for details.
  • Agra Beat offer an early morning cycle trip past the Taj Mahal and out into the nearby countryside, experience the local way of life and visit a school.  If you don’t want to cycle, you can enjoy this excursion by auto-rickshaw.  They also offer other cycling trips and walks.  Please ask for details.

Included

Breakfast

Car & Driver at Disposal

Guide

Entrance Fees

Day 9: Unchagaon

Transfer to Unchagaonby car approx. 4.5 hours

On arrival check in to the Fort Unchagaon for 1 night.

In the afternoon enjoy the birdlife around the property.

Overnight: Fort Unchagaon, Heritage Room

 

Included

Breakfast

Dinner

Car & Driver at Disposal

Day 10: Jim Corbett National Park

Transfer to Corbett National Park, by car approx. 5 hour's drive

On arrival check in at Jim's Jungle Retreat for 1 night.

Evening bird watching - guided (with other hotel residents).

Overnight: Jim's Jungle Retreat, Jungle Cottage

Activities and Services

Included

All Meals

Car & Driver at Disposal

Guided Bird Watching (group)

Day 11: Jim Corbett National Park

Early morning transfer to the Dhikala Forest Lodge and check in for 1 night.

Post breakfast, proceed for a jeep safari.

Return to the lodge for lunch.

Later in the afternoon take another jeep safari. 

Overnight: Dhikala Forest Lodge, Standard Room

 

Expert tips

The Dhikala Zone in Corbett National Park is open only from 15 Nov - 15 June.  If your visit is outside of these dates we can add another night at Jim's Jungle Retreat.

The team at Jim’s Jungle Retreat liaise with the forest department and make the arrangements at Dhikala Forest lodge.  They also arrange the toiletries, linen, torch, water, tea, coffee, cookies and drinks etc along with their naturalist and driver, who take care of your comfort and logistics during the stay.

Activities and Services

Included

All Meals

Car & Driver at Disposal

Jeep Safaris

Day 12: Jim Corbett National Park

Early morning jeep safari in the park.

After lunch at the Lodge return to Jim's Jungle Retreat, for 1 more night.

Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Jim's Jungle Retreat, Jungle Cottage

   

Jungle Lodge

Activities and Services

Included

All Meals

Car & Driver at Disposal

Jeep Safari

Day 13: Nainital

Early morning Jeep Safari in Corbett.

Post breakfast transfer to Nainital, by car approx. 2.5 hour's drive

On arrival check in to Abbotsford for 3 nights.

Overnight: Abbotsford, Suite

Activities and Services

Included

Breakfast

Dinner 

Car & Driver at Disposal

Jeep Safari

Day 14: Nainital

Full day birding at Pangot (45 minutes drive each way from Abbotsford).

Overnight: Abbotsford, Suite

  

Coffee @ Abbotsford Prasada Bhawan Luxury Room

Activities and Services

Full Day of Birding

Included

Breakfast

Dinner 

Car & Driver at Disposal

Guide

Day 15: Nainital

Full day birding at Saat Taal Valley (45 minutes drive each way from Abbotsford).

Overnight: Abbotsford, Suite

 

In Th Clouds Luxury Room Exterior View

Activities and Services

Full Day of Birding

Included

Breakfast

Dinner 

Car & Driver at Disposal

Guide

Day 16: New Delhi

Transfer to Delhi, by car approx. 7 hour's drive

On arrival check in to Colonel's Retreat for 1 night.

Overnight: Colonel's Retreat, Standard Room

Included

Breakfast

Car & Driver

Day 17: End of Itinerary

Transfer to Delhi Airport, by car approx. 45 minutes drive.
For your return flight home.

Included

Breakfast

Car Transfer to Airport

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