Days 2 - 4
India’s capital, New Delhi, lies on the Indo-Gangetic Plain, within the National Capital Territory of Delhi. Made up of the ancient walled city of Old Delhi and the more modern sector, New Delhi, the city encompasses a staggering array of beautiful buildings, including three UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the grand, sandstone Red Fort, striking Qutab Minar, and fascinating Humayun's Tomb. Architecture enthusiasts will delight in the iconic Lotus Temple. Hear ‘qawwalis’ (devotional music) at the dargah (tomb) of the Sufi saint Nizam-ud-din Auliya; or wander through the 17th century Chandni Chowk marketplace – still one of the city’s most popular retail centres today, famous for its traditional jewellery and saris. The gorgeous Sunder Nursery and Lodi Garden provide calm, flower-filled oases for picnicking.
Days 4 - 6
Located at the intersection of three Indian states, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, in Northern India, the Chambal Valley is a popular wildlife and bird watching destination.This area has much to offer with its impressive landscapes, fascinating ruins and variety of fauna and flora. The Chambal Valley’s natural diversity and unique ecosystem makes it an ideal getaway for nature lovers, who can look forward to visiting the National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary, inhabited by the endangered gharial, a fish-eating crocodile; the red-crowned roof turtle and the endangered Ganges River dolphin. Don’t miss the camel safari which takes visitors along the Chambal river and past a number of historical sites including: the Ater Fort, which is over 800 years old and the ancient villages of Kuntalpur and Morena. Other popular activities include: rafting, camping, bird watching, boating and other watersports.
Days 6 - 8
Situated in the eastern part of the Indian state of Rajasthan, Bharatpur is a bustling little town known for its Unesco-listed Keoladeo National Park, which is one of the world’s most impressive bird sanctuaries, featuring over 400 species of water bird. While the park is undoubtedly the main attraction, the city itself boasts a number of historical monuments. Chief among these is the 18th-century Lohagarh Fort, which is surrounded by a moat and contains the Government Museum, showcasing countless artifacts of local rajas. Other must see sights include the Bharatpur Royal Palace, designed using a combination of the Mughal and Rajput architectural styles with magnificent apartments and intricately designed floor tiles.
Days 8 - 9
Set on the banks of the Yamuna River in Uttar Pradesh, Agra is a beautiful city famous for its incredible Taj Mahal building, one of the seven wonders of the world. Commissioned by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the 15th century as a memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, this is an architectural masterpiece of exquisite craftsmanship and perfect proportions. The city boasts numerous other superb attractions, including the red-hued Agra Fort, the sacred Jama Masjid mosque, and Itmad-ud-Daulah’s tomb, with its white marble facade embellished with intricate inlaid designs. Other highlights include several wonderful atmospheric markets, the traditional village of Korai, and the Elephant Conservation Centre, where visitors can help with the rehabilitation of these gentle giants.
Days 9 - 10
Unchangaon is a large village in Uttar Pradesh (also known as Amarthal) and established in the 4th century. There are many activities available in the area including horse riding, bullock cart rides, pottery making and potential dolphin sightings in the Ganges.
Jim Corbett National Park
Days 10 - 11
Situated in northern India’s Uttarakhand State, Jim Corbett National Park forms part of the larger Corbett Tiger Reserve and is the oldest national park in India. This forested wildlife sanctuary is known for its rich variety of fauna and flora. Established in 1936 to protect the endangered Bengal tiger, the park is an ecotourism destination which offers visitors exhilarating wildlife safaris, rich biodiversity and breath-taking landscapes. It is home to an abundance of wildlife including: 110 kinds of trees, 50 species of mammals, 25 species of reptiles as well as over 600 species of birds such as the crested serpent eagle, blossom-headed parakeet and the red junglefowl. Visitors can enjoy several activities including jungle safaris, bird watching, trekking and fishing.
Jim Corbett National Park
Days 11 - 12
Jim Corbett National Park
Days 12 - 13
Days 13 - 16
Situated in the Indian province of Uttarakhand and comprising of lush valleys and rugged mountains that border the Nainital Lake, the hill station of Nainital is known for its dramatic scenery and sacred heritage. The colourful, intricately decorated Naina Devi Temple, a famous Hindu pilgrimage site in Nainital, lies on the bank of the Nainital Lake and is central to the town’s history. The town, temple and lake derived their names from the story of Lord Shiva carrying the corpse of Sati, and where her eyes fell to the ground is where the temple currently stands. The popular Mall Road is lined with a range of excellent hotels and restaurants as well as the prominent Boat House Club. Visitors can take a cable car up to Snow View Point, which offers breathtaking views of the town and surrounding snow-tipped peaks.