Set amidst the Vindhyan ranges and the eastern flank of Satpura hill range Bandhavgarh N.P. is one of the best places to see indian wildlife. The Reserve, named after its highest hill Bandhavgarh (807m.) at its centre, was the former hunting reserve of the Maharaja of Rewa. With less undergrowth than normal, the reserve offers better sightings of wildlife, most notably mammals, including the daylight sightings of Tigers in the grassy ‘maidans’.Don’t forget your camera!
Day 1: Arrive Delhi.
Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 2: Delhi to Bandhavgarh (by Overnight train).
Morning. Short tour of the Capital of India, New Delhi covering visiting Qutab Minar, Government buildings and Humayun’s Tomb. Afternoon transfer to New Delhi railway station to board overnight train for Katni.
Day 3: Arrive Katni/Bandhavgarh (90 kms/2 hrs).
Morning. Arrive in Katni and transfer to Bandhavgarh for a 3 nights stay. Bandhavgarh is a small National Park, compact, yet full of game and the highest tiger population in India. It is also known as the White Tiger country, which has been found in the old state of Rewa for many years. During your stay you will have morning and evening safaris in the National Park.
Day 4 – 5: Morning and evening safaris.
The forests of Bandhavgarh, which was declared as National Park in 1968 are the white tiger jungles of the yesteryears. However, no white tigers have been reported from the woods in the last 50 years and it is believed that less than a dozen have been seen in India in about a hundred years. Yet when white tigers were sighted, it was right here in Bandhavgarh. Over half the area of the park is covered by Sal (Shorea robusta) forests and there are stretches of bamboo and grassland. Within the park is the ancient Bandhavgarh fort and caves, dug into the sandstone of the fort, have inscriptions dating from the 1st century BC. The Bandhavgarh jungle, when it is large enough, becomes a living self-sustaining organism providing its own climate, atmosphere, water and nutrition through its recycling systems. It even has a sleep wake cycle. As more light fills the sky, Bandhavgarh begins to awaken.
Day 6: Bandhavgarh – Agra (by overnight train).
Drive to the Katni railway station to board the overnight train for Agra. Overnight on board the train.
Day 7: Arrive Agra.
Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for a 1 night stay. Afternoon visit Taj Mahal in the morning. It is an acclaimed architectural masterpiece and one of the wonders of the world. 20,000 workers laboured for 12 years to build this sublime gardentomb of Mumtaz Mahal, Shah Jahan and the Agra Fort.
Day 8: Agra/Delhi, by surface (205 kms / 4 hrs drive).
Morning. Leisurely drive to Delhi and upon arrival in Delhi, check-in at the hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 9: Depart Delhi.
Transfer to the airport to board your onward flight.
Delhi - Metropolitan/Radisson
Bandhavgarh - Nature Heritage
Agra - Radisson