We offer three wildlife and cultural tour options in addition to tailor-made wildlife and bird tours. The first journey - Indian Wildlife Odyssey - explores Rajasthan visiting the wildlife sanctuaries, temples, forts, palaces and desert landscapes in Jaipur, Bharatpur and Ranthambore. Then depart by air or on an overnight train journey to Kanha and Bandhavgarh Parks, the country Rudyard Kipling so vividly described in the "Jungle Book". Here we will again search for Indian tiger and a range of birds and wildlife.
The second trip - Kanha, Kolkata & Kariranga - experiences the reserves of Kanha (Madhya Pradesh) and Kaziranga (Assam) with time to experience the cultural attractions in Kolkata.
Our third offering is a Snow Leopard Expedition to Ladakh and includes the Buddhist rich traditions of present day Leh. It is easy to add the fabulous temples of Khajuraho and the pilgrim centre of Varanassi (see description below). Whether you wish to see tiger, lions, leopards and lesser cats, Asian elephant, Indian rhinoceros, deer, antelopes, primates, reptiles, birds or marine life - our 30 years as an Indian wildlife supplier can help deliver a remarkable journey.
2020 - 2021 Departure Dates & Costs
Indian Wildlife Odyssey
March 9 - 17, 2021 special group departure
Tour cost: $ 3,200 USD / $ 3,890 CAD per person based on twin for First class hotels
Single supplement $ 690 USD / $ 815 CAD
Daily departures with private local guide based on minimum 2 persons; slight supplement applies
Kanha, Kolkata & Kaziranga
April 12 - 20, 2020 special group departure (sold out)
March 12 - 20, 2021
Tour cost: $ 2,650 USD / $ 3,200 CAD per person based on twin for First class hotels
Domestic airfare supplement (Kolkata or Delhji/Raipur, Raipur/Kolkata, Kolkata/Guwahati: $ 295 USD/$ 390 CAD
Single supplement $ 515 USD / $ 645 CAD
Daily departures with private local guide based on minimum 2 persons also available November to April (nominal supplement applies)
Snow Leopard Expedition (new for 2021) 9 days from Delhi
January 5 - 12, 2021
January 18 - 25, 2021
Tour cost: $ 3,050 USD / $ 3,725 CAD per person
Single Supplement: $ 1,450 USD / $ 1,765 CAD
Airfare Delhi/Leh/Delhi: $ 215 USD / $ 260 CAD
Minimum group size 4 persons
Other Parks & Reserves we arrange guides and safaris
Jim Corbett National Park: This iconic National Park, located 300 miles North of Delhi is a part of the larger Corbett Tiger Reserve, a Project Tiger success story that lies in Nainital district of Uttarakhand. The park is alsom home to a large range of mammals (over 50), reptiles (25) and birds (580). At the foothills of the Himalays, this is one of the finest in the country.
Jawai Bandh: The Jawai hills located in Rajasthan in close proximity to Udaipur. Also known as the leopard hills, Jawai Bandh and the grasslands enclosed by the Aravali range see leopards roaming free. 4 nights in the area provide visitors with a bounty of both wildlife and cultural experiences.
Nagarhole and Bandipur: Nagarhole National Park, is the enchanting dual park/ecological reserve located in Kodagu and Mysore district of the state of Karnataka. Its swaying bamboos, woodlands, tall grasses, rivers and expansive savannahs provide support to a divers array of Indian wildlife including elephant, sambar, gaur, sloth bear, tiger, wild dogs, macaques, langurs and a growing list of birds. Bandipur has the added glory of the backdrop of the Western Ghats.
Gir National Park: Located in the western part of Gujarat, Gir National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary is the only place outside Africa where lions are living. Spread across 1412 sq.km the park is a blend of dry deciduous forest and Savannah forest.
Indian Wildlife Odyssey
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
After clearing immigration and customs, you step into the receiving area where you will be met by our representative and transferred to the hotel. Arrive and check-in at the hotel for 1 night.
Add an extra night and city tour if you wish to see the charm of Old and New Delhi. This day begins with the sightseeing of Old Delhi and a visit to the Raj Ghat. Drive past the Red Fort on your way to the Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. A tour through the bazaars of Chandni Chowk is followed by a drive past the historical India Gate, the President’s estate and the Parliament House. The day is concluded with a visit to the capital’s most striking monument; the 70 meter high Qutab Minar.
Day 2: Delhi - Jaipur (B,D)
After breakfast, check out from the Hotel & drive to Jaipur (approx. 260 km / 163 miles / 6 hours).
Jaipur, the largest city of Rajasthan is an epitome of magnificence and vibrancy. This city was established in 1727, and is India's first planned city. It is also known as the ‘Pink City’. This royal place is rich in heritage, culture and architecture. With splendid fortresses, majestic palaces, tranquil temples and beautiful havelis; Other than these captivating attractions, Jaipur displays exquisite handicrafts and spectacular jewelry. These intricate works of art add life and colour to this Pink City's uniqueness.
On arrival check in to the hotel & relax. Later in the evening, proceed for a home hosted dinner at local family in Jaipur. Where the host will demonstrate the art of Indian cooking, dine with you and regal you with stories of Indian history and politics.
Early morning departure to Agra. On arrival check into the hotel. Today visit Agra Fort, which stands like a crescent on the banks of the Jamuna River enclosed by forbidding 20-meter high walls.
Day 3: Jaipur (B)
After breakfast, embark on an excursion trip which will lead you to Amber Fort. En route make a photo stop at the palace of winds, the Hawa Mahal. Also visit the City Palace which now houses the Royal residence and museums with a fine collection of textiles and costumes, armoury, manuscripts, paintings followed by a stopover at Jantar Mantar.
Amber Fort: Amber, the capital of Rajasthan for 6 centuries before Jaipur was built. Rising majestically on the slopes of a hill, this 11th century Fort and Palace complex is a blend of Hindu and Muslim styles. It is one of the principal tourist attractions in the Jaipur area, located high on a hill.
Jantar Mantar has been built by the founder of Jaipur, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. The huge stone instruments were devised to study the movements of the sun, moon and planets and are incredibly accurate.
In the evening explore the local markets or visit a jeweller’s workshop as Jaipur is most famous for its gems
Day 4: Jaipur - Ranthambore (B,L,D)
After relaxed breakfast this morning we leave for Ranthambore National Park. Apprx. 190 km / 119 miles / 3 hours)
Bordering the outer fringes of the Thar Desert and the former hunting grounds of the Maharajah of Jaipur, Ranthambore is now a 512-square-mile nature preserve (one of India’s largest) that is home to diverse plant life; historic ruins; and hundreds of species of birds, reptiles, mammals, and of course, Bengal tigers.
Check in to the hotel. In the afternoon enjoy the game drives at Ranthambore National Park.
Day 5: Ranthambore (B,L,D)
Enjoy morning & afternoon game drives at Ranthambore Nation al Park. Between the morning and afternoon safaris we visit an organization called Dhonk which works with members of the Mogya tribe, a traditional hunting community. Here we see tiger conservation in action as families who once relied on poaching the big cats now have an alternative means of earning income through crafts and artwork.
Day 6: Ranthambore by train to Bharatpur / Agra (B,L)
Today early morning check out from the Hotel to board the train Shatabdi at 7:05 am. On arrival in Bharatpur at 9:05 am, we take Rickshaws and visit Keoladeo bird sanctuary to see the birds in their habitat. Colorful kingfishers, graceful Pelicans rare Siberian cranes and Trans- continental fliers - the migratory water - fowl are amongst the 375 species of birds found in the Keoladeo National Park. The most spectacular nesting is that of the egrets, storks, herons and cormorants, which make over 10,000 nests every year. This makes outstanding bird havens of the world. The park covers an area of 28.73km. Later, continue your drive to Agra for approximate 1 ½ hour. On arrival, check in to the hotel & relax.
Agra's history is largely recognized with the Mughal Empire; the city was established much before it and has linkages since Mahabharata, the Mythological history. The golden age of the city began with the Mughals. Akbar made it the centre of art, culture, commerce and learning. During the peaceful reign of Shah Jahan, his passion for architecture came to the fore and the world-famous architectural masterpieces were constructed including the Taj Mahal.
Day 7: Agra (B)
Early this morning, you savor a travel highlight as we embark on a tour of the Taj Mahal, the magnificent tomb of white marble built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, who had implored her husband to build a monument symbolizing their undying love for each other. Some 20,000 laborers and artisans from around the world spent 22 years constructing what became Mumtaz’s mausoleum, which was begun in 1632. Along with its exquisite symmetry, the Taj features striking examples of pietra dura; a decorative art in which craftsmen embed precisely cut semi-precious stones in marble to form dazzling patterns. Return to hotel & have breakfast.
Later, visit the imposing Red Fort of Agra (also known as Agra Fort), comprising of fairy tale palaces, two beautiful mosques, audience halls, pavilions, courtyards and gardens all ramparted by a massive wall, a moat, and yet another wall. A creative, architectural, and strategic masterpiece, the Fort is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site. In a cruel twist, Shah Jahan, the emperor who built the Taj Mahal and whose grandfather built the original Fort and who also assumed the throne himself, was imprisoned here till his last breath by his own son, Aurangzeb, in a room looking overlooking the Taj Mahal across the river.
Day 8: to Khajuraho (B)
Agra to Jhansi by train: BHOPAL SHTBDI(12002) at 0800/1045 hrs.
Jhansi to Khajuraho: Approx. 170 kms/ 106 miles/ 6 hrs. drive with a sotp in Ochha.
Today after early breakfast, check out & drive towards Agra Cant railway station to board your train towards Jhansi. You will be met by our representative & will drive towards Orchha.
Orchha is a town in Madhya Pradesh near the banks of Betwa River. The medieval city of Orchha seems to have frozen in time, its palaces and temples still retaining their original grandeur. Orchha had the distinction of being the capital of one of the largest and most powerful kingdoms of Central India. The word Orchha means 'hidden'. Orchha is blessed with in numerous attractions of archaeological interest and each temple, ruin, palace, relic is associated with interesting legends and majestic history.
Visit Orchha Palaces, there are three palaces in Orchha, each built by succeeding Maharajas in a similar style and combined to form a complex. Out of these, the Jahangir Mahal is the most famous palace, was built in the 17th century and has an aura of grandeur and opulence. The plain exteriors, crowned by chhatris, give way to interiors with exquisite murals, boldly colourful on a variety of religious themes at The Raj Mahal. Later, continue your drive to Khajuraho.
Day 9: Khajuraho to Bandavgarh (B,D)
The Khajuraho Group of Monuments has the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples, famous for their erotic sculptures. Made of sandstone, the builders didn’t use mortar: the stones were put together with mortise and Tenon joints and they were held in place by gravity. This form of construction requires very precise joints. Life in every form and mood has been captured in stone, testifying not only to the craftsman’s artistry but also to the extraordinary breadth of vision. Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the historical city is a symbol of medieval art. Out of the 85 temples, 22 still exist in all their grandeur. Some believe them to be physical embodiments of the greatest treatise on love – The Kama Sutra.
Post breakfast, we begin our tour of Khajuraho. We visit the eastern & the western temples. Thereafter, we continue our tour of India’s prominent big-game parks as we travel to Bandhavgarh National Park. the drive to Bandhavgarh by road: Approx. 226 kms/ 142 miles/ 5 hrs drive. On arrival, check in to the hotel.
The Park is located in one of India's last remaining areas of substantial forest, in what was originally part of the princely state of Rewa, home of the rare white tiger. Contrary to popular belief, white tigers are neither a subspecies of tiger, nor are they albinos – they are actually white-colored Bengal tigers (currently there are no wild white tigers.) Though small, the Park abounds in many of India's endangered animals--spotted deer, sambar, barking deer, nilgai, blackbuck, four-horned antelope, gaur (Indian bison and largest of the world's oxen), sloth bear, leopard and the Royal Bengal Tiger.
Day 10: Bandavgarh (B,L,D)
You will have full day to explore Bandhavgarh National Park with sunrise and sunset game excursions. Daytime sightings of tiger are more likely at Bandhavgarh than at any other preserve in India.
Day 11: Bandhavgarh - Raipur (B)
Jabalpur to New Delhi by flight: SG 2642 at 1630/1840 hrs.
This morning proceed for a nature walk in the Jungle. Return to Hotel for breakfast. Later checkout & drive towards Jabalpur airport to connect with your flight for your onward journey. Approx. 160 kms/ 100 miles/ 5 hrs. Drive.
Jabalpur to New Delhi by flight: SG 2642 at 1630/1840 hrs
Can be altered to other destinations in India.
Flight supplement $ 140 USD / $ 175 CAD
Kanha, Kolkata & Kaziranga
Day 1: Arrive Raipur (eta 1200 hrs) & drive to Kanha National Park (approx. 4 hour) (B,D)
Domestic flight to Raipur where we start our 4 hour drive by private vehicle to Kanha National Park. The drive passing through small farming villages, teak forests offers many photo ops that we will take advantage off. Arrive at our lodge before dinner.
Day 2: Kanha National Park (B,L,D)
Often called Tiger Land, Kanha is located in a horseshoe-shaped valley with two distinctive hills on either side. In the center is the maiden (open grassy meadow), dotted with stands of majestic evergreen Sal trees to form a savanna countryside reminiscent of Africa. This park has been designated a ―Tiger Reserve‖ and comes under the protection of Project Tiger — the single largest conservation project mounted by the Government of India. We take sunrise and sunset excursions, departing your hotel pre-dawn that last 4-5 hours. You will have breakfast inside the park in a designated area, returning to your lodge by late morning. PLEASE NOTE: All National Wildlife Parks in Central India, shut down for visitors on every Wednesday afternoon.
Day 3: Kanha National Park (B,L,D)
Kanha has a large, healthy population of tigers. But this park features more than tigers; it supports the full range of Indian wildlife described in The Jungle Books. The variety and abundance of wildlife in Kanha is remarkable. The park is famous for its herds of hard-ground Barasingha – also called swamp deer, a large and beautiful endemic animal with 12-point antlers (it has probably been saved from extinction by careful management in Kanha). Also found are herds of the beautiful chital (common name is spotted deer), and sambar, the biggest of the Indian deer. Other commonly seen herbivores include barking deer, nilgai antelope, four-horned antelope, wild boar, and the imposing gaur (also called the Indian bison), which is considered the largest wild bovine in the world. A gaur bull can stand over six feet tall at the shoulder and weigh more than a ton!
Kanha is known for its large population of gaur, and this large animal is an important food source for the tiger. Other predators in the park include sloth bear, the common (or golden) jackal, the striped hyena, and the dhole or Indian wild dog (which, like the African wild dog, lives and hunts in packs). Leopards also live in Kanha but are much more difficult to see. Other interesting mammals include the Indian ratel (honey badger), Indian porcupine, and various species of mongooses. Primates are represented by troops of monkeys of two species—the rhesus macaque and the silver (or common) langur. Kanha’s bird life is equally impressive, with more than 200 recorded species. Explore the national park by morning & afternoon game drives.
Day 4: Kanha – Raipur drive (approx. 5 hr) & flight to Kolkata (6E-252 at 1705/1840 hrs.) (B)
You will have one last opportunity to explore the Kanha National Park by the morning safari (we will have short safari this morning) before you leave for Raipur airport to connect with flight to Kolkata. Arrive Kolkata and check-in to the hotel.
Day 5: Kolkata (B)
Kolkata, also known as the City of Joy, name comes from the lively and friendly and loving behavior of all the citizens all over the places making the city more lively and enjoyable.
Today we will visit the Howrah Bridge, this amazing feat of engineering is similar in size to Australia’s Sydney Harbour bridge. It is considered the busiest bridge in the world and everything from pedestrians to bullock carts to push carts to automobiles to bicycles cross every day and the eastern India’s largest flower market with hundreds of stalls and vendors sitting on the ground. Approximately 2000 flower growers from the surrounding areas come daily to sell their flowers and during the wedding season and festivals, that number probably doubles.
Thereafter, visit the Victoria Memorial (Closed on Monday). This marble-white monument is one of the most fascinating landmarks of Kolkata. Here, we will come face to face with miniature paintings and images of Queen Mary, King George V and Queen Victoria. Of special importance are the Queen's dresses, the famous Rosewood piano, the Whispering Gallery in the dome and numerous artillery weapons used in the Battle of Plassey.
Thereafter visit the Mother Teresa’s House, called “Nirmal Hriday” and also visit Shishu Bhawan, located near her house. Mother Teresa’s great work of caring for abandoned children on the streets of Kolkata is carried out at this center. Watch the children’s face light up with just one smile of yours.
Wrap up your day with the visit of Indian Coffee House. Situated in the academic hub of Kolkata, the College Street, the Indian Coffee House has become a favourite destination for hangouts not only for the students of nearby schools and colleges but also the office goers and intellectuals of Kolkata. The history of Coffee House dates back to around 300 years when it was the residence of the great Bengali Philosopher and social reformer Shri Keshab Chandra Sen. Later this place was dedicated to Prince Albert Victor of Wales and was named “Albert hall”. During the freedom struggle many swadeshi meetings were held here. In the year 1942, the Coffee Board decided to start a coffee joint from the Albert Hall, and after independence in 1947, the Central Government changed the name to ―Indian Coffee House‖. In 1958 the management decided to shut down the Coffee House, but the workers association decided to run this place on their own and since then the “Indian Coffee House” is being run by the “India Coffee Board Worker's Co-operative Society Ltd”. In the year 1994 The Supreme Court of India recognized Coffee House as a cultural center of India and declared it a Heritage building.
Day 6: Kolkata – Guwahati flight (AI729, 0950/1105 hrs) & drive to Kaziranga (apx. 4 hr) (B,D)
After breakfast, transfer to Kolkata airport to connect with flight to Guwahati. Arrive Guwahati and drive 5 hour to reach Kaziranga National Park. On arrival, check-in to the hotel.
Day 7: Kaziranga National Park (B,L,D)
The most prized inhabitant of Kaziranga is the Greater One-Horned Indian Rhinoceros, but the Park is home to as many as 180 different mammals including wild elephant, tiger, deer, Asiatic wild buffalo and a rich variety of birds. We reach the Kohora Mihimukh range of the National Park and are ready to start our morning adventure.
An elephant-back safari is an experience, to search for the elusive rhinoceros, tigers, swamp deer, hog deer and more besides a large number of very interesting birds. The park never ceases to surprise its visitors. (Elephant safari is subject to availability)
After breakfast at a resort in Kaziranga, we drive on to Bagori, the Western Range of Kaziranga and get into the open jeeps for some more wildlife adventure and an extensive coverage of this magnificent park.
Day 8: Kaziranga National Park (B,L,D)
Kaziranga National Park – a world heritage site, the park hosts two-thirds of the world’s Great One-horned rhinoceros. Kaziranga also boasts the highest density of tigers among the protected areas in the world and was declared a Tiger Reserve in 2006. Though sighting of tigers are difficult because of the tall grasses that provide excellent camouflage, their presence can be felt everywhere by way of pug marks, kills and territorial markings. The park is home to large breeding populations of elephants, wild water buffalo and swamp deer.
Morning and afternoon jeep safaris to explore the national park.
Day 9: Kaziranga – Guwahati (approx. 5 hour drive) (B)
After breakfast, check-out and drive to Guwahati.
Consider an extension to Bhutan. Entry to Bhutan is possible by overland journey, or by flight from Guwahati to Paro
Overland Bhutan: https://toursexplore.com/asia/bhutan/nature-culture-and-birds
Bay air to Bhutan: https://toursexplore.com/asia/bhutan/independent-traveller
Snow Leopard Expedition
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Meet on arrival in Delhi Airport and transfer to the hotel for 1 night.
Day 2: Delhi to Leh (B,L,D)
Packed breakfast for the early morning flight to Leh.
Leh, the capital city of Ladakh and a historical transit point for caravans of the bygone Silk Route, still looks and feels like a trading post of the ancient past. It is an imminently accessible and fascinating locale, featuring two notable monasteries, a palace, a mosque, and countless narrow, crooked alleyways beckoning the curious visitor. District Leh is situated roughly between 32 to 36 degrees North latitude and 75 to 80 degrees East longitude with an altitude ranging from 2300 meters to 5000 meters above sea level.Today it draws travellers for its Buddhist sites and exceptional trekking areas. After checking in to our hotel (2 nights), our Tour guide will give us a briefing on the journey ahead followed. Lunch at the hotel. Rest of the day is free to relax and acclimatize.
Day 3: Leh (B,L,D)
In the morning, visit the Hemis Gompa, the biggest monastery in Ladakh. Located 45 Km to the south of Leh, it is built on a green hillside surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery and hidden in a gorge. The Monastery belongs to Dugpa Kargyutpa order and houses monks of the Brokpa or Red Hat sect. One can see beautiful frescoes (paintings) on the walls and the largest Thangka painting in Ladakh, which is over 12 m in length. Within the monastery there are to be seen a copper-gilt statue of the Lord Buddha, various stupas made of gold and silver, sacred thankas and many objects. The Monastery was founded by the first incarnation of Stagsang Raspa Nawang Gyatso in 1630, who was invited to Ladakh by King Singay Namgial and offered a religious estate throughout the region.
From Hemis, we make our way towards the Thiksey Gompa – an impressive imitation of Lhasa’s Potala Palace dramatically perched on a slope overlooking the Indus Valley. Thiksey is the most beautiful of all monasteries in Ladakh, belonging to the Gelukpa order. The Gompa was first build at Stakmo by Changsem Sherab Zangpo of Stod. Later the nephew of Sherab Zangpo, Spon Paldan Sherab, founded the Thiksey Gompa on a hilltop to the north of the Indus River in 1430 AD. There are sacred shrines and many precious objects to be seen there.
After lunch at a local restaurant, we visit Shey, the King’s old Palace. The Palace was built by King Deldan Namgyal in the beginning of the 17th century AD as a summer residence for the Kings of Ladakh. It is the oldest palace in Ladakh and above it is an even older fortress. The Palace and Fort are in ruins but the monastery is in use to this day. Inside is a 39-foot statue made of gilded copper of the Shakyamuni Buddha, which was made by King Deldan Namgail in the memory of his father Singay Namgail. The statue is the only of its kind in the region.
Day 4: Leh to Ulley (B,L,D)
After breakfast, continue our drive to Ulley for a 3 nights homestay at Snow Leopard Lodge, our base for the snow leopard expedition.
Ideally located for visiting all of Lower (Western) Ladakh. Uletokpo is an enchanting village located 70 kms west to Leh on the Leh – Srinagar Highway. The drive will be approximiately 2 hours. The altitude of Uletokpo is 10, 000ft (3040m). Uletokpo is an ideal stopover for acclimatizing to Ladakh’s climate and altitude. Uletokpo is a central hub in the city.
Breakfast and a drive through mountain passes to reach the start of the snow leopard trek. 3 nights Snow Leopard Lodge.
Day 5: Ulley Wildlife Viewing (B,L,D)
Early start with packed breakfast and lunch for a full day of trekking through snow leopard habitat in search of the elusive cat. While sightings are never guaranteed, our guides know these parts well and have great success. You are likely to see signs of snow leopard as winter is the time they descend to lower elevations. Most often they are seen perched high in the rocks or balanced on a near vertical ridge. Return to our homestay for a hot dinner and to relive the tales of the day.
Day 6: Ulley Wildlife Viewing (B,L,D)
After breakfast, proceed for another full day snow leopard spotting walks/treks into different valleys with inputs and guidance from Spotter(s) who scan the whole valley from morning till evening through special binoculars for probable presence of the wild cat. One needs a lot of patience to spot a snow leopard.
Day 7: Ulley to Leh (B,L,D)
After relaxed breakfast at the Hotel, drive back to Leh 2 hours. Later, visit a Buddhist white-domed stupa (chorten) located on a hilltop. It was built in 1991 by Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu Gyomyo Nakamura. It holds the relics of the Buddha at its base, enshrined by the 14th Dalai Lama himself. The Stupa has become a major attraction not only due to its religious significance but also due to its location which provides panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.Dinner.
Day 8: Departure (B)
After breakfast, check-out and drive to the airport for the flight onward.
Khajuraho / Varanasi (5 day extension)
Day 1: Khajuraho
In the morning after breakfast check out of the hotel and set off to Khajuraho by road (4hrs drive). On arrival at Khajuraho, check in at the Ramada Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Later in the evening, we will see the beauty of different dance forms at the Khandariya dance show.
Day 2: Khajuraho (B,D)
Early morning, enjoy a visit to the Khajuraho temples (World Heritage site). These temples completed a thousand years of their existence in 1999. The voluptuous sculptures appear to be celestial and alive. The main focus is on woman and varying facets of her life. The temples are clustered in groups in the west, east and the south. They all have the entrance in their eastern side. An architectural marvel - the complex of 85 temples were constructed by the Chandela kings, of them only 22 survive today.
Day 3: Khajuraho - Varanasi (B,D)
Breakfast, morning at leisure. Later, we will be transferred to the airport to board the flight to Varanasi. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to the Radisson Hotel. Varanasi has been the religious capital of the Hindu faith since the dawn of history. Known as Kashi in the 7th century BC it constitutes a microcosm of Indian life. The town is one inextricable maze of small streets and alleyways, hiding in disorderly array no less than 2,000 temples and shrines. For the Hindus, Varanasi is the cosmic center of the Universe and there are innumerable temples here. Mark Twain rightly said "Banaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together." In the evening witness the Aarti Ceremony.
Day 4: Varanasi (B,D)
Rise early this morning to enjoy a boat ride down the River Ganges at dawn - An experience to remember. Also take a walking tour of the temples around the ghats. Return to hotel for breakfast. Later embark on city tour of Varanasi visiting temples, Banaras Hindu University and the streets of Varanasi.
Day 5: Varanasi – Delhi departure (B,D)
We will be transferred to the airport to board the flight to Delhi. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel (day use at the Ashok Country Resort). Later, we will be met and transferred to the airport to board the onward flights which depart late at night.
Extensions in Delhi and elsewhere will be handled on an individual basis.
What our clients say...
"Birgit and I want to that you for all the dreaming and development and drudgery you did to make our southern India and Rajasthan trip such a wonderful success. On this trip, and the other two we spent with you, we have been amazed and pleased not only by your ability to get the nitty-gritty done in good order but with your pleasing, gentle yet strong personality. You have a great combination of flexibility and firmness and seem to accomplish what at first seems impossible. Although the tiger was the "cherry on top", it was still a great trip without it". Robert & Birgit Bateman, British Columbia