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Tigers, Taj Mahal & Chambal River

February 18 - February 26

£615 – £2650

India is a wealth of wonderful wildlife, historical and cultural attractions. There is an never ending variety of places to go and animals to see and this tour is a good Indian safari for people visiting India for the first time or seasoned travellers to the Subcontinent. This tour will showcase two of the best reasons to travel to India as well as visiting probably the last refuge for two of the worlds most unusual and endangered species. So between sightseeing in Old Delhi, marvelling the magnificent Taj Mahal, spotting majestic tigers in beautiful Ranthambore National Park and sailing past huge gharial and bizarre Gangetic river dolphins, we are sure that you will be more than impressed with what this section of India has to offer.

Holiday Features

TigerTiger safaris in Ranthambore

Gangetic river dolphins often seen

Guided tour of the amazing Taj Mahal

Expert local and international guides

Boat safari along Chambal River

Up to 30 species of mammals

Top Animals on Tour

Tiger

Gharial

Blackbuck

Gangetic River Dolphin

Nilgai

Indian Skimmer

Itineraries Details

Destination:  India

Tour Dates:  18/2/2019 – 26/2/2019

Duration:  8 nights

Type / Focus:  Tigers & Taj Mahal

Tour Difficulty:  

Pricing & Costs

Price: £2650 per person

Deposit: £615 per person

Single Supplement: £295

Min. Passengers: 4 persons before tour runs

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Holiday Breakdown

Day 1

Delhi

On arrival at Delhi international airport you will meet your local guide and zoologist escort for the trip. After being transferred to your accommodation, level 3* hotel (Hotel Almondz) you will have some time to settle in and if your flight was early in the day you can enjoy some leisurely sightseeing of this historic town. Old Delhi boasts some of the best preserved monuments dating back to the powerful Mughal empire such as Red Fort, Humayun Tomb and the Qutub Minar and all of this before your first evening meal in India on a roof top restaurant amid the flying foxes leaving to forage in the night sky.

Day 2

Ranthambore National Park

This morning after breakfast you will be transferred south to Ranthambore National Park (5- hours) We will lunch en route as traverse the Gangetic plain, before arriving in the small gateway town of Sawai Madhopur. This is the closest town to the park and where you will be taken to your accommodation, level – safari lodge for the next 3 nights. The rest of the day will be for you to relax and maybe take a dip in the pool to cool down from the heat of the Indian afternoon.

Days 3 & 4

Ranthambore National Park

During the next couple of days you will explore what is regarded as Indias most beautiful national park. The park is full of historical landmarks and reminders of the mighty Mughal empire that once ruled from Central Asia all the way to central India. It is probably the only place in the world that can combine tiger sightings with amazing ancient ruins that have been retaken by the jungle and wildlife. The sites of monkeys and tigers walking the ruins of palaces and forts in the jungle will no doubt evoke images and memories of Rudyard Kiplings Jungle Book. Being one of the original tiger reserves established by Project Tiger in 1973 the population of tigers here has increased steadily and Ramthanbore offers one of the best chances of finding tigers anywhere in the world. Over the next two days you will have a morning and afternoon jeep safari into the park, with the help of expert local guides and your zoologist escort. The early mornings and late afternoon are the best for tiger sightings but even if you fail in tiger sightings then the abundant wildlife here will make up for that disappointment. We should encounter northern plains grey langurs, Rhesus macaques, nilgai (the largest antelope outside of Africa), Indian gazelle, chital, sambar, wild boar, mugger crocodiles and a wealth of birdlife with over 270 species recorded from here. As well as the incredible tiger we will also be on the look out for sloth bears and leopards by scanning the roads for tracks and sign in the mornings. You will also be taken to the impressive Ranthambore Fort, this huge old building cuts an imposing shape over the park. This is a great vantage point for seeing the size and landscape of the entire park. The general plan for these two days will be an early start with tea or coffee before a 3-4 hour jeep safari and then returning to the accommodation, level – safari lodge, for breakfast and then having a few hours to relax before lunch and then the afternoon safari. Then on the return to the lodge just before sunset you will have dinner and relax before the early start again tomorrow.

Day 5

Agra

This morning after a leisurely breakfast you will be transferred to the wonderful city of Agra (~4 hours) in your private air conditioned vehicle. Once here you will be taken to your accommodation, level – 3* hotel where lunch will be served. Then in the afternoon you will have a guided tour of one of the wonders of the world, the majestic Taj Mahal. This marvel of human engineering took 20,000 men 22 years to complete for the emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife. But it is not just the beautiful architecture and manicured gardens that hold the attention in the Taj Mahal grounds, there are numerous bird species to be found here too. From Egyptian vultures and black kites that nest on the high turrets and minarets of the buildings to many babblers, warblers, grey hornbills and the very approachable common tailorbird that can be found in the gardens. After spending a couple of hours here you will come back to the hotel or a nearby restaurant for dinner.

Day 5

National Chambal Sanctuary

Today after breakfast you will be transferred in your private air conditioned vehicle to the wonderful National Chambal Sanctuary (~2 hours). Before exploring this river sanctuary you will be taken to the accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge (Chambal Safari Lodge). This is a huge sanctuary which protects one of the largest and most biologically valuable rivers in India, covering a 400km stretch of the river and protecting around 1.6 km on either side of the river the sanctuary is 1235km sq. The sanctuary was initially set up for the gharial, these huge fish-eating crocodile can grow to 7m long and is the most critically endangered species in the Indian subcontinent. There may be as few as 250 breeding individuals in the world and the vast majority live along the Chambal river. But as well as providing protection for this magnificent and ancient animal the sanctuary now has over 330 bird species recorded as well as other mammals, reptiles and amphibians that now rely on this protected stretch of water. After settling into the accommodation and lunch you will be taken on a river safari here to welcome you to the birdlife. You should encounter small pratincoles, numerous duck species, black-winged stilts, common & spotted redshanks, ospreys, bar-headed geese and up to 100 other water birds. You may also see both gharial and the other crocodile species here the mugger crocodile as well as up to 8 species of freshwater turtles (all of which are endangered), the unsual and endangered Gangetic river dolphin and possible a family of foraging or playing smooth-coated otters. When you arrive back to the lodge you are free to stroll the gardens as the sunsets and listen to the many Indian flying foxes that roost and feed in the trees around the lodge, before your evening meal.

Days 6 & 7

National Chambal Sanctuary

Over the next 2 days you will further explore the various ecosystems of the Chambal River sanctuary, there are a variety of activities that can be provided by the lodge and exactly what you want to do and the order of the activities will vary. But we recommend the following itinerary for your stay at this accommodation, level – luxury eco-lodge (Chambal Safari Lodge); after breakfast on the first full day here we suggest taking a jeep safari to the plains that surround areas of the Chambal river, you will travel to some isolated ravines in the Chambal sanctuary to try and find one of the most beautiful animals in India, the stunning blackbuck antelope. There is a small population here protected in the sanctuary, whilst the blackbuck was once widespread throughout the Gangetic plains, hunting and habitat destruction all but wiped the antelope out. This used to be the favoured prey of the Indian cheetah and there are ongoing talks about reintroducing the cheetah to the Gangetic plains and that would be a wonderful sight. Whilst spending the afternoon here you are likely to see some species of birds that have spend their time on the open grasslands that the blackbuck favour such as coursers, harriers and possibly falcons. Then after coming back to the lodge and having lunch you would be taken the short distance to the ancient Bateshwar Temple complex. These Hindu temples are built on the banks of the Yamuna river and consist of over 100 temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. The ravines surrounding the temples and river are home to a number of Naga sadhus (snake worshiping ascetics) who have carved out little caves and temples within the mud walls. These temples are a very nice way to see how the Hindu people around here still use these ancient temples in ways that have not changes for hundreds, possibly thousands of years. The next day we suggest participating in a camel ride safari through some of the ravines that fork off from the Chambal River, here you are likely to see a different range of birdlife including plain martins, wire-tailed swallows, jungle babblers, steppe eagles, sand lark, wood sandpipers and large grey babblers. Travelling on camel back is a wonderful experience and a great way of exploring the ravines and river bank whilst on the way to another ancient building. This is Ater fort and it is a magnificent site perched on the cliff side. It is also home to many species of raptors and other bird species; once a valued stronghold and at the forefront of numerous battles between the Rajputs, the Mughals and the Marathas, the crumbling ruins bring alive the romantic glory of a bygone age but it is the breathtaking views out over the Chambal valley that are truly spectacular. From here a scan of the skies can produce many more species and hopefully some of the critically endangered vultures. Then after lunch you will have a guided walk along a new section of the Chambal river bank. By walking the riverbanks with the local guide from the lodge you will be in good hands when it comes to spotting some of the harder to see mammals birds and reptiles such as golden jackals, black-naped hares, Burmese spot-bellied duck, Temmincks stint, Pallas gull, Indian skimmer and some of the 9 species of freshwater turtles here. Whilst spending time around the lodge you are free to explore the vibrant and diverse gardens. In the grounds of the lodge the abundant flowers attract many sunbirds and the fruiting trees are home to commersmith and brown-headed barbets, many babblers, hornbills, koels, treepies as well as being the day roosts for flying foxes and owls. Also whilst here, if you are not too tired we recommend a guided evening walk around the expansive grounds of the lodge; these walks often find Indian palm civets, jungle cats, Indian foxes, black-naped hares, hedgehogs and possibly the very elusive striped hyena. Of course the skies will be full of flying foxes, owls and nightjars as well.

Day 8

Delhi

Today you will be transferred back to Delhi (4-5 hours) after breakfast in your own private air conditioned vehicle. After arriving at your accommodation, level – 3* (Hotel Almondz) you will have the rest of the afternoon free to relax and maybe purchase some souvenirs, head over to the Yamuna river for some more birding or visit some more of the many sights here.

Day 9

Home

This morning after breakfast we will arrange for transfers to Indria Ghandi International Airport so you can catch your return flight home.

Please note that the itinerary stated above is correct as our planned intentions for the tour. However adverse weather conditions and other local considerations can necessitate some modifications of the itinerary during the course of the tour; any changes will be made to make the best of the time and weather conditions available to us.

This tour is available on different date (subject to availability) please contact us for more details about running this tour on a date which suits you more.

Please note that the itinerary stated above is correct as our planned intentions for the tour. However adverse weather conditions and other local considerations can necessitate some modifications of the itinerary during the course of the tour; any changes will be made to make the best of the time and weather conditions available to us.

This tour is available on different date (subject to availability) please contact us for more details about running this tour on a date which suits you more.

Extra Information

Weather Conditions

During February to March the weather in India is dry with plenty of blue skies during the day. At night the temperature can drop down and it may be chilly during the early morning jeep safaris.

What’s Included

Everything mentioned in the itinerary is included. Including three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). There will be an amount of bottled water (approx 1ltr) available for each guest each day. We have our own private air conditioned vehicle with an excellent local driver. We have two brilliant guides; first an professional zoologist will escort you on all your excursions and we also use a very knowledgeable English speaking local guides.

All our excursions including camel safaris, guided walks, jeep safaris, all excursions, temple visits, sightseeing and park entrance fees are also included.

Personal Equipment

We recommend you bring along your own binoculars or scope as well as appropriate clothing; which should be light and airy clothes as well as comfortable walking shoes. As the nights can be chilly we recommend you bring a fleece, long trousers, scarf and a woolly hat. Insect repellent is handy as there can be mosquitoes about during the evenings and nights. Andy medication, books or other items of a personal nature is of course up to you to bring along. Oh and please bring plenty of memory cards or film for your camera. Also do not forget sun cream, sun hat and sun glasses as the sun can be strong here during the day.

Included Equipment

We provide a comprehensive species list of all the vertebrates present in the areas we are visiting as well as some of the best field guides and reference books for the areas we are visiting. There is usually a spare pair of binoculars but in a group of 4-6 people these do not stretch too far. We also provide a spot light for nocturnal viewing (this is subject to local condition when we arrive). Camera Traps will also be used to try and capture hard to see wildlife in the dead of night.

Extra Expenses

Nearly everything is included in this tour. The only things not included are international flights, travel insurance (contact us for more information one what is required from your insurance policy), any food bought outside of the three main meals, drinks outside of any offered with the meals and the bottled water provided each day and any items of a personal nature such as souvenirs and tips. Any applicable departure taxes and not included (but maybe included in the cost of your flights). Please check before departure.

Flight Information

As we are based in Manchester we recommend flights from Manchester International Airport

We recommend Finnair as a good airline for flights to Delhi. One of the best websites to search for the best fares is www.ticketstoindia.co.uk. For the internal flight from Delhi to Khajuarho we recommending using www.yatra.com and flying with either Jet Airways or Kingfisher Airlines. They are both ATOL bonded companies and this provide all the securities related to ATOL protection. Please check our terms and conditions regarding booking flights.

Please contact us for more information about flights and we can provide you with a link direct to the flights from another supplier; in which case you only have to enter the passenger information and payment details. By using the above link you will leave our site and we at Royle Safaris hold no responsibility for the content on the site.

Visas and Health Information

All UK passport holders and most other nationalities are required to have a visa for India. These are only obtainable in advance from your local embassy. The easiest way to find information is by visiting http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/ (be aware that this link leaves our site and we at Royle Safaris hold no responsibility for information on the site).

There are no mandatory vaccinations needed to visit India, but it is recommended to be protected against TB, polio, typhoid, tetanus and hepatitis A as well as taking a form of malaria prophylactics. Please consult your GP about your individual requirements for visiting India as soon as you have decided on this trip.

Reviews of this Holiday

It is hard to pick between the Tiger sightings and the Taj for a highlight. So I will say that the entire holiday was a highlight. The best of 4 trips we have taken to Asia and the first of what will be a few more to India no doubt.

Peter Mumford & Family, Devon

4.0
2018-05-16T14:28:44+00:00

Peter Mumford & Family, Devon

It is hard to pick between the Tiger sightings and the Taj for a highlight. So I will say that the entire holiday was a highlight. The best of 4 trips we have taken to Asia and the first of what will be a few more to India no doubt.
Early mornings on safari, searching out tigers and trying to track them down with their pug marks was like something in the documentaries. Sanjay was a great guide and our whole experience was brilliant.

Mr & Mrs. Spring, Johannesburg

5.0
2018-05-16T14:31:00+00:00

Mr & Mrs. Spring, Johannesburg

Early mornings on safari, searching out tigers and trying to track them down with their pug marks was like something in the documentaries. Sanjay was a great guide and our whole experience was brilliant.
Excellent, the holiday exceeded our expectations. We were amazed at the Indian culture and the wildlife was amazing. Our first safari and not our last. We cannot wait to make another trip with Royle Safaris.

Dan & Nicola, Maccelsfield

5.0
2018-05-16T14:32:45+00:00

Dan & Nicola, Maccelsfield

Excellent, the holiday exceeded our expectations. We were amazed at the Indian culture and the wildlife was amazing. Our first safari and not our last. We cannot wait to make another trip with Royle Safaris.
4.7
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Details

Start:
February 18
End:
February 26
Cost:
£615 – £2650
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Venue

Delhi
Delhi, India

Organizer

Royle Safaris
Phone:
0845 226 8259
Email:
info@royle-safaris.co.uk

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Deposit:
£615 per person
Single Supplement:
£295
Minimum Passengers:
4 persons before tour runs

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