USA / DELHI, INDIA
Depart the USA on your international ightto Delhi, India.
Arrive in Delhi late this evening and transerto our hotel.
Our ull day exploration o both Old andNew Delhi allows us to take in the elegantPresident’s House and India Gate in New Delhi beore we enjoy a rickshaw ride romthe imposing Jama Majzid to Old Delhi.Here, in a multitude o brightly bedeckedstalls, Indians shop or everything rom wedding jewels to spices, and silk brocadesto sweets. Tis is a true insider’s look at thereal India. We lunch at one o Delhi’s nerestaurants, then later explore several o thecity’s other major highlights: the Red Fort,Qutab Minor, and the tomb o MughalEmperor Humayan, as time permits. Dinnerand overnight at our hotel in Delhi.
DELHI / KHAJURAHO
Ater breakast we take a morning ightto Khajuraho, the once opulent capital o Chandela. Tis aternoon we visit the WorldHeritage Site complex o 1,000-year-oldHindu temples—only 20 o the original 80remain—amous or their abulously detailedscenes o daily lie including erotic carvings.Te sculpted exterior o the emple o Kandariya is considered one o India’s greatartistic masterpieces. Dinner and overnightat our hotel in Khajuraho.
DAYS 5 – 7
KHAJURAHO /BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK
Tis morning we journey overland throughscenic landscapes o orest, hills, andpicturesque villages where women conducttheir daily business clad in brightly coloredsaris. We arrive this aternoon at remoteBandhavgarh National Park. Formerly amaharajah’s private hunting preserve, thearea was designated a national park in 1968and is now amous as one o the very bestplaces to view Indian wildlie and to seek out the rare and endangered Bengal tiger.Dinner and overnight at our jungle lodge.wo ull days are devoted to exploring thisscenically diverse park set among the Vindhyahills o Madhya Pradesh. We travel by 4 x 4vehicles in search o birds and mammals andtake elephant rides when possible to track tigers. Expect excitement and the thrill o thehunt as your
, or elephant handler,guides his elephant over orested ridges,through thick bamboo and undergrowth,or across shallow rivers.In the lowlands o the park, the grasslandand bamboo groves provide habitat not justor wild boars, and a wealth o deer speciesincluding muntjac, or barking deer; thesambar, India’s largest deer; and the chital,or axis deer, but also or their predatorsthe elusive leopard and tiger. In the treesoverhead we watch or rhesus macaques andhanuman langurs, and bird watching in thearea is phenomenal. In the lodge’s gardens,the owers and ruit trees attract such speciesas the green bee-eater, white-bellied drongo,and plum-headed parakeet.
WITH THE BRAHMAPUTRA RIVER