People have different sources of spirituality; some of us find it in temples, some with a dip in river Ganges and some others in spending some time with the wildlife. This tour ties all these three sources of spirituality in a nice tight package. We set off on an unconventional spiritual tryst with history and culture, starting from Delhi, then on to Agra, Bandhavgarh, Khajuraho, Varanasi and back to Delhi.
Historical sites of Delhi
Dedicated tour of the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort
Four safaris in Bandhavgarh National Park with dedicated forest guide
Visit to the Khajuraho temple complex
Spiritual visits to the Ganges and Sarnath and Varanasi
See the Ganges, its Ghats and experience the Ganga Aarti
Day 01: Arrival at Delhi
Delhi, the Capital city of India, has a rich and diverse culture for having been reigned over by various dynasties and multiple cultures. From our mythology to modern history, Delhi is dotted with various cultural centres such as the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar, Chandni Chowk and Iron Pillar of Ashoka.
On arrival, you will meet with our tour representative, who will help you to check in your hotel. Spend rest of the day at leisure.
Day 02: Sightseeing at Delhi
Delhi has a rich history of its own having been ruled by many dynasties of diverse cultures. Monuments such as Red Fort and the Qutub Minar are landmarks of Delhi and a part of its identity. Boasting a distinctive Islamic architecture, the Red Fort was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a palace of his capital. The Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques of India built between 1644 and 1656. The Qutub Minar was names after Qutubuddin Bakhitar Kaki and was built by Qutubuddin Aibak, the first Sultan of Delhi of the Mamluk Dynasty.
On this day, we will explore the history of Delhi. This tour will include the Red fort, Jama Masjid, Chandini Chowk – the colourful shopping destination of Delhi, and Qutab Minar. In the evening we will return to our hotel for dinner.
Day 03: Delhi and Agra
Recognised as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal is considered a monument to eternal love. The Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan built this marble mausoleum on the banks of river Yamuna after the death of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, once the seat of the Mughal dynasty, the Agra Fort is constructed in red stone over generations by different rulers and today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We board an early morning train to reach Agra before lunch. After checking in to our hotel, we’ll have our lunch and then embark on a half-day tour of Agra, visiting the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort. By evening, we will return to the hotel and relax after a dinner.
On a full moon night the Taj Mahal can also be viewed at night. The sight of the massive white marble mausoleum lit up by a full moon is truly unforgettable. If we happen to be in Agra on the full moon night and weather permitting, we can also arrange an evening trip to the Taj Mahal.
Day 04: Agra - Umaria (Bandhavgarh)
Emperor Akbar originally built the town of Fatehpur Sikri in 1571to serve as a capital to the Mughal Empire. While the origin is Mughal, the architecture is mainly inspired by Hindu and Jain architecture. We pay a small visit to this town en route Bandhavgarh.
This day we will visit Fatehpur Sikri and return to the hotel after an entire day of sightseeing. After dinner, we will check out from the hotel to board a train for an overnight journey to Umaria.
Day 05: Bandhavgarh National Park
The Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the most important tiger reserves present in the Central India. Once hunting grounds of the royal family of Rewa, the Bandhavgarh National Park is now a renowned Tiger reserve. It is also where the white tigers were first discovered. The Bandhavgarh National Park has also been successful in saving the leopards from being endangered. It has a mixed terrain mixed with rocky hill ranges, grassy swamps and forested valleys.
After reaching Umaria, we will drive to Bandhavgarh National Park, which is about 37 kilometers away from the railway station. Once we arrive at Bandhavgarh in the morning, we will check in at the National Park resort and post lunch, join the evening jungle safari. We will return to the resort by night and retire for the day after dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 06: Bandhavgarh National Park
The Bandhavgarh National Park is known for its higher chances of spotting tigers because of the high tiger density. The geography of the area provides excellent vantage points, which also contributes to tiger spotting. In addition to tigers, one can spot Wild Boar, Leopard, Sambar Deer, Spotted Deer, Jackal and Sloth Bears during safari.
Safaris in the Bandhavgarh National Park are conducted in open jeeps with four-wheel drive and a local guide appointed by the Forest Department accompanies each jeep. There is also a possibility of doing a safari on elephant back. The experience of spotting wildlife, especially tigers, from elephant back is truly unique.
In the morning, we will embark upon a safari in the national park to explore the flora and fauna of it. We will return to the resort for lunch and then take up the second safari of the day. We will then return to the resort by dinnertime.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 07: Bandhavgarh – Khajuraho
The Bandhavgarh National Park is situated in the Vindhya range and is known to have the largest breeding population of leopards and various species of deer. Another attraction of the Madhya Pradesh is the Khajuraho group of monuments. This Khajuraho group of monuments is a collection of Hindu and Jain temples, built by the Chandela dynasty. What makes Khajuraho more famous is their collection of temples with erotic sculptures.
In the morning, we will explore Bandhavgarh National Park for the last time by joining the morning safari. We will then drive to Khajuraho. With Khajuraho situated about 280Kilometers, this drive will take about 6 hours. After we reach the hotel in Khajuraho in the evening, we will retire for the night after dinner.
Day 08: Khajuraho – Varanasi
Built between 950 and 1050 by the Chandela dynasty, the Khajuraho temples are UNESCO World Heritage Site. They were in active use till the end of the 12th century but when the region was taken over by the Mughal dynasty, they were desecrated and neglected through centuries. However, they were rediscovered when some local people guided a British surveyor to the temples.
Varanasi is a major religious hub of India and is one of the most sacred cities of India. It is one of the spiritual centers of India, because it is so closely associated with the river Ganges. A major attraction of Varanasi is the Ghats, the riverfront steps.
In the morning, we will head for a sightseeing tour of the Khajuraho Temples and return to the hotel in the afternoon. After lunch, we will board a flight to the holy city of Varanasi in the lap of the river Ganges. After checking in, we will visit the Varanasi Ghats to participate in the evening aarti, the evening prayer, of the river on its banks. We will return to the hotel for dinner and retire for the day.
Day 09: Varanasi Ghats
The Ghats of Varanasi are known to be the stepping-stones of spirituality. Varanasi has at least 84 Ghats, most of which are used for many of the Hindu ceremonies and rituals. Most of the Ghats were constructed centuries ago by the Hindu rulers. A morning boat ride is a very popular tourist attraction. The other attractions of Varanasi include the very famous Benares Hindu University, the Kashi Vishwanath temple, Bharat Mata temples, and the Handloom industry and its products.
We will embark upon a morning boat ride on the river Ganges to capture the sunrise on Ganges. Then we will go on a sightseeing tour of the Varanasi city where we will explore the Kashi Vishwanath Temples, Bharat Mata Temple and Banaras Hindu University. We will also visit the workshops of Handloom weavers. The silk cloth from Varanasi is world famous and this is the perfect opportunity to see the handloom weavers painstakingly make this most beautiful cloth by hand. We will return to the hotel for dinner.
Day 10: Varanasi – Delhi
Sarnath, a prominent Buddhist pilgrimage place, is located about 10kms away from Varanasi city, near the confluence of the Ganges and the Varuna rivers. It is believed that Buddha recommended his follower must visit this place if they seek enlightenment and meaning in life. There is a deer park in Sarnath, where Gautama Buddha gave his first sermon about the four truths and the noble teachings related to them.
After breakfast we will visit Sarnath where Lord Buddha gave first sermon. While in Sarnath, we will see Chaukhandi Stupa, the Sarnath Archaeological Museum, Ashoka Pillar, Dhamek Stupa, Dharamarajika Stupa, Jain Temple, and the Tibetan Monasteries. By lunchtime, we will return to the hotel. After lunch, we will pack up and check out from the hotel. We will then reach Varanasi airport to leave for Delhi to conclude this journey.
9 Nights accommodation on twin sharing basis.
All wildlife accommodation on full board, rest are on bed and breakfast basis.
All rates assume minimum four passengers.
Local tour guides and naturalists where mentioned in the itinerary.
Meals, drinking water, coach tours, transfers, entrance fee, camera fee, sightseeing tours, local flights and surface transportation as indicated in the itinerary.
Porter fees at hotels and airports.
Cost of items of personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, room service, alcoholic beverages, mini bar, etc.
Components indicated as add on in the itinerary.
Any other items not mentioned in the Holiday Package Cost Includes list.
Booking Terms and Conditions :
Mentioned rates exclude all drinks and laundry.
Rates are inclusive of all taxes
Rooms and Safaris are subject to availability.
Rates are Valid for minimum 4 persons travelling together.
Please note, guests will be required to sign a Form on arrival at the Resort.
Children over 11 years of age will be charged the full adult rate.
All additional extras to be settled on departure. This includes: curio shop purchases, spa treatments & products, as well as all beveragesr; the mini bar & sundowner / game drive drinks.
All bookings must be confirmed in writing.
A 50% deposit is required to secure a reservation
Full prepayment is required before the guests arrive a Resort
More than 60 days prior to arrival: 30% of the full accommodation charge
More than 30 days prior to arrival: 45% of the full accommodation charge
Less than 30 days prior to arrival: 65% of the full accommodation charge
Less than 15 days prior to arrival: 100% of the full accommodation charge
Group Terms and Conditions
Any reservation of 4 Rooms or people is considered a group
A 30% deposit is payable on confirmation of the reservation
Two further deposits of 25% each are payable 150 days and 90 days respectively prior to arrival, and the full balance is required no less than 30 days before arrival
Group Cancellation Policy
10% if cancelled more than 150 days prior to arrival
25% if cancelled less than 150 days before arrival
50 if cancelled 90 days before arrival
100% if cancelled less than 45 days before arrival
Note : Rates may be changed during festivals like Diwali/New Year or on long Public holidays.