India – Tigers & Colors 2020

 

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One can learn more about life in one day in India than in a decade in a Western world country.

India causes a stimulation of our senses and is a country of stark contrasts: a plethora of vibrant colors, sweet smells of curry and coriander, deafening noise in the cities, silence and peace in the forest reserves, huge concentration of people during festivals or the empty deserts of Rajasthan. When traveling in India you will never experience a dull moment. India is one of the most fascinating, colorful, exciting and wildlife-rich countries in the world.

During the 2 week long tour Wild Focus will get you eye to eye with Bengal tigers in the wild and will lead you through narrow streets framed with blue-painted walls. You will walk on marble inside the most beautiful tomb in the world and on dusty streets through colorful spice markets. Every day will present you with an unforgettable Indian experience.

Our first stop will take your breath away, when you enter through a massive sandstone gate and are suddenly standing in front of one of the greatest architectural wonders of this world - the Taj Mahal. There are no words to describe the beauty and elegance of this building, the millions of intricate mosaics with a perfect fit, the delicate carvings, the perfect symmetry of the arches and the manpower, time and money involved in the construction of this mausoleum -  a Mughal emperor's statement of love for his wife.

During the following 5 days we will explore one of India's greatest national parks in search of the most powerful cat on earth - the tiger. Ranthambhore, an old Maharaja's hunting reserve is a mix of historical buildings, lakes, mountains and forests inhabited not only by tigers but also by several deer species, leopard, sloth bear, monkeys, crocodiles and about 270 bird species. It is a nature lover's and photographer's paradise. The highest mountain is occupied by the Ranthambhore Fort, a massive structure that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.

After having experienced Rajasthan's wild nature we will continue to explore India's culture during a visit of Rajasthan's most beautiful city - Udaipur. The city is known for its history, culture, scenic locations and the Rajput-era palaces. It is popularly known as the "City of Lakes" because of its sophisticated lake system. Besides the lakes, Udaipur is also popular for its massive historic forts and palaces, museums, galleries, natural locations and gardens, architectural temples, as well as traditional fairs and festivals.

On the last stop on our India journey we will visit the photogenic historical Blue City of Jodhpur in the shadow of the majestic Mehranghar Fort. Our local guide will enable us a private access to rooftops with fantastic panoramic views over the Blue City and the fort. The evenings and nights will be enjoyed in quiet and peace in a quaint Heritage Hotel. To experience the charm and colors of Jodhpur is a perfect way to end our tour through wild and culture-rich Rajasthan.

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Duration
14 days
Group Size
8 people
Price

Terms and Conditions

Travel Information

The Claridges, Delhi

The Trident, Agra

Dev Vilas, Ranthambhore

Udai Kothi, Udaipur

Ajit Bhawan Hotel, Jodhpur

Letters correspond to points on the map in the map tab.

A

Day 1: Arrival in Delhi, India

Arrival at IGI Delhi airport (International flight details to be advised by you)
Complete customs, immigrations formalities and exit to arrival hall meeting lounge
START OF SERVICE
Met by our representative and transfer to the hotel; dinner on your own
Overnight at The Claridges Hotel
B

Day 2: Agra and the Taj Mahal

Morning depart by surface for Agra (200 kms/3-4 hrs drive approx.)
Arrive Agra and check in to the hotel
Evening leaving for the tour of the fabled Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Shah Jehan to commemorate his eternal love for his wife Mumtaz. Watch the evening mist rise from the river to merge with the glow of the sunset as this marble monument becomes translucent. Enjoy the stillness and serenity as crowds dwindle, before returning to the hotel for dinner
Overnight at Trident Agra
B, L, D included
C

Day 3: Agra to Ranthambhore

Morning visit the Taj Mahal at the break of dawn to experience the monument in the soft light of sunrise. Later visit the Agra Fort, built of red sandstone with a Pearl Mosque enclosed within its walls. Exquisite marble palaces with rooms of mirrored glass serve as testimony to the power and artistic sense of the Mughal emperors. Here Akbar’s 300 wives and his harem of several thousand women lived
Later depart by surface for Ranthambhore (260 kms/5 hrs drive approx.), enroute stopping at Bharatpur for lunch and continue drive to Ranthambhore
Arrive Ranthambhore in evening and check in to the lodge
Overnight at Dev Vilas
B, L, D included
C

Day 4 -8: Ranthambhore

For 5 days morning & evening game drives into the National Park by mode of exclusive 4 wheel drive vehicles, accompanied by our local guides;
Overnight at Dev Vilas; B,L,D included
D

Day 9: Ranthambhore to Udaipur

Morning game drive into the National Park by mode of exclusive 4 wheel drive vehicles, accompanied by our local guides
After lunch drive to Jaipur (150 kms/3 hrs drive approx.) to board the evening flight for Udaipur
Fly Jaipur to Udaipur by Spice Jet flight (SG 2987) at 1830/1930 hrs
Arrive Udaipur and check into the hotel
Overnight at Udai Kothi (Lake suite rooms); B, L, D included
E

Day 10: Udaipur

Morning tour the City Palace— the largest in Rajasthan and still occupied by the Maharaja. The series of interconnected palaces is richly decorated with in laid mirror-work, a peacock mosaic, rooftop courtyards and grand views over the lake.
Later visit Saheliyon-Ki-Bari - The garden for the maids of honor of the queen
There will be some time to enjoy Udaipur, a town of immense charm with many temples as well as interesting antique shops and craftsmen’s studios
Evening take a boat ride on Lake Pichola
Overnight at Udai Kothi (Lake suite rooms); B, L, D included
D

Day 11: Udaipur

Today we visit Jagdish Temple – dedicated to Lord Vishnu & approachable by a broad flight of steps, the shrine is a rectangular platform on the lines of Indo-Aryan style of architecture, Ekling ji & Nagda Temples - built in white marble with a double storied porch, which makes for good photo opportunities
Rest of the day is free for street photography in the narrow alleys of Udaipur
Overnight at Udai Kothi (Lake suite rooms); B, L, D included
D

Day 12: Udaipur to Jodhpur

Morning depart by surface for Jodhpur (260 kms/5 hrs drive approx.) enroute stopping at Ranakpur to visit the famous Jain temples, which excels them all as an exquisite work of art and architecture. There are a number of beautiful and delicately carved sculptures in this shrine, each one different from the other. The temple is an eloquent testimony to India's cultural heritage. Continue to Jodhpur
Arrive Jodhpur and check in to the hotel
Evening we will walk up the narrow market streets finishing off with magnificent view of the “Blue City”
Overnight at Ajit Bhawan; B, L, D included
D

Day 13: Jodhpur

Jodhpur is a 15th-century city set on the fringe of the Thar Desert, dominated by the gigantic Mehrangarh Fort, one of India’s largest forts, set on a hill above the city. After breakfast, enter the Mehrangarh Fort through a series of impressive gateways and visit its museums where an outstanding collection of the Jodhpur royal family’s memorabilia includes jewelry, miniature paintings, elephant saddles, royal cradles, decorated tents, and the royal cenotaph – a marble memorial with elegant lattice carving
Later visit Jaswant Thada and Umaid Bhawan Palace
Overnight at Ajit Bhawan; B, L, D included
A

Day 14: Jodhpur to Delhi

Early morning we go to a vantage point to photograph the Blue City at sunrise
Later in time transfer to the airport to board the flight for Delhi
Fly Jodhpur to Delhi by Jet Airways Flight (9W 2552) at 1135/1315 hrs
Arrive Delhi and transfer to the hotel near international airport
In time transfer to the international airport to board the flight for onward destination (International flight details to be advised by you)
B Breakfast included; L,D on your own
End of services

We look forward to seeing you on your next Wild Focus Expedition!

Included

  • Accommodations for 13 nights on a twin-share/single room basis with private facilities.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary as B, L, D (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • All land and air transfers within India
  • 11 game drives by exclusive 4 wheel drive vehicles at Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve
  • National park entry fees
  • One boat ride on Lake Pichola at Udaipur
  • Service of an English speaking local guide/ naturalist: inclusive of guiding, park and monument entry fees payable
  • Assistance on arrival and departure at each destination
  • Two Wild Focus Expeditions leaders

Not Included

  • International airfare to Delhi, India
  • Any items of personal nature such as telephone calls, bar, bottled water, personal shopping and laundry
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary on arrival and departure days
  • Travel / medical insurance (highly recommended)
  • Cost incurred in obtaining visa
  • Cost incurred incase of hospitalization, evacuation etc.
  • Tips/gratuities for drivers, guides and staff in Lodges
  • Any additional expenses incurred as a result of client changing itinerary

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Expedition Leaders

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Jami Tarris & Theo Allofs

Combined we have traveled 20 times to India. What draws us over and over again are not only the powerful  and elusive Bengal tigers but also the color of Indian culture, the incredible cuisine, the smell of the spice markets, the giant forts, the grandiose Maharaja palaces and last but not least the great variety of beautiful photographic subject matter which is unparalleled in this world.

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