One can learn more about life in one day in India than in a decade in a Western world country
New Delhi - Agra Fort - Taj Mahal - Bengal Tigers
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 10 day long trip, 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 find yourself walking on marble hallways 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.
During our stay in Delhi we will have the opportunity for shopping and sightseeing. Or if you prefer you can relax in our beautiful hotel and recover from you long international flight.
A four to five hour drive in a private bus will take us to our next destination - Agra. Once we have settled in our luxurious hotel we will visit the majestic Agra Fort. It was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty till 1638, when the capital was shifted from Agra to Delhi. The Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is situated 2.5 km northwest of its more famous sister monument, the Taj Mahal. The fort can be more accurately described as a walled city. Our experienced guide will explain the colorful history of the fort including some interesting anecdotes about this giant structure. In the evening just before sunset we will gather on the back side of the Taj Mahal to view this world-famous structure from across the river. At sunrise the next morning we will enter the Taj Mahal through a massive sandstone gate and are suddenly standing in front of one of the greatest architectural wonders of this world . 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.
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Letters correspond to points on the map in the map tab.
Letters correspond to points on the map in the map tab.
Day 1, March 31:Upon arrival at the airport, proceed to baggage claim. After you retrieve your bags, look for the driver holding the Wild Focus Expeditions sign. You will be transported to the hotel to relax from your long flight.Overnight: The Imperial (meals on your own)
Day 2, April 01:This morning meet your Wild Focus guides at breakfast. They will give you a briefing on what the days ahead will entail. Today is a day to relax on your own and/ or to go and explore the old city of Delhi. There are many things to see as Delhi is a city teeming with life. The shopping possibilities can keep you busy all day and there are many restaurants to try. Since you will be tired from your long flight, you may opt to relax in our beautiful hotel and enjoy a massage in the spa or just lay out by the pool.Overnight: The Imperial (B); lunch and dinner on your own
Day 2, April 01:
Day 3, April 02:After breakfast, we will be privately transported by road to Agra, home of the world-famous Taj Mahal. Our private bus ride will take approximately four to five hours not including a lunch stop and any shopping stops. We will depart shortly after breakfast. When we arrive in Agra, we will check into our lovely hotel. In mid afternoon we will visit the giant Agra Fort before going to see the Taj Mahal at sunset from the back side across the river.Overnight: Jaypee Palace (B,L,D)
Day 4, April 03:We will rise early, get a cup of coffee and then immediately go back to the Taj in time for sunrise and a guided tour of the Taj by a local guide. After a few hours, we will return to our hotel for a mid-morning breakfast and then once again get on our bus for our transfer to Ranthambhore by road. Today will be a long drive - approximately 6 hours by road and we will stop along the way for lunch. We will arrive in Ranthambhore in time to enjoy a relaxing dinner so that we can prepare for the next six days of tiger action.Overnight: Oberoi Vanyavilas (B,L,D)
Day 4, April 03:
Days 5 - 9, April 04-08
For 5 days morning & evening game drives into the National Park by mode of exclusive 4 wheel drive vehicles, accompanied by our local guides. We will get up very early in the morning around 5 am and will have a quick cup of coffee and some snacks before heading out to the tiger reserve. At 10 am when the park closes we will return to our luxurious hotel where we will have a late breakfast, around 1 pm lunch and around 3 pm coffee or tea before once again heading back towards the tiger reserve. We will leave the reserve at sunset when the park closes.
Overnight: Oberoi Vanyavilas (B,L,D)
Day 10, April 09:This is our last morning in Ranthambhore and we must say “goodbye” to the tigers and the Indian jungle. After breakfast, we will board our private bus and make our way back to Delhi by road. This will be an approximate 5 hour drive on good roads back to Delhi plus we will stop along the way for lunch. We will arrive in Delhi in time for our international flights that evening. Please book your return flights out later that evening - after 8:00pm to be on the safe side.India bids you farewell and we hope you enjoyed it!(B, L) Dinner on your own
Day 10, April 09:
We look forward to seeing you on your next Wild Focus Expedition!
- Accommodations for 9 nights on a twin-share/single room basis with private facilities in 5* hotels
- 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
- 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
- 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 in case of hospitalization, evacuation etc.
- Tips/gratuities for drivers, guides and staff in Lodges
- Any additional expenses incurred as a result of client changing itinerary
For most activities, an easy level of exertion is required. Participants should be in good general health, able to walk one to two miles over uneven terrain in Rajasthani cities.
Indian cuisine is just one of the special experiences that our travelers will enjoy. Some Indian dishes can be rather spicy, but this can be avoided if mentioned in advance. Our travelers do not have to worry about stomach illness on our trips because we are staying in lovely hotels where food is washed and prepared in the highest of standards.
Summer in Rajasthan starts in April when we are there and temperatures can reach as high as 36ºC (96ºF) during the middle of the day. We will avoid the hot time of day when we are on game drives as the tigers are usually sleeping somewhere in the shade. Despite occasional delays that can occur and sometimes bumpy driving conditions, our expeditions to India receive rave reviews from our travelers. The only requirement is a sense of humor, flexibility, an adventurous spirit and a love for the Indian cuisine.
India is an explosion of sensory awakening experiences. It is an assault to the senses with vibrant colors, the smell of curry and spices, warm people and lots of noise. There isn't any place else on this planet where life is lived so fully. And on top of it all, it is the only country that gives us the privilege of being in the presence of the King of the big cats: the Bengal tiger. Come and experience India with us and feel the majesty of one of the top apex predators in the world.
I have visited India more than a dozen times. What draws me over and over again is 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.
Wild Focus Expeditions provides specialized, small group photography tours. Our photography expeditions are designed to get participants into distinctive, engaging locations around the world at the optimum times for photography. Our photo tours are created by our team of photographers who want to experience and photograph the world's top wildlife, nature and traditional cultures locations.
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