Temple Tiger Tour India

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Duration : 13 Night/ 14 Days

Destination : Delhi - Jaipur - Ranthambore – Agra - Jim Corbett - Nainital - Kausani

India has a rich culture and fascinating past as well as being the best place in the world to spot the elusive tiger. In this Temple Tiger Tour India we see the best of both by visiting iconic sights including the taj mahal and the pink city of jaipur and taking game drives in some of the countries best national parks. From the buzzing capital city of delhi to the foothills of the himalaya mountains this trip will leave you with some unforgettable memories.

DAY 1: Delhi

Today we begin our tour in India's capital city, Delhi. Start the afternoon by exploring the tomb of the 2nd Mughal king Humayun. Completed in 1572 this is one of the many buildings that inspired the Taj Mahal. The main tomb building is made from red sandstone with a white marble dome. The tomb complex also contains Persian style gardens that had never been seen before in India. Next stroll through the gardens surrounding India gate, the memorial for soldiers from the British Indian Army who died between 1914 and 1921 in the Afghan war and the First World War. Over 13 thousand soldiers names are inscribed into the stone of the gate making this a very moving place despite the busy location. Finish the day by seeing some of the government buildings including the Indian presidents house.

DAY 2: Jaipur

Today we drive to the pink city of Jaipur. The city was first established in 1727 and was India's first planned city. In the evening we visit the Birla Temple built by the well known Birla family to worship Lord Vishnu and his wife Goddess Lakshmi. The temple is built purely from white marble and contains an array of delicate carvings. This is an oasis of calm in a busy city.

DAY 3: Jaipur

Today we have a full days sightseeing in Jaipur. First we enter into the old city and head to see the spectacular "Hawa Mahal" or wind palace with its many intricately designed windows,this is a major landmark of Jaipur. From here we take a short walk to Jantr Mantr, one of the best observatories in India containing a collection of instruments made from marble and brass. Next we visit the city palace museum which is still the residence of the current maharajah and royal family of Jaipur. The museum houses a wide selection of artefacts and uniforms allowing an insight into life long ago. The palace is also home to the beautiful mosaic peacock gate in the entertainment hall. We finish off the day by driving to the Amer fort just outside Jaipur. The fort was built in the 16th century from red sandstone and marble. Situated on the top of a hill the fort commands stunning views of the surrounding countryside and also over the lake below.

DAY 4: Ranthambore

Today we drive to Ranthambore national park which was first established as a game sanctuary in 1955, it went on to become one of the project tiger reserves in 1973. The park is one of the best places to spot the elusive tiger in its natural habitat. There is also a wealth of other wildlife here including leopards, wild boar and mongoose as well as a huge variety of birds, including the rare brown faced owl, and many plant species. This evening we will have a game drive in the park.

DAY 5: Ranthambore

This morning we have an early morning game drive to see what wildlife we can spot and to search for tigers as they are most active around this time and in the evening. We will have breakfast when we return followed by some free time. In the evening we will go on another game drive to further explore Ranthambore and watch the wildlife.

DAY 6: Agra

Today we drive to the city of Agra situated on the banks of the holy Yamuna river. On the way we stop at Fatehpur Sikri to see the grand mosque and tallest gateway (buland darwaza) which is 55 metres high. The mosque was completed in the late 16th century and was designed to hold 10 thousand worshippers. Agra is famous all over the world for being home to many historic sights most notably the majestic Taj Mahal. In the afternoon we visit Agra fort which is a stunning example of Mughal architecture, built by emperor Akbar in 1565.

DAY 7: Agra / Delhi

Early morning visit to the magnificent Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal was built by the emperor Shah Jahan in the late 17th century in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. The building is made from white marble inlaid with precious and semi precious stones. After breakfast we drive back to Delhi. In the afternoon we visit the Jama mosque built by emperor Shah Jahan and completed in 1656. This is the best known mosque in India and was built to hold 25 thousand worshippers in its courtyard. After we go to Raj Ghat the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi father of the nation. The gardens here contain a black marble platform which marks the spot where Gandhi was cremated and there is an eternal flame kept alight at one end.

DAY 8: Jim Corbett

This morning we catch the early train from Delhi to Haldwani and then drive to Jim Corbett national park. The park was established in 1935 and is home to many animals including the endangered Bengal tiger, elephants, leopards and monkeys as well as many bird species. In the afternoon we visit the ... temple built on a small hill on the banks of the ... river with its crisp clear blue water. The temple is dedicated to the goddess ... and is surrounded by stunning mountain scenery.

DAY 9: Jim Corbett

Today we take 2 safaris in to the national park / tiger reserve one early morning and one in the late afternoon to see what wildlife we can see. One game drive will be on elephants giving a unique view of the jungle below. Search for the elusive tigers and watch fascinated as playful monkeys swing through the trees. We will also visit the national park museum housing a collection of stuffed animals from the park including several tigers and leopards. The museum offers a fascinating insight into the life of some of the parks former residents.

DAY 10: Nainital

Today we drive to the town of Nainital situated at 1938 metres above sea level in the foothills of the Himalaya mountains. The town is built around a beautiful lake one of nine lakes in the area and this is where the name Nainital or "nine lakes" comes from. This afternoon we take a boat trip on the lake which is a lovely relaxing way to view the town. After this we visit the Naina Devi temple on the banks of the lake. The evening is free to explore the town and bazaars.

DAY 11: Nainital

This morning we go on a pony trek up Dorothy peak and marvel at the views from the top looking down over the lake and the town of Nainital. After this we return to the town and the afternoon is free with an optional walking trek or visit to the zoo where you can see leopards and tigers.

DAY 12: Kausani

Today we drive to the mountain town of Kausani. From our hotel we can see stunning views of the Himalaya mountains as well as monkeys playing in the trees. In the afternoon we visit the Gandhi ashram where Mahatma Gandhi once stayed. The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy the hotel gardens and mountain scenery.

DAY 13: Kausani

Today we take a short drive down through the mountains to visit the ancient Baijnath group of temples built in the 10th century. The main temple is dedicated to lord shiva and also contains a statue of his wife the goddess Parvati surrounded by 26 other figures intricately carved into the same piece of stone. This is one of the few temples where you can see lord Shiva and goddess Parvati together. After this we visit one of the local tea gardens and tea factories where we can follow the production process.

Tonight we will have a final group dinner to mark the end of the trip.

DAY 14: Kausani / Delhi

Today we leave the beautiful mountain scenery of Kausani behind and drive to Kathgodam where we catch the afternoon train back to Delhi.