Madhya Pradesh Wildlife Holidays

Madhya Pradesh Wildlife Holidays

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Destination Covered:

Delhi - Bandhavgarh - Khajuraho - Orcha - Datiya - Shivpuri - Chanderi - Gwalior - Delhi

Duration:
13 Nights / 14 Days
Tour Category:
Day 01 - Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival welcome and assist at the International Airport and provide transfer to respective Hotel for overnight.
Day 02 - In Delhi
After Breakfast at Hotel, depart for the full day sightseeing. It includes Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar, India Gate, Lotus temple, Akshardham Temple, Chandani Chowk, Presedentail House etc. Overnight relax at hotel.
Day 03 - Delhi - Bandhavgarh
Morning pick up and transfer inside National Park for 3-4 Days including sightseeing, Elephant ride, folk dance, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 04 - Bandhavgarh
Full day excursion at Bandhavgarh National Park. Bandhavgarh is set amongst the Vindhya Hills of Madhya Pradesh and consists of a core area of 105 sq km and a buffer area of approximately 400 sq. km. Topography varies between steep ridges, undulating forest and open meadows, over half of the park is tree-covered. The ruins of the ancient fort from which this park derives its name provides a stunning backdrop. Scattered around the park are archaeological remains of the Kalchin period and numerous prehistoric caves.
Day 05 - Bandhavgarh
Full day excursion at Bandhavgarh National Park. Most visitors to Bandhavgarh enthuse about the elephant safaris, which although not unique to this park are certainly amongst the best for wildlife viewing. The elephants used are extremely well trained and when moved forward by the expertise of their Mahouts provide the passengers with a wonderful outlook over any wildlife encountered. Tigers are used to the presence of the elephants so the encounter with them is all the more exciting, given how close you can approach without the animal feeling threatened.

Bandhavgarh has a relatively remote location and is best reached by overnight train to Umaria or Katni. It is possible to fly from Delhi or Agra to Khajuraho, where the numerous thousand year old temples with their erotic carvings, along with nearby Panna, are a unique destination to consider. The road from Khajuraho is in a particularly poor state of repair and the uncomfortable journey can take up to eight hours. Kanha is a half days drive away from Bandhavgarh. The park is open from 1st October or November (subject to local authority) till the end of June, and winter temperatures can reach zero centigrade overnight.
Day 06 - Bandhavgarh - Khajuraho
After Breakfast, Pick up by car and transfer to Khajuraho. After arrival check in at Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 07 - Khajuraho
Full day sightseeing in Khajuraho.

Khajuraho, the name signifies the place where a lot of Khajur trees could be found. The place is a small town located in the Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh in India famed for a complex of exquisite Hindu and Jain temples. Built during the reigns of the mighty Chnadela rulers in the 9th and 10th century, carvings on these temples are highly erotic and sensual depicting in graceful forms intimate scenes of the whole range of human emotions and relationships. These sculptures congeal in stone a lyrical paean to love and passion and reflect the Chandela dynasty's immense appreciation for art. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 08 - Khajuraho
Fullday sightseeing.

The most important festival of Khajuraho is Mahashivratri. The festival marks Shiva's marriage with Parvati, the daughter of the Himalayas. The 2.5-m-tall lingam of Kandariya Mahadeo temple is dressed as a bridegroom, with white and saffron dhotis, and surmounted by a huge, conical, silver paper crown. The nightlong ceremony is performed by the chief priest's son who anoints the lingam with water from the sacred rivers of India. The chanting of hymns continues throughout the night, until the Brahmins stand to throw bel leaves and flower petals over the lingam, a sign that the wedding is complete. Khajuraho festival of dance is organized every year in the months of February/March. The cream of Indian classical dancers performs here to display the best of Indian dance and music. The floodlit temples of Khajuraho provide the perfect backdrop to the festival. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 09 - Khajuraho - Orcha
After hearty Breakfast drive to Orcha. Arrival check in at Hotel. Rest day leisure at Hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 10 - In Orcha
After breakfast depart for the sightseeing. Orchha today is a sleepy little hamlet but it was once the capital city of the mighty Bundelkhand Empire. From time immemorial, Bundelkhand has been an important destination for all sorts of tourists and travellers.

The famous Chinese pilgrim, Hiuen Tsang, visited the area in the 7th century A.D. and gave a vivid account of the kingdom of 'Jejakabhuti', which corresponds to modern day Bundelkhand and a small part of Bagelkhand as well.
Day 11 - Orcha-Datiya-Shivpuri
Early morning drive to Shivpuri enroute visit Datiya. Datia lies on the track from Gwalior to Jhansi. In fact it is closer to Jhansi, which is in Uttar Pradesh, than to Gwalior. 26km to the north of Jhansi is the small palace town founded by the Bundela chief Raj Bir Singh Deo. Bir Singh supported Prince Salim (later Emperor Jahangir) when he rebelled against his father, the Mughal Emperor Akbar (see Orchha for details). The palaces at Datia and Orchha are the best surviving examples of a style of architecture that arose in the late 16th and early 17th centuries in the Bundelkhand area under the reign of the Bundela Rajputs. Shivpuri, it seems, got its name thanks to the many temples dedicated to Lord Shiva (the destroyer of the Hindu Trinity of Gods) here. While that might be true, it is known that at one time it used to be called Sipri.

Abul Fazal has made a passing reference to it in his Ain-i-Akbari. Apparently, in 1564, while returning from Mandu, Akbar stayed here to hunt the elephants in its jungles.Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 12 - Shivpuri - Chanderi
After breakfast drive to Chanderi. After noon sightseeing in Chanderi. As with almost every place in India, there are two versions about the birth of Chanderi. One, a legend that connects it to some Hindu deity and the second, a well-documented record of how it was actually founded.

If one turns towards archaeology, one finds no proof of Chanderi's early origin. But legend associates Budhi Chanderi (9km from the present day settlement) with Chandra Vasu, a friend of Indra (the king of gods), and Shishupal, the legendary contemporary of Krishna (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu). Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 13 - Chanderi - Gwalior 105 KM
After hearty breakfast drive to Gwalior. Afternoon sightseeing in Gwalior. Also described as the 'pearl in the necklace of the castles of Hind', this fort dominates the city's skyline with its massive and captivating structure. Its dazzling beauty, which is a blend of Hindu and Islamic architecture, has left an everlasting imprint on the minds of the people.
Day 14 - Gwalior - Delhi / Onwards destination
After taking breakfast catch the train for Delhi for next destination or onwards destination.
 

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