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Trip Extensions

Varanasi Extension

Duration: 3 days

On this trip extension, you'll visit the holy city of Varanasi (Benaras), one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, dating back to the 11th century BC. The city is the holiest of the seven sacred cities of Hinduism and Jainism, an... read more

Goa Extension

Duration: 4 days

Spend four relaxing days in Goa, India's smallest state after your India adventure. Unwind on renowned beaches, see phenomenal World Heritage architecture, and take in the rich flora and fauna that make Goa a biodiversity hotspot.

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: arrive delhi

Bustling DelhiBustling Delhi

Upon arrival at Delhi international airport, you will be met by a representative and driven to your hotel (approximately 35 minutes from airport) to settle in and rest up after your long flight.  Let us know if you would like to add a couple of days to relax in Delhi before embarking on your adventure.

Meals
None
Lodging
Shangri-La Hotel or similar

Day 2: delhi city tour

Many sights of DelhiMany sights of Delhi

After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll have the morning to explore Old Delhi, including a drive past the Red Fort, a visit to Jama Masjid and a visit to Raj Ghat. Then you can opt for a cycle rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk, followed by an afternoon exploring New Delhi, including a panoramic drive through Lutyen’s Delhi, and a visit to Humayun’s Tomb and Qutab Minar. Retire to your hotel after your day of touring. 

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Shangri-La Hotel or similar

Day 3: drive to jaipur

Palace of WindsPalace of Winds

Your hotel’s breakfast prepares you for the scenic, six-hour drive to Jaipur, with stops along the way. On arrival in Jaipur, your guide will assist with check in at your lovely hotel. You'll then spend the rest of the afternoon at your leisure. Founded in 1728 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, Jaipur offers a labyrinth of fascinating bazaars, opulent palaces, and rich sightseeing. 

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
ITC Rajputana or similar

Day 4: jaipur's forts, palaces, & markets

Amber FortAmber Fort

Drive along the streets of Jaipur to the Amber Fort, stopping en-route to view and photograph the beautiful Palace of Winds or Hawa Mahal, so named for the perforated screen facade that catches the breezes or "Hawa." Completed in 1799, the Palace was originally built to allow the sequestered ladies of the court to view the bustling life of the city. At the Amber Fort, which is constructed of white and red sandstone, ascend the hill to the fort by jeep if you are unable to make the walk.

In the afternoon, explore some of the local markets including Bapu Bazaar, the perfect place to shop for camel skin products, textiles and perfumes as well as artifacts made of marble and sandstone. No shopping experience can be complete without a visit to the Johari Bazaar where you will find an array of gold, silver, diamonds, and emeralds. Other market options include the Ramganj Bazaar, known for embroidered shoes and Kishanpol Bazaar, known for its tie-dye garments.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
ITC Rajputana or similar

Day 5: jaipur free day & aarti ceremony

See traditional farming methods used in JaipurSee traditional farming methods used in Jaipur

The morning is yours to further explore the city, including a photo stop at Hawa Mahal, a visit to the City Palace, and the Jantar Mantar Observatory. Or explore the Johari, Ramganj, or Kishanpol Bazaars, if you did not experience them the day before.

Continue on to the Birla Temple to witness the evening Aarti Ceremony, a Hindu ritual where wicks soaked in ghee or clarified butter are offered to the deities. This sacred ceremony is accompanied by music, with the lyrics telling the stories of the powers and goodness of the deity.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
ITC Rajputana or similar

Day 6: drive to ranthambhore national park

Travel in open-top jeeps and get close to wildlifeTravel in open-top jeeps and get close to wildlife

Enjoy the scenic four-hour drive to Ranthambore, where you'll check into your resort. After lunch at the resort, enjoy a wildlife safari in the park. Nestled in the rugged and hilly landscape of the Aravali hills in northwestern India, Ranthambhore National Park is possibly the best-known tiger destination in the world. It was once the private hunting grounds of the Jaipur and Karauli royal families during the 19th century. Over a long period from the 1950s to 1970s, more and more of the forest in the area was designated as wildlife grounds or sanctuary, eventually growing to become a wildlife reserve and, in 1980, a national park.

It is home to an astounding diversity of life, including over 40 species of mammals, 320 species of birds, over 35 species of reptiles, and over 300 species of plants. Besides tigers, wild cats found in Ranthambhore include Leopard, Caracal, Jungle cat, Rusty Spotted cat, and Fishing cat. The ungulates include Sambhar, Spotted deer (Chital), Blue bull (Nilgai), Chinkara (Indian gazelle), and wild boar. Other mammals you may see are the Sloth bear, Indian fox, Jackal, Indian wild dogs (Dhole), Small Indian civet, Palm civet, Common Indian and Ruddy mongoose, and Striped hyena.

(Note: The park admits a maximum of 14 jeeps and 20 trucks daily, so we will reserve space as soon as we get passport details from all participants. If we are unable to book space, we will travel instead to a nearby sanctuary where there are leopards, Striped hyena, Asiatic jackals, Jungle cats, and rich birdlife.)

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Dev Vilas or similar

Day 7: ranthambhore national park wildlife safari

You're in luck if you see majestic leopards at the parkYou're in luck if you see majestic leopards at the park

Today, enjoy enjoy morning and afternoon game drives while staying at the resort. Optional activites available at the park during your free time include: a visit to Ranthambhore Fort, founded in 944 AD by the Nagil Jats. This fort tells an enchanting tale of the Maharaja's of Jaipur that hunted for game in the reserve; a visit to a nearby village for a great cultural experience and to learn about their way of life and see why they are known for their handicrafts; spend time birdwatching at Mansarovar Dam, a perennial water source that attracts native and migratory birds; or an excursion to Surual Lake, another excellent place for birdwatching. Even if you are not a fan of birdwatching, this is still a great place to visit for it's calm a peaceful relaxation opportunities. *Note: Activities are not included in land cost.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Dev Vilas or similar

Day 8: train to bharatpur, fatehpur sikri & agra

The Taj MahalThe Taj Mahal

After breakfast, transfer to the railway station where you will board the Sawai Madhopur-Bharatpur train. Upon arrival in Bharatpur, you will be driven to the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and later abandoned due to scarcity of water. The graceful buildings within this city are remarkably well preserved, including the Jama Masjid, the Tomb of Salim Chisti, and Panch Mahal. Also see Bulund Darwaza, the largest gateway in the world built to commemorate Akbar's conquest of Deccan in 1601. From Fatehpur Sikri, it's about another 1.5 hours to Agra.

Agra, once the capital to the Mughals in the 16th and 17th centuries, is most famous for its impressive monuments, including the majestic Taj Mahal. Emperor Shah Jehan built the legendary Taj Mahal in 1630 to enshrine the remains of his beloved Queen Mumtaj Mahal. This architectural marvel is a perfectly proportioned, white marble masterpiece. It stands today as testimony to the skill of craftsmen brought in from Persia, Turkey, France, and Italy and to 17 years of labor by 20,000 workers. After watching the sunset at the Taj Mahal, check in to your hotel for the night.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
ITC Mughal or similar

Day 9: agra's forts & taj performance

Agra FortAgra Fort

Today, visit Agra Fort, home to three Mughal Emperors. Here you will see the transition from the military might of the stern citadel raised by Akbar to the lavish beauty of shimmering white marble palaces built by Shah Jehan. Within the fort are palaces and the Halls of Public and Private Audience. In the evening, witness an amazing performance depicting the tale of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz, known as the Mohabbat the Taj. Return to your hotel for the night.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
ITC Mughal or similar

Day 10: train to jhansi, orchha palace, & khajuraho

Jain temple carvings in KhajurahoJain temple carvings in Khajuraho

After an early (possibly boxed) breakfast at the hotel, you’ll transfer to the railway station to board the Bhopal Shatabdi train for the ride to Jhansi (ETD 8:30am / ETA 11:00am).

Upon arrival in Jhansi, you’ll be driven ½-hour to Orchha to explore the Orchha Palace (and other sites). The bustling Orchha Palace complex is actually home to several palaces and monuments. Established by King Rudrapratap Singh in 1501, it was an ideal place to build a capital as thick forests shelter the area—which also helped preserve these age-old monuments. Over the decades, several generations of kings and queens called this complex home, as did their vast entourages of officials, servants, horses and elephants. Pass through the entrance gate, through a courtyard and into the King’s Palace, or Raja Mahal. Within the royal chambers, you’ll be witness to intricate murals of gods, mythological creatures, humans, and animals, all depicted within religious and social themes. Upstairs rooms still have remnants of mirrors in the ceilings and walls.

You'll then head out on a 3.5-hour drive to Khajuraho, enjoying the scenery along the way. In the temple architecture of India, this complex remains unique. One thousand years ago, under the generous and artistic patronage of the Chandela Rajput kings of Central India, 85 temples were built here from 950 AD - 1050 AD. Today, of the original 85, only 22 have survived the ravages of time. These remain as a collective hymn to life, to joy and to creativity; to the ultimate fusion of man with his creator.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Hotel Chandela or similar

Day 11: khajuraho temples

There are many intricate Jain temples in KhajurahoThere are many intricate Jain temples in Khajuraho

You'll spend the day exploring the magnificent temple complex. The temples at Khajuraho were built during the Chandella dynasty, between 950 and 1050, and only about 20 or the 85 temples remain. They fall into three distinct groups and belong to two different religions – Hinduism and Jainism. They strike a perfect balance between architecture and sculpture. The Temple of Kandariya is decorated with a profusion of sculptures that are among the greatest masterpieces of Indian art. 

Later this afternoon, visit the old part of the village of Khajuraho, before returning to your hotel for the evening.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Hotel Chandela or similar

Day 12: drive to bhandavgarh national park

See deer at BandhavgarhSee deer at Bandhavgarh

After an early breakfast at the hotel, you'll head out on a relaxing six-hour drive to the resort in Bhandavgarh, where you’ll enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure, followed by dinner at the resort.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Bandhav Vilas or similar

Day 13: bhandavgarh wildlife safaris

View tigers in the wildView tigers in the wild

Bandhavgarh National Park consists of a core area of 105 sq km and a buffer area of approximately 400 sq km of steep ridges, undulating forest, and open meadows. The park is best known for the Royal Bengal Tigers, and the density of the tiger population is the highest known in India. The park was the former hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Rewa and is now home to white tigers, which were first discovered in Rewa, not far from here. You’ll enjoy an early morning game drive to catch the wildlife during one of their most active times of the day, then return to the resort for breakfast. An afternoon game drive followed by dinner at the resort completes your day.

*Note: Wildlife safaris do not operate on Wednesday afternoons.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Bandhav Vilas or similar

Day 14: bhandavgarh wildlife safaris

Wild Boar can often be seenWild Boar can often be seen

You’ll enjoy an early morning game drive to catch the wildlife during one of their most active times of the day, then return to the resort for breakfast. You'll spend your free time to do as you like, perhaps visiting a nearby village, taking a birding walk to learn more about the local birds, or visit a village workshop to learn more on how they produce items from weaving bamboo. Consider taking a picnic meal at one of the nearby bodies of water. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Bandhav Vilas or similar

Day 15: drive to jabalpur & flight to delhi

Consider an excursion to VaranasiConsider an excursion to Varanasi

You'll set out on an early morning departure for Jabalpur where you catch a flight back to Delhi and stay at the airport hotel.

Or, consider extending your adventure.  Fly to Varanasi, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, dating back to the 11th century BC. The city is the holiest of the seven sacred cities of Hinduism and Jainism, and is very sacred to both Hindus and Jains. This is an excellent excursion for those looking for deep cultural and religious experiences. Or unwind on some of India's renowned beaches such as Goa.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Radisson Blu New Delhi Dwarka or similar

Day 16: depart delhi

Alavida India!Alavida India!

Transfer to the airport for your homebound flight.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
None

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$5,200
Group size 2: $5550 Group size 3+: $5200 Local flight Jabalpur-Delhi add $300 (estimated)
Single Supplement:
$1,650
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Custom & private on your dates

Need to Know

Duration:
16 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost. The total number of days includes the time required to travel between the USA and the destination country.
Comfort Level:
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(see full descriptions)
Best available jungle lodges to deluxe hotels
Activity Level:
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(see full descriptions)
Some long drives over bumpy roads
Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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Take in many sights in Delhi
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Wild Boar can often be seen
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There are many intricate Jain temples in Khajuraho
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Enjoy widlife viewing from jeeps
Tour historic Amber Fort
Tour historic Amber Fort
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See traditional farming methods used in Jaipur
See Jain temple carvings in Khajuraho
See Jain temple carvings in Khajuraho
Explore the wild side of India
Explore the wild side of India

Taj Mahal, Temples, and Tigers

From big cats to big temples, experience the unparalleled breadth of India

overview

Three of India’s best-known icons are yours on this trip, as you explore the Taj Mahal, a variety of sprawling historic forts and temples, and the majestic tiger.

Starting in Delhi, you’ll have time to explore both Old and New Delhi, before traveling to Jaipur to explore the rich labyrinth of fascinating bazaars and opulent palaces, including the Amber Fort and the Palace of Winds. From there, you’re off to Ranthambhore National Park, possibly the best-known tiger destination in the world. Home to an astounding diversity of life, the park’s denizens include over 40 species of mammals, 320 species of birds, over 35 species of reptiles, and over 300 species of plants.

You’ll then head to the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri and then onto Agra, where you’ll explore Agra Fort and the world famous Taj Mahal. Continue on to the bustling and well-preserved Orchha Palace and the temple complex at Khajuraho. Within the steep ridges, undulating forest, and open meadows of Bandhavgarh National Park, you’ll search for Royal Bengal Tigers. A former hunting preserve, the park is now also home to white tigers and is the location of Bandhavgarh Fort, the oldest fort in India, believed to date back to the third century.

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overview

Three of India’s best-known icons are yours on this trip, as you explore the Taj Mahal, a variety of sprawling historic forts and temples, and the majestic tiger.

Starting in Delhi, you’ll have time to explore both Old and New Delhi, before traveling to Jaipur to explore the rich labyrinth of fascinating bazaars and opulent palaces, including the Amber Fort and the Palace of Winds. From there, you’re off to Ranthambhore National Park, possibly the best-known tiger destination in the world. Home to an astounding diversity of life, the park’s denizens include over 40 species of mammals, 320 species of birds, over 35 species of reptiles, and over 300 species of plants.

You’ll then head to the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri and then onto Agra, where you’ll explore Agra Fort and the world famous Taj Mahal. Continue on to the bustling and well-preserved Orchha Palace and the temple complex at Khajuraho. Within the steep ridges, undulating forest, and open meadows of Bandhavgarh National Park, you’ll search for Royal Bengal Tigers. A former hunting preserve, the park is now also home to white tigers and is the location of Bandhavgarh Fort, the oldest fort in India, believed to date back to the third century.

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itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive delhi
    Bustling DelhiBustling Delhi

    Upon arrival at Delhi international airport, you will be met by a representative and driven to your hotel (approximately 35 minutes from airport) to settle in and rest up after your long flight.  Let us know if you would like to add a couple of days to relax in Delhi before embarking on your adventure.

    Meals
    None
    Lodging
    Shangri-La Hotel or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: delhi city tour
    Many sights of DelhiMany sights of Delhi

    After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll have the morning to explore Old Delhi, including a drive past the Red Fort, a visit to Jama Masjid and a visit to Raj Ghat. Then you can opt for a cycle rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk, followed by an afternoon exploring New Delhi, including a panoramic drive through Lutyen’s Delhi, and a visit to Humayun’s Tomb and Qutab Minar. Retire to your hotel after your day of touring. 

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Shangri-La Hotel or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: drive to jaipur
    Palace of WindsPalace of Winds

    Your hotel’s breakfast prepares you for the scenic, six-hour drive to Jaipur, with stops along the way. On arrival in Jaipur, your guide will assist with check in at your lovely hotel. You'll then spend the rest of the afternoon at your leisure. Founded in 1728 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, Jaipur offers a labyrinth of fascinating bazaars, opulent palaces, and rich sightseeing. 

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    ITC Rajputana or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: jaipur's forts, palaces, & markets
    Amber FortAmber Fort

    Drive along the streets of Jaipur to the Amber Fort, stopping en-route to view and photograph the beautiful Palace of Winds or Hawa Mahal, so named for the perforated screen facade that catches the breezes or "Hawa." Completed in 1799, the Palace was originally built to allow the sequestered ladies of the court to view the bustling life of the city. At the Amber Fort, which is constructed of white and red sandstone, ascend the hill to the fort by jeep if you are unable to make the walk.

    In the afternoon, explore some of the local markets including Bapu Bazaar, the perfect place to shop for camel skin products, textiles and perfumes as well as artifacts made of marble and sandstone. No shopping experience can be complete without a visit to the Johari Bazaar where you will find an array of gold, silver, diamonds, and emeralds. Other market options include the Ramganj Bazaar, known for embroidered shoes and Kishanpol Bazaar, known for its tie-dye garments.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    ITC Rajputana or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: jaipur free day & aarti ceremony
    See traditional farming methods used in JaipurSee traditional farming methods used in Jaipur

    The morning is yours to further explore the city, including a photo stop at Hawa Mahal, a visit to the City Palace, and the Jantar Mantar Observatory. Or explore the Johari, Ramganj, or Kishanpol Bazaars, if you did not experience them the day before.

    Continue on to the Birla Temple to witness the evening Aarti Ceremony, a Hindu ritual where wicks soaked in ghee or clarified butter are offered to the deities. This sacred ceremony is accompanied by music, with the lyrics telling the stories of the powers and goodness of the deity.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    ITC Rajputana or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: drive to ranthambhore national park
    Travel in open-top jeeps and get close to wildlifeTravel in open-top jeeps and get close to wildlife

    Enjoy the scenic four-hour drive to Ranthambore, where you'll check into your resort. After lunch at the resort, enjoy a wildlife safari in the park. Nestled in the rugged and hilly landscape of the Aravali hills in northwestern India, Ranthambhore National Park is possibly the best-known tiger destination in the world. It was once the private hunting grounds of the Jaipur and Karauli royal families during the 19th century. Over a long period from the 1950s to 1970s, more and more of the forest in the area was designated as wildlife grounds or sanctuary, eventually growing to become a wildlife reserve and, in 1980, a national park.

    It is home to an astounding diversity of life, including over 40 species of mammals, 320 species of birds, over 35 species of reptiles, and over 300 species of plants. Besides tigers, wild cats found in Ranthambhore include Leopard, Caracal, Jungle cat, Rusty Spotted cat, and Fishing cat. The ungulates include Sambhar, Spotted deer (Chital), Blue bull (Nilgai), Chinkara (Indian gazelle), and wild boar. Other mammals you may see are the Sloth bear, Indian fox, Jackal, Indian wild dogs (Dhole), Small Indian civet, Palm civet, Common Indian and Ruddy mongoose, and Striped hyena.

    (Note: The park admits a maximum of 14 jeeps and 20 trucks daily, so we will reserve space as soon as we get passport details from all participants. If we are unable to book space, we will travel instead to a nearby sanctuary where there are leopards, Striped hyena, Asiatic jackals, Jungle cats, and rich birdlife.)

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Dev Vilas or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: ranthambhore national park wildlife safari
    You're in luck if you see majestic leopards at the parkYou're in luck if you see majestic leopards at the park

    Today, enjoy enjoy morning and afternoon game drives while staying at the resort. Optional activites available at the park during your free time include: a visit to Ranthambhore Fort, founded in 944 AD by the Nagil Jats. This fort tells an enchanting tale of the Maharaja's of Jaipur that hunted for game in the reserve; a visit to a nearby village for a great cultural experience and to learn about their way of life and see why they are known for their handicrafts; spend time birdwatching at Mansarovar Dam, a perennial water source that attracts native and migratory birds; or an excursion to Surual Lake, another excellent place for birdwatching. Even if you are not a fan of birdwatching, this is still a great place to visit for it's calm a peaceful relaxation opportunities. *Note: Activities are not included in land cost.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Dev Vilas or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: train to bharatpur, fatehpur sikri & agra
    The Taj MahalThe Taj Mahal

    After breakfast, transfer to the railway station where you will board the Sawai Madhopur-Bharatpur train. Upon arrival in Bharatpur, you will be driven to the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and later abandoned due to scarcity of water. The graceful buildings within this city are remarkably well preserved, including the Jama Masjid, the Tomb of Salim Chisti, and Panch Mahal. Also see Bulund Darwaza, the largest gateway in the world built to commemorate Akbar's conquest of Deccan in 1601. From Fatehpur Sikri, it's about another 1.5 hours to Agra.

    Agra, once the capital to the Mughals in the 16th and 17th centuries, is most famous for its impressive monuments, including the majestic Taj Mahal. Emperor Shah Jehan built the legendary Taj Mahal in 1630 to enshrine the remains of his beloved Queen Mumtaj Mahal. This architectural marvel is a perfectly proportioned, white marble masterpiece. It stands today as testimony to the skill of craftsmen brought in from Persia, Turkey, France, and Italy and to 17 years of labor by 20,000 workers. After watching the sunset at the Taj Mahal, check in to your hotel for the night.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    ITC Mughal or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 9: agra's forts & taj performance
    Agra FortAgra Fort

    Today, visit Agra Fort, home to three Mughal Emperors. Here you will see the transition from the military might of the stern citadel raised by Akbar to the lavish beauty of shimmering white marble palaces built by Shah Jehan. Within the fort are palaces and the Halls of Public and Private Audience. In the evening, witness an amazing performance depicting the tale of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz, known as the Mohabbat the Taj. Return to your hotel for the night.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    ITC Mughal or similar
  • Day 10: train to jhansi, orchha palace, & khajuraho
    Jain temple carvings in KhajurahoJain temple carvings in Khajuraho

    After an early (possibly boxed) breakfast at the hotel, you’ll transfer to the railway station to board the Bhopal Shatabdi train for the ride to Jhansi (ETD 8:30am / ETA 11:00am).

    Upon arrival in Jhansi, you’ll be driven ½-hour to Orchha to explore the Orchha Palace (and other sites). The bustling Orchha Palace complex is actually home to several palaces and monuments. Established by King Rudrapratap Singh in 1501, it was an ideal place to build a capital as thick forests shelter the area—which also helped preserve these age-old monuments. Over the decades, several generations of kings and queens called this complex home, as did their vast entourages of officials, servants, horses and elephants. Pass through the entrance gate, through a courtyard and into the King’s Palace, or Raja Mahal. Within the royal chambers, you’ll be witness to intricate murals of gods, mythological creatures, humans, and animals, all depicted within religious and social themes. Upstairs rooms still have remnants of mirrors in the ceilings and walls.

    You'll then head out on a 3.5-hour drive to Khajuraho, enjoying the scenery along the way. In the temple architecture of India, this complex remains unique. One thousand years ago, under the generous and artistic patronage of the Chandela Rajput kings of Central India, 85 temples were built here from 950 AD - 1050 AD. Today, of the original 85, only 22 have survived the ravages of time. These remain as a collective hymn to life, to joy and to creativity; to the ultimate fusion of man with his creator.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Hotel Chandela or similar
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  • Day 11: khajuraho temples
    There are many intricate Jain temples in KhajurahoThere are many intricate Jain temples in Khajuraho

    You'll spend the day exploring the magnificent temple complex. The temples at Khajuraho were built during the Chandella dynasty, between 950 and 1050, and only about 20 or the 85 temples remain. They fall into three distinct groups and belong to two different religions – Hinduism and Jainism. They strike a perfect balance between architecture and sculpture. The Temple of Kandariya is decorated with a profusion of sculptures that are among the greatest masterpieces of Indian art. 

    Later this afternoon, visit the old part of the village of Khajuraho, before returning to your hotel for the evening.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Hotel Chandela or similar
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  • Day 12: drive to bhandavgarh national park
    See deer at BandhavgarhSee deer at Bandhavgarh

    After an early breakfast at the hotel, you'll head out on a relaxing six-hour drive to the resort in Bhandavgarh, where you’ll enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure, followed by dinner at the resort.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Bandhav Vilas or similar
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  • Day 13: bhandavgarh wildlife safaris
    View tigers in the wildView tigers in the wild

    Bandhavgarh National Park consists of a core area of 105 sq km and a buffer area of approximately 400 sq km of steep ridges, undulating forest, and open meadows. The park is best known for the Royal Bengal Tigers, and the density of the tiger population is the highest known in India. The park was the former hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Rewa and is now home to white tigers, which were first discovered in Rewa, not far from here. You’ll enjoy an early morning game drive to catch the wildlife during one of their most active times of the day, then return to the resort for breakfast. An afternoon game drive followed by dinner at the resort completes your day.

    *Note: Wildlife safaris do not operate on Wednesday afternoons.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Bandhav Vilas or similar
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  • Day 14: bhandavgarh wildlife safaris
    Wild Boar can often be seenWild Boar can often be seen

    You’ll enjoy an early morning game drive to catch the wildlife during one of their most active times of the day, then return to the resort for breakfast. You'll spend your free time to do as you like, perhaps visiting a nearby village, taking a birding walk to learn more about the local birds, or visit a village workshop to learn more on how they produce items from weaving bamboo. Consider taking a picnic meal at one of the nearby bodies of water. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Bandhav Vilas or similar
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  • Day 15: drive to jabalpur & flight to delhi
    Consider an excursion to VaranasiConsider an excursion to Varanasi

    You'll set out on an early morning departure for Jabalpur where you catch a flight back to Delhi and stay at the airport hotel.

    Or, consider extending your adventure.  Fly to Varanasi, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, dating back to the 11th century BC. The city is the holiest of the seven sacred cities of Hinduism and Jainism, and is very sacred to both Hindus and Jains. This is an excellent excursion for those looking for deep cultural and religious experiences. Or unwind on some of India's renowned beaches such as Goa.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Radisson Blu New Delhi Dwarka or similar
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  • Day 16: depart delhi
    Alavida India!Alavida India!

    Transfer to the airport for your homebound flight.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    None
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Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$5,200
Group size 2: $5550 Group size 3+: $5200 Local flight Jabalpur-Delhi add $300 (estimated)
Single Supplement:
$1,650
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Custom & private on your dates

Need to Know

Duration:
16 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost. The total number of days includes the time required to travel between the USA and the destination country.
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Best available jungle lodges to deluxe hotels
Activity Level:
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Some long drives over bumpy roads
Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

Varanasi Extension

Duration: 3 days

On this trip extension, you'll visit the holy city of Varanasi (Benaras), one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, dating back to the 11th century BC. The city is the holiest of the seven sacred cities of Hinduism and Jainism, an... read more

Goa Extension

Duration: 4 days

Spend four relaxing days in Goa, India's smallest state after your India adventure. Unwind on renowned beaches, see phenomenal World Heritage architecture, and take in the rich flora and fauna that make Goa a biodiversity hotspot.

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