Photogenic Central India Tour

Tour Duration: 13 Nights / 14 Days
Tour Itinerary : Delhi – Bharatpur (2N) – Agra (2N) – Chambal (2N) –   Orchha (1N) – Khajuraho (1N) -  Bandhavgarh (3N) – Delhi (1N)
Tour Theme: Here we have covered those destinations that have great photography potential & scope. It is more suitable for those visitors who are fond of Wildlife & Heritage sites photography.

Day 01: Arrival Delhi – Bharatpur (190kms/04:00hrs)
On arrival at Delhi airport, our representative will met you and get transferred to hotel, close to the Airport where you have been handed over all the documents required during the tour with short brief on tour program. After refreshment we will undertake 4 hours drive to Keoladeo National Park located in Bharatpur district of Rajasthan state.
Overnight at hotel in Bharatpur.

Day 02: Bharatpur  (Keoladeo National Park)
Do birding tour of Keoladeo National Park on rickshaw with guide and patience. Here authorized rickshaw (3-wheel cycle) is used to visit the park. You can carry pack-lunch with you or can have lunch in canteen also, close to entrance gate.

Keoladeo Ghana National Park: Bharatpur is a city in Rajasthan state of India. City is known for most outstanding wetland reserve in Asia called Keoladeo Ghana National Park, declared as bird reserve in 1956, National Park in 1982 & UNESCO World Heritage Center in 1985 (Ref.: 340). It is just 50 kms from Taj city Agra and generally visited while moving from Jaipur to Agra or vice-versa. Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary was former hunting reserve of the Rajput Maharajas of Bharatpur. Park is spread over 29 sq. km area and  nestles more than 350 species of aquatic birds like Sarus, Siberian White Crane, Open billed stroks, Painted stroks etc migrated in winters from Siberia, Afghanistan, China, Turkmenistan etc. About 11 sq. kms of area was filled with water in the park. Birds like herons, storks, egrets make their nest during monsoon season from July to October.  Away from wetlands, woodlands of Kadum also offers magnificient sighting of Oriental Honey buzzard, Dusky Eagle Owls, Lesser Golden Woodpeckers, Spotted Owlets, Common Wood Shrikes, common Grey Hornbill etc., especially in morning hours. Other places to visit in Bharatpur are: Deeg town & fort, Lohagarh fort or ‘The Iron Fort’, Government Museum etc.
Overnight at hotel in Bharatpur.

Day 03: Bharatpur – Agra (60kms/01:30hrs)
We will continue our bird watching at Keoladeo Ghana National Park. You can opt rickshaw, bi-cycle or walking mode for birding. Later in evening, undertake 01:30 hrs drive to Agra city.
Overnight at hotel in Agra.

Day 04: Agra
We will begin the day with the visit of deserted city Fatehpur Sikri of Mughals. Fatehpur means ‘City of Victory’. City was founded by Mughal emperor Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar in AD 1571. City was erected in honor of Sufi Saint Salim Chishti who predicted the birth of Akbar’s son Salim also known by the name of Jehangir. It is a deserted red sand-stone city depicting 16th century Mughal architecture in the form of majestic mosques, lavish entrance gates, tomb etc. Palces to see in Fatehpur Sikri are Shaikh Salim Chisti Tomb, Naubat, Taksal, Karkhanas, Diwan-i-khas, Diwan-i-aam, Birbal’s house etc.
Overnight at hotel in Agra.

Day 05: Agra – National Chambal Sanctuary
On this day we will visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Taj Mahal is a World heritage site and also counted in list of Wonder of World. It is a mausoleum of Mumtaz Mahal, wife of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan who died at Burhanpur district of Madhya Pradesh, India.  Taj was result of combined effort of 20000 workers worked for 22 years.Taj Mahal remains closed on Friday. Agra fort is close to Taj Mahal and is a place where Shah Jahan was held on house arrest in  his last days where he spends his time by looking Taj Mahal & memorizing Mumtaz Mahal. from his room. Places to see inside Agra fort are: Mina Masjid (Masjid=Mosque, Mina=Havenly), Moti Masjid (Moti = Pearl), Diwan-e-aam, Diwan-e-khas, Rang Mahal, Machli Mahal, Rang Mahal etc.
Later in evening, drive to resort in National Chambal Sanctuary located at 70kms from Agra city and is known for bird watchng, gharials, crocodiles and boating in Chambal river.
Overnight at safari lodge in Chambal Sanctuary.

 Day 06: Chambal Sanctuary 
Chambal river is counted among least polluted river systems of India. Origin of Chambal river is in Rajasthan State and passes through Madhya Pradesh state and terminates in Uttar Pradesh State by merging in to Yamuna river. Chambal sanctuary was founded in 1979 to protect the river eco-system, avifauna, aquatic ecology and existing flora fauna. Here we will do the boating to explore the aquatic world of Chambal river which includes Gangetic dolphins, freshwater turtles, Marsh Crocodiles, Gharials, Smooth-coated otters etc. In addition to it we will do the bird watching also. Rich avifauna of Chambal Sanctuary includes birds like most common Indian Skimmer, Black-wing stilt, Jungle babbler, Rose-ringed parakeet, Spot billed duck, Bank Myna etc. Nothern Shoveler, Indian roller, Rock dove, Flamingo, Dalters etc.
Overnight at Safari lodge in Chambal.

Day 07: Chambal Sanctuary – Orchha (280 kms/06:00hrs)
We will continue our avifauna search. Today we will visit to nearby Patna Vihar Bird Sanctuary spread over 108 hectare of wet-land. Patna Bird Sanctuary was founded in 1991 and was smallest bird sanctuary of Uttar Pradesh state. It is a marshy land of Date-tree forest offering sighting of Cormorants, Cranes, Ducks, Geese, Black partridge etc. It is about 80 kms from Chambal Safari Lodge. Later in the evening we will drive towards South-West direction to our next destination in Madhya Pradesh State called Orchha. It is a small town founded in 16th century by Bundela dynasty on the bank of betwa river. Bundela rulers are Rajputs and ruled over Bundelkhand region for more than two centuries. Town is known for river-side cenotaphs, temples and Jehangir Palace.
Overnight at hotel in Orchha.

Day 08: Orchha – Khajuraho (190kms/04:30hrs)
On this day we will do the local sightseeing of monuments in Orchha. Here, sightseeing begins from visit to Jahangir Palace, Laxmi Temple, Ram Raja Temple, Cenotaphs etc. River rafting is also done in Betwa river. Here river side tall multi-storied cenotaphs & temples are very photogenic. There is also small nature park across the Betwa river from where we can do the photography of river with cenotaphs. View is picturesque. Orchha lies in Bundelkhand region of Central India which is arid & rocky area, known for bravery in wars.

Later in afternoon, we will drive to UNESCO World Heritage Site of Khajuraho temples located at south-east of Orchha. Drive to Khajuraho passes through small towns, villages and fields. On the way to Khajuraho we will pass through Chattarpur city which is 50 kms before Khajuraho, named in honor of brave bundela king Maharaja Chattarsal who defeated Mughal emperor Aurangzeb with his brave Bundela fighters and was never defeated in any war. On reaching Khajuraho, check-in to hotel to freshen up. Later in evening, attend Light & Sound Show held in courtyard of Khajuraho Temples.
Overnight at hotel in Khajuraho.

Day 09: Khajuraho – Bandhavgarh (270kms/05:30hrs)
Do the morning sightseeing of Khajuraho temples in which visit Western Group of Temples, Eastern Group of temples founded by Chandela dynasty during 10th & 11th century using sand-stone.
Khajuraho temples are popular in all over the world due to erotic sculptures depicted on the wall of sand-stone made temples. During sightseeing of Khajuraho temples and try to understand the reason behind depicting erotic art on the wall of temples, how eroticism play role in path of worship and derive message of Khajuraho temples.

Later in afternoon, we will proceed for Bandhavgarh National Park located at south-east of Khajuraho temple town, known for having highest density of tigers in India. It this transfer we will notice the geographical change with more greenery, better agricultural land, more water sources etc. We can expect to reach Bandhavgarh at the time of sun-set so will have no time to get bored. Have nice dinner and just relax to wake up early in the next morning for game drive.
Overnight at resort in Bandhavgarh.

Day 10: Bandhavgarh
On this day we will take 3 safari rounds of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve to explore wildlife and natural splendor of this National Park. First, we will take morning game drive to try our luck to see tiger/s in wilderness. After morning safari, we will go for fort safari in Bandhavgarh. Here jeep goes at top of the hill to see Bandhavgarh fort located at 811 ft high hill-top. Other attractions of fort visit are active Bandhavdheesh Temple, caves, statues and other monuments. Scene of forest from hill-top is very picturesque. Later in evening we will do evening park safari to capture images of nocturnal wildlife species like sloth bear, porcupine, owlets etc.
Overnight at resort in Bandhavgarh.

Day 11: Bandhavgarh
Take morning & evening game drives of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. Bandhavgarh is surrounded by 39 hills. Frequently seen mammals in Bandhavgarh are Spotted Deer, Wild Boar, shy Sambhar, Bengal Fox, Blue Bull, Muntjac Langur monkeys and wide variety of birds like Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Racket Tailed Drango, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Crested Serpent Eagle etc. Most of the hills are vertically erected and rocky. Such vertical hillocks are also seems nice in camera pictures.
Overnight at resort/lodge in Bandhavgarh. 

Day 12: Bandhavgarh - Delhi
Today we will take our last game drive in Bandhavgarh and try our luck to see more kings of their territory. After lunch in resort, we will drive to Katni railway station (100kms/02:30hrs) to board overnight express train for Delhi.
Overnight at air-conditioned sleeper in train.

Day 13: Delhi
On reaching Delhi, we will move to hotel. Rest of the time will be at leisure. Later in afternoon, we will begin local sightseeing of Delhi by visiting World Heritage sites like Red fort & Humayun Tomb. Red fort is founded by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and was called Lal Haveli. Mughal never considered it a fort as it is much smaller than Red fort of Agra. Humayun Tomb is the palace where Humayun, father of Akbar was buried after death. It houses many other graves of personalities from Mughal family like Humayun’s wife, Dara Shikoh etc. It is well maintained monument with surrounding garden of Charbagh seems beautiful in pictures. Combination of white marble with red sandstone used in tomb’s building makes it photogenic from different angles. It seems similar from all 4 sides. Humayun tomb remained open till 17:30 hrs for visitors.
Overnight at hotel in Delhi.

Day 14: Delhi – Departure

This will be our last day of tour. We will visit India Gate, Akshar Dham Temple, Qutub Minar etc. We may also opt to do shopping in emporiums. Later in the evening, after having dinner meal, drive to airport to catch flight for home town or next destination.