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Delhi - Varanasi - Panna - Bandhavgarh - Kanha - Hyderabad

Delhi - Varanasi - Panna - Bandhavgarh - Kanha - Hyderabad

Day 1, Arrive Delhi
You will be met upon arrival by our professional representative and accorded a traditional welcome.
He will escort you to the hotel in a chauffeur driven limousine and brief you on the next day's program.
Overnight: Taj Mahal

Day 2, Delhi
Settled several times over millennia, this city has grown in a way that reflects its past, while retaining its cosmopolitan flavour. Delhi is India's showcase, be it architecture, religion, shopping, culture - everything is available here - waiting to be discovered. You will begin your royal journey with a full day tour of the old and new cities of Delhi. A drive past the government buildings, art-deco residential quarters, broad avenues with a green cover and a visit to the famous monuments such as the Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar reminds you of the sea change the city has undergone under various rulers. An exhilarating Rickshaw Ride (Pedi-cab) through the narrow, meandering streets of the medieval market of Chandni Chowk is worth experiencing.
Overnight: Taj Mahal

Day 3, Delhi - Varanasi
Fly to Varanasi, world's oldest living city and the most sacred city of India.
"Older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together" - Mark Twain. Visit Sarnath, one of the four most revered pilgrimage centres for Buddhists where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon.
Overnight: Taj Nadesar Palace

Day 4, Varanasi - Khajuraho - Panna
A boat ride on the river will bring alive the life along the banks of the river with people bathing in the holy water and worshiping the rising sun. Witness the conclusion of life at the riverbank holy cremation grounds. Return to your hotel walking through the thought-provoking, colourful markets. The silk handloom industry is world renowned to cater to the royal weddings with their intricately woven Saris with gold thread. Later fly to Khajuraho. You will be escorted to Panna, one hour away after a brief tour of Khajuraho. Acknowledged as one of the world's artistic spectacle, these temples dedicated to the Hindu pantheon of Gods are covered in carvings that are a paean to life and love.
Overnight: Pashan Garh

Day 5, Panna
Set on a plateau dominated by tropical forests, deep ravines and cascading waterfalls, Panna National Park provides an irresistible allure for wildlife lovers. At the crack of dawn you will be accompanied by the well trained and enthusiastic naturalists from & Beyond in pursuit of the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger. Another game drive in the afternoon provides the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the varied flora and fauna.
Overnight: Pashan Garh

Day 6, Panna - Bandhavgarh (240 Km, 5hrs)
We shall continue our jungle trail to Bandhavgarh driving through one of the most remote villages in central India. Small private jets or helicopters can fly you in comfort from Khajuraho to the airstrip in Bandhavgarh. (Flying time: 0h 45m)
Overnight: Mahua Kothi

Day 7 & 8, Bandhavgarh
The dramatic landscape features tropical forests and woodlands, and steep rocky hills with flat grasslands in the valleys below. Bandhavgarh supports one of the highest densities of tigers on the Subcontinent. Its hilly open terrain includes many large grassland meadows that offer good chances of sightings. Spend the next two days with experienced naturalists learning about the bio-diversity in the national park.
Overnight: Mahua Kothi

Day 9, Bandhavgarh - Kanha (5hrs)
Drive to Kanha after a sumptuous breakfast or charter a small aircraft or a helicopter which can cover the distance in comfort. (Flying time: 0h 45m)
Overnight: Banjaar Tola

Day 10 & 11, Kanha
Kanha is one of India's largest national parks and one of the first reserves in 1973, when Project Tiger was launched to save the tiger. It is prime tiger country and is the project's star success story. It also provided inspiration to Rudyard Kipling for his famous novel "Jungle Book" An expert & Beyond trained naturalist, who will give you a full orientation of what to expect on your safari drives into the jungle. The game drives are conducted in a customised 4x4 safari vehicles.
Overnight: Banjaar Tola

Day 12, Kanha - Nagpur - Hyderabad
A small chartered aircraft or a helicopter can fly you in comfort from Kanha directly to Hyderabad (Flying time: 01h 15m). Alternatively you can take a five hour drive to Nagpur Airport and fly to Hyderabad on a scheduled flight. (Flying time: 01h 15m)
Overnight: Taj Falaknuma Palace

Day 13, Hyderabad
The city of Hyderabad has a celebrated history of over 400 years, unique architecture, rich gastronomy, one of the biggest movie industries of the world and a vibrant life. The distinct architectural styles of the north and the south meet here, in this city of synthesis. Forts, mansions, and tombs stand as a testimonial to this splendid union, giving the city an unmistakable charm. Recently it has earned the distinction of India's hi-tech city owing to the surge in IT industry.
Visit the famous landmarks of the city such as the Charminar - mosque of four minarets, Salarjung Museum - the world's largest individual art collection or indulge in spa treatments at your palatial hotel.
Overnight: Taj Falaknuma Palace

Day 14 Depart Hyderabad