Big Cats & the Golden Triangle
Big Cats & the Golden Triangle 14 days
This superb itinerary really does offer the best of North Indian wildlife, especially for the enthusiast for whom the priority is to see tigers and the rare Asiatic lions, but who also does not want to miss out on the most spectacular historical sites of the Golden Triangle cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, with such highlights as the Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri and the amazing Amber Fort.
Please note: from prices shown are for low season (Apr-Jun), please ask for high season rates (Oct-Mar)
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- Rare Asiatic lions at Sassan Gir
- Tigers at Ranthambhore
- Jeep safaris watching wildlife and birds
- Spectacular historical and cultural sites of Agra, Jaipur & Delhi
- Taj Mahal at dawn
- All accommodation
- Meals as shown in itinerary
- Transfers and transport in car with driver
- Guided jeep safaris and tours as shown in itinerary
- Domestic air or train travel as shown in itinerary
- Entrance and camera (non-video) fees
ITINERARY13 Nights 14 Days
- Day 1 | Arrive in Delhi
- Day 2 | Delhi to Sasan Gir
- Days 3-4 | Sasan Gir
- Day 5 | Sasan Gir and Rajkot
- Day 6 | Rajkot to Ranthambore
- Days 7-8 | Ranthambore National Park
- Day 9 | Ranthambore to Jaipur
- Day 10 | Jaipur
- Day 11 | Bharatpur and Keoladeo National Park
- Day 12 | Fatehpur Sikri and Agra
- Days 13-14 | Taj Mahal and Delhi
Arrive in Delhi
Welcome to India! You will be met on arrival at Delhi International Airport and transferred to your hotel. Later in the day take a sightseeing tour of Delhi including the President's Residence (Rashtrapati Bhavan) and the parliament building, Qtab Minar, Humayan's Tomb, Gandhi's Memorial and India Gate.
International flights to Delhi are not included but can be added with ease.
Delhi to Sasan Gir
Early departure this morning for flight to Rajkot, with a scheduled arrival of 08.25. Three hour countryside drive to Sasan Gir and arrival at Lion Safari Camp. Remainder of day at leisure.
Lunch and dinner are at your hotel.
Morning and afternoon jeep safaris into the park looking especially for the rare Asiatic lions, but also for leopards, other mammals and spectacular birdlife in the park.
Full board accommodation at Lion Safari Camp
Sasan Gir and Rajkot
A further morning jeep safari into Gir National Park followed by an early afternoon drive of about 3 hours to Rajkot. Remainder of day at leisure in this bustling and vibrant city. Overnight at Imperial Palace Hotel on dinner and breakfast basis.
Rajkot to Ranthambore
Early morning transfer to the airport for flight back to Delhi with a scheduled arrival of 11.25. Travel from the airport to the main railway station to board the fast train to Sawai Madhopur, arriving in the evening. Transfer to Ranthambore Kothi for a relaxing dinner.
Ranthambore National Park
Morning and afternoon jeep safaris into the national park, looking not only for tigers but also enjoying sightings of other wildlife and birds and the picturesque ruins of palaces and temples in this varied landscape.
Once the hunter grounds of the maharajahs of Jaipur and later the British, Ranthambhore National Park (Sawai Madhopur) was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1955. The wildlife, including the tiger population is thankfully flourishing so the Indian government have decided to increase the national park to encompass a range of hills close to Ranthambhore to ensure the Tiger populations have the space to grow.
Expect to see tiger, sloth bear, mongoose, samber, cheetal, langur monkeys and if you are lucky also leopard, hyena, jackal and march crocodile.
Excellent birding opportunities including paradise flycatcher, serpent eagle, jacana, painted stork, Bonellis eagle, horned owl, grey partridge, white necked stork, king vulture, ring dove, golden backed woodpecker and many more.
Do not miss the opportunity to visit the fort which is a wonderful backdrop to the majestic landscape and its many lakes.
Full board accommodation at Ranthambore Kothi.
Ranthambore to Jaipur
A last jeep safari in the park this morning, and lunch at the hotel before departing by road to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. Jaipur is sometimes called the 'Pink City', a colour representing hospitality in Rajasthan, so named to celebrate a visit by the Prince of Wales in 1876. Tonight's accommodation will be at the charming Shapura House, a converted former home of a local royal family, featuring a fusion of Indian and Mughal architecture.
This morning enjoy a tour of Jaipur city, including the ornate City Palace and Hawa Mahal facade, and the fascinating Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory with its enormous stone sundial and other instruments for interpreting the heavens. In the afternoon head out of town to Amber Fort, one of the many ancient forts surrounding Jaipur and the former centre of the kingdom before it was moved to Jaipur. Please note that we don't include an elephant ride up to the fort for ethical reasons.
Bharatpur and Keoladeo National Park
This morning travel by road to Bharatpur. In the afternoon take a cycle rickshaw tour with birding guide inside Keoladeo National Park.
Overnight at the Laxmi Vilas Place, a heritage hotel, with dinner included.
Fatehpur Sikri and Agra
After a leisurely breakfast this morning, take the short drive to Agra stopping at the ancient, abandoned Mughal capital of Fatehpur Sikri. This afternoon visit the famous Red Fort of Agra.
Overnight at the Mansingh Palace Hotel.
Taj Mahal and Delhi
Early morning guided excursion to the Taj Mahal to watch the sun rise over this magical monument to love. Later, travel by road back to Delhi International Airport for a convenient final night before your departure tomorrow.
Overnight at the Red Fox Delhi International Airport.
On day 14 after breakfast you will be transferred to the airport terminal for your homeward flight.
Your Itinerary Accommodation
Laxmi Vilas Palace Hotel, Bharatpur
This luxury hotel has been created from a royal palace and retains many of the original features. Rooms are furnished in traditional style, with all modern facilities. The hotel also has a spa offering a variety of treatments and massages.
A total of 30 en-suite rooms, including a Royal Suite, all with air-conditioning. Courtyard dining room offering a la carte menus using fresh local ingredients.
Mansingh Palace Hotel, Agra
A first class hotel, centrally located in the city of Agra with views to the Taj Mahal.
100 well furnished rooms with all facilities, including air-conditioning, TV, safe, mini-bar, wifi, etc. Multi-cuisine restaurant, all-day dining options, bar, health club and swimming pool.
Lion Safari Camp, Gir
The Lion Safari Camp at Gir National Park is a Luxury Wildlife Camp, owned and managed by Camps of India. It is located in a private mango orchard overlooking the Hiran River.The location presently has around 900 Mango Trees with only 2% of the entire land area being built so that the natural setting is maintained. An ideal place to sit and relax amongst nature.
This eco-friendly camp has 21 AC Luxury Tents each with large well furnished bedrooms and an attached en-suite bathrooms. All the tents are en-suite, with air-conditioning, coffee machine and telephone. and beautifully furnished with natural materials and open out to an extended deck. Facilities. Open air restaurant overlooking the Hiran River, with choice of Indian, Chinese and Continental food, with evening BBQ. Recreation room with pool table, library and satellite TV.
Imperial Palace Hotel, Rajkot
A modern, city centre hotel superbly located within a few minutes of the airport, railway station and all facilities.
There is a range of rooms and suites, all with bathrooms, air-conditioning, TV and safe. Several dining options including full restaurant, coffee shop and pastry shop. Gym, spa, health club and pool.
The Maidens Hotel, New Delhi
Established in 1903, The Maidens is a stately reminder of a former age. The sweeping driveway and grand facade hint at the quality and history within, offering the luxury of a bygone era.
The hotel features 55 spacious, high ceilinged rooms and suites, all with air-conditioning, minibar, tea & coffee making facilities, satellite TV, free wi-fi and in-room safe. Savour the best Indian cuisine in one of the two restaurants, or relax by the outdoor pool. 24 hour room service is available and you'll be greeted in the morning with a free newspaper waiting under your door.
Located conveniently close to the National Park and surrounded by lush green gardens, the Ranthambore Kothi offers a comfortable base for your explorations of the tiger reserve. The 28 stylish and spacious rooms are decorated with colourful local touches, and include private balcony or terrace, mini bar, tea & coffee making facilities, in-room safe and air-conditioning.
The hotel has a large swimming pool to relax by in between your morning and evening forays into the jungle, and you can chose between indoor or outdoor dining for your well-deserved meals, following your active days of tiger spotting.
Shahpura House, Jaipur
Converted from the former town house of the royal family of Shahpura (a small principality near Jaipur), the Shahpura House has been lovingly restored to its former magnificence. The traditional Rajput architecture, a mixture of Indian and Mughal styles, is enhanced by its Shekawhati style frescos, old photographs and stately furnishings.
All 65 rooms at Shahpura House are unique and beautiful, and are equipped with modern facilities to make guests feel utterly at home. Room facilities include satellite TV, wi-fi access, in-room safe, mini bar, tea & coffee making facilities and marble bathroom.
The lavishly decorated restaurant serves a combination of North Indian specialities and continental cuisine. There is also an outdoor swimming pool, and spa treatment room.
Red Fox Delhi International Airport
Modern and comfortable, the Red Fox is a good choice for an overnight stay at Delhi Airport. With a 24 hour front desk, hi speed wi-fi and multi-cuisine restaurant, all your practical needs are met whilst you wait for your onward flight.
The 207 smartly designed rooms and suites are air-conditioned and offer LCD TV, mini fridge, tea & coffee making facilities and high quality mattress.
What Our Customers
Out of my 9 safaris I had amazing sightings in 8 of them, including some very close encounters as they strolled past only a few feet away from our jeep. The Tiger Den Hotel was also very nice and comfortable and I would highly recommend it to others.
Although my main aim was to see tigers, which I did , it was the abundance of other wildlife and incredible birding that took me by surprise. The guiding was generally very good and the standard of accommodation much better than I was expecting. The food was fantastic throughout, especially as I’m a vegetarian. I think this trip represented great value for money and ticked so many boxes for me, I look forward to going back one day.
The thing I liked most about our itinerary was that it kept us away from the crowds, having been to India before I know how busy and over whelming it can be but with Sara’s help we were able to visit some of the less well known National Parks, yet didn’t compromise on the wildlife. We saw everything we wanted and more, rhino, leopard, lion, tiger, sloth bear and more birds than I care to remember. Thank you for a fantastic trip and we look forward to booking another wildlife adventure with you in the near future.
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