Secrets of India

Secrets of India

Let Central India beguile you with its magical heritage and wildlife. If you’ve never been to India before, this great trip includes what most first-time visitors put on top of their India wish list – marvelling at the beauty of the Taj and spotting Tigers.

But there’s so much more than Taj and Tigers on this tour. From your base at one of our personal favourite places to stay in India, Chambal Safari Lodge, you’ll explore the heritage and rugged natural beauty of the Chambal region. Marvel at Agra’s Mughal architecture beyond the Taj and the famed temples of Khajuraho with their splendiferous amorous couplings. Fall in love with the riverside magnificence of Orchha and the symmetrical beauty of one of India’s best step wells.

Visit a special refuge for rescued elephants, and spot a tiger amongst the impossibly romantic ruins of Ranthambhore. Ranthambhore and Bandhavgarh are two of India’s most popular National Parks. Our itinerary also includes Panna, a less visited National Park offering a great wildlife experience with fewer tourists to share it with. The safaris on your trip are likely to leave lasting memories.

14 DAYS
FROM £2995
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WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Activities and excursions as specified
  • Entrance fees/tickets for the above
  • In-destination transfers & transport
  • Accommodation & Meals as specified
  • English speaking guides
  • 24/7 support while you travel

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Day 1: Arrival in Delhi

Arrive early in the morning in Delhi to be met at the Delhi International airport by your driver who will transfer you to Agra (4 hours).

En-route to Agra, you’ll visit the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care facility. You can watch these gentle giants from close quarters, and learn of their vulnerability to unethical treatment. Wildlife SOS’s Education Officers will show you around the centre, answering questions and telling you about each of their elephant ‘residents’.

Arrive in Agra and check in at your hotel, to enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.

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Day 2: Agra

Early morning, wake up to an eagerly awaited sunrise guided tour of Taj Mahal. The Taj is beautiful at all times but in the soft dawn light, with fewer crowds to share it with, it is a delight to behold.

After falling in love with the Taj, get back to the hotel for breakfast and then proceed to a guided tour of Agra Fort and Itmad- Ud-Daulah’s tomb (also known as Baby Taj). These two jewels of Mughal architecture are among the many examples of the rich architectural treasures of this once royal capital.

Rest of the evening is at leisure.

Breakfast
Day 3: Agra – Chambal Safari Lodge

Today after breakfast, drive to Chambal Safari Lodge (2 hours).

En-route visit to Bateshwar temples with your guide from Chambal Safari Lodge.

Arrive at the lodge an check in at your room.

Later in the afternoon, visit the National Chambal Sanctuary for a 3 hour boat safari on the Chambal River with an expert guide. Get up close to Crocodiles, Gharials and turtles. The birdlife is excellent, and the much sought-after Indian Skimmers are often spotted. If you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the highly endangered Gangetic River Dolphins.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day4: Abhaneri - Ranthambhore

Enjoy a spot of morning birding around the lodge with the lodge’s naturalist.

After breakfast drive to Ranthambhore National Park (6 hours). En-route stop at Abhaneri Stepwell for a visit and lunch at a local place.

Arrive Ranthambhore and check in at your lodge.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Ranthambhore
Morning & afternoon jeep safaris in exclusive vehicles in the Ranthambhore National Park.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Ranthambhore

Morning jeep safari in your exclusive vehicle to the Ranthambhore National Park. After breakfast, visit a local village and drop in to the handicraft center.

Lunch at your resort will be followed by an afternoon visit to Ranthambhore Fort, which is World Heritage site.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Ranthambhore-Jabalpur

Morning jeep safari in your exclusive vehicle to Ranthambhore National Park. Return to the hotel for breakfast, followed by a spot of birdwatching around the lodge or relaxing at the hotel pool.

This evening, board the express air-conditioned train to Jabalpur, departing at 1955 hrs, with a packed dinner.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Jabalpur – Bandhavgarh

Arriving at Jabalpur Railway Station at 0830 hrs, you’ll be met upon arrival by your driver who’ll take you to a local restaurant for breakfast before enjoying a boat ride at the spectacular Marble Rocks Gorge near Jabalpur.

Drive onwards to Bandhavgarh (4 hrs) and check in at your lodge.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 & 10: Bandhavgarh
Today, enjoy morning & afternoon jeep safaris in Bandhavgarh National Park by exclusive jeep.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11: Bandhavgarh – Panna

Morning jeep safari in Bandhavgarh National Park by exclusive jeep.

After lunch drive to Panna National Park (5 hours). Arrive Panna and check in at your lodge.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12: Panna National Park
Morning & afternoon jeep safaris to Panna National Park by exclusive jeep.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13: Panna National Park - Khajuraho

After breakfast, drive to the World Heritage Site of Khajuraho (2 hours). Enjoy a guided tour of the famed Khajuraho temples (Eastern and Western groups).

Check in at your hotel after the guided tour. Return to the temples later in the evening to enjoy the Sound & light show.

Breakfast
Day 14: Orchha – Delhi

After breakfast, drive to Jhansi (4 hours), enjoying a quick guided tour of Orchha en-route.

From Jhansi, board your express train to Delhi, departing 1505 and arriving in Delhi at 1930. You’ll be met upon arrival and transferred to Delhi’s International airport for your flight back home.

If your flight leaves the next day, we can easily add an overnight stay near the airport to the itinerary, and some pre-checkin sightseeing in Delhi on the departure day as per your flight timings and preferences.

Breakfast, Snacks and Tea/Coffee on the Train
Day 1: Arrival in Delhi

Arrive early in the morning in Delhi to be met at the Delhi International airport by your driver who will transfer you to Agra (4 hours).

En-route to Agra, you’ll visit the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care facility. You can watch these gentle giants from close quarters, and learn of their vulnerability to unethical treatment. Wildlife SOS’s Education Officers will show you around the centre, answering questions and telling you about each of their elephant ‘residents’.

Arrive in Agra and check in at your hotel, to enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.

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Day 2: Agra

Early morning, wake up to an eagerly awaited sunrise guided tour of Taj Mahal. The Taj is beautiful at all times but in the soft dawn light, with fewer crowds to share it with, it is a delight to behold.

After falling in love with the Taj, get back to the hotel for breakfast and then proceed to a guided tour of Agra Fort and Itmad- Ud-Daulah’s tomb (also known as Baby Taj). These two jewels of Mughal architecture are among the many examples of the rich architectural treasures of this once royal capital.

Rest of the evening is at leisure.

Breakfast
Day 3: Agra – Chambal Safari Lodge

Today after breakfast, drive to Chambal Safari Lodge (2 hours).

En-route visit to Bateshwar temples with your guide from Chambal Safari Lodge.

Arrive at the lodge an check in at your room.

Later in the afternoon, visit the National Chambal Sanctuary for a 3 hour boat safari on the Chambal River with an expert guide. Get up close to Crocodiles, Gharials and turtles. The birdlife is excellent, and the much sought-after Indian Skimmers are often spotted. If you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the highly endangered Gangetic River Dolphins.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day4: Abhaneri - Ranthambhore

Enjoy a spot of morning birding around the lodge with the lodge’s naturalist.

After breakfast drive to Ranthambhore National Park (6 hours). En-route stop at Abhaneri Stepwell for a visit and lunch at a local place.

Arrive Ranthambhore and check in at your lodge.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Ranthambhore
Morning & afternoon jeep safaris in exclusive vehicles in the Ranthambhore National Park.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Ranthambhore

Morning jeep safari in your exclusive vehicle to the Ranthambhore National Park. After breakfast, visit a local village and drop in to the handicraft center.

Lunch at your resort will be followed by an afternoon visit to Ranthambhore Fort, which is World Heritage site.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Ranthambhore-Jabalpur

Morning jeep safari in your exclusive vehicle to Ranthambhore National Park. Return to the hotel for breakfast, followed by a spot of birdwatching around the lodge or relaxing at the hotel pool.

This evening, board the express air-conditioned train to Jabalpur, departing at 1955 hrs, with a packed dinner.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Jabalpur – Bandhavgarh

Arriving at Jabalpur Railway Station at 0830 hrs, you’ll be met upon arrival by your driver who’ll take you to a local restaurant for breakfast before enjoying a boat ride at the spectacular Marble Rocks Gorge near Jabalpur.

Drive onwards to Bandhavgarh (4 hrs) and check in at your lodge.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 & 10: Bandhavgarh
Today, enjoy morning & afternoon jeep safaris in Bandhavgarh National Park by exclusive jeep.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11: Bandhavgarh – Panna

Morning jeep safari in Bandhavgarh National Park by exclusive jeep.

After lunch drive to Panna National Park (5 hours). Arrive Panna and check in at your lodge.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12: Panna National Park
Morning & afternoon jeep safaris to Panna National Park by exclusive jeep.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13: Panna National Park - Khajuraho

After breakfast, drive to the World Heritage Site of Khajuraho (2 hours). Enjoy a guided tour of the famed Khajuraho temples (Eastern and Western groups).

Check in at your hotel after the guided tour. Return to the temples later in the evening to enjoy the Sound & light show.

Breakfast
Day 14: Orchha – Delhi

After breakfast, drive to Jhansi (4 hours), enjoying a quick guided tour of Orchha en-route.

From Jhansi, board your express train to Delhi, departing 1505 and arriving in Delhi at 1930. You’ll be met upon arrival and transferred to Delhi’s International airport for your flight back home.

If your flight leaves the next day, we can easily add an overnight stay near the airport to the itinerary, and some pre-checkin sightseeing in Delhi on the departure day as per your flight timings and preferences.

Breakfast, Snacks and Tea/Coffee on the Train

Interested in this itinerary? It's great as is, but we'll be happy to tailor it for you.

Our prices do not include international flights unless explicitly stated.

The price shown is per person, based on two people travelling and sharing a room, outside peak periods. Prices may vary depending on the time of travel, and single supplements may apply.