The Taj, Tigers and Birds of India

New Delhi – Corbett National Park – New Delhi Jaipur – Ranthambore – Bharatpur – Agra – New Delhi

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Day 1 : Arrival in New Delhi

Upon your arrival at the New Delhi airport you will be met by a Tigris Safaris representative after you clear Customs. Transfer in your chauffeur drive Tigris Safaris vehicle and your representative will assist with a smooth check-in at your hotel. All travel-related documents will be handed over to you and explained in detail.

Later in the day, you will be taken for a half-day tour of New Delhi. Take in the breathtaking view of the Qutab Minar, the ancient stone minaret dating back several centuries and the tallest stone tower in India. Continue to India Gate – a war memorial arch, and pass by the stately President’s House, Parliament House, Government Secretariat buildings and Connaught Place – this is the heart of New Delhi and a busy commercial center. 

Overnight at your hotel.


Day 2 : New Delhi – Corbett National Park (275 km/ 5-6 hours drive)

This morning, check out after breakfast. Your Tigris Safaris chauffeur will meet you to drive you to Corbett National Park. Upon arrival, check in to your safari lodge. Enjoy a delightful bird walk this evening. Dinner at your lodge.


Day 3 : Corbett National Park

You will be woken up early this morning to embark upon your morning game drive into the national park. Corbett National Park is vast and the terrain is simply stunning. With the Lower Himalayas as a backdrop and rivers running through, it’s dense forest is full of an incredible range of flora and fauna. It was also the first park in India to launch the Project Tiger wildlife conservation initiative.

Return to your lodge in time for a leisurely lunch. Embark upon your afternoon game drive into the forest.

Tonight you will spend the night at the Dhikala Forest Lodge, which is located within the core zone of the national park, deep within the jungle.

The park is named for Jim Corbett, a big game hunter turned ardent conservationist during the British Raj in India. Corbett was largely responsible for having the park demarcated as a protected area and a game reserve to protect its wildlife.

Dinner at your lodge and evening at your leisure.


Day 4 : Corbett National Park

Early morning game drive through the vast jungles of Corbett. Corbett is home to several of India’s beautiful beasts including the Royal Bengal Tiger, the Asiatic Elephant, and the Asian Black Bear. Several herbivores, smaller felines and reptiles inhabit the park. It’s also a bird lover’s paradise and has a large population of both resident and migratory birds.

After lunch, head back out into the forest for your afternoon game drive. Dusk is a magical time in Corbett as the birds swing into their evening symphony and a golden glow is cast over the tree tops by the setting sun.

Tonight you will spend the night at the Dhikala Forest Lodge, which is located within the core zone of the national park, deep within the jungle.


Day 5 : Corbett National Park – New Delhi (275 km/ 5-6 hours drive)

After your early morning game drive and breakfast, check out and head back to New Delhi in your chauffeur-driven Tigris Safaris vehicle.

Upon arrival in New Delhi, check in at your hotel. Evening at your leisure and dinner at your hotel.


Day 6 : New Delhi – Jaipur (260 km/ approx. 5 hours drive)

This morning, after breakfast, check out of your hotel. Your Tigris Safaris chauffeur drive vehicle will take you by road to Jaipur. Afternoon arrival in Jaipur, and overnight stay at your hotel.


Day 7 : Jaipur

Begin your tour of Jaipur with a visit to the massive ramparts of Amber Fort., from where the Kacchawa clan ruled until the 1700s. You may opt to take an elephant ride to the top of the fortress, where you will enter the fortifications and visit the Temple of Kali, the Hall of Victory and the Jagmandir temple.

After lunch, visit the highlights of the Pink City, including the Jantar Mantar observatory, the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) the City Palace and Museum, and the bustling bazaars in the historic part of town. Jaipur is known for its shopping from precious stones to handicrafts. Return to your hotel and evening at your leisure. Overnight at your hotel in Jaipur.


Day 8 : Jaipur – Ranthambore (180 km/ 3 hours drive)

This morning, your Tigris Safaris chauffeur will drive you to Ranthambore. Check in at your safari lodge. Post lunch, head into the forest for an afternoon game drive through Ranthambore National Park. Return to your lodge in time for dinner and overnight in Ranthambore.


Day 9 : Ranthambore

This morning, wake up early for your morning game drive through Ranthambore National Park. Ranthambore was the erstwhile hunting ground for the Maharajas of Jaipur, and is nestled among the Aravalli hills. The park is dotted with thick copses of trees and scrubby brush, as well as several ancient ruins. A magnificent fortress and temple lie at the highest point of the park.

This morning return to your lodge for a late breakfast. The afternoon is at your leisure until your afternoon game drive back into the park.


Day 10 :Ranthambore

Begin the day with an early morning game drive into the park. After you finish your morning excursion into the forest, enjoy breakfast at your lodge. Later today if you are so inclined, we suggest a visit up to the ruins of Ranthambore Fort. Much of its magnificent structure is still in place, though the forest has grown into its cracks, giving it a truly ethereal air. Langur monkeys and peacocks are often found here and it’s not unusual to see small herds of deer running around the environs of the fortress. Those who are very lucky may also spot the odd tiger among its ramparts. Ranthambore Fort was a gift from the Mughal emperor Shah Alam, to his Rajput counterpart, Sawai Madho Singh I of Jaipur and was completed in 1754 AD, and since then, Ranthambore became the private hunting ground for the Maharajas of Jaipur. The archaeological department took it over in 1964 and has since made it a protected heritage site.

Later this afternoon, enjoy your evening game drive into the park. Return to the lodge in time for dinner and evening at your leisure.


Day 11 : Ranthambore – Bharatpur (210 km/ 5 hours drive)

Today’s early morning game drive will be your last in Ranthambore. Upon your return to the lodge, enjoy breakfast and then check out. Your Tigris Safaris chauffeur and vehicle will be waiting to drive you to Bharatpur.

Arrive in time to check in and enjoy a late lunch. Later this afternoon, head out into the environs of one of India’s best-known bird sanctuaries for an evening excursion into the park.

The Keoladeo Ghana National Park (commonly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary) is home to over 400 species of water birds. It is particularly well known for being the winter home of the famed Siberian Crane, as well as the roosting ground for cormorants, spoonbills, storks, egrets, herons, pelicans, ibis and grey herons that flock here.

Overnight stay in Bharatpur.


Day 12 : Bharatpur – Agra

This morning, enjoy a different kind of experience as you ride through the park on a cycle rickshaw, with your driver-naturalist, a very unique way in which to see the national park. Return to your lodge in time for breakfast and check out. Your Tigris Safaris chauffeur driven vehicle will be ready to take you to Agra.

En route to Agra, stop to visit the erstwhile capital of the Mughal emperor Akbar, at Fatehpur Sikri. This magnificent complex is built out of red sandstone and is an architectural marvel. The complex is particularly known for its beautiful Diwan-e-Aam, from where the emperor addressed his subjects, and the Diwan-e-Khas, where public receptions and functions were held. There is a special section where you can visit the tomb of the famous saint, Sheik Salim Chisti.


Day 13 : Agra – Delhi (220 kms/ 4-5 hrs drive)

This morning, visit the Taj Mahal, the magnificent monument which is considered to be one of the wonders of the world. Built in the mid-1700s, it was conceived by the Mughal emperor Shah Jehan as a monument of love for his wife Mumtaz. Over 20,000 labourers from various parts of the world pooled their skill to create this magnificent mausoleum that has been immortalized in white Makrana marble and embellished with onyx, amethyst, lapis lazuli, turquoise, jade, crystal and several other semi-precious stones that were brought from as far as Tibet, China and the Indian Ocean. (Note: The Taj Mahal is closed to the public on Fridays)

Later this afternoon, visit the Agra Fort. A marvel of architecture in red sandstone, its walls stand over twenty meters high with a huge moat surrounding it.

Late afternoon return to New Delhi. Evening arrival in New Delhi and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in New Delhi.


Day 14 : Delhi –onwards

Today is at your leisure until your check out for your departure to the international airport in New Delhi. A Tigris Safaris representative will meet you at your hotel to transfer you to the airport, and assist you with check-in formalities for your onwards journey.