Tour Introduction : Bharatpur and Chambal River

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Day One - Two
ashok-country-resortWe will wait for you at Delhi airport, and transfer you to your hotel. We will stay in Ashok Country resort, situated only 4 km from the Delhi International Airport. At Ashok Country Resort you are checking into Nature, this haven, is surrounded by the lush green lawns, the back drop of landscaped surrounds against the azure blue sky provide a mesmerizing view for the avid birdwatcher. The charismatic peacocks in all their splendor gracefully prancie among the vibrant hued flowers and are a magnificent sight "The "Koyal", our Indian bird, sings melodiously from the tree top lulling you to sleep on the vast expanse of greens. For those who really want to wind-down, it is good to know that this tranquil resort offers you unparalleled relaxation in the form of personalized massages.
The rooms are elegantly designed & well equipped with guest amenities like wi-fi connectivity, 24 Hrs room services, hot and cold water, tea/coffee maker, a doctor on call, laundry services, to name a few. Experience hospitality at its best.
We have planned an extra day after the long international flight, which arrives very late and it would not be a surprise if you see your bed not before far after midnight. The extra day you can take to relax or to do some sightseeing, shopping or whatever you like.

Day Three - Five
tiger-moonThis morning we will take the train at 7.40 to Sawai Madhopur. Arrival at 13.00. We will stay in Tiger Moon Resort for 3 nights. The Resort located on the fringes of Ranthambore National Park. Park Boundary is adjoining the resort boundary hence the most ideally located resort in the vicinity. Occasional Wildlife is also seen around the boundary of the Tiger Moon Resort. Tiger Moon Resort has a plantation of 3400 trees giving a wonderful green cover to the entire resort. The average age of trees is 15 years.
Ranthambore National Park covers an area of approx. 400 sq Km and if combined it with the area of sawai man singh sanctuary area,it is around 500 Sq km.
Ranthambore national park was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1957 and in 1974 it gained the protection of "Project Tiger". It got it's status of a National Park in 1981.
Ranthambore-National-parkRanthambore National Park is dotted with structures that remind you of the past. There are many water bodies located all over the park, which provide perfect relief during the extremely hot summer months for the forest inhabitants. A huge fort, after which the park is named, towers over the park atop a hill. Tigers at Ranthambore National park are famous for being seen in the daytime too, due to their lack of fear of human presence in vehicles. This lack of fear of humans is excellent for visitors, as they get to see the tigers often. In a nutshell, Ranthambore National park is a wildlife enthusiast and photographer's dream.
During our visit we have planned to do game drives in the early morning and go out for birding in the surrounding areas in the afternoons.

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Day Six - Eight
siberian-craneToday we take the train to Bharatpur. The train will depart at 12.30 and arrives  at Bharatpur at 14.58. The Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is one of the best and most famous wildlife sanctuaries in India. It is the only wildlife sanctuary in India that is artificially made by a Maharaja. One of the finest bird sanctuaries in the world, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is located in Bharatpur city of Rajasthan and also known as the Keoladeo Ghana National Park. Indigenous water birds and many migratory water birds can be seen in this sanctuary along with larger animals such as Sambhar, Chital, Nilgai and Boar. The tourists mainly visit the Bird Sanctuary, as it is the second habitat in the world that is visited by the Siberian Cranes in winter. When the rivers of Siberia are frozen due to the extreme winters, the Siberian Cranes visit the sanctuary to spend their winters in India. As soon as the winters are over in Siberia, these huge cranes return to their breeding grounds.
baghWe will stay for two nights in the Bagh Hotel. The Bagh is a heritage hotel set in 12 acres of two hundred year-old garden in Bharatpur Rajasthan. The Bagh offers visitors an opportunity to experience quiet luxury near Keoladeo Ghana National Park, one of the most famous bird sanctuaries in the world. The hotel's twenty three rooms are located in three different residential complexes. A restaurant, banquet hall, coffee shop, library and a gym, all situated in a verdant orchard, allow guests to enjoy solitude and companionship in restful indoor and outdoor spaces.

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Day Nine - Eleven
Dholpur-PalaceThis morning we will drive to Dholpur. We will stay in Dholpur Palace for 3 nights. The Dholpur Palace itself is really beautiful and a veritable treasure-trove of antiques - exquisite furniture and curios, trophies and artifacts - treasures from yesteryear, that are very much a part of life even today.
crocodileThe next morning we will have a boat-ride on the Chambal River. The National Chambal Sanctuary (NCS) is a 400 km stretch of the river Chambal and a 1 to 6 km wide swathe of the ravines on both sides of the river, covering an area of 1235 sq. km. The NCS is one of the last surviving habitats of the Gangetic River Dolphin. It provides protection for 1200 Gharials & 300 Marsh Crocodiles. It is home to eight species of Turtles and to the Smooth coated Otters. The Sanctuary boasts of a rapidly increasing and impressive bird list of over 316 species of resident and migratory birds and is gaining a reputation as one of the most reliable places to see the Indian Skimmer.

We have nearby some other nteresting spots to visit: At 18 km Van Vihar, an old wild life reserve of the rulers of Dholpur is spread over an area of 59.86 sq km located over Vindhyan Plateau, and Ramsagar Sanctuary (at 34 km). Ramsagar part of the sanctuary has Ramsagar lake The Lake is very picturesque and supports rich aquatic life including fresh water crocodiles and a number of fishes and snakes. Water birds like Cormorants, White breasted water Hen ,Moor Hen, Jacanas, River tern, Ringed Plover, Sand Piper and Herons (Green and Purple) are quite common. During winter month migratory ducks and geese also visit the lake in good numbers.

Alternative
On day eleven we have an alternative program for those who want to visit the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort in Agra. We only can say that all our guests so far were excited about this special cultural excursion. The choice is yours

Day Twelve
Today we have to leave for Delhi. The distance is around 340 km, which will take us all day. We have booked another night in Ashok Country Resort before the long travel-day back home

Day Thirteen
Airport transfer and after saying good by to all, we start our long trip home.

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  • Tour dates
    24th of November - 6th of December 2014
  • Price
    € 2.470 p.p. *
    € 350 Single supplement.*
  • Deposit
    € 250 p.p.
  • Includes
    All accommodation, all meals and transport, fulltime guiding, Boat-ride on the Chambal River, National Park entrance fees and airport transfers
  • Excludes
    Flights, Camera fees in N.P. insurance and personal costs.
  • Tour party
    Minimum 4, maximum 8 fellow travelers

* This price can fluctuate depending on the exchange rate (applied is 1,40 $/€) to US$.

Options

We have organised two consecutive tours which are easy to link. Although a single tour is a superb way to see India, those wishing to participate in both tours have the opportunity to see much more of this spectacular country. As usual we are trying hard to offer as many options as possible. See India Tour - Corbett Park to Himalaya Mountains

India Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1 - Ashok Country Resort. Arrive Delhi and hotel transfer
  • Day 2 - Ashok Country Resort Free program in Delhi
  • Day 3 - Tiger Moon Resort. Am: Train-tranfer Sawai Madhopur. Pm: Birding in the area
  • Day 4 - Tiger Moon resort. Am: Game drive. Pm: Birding in the area
  • Day 5 - Tiger Moon resort. Am: Game drive. Pm: birding outside of park
  • Day 6 - Bagh Hotel. Train-transfer to Bharatpur, birding in the area
  • Day 7 - Bagh Hotel. Am: Birding Keoladeo N.P. Pm: birding in the area
  • Day 8 - Bagh Hotel. Am: Birding Keoladeo N.P. Pm: birding in the area
  • Day 9 - Dholpur Palace. Tranfer to Dholpur. Pm: Birding in the area
  • Day 10 - Dholpur Palace. Boat ride and birding
  • Day 11 - Dholpur Palace Option to Taj Mahal or birding
  • Day 12 - Ashok Country Resort. Transfer to Delhi
  • Day 13 - Departure

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