This superb itinerary really does show off India at its best from its unique and exciting wildlife to its vibrant and colourful culture and history, all the while, travelling through varied and amazing landscapes. Marvel at the Taj Mahal and the Pink City of Jaipur and track tigers in the wild, each day returning to your luxury hotel, where no comfort is too much. A truly memorable experience.
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An accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country.
In 1981 Toni moved to Namibia with her family and from then on her love of the outdoors and all things nature grew and grew. Her father was an exploration geologist who travelled extensively around Southern Africa, living in small mining towns and managing bush camps where Toni would spend her school holidays camping in the bush, or visiting private farms and reserves. Toni’s father passed on to her his unparalleled knowledge of all things Namibia, and she carried this with her as she became a manager and guide at some of the most remote lodges in the extreme North West of Namibia. Toni has travelled expansively across Namibia and its neighbouring countries, making regular visits to all of the National Game Reserves and developing her photographic skills which she takes great pleasure in passing on to visitors to the region.
Her deep love and knowledge of the Namibia, coupled with her infectious passion and enthusiasm to want to share it, make her one of the country’s top guides and ambassadors for this beautiful country. More than just a guide who simply points from a vehicle, Toni becomes fully involved in the experiences of her fellow travellers and places a great emphasis on finding the best adventures, wildlife encounters and photo opportunities for her tour groups. As a Managing Tour Consultant she plans safaris for a wide range of interest groups but her main focus is on birding and photographic small group tours, where she delights in each visitor gaining an up-close and personal experience of all that the country she loves and knows so well has to offer.
Born in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. She spent 11 years on Sea Lion Island as Manager of the Lodge, Warden of the Nature Reserve and as the principal tour provider, meaning her knowledge of Sea Lion Island in particular is second to none. Having spent so much time here, as expected her wildlife speciality is Elephant Seals, but she is also well versed in the ways of the seabirds, penguins, whales, dolphins and sea lions that call the Falklands their home.
After her time on Sea Lion Island Jenny moved to Stanley to work for the Falkland Islands Government and became manager of a local travel firm assisting with travel arrangements for incoming visitors, before taking semi-retirement to spend more time with her family and enjoy more time further exploring the lands she knows so well. Jenny is extremely passionate about sharing the hidden nature secrets of the Falklands with those who come to visit her homeland and will be looking forward to accompanying you and passing on her unsurpassed knowledge of the areas you will be visiting.
Arrive at Delhi International Airport. Met and transferred in private car to the Imperial Hotel for overnight stay on full board basis. In the afternoon, take a guided sightseeing tour of this vibrant city, taking in the President's House, India Gate, Humayun's Tomb, Qutab Minar and the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial.2-3Days
Collected in the morning and transferred in private car to airport for flight to Udaipur arriving at 9.40 am. Met upon arrival and transferred by private car to the Oberoi Udaivilas Hotel for two nights on full board basis.
Afternoon guided tour of this beautiful city, including the City Palace, Jagdish Temple and Sahelion-ki-Bari.
Day 3 will be a full day at leisure, with your car and driver at your disposal.
Collected in the morning by private car and taken to airport for flight to Jaipur, arriving at 10.45 am. Met on arrival and transferred by private car to Oberoi Rajvilas Hotel for two nights on full board basis.
Afternoon guided tour of this beautiful pink city including the City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory.
On day 5 take a morning guided tour to the Amber Fort. Afternoon at leisure.
Travel by road from Jaipur to Ranthambore National Park and the Oberoi Vanyavilas for three nights on full board basis. In the afternoon take your first jeep safari into the park.
Rathambore is rich in history with ancient ruins and temples, set in wooded, marshy and lake-land countryside. Once the hunting grounds of the Maharajahs of Jaipur and later the British, Ranthambore National Park 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 Ranthambore 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 marsh 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.
Morning and afternoon jeep safaris into the park on days 7 and 8.
Whilst here don't miss the opportunity to visit the fort which is a wonderful backdrop to the majestic landscape and its many lakes.
After breakfast, collected by private car for the three hour drive to Ajabgarh and to the Amanbagh Resort for two nights on full board basis. Ajabgarh is a picturesque garrison fort between Bhangarh and Pratapgarh, with a lovely reservoir nearby. Ajabgarh fort was built by Ajab Singh Rajawat, The grandson of Madho Singh. The fort is in good condition, and offers an incredible panoramic view of the eponymous walled town and the well–preserved, but less visited temple of Shri Raghunath which is nearby. There is an option here for a birding tour into Sarika National Park.
After a leisurely breakfast, drive by private car to Agra via the ancient Mughal capital of Fatehpur Sikri, and on to the Oberoi Amarvilas Hotel for overnight stay on full board basis.12-13Days
Up early this morning for a guided visit to the Taj Mahal at dawn to experience the magic of sunrise over this graceful monument to love. Later in the morning drive to Delhi and to the Imperial Hotel for an overnight stay.
On day 13 you will be transferred to airport for onward or return travel. Breakfast in included on this day.
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