Add to your adventure in India by visiting Ranthambore National Park to search for the Royal Bengal tiger. This beautiful wildlife reserve is dominated by a 10th century fort that overlooks what was a former hunting ground of the maharajas. Resplendent with lakes, forested trails, rocky outcrops and Mughal ruins, it is home to many species of India's exotic wildlife including nilgai, chinkara (Indian gazelle), sambar deer, chital (spotted deer), langur monkey, mugger crocodile and over 300 species of birds; however, our main aim will be to spot the magnificent and elusive tiger.
Meals included: 1 breakfast
(Train journey time: approx 6½ hours) We leave the bustle of the city of Delhi early and head to some of the last remnants of wilderness in India. We travel by train to Sawai Madhopur and transfer to the park. Ranthambore National Park is one of the most beautiful wildlife reserves in India. It was a former hunting ground for the maharajas and the park is still contains ruins of temples and mosques, as well as an impressive 10th-century fort that dominates the surroundings from the top of a large hill. The park is a favourite amongst bird watchers, but many people come here to spot some of India's exotic large animals. Antelopes such as nilgai and blackbuck can be commonly seen, as well as axis deer and sambar deer. There are large families of active monkeys known as langur, often seen playing around at the park entrance, but our main aim here is to try and spot the magnificent and elusive Royal Bengal tiger. It is not always easy to spot a tiger in the wild and doing so will certainly be an experience of a lifetime. During our time here, we have three safari drives included in our tour extension. Any additional safaris will be subject to availabilty and will be at additional costs.
Meals included: 1 breakfast
(Train journey time: approx 6½ hours) We are transferred to the railway station in Sawai Madhopur around late morning and catch a day train back to Delhi. The journey takes between six to seven hours. Our trip ends on arrival in Delhi. If you wish to spend some more time in Delhi we recommend you book additional accommodation for this night. If you are leaving on this day as most flights leave Delhi in the late evening we would also suggest you leave yourself enough time to go out to the airport. If you are spending extra time in Delhi, there is still plenty to see. Humayun's Tomb and Safdarjang's Tomb are other great examples of Mughal architecture and design. The narrow streets of Old Delhi are worth exploring, with the highlights being Red Fort and the impressive Jama Masjid (Great Mosque). Raj Ghat is a monument that marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. Hauz Khas Village is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown - a chic artistic enclave set right next to the remnants of a historical site.
Must be booked in conjunction with another of our trips.
Local guide, arrival transfer, transport including train, entrance fees and 3 safaris.
International flights, airport departure taxes, airport transfers, visas, insurance, other meals including all lunches and dinners, any optional tours or additional safaris and activities during free time, camera fees, excess baggage charges, tips and items of a personal nature.
Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region. We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.Visas and Permits
Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.
Australia: Yes - in advance
Belgium: Yes - in advance
Canada: Yes - in advance
Germany: Yes - in advance
Ireland: Yes - in advance
Netherlands: Yes - in advance
New Zealand: Yes - in advance OR on arrival*
South Africa: Yes - in advance
Switzerland: Yes - in advance
United Kingdom: Yes - in advance
USA: Yes - in advance
There is NO visa on arrival in India for most nationalities. Indian visas can NOT be obtained in Nepal. Tourist visas are available in Single and Multiple Entry. Be sure to check the date you require a visa from and the length of time you will need to cover, especially if you change countries during your trip.
*Visa on arrival is available for select nationalities, including New Zealanders provided that specific criteria can be met. See link below for more information. http://india.gov.in/spotlight/encouraging-inbound-tourism-tourist-visa-arrival-tvoa-schemeInsurance
You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.Responsible Travel
Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.
Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.
Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.
India Lonely Planet-Sarina Singh
A Passage to India-EM Forster
A Suitable Boy-Vikram Seth
Chasing the Monsoon-Alexander Frater
This tour is designed as an add-on to another India trip. You will be met at our Delhi hotel on the last day of your previous tour.
Local Emergency Contacts In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency Peregrine’s India office can be reached on +91 (120) 422 7164 or +91 (120) 422 7169 during business hours (9.30am to 6pm) or after hours on +91 9910035322.
The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
17 January 2014