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Tigers and the Taj

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8 Days / 7 Nights

Tour Type

Guided Safari Tour

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Explore India’s Crown Jewels: Taj Mahal and Tigers

Experience the best of India’s rich history and captivating wildlife on this meticulously curated tour. In a brief but immersive journey, we invite you to discover India’s cultural and natural heritage, appealing to history buffs and wildlife enthusiasts alike. Our triad of destinations includes the national capital, Delhi, the iconic city of Agra, and the tiger haven of Ranthambore. This unique blend provides a glimpse of both urban India’s grandeur and the untamed wilderness.

Delhi, steeped in a profoundly rich heritage, has borne witness to the rise and fall of countless dynasties. Meandering through its streets is an emotional rollercoaster through time. After delving into the capital’s history for a few days, we proceed to Agra, a city that shares a similar historic aura. Agra, renowned as the home of the world-famous Taj Mahal, is adorned with a plethora of internationally celebrated monuments and structures.

Upon exploring Agra and its cultural treasures, we set our course for Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, the kingdom of the majestic Bengal tiger. Ranthambore stands as one of the premier destinations to witness these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Our morning and evening safaris within the reserve forest offer a remarkably close encounter with wildlife. Following numerous safaris in this breathtaking park, we return to Delhi, concluding the enthralling Tigers and Taj Triangle.

This tour guarantees a captivating fusion of India’s historical and natural marvels. Join us for an adventure that seamlessly blends the splendour of the Taj Mahal with the thrill of encountering the regal Bengal tiger.


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  • Arrival in Delhi (Day 1) - Upon your arrival in Delhi airport/ railway station, you will be met by one of our IWS tour guides. He will take you to your hotel, and en-route, he will explain to you in detail the plan. He will stay with you for the entire duration of the trip and he’ll make sure you have a hassle-free and smooth experience! The rest of the day will be at leisure, and you can recover from your journey and prepare for the travels ahead!
  • Explore Delhi (Day 2) - Your IWS Guide will meet up with you early in the morning and you’ll kick off your adventure now. Delhi has 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and some amazing monuments and places of historic and religious significance. You’ll be taken around by your IWS Guide and we will be trying to cover all we can. You’ll eat some of the best food in this part of the world, and you’ll sense flavours we guarantee you would never have imagined existed. After a soul-filling day exploring the city, you’ll return to your hotel room by evening, when you can relax and unwind.
  • Transfer to Agra (Day 3) - You’ll be met by your IWS Guide in the morning again, and after a half day of exploration of the city and having your lunch, you will move on to your next destination, the city of Taj, Agra, which is a 5-hour drive away. We will reach there by evening and the rest of the day will be at leisure.
  • Explore Agra (Day 4) - We’ll get up extra early before the rest of the city and head out to the Taj Mahal, and try and catch the first morning light hitting this stunning piece of architecture. This makes for some of the most beautiful photos you’ll capture during the trip. After exploring the Taj for a few hours, get back to the hotel, freshen up, get some food in our system, and head over to the other offerings of the city. Rest of the day will be spend sightseeing in the city. After a full day of exploring Agra, you’ll get back to your rooms by evening, and you’ll have the rest of the evening at leisure.
  • Transfer to Ranthambore (Day 5) - You will wake up early in the morning and get into the park before sunrise, since that is when the birds are most active and the light is beautiful for photography. After a few hours of spotting the beautiful birdlife and wildlife of Keoladeo, you will return to the hotel for breakfast. After that, you’ll pack up and transfer to Ranthambore National Park. It is a long day of driving and you’ll only make it to your resort by evening. There your IWS Guide will give you a brief about the park and what all you can expect to see over the next 3 days of safari. Post that, you have the evening to your leisure, where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the wilderness around you.
  • Safaris into the park (Day 6, 7) - Over the next few days, you’ll be going for back-to-back morning and evening safaris into the various zones of the national park. The timing for the safari changes as per the season, and you’ll be instructed regarding the same the day before by your IWS Guide. During the safari, you will see some of the finest diversity and wildlife this part of the world has to offer.
  • Transfer to Delhi (Day 8) - After your fifth morning safari into the park, you’ll get back to your resort, have freshen up, have breakfast, pack-up and then drive back to Delhi, thus completing the triangle! You’ll be dropped at your hotel/ airport. You IWS Guide will bid you adieu for your journey thereon.


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What kind of a traveller does this expedition cater to?
We have designed this trip keeping in minds the needs of every kind of travel enthusiast. You need not be a hardcore wildlife buff or a super-dedicated wildlife photographer to enjoy this trip. Like all the other IWS itineraries, this one aims to get you close to the wilder and unexplored side of India, and you would enjoy it irrespective of the category of traveller you fall into!
Will be have someone who will accompany us during the trip?
Yes! We will a lot you one of our IWS Guides who will travel with you and coordinate everything during your travels, from taxis, to hotel rooms, from safari timings and zones, to interaction with the locals. He/she will have it all laid out properly for you so that you don't have to get into the hassle of logistics and enjoy your travels to the most!
What camera equipment is optimal for photography during this trip?
For the camera body, any D-SLR would be great. Ideally, something with a high burst rates of around 6fps and above (for those high speed action shots) and decent ISO performance (since we will be getting the best shots at either dawn or dusk) would be better. For bigger mammals, a lens with a reach of 400mm would be ideal. For smaller mammals and birds, 600mm would be just perfect. If you wish to exploit the stunning nightsky for some astrophotography, don't forget that fast wide-angle lens! And oh! Don't for get extra memory cards and hard drives for dumping the thousands of amazing shots you will be capturing!
I am not an expert wildlife photographer. Would I still be able to enjoy this trip?
Most certainly! The cameras we have today are smart enough to get you some great shots even in Auto mode. However if you do wish to learn about the finer nuances of the art of photography, do let us know beforehand. We have a special IWS Guide who is an expert photographer and has taken several photography workshops. He will certainly help you to kick your photography skills up a notch!
How will we be travelling between the stops?
The mode of travel between locations would depend upon the distance and the quality of roads or trains available. For road transfers, you will be taken around in AC MPVs. For rail transfers, we would prefer berths in 2nd Class (two-tier) AC express trains. Choice of airlines for even further away destinations would depend solely upon your timing and convenience.
What kind of vehicle will be taking us into the park during the safaris, and is it safe?
The safari vehicle is a standard open top 4x4 gypsy modified to suit the different type to terrains of Indian forests. Because of being open from all four sides, the gypsy does give a feeling of being exposed to the wilderness, but it is absolutely safe, and there has been no cases where the animals has tried to attack a vehicle unless it is provoked or harassed.


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