Taj, Temples and Tigers

Escorted Small Group Safari

Departing 05 February 2019

Go in search of the magnificent Bengal tiger. Contemplate the mystery of ancient temples, grand palaces and the beauty of the Taj Mahal. We invite you to join us on this escorted tour, the main focus of which is to view the endangered tiger. Nothing can prepare you for the excitement of seeing this magnificent creature in its natural habitat, a privilege that few people will ever experience. Whilst this tour visits 3 of India’s national parks there is also plenty of time for cultural experiences and historical sites.

For full details, please click here to download a flyeror contact Australian Tour Escort Anne-Marie Zambelli on 1300 363 302 or (03) 9249 3705.


Day 1: 05 Feb

Depart Australia on Singapore Airlines to Delhi. Overnight at Le Meridien.

Days 2/3: 06/07 Feb

Morning at leisure before embarking on a comfortable journey by air-conditioned train to Swai Madhopur and Ranthambore National Park, a former private hunting ground of the great rulers of Jaipur and one of the most renowned national parks in India for viewing tiger. Morning and afternoon jungle excursions by jeep or cantor. Accommodation Dev Vilas. BLD

Days 4/5: 08/09 Feb

Time for one last jungle excursion before departing by road to India’s “Pink City” – Jaipur. (4 hrs) On Day 5 enjoy a full day sightseeing tour including the Amber Fort, City Palace and Jantar Mantar observatory. Overnight at Trident Jaipur. BLD

Day 6/7: 10/11 Feb

Transfer by road to Bharatpur and The Birder’s Inn. Afternoon visit to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary Park, an avian paradise with over 375 species of bird. On Day 7 enjoy a second morning excursion to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary Park before visiting the 16th century Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri in the afternoon at sunset. BLD

Day 8: 12 Feb

Drive to Agra (3 hrs). Tour of Agra Fort followed by a sunset visit to the Taj Mahal. Overnight at Trident Agra. BLD

Day 9: 13 Feb

Sunrise visit to the Taj followed by an afternoon flight to Khajuraho and its temple complex dating from 930AD, famous for its beautiful and erotic sculptures. Overnight at Radisson Jass Hotel. BLD

Days 10/11: 14/15 Feb

Early departure by road for Bandhavgarh National Park (5 hrs). Enjoy morning and afternoon jungle excursions. Accommodation at Bandhav Vilas. BLD

Days 12-14: 16-18 Feb

Morning jungle drive and then road transfer to Kanha National Park. The park is home to a variety of animals including deer, gaur (bison), wild dog and jackal. Accommodation at The Baagh Resort. BLD

Day 15: 19 Feb
Morning jungle drive before departing for Raipur for evening flight to Delhi. Overnight at Le Meridien. BLD

Day 16: 20 Feb
Delhi/Inflight to Australia
Enjoy a morning tour of New Delhi including Qutab Minar and Humayun’s Tomb before lunch at a local restaurant. Early evening transfer to the airport for the return flight to Australia with Singapore Airlines. BL

Day 17: 21 Feb
Tour ends Australia
Arrive Australia where the tour ends.

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Tour Highlights

  • Total of 12 guided tiger safaris in Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Ranthambore
  • The avian paradise at Bharatpur – Keoladeo National Park
  • Sunrise and sunset visit to the breathtakingly beautiful Taj Mahal
  • The historic treasures of Delhi, Khajuraho and Jaipur
  • Accompanying Naturalist and Australian escort

Your Escort

Anne-Marie (Annie) Zambelli
A passionate traveller with over 30 years’ experience in the travel industry, Anne-Marie Zambelli’s knowledge is unrivalled. As our General Manager she is an expert on all our destinations. As a tour leader she is a knowledgeable, enthusiastic and entertaining travelling companion. Captivated by India on her first trip in 2002, Annie has returned many times and this will be her 10th Taj, Temples & Tigers tour.


“I have been fortunate to travel on all 7 continents by way of plane, train, car coach and canal under the auspices of a number of travel companies; however my recent Taj, Temples & Tigers tour with Annie and her team was just the best for variety, pace and attention to detail. The colour, contrast and chaos of both urban and rural India were presented in comfort and congeniality with no question or request overlooked by our guides. Thank you for the wonderful experience – we were so fortunate to view so many of the magnificent and elusive Bengal tigers.”
Diana Hacker

“Loving nature and animals, we have been to Africa on several occasions and thought it’s time to visit India – especially as the tiger is an endangered animal. It was a stroke of good fortune when Natural Focus sent us a brochure of Taj, Temples and Tigers small group tour led by an experienced tour escort Anne- Marie. Not being familiar in the ways of India we thought that this would be the ideal introduction to India.

The programme was exactly what we wanted, slanted to game drive safaris (14) which gave us the best opportunity to see the great Bengal tiger in its natural habitat and other Indian animals and birds.

The game drives were well conducted with knowledgeable naturalists who were willing to impart information and answer questions. We were fortunate in that we saw Tigers in all three reserves – Ranthambore, Bandhavgarh and Kanha. We also saw the rare sloth bear, gaur, nilgai and a host of other animals and birds.

Anne- Marie ran a very efficient programme and ensured we wanted for nothing. Great job. Excellent tour, highly recommended if you are into nature with a sprinkling of historic treasures ( Taj Mahal, etc.)”
Cyril Kerr

“This particular trip was as smooth as silk, thanks to the efforts put in by Annie, AKA Anne-Marie Zambelli, our larger than life Tour Escort. I was goggle eyed at the level of care she provided, not to mention her first aid kit! It was an absolute joy to be able to sit back and just enjoy the trip without having to worry about any of the details in what is a fairly chaotic country… suffice to say, thank you Natural Focus for a wonderful experience.”
Linda Wilkins

“As a traveller who enjoys both culture and adventure, Taj Temples & Tigers not only met but exceeded my expectations. I found India to be a fascinating country, a country of many contrasts. The balance of this tour was just right, and the planning by Natural Focus Tours absolutely impeccable. Personally, as an avid wildlife photographer I was in my element, especially with the sighting of no less than 5 tigers. I must pay a special mention to Anne–Marie (Annie) from Natural Focus & Tirath Singh our outstanding Naturalist Guide for making this trip so very special. Having previously travelled throughout South America with Natural Focus I am now waiting anxiously to hear what they can come up with next.”
Ian J Llewellyn

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