Wildside India and Heritage of Lucknow
A small group tour led by Professor Claudio Sillero
Sunday18 November to Sunday 02 December, 2018
Trip scholar Professor Claudio Sillero an Associate Professor of Conservation Biology at the University of Oxford, where he is the Deputy Director of its renowned Wildlife Conservation Research Unit.
Claudio is a conservation biologist dedicated to the protection of threatened species, mitigation of people-wildlife conflict, and the impacts of disease on wildlife. Claudio's key interest is the ecology of large carnivores, focus of his research and conservation work. Working across four continents for many years he has run a tiger conservation programme in Central India with the Born Free Foundation (for which he is Head of Conservation) and several Indian partner organisations, the largest NGO partnership protecting tigers in India.
London • Delhi • Agra • Chambal • Lucknow • Kanpur • Dudwa National Park • Delhi • London
(Meals: B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
You will depart from London Heathrow onboard British Airways or Jet Airways flight for Delhi.*
*Departures on your preferred airlines and regional UK airports are available on request.
Arriving in Delhi in the morning. You will be met at the airport by our representative and transferred by air conditioned vehicle to Shangri La’s Eros Hotel to check in, and then in the afternoon enjoy a heritage walk of the Chandni Chowk area of the Old City, followed by a visit to the historic Jama Masjid. Writer and historian Swapna Liddle will deliver an informative, engaging lecture on the history of Delhi in the evening. (B,D)
Swapna Liddle will meet you at the Shangri La after breakfast, and will escort you on a second heritage walk, exploring different areas of the city. You will have time to visit a number of Delhi’s important historical monuments, and to learn about the city’s fascinating past. (B,D)
Leaving Delhi this morning, you will drive south to the city of Agra on the banks of the Jamuna River. Your afternoon cultural tour will include the Agra Fort (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and also the sublime white marble Tomb of Itimād-ud-Daulah, often referred to as the Baby Taj.
Your hotel this evening is the ITC Mughal, a luxury 5* hotel. ((B,D)
Rising early today, you will visit the magnificent Taj Mahal, watching its marble facade turn from grey to dusky pink to gleaming white. There will be time to examine the Taj up close, and to walk in its landscaped gardens.
Return to hotel for breakfast and after breakfast leave Agra behind and drive to the Chambal Valley. Mela Kothi Chambal Safari Lodge will be your home for the next two nights. Cottages of Mela Kothi are scattered in 35 acres of grounds teaming with birds and wildlife.
Enjoy an Al-fresco buffet lunch with organic ingredients and local specialities. Chambal is known for its gharial and marsh crocodiles which you will see in the afternoon River Safari also enjoy a magical sunset on the river Evening at leisure. (B,L,D)
After and early breakfast (or packed breakfast) leave for the morning river safari with a walk through the Chambal Ravines . Afternoon visit to Holipura Heritage Village followed by tour of Bateshwar temples and evening aarti Bonfire & drinks Dinner . Post dinner nature walk for civet cats, golden jackals, and possibly a glimpse of a striped hyena. (B,L,D)
Leave for an early morning nature-walk in and around the Lodge grounds - with 35 acres running wild, the Lodge has a checklist of over 198 species of birds and many small mammals and reptiles. A chance to see the resident flying foxes, jungle cats, roosting brown hawk-owl and collared scops owl.
Leave for Lucknow. It’s a reasonably long but not uncomfortable drive from Chambal to your next stop, Lucknow. During the air conditioned journey you can expect to see numerous scenes of rural Indian life, from bullock carts and elephant, to sari-clad ladies carrying pots of water upon their heads. On arrival in Lucknow you will check in to Lebua Lucknow, a fabulous Art Deco bungalow on the Saraca Estate. (B,D)
Today you will have a full day of sightseeing in Lucknow, taking in a number of its extraordinary heritage sites. Highlights include the grandiose Bara Imambara as well as the Ghanta Ghar, the tallest clock tower in India. High tea will be served at The Le Martiniere College, one of the most impressive and well preserved colonial buildings. (B,D)
Today you will travel outside Lucknow on a day trip to Kanpur. There has been a settlement here since the 13th century, but it grew to prominence 600 years later as a British garrison town and a key site in the 1857 Indian Rebellion. You’ll visit the photogenic Kanpur Sangrahalaya (formerly the King Edward Memorial Hall), the Kanpur Memorial Church, and the more modern JK Temple. (B,D)
The cultural component of your tour has now come to an end, and you will continue into the wilderness which is the Dudwa National Park. You will stay for four nights at the Tree of Life Jaagir Lodge, a former hunting lodge surrounded by sugar cane plantations. (B,L,D)
On your first full day in the Dudwa National Park your trip scholar will help you get your bearings and introduce you to some of the fascinating species which call the park their home. These include the world's largest heard barasingha or swamp deer, sambar and spotted deer, Indian rhinoceros, hispid hare ( Assam rabbits), bears, several small cats, and many bird. (B,L,D)
The national park is part of the Dudwa Tiger Reserve, and so today you will have the chance to track tigers through the forest in Dudwa Tiger Reserve with your trip scholars and guide. Tiger were reintroduced here in the 1970s, and there are now thought to be over 100 living in the reserve. (B,L,D)
You will have one more day to explore Dudwa, focusing on whatever interests you most. Of course, it is another opportunity to spot a tiger or a sloth bear, but we also highly recommend the bird watching. More than 350 species have been recorded here, Many migratory birds flock to Dudwa in the winter, including painted storks and sarus crane, and the most sought after resident species are Bengal florican, swamp francolin and great slaty woodpecker. (B,L,D)
On your penultimate day in India, you will drive back to Lucknow. Have lunch in Lucknow and the fly to Delhi, checking in at the Radisson Blu for the night. The rest of the day will be at leisure to rest or otherwise do as you please. (B,L,D)
You will depart from Delhi for London on British Airways or Jet airways flight form same day arrival in London.
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*The US Dollar price is based on the exchange rate in April 2017. Contact us for the most up-to-date price for this tour.
International air fare in economy class on scheduled British airways or Jet airways flights inclusive all taxes.
Internal flights between Lucknow and Delhi in economy class inclusive all taxes.
- Accommodation with private facilities as mentioned in the itinerary.
- Meal Plan: All meals at Mela Kothi Chambal Safari Lodge and Jagir Lodge Dudwa National Park
Breakfast and dinner in Delhi and Lucknow. High Tea at La Martiniere College Lucknow and lunch in Lucknow on the way back from Dudwa.
All transfers and sightseeing by an airconditioned private chauffeur driven coach.
Lecture on the History of Delhi and Heritage walk of Delhi by Dr Swapna Liddle.
Services of trip scholar Prof. Claudio Sillero
Complimentary mineral water while driving and on sightseeing.
Full ATOL & ABTA bonding.
Cost does not include:
- Visa fee for India. We will send relevant information how to obtain an electronic E-Toursit visa.
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Any expense of a personal nature
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