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Bird Paradise with Taj

Duration : 04 Nights / 05 Days

Itinerary at a Glance : Delhi – Agra – Bharatpur - Delhi

Introduction - Bird Paradise with Taj

India is a paradise home for the bird and one can easily find some birds which are of unique species. This is really incredible and astonishing that out of the 27 Orders and 155 Families that bird life has been classified into, India has 20 Orders and 77 families. The reason for this richness of species is the climate, the diversity of vegetation as well as its wide altitudinal range, which extends from sea level to the Himalayas. Chirping noises are the noises that we love to hear because of its sweetness and the shrill sound make our heart sing with happiness.

Day 01: DELHI
On arrival at Indira Gandhi International airport, meet & greet by our representative & transfer to Hotel.  Overnight at Delhi.
New Delhi:  The capital and the third largest city of India is a fusion of the ancient and the modern. Standing along the West End of Gangetic Plain, the capital city, Delhi, unwinds a picture rich with cultural and architectural diversity, deep in history, monuments, museums, galleries, gardens and exotic shows. Comprising of two contrasting yet harmonious parts, the Old Delhi and New Delhi, this city is a travel hub of Northern India.
Delhi is a palimpsest, bearing the complexities, the contradictions, the beauty and the dynamism of a city where the past coexists with the present. Many dynasties ruled from here and the city is rich in the architecture of its monuments. Diverse cultural elements absorbed into the daily life of the city have enriched its character.

Day 02: DELHI – AGRA – BHARATPUR
In the morning leave (04 hrs) for Agra, visit the magnificent Taj Mahal and Agra Fort upon arrival.
Taj Mahal of India - "the epitome of love", "a monument of immeasurable beauty". The beauty of this magnificent monument is such that it is beyond the scope of words. The thoughts that come into the mind while watching the Taj Mahal of Agra is not just its phenomenal beauty, but the immense love which was the reason behind its construction. Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan got this monument constructed in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, with whom he fell in love at the first sight. The very first sight of the Taj Mahal, the epitome of love and romance leaves one mesmerized.
Agra Fort - Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone.  Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction. It lies on the bend of the river Yamuna, almost in the heart of the town. Akbar built it as his citadel over the years 1563-73 in the finest architectural style. It has imposing gates and walls of red sandstone and a moat.
Later drive to Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary at Bharatpur enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri, 37 km west of Agra. Jalal-ud-din-Muhammad Akbar, Humanyun's son, accessed the throne at the tender age of 14. While hunting around Sikri his curiosity was aroused by the songs of some minstrels about the celebrated Khwaja -Mu'inu'd-din Chisti, the founder of the Chisti order of SUFIS. Akbar, who was without child heard about Saint Salim Chisti and visited him in the year 1568. The saint blessed him with 3 sons and in gratitude Akbar ordered the great mosque of Fatehpur Sikri built under his supervision. As a mark of respect to the saint, Akbar shifted his capital to Fatehpur Sikri and built various secular buildings like the Diwan-E-Aam, Diwan-E-Khas, Jodhabai palace, Birbal's house, Marian's house and the Panchmahal.
On arrival at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, check into Resort / lodge.  Overnight at Bharatpur.
Bharatpur: The history of Bharatpur dates back to the epic age, when the Matsya Kingdom flourished here in the 5th century BC The matsya were allies of the Pandavas in the Mahabharata war. According to tradition the name of Bharatpur is traced to Bharat, the brother of lord Rama of Ayodhya whose other brother Laxman was given the high place of family deity of the ruling family of Bharatpur. His name also appears in the state seals and coat-of-arms. 
Bharatpur is also called the Eastern gateway of Rajasthan. Maharaja Suraj Mal. Apart from being a brave General was also a great builder. He built numerous forts and palaces across the kingdom including the Pleasure Palace complex at Deeg. Bharatpur is today known the world over for its Keoladeo Ghana National Park.

Day 03: BHARATPUR
Enjoy the exciting early morning bird watching walks. The expert opinion of the accompanying naturalist will give you a better insight into the dwelling habits of the various species of birds documented in the Park. Make your bird watching experience even more enjoyable with a rickshaw or a bicycle ride to explore the rich and diverse avifauna of the park.
The Bharatpur habitat supports an amazing range of birds. For most visitors, however, the Park is evocative of the Siberian Crane (a winter migrant) and their journey to this wetland is well documented.
During the monsoons (July to September), the wetlands are home to huge colonies of birds that breed and feed here. Some of the species that can be seen at the wetlands are Storks, Moorhens, Herons, Flamingos and Pelicans, Geese and Ducks, Egrets and Cormorants.
Other wildlife includes Sambhar, Nilgai, Cheetal and Black Buck. The habitat also includes nocturnal Leopard, Jungle Cat, Hyena and Fox. Amongst the rarity one can even sight a python in the Park.

Day 04: BHARATPUR
Continue your exploratory sojourn with another full day of bird watching in the sanctuary, as a single day of bird watching can hardly do justice to the significant bird population inhabiting the park. The multifarious flora and fauna exhibited by the sanctuary never fail to impress its visitors.
Overnight at Bharatpur.

Day 05: BHARATPUR - DELHI
When at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, you can never have enough of bird watching, so enjoy a morning visit to the park.  Later drive (06 hrs) to Delhi & transfer to International Airport to board on flight for onward journey.