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Photo: TravelersDay 1: Delhi
India's capital is an exciting, busy, and fascinating city featuring historical sites from different eras, museums, galleries, shops, and endless bazaars.

We'll first visit Old Delhi, the walled city once known as Shahjahanabad, built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Delhi's oldest mosque, the Jama Masjid, is one of the city's most impressive structures. While walking through the crowded bazaars, we'll immerse ourselves the narrow streets and browse the selection of festival decorations, silk, copper, brass, and spices.

Photo: WomanDays 2-3: Orchha
Crossing the rural Indian landscape via the Indian Railways network, we'll travel to Orchha to experience a very different side of India.

Situated on the banks of the Betwa River, one of the cleanest rivers in India, Orchha has changed little over the centuries. We'll spend our time here with a local guide exploring the impressive concentration of palace and temples, walking in rural areas untouched by modern life, and meeting friendly local people.

You will have free time afterwards to stroll the few streets, walk along the river (or take a swim in its chilly waters), or even take part in a puja, or prayer ceremony, at the Ram Raja Temple.

While staying in Orchha, we'll visit one of Intrepid's Responsible Travel projects, Taragram. This unique papermaking plant was set up to give tribal women living in the area a chance to work outside the traditional area. The paper is made from recycled clothing and wood pulp.

Day 4: Khajuraho
Leaving Orchha, we'll head through Madhya Pradesh's rural areas to the remote town of Khajuraho. This town is home to beautifully preserved ancient temples infamous for their explicit carvings depicting the Kama Sutra.

Photo: TigerDay 5: Tiger Safari in Panna National Park
Before we head out to Madhya Pradesh's tiger country, you'll have the option to explore the surrounding countryside by foot or bicycle. Once inside Panna National Park, we'll attempt to catch our first glimpse of the majestic, elusive Bengal tiger. We'll spend the night in an ecolodge near the banks of the beautiful, fast-flowing Ken River.

Days 6-7: Tiger Safari in Bandhavgarh National Park
As we continue on the trail of the tiger, we'll get deeper into Madhya Pradesh's jungle, passing through the countryside to Bandhavgarh National Park. Bandhavgarh is one of India's magnificent wildernesses that also has an abundance of tigers. Even if we don't spot the cagey cat, there are many exotic animals and birds to see here—you will not be disappointed.

Days 8-10: Tiger Safari in Kanha National Park
Before departing Bandhavgarh, we'll have our last opportunity to partake in an early morning safari. We'll then continue on through spectacular countryside to Kanha National Park. Romanticized in the English classic, The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling based his tale on the wildlife of Kanha. Kanha inspired all those famous characters— Shere Khan the Tiger, Baloo the Bear, Bagheera the Panther, and the formidable Rock Python Kaa.

Kanha National Park is among the most incredible wildlife reserves in the world. It's one of the best places in the world to spot tigers in the wild. You will also find several other mammals, reptiles, and birds. Of special interest is the largest ox in the world, the gaur, and the central India species swamp deer.

On Day 10, after a leisurely breakfast, we'll depart for Jabalpur, where we will meet our overnight train to Agra.

Photo: Taj MahalDay 11: Agra and Bharatpur 
The early arrival off our overnight train brings us into the Muslim city of Agra. The majestic Taj Mahal will surpass all expectations. We'll also take cycle-rickshaws to visit the Red Fort of Agra, built by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century.

In the late afternoon, we'll travel to Rajasthan's Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, where we will spend the night. Early morning is the best time of day to spot birds, so we'll save our visit to the park until early the following morning.

Once the hunting grounds for royal duck shooters and now a World Heritage site, Keoladeo Ghana National Park is regarded as one of the world's most important bird sanctuaries, with over 400 different species identified.

Days 12-13: Jaipur
Traveling deeper into Rajasthan, we continue on to the capital known as the "Pink City" of Jaipur. Jaipur is a favorite among travelers. The bazaars are famous for jewelry, semi-precious stones, blue-glazed pottery, and block-printed cloth. We'll also visit the Amber Fort and see the famous Hawa Mahal, or "Palace of the Winds."

Days 14-15: Delhi
Leaving Jaipur we make our way back to the bustling capital city.

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