Day 1: Arrive Lucknow
Arrive Lucknow by morning flight (0930 hrs) and transfer to your hotel.
Afternoon, take a city tour of Lucknow, which was known as the ‘City of Nawabs’ – a city which is famous for its old history, a city where Mughal architecture and lifestyle are still alive.
Located at the bank of Gomati River & surrounded by lush gardens, built by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula in 1784, the Bara Imambara is one of the most visited and famous historical places of Lucknow. A unique structure of Mughals engineering which offers a spectacular view of Lucknow city from the terrace of the historical monument, it also has the world’s largest hall without any physical support (beams or pillar),
Located near the Bara Imambara, and also known as the ‘palace of lights’ is the Chota Imambara. It is one of the highlights of culture and heritage. Built by Muhammad Ali Shah in 1838, the handmade beauty of marble and stone, superb gold-plated striking interiors with gold edge mirrors and the silver throne are strikingly beautiful.
Located adjacent to the Bara Imambara is the Rumi Darwaza which was built by Nawab Asaf-Ud-dowlah in 1784. It reveals the Awadh style architecture and is now the logo of the Lucknow city.
A place which reflect the memories of wars and history, the Lucknow Residency was built between 1700 to 1800 AD for the residence of the British Resident General, as Lucknow was the hub of the ‘days of the Raj’. This heritage site has a Museum which offers glimpses of art (painting on the wall), engineering and lifestyle of the Nawabs and British period, with the photographs of the past era.
Your tour ends with a visit to The Constantia, which was built towards the end of the 18th century and also houses the La Martiniere College, a famous educational institution.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Lucknow / Dudhwa
After breakfast, leave for Dudhwa National Park (3.30 hrs), reaching Camp/Lodge by Noon.
Leave the Lodge for the Dudhwa National Park. Drive around to catch a glimpse of the animals in their natural habitat. Towards sunset, spend time at the ‘jheel’ (water body) which has an absolutely amazing variety of bird and other mammal life.
Return to the Lodge in time for Evening Tea.
Dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Dudhwa
After your tea, you leave the Lodge at 0600 hrs for the Dudhwa National Park, which is a convenient 40 minutes drive. After entry formalities, drive for around 10 km into the jungle to the Elephant Camp. Sitting atop an elephant, you go deeper into the forest in search of the one-horned rhino. This ‘search’ could take anything from 30 to 90 minutes! Later, drive around the forest to catch a glimpse of the other wildlife. We leave the Park area by 1015 hrs and breakfast is then served before you drive back to the Lodge.
Afternoon, leave for the Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary. The drive will be for approximately one hour. Visit the Sanctuary which has the elusive tiger, an amazing variety of deer, birds and sloth bear.
Day 4: Dudhwa / Dhangadi / Bardia National Park (Nepal)
After breakfast, you drive for an hour to reach the Nepal border. After Immigration formalities, drive further to the Bardia National Park (150 km / 4 hours)
Bardia National Park is the largest national park and wilderness area in the Terai and has excellent wildlife-watching opportunities. The park protects 968 sq km of sal forest and grassland, and together with the 550 sq km Banke National Park, it protects one of Asia’s largest stretches of tiger habitat. The tiger numbers are increasing after their demise during the Maoist insurgency.
As well as tigers, there are also healthy populations of wild elephants and rhinos. Bardia also has more than 250 species of birds, including the endangered Bengal florican and sarus crane. Gharial and marsh mugger crocodiles and Gangetic dolphins are occasionally spotted on rafting and canoe trips along the Geruwa River, the eastern channel of the Karnali River.
Day 5 Bardia
Full day visit to the National Park.
Day 6 Bardia / Nepal Ganj / Kathmandu
Early morning, visit to the National Park.
After lunch, drive to Nepal Ganj Airport (90 km / 2 hrs) reaching in time for your flight to Kathmandu.
Depart Nepal Ganj 1705 hrs Yeti Air 424
Arrive Kathmandu 1800 hrs
On arrival, transfer to your hotel.
Day 7 Kathmandu / Delhi
Morning city sightseeing tour.
Afternoon, transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
(ONE MORE NIGHT CAN BE ADDED IN KATHMANDU FOR SIGHTSEEING)
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