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 the Camp / Lodge by Noon.
Leave the Lodge at 1345 hrs 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
This morning, we leave for Katarniaghat Wild Life Sanctuary by 0600 hrs after tea. It will take around two hours to reach. You then take a boat to view an amazing variety of birds, ‘gharials’ (crocodiles) and there is also the possibility of seeing freshwater Gangetic dolphins. After a ‘forest breakfast’, take a jeep into the jungle for wildlife viewing. Return to the Lodge is by 1400 hrs, in time for lunch.
(NOTE: This is recommended only from 15 November to 31 March.)
The afternoon is free to relax and unwind.
Dinner and overnight
Day 5: Dudhwa / Dhangadi (Nepal) / Kathmandu
After a leisurely breakfast, you drive for an hour to reach the Nepal border. Immigration formalities, you drive further to the airport for your flight to Kathmandu
Depart Dhangadi 1430 hrs Yeti Air 232
Arrive Kathmandu 1530 hrs
(Timings subject to change. Packed lunch will be provided)
On arrival, transfer to your hotel.
Day 6: Kathmandu
Morning, city sightseeing tour.
Afternoon, visit Boudhanath.
Day 7: Kathmandu/Delhi
Morning, sightseeing of Bhaktapur.
Afternoon, transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
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