Panna National Park is located in the districts of Panna and Chhatarpur of Madhya Pradesh, at a distance of just 25 km. from the world famous heritage site of Khajuraho. Panna which is the twenty second Tiger Reserve of India and fifth in Madhya Pradesh has the distinction of the being successful in the reintroduction of tigers, which were wiped out completely from Panna a few years back. A Panna jeep safari is a good option to take a ride along the thick jungles of Panna reserve and to spot wildlife. The park has a topography comprising of extensive plateaus and gorges and the Ken river, which is tributary of River Yamuna flowing through the park adds up to its charm.
Evening you will be board for the train from Delhi to Khajuraho. (U P SMPRK KRNTI exp. 12448 / 2010 to 0635 Hrs.)
Upon arrival proceed for check-in at your hotel. After checkin you will be rest and afternoon sight seen western group of temple.
Khajuraho, which has lent its name to a complex of exquisite Hindu and Jain temples, is a small town located amidst the forested plains of Bundelkhand in north-central Madhya Pradesh. The beautiful temples that dot Khajuraho are believed to have been built by the mighty Chandela rulers in the 9th and 10th century AD. The engravings on these temples are highly sensual and erotic that depict in graceful forms intimate scenes of the whole range of human emotions and relationships. These sculptures congeal in stone a lyrical paean to love and passion and reflect the Chandela dynasty's immense appreciation for art. The Western Group of Temples, in the heart of the town, are the most famous temples of Khajuraho, with the mithunas (couples), gandharvas, apsaras, vidyadaras and kinaras. The images of the apsaras are stunning, with their sensuous poses and liquid movements. There are the unforgettable images of a maiden adorning herself before a mirror, applying kohl on her eyes, plaiting her long hair, removing a thorn from her foot. The erotic images, almost acrobatic orgiastic scenes have been associated with Tantric rituals and practices. However, it's not so much the sexual aspect but the grace, energy and feeling that strikes one most about these images. The eyes, the face and the body are poetry of pure emotive movement. Evening time go for the see cultural folk dance show at kandariya shilpgram. Overnight at hotel.
After buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven just outside Khajuraho to the Eastern Group of Temple . The Eastern temples are partly Jain and partly Hindu. The most striking is the Parsvanath Temple, with its exquisite sculptures depicting everyday activity. There is a bull-emblem of the first Tirthankara, Adinath. It is a fine instance of sensitive art without any sexual motifs. In the vicinity of this temple is the temple of Adinath, which has
some fine carvings. The temple is structurally similar to the Hindu temples of Khajuraho. In fact, it is this Jain-Hindu combination that is singularly interesting about the Eastern Group of temples. Only a century old, Shantinath is the most recent of all the temples in Khajuraho. Visited by the Digambar Jains, the temple houses a four and a half metre statue of Adinath. The Ghantai Temple, mostly in ruins now, has fine columns and chains and bells, with a figure of a Jain goddess on a garuda. Mainly built of granite and sandstone, the temple of Brahma and Hanuman is one of the oldest temples in Khajuraho. Strange though it may seem, the temple is actually dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Close by is a Hanuman temple reputed to have the earliest inscription dating back to AD 922 on a 21/2 - metre statue. The Javari and Vamana are two other notable temples of the Eastern Group.
Afternoon visit Raneh waterfall.
The Ken River forms a 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) long, and 30 metres (98 ft) deep canyon made of pure crystalline granite in varying shades of colours ranging from pink and red to grey. There is a series of waterfalls in the canyon. The larger and smaller falls run all through the year. Other seasonal falls appear during monsoons. It is about 20 kilometres (12 mi) away from Khajuraho. The Ken Gharial Sanctuary is located at the confluence of the Ken and Khudar rivers further down from Reneh Falls. The Ken river here runs through a narrow gorge of igneous rocks rich in Granite and Dolomite. overnight stay at KHAJURAHO.
Panna (40 km) is a historical city famous for its temples. It was the erstwhile capital of the Bundela kingdom. However, today it is more renowned for the Panna National Park that is spread over 546 km on the bank of the Ken River. An ideal place for wildlife lovers, the park is visited by thousands of tourists every year. The best time to visit the park is early morning, and drive in an open jeep through the thick, wild vegetation. You can see a variety of birds (blossom-headed parakeet, red-belted cap wing, weaver, tree-pie), antelopes, chinkaras, sambars, and boars. And if you are lucky enough, you can also catch sight of the elusive tiger. Panna also has one of the most famous diamond mines of the world at Majhganwa. The Panna mines are the only working diamond mines in India and the largest in Asia.
Visit PANNA NATIONAL PARK , later back to hotel free for leisure, overnight stay at hotel KHAJURAHO.
After breakfast, you will be driven from KHAJURAHO to JHANSI (180 Kms/04Hours).
Enroute visiting ORCHHA , RAM RAJA TEMPLE ,RAJA MAHAL,JAHANGIR MAHAL, Orchha, now a small hamlet in the state of Madhya Pradesh, was once the capital of the formidable Bundela kings who ruled over a large tract between the Ganga and Narmada in medieval times. According to legends, King Rudra Pratap chose this place situated on the loop of the river Betwa to make his capital in AD 1501. Located at a distance of 16 km from Jhansi, Orchha rises out of the hills and the greens surrounding it. The historical monuments of Orchha still retain their pristine charm and narrate stories of war and peace, of love and destruction. It is also a place famous for Bundela paintings, of which it was once a centre of activity. Nevertheless, Orchha is not all about history and legends; it is also about the natural splendour of a wonderful valley where the crystal-clear waters of the Betwa flow quietly along the banks for which solitude is a way of life. .
After sightseeing ORCHHA, evening transfer you to JHANSI railway station to board your train back home. .( NDLS SATABDI Exp. 1844 to 2300 Hrs.)
- 03 nights 4days accommodation
- Welcome Drink
- Jeep Safaris in Park
- All meals during the Stay(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
- Pick up and drop from Airport/Railway station by AC vehicle
- All current applicable taxes
- Airfare and Rail Tickets.
- Service tax @ 3.09% extra on the above rates.
- Additional sightseeing or extra usage of vehicle, other than mentioned in the itinerary.
- Any kind of personal expenses, extra meals, starters & Drinks (Alcoholic, Mineral, Aerated etc).
- Any kind of optional tours.
- Tips, Insurance, Laundry, Phone Calls, Guide Fee & Camera Fee.
- Medical & Travel insurance.
- Anything not mentioned under the category "PACKAGE INCLUSIONS".
- There are limited safari vehicles allowed to enter in the national parks and are most difficult to book at a short notice. Please book your tour much in advance.
- Hotel confirmations are subject to availability. In case of unavailability, an alternate hotel in similar category will be booked and customer will be notified of the same.
- Check-in and check-out time at all hotels is 12 noon unless otherwise specified.