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Wildlife & Solitude by the Chambal River

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Kota

Sukhdham Kothi

Kota, RJ

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Trip Highlights
• All inclusive 3 night stay in a British era bungalow boutique property in Kota
• Chambal River Safaris with expert naturalists
• Birdwatching, otters, crocodiles, sloth bear and other wildlife spotting
• 4x4 vehicle
• Sorsan Bird Sanctuary with expert naturalists
• Garadia Mahavdev (panoramic view of Chambal river and gorges, made popular by the Rajasthan Tourism commercial)
• Day visit to historic Bundi

Looking to get away from the smoke clogged and stressful city life? Then join us for a 3 night stay at the historic Sukhdham Kothi in Kota (Rajasthan). Sukhdham Kothi is a 150 year old British mansion set in a 5 acre green compound with mature trees and open gardens. It is a haven for birds and people who appreciate nature. The property is managed by Lt. Col. Keshvendra Singh, a young cavalry officer who served with the Indian special forces (National Security Guard). The officer is a passionate wildlife enthusiast and an active promoter of wildlife tourism in the region.

'To Travel With’ along with Keshvender and his team will show you wildlife and solitude in a part of India that is mostly known for its saris and educational coaching classes and less for the Chambal River that flows along it and the rich yet fragile eco-system it supports. Your experience in Kota will be as off-the-beaten-path as it gets and we are sure you will go back home with excellent memories and photographs that are going to make your friends and family extremely jealous!

This experience has been curated keeping in mind the requirements of a family that loves nature and history, gets excited seeing wildlife, one that has a penchant for the outdoors and a desire for unique experiences!

For any questions and interests, please contact Kunal Jain (founder of To Travel With) on kunaljain7@gmail.com or +919717148483. To check availability, please fill out the Google form here: http://bit.ly/wildlife_kota_tour

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1:
• Depart from New Delhi Railway Station for Kota at 16:25 hours.
• Arrive at Kota at 9:00PM and get transported to Sukhdham Kothi.
• Freshen up and join the owner – Lt. Col. Keshwender Singh and his family over a bonfire for a night full of entertaining stories and great food.

Day 2:
• 6:30AM to 9:30AM: Camera check! Binoculars check! Join us as we take you on an adventurous trip on one of India’s cleanest river eco-systems – the Chambal River (downstream). You will be accompanied by Mr. Ravindra Singh Tomar, an expert naturalist and a former Honorary Wildlife Warden with the Rajasthan Government or someone equally qualified from his team. Mr. Tomar and his team know every living being and where it resides in this part of the river. Expect to see crocodiles sun-bathing on the banks, several bird species such as vulture nesting on cliffs, other raptors, owls, migratory birds, etc.
• Head back to the Hotel for some breakfast. Catch up on some sleep or boast about your photos from the morning on social media.
• OPTION A (for nature lovers):
o After lunch (2:00PM onwards), we will take you in a 4x4 vehicle to Sorsan Bird Sanctuary. Sorsan’s grassland and scrubby terrain is home to scores of Blackbucks, Chinkaras, raptors (you can see them hunting too) and other bird species. If you’re lucky you may spot the rare ones such as the short eared owl (rarely seen and photographed in this region)
• OPTION B (for shoppers / foodies):
o Shopping for Kota saris, explore Kota palace or eat the famous Kota kachoris (disc shaped flour batter stuffed with potatoes and lentils) in the local market.
• Back to the hotel. Rest and relax and get ready for dinner.
• Gala dinner, with barbeque, bon-fire in the amazing company of the Sukhdam Kothi owners and staff.

Day 3 (pick from one of two options below):
• OPTION A (for the nature lovers):
o 5:30AM departure from hotel with a naturalist. This time you will go up-stream near Jawahar Sagar dam for 3 hours. Experience a completely different part of the Chambal River as we go along Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve. If you have been yearning for solitude, you have come to the right place! In this part of the river you may spot otters, several bird species such as the changeable hawk eagle, 4 different kinds of Kingfishers, 4 different owl species, sloth bear, leopard, tiger and reptiles.
o During the river safari we will provide you breakfast, which will include sandwiches, biscuits, coffee, tea and juice.
o After the river safari and based on the fitness level of our guests we can either go on an easy nature walk or drive alongside the fire line in the forests near the dam for some more bird-watching.
o Lunch break, we will provide you a meal in the Jawahar Sagar dam area.
o Post lunch, drive to Garadia Mahadev (this location was featured in the Rajasthan Tourism commercial) for spectacular views of the Chambal River and gorges and watch the sun set.
o Back to the hotel, rest and relax and get ready for gala dinner.
o Gala dinner, with barbeque, bon-fire in the amazing company of the Sukhdam Kothi owners and staff.
• OPTION B (for the history lovers):
o Post breakfast at 8:30 AM you will depart for the historic and quaint town of Bundi.
o Spend a few hours with a licensed guide who will guide you through Bundi’s key attractions, namely - Bundi Palace, Raniji ki Baori, Chaurasi khambo ki Chatri and a walk through the narrow old streets of Bundi.
o Lunch at your own expense and at one of our personally tried and tested restaurants in Bundi.
o Post lunch, drive back to the hotel
o Rest and relax
o Gala dinner, with barbeque, bon-fire in the amazing company of the Sukhdam Kothi owners and staff.

Day 4:
• Depart from hotel at either 02:30AM to catch the 03:25AM train to New Delhi Railway Station - Delhi (arrival at 08:35AM) or depart at 05:45AM to catch the 06:55AM train to Nizamuddin Station – Delhi (arrival at 12:40PM)

Dates
• We have flexible departures depending on train seat and hotel room availability. Currently the following dates are not available for this trip:
- December 8 & 9, 2017
- February 3, 2018
- February 15 to 17, 2018
- February 25 & 26, 2018
• If you prefer not to take the train and instead self-drive to Kota, please let us know. We will deduct the train fare from the cost.


Cost
• Indian Citizen (per person) on twin sharing basis: INR 27,000
• Foreigner (per person) on twin sharing basis: INR 38,000
Note: Minimum number of people: 4

Inclusions
• Train fare from Delhi to Kota and back in 1AC, 2AC or 3AC (depending on availability of tickets in each class)
• 3 nights stay (including taxes) at Sukhdham Kothi
• All meals including the gala dinners and experience (excluding the lunch in Bundi)
• Transportation: Pick up and drop off to Kota train station, Sorsan Bird Sanctuary, Jawahar Sagar Dam (Innova or similar) and (Gypsy or similar)
• Transportation to Bundi
• Two river safaris (total 5-6 hours)
• Expert naturalists’ fees
• Entrance fees for Garadia Mahadev and Sorsan Bird Sanctuary
• Entrance fees for Bundi attractions mentioned above

Exclusions
• Alcoholic beverages
• Lunch in Bundi
• Local transportation in Kota (we recommend you take Ola if you want to shopping or sightseeing in Kota and we will reimburse you that amount)
• Transportation from your home to train station in Delhi
• Expenses of a personal nature
• Tips and gratuities
• Any cancellation or date change charges due to the guest.
• Note: We are not responsible for any cancellation or delays in scheduled train departures announced by the Indian Railways.

Payment Terms
• 100% payment in order to confirm booking
• Cancellation charges:
o If cancelled 7 days before check in date (2:00PM) then 50% will be refunded.
o If cancelled less than 7 days before check in date (2:00PM) then 0% will be refunded.

What to bring
• Warm clothing as it will be cold early morning on the boat
• Caps, hats or vizors
• Sun block
• When on the Chambal or in Sorsan Bird Sanctuary please avoid wearing bright color clothing
• Camera, extra battery and memory card
• Binocular (our naturalist will have one too)
• Please let us know if you have any medical condition or dietary restrictions before hand
• Note: Smoking and consuming alcohol is strictly prohibited when boating on the Chambal River and in forests / sanctuaries.

For any questions and interests, please contact Kunal Jain (founder of To Travel With) on kunaljain7@gmail.com or +919717148483. To check availability, please fill out the Google form here: http://bit.ly/wildlife_kota_tour

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Sukhdham Kothi

Kota, RJ

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