This compact itinerary is an ideal add-on for travellers who have chosen to undertake a broader adventure in the
northern or southern reaches of the country. Departing from — and ending in — Delhi, it ensures you won’t miss out
on visiting two of the nation’s most iconic destinations – the city of Jaipur and the wondrous Taj Mahal. Additionally
it includes several tours through Keoladeo Ghana National Park – one of the world’s most significant breeding and
feeding grounds for aquatic migratory birds.
Arrive Delhi explore Old Delhi visit the Raj Ghat the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi , Jama Masjid and drive past RedFort and Chandni Chowk. In New Delhi visit the Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate and Lakshminarayan Temple.Drive past President’s House, Parliament House and Government Secretariat Buildings.
This morning we drive by car to Agra. Of all the incredible monuments in India, the Taj Mahal reigns supreme.
Many pundits would argue that it is, indeed, the most famous building in the world. It is certainly the most
extravagant monument ever built for love – utilizing the skills of 20,000 artisans; taking 22 years to complete. The
Taj Mahal really is as spectacular as you may have imagined it would be – exquisite from every conceivable
vantage. The attention to detail up close – the filigree, the calligraphy and the inlay – is simply mind-blowing. So
too, the symmetry of the building when viewed from afar. And Agra Fort – a remarkable city-within-a-city on the
bank of the Yamuna River – provides us with arguably the best view of all from the top of its octagonal tower.
40km from Agra, we stop to explore the fortified city of Fatehpur Sikri. Built during the second half of the 16th
Century by Emperor Akbar, this so-called City of Victory was only the capital of the Mughal Empire for ten years,
but it bears exceptional testimony to the great vision of Akbar, and the architects of his day. From Fatehpur Sikri we
drive a short distance to Bharatpur and on arrival, check-in to our accommodation. Later in the afternoon, we take
our first “safari” through Keoladeo Ghana National Park – one of the most important bird breeding and feeding
grounds in the world. Marshlands provide a seasonal habitat for many aquatic migratory birds from as far afield as
Afghanistan and Siberia. Depending on the timing of your visit there could be as many as 360 different avian
species to see here, including cranes, pelicans, ducks, eagles, hawks, shanks, larks, and pipits. You should also
keep a lookout for terrestrial animals as well – notably sambar, chital, nilgai and boar.
We have another tour through the national park planned for this morning, then make our way to Jaipur – the
chaotic capital of Rajasthan. The drive will take several hours and after checking-in to our hotel for the next two
nights, you are free to spend the rest of the day at your leisure. This may be a good opportunity to visit the Old City
bazaars, but be prepared to haggle if you’d like to purchase jewellery and gems or artefacts and handicrafts at a
We have the whole day to explore Jaipur today, taking in several of the city’s medieval palaces and monumental
forts. But be warned — travelling between each iconic building will be an adventure in itself! Expect to see camel
carts and elephants, scooters, trucks and bikes all jostling for space on the roads. We’ll visit the landmark, honeycombed pink facade of Hawa Mahal (The Palace of the Winds), the City Palace and Amber Fort plus the World
Heritage listed Jantar Mantar Observatory. Here you’ll find a curious collection of huge stone “instruments” that
were designed to observe and measure all manner of astronomical activity – from calculating eclipses to plotting
the azimuth of various stars.
With a 230km drive back to Delhi. Transfer to the airport and fly home. You can extend and explore more.
Holiday Price Includes
- Accommodation in the hotels listed or similar hotels.
- Transportation – Entire round trip Ex- Delhi by an air-conditioned vehicles for all categories as per the itinerary. Vehicle is as per the itinerary and not on disposal basis.
- Breakfast included in all packages and Dinner is included in all non-Economy Package.
- Travel insurance.
- All currently applicable taxes i.e. Hotel tax and Transportation tax.
- Wifi Internet provided in vehicles during transportation in all non-Economy packages.
Holiday Price Excludes
- Air, Train or Bus fare from / to your originating city of stay, unless specified.
- Any meals / en route meals unless specified.
- Any rides, safaris, boating charges, other than the mentioned in the inclusions.
- Entrance fees and guide charges, unless specified in the inclusions.