From the Mughul highlights of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, discover India’s premier national park, Ranthambore. Join us
as we journey into the very heart of a land of staggering colour and culture. Explore the imperial capital of Delhi
where labyrinthine streets of the old city give way to the imperial grandeur of New Delhi and its wide, leafy
avenues. Discover the Mughal splendours of Agra, Akbar’s impressive Red Fort and the white marble masterpiece
of the Taj Mahal with its shimmering marble domes and towers reflecting in landscaped pools. Venture to the pink
city of Jaipur, one of the country’s most atmospheric and spectacular destinations. The enormous City Palace lies
at its heart. Visit the striking 17th century hilltop Amber Fort. The impressive gateway leads into the fortified palace,
richly decorated with elaborate mosaics and ornate murals. Experience India’s most famous national park,
Ranthambore, home to the endangered Bengal tiger.
Upon arrival at Delhi airport you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel (check in 1400
hours). There are no activities planned for the rest of the day so you are free to explore this bustling capital city.
India’s capital is an exciting, busy, and often chaotic city but certainly one of the most interesting. Delhi comprises
of conspicuously contrasting Old and New Delhi. Old Delhi was the capital of Muslim India between the 12th and
19th centuries and one can find mosques, monuments and forts related to this Muslim history. New Delhi is the
imperial city created as India’s capital by the British, intricately planned and comprises of imposing buildings
displaying various modern styles of architecture. For those arriving early, explore some of the many attractions on
your own – explore the Janatar Mantar, wander the local markets, catch the metro anywhere, visit the Crafts
Museum, Indira Gandhi Museum or Birla House (the site of Gandhi’s assassination) or relax in the magical Lodi
Gardens. Overnight: Justa the Residence.
This morning after breakfast we undertake a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi and New Delhi visiting the Red Fort
(closed on Mondays), Jama Masjid & Raj Ghat, Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, Birla Temple and India Gate.
Designed by the builder of the Taj Mahal, Shah Jehan, the Red Fort is famous for its delicate carvings and Royal
Chambers. The Raj Ghat is the cremation ground of the father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Humayun’s Tomb
is believed to have been designed in 1565 AD by the widow of Mughal emperor Himayun. Its design and layout is
based on the description of Islamic paradise gardens and is known to have inspired the Taj Mahal and many later
Mughal tombs. The Qutab Minar has walls inscribed with intricately carved quotations from the Koran and is one of
the most perfect towers of the Persian world. Overnight at hotel.
In the morning drive to Agra (205 km – 3 ½ hours approximately via Yamuna Express Highway). Arrive in Agra and
check into the hotel . The 100 year old The Grand Imperial is constructed of biscuit bricks commonly referred to as Lahori bricks, which were also used in the construction of the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort. Post World War II, the Imperial Hotel, as it was then known, played host to distinguished guests such as The Crown Prince of England and Japan and Prince Aga Khan and others. Later in the evening we visit Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal (closed to visitors on Fridays). Built by Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his wife Mumtaz Mahal the beauty of the Taj Mahal is unmatched. On the death of his beloved wife, in wild extravagance, Shah Jahan built her this memorial. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this wealth of white marble and precious stone. Agra is a great place to try barbecue meats (kebabs) mixed with Indian spices. Petha, pieces of white pumpkin dipped in sugar syrup, and Gajak, a crumbly sweet made with sesame and jaggery, are delicious local sweets and sold everywhere – try them.
We have an early breakfast at the hotel and in the morning drive to Sawai Madhopur (294 km – 6 hours
approximately) en route visiting Fatehpur Sikri. the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri was built in red sandstone by
Emperor Akbar the Great in 1569 and deserted 14 years later because its water supply failed. Its glorious
courtyards and palaces conjure up dreams of the mysterious past. There’s the imperial Jami Masjid, the tomb of
Shaik Salim Chisti who predicted the birth of Akbar’s son Jehangir, the Panch Mahal, a strange building which
resembles a Buddhist temple, a cloistered courtyard which was the Hall of Public Audience and the Pachchisi
paved with black and white where the Emperor played chess using slave girls as figurines.We arrive in Sawai
Madhopur and check in at the hotel.
Today you will have a early morning and late afternoon jungle safari (open topped truck seating 20) in the National
Park which is only 12km from town. Of all places to view tigers in India, the best odds for sighting a tiger are in
Ranthambore, with its tiger population of around 20. Other animals that you may spot whilst on safari include
leopard, sloth bears, jackals, palm civets, crocodiles and a vast array of birdlife and reptiles. Flora enthusiasts will
also be impressed by the range of trees, shrubs and flowers that are found within the park.Overnight at hotel.
Our day begins with breakfast at the hotel. In the morning we drive to “The Pink City”, Jaipur (157 kms – 4 hours
approximately). We arrive in Jaipur and check in to our hotel, . Tucked away in theheart of the pink city, more than five centuries ago, the grandson of Maharaja Udaikaran of Amer, Rao Shekhaji,founded the sub-clan popularly known as ‘Shekhawat’. This haveli is owned by this branch of the Kachawa clan ofRajputs. The descendants of the family have restructured and refurbished their haveli into this wonderful heritagehotel. With a population of over 3 million people, Jaipur is the capital and largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan. Overnight in Jaipur.
After breakfast at the hotel, we head out on a morning excursion to the Amber Fort (excluding Elephant ride), the
honey coloured fortress-palace in the Aravalli Hills just north of the town centre. The sombre exterior belies the
richness of the royal apartments, which open to striking views of the gorge. The Hall of Victory presents a galaxy of
decorative art – panels of alabaster with fine inlay work of the tenderness hues and the intriguing Chamber of
Mirrors. We have an afternoon city tour of Jaipur including a visit to the City Palace, now a museum that contains
fine Rajput and Moghul paintings, rare manuscripts and an armory, old carpets, and even amazingly embroidered
clothes of the Maharajas and the Maharanis, and Observatory. Overnight: Jaipur.
This morning we journey by road to Delhi (258 kms – 6 hours approximately) on arrival check in at the hotel.
Remainder of the day free to explore. Overnight at hotel
Transfer to the airport, where the trip concludes.
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.