Combining the “Golden Triangle” cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur with a wildlife-safari in Ranthambore National
Park, this is a great itinerary for travellers unavoidably short on time. The problem is, of course, these four mustsee
destinations are bound to leave you craving for more… We book-end this adventure with sight-seeing tours of
New and Old Delhi, India’s fascinating capital. In the days between we visit many of the impressive forts, palaces
and colourful bazaars that define Jaipur, the Gateway to Rajasthan and go on a Tiger safari in Ranthambore
National Park. We also spend time in Agra, admiring the Red Fort and incomparably beautiful Taj Mahal – arguably
the most famous building in the world. A real whirlwind tour of Iconic India!
Upon arrival at Delhi airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. We then plan to
spend the rest of the day sight-seeing around New Delhi – the British-built side of the city. Key monuments we
hope to visit include: India Gate (a memorial arch honouring soldiers who were killed in WW1), Lakshmi Narayana
Temple, Rashtrapati Bhawan (the president’s house) and Humayun’s Tomb –an exquisite example of Mughal
architecture, set in a magnificent formal Persian garden.
Day 2 – 3:
After breakfast we drive some 275kms to Jaipur. We have a day and a half here to explore the chaotic capital of
Rajasthan – quite possibly India’s most colourful city. We have time to take in several of the medieval palaces and
monumental forts but be warned – travelling between them can 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.
Day 4 – 5:
After the mayhem of Jaipur, you are bound to appreciate the more relaxed pace of our visit to Ranthambhore – one
of India’s most loved National Parks. It is crowned by the ruined battlements of an extraordinary fort, built in AD944
atop a hill, commanding quite an outstanding view over the surrounding dry, deciduous forest. Hidden in the wilds
of this sprawling sanctuary are leopards, striped hyenas, sambar and chital, sloth bears, Hanuman langurs,
macaques, mongoose, porcupine and more. But the species on everyone’s wish-list here will doubtlessly be the
tiger. It is not unusual for visitors to see one of the 61 resident tigers here stalking its prey during the day, so be
sure to keep your eyes peeled and your shutter-finger ready to fire!
Day 6: 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 – taking 22 years and the combined skills of 20,000 artisans to complete. The Taj Mahal really is as spectacular as you have no doubt imagined it to 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. Agra Fort – a remarkable city-within-a-city on the bank of the Yamuna River – provides us with perhaps the finest view of all from the top of its octagonal tower.
Day 7: After breakfast this morning we drive back to Delhi. We have time for one final tour that’s destined to leave an impression! After visiting the magnificent Red Fort, located in the “Old Delhi” side of the city, we take a thrilling rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of the bustling bazaar. Our destination is Jama Masjid – the largest mosque in India. Our tour ends today with a transfer to the international airport for your flight home.
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.