|Delhi||The Oberoi Maidens / The Lalit||2|
|Agra||Trident / The Gateway Hotel / Radisson Blu||1|
|Jaipur||Trident / The Lalit||2|
Day 1: Arrive at Delhi (Most international flights land at Delhi either in evening or at night). Our representative - a Travel Facilitator will meet you at the airport and escort you to a chauffeur driven vehicle. You will then be taken to your hotel where the facilitator will ensure a smooth check in. The next day’s plans are briefly reviewed and the facilitator will hand over your welcome package to you. Among other things, this package includes travel documents such as your air tickets, hotel vouchers, tips and schedules as well as copies of documents that were sent to you (such as our General Travel Guide) earlier.
Day 2: Delhi. Start your exploration of India with a guided city tour of Old Delhi. Drive, walk and ride through the ancient city’s streets and alleys; explore crowded and colourful bazaars. This excursion includes a visit to the Jama Masjid (1650 AD), the largest mosque in India. The Masjid (Mosque) is a magnificent example of Mughal architecture and is constructed of red sandstone and white marble. It is an active place of worship and its courtyard can accommodate 25,000 worshippers in a single prayer. You continue on to the amazing Red Fort that was finished a decade before the mosque. Both structures were built by Shah Jahan, the emperor that created the Taj Mahal. The great city inside the massive sandstone walls of the Red Fort offers visitors a large number of architectural and historical attractions; it was once known as the 8th wonder of the world. The Red Fort was the seat of the Mughal Empire for more than two hundred and fifty years and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an amazing example of a blend of Persian, Indian, and European architecture. You will also experience a fascinating rickshaw ride in the ancient alleys of the crowded and colourful bazaar at Chandni Chowk. After these experiences, a short drive will take you to an oasis of calm and serenity, which also happens to be your last destination in Old Delhi. The cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi (Raj Ghat) is a simple yet stirring memorial to the father of the nation. Lush lawns extend beyond the enclosure that surrounds the black marble platform occupying the spot where the Mahatma was cremated. An eternal flame burns next to the platform.
There is a break for lunch.
Afternoon - enjoy a city tour of New Delhi. This excursion begins with the awe-inspiring Qutab Minar (1193 A.D.). This 239 ft tall medieval tower is a symbol of victory and a beautiful example of Persian architecture from that period. There is a winding stairway inside the tower that goes up all the way to the balcony at the very top of the tower – unfortunately they are no longer accessible for visitors. The Qutab Minar and its monuments are also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Within the Qutab complex, amidst the ruins of the Quwat-ul-Islam Mosque, stands one of the legendary Ashoka Pillars. This large iron pillar has withstood the ravages of Delhi’s weather (and recent pollution) and has not rusted in over 1500 years. After the Qutab complex you will be driven to visit the magnificent tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. Delhi has such an abundance of amazing monuments that this Tomb Complex (1562 A.D.) does not quite get the acclaim that it deserves. It is Delhi’s third UNESCO World Heritage Site and its amazing architecture and the elaborate gardens (all currently undergoing restoration) will captivate you.
From the tomb you will proceed on a drive to Lutyens’ New Delhi. Time permitting, this drive will include photo opportunities at some of the following attractions - the exterior of the massive and awe-inspiring Rashtrapati Bhawan or the President’s Home (known as Viceroy’s House during the British era), Delhi’s landmark structure India Gate, a golden domed Sikh Temple(Bangla Sahib Gurudwara), and the Birla Temple. The last part of this excursion is a drive through Connaught Place, which is New Delhi’s downtown.
Day 3: Delhi - Agra. You are assisted with your check-out from your hotel in the morning and then driven to Agra. The drive will take around three hours.
Arrive at Agra and you are assisted with your check in at your hotel.
Afternoon - You now start your exploration of Agra with a half day city tour of the magnificent monuments of this city. The exploration of Agra includes a visit to the famous tomb of Itmad-Ud–Daulah. This memorial was built by the Mughal Emperor Jehangir’s queen as a memorial to her father. The tombs sheer beauty will surprise you – the only reason it does not get more accolades is because it shares the stage with the incomparable Taj Mahal. Like the Taj it has amazingly intricate ‘Pietra Dura’ inlay and lattice marble screens. The mausoleum rests in a walled garden with a view of the river Yamuna. Constructed in the year 1628, most historians believe that its design provided the inspiration for the Taj Mahal. After your exploration of the tomb you will visit the first red sandstone Agra fort of North India, the Agra Fort. It was built in 1565 by India’s greatest Mughal ruler, Emperor Akbar. Its royal audience halls, immense stone courtyards, marble mosque and the private royal chambers give us a glimpse of the grandeur of the Mughal Empire.
There is a break for lunch.
Later on - Visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the incomparable Taj Mahal. The world’s greatest monument dedicated to love is obviously a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Taj Mahal was completed by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1653 AD as a memorial to his beloved queen, Mumtaz Mahal. This spectacular white marble mausoleum was created by about 22,000 skilled craftsmen and it took twenty two years to complete. When you experience the Taj Mahal with your Tour Guide and have them provide unique insights into its innumerable facets, some of their passion for this masterpiece may rub off on you! Explore the amazing Taj and its surroundings until it is time to admire the sun’s rays setting on the façade of the world’s finest monument.
Agra’s artists are famous for their creations in inlaid marble.
Important Note: The Taj Mahal remains closed on Friday.
Day 4: Agra - Ranthambhore. You can either sleep in or choose to enjoy either of these two optional excursions - a sunrise visit to Mehtab Bagh, which is a 500-year-old Mughal garden located across from the Taj Mahal on the other side of the Yamuna River; or a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal (entry fee surcharge). If you select either of the latter options, you will return to your hotel to freshen up after the excursion. We recommend that you consider getting a packed lunch from the hotel for your upcoming journey. The dining/rest stopover during the journey offers limited choices.
You are assistedwith your check-out from your hotel and then you are driven to Fatehpur Sikri. Enjoy a guided exploration of this beautiful uninhabited city. It was built by Emperor Akbar between 1570 and 1585 A.D. and is constructed primarily out of red sandstone. The Emperor moved his capital from Agra to this city and then, a few years later, abandoned it, returning back to Agra. Visit the tallest gateway in the world, the towering Bulund Darwaza (The Gate of Victory). In the northern part of the courtyard is the superb white marble tomb of Shaik Salim Chishti, built in 1570.
Arrive at Ranthambhore and you are assisted with your check in at your hotel.
Day 5: Ranthambore. Covering an area of 410 square kilometers, Ranthambore National Park runs along the eastern spur of the Aravali mountain range until it meets with the Vindhya ranges. Ranthambore was once the Jaipur rulers’ private hunting ground. In 1972 it was declared a Sanctuary and was brought under the Project Tiger Conservation platform. Dry deciduous forest covers most of the park, and the vegetation is lush around the many small lakes and ponds. The open grasslands that are the tiger’s favorite terrain account for much of the land on the higher slopes. This varied flora supports a large number of animals including a variety of deer, the sloth bear, the shy caracal, leopards and of course, the tiger.
Enjoy wildlife safaris into the park in the morning and evening.
Day 6: Ranthambhore – Jaipur. Enjoy your last safari into Ranthambore in the morning. You are assisted with your check-out from your hotel and then you are driven to Jaipur. Sawai Madhopur is a rural small town and you will drive though it to get a glimpse of life here.
Arrive at Jaipur and you are assisted with your check in at your hotel.
Day 7: Jaipur. Start your day with an excursion to Amber Fort & Palace, located 12 kilometres from the centre of the City. Just like the Emperors of a few centuries ago, enjoy the ascent up to the ramparts of the fort on top of a colourfully caparisoned elephant (jeeps are available instead of the elephants, if you so desire). The massive Fort complex was originally built by Raja Mansingh and is one of India’s finest examples of Rajput architecture.
Explore the chambers and hallways, which are famous for their exquisite designs and handcrafted embellishments. Return to the valley beneath the Fort on your elephant or jeep and proceed back to the Pink City.
There is a break for lunch.
Afternoon - enjoy a city tour of the walled city of Jaipur, including the magnificent City Palace. Visit Jantar Mantar (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the magnificent stone observatory built by Raja Jai Singh in 1728. After the observatory comes a photo opportunity of the ‘Hawa Mahal’ (Palace of the Wind). This intriguing facade was built in 1799 so that the ladies of the court could use its unique windows and observe the bustling bazaar, without being visible to the people on the streets. Continue the tour with an exploration of the City Palace, the former royal residence (a part of it is still occupied by the Royal family and is not accessible to the public), built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles. This immense complex also houses a number of museums that offer a large and impressive collection of miniature paintings, costumes, and armoury.
Day 8: : Jaipur – Delhi – International airport. You are assisted with your check-out by mid morning and then driven to Delhi airport. The drive will take around five hours.
Arrive at Delhi and board your international flight.
You can use the remaining few hours you have to do some last minute sightseeing or shopping. We can make suggestions based on your interests.
Your vehicle and driver stay with you until your (usually late evening) assisted check in at the airport.
Our services end at Delhi airport.
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- 05 nights stay at the hotels on entire trip.
- Hotel accommodation on double occupancy basis.
- All three meals at Ranthambhore.
- All transfers and sightseeing by your personal A/C SUV.
- Check-in time is 2 p.m. and check-out time is 12 noon for most of the hotels (but we can usually arrange earlier check-in).
- Breakfast at all the hotels.
- One cycle-rickshaw ride to explore the famous Chandni Chowk market in Delhi.
- Battery Van to the Taj Mahal from the nearest parking point.
- All safaris’ into Ranthambhore wildlife national park (including park entry fees, naturalist’s fees, vehicle fees etc).
- One elephant ride at amber fort, Jaipur.
- Entrance fees to the monuments as per the itinerary.
- Services of an English speaking guide as per the itinerary.
- Bottled mineral water for sightseeing/excursions and long drives.
- Representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers.
- All currently applicable taxes.
- Any personal expenses such as tips, laundry and drinks.
- Any extra meals (other than those specifically laid down).
- Personal Travel Insurance, visa etc.
- Camera fees (both still and video).
- International flight tickets.
|Delhi||The Oberoi / The Imperial||2|
|Agra||The Oberoi Amarvilas||1|
|Ranthambhore||The Oberoi Amarvilas||2|
|Jaipur||The Oberoi Rajvilas||2|
|Delhi||Four Point by Sheraton / The Royal Plaza||2|
|Agra||Four Point by Sheraton / Crystal Sarovar Premiere||1|
|Ranthambhore||Pug Mark / Tiger Den||2|
|Jaipur||Shahpura House - Heritage Hotel||2|
Jal Mahal - Jaipur
Taj Mahal - Agra
Taj Mahal - Agra