The ideal 2 week journey for the first-time India experience.
Explore Old & New Delhi, travel through Rajasthan's forts, palaces, regal
ambience, renowned hospitality and colourful countryside. Stay for 2 nights at
the Ranthambore National Park, track tigers with an expert naturalist in the
stunning natural scenery of what was once the hunting grounds of the Maharaja,
and then head to Agra to see the iconic Taj Mahal, a fitting conclusion to this
journey through Imperial India. Take walks in local bazaars, see iconic
monuments, dine on delectable cuisine, meet the people and immerse yourself in
arguably one of the most fascinating routes through India.
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Prices shown are per person based on a party of at least 2 adults traveling together. The Single Room Supplement cost is in addition to the twin sharing cost for those who would like a single room. This is a group tour where a minimum number of travelers on each departure date are required to guarantee the materialization of the tour.
Hotel with daily breakfast, 8 lunches & 12 dinners as indicated, services of expert English speaking guides, entrance fees to sites listed on the itinerary, group A/C transportation with expert drivers, bottled water in vehicle, 1 on-tour flight, and airport transfers. International flights are not included, please enquire.
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Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be met by your local guide in the arrivals area holding a name-board. After a warm welcome & brief introduction, you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Stay two nights in Delhi.
Your tour begins in Delhi, India’s capital city that sports a rich history spanning over 2,000 years. After a short briefing, head out on a tour of Old Delhi, the capital of the Mughal dynasty between the 16th and 19th centuries. Arrive in Old Delhi and visit Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in year 1650 AD and completed in the year 1656 AD. From here we board our cycle rickshaws for a tour of Chandni Chowk. Here you will get a glimpse into an old world lifestyle slowly fading from Delhi. While in Old Delhi stop at the fascinating spice market and then head to the museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi for insight in one of the world's most iconic figures. Later, drive through New Delhi passing the India Gate, President’s Palace, Parliament and other government buildings built in the first quarter of the 20th century by two famous English architects and then visit two monuments from Delhi’s past, Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar.
Enjoy breakfast, and then head out again to Old Delhi for a visit to Master Ji ki Haveli, a bazaar walk, a cycle rickshaw ride, some street food tasting for those who feel adventurous, and a visit to a local home. Meet the residents, and enjoy a traditional family lunch in a haveli where the present family has been living for generations. Considered by many to be among their ‘favorite’ tours in India, this look at Old Delhi offers an immersive look at the pulse of a city of millions. Afterwards, transfer to the airport for your flight to Udaipur where you will be met for transportation to your hotel. The evening is at your leisure.
Take the full day exploring Udaipur’s key sites and off the beaten track experiences as you visit the City Palace, a marble complex of palaces and galleries that offer unforgettable views of the lake and its surroundings. Take a private tour of the Crystal Gallery in Fateh Prakesh Palace to see the breathtaking collection of crystal objects, and stroll through the Garden of the Maids of Honor`. Later, take a guided heritage walk where you will have the opportunity to visit the famous ghats and historic temples on the banks of Lake Pichola. Visit an ancient step well which was used for drinking water by the locals. Interact with a local family at their 150 year old residence decorated with fascinating fresco paintings and mirror work. From the clock tower move towards the lane where the silversmiths and gold making workers are busy making and selling the ornaments. Observe the traditional way of making clay pottery, water pitchers, and more. On this interesting walk you will see the bustling markets of Udaipur city where you will come across vegetable, oil and bamboo markets. Next, enjoy a private cruise to Jag Mandir, a palace of splendidly carved marble on an island in Lake Pichola for High Tea.
Drive to Jodhpur stopping en route at Ranakpur, site of the storied 15th century Adinatha Jain temple. The drive takes you across the Aravalli Hills, the oldest mountain range in the world. Ranakpur is one of the five important pilgrim centers for the Jain community. The whole temple, including the extraordinary array of 1144 pillars, each distinct in design, carved ceilings, and arches decorated with friezes depicting scenes from the lives of the Jain saints, is fascinating. Afterwards, continue on to Jodhpur and check-in to your hotel. Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan, and lies at the entrance to the Thar desert in a region called Marwar. The old city, founded in 1459, is surrounded by a 10 km long wall. In Jodhpur, visit the Clock Tower Bazaar, listed in Conde Nasts’ ‘100 Great Markets of the World’, a veritable super-market. A shopper’s paradise, it offers everything from fruit and spices to textiles and bangles; rare books to American WWII jerry cans to jewellery! Return to the hotel for the evening to rest.
This morning, learn of the highly-skilled art of tie-dye called Bandhani. There are about 700 to 800 families in Jodhpur who practice the Bandhani technique on a daily basis and have been catering to merchants and wholesalers for centuries. This experience will take you into the back alleys of Ek Minar Masjid in Jodhpur to meet a family who has been involved in the art of Bandhani for generations. Later, explore the Thar desert driving through rugged scrub desert to the home to some of the Bishnoi tribal folk for an interesting village experience. In the afternoon, visit Jodhpur`s icon and arguably Rajasthan`s most impressive fort, Mehrangarh. The 5 km long ramparts of the fort, perched on a 125 metre high rocky cliff in the middle of the city, have four gates which can be approached by a winding road. The fort offers a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape and inside the fort, one can see magnificent palaces adorned with intricately carved panels and latticed windows. The fort also houses a fabulous collection of trappings of Indian royalty.
Meet at the hotel in early morning for your transportation to the train station for your train ride to Jaipur. This train journey will offer an opportunity to see the early morning life around the country side, as you cover 340 km in about 4.5 hours. On your arrival in Jaipur, meet for transportation to your hotel. Jaipur is also known as the ‘Pink City’, for the abundance of pink plastered stone used to build its massive forts, magnificent palaces and exquisite temples. There is far more to the city than just its famous monuments and to get a complete experience of Jaipur, uncover the mysteries of the bazaars and visit silversmiths, turban sellers and traditional markets. Complete your delightful evening with dinner with a Jaipur nobleman’s family. After a short introduction, get into an informal chat talking on diverse topics ranging from History, Craft and Culture of this fabled city. Dine on delectable traditional cuisine this evening.
After breakfast, start on an excursion to the Amber Fort, surrounded by fortified battlements and which overlooks the Moat Lake. Once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Most fascinating, perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room. Afterwards, visit Jantar Mantar, a peculiarly interesting observatory built in the 18th century to measure time, predict eclipses, track stars and planets, and more. Continue to the City Palace built within the fortified area of the original city, with one of the finest monumental entrances in India. The Palace is now principally a museum housing a collection of great treasures. End the tour with a fascinating walk in the old city. Mingle and talk with the locals whilst observing some of the regions culinary delights. Observe local artisans in their workshops; jewelers and silversmiths, gold and silver foil makers. The iconic Hawa Mahal also called the Palace of the winds is where this walk begins.
This morning, drive to the Ranthambore National Park, home to the elusive Bengal Tiger, arriving early in the afternoon. The Ranthambore National Park was once the hunting ground of Maharaja of Jaipur. In 1955, it was declared a game sanctuary; in 1980, it became a national park. In the afternoon, take an afternoon safari with a naturalist exploring wildlife and biodiversity in the park. The tour lasts for 3 ½ hours. In the evening, interact with an expert on Indian wildlife, who will talk on Project Tiger and conservation practices in India.
This morning, set off on a safari to experience the first signs of wildlife awakening in the park, with a good chance to spot a tiger! Ranthambore is considered by many to be one of India’s most beautiful national parks because of the picturesque ruins that dot the wildlife park. Encircled by a series of high escarpments, the forests, lakes and dry scrub that make up the park are dotted with old forts and temples, creating a wonderful atmosphere for both bird and mammal viewing amongst a landscape oozing with ancient Rajput history and Rajasthani culture. After driving around the park for a few hours, return to the lodge for a late breakfast. After lunch, return to the park for another round of safari, returning to the lodge at dusk.
After breakfast, meet and transfer to the train station to board your morning train to Bharatpur, where you will continue the remainder of the journey to Agra by road. You will stop enroute at Fatehpur Sikri, a deserted red sandstone city and an outstanding example of Mughal architecture built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century which was abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. It was a veritable fairy tale city and its 'ruins' are still in a pristine condition. Arrive in Agra and check-in to your hotel and have the evening at your leisure.
As dawn breaks, watch the sunrise over the incomparable Taj Mahal. Horse drawn carriages will drop you near the gates. It is fitting to see this extraordinary monument by the first light of day as its exemplary beauty is awe-inspiring and will create an unforgettable memory. Said to be one of the most elegant and harmonious buildings in the world, the Taj Mahal was built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in 1630 AD to enshrine the mortal remains of his beloved Queen Mumtaz Mahal. The 144 foot double dome of the Taj is capped with a finial and the four minarets each 131 ft. high highlight the perfect symmetry of the tomb. You will return to the hotel for breakfast before heading out to explore the Agra Fort, once the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. Have some time to relax in the afternoon and before driving to an ancient village for a guided walking tour to experience an authentic side of rural India. This walk concludes with a leisurely stroll through Meghtab Bagh to enjoy a stunning sunset view of the Taj Mahal across the river.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then drive to Delhi and check-in to your hotel. In the afternoon proceed for some last minute shopping. Stop by the Meherchand Market home to an eclectic set of young entrepreneurs, and then visit one of the most exciting and contemporary market places in Delhi, Khan Market. Afterwards, return to the hotel for some time to rest before your evening transportation to the airport for your departure flight.
Day 3: Take a serene boat ride on Udaipur's Lake Pichola.
Days 9 & 10: Look for tigers on nature safaris at Ranthambore National Park.
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