Explore old & new Delhi as you dive into incredible India. Take a rickshaw ride, admire the Jama Masjid and the Red Fort and then head to the holy city of Varanasi. Take a sunrise boat ride, walk the narrow alleys and watch an evening performance on the riverside ghats before heading to Agra for a tour of the majestic Taj Mahal and formidable Agra Fort. Head to the Ranthambore National Park for game drives in search of the elusive tiger, and then discover one of Rajasthan’s most impressive cities, Jaipur, and her city palace, Amber Fort, and bustling streets before the journey to see the city of lakes, Udaipur. Tour the city sites, and then fly to Mumbai for a tour of the city and the Elephanta Caves.
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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, and then head to the Red Fort for a guided tour of this magnificent palace where impressive mansions, enchanting bazaars, elegant shrines, royal gardens and fountains at every corner to romance ones' senses. 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.
Meet and transfer to the airport for your flight to Varanasi, the city of Shiva on the banks of the Ganges, one of Hinduism’s seven holiest cities. With its temples, over a hundred ghats and labyrinth of streets, the city cannot be described, only experienced. Varanasi is the oldest living city in India, and one of the world’s most ancient. Enjoy some time in the afternoon to relax at your leisure. In the evening, visit the Ghats of the River Ganges to witness an evening Aarti ceremony. Stay two nights in Varanasi.
Take an early morning boat ride on the river Ganges to see the bathing ghats and cremation sites. You can see pilgrims bathing and performing rituals on the Ghats, one of the most extraordinary experiences of a visit to India. Enjoy the sunrise on the riverfront, seen from a boat, this can be a spiritually uplifting sight. Situated on the west bank of the Ganges, Varanasi extends back from the riverbank ghats to a winding maze of picturesque alleys overlooking tall houses and dotted with temples, it is a fascinating area to walk around. Enjoy a brief tour of the bazaars, alleys and temples and then return to the hotel for breakfast and some time at your leisure. Later, depart on an excursion to Sarnath, 10km from the city center. Sarnath symbolizes the birth of Buddhism. It was here that Buddha revealed his doctrine and founded his monastic community. The museum at Sarnath is amongst the most important in India.
Enjoy breakfast and then transfer to the airport for your flight to Delhi where you will be met for transportation to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. At the time of the Mughals, in the 16th & 17th centuries, Agra was the capital of the grand Mughal Empire. It came into prominence when a lavish patronage of Mughal rulers created forts, tombs and palaces in red sandstone and marble inlaid with semi-precious stones. During this period the city became a leading centre of art, science, commerce and culture. The short golden age of Agra came to an end with the seventeenth century reign of Shah Jehan, mastermind of the Taj Mahal. On your arrival, check-in and have the day at your leisure.
Visit the Taj Mahal at sun rise. The magnificent monument of love – The Taj Mahal, was built by an emperor in memory of his beloved queen. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 22 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working round the clock. Enjoy a guided tour, and then return to the hotel for your breakfast. After breakfast, depart for the Agra Fort, where you are taken through the chambers of this royal residence. As you drive through the city, witness the local life and bazaars and the hustle bustle of everyday India. After your visit to the Agra Fort, drive to Ranthambore National Park where you will check-in to your hotel and have the evening at your leisure. Stay two nights at the Ranthambore National Park.
The Ranthambore Park is set between the Aravalli and Vindhya ranges. Its deciduous forests were once a part of the magnificent jungles of Central India. The terrain is rugged and there are rocky ridges, hills and open valleys with lakes and pools. 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. But with the commissioning of Project Tiger in 1972, it was included in the project. In the early morning, depart the hotel for a park visit to see tigers and other wild animals by open vehicle with an expert naturalist. Return to the hotel for breakfast and some time at your leisure. This afternoon, enjoy another visit inside this National Park.
Take a morning game drive in the park and in the afternoon depart for Jaipur. Known as the “Pink City”, Jaipur is the capital of the colourful state of Rajasthan. It has the distinction of being a well-planned and laid out city. As you drive through the old part of town, you will witness a life most unlike others. Witness how the city blooms during the day in a kaleidoscope of colour and sound. Check-in to your hotel and have the rest of the day at your leisure. Stay two nights in Jaipur.
Visit the ancient Rajput capital of Amber, 11 km from the city, to see the Amber Fort. The Amber Fort is a marvellous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. The interior of the fort has various royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirror and glass work complemented by exquisite wall paintings. As you move between the rooms of this magnificent structure, feel the history and visualize the pomp and grandeur of a kingdom never conquered. In the afternoon, enjoy a half-day tour of the city visiting the Maharaja’s City Palace and the Jantar Mantar Observatory and then 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. See the iconic Hawa Mahal Palace of Winds, and observe local artisans in their workshops; jewellers and silversmiths, gold and silver foil makers before returning to the hotel.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then depart for an interesting, yet lengthy, drive to the city of Udaipur. Set on the shores of Lake Pichola and surrounded by hills, Udaipur grew in complete contrast to the harsh deserts of the rest of Rajasthan. From the late 16th century, peace brought about an era of renaissance in the arts and encouraged the building of beautiful palaces around the lake, culminating in the City Palace, one of the largest palace complexes in the world. On your arrival, you will have the rest of the day at your leisure.
After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of the Lake City of Udaipur, a wonderful oasis nestling in the dry heart of Rajasthan. It is probably the most romantic city in a state where every city has some romantic or exotic tale to tell. The huge City Palace of Udaipur, towering over the Lake Pichola is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. You will also visit the Jagdish temple, and Sahelion Ki Bari, the exclusive garden of the royal ladies who once lived in the palaces. The perfect end to your tour is a boat cruise on the serene and beautiful Lake Pichola with the sun setting behind the hills.
This morning, meet for transportation to the airport for your flight to Mumbai where you will be met and transferred to the hotel for check-in. In the afternoon, visit the Prince of Wales Museum, take a drive along Marine Drive, see the Dhobi laundry ghats, Flora Fountain, and Victoria Terminus, and visit Mani Bhawan, a memorial dedicated to the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi. The evening is at your leisure.
This morning, depart with your guide to visit the Elephanta Caves. Located one hour by boat out of Mumbai, are the rock-cut temples on peaceful Elephanta Island, thought to have been carved between 450 and 750 AD and which have now been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards, return to the city for some leisure time.
Meet at the hotel at the appointed time and transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
Day 6: See the Taj Mahal in Agra.
Day 8: Look for tigers on nature safaris at Ranthambore National Park.
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