See the best of Delhi, Rajasthan, Mumbai and the Taj Mahal on this two week journey. Take in New & Old Delhi as you stand in awe of the contrast of winding roads and roundabouts, and marvel at the city’s rich history before heading to Agra. See the Taj in all its glory and then head to Ranthambore National Park for game drives in search of the elusive Bengal tiger in the shadows of a cliffside fort. Travel to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, and ascend the Amber Fort, see the City Palace, and walk through the bustling old city before heading to Udaipur, the city of Lakes. Arguably Rajasthan’s most beautiful city, Udaipur impresses with its lakeside palace, and romantic lore, as you immerse yourself in the local culture. From Udaipur, you’ll fly to Mumbai, India’s most cosmopolitan city, to conclude your trip.
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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 past the Red Fort (photo stop), and disembark at the Raj Ghat – a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, set within a beautiful park. Continue the tour passing along Sansad Bhawan (the Parliament House) and Rashtrapati Bhawan (the President’s House). Prior to independence this was the viceroy’s residence. Take a photo stop at India Gate, and then visit two monuments in New Delhi, Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar.
This morning, depart for the city of Agra by road and check-in to your hotel. In the afternoon, visit the Agra Fort, the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations, and then stop at the 18th century Roman Catholic Cemetery. In the evening, take a walk through the beautiful garden called Mehtab Bagh for stunning sunset views of the Taj Mahal across the Yamuna River.
This morning, visit the Taj Mahal at dawn to see the sunrise over this impressive monument. Tour the site with your guide and take some time at leisure before returning to the hotel for breakfast followed by transportation to the train station in Bharatpur where you will board the train for Ranthambore. On arrival in Ranthambore, meet and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Ranthambore National Park is well known as a game sanctuary where guests take safari drives in search of the elusive tiger hiding amongst impressive scenery in a land rich in history.
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.
This morning, depart for Jaipur. Known as the “Pink City”, Jaipur is the capital of the colourful state of Rajasthan. On your arrival, explore the City Palace, Jantar Mantar, and in the evening visit the ancient Hindu Birla Temple for an Aarti prayer ceremony.
After an early breakfast, start on an excursion to Amber Fort. Jaipur’s Maharaja Man Singh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started constructing Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The Fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Once you are 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. Return to the city and take a photo stop at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), and then take a guided afternoon heritage walk through the old city and bazaar.
This morning, depart on your drive to Udaipur. Today’s drive takes you across the Aravalli Hills, the oldest mountain range in the world, boasting colourful scenery of Rajasthani rural life, lively villages, farms, and beautifully idyllic countryside. On arrival in Udaipur, check-in to your hotel and have the evening free 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. In the late afternoon take a guided walk where you will have the opportunity to visit the famous ghats and historic temples on the banks of Lake Pichola. Visit an ancient stepwell, walk the lanes where silversmiths and gold making workers are busy making and selling the ornaments, see the bustling city life, and more. Today’s tour also includes a boat ride on the serene and beautiful Lake Pichola with the sun setting behind the hills.
Fly to Mumbai and meet for transportation to the city. In the afternoon, explore the city sites from the Prince of Wales Museum to the Dhobi Ghats (outdoor laundromat), Mani Bhawan, a memorial dedicated to the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi, and a drive along the seafront boulevard, Marine Drive.
Depart the hotel in the early morning to experience Mumbai waking up. This is a Mumbai you never thought existed and disappears without a trace by 8 in the morning. Get a peek into the underbelly of the city and insights into what makes this magnificent city tick. From seeing hundreds of newspaper vendors to experiencing a one-of-its-kind fish auction, seeing an ‘only green’ herb market sprawled across a popular bridge, watching milkmen drive past with canisters, the melee of colour at the flower markets, the clamour and chaos of the arrival of over 100 tonnes of vegetables, fruits and meat – you will witness the mercurial character of Mumbai, like none other. Afterwards, return to the hotel for breakfast and some time to freshen up and then take a boat cruise to Elephanta Island, a UNESC World Heritage Site, to see its renowned temples, carved directly out of the basalt rock. Return to your hotel and have the afternoon at your leisure.
Meet at the hotel at the appointed time and transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
Day 7: Discover Jaipur's Amber Fort.
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