Arrive Delhi in the evening or night, depending on flight schedules. You’re greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
Start your journey of Incredible India with a visit to the Old walled city in the morning. Drive pass the 17th century imposing Red Fort, take a traditional cycle rickshaw ride in the back streets & bazaars of Chandni Chowk (Closed on Sundays) selling an extraordinary variety of items like., dress material, spices, jewellery & perfumes and mouth-watering food delicacies. From here you visit the India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid. In complete contrast to the noise and crowds of Old Delhi, is Raj Ghat, a simple and stunning memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.
Afternoon: Explore New Delhi, which is a blend of ancient & pre-independence India. Visit the 12th century Qutub Minar; the exquisite Humayun’s Tomb, built in 1570 is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. Sightseeing will also include drive past the Lodhi Garden, Safdarjung’s tomb, the elegant government buildings designed in blend of Indian and European styles – the India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhawan, the Presidential Palace.
Delhi / Agra
After breakast, proceed on the drive to Agra.
Arrive Agra in the afternoon and check in to your hotel.
Late Afternoon: Visit Agra Fort, it’s first red sandstone fort of North India was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar in the year 1565. Its royal audience halls, immense stone courtyards, marble mosque and the private royal chambers give us a glimpse of the grandeur and talent for combining defensive architecture with beauty and design of the Mughal Empire. From here visit the fabled Taj Mahal (Closed on Fridays), one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Taj Mahal was built in the year 1652 AD by Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved queen, Mumtaz Mahal. It took 22,000 skilled craftsmen 22 years to create this spectacular white marble mausoleum. You will stay at Taj Mahal until sunset to see the white marble reflect the nuances of the changing light from the sun.
Note: In case this day is a Friday, then Agra sightseeing will be re-arranged so that you visit Taj Mahal from inside when it’s open to visitors.
Agra / Ranthambore
Taj MahalItmad-Ud-DaulahMughal Garden
Early Morning: You’re at leisure at your hotel with option (no extra charge) to visit the Mughal garden of Mehtab Bagh, which is located across from the Taj Mahal on the other side of the Yamuna River. Enjoy a walk and view the Taj Mahal from across the river at sunrise. Also visit the Itmad-ud-Daulah, regarded as an imminent precursor of the Taj Mahal. This memorial was built in the year 1628 by the Mughal Emperor Jehangir’s gueen as a memorial to her father. Like the Taj it has amzingly intricate ‘Pietra Dura’ inlay and lattice marble screens. Return to your hotel to freshen up & relax.
Check out from your hotel after breakfast and proceed on the drive to Ranthambore.
On the way, stop at Fathepur Sikri, the deserted city. This one of the world’s most perfect ghost cities and a marvel of design and construction. It was conceived and bult by Emperor Akbar, one of the most enlightened rulers of his time. Built in 1571, it is a synthesis of the flourishing styles of the Persian courts and the prevailing Hindu Islamic trends. Today its pristine red sandstone buildings are as perfect as when they were first chiseled. The masterpiece of this remarkable monument is the Jewel House of the Diwan I Khas. Architecturally extraordinary, the four doorways lead into a single storey room where a huge central pillar carved to baroque richness, supports a seat reached by mid-air walkways. After the tour, continue your journey to Ranthambore.
Arrive Ranthambore in the evening and Check into your hotel.
Covering 410 sq. kms, Ranthambore runs along the easternmost spur of the Aravali to the Vindhya ranges. At one time, Ranthambore was the private hunting grounds for the Royal family of Jaipur before being declared a Sanctuary, and in 1972 was brought under the Project Tiger scheme. The dry deciduous forest, covers open valleys with lush vegetation around the lakes, and open grasslands in 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. The best tiger sightings have been reported from this park.
Important Note: Jungle safari is available on route no. 6 to 9 during monsoon season (1st July to 30th September).
Today you will have two jungle safaris’ (morning & afternoon) in the park.
Ranthambore / Jaipur
Morning: Visit the park to view wildlife for the last time on this tour. Return to your hotel after the safari.
Check out from your hotel after breakfast and proceed on the drive to Jaipur.
Arrive Jaipur in the evening and check in to your hotel
Hawa MahalAmber FortCity Palace
Morning: A visit to the Amber Fort. Its forbidding exterior belying a bejeweled interior whose richness reflects the sumptuous styles of the surrounding Mughal courts. An Elephant ride takes you up to the fort and Jeep/Car brings you down the fort (Both ways Jeep/Car ride option available).
Afternoon: Visit the City Palace, a series of open courtyards, simple stables and buildings leading to the richly decorated royal rooms. The museum within the palace house a fabulous collection of textiles, carpets, manuscripts and costumes from the personal collection of the royal family; Hawa Mahal, also known as the ‘Palace of Winds’ and the fascinating Jantar Mantar Observatory is an astronomical observation site built in the early 18th century.
Jaipur / Delhi
Check out from your hotel after breakfast and proceed on the drive to Delhi.
Arrive Delhi in the afternoon/late afternoon. Your vehicle and driver are at your disposal until your late evening/night departure transfer to the airport. You can visit Dilli Haat, a contemporary art and crafts market that offers a wonderful collection of Indian handicrafts.
Evening/Night: Later you are transferred to the international airport in time to board your flight to onward destination.
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