Overview

This is a country travellers fantasize about – exotic, oriental, ancient India. It is also modern, booming, chaotic India. Between the two lies a wealth of delights – the charm of a golden civilisation still alive and kicking after centuries and to be glimpsed as you turn the corner of a palace or a fort; as you hear the sweetness of the flute in the misty northern hills and the deep rhythm of the sitar at a mesmerizing performance; as you drive past the captivating sound of temple bells that ring out loud amidst the noise of a daily ritual prayer; as you wander into monuments adorned with precious stones – unguarded, still splendid; as you lie deeply relaxed drifting to music, massaged by the strong yet gentle touch of ayurveda healers.

What’s included

• Arrival and departure departures
• Meet and greet upon arrival
• 2 nights in Delhi at The Suryaa or similar
• 1 night in Agra at Radisson Blu Agra Taj East Gate or similar
• 2 nights in Ranthambore at Ranthambore Regency or similar
• 3 nights in Jaipur at Hilton Jaipur Hotel or similar
• 17 meals: 8 breakfast, 4 lunches, and 5 dinners
• Rickshaw ride in Delhi
• Bazaar walk in Jaipur
• Elephant safari in Jaipur
• 2 Game drives in Ranthambore by open canter on shared basis
• Hi tea with a local family in Agra
• Tonga Ride in Agra
• Inter-city overland transportation in very comfortable, an air-conditioned motor coach with microphone equipment.
• One train journey in air-conditioned chair car class from Ranthambore to Bharatpur
• All sightseeing and visits to places of interest in and sites as given in the itinerary conducted by well qualified English speaking national tour guide.
• All entrance fees to sites and monuments as per the itinerary for one visit
• Packaged drinking water in the coach throughout
• All taxes, tolls, parking fees and service tax

Not Included
• Visa fees for India
• Accommodation in Delhi on the last visit
• All personal expenses such as gratuities, meals, medical expenses, laundry, drinks, telephone and fax services, video or camera fee at the monuments and all other services not specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary

Details

Duration: 9 days & 8 nights

Travel Style: Guaranteed Departures

Minimum Passengers: 2
Based on double occupancy

Type of Service: Shared
Small group experience | All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Full itinerary
Please Note

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. On Day 1 of the tour you will be advised of any amendments.

Accommodations

Below is an example of the hotel we may use in this city. For the actual hotel your specific departure will be using, please check your voucher.

DAY 1 | (ARRIVAL)

Welcome to India! After clearing customs, immigration formalities, and baggage collection, you will meet our representative who will transfer to your hotel. Delhi stands as the capital of Modern India. Here you can see the mingling of the Old and New India, the ancient and the modern. Delhi is made up of seven ancient cities, spanning the period from the 11th to 20th centuries. Delhi has seen the rise and fall of many emperors, which has left behind a plethora of monuments that commemorate the grandeur and glory of bygone ages. Very few cities in the world can express such a profusion of architectural styles.

| Overnight in Delhi
DAY 2 | Lake Atitlan

After a short briefing, head out on a tour of Old Delhi, the capital of Mughal dynasty between the 16th and 19th centuries.

Visit Jama Masjid – the largest mosque in India built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. From here, board the cycle rickshaws for a tour of Chandni Chowk, known as The Moonlit Square of India. As you drive through the narrow lanes, witness the architectural marvels, the multicolored facades, beautifully decorated shops, ethnically dressed men and women and get bombarded by the cries of hawkers and fragrances emanating from the potpourri of eateries that line these historical alleys. During the British regime, the street underwent major changes and since then, this area has witnessed some of the most important events in Indian history. Today, these splendid ruins and tales of valor are a testimony of the evolution of the times. Chandni Chowk truly reflects the national unity, secularism, and diversity of India. Next drive through New Delhi, passing by Presidential Palace- the one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys; the India Gate – a memorial raised in honor of the Indian soldiers martyred during the Afghan war, Parliament House and other government buildings built in the first quarter of the 20th century by two famous English architects, Sir Herbert Baker and Sir Edwin Lutyens. It was during this time period that the capital of the British Empire was shifted from Calcutta to Delhi. The tour to Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower as well as one of the finest Islamic structures raised in India. Then visit Humayun’s tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun, it is an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, a precursor of the Taj Mahal. Welcome dinner will be at a local restaurant.

| Overnight in Delhi
|  Breakfast, Lunch Dinner
DAY 3 | Jaipur

Following breakfast, head to Jaipur, arriving in the early afternoon. Upon arrival, check-in for your stay. Jaipur – also known as the ‘Pink City’, for the abundance of pink plastered stone used to build its massive forts, magnificent palaces, and exquisite temples. The city built in 1727 A.D by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II followed a grid system, which made it the only planned city of its time. A young Bengali architect Vidhyadhar Bhattacharya designed the city in accordance with Shilp Shastra – an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture. 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. The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore on your own or simply relax. In the evening, depart for Dera Amer to take part in a private elephant safari through the somnolent countryside. Dera Amber is located in the foothills of the Aravali Range and surrounded by the wilderness of a reserved forest. While on the safari, watch a gorgeous sunset and hear evening songs of the birds, making this an absolutely magical experience. Your elephant sojourn concludes at the camp of Dera Amer, situated in the middle of the forest, where you enjoy a dinner.

| Overnight in  Jaipur
|  Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 4 | Jaipur

After breakfast, visit the sprawling Amer Fort. Jaipur’s Maharaja Man Singh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started constructing Amer Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amer 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. Most fascinating, perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room. Enjoy jeep ride ascending the fort with lovely views of the topography and monuments around along the way. Next, explore the colorful local market. Walk through the old city of Jaipur past the Palace of Winds and market stalls before heading back to the hotel. On the way, observe local artisans in their workshops; jewelers and silversmiths, gold and silver foil makers. Please be aware that these are very old marketplaces in Jaipur used almost entirely by local people, hence you should be prepared for the hustle and bustle in the streets.

| Overnight in  Jaipur
|  Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 5 | Jaipur

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. The rest of the morning is at your leisure. In the afternoon, explore the city of Jaipur. Start with a visit to the Jantar Mantar, an observatory built by Sawai Jai Singh ll in the 18th century. The Maharajah, a scientist as well as an astronomer, had the principles of Euclid translated into Sanskrit. One of the most remarkable sites in Jaipur, the Jantar Mantar has fourteen major geometric devices for measuring time, predicting eclipses and tracking stars and planets. Just next to the observatory is the City Palace. Built within the fortified area of the original city, it has one of the finest monumental entrances in India. The Palace is now principally a museum housing a collection of great treasures, including miniature paintings, carpets, royal garments and other interesting objects from Jaipur’s intriguing past. The former royal family retains a part of the palace for their personal use. Towards the evening, visit a Hindu temple to attend the Puja (Prayer) ceremony. Puja is the act of showing reverence to a god, a spirit, or another aspect of the divine through invocations, prayers, songs, and rituals. An essential part of puja for the devotee is making a spiritual connection with the divine. Most often that contact is facilitated through an object: an element of nature, a sculpture, a vessel, a painting, or a print. Later, visit a local Rajput family in their home for a home-hosted meal. After a short introduction, you will get into an informal chat talking on diverse topics on Rajputana ranging from Cuisine, History, Craft, and Culture of this city. This will be an excellent opportunity for you to get an in-depth knowledge of a particular culture. The discussions will be followed by a home cooked meal accompanied by the family.

DAY 6 | Ranthambore

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. The rest of the morning is at your leisure. In the afternoon, explore the city of Jaipur. Start with a visit to the Jantar Mantar, an observatory built by Sawai Jai Singh ll in the 18th century. The Maharajah, a scientist as well as an astronomer, had the principles of Euclid translated into Sanskrit. One of the most remarkable sites in Jaipur, the Jantar Mantar has fourteen major geometric devices for measuring time, predicting eclipses and tracking stars and planets. Just next to the observatory is the City Palace. Built within the fortified area of the original city, it has one of the finest monumental entrances in India. The Palace is now principally a museum housing a collection of great treasures, including miniature paintings, carpets, royal garments and other interesting objects from Jaipur’s intriguing past. The former royal family retains a part of the palace for their personal use. Towards the evening, visit a Hindu temple to attend the Puja (Prayer) ceremony. Puja is the act of showing reverence to a god, a spirit, or another aspect of the divine through invocations, prayers, songs, and rituals. An essential part of puja for the devotee is making a spiritual connection with the divine. Most often that contact is facilitated through an object: an element of nature, a sculpture, a vessel, a painting, or a print. Later, visit a local Rajput family in their home for a home-hosted meal. After a short introduction, you will get into an informal chat talking on diverse topics on Rajputana ranging from Cuisine, History, Craft, and Culture of this city. This will be an excellent opportunity for you to get an in-depth knowledge of a particular culture. The discussions will be followed by a home cooked meal accompanied by the family.

| Overnight in  Ranthambore
|  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7 | Ranthambore

Enjoy a game drive in the park. Ranthambore is considered by many to be one of India’s most beautiful national parks. 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, you will return to the resort for a late breakfast. In the afternoon, visit the Ranthambore School of Art which recruits students from neighboring villages and trains them to be self-sufficient artists. Next, visit Dastkar Ranthambore Project, founded in 1981 when six women united to protect traditional artisans in contemporary India.

| Overnight in  Ranthambore
|  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8 | Agra

In the early morning, you will take a train to Bharatpur. Indian Railways is one of the largest train networks in the world and is the quickest way to travel a certain route. This short train journey will offer the opportunity to see the early morning life around the countryside. Upon arrival in Bharatpur, continue to Agra and en route visit Fatehpur Sikri (37 Kms southwest of Agra) – the deserted red sandstone city that was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital. Ponder the mysterious desertion of this capital city that was dramatically abandoned a few years after it was built. It was a veritable fairytale city and its ‘ruins’ are still in a pristine condition. After the visit, continue to Agra. On arrival, check-in for your stay. Agra in terms of ambiance is still associated with its Mughal period. The Mughals besides being great rulers were also great builders and they preserved their best architectural wonders for Agra & its neighborhood. It has many wonderful monuments and the Taj Mahal, the greatest of them all, is a masterpiece of Mughal architecture at its best also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the late afternoon, enjoy Hi Tea with a local family and later proceed for Kachpura Heritage Walk. A narrow bridle path through agriculture fields near Mehtab Bagh takes you into the ancient village of Kachpura and Humayun’s Mosque. The walk ends in Mehtab Bagh from where you will have the opportunity to watch the Taj Mahal during sunset from across the river.

| Overnight in  Agra
|  Breakfast
DAY 9 | (DEPART)

Enjoy your last breakfast. You will then be transferred to the international airport depending on your departure time.

 
|  Breakfast
Departures
Hotels
The Suryaa New Delhi

The Suryaa New Delhi is located in the New Friends Colony. It offers an outdoor pool and a rooftop restaurant Sampan that offers Asian cuisines with views of the city.

Rooms at New Delhi Suryaa feature flat-screen satellite TVs. Tea/coffee making facilities and a mini-bar can be found in all rooms. Ample work space and private bathrooms are included.

Other facilities at The Suryaa New Delhi include a spa & wellness center, a sauna and relaxing massage services. Guests can exercise at the fully equipped fitness center or make travel arrangements at the tour desk. It also provides a beauty salon.

Radisson Blu Agra Taj East Gate

Located on 4.5 acres of land just 0.6 mi from the Taj Mahal, Radisson Blu Agra Taj East Gate features a health club with infinity pool and spa, as well as 5 dining options. Air-conditioned rooms come with free WiFi and a flat-screen TV.

Featuring wooden flooring and earth tones, rooms at Radisson Taj East Gate Road are equipped with a mini-bar, tea/coffee-making facilities and private bathroom. 24-hour room service is available.

Guests can work-out at the fitness center, which is located next to the swimming pool and features a steam room and hot tub. A range of therapies and beautifying treatments are available at the Aliva spa. Transportation arrangements can be organized at the travel desk.

Dawat-e-Nawab serves Indian specialties and features separate vegetarian and non-vegetarian kitchens. Guests looking for a quick bite can head to The Latitude, Palato- All day dining, the poolside bar or the Tea Lounge. An extensive wine list is available at Liquid Lounge Bar. Refreshing beverages along with some multi-cuisine delights can be enjoyed at the Infini-The Sky Lounge.

Ranthambore Regency

A 10-minute drive from Ranthambhor National Park, Ranthambhor Regency offers 4-star accommodations with a flat-screen TV. It provides 2 dining options, an outdoor pool and free parking.

Cozy air-conditioned room features modern décor and warm lighting. Each is fitted with a sofa seating area and work desk. Some bathrooms have a bathtub, while others have a shower.

At Ingredients restaurant, guests can be entertained with Rajasthani cultural performances, while enjoying a buffet spread of Indian, Chinese and continental dishes. Refreshing beverages are served at the Fushia Bar.

Staff at the tour desk can make arrangement for jungle safari trips to the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve National Park. Car rental and sightseeing bookings are also provided.

Regency Ranthambhor is 7.5 mi from Sawai Madhopur Junction and 106 mi from Jaipur Airport.

Hilton Jaipur Hotel

Located just 1.9 mi from Jaipur Railway Station, Hilton Jaipur operates a 24-hour front desk to assist guests at all hours. It features a swimming pool.

The richly decorated rooms offer air-conditioning, flat-screen satellite TV and seating area. Each room includes a mini-bar and a safety deposit box. The attached bathrooms are equipped with a bathtub, hairdryer and free toiletries.

Hilton Jaipur is just 3.1 mi from the iconic Hawa Mahal, 3.7 mi from the Albert Hall Museum and 5 mi from Jantar Mantar. The Jaipur International Airport is 7.5 mi away.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Useful info about our trips

  • UPGRADED HOTELS AVAILABLE (for an additional fee)

  • All tours and entrance fees are included

  • All taxes are included and NO HIDDEN FEES

  • International Airfare is not included, but we can book it for you at very competitive rates

  • Alterations

    A transfer fee may be assessed for alterations to packages, itineraries/tours and suggested arrival/departure dates

  • Price are based on double occupancy

    Prices are per person and based on double occupancy. All prices are expressed in US dollars. Prices for vacation packages are subject to change without notice.

  • All travel documents are the responsibility of the passenger.

  • Travel insurance is highly recommended.

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