INDIA | Experience India’s Taj Mahal and Bengal Tigers
9 DAYS | 8 NIGHTS
2 PAX MINIMUM
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.
Meet and greet upon arrival
3 nights in Delhi at Novotel New Delhi Aerocity or similar
1 night in Agra at Crystal Sarovar Premiere or similar
3 nights in Jaipur at Fortune Select Metropolitan or similar
2 nights in Ranthambore at Ranthambhore Kothi or similar
12 meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners
Tour of Old Delhi including rickshaw ride
Morning visit to the Taj Mahal
Visit Amber Fort in Agra
Traditional dinner at a local restaurant with folk dance show
Morning and afternoon shared game drive at Ranthambore National Park
Train fare for travel between Ranthambore to Delhi in 2nd Tier Air-Conditioned Sleeper Class
English-speaking local expert/guide on tours
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
Duration: 8 days & 7 nights
Travel Style: Shared
Minimum Passengers: 2
Based on double occupancy
Type of Service: Group
Small group experience | All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
VISA Requirements: WITH A U.S. PASSPORT
A visa is required for travelers with a valid US passport.
Physical Rating: 2 – AVERAGE
Some tours may include light hiking, stairs, and rough off-road adventures.
Service Level: UPGRADED
Tourists class accommodations and mix of public and private transports and tours, select meals included.
Visa fees for India
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
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.
DAY 1 | Arrive in Delhi
Welcome to India! After clearing customs, immigration formalities, and baggage collection, you will meet our representative who will welcome with a “Mauli ritual”. Mauli is a symbolic cotton thread tied on the wrist and is our traditional way to start the journey at an auspicious note.
You will be transferred to your hotel for check-in. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Delhi is India’s capital and a major gateway to the country. Perhaps there is no other capital city in the world so steeped in history and legend as the Indian capital Delhi. It was the magnet, which drew the Mongols, Turks, Persians, Afghans, Mughals and the British, all of whom contributed to its glorious but turbulent past. The fascination with Delhi was such that even though it was abandoned many times, its rulers returned to it again and again rebuilding it at least seven times. Today, the twin cities of Old and New Delhi still intrigue Indians and tourists alike as the cultural and political capital of the largest democracy in the world.
| Overnight in Delhi
DAY 2 | Delhi
After a short briefing, head out on a tour of Old Delhi, the capital of Mughal dynasty between the 16th and 19th centuries.
Ride in a cycle rickshaw (pedi-cabs) to the once water-filled square of Chandni Chowk. Discover the Jama Masjid, Delhi’s oldest mosque, before learning about the history of the Sikh religion at the Sheeshganj Gurudwara.
Continue to Raj Ghat, the memorial to Gandhi, built at the site of his cremation on the banks of the Yamuna River.
In the afternoon, ride past India Gate and the Government Secretariat buildings on the way to the Qutab Minar – the five-storied victory tower to signify the beginning of the Muslim rule in India by the first Musim ruler, Qutab-ud-din Aibak.
| Overnight in Delhi
DAY 3 | Delhi – Agra
Following breakfast, you will be transferred in a private vehicle to Agra – the city of Taj Mahal.
Once you arrive in Agra, check in for your stay and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Agra was once a small village on the banks of the Yamuna. It was transformed by two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and his grandson, Shah Jehan into the second capital of the Mughal Empire – Dar-ul-Khilafat, or ‘seat of the Emperor’ in the 16th & 17th century. A world of contrasting edifices of red sandstone and white marble, narrow galleys, bustling streets and small buggies, Agra retains the irresistible charm that made this the favorite city of the Mughals.
Rest of the day is at your leisure for independent explorations.
| Overnight in Agra
DAY 4 | Agra – Jaipur
Rise early for a dawn visit to the Taj Mahal. 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. Mughal emperor, Shahjahan built this architectural wonder to enshrine the mortal remains of his beloved Queen Mumtaz Mahal.
Note: Timing subject to change based on the local sunrise timing
Return to the hotel for breakfast before heading to Jaipur – the 18th century capital of Rajasthan. On arrival, check in for your stay.
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. 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.
| Overnight in Jaipur
DAY 5 | Jaipur
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
Morning visit to Amber Fort. Set on a hilltop overlooking Maota Lake, the fort is an authentic example of Rajput architecture and the Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors) is one of its more spectacular buildings.
Next brief photo stop at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds). Its beehive-like structure is an interplay of red and pink sand stone, painstakingly outlined with white borders and motifs. Behind this elaborate latticed facade, the cloistered ladies of the court could watch the daily goings-on in the street below.
The afternoon is at leisure for independent exploration. We suggest visiting Jaipur’s Royal City Palace and exploring its extravagant rooms and apartments.
In the evening, enjoy a traditional meal with folk dance at a local restaurant in the town.
| Overnight in Jaipur
| Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 6 | Jaipur – Ranthambore
Following breakfast at the hotel, head to Ranthambore – home to the elusive Bengal Tiger.
Upon arrival, check in to your hotel for overnight. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
The Ranthambhore 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. With the addition of neighboring Keladevi and Mansingh sanctuaries, the total area of the national park stands at 1,334 sq. km. The tigers of Ranthambhore are among the best documented and most photographed and filmed of any in India. It is also the park where a successful series of projects undertaken by the wildlife conservationists have benefited the surrounding villages through health projects, agricultural assistance and reforestation – all to deflect pressure from this isolated park.
| Overnight in Ranthambore
| Breakfast, lunch, Dinner
DAY 7 | Ranthambore
Enjoy a morning and afternoon shared game drive (in a canter) to spot wild tigers, sambar (deer), marsh crocodiles and a variety of eagles and other bird life. Ranthambore National Park has three entrances to the sanctuary.
For conservation reason, the use of each gate is regularly rotated and cannot be guaranteed.
| Overnight in Ranthambore
| Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8 | Ranthambore – Delhi
Following breakfast at your hotel, enjoy the rest of the morning at leisure.
In the afternoon, travel by train via Golden Temple Mail to Delhi.
You will reach Delhi in the evening around 8:00 PM. Once you arrive in Delhi, check in to your hotel for overnight.
| Overnight in Delhi
DAY 9 | Delhi – Departure
Enjoy your last breakfast of this memorable trip. At the indicated time, you will be transferred to the international airport depending on your departure time.
The rates displayed below are for the listed travel dates only. The travel dates for this tour package cannot be changed or altered.
|Tour Start Date||Price Per Person||Single Supplement|
|Thursday, January 9, 2020||$1429||add $519|
|Thursday, January 16, 2020||$1429||add $519|
|Thursday, January 23, 2020||$1429||add $519|
|Thursday, February 6, 2020||$1429||add $519|
|Thursday, February 13, 2020||$1429||add $519|
|Thursday, February 20, 2020||$1429||add $519|
|Thursday, March 12, 2020||$1429||add $519|
|Thursday, March 19, 2020||$1429||add $519|
|Thursday, March 26, 2020||$1429||add $519|
|Thursday, April 2,2020||$1429||add $519|
|Thursday, April 16,2020||$1379||add $519|
|Thursday, April 23, 2020||$1379||add $519|
|Thursday, May 14, 2020||$1379||add $519|
|Thursday, May 21, 2020||$1379||add $519|
|Thursday, May 28,2020||$1379||add $519|
|Thursday, June 11, 2020||$1379||add $519|
|Thursday, June 18, 2020||$1379||add $519|
|Thursday, June 25, 2020||$1379||add $519|
|Thursday, July 9, 2020||$1379||add $519|
|Thursday, July 16, 2020||$1379||add $519|
|Thursday, July 23, 2020||$1379||add $519|
|Thursday, August 6, 2020||$1379||add $519|
|Thursday, August 13, 2020||$1379||add $519|
|Thursday, August 20, 2020||$1379||add $519|
|Thursday, September 10, 2020||$1379||add $519|
|Thursday, September 17, 2020||$1379||add $519|
|Thursday, September 24, 2020||$1379||add $519|
Crystal Sarovar Premiere Agra
Offering free WiFi, Crystal Sarovar Premiere Agra is located in the Taj Ganj district in Agra 1.2 mi from The Taj Mahal.
The rooms include a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a safety deposit box. Some rooms feature a seating area to relax in after a busy day. You will find an electric kettle, mini bar and a desk in the room. Rooms include a private bathroom equipped with free toiletries.
Crystal Sarovar Premiere Agra features of a 24-hour front desk and express check in/check out services. A tour desk and concierge services are also available.
Guests can enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurant. The property also offers breakfast in the room and packed lunches. Guests can relax and enjoy drinks with good music at the on site bar.
Novotel New Delhi Aerocity
Located at a 7 minutes’ drive from the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Novotel New Delhi Aerocity offers 2 family-friendly dining options including a 24X7 Sports Bar. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. The Delhi Aerocity Metro Station is 650 feet while Cyber City is 5.6 mi away.
The air-conditioned rooms are equipped with a flat-screen satellite TV, electric kettle, and mini-bar. The private bathroom comes with a shower and hairdryer.
Dining options include Food Exchange (a Multi-Cuisine restaurant) and Quoin (a Sports Bar) offering great food and drink selections.
Fortune Select Metropolitan
Across from Jaipur’s Nehru Sahkar Bhawan, Fortune Select Metropolitan features a rooftop swimming pool and spa. It also offers its guests free parking privileges and a fitness center.
Metropolitan Fortune Select is half a mile from central Jaipur. Jaipur Train Station and Dolls Museum are 2 miles from the hotel.
Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV providing cable channels. A minibar and tea and coffee-making facilities are also included. Each room has a safe.
Guests can get a tan on the sun deck or relax in the sauna. A tour desk is available to make sightseeing arrangements. Car rental and 24-hour currency exchange services are available.
With subtle décor and plush interiors, our deluxe rooms are equipped with ample amenities. Bathrooms with open shower add to the rejuvenating holiday in Ranthambhore.
The modern amenities like Library, mini-bar, tea-kettle, safe are not to be missed, while the perk of flawless services makes us stand out as one of the best forest hotels across India.
Some useful info about our tours (land packages).
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
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.