Traditional welcome on arrival at Delhi airport by our India executive with fresh marigold flower garlands and then transferred by air-conditioned exclusive car to hotel for overnight stay. Delhi is the capital of the modern India, though it is made up of seven ancient cities, spanning over a period from 11th to 20th centuries.
Breakfast at hotel and further introduced with your guided tour of the historic city of Delhi. The city where one can experience the influence of the many rulers who ruled this region, a city built and destroyed and re-built over seven times. The guided tour takes you to the monuments that depict the different eras. The tour includes visit to the magnificent Red Fort (exterior), the Jama Masjid - one of the Asia's largest mosque, cycle rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Old Delhi passing through Chandni Chowk, Chawri Bazaar etc, Humanyun's Tomb, Qutab Minar - 73 mt. tall minaret, India Gate war memorial, President's House and drive through Connaught Place. Later, see Son-et-Lumiere (Sound and Light show) at Red Fort with dinner at an Indian specialty restaurant (optional with supplement cost involved).
Morning drive to Agra - the city of world famous 'Taj Mahal' - One of the 7th wonder of the world. Enroute guided visit of Sikandra Fort, the last resting place of the Mughal emperor Akbar. On arrival Agra check-in the hotel. Later meet you guide in Agra in the hotel lobby for visiting Red Fort - built in red sandstone by Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan. Visit the halls of private and public; Itimad-Ud-Daulah (Baby Taj) described as a 'Jewel Box' and often regarded as a draft of the Taj Mahal. It was built between 1622 and 1628 and also visit to a local marble factory to witness the inlay work of precious stones also known as Pietra dura. It's the same art of stone work which is illustrated on the Taj Mahal & Baby Taj. It's a learning experience and a treat to eyes to see the art.
Dawn-view visit of Taj Mahal to witness the wonder marble seems to change colours due to the rising sunlight. A UNESCO World Heritage Site which was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal is best viewed & enjoyed in the non-chaotic and less crowded time of the day. Return to hotel for breakfast. Later, drive to Ranthambhore National Park. En-route a guided visit of Fatehpur Sikri, the erstwhile capital of the Mughal Empire built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. See Darbar-e-Aam, Palaces, Panch Mahal and Taansen Seat. Continue to Rantambhore National Park - widely considered to be one of India's most beautiful national parks and Tiger reserves. Encircled by a series of high escarpments, the forests, lakes and dry scrub that make up the Reserve are dotted with old forts and temples, creating a wonderful atmosphere for both bird and mammal viewing among a landscape oozing with ancient Rajput history and Rajasthani culture. On arrival check in jungle resort for dinner & overnight.
Early morning jeep safari to the Ranthambore national park to see the King of the jungle - the Indian Bengal Tiger. You will see abundant spotted deers, Sambar deer, blue antelope (nilgai), Chinkara Antelope (or Indian Gazelle), monkeys, langoors, wild boars, variety of bird species such as Flocks of Peafowl, while on the lakes Cotton Pygmy Geese and both Bronze-winged and Pheasant-tailed Jacanas are common. The surrounding woodland and grasslands hold such species as Black-rumped Flame back Woodpecker, Tickell's Blue Flycatcher, Rufous-tailed Finch Lark (an Indian endemic), Painted Spur fowl, Jungle Bush Quail, Small Minivet and Stork-billed Kingfisher. There's a possibility of seeing up to five species of owl, including Brown Fish Owl, Dusky Eagle Owl and Collared Scops Owl. Return to resort for breakfast. Relax by the poolside. Lunch at the resort, followed by the afternoon jeep safari for a second chance to view the Tiger and the wildlife in action. Overnight with dinner at the resort.
Morning & afternoon safari with visit to the Ranthambore Fort included.
Early morning jeep safari to the Park. Return to resort for breakfast. Later, proceed for a short drive to Jaipur - the Pink city of India. After freshening up a guided city tour of Jaipur covering Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), City Palace - surrounded by a sky-scraping wall on all sides, which makes it slightly difficult to find out the main entrance of the palace, Jantar Mantar (Royal Astronomical Observatory).
A fairly early breakfast (0730 hrs) at the hotel and then a small excursion to the grand Amer Fort on elephant back - the erstwhile capital of the Kachwaha Rajputs before they moved to their newly built capital in Jaipur. This is the only fort where one can still go by the elephant back even today like a Maharaja. Visit to a hand block printing factory and a textile export house. Time at leisure to do shopping in this famous city of gems & jewels or at leisure to enjoy a walk in the local colourful bazaar.
Breakfast at hotel followed by drive to Pushkar. On arrival transfer to resort for check-in. Evening sunset view on Pushkar Lake and also visit the Lord Brahma temple (one of the famous temple dedicated to Lord Brahma in India which is in Pushkar thus making it an important pilgrimage city for Hindus). Evening free for independent activities.
Breakfast at the hotel. driven Udaipur - the city of Lakes. On arrival met & assisted to check in at the hotel. Rest of the day free to enjoy the hotel, lake views, walk into the local market. Evening enjoy a sunset boat ride on Lake Pichola.
Breakfast at the hotel. A guided sightseeing tour of the city starting with paying your respect to the Jagdish temple in the middle of the main bazaar followed by Sahelion-ki-Bari - 'garden of the maids of honour' brings to mind the lifestyle of the ladies of the court. The delightful gardens appear discreet and in impeccable taste; Eklingji temples - a marvel structure carved in stone and one of the most famous temples of Rajasthan, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Early evening, you will visit the City Palace museum complex to get the feeling of true Mewar rulers of Rajasthan. This evening, a beautiful Sound & Light show at the City Palace museum outdoors, which showcases the Mewar dynasty (Travel Pals India recommendation).
After breakfast you will be transferred to Udaipur domestic airport to board flight to Delhi or Mumbai for your further connection to international flight for onward journey with the sweet memories of Tiger & the Indian Palaces Tour.
|Tour Destination: 11Nights/12Days|
Destinations Covered: Delhi - Agra - Ranthambore - Jaipur - Pushkar - Udaipur - Delhi
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