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Ideal for those that want to pack visits to India’s most revered cultural icons and wildlife scenery into one compact trip. Starting in the capital Delhi, explore winding narrow streets crammed with ancient architecture and bustling medieval bazaars. Head to Agra to witness the Taj Mahal in all its unrivalled glory, before venturing to the national park of Ranthambhore. Set out to trace the famous Royal Bengal Tiger on two amazing jeep safaris in beautiful surroundings before travelling to the fabled “Pink City” of Jaipur to see the magnificent Amber Fort. Continue your wildlife adventures and drive to the Jawai Leopard Camp and end you trip at the “lake city” of Udaipur.
Our Highlight itineraries cover the key attractions at a relatively quick pace. Enjoy them as they are or extend them to create your perfect holiday. Discuss itinerary options and extensions with our Asia Travel Experts.
On arrival at Delhi airport, our representative will meet and greet you, followed by transfer to the hotel.
The rest of the evening is at your leisure.
Delhi, India’s modern capital, is also an ancient city tracing its origins in legend. It is dotted with hundreds of landmarks and offers more than a millennium of history in stone. Delhi is the gateway to this wondrous land of spirituality and hospitality, as evidenced by its warm and welcoming residents.
After breakfast, you will embark on a full day sightseeing tour.
First head to New Delhi and visit the India Gate, a memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers who were martyred during the Afghan War. Directly opposite is Rashtrapati Bhawan, once the imperial residence of the British Viceroys, it is now the official residence of the President of India. To one side is Parliament House, a circular building that is a symbol of Indian democracy. Also visit Humayun’s Tomb, a sandstone forerunner of the Taj Mahal and Qutab Minar an 11th century victory tower that rises to a height of 73 meters.
In the afternoon, depart for sightseeing of Old Delhi.
The tour of Old Delhi includes a guided walking tour in the Red Fort, a huge settlement that contains within some very beautiful palaces and handsome public buildings. Then visit Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques and a beautiful structure that is still a house of worship for devout Muslims. Also visit Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. Enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through the silver streets of one of the largest marketplaces in Delhi, Chandni Chowk. We’ll conclude the day with a Metro ride from Old to New Delhi.
This morning after breakfast you will drive to the Mughal city of Agra and check-in into your hotel.
Agra is the city of the Taj Mahal, perhaps the most photographed monument in the world.
Visit the Agra Fort, an astounding structure comprised of lavish palaces, royal private rooms, opulent harems, magnificent towers, impressive ramparts and awe-inspiring gateways. This structure showcases not only the political stature and power of the Mughal Empire under Akbar, but also the advancements made in the sphere of art and architecture.
Agra Fort was originally a brick fort known as Badalgarh. It was only during the reign of Akbar's grandson, Shah Jahan (the builder of the grand Taj Mahal), that the site took on its current state. Unlike his grandfather, Shah Jahan tended to have buildings made from white marble, often inlaid with gold or semi-precious gems. He destroyed some of the earlier buildings inside the fort to make his own. At the end of his life, Shah Jahan was deposed and restrained by his son, Aurangzeb, in the fort. It is rumoured that Shah Jahan died in Muasamman Burj, a tower with a marble balcony offering a view of the Taj Mahal.
Later visit the bazaars of Agra. Your Taj Mahal tour is incomplete if you return without taking a replica of the Taj Mahal, made by local artisans. Leather goods are the other major buying products.
This morning you wake up early to witness the splendour of the Taj Mahal at sunrise.
You visit the fabled memorial to love and witness the magical effects caused by the reflections of the changing colours of the rising sun on this brilliant white marble building. At sunrise, when it is bathed in the pinkish glow of the rising sun, the Taj Mahal holds your gaze.
Afterwards, you return to your hotel for breakfast and thereafter drive to Ranthambhore.
En route you will visit Fatehpur Sikri, a great “Abandonded City” in the countryside. Built by great Mugal Emperor Akbar as his capital but after a few years the occupants fled due to scarcity of water. The whole city is built of red sandstone and remains in excellent condition today. Wander the grounds of this great preserved city and marvel at the architecture and styling of the many buildings.
Ranthambore National Park - encompasses an area of 410 square kilometres in the Aravali and Vindhya mountain ranges of Rajasthan. Within the boundaries of the park lives a healthy population of tigers. A large number of deer inhabit the area as well and leopards are occasionally sighted. Ranthambore is known to have India's friendliest tigers, as they are assured of protection. These typically nocturnal creatures are often seen in the day.
The region around Sawai Madhopur is thick with remnants of its past history. Picturesque walls, mosques and hunting lodges adorn the lush rolling hills of the Vindhyas and the Aravalis.
Early this morning your will depart for the National Park to enjoy a wildlife viewing safari on a jeep. Tiger, Panther, Hyena, Jackal, Jungle Cat, Caracal, Sloth Bear, Sambar, Chital, Nilgai, Wild Boar, Chinkara, Indian Hare and Mongoose are calling this area their home. Return to your hotel at midday and relax as the animals seek the shelter of the shade as well.
In the late afternoon, you will once again return to the park for a second jeep safari to view the wildlife as they re-emerge in the golden hours of the setting sun.
After breakfast we drive to Jaipur.
Jaipur was established in 1727 when Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II had it built. In 1876 Jaipur dressed itself in pink to welcome Prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria, and earned the moniker ‘Pink City'. It also has a wealth of excellent handicrafts and is especially known for the exquisite gold jewellery enamelled or inlaid with precious stones, blue pottery, carving on wood, stone and ivory, block print, tie and dye textiles, handmade paper, miniature painting and many other crafts.
On arrival, check-in into your hotel.
After breakfast you have a morning visit to the impressive Amber Fort, situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur City. The Fort, completed in the early 18th century, took over 100 years to build and now, although deserted, offers a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the ruling families.
Later drive back to the city & photo stop at Hawa Mahal (the Palace of the Winds) for photography. Built in 1799, its original intention was to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen. Continue to the City Palace. Built in 1734, it lies in the centre of Jaipur and is now the residence of the royal family of Jaipur and houses few beautiful museums.
Afterwards you will visit Jantar Mantar, an outdoor observatory built in the 18th century by the city founder Jai Singh II. The enormous instruments are made out of stone and marble and served to explore the night skies with great accuracy that is difficult to match even today.
After breakfast you will drive Jawai, a place home to Leopards. On arrival, check-in into your hotel.
Lying just minutes upstream of the Jawai, one of western Rajasthan’s largest reservoirs which attracts migratory birds, including flamingo, geese, cranes & also leopards. A thriving population of Leopards lives in this region and the chance of spotting leopard here is among the highest in India, especially with the camps expert naturalists and trackers who will guide you.
Jawai Leopard Camp: Enclosed by the ancient Aravali range, with a landscape which hosts a diverse eco-system, Jawai Leopard Camp is the only luxury offering to lie within this unexplored region of outstanding natural beauty. Leopards are Jawai’s predominant attraction and you can track these normally elusive big cats with trackers & drivers in Jawai’s customised 4x4 safari jeeps. Uninhibited by restrictions, you are offered an exclusive wildlife experience. And leopard are not the only residents here; the rarely seen Indian Wolf, Sloth Bear, antelope and a profusion of smaller game coexists alongside the vibrant Rabari herdsmen who have shared this landscape with wildlife, for centuries.
Early this morning your will enjoy a wildlife viewing safari on a jeep.
After a while we return to the camp for our Breakfast & relaxation.
In the late afternoon, you will return to the nearby forests for a second jeep safari to view the wildlife as they re-emerge in the golden hours of the setting sun.
After breakfast drive to Udaipur. En route visit Ranakpur, a breathtaking temple complex located within the rolling Aravalli Mountains.
Ranakpur has one of the most spectacular Jain Temples in India. Spread over 48,000 square feet, this temple stands on 1,444 intricately carved pillars and, if you observe carefully, no two pillars are alike! Believed to be built in the 15th century, this temple offers an engrossing vision of beautifully carved cupolas, shikhara and turrets.
Continue your drive to Udaipur, also known as City of Lakes as the main city is situated around many lakes. Lake Pichola at Udaipur is one of the biggest human made lakes in the world.
After breakfast at the hotel embark on a city tour of Udaipur, a beautiful city of lakes, palaces and fountains. Maharana Udai Singh sought shelter here from the Mughal hordes and then fashioned a city out of the silent vale.
Visit the City Palace Museum with its grandeur and intricacy stroked all over in granite, marble and mosaic displayed in the sparkling white filigreed balconies and windows. Also visit Sahelion Ki Bari, the spectacular garden displaying the unique life style of the royal ladies who once lived in the palace.
In the evening, enjoy a boat-ride on Lake Pichola, which is surrounded by hills on three sides. Palaces of pure white marble rise from little islands; Lake Palace being the most spectacular.
Midday you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Delhi.
Upon arrival in Delhi, stay in transit to connect with your flight home.
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Float gently over the mighty Amber Fort and the surrounding area. Take in the spectacular sunrise as you drift over the Aravali mountain range and get a birds eye view of traditional villages and colourful fields in one of India’s most spectacular locations.
You’ll fly with India’s first fully licensed and approved Hot Air Balloon company, offering a unique & amazing balloon safari experience in Jaipur, with highly experienced international pilots. Enjoy tea, coffee and light refreshments whilst you watch the spectacle of the balloons being inflated and prepared before your hour long flight, touching down to the welcoming smiles and friendly greetings of the local villagers.
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