India can make a strong claim to be the most exciting and rewarding travel destination in the world. From the exhilarating pace of life in its colourful and vibrant cities to its exquisite temples and superb scenery, few visitors ever leave disappointed.
This is a journey through the heart of India to explore old and new part of Delhi the capital city, the Taj Mahal in Agra exemplifies the art and architecture of the Mughals; the beautiful palaces and bustling bazaars of Jaipur epitomise the rich culture of Rajputana. Isn’t it wonderful to find all of this within close proximity of each other? A definitely well preserved haven of history, art, architecture and culture despite the onslaught of modernity and urbanisation in the region. The tour starts and finishes in New Delhi and comprises 08 nights and 09 days of exploring the Indian Golden Triangle with Ranthambore.
- See the Majestic Taj Mahal in Agra, the Red Fort and then walk down the bustling streets of Chandni Chowk in Delhi and the City Palace in Jaipur
- During the tour all transfers will be in an air conditioned vehicle and services of a knowledgeable English-speaking local guide will be provided for sightseeing
- Discover Ranthambore National Park with Jungle Safari's around the park in search of Tigers with many other inhabitants to see along the way
- Departs: london
- Arrives: delhi, India
- Departs: delhi, India
- Arrives: london
Taj, Temples and Tigers
- As Per Itinerary
- As Per Itinerary
- Journey in Comfort
- Explore an amazing country
- Enjoy amazing Ranthambore
India can make a strong claim to be the most exciting and rewarding travel destination in the world. From the exhilarating pace of life in its colourful and vibrant cities to its exquisite temples and superb scenery, few visitors ever leave disappointed. This is a journey through the heart of India to explore old and new part of Delhi the capital city, the Taj Mahal in Agra exemplifies the art and architecture of the Mughals; the beautiful palaces and bustling bazaars of Jaipur epitomize the rich culture of Rajputana and then adventure and discover all that amazing Ranthambore has to offer. Isn’t it wonderful to find all of this within close proximity of each other? A definitely well preserved haven of history, art, architecture and culture despite the onslaught of modernity and urbanization in the region.
The tour starts and finishes in New Delhi and comprises 08 nights and 09 days of exploring the Indian Golden Triangle with Ranthambhore.
Day 1: Arrival In Delhi
Today you will arrive at Delhi’s International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a representative will meet you as you exit the arrival terminal building and transfer you to your hotel. Where you will proceed for check-in
India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds - the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiralling skyscrapers the remnants of a bygone time in the form of its many monuments stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a specious, garden city, tree-lined with a number of beautiful parks.
Spend your day relaxing at the hotel.
You will spend 2 nights in New Delhi.
Day 2: Delhi
Proceed for a full day combined city tour of Old and New Delhi. (The Guide will meet you at the hotel at approximately 0900 hrs. unless you request otherwise). In Old Delhi you will visit the 17th century Jama Masjid and walk through the narrow, winding lanes of colourful and bustling Chandni Chowk. You have the option of taking a rickshaw ride through these bazaars. Also visit the Mughal Empire’s most opulent fort, the Red Fort for a photo stop. Visit Raj Ghat where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated.
In the afternoon proceed to New Delhi. Drive past The 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 and a drive along the Rajpath past the Parliament House and secretarial buildings. Visit Qutab Minar, the 12th century tower of victory built by a slave king and prototype of all minars (towers) in India. Also visit the 16th century Humayun’s tomb, a precursor to the Taj Mahal.
Day 3: Delhi To Agra
In the morning after breakfast proceed to Agra.
Upon arrival at Agra you will check-in at your hotel and a representative will assist you to complete your check-in formalities.
Agra came into the limelight during the rule of the Afghan King Sikandar Lodhi - who had made it the capital of his empire. Later in 1526 A.D., the Mughal Emperor Babar took upon himself the task for rendering Agra, a unique character and beauty of its own. The next few hundred years of Agra witnessed the rise of the pomp and pageantry of three great Mughal monarchs - Emperor Akbar, Jehangir and Shahjahan. In modern times, the city of Agra is a thriving carpet industry where you can also find leather workers, sandstone and marble sculptors, some of whom claim to be direct descendants of the craftsmen who had helped build the Taj Mahal.
Afternoon you will proceed to visit Agra Fort, where the ageing Emperor Shah Jahan, imprisoned by his son, watched from a distance the fulfilment of his life’s dream-the building of the Taj Mahal in memory of his beloved wife.
Later, proceed to visit Taj Mahal, (Closed on Fridays). On the inner walls, jewel-like stones create beautiful designs in white marble. The Mughals perfected the art of embedding semi-precious stones into marble and the Taj is the finest example of this special process called pietra dura. It begins with a marble plate, varying in size. Then jewels are sliced paper thin and embedded in the marble with such precision that the joints are invisible to the naked eye.
You will spend 1 night in Agra.
Travelling Distance approx. 204 km – Driving Time approx. 04 hours
Day 4: Agra to Ranthambore
After breakfast you will drive to Ranthambore, visiting Fatehpur Sikri En-route.
Fatehpur Sikri, is the deserted red sandstone city, built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. It was abandoned soon after it was built when the local wells went dry and it remains today in much the same condition that it was over 300 years ago. It is complete with palaces and mosques and used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed. Now it is an extraordinary place to wander around with its buildings in near perfect condition.
Upon arrival in Ranthambhore, check-in at the hotel.
Ranthambore National Park is situated in India’s north-western state of Rajasthan, near the town of Sawai Madhopur, midway between Bharatpur and the Kota townships. Ranthambore National Park Covering 410 sq. km, Ranthambore runs along the easternmost spur of the Aravalli to the Vindhya ranges. At one time, Ranthambore was the private hunting ground for the Royal family of Jaipur before being declared a Sanctuary. In 1972 it 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.
Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
You will spend 2 nights in Ranthambhore.
Travelling Distance approx. 270 km – Driving Time approx. 06 hours
Day 5: Ranthambhore
Early morning proceed for jungle safari by shared canter in Ranthambore National Park. Return to the hotel for breakfast & lunch.
Afternoon: Proceed for another jungle safari. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Ranthambhore to Jaipur
Today morning after breakfast, drive to Jaipur (160 kms / 4 Hrs).
Upon arrival in Jaipur, check-in at the hotel. You will be met by a representative. Rest of the day is at leisure.
In the evening you will be taken for a typically Rajasthani meal with a local family.
You will spend 2 nights in Jaipur.
Travelling Distance approx. 160 km – Driving Time approx. 04 hours
Day 7: Jaipur
Following buffet breakfast you will proceed to visit the capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravali hills and sprawling crenulated walls lattice the surrounding area.
An elephant or alternatively a jeep will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress. Once 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.
En-route to Amber Fort you will stop and see the `Palace of Winds’, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It is really an elaborate façade, extremely intricate in its pink sandstone carving. The cool wind blows through its facade of windows and latticed screens through which the queens of the court once viewed the streets of the city.
This afternoon, you will visit the City Palace, which is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armory, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings.
Jaipur's Jantar Mantar is the most famous of five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh in India. Jai Singh was a great admirer of progresses and research made in the fields of science and technology, and he was passionate about astronomy. There is a very interesting story behind the construction of this observatory, considered as the largest stone observatory in the world. Sawai Jai Singh sent his emissaries to all parts of the world before commencing the construction of this observatory. The emissaries returned with many manuals on astronomy containing cutting-edge technological information. One of these manuals was a copy of La Hire's "Tables". The king ordered the observatory to be built according to the details contained in this manual. When the construction ended, for the astonishment of the king and others, the observatory was 20 seconds more accurate than the one mentioned in La Hire's "Tables".
Day 8: Jaipur to Delhi
After breakfast you will be driven back to Delhi.
On arrival proceed to check-in at the hotel (no assistance). The rest of the day is at leisure. No vehicle envisaged
You will spend 1 night in New Delhi.
Travelling Distance approx. 260 km – Driving Time approx. 06 Hours.
Day 9: Departure Delhi
In time a representative will meet you and assist you to transfer from the hotel to the airport for your flight back home. (Approximately 3.5 hours prior to flight departure time). The standard check out time at the hotel is 1200hrs.
Travelling distance approx. 4 km, driving time approx. 15 Mins.
End of Tour
£1149 per person
Your holidays include:
- Representation Services