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; Visit Ranthambhore, one of the most successful locations to visit in hope of spotting India’s majestic tiger in the natural habitat, the beautiful palaces and bustling bazaars of Jaipur epitomize the rich culture of Rajputana, Also visit the famous Bhangarh Fort which was abandoned soon after being built and supposedly after it was cursed by a magician. 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.
- Enjoy various inclusions during this tour including a visit to the Taj Mahal and 2 game drives in Ranthambore National Park along with much more
- All transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours will be by air-conditioned transport and Services of an English-Speaking local Guide shall be provided for the sightseeing & excursion tours as per the itinerary
- Share a meal over fun & laughter in a relaxed and informal environment with an Indian family, a truly great experience
- Departs: london
- Arrives: delhi, India
- Departs: delhi, India
- Arrives: london
Land of the Maharajahs
- As Per Itinerary
- As Per Itinerary
- Explore an amazing country
- Take advantage of various included activities
- Visit many mnuments on your journey
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; Visit Ranthambhore, one of the most successful locations to visit in hope of spotting India’s majestic tiger in the natural habitat, the beautiful palaces and bustling bazaars of Jaipur epitomize the rich culture of Rajputana, Also visit the famous Bhangarh Fort which was abandoned soon after being built and supposedly after it was cursed by a magician. 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 of 10 nights and 11 days of exploring the Indian Golden Triangle & Beyond itinerary with Ranthambhore.
- Delhi: Qutub Minar, Humayuns Tomb & Jama Masjid , Bicycle Rickshaw Ride
- Agra: Taj Mahal, Red Fort & Fathepur Sikri
- Ranthambhore : 02 Game drives by shred jeep at Ranthambore National Park (if Jeeps are not available we will provide shared canter)
- Jaipur: Amber Fort, Observatory & City Palace [Includes only to allowed places], jeep ride or Elephant ride while ascending Amber Fort
- Pushkar : Pushar Lake & Brahma temple, 1 Camel Ride
- Jodhpur: Mehrangarh Fort & Jaswant Thanda
- Udaipur : City Palace & Sahelion-ki-bari, Shared boat ride
Day 1 - Arrival In Delhi
This morning 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.
Today spend your day relaxing at the hotel.
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.
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.
In the evening enjoy dinner with an Indian family at their residence (Indian Home Meal).
Share a meal over fun & laughter in a relaxed and informal environment This Experience will give a glimpse into an Indian Home. Chat with us and enjoy an evening / afternoon of fun, food & laughter. An enriching Cultural & Culinary experience. Expect stories, traditions and a lot of fun. Relish Indian Food and cherish some memories. Share a few laughs along the way! The Meal includes beer/aerated drinks/juices, snacks, main course, dessert, tea/coffee
Day 3 - Delhi to Agra
This 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.
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.
Day 4 - Agra to Ranthambore
This morning after breakfast proceeds to Bharatpur, enroute visit the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri.
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.
Post tour drive to Ranthambore & proceed for check-in at your hotel and a representative will assist you to complete your check-in formalities.
RANTHAMBHORE – 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 evening at leisure. Dinner and Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5 - Ranthambore
Early morning proceed for jungle safari in Ranthambore National Park.
Return to the hotel for breakfast & lunch.
Afternoon: Proceed for another jungle safari. Dinner and Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6 - Ranthambore to Jaipur
Today morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to Jaipur.
Upon arrival in Jaipur, check-in at the hotel. A representative will assist you to complete your check-in formalities.
JAIPUR, the fascinating capital of the marvelous state of Rajasthan, is one of the well-planned cities of its time. The graceful architecture of the city that runs across in pink color has earned Jaipur the title of the “The Pink City”. Jaipur is predominantly known for its musicians, artisans and craftsmen. Today, it is flocked by masses for its fine jewellery, varied textiles and sumptuous cuisine.
In the evening proceed for cooking lesson followed by dinner at the Dera Mandawa
What would you say if, during your stay in Jaipur, you could enjoy a unique cooking demonstration, in a unique homestay? This is what er are offering you today! Come and discover the Dera Mandawa Homestay and their hosts, whom are the best in welcoming people and will definitely make you feel at home, thanks to their sense of humor. The Dera Mandawa was built by Thakur Jait Singhji of Mandawa in the 19th century. In this unique place, the silence is broken only by the twittering of the birds. Get to know better the owner of the place by sharing a homemade diner, made in a friendly atmosphere during a cooking demonstration. You will undoubtedly succumb to their charms.
Information: Visit to spice market along with family member followed by cooking demo and dinner.
Day 7 - Jaipur
Following 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.
A jeep or Elephant 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 Pushkar
Today morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to Pushkar
Pushkar is one of the frequently visited tourist destinations of Rajasthan. Characterised by a picturesque valley, mountainous regions, uncommon scenic spots and several pilgrimage sites of importance, Pushkar is known all over. The locals here are very hospitable and they dress up with their best during the much-awaited camel fair. Their colourful veils, turbaned heads and colourfully dyed skirts, with sounds of the ektara and the soulful tunes of the Rajasthani folk songs enhance the charisma of the place.
Upon arrival, check-in. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Afternoon proceed to visit Pushkar Lake & Brahma Temple. Later take a camel cart ride around Pushkar.
Day 9 - Pushkar to Jodhpur
Breakfast followed by the drive to Jodhpur.
On arrival at Jodhpur, proceed to check in at your hotel and a representative will assist you to complete your check-in formalities.
Jodhpur is also known as the Blue City, an apt name as most houses in the old city are shades of blue. This is particularly noticeable on the north side of the town, known as Brahmpuri for the many Brahmins that live there. The forts and palaces, temples and havelis, culture and tradition, spices and fabrics, colour and texture, a booming handicrafts industry, all add up to make this historic city worth a visit.
Later proceed to visit the Mehrangarh Fort (citadel of the Sun) that evokes the very spirit of the Rathores, the ruling local Rajput clan. Visit its various palaces with their delicate friezes and respective museums, displaying treasures of the royal family. North of Meherangarh Fort, and connected to it by road, Jaswant Thanda is a pillared marble memorial to the popular ruler Jaswant Singh II (1878-95), who purged Jodhpur of dacoits, initiated irrigation systems and boosted the economy. The cenotaphs of members of the royal family who have died since Jaswant are close by his memorial; those who preceded him are remembered by chhatris at Mandor. This south-facing spot is also the best place from which to photograph the fort, looming above the sheer rocky Meherangarh plateau.
Day 10 – Jodhpur - Udaipur
After breakfast you will drive to Udaipur enroute visiting Ranakpur Jain Temples - Surrounded by tangled forests with monkeys abounding in the courtyard. Ranakpur is one of the five important pilgrim centers for the Jain community. Noted for its grandiose scale and elaborate ornamentation, of the three temples, the Adinatha saint. The whole, including the extraordinary array of 1144 pillars each distinct in design, carved ceilings, and arches decorated with friezes depicting scenes from the lives of the Jain saints, is fascinating. (Temples open only at 1100 Hrs. Leather belts, footwear, bare legs and black clothing not allowed)
On arrival at Udaipur, proceed to check in at your hotel and a representative will assist you to complete your check-in formalities.
Udaipur is often called the "Venice of the East" and the most romantic city in the state of Rajasthan. Udaipur nestles like a gem in a valley surrounded by green hills, reflected smooth and white in the clear blue waters of Lake Pichola. The city is a kaleidoscope of narrow lanes flanked by bright stalls, gardens, lakes, palaces and temples
Day 11 - Udaipur
After breakfast, proceed for city tour of Udaipur.
Sites to visit include:
City Palace, the majestic palace is actually a conglomerate of eleven palaces overlooking the sprawling Lake Pichola.
Jagdish Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located in the centre of the old city. The temple has a black marble image of Lord which is unusual for the northern part of the country, where statues of Gods are normally in white marble.
Sahelion-ki-bari, the spectacular garden displaying the unique lifestyle of the Royal ladies who once lived in the Palaces.
In the afternoon, take a common boat cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola towards Jag Mandir Palace, which covers almost four acres and is noted for its marble pavilion and an imposing dome.
Later explore the local market and its entire splendour.
Day 12 – Udaipur - Delhi
Buffet breakfast at the Hotel.
Later on time representative will meet you & transfer you to airport for your flight to Delhi.
On arrival at Delhi’s Airport, following baggage collection, a representative will meet you as you exit the arrivals terminal building and will transfer you to your hotel.
In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner at the Great Kebeb Factory Restaurant (Any non-alcoholic or alcoholic drinks not included)
Day 13 - 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 4 hours prior to flight departure time). The standard check out time at the hotel is 1200hrs.
£1999 per person
Your holidays include:
- Representation Services