A capital way to begin your discovery of India Delhi, the vibrant capital city of India lying along the River Yamuna, is a teaming metropolis of 14 million people and nowhere in the Country is the contrast between old and new more obvious. Seven cities have existed here since the 10th century, ruled over by a succession of Rajputs, Turks, Afghans, Mughals and the British. Delhi is two cities in one first being Old Delhi of the Mughals, created by Shah Jehan after moving his Capital from Agra in 1638 AD is still a medieval district of narrow lanes, forts, mosques and bazaars. The second is New Delhi, built by the British between 1911-1931 and characterized by Sir Edwin Lutyens' architecture, is a spacious and well-designed metropolis of broad avenues, grand imperial buildings and landscaped gardens. New Delhi is a surprisingly green city with its tree lined avenues, parks and natural forest and one of the City’s hidden delights is the picturesque Lodi Gardens set around Mughal tombs. As the Country’s cultural centre, it is home to a number of museums to include the national, Modern art, Natural History and one for Creative Arts & Crafts Museum where artisans can be seen at work.


DAY02: DELHI (B/-/-)

Proceed for sightseeing tour of Old Delhi previously known as Shahjahanabad, take a cycle rickshaw through the chaotic, noisy and bustling markets of Chandni Chowk, where trading continues in the maze of shops as it has done over the Centuries. Stop at the magnificent Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India and the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jehan.

Later, visit one of the most inspirational monuments of Delhi's past the Humayun's Tomb which is one of the earliest great examples of a Mughal garden tomb and the forerunner to the ornate Mughal style of architecture later perfected in the Taj Mahal. This Tomb was built in 1565 by a Persian architect. Surrounded by well maintained gardens it is a wonderfully serene site. New Delhi: A touch of faith, philosophy & British India

Drive onto Rajpath, a two mile long avenue originally the focal point of British India and now used for parades; lined with ornamental canals the views in both directions are imposing. Drive past India Gate, built to commemorate the Indian and British soldiers who died in World War I, Parliament House and Rashtrapati Bhavan. Standing at the crest of Raisina Hill, Lutyen’s 20th Century architectural masterpiece was built for the Viceroy during British rule & is now President's residence.

Conclude your Delhi sightseeing tour by visiting Qutub Minar, a World Heritage monument and one of the most instantly recognizable and historically important monuments in Delhi. This 234 foot high fluted minaret was built in 1193, at the time of the foundation of the Islamic rule in Indian known as the Delhi Sultanate. The adjacent Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque is an early example of the fusion of Hindu panels and Islamic domes and arches reflecting the mingling of the two cultures.


DAY03: DELHI – AGRA (B/-/-)

Early morning transfer to New Delhi Railway Station for your train to Agra.

Agra, the capital of the Mughal court during the 16th and 17th centuries and its sublime monuments date from that era. The emperors Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jehan governed their vast empires from here and as prolific builders; artisans from Persia, Central Asia and other parts of India were attracted by their patronage. The resulting luxurious palaces, tombs, forts and gardens dot the picturesque riverine region along the Yamuna River; three of which, the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Itimad ud Daulah (Baby Taj). Agra is renowned for its delicate Pietra Dura work; a Florentine technique imported by Jahangir of arranging minute pieces of precious and semi precious stones in complex, stylized floral and geometric designs into a marble base. Today artisans still recreate the old patterns.

On arrival in Agra drive 35 Kms/45 minutes to Fatehpur Sikri, the abandoned red sandstone city built by Emperor Akbar in 1571 AD. The Mughal capital for only 14 years until it was abandoned reputedly due to lack of water, the buildings blending Hindu and Islamic styles of architecture and reflecting Akbar’s secular vision remain in an excellent condition and it is a fascinating place to wander around.

After sightseeing drive back to Agra & on arrival check-in at hotel. In the afternoon proceed for your sightseeing tour which starts from Agra fort, situated on the west bank of the Yamuna River, this imposing red sandstone Fort was started in 1565 by Akbar. The fort surrounded by a moat forms a crescent along the riverfront and encompasses a huge complex of courtly buildings reflecting the varied styles of the Emperors. Wander through the lavishly decorated halls, courtyards and galleries discovering hidden pavilions and alcoves while getting a glimpse of the Taj Mahal at a distance. Continue to the small elegant tomb of Itimad ud Daulah, also known as the Baby Taj superbly combines white marble, coloured mosaic, stone inlay and lattice work to produce a beautifully delicate and unique piece of architecture.



Sunrise visit the incomparable Taj Mahal, the world's greatest monument to love and devotion, was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan for his favorite wife Mumtaz. Its perfect proportions and exquisite craftsmanship took 20,000 workers 22 years to complete in 1653AD. It is undoubtedly a building as close to perfection as is achievable and appears to magically change colours with light conditions at different times of the day. After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Bharatpur railway station in time to board the Golden Temple Mail for Sawai Madhopur.

Ranthambhore National Park encompasses nearly 400 square kilometers of dry, deciduous forest in south eastern Rajasthan in the shadow of the Aravalli and Vindhya Hills. Originally the private hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur, Ranthambore was declared a National Park in 1973. The park derives its name from the huge 1000 year old Rajput fortress of Ranthambore which sits on a rocky outcrop 215 m high in the forest and is fascinating to visit in its own right. The Park is famous for its open sightings of tigers, although sightings are always a matter of luck and perseverance. Ranthambore is home to a large variety of animals including various types of Deer - sambar, chital, nilgai, chinkara also wild boar, sloth bear, hyena, jackal as well as leopards and is also a bird watcher's delight. Accommodation at Ranthambhore



Morning & late afternoon game drives Ranthambhore National Park.

Early in the morning as well as late afternoon game drives are undertaken into the reserve to view wildlife as these are the best time to spot animals and birds. The remainder of the day may be spent at leisure or exploring nearby monuments on your own. The starts of the game drives are dependent on the opening times and there is a restricted vehicle allocation which is determined on a daily basis by the Park authorities. You may be allocated either an open top canter with a seating capacity of 11 passengers or possibly a jeep with capacity to seat maximum 04 guests for each safari which lasts approximately 3 hours.



Morning & late afternoon game drive Ranthambhore National Park.



Morning at leisure. Afternoon drive to Jaipur & upon arrival check into hotel

Jaipur, or the City of Victory, was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II and is a well planned city of magnificent palaces and buildings. Built from rose-coloured terra cotta, that has given it the name - 'Pink City'. Nowadays the Capital of Rajasthan with a population of over 1 million, it is a city full of contrasts with bazaars teeming with turbaned elders and jean clad youngsters to camels, horses and a multitude of vehicles. The city centers focal point is the magnificent Hawa Mahal, otherwise known as the Palace of the Winds; primarily an sleek five floor building with projecting windows and balconies, behind which the ladies of the court used to sit and observe life going on in the streets below.


DAY08: JAIPUR (B/-/-)

Sightseeing at Jaipur beginning with Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the region prior to Jaipur, located 11 km north of the City. Now a deserted complex crowning the crest of a hill with panoramic views, Amber Fort is extremely well preserved and a fascinating place to explore. The forts majestic ramparts follow the natural contours of the ridge and the palace is full of hidden gems – the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of mirrors), Jas Mandir with its latticed windows and glass inlay work and Zenana Mahal (Women’s quarters). Elephants still carry visitors in stately splendor to the main Palace, through magnificent high gateways. In the afternoon, visit the opulent City Palace which occupies the heart of Jai Singh II’s city and has been home to its rulers for the last 200 years. A superb blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, the interiors of the Palace are lavishly furnished and decorated and the Museum houses a fabulous collection of textiles, art and crafts and arms. The Jantar Mantar or Observatory was built by Jai Singh II, a keen astronomer, in 1728. It resembles a collection of giant sculptures and was used to determine the position of the stars and planets to accurately calculate Jaipur’s time, make horoscopes and is today still used to forecast the expected arrival date and intensity of the monsoon and summer temperatures. In the evening discover the excitement and colors of Jaipur’s markets on a cycle rickshaw.



Morning drive to Nimaj to witness NIMAJ PALACE One of the oldest Heritage property of the Country running as a hotel, which makes you relive the medieval era. Over the centuries the Thakur of Nimaj refurbished the palace as per their likes which even today evokes a feeling of awe and reverence and the imposing gates remind you of the chivalrous days. The palace facade carved in red sand stone makes it a distinctive landmark in the architectural history of India. Many typical Indian Motifs and designs used here have to be seen to be believed which gives the palace a unique flavor.

In the evening you are taken on the jeep tour of the Farm and Village. Walk through the farms and the settlement of the farmers, from here guests are driven to the shepherd's village for a walk around the various lanes of the village and then driven back to the hotel.



Morning drive 110 Kms/03 Hours west to Jodhpur - The Blue City at the edge of the Desert

Dominated by the spectacular Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur city is a mass of sky blue coloured cubed houses set against a desert setting. Traditionally blue signified the home of a Brahmin but nowadays anyone can paint their home blue; additionally the colour allegedly is said to repel insects. Rao Jodha founded the Rathore Dynasty in Jodhpur in 1459 AD and the kingdom of Marwar flourished due to its strategic location on the trade route between Delhi and the Middle East. Sandalwood, dates, copper, cattle, camels and salt passed through the city over the centuries. As a legacy of its glorious past, Jodhpur boasts some stunning palaces, forts and temples.


DAY11: JODHPUR (B/-/-)

Begin with sightseeing tour of Jodhpur visiting Mehrangarh Fort, one of the most majestic forts in Rajasthan riding sheer out of a 125 m. high rock and spreading over five kilometers. Inside, the palace hewn from red sandstone with finely latticed windows, brilliantly coloured glass panes and flamboyantly decorated interiors gives a vivid recreation of princely life in Rajasthan. The Royal apartments additionally house an outstanding museum including a rich collection of palanquins, howdahs, miniature paintings, folk music instruments, costumes and impressive armory. On the way back from the fort visit Mystical Jaswant Thada; the cremation ground and white marble memorials of Jaswant Singh II and the successive Mewari rulers. In the afternoon, enjoy a jeep safari through the Bishnoi villages to see our pioneering environmentalists who live of the land.



Morning drive 260 Kms/06 Hours to Udaipur en-route stopping at Ranakpur to visit the famous UNESCO World Heritage Jain Temples. After visit drive south to Udaipur, regarded by many as the most romantic city in India, Udaipur is an enchanting image of white marble palaces, placid blue lakes and green hills. It is an oasis of color in a stark and arid region. The city is dominated by the massive City Palace overlooking Lake Pichola with its white washed palaces, picturesque havelis, ghats and temples along the lake front. The lively bazaars of the old city and a relaxing atmosphere make Udaipur perfect for wandering around and a visit is considered one of India’s greatest highlights.

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.


Day13: UDAIPUR (B/-/-)

Morning drive through the Aravalli Hills to visit Eklingji & Nagda temple. This beautiful white marble temple dating from AD 734 is dedicated to Siva, the family deity of the Mewars, Rulers of Udaipur (No photography allowed). Return to Udaipur & continue your visit to the grand City Palace which stretches along the eastern shore of Lake Pichola and is an awesomely striking building 5 acres and housing a complex of several palaces added by the various Maharana’s between the 16th and 20th century. Apart from housing the superb City Museum the City Palace contains the Shiv Niwas Palace Hotel and Fateh Prakash Hotel. Also visit the lively Jagdish Temple built in 1651 with an entrance flanked by stone carved elephants. Saheliyon ki Bari - or garden of the maids of honor, a small ornamental garden with fountains, stone elephants & a delightful lotus pool  In the evening, enjoy a scenic Boat ride on the serene Lake Pichola to view the romantic sunset.



Morning is at leisure till transfer to Udaipur airport for flight to Delhi. You will be met on arrival & transferred to hotel near international airport.



Transfer to Delhi International airport to connect with flight for onward destination.



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Golden Triangle & Highlights of Rajasthan


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Apr 2012 – Mar 2013






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Hotel accommodation in shared twin rooms with private bathrooms as specified or similar

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Shared boat ride on Chilka Lake

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