Day to Day programme:
DAY 01: ARRIVE DELHI
Today early 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 ARRIVALS 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, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds - the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiraling 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 rest of the day is free for independent activities. Overnight at the Hotel, New Delhi
DAY 02: DELHI - AGRA [204 Kms / 04 Hrs]
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven from Delhi to Agra, upon arrival check-in at your hotel
Agra came into limelight during the rule of 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. Overnight at the Hotel, Agra
DAY 03: AGRA
Early morning 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; it is a 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. Return to your hotel for breakfastIn the afternoon you will visit Agra Fort, where the ageing Emperor Shah Jahan, imprisoned by his son, watched from a distance the fulfillment of his life’s dream-the building of the Taj Mahal in memory of his beloved wife. You will also visit Fatehpur Sikri, a spacious red sandstone city built in the 16th century by the Mughal Emperor Akbar, one of India’s greatest rulers. Overnight at the Hotel, Agra.
BHARATPUR – RANTHAMBORE [Train: 1540 / 1755 Hrs]
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven from Agra to Bharatpur Railway station to board Jan Shatabdi Express.
Upon arrival at Sawai Madhopur Railway station, you will be met by our representative and be transferred to hotel.
The Ranthambore National Park was the hunting ground of Maharaja of Jaipur. In 1955, it was declared a game sanctuary; in 1980, it became a national park. But with the commissioning of Project Tiger in 1972, it was included in the project.
Remainder of the day is free for independent activities. Overnight at the Hotel, Ranthambore
DAY 05: RANTHAMBORE
Early morning, leave for safari to explore the National Park.Come back to the Hotel for Breakfast.
The park is one of the finest tiger reserves in the country where more visitors spending a couple of nights are likely to spot one of these majestic animals. Once, private tiger reserve of the Maharaja of Jaipur, in 1972 the sanctuary came under the Project Tiger scheme. It covers 410 sq km and runs from the easternmost spur of the Aravalis to the Vindhya Range. It has both the old for and the wildlife sanctuary, also known as Sawai Madhopur, after the town, which has some Jain temples with gilded paintings. Apart from tiger you can see herds of Chital and Sambar deer and sounde4rs of wild boar, Nilgai antelope and chinkara gazelles. There are also sloth beer, a few leopards and crocodiles. Extensive bird life includes spur flown, jungle forwl, patridges, quails, crested serpent eagle, woodpeckers, flycatchers etc. There are also water birds like storks, ducks and geese at the lakes and waterholes. Later in Evening again a drive to National park for another safari. Overnight at the Hotel, Ranthambore
DAY 06 RANTHAMBORE – JAIPUR [170 Kms / 04 Hrs]
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven from Ranthambore to Jaipur, upon arrival check-in at your hotel
Jaipur (City of Victory) was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1727. It is the only city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the Universe through nine rectangular sectors sub-dividing it. The architect who formalized the city’s plans on the Shilpa Shastra, the epic Hindu treatise on architecture, mixed it with the sublimity of the Mughal and Jain influences of those times. The city was painted pink in 1853 in honour of the visit by Prince Albert. Except for the busy traffic of bicycles, cars and buses, little seems to have changed.
Remainder of the day is free for independent activities. Overnight at the Hotel, Jaipur
DAY 07 JAIPUR
After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit Amber Fort, the former seat of the Rajput rulers of Jaipur.Later proceed for sightseeing tour of Jaipur covering the City Palace known for its blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Not far away is the Central Museum with its large collection of woodwork, jewellery, costumes, brassware, and pottery. Another monument near the City Palace, Jantar Mantar, is the largest of the five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh. The Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds was constructed for the royal ladies to watch the royal processions without being seen.
After your visit, continue to Samode and upon arrival, proceed for check-in at your tented accommodation. Overnight at the Tent, Samode
DAY 08 JAIPUR - DELHI [260 Kms / 05.30 hrs]
After breakfast, you will be driven from Samode to Delhi, upon arrival check-in at your hotel
Remainder of the day is free for independent activities. Overnight at Hotel, New Delhiday 09: DELHI
Breakfast at the Hotel
Proceed for Full day combined city tour of Old and New Delhi. 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 will drive pass the Mughal Empire’s most opulent fort, the Red Fort. Visit Raj Ghat where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated.
Afternoon proceed for New Delhi and drive past Presidential Palace, the one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys; the India Gate, a memorial raised in Honour 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. Overnight at the Hotel, New Delhi
DAY 10: DEPART DELHI
In time our representative will meet you and assist you to transfer the airport for your flight back home.
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