Note: Taj Mahal remains closed on every Friday!
Highlights: Delhi - Agra - Ranthambore - Jaipur
Delhi - Sarovar Portico Naraina
Agra - Crystal Sarovar Premier
Ranthambore - Ranthambore Heritage Haveli
Jaipur - Park Inn
Day 01: Delhi
London Heathrow to Delhi by flight 21:20 - 11:20 Hrs
11:20 Hrs: Arrive Delhi airport. Upon arrival at Delhi airport welcome, meet and assist by our representative and transfer to Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure and Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 02: Delhi
Today after breakfast enjoy city tour of Old Delhi visiting Raj Ghat which is located on the banks of the river Yamuna, This is Mahatma Gandhi’s Memorial, where he was cremated following his assassination in January 1948. The memorial lies in the midst of landscaped gardens and made of a simple square platform of black marble inscribed with his last words “Hey Ram”. Red Fort (closed on Monday) - the 17th century imposing fortress built in red sandstone is surrounded by a huge boundary wall 33m high. Inside are exquisite palaces and beautiful gardens. Board the 'cycle rickshaw' for a unique experience from the Red Fort, through "Chandni Chowk" or Silver Street, experiencing the sights and sounds of this very busy avenue-heading west from the Fort. Opposite the Red Fort lies Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque) made of red sandstone and white marble, completed in 1656. It is India’s largest mosque where more than 20,000 people can kneel in prayer at one time. New Delhi visiting Humayun’s Tomb, built by his wife Haji Begum in the 16th Century. An early example of Mughal architecture considered the predecessor of the Taj Mahal. The Qutab Minar - the landmark of Delhi, a huge tower of victory started in 1199 and completed in 1368. The Minar is 72.5m high with a diameter at the base 14.4m and 2.7m at the top. Proceed to the Rashtrapati Bhawan (Drive Pass) once the Viceroy’s residence and now the official idence of the President of India. Designed by Lutyens, it combines western and eastern styles - the dome reflects the Buddhist stupa, the chhattris “Hindu” and the graceful colonnades very “British”. It has 340 rooms. The India Gate (42m), C commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who died in the 1st world war. 13516 names of British and Indian soldiers killed in the Afghan War of 1919 are engraved on the arch and foundations. Under the arch, glows the Amar Jawan Jyoti flame commemorating Indian armed forces’ losses in the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 03: Delhi to Agra by surface (Approx. 210 kms, 4 hrs)
After breakfast check out from Hotel and drive from Delhi to Agra - a medieval city on the banks of the Yamuna River. It was founded by Sultan Sikandar Lodi in the year 1506. Agra achieved fame as the capital of the Mughal emperors from 1526 to 1658 and remains a major tourist destination because of its many splendid Mughal-era buildings. Most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, all three of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Upon arrival at Agra, check in at Hotel. Afternoon proceed to visit Agra Fort – Agra Fort was originally a brick fort and the Chauhan Rajputs held it. It was mentioned for the first time in 1080 AD when a Ghaznavide force captured it. Sikandar Lodi (1487-1517) was the first Sultan of Delhi who shifted to Agra and lived in the fort. He governed the country from here and Agra assumed the importance of the second capital. He died in the fort in 1517 and his son, Ibrahim Lodi, held it for nine years until he was defeated and killed at Panipat in 1526. He built several palaces, wells and a mosque in the fort during his period. Evening vsit the world famous monument Taj Mahal (Closed on Fridays) by sunset – Overlooking the River Yamuna, the Taj Mahal is a classic example of Mughal architecture, with the Taj itself built as a mausoleum at the northern end of an extensive formal walled garden designed in the charbagh style and structured on the Islamic theme of ‘paradise’. The whole site was built by Shah Jahan between ad 1632 and 1653 as the final resting place of his favourite wife Arjumand Bann Begum (also known as Mumtaz Mahal) who died in ad 1631 shortly after giving birth to their fourteenth child. Upon his death in ad 1666, Shah Jahan was buried alongside his wife in the Taj.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 04: Agra to Ranthambore by surface (Approx. 295 Kms, 7 Hrs)
Today after breakfast checkout from hotel and drive to Ranthambore - one of the finest tiger reserve and one of the most filmed wildlife reserves in the world. Ranthambore was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1955 and became part of Project Tiger in 1973. This park is famous for its tigers and is one of the best places in the country to see these majestic predators in the wild. The Park, which covers an area of nearly 400 sq. km. and is set between the Aravali and Vindhya ranges. Its deciduous forests were once a part of the magnificent jungles of Central India. En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri - which is a beautiful and deserted medieval city, built by Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great in the 16th century to serve as the capital of his vast empire. It was mysteriously abandoned 13 years later. Today, it is perfectly preserved as a ghost city built at the height of the empire’s splendor
Visiting Abhaneri step (without guide) well orginally named Abha Nagri, which means “city of brightness”, Chand Baori consists of approx. 3500 narrow steps over 13 stories. It on of the deepest and largest stepwells in India
Upon arrival at Ranthambore, check in at Hotel
Overnight stay at Hotel
Day 05: Ranthambore
Morning and afternoon enjoy jungle safaris by open shared jeep.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 06: Ranthambore to Jaipur by surface (Approx. 180 kms / 4 Hrs)
Today after breakfast checkout from hotel and drive to Jaipur - Founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh - II, the ruler of Amber, Jaipur was the first planned city in India. This town is also referred as Pink city for the colour of buildings in its wonderful old city. The city was painted pink to honour the visit of Prince Albert of England in 1882. Upon arrival at Jaipur, check in at Hotel
Cooking demonstration at local family followed by Dinner.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 07: Jaipur
After an early breakfast proceed for the excursion to the Amber City Fort situated 130m high with the Aravalli hills around and 11 km north of Jaipur. It was the ancient capital of the Kachhawaha Rajputs till 1037. Watch the colourfully painted elephants up the hill, admire the massive gateways, courts, stairways, pillared pavilions and palaces the recall the glory and wealth of Amber’s association with the Mughals.
Afternoon visit the The Maharajah’s City Palace – A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Deve Temple and the City Palace Museum.
Jantar Mantar – This is the largest and best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country.
Hawa Mahal – The ornamental facade of this “Palace of Winds” is a landmark in Jaipur. Its five - storey structure of pink sandstone encrusted with fine tellies work and balconies has 953 inches and windows. It was built in 1799 by Pratap Singh and was a royal grandstand for palace women.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 08: Jaipur to Delhi by surface (Approx. 258, 6 Hrs)
After breakfast check out from Hotel and drive from Jaipur to Delhi
Upon arrival at Delhi, check in at Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure and Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 9: Delhi to London Heathrow by flight 13:35 - 17:35 Hrs
Transfer from Hotel to Delhi airport in time to board flight for London Heathrow.
- Flights from London Heathrow with Virgin Atlantic
- Airport taxes
- 6 Nights Accommodation on Bed & Breakfast Basis
- 2 Nights on Full board at Ranthambore
- All transfers, sightseeing & excursion as mentioned in itinerary by Air Conditioned car
- Services of local English speaking guide
- Cycle Rickshaw ride at Old Delhi
- Cooking demonstration with local family followed by Dinner
- 2 Games drives at Ranthambore National
- As per Itinerary