Taj Mahal &
the Tigers of India

Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Bundi, Udaipur, Jodhpur & Jaipur

Overview

TOUR CODE: TAJTGR

See the vibrant colors of India before your eyes. Explore the capital city of Delhi as you witness its rich traditions and vivacious history that has blended seamlessly into the metropolis it is today. Uncover the passionate love story behind the world famous Taj Mahal. In this tour, you will be in search of the elusive Bengal Tiger in Ranthambore National Park and enjoy a boat ride amongst the palaces of Udaipur.

What’s Included

  • 2 nights in a Guest Room at Hyatt Regency in Delhi
  • 1 night in a Standard Room at the Taj Gateway Hotel  in Agra
  • 2 nights in a Deluxe Room at the Hotel Juna Mahal in Ranthambore
  • 1 night in a Deluxe Room at the Hadoti Palace in Bundi
  • 2 nights in a Deluxe Garden View Room at Trident  Hotel in Udaipur
  • 2 nights in an Executive Room at Indana Palace Hotel in Jodhpur
  • 2 nights in a Guest Room at Hilton Hotel in Jaipur
  • Daily breakfast
  • English Speaking local guide
  • Rickshaw ride in Delhi
  • 02 game drives at Ranthambore National park by shared jeeps
  • Boat ride in Lake Pichola by Shared boat
  • Elephant ride in Jaipur
  • All transfers, sightseeing tours and activities as specified
  • Hotel taxes and service charge

Itinerary

DAY 01

ARRIVE DELHI

After you clear all immigration and customs formalities, you will be met by our representative in the arrival area of the airport. Depart for your hotel where you will check in for your stay.

DAY 02

DELHI (B)

You tour begins in Old Delhi, the capital of Mughal dynasty between the 16th and 19th centuries. Visit Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in year 1650 AD and completed in the year 1656 AD. From here we board our cycle rickshaws for a tour of Chandni Chowk (Silver Street). Here you will get a glimpse into an old world lifestyle slowly fading from Delhi. The hustle and bustle of everyday life can be felt in the Chandi Chowk’s narrow lanes. After the rickshaw ride, going past the Red Fort (photo stop), and we disembark at the Raj Ghat – a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, set within a beautiful park. Continue the tour passing along Sansad Bhawan (the Parliament House) and Rashtrapati Bhawan (the President’s House). Take a photo stop at India Gate, a stone arch of triumph raised in honor of the Indian soldiers martyred in the campaigns of WWI. Next visit the World Heritage Site of Humayun’s Tomb and conclude the tour with a visit to the Qutab Complex, the soaring minaret was erected in 13th-century by the Afghan dynasties that ruled India from 1210 to 1526. The surrounding complex displays a visual history of India’s earliest political history—decorative Hindu panels, Islamic domes and early Afghan architecture converge to stunning effect. A walk through the complex provides an excellent overview of the varied architectural styles and cultural elements prevalent throughout India.

DAY 03

DELHI/ AGRA (B)

Morning drive to Agra on a newly built expressway, passing by India’s world class Grand Prix track. In the afternoon, visit Agra Fort the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. Encircled by a moat, this dramatic city within a city was the palace of three emperors, Akbar, Shah Jehan and Aurangzeb, each of whom made significant contributions to the wonderful architecture of the inner buildings, a combination of Persian (Islamic) and local Hindu styles. End the day with a marvelous sunset at Taj Mahal, said to be one of the most elegant and harmonious buildings in the world.

 (Please be advised that Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays)

DAY 04

AGRA/RANTHAMBORE (B)

We visit the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city that was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital. Ponder the mysterious desertion of this capital city that was dramatically abandoned a few years after it was built. It was a veritable fairy tale city and its ‘ruins’ are still in a pristine condition. Continue to Ranthambore and check in for your stay. The Ranthambore National Park was once the hunting ground for the Maharaja of Jaipur. In 1955, it was declared a game sanctuary and it became a national park in 1980. Ranthambhore Park is famous for tigers and due to conservation efforts; the tiger population has stabilized if not increased here. We may able to spot tigers during the day, at their normal pursuits hunting and taking care of their young ones.

DAY 05

RANTHAMBORE (B)

Enjoy a day of game drive into the park, see series of high escarpments, the forests, lakes and dry scrub that make up the park are dotted with old forts and temples, creating a wonderful atmosphere for both bird and mammal viewing amongst a landscape oozing with ancient Rajput history and Rajasthani culture.

DAY 06

RANTHAMBORE/BUNDI (B)

In the morning, drive to Bundi, a quaint blue hued town surrounded by lakes, hills, bazaars and temples. The town’s legacy is well preserved in the shape of the massive Taragarh fort, which broods over the town in the narrow valley below, and the huge palace beneath it. In the afternoon, take a guided tour to Taragarh Fort. Taragarh Fort (1342) stands in somber contrast to the town and lakes below. Inside are huge reservoirs carved from solid rock and famous cannon. Later, visit the palace complex below, with its spy-holes, secret trapdoors and underground passages. In the Chitrashala here you can see the famous Bundi murals depicting scenes from the life of Lord Krishna. You will also see the ingenious water supply system based on step wells and tanks.

DAY 07

BUNDI/UDAIPUR (B)

Enjoy a morning drive to magical Udaipur. Set on the shores of Lake Pichola and bordered by hills, Udaipur grew in complete contrast to the harsh deserts of the rest of Rajasthan. From the late 16th century, peace brought about an era of renaissance in the arts and encouraged the building of beautiful palaces around the lake, culminating in the City Palace, one of the largest palace complexes in the world. The lake itself is a romantic setting surrounding the gleaming white Lake Palace and the Jag Mandir, a refuge of the rebel Mughal prince, Shah Jahan, soon to be the creator of the incomparable Taj Mahal.

DAY 08

UDAIPUR (B)

In the morning, take a tour of the city visiting the City Palace, which stands on the crest of a ridge overlooking Lake Pichola. The largest palace in Rajasthan, it was built at various periods but still preserves the harmony of design, enhanced by massive octagonal towers surmounted by cupolas. Now a museum, it is a labyrinth of courtyards richly decorated with inlaid mirror-work, galleries covered with frescos, temples and roof gardens, which afford a wide panorama below.  Later visit Jagdish Temple in the old town and Sahelion-ki-Bari (Garden of the Handmaidens). Towards the evening, enjoy a motor launch cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola. The beautiful Lake Pichola was enlarged by Maharana Udai Singh after he founded the city. The city palace extends a considerable distance along the east bank of the lake. From the boat you will be able to view the city of Udaipur as it rises majestically above the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert. One would get an interesting view of the Dhobi (laundry) ghats. Also visit the Jag Mandir Palace – a lovely island palace in the middle of the lake.

DAY 09

UDAIPUR/JODHPUR (B)

Start your day with a visit to Ranakpur Temples enroute to Jodhpur. Jodhpur lies at the entrance to the Thar desert in a region called Marwar. The old city founded in 1459 is surrounded by 6.2 miles long wall. The massive Meherangarh Fort overlooks the city and the red sandstone palaces within the fort form one of the most impressive complexes in Rajasthan.

DAY 10

JODHPUR (B)

In the morning, visit Jaswant Thada. It 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. We continue to Mehrangarh Fort, perched on a high rocky cliff in the middle of the city. Take an afternoon walk to the Clock Tower Bazaar, listed in Conde Nasts’ ‘100 Great Markets of the World’ is a veritable super-market. A shopper’s paradise, it offers everything from fruit and spices to textiles and bangles; rare books to American WWII jerry cans to junk jewelry! But the main attraction is Sadar Market. The market has kept alive the old ‘haat bazaar’ culture. Sadar market is a lively, bustling, colorful market which runs from Sojati Gate to the Clock tower. In the distance you can see the vast bulk of the Meherangarh Fort which dominates the skyline for miles around. While at the Bazaar, sample some of the local delicacies like Samosa, makhaniya lassi and mawe ki kachori.

DAY 11

JODHPUR/JAIPUR (B)

Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan province is known for its arts and crafts, jewelry, hand-painted fabrics and stone sculptures. The city’s colorful, chaotic streets flow with a mix of old and new. Careering buses dodge dawdling camels, leisurely cycle-rickshaws frustrate swarms of motorbikes, and everywhere buzzing auto rickshaws. In the midst of all this, the splendors of Jaipur’s majestic past are islands of relative calm evoking a different pace and another world.

DAY 12

JAIPUR (B)

Start the day at Amber Fort, for a magical elephant ride. Surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake.  Once you are 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. Later, visit Jantar Mantar, an observatory built by Sawai Jai Singh ll in the 18th century. Continue to the City Palace housing a collection of great treasures, including miniature paintings, carpets, royal garments and other interesting objects from Jaipur’s intriguing past. In the evening, take a walking tour to a local market. On this walk, you will get the opportunity to mingle and talk with the locals whilst observing some of the regions culinary delights: pakoras, aloo tiki, samosa and sweets from some of the city’s most popular street food vendors. Observe local artisans in their workshops; jewelers and silversmiths, gold and silver foil makers. The iconic Hawa Mahal also called the Palace of the Winds is the meeting point at which this two and a half hour walk begins. Here you also have the option of seeing and trying the art of Henna painting.

DAY 13

JAIPUR/DELHI DEPARTURE (B)

In the morning, drive to Delhi for your departure flight.

Meals: B= Breakfast

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Pricing

Per person, based on double occupancy

    2019Land Only
    Feb 01 - Apr 15$2,099
    Apr 16 - Jun 17$1,499
    Oct 01 - Dec 07$1,899
    2020
    Jan 06 - Apr 15$1,899
    Apr 16 - Jun 17$1,699
    Prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy and subject to availability. This is a land only package without International airfare. Tour prices include hotel taxes and service charges. (LO/010619/C-10)

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