Taj Mahal and the Tiger of India

Code: TAJTGR
Duration : 13 Days

Overview

Embark on a captivating 13-day journey through India, where the allure of the Taj Mahal meets the majestic wildlife of Ranthambore. Begin in Delhi, a blend of ancient and modern, before venturing to Agra to witness the mesmerizing Taj Mahal and explore the historic Agra Fort. Encounter the elusive tigers of Ranthambore National Park before immersing in the Bundi cultural tapestry and Udaipur's azure lakes. Traverse the desert city of Jodhpur, visit the Pink City of Jaipur, and unravel its regal past at Amer Fort. The tour culminates with exploring the City Palace and a home-hosted dinner in Jaipur, offering an unforgettable fusion of history, wildlife, and cultural treasures against India's diverse landscapes.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the bustling streets of Delhi and visit its historical landmarks, including the Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb
  • A rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk’s bustling streets
  • Marvel at the Taj Mahal, one of the most beautiful buildings in the world
  • Enjoy a wildlife safari in Ranthambore National Park, famous for its Bengal tigers
  • Explore the picturesque forts and palaces in Bundi, a charming blue-hued town
  • Visit the City Palace, Jagdish Temple, and Sahelion-ki-Bari garden in Udaipur, the
  • Cruise on Lake Pichola and view the island palace of Jag Mandir
  • Discover the Blue City of Jodhpur and visit the impressive Mehrangarh Fort
  • See the hilltop Amber Fort and City Palace in Jaipur, known for its arts and crafts
  • Visit the Jantar Mantar observatory and Hawa Mahal, a five-tiered wedding-cake facade
  • Explore the local craftsman at work in the old city of Jaipur

What’s Included

  • 12 nights in Deluxe accommodations
  • 16 Meals: 12 Breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 3 dinners
  • Transfers, sightseeing tours and game drives as specified in the itinerary
  • English-speaking local guides
  • Hotel taxes and service charges

What’s Excluded

  • International and domestic flights
  • Gratuities, porterage, travel insurance, and visa fees
  • Meals, beverages, and optional activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses like laundry, telephone/fax calls, drinks, camera/video camera fees at monuments, medical expenses

Itinerary

Day 1 I ARRIVE IN DELHI

Arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport, where our local representative will welcome you at the airport arrival hall and assist you with your hotel transfer. Take in the unique blend of old and new Delhi offers and enjoy the start of your 13-day adventure.

Accommodation: Vivanta Dwarka New Delhi (Deluxe room)

Day 2 I DELHI EXPLORATION

Start your day with a brief orientation before delving into the historical treasures of Old Delhi, the Mughal capital, from the 16th to 19th centuries. Visit the grand Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1650 AD. Experience the vibrant atmosphere of Chandni Chowk on a cycle rickshaw, witnessing a vanishing old-world charm. Pass by the iconic Red Fort and reach Raj Ghat, a serene memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. Continue your tour, passing landmarks like Sansad Bhawan, Rashtrapati Bhawan, and Gandhi Smriti. Capture memories at India Gate, a tribute to WWI Indian soldiers. Explore the World Heritage Site of Humayun's Tomb and conclude your day at the Qutab Complex, an architectural marvel showcasing India's diverse history through Hindu, Islamic, and Afghan influences. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of India.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Vivanta Dwarka New Delhi (Deluxe room)

Day 3 I DELHI TO AGRA

After breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to Agra via a newly constructed expressway, passing by India's renowned Grand Prix track. Upon arrival in Agra, check-in at the hotel. In the afternoon, explore the historic Agra Fort, a symbol of Mughal power and grandeur. Enclosed by a moat, this architectural marvel served as the residence for emperors Akbar, Shah Jehan, and Aurangzeb, blending Persian (Islamic) and local Hindu styles. Conclude the day with a breathtaking sunset visit to the Taj Mahal, an epitome of elegance and harmony (closed on Fridays). (The distance from Delhi to Agra is 127 miles, an approximately 4-hour drive.)

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Tajview, Agra-IHCL SeleQtions (Superior Room City View)

Day 4 I AGRA TO RANTHAMBORE

Start the day with breakfast and set off for Ranthambore. En route, explore the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, an intriguing red sandstone city built by Emperor Akbar as his capital. Delve into the mystery of its abandonment as the well-preserved ruins whisper tales of its fairytale-like existence. After the visit, continue the drive to Ranthambore. Once the hunting grounds for the Maharaja of Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park became a sanctuary in 1955 and attained national park status in 1980. Renowned for its tiger population, the park offers a chance to witness these majestic creatures in their natural habitat, engaging in hunting and caring for their young. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel and prepare for an exciting wildlife experience in Ranthambore. (The distance from Agra to Ranthambore is 168 miles, an approximately 6-hour drive.)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Aamaghati Wildlife Resort (Evok Room)

Day 5 I RANTHAMBORE WILDLIFE EXPLORATION

Embark on a thrilling day of game drives in Ranthambore National Park. The landscape, adorned with high escarpments, lush forests, lakes, and dry scrub, features ancient forts and temples that add to the allure of this Rajput and Rajasthani cultural haven. Marvel at the rich wildlife, including a variety of birds and mammals, against the backdrop of historical wonders.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Aamaghati Wildlife Resort (Evok Room)

Day 6 I RANTHAMBORE TO BUNDI

After breakfast, venture to Bundi, a charming town immersed in a blue hue surrounded by lakes, hills, bazaars, and temples. The town's heritage is vividly represented by the imposing Taragarh Fort, which watches over the narrow valley and the grand palace beneath it. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel. In the afternoon, embark on a guided tour of Taragarh Fort, known for its ancient reservoirs, cannons, and the palace complex below. Explore the Chitrashala with its famous Bundi murals depicting scenes from Lord Krishna's life. Witness the innovative water supply system utilizing step wells and tanks. (The distance from Ranthambore to Bundi is 97 miles, an approximately 3-hour drive.)

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hadoti Palace (Deluxe room)

Day 7 I BUNDI TO UDAIPUR

After breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to the enchanting city of Udaipur. Nestled on the shores of Lake Pichola and embraced by hills, Udaipur stands in stark contrast to the arid landscapes of the rest of Rajasthan. The late 16th century marked the beginning of a peaceful era, fostering a renaissance in the arts and the construction of splendid palaces around the lake. Notably, the City Palace, among the world's largest palace complexes, emerged as a testament to this flourishing period. The picturesque Lake Pichola hosts the gleaming white Lake Palace and the Jag Mandir, offering a romantic backdrop to Udaipur's charm. On reaching Udaipur, check-in at the hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure. (The distance from Bundi to Udaipur is 165 miles, an approximately 5-hour drive.)

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Trident Udaipur (Deluxe room Garden View)

Day 8 I UDAIPUR EXPLORATION

Commence your day with a hearty breakfast, followed by a city tour that includes a visit to the majestic City Palace. Perched atop a ridge with a commanding view of Lake Pichola, this grand palace, the largest in Rajasthan, showcases a harmonious design adorned with massive octagonal towers crowned by cupolas. Now a museum, the City Palace invites exploration through its labyrinth of courtyards adorned with intricate mirror-work, galleries boasting frescoes, and temples with rooftop gardens that offer panoramic views below. Continue your exploration with visits to the Jagdish Temple in the old town and the serene Sahelion-ki-Bari, also known as the Garden of the Handmaidens. As the evening approaches, indulge in a motor launch cruise on the tranquil waters of Lake Pichola. Originally expanded by Maharana Udai Singh, the lake provides a stunning backdrop to the City Palace, extending along the east bank. Marvel at the city of Udaipur rising majestically above the lake amid the Rajasthan desert. The cruise offers intriguing views of the Dhobi (laundry) ghats. Don't miss the chance to explore the Jag Mandir Palace, a charming island palace in the middle of the lake.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Trident Udaipur (Deluxe room Garden View)

Day 9 I UDAIPUR TO JODHPUR

Begin your day with breakfast before embarking on a scenic drive to Jodhpur, with a fascinating stop en route at the Ranakpur Temples, known for their intricate marble architecture, providing a captivating visual experience. Following the sightseeing, resume your journey to Jodhpur, located at the entrance to the Thar desert in the Marwar region. The old city, established in 1459, is enclosed by a 6.2-mile-long wall. Dominating the cityscape is the colossal Meherangarh Fort, which offers panoramic views and houses red sandstone palaces that stand as a testament to the grandeur of Rajasthan. Upon arrival in Jodhpur, check-in at the hotel and immerse yourself in this vibrant city's rich history and architectural marvels. (The distance from Udaipur to Jodhpur is 156 miles, an approximately 5-hour drive.)

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Ajit Bhawan Palace (Deluxe room)

Day 10 I JODHPUR EXPLORATION

Start your morning with a visit to Jaswant Thada, a graceful marble memorial dedicated to the esteemed ruler Jaswant Singh II (1878–95). His transformative reign saw the eradication of dacoits, the initiation of irrigation systems, and a significant economic boost for Jodhpur. Next, explore the iconic Mehrangarh Fort, majestically perched on a rocky cliff in the heart of the city. In the afternoon, stroll to the Clock Tower Bazaar, recognized in Conde Nast's '100 Great Markets of the World.' This vibrant marketplace is a shopper's haven, offering various items from fruits and spices to textiles, bangles, rare books, American WWII jerry cans, and quirky jewelry. Sadar Market, part of the bazaar, preserves the old 'haat bazaar' culture, creating a lively and colorful atmosphere from Sojati Gate to the Clock Tower. Against the backdrop of the towering Meherangarh Fort, sample local delicacies such as Samosa, makhaniya lassi, and mawe ki kachori to immerse yourself truly in the local flavors.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Ajit Bhawan Palace (Deluxe room)

Day 11 I JODHPUR TO JAIPUR

After breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to Jaipur, the vibrant capital of Rajasthan, renowned for its arts and crafts, jewelry, hand-painted fabrics, and stone sculptures. The city's streets, a kaleidoscope of colors and activities, seamlessly blend the old with the new. Buses navigate past camels, cycle-rickshaws share space with motorbikes, and buzzing auto-rickshaws add to the lively ambiance. Amidst the hustle and bustle, remnants of Jaipur's majestic past stand as serene islands, inviting you to experience a different pace and another world. Upon reaching Jaipur, check-in at the hotel and enjoy a leisurely evening at your own pace. (The distance from Jodhpur to Jaipur is 205 miles, an approximately 6-hour drive.)

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hilton Hotel Jaipur (Hilton Guest room)

Day 12 I JAIPUR EXPLORATION

Start the day on a guided tour of the City Palace, showcasing a rich collection of treasures, including miniature paintings, carpets, and royal garments that glimpse Jaipur's intriguing past. Visit the Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds, known for its iconic five-tiered wedding cake facade. Next, explore the adjacent Jantar Mantar, an 18th-century observatory with fourteen geometric devices for measuring time, predicting eclipses, and tracking stars and planets. In the afternoon, venture to the ancient city of Amber to visit Amer Fort, an architectural gem perched atop a hill. Enjoy a jeep ride to ascend the hill and return through the local village. The fort, showcasing a blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture, is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the picturesque Moat Lake. Conclude the day with a stroll in the old city, witnessing artisans at work in bazaars showcasing Zardozi embroidery, Gota work, and more. Experience Heena Tattoo Painting and enjoy a home-hosted dinner with a local family.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Hilton Hotel Jaipur (Hilton Guest room)

Day 13 I DEPART JAIPUR

On the final day of your tour, after breakfast, you will depart Jaipur and drive to Delhi for your onward journey. (The distance from Jaipur to Delhi is 165 miles, an approximately 6-hour drive.)

Meals: Breakfast

Dates & Prices

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03 Oct 24 - 15 Oct 24 USD $2699 Taj Mahal and the Tiger of India BOOK NOW
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Yes, you can add airfare to a package. Let us know at the time of your reservation. Please note pricing and availability is always subject to change Prior to ticket issuance.
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While any unused portion of the trip is non-refundable, you can opt-out of certain included activities if you do not wish to participate in them. Please be sure to notify us prior to your departure date and notify your tour guide upon arrival. You will be responsible for any expenses incurred should you deviate from the tour during the scheduled tour itinerary. If you choose to deviate from the tour group on a day we are transiting from one city to another. You will also be responsible for your own transportation and expenses incurred. 
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