Tigers & Taj Mahal - Guide Price £1597pp
India – the very name conjures images of vibrant colors, mysticism, royalty; an amalgam of religions, a kaleidoscope of art and culture, all of which find expression in the beautiful temples, sculptures and monuments. India’s ancient and diverse culture, sweeping back at least 5000 years, has enriched it time and again to form a land of incredible paradoxes, underlain by an indefinable essence that is quintessentially Indian. To explore India is to discover unending secrets to the mystery of life, to enjoy India is to celebrate the very joy of living.
UK to DelhiDay 1
Depart the UK for your flight to Delhi, arriving the following day.
Welcome to Delhi! Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, our representative will meet you as you exit the arrival terminal building, after which you will be transferred to your hotel for a 01 night stay. Afternoon: Sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi (D)
Delhi to AgraDay 3
Morning: Visit the ruins of the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque and the ornate Qutb Minar tower a masterpiece built to establish the might of Islam and the onset of the Muslim rule in India.Late Morning: You will be driven to Agra (approx. 205 km / 5 hrs). On arrival into Agra, check into your hotel for a 1 night stay. Afternoon: Visit Agra Fort – an imposing structure with walls of red sandstone, originally planned as an impregnable military structure by Akbar. It has, over a period of time, acquired all the elegance, lavishness and majesty of an imperial palace (B,D)
Agra to RanthamboreDay 4
Visit the world famous Taj Mahal (Closed on Friday). A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was built by Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his favourite queen Mumtaz. Drive to Ranthambore (Approx 297 km / 7 hrs) enroute visit Abhaneri, a small town famed for its amazing baoris (stepwells). See the mighty Harshat Mata Temple, and discover the architectural beauty of the Chand Baoli stepwell and its intricate carved panels. Descending 13 stories and approximately 30 m (100 ft) into the ground, this is one of the deepest and largest stepwells in India. Arrive Ranthambore and check in at hotel for 2 night stays.
Morning & Afternoon Safari - Enjoy an early morning drive into the jungles of Ranthambore. The great variety of bird life is evident at sunrise, with the Red-Vented Bulbul, Indian Tree Pie, Red Wattle Lapwing and Peafowl commonly heard. Drive into the jungles of Ranthambore. The great variety of bird life is evident at sunset, with the Red-Vented Bulbul, Indian Tree Pie, Red Wattle Lapwing and Peafowl commonly heard. (B,L,D)
Ranthambore to JaipurDay 6
Drive to Jaipur, Jaipur, known as the Pink City, is the capital state of Rajasthan. The ‘pink city’ label applies specifically to the old walled quarter of the Rajasthani capital, while in the northeast of the town, glorious palaces and temples, spanning centuries in an assortment of styles, are scattered throughout an otherwise predominantly urban area. Rest of the day at leisure for independent activities (B,L,D)
Proceed for a tour of the fabulous hilltop citadel of Amber Fort, en route taking a photo-stop at Hawa Mahal, a five-storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade. Located at the top of a hill, Amber Fort offers spectacular view of the old town below, where Akbar stopped en route on his annual pilgrimage to Ajmer. Continue to Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing, to observe the consuming and exhausting method of hand-block printing in entirety, from carving of wooden blocks to transformation of raw fabric into a piece of art. Afternoon enjoy the city tour including a visit to the City Palace Museum, which has a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armoury of Mughals and Rajput and the awe-inspiring Jantar Mantar Observatory. You may want to walk around the colourful bazaars and enjoy a traditional sweet at a renowned sweetshop. Enjoy dinner with a local family (B,L,D)
Jaipur to VanaashryaDay 8
Depart for Vanaashrya by car (approx. 116 km / 03 hrs) enroute visit the Bhangarh Fort is a 17th-century fort built in the Rajasthan state of India. It was built by Man Singh I for his younger brother Madho Singh I. It was named by Madho Singh after his grandfather Man Singh or Bhan Singh. Arrive Vanaashrya and check in at hotel for 01 night stay. Evening: Enjoy camel cart to visit the local village and enjoy a pre-dinner cookery demonstration (B,L,D)
Vanaashrya to DelhiDay 9
Depart for Delhi by car. On arrival, check into your hotel for a 1 night stay. Afternoon visit to the Heritage transport museum. (B,D)
Delhi/Fly to UK or optional extensionDay 10
Transfer to the airport for your onward journey, or why not extend your journey to visit the beautiful landscapes of Shima or visit the Golden Temple in Amritsar. (B)
Arrival into the UKDay 11
Arrive back into the UK