May 12th | Delhi
Arrive at Delhi airport and a representative will welcome you in a traditional Indian way with flower garland and tilak on your forehead. In India the saying “Atthi Devo Bhava,” means the guest is equivalent to God. Flower garlanding is generally offered as a mark of respect and honor. Tilak on the forehead is a sign of blessing, greeting or auspiciousness.
Check in at hotel.
May 13th | Delhi Sightseeing and Drive to Agra (3-4 hour drive)
After breakfast, we will begin the day with a tour of Old & New Delhi.
– Your tour of Old Delhi will include
- The Raj Ghat, the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated
- Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India
- Red Fort, the residence of the Mughal emperors for nearly 200 years.
We’ll take a cycle rickshaw ride at Chandni Chowk winding through its labyrinthine lanes, revealing evidence of the ancient times that once existed in Old Delhi.
- Your extensive sight-seeing tour of New Delhi includes
- The Bangla Sahib, spiritual place for Sikh religious
- Qutub Minar, the tallest brick minaret in the world
- Drive along the ceremonial avenue - Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, the President's Residence and a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave
In the evening, we’ll drive to Agra. Transfer to hotel.
May 14th | Agra
This morning you’ll visit the magnificent Taj Mahal - one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Taj Mahal is surely the most extravagant expression of love ever created. Twenty thousand men labored for over 17 years to build this memorial to Shah Jahan's beloved wife.
Later we’ll visit Agra Fort - the rusty and majestic red-sandstone Fort of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna. Construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566. At the Diwan-I-Khas (hall of private audience) where marble pavilions with floral inlays lend an ethereal ambience, the Emperor sat on his gem-studded Peacock Throne and met foreign ambassadors and rulers of friendly kingdoms.
After sightseeing you will have free to time do shopping at local markets in Agra.
Overnight in Agra.
May 15th | Agra – Ranthambore (6-7 hour drive)
After breakfast, you’ll check out from the hotel and we’ll drive to Ranthambore. We’ll stop to visit Fatehpur Sikri, a perfectly preserved red sandstone “ghost town" which was the estranged capital of Mughal emperor Akbar, built in 1569 and deserted when its water supply failed.
Overnight in Ranthambore
May 16th | Ranthambhore
This morning you’ll enjoy a 3-hour jungle safari in a Canter, a vehicle which is open on the top. Enjoy game viewing in the National Park. Ranthambhore is one of the largest National Parks in Northern India, covering an area of 392 km.
Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary is known for its tigers and is one of the best places in India to see these animals in their natural jungle habitat. Tigers can be easily spotted even in the daytime. The park's deciduous forests are characteristic examples of the type of jungle found in Central India. Other major wild animals include leopards, nilgais, wild boars, striped yenas, sloth bears, southern plains gray langur, rhesus macaque and chital. The sanctuary is home to a wide variety of trees, plants, birds and reptiles, as well as one of the largest banyan trees in India.
After lunch, we’ll do a second game drive and enjoy the views again.
Overnight in Ranthambhore.
May 17th | Ranthambore – Jaipur (3-4 hour drive)
After breakfast, we will drive to Jaipur, the fabled “pink city” of the desert named after Jai Singh, the former Maharaja of Jaipur. This is the only city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the universe through the nine rectangular sectors subdividing it. The palaces and forts of the yesteryears, which were witnesses to the royal processions and splendors, are now living monuments.
Rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Jaipur.
May 18th | Jaipur
After breakfast, get ready for an excursion to the Amber Fort. You’ll jump on an elephant as you ascend to the entrance of the Fort.
The Amber Fort is a classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started in 1592. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression. After a bit of sightseeing, you’re next discovery awaits.
Galta Ji Temple -These temples are as popular as they are home to a large colony of monkeys. The temple is centered on a natural spring that has been channeled to fill seven large pools. Pilgrims come to the pools to bathe away their sins while, at quiet moments, the playful monkeys can be found swimming in the holy waters.
Jantar Mantar - This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory, consisting of outsized astronomical instruments, is still in use.
Hawa Mahal - The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. This five-story structure is made of sandstone, plastered pink and encrusted with fine trellis work and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women.
After sightseeing you can do shopping in local markets in Jaipur. The remainder of the day is on your own. Overnight in Jaipur.
May 19th | Jaipur to Delhi (5-6 hours)
After breakfast we’ll check out and make our way back to Delhi. Rest of the day is at your leisure.
Overnight in Delhi.
May 20th | Departure
Morning transfer to airport to board your onward flight.