DAY 01 : ARRIVE DELHI
Arrive Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. You will be met at the airport by our driver and board your deluxe air-conditioned Car & transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 02: Delhi
Morning after leisurely breakfast we leave for a sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi. In Old Delhi where we visit Jama Masjid, this immense mosque is both the largest in India and the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan with a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees. The highlight of the tour is an exhilarating bicycle rickshaw ride through the bustling and colourful streets of the fabled shopping bazaar, Chandni Chowk (Silver Street). We drive past Red Fort citadel and reach Raj Ghat; a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi is a simple black marble platform that marks the spot of his cremation on 31 January, 1948. Two museums dedicated to Gandhi are located nearby.
In New Delhi we visit the 11th century Qutub Minar Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site buily by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty, who took possession of Delhi in 1206. It is a red sandstone tower, standing tall at a height of 72.5 meters and is covered with intricate carvings and verses from the holy Qur’an. Visit Akshardham Temple (Monday Closed), The structure depicts great Indian culture and its architecture is simply immaculate. This amazing structure comprises of 20,000 statues, floral motifs and exquisite carved pillars made of stones. The India Gate, a memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers martyred during the Afghan war and drive past the grand government buildings the President’s House and Parliament House all dating back to the time of British Raj. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 03 DELHI / CORBETT NATIONAL PARK (235KM / 04 HRS)
After breakfast we drive leisurely to The Corbett National Park – was once a popular hunting of the British and was named after the legendary Jim Corbett, the hunter-turned naturalist who contributed the setting up of this park. Corbett National Park was the first national park to come under the project tiger launched in Corbett park in 1973 with the aid of world wildlife found. The best time to visit Corbett is from 15th November to 15 June as during this time. The present area of the Corbett national park is 1318.54 sq. Km, including 520 sq. Km. Of core area of and 797.72 sq. Km, of buffer area.
Upon arrival at Corbett National Park check in to the hotel.
Later sightseeing tour visit the famous Museum of Corbett Park at Dhangari. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 04: CORBETT NATIONAL PARK
Early morning walk in the surrounding forest and Riverside to observe the flora and fauna of the area. After breakfast we drive to beautiful Corbett fall and Jim Corbett House at Choti Haldwani. Corbett National Park is one of India’s most beautiful wildlife areas has a tiger population of around 160, which makes this park as the last and the most important bastion of this endangered species in India.
Post lunch leave for Game drive (4 x 4 WD jeeps) in the Corbett National Park on afternoon Jeep safari. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 05: CORBETT NATIONAL PARK / AGRA (330KM / 06 HRS)
After breakfast we drive towards One of India’s most famous cities, Agra is home to the breathtaking white-marble Taj Mahal, a truly magnificent Mughal riverside mausoleum and World Heritage Site.
Enroute visiting Mathura, Covering an area of about 3,800 sq. Km, today, Brajbhoomi can be divided into two distinct units-the eastern part in the trans- Yamuna tract with places like Gokul, Mat and Bajna and the western side of the Yamuna covering the Mathura region that encompasses Vrindavan, Govardhan, Kusum Sarovar, Barsana and Nandgaon. Later continue journey through to the Agra. Upon arrival at Agra in the evening check in to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 06: AGRA / BHARATPUR (60KM / 01 HRS)
After breakfast we leave to explore the monumental heritage of the Great Mughals, including the magnificent Taj Mahal (Closed on Friday), a UNESCO World Heritage Site one of the Seven Wonders of the World and surely the most extravagant expression of love ever created. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this memorial to Shah Jahan’s beloved wife. It’s a wealth of white marble and semi-precious stone – << Undoubtedly the highlight of the tour >>.
Later we have some free time to explore the local handicrafts and shopping centers of the city where one can look for marble inlay work, fine quality carpets, Zari and embroidery, leather goods etc.
Post lunch then tour the imposing Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this powerful fortress of red sandstone encompasses, within its 2.5-km-long enclosure walls, the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. It comprises many fairy-tale palaces, such as the Jahangir Palace and the Khas Mahal, built by Shah Jahan; audience halls, such as the Diwan-i-Khas; and two very beautiful mosques.
Late afternoon we drive towards Bharatpur – lying between the cities of Agra and Jaipur in the north-west is famous for Keoladev Ghana bird sanctuary. Enroute we stop to visit Fatehpur Sikri, a UNESCO World Heritage Site – which has been described as “the world’s most perfectly preserved ghost town”. Built by Akbar in the late 16th century, it was abandoned after only 14 years, and the elegant buildings of this superb walled city remain intact to this day. We arrive in Bharatpur in the evening check in to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 07: BHARATPUR
Early morning tour of Keoladev Ghana bird sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site – which is a home to an astonishing range of flora and fauna. An abundance of birdlife is found here, including the open-bill and painted stork, egret, darter, white ibis, spoonbill, grey heron, Sarus crane, cormorant, migratory geese, duck, rosy pelican and the rare Siberian crane. Take a Cycle Rickshaw ride to explore this sanctuary.
Post lunch and in the early evening have a experience of a Walking Tour in Village, catch a peek at the rustic ways of life in the villages of India. Explore a lifestyle that has been left largely unblemished by the complexities of modern civilization. See the sight of rural India where life still continues at the pace with which it has done for thousands of years…. The ancient Persian wheel drawing water from river channels and farmers hard at work with bullock drawn hoes… in the backdrop of the golden fields of mustard… are images that are now largely extinct from all the other parts of the world. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 08: BHARATPUR / RANTHAMBORE (230KM / 05 HRS)
Morning after breakfast we drive towards Ranthambore, former hunting preserve of the Maharaja, famous for the wildlife sanctuary, which is said to have the India’s friendliest Tigers and considered to be the best place in the world to photograph the tiger in its natural habitat, a wonderful place for bird watching too. Upon arrival at Ranthambore, we check in to the hotel.
Afternoon leave for game excursion in the park, we are likely to see Nilgai (blue bull), barking deer and sloth bear and perhaps the very elusive Royal Bengal tiger. Park visit Timings – 2:30pm – 530pm. Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 09: RANTHAMBORE
An early morning Canter/Jeep safari (1st trip) accompanied by a naturalist takes you on an exciting journey insidthe jungles of Ranthambhore, where the remains of a thousand-year-old fortress, have been reclaimed by nature. For the wildlife savvy, Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary today offers an intense diversity of flora and fauna. Tigers, the park’s pride make it one of the best places in the country to observe them. Apart from that a large numbers of Sambar, Chital, Nilgai, Gazzelle, Boars, Mongoose, Indian Hare, Monitor Lizards and a large number of birds.
Post lunch Canter/Jeep safari (2nd trip) we are likely to see Nilgai (blue bull), barking deer and sloth bear and perhaps the very elusive Royal Bengal tiger. Evening free to enjoy Rajasthani Folk Dance with bonfire followed by dinner. Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 10: RANTHAMBORE / JAIPUR (180KM /03 HRS)
Morning after breakfast leisurely drive to the royal city of Jaipur, also known as ‘The Pink City’ due to the predominant colour of its buildings. Upon arrival in Jaipur check in to the hotel. Afternoon relax in our hotel.
Evening we visit Birla Temple also known as Laxmi Narayan Mandir, is situated just below the renowned Moti Dungri Fort. Built in a contemporary manner, covers the vast lands of the city of Jaipur. The temple stands erect on a raised platform, at the footsteps of the Moti Dungri Hill. This temple is constructed in the finest quality of white marble. The three huge domes of the temple represent three different approaches to the religion. The beautiful white marble temple mesmerizes the onlookers, when it glows at night. We witness Arti ceremony at Birla Temple. Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 11: JAIPUR
After breakfast we leave to enjoy sightseeing tour in Jaipur and visit Amber Fort, here we will enjoy the Elephant Ride to reach a top of the palace. This journey on embellished elephants is bound to enrich your memories with the Royal lifestyle of the Maharaja and leave you with a truly unforgettable experience. Inside the Fort visit the Hall of Victory or Jag Mandir and Sheesh Mahal – a room with all the four walls and ceiling completely embedded with glittering mirror pieces, which were specially imported from Belgium during that period.
Post lunch continue your journey with the city tour of Jaipur visiting Maharaja’s City Palace, the former Royal residence, part of it converted into a museum. A small portion is still used by the Royal family of Jaipur. One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion known as armoury museum housing an impressive array of weaponry-pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers. Later we visit Jantar Manatar (Observatory), a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world, having 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition. During the tour we will also have a brief photography stop at Hawa Mahal – the Palace of Winds. Later in the evening we explore the city on our own and indulge in shopping for gemstones, silver jewellery, blue pottery and hand printed textiles that Jaipur is renowned for. Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 12: JAIPUR / DELHI (260KM /05 HRS)
After breakfast check out room and drive back to Delhi. Afternoon arrival at Delhi and transfer to last minutes shopping. Delhi – There are whole shebang of items of your choice, such as jewellery, carpets, handicrafts, precious stones, silks and silver ware – all synonymous with India.
Evening after Dinner transfer to International airport board your onward flight back hometown.
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