Delight your senses in colourful Rajasthan on this classical itinerary of the North. Visit the famous Taj Mahal, spot a tiger in Ranthambhore, discover opulent palaces and explore ancient forts – all this whilst lapping up legends of the Rajputs!
Rajasthan was once the hub of royal families in India. this vibrant state presents a unique blend of various cultures, including its own authentic and rich history. Rajasthanwelcomes you for a journey through its colourful heritage and a gradually modernising future. Rajasthan, literally translated as the “land of kings” of Rajput Dynasty, is the largest state in India. It is home to the world’s oldest civilisations, the Indus Valley Civilization, Rajasthanenjoys a rich ancient, medieval and modern history of its own. The region was home to the royal Rajput families, some of them who still live in their entire splendor, sometimes even as titular heads.
Ranthambore is one of the largest National Parks in Northern India that is a sought after destination for wildlife lovers. Ranthambore is a little hill town that received its name from two hills namely Ran and Thambor. It is a sanctuary to many exotic species of the animal kingdom. Spread across an area of 392 sq km.,Ranthambore National Park is famous for being a Project Tiger Reserve. It is a major wildlife tourist attraction of India. A number of wildlife lovers turn up to the destination every year to have a sight of these majestic creatures. The best time to visit this dry deciduous forest is in the month of May and November. This magnificent jungle that was once a part of the forests of central India is bounded by Banas river to the north and Chambal river to the south.
Udaipur is a charming city that is often referred to as "Venice of the East". It is home to numerous historical monuments, palaces and forts that stand as a remembrance to Maharana Udai Singh II who was the founder of the city. The most amazing attribute of the city is that it is settled on the bank of three interconnected lakes namely, Swaroop Sagar Lake, Pichola Lake, and Fateh Sagar Lake. The major tourist places of the city includes the antique cars museum, the majestic Udaipurpalace, Fateh sagar lake etc. This splendorous destination overflows with tourists both foreign and domestic.
Arrive into Delhi, The rest of the day is at leisure.
This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi taking in the impressive Red Fort – dating back to India’s Mughal period; Jama Masjid mosque – the final architectural extravagance of Emperor Shah Jahan and the colourful, if crowded, Chandni Chowk bazaar. This afternoon, enjoy a tour of New Delhi. Offering a real contrast to the congestion of Old Delhi, open and relatively streamlined New Delhi was built as the imperial capital of India by the British.
Highlights include the majestic India Gate, Rajpath and bustling Connaught Place. A visit is also made to Qutab Minar, a massive tower built to proclaim the arrival of Islam in India in the 11th century and a carpet emporium.
Delhi – Agra. Today, journey to Agra, once capital of India under the Mughals. We take an exotic horsecart or rickshaw ride to the legendary Taj Mahal. Built entirely of white marble it has no peers. Witness first-hand, the efforts Emperor Shah Jahan went to in constructing the immense mausoleum, stunningly studded with semi-precious stones for his beloved wife, Mumtaz. Visit Agra Fort, which has some of the finest Mughal buildings in India behind its walls, followed by a tour of a marble craftshop.
Agra – Bharatpur – Ranthambhore. This morning tour and explore the fascinating former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri – Emperor Akbar’s vision in red sandstone. Early afternoon board the train Kota Jan Shatabdi Express (air conditioned chair car) to Sawai Madhopur station and onward transfer to Ranthambhore National Park. The remainder of the afternoon at leisure.
Ranthambhore National Park is one of the prime examples of Project Tiger’s conservation efforts in Rajasthan. Sprawling across an area of some 1334 sq. kms, Ranthambhore is scenically beautiful. Set amidst a landscape of hills, lakes and rivers, the park boasts an impressive 10th century fort. The park terrain fluctuates between impregnable forests and open bush land. The entire forest is peppered with ruined pavilions and small domed, Mughal kiosks known as chhatris. In addition to the Bengal tiger, Ranthambhore is home to wild boar, nilgai, sambar deer and a variety of birds. Tiger spottings are more common in the morning or late afternoon, especially if hunting or tending to their young. Venture on morning and afternoon game drives in shared jeeps or Canters.
Ranthambhore – Jaipur. Indulge with a final game drive this morning before our afternoon transfer to Jaipur. Jaipur is affectionately known as the ‘Pink City’ as Maharaja Ram Singh had all of the Old City painted a welcoming pink in 1876 to herald a visit by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), it is also the bustling capital of the state of Rajasthan.
This morning, travel beyond Jaipur to the 16th century Amber Fort. An exotic elephant ride transports us to the lofty fort, where we’ll enjoy a tour of this Rajput extravaganza. Later in the afternoon we tour the City Palace, which boasts an interesting museum of regal attire and Jantar Mantar, an ancient astronomical observatory. The 18th century observatory is the largest and best preserved of five observatories built by the astronomer prince, Jai Singh II. He had the huge stone structures built to measure time, chart the declination of celestial bodies and predict eclipses. The observatory complex is remarkably fascinating.
Jaipur is additionally renowned for its wonderful silks, saris and intricate beading. This evening there is time to shop in the colouful local markets or visit a tailor. Good quality tailors are very capable of whipping up European-style clothing and other garments meeting your specification, at a fraction of prices charged for tailoring in the West. Also, most will often deliver your freshly sewn garments to your door.
Jaipur – Udaipur. Take a mid-morning flight south to Udaipur, which was founded in 1568 by Maharana Udai Singh II. An oasis of cool, with its massive and Venetian-like appearance, Udaipur is one of the most romantic towns in Rajasthan. A favourite amongst the wealthy and the elite, Udaipur is full of palaces and temples. Spend the afternoon at leisure enjoying our wonderful hotel facilities. On Day 9, you’ll enjoy a cruise on Lake Pichola, plus touring of the imposing City Palace, a vision in soft yellow stone on the northeast promontory with breathtaking views of the lake. The City Palace is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan.
Free time to explore the palace or perhaps shop for colourful Rajasthani arts and crafts and Indian spices.
Udaipur – Delhi. Departure transfer to the airport for our morning flight to Delhi. The afternoon is free for you to relax by the hotel pool and bar or consider venturing out to further explore this vibrant city.
Fly back to your Desstination.