India is one of the most intricate and rewarding dramas unfolding on earth. It is impossible not to be astonished by India. Nowhere on Earth does humanity present itself in such a dizzying, creative burst of cultures and religions, races and tongues. Every aspect of the country presents itself on a massive, exaggerated scale, worthy in comparison only to the superlative mountains that overshadow it. Perhaps the only thing more difficult than to be indifferent to India would be to describe or understand India completely. Set apart from the rest of Asia by the supreme continental wall of the Himalayas, the Indian subcontinent touches three large bodies of water and is immediately recognizable on any world map.
Arrive Delhi and meet our representative in the arrival lounge and transfer to hotel. Rest of the time to get rid jet leg.
Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed on a city tour of this city of astonishing history. We visit Old Delhi and The important places in Old Delhi include the majestic Red Fort, a rickshaw ride through busy and historical Chandni Chowk is some experience; visit the Jama Masjid (the mosque). We continue with the tour and visit Raj Ghat (The place where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated) and Shanti Vana. We make our way towards New Delhi and drive past Rashtrapati Bhawan (Presidents Palace and one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys) visit The India Gate: a memorial raised in honor of the Indian soldiers, Qutab Minar, built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty and Humayuns Tomb, The Laxminarayan Temple, built by the Birlas (Leading industrial house in India) We return to hotel to relax and spend the night.
After breakfast at hotel drive to Jaipur, Arrive and check into hotel. A couple of hours to relax, followed by city tour of Pink city of Jaipur. We visit City Palace in the heart of Jaipur is known for its blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Very close to this is the Central Museum with its huge collection of jewellery, colorful costumes, woodwork, jewellery, costumes, brassware, and pottery. We would also see Jantar Mantar, which is the largest of the five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh. The Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds was constructed for the royal Ladies to watch the royal processions without being seen. Return to hotel for the night stay.
This morning excursion to Amber Fort, which is located just outside the city, this is among the most beautiful example of Rajasthani forts and gives a majestic view of the city down below. You can have the Royal experience of traveling on elephant back to and from the top of the hill on which the fort is situated. The afternoon will be free to explore colorful lanes of bazaars of Pink city. Jaipur is world famous for its textile, jewellery, gems etc.
Post breakfast drive to Ranthambore National Park, Situated in the Southwest rajas than, where the Vindhyas and the Aravali hills meet. The River Chambal in the South and Banas in the north made of rocky plains, flat hilltops, gentle slopes and precipitous cliffs covered by dry deciduous forest binds the Ranthambore are virtually an island rich in flora and fauna. The Ranthambore Park boasts of animals like Tigers, Leopards, the elusive caracals, hyenas, sloth bears etc in addition a rich bird life. Evening at leisure to enjoy the surroundings area of your Resort.
Morning and evening enjoy wild life safaris of the Park with park naturalist. (Optional in free time Take a walk to the famous Ranthambore fort and visit sacred Ganesh temple)
Post breakfast, drive for Agra enroute visiting Bharatpur (Ghana) Bird Sanctuary. It is considered to be one of the best birds sanctuaries in India. Waterbeds assemble here during the months of July/August and breed till October. The Open bill Stork, Egret , Darter, White Ibis, Spoonbill and Heron are some of the birds found here. Also foung Chital, Black buck, Deer and other varieties of animals. Spend half day in the park riding cycle rickshaws with park naturalist. Later on continue driving to Agra. Time permitted stop for a brief tour of the deserted city, Fatehpur Sikri. Check-into your hotel.
Today, the extraordinary experience of visiting one of the most fabled monuments in the world- The Taj Mahal . This 17th century mausoleum in white marble was built by Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his queen Mumtaj Mahal. It is an architectural marvel, remarkable for its perfect symmetry of design and construction. Then visit the Agra Fort, a cluster of palaces and mosque built on the bank of the river Yamuna. Afternoon drive to Delhi, dinner and later drop at international airport to board flight back home
“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.”
- Henry David Thoreau
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