Arrive Delhi and transfer to your hotel.
This afternoon you will visit some of the sights of Old Delhi. The tour will begin with the Akshardam Temple. Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi epitomises 10,000 years of Indian culture in all its breathtaking grandeur, beauty, wisdom andbliss. It brilliantly showcases the essence of India’s ancient architecture, traditions and timeless spiritual messages. TheAkshardham experience is an enlightening journey through India’s glorious art, values and contributions for the progress, happinessand harmony of mankind. After Akshardam, visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; drive past the Red Fort continuing to the Jama Masjid bybicycle rickshaws, one of Asia’s largest mosques. The magnificent Red Fort, overlooking the river Yamuna was built during the years1638 - 48 when the Moghul Empire was at its peak. As you ride past Jama Masjid you notice people streaming in and out of the mosquecontinuously and with the presence of the nearby bazaar, the area is rarely quiet. Overnight at hotel.
Today you will explore New Delhi, which is also known as Lutyens Delhi. The capital of British India was a self-conscious attempt tomatch the imperial grandeur of the Mughal capital. You will see the Government Secretariat; President’s Palace; Parliament House andthe India Gate, built to commemorate 70,000 soldiers who died in World War I. Driving along wide avenues, you will arrive at Humayun’sTomb, forerunner to the Taj Mahal in Agra, and considered to be the best example of a garden tomb in India and the first to be builtby a widow for her husband. You will finally proceed to see the oldest monument in Delhi; the Qutab Minar (tower of victory) built bythe first Sultan, Qutab-ud-Din Aibak, to commemorate his victory over the Indian rulers in 1199. Afternoon, set out to discover Old Delhi. The tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; drivepast the Red Fort continuing to the Jama Masjid by bicycle rickshaws, one of Asia’s largest mosques. The magnificent Red Fort,overlooking the river Yamuna was built during the years 1638 - 48 when the Moghul Empire was at its peak. You continue to Jama Masjid,one of Asia’s largest mosques and which is viewed from the outside. People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and thepresence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet. Overnight in Delhi.
Early morning you will be transferred to Delhi railway station to board your train to Agra On arrival at Agra railway station you will be picked up & transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon you will visit Agra Fort. Agra Fort - the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. Visit its Hall of Public Audience and itsRoyal Pavilions. The rest of the morning will be at leisure and you may either spend it relaxing at your hotel enjoying its facilitiesor you wish to explore the shopping opportunities. Agra is renowned for its marble inlay work and for gems and jewellery. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Agra.
After early breakfast, proceed to see the world famous Taj Mahal.
No amount of looking it up in books, photographs or internet can prepare you enough to absorb the first impression. It will leave youwith an ‘Oh! … My … God!’. The spell is broken by photographers who offer to photograph you with the Taj in all sorts of fancy and attimes trick pictures such as holding the Taj minaret in your hand. There is also this famous marble bench right in front of the Tajwhere many well known people have perched themselves and got photographed (such as Princess Diana and Bill Clinton … on separateoccasions of course!). Stories, true and gossipy alike, add on to your experiencing the Taj. Overnight in Agra.
After breakfast this morning you will be driven to Jaipur enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted capital of the former MughalEmperor Akbar. It was built as his capital but abandoned only 15 years later, supposedly due to shortage of water. In many ways it isone of the most impressive and romantic legacies of the Mughal dynasty. Within the walls you will see some very interesting buildings,which remain in excellent condition 400 years later. Continue your drive to Jaipur and on arrival check-in at hotel. The rest of the day will be at leisure. Evening, optional dinner at Chokhi Dhani.
Your guide will meet you at the hotel and then take you on a tour of Amber Fort.
An elephant will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress. Once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyardsand halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Most fascinating,perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements andoverlooks the Moat Lake. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravalli hills and sprawling walls lattice the surrounding area. What attracts you to Jaipur are stories of the Maharajas, their lifestyles, their palaces; colourful bazaars and shopping. What youare not quite prepared for is how vivid, vibrant and varied all this actually is in real life. Imagine that to this present day one ofthe things that you can do is ride up a fort on elephant back, sip champagne under a marquise as you watch a polo match, stay inluxuriously palatial rooms once occupied by the Maharaja of Jaipur (interestingly known as ‘Bubbles’) and shop for gems at the storewhere Paul McCartney bought a sapphire engagement ring for Heather Mills. Cut. Change frame. You find yourself wandering the Tripolia bazaar where not only are all types of adaptable motorized devicescompeting for available space on the road but joining the show are cows, camels & elephants making the mechanized traffic move (and attimes not!) at their pace. Turn your gaze away from the traffic and you are facing assorted colorful shops. Overnight in Hotel.
After Breakfast, drive to Ranthambore. Arrive and Check-in. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Hotel. Ranthambore National Park is one of the biggest and most renowned national park in Northern India. The park is located in the SawaiMadhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan, which is about 130 km from Jaipur. Being considered as one of the famous and formerhunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur, today the Ranthambore National Park terrain is major wildlife tourist attraction spot thathas pulled the attention of many wildlife photographers and lovers in this destination. Ranthambore National park is spread over an area of 1,334 sq km along with its nearby sanctuaries like - the Mansingh Sanctuary andthe Kaila Devi Sanctuary.The park is majorly famous for its tigers and is one of the best locations in India to see the majesticpredators in its natural habitat. The tigers can be easily spotted even during the day time busy at their ordinary quest- hunting andtaking proper care of their young ones. Ranthambore is also counted as the famous heritage site because of the pictorial ruins that dot the wildlife park. Certainly, a visitto Ranthambore National Park is a treat for every wildlife and nature lover. The time spend on watching tigers roaming around, verdantgreenery, a gamut of other species of chirpy birds and animals is priceless and worth enough to be explored at least once in alife.
Early morning proceed for morning safari. Rest and then in the afternoon proceed for afternoon safari. Overnight at Hotel.
Early Breakfast at hotel and depart for Delhi. Arrive Delhi and either get dropped at hotel or airport depending on your schedule.
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