01 : ARRIVE DELHI
On arrival meet and assist at the airport and
transfer to prebooked hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
: India's capital & a major gateway to the country, contemporary
Delhi is a bustling metropolis which successfully combines in its
fold the ancient & the modern. Its strategic location was one
of the prime reasons why
dynasties chose it as their seat of power. New Delhi also reflects
the legacy the British left behind . The division between New &
Old Delhi is the distinction between the capitals of the British
& the Moghuls respectively. So, wherever the visitor goes, he
will invariably confront the city's past.
DAY 02 : DELHI
After breakfast, half day city tour of Old Delhi. Visit
Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. Built by Shah Jahan,
the construction was started in 1844 and was not completed until
1658; Red Fort, which
was also built by Shah Jehan. This massive fort was built from 1638
to 1648; Chandni Chowk
and Rajghat - the cremation
site of Mahatma Gandhi.
Afternoon, city tour of New Delhi. Visit Humayuns
Tomb : built in mid 16th century this is an early example of
Mughal architecture; Qutab Minar, drive past India Gate, President House, Connaught Place.
The city tour ends with a visit to Laxmi Narayan Temple (Birla Mandir).
03 : DELHI - NEEMRANA
After breakfast, drive to Neemrana, a small
village in Alwar, is situated at a distance of 122 km from Delhi,
the national capital. The village has its own historical importance
and is located about 75 km from the main Alwar city on the Delhi-Jaipur
highway - only 100 km from Delhi's international airport.
Fort and Palace is one of the most important tourist destinations
in Neemrana, Alwar, and Rajasthan. The fort is situated on a majestic
plateau on the sylvan hills of Aravalli Ranges. Built in 1464
AD, Neemrana Fort-Palace is one of India's oldest heritage resorts.
Neemrana was made the third capital of the descendants of Prithviraj
Chauhan, who was defeated and killed in battle of Tarain by Mohammad
Ghori in 1192 AD, thus paving the way to the Muslim Rule in India
which lasted till 1857. Deriving its name from a brave local chieftain
Nimola Meo, this beautiful site was chosen by Raja Rajdeo. Though
Nimola Meo was defeated by the Chauhans, his name was given to this
site as a mark of his chivalry and bravery.The entire palace complex
covers 25 acres/10 hectares and the stepped palaces of this architectural
jewel cut into the hillside to sprawl over 3 acres/1.2 hectares
and rises to 10 levels imposing the most splendid views. From 1986,
the ruins of this Fort-Palace have been sensitively restored and
reconstructed. The rooms are furnished with an eclectic mix of traditional
Indian and colonial furniture, antiques and objects.
04 : NEEMRANA - JAIPUR
After breakfast, leave for
Jaipur - The Pink City : Jaipur needed
a fresh coat of paint to welcome its distinguished guest the Prince
of Wales in 1905-6. The contractor inability to supply any other
color in the required quantity compelled the choice of pink shade
for its walls. A contractors compulsion famed Jaipur to Pinkcity.
Since then the PINK color is associated with hospitality in Rajput
Arrive Jaipur and check-in at your prebooked hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure
DAY 05 : JAIPUR
After breakfast, excursion to Amber Fort. Elephant ride from the foothills
of the Aravallis to the fort entrance. Amber Fort : At a distance of 11 kms from Jaipur, Amber was the ancient capital of Jaipur state. Construction of the fort began in 1592 by Raja Man Singh,
the Rajput commander of Akbar's army and is a superb example of Rajput architecture. It
was commenced by Raja Man Singh in 1600 AD and then completed by
Sawai Jai Singh in the eighteenth century. The
fort is an example of fascinating blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture
built in red sandstone and white marble. The highlight of the fort
is the Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace), a palace known for its craftsmanship
in mirrors. It also locates in itself large ramparts, terraces and
pavilions. Gardens like Dilaram Garden & Mohan Bari, which draw
a leaf from the gardens that Mughals laid, are also sights to behold.
An elegant temple of Shila Mata is situated inside the palace complex.
The image of the Mother Goddess worshipped with reverence by thousands
of devotees every day was brought from Jessore in Lower Bengal (Now
in Bangladesh) by Raja Man Singh and installed here.
Afternoon, city tour of Jaipur. Visit the City Palace which has
museum having an extensive collection of art, carpets, enamel ware
and weapons; Jantar Mantar - the observatoyr built my Maharaja Jai
Singh in 1728 and the faade of Hawa Mahal.
DAY 06 : JAIPUR
After breakfast leave
Ranthambore National Park.
Located at the junction of the Aravalli and Vindhya hill range,
this is one of the finest places to view animals, especially as
they are used to being stared at here.The park covers an area of
Approximately 400 sq Km and if combined it with the area of sawai man singh sanctuary area,it
is around 500 Sq km. Ranthambore national park was declared a wildlife
sanctuary in 1957 and in 1974 it gained the protection of
"Project Tiger". It
got it's status of a National Park in 1981.
National Park is dotted with structures that remind you of bygone
eras. There are many water bodies located all over the park,
which provide perfect relief during the extremely hot summer months
for the forest inhabitants. A huge fort, after which the park is named,
towers over the park atop a hill. There
are many ruins of bygone eras scattered all over the jungle, which
give it a unique, wonderful and mixed flavour of nature, history
and wildlife. Tigers at Ranthambore
National park have been known to even hunt in full view of human
visitors. These tigers are famous for being seen in the daytime
too, due to their lack of fear of human presence in vehicles. This
lack of fear of humans is excellent for tourists, as they get to
see the tigers often. This National park is a wildlife enthusiast
and photographer's dream. It offers excellent accommodation and
internal transportation facilities. The park remains open every
year from October to May.Famous for the exciting and frequent tiger
sightings captured dramatically in several books, this park is today
affected by ecological pressures and poaching. In Nutshell,
Ranthambore National park is a wildlife enthusiast and photographer's
dream. Arrive Ranthambore and check in at prebooked hotel.
DAY 07 : RANTHAMBORE
Morning and afternoon, Jungle Safari to witness the
The Park contains a huge variety of animals, birds
and reptiles within it. Primarily the population consists of...
Tigers, Leopards, Striped Hyenas, Sambar deer, Chital, Nilgai, Common
or Hanuman langurs, Macaques, Jackals, Jungle cats, Caracals, Sloth
bears, Black bucks, Rufoustailed Hare, Indian Wild Boar, Chinkara,
Common Palm Civets or Toddy cat, Coomon Yellow Bats, Desert Cats,
Fivestriped Palm Squirels, Indian False Vampires, Indian Flying
Foxes, Indian Foxes, Indian Gerbilles, Indian Mole Rats, Indian
Porcupines, Longeared Hedgehogs, Ratels, Small Indian Mongoose,
Small Indian Civets and Common mongoose. The
amphibian species only consist of the Common India
Toad and the Common Frog. The park is most famous for it's diurnal tigers.
The park also has a large number of
marsh crocs Reptiles: Snub Nosed Marsh Crocodiles,
Desert Monitor Lizards, Tortoise, Banded Kraits, Cobras, Common
Kraits, Ganga Soft Shelled Turtles, Indian Pythons, North Indian
Flap Shelled Turtles, Rat Snakes, Russel's Vipers, Saw-scaled Vipers
and the Indian Chamaeleon.
DAY 08 : RANTHAMBORE
- FATEHPUR SIKRI - AGRA
After breakfast, leave for Agra. Enroute visit the abandoned
Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri : built by Emperor Akbar in 1569,
was the old capital of the Moghuls, which was abandoned after
15 years due to scarcity of water. See the graceful buildings including
the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal & other Palaces which are still preserved in its original glory.
Continue drive to Agra. Arrive Agra in the evening and checkin at
prebooked hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 09 : AGRA
After breakfast, city tour of Agra. Visit Red fort, which was built by Emperor Akbar in 1565, and additions
were made up until the time of his grandson, Shah Jahan. It contains
the hall of public and private audiences amongst many other beautiful
which was contructed by Nur Jahan between 1622 and 1628 and is very
similar to the tomb she constructed for her husband, Jehangir, near
Lahore in Pakistan; the highlight of the day - The Taj Mahal, which was constructed by Shah Jahan in memory of
his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Contruction of the Taj began in 1631 and
was not completed until 1653.
Afternoon, leave for Delhi enroute visit Sikandra
- Mughal Emperor Akbar's Mausoleum. Continue drive to Delhi.
Arrive Delhi and check-in at prebooked hotel.
DAY 10 : DEPART DELHI
Transfer to international airport to board flight back home or onward destination.