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PALACES  &  TIGERS
09 Nights / 10 Days
Delhi - Neemrana - Jaipur - Ranthambore - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - Sikandra - Delhi
 
 
 

india toursDAY 01 : ARRIVE DELHI
On arrival meet and assist at the airport and transfer to prebooked hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Delhi : 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 successive 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).

DAY 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.  The india toursNeemrana 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.

DAY 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 culture.

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 india toursfort 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 - RANTHAMORENATIONAL PARK
After breakfast leave for
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. Ranthambore 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. india toursThere 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 NATIONAL PARK
Morning and afternoon, Jungle Safari to witness the wild life. 
The Park contains a huge variety of animals, birds and reptiles within it. Primarily the population consists of... Animals : 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 & india toursother 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 - DELHI
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 structues; Itmad-ud-daulah, 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.


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