Taj & Tigers

Delhi - Agra - Ranthambore National Park - Jaipur

8-Days / 9-Nights

Any Saturday from now to 31 March 2021

India is an ancient land of mystery, palaces and kings, romance and intrigue, nobility and grandeur. A mosaic of faiths, cultures, customs and languages that blend harmoniously to form a composite whole. India, with its diverse wildlife, remains one of the finest places in the world to photograph wild tigers in the heart of its most colourful state, Rajasthan. See the magic of India during this incredible eight-day tour beginning and ending in Delhi.

Delhi: Old and New Delhi grow upon the senses as you visit the Jama Masjid, Red Fort and the grand Lutyens’s Delhi. Head to the Nizamuddin West area near India Gate to check out the Sufi Nizamuddin Dargah mausoleum and hear some Quawwali music.

Agra: Behold the love poem written in stone, or simply, the Taj Mahal and experience the myriad other charms of this city. Walk through the old colonial-era precincts of Agra and discover the social and cultural history of the city.

Ranthambore National Park: Keep an eye out for deer, birds, crocodiles, the elusive Bengal tiger and other wildlife

Jaipur: Admire the amazing Amber Fort, visit the dazzling City Palace and behold the romantic Palace of the Winds. Explore the colourful local gem and jewellery market and taste some street food.

 

With an Accompanying English Speaking Guide

Tours start on Saturdays. Custom tours can be arranged. Guides in all major common languages available. Other destinations can be added.


ITINERARY
Map of Area (https://goo.gl/maps/NdGZU3wNUVQ2KaNv5)
shows where we will be going. All routes shown are by road. Longer distances will be by air. Zoom in and out for change of details.

SATURDAY, DAY 1 | ARRIVAL IN DELHI
Arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport where you will be met and greeted by a Spiritual Journeys representative. He will escort you to your hotel. In the evening, enjoy a welcome briefing session with the tour manager. Delhi is a bustling metropolis where the past and the present merge, and where the Old and the New cities define the capital’s cultural and architectural heritage. Overnight: Delhi.


SUNDAY, DAY 2 | IN DELHI
Go on a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi seeing the grand monument of Old Delhi, the imposing Red Fort, built in red sandstone (photo stop from outside, entrance not included). The walls of the massive Red Fort rise a daunting 33 metres (108 ft) above the commotion of Old Delhi as a reminder of the magnificent power of former emperors. Very near the fort is the 17th-century Jama Masjid (‘Friday Mosque’), one of the largest mosques in India. Walk through the famous bazaars of Chandni Chowk to experience the hustle and bustle of a crowded oriental bazaar. Visit Raj Ghat, the Mahatma Gandhi memorial. A simple black marble platform marks the spot of his cremation. In New Delhi, visit India Gate, memorial for the Indians who gave up their lives in the First World War. From there to President House, flanked by Houses of Parliament, the Secretariat building, Birla Temple and Lotus Temple. Overnight: Delhi.

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MONDAY, DAY 3 | DELHI – AGRA (by Road)
Drive southwards to Agra (3 ½ hrs) on the banks of the River Yamuna. Agra rose to fame in the 17th century as capital of the Mughal Empire and was beautified with gardens, waterfalls, bathhouses and canals. In modern times, the city houses a thriving crafts industry, including marble inlay work and carpets. In the afternoon, go out on a sightseeing tour of Agra, which includes viewing the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal in the pilfering rays of the setting sun. Built mid-17th century by the heartbroken Shah Jahan following the death in childbirth of his queen, Mumtaz Mahal, this mausoleum is an eternal love poem written in stone. During the visit, admire the intricacy of the work of the 20,000 craftsmen who were brought from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy to build this astonishing monument. (Closed on Fridays). Overnight: Agra.


TUESDAY, DAY 4 | AGRA – FATEHPUR SIKRIBHARATPUR – SAWAI MADHOPUR (by Road and Train)
After an early breakfast depart by road to Bharatpur to board your train to Sawai Madhopur (2 ¼ hrs) departing at 15:45 hrs and arriving at 18:00 hrs at Sawai Madhopur, the gateway to the famous Ranthambore National Park. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Ranthambore National Park is a prime example of the Project Tiger conservation project’s success, as it is renowned for its tiger population. Overnight: Sawai Madhopur.

While driving towards Bharatpur, make a brief stop at Fatehpur Sikri. To wander the ‘ghost city’ of Fatehpur Sikri is to go back five centuries in time to the height of the Mughal Empire. This monumental walled city was built by Akbar the Great, the third emperor, to be his capital but abandoned within a few years of its completion due to lack of water. Today, it is a remarkably well-preserved collection of red sandstone palaces, pavilions and mosques. The buildings here present a unique blend of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles, and include the Panch Mahal, the Buland Darwaza and the Dargah of Sheikh Salim Chisti, which speak of the grandeur and splendour of the Mughals.

 

WEDNESDAY, DAY 5 | IN RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK
Explore Ranthambore National Park on a 4-wd vehicle before breakfast. Ranthambore is located in what was originally the private hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur. The park features a varied geography of forested hills, sweeping grasslands and lakes, all under the shadow of the ruins of the hilltop Ranthambore Fort, more than 200 metres above the surrounding plain. The park’s Bengal tigers are renowned for being fearless and roaming the park during the day. Other residents include leopards, striped Hyenas, sambar and chital deer, jackals, sloth bears, wild boars and more--Break for lunch and return to the park in the afternoon for more animal sightings. Overnight: Sawai Madhopur.

 

THURSDAY, DAY 6 | SAWAI MADHOPUR – JAIPUR (by Road)
Depart for a pre-breakfast early morning games drive by shared 4-wd vehicle in Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary. Return to your hotel and after breakfast, depart for Jaipur (4 ½ hrs) arriving in the ‘Pink City’, as it is popularly known, at about lunch time. Check in to your hotel with the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Overnight: Jaipur.


FRIDAY, DAY 7 | IN JAIPUR
Breakfast is followed by a morning tour of Amber Fort. Located on a spur overlooking a lake, Amber Fort’s robust, time-ravaged walls appear imposing from the outside but they hide an interior packed with beautifully decorated palaces and temples, and landscaped gardens. Be dazzled by Sheesh Mahal, a room with all the four walls and the ceiling completely embedded with glittering mirror pieces. Admire the frescoes of the Ganesh Pol gate and the colonnade of the Diwan-i-Aam. Return to the old city to visit the City Palace and the beautiful palaces within, such as the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal and the intricately decorated Peacock Gate. Also of interest is the Armoury Museum, which houses an impressive collection of antique weapons such as blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers, which belonged the royals. Make a stop at the spellbinding Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds (photo stop) and the famous Johari bazaar famous for its jewels and saris, the Tripolia bazaar with bronzes, sculptures and lacquerware, the Bapu bazaar renowned for its perfumes and textiles, and Chandpol bazaar for pottery and bracelets. Overnight: Jaipur. .


SATURDAY, DAY 8 | JAIPUR – DEPARTURE DELHI (by Road)

After a leisurely breakfast, drive back to Delhi (6 hrs) and transfer to the airport to board your onward flight.

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HOTELS ENVISAGED, OR EQUIVALENT:

City
Day
Standard Hotel Superior Hotel
Delhi
1 - 2
Country Inn & Suites Radisson Blu, Paschim Vihar
Agra
3
Clarks Shiraz Crystal Sarovar Premiere
Ranthambore
4-5
The Pugmark Tiger Den Resort
Jaipur
6-7
KK Royal Days Indana Jaipur

 

COSTS: US $ per person with MINIMUM two people, all arriving, traveling and departing together.

Departue Period
Hotel Category
Twin/Double
Single
Now till 30 June 2020
Standard
685.00
945.00
Superior
715.00
1,005.00
1 October 2020 to 31 March 2021
Standard
740.00
1,015.00
Superior
785.00
1,110.00

 

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:
• Accommodation as per above itinerary in twin share/double rooms with daily breakfast
• Tours and transfers as specified including entry fees, on a private basis in an air-conditioned vehicle
• The services of an accompanying English speaking guide
• Current applicable VAT Government tax and services charge
• Meeting and assistance upon arrival/ departure by Spiritual Journeys English speaking representative
• All transfers between airport and hotel and all sightseeing in a private air conditioned vehicle
• Visits, excursions and transfers as per the program
• Entrance to the site as per the itinerary (subject to change without prior notice)

TOUR PRICES EXCLUDES:
• International airfares and taxes, unless otherwise specified
• Visa expenses, processing and issuance fees
• Meals other than specified as included
• Travel Insurance or expenses of a personal nature (mini-bar, phone call, laundry, etc.),
• Tips or gratuities to guides/drivers/porters / hotel, restaurant or boat staff, etc.
• Drinks or personal expenses or entrance fees for any extra sightseeing or optional activities
• Hotel early check- in and late check-out
• International air
• Optional tour

Registration:  Please use our Registration Form to register, and pay either the deposit or your payment by going to our secure system at Pay Now.

Additional Information: Please e-mail Deepak Singh or telephone Deepak Singh at +1-508-358-4267.