Delhi - Agra - Ranthambore National Park - Jaipur
Any Saturday from now to 31 March 2021
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.
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.
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.
National Park: Keep an eye out for deer, birds, crocodiles,
the elusive Bengal tiger and other wildlife
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
MONDAY, DAY 3 | DELHI – AGRA
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
SIKRI – BHARATPUR – 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.
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
DAY 5 | IN RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL
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.
DAY 6 | SAWAI MADHOPUR – JAIPUR
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.
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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and departing together.
till 30 June 2020
October 2020 to 31 March 2021