ASIA PACKAGES: GOLDEN TRIANGLE WITH RANTHAMBORE  
 
DAY 01 ARRIVE DELHI

Room is held in Delhi on this day from 1200 hrs for immediate occupancy on arrival

DAY 02 DELHI

Meet and assist upon arrival and transfer to the hotel where rooms have been reserved for you for immediate occupancy on check in

After a late breakfast, proceed for the full day city tour of Old & New Delhi. In Old city visit Red Fort built by Emperor Shah Jahan; Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India; Raj Ghat- the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi and enjoy a walking tour in Chandni Chowk- the silver street of Delhi bustling with activity.

   
Lunch at Hotel.

In the afternoon visit Qutab Minar, the tallest stone tower in India; Humayun’s Tomb built in the Indo Persian style and a predecessor to The Taj Mahal in Agra; India Gate – A War Memorial Arch. Also drive past the President’s house, Parliament house, Government secretariat buildings and Connaught place – the heart of New Delhi and a busy shopping center.

Dinner & Overnight is at the hotel.

DAY 03 DELHI – AGRA BY SURFACE

After breakfast continue your drive to Agra and visit famous monument Sikandra.

Four kilometers before Agra is the mausoleum of Akbar. Construction of this beautiful monument was started by Akbar himself. This structure is a perfect blend of Hindu, Christian, Islamic, Buddhist, Jain motifs. But Akbar died before his mausoleum could be completed and his son Jehangir completed it.



   
On arrival check in at Hotel

In the afternoon proceed with a half day city tour of Agra city. Visit the red sandstone Agra Fort, which stands like a crescent on the banks of the Yamuna River enclosed by forbidding 20-meter high walls, with a 12- meter moat between them. Three successive Mughal emperors - Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jehan - helped create this massive structure which contains Hindu and Muslim architecture. Then proceed for the famous white marble mausoleum, which was built in the middle of the 17th century by the Moghul emperor Shah Jehan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal.

   
Visit the Taj Mahal surely the greatest monument to love and one of the wonders of the modern world. Completed in 1652, skilled craftsmen from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and some 20,000 labourers worked for 17 years to build this edifice, constructed by emperor Shah Jehan as a mausoleum for his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal.Marble was brought from Makrana, near Jodhpur and precious stones of onyx, amethyst, malachite, lapis lazuli, turquoise, jade, crystal and mother of pearl were carried to Agra from Persia, Russia, Afghanistan, Tibet, China and the Indian Ocean.

Dinner & Overnight at Hotel
   

DAY 04 AGRA – FATEHPUR SIKRI – BHARATPUR BHARATPUR - RANTHAMBORE (BY JAN-SHATABDI EXPRESS)

After Breakfast at the Hotel, drive to the ancient abandoned Moghul capita, FATEHPUR SIKRI. This 16th century capital of Moghul emperor Akbar is a complex of forts, palaces and mosques built in sandstone. The city had to be deserted because of lack of water. The white marble Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti, Akbar's spiritual adviser, is now observed as a Muslim pilgrimage spot here.

Continuer you dive to Bharatpur, 18 kms to visit the Keoldeo National Park where you would visit the famed Bird Sanctuary on bicycle rickshaws accompanied by a trained Naturalist. After visiting the Park, proceed for a short village tour to get a first hand insight on the rural Indian village Life

Later transfer to Bharatpur Railway station to board your train for Ranthambore. Meet and assist you on arrival at the railway station and transfer to the hotel

Late evening talk to wildlife by senior Naturalist organized by Hotel. Dinner & Overnight at Hotel

DAY 05 IN RANTHAMBORE

Early morning, enjoy a jungle safari to Ranthambore Tiger Reserve.

Ranthambhor is also very picturesque. A number of lakes from the shallow lands where tiger sightings are quite common, and where herds of deer can be seen foraging, while crocodiles bask in the sun. The lofty hills ring the park, and in the distance, the ramparts of Ranthambhor fort create a dramatic silhouette. Once, this was the scene for fierce battles, and for fiery Jauhars, but all that is of the past now, though former hunting lodges such as Jogi Mahal, close to the lakes, is still retains its former grandeur and glory.


   
Breakfast & Lunch at Hotel Afternoon jungle safari

Ranthambore is particularly well known for its tiger sightings because the undisturbed ambiance and the spreading, shallow lakes provide them the surroundings best suited to their needs, and therefore sightings by day time are quite common. Various conservationists and wildlife photographers have worked at length here to document the life cycle of the tigresses of Ranthambore, even giving them names, so that they are now a part of the regional lore.

Dinner & Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 06 DRIVE TO JAIPUR

Early morning, enjoy a jungle safari to Ranthambore Tiger Reserve.Continue your drive to Jaipur and check in at the hotel upon arrival. The capital of the state of Rajasthan is popularly known as the 'pink city' as the buildings in its old, walled city is all constructed in pink-colored sandstone. Jaipur owes its name, its foundation and its careful planning to the great warrior-astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II (1699-1744). He laid out the city with its surrounding walls and six rectangular blocks by principles of town planning set out in an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture. In 1728 he constructed the remarkable observatory, which is still one of Jaipur's central attractions. It is worthwhile spending any leisure time wandering through the bazaars. Jaipur is well known for its beautiful carpets, enamelled ornaments, precious and semi-precious stones, brass ornaments and many other arts and crafts. Overnight is at the hotel

Check in at the hotel on arrival. Rest of the evening is at leisure to explore the local bazaars.

Dinner at authentic Indian Restaurant with live cooking classes & Rajasthani Folk dances

DAY 07 IN JAIPUR

Breakfast at Hotel.


Morning Half day Amber Fort with Jeep ride. Amber is a classic, romantic Rajasthani Fort Palace. The rugged, time-ravaged walls of the Fort may not look beautiful from the outside, but the interior is a virtual paradise. Miniatures painted on the walls depict hunting and war scenes, apart from festivals. Precious stones and mirrors are embedded into the plaster. Inside the Fort visit the Jag Mandir or the Hall of Victory. Inside the Jag Mandir is the famed Sheesh Mahal - a room with all the four walls and ceiling completely embedded with glittering mirror pieces, which were specially imported from Belgium during that period. Enroute to Amber Fort, you will have a brief photography stop at Hawa Mahal - the Palace of Winds.


   
Lunch at Hotel.

Afternoon Half day city tour begins with a visit to the Maharaja's City Palace, the former Royal residence, part of it converted into a museum. A small portion is still used by the Royal family of Jaipur. Built in the style of a fortified campus, the palace covers almost one-seventh in area of the city. One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion known as Armoury Museum housing an impressive array of weaponry-pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers. The royal families of Jaipur once used most of these weapons. Later visit the Jantar Mantar, which is the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world. Situated near the gate of the city palace, the observatory has 17 large

instruments, many of them still in working condition.

Rest of the day is free to explore the colorful town independently. Spend time in crowded lanes & by lanes of pink city, haggling and souvenir-hunting.

Dinner & Overnight is at the hotel

DAY 08 DRIVE JAIPUR – MANDAWA

After breakfast morning leave for MANDAWA.

Today, the world comes to this storybook town to see its colourful frescoes on every subject under the sun, ranging from the religious to the erotic; from copies of popular English prints to witty social satire, rendered in the inimitable style of the local artist. And perhaps the best place to discover the legacy of Shekhawati is from the comfort of Castle Mandawa, a fortress, now converted into a luxurious heritage hotel.


Arrive and check in at the Castle followed by Lunch

Like many historic homes, Castle Mandawa is a curious mixture of the old and the new. Medieval turreted towers, palanquin-roofed balconies, blend with modern comforts in old-world rooms. Family portraits, antique cannons and arms add to the charm of this family-run resort where tradition still runs strong. Even time is measured by a different clock... a huge brass gong struck by the resident timekeepers at the fort every hour! Explore Castle Mandawa at your own pace.
In the evening enjoy a special Dinner with live folk dances and music at the hotel

Overnight is at the hotel


DAY 09 DRIVE MANDAWA – DELHI


After breakfast, drive back to Delhi

On arrival time free for last minute shopping / souvenir hunting

FAREWELL DINNER before being transferred to the International airport to check in for your flight departing on Day 10

DAY 10 FLIGHT DEPARTS FOR ONWARD DESTINATION

Your flight departs for onward destination

End of the tour

 
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