This is a slight twist on the ever-popular Golden Triangle itinerary. After seeing the colonial and Mughal sights of India`s capital, Delhi, we move on to the `Pink City` of Jaipur. Arrive on elephant-back at Amer Fort and step back in time as you wander around intricate forts and palaces. Proceed to Agra, stopping off at the fortified ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri and then marvel at the splendour of the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. End your trip relaxing in the remote surroundings of nearby Chambal Safari Lodge, where you will embark on a river safari discovering the rare gharial and marsh crocodiles, golden jackals, deer and a host of other animals and bird life.
Tour Dates: 20 Oct. - 28 Oct.
- Rickshaw in Delhi`s hidden streets
- Marvel at the majestic Taj Mahal
- Forts and palaces of the Pink City
- Spot rare wildlife on the River Chambal
- Experience the fortified ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri.
Day 1: Arrival into Delhi. Pick up by our representative. Transfer to guesthouse. Free day in Delhi to relax and unwind. Meals: N/A.
Day 2: After breakfast, full day tour of Delhi, lunch en-route. Drive by India Gate, the Presidential Palace, lunch en-route, and then on to Old Delhi – visit impressive Red Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site - a symbol of India`s Mughal past, and now of India`s sovereignty. Immerse yourself in the chaos of Chandni Chowk on cycle-rickshaw. Stroll around magnificent Humayun`s Tomb and its gardens, and watch it change colour as the sun starts to set. Evening to relax and enjoy sumptuous North Indian cuisine. Overnight in Delhi. Meals: B.
Day 3: After breakfast set off for the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. Arrive mid-afternoon. Check in to hotel. Evening free to wander around the local bazaar. Overnight in Jaipur. Meals: B.
Day 4: Breakfast followed by full-day tour: Jaipur’s palaces - the Wind Palace, the Water Palace, Amer Fort (where you will arrive on elephant-back) and the City Palace. Visit Jantar Mantar (the old observatory) and late afternoon visit Galta and watch the monkeys feeding at the Monkey Temple. Overnight in Jaipur. Meals: B.
Day 5: After breakfast, leave for Agra, stopping at the fortified ghost city of the impressive Fatehpur Sikri. Then proceed to Agra Fort. Overnight in Agra. Meals: B.
Day 6: Early morning marvel at the beauty of the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world, and a testament to true love. Afterwards, leave for Chambal Lodge, 70 km from Agra. Arrive in time for a lunch buffet. Relax for a few hours and then head on to Bateshwar and witness one of India’s largest animal fairs, where every animal from cattle and goats to horses and camels are traded. In the evening, visit the picturesque temples set along the river bank. Naga sadhus (holymen) have made their homes in mud caves next to the temples. Return to the lodge for buffet dinner. Overnight in Chambal Lodge. Meals: B,L,D.
Day 7; After a buffet breakfast, embark on your river safari. The Chambal Safari boatmen are exceptionally skilled at manoeuvring as close to the birds and animals as possible without disturbing them. Trained naturalists accompany you and provide expert information on the Chambal wildlife, which includes the endangered Chambal Gharial (long-nosed crocodile), marsh crocodiles, Gangetic dolphins and a host of exotic birdlife. Return for buffet lunch. After lunch, go for a village walk or embark on a camel safari to the abandoned Fort Ater. Walk along forgotten trails and explore the ravines along which the fort is situated. Return to lodge for dinner. Overnight in Chambal Lodge. Meals: B, L, D.
Day 8: Leisurely breakfast, leave for Agra to catch train back to Delhi. Your driver will pick you up at Delhi train station. Transfer to guesthouse/hotel. Rest of day free. Meals: BDay 9After breakfa8st, leave for airport to catch afternoon return flight to London. Meals: B.
Day 9: After breakfast, leave for airport to catch afternoon return flight to London. Meals: B.
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