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Moghul Highlights

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 9 day(s)
Group Size: 13 - 18 people
Destination(s): India  
Specialty Categories: small group tour   Sightseeing  
Season: January - April
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 930 Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 930 Canadian Dollar (CAD)

Tour Highlights

•Delhi - Ride a rickshaw through the winding streets of Old Delhi
•Agra - Watch the sunrise over the beautiful Taj Mahal
•Fathehpur Sikri - Explore Akbar the Great’s famous deserted city
•Bharatpur National Park - Visit Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary
•Karauli - Visit the imposing Royal Palace, in use until 1950, now home to the evening aarti ceremony
•Rantambore - Search for the elusive tiger on two included game drives
•Jaipur - Wander through the bustling markets and enjoy the impressive architecture of the Palace of the Winds

1 Join tour Delhi; City tour of New Delhi

Arrive Delhi and check into hotel. This afternoon we include a city tour of the sights of New Delhi. The Indian capital has long been a phoenix rising again and again out of its own ruins. New Delhi was the creation of the British Raj of the 30’s and includes the Lok Sabha (Parliament), India Gate, the Rajpath, Qutb Minar and, Humayun’s Tomb. Please note: due to the traffic in Delhi and the day getting dark earlier at certain times of the tour we may have to continue this sight seeing on day 2 of the tour.

Overnight: Standard Hotel, Included Meals: None

2 City tour of Old Delhi; drive to Agra

Compared to New Delhi the Old City is much closer to the image conjured up by Rudyard Kipling. This morning we include a guided visit to Old Delhi by metro and on foot with its hub at Chandni Chowk Bazaar, a jamboree of deafening barter. A short cycle rickshaw ride then takes us to the Jami Masjid mosque. There will be an opportunity for some free time in Old Delhi before our long afternoon drive to Agra (approximately 5 hours).

Overnight: Standard Hotel, Included Meals: Breakfast

3 Taj Mahal and Agra Fort

We visit the Taj Mahal, the world’s most perfect and poetic building, at sunrise. Over 300 years have elapsed since its construction, yet it stands today unscarred by age, its beauty and symmetry seemingly beyond man, time and space. Created by Shah Jahan as a funerary monument to his favourite wife, Mumtaz, it took 22 years to build (1630-52). The Great Moghul lies beside his beloved under the white marble dome. Inlaid with precious gems, the building cost a fortune and later Shah Jahan moved his capital to Delhi before being overthrown by his son, Aurangzeb. We’ll also visit the Agra Fort, built by Akbar the Great, which contains the incomparable Moti Masjid (Pearl Mosque). Rest of the day is free in Agra and you may choose to visit the “Babt Taj” on the east bank of the river or re-visit the Taj (optional).

Overnight: Standard Hotel, Included Meals: Breakfast

4 Drive to Bharatpur via Fatehpur Sikri

We continue our journey west and soon come upon the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri. Founded in 1569 and abandoned scarcely 16 years later, it is a perfectly intact example of Akbar’s imperial court. Among the many noteworthy buildings is the 5-storied Panch Mahal, probably a pleasure pavilion for the ladies of the harem. In the centre of the courtyard is the Pachisi Board where the emperor played a game like chess with dancing slave girls as pieces. Perhaps the finest structure of all is the lotus shaped carved central pillar of the Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of Private Audience), its extraordinary capital supporting a vaulted roof. Later in the afternoon we reach the Keoladeo Ghana National Park in Bharatpur. Formerly a royal duck-shooting reserve and now an ornithologist’s paradise, the park is best visited either at dusk or dawn. Covering 12 square miles, some 7000 acres are under water: the lakes and marshlands offer a safe habitat for large numbers of breeding waterbirds and migrants. More than 300 species have been sighted, among them herons, storks, geese and the huge and rare Siberian crane.

Overnight: Standard Hotel, Included Meals: Breakfast Dinner

5 Drive to Karauli via Mahuwa & Hindaun

Leaving Bharatpur we continue to Karauli via Mahuwa and Hindaun. Karauli is a holy town famous for the pale red sandstone wall which surrounds it. Earlier called Kalyanpuri, after the local deity Kalyanji, Karauli was founded in 1348 AD and was strongly fortified by its rulers. Legend has it that the ruling family were descendants of Lord Krishna, one of the most loved gods of Hindu mythology. After arriving and checking into our hotel, we hope to be able to ride on carts drawn by camels from our hotel to the 600 year old fort which forms the imposing highlight of this town. Used as a residence by the royal family until 1950, the fort has now been abandoned by them. There are a good number of monkeys and geese in the fort. It is said that geese have been here since the days when they were used as a warning system against any intruders. We will visit the fort and, if time allows, we may also be able to explore other points of interest in the town such as the Madan Mohanji Temple. Karauli plays host to a large cattle fair in February and 2 famous religious festivals – one at the beginning of April and the other at the beginning of October.
Overnight: Standard Hotel, Included Meals: Breakfast Dinner

6 Drive to Ranthambore; afternoon game drive

After a relaxing start to the morning we make our way to Ranthambore. The drive takes approximately two hours. On arrival we check in to our accommodation before setting off for an afternoon game drive. Ranthambore was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1957 (although it was still being used as a hunting reserve until the early 1970s) it became part of the ‘Project Tiger’ scheme in 1974 and today is home to some 40 tigers, most famously its diurnal tigers that roam amongst the woodlands and present some of the best opportunities to view these remarkable beasts in the wild. Aside from its more famous residents, the park is also home to sloth bear, langur, striped hyenas, marsh crocodiles, pythons, Ganga soft-shelled turtles and a myriad of bird species, including crested hawk eagle, crested serpent eagle, jacana, parakeet and white-breasted kingfishers. The rich landscapes around the park were once part of the magnificent jungles of Central India and comprise of rivers, lakes and forests that nestle amongst a surrounding girdle of steep cliffs and rocky outcrops.

Overnight: Standard Hotel, Included Meals: Breakfast Dinner

7 Morning game drive; Drive to Jaipur.

This morning we have a very early start as we make our way back in to Ranthambore National Park for our second game drive. The tigers are usually most active early in the morning before the heat of the day forces them to take shelter. Later this morning we make our way to Jaipur. Sometimes called the Pink City, Jaipur was first painted terracotta pink by Maharajah Sawai Ram Singh to celebrate the visit of Prince Albert in 1853. On arrival, we’ll take a sightseeing tour including a visit to the lavish and well preserved City Palace with its fine collection of textiles, costumes and armoury. Jai Singh, the great Maharajah-astronomer, built his extraordinary (and very accurate) star-gazing Observatory (Jantra) here and we will also have time to visit it this afternoon. The Old City has several fine gates set into the pink walls, and there are many chances for photos and shopping.

Overnight: Standard Hotel, Included Meals: Breakfast

8 In Jaipur; Visit Amber Fort

Today we will visit the Palace of the Winds, a 5-storied facade (built about 1760) which has been the subject of countless Indian posters. Afterwards, we will drive to the Amber Fort. This impressive hilltop fortress possesses what must be the world’s finest Chamber of Mirrors and affords glorious views of the surrounding plains.

Overnight: Standard Hotel, Included Meals: Breakfast

9 Tour ends in Jaipur

The tour ends this morning after breakfast.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Included meals 8 0 3
Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Transport

Bus, cycle rickshaw and cantor (open-sided safari vehicle).

Accommodation
8 nights Standard Hotel

Crew

Explore Tour Leader plus driver(s).

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

prices based on double occupancy land only and vary on departure dates, no air is included

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