Day 1: Arrive in Delhi. Arrive in Delhi, meet and greet at the airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Delhi. Morning tour of historic city of Old Delhi to include magnificent Red Fort, The Jama Masjid, India`s largest mosque, Rajghat - memorial of Mahatma Gandhi and a Rickshaw ride past through the silver street in Chandani Chowk. Afternoon sightseeing in New Delhi to include Humayun`s Tomb, Bhai Temple, Qutab Minar, India gate and Government buildings overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Delhi-Agra (204 km/4 and 1/2 hours). Morning drive to Agra takes around 4 hours, on arrival check in at hotel. Later proceed for sightseeing. Agra is the home of the Taj Mahal (on Friday it is closed) and the famous Red Fort. The Moghul Emperor Shah Jehan built the extravagant Taj Mahal as a mausoleum for his most beloved wife and was imprisoned in the Red Fort overlooking the Taj by his son until death. Both buildings are truly spectacular and the Taj Mahal is now one of the wonders of the World. Also visit marble cutting center old city and bazaars etc. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 4: Agra-Fatehpur Sikri-Ranthambore (294 km). Morning drive to Ranthambore en route visit Fatehpur Sikri. This was emperor Akbar`s capital designed and built in Red stone the city is another architectural wonder and 2 hours cycle Rickshaw safari in Bharatpur National Park. Later drive to Ranthambore. Overnight.
Day 5: Ranthambore. Morning safari in the park, afternoon safari. Overnight. Ranthambore National Park: Earlier the hunting preserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur, the Park at Ranthambore was once the scene of royal hunting parties. Today, it is famous for its Tigers and is one of the best places in the country to see these majestic predators in the wild. The tigers can be spotted quite often even during the day, at their normal pursuits- hunting and taking care of their young. With the strict measures that have been taken for their conservation, they seem quite accustomed to human activity and are not disturbed by it. A good time to visit is between October and April when the nature of the dry deciduous forests makes sightings common.
Ranthambore has large numbers of sambar, chital and nilgai, Sounders of boar and an occasional gazelle - the chinkara can be seen, as also the Indian hare, mongoose and monitor lizards. The lakes and pools at the park are where the deer congregate and where it is easiest to see the animals. Among the other local fauna are the leopard, hyena, jackal, jungle cats, sloth bear and marsh crocodile. Jacanas, painted stork, black stork and white necked stork are seen along the water bodies. Peafowl are found in abundance and other birds include Bonelli`s eagle, crested serpent eagle, the great Indian horned owl, quail, partidge, spur fowl and the paradise flycatcher.
Day 6: Ranthambore-Jaipur (156 km). Morning once again safari in the Park and later drive to Jaipur. Evening at leisure or optional dinner to Chocki Dhani, an ethnic village. Overnight.
Day 7: Jaipur. Morning tour of the impressive Amber Fort, situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur City. At the foot of the hill you will mount your caparisoned Elephant for the climb to the main gate. The Fort, completed in the early 18th century, took over 100 years to build and now, although deserted, offers a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the Moghul ruling families. Afternoon tour of the Pink City will include City Palace, still home to the Maharaja although several of the rooms are now open to the public. Many antiques and artifacts belonging to the ruling family are housed here. Also visit the Hawa Mahal "Palace of the Winds", and the open-air Jantar Mantar Observatory to see the vast astronomical instruments. Enjoy a stroll through the colorful bazaar before returning to your hotel. overnight at hotel.
Day 8: Jaipur-Jodhpur (335 km, 6/7 hours). Morning drive to Jodhpur, afternoon sightseeing in Jodhpur. Gateway to the Thar desert, the city is known for its striking Forts, stately palaces and gracious buildings. Some of these are now India`s finest hotels. The city was built in 1459 by Rao Jodha of The Rajput clan. Sightseeing in Jodhpur includes Mehrangarh Fort built by the city`s founder five centuries ago, Jaswant Thada, museum, bazaar. Overnight.
Day 9: Jodhpur-Udaipur (280 km). Morning drive to Udaipur en route visit Ranakpur temple complex (open at 12:00). Ranakpur the 15th century Chaumukh Jain temple, one of the most beautiful crafted sculpted temples in India. Overnight.
Day 10: Udaipur. Udaipur is the most romantic city in Rajasthan. With its hilltop fortresses, fairytale palaces and exotic legends and its urban and industrial center, the city is proud of its heritage as a center for performing arts, painting and crafts. Most of the marble palaces and fortification have now been transformed into palace hotels. Sightseeing of Udaipur include, City palace museum, Bharatiya Lok Mandal, Sahelyon Ki bari, Partap memorial and afternoon boat ride on the lake Pichola to visit Jagmandir. Overnight.
Day 11: Udaipur-Mumbai. Morning fly to Mumbai (08:50-10:35) on arrival transfer to hotel and followed by City tour of Bombay - the great port city with its Victorian Gothic buildings from the British Raj Era mingling with the modern. The tour includes "Gateway of India" overlooking the Harbour, the "Towers of Silence", "Marine Drive", the "Colaba Causeway" - the commercial heart of Bombay and the Dhobi Ghat, the unique and colourful outdoor "laundry". Drive up to the Malabar Hill to the lovely "Hanging Gardens" and the Kamla Nehru Park from where you will get a wonderful view of Mumbai and the Arabian Sea, spread out before you. Also visit Mani Bhawan, a small museum dedicated to the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi, and the bustling Crawford Market. Afternoon free for own activities. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12: Leave Mumbai. Early morning transfer to airport for your onward flight.
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