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Taj and Tiger

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 11 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): India  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   National Parks  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1210 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1295 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Delhi. Upon your arrival in the Indian capital city of New Delhi, you will be greeted by our representative at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. After a warm welcome, you will be escorted to your hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2: Day in Delhi

Today you will spend the day discovering the vibrant city of Old and New Delhi. Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi, which includes a visit to Jama Masjid (one of the largest mosques in India), Raj Ghat (cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi). Also, drive past Red Fort and Chandni Chowk (Silver Street), the epicenter of Old Delhi & drive past President's House, Parliament House and other Government Secretariat Buildings. You may take a short exhilarating Rickshaw ride through the crowded lanes of the Chandni Chowk- the shopping epicenter of Old Delhi. Afternoon sightseeing tour of New Delhi includes a visit to India Gate and Qutab Minar. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 3: Delhi – Agra (205 Km – 4 hrs 30 minutes)

This morning, you will depart for Agra, the city of the world famous Taj Mahal. Upon arrival in Agra, check in at your hotel. Afternoon you will visit the Taj Mahal. Built by Shah Jahan as an eternal symbol of his love for his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal, The Taj Mahal is one of the great architectural wonders of the world. Later, visit the white marble beauty and symbol of eternal love, the Taj Mahal. Work on this beautiful monument started in 1641, and the structure took 20,000 laborers 22 years to complete. The Taj changes color depending on the time of day, and it is recommended that you witness this by visiting in the morning and evening.

Also visit the Agra fort, which is built in red sandstone and has magnificent palaces, halls of public and private audience and beautiful gardens. Built by Emperor Akbar on the west bank of the Yamuna, Agra Fort first took shape between 1565 and 1573 and thereafter structures within it were added by successive emperors. Today the towering red-sandstone ramparts house a variety of palace apartments, representing the different building styles of Akbar and his grandson Shah Jahan;the Jahangiri Mahal, the palace that housed the women of the court, the Anguri Bagh (Grape Garden), Khas Mahal, Musamman Burj, the mirrored Sheesh Mahal and Mina Masjid (Gem Mosque), Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of Private Audience) and the Machchhi Bhavan (Fish House). Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 4: Agra to Ranthambhore National Park (294 Km / 07 Hrs)

This morning, you will depart Agra for your journey to Ranthambhore, acclaimed as one of the best places in the world to photograph tigers in the wild. En-route to Ranthambhore, you will make a brief stop to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the capital city of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century. Situated 40 km from Agra, the city of Fatehpur Sikri is an imperial city built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar between 1571 and 1584. The architectural grandeur of this deserted city cannot be described in words and one can only experience the aura of its magnificent edifices by seeing them. The buildings within Fatehpur Sikri are a unique blend of different architectural traditions. Dedicated by Emperor Akbar to his patron saint Sheikh Salim Chisti, Fatehpur Sikri has a number of imperial palaces & was also Akbar's imperial capital for fifteen years. A splendid edifice, the fort today rests in quiet peace - a mute witness to the times gone by. Arrive at your lodge in Ranthambhore this evening for your orientation talk about the park and its wildlife by the professional naturalist. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 5: Day in Ranthambhore

Today, enjoy early morning Jeep safari (accompanied by a trained naturalist) into the national park. The Ranthambore National Park is one of the prime examples of India’s conservation program, Project Tiger. Once the hunting ground of Indian princes, this national park stands atop a 600 m high hill range, and is covered with thorn trees, scrub and grasslands. Dotted with beautiful ponds, streams, lakes and old ruins, it is the home of the tigers of Ranthambhore that have often been photographed by visitors from all over the world. Countless other game, especially larger and smaller herbivores also abound. Return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, free for personal activities. Revisit the game park in the evening. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 6: Ranthambhore National Park to Jaipur. After breakfast, embark on a leisurely drive to Jaipur - the land of the Rajputs. Jaipur is an exuberance of colour, dance and traditional arts and crafts. Known, as the 'Pink City', Jaipur is home to ancient forts and palaces and is one of India's most well planned cities. Upon arrival in Jaipur check in to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure for independent activities. Overnight at hotel.

Day 7: Day in Jaipur

After breakfast visit the Amber fort. An elephant ride will help you ascend to this hilltop fort (Elephants are subject to availability). Alternatively, you could choose to walk or drive up to the fort. The fort is a living testimony where the Hindu and Mughal architectural styles have merged in complete harmony to create a masterpiece of fusion architecture. Among its many splendors is the Sheesh Mahal, a small room whose ceilings, covered with tiny mirrors, looks like a sky filled with brilliant stars. We visit the Jai Mandir (Hall of Victory) and Sukh Niwas (Hall of Pleasure). This afternoon, visit the City Palace complex with its museums and Jantar Mantar, the ancient astronomical observatory, and the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), built in the 18th century. This palace with its innumerable windows and screened balconies was especially built for the royal women to view the city and processions from behind their purdahs. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 8: Jaipur to Jodhpur (345 km/ 6 hrs)

After breakfast, drive to Jodhpur, the blue hued city of Rajasthan. Upon arrival in Jodhpur, check in at your hotel. After noon visit the Mehrangarh fort, an imposing structure that has fine views over the city. This 15th-century looming edifice to Rajput valor is still Rajasthan's most impressive fort, with sheer cliff like wall that rise to 120 m (400 ft.) high. Located inside is one of India's finest museums with rich collection of palanquins, royal cradles, miniature paintings, musical instruments, costumes, furniture, and armor of royal household. Later, visit Jaswant Thada, a royal cenotaph that was constructed by Maharaja Sardar Singh to honor the memory of his courageous father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The main cenotaph that is dedicated to Maharaja Jaswant Singhji is designed like an exquisite piece of jewelry, magnified out of proportion. The white marble Jaswant Thada looks like a lovely temple that entices you with its pavilions, domes and delicate looking pillars. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 9: Jodhpur / Ranakpur / Udaipur (270 Km – 6 Hrs)

After breakfast, embark on a leisurely drive to Udaipur, en-route visiting the famous Jain Temples at Ranakpur. The Ranakpur temples are the finest examples of the craftsmanship the Jains just like its famous compatriots at Dilwara Temples at Mount Abu. The Ranakpur Temples are beautiful, with exquisitely detailed relief carvings covering every inch of pillar, wall, and ceiling. The main triple-volume Chaumukha Temple, built from 1446 and dedicated to Adinatha Rishabdeva, the first Jain Tirthankara, or "Enlightened One," is surrounded by 66 subsidiary shrines; inside are 1,444 intricately carved pillars, not one of them the same. (Please note, shoes and all leather articles must be removed before entering the temples). Continue your drive to Udaipur, upon arrival in Udaipur check-in in your hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 10: Day in Udaipur

After breakfast, morning Visit Eklingji & Nagda, a little village with a number of ancient temples situated 22 kms away from Udaipur. Location 22 km (14 miles) north of Udaipur are the ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Eklingji is a marble complex made up of 108 temples, the first of which was built in A.D. 734 by Bappa Rawal, legendary founder of the Sisodia clan, who ruled the Mewar kingdom for hundreds of years. The entire complex, most of it rebuilt in the 15th century, has a wonderfully uplifting atmosphere, particularly during prayer times. Deserted Nagda, which lies 2 km (1 1/4 miles) north, is the site of the ancient capital of Mewar, which dates back to A.D. 626, are the ruins of the Saas Bahu, a 10th-century Vaishnavite twin temple and the remains of Adbhutji Temple. This afternoon, enjoy a city tour of Udaipur, visiting the City Palace (one of the largest palace complex in Rajasthan, which is now a museum, royal residence and luxury hotel), Saheliyon-Ki-Bari (Garden of the Maids of honour), Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir (a folklore museum) and Jagdish Temple. Later, enjoy an evening boat ride on Lake Pichola. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 11: Udaipur to Delhi - Departure. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be transferred from Domestic to International Airport for your departing flight for onward destination.

- Validity: 01 Sept – 15th April next year
- Check-In, Check-out time: 1200 noon
- Prices not applicable for period: 22 Dec – 03 Jan next year.
- Prices are subject to change with any increase in the cost.
- Rates include only those items specified in your itinerary.
- In case on any currency fluctuations or amendment in local Government taxes, or any fuel hike, we reserve the right to adjust the tour price accordingly.

Price Includes:
- 11 nights accommodation on double/twin sharing at the hotels mentioned above or similar
- Buffet breakfast in all hotels
- All meals in Ranthambhore
- All transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours will be by air-conditioned transportation
- Local English-speaking guide shall be provided for the sightseeing & excursion tours
- Entry fees to Monuments
- Exclusive Jeep Safari in Ranthambhore
- 1 Elephant Ride at Amber Fort
- 1 Boat ride in Udaipur
- Representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers
- All road taxes, parking fee, fuel charges, interstate taxes
- All currently applicable taxes.

Price Excludes:
- Expense of personal nature like porterage at all hotels, railway station & airports, tipping, laundry, telephone /fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc
- Domestic / International Air fare
- Single Room supplement
- Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

- 2 persons: USD 1,295 p/p
- 3-4 persons: USD 1,225 p/p
- 5-7 persons: USD 1,160 p/p
- 8-10 persons: USD 1,210 p/p
- Single Room Supplement: USD 550 p/p.

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