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Rajasthan Wildlife Tour - 9 Nights / 10 Days

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Duration :9 Nights / 10 Days
Places :Delhi->Jaipur->Rathambore->Agra->Delhi
Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive DELHI

Arrive Delhi. After you have cleared immigration and customs formalities, you are met outside the International Arrivals Hall and transferred to the hotel. Overnight at HOTEL IMPERIAL.

Day 2: In DELHI

After breakfast, spend the day exploring India’s capital. In Old Delhi, visit the Red Fort, built in 1648 during the reign of Shah Jehan in red sandstone, which gave the fort its name.

Jama Masjid is India's largest mosque, built of red sandstone and white marble in the middle of the 17th century. Chandni Chowk (Silver Street), once the imperial avenue down which Shah Jehan rode at the head of lavish cavalcades, is today bustling with shops, stalls and silversmiths' ateliers. Also visit Raj Ghat where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated.

In the afternoon, sightseeing of New Delhi includes a visit to India Gate, built in memory of Indian soldiers killed during the First World War. Rashtrapati Bhawan, built in the early 20th century as the Imperial residence of the Viceroy is today the official residence of the President of India and Parliament House, an unique circular building with huge colonnades, houses the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament.

Connaught Circus is the commercial hub of New Delhi. One of Delhi’s most striking monuments is the 70-meter high Qutb Minar, which looms majestically across the wide plains of Delhi. Overnight at HOTEL IMPERIAL.

Day 3: Drive to JAIPUR

After breakfast depart on the 6-hour drive to Jaipur. On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight at HOTEL JAI MAHAL PALACE.

Day 4: In JAIPUR

After breakfast visit Amber, the capital for 6 centuries before Jaipur was built, which lies 11 km north of Jaipur. Rising majestically on the slopes of a hill, this 11th century fort and palace complex is a blend of Hindu and Muslim styles - the earlier constructions in the inner apartments designed by the Hindu founder are austere, while later constructions abound in the rich flourishes characteristic of Muslim influence.

The Diwani-i-Am (Hall of Public Audience) affords a view of the strategic location of Amber. The Jai Mandir (Hall of Victory) is the finest example of the artistic exuberance of the day - panels of alabaster, fine inlay work, a shimmering Hall of Mirrors, renowned for its fine mirrorwork. The Sukh Nivas (Hall of Pleasure) has 17th century air conditioning. Experience the thrill of riding up to the fort on gaily-decorated elephants, in the manner the Rajputs of old made their royal ascent centuries ago.

In the afternoon visit Jaipur, one of the best-planned cities in India, built of rose-pink sandstone by the great astronomer-king Jai Singh II in 1727. The City Palace stands in the centre of the city. Part of it is still the Maharaja's residence, while most of the complex has been developed into a museum containing rare manuscripts, fine specimens of Rajput and Mughal paintings, royal apparel and an armoury. Jantar Mantar observatory was built by the founder of Jaipur, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. The huge stone instruments were devised to study the movements of the sun, moon and planets and are incredibly accurate.

Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) is the landmark of Jaipur. It stands on one of the main streets, a curious building, elaborate and fanciful, built of pink sandstone with a delicate honeycomb design. Rising five storeys high, it is composed of semi-octagonal overhanging windows, each with its perforated screen, which allowed the ladies of the court to look onto the main street without being seen. There is time to wander through the colourful bazaars, a veritable collector's paradise where you can watch ancient craft forms. Overnight at HOTEL JAI MAHAL PALACE.


After breakfast depart on the 3-hur drive to Ranthambore National Park. On arrival check in at the hotel in time for lunch. Ranthambore is situated at the junction of the Aravalli and Vindhya ranges.

Since becoming one of the original 11 areas under Project Tiger in 1973, the park has recovered much of its previous natural glory. The blend between nature and history is strong in this park - the fort, temples, tanks and other relics are a constant reminder of man's involvement in the area.

The fort commanded a large region and up to the late 13th century was the centre of a Hindu kingdom. During the 18th century the area was protected as a hunting area for and by the Maharajas of Jaipur and it is thanks to an extension of this protection that the park exists today. In the late afternoon take a jeep safari in the park.

Ranthambore has an impressive range of animal species within its 392 sq. km, including sambar, cheetal, nilgai, chinkara, wild boar, sloth bear, hyena, jackal, leopard and the highly endangered Royal Bengal Tiger. The rich birdlife reflects the range of flora on which it feeds. During the winter months, the lakes attract a variety of migrant water birds. Dinner and overnight at SAWAI MADHOPUR LODGE.


Early morning and late afternoon game viewing drives in the park. All meals and overnight at SAWAI MADHOPUR LODGE.


Early morning game viewing safari in the park. Return to the Lodge for breakfast, before departing on the 6-hour drive to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary which is formally known as Keoladeo Ghana, after the ancient Shiva temple in the heart of the forest. Spread over 29 square km of shallow lakes, scrub and woodland, it was initially developed in the late 19th century as a wildfowl hunting preserve by the royal family of Bharatpur. Today it is one of the most spectacular waterfowl sanctuaries in the world. On arrival check in at the hotel.

After lunch take a cycle rickshaw or a boat ride in the park. Among the variety of water and other birds which gather here are the painted stork, egret, pelican, ibis, cormorant, darter, grey and white heron, sarus crane and purple moorhen.

The exotic migrants from Afghanistan, Central Asia, Tibet and further afield are the barheaded geese from China, the Siberian crane and greylag geese form the Arctic. Innumerable ducks dot the low-lying swamp - coot, mallard, pochard, dabchik, brahminy, teal and spoonbill. Islands and forested hillocks break the water and embankments criss-cross the marshland, making for easy viewing. Apart from birds, other species include the nilgai (blue bull), sambar, wild boar, hyena, cheetal (spotted deer) and porcupine. Large rock pythons can be seen sunning themselves after hibernating for months. Dinner and overnight at LAXMI VILAS PALACE.

Day 8: Drive BHARATPUR to AGRA

Early in the morning, visit the park again by boat or cycle rickshaws. After breakfast depart on the 1-hour drive to Agra. En route stop at Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted sandstone city, which was the glorious but short-lived imperial capital of Akbar, the greatest of Mughal emperors. Lying on a rocky ridge, it is today a haunting complex of empty palaces, forts and mosques.

A variety of architectural styles are found, since craftsmen representing many schools were employed. On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight at THE TRIDENT.

Day 9: In AGRA

After breakfast visit the red sandstone Agra Fort, which stands like a crescent on the banks of the Jamuna river, enclosed by forbidding 20-m high walls, with a 12-m moat between them. Three successive Mughal emperors - Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jehan - helped create this massive structure which contains Hindu and Muslim architecture.

The highlight of your trip will probably be a visit to 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. The afternoon is at leisure. Overnight at THE TRIDENT.

Day 10: Drive AGRA to DELHI, depart DELHI

Breakfast at the hotel. Late morning depart on the 4-hour drive to Delhi. Free time for shopping (no hotel room). Evening transfer to the airport for onward flight home.



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