Day 01: Arrive Delhi
On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 02: Delhi
Enjoy sightseeing in New & Old Delhi today. Visit the 12th century Qutab Minar, gracefully hand-carved for its entire height of 234ft, and the iron pillar, which has withstood the ravages of time and never rusted despite being 1500 years old. Visit the mausoleum of Emperor Humayun - a forerunner of the Mughal style of architecture, and the imposing modern Lakshminarayan temple. Drive past the India Gate (a war memorial dedicated to the lives laid down by the Indian soldiers), the President’s residence - formerly the Viceroy’s Palace, Parliament House and the Secretariat buildings - an interesting blend of Victorian and 20th century architecture.
In the afternoon, a visit to Old Delhi takes you to the Raj Ghat (memorial to Mahatma Gandhi) and Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India. Drive past Chandi Chowk, once an imperial avenue of Mughal Royalty which today is the busiest commercial area of the city. Walk through Chandni Chowk to savour the ambience of an oriental bazaar. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 03: Delhi - Agra
In the morning leave Delhi by road for Agra. The journey is approximately 200 kms and takes 4-5 hours. On arrival check-in at your hotel then enjoy an afternoon sightseeing tour of the city, visiting the world famous Taj Mahal, built by Shah Jahan in 1560 in memory of his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. This architectural marvel is a perfectly proportioned masterpiece fashioned from white marble that stands testimony to the skill of 20,000 craftsmen brought together from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and who took 17 years to complete this ’Love Poem in Marble’. (Friday closed). Later visit the Agra fort containing the halls private and public and other palaces. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 04: Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Ranthambore
Early morning transfer to Ranthambore National Park, with an en route sightseeing stop at Fatehpur Sikri – the old deserted town of the Mughal dynasty. Arrive in Ranthambhre and check-in to the hotel. Evening at leisure and overnight at the hotel for two nights.
Day 05: Ranthambore National Park
Early morning safari to Ranthambore National Park, returning to the hotel for breakfast and later on an afternoon safari into the park. Ranthambore, with its lush jungle foliage, is one of the largest and most renowned national parks of India. The former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur, today it is home to a wealth of wildlife and one of the best places to see the majestic tiger in its natural habitat, sometimes seen during the day when they're hunting or looking after their cubs. Other wildlife in the park include leopard, striped hyena, sambar deer, chital, nilgai, common or hanuman langurs, macaques, jackals, caracals, sloth bears, wild boar, chinkara, civets, flying foxes, mongoose as well as over 250 bird species.
Day 06: Ranthambore – Jaipur
Morning breakfast and transfer to Jaipur. The rest of the day at leisure and overnight stay.
Day 07: Jaipur
Morning excursion to Amber Fort, a classic, romantic Rajasthani Fort Palace. The rugged, time-ravaged walls of the fort may not look beautiful from the outside, but the interior is a virtual paradise. Miniatures painted on the walls depict hunting and war scenes, apart from festivals. Precious stones and mirrors are embedded into the plaster. Inside the Jag Mandir is the famed Sheesh Mahal - a room with all the four walls and ceiling completely embedded with glittering mirror pieces, which were specially imported from Belgium during that period. En route to Amber Fort, you will have a brief photo stop at Hawa Mahal - the Palace of Winds.
Afternoon sightseeing tour of the city visiting Maharaja’s City Palace, the former Royal residence, part of it converted into a museum. A small portion is still used by the Royal family of Jaipur. Built in the style of a fortified campus, the palace covers almost one-seventh in area of the city. One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion known as Armoury Museum housing an impressive array of weaponry - pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers. The royal families of Jaipur once used most of these weapons. Later visit the Jantar Mantar, which is the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world. Situated near the gate of the City Palace, the observatory has 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 08: Jaipur – Delhi (6 hrs) and departure
Morning at leisure. In the afternoon drive to Delhi airport (258 kms & 6 hours drive) in time for your return flight.