Golden Triangle with footprints of Tiger

Overview

Amazing legends of heroism and romance still resound from its equally amazing architecture that still stands to narrate its tale of a bygone era. The magic of Rajasthan is unequalled in the world for its heritage, culture, safaris, sand dunes and lush green forests with its wildlife. Rajasthan is often expressed as huge open-air museum with relic so well preserved for the travellers and the curious of the day.

The history of India dates back almost five thousand years, and Rajasthan plays a crucial and unique role, especially with regard to the development of Indian culture. Its impressive story reaches through a heroic past. Its extravagant splashes of bright hues against the desert landscape and the purity of its dry and sandy reaches, the miniature elegance of its small villages and impeccably maintained forts brings alive the story of the yore. The appearance of its grand forts perched on rocky hills still tell the story of the bravery of its men and the stoic sacrifice of its women, and the chivalrous old world manners of all. Rajasthan is a vibrant state where tradition and history blend with contemporary life styles. People are proud of their heritage and yet open to change western values.

Rajasthan has a large indigenous populace Minas (Minawati) in Alwar, Jaipur, Bharatpur, and Dholpur areas. The Meo and the Banjara are travelling tradesmen and artisans. The GadiaLohar is the Lohar meaning ironsmith who travels on Gadia meaning bullock carts; they generally make and repair agricultural and household implements. The Bhils are one of the oldest peoples in India, inhabit the districts of Bhilwara, Chittaurgarh, Dungarpur, Banswara, Udaipur, and Sirohi and are famous for their skill in archery. The Grasia and nomadic Kathodi live in the Mewar region. Sahariyas are found in the Kotadistrict and the Rabaris of the Marwar region are cattle breed.

Day wise Itinerary:

DAY 01: ARRIVE DELHI BY: INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT
You will arrive at New Delhi's InternationalAirport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, aOUR representative will meet you as you EXIT the ARRIVALS TERMINAL building after which you would be transferred to your hotel.

A capital way to begin your discovery of India
"I asked my soul what is Delhi?

It replied, the world is the body, Delhi is its soul.is how a 19th century poet described this city that has ever been so many things to so many different people. To the weary travelers on the ancient silk route it was the first plain after having crossed the HimalayanMountains with the promise of shelter, food and business opportunities. To the Afghan, Turk, Greek, Arab and Roman kings it was a vast and inexhaustible source of treasures of all kinds, to the Chinese travelers it was the land of knowledge and wisdom. Its ageless face saw the advent of Islam. It saw empires being built and destroyed or even merely dismantled to make way for the new and Delhi lived on.

Upon arrival at the hotel, proceed for check-in.
Overnight at the hotel

DAY 02: DELHI
Breakfast is at the hotel.
Later proceed for combined city tour of Old &New Delhi.

You will first visit Old Delhi. The tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; Drive past the mighty Red Fort continuing to the Jama Masjid, one of Asia's largest mosques. The magnificent Red Fort, overlooking the river Yamuna was built during the years 1638 - 48 when the Mughal Empire was at its peak.

Enjoy short rickshaw ride..!!!

After visiting Old Delhi, you will then be driven to New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind. The division between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughal respectively. The division in the walled city and New Delhi also marks the division in the life-styles.

The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the RashtrapatiBhawan, the President's residence. The tour to Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the QutubMinar, which is the tallest stone tower in India. The QutubMinar was started in 1199 AD by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak and completed by the sultan's successor and son-in-law, Iltutmish. The building is 72.5 m high and has 379 steps from the bottom to the top. Then visit Humayun's tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun, it is an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, a precursor of the TajMahal.

Overnight at the hotel

DAY 03: DELHI - JAIPUR BY: SURFACE
Breakfast is at the hotel.
Later proceed for drive (approx265Kms / 6hrs) to Jaipur.
On arrival check in at the hotel

Jaipur (City of Victory) was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1727. It is the only city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the Universe through nine rectangular sectors sub-dividing it. The architect who formalized the city's plans on the ShilpaShastra, the epic Hindu treatise on architecture, mixed it with the sublimity of the Mughal and Jain influences of those times. The city was painted pink in 1853 in honour of the visit by Prince Albert. Except for the busy traffic of bicycles, cars and buses, little seems to have changed.

Rest of the day is free.
Overnight at the hotel

DAY 04: JAIPUR
Breakfast is at the hotel.Later proceed for sightseeing tour of Jaipur.

Visit the ancient Rajput capital of Amber, 11 km from the city. This fort-palace was begun by Raja Man Singh and used by the Rajputs as their stronghold until Sawai Jai Singh II moved to the newly created Jaipur. See the Diwan I Am or hall of public audience, Kali temple, Jai Mandir or hall of victory with its inlaid panels and mirror ceiling, and SukhNiwas. The fort provides breathtaking views of the lake below. Enjoy elephant ride (Subject to availability of elephants) at Amer Fort.

Afternoon visit the Maharaja's City Palace and the JantarMantar Observatory. Jaipur's walled CityPalace (1732 AD) occupies one-seventh of the city's area. See the Mubarak Mahal, museums of textiles and armoury etc, and the Diwan I Khas and Diwan I Am. JantarMantar, literally meaning "instruments for measuring the harmony of the heavens" is the oldest in India. Each instrument has a specific purpose and gives an accurate reading.Photo stop atHawaMahal (Palace of the Winds). Also, drive past the rose pink residential and business areas of Jaipur.

Come back to your hotel after the tour.
Overnight at the hotel

DAY 05: JAIPUR - RANTHAMBORE BY: SURFACE
Breakfast is at the hotel.
Later proceed for drive to Ranthambore (180 Kms/3 Hrs).

RanthamboreNational Park is one of the prime examples of Project Tiger's conservation efforts in Rajasthan. The forests around the Ranthambore Fort were once, the private hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur. The Park sprawls over an estimated area of 400 sqKms. Steep crags embrace a network of lakes and rivers, and atop one of these hills, is the impressive Ranthambore Fort, built in the 10th century. The entire forest is peppered with the battlements and spillovers of the Ranthambore Fort - tigers are said to frequent these ruins, too. As a result of stringent efforts in conservation, tigers, the prime assets of the Park, have become more and more active during the day. More than in any other park or sanctuary in India, tigers are easily spotted here in daylight.
Upon arrival proceed for check in hotel.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at the hotel

DAY 06: RANTHAMBORE
Two game viewing drives (Morning & afternoon)
Breakfast, lunch & dinner are at the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel

DAY 07: RANTHAMBORE -AGRA BY: SURFACE
Buffet breakfast is at the hotel.
Later, you will drive (285 Kms/6hrs) to Agra.

Agra in terms of ambiance is still associated with its Mughal period. The Mughals besides being great rulers were also great builders and they preserved their best architectural wonders for Agra& its neighbourhood.

Upon arrival in Agra check-in to your hotel.

Later visit the Agra Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture. Agra Fort - the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. This was the seat of Mughal rule and administration and the present structure owes its origins to Akbar who erected the walls and gates and the first buildings on the eastern banks of YamunaRiver. Shah Jehan added the impressive quarters and the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts. Visit its Hall of Public Audience and its Royal Pavilions.

Evening, you will proceed for a sunset tour of the TajMahal (closed on Fridays). Midway Tonga's "horse carriages" would be waiting for you and will drop you at the gates of the TajMahal.

The TajMahal is everything that has been said about it and more. Taking 22 years and 20,000 men to build, the white marble was quarried 200 miles away and was transported to the site by a fleet of 1000 elephants. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife MumtazMahal, in mid 17th century, the TajMahal is truly one of the wonders of the world. Though the Taj appears to be amazingly perfect from almost any angle, it is the close-up marble inlay work, which is really astounding. You will have ample time to view and be mesmerized by this outstanding piece of architecture.

Overnight at the hotel

DAY 08: AGRA - JHANSI - KHAJURAHO BY: TRAIN/SURFACE
After an early buffet breakfast at the hotel, aOUR representative will transfer you to the Railway Station in time for your train to Jhansi.
A OUR representative will meet you at the Jhansi Station, after which you will be driven from Jhansi railway station to Khajuraho (180Kms / 5 Hours).
Upon arrival in Khajuraho proceed for check-in to the hotel.

Later proceed for tour to Eastern and Western Group Temple complex dating to 10th century, a UNESCO world heritage site. The tour concentrates on the famous erotic temples, which represent some of the finest examples of temple architecture in Northern India. The remote location of Khajuraho meant that the temples were unharmed by Muslim invaders and as a result, the intricately fine carvings are in very good condition and are said to represent life in heaven.

Overnight at the hotel

DAY 09: KHAJURAHO - BANDHAVGARH BY: SURFACE
Buffet breakfast is at the hotel.
Later, you will drive (185 Kms/5hrs) to Bandhavgarh.

Bandhavgarh is blessed with a large variety of residents - both in terms of animals and birds. In the category of animals, it is possible to sight , leopards, gaur , chital (spotted deer), Sambar deer , Dholes, nilgais , wild boars, sloth bears, rhesus macaques, black faced langurs, jungle cats, hyenas, porcupines, jackals, foxes, wild dogs, chausinghas and ratels, among others. It is the density of it's big cat population that has made Bandhavgarh really famous across the globe. Many of it's tigers have played pivot roles of numerous films made on wildlife.

Afternoon enjoy safari at the park.
Overnight at the hotel

DAY 10: BANDHAVGARH
Morning and afternoon enjoy safari at the park.
Overnight at the hotel

DAY 11: BANDHAVGARH - KANHA BY: SURFACE
Buffet breakfast is at the hotel.Later, you will drive (270 Kms/6hrs) to Kanha.

Kanha National park is located in Banjar and Halon valleys in the Mandla / Balaghat districts of the state of Madhya Pradesh. Kanha National Park is one of the India's finest tiger reserves. Kanha national park is more famous for its wildlife; the natural beauty of its landscape is just as fascinating. One of the best locations to enjoy that bounty is BammiDadar, also known as the sunset point.

Rest of the day is free.
Overnight at the hotel

DAY 12: KANHA
Morning and afternoon enjoy safari at the park.
Overnight at the hotel

DAY 13: KANHA -NAGPUR - MUMBAI BY: SURFACE/FLIGHT
Buffet breakfast you will drive (250 Kms/5hrs) to Nagpur to board flight for Mumbai.
Arrive Mumbai, meet on arrival and transfer to hotel.

Mumbai - Mother of Cities, now known as the story of an incredible transformation from its foundation to its present day. Mumbai was and still is the Gateway to India, commemorated by a monument of that name built to mark the visit of King George and his consort, Mary. Today, Mumbai is India's premiere commercial and financial city and is ever on the move.

Overnight at the hotel

DAY 14: MUMBAI
Morning proceed to the Gateway of India to board the motor-boat for the tour of Elephanta Caves.

Elephanta Island (closed on Mondays) was known in ancient times as "Gharapuri" or The Place of Caves. The Portuguese took possession of the island and named it Elephanta after the great statue which they found on the seashore. There are seven caves of which the most important is the Mahesha-Murti Cave.

Afternoon proceed for the sightseeing tour of Mumbai starting with the visit to Gateway of India.

Gateway of India is the landmark of Bombay, which, was before the advent of air travel, the only gateway to India. It was built to commemorate the visit of King George and Queen Mary to India in 1911. Drive along Marine Drive, the sea - Front Boulevard. It is also known as the Queen's Necklace as in the evening, the breeze from the Arabian Sea comes over Marine Drive and as the streetlights on this U-shaped road light up, the view from south Bombay's skyscrapers or from the exclusive residential area, is that of a Queen's Necklace. Stop at the Jain Temples, built of marble and dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankara.Followed by the visit to Hanging Gardens which is built over Bombay's reservoir & from here one can get a panoramic view of picturesque Marine Drive. We will be driven to the Dhobi Ghats a huge open-air laundry, which makes an interesting viewing. Continue to visit Mani Bhawan (Gandhi Memorial), the house where the Father of the Nation stayed on his early visits to the city. The room, in which Gandhi stayed, preserved as it was, and the scenes of Gandhi's life in photographs and models are of special interest. Conclude the tour at the Prince of Wales Museum (closed on Mondays) - gothic and Moorish architecture in the striking confluence of styles that came to be known as Indo Saracenic.

Overnight at the hotel

DAY 15: DEPARTURE MUMBAI BY: INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT
In time you will be transferred to Mumbai International flight to connect with your onward destination flight Flight number TBA Departs Mumbai TBA

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