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Tiger and PalacesV

 
Indian Tiger & Palaces

Delhi – Agra – Bharatpur – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur – Ranthambore – Delhi
10 Nights / 11 Days

Tour Highlights
•  Traditional Indian Welcome
•  Indian Rail Experience
•  Drive pass through Raisina Hills to the India Gate
•  UNESCO World Heritage Site
•  Stand before the world’s most famous monument of love - The Taj Mahal
•  Travel by brightly caparisoned elephant to Jaipur’s Amber Fort
•  Visit Forts & Palaces
•  Tiger Game Viewing twice

Day 01         Arrive Delhi
         [Maidens Hotel]

Arrive Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport. Meet our representative at the airport & depart for hotel by air conditioned vehicle.
Delhi stands as the capital of Modern India. Here you can see the mingling of the Old and New India, the ancient and the modern. Delhi is made up of seven ancient cities, spanning the period from the 11th to 20th centuries. Delhi has seen the rise and fall of many emperors, which have left behind a plethora of monuments that commemorate the grandeur and glory of bygone ages. Very few cities in the world can express such a profusion of architectural styles.
Overnight stay at hotel. [D]

Day 02         New & Old Delhi
         [Maidens Hotel]
Morning visit to New Delhi was designed and built by the British in the 1920's - it's a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens. In 1911 King George V announced the transfer of the capital from Calcutta to Delhi. The King's architects, Lutyens and Baker, set in motion the Design and construction of Delhi's eight cities - New Delhi. Lutyens designed an "Imperial City" having palatial-sized buildings set amid broad tree-lined avenues punctuated by Mughal style gardens, complete with fountains and shallow pools. It took 20 years to complete this immense undertaking only to have the British pack up and relinquish the subcontinent in 1947.
You will visit the monuments from Delhi's past & known as two of the 26 World Heritage sites of India - Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar. Your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House and Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official residence of the Indian president
Afternoon visit to Old Delhi - an ancient walled city, Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in 1650 switched the Mughal capital from Agra to Delhi; we take rickshaw ride through the narrow streets of Delhi's bazaar - which gives us an incredible and authentic insight into the real, everyday lives of the millions of people who live in the city. As your rickshaw travels towards Chandni Chowk, you will be immersed in real India - surrounded by people, sounds and smells as we squeeze past vegetable carts and impromptu market stalls, avoiding delivery men carrying boxes on their heads. We duck underneath Sari displays and ride through the fragrant steam of street-side food stands and restaurants.
Here you will see Red Fort, (Lal Qila) the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire. The fort is Shah Jehan's symbol of power and elegance, built behind red sandstone walls. Its main gate (Lahore Gate) faces Chandni Chowk, the perpetually congested avenue heading west from the Red Fort, is filled with twisting lanes, small streets and crowded bazaars. If you peer through a portico you may see a man getting shaved, silver being weighed, or any other conceivable form of intense commerce. We visit the Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India. Also visit Raj Ghat, the memorial site of the Mahatma Gandhi and Jama Masjid the largest mosque in India.
Overnight stay at hotel. [B, D]

Day 03         Delhi - Agra [by Train] 02 hrs         [Trident Hotel]
Morning we take southbound Shatabdi Express to Agra - at the time of the Mughals, in the 16th & 17th centuries, Agra was the capital of the grand Mughal Empire. During this period the city became a leading centre of art, science, commerce and culture. Akbar the Great made Agra great. The city's origins are dim but Akbar's grandfather Babur is credited with Agra's founding
Today morning visit the Agra Fort – built by the great Emperor Akbar in 1565 A.D. the fort is a masterpiece of design and construction. Within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings, including the Moti Masjid, Diwane-I-Am, Diwane-I-Khas and Musamman Burj, where the Emperor Shah Jahan died in imprisonment, besides Jahangir’s Palace, Khaas Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal. Also visit to Itmad-ud-Daulah built by Empress Noor Jehan in the memory of Her Father.
Enjoy the Magnificent Taj Mahal – The Monument of Love in the warm glow of Sunset, which was built in 1630 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 18 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. The design and construction is said to be that of the legendary architect, Ustad Ahamad Lahori. What makes the Taj Mahal unique is its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, medium of construction and ornamentation. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day. It is impossible to visualize the Taj Mahal in any surrounding others than its paradoxical garden. Paradise, in Islam, is visualized as a lush garden where running streams flow. When the Mughals brought this concept to India they elevated it to heights of Incomparable artistry.
Overnight stay at hotel. [B, D]

Day 04         Excursion to Fatehpur Sikri & Bharatpur
         [Trident Hotel]
Morning excursion to Ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri the deserted red sandstone city that was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital Ponder the mysterious desertion of this capital city that was dramatically abandoned a few years after it was built. It was a veritable fairy tale city and its 'ruins' are still in a pristine condition. It is not hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of its grandeur of Shah Jehan, mastermind of the unforgettable Taj Mahal. After that proceed to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Rickshaw ride for watching the birds. Evening back to hotel.
Overnight stay at hotel. [B, D]

Day 05         Agra - Jaipur [by Train]
        [Trident Hotel]
Morning as you will drive through the city witness the local life & bazaars (markets) and the hustle bustle of everyday India. Agra is famous for Marble Items. Afternoon board the Shatabdi Express train for Jaipur – the pink city once the capital of Rajasthan province, "the abode of rajahs".
Overnight stay at hotel. [B, D]

Day 06          In Jaipur
         [Trident Hotel]
Morning venture back into the city tour. Visit the City Palace Museum where you can see an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani & Mughal Art. The museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princes, carpets, an armory of old weapons, miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battle scenes and processions, Also visit the awe inspiring Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726 AD). Also included is a photo visit at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - a five storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires. Later immerse yourself in the unique sights, sounds & smells of the colorful Jaipur market.
Overnight stay at hotel. [B, D]

Day 07          In Jaipur
         [Trident Hotel]
After breakfast, journey back in time at deserted 17th century fortress of Amber Fort. 11 Kms. from Jaipur, Amber Fort is a marvelous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. Go up the fort on the back of a gaily-caparisoned elephant true to the style of the Maharajas of the past. The interiors of the fort have various royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirror and glasswork complemented by exquisite wall paintings. As you move between the rooms of this magnificent structure feel the history and visualize the pomp and grandeur of a kingdom never conquered,
Today you are free to further explore this wonderful city, take advantage of the hotel's many facilities or relax in the extensive grounds. Alternatively, you may wish to visit the Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing, a small textile museum dedicated to this ancient craft of hand block painting, or Jawahar Kala Kendra, an arts and crafts centre, built in 1986 to provide space to the cultural and spiritual values of India and display the rich craft heritage. Alternatively take a rickshaw to the Monkey Temple (Galwar Bagh).
Overnight stay at hotel. [B, D]

Day 08         Jaipur -  Ranthambore
         [Taj Sawai Madhopur Lodge]
Morning drive to Ranthambore through the Rajasthani countryside. See villages, woman dressed in the brilliantly colored saris of the region, Camels, Elephants & scenes of rural lives. Upon arrival check in hotel.
Overnight stay at hotel. [B, L, D]

Day 09         In Ranthambore
         [Taj Sawai Madhopur Lodge]
Morning and afternoon 3 hrs Canter drive for Game viewing deep into the Jungle to see the Tiger & Leopard, the main predators found in this reserve. Hyena & Jakal are the Scavengers. Sloth Bear and Wild Bear are the main carnivores. The main herbivores found in this Park are spotted Deer, Sambar Deer, Nilgai (Bluebell) antelope, Chinkara (Indian gazelle) and the common langur.
Overnight stay at hotel. [B, L, D]

Day 10          Ranthambore - Delhi [by Train]
        [Trident Gurgaon]
Morning we board the Shatabdi Express train to Delhi for final departure night.
Overnight stay at hotel. [B, D]

Day 11         Delhi - Onward Destination

Say good bye to this fascinating land & tour. Escorted transfer to Indira Gandhi International airport to board the flight for onward destination. [B]

Abbreviations Used
B
= Breakfast, L = Lunch & D = Dinner

Price based on Twin Sharing

Occupancy
Apr - Sep 2013Oct 2013 - Mar 2014
Per Person
USD 2850USD 3770
SGL Supplement USD 1199
USD 1680

Note: Above rates are not valid from 22 Dec 2013 to 05 Jan 2014

Hotels Used

Destination
Hotel Name
Category
Room Type
Delhi
Oberoi Maiden
5 Star
Superior
Agra
Trident5 Star
Deluxe Garden
Jaipur
Trident
5 Star
Deluxe Garden View
Ranthambore
Taj Sawai Madhopur Lodge5 Star
Superior
Delhi
Trident Gurgaon
5 Star
Superior

Inclusions
•  Indian Rail Experience: Travel in First Class air conditioned chair car Shatabdi Express
•  10 nights stay in 5 star hotels as mentioned above
•  08 buffet breakfast at mentioned hotel
•  02 packed hot breakfast in Train
•  02 buffet lunch in Ranthambore at mentioned hotel
•  10 buffet dinner at mentioned hotel
•  English speaking local guided tour at all places
•  All transfers & sightseeing by air conditioned vehicle
•  02 Jeep Safari in Ranthambore
•  Monument entry fees wherever applicable as per the itinerary
•  Porter Service at Railway Stations: Porters will take your luggage from the vehicle to the train and vice-versa upon arrival/departure at/from railway stations
•  At hotels, your luggage will be taken from the vehicle to your room on arrival, and from your room to the vehicle on departure
•  All applicable taxes

Exclusions
Laundry, Insurance, Tips, Telephone Calls, Hard Drinks Still & Video Camera fees in Monuments and Expenses like Personal Nature


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