India’s Golden Triangle & Tiger Tour, Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Ranthambore National park | Luxe train Journey

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India’s Golden Triangle &Tiger Safari  /  9 Days

Delhi – Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Ranthambore - Jaipur – Patan - Delhi

Overview

This amazing adventure through historic India takes us to some of the glorious country's most exciting sights. On our fascinating journey we discover thriving cities, spectacular Historical forts & Palaces, Museums, Frescoes & Semi of heritage and have the chance to see a tiger in the wild

Tour Highlights

  • Tradition Indian welcome ceremony
  • Drive down Delhi’s impressive Raisina Hills to India Gate
  • Visit to Sikh Gurudwara Bangla Sahib to see the worship
  • Enjoy the Rickshaw Puller ride in bustling Bazaar of Chandni Chowk
  • Enjoy the Horse cart ride up to Taj Gate  Stand before the world’s most famous monument to love, The Taj Mahal
  • Enjoy the game drive through the Ranthambhore National Park
  • Walk through the Mughal “Ghost town” of Fatehpur Sikri
  • Mughal & Rajput architecture
  • Tiger-spotting in Ranthambore National Park
  • 02 Time Safari for 3 hrs in Ranthambore
  • Rajasthani Country side drive
  • Explore the Sanganer village for traditional block painting
  • Travel by brightly Caparisoned Elephant ride to Jaipur’s Amber Fort
  • Visit to White Birla Marble Temple
  • Enjoy camel cart in Patan
  • Walking tour to unspoiled rural town Patan


Day 01

Arrive Delhi

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

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 towards Chandni Chowk- which gives us an incredible and authentic insight into the real, everyday lives of the millions of people who live in the city, 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.Overnight stay at hotel [B, D]

Day 03

Delhi to Agra by Train

Morning we take southbound Gatimaan Express at 08.10 hrs arrive Agra at 09.50 hrs. you will be meet by our representative at station transfer to hotel. 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 visit to Itmad-ud-Daulah built by Empress Noor Jehan in the memory of Her Father. Horse cart ride to take you near the Taj gate and 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 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.

As you will drive through the city witness the local life and bazaars (markets) and the hustle bustle of everyday India. Agra is famous for Marble Items. Overnight stay at hotel. [B, D]

Day 04

Fatehpur Sikri & Ranthambore by train

Morning leave 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. Later proceed to Bharatpur take lunch at local restaurant and travel to Sawai Madhopur by Jan Shatabdi at 15.48 hrs by air condition chair car arrive at 18.00 hrs transfer to hotel your home for 2 nights.

Ranthambore National Park: Rajasthan’s first Project Tiger Reserve spread over in an area of 392 sq. kms and named after a 1000 year old fort which stands in the park. This is the state’s most well-known tiger reserve under Project Tiger. Home of an expansive variety of other animals in its area, one can spot sambar, cheetal, wild boar, leopard, sloth bear, jackal, hyena among others. Artificial lakes, dense forests and the shield of the Aravallis have helped to make this park very impressive and interesting Overnight stay at hotel. [B, L, D]

Day 05

Morning / Evening Safari

Morning 3 hours Jeep safarideep into the Jungle to see the Tiger and Leopard, the main predators found in this reserve. Hyena & Jackal are the Scavengers. Sloth Bear and Wild Bear are the main carnivores. The main herbivores found in this Park are Spotted Deer, Sambhar Deer, Nilgai (Bluebell) antelope, Chinkara (Indian gazelle) and the common langur.

Later visit to 13thCentaury historical Ranthambore fort surrounded by the Vindhyas and Aravalis, amidst vast arid denuded tracts of Rajasthan, lies the Oasis of Biomass in an Ecological desert, the great Ranthambore, the most eminent ruler of the Fort was Rao Hamir who ruled around 1296 A.D. There are various places of Historical Places inside the fort namely ToranDwar, MahadeoChhatri, Sameton Ki Haveli, 32-Pillard Chhatri, Mosque & the Ganesh Temple, the biggest attraction of the Fort.

Afternoon another 3 hrs Jeep safarifor to see the wild animal deep into the Jungle Overnight stay at hotel [B, L, D]

Day 06

Ranthambore - Jaipur 175 kms/3.30

After breakfast drive to Jaipur - once the capital of Rajasthan province, "the abode of rajahs." Everywhere you will see the monuments of its Rajput rulers. It has the distinction of being a well-planned and laid out city. As you drive through the old part of town, you will witness a life most unlike others. Witness how the city blooms during the day in a kaleidoscope of color and sound. Jaipur is one of the main centers for shopping in India -- especially with regard to textiles, Jewellery, stones carpets, etc.Afternoon visit to Sanganervillage situated of outskirt of Jaipur Look at the teeming Jain temple from the 17th century and visit the traditional wood block painting, tie and dye fabric, paper factory and blue pottery that make the reputation of the craftsmanship of the city rose. Overnight stay at hotel [B, D]

Day 07

In Jaipur

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 you will feel the history and visualize the pomp and grandeur of a kingdom never conquered. Also stand front of Jal Mahal (water palace) for Photography

Afternoon venture back into the city tour: Visit the City Palace Museum where you can see an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and 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. Overnight stay at hotel [B, D]

Day 08

Jaipur –Patan 110 kms/2 hrs

After breakfast travel to the town of Patan, on arrival, we are transferred by camel cart to the Patan Mahal Palace Hotel. Built around 1790, shortly after the battle of Bada l- Mahal, the Patan Mahal Palace has been lovingly turned into a heritage hotel, this afternoon we enjoy a guided walking tour of Patan town, a wonderful opportunity to see life in an unspoilt rural Indian town, a world away from the hustle and bustle of the big Indian cities. There is then the opportunity to continue to Badal Mahal, an 800-year old palace, where we can admire the stunning views of the town and the surrounding mountains. Dinner at hotel, Overnight stay at hotel

Day 09

Patan – Delhi 165 kms/ 3.30

Today after breakfast we departure for Delhi to take the connected flight for onward destination or home town [B]

Hotels Used

Destination Hotel Name Category Room Type
Delhi Murya Sheraton Luxury Executive Club Exclusive
Agra Mughal Sheraton Luxury Mughal Chamber
Jaipur Rajputana Sheraton Luxury Rajputana Chamber
Ranthambore Taj Safari Lodge Heritage Superior Charm
Patan Patan Mahal Heritage Suite

Inclusions

Accommodation

  • 02 Night stay in Delhi
  • 01 Night stay in Agra
  • 02 Nights stay in Ranthambore
  • 02 Night stay in Jaipur
  • 01 Night stay in Patan

Meal

  • 08 Breakfast at hotel
  • 02 Lunch at hotel
  • 07 Dinner at hotel

Transportation

  • All transfers & sightseeing by air conditioned vehicle
  • Monument entry fees wherever applicable as per the itinerary
  • First Class Air condition chair car from Delhi – Agra & Bharatpur –Sawai Madhopur
  • Rickshaw puller ride at Chandni Chowk
  • Caparisoned Elephant ride at Amar Fort
  • 02 Safari in Ranthambore by Centre and Jeep
  • English speaking local guided tour at all places
  • Porter Service at Railway Stations in Delhi and Agra
  • All applicable taxes

Exclusions

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

Abbreviations Used

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch & D = Dinner

Official Partners
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*NOTE   GSA=General Sales Agent,   PSA=Preferred Sales Agent