Golden Triangle And Tigers
Taj evokes awe, romance, love all over the world. It is among the seven wonders of the world. It is just incomparable. The World famous city painted in pink Jaipur. The capital of the Royalty. Some of the best architectural examples of India are here. The glorious city boasts of its cultural heritage from every nook and corner. Delhi the capital city of India is the reservoir of Indian customs, traditions, civilization and legacy. Combined together these are the most sought after tourist destinations of India.
Ranthambore National Park is one of the largest and most famous national parks in northern India. Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary is famous for its tigers and is one of the best places in India to see these majestic predators in the jungle. Tigers can be easily spotted even during the day time. Other major wild animals include the leopard, nilgai, dhole, wild boar, sambar, hyena, sloth bear and chital. It is also home to wide variety of trees, plants, birds and reptiles.
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Meet and greet on arrival. Transfer to your hotel.
Day 2: Delhi
The day is reserved for a guided tour of Delhi.
In the 17th century walled city of Shah Jahanabad or the Old Delhi you will visit the great Jama Masjid, the principal mosque of Old Delhi. Built in the year 1656 AD by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, it is the largest & best known mosque in India. Later take a rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk, the old marketplace of Shah Jahanabad now a picturesque bazaar to reach Red Fort, built in the year 1648 by Emperor Shah Jehan.
In New Delhi, visit Raj Ghat, memorial to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. It is a simple black marble platform that marks the spot of his cremation on 31 January 1948. Further we drive past India Gate, memorial built in the year 1931 to commemorate the Indian soldiers who died in the World War I & the Afghan Wars. The names of the soldiers who died in these wars are inscribed on the walls. President’s House, the official residence of the President of India, built in the year 1931. Until 1950 it was known as Viceroy’s House & served as the residence of the Governor-General of British India. We will also visit Humayun’s Tomb, memorial of Mughal Emperor Humayun, built in the year 1562. The complex is a World Heritage Site & the first example of this type of Mughal architecture in India. Qutub Minar, built in the year 1206 by Qutub-ud-din Aibek. It is the tallest (72m) brick minaret in the world, an important example of Indo-Islamic Architecture.
Day 3: Delhi – Agra (200 kms / 5 hrs)
After early breakfast drive to Agra. Afternoon visit the incredible architectural excellence of Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Next we visit Agra Fort, built principally as a military establishment by Akbar in 1565. The red sandstone Agra Fort was partially converted into a palace during Shah Jahan’s time. This massive Fort is 2.5 km long & is considered as predecessor of Delhi Red Fort. Later in the evening visit Itmad-ud-Daulah Tomb, built by Noor Jahan, wife of Mughal Emperor Jahangir, in memory of her father Mirza Ghiyas Beg. Before Taj Mahal was built, its rough design was already standing in the form of Itmad ud Daulah’s Tomb. Overnight at Trident.
Day 4: Drive Fatehphur Sikri-Bharatpur( 15kms, 30 min) / Bharatpur-Ranthambhore (by Jan Shatabdi Express)
After breakfast drive 60 km to Fatephur Sikri, built in 1571, one of the world’s most perfect ghost cities and a marvel of design and construction. It is a synthesis of the flourishing styles of the Persian courts and the prevailing Hindu-Islamic trends. Fatehpur (town of victory) Sikri was built by Akbar, the third and the greatest of the Great Mughals. It is over 400 years old and today its pristine red sandstone buildings are as perfect as when they were first chiseled.The town was erected after a holy man, Sheikh Salim Chisti, decreed the births of three sons to Akbar after all his children had died in infancy. There are three sections to the City: The Royal Palace (notable for the Emperor’s throne), the outside of the Royal Palace and the Jami Masjid (the location of the Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti, a masterpiece in brilliant white marble). The centerpiece of this remarkable monument is the Jewel House of the Diwan I Khas. Architecturally extraordinary, the four doorways lead into a single-story room where a huge central pillar supports a seat reached by mid-air walkways.
After visiting Fatehpur transfer to Bharatpur railway station (15 km) to board the Jan Shatabdi Express Train. dep. 1545 hrs, arr. 1800 hrs at Ranthambore. On arrival transfer to hotel.
Day 5: Morning and late afternoon safaris.
Ranthambore National Park, one of the nine “Project Tiger” sanctuaries, was once the hunting preserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur.
Day 6: Drive to Jaipur (145 kms / 4 hrs)
Early morning safari. Return to resort for breakfast and then drive to Jaipur. On arrival transfer to hotel. Rest of day independent.
Day 7: Jaipur
Morning drive to Amber, the name of the ancient kingdom of Jaipur and also the name of its ancient capital, situated 7 miles away. Its history can be traced backed to the 12th century. Amber Fort is superbly located, protected by the wild Arravali Hills on all sides. Originally built in the 11th century, it was expanded by Raja Man Singh in the late 16th century. The ascent to the Fort will be on elephant backs.
Afternoon: City tour including the City Palace, Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), Jantar Mantar Observatory, bazaars. Special dinner at Spice Court Restaurant.Known as the “Pink City,” Jaipur was founded by Sawai Jai Singh II (1700-1743). It has 7 gates into the city–one for each of the 7 planets (which was the number of planets known at the time of the city’s founding). At the heart of Jaipur is its City Palace which houses an extensive collection of rare manuscripts, Mughal and Rajasthani miniatures, Mughal carpets, costumes and textiles, arms and weapons, royal buggies, chariots and palanquins and a remarkable carriage -the indiraviman – that was drawn by four elephants. At the center is Chandra Mahal, the seven-tiered moon palace where the present Maharaja still resides. The City Palace complex also contains the Govind Devji Temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna. Just outside the gateway of the City Palace is Jantar Mantar, the Yantralaya of Sawai Jai Singh II, the last great classical astronomer in India. The modernistic structures known as Yantras are the unique creations of this astronomer-king, designed by him and built by experts to observe the movements of the sun, moon, planets and stars. This is the largest of five observatories founded by the astronomer-king in various parts of the country. Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) is Jaipur’s most-photographed building, a honeycomb palace with 953 latticed windows overlooking the bazaar and busy streets of Jaipur. Built in 1799 by the poet-king Pratap Singh, this extraordinary building was used by purdah-bound women to watch the grand processions that were a regular feature of the city.
Day 8: Jaipur – Samode – Delhi (270 kms / 6-7 hrs)
Morning at leisure. After lunch drive to Delhi. On arrival transfer to hotel for wash and change near the International airport. Late night connect flight to home.