The Taj & Beyond - India Tour Itinerary
The Taj & Beyond - 10 days/9 nights
As much as she is known for her culture and civilisation, India is also famous for the range of her natural habitats that continue to provide sanctuary to a wide variety of wildlife - plants, birds and animals.
The vast man-made wetlands that are a major feature of the Keoladeo Ghana National Park attract as many as 375 species of birds every year, many of them migrants from as far away as Siberia and Mongolia. The annual transformation of the park to a cacophonic nursery is an event eagerly awaited by birdwatchers across the globe.
In the shadow of the brooding silhouette of the Ranthambore Fort, lies tiger country and the powerful king of the jungle seems to know this. The lucky may also spot other carnivores such as the caracal, panther and leopard.
Combining these with the pinnacles of the ‘golden triangle' – Delhi, Agra, Jaipur – this itinerary strikes the perfect balance between the man-made and the natural.
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Cost Includes: Accommodation for 9 nights, breakfast daily and full board in Ranthambore, transfers, excursions and sightseeing with English speaking guide in an air-conditioned chauffeur driven car, rickshaw ride or punting in Bharatpur , 3 game drives in Ranthambore, monument entrance fee, porterage, mineral water in car, 2 Taj visits, elephant ride at Amber and welcome dinner with Indian music in Delhi.
Hotels Superior: Oberoi Maidens (superior) Delhi, Mansingh Palace (standard) Agra, Laxmi Vilas Palace (standard) Bharatpur, Ranthambore Regency (standard) Ranthambore, Narain Niwas Palace (standard) Jaipur Deluxe: Intercontinental (deluxe) Delhi, Taj View (superior Taj facing room) Agra, Laxmi Vilas Palace (standard) Bharatpur, Dev Vilas (superior) Ranthambore, Rajputana Sheraton (COE) Jaipur Luxury: Imperial (heritage) Delhi, Amarvilas (deluxe room with Taj facing terrace) Agra, The Bagh (deluxe) Bharatpur, Vanya Vilas (luxury tent) Ranthambore, Rajvilas (premier) Jaipur
Delhi(3)- Agra(1)- Bharatpur(1) -Ranthambore(2) - Jaipur(2)- Delhi
Day 01 Arrival
Reception and welcome at Delhi airport followed by transfer to hotel.
Day 02 Delhi
After a morning at leisure, a tour introduces you to the city of New Delhi. Enjoy your welcome dinner at a speciality restaurant.
Explore the Mughal capital of Shahjahanabad, better known today as Old Delhi.
Day 04 Delhi-Agra
Drive to Agra. Visit the Taj Mahal and other monuments in the city. Return to the Taj at sunset to see it fired by a different palette.
Day 05 Agra–Bharatpur
Leave early to stop at the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri enroute to Bharatpur.
Day 06 Bharatpur–Ranthambore
Morning round of bird-watching. Drive onto Ranthambhore for 2 nights.
Day 07 Ranthambore
A day dedicated to the wilderness.
Day 08 Ranthambore–Jaipur
Enjoy a game drive early in the morning. Drive to Jaipur after breakfast.
Day 09 Jaipur
Go majestically up to the ramparts of Amber Fort on elephant back in the morning. Jaipur can be toured in the afternoon.
Day 10 Jaipur–Delhi–Departure
Drive back to Delhi airport in time for your flight out.
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