Departing 14th October 2019, this is a great introductory tour to India.
“Join me on this fantastic tour of North India. We will not only visit the famous monuments of this great land but also “experience the living cultures of India”. From the legendary Golden Triangle of Delhi, Jaipur & Agra we will experience local village safaris in Kalakho and the wildlife of Ranthambore National Park, a world renowned tiger reserve where we will enjoy 3 jeep safaris in search of the famous Bengal Tiger. Plus much more!” . Ian Norris – founder India Travel Specialists
BONUS OFFER – Guests on this tour will receive complimentary Gold Pass entry to Kingdom of Dreams Bollywood Show!
After clearing Customs and Immigration, step into the receiving area, where our representative will meet you and escort you to the hotel.
Through the centuries, eight cities have been built on this site, by the Hindus, the Mughals and the British, each adding their own flavor. In a matter of minutes you can be transported from a sprawling, elegant garden city to the ancient twisting alleyways of Old Delhi.
Overnight Sheraton Saket
This morning we will go for full day sightseeing of Delhi city.
Delhi is a dynamic city where the past coexists with the present. While historic evidences shows that the area around Delhi was first occupied around 2,500 years ago, Hindu mythology predates that by another 500 years. The British captured the city in 1803 and when they decided to make it the capital of India in 1911, they commissioned Sir Edwin Lutes to draw up the plans. The result is slightly surprising with spacious tree-lined avenues punctuated with architecture which is among the most striking in the world.
On the tour of “Old Delhi,” you will head out to explore this exotic locale with its narrow dirt roads, myriads of people and inexpensive and colourful bazaars that keep alive the traditional workmanship for which Delhi has always been famous. Drive past Red Fort and visit the Jama Masjid, one of the largest Muslim mosques in India. A bicycle rickshaw will take you into the heart of Chandni Chowk (the silver square – so named because of the silver merchants).
Post visiting Old Delhi drive past India Gate, a 42-metre archway built in memory of Indian soldiers killed during the First World War and Rashtrapati Bhawan, built in the early 20th century as the Imperial residence of the Viceroy. Today, it is the official residence of the President of India.
Thereafter, visit the most prominent Sikh Gurdwara, or Sikh house of worship, in Delhi. It was originally a bungalow belonging to Raja Jai Singh, a 17th century Indian ruler. It is open to people of all faiths, castes or creeds. The premises house a sacred pond in which devotees bathe. They believe that this would wash off their misdeeds and thus allow them to attain peace of mind. The ‘Langars’ or the community kitchen proves to be the ideal example of prodigious hospitality of the Sikhs. Anyone and everyone can have scrumptious meal irrespective of caste, colour or class without bearing any charges.
Thereafter, visit the World UNESCO Heritage Site, Humayun’s Tomb which was built in the mid-16th century, 9 years after his death. It was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. It was also the first structure to use red sandstone at such a scale. Besides the main tomb enclosure of Humanyu, several smaller monuments dot the pathway leading up to it, from the main entrance in the West, including one that even pre-dates the main tomb itself, by twenty years.
Overnight Sheraton Saket
After breakfast depart for Agra.
Late afternoon visit Agra Fort, made from red sandstone which stands like a crescent on the banks of the Jamuna River enclosed by forbidding 20-meter high walls, with a 12-meter moat between them. Three successive Mughal emperors – Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jehan – helped create this massive structure which contains Hindu and Muslim architecture.
Overnight ITC Mughal
Today we will go for sunrise tour of Taj Mahal: Surely the greatest monument of love and one of the seven wonders of the modern world, Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum commissioned by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is regarded by many as the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Indian architectural styles. The Taj Mahal is widely recognized as “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage.
Return to the hotel & enjoy breakfast followed by check out and departure for Kalakho.
Dera Village Retreat is located in a beautiful, serene valley of the Aravali Ranges.
A visit here gives us an opportunity to engage with local communities, experience the authentic Rajasthani culture. On arrival you will be greeted at the The Clement Resort & Spa.
Overnight at the The Clement Resort & Spa
After breakfast, join the camel safari to a nearby village where the colorful Meena tribes reside. Meet the villagers and learn about the rural Indian life. Later, in the afternoon enjoy hiking to the nearby hills. The Abhaneri Stepwells (also known as Chand Baori) is another experience that is a must see. This architecturally impressive structure is over 1000 years old. BBC Travel has called it one of the 7 Unknown Architectural Wonders in the World.
There is also a temple adjoining the stepwell for visitors to explore.
Overnight at the The Clement Resort & Spa
Following breakfast we will drive towards the fascinating jungles located in Ranthambore National Park, famous for rare species of Tigers.
Ranthambore National Park is one of the biggest and most renowned national parks in Northern India. The park is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan and is famous for its Tigers.
Rest of day at leisure.
Overnight The Tigress Resort
Today enjoy morning and afternoon game drives during which we’re sure to see game (though tiger and leopard sightings are not guaranteed). One of India’s best known national parks, Ranthambore belongs to India’s groundbreaking Project Tiger, dedicated to preserving and protecting the once plentiful Royal Bengal tigers that roamed the land here. Now threatened by poachers, illegal logging, and encroaching civilization, India’s tiger population has decreased precipitously; it is believed that just 58 tigers currently live in Ranthambore (which actually represents a net gain in the past decade or so). Nationally, Project Tiger has seen the Bengal population rise to about 2,226 at latest count in 2015 from the 1,800 counted when the project launched in 1973.
In-between the safaris, We will visit an organization called Dhonk which works with members of the Mogya tribe, a traditional hunting community. Here we see tiger conservation in action as families who once relied on poaching the big cats now have an alternative means of earning income through crafts and artwork.
Overnight The Tigress Resort
This morning enjoy one more morning game drive followed by breakfast.
We will then depart for Jaipur.
Jaipur, the capital and largest city of Rajasthan is an epitome of magnificence and vibrancy. This city was established in 1727, and is India’s first planned city. It is also known as the ‘Pink City’ or ‘City of forts and palaces’. This royal place is rich in heritage, culture and architecture with its splendid fortresses, majestic palaces, tranquil temples and beautiful havelis. Other than these captivating attractions, Jaipur displays exquisite handicrafts and spectacular jewelry. Jaipur is well known for its fairs and festivals that are held on a grand level. The festivals include kite festival, camel festival, teej, gangaur, elephant festival, to name a few.
On arrival check in at the hotel and relax for the day.
Overnight ITC Rajputana
After breakfast, embark on a half-day excursion trip which will lead you to Amber Fort. En route make a photo stop at the palace of winds, the Hawa Mahal. Also visit the City Palace which now houses the Royal residence and museums with a fine collection of textiles and costumes, armoury, manuscripts, paintings followed by a stopover at Jantar Mantar.
Amber Fort: Amber, the capital of Rajasthan for 6 centuries before Jaipur was built. Rising majestically on the slopes of a hill, this 11th century Fort and Palace complex is a blend of Hindu and Muslim styles. It is one of the principal tourist attractions in the Jaipur area, located high on a hill. Elephant ride is subject to availability.
Jantar Mantar has been built by the founder of Jaipur, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. The huge stone instruments were devised to study the movements of the sun, moon and planets and are incredibly accurate.
Overnight ITC Rajputana
Today we will drive to Delhi. On arrival at Delhi check in at our hotel.
Later we will visit the Kingdom of Dreams and enjoy Gold Pass entry to a Bollywood show . (Gold Pass entry is complimentary to India Travel Specialists guests).
Overnight Radisson Blu
Today our Sojourn through North India comes to end.
You will be transferred to the airport to connect with your flight.
Escorted Small Group Tour 11 Days Golden Triangle, Village & Tiger Safaris from $3997pp*
*NOTE: Above pricing is based on land only. If you prefer to fly your favourite airline to India, please contact us for a competitive quote. India Travel Specialists have excellent rates with all major airlines from Australia to India including Air India, Singapore Airlines & Cathay Pacific Airways. You MUST arrive in Delhi on or before 14th October 2019.
- 10 nights in deluxe accommodation on twin sharing basis.
- Daily breakfast.
- All transfers and sightseeing tours as per itinerary.
- Entrance fees at all monuments as per itinerary, road taxes, parking fee, fuel charges, interstate taxes, and porterage at all hotels & airports.
- Services of accompanying local English language speaking tour directors.
- Representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers.
- All currently applicable taxes.
* Price does not include:-
- International Airfares
- Expense of personal nature like laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.
- Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
- Any meals or beverages that are not specified on the above inclusions.
- Expenses caused by factors beyond our control like rail and air plane delays, roadblocks, vehicle malfunctions, political disturbances, taxes, lost luggage, etc.
- Any further tax levied by the government of India.
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