Delhi, Agra, Jaipur Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of old Delhi. Tour the Red Fort and Raj Ghat. Stand in amazement and wonder at the incredible Taj Mahal. Visit the famous landmark of Hawa Mahal- Palace of Winds. Climb the Amber Fort on elephant back.
Ranthambore National Park is one of the biggest and most renowned national parks in Northern India. This trip will give you a chance to see the tigers.
Day 1: Depart the UK
Depart London Heathrow for your overnight flight to Delhi
Day 2: Arrive into Delhi
Land into Delhi International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a Cox and Kings Representative will meet you as you exit the arrival terminal building, after which you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. (No vehicle at disposal)
Day 3: Delhi (Breakfast & Lunch)
MORNING: Sightseeing tour of Old Delhi Visit Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in Asia, built by the distinguished Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan. From here, proceed through the streets of old Delhi, to arrive at the Red Fort (closed on Monday) a magical monument of red sandstone, built at the pinnacle of the Mogul empire. Complete the tour with a visit to the Raj Ghat a simple but moving memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.
AFTERNOON: You will have a sightseeing tour of New Delhi. Drive past the imposing India Gate a War Memorial Arch, the residence of the President - the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the Parliament House and other government buildings. Visit Humayuns Tomb the first great example of a new and distinctive style, which developed to become the hallmark of the Mughal Dynasty. Also visit the Qutab Minar (Tower of Victory) a masterpiece built to establish the might of Islam and the onset of the Muslim rule in India
Day 4: Delhi to Agra (Breakfast)
This morning, you will be met by our Cox and Kings Representative and driven to Agra (204kms & approx 5hrs)
The city of Agra, the quintessence of the grand Mughal era, reigns to this day in the public mind as the embodiment of royal grace, imposing architecture and power. No tour to India can be complete without paying a visit to this erstwhile capital of the Mughals and the city of the Taj Mahal, the world's most beloved monument.
Once you have arrived into Agra, you will be taken to your hotel to check in.
AFTERNOON: Sightseeing tour of Agra. Visit the world-renowed Taj Mahal (closed on Friday), Referred to as one of the Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal is the epitome of love, built in white marble by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The monument was commissioned in 1631 and took 20,000 artisans 22 years to complete. Thereafter, you will visit the Agra Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture and the seat and stronghold of the Mughal Empire over successive generations. Shah Jahan, the Taj's creator, spent the last years of his life imprisoned at the fort by his son Aurangzeb. It was built in the late 1560`s by their predecessor, Akbar, with later embellishments by Jehangir, his son, and Shah Jahan, his grandson.
Day 5: Agra to Jaipur (Breakfast)
This morning, you will be driven to Jaipur (238kms & approx 8hrs), en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri Akbar’s abandoned capital. Located 40 km from Agra, it was built in honour of the Sufi saint, Sheikh Salim Chisti. It was the Mughal capital for 14 years before it was abandoned due to paucity of water. It is made of red sandstone and combines influences from both Hindu and Mughal architecture. Other inspiring monuments in Fatehpur Sikri are the Hiran Minar, Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisthi, Birbal?s House and the Diwan-i-Khas
AFTERNOON: You will arrive into Jaipur and will be taken to your hotel to check-in.
Jaipur, known as the Pink City, is the capital state of Rajasthan. The ‘Pink City’ label applies specifically to the old walled quarter of the Rajasthani capital, while in the northeast of the town, glorious palaces and temples, spanning centuries in an assortment of styles, are scattered throughout an otherwise predominantly urban area. Camel drawn carts are characteristic of Jaipur’s passing street scene, making the city a tourist’s delight.
Day 6: Jaipur (Breakfast)
MORNING: You will get the chance to do an excursion to Amber Fort. En-route there will be a photo stop at Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds). The Hawa Mahal is a five-storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires. Continue on to the ancient capital of Amer to see the fabulous Amber Fort (experience an Elephant / Jeep ride along the ramparts of the fort), situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur city. Crowning the crest of a hill, the Amber Fort offers a view of Maota Lake and the historic old town located at the base of the hill, which formed the early seat of the Amber kings before the fort was made their capital. Several havelis, step wells and temples that can be seen below the fort, point to the existence of a self-sufficient township, where the Mughal emperor Akbar used to stop on his annual pilgrimage to Ajmer. Thereafter, return to the hotel.
AFTERNOON: Sightseeing tour of Jaipur. The City Palace is a synthesis of Rajput and Mughal architectural styles, consisting of an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces. Visit the City Palace Museum, which has a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes, and armoury of Mughals and Rajputs including swords of different shapes and sizes with chiselled handles. From here, carry on to the awe inspiring Jantar Mantar Observatory, a stone astrological and astronomical wonder built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the 18th century.
Day 7: Jaipur to Ranthambore (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
You will be checking out of your hotel that morning. You will then be starting your next tour from Jaipur.
On day 7, you will be transferred by car to Ranthambore (approx. 3hrs) where the rest of your day will be at leisure.
Ranthambore National Park located in the state of Rajasthan is part of a successful nationwide conservation project working to protect the native tigers. Due to these efforts tigers have become more active during the day and can often be spotted in daylight hours lazing in the sun or hunting around the lakes.
Days 8 & 9: Ranthambore Jungle Safari (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Venture into the National Park twice a day on a jungle safari to spot the native wildlife. Your standard vehicle is an open-air bus with capacity for 12-16 people. A naturalist will join you on the safari drives to explain the flora and fauna of the park.
Day 10: Ranthambore to Delhi / Fly back to the UK (Breakfast)
Depart early from your accommodation to catch the morning express train from Ranthambore to Delhi (approx 5.5hrs). On arrival into Delhi railway station you will be met and transferred to the airport to catch your UK bound flight.