This trip is a combination of one of the most popular trip covering the Golden Triangle viz., Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Together they represent and unravel the mystique that is India.
Under the grand Mughals, the three cities were linked through political alliances and cultural interchange, architecture, arts and crafts were influenced by Hindu and Muslim traditions, and the result was unique synthesis which was reflected in the literary life and performing arts of the cities.
Though it is possible to visit Rajasthan throughout the year – the best time is said to be the coolest month starting from Oct to April.
Day 01: Delhi
Arrive at Delhi and meet our representative at the airport. Transfer to the hotel and evening at leisure.
Day 02: Delhi – Jaipur (Driving time: 05 hours approx.)
Half days drive to Jaipur. Rest of the day is at leisure. If you desire, you may also visit some of the monuments.
A tour of Jaipur includes a visit to the Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, and Jaigarh Fort, Jantar Mantar (a scientific Observatory).
The picturesque capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is colour washed pink – the colour of hospitality in Rajput tradition. Built in 1772 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, Jaipur displays a remarkable harmony in architectural splendour. The ancient heart of the city still beats in its fairy tales palaces; rugged fortresses perched on barren hills and broad avenues that dot the entire city. The only planned city of its time, a formidable wall encircles Jaipur.
There is a timeless appeal to Jaipur’s colourful bazaars where one can shop for Rajasthani handlooms and trinkets. Beautifully laid out gardens and parks, attractive monuments and marvellous heritage hotels, once the residence of Maharajah’s are worth admiration. Not to mention the ambling camels and cheerful people in multi-hued costumes that makes your trip to the pink city a memorable one!
Day 04: Jaipur –Pushkar (Driving time: 03 hours approx.)
After breakfast cover the remaining sights of Jaipur and then later in the days drive to arrive at Pushkar. Explore Pushkar on your own in the evening.
Day 05: Pushkar
On the edge of the desert lies the tiny tranquil town of Pushkar along the bank of the picturesque Pushkar Lake – an important spot for the Hindus. Surrounded by hills on three sides, Pushkar abounds in temples. The most famous of these is the Brahma temple – the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma in the country (in Hindu mythology, Lord Brahma is one of the Trinity and is the creator of the Universe). Every year thousands of devotees throng the Lake around full moon day of ‘Kartik – Purnima’ (an auspicious date between October and November) to take a holy dip in the lake. The Pushkar fair, a huge colorful cattle fair, is also held during this time.
Day 06: Pushkar – Ranthambhore (Driving time: 05 hours)
Half day’s drive to the Ranthambhore national Park. Arrive at the resort. Rest of the evening at leisure.
Day 07: Ranthambhore: Take rides in to the National Park.
The 392 Sq. Km park comprises of dry deciduous forests sprawling over an undulating terrain of the Aravali and Vindhyan ranges. The park is one of the finest Tiger reserves in the country under the Project Tiger scheme. Ranthambhore sanctuary has a large number of Samber, Chital, Nilgai, Chinkara, Langur, Wild Boar and peafowl. In addition to this, the park also boasts of Leopards, Hyena, Jackal, Jungle Cat, Sloth bear and a little population of Pythons.
Day 08: Ranthambhore – Agra (Driving time: 05 hours approx)
Full day’s drive to Agra, enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri.
Agra is often described the city of monuments. Historic Agrabana, legendary city of the ancients, is today remembered as the capital of the Mughals and famed all over the world as the City of Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Not far away is Fatehpur Sikri, a ghost city today but for a one brief moment; Akbar the Great’s Camelot. In and around both the cities, men who came to the city as conquerors stayed behind to leave the world relics of an unbelievable golden age, a glorious century of culture, art and architecture. For those who seek the grandeur, beauty and artistry of a world that is no more, Agra is a city without end!
Early morning visit the Taj Mahal for a sunrise view.
The Taj Mahal: Described as the most extravagant monument ever built of love, this poignant mausoleum has become the de facto tourist emblem of India. Emperor Shah Jahan constructed it in memory of his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Although the Taj is amazingly graceful from almost any angles, it is the close up detail that is really astounding. Semiprecious stones are inlaid into marble in beautiful patterns using a process called pietra-dura. The precision and care that went into the Taj Mahal’s design and construction is just as impressive whether you view it from across the river or at arm’s length.
After breakfast, visit the Agra fort and other local sights. Later proceed for the drive to Delhi. Transfer to the hotel. After late lunch if time permits go for the city tour of Delhi. Over night at Hotel.
Day 10 Delhi – Departure transfer to the airport
The price includes:
• AC cars/minibus for the whole trip with all road taxes and parking fees.
• Chauffeur who speaks basic English including his food and accommodation.
• Accommodation in budget hotels on Room only basis.
• During the stay in the resort at Tiger Park (Ranthambore) all meals are included.
• 2 rides in the park with a naturalist.
Entry fees to the monuments not included in the price.