Rajasthan Known as “the land of kings”,is the largest state of the Republic of India by area. It is located in the west of India. It comprises most of the area of the large, inhospitable Thar Desert, also known as the Great Indian Desert, which parallels the Sutlej-Indus river valley along its border with Pakistan to the west.
One of the world’s oldest mountain ranges, the Aravalli Range, cradles the only hill station of Rajasthan, Mount Abu, famous for Dilwara Temples, a sacred pilgrimage for Jains. Eastern Rajasthan has the world famous Keoladeo National Park near Bharatpur, a World Heritage Site known for its bird life. It also has two national tiger reserves, Ranthambore and Sariska Tiger Reserve.
On arrival in Delhi, you will be met by Splendour Holidays representative. Transfer to the hotel for checkin.
Delhi – The capital city of modern India has a rich historical past which also makes it the cultural capital of India. Nowhere has the tradition blended with modernity on a scale that is evident in Delhi. An amalgamation of the modern and the old-world charm, the city is dotted with age-old monuments that stand along side ultra modern hi-rise buildings. Delhi has been the seat of power for centuries. Today, the old and the new city combine to present a harmonious whole offering to the traveler – elegant shops, broad avenues, sun-warmed elegant forts, mosques that were once stronghold of Mughal powers and the city’s delightful vibrant bazaars.
Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Buffet breakfast at the hotel followed by a guided tour of the city. Delhi is a bustling metropolis. It is in fact two distinct cities, where the colourful bazaars and Mughal architecture of Old Delhi contrast with the formal splendour of Lutyen’s New Delhi.
The tour of New Delhi starts with visit to the Qutab Minar, a 239ft sandstone tower, considered an Indo-Islamic architectural wonder of ancient India. The tower complex has a number of other important monuments including the Alai Darwaza gateway built in 1310 AD.
Also visit the Humanyun’s tomb, one of the most spectacular Mughal buildings. Humanyun’s tomb was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1993. Built by Haji Begum, the widow of the second Mughal Emperor Humanyun, the mausoleum is known to be the precursor of world famous Taj Mahal. Built with a cost of one and a half million rupees, the monument heralded the construction of garden-tombs on the Indian subcontinent. Finally, wrap your New Delhi tour with a drive through Rashtrapati Bhawan, India Gate & other important government buildings.
The tour of Old Delhi takes you to the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. Drive past the magnificent Red Fort – a red sandstone marvel built on the banks of River Yamuna by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Also drive past Raj Ghat, built as a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.
Special Carriage Ride
Take an interesting Rickshaw Ride through Old Delhi. This ride is a truly memorable experience. Stroll through the bustling markets and bazaars and feel the pulse of India’s capital city. It is an exhilarating experience to visit the narrow by-lanes on a tri-cycle. The ride presents an infinite opportunities of taking candid photographs of the bustling market life.
Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 03DELHI – AGRA (230 KMS/ 4 HRS APPROX.)
After breakfast, we proceed to Agra. The Delhi-Agra drive takes approximately 4 hours. On arrival, check in at the hotel.
Enroute visit Sikandra (optional)
Sikandra is the mausoleum of Akbar. Akbar started construction of this beautiful monument himself . This structure has a perfect blending of Hindu, Christian, Islamic, Buddhist and Jain themes. Sikandra is named after Sikandar lodi, the Delhi ruler who was in power from 1488 AD to 1517 AD. Sikandra Fort is located in the western periphery of the city at a distance of about 10 kms from the city center.
After the visit, continue the drive to Agra. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel.
Agra was the seat of the imperial Mughal court during the 16th and the 17th centuries, before the capital was shifted to Delhi. The city, strategically located on the banks of the Yamuna and along the Grand Trunk Road, flourished under the patronage of the emperors Akbar, Jahangir’s and Shah Jahan, attracting artisans from Persia and Central Asia, and also from other parts of India, who built luxurious forts, palaces and gardens.
Rest of the time at leisure.
Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Agra.
Begin your day with a visit to the famous Taj Mahal on decorated Tonga’s (your decorated and personalized colorful horse carriages up to the Entrance gate of Taj Mahal). Soak in its sublime beauty at the first rays of the sun. Taj Mahal is an inimitable poem in white marble. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the 16th century, the monument took 22 years to complete! It was built in the memory of Queen Mumtaz Mahal where her mortal remains were enshrined. Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders of the World.
Later visit the Agra Fort
Agra Fort – built by three Mughal Emperors starting from Akbar the Great in 1565 AD, Agra Fort is a design and construction masterpiece. Within the fort, there are a number of exquisite buildings including Moti Masjid, Jahangir’s Palace, Khaas Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Diwane-i-Am, Diwane-i-Khas and Musamman Burj where Shah Jahan, the fifth Mughal Emperor, died as a prisoner.
Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 05AGRA – RANTHAMBORE VIA FATEHPUR SIKRI (290 KMS/ 6 HRS APPROX.)
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Ranthambore
On the way to Jaipur, visit Fatehpur Sikri for 45 minutes. Fatehpur Sikri is a World Heritage sight. This exquisite city was built by Akbar the Great in 1569. The city, built in red standstone, has forts, palaces and mosques. The city was abandoned 14 years after its creation due to political reasons. Must see are – The Diwan-i-am – a vast courtyard in which the emperor gave daily public audience, the Diwan-i-khas – a large quadrangle which hosted all the major functions of the Palace, the Pachisi court – Emperors private living quarter. Some other important buildings of this complex are Jodha Bhai’s Palace, Mariam’s Palace, Birbal’s Palace, Hawa Mahal and Panch Mahal. The Friday Mosque and the exquisite tomb of Sheik Salim Chisti are in the religious grounds set aside in a separate enclosure adjacent to the secular buildings.
After the visit, continue the drive to Ranthambore. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel.
Ranthambhore National Park lies at the junction of the Aravallis and the Vindhya. It is a unique example of natural and historical richness, standing out conspicuously in the vast, arid and denuded tract of eastern Rajasthan, barely 14 kilometers from Sawai Madhopur. Get in tune with the nature for a luxury holiday in the heart of the jungle. It has come to be known as “The land of the Tiger”, where most of the documented footage of this majestic beast has been recorded.
On arrival, check in to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Wake up early morning and leave for Jungle Safari (canter ride) in the Ranthambore National Park. Track the tigers and other wildlife through the morning.
Return back to the hotel for breakfast. Rest of the morning at leisure.
In the afternoon, leave for 2nd Jungle Safari (canter ride)
Overnight at the hotel
DAY 07RANTHAMBORE – JAIPUR (190KMS/ 4 HRS APPROX.)
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive to Jaipur.
Jaipur is popularly referred to as the ‘Pink City’. The town is, in fact, built in the form of a nine-part Mandala, known as the ‘Pithapada’. Nine signify the nine planets of the ancient astrological zodiac. The Hawa Mahal in Jaipur is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Northern India.
On arrival, check in to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel
After breakfast, proceed for the sightseeing tour of Jaipur.
Steeped in history and culture, this city is known for its magnificent palaces, forts, broad avenues and spacious gardens. The romantic charm of Jaipur takes you to an epoch of royalty and tradition.
Visit the Amber Fort, ancient capital of the Rajput rulers. The fort is perched atop the hill, overlooking a lake. On your way to the fort, stop for photography. Upon arrival at Amber, ascend to the hilltop fort on a decorated Elephant, in a true Maharaja style!
The majestic ramparts of the Fort, which surrounds the palace, makes one imagine the power of the character. Visit the beautiful complex of palaces including inlaid mirror palace, halls, pavilions, gardens and the famous Kali temple.
After Amber Fort, visit a factory to see the famous block printing work, a craft that has been practiced in Jaipur for centuries.
In the afternoon, visit the City Palace – the royal residence of Maharaja. The palace is a mixture of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture.
Also visit the Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Wind. The palace was built in 1799 to enable the ladies of the royal household to watch street processions while remaining in a strict state of purdah. Its a five-storey facade, decked with no less than 593 finely screened windows and balconies, making the building seem far larger than it really is.
Finally, visit the 18th century Observatory, begun by Jai Singh. The most striking instrument in the observatory is the sundial with its 27m high gnomon. The shadow that it casts moves up to 4m an hour.
Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the Jaipur Airport for your onward journey.