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Namaste. Welcome to India and the start of your amazing journey through Rajasthan. Our local representative will greet you at Delhi Airport and assist with your private transfer to the Imperial Hotel. Rest of the day is free.
This morning we will take you on a guided tour of Old Delhi. During the 16th and 17th centuries, Delhi was important centre of the Mughal dynasty and the British made it the capital city in 1911. We take in Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Chandni Chowk, the bustling bazaar, as well as the Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana – the cremation sites of Mahatama Gandhi and Jawahar Lal Nehru. This evening we will transfer you to the train station, to board The Royal Rajasthan train, with the ceremonial greetings at the Safdarjung station at 21:00 hrs with traditional garlanding. After check in, you would be escorted to the respective cabins.
Early morning proceed for safari at Ranthambore National Park. Ranthambore is most famous for its large tiger population. Besides tigers, the reserve has thriving bird population with more than 270 different species of birds here. Back to train for Breakfast. After the Lunch you will proceed for afternoon safari at Ranthambore National Park. After the safaris return back to the train for onward journey.
After breakfast, you will proceed to visit the exquisite City Palace, a majestic white monument. Later visit the Jagdish Temple, a 16th-century temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, it is the largest and most splendid temple in Udaipur. Drive past Fateh Sagar Lake and visit Sahelion-ki-Bari, the Garden of the Maids-of-Honor, which has numerous fountains in four pools, embellished with delicately chiseled kiosks and elephants. The garden brings to the fore the unique lifestyle of the royal ladies, who once strolled through these gardens. In the afternoon, take a boat cruise on Lake Pichola to visit Jag Mandir Palace, which is noted for its marble pavilion and imposing dome. Afterwards return to the train.
This morning we we tour the City Palace, which boasts an interesting museum of regal attire and Jantar Mantar, an ancient astronomical observatory. Later after lunch, we visit the delicate pink, magnificent fort-palace of Amber - a wonderful example of Rajput architecture just north of Jaipur. En-route to Amber Fort you will stop and see the `Palace of Winds’, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It is really an elaborate facade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings on in the street below.
Upon arrival at Bharatpur, proceed to Agra en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city, built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. It was abandoned soon after it was built when the local wells went dry and it remains today in much the same condition that it was over 300 years ago. It is complete with palaces and mosques and used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed. Arrive Agra and visit Red Fort. After lunch, move on to pay a visit to Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world. It was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal.
Today after breakfast at the Train, we visit the Chandela Temple Complex. The tour of Khajuraho this morning concentrates on the famous erotic temples, which represent some of the finest examples of temple architecture in Northern India. They were built during the mighty Chandela dynasty; the majority was constructed in a sudden burst of creative and religious energy, between the mid-10th and 11th centuries. The temples remain as a reminder of a society that believed in the full enjoyment of life, with all the senses being a path to nirvana. You visit the Kandariya Mahadeva, the Chatrabhuj, Parswanath and Ghantai Temples, each remarkable for its beautiful design and architecture.
Very early in the morning you will take a boat ride along the bathing ghats on the Holy River Ganges. At sunrise the Hindu faithful flock to the river to cleanse themselves of their sins. After sunrise you will visit some of the temples in the surrounding area. After buffet breakfast, visit "Bharat Kala Bhavan" which lies within the sprawling grounds of Banaras Hindu University. Its outstanding collection of sculpture, paintings and textiles began with the private collection of the enlightened Rai Krishnadasa. In the afternoon, you will proceed for an excursion to Sarnath, a major Buddhist center in the world. After achieving enlightenment at Bodhgaya, Buddha, delivered his first sermon here.
Today you will disembark from the train and we will transfer you to the hotel. Rest of the day is free.
Today you bid farewell to Incredible India. We will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight.
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