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Welcome to India! You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel where you have the rest of the day at leisure.
Delhi - Sawai Madhopur - Ranthambhore National Park. You will be met and transferred to the railway station for the Jan Shatabdi Express train to Sawai Madhopur, then a short jeep ride to your hotel.
Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the national park. The Park sprawls over an estimated area of 400 sq kms. Steep crags embrace a network of lakes and rivers, and on top of one of these hills, is the impressive Ranthambhore Fort, built in the 8th century. The national park is peppered with the battlements and spillovers of the Ranthambhore Fort - tigers are said to frequent these ruins, too. The tigers can be spotted quite often even during the day. With the strict measures that have been taken for their conservation, they seem quite accustomed to human activity and are not disturbed by it. For a relatively small area, the park has a rich diversity of fauna and flora.
Ranthambhore National Park - Delhi. After a final morning’s game drive today, return to Delhi by the Golden Temple Mail train.
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi this morning, taking in the Red Fort, Jama Masjid mosque and the bazaars of Chandni Chowk. This afternoon, enjoy a tour of New Delhi, designed by the eminent Sir Edward Lutyens. Highlights include the India Gate, Rajpath and bustling Connaught Place. A visit is also made to Qutab Minar, essentially a massive tower built to proclaim the arrival of Islam in the 11th century and a carpet emporium.
After breakfast we depart Delhi, and drive to Jaipur. Arriving here we transfer you to your hotel and the rest of the afternoon is yours at leisure before our guided sightseeing tomorrow.
Look out for the snake charmers that dot our route as we travel to the 16th century Amber Fort. An exotic elephant ride transports us to the lofty fort, where you will enjoy a tour of this Rajput extravaganza. The afternoon is free. Extend your sightseeing with our Jaipur Up Close enhancement - tour the City Palace which boasts an interesting museum of regal attire and Jantar Mantar, an ancient astronomical observatory. See the Enhance Your Holiday page for details.
After a relaxing breakfast we will head off to Agra home to of India's most famous monuments - the Taj Mahal. En route we will also pay a visit to the ghostly former Moghul city of Fatehpur Sikri - the fortified ghost city abandoned soon after its construction because of water shortages in the area.
After breakfast we head out to view the magnificent Taj Mahal. Enjoy your own time to explore and a guided tour of this once powerful Moghul emperor’s monument to love. Later we visit Agra fort built under the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565 that contains numerous palaces and a white marble mosque and the Baby Taj. Rest of the afternoon free.
Today we will take you to the train station for the train to Jhansi, where on arrival we will meet you and take the drive to Khajuraho - en-route stopping in Orccha to explore the well preserved complex of palaces and temples it is famous for.
In the morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Chandela Dynasty temples built between 950-1050 AD. Immortalised in stone, the carved temples depict Indian life a millennium ago, including erotic scenes from the Kama Sutra. Later transfer to the airport for your flight to Varanasi.
Varanasi - a city abundant with temples and labyrinthine streets. In the early morning of we will enjoy a boat ride on the holy Ganges River. Later in the day we embark on a tour of India’s spiritual city. This evening consider at sunset re-visiting the ghats for the evening pilgrimage, a little different from the dawn ritual.
This morning is free for you to explore on your own or just relax until we transfer to Varanasi airport for your flight to Delhi. Your arrival into Delhi will be the end of our services.
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