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Welcome to India! You will be met upon arrival in Delhi and transferred to your hotel.
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi this morning, taking in the Red Fort (closed Mondays), 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.
Drive to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan affectionately known as the Pink City. The remainder of the day spent at leisure to visit the Diwali preparations.
Take a stately elephant ride (subject to elephant availability and governments regulations) to the 15th Century Amber Fort, after which enjoy a city tour of the City Palace, followed by a visit to the Jantar Mantar space observatory. This evening enjoy Diwali Festival at your hotel.
Travelling by road we drive to to Sawai Madhopur. This afternoon, enjoy a game drive (shared jeep) in Ranthambhore National Park.
Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives (shared jeep) 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.
Enjoy a morning game drives (shared jeep) before transferring to the train station for your train to Bharatpur where you will be met and transferred to Agra. En route, we visit ghostly former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri. This magnificent fortified city was the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 until 1585, when it was abandoned dramatically due to a lack of water to support the peoples who resided in the city. Thanks to the very durable red sandstone, from which it was built, Fatehpur Sikri remains fantastically preserved. Overnight Wyndham Grand
Enjoy a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal (closed Fridays). Possibly the most recognised of all India’s landmarks, the Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan in the 16th century. Later, enjoy a visit to the colossal 15th century Agra Fort and also Itmad Ud Daulah ofter called the Baby Taj. Rest of the afternoon free. Overnight Wyndham Grand
Today, we travel from Agra to Khajuraho (via Jhansi & Orchha). Transfer to the rail station for the morning train to Jhansi. Upon arrival, the journey continues by road to Khajuraho. En route a visit is made to Orchha. On the banks of the River Betwa, Orchha is famed for its temples and palaces built by the 16th century Bundela rulers.
Close behind the Taj Mahal and up there with Varanasi and Jaipur, are the amazing temples of Khajuraho. Immortalised in stone is a wealth of sensuous and erotic sculptures. This morning visit the famous Eastern & Western group of temples. To avoid a long drive, you will fly to the holiest of Hindu pilgrimage destinations in India – Varanasi. This evening, visit the Ganges to witness the evening Aarti ceremony. Overnight Radisson
Abundant with temples and a labyrinth of streets, Varanasi is exciting, enticing and a city not to be missed. Early this morning we enjoy a boat ride on the River Ganges to view the sunrise and the ancient religious tradition of ritual cleansing that takes place on the ghats (riverside steps). Enjoy a tour of the city, with its numerous temples and wonderful historic feel; with time later this afternoon to relax. Overnight Radisson
After a leisurely morning, we return to Delhi by air. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
Departure transfer to the airport.
A flamboyant showcase of Rajasthani architecture and a firm favourite on tourist itineraries as the third corner of India’s ‘Golden ...