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Namaste! Welcome to New Delhi, the capital city of India and the start of your eye-opening adventure! Our trusty staff are waiting at the airport anticipating your arrival so once you have passed through customs you will find them waiting in the arrivals hall to transfer you to your hotel where you can relax for the rest of the day.
This morning our Welcome Meeting takes place. Here you will discuss with our operations manager your upcoming holiday. Afterwards you will explore both Old and New Delhi with a private guide. Highlights of the tour will be the impressive Red Fort, Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque, Raj Ghat - the site of Gandhi’s cremation and much more.
Chug out of the Delhi morning mists on the train to Agra, home to the exquisite Taj Mahal , one of the 7 wonders of the modern world. We’ll visit Agra Fort, with magnificent views across to the Taj and watch the town’s Pacchikari marble producers in action.
It’s a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal when it is most spectacular. Then prepare for an eventful drive, dodging holy cows no doubt, to the haunting Mughal capital of Fatehpur Sikri. Late this afternoon we pull into Ranthambhore National Park, formerly the hunting grounds of the Maharaja of Jaipur, and settle down for a night in the jungle.
Spend the day enjoying morning and afternoon game drives in the National Park. You will also have time to sit back, relax at your lodge and enjoy the beautiful surroundings and sounds of the wild! Your game drives will be in a shared jeep or counter according to availability.
Morning your last game driver which is followed by a 5-hour drive to the famous pink city of Jaipur and a free afternoon to explore this charming city, a real favourite amongst travellers to India.
Sidestep any water spraying trunks as we ascend the 11th century Amber fort on elephant back early this morning. Then to the City Palace – taking us back to the grand old days of Maharaja Gaipajama. Dodging the hypnotic gaze of any fakirs, we might be lucky enough to come across a snake charmer as we explore the colourful city markets
We board the train to Ajmer and then drive on to the majestic ‘blue’ city of Jodhpur located right by the edge of the Thar Desert.
Discover the sites of this charming Rajasthani city including the mighty Meherangarh fort and lively textile bazaars set around the old towns’ clock tower.
For a special treat we drive to the desert camp of Manvar – literally in the middle of nowhere. Mop the sweat off your brow and hope for an imminent oasis as we trek by camel over dusty desert dunes – you’ll truly feel part of the script of Tintin’s many adventures! Safely back at camp under stars of the expansive night sky, we light a bonfire over dinner to the sounds of local musicians.
Flying back to modern civilisation, dinner tonight will be at one of Delhi’s specialty Indian restaurants – a stark contrast to our recent foray in the Rajasthani wilderness.
Morning flight to Shimla. Arrival transfer to your hotel. This afternoon with your guide we explore the summer capital of the Raj, Shimla, on foot, dropping in at the India Coffee House, which has been going since colonial times.
Take in the fresh mountain air and breath-taking Himalayan vistas draped in pine, rhododendron, and oak – it’s a free day to explore Shimla as you wish.
We ride along UNESCO’s world heritage listed narrow gauge railway to Kalka, meandering our way through the Himalayan foothills. Fortunately, there’s no derailments and precarious car chases this time! And it’s back to Delhi on one of India’s more modern express trains.
Bid farewell to the land of Maharajas – it’s time to be transferred to the international airport for our flight back home.
A flamboyant showcase of Rajasthani architecture and a firm favourite on tourist itineraries as the third corner of India’s ‘Golden ...