Ranakpur Holidays

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Day 1: Delhi

Namaste! Welcome to India and New Delhi the capital city of India. We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel with the rest of the day yours to relax after your long flight.

India Gate

Day 2: Delhi

Today we explore both Old and New Delhi - the order of New Delhi is a huge contrast to the unorganised chaos of the Old City. But both are just as appealing. Highlights we be the impressive Red Fort, Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque, Raj Ghat - the site of Gandhi’s cremation and more.

Nrashtrapati Bhawan

Day 3: Delhi - Jaisalmer

Enjoy a free day to explore. Later a transfer for your train to Jaiselmer which departs at 17:30 pm. Sit back relax and enjoy the journey.

Camels in the desert

Day 4: Jaisalmer

Arriving at the medieval caravan outpost of Jaisalmer, one of the jewels in India’s crown we will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Arrive 11:30 am. Afternoon enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the city including the sandstone fort which is an imposing sight, towering magnificently over the city.

Temple carving detail

Day 5: Jaisalmer

Today we have a free morning to explore. This afternoon enjoy a camel ride into the desert to see the rolling sand dunes and enjoy the sun set. Return to your hotel.

Shrines at the lake edge

Day 6: Jaisalmer - Jodhpur

An interesting drive through increasingly varied scenery takes us to Jodhpur, a town at the edge of the mighty Thar Desert. After check in we’ll enjoy some touring in this colourful Rajasthani city, taking in the mighty fort and bazaars of the old city which are gathered around the city’s tall clock tower.

Meheranga Fort

Day 7: Jodhpur - Ranakpur

Leaving Jodhpur, we drive to Ranakpur, a small town tucked away in a remote valley and famed for its beautiful 14th century Jain temples. We’ll enjoy some exploration here and time to relax at our hotel.

Day 8: Ranakpur - Udaipur

Continuing south, we arrive at Udaipur. An oasis of cool, with its massive lake and Venetian-like appearance. Arrival and check into your hotel.

Maharaja City Palace

Day 9: Udaipur

This morning will consist of an orientation and sightseeing tour of Udaipur - including the City Palace and museum - before having a few hours in the afternoon to explore for yourselves. This evening you will take ride in an private boat on Lake Pichola itself.

Lake Pichola sunset

Day 10: Udaipur - Jaipur

Enjoy a free day to explore this amazing city. Tonight you travel by sleeper train to Jaipur. Departs at 22:00.

Local transport

Day 11: Jaipur

Arriving into 06:00 am we will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Today we visit the 16th century Amber Fort. An exotic elephant ride transports us to the lofty fort, where we’ll enjoy a tour of this Rajput extravaganza. Later in the afternoon we tour the City Palace, which boasts an interesting museum of regal attire and Jantar Mantar, an ancient astronomical observatory.

Maharaja Palace

Day 12: Jaipur

Enjoy the day with your guide enjoying the elephent festival.

Jantar Mantar Observatory Park

Day 13: Jaipur - Agra

After 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. Arriving in Agra you will check into your hotel evening at leisure.

Taj Mahal & camels

Day 14: Agra - Bandhavgarh NP

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. Tonight a transfer to the station for your train to Katni. Departs 18:50.

Sitting on a tree

Day 15: Bandhavgarh NP

Arriving in Katni at 05:15 we will transfer you to Bandhavgarh National Park. Later this afternoon enjoy your first game drive in the park to see the illusive tigers and other interesting wildlife.

Bandhavgarh National Park

Days 16-17: Bandhavgarh NP

Bandhavgarh is set amidst the Vindhyan ranges. Claiming to have the highest density population of Bengal tiger in India, coupled with a population of leopard, nilgai, jackal, wild boar, sloth bear, gaur, sambar deer and colourful bird life, game drives are often peppered with sightings. Enjoy 4 game drives over the next two days in shared jeeps.

Up close & personal to a tiger

Day 18: Bandhavgarh NP - Allahabad

This morning we transfer you to Katni for the express train to Allahabad departs at 14:40. When you arrive at 20:25 pm we will transfer you to your hotel.

Day 19: Allahabad

Today you have a driver and vehicle at your disposal to visit any area of familial interest.

Day 20: Allahabad - Varanasi

Today you have a driver and vehicle at your disposal to visit any area of familial interest. Later we drive to Varanasi. Arrival and your guide will take you to see the evening ritual that takes on the river banks to worship the sacred river Ganges.

Varanasi Ghats

Day 21: Varanasi

This morning, we enjoy a sunrise boat ride on the holy Ganges where we’ll view the ancient religious tradition of ritual cleansing that takes place on the many riverbank ghats (riverside steps). Later, we embark on a tour of the city to see some of it's key temples and places of interest. Evening at leisure.

Bathers in the morning

Day 22: Varanasi - Delhi

This morning enjoy a guided tour to visit the famous Buddhist holy sight of Sarnath which is where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon to the five holy men; preaching the middleway to final 'NIRVANA’. We then proceed to the airport for your flight to Delhi. Arrive Delhi and we will assist you to an airport area hotel.

Delhi fruit stall

Day 23: Delhi

We bid you farewell with a transfer to the airport in time for your flight home.

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last updated - 27 Dec 2014 3:35 AM